Thursday, November 15, 2012

Oklahoma Section News November/December 2012 from Kevin, N0IRW

Hello Oklahoma Section!!

I hope everyone is doing well.  2012 is fast winding down.  We have reached the end of the hamfest season in Oklahoma and I can say that it was GREAT!!  Good turnouts and lots of stuff trading owners.  We had one hamfest be revived on a new date with a new location and in 2013 another will join its ranks.  I would like to thank everyone that works so hard to put these events on so that we can go have a good time.  There are  pics at the bottom of the page from the last couple of fests.

Jamboree On The Air (JOTA) was a big success in the section with a number of stations set up and both boy and girl scouts served.  Join us next year for an even better Jamboree On The Air!  If you need information on this event, contact Mark Hamblin AE5MH at 

The Viking Radio Club in Lawton had an interesting event recently.  One young lady Kelsee KF5RRG celebrated her 17th birthday on HF on November 3rd.  She attempted to contact all 50 states on that day.  I haven’t heard the final results yet, but the last email I got that afternoon, she only had 3 to go.  I’ll post the results when I get them.

I hope all of you participated in our political process this year. Whether your person won or lost, it’s important we participate in the discourse and vote. Speaking of politics, Eddie Manley, K5EMS, is working on getting 2 bills authored for the 2013 Oklahoma Legislature.  One is to make some small changes in our PRB-1 language that is currently on the books to make the burden of proof of a decision on antennas or support structures fall on the municipality and not the amateur.

The other bill is our first step into CC&R’s territory.  It will be an emergency generator bill.  To allow emergency backup generators in subdivisions with restrictive covenents.  We will let you know if and when we get these authored to allow you to get your local legislator on board with the bills.

Hamfests for first half of 2013

 Saturday, February 2            Tri-State Amateur Radio Group Hamfest & Computer Show – 8am to 2pm – Mooreland Community Center
Saturday, March 2                        Elk City Hamfest – 8am to 2pm – Elk City Community                                                             Center
Fri./Sat., March 8 & 9            Green Country Hamfest - Claremore Convention Center

This will be the last section news until January 2013.  So, I would like to wish all of you in the section a Happy Thanksgiving, Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!  See you around the corner in 2013!


Kevin O’Dell, N0IRW
Oklahoma Section Manager

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