Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Edmond Amateur Radio Society announces event #ARRL #hamradio

The January All Ham Dinner will be sponsored by Edmond Amateur Radio Society on January 16 at 6 the Golden Corral 5702 NW Expressway.

 All Central Oklahoma hams are invited, whether members of a club or not.

 Short program will be presented.

Monday, December 23, 2013

News from @K5RAV

West Gulf Division December, 2013, Issue 9 Newsletter

--- From the Directors Chair

--- K5C Celebrates, The Cleburne Courthouse Centennial Special Event

--- ARRL Foundation Scholarships

--- ARRL Centennial QSO Party Kicks Off January 1

--- WG Leadership to Operate Special Event Station

--- Riley Hollingsworth, K4ZDH Receives Radio Club of America’s Sarnoff Citation

--- December is YOTA Month

--- ARRL “Symbol Rate” Petition

--- Planned ARRL Events for K5RAV and N5AUS

--- Upcoming Hamfests/Conventions

News from David Woolweaver, K5RAV, West Gulf Division Director

--- From the Directors Chair

Greetings from the Rio Grande Valley! My last hamfest visit in 2013 was with the great folks at NCTECH in

Azle. With the 2013 event calendar complete, I have been busily working on hamfest and convention

preparations for next year. We have secured some excellent speakers for the Section, State, Division and

Centennial Conventions in 2014 and I hope that you will plan to attend and support all of these events.

Delta Division Director David Norris, K5UZ and I are pleased to formally announce that the 2014 WGD/Delta

Division Regional ARRL Centennial Convention will be hosting ARRL Consultant Riley Hollingsworth, K4ZDH

and also, QST Contributing Editor Ward Silver, N0AX. Both gentlemen will be amazing contributors to this

highly anticipated event. Director Norris and I have been working feverishly with HamCom, our Vice

Directors and our team of volunteers to make this event stand out. Joining the usual list of exhibitors will be

the ARRL’s popular EXPO booth. In addition, you may have the opportunity to work the Special Event Station,

W100AW/5. Look for more details in future newsletters, but plan now to be in Plano in June.

Vice Director Stratton and I have been working on our meeting notes for the 2014 ARRL Annual Board

Meeting, which will be held in Windsor, CT on January 17-18, 2014. As has become customary, together we

will be opening up W1AW on Sunday, January 19, and calling CQ WGD. However, this year will be especially

important as it will be a rare weekend for Amateurs to work the centennial call sign W100AW Special Event

Station. Look for more details on this event on Page 3 as it is our desire to prioritize WGD residents during

this opportunity.

Christmas time is always busy as clubs and their members come together to celebrate and spend a few

minutes reliving the great experiences that they shared in the year. John and I wish all of you a very Merry

Christmas and safe Holiday Season!

73, K5RAV

--- K5C Celebrates, The Cleburne Courthouse Centennial Special Event

The FCC approved of the selected “Ham Radio Special Event” call sign of K5C in early October, 2013. Eight

local volunteer radio operators were signed up to work the frequencies and mode of their choice, on

November 16. When the final log pages were in, it showed that they had contacted 399 amateur radio

stations in 37 different states in North America and 33 contacts in 14 foreign countries using voice and Morse

Code. These contacts included England, France, Germany, Italy, Mexico, Russia, Sweden, Australia, Malta and


The volunteer operators opened this celebration to the world. The control operators were:

Matt Galandat, KY5O

Jay Stanfield, WB5UDA

Ken Bush, KB5YBI

Jim Erickson, KB0DBJ

Mike Kegley, KB5QFU

Jim Chance, WV5K

Jason Smith, W5NEC

Marty Reeves, AB5L

Congratulations to all for a successful event!

(reprinted with permission from WB5UDA)

--- ARRL Foundation Scholarships

The ARRL Foundation is now receiving scholarship applications for the 2013/14 scholarship season. Each

year the ARRL Foundation awards more than 70 scholarships that have been funded entirely by the

generosity of radio amateurs and friends, to young hams that are pursuing higher education. The awards

range from $500 to $5000.

All applicants must submit a full application and transcript to be considered (other rules may apply to specific

scholarships). The application period for all ARRL Foundation Scholarship opened October 1 each year and

closes promptly on February 1, 2014. Awards are usually announced to the winners by letter in mid-May.

Applicants should review the scholarship descriptions as some awards have specific geographic criteria or

requirements as to course of study.

Governed by a nine member volunteer Board of Directors, the ARRL Foundation is devoted to providing

valuable programs to serve the Amateur Radio community. To learn more about the ARRL Foundation or its

scholarship program please visit their website at

--- ARRL Centennial QSO Party Kicks Off January 1

The ARRL celebrates its centennial in 2014.

As part of the mix of events marking the League's 100th anniversary, the ARRL Centennial QSO Party gets

underway at 0001 UTC on January 1. This is a year-long operating event, in which participants can

accumulate points and win awards, as well as work new stations and make new friends. During 2014 W1AW

will be on the air at least twice from every US state and from most US territories, and it will be easy to work

all states solely by contacting W1AW portable operations. This will be the first ARRL-sponsored operating

event for which every member is worth at least one point. The event is open to all, although only ARRL

members and appointees, elected officials, HQ staff, and W1AW are worth points. Working the ARRL's

president, for example, earns 300 points!

To qualify for points, all contacts must be two-way (no cross-band or cross-mode contacts), using CW, phone

(FM, SSB, AM, digital voice), digital (any digital mode, such as PSK31, RTTY) on 160, 80, 40, 30, 17, 15, 12, 10,

6, 2 and 1.25 meters, plus 70 centimeters and satellite. Stations exchange signal report and ARRL

abbreviation. Contacts do not have to be contest-style, and providing ARRL organizational information is not

required. A centennial database will assign point values to all logs submitted electronically. Those not

submitting electronically, however, will need to obtain the QSO information during the contact. Since this is

not a contest, participants may make contacts in any fashion they prefer.

The Centennial QSO Party is scored by totaling the values of all eligible contacts. There are no multipliers or

bonus points. Logs submitted via Logbook of the World (LoTW) will be scored automatically.

For full information, visit the ARRL Centennial QSO Party webpage.

--- WG Leadership to Operate Special Event Station

Director Woolweaver and Vice Director Stratton will be operating from W1AW in Newington, CT with the

Special Event Station call, W100AW, on Sunday, January 19, 2014 beginning at 9:00 AM until 2:00PM CST.

Look for the WG “Boys” on plus or minus 14.285 (+/-) Mhz USB. They will be calling, “CQ West Gulf Division.”

If you ever wanted to make a contact with W1AW, now is your chance! QSL 100%.

This will be the first opportunity for amateurs to contact the special event station on a weekend and we

expect a high volume of activity. In an effort to give WGD members priority, we are establishing a CALL LIST

whereby Division residents can pre-register for the event. K5RAV and N5AUS will then work the call list at

specific times in hopes that the propagation will permit contact with those who have pre-registered.

Please visit Call List Registration to pre-register. Registration will close at 8:00 PM on Sunday, January 12,

2014 so that we can post the call list and the time schedules in advance of operation. All pre-registrations

will be confirmed for contact information to insure residency.

Real time posting of frequency and operating schedule will be made on the West Gulf Facebook Page at “ARRL

– West Gulf Division” and on our Twitter Page “ARRL_WGD.”

--- Riley Hollingsworth, K4ZDH Receives Radio Club of America’s Sarnoff Citation

Retired FCC Special Counsel for the Spectrum Enforcement Division Riley Hollingsworth, K4ZDH, of

Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, is the 2013 recipient of the Sarnoff Citation. The Radio Club of America established

the award in 1973 to recognize an individual or club member for “significant contributions to the

advancement of electronic communications.” The Sarnoff Citation has been made to RCA members “who have

contributed to advancement of electronic communications in any significant manner, including nontechnical

support of the wireless industry,” the club’s website states.

“I could never adequately thank the Radio Club of America for this award,” Hollingsworth said in a statement

conveyed to those attending the awards banquet in Orlando. “To receive this — and it is still hard to believe

— from such a prestigious organization is an amazing journey for a 13 year old in South Carolina just learning

to appreciate the magic of radio. Thank you all, and thank you very much for benefitting the entire nation by

helping so many people choose a career in wireless.”

Hollingsworth’s engraved award, dated November 23, says, “For your significant contributions and

outstanding achievements in wireless communications.” Other Sarnoff Citation laureates include US Senator

Barry Goldwater, K7UGA (SK), ARRL Roanoke Division Director Dennis Bodson, W4PWF, and two-way radio

pioneer Fred M. Link, ex-W2ALU (SK).

In his FCC Enforcement Bureau position, Hollingsworth, who retired in 2008, revived enforcement of

Amateur Service rules and regulations.

(from the ARRL website)

--- December is YOTA Month

During December several European countries will promote ham radio to youth as part of a Youngsters On The

Air (YOTA) event, on all bands and modes. Stations will be on the air with “YOTA” as a call sign suffix or

appendage. “The idea for this is to break the ice for some youngsters,” said Bjorn Dettmaring, ON5CFG. “This

is not a contest but a shout out to the world of ham radio. Try to get as many youngsters as you can on the air

this month,” he urged.

Awards are available for operators or SWLs working or monitoring YOTA stations. Dettmaring said the

December event follows up on the success of the Youngsters On The Air events last summer. Awards are free

and will be distributed electronically. Only contacts during December 2013 are valid. Each station may be

counted only one time.

--- Regulatory: ARRL’s “Symbol Rate Petition Nears Top of FCC’s “Most Active Proceedings” List

As the Monday, December 23, deadline nears to comment on the ARRL's "Symbol Rate" Petition for Rule

Making (PRM), the petition has moved into second place on the FCC's "Most Active Proceedings" page (it was

in first place briefly). Since the FCC put the ARRL Petition on public notice for comment as RM-11708, it has

attracted 685 comments (as of December 19) and counting. The petition asks the FCC to delete the symbol

rate limit in §97.307(f) of its Amateur Service rules and to replace it with a maximum data emission

bandwidth of 2.8 kHz on frequencies below 29.7 MHz. In a briefing memorandum released this week, the

League took steps to clarify just what it is -- and is not -- asking the FCC to do. ARRL General Counsel Chris

Imlay, W3KD, said that while a significant majority of the comments support the petition, some appear not to

understand the petition's intent. The League reiterated that its filing would not "initiate any large scale plan

to convert to regulation of emissions by bandwidth," and would not affect any emissions other than data.

"The Petition proposes no changes that would affect in any way the existing rules governing Morse

telegraphy, phone, and image emissions," the ARRL stressed in its talking points. "The state of the art in

digital communications now allows transmission protocols in which the symbol rate exceeds the present

limitations of §97.307(f) of the FCC rules, but the necessary bandwidth of the protocol is within the

bandwidth of a typical HF single sideband channel (3 kHz)." The League contends that eliminating symbol

rate limitations for data emissions and substituting a maximum authorized bandwidth "would permit the

utilization of all HF data transmission protocols presently legal in the Amateur Radio Service, as well as state-
of-the-art protocols that fall within the authorized bandwidth."

The briefing memo stresses that the petition would not:

•affect HF sub-bands where phone and image emissions are now permitted nor affect HF CW operation.

•permit digital voice transmissions in data and RTTY subbands nor add rules affecting digital voice.

•change restrictions on automatically controlled digital stations.

•permit data emissions to use occupied bandwidths in excess of what is now allowed.

Further, the petition does not call on the FCC to expand the frequencies on which "unspecified digital codes"

may be used. The original petition, as filed, included an error that the ARRL corrected in an Erratum deleting

the erroneous reference to unspecified digital codes at HF. "It was never our intention to permit unspecified

digital codes at HF," the League said.

All told, the ARRL talking points state, the proposal represents a balanced approach. "ARRL attempted, in

adopting the 2.8 kHz maximum bandwidth proposal for data emissions at HF, to balance the two objectives of

facilitating use of new and future data emissions and protecting against usurpation of the band by a few data

stations," the briefing memorandum said. "Some bandwidth limit is necessary if the outdated symbol rate

limit is eliminated, as it should be."

Reply comments – ie, comments on filed comments – on the ARRL's petition are due by January 7, 2014.

(from the ARRL website)

 --- Planned ARRL Events for K5RAV and N5AUS

Director Woolweaver, K5RAV and Vice Director Stratton, N5AUS plan to attend the following upcoming



-- ARRL Annual Board Meeting, January 17-18, Windsor, CT


-- 2014 Amateur Radio Fiesta, January 11, Schertz, TX

-- ARRL Annual Board Meeting, January 17-18, Windsor, CT

ARRL Convention and Hamfest events are a great place to visit with the Division and Section Leadership! Each

event will also include an ARRL forum where you can receive additional insight into Division and Section


At anytime that you have a concern or just want to say hello, contact Director Woolweaver at

-- Upcoming Hamfests and Conventions

01/11/2014 | 2014 Amateur Radio Fiesta

Location: Schertz, TX

Type: ARRL Hamfest

Sponsor: San Antonio Radio Club


01/17/2014 | North Texas Section Convention (Cowtown Hamfest)

Location: Fort Worth, TX

Type: ARRL Convention pending Executive Committee approval

Sponsor: Lockheed Martin Amateur Radio Club


02/22/2014 | Orange Hamfest 2014

Location: Orange, TX

Type: ARRL Hamfest

Sponsor: Orange ARC & Jefferson County ARC


03/01/2014 | 25th Elk City Hamfest

Location: Elk City, OK

Type: ARRL Hamfest

Sponsor: West Central Oklahoma Amateur Radio Club

03/01/2014 | Irving ARC Hamfest 2014

Location: Irving, TX

Type: ARRL Hamfest

Sponsor: Irving Amateur Radio Club


03/07/2014 | West Gulf Division Convention (Green Country Hamfest)

Location: Claremore, OK

Type: ARRL Convention

Sponsor: Green Country Hamfest Committee


03/08/2014 | Williamson County ARC Hamfest

Location: Georgetown, TX

Type: ARRL Hamfest

Sponsor: Williamson County Amateur Radio Club


03/15/2014 | West Texas Section Convention (59th Annual St. Patrick's Day Hamfest)

Location: Midland, TX

Type: ARRL Convention

Sponsor: Midland Amateur Radio Club


03/22/2014 | South Texas Section Convention (Greater Houston Hamfest)

Location: Rosenberg, TX

Type: ARRL Convention

Sponsor: Brazos Valley Amateur Radio Club (BVARC)


03/29/2014 | HamEXPO

Location: Belton, TX

Type: ARRL Hamfest

Sponsor: Temple Amateur Radio Club


Saturday, December 14, 2013

Today is International Shareware Day #ARRL #hamradio

Hardly anyone does not have a personal computer in their shack.  Running Windows, Linux, or Macintosh operating systems, the programs installed are either bought, freeware, or shareware.

What shareware do you use in your amateur radio hobby?

"International Shareware Day"

Saturday, December 7, 2013

How are you participating in #SRD2013?

Oklahoma Section Emergency Coordinator
Amateur Radio Emergency Service

Does your club have a Public Information Officer that can help?

IF you have the ability to help Sean, please do so.  

As a reminder, the media needs this kind of photo, while the iron is hot, as well.  Reach out to your club PIO to learn about this.  What?  Your club does not have a PIO?  It's not too late.  It's easy at



On Wed, Nov 6, 2013 at 11:00 AM, <> wrote:
I am in need of a couple high-quality, high-resolution photos of
ARES/Public Service photos for an upcoming QST article.

The photos should show Amateur Radio in action and should be
well-composed, compelling and tell a story.

I am not in need of photos of Amateur Radio operators standing around
being idle or sitting at a desk being ambiguous; if it looks like the
operator could just as easily be checking their email, they will not be

The photos should be over 700k in size.

Be sure to include the names and calls of who is in the photos, what
group they are with, where the photo was taken, a description of what
they  are doing in the photo, along with the name and call of the

If the photograph includes minors, a signed release by the parents of
the minor must be included before we will consider using the photo.

The Legal Stuff:

By sending a photo to the American Radio Relay League, you are granting
the American Radio Relay League (ARRL) the non-exclusive right to use
the images in any and all of its publications, whether for promotional
or commercial purposes, including electronic media or any other media
yet to be invented, without payment or any other consideration.

Saturday, November 30, 2013

Exam rescheduled in Oklahoma City

Amateur Radio Licensing exams will be held Saturday, December 7 at noon at the Oklahoma Fire Academy at 800 N. Portland.  This is in the East building, please enter via the South door.  

This is the reschedule from the cancelled November 23rd session.  Please let me know if you plan to attend, but there will be some room for walk-ins, I just don't know if I can guarantee room unless I hear from you. 

Don't forget to bring $15.00 in cash or a check made out to "ARRL", a #2 pencil and a pen, a simple 4-function calculator, two forms of ID, one of which must be a picture ID, and a COPY of your amateur radio license (if you have one).  Make sure you know your FRN number, it is on your license, but you don't have to have a license to get an FRN.  It just means you don't have to put your SSN down on the Form 605.  If you would like to get an FRN ahead of time, go to

Show 15-30 minutes ahead of the scheduled time to get registered and pay the licensing fee.

See you Saturday!


Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Santa Net announced

According to Pete, KE5GGY, the 3.916 Nets will be giving good boys and girls a chance to talk to Santa Claus via the magic of ham radio.   The '3916 Santa Nets' will be held on 15 different evenings starting Friday, November 29 through Christmas Eve, December 24th.    The Santa Nets are open to all licensed amateur radio operators who wish to invite kids to their shack to talk to Santa.  Third party rules will apply.  Pete Thomson (KE5GGY), commented on The 3916 Santa Nets.  He said, "Christmas is our favorite time of year on The 3916 Nets.  Each year on the Santa Nets we are blown away by the response.  It's incredible to hear the excitement in kids' voices as they talk to Santa Claus on Ham Radio.   Once again this year we'll be having 15 different Santa Nets on 3.916 MHz.  This should give everyone a chance to get involved."    Thomson added that The Santa Nets are a great way to let kids experience both the magic of Christmas and amateur radio.  He said, "We encourage hams to get their kids, grand kids and even neighbor kids into their shacks to participate in the Santa Net.  The kids love talking to Santa and we get an opportunity to show a young person how amateur radio works."  

Each evening, The 3916 Santa Net will start at 8:30 PM (Central) on 3.916 MHz.  Pre-net check-ins will be taken on the air starting at 8:15 PM.   You can also do a pre-net check in by emailing

Below is a schedule of the 2013 Santa Nets on 3.916 Mhz.  Net Starts at 8:30 PM (Central)

Friday, November 29
Saturday, November 30

Tuesday, December 3
Thursday, December 5
Saturday, December 7

Monday, December 9
Wednesday, December 11
Friday, December 13

Tuesday, December 17
Thursday, December 19
Friday, December 20
Saturday, December 21

Sunday, December 22
Monday, December 23
Tuesday, December 24

For more information on The 3916 Nets or The Santa Net, contact Pete ThomsonKE5GGY at 

Does your club offer on the air Santa contacts?  Please add those to comments below.

Saturday, November 23, 2013

County invites hams to meeting #ARRL #hamradio #ARES

Okmulgee County Emergency Management invites Amateur Radio Operators (HAM Radio Operators) to gather at the at the County EOC on Saturday, November 30, 2013 at 10:00 am.
Emergency Management recognizes the service and value radio amateurs provide to their communities by assisting in times of need.
Several Amateur Radio Operators already lend a hand to emergency management today, serving as storm spotters and emergency communicators.
This meeting is in partnership with Amateur Radio Emergency Service-Oklahoma, SKYWARN, and Okmulgee County Emergency Management.
HAM Radio Operators interested in helping in times of need are invited to the Okmulgee County Emergency Operation Center at 10:00 am Saturday morning. Coffee and donuts will be served at this brief meeting, which will include a tour of the EOC and the communications room – which is equipped with state of the art amateur radio equipment.
The Okmulgee County Emergency Operation Center is located
110 N. Alabama, Okmulgee , Ok,  918-759-9984
(which is one block north of Sixth Ave. and to the west-end of downtown Okmulgee )

Friday, November 22, 2013

Section News from Kevin, N0IRW

Happy Holidays Oklahoma Amateur Radio Operators!!

How is everyone in the Oklahoma Section?  I hope all of you have had a good year with lots of QSO’s and DX!

First thing I’d like to say is a big THANK YOU! To everyone that has expressed well wishes during my recovery from my ankle surgery.  Also, another huge THANKS to Eddie Manley, K5EMS and Mary Peelman, KE5LTA and all the other folks that helped out at Ham Holiday and Ada for their work in setting up and manning the league booth while I was laid up.

As for the surgery, everything went well.  I am presently in a walking boot, after 4 successive casts.  I am getting some strength back and relying on the chair a little less every day.  The doctor is putting me back in a brace but, one that is not quite as substantial as the previous one.  The hardest part will be just building up stamina.   I am back to work though.

The XYL, Wilma, W5WRO has retired, again and is taking care of the grandson again, so things are hoppin’ around the QTH.

Ham Holiday

The reports I have gotten from this year’s Ham Holiday were very encouraging.  I understand Bob Heil was a big hit.  I really would have liked to hear him speak at the dinner Friday night.  Director, Dr. David Woolweaver, K5RAV and Vice-Director, John Stratton, N5AUS both had an excellent time chatting with all the members that dropped by.  The venue also seems to have been well received.  Trust me, I would have much rather been with all of you guys than in the hospital.

Thanks to Eddie for handling the booth and the forum.  I look forward to the 2014 edition of Ham Holiday, Friday and Saturday, July 25 & 26, 2014.

Ada Hamfest

This years Ada hamfest was good, but could have used some more hams in attendance.  I want to thank all the folks that put in the work to make the hamfest happen.  All of us need to support these local hamfests or they will disappear.  I know gas is epensive and none of us have as much cash to spend as we used to, but let's try our best to help these folks that work so hard to put on a good show for us.  This includes patronizing the commercial vendors.

Texhoma Hamarama

The 2013 edition of Texhoma Hamarama is in the books.  This was the first hamfest I got to attend since the surgery.  Wilma, W5WRO was gracious to take me to this event and Enid since I still can’t drive.  The event was VERY well attended with lots of gear, both new and used, walking out the door (hopefully paid for).  This was probably the largest crowd that stayed through the drawings that I have ever seen.  Most of the vendors were still there after12:00.

The forums were well attended with a few new wrinkles including a morse code contest.  The testing minted 4 or 5 new Generals and 1 new Technician.  This is one of the few hamfest test sessions I can remember where there were more upgrades than new licensees.

Henry and the rest of the Hamarama Committee are to be commended for putting on a great hamfest.

Simulated Emergency Test

The 2013 SET is scheduled for December 14.  Everyone in ARES needs to check with your EC or DEC about the details of the test.  Let’s have a good showing and find out where our  weak spots are.


2014 is the Centennial of the ARRL.  There a lot of neat things coming for the year.  The first one is the Centennial edition of the ARRL Handbook.  You can even get the hardback version embossed with your name and call sign…..(mine’s ordered)…..If you haven’t gotten a yearbook yet, this is the year to do it.

As I write this the final edit of the ARRL Centennial Video is complete and will be released in January.  This is a very good product available for use at your local club meeting, hamfest and broadcast and cable television outlets.  The video is an overview of the ARRL’s first 100 years.  I think you will like it.

Also in 2014, will be the Centennial Convention at Hartford, Connecticut.  If you have never been to headquarters, now is the time to go.  There will be lots to do and see, including tours of HQ and W1AW with opportunities to operate W1AW.

If you can’t make it to Hartford for the convention, there will be 6 regional Centennial Conventions.  Ours will be the West Gulf/Delta Divisions Centennial Convention at Ham-Com in Plano.  There will be an ARRL Expo like setup giving you the chance to meet with folks from HQ that keep the day to day things at the ARRL moving.  Come to Ham-Com  for your piece of the Centennial!

Also in June, Field Day!  This is a wonderful opportunity to showcase Amateur Radio to the public and use the Centennial as a hook for the media exposure.  There will be additional PR materials for your use.

The Directors and Section Managers also will have available PowerPoint presentations on the 5 Pillars of the league.  These make good programs for your club meetings.

There will also be a revised version of PR-101, titled PR-101.2 to be released at Dayton.  When it is released, you will be able to view/download the entire program on the league website.

Stay tuned for more Centennial stuff!!

Hamfests 2014

Elk City Hamfest

March 1

Elk City Conference Center

Green Country Hamfest – West Gulf Division Convention

March 7-8

Claremore Convention Center

Ham-Com – West Gulf/Delta Divisions Regional Centennial Convention

June 13-14

Plano Convention Center

Ham Holiday

July 25-26

Oklahoma City

More to follow as the information becomes available.

Again, thanks to all of you that have given me your support during and after the surgery.  It is greatly appreciated.

This will be the last Section News for 2013, so I would like to say as we all gather around the table, tree and even the rig, let’s all remember the real reason for this great season of togetherness.  Wilma and I wish all of you a Merry Christmas and a Happy and prosperous New Year!


Kevin O’Dell, N0IRW

Oklahoma Section Manager

Saturday, November 16, 2013

Ham Radio Night in #AltusOK

Does your club have "just because" moments?  The Altus group met at the home of Carole (AF5CT) and Dale (N5VX) Town to fellowship around some turkey supplied by Ron, W5MPY and other food provided by a number of folks and their family.

Carol, AF5CT (left) looks on as Ron (W5MPY) and Donna (WW5MPY) (in yellow shirts) lay out the food table with Chandra at the Altus amateur radio Thanksgiving event while Johnathan and James wait in the wings.
Ron, AF5AS, captured James, AB5FS (left), and Public Information Coordinator Lloyd, KC5FM with the world famous Yagi cat.

Does your club have "fellowship" events?  Do they always involve food?   Share your stories!

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

What happened at Enid?

It seems there was a good turnout, according to David, KC5SII.  He reported over 350 amateur radio operators attending.  

Kevin, N0IRW, and Wilma, manned the ARRL booth.

One of the first faces seen were Trevor, KE7BMX and Al, KD5BA 
W0BUW was on hand to help customers.

Friday, November 8, 2013

Hear Sean, KX9X talk about #HamRadio on #Shortwave

New QSO Radio Show with  guest Sean Kutzko, KX9X, ARRL Media and Public
Relations Manager Hosted by Ted Randall - WB8PUM

Sean Kutzko, KX9X, ARRL Media and Public Relations Manager. Kutzko joined
the ARRL as the Contest Branch Manager in October 2007. An enthusiastic
operator in contests and VHF weak-signal work as well as a backpack QRPer,
Kutzko holds a BA in Communications from the University of Illinois at
Springfield and has worked at several National Public Radio affiliates in
the Midwest.

"After spending the past six years promoting Radiosport to the Amateur Radio
community, I'm looking forward to helping promote all of Amateur Radio and
what we have to offer, both within our community and to the rest of the
world," Kutzko said. "Amateur Radio isn't just a resource to our communities
in time of need, it's also a lot of fun."

This show will air on WTWW Transmitter #1 on their NEW daytime frequency -
9475 KHz on Saturday - November 9th at 1PM - 3PM CST (7PM - 9 PM UTC)

Also will air on WTWW Transmitter #2 on 5085 KHz on Saturday - November 9th
at 7:30PM - 9:30PM CST (1:30AM - 3:30AM Nov 10th UTC)

AND again on WTWW - 5085 KHz on Sunday November 10th at 7:30PM - 9:30PM CST
(1:30AM - 3:30AM Nov 11th UTC)

This show will also be available later by podcast goto: or iTunes.

During the show we will be streaming - - this is our QSO Stream
that runs various Amateur Radio Talk programming 24/7.

Thank You!

Holly Misslin - KG4WXV

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

I AM the ARRL!

With the League Public Relations Committee Sponsoring “I Am the ARRL” Video Contest, some folks at the Texhoma Hamarama got a chance to practice. 

Do you recognize any of these faces?

Have you started your video yet?

Saturday, November 2, 2013

Texhoma Hamarama

There was a good turnout at Texhoma Hamarama this last weekend.  As always, your Section American Radio Relay League folks were there.

The Section leadership was joined by Division Director Dave Woolweaver, K5RAV and Vice-Director John Robert Stratton, N5AUS were present at the League Forum.  
Just a few of the vendors in place.

Huddled masses wait for the announcement of the winners at the popular drawing.

Can you name this radio?

N7XYO, left, joins K5RAV, N5AUS, and N0IRW (L-R) at the League Booth.

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Your friends in Enid report

Wondering if you should attend the EARC Hamfest in Enid this weekend?  We have a really big lineup this year with all your favorites.  Along with a full program ranging from the ARRL Forum, ARES, ORSI, and two High Speed Multi Media Mesh project forums (Look it up!).  Don't forget free... that's right I said FREE food!  As if that's not enough to get a ham out of the shack for the day, here are a few of the major vendors we feature:
B&H Enterprises: Radio Shack Derby, KS Largest dealer of new and used Ham equipment in the Kansas Oklahoma area. They stock Larson, ADG, MFJ, Comet Alpha Delta and Antron products to name a few.
Wireman: Tons of coax, connectors, wire and anything you need to connect almost anything to anything. I believe they even carry adapter adapters!
D & L Antenna: Kansas City, Ks World radio users and general public you will find Radio equipment/Accessories/unique high tech items including items for emergency preparedness. Antennas, BNC Shop, Coax Cable and Wire Products Connectors, Equipment Accessories, Equipment Adapters and Kits, Equipment Power, Ham Radio Accessories, Ham Radios and Equipment, Jetstream Antennas, LED Lights, Radios, SMA Shop and Surplus parts and equipment.  They have it all!
Main Trading Company: Paris TX; Full line of Ham radio equipment, MTC has all the brands you want! They sell Kenwood , Icom and Alinco as well as Wouxun!  They are also the number one dealer in the State of Texas! The Prices, and Service can not be beat.. Power supplies Antenna Tuners, Meters & Test equipment, Alternative Energy, Kits, Pro Audio & RT SYtems Programming Software.
Please let me know if you havae any questions.

Saturday, October 26, 2013

Who will be there?

EARC Always There - Always Ready

2013 ENID HAMFEST Saturday, November 2nd 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Hoover Building Garfield Co Fairgrounds
TALK-IN: 145.290 (-) No PL (W5HTK) 
•PRIZES: • Yaesu FT-8800R Amateur VHF/UHF transceiver • Three dual band VHF/UHF handheld transceivers • Vendor certificates, merchandise • ARRL items. 

TICKETS $2.00 TABLES $3.00
LOCATION: Hoover Building, County Fairgrounds, 305 E Oxford Ave. One block west of U.S. 64 (N 4th St). Coordinates: (36.42796, -97.87545)
TALK-IN: 145.290 (-) No PL (W5HTK)
GRAND PRIZE: Yaesu FT-8800R Amateur VHF/UHF transceiver. (Drawing at 2:00 p.m. from names of all attendees. No need to be present to win this grand prize.)
• PLUS THREE! Three dual band VHF/UHF handheld transceivers. (Each given in an hourly drawing at 10 a.m., 11 a.m., and 1 p.m. Must be present to win. One prize per attendee.)
• AND MORE: Numerous vendor certificates ($40, $20, and $10), merchandise and ARRL books and certificates.
PROGRAMS • ARRL Forum, Kevin O'Dell N0IRW, OK Section Mgr • ARESOK Forum • Oklahoma Repeater Society (ORSI) Fall meeting • (Tentative):•Broadband-HamnetTM HSMM-MeshTM overview • MERC Region 1 Support discussion •
LICENSING EXAMS • W5YI VE testing at 1:00 p.m. All license grades. $14 fee for each exam. Bring two forms of identification and, if testing for upgrade, bring a copy of your current license.
RAG-CHEW SESSIONS • On- and off-site
FREE FOOD • Donuts and hot beverages, 8 to 10:00 a.m. (Diabetic alternatives available) • Hot dogs and beans, condiments, beverages, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
TICKETS • Admission $2.00 per person. (Age 12 and under free if accompanied by adult.) Admission includes one drawing ticket. Extra tickets $1 each, or $5 for pack of seven.
TABLES • $3.00 each. Request tables via (or by mail before Oct.27th to EARC, PO BOX 261, ENID OK 73702). Pre- reserved tables not claimed by 9 a.m. will go to others in order of request.
FOR VENDORS: Building will be open for set-up 6:30 - 8 p.m. Fri., and 6:30 - 8 a.m. Sat.
An ARRL-approved event, hosted by The Enid Amateur Radio Club.
For more information: or 580-233-2496

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