Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Tour DeMeers help wanted #ARRL #hamradio

Meers --- Area amateur radio operators are being asked to volunteer for the annual Tour DeMeers Bike Ride scheduled for May 24, according to Justin Holder, KB7CSW, from Lawton.

"We will be using the Automatic Packet Reporting System (APRS)," he said.  "Due to the location of some parts of some of the routes, hams equipped with mobile radios are needed for the event."

The APRS system allows resources to be tracked on a map at the command post.  It also allows for text messaging between units equipped with the devices.

Tour DeMeers is a fundraiser for the Meers Fire Department.

To volunteer, contact Holder at 719-440-0349 or email

For more information about Tour DeMeers, visit while will give additional information about amateur radio.


Sunday, April 27, 2014

Happy Birthday Samuel Morse #ARRL #hamradio

That's right, today, in Massachusetts, the famous co-inventor of Morse Code was born.

Hams either loved the Code or hated it.  There's two versions of Code.  The American Morse Code is different from the International Morse Code.  The latter is the Code what ham radio operators use.

What are you doing to celebrate the birth of the man who helped invent the Code?  Nothing?  Well, it's Babe Ruth Day today then.

Saturday, April 26, 2014

Tour De Tulsa Help Wanted #ARRL #hamradio

Volunteers are needed to work SAG and rest stops for the Tour de Tulsa
bicycle ride coming up on May 3, according to Jay, AD5PE.

This all day event is a 100 mile bike tour of west Tulsa and Creek County
(along with shorter routes). We need 10-12 hams primarily to SAG - patrol
the route looking for riders having problems (medical, mechanical, or just
wore out - it is the first ride of the season). It helps to have a vehicle
that can haul a rider or two and their bikes, but this is not essential.
There are also stationary spots if your vehicle isn't up to that. A
dual-band mobile also is useful as we may use the Tulsa Amateur Radio Club link system due to
the large area to cover - but we'll use 2 meters too, so if you don't have
UHF, we just keep you closer to town. Same thing for HTs - we can keep you
closer to the repeater or loan you a mag mount. We even have loaner radios.

This is a fun and laid back event, and great practice for directed nets.
Consider it ARES training if you're new or need a refresher.

To sign up or ask questions, email or call

Friday, April 18, 2014

National Lineman Appreciation Day #ARRL #hamradio

Does your radio run on something besides electricity?  Does that electricity come directly or indirectly from commercial main sources?

If so, today is "National Lineman Appreciation Day"

Tell the next lineman you see, THANKS!

While you are celebrating, remember "April 18 Is World Amateur Radio Day"

How are you celebrating?

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

@QCWA swapmeet Saturday #ARRL #hamradio

"WEATHER PERMITTING" if it has rained that
 previous week, the tailgate will automatically be canceled due
 to being held on grassy area...DIRECTIONS:  EXIT So.I-240 AT
 LOCATED ON NORTH SIDE OF STREET, (pull on to the grass, area.)
 TALKIN FREQ is 146.520 simplex or 146.790-PL 100Hz.
 For more, contact:

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Look what is happening in #Tulsa in #hamradio land #ARRL

Tulsa ARES Meeting 
April 19, 2014 
Oklahoma State University Center for Health Sciences 
1111 West 17th Street 
Tulsa, Ok 74107 
Room D107 
Starts at 9am 
Open to the public and everyone is welcome 

9:00am- Arrive 
9:15am- Sort introductions 
9:30am- Latest news and happenings with ARES-OK 
Presented by Mark Conklin, N7XYO 
Oklahoma Section Emergency Coordinator 
10:05am- Plan and talk about Hospital Test and Head to the Hospitals 
10:30am- Start the Hospital Net /Test. 

HOTWASH/Lunch after NET. Location TBD at meeting. 

Nathan Huffstetler, AE5NK 
District Emergency Coordinator 
Tulsa District - Oklahoma 

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Linking your radio to the world #ARRL #Hamradio

Our friends at Remote Ham Radio, recently wrote, The current ARRL DXCC rules state the following:     

9. All stations must be contacted from the same DXCC entity. The location of any station shall be defined as the location of the transmitter. For the purposes of this award, remote operating points must be located within the same DXCC entity as the transmitter and receiver.

This statement clearly outlines the rules for remote stations. In short, if you are in the U.S., you can use any U.S. station to make a contact toward DXCC, remote or otherwise.

Previously this so-called Rule 9 stated that contacts must be made "from within a radius of 150 miles of the initial location", but the wording was changed in 1977 to account for an increasingly-mobile 

Beginning with EcholinkThe Internet Radio Linking Project, the Allstar Network and, more and more are growing interested in putting their local radio assets on the internet for others to use.

Are you working on linking your radio to the World?  Let us know.

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