Saturday, September 7, 2019

Route 66 On The Air has begun #hamradio #Oklahoma

RT66OTA has begun and will use EARS Repeater - Seeking Volunteers

Route 66 On The Air has begun!!!  Once again, we'll celebrate the legend and lore of Route 66, "The Mother Road".

Oklahoma City will again use the special event call sign W6K; Steve Duskin, NE5SD is the trustee for the call sign.  Use of W6K must be authorized by the trustee through the R66OTA Registration Page.

All W6K operations should be conducted in the Oklahoma City Metro area including Norman, and in the spirit of the event, as close to Route 66 as practical.

Operations from Oklahoma City area landmarks associated with Route 66 are encouraged, i.e. Cowboy Hall of Fame, the 'round barn' in Arcadia, the Route 66 Bridges west of Bethany, etc.  Mobile operations along Route 66 are also encouraged.

Formal coordination with the Oklahoma History Center and the Museum of Western Heritage/Cowboy Hall of Fame has been completed.  Mobile units may operate from the parking lots at both locations during their operating hours.

For the Oklahoma History Center, Monday-Saturday, 10 AM. to 5 PM.  For the Cowboy Hall of Fame, Monday-Saturday, 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM; Sunday, 12:00 PM to 5:00 PM.

Please note: permission has been granted only for exterior operations only, NO permission has been granted for operations inside these locations.

For R66OTA contacts in the Oklahoma City area, the 146.82MHz and 147.135MHz repeaters have been designated 'R66OTA repeaters'.  Stations may reserve '2m FM' operating slots and use W6K on these repeaters.

R66OTA began at 0000Z/7 September and continues to 2359Z/15 September.  Radio operators may use phone, CW or digital.  Radio operators may also consider operating mobile on "The Mother Road".  QSL information is provided in the registration instructions.

To sign up as a R66OTA Radio Operator for Oklahoma City, contact Steve Duskin, NE5SD ( or Tom Webb, WA9AFM/5 (  You will be assigned a username (your call sign) and password to access the R66OTA Registration Page.  Besides your name and call sign, please provide a phone and email point of contact in case we need to get in touch with you.

Operating slot reservation instructions will be sent to you after you have been registered as a R66OTA radio operator.

You can 'reserve' two hour operating slots by day/time/band/mode.  Sign up for as many slots as you can operate.  If you sign up to operate, please honor your commitment and operate for the time slots for which you register.

Wednesday, September 4, 2019

Support for West Gulf Division from @N7XYO

I support John Robert Stratton, N5AUS, for re-election as Director of the ARRL West Gulf Division. No other candidate has done more to support our hobby and worked harder to guide the management of the ARRL.
I first met John at the Green Country Hamfest in Claremore, Okla. He was the new Vice Director for the ARRL West Gulf after Dr. David Woolweaver, K5RAV, stepped up for become Director.
From our first conversation I have found John to be a strong advocate for amateur radio. In addition to being a Division Director, John is a vital part of the ARRL’s Executive Committee. He is also a strong voice for the ARRL members with in the West Gulf Division and the Radio Amateur community at large.
John is a practicing attorney in Austin, Tex. I know that John has a love of technology that stems from love of amateur radio and his bachelor of science degree in aerospace engineering from the University of Texas.
John is a respected and well-liked and respected professional, which is only one of the many reasons why the Radio Club of America (RCA) recently appointed him to Vice President and Co-Counsel. And why I will be casting my vote for West Gulf Division Director for John Robert Stratton, N5AUS.

Mark Conklin, N7XYO
ARRL Life Member
ARRL Oklahoma Section Emergency Coordinator

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