OARS, the Olympia Amateur Radio Society, is an ARRL special services club dedicated to promoting and supporting Amateur Radio in the Olympia Washington area as well as all of Thurston County.

Friday, September 21, 2018

Something to think about

Radio Estate Tips and Good Practices

When your loved one is a SK, it's left to the family what to do with all the stuff.  We at OARS recently dealt with this situation.  Here are some good practices to get the best value back for your hard earned money that you invested into your hobby:
  • Keep original boxes and manuals of all your equipment.
  • Keep sales receipts of purchases.
  • Make sure your spouse or children are aware of who you want to handle the sales of your ham station.
  • Make double sure that only licensed and insured companies remove antennas and towers. A lawsuit deriving from death or injury by someone removing antennas and towers ” for free” on your property can ruin your loved ones and estate.
  • Do not let bargain hunters walk off with part of your station before consulting a professional company or trusted ham as this will leave your family with expenses to remove towers and antennas.
  • Ham friends are usually of great help but they also have families, jobs, schedules and can help to an extent. In many cases equipment is sold for less than its worth. Consider discussing this and coming up with a detailed plan ahead of time.
  • Make sure your family points any inquiries about your ham station directly to the company handling your ham estate. Ensure that they are firm on this.

5 seconds of fame

...and then it was gone.

APRS slides

These are the slides from the Sept OARS meeting presentation by Bill, N6NBN on APRS; https://goo.gl/MU7LDP  It was a very good presentation and answered a lot of my questions.  Check it out.

Thursday, September 13, 2018

Video Demo of WSJT-X Connected Directly to Logbook

For those of us using HRD and venturing into FT8, this is big!

Video Demo of WSJT-X Connected Directly to Logbook
Greetings folks!
As mentioned in the release notice sent recently, we have improved the ability to integrate WSJT-X with Ham Radio Deluxe Logbook. Prior to this release, the use of JTAlert was required. Many customers enjoyed this method and tens of thousands of (FT8, JT65, JT9, etc) QSOs have been made with this method. We will still continue to support this method and the efforts of the JTAlert developer to continue and improve JTAlert.
With this release, Ham Radio Deluxe users can connect WSJT-X directly to Logbook and QSOs made in WSJT-X are automatically added into Logbook. This feature is called "QSO Forwarding" in Logbook. WSJT-X refers to it as "Reporting". We had many requests from our clients to provide this feature and I'm very pleased with how it works.
I have created a 7 minute video that demonstrations how to configure WSJT-X and Ham Radio Deluxe to do this. The first two minutes of the video demonstrates the setup. In the remaining five minutes, I make a few FT8 QSOs and you can see them going immediately into Logbook.
The video is on our YouTube channel here: www.youtube.com/HamRadioDeluxe
Please SUBSCRIBE to our YouTube channel to get updates on new videos added.
We also have a description of how to configure QSO Forwarding on our online user manual at: wiki.HamRadioDeluxe.com
 I hope you will take the time to check out this video and subscribe to our YouTube channel. Download the version at: www.HamRadioDeluxe.com
I'll see you on FT8!!
73 de Mike, WA9PIE
HRD Software, LLC

Sunday, September 9, 2018

General License Class

------- Forwarded message -------
From: "Eugene O'Neill" <president@cvars.org>
To: president <president@cvars.org>
Subject: General License Class
Date: Thu, 06 Sep 2018 09:15:17 -0700

Hello to all

We are putting together a General License class.   Please contact George  
K8VU at k8vu@arrl.net, If you have any interest or know of someone who is  
interested.    The times and location will be worked out, once There are  
enough students.

Upgrade       Get on the air.     Have Fun      Learn new things    Meet  
good people

Radio has been a great thing for me I would not know any of you if I had  
not gotten into radio.

Have a great day

Eugene O'Neill AF7JM President
Chehalis Valley Amateur Radio Society


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