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.

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New ARRL Year-Long Operating Event Begins January 1

The " ARRL International Grid Chase " kicks off January 1, 2018. From the ARRL Page: The objective of the ARRL International G...

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Check Out APRS

Introductions to Automated Packet Reporting System, "APRS" on Youtube.

It takes much less than you'd think to just try it out. Have an Android smart phone? Then you're already equipped to at least look into it! On your end, you only have to install "APRSDroid".

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Here's a range of upcoming contests and events

Nov 17Event: Boy Scout night hike, 5pm-3am
Nov 18Event: East Side DMR Symposium Moses Lake, Wa
0145Z-0215Z, Nov 17NCCC RTTY Sprint
0200Z-0330Z, Nov 17QRP Fox Hunt
0230Z-0300Z, Nov 17NCCC Sprint
1600Z-2200Z, Nov 17YO International PSK31 Contest
1000Z, Nov 18 to 1000Z, Nov 19SARL Field Day Contest
1200Z, Nov 18 to 1200Z, Nov 19LZ DX Contest
1600Z, Nov 18 to 0700Z, Nov 19All Austrian 160-Meter Contest
1700Z, Nov 18 to 0100Z, Nov 19REF 160-Meter Contest
1900Z-2059Z, Nov 18Feld Hell Sprint
1900Z-2300Z, Nov 18RSGB 2nd 1.8 MHz Contest, CW
2100Z, Nov 18 to 0300Z, Nov 20ARRL Sweepstakes Contest, SSB
1300-1500Z, Nov 19 (40m)Homebrew and Oldtime Equipment Party
1500-1700Z, Nov 19 (80m)
0200Z-0400Z, Nov 20Run for the Bacon QRP Contest
0000Z-0200Z, Nov 22SKCC Sprint
0200Z-0330Z, Nov 22QRP Fox Hunt
0230Z-0300Z, Nov 22Phone Fray
1300Z-1400Z, Nov 22CWops Mini-CWT Test
1900Z-2000Z, Nov 22
0300Z-0400Z, Nov 23
2000Z-2130Z, Nov 22RSGB 80m Autumn Series, SSB

Note: Much of this information is at ContestCalendar.com. Bruce Horn, WA7BNM, does a fantastic job of collecting and presenting this information and much, much more. Check out his site. It has an astonishing amount of information.

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

OARS Net, 14 November 2017

Net Control: KI7SS
Checkins: 27
WA7BAM gave a review of upcoming events, including the monthly meeting tomorrow with elections, boy scout night hike this weekend, ARES involvement with the Olympia parade, SkyWarn recognition day, more.
Discussion of the need for more help with the night hike.
Discussion of 20khz frequency display error on TS-440 radio.
Discussion SDRs.
Net ended at 8:16pm

Monday, November 13, 2017

Podcast update, 13-November 2017

The latest from some Ham-Related podcasts:

ICQ PodcastNov 12 - The Ham Radio News
Foundations Of Amateur RadioNov 11 - Follow up regarding last week's discussion of WSPR
QSO TodayNov 11 - Fred Regennitter, K4IU, on his radio history dating back over 50 years
ARRL Audio NewsNov 10 - Weekly Amateur Radio News Summary
Amateur Radio NewslineNov 10 - Baker Island DXpedition, Jamboree stations reporting, more
Ham Talk Live!Nov 9 - Valerie Hotzfield, NV9L, regarding the trip to Puerto Rico
Everything Ham RadioNov 9 - Ian Kahn, KM4IK products for your Christmas list
ARRL: The Doctor Is InNov 8 - NVIS: Near Vertical Incidence Skywave
HamNationNov 8 - Find the source of that noise, ARRL Sweepstakes SSB, building an air coil, more
HamRadio 360Nov 7 - Useful and invalluable items
100 Watts and a WireNov 7 - Christian builds a greenhouse, early Am QSOs on 160m
Field Radio PodcastNov 2 - Interview with Kevin Zanjani about LiFEPO4 batteries

Sunday, November 12, 2017

OARS Club Member Weather Stations

At least two club members have weather stations online. If you have one, let the WebMaster know and we'll get yours added to the club members weather stations page, listed on the left.

Phil Cornell's (W7PLC) weather station
Ray Goble's (WA4RAY) weather station
Weather Underground PWS KWAOLYMP45
Weather Underground PWS KWAOLYMP215
(Click on one to go that Wunderground page)
PO Box 2861
Olympia WA 98507
E-Mail: NT7H@arrl.net

The WebMaster: WA4RAY@arrl.net