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.


Tuesday, August 29, 2017

OARS Net, August 29, 2017

Net Control: KI7SS
Checkins: 24
K7TAG mentioned upcoming technician license classes.
WA7BAM gave a rundown of upcoming events.
KI7SS mentioned upcoming doo wop road rally 23 September in Shelton. Sign up to help at http://www.nasarallysport.com
Possibility that the rally may be cancelled if there's no rain by then.
KI7SS discussed that he purchased a 5ghz dish that can interface with Ham WAN.
KI7SS mentioned that DNR is looking to get out of building management, may impact repeaters.
KI7SS mentioned that quite a bit of gear was left over after the SK sales. Discussion ensued.
Discussion of second day at the "Radio Dave" location for tower disassembly, etc.

Monday, August 28, 2017

".radio" Domain names now available

The top-level domain (TLD) .radio is now available for organizations or amateur radio operators. You can get a domain name ending in .radio at http://www.register.radio.

Podcast Updates

The latest from some Ham-Related podcasts:
ARRL: The Doctor Is InAug 16 - S units, What is your signal strength meter telling you?
Everything Ham RadioAug 24 - Remote operations with Ria Jairam, N2RJ
Ham Radio 360Aug 21 - Extra class upgrade, with W4EDF
Ham Talk Live!Aug 24 - Latest changes at WWV
Linux In The Ham ShackAug 14 - What's old is new again
QSO TodayAug 25 - Bill Kennamer, K5FUV about the DXCC

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

OARS Net, 22 August 2017

Net control: KI7SS
CheckIns: 20
Mention/reminder of the SK sales this coming weekend.
W7TAG will be teaching a technician license class on the 26th. Additional classes on the 3rd and 10th.
Eclipse discussion...
KI7SS noted a 10+db dip in 40m Whisper net signal strength during the eclipse.
KL7SK noted a big drop in 20m JT65 propagation during the eclipse.
KA7FRZ monitored Whisper net on 20m.
WB7S noticed 20m signals from Japan and Europe while closer signals dropped off.
Numerous additional reports regarding eclipse propagation.
WA4RAY mentioned the large string of sun spots across the center of the Sun at the time of the eclipse.
KI7SS mentioned that hams could bring additional items to sell at the SK sales.
Net ended at 8:14pm

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Plane Crash Drill Turns to Major Fire Response

From the "Be ready for anything" department:

"Over the course of a single day, ARES® Los Angeles (ARES LAX) Northwest District operators on July 8 pivoted from a plane crash mass-casualty drill to a real major fire response."
More at ARRL

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

OARS Net, 15 August 2017

Net Control: KI7SS
CheckIns: 17
WA7BAM: Mentioned that tomorrow is the monthly meeting, discussed eclipse qso party, recent Bigfoot ultra marathon, cancellation of lighthouse activation due to lack of insurance, SK sales on the 26th, military appreciation day on the 29th.
Discussion of Hamsci.org , relating to eclipse monitoring.
Additional discussion of the upcoming SK sales, items are available for presale.
Swap and shop: A pair of Motorola Motrax radios are available, free.
Net ended at 8:00pm

Monday, August 14, 2017

This Looks To Be Quite A Busy 7 Days Upon Us

Of course we start off with the OARS monthly meeting on Wednesday the 16th. Then for those who like to visit HamFairs, Clark County Amateur Radio Club has their annual HamFair on Saturday the 19th in Vancouver, Wa.
If you're a contester, Saturday and Sunday brings you the ARRL 10Ghz and Up contest.
The Cape Disappointment lighthouse activation will also be Saturday and Sunday. Cancelled!
For new(er) contesters, the ARRL Rookie Roundup (RTTY) will be Sunday the 20th.
Finally, on Monday the 21st is of course the full solar eclipse, and many people will be making the trip to the path of the full eclipse, and possibly will also be involved with tracking its impact on propagation.

Aug 16Monthly OARS Meeting
Aug 19ARRL Event: 7th Annual Clark County Amateur Radio Club (CCARC) Ham Fair, Vancouver, Wa
Aug 19,20ARRL Event: 10 GHz & Up – Round 1
Aug 19,20But possibly 17,18--ILLW at Cape Disappointment Light House Cancelled!
Aug 20ARRL Event: Rookie Roundup – RTTY
Aug 21Total solar eclipse day

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

New OARS Email Lists Posted

The OARS official site http://olyham.org, posted an updated EMail list of club members for August. That list has now been retrieved, links added, and posted in the three formats that are standard here: By Name, By Call, and By Call Suffix. Links to the three formats are in the list to the left.

65 Great Things About Ham Radio

Over at CQ-Amateur-Radio.com, here are 65 Great Things About Ham Radio

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

OARS Net, 8 August 2017

Net Control: KI7SS
CheckIns: 18
WA7BAM gave review of upcoming events, call for volunteers for the SK sale on Aug 26.
Additional discussion of the SK sale.
KLCC radio interview of WA7BAM.
The upcoming eclipse and things that club members will be doing during the event.
Insurance for lighthouse activation event.
FT8 isn't interfacing with LOTW yet because FT8 isn't out of beta yet.
Problems with digital modes, resolved by taking Windows back to a restore point.
Measuring the height of a tree limb.
Getting started with digital modes.
Net ended at 8:30pm

KLCC story features Bruce, WA7BAM

Bruce Montgomery, WA7BAM, OARS President was featured in a KLCC Story about the upcoming solar eclipse and what amateur radio enthusiasts will be doing.

Monday, August 7, 2017

Friday, August 4, 2017

Latest "The Doctor Will See You Now" podcast: "Keys and Keyers"

Latest ARRL "The Doctor Will See You Now" podcast: "Keys and Keyers"

The Doctor is ARRL's Joel Hallas, W1ZR. He's been answering questions about Amateur Radio in QST's "The Doctor Is In" column since 2006.

Thursday, August 3, 2017

ARRL Releases New Ham Radio Promotional Posters

From ARRL:

ARRL offers a series of six posters that promote Amateur Radio to the general public. These were originally designed by ARRL for the 2017 National Scouting Jamboree, but may be used for any outreach effort. Each poster is 11" x 17".
The six posters are based around the theme, "Ham Radio Is..." Those themes are:
  • Adventure (Portable operating of all kinds)
  • Discovery (Making/Building/DIY)
  • Friendship (Community and Mentoring)
  • Out Of This World (Space Communications/Satellites)
  • Ready (Publc Service)
  • The Game (Contesting and Awards)

A link to ARRL's "What Is Ham Radio" page is provided as both a URL and a QR code on each poster.

The posters are available for free download in PDF format. It's suggested to print them on high-gloss paper and frame them for maximum effect.

”SK” Estate Sale, Saturday, August 26th, 2017

The Olympia Amateur Radio Society (OARS) is sponsoring a multi-location Silent Key Estate Sale with some future Silent Key equipment for sale as well (“future silent Key…” means I want to sell it but I ain’t dead yet). All items have been checked out by licensed hams and are in working order. Prices are negotiable and pre-sales are welcome. You can visit each site in any order you wish, there is no set sequence.

Locations:
Representatives of OARS will be at each location to help you make your selections.

Bruce Montgomery, WA7BAM President / OARS
Phil Cornell, KA7FRZ Member / OARS

Amateur Radio Participation is Key to University Solar Eclipse Experiment

Virginia Tech electrical engineering professor Greg Earle, W4GDE, is heading up a National Science Foundation (NSF)-funded solar eclipse experiment dubbed CEDAR — Coupling, Energetics, and Dynamics of Atmospheric Regions. The experiment proposes to study the effects on the ionosphere of the August 21 total eclipse of the sun, using a combination of GPS receivers, the university’s SuperDARN (Super Dual Auroral Radar Network) radar system, HF Amateur Radio, and plasma modeling. Several graduate students and researchers, as well as the Virginia Tech Amateur Radio Association (K4KDJ) and the Amateur Radio community at large have been recruited to help.

“We want to understand how the ionosphere is affected by blockage of sunlight over a relatively short interval (~2 hours), understand how man-made systems are affected by the changes in the ionosphere, and use the data to improve our numerical models,”

Full story at ARRL.org.

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

OARS Net, 1 August 2017

Net Control: WA7BAM
CheckIns: 21
WA7BAM gave a review of upcoming events:
-Thurston County fair
-Bigfoot ultra marathon, Mt St Helens area
-North head lighthouse activation
-Eclipse qso party.
-All city Hamfest
-Lost child booth at Lacey armed services day
-Obliteride, needs volunteers
Discussion of an open mic on the repeaters in the morning.
Discussion of the upcoming silent key equipment estate sales
Net ended at 8:02pm

Check out the new FT8 Digital Mode

ARRL talks about the FT8 mode, so does Linux in the Ham Shack podcast #195.

Here's an introduction to FT8, over at QRZ.com.
OARS
PO Box 2861
Olympia WA 98507
E-Mail: NT7H@arrl.net

The WebMaster: WA4RAY@arrl.net