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...

Saturday, September 30, 2017

A new QST Quickstats poll

A new Quickstats poll has been posted. The latest questions:

  • Do you plan on purchasing any Amateur Radio items as gifts during the holidays?
  • Will you be ringing in the New Year by participating in Straight Key Night?
  • Will you be upgrading your license in 2018?
  • As we approach 2018, how do you feel about the state of Amateur Radio?

Goosebumps

Friday, September 29, 2017

New ARRL Frequency Chart Available

ARRL has released a new frequency chart, in four formats. It now includes the new 630 and 2200 meter bands.

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

OARS Net, 26 September, 2017

Net Control: KI7SS
Checkins: 25
WA7BAM gave a review of upcoming events, reminder about helping Ham Aid at ARRL.org, review of last week's meeting.
W6EGV reviewed work party and SK sale over the past weekend.
KB6LE mentioned that he may get the newsletter out early.
WA4RAY mentioned that members can send updates or modifications for their contact info on the OARS site to him and he will make the changes for them.
KI7SS reviewed the DooWop road rally event from the past weekend.
WA7BAM mentioned problems that he'd had recently. One was caused by water in the antenna base, while the other was resolved by performing a factory reset.
KI7SS mentioned that he'd purchased an old lawn tractor for $45, that had a simple problem of bad battery cables.
Discussion of the Salmon Run, and contesting in general.
Discussion of the 50 volunteer Hams heading to Puerto Rico, ongoing disaster recovery efforts.
WA7BAM discussed the article at ThurstonTalk.com, by KA7FRZ, "Are you prepared for an emergency in Thurston county?"

FalconSAT-3 Now Open For Amateur Radio Use

FalconSAT-3, built in 2005/2006 and launched in March 2007, is now entering its thrid mission phase as an on-orbit resource for the Amateur Radio Service.

In amateur service the downlink is at 435.103 MHz transmitting 1W into a ¼ whip that extends from a corner of the satellite near the Lightband separation ring. The uplink is at 145.840 MHz and the receive antenna is a ¼ whip on the opposite side of the satellite near the S-band antennas. All UHF and S-band equipment on NTIA licensed frequencies has been disabled. The ARS VHF receiver is very sensitive. Modulation is 9600 bps GMSK for the uplink and downlink. The broadcast callsign is PFS3-11, and the BBS callsign is PFS3-12, Unproto APRS via PFS3-1.

You can track where FALCONSAT-3 or any other satellite happens to be, by searching at http://www.n2yo.com

Monday, September 25, 2017

North American SSB Sprint contest postponed

The North American SSB Sprint contest, scheduled for October 1st, has been postponed to ensure that there will be no interference with disaster recovery efforts. The plan is to reschedule it for later in the fall.

Amateur Radio Support in Puerto Rico, US Virgin Islands Continues

Following the significant hurricane destruction in Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands, (Saint Croix, Sant John, and Saint Thomas) Amateur Radio operators are continuing to support recovery efforts.

Podcast Update, 25-Sep-2017

The latest from some Ham-Related podcasts:

QSO TodaySep 23 - Burt Weiner, K6OQK, repeater pioneer
Foundations Of Amateur RadioSep 23 - Tropospheric ducting and VHF
Amateur Radio NewslineSep 22 - Caribbean storms, 'Amelia Aerhart' pilot back in the news, more
ARRL Audio NewsSep 22 - Weekly Amateur Radio News Summary
Field Radio PodcastSep 21 - Kevin Reeve, N7RXE, Organizing and coordinating event comm
Everything Ham RadioSep 21 - Vance Marvin, N3VEM, operating while traveling
Ham Talk Live!Sep 21 - Scott Westerman, W9WSW, Ham Radio Public Relations
HamNationSep 20 - Couthern Ca. HamFest, Don talks to young Hams, more
100 Watts and a WireSep 19 - Rt 66 On The Air, 100WaaW FALL OUT Oct 7-8
Ham Radio 360Sep 19 - The host is in North Carolina and shares lessons learned from Hurricane Irma
ICQ PodcastSep 17 - Trying 60m with SOTABeam BandHopper Antenna
ARRL: The Doctor Is InSep 13 - How High is High Enough?
Linux In The Ham ShackSep 11 - Earthquakes, Hurricanes, WSJT-X, FT-8, More
The Two-Way Radio ShowSep 8 - Discussing the Motorola Talkabout T-Series radios
Practical Amateur Radio PodcastAug 27 - Make Nature Your Shack

Thursday, September 21, 2017

A satellite caught OARS during Field Day 2017

OARS Convinced the folks who control the satellite to take photos of the 2017 OARS Field Day activities. :)


Get ready for the ARRL Simulated Emergency Test (SET)

From ARRL.org:
ARRL Simulated Emergency Test (SET) Fall Classic is coming up soon, October 7-8.
The primary League-sponsored national emergency exercise is designed to assess the skills and preparedness of ARES® and other organizations involved with emergency and disaster response.

“Every local ARES team and/or ARRL Section will come up with their own scenarios and work with served agencies and partner organizations during the SET,” said ARRL Field Organization Team Supervisor Steve Ewald, WV1X, who pointed out that not all SETs will take place on the first full weekend of October.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Monday, September 18, 2017

Here we go again, this time with Hurricane Maria

As Hurricane Maria moves into the Caribbean Islands, Caribbean Emergency Weather Net activates.

Podcast Update, 18-Sep-2017

The latest from some Ham-Related podcasts:

ICQ PodcastSep 17- Trying 60m with SOTABeam BandHopper Antenna
Foundations Of Amateur RadioSep 16 - Reorganizing the Ham Shack
QSO TodaySep 15 - Wayne Herman, W7VOA
Amateur Radio NewslineSep 15 - Hurrican Irma, 9-11, more
ARRL: The Doctor Is InSep 14 - How High is High Enough?
Everything Ham RadioSep 14 - Boy Scout Jamboree On The Air (JOTA-JOTI)
Ham Talk Live!Sep 14 - Celebration at the National Voice Of America Museum
HamNationSep 13 - Aid in Response to Hurricans Harvey and Irma
100 Watts and a WireSep 12 - Hurricane Irma, 9-11, Rt 66 On The Air
Ham Radio 360Sep 12 - Workbench-32: GPS Disciplined Oscillators and Frequency References
Linux In The Ham ShackSep 11 - Earthquakes, Hurricanes, WSJT-X, FT-8, More
The Two-Way Radio ShowSep 8 - Discussing the Motorola Talkabout T-Series radios
ARRL Audio NewsAug 30 - Hurricane Harvey and Recovery Operations
Practical Amateur Radio PodcastAug 27 - Make Nature Your Shack

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Register at UTC to Operate on 630 and 2200 Meter Bands

Operation on 630 and 2200 Meter bands becomes legal on October 16. You need to register at https://utc.org/plc-database-amateur-notification-process if you plan on operating on the new bands.

Friday, September 15, 2017

Site Updates

Check out a couple of new pages here at Olyham:

The new Meet OARS (+Repeater info) page, where you can find info about how to meet up with us via our Nets on the air, the repeaters, and our monthly club meetings.

Our Propagation/Space Weather page, where you can find some of the latest information about propagation conditions.

FCC Opens 630- and 2200-Meter Bands; Stations Must Notify UTC Before Operating

From ARRL, comes the News that FCC has approved the information-collection requirement of the FCC March 29 report and Order that outlined Amateur Radio rules for the 630 and 2200 Meter bands.

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Calendar Updates

Added three more events to the Upcoming Events page and to the OARS calendar:
Sep 23-24 - CQWW RTTY Contest
Oct 28-29 - CQWW SSB Contest
Nov 25-26 - CQWW CW Contest

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Caribbean Emergency and Weather Net Requests Clear Frequencies

The Caribbean Emergency and Weather Net (http://cewn.org) is requesting that amateur radio operators avoid using 7.162MHz, 7.188MHz, and 3.815MHz, as CEWN is using those for emergency operations at this time.

USA Today: During Hurricanes, Emergency Officials Turn To Ham Radio

September 10 article about Amateur Radio activities during emergencies.

“We take for granted our communications,” said Etta LoPresti, emergency management coordinator for Indian River County.

“But when you have something catastrophic like they do in the Keys and in the west coast of Florida, where you’re not going to have communication, these amateur radio operators take care of things for us.”

Monday, September 11, 2017

Podcast Update, 11-Sep-2017

The latest from some Ham-Related podcasts:
ARRL: The Doctor Is InAug 30 - Antenna Analyzers
Everything Ham RadioSep 7 - Ria Jairam, N2RJ, JT65, JT9, and FT8
Ham Radio 360Sep 5 - FSQ, Linux, Youtube with Kevin, KB9RLW
Ham Talk Live!Sep 7 - Bobby Graves, KN5HAV from Hurricane Watch Net and Lloyd Colston, KC5FM from the VoIP Hurricane Net
Linux In The Ham ShackAug 28 - "Dark Star", Solar eclipse, Chinese ham radio equipment, elmering, more
QSO TodaySep 8 - Tom Robinson, G0SBW, QRP with a manpack radio
The Two-Way Radio ShowSep 8 - Discussing the Motorola Talkabout T-Series radios
100 Watts and a WireSep 5 - Building and testing wire antennas

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Events This Coming Weekend

Significant Solar Flux Jump On Labor Day, and a CME

The solar flux went up from 120 to 183 on Labor Day. Possible improvement for 10-to-20 meters. NOAA Space Weather Prediction Center (SWPC) has issued warnings for minor geomagnetic storms and possible radio blackout. Also, a CME analysis is underway on the ejection that could reach Earth within the next two days.

Summary at ARRL.

Monday, September 4, 2017

Amateur Radio Preparation Has Begun, Ahead Of Hurricane Irma

Amateur radio operators and organizations are beginning to get ready, in advance of Hurricane Irma, currently heading for the Caribbean. Hurricane Watch Net (HWN) may activate soon.

More at ARRL.org.

UPDATE 1: HWN to activate Tuesday, September 5, at 1800 UTC

UPDATE 2: Hurricane Irma info at Weather Underground
Irma is now a Cat 5, will continue as a Cat 5 as it it hits Puerto Rico, DR, Haiti.

Friday, September 1, 2017

FCC Reform of Part 95 Effective September 28

The FCC's rewrite of Part 95 has been registered, so the rule changes take effect September 28, 2017.

New QST QuickStats Poll Is Up

Over at http://www.arrl.org/quickstats, there's a new Poll that asks:
  • Do you listen to audio podcasts?
  • Do you listen to ARRL’s The Doctor is In podcast?
  • Do you listen to the weekly ARRL Audio News podcasts?
  • Do you watch online videos for Amateur Radio information?
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