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.

Thursday, September 21, 2017

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

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

OARS Net, 19 September, 2017

Net Control: KI7SS
Checkins: 22
WA7BAM gave an update on coming events. At the next meeting on September 20, topics will include Station Grounding, Digital Mobile Radio (DMR) and the new WebSite, more.
Work party and sale at Radio Dave's, Friday and Saturday Sepetember 22-23.
KI7SS gave an update on the upcoming road rally, need more volunteers for radio support.
WA7BAM restated that he can provide a ride-along to the Rally.
Reminder of the upcoming licensing classes.
Discussion of odd problem with the 2-meter repeater on Saturday September 16, other work that was performed.
Discussion of recent issues and solutions that some members have experienced.
Discussed Salmon Run contacts.
Discussed issues with multiple monitors on ham shack computers.
Discussion of using multiple antenna tuners in series.
Net Ended: 8:26pm

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

OARS Net, 12 September, 2017

Net Control: WA7BAM
Checkins: 22
WA7BAM gave a review of upcoming events.
WA4RAY stated that he was contacting N7CFO regarding the OARS SSC issue.
KA7FRZ discussed equipment that for sale.
Discussion of the current level of solar activity.

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

OARS Net, September 5, 2017

Net Control: KI7SS
Checkins: 20
WA7BAM gave a review of upcoming events.
Sep 22,23 work party and sale at "Radio Dave's" place.
Discussion of the new OARS site, WA4RAY commented on it.
Discussion of the CME on the way towards Earth at this time, rated at G2 or even G3.
Discussion of the smoke from wildfires.
KI7SS asked about operators who use professional microphones. WA7BAM, K7TAG discussed.
Discussion of digital operations, groups in Western Washington that work digital modes.
Net ended, 8:40pm

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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