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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ARRL Calls Out for Volunteers for 2018 Special Olympics USA Games in Seattle

In 2018, 4,000 of the top Special Olympics athletes and coaches in the USA will gather in Seattle to participate in just the fourth-ever Spe...

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Year-Long NASA On The Air Event Kicks off on December 11

"The Amateur Radio clubs at National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) centers around the US have invited the Amateur Radio community to join the NASA On The Air (NOTA) special event. NOTA gets under way in December 2017 and continues through December 2018. In addition to being the agency’s 60th anniversary, 2018 will mark 50 years since NASA orbited the first human around the moon, and 20 years since the first elements of the International Space Station (ISS) were launched into low-Earth orbit."

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Here's a Range of Upcoming Events

WhenWhat
Dec 2SkyWarn Recognition Day Info at ARRL
2000Z-2130Z, Nov 30RSGB 80m Autumn Series, CW
0145Z-0215Z, Dec 1NCCC RTTY Sprint
0200Z-0330Z, Dec 1QRP Fox Hunt
0230Z-0300Z, Dec 1NCCC Sprint
2200Z, Dec 1 to 1600Z, Dec 3ARRL 160-Meter Contest
0600Z-0629Z, Dec 2Wake-Up! QRP Sprint
0630Z-0659Z, Dec 2
0700Z-0729Z, Dec 2
0730Z-0800Z, Dec 2
1600Z, Dec 2 to 1559Z, Dec 3TOPS Activity Contest
2000Z, Dec 2 to 1959Z, Dec 3EPC Ukraine DX Contest
0000Z-2400Z, Dec 3Ten-Meter RTTY Contest
1300Z-1600Z, Dec 3SARL Digital Contest
0200Z-0400Z, Dec 5ARS Spartan Sprint
0200Z-0330Z, Dec 6QRP Fox Hunt
0230Z-0300Z, Dec 6Phone Fray
1300Z-1400Z, Dec 6CWops Mini-CWT Test
1900Z-2000Z, Dec 6
0300Z-0400Z, Dec 7
0000Z-0600Z, Dec 7QRP ARCI Topband Sprint
1800Z-1900Z, Dec 7 (CW)NRAU 10m Activity Contest
1900Z-2000Z, Dec 7 (SSB)
2000Z-2100Z, Dec 7 (FM)
2100Z-2200Z, Dec 7 (Dig)
0145Z-0215Z, Dec 8NCCC RTTY Sprint
0200Z-0330Z, Dec 8QRP Fox Hunt
0230Z-0300Z, Dec 8NCCC Sprint

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 28, 2017

OARS Net, 28 November 2017

Net control: KI7SS
Checkins: 18
WA7BAM reminded that it's annual dues time, mentioned that SIG Net is after the OARS Net, Skywarn recognition day is coming up December 2nd, ARES exercise on the 9th, OARS meeting on the 20th, new OARS logo is being developed, Santa Net on 3.916, classes 18th-22nd, more.
Plans for a work party trip to Port Angeles to take down two towers with antennas.
Discussion of the December meeting, including food items and such, gift exchange.
Discussion of precision loads for antenna testing.
Additional discussion of plans for the weekend work party.
Net Closed: 8:30pm

Monday, November 27, 2017

Podcast update, 27 November 2017

The latest from some Ham-Related podcasts:

ICQ PodcastNov 26 - Active Receive Antennas
Foundations Of Amateur RadioNov 25 - How can you measure what frequency your radio is on?
QSO TodayNov 24 - Preston Douglas, WJ2V, President of QRP-ARCI
Amateur Radio NewslineNov 24 - FCC Chariman commits to fewer delays, JOTA, more
Everything Ham RadioNov 23 - Look back at the HamRadioNow Live Show
Ham Talk Live!Nov 23 - Thanksgiving show
ARRL: The Doctor Is InNov 22 - Which is better? Coax or balanced feed line
HamRadio 360Nov 22 - The shopping show
100 Watts and a WireNov 21 - Thanksgiving show
ARRL Audio NewsNov 17 - Weekly Amateur Radio News Summary
Field Radio PodcastNov 16 - Mark Waggoner, N6MRW, creator of an ammo can repeater...
HamNationNov 15 - Jim Mayercak, WX8J, getting kids into Ham, ISS astronauts talk with the Pope, George Ulm's Ham shack

Friday, November 24, 2017

SkyWarn Recognition Day Webinar Nov 27

At 5pm Pacific Time, November 27, there will be a SkyWarn Recognition Day Webinar.

Register in advance here.

SRD this year takes place on Saturday, December 2 from 0000 until 2400 UTC (starts on the evening of Friday, December 1, in US time zones). During SRD, ham radio operators will set up stations at National Weather Service (NWS) offices and contact other radio amateurs around the world.

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Here's a Range of Upcoming Events

WhenWhat
Nov 25-26CQWW CW Contest
Nov 26Olympia Downtown Association Holiday Parade – Sunday after Thanksgiving
0145Z-0215Z, Nov 24NCCC RTTY Sprint
0230Z-0300Z, Nov 24NCCC Sprint
0000Z, Nov 25 to 2400Z, Nov 26CQ Worldwide DX Contest, CW
0200Z-0330Z, Nov 29QRP Fox Hunt
0230Z-0300Z, Nov 29Phone Fray
1300Z-1400Z, Nov 29CWops Mini-CWT Test
1900Z-2000Z, Nov 29
0300Z-0400Z, Nov 30
2000Z-2100Z, Nov 29UKEICC 80m Contest
2000Z-2130Z, Nov 30RSGB 80m Autumn Series, CW

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 21, 2017

OARS Net, 21 November 2017

OARS Net, 21 November 2017 Net Control: KI7SS
Checkins: 19
Club president, WA7BAM reminded everyone that the SIG net follows the OARS Net, gave a review of upcoming events, December meeting will be informal with gift exchange, new logo is being worked on, OARS booth at the Mike&Key event.
KL7SK gave a review of the Boy Scout night hike.
Discussion of the KING5 story about Amateur radio support following disasters.
Additional discussion of night hike.
KI7SS will be giving a new Ham class at the Steamboat Island Fire Station, Dec 18-22, schedule TBD.
K7TAG mentioned that a rep from the Health department was looking for assistance in getting personnel trained for Ham licenses.
Discussion of using ferrites to reduce antenna issues.
KI7QCL discussed using repeaters while travelling on a work trip to Eastern Washington
Net closed 8:20pm

Monday, November 20, 2017

KING5: "HAM radio operators vital if disaster strikes"

Story at KING5.com about the role of Amateur Radio operators in emergency response.

"If disaster strikes, emergency officials say we will likely be reliant on a growing network of amateur radio operators.

Podcast Update, 20 November 2017

The latest from some Ham-Related podcasts:

Foundations Of Amateur RadioNov 18 - TCXO
ARRL Audio NewsNov 17 - Weekly Amateur Radio News Summary
Amateur Radio NewslineNov 17 - Suit against ARRL dismissed, Vanu Bose passed away, Fundraising...
Field Radio PodcastNov 16 - Mark Waggoner, N6MRW, creator of an ammo can repeater...
Ham Talk Live!Nov 16 - Scott Avery, WA6LIE, on Remote Hams
QSO TodayNov 16 - David Sumner, K1ZZ, retired ARRL CEO and GM, shares his Ham radio story
HamNationNov 15 - Jim Mayercak, WX8J, getting kids into Ham, ISS astronauts talk with the Pope, George Ulm's Ham shack
100 Watts and a WireNov 14 - Possibly reviving the 100 Watts and a Wire Net
ICQ PodcastNov 12 - The Ham Radio News
Everything Ham RadioNov 9 - Ian Kahn, KM4IK products for your Christmas list
ARRL: The Doctor Is InNov 8 - NVIS: Near Vertical Incidence Skywave
HamRadio 360Nov 7 - Useful and invaluable items

From the newly elected OARS member-at-large

Hi, I’m Phil Cornell, W7PLC. Thank you for electing me to a position that many have no idea what the position is, or does. Let me explain. From the OARS bylaws: “1.5 The Member-at-Large shall represent the general membership at the Executive Board meetings, and can serve on other committees as needed.” Since I will be representing you at board meetings, I need to hear from you on things that affect the club as a whole, new ideas for club meetings, anything that you want brought to the attention of the Executive Board. Also, I will be a potential tie-breaking vote on the Executive Board which is all the more reason to be closely listening to you, the members. To that end, I will try to be available to all members as much as possible. I will start to monitor the OARS repeater a lot more consistently so that you can contact me there and you can always shoot me an email, w7plc@arrl.net, which I WILL answer. We have a great club and I want to make it even better. My ultimate goal is to increase our membership by making our hobby more interesting and more fun. To do this I need your help, the only bad idea is the one you don’t share with the members, and me.
73,
Phil Cornell, W7PLC

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

WhenWhat
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)

Friday, November 10, 2017

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 Grid Chase is simple: Work stations in as many grid squares as possible and upload your log data to ARRL's Logbook of The World. If you are not currently registered with Logbook of The World, this is a good reason to get started. Go to https://lotw.arrl.org/lotw-help/getting-started. Registration and uploading are free.

The full ARRL.org rundown on the event.

Thursday, November 9, 2017

If you'd like to try some different contests...

Here's a range of upcoming contests:

WhenWhat
0000Z, Nov 11 to 2359Z, Nov 12WAE DX Contest, RTTY
0001Z, Nov 11 to 2359Z, Nov 1210-10 Int. Fall Contest, Digital
0700Z, Nov 11 to 1300Z, Nov 12JIDX Phone Contest
1200Z, Nov 11 to 2400Z, Nov 12SKCC Weekend Sprintathon
1200Z, Nov 11 to 1200Z, Nov 12OK/OM DX Contest, CW
1400Z, Nov 11 to 0200Z, Nov 12Kentucky QSO Party
1900Z-2300Z, Nov 11 (CW/Digital)CQ-WE Contest
0100Z-0500Z, Nov 12 (Phone)
1900Z-2300Z, Nov 12 (Phone)
0100Z-0500Z, Nov 13 (CW/Digital)
0000Z-0400Z, Nov 12North American SSB Sprint Contest
0100Z-0300Z, Nov 134 States QRP Group Second Sunday Sprint
2000Z-2130Z, Nov 13RSGB 80m Autumn Series, Data
0200Z-0330Z, Nov 15QRP Fox Hunt
0230Z-0300Z, Nov 15Phone Fray
1300Z-1400Z, Nov 15 and 1900Z-2000Z, Nov 15 and 0300Z-0400Z, Nov 16CWops Mini-CWT Test

Note: All 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.

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

OARS Net, 7 November 2017

Net Control: KI7SS
Checkins: 23
WA7BAM gave review of upcoming events, reminder that the club meeting is next week, SIG Net occurs after this net, officer elections during the upcoming meeting. Santa Net is starting up.
KI7SS mentioned that the 2018 Mike and Key event will be on March 10, brought up the idea that the items left over from the triple SK sale could be sold there. Discussion toward getting a booth at the event.
Discussion of the Skookumchuck wind farm that's planned.
Issues with the 220 repeater.
KI7SS has been having RF interference issues from his Chamberlain garage door openers.
Discussion of Nov 17 Boy Scout Night Hike.
Net ended, 8:25pm

Monday, November 6, 2017

Podcast Update, 6 November 2017

The latest from some Ham-Related podcasts:

QSO TodayNov 4 - Larry Staples, W0AIB, publisher of Larry's List
Foundations Of Amateur RadioNov 4 - WSPRNet
ARRL Audio NewsNov 3 - Weekly Amateur Radio News Summary
Amateur Radio NewslineNov 3 - Disaster prep on campus, in a retirement community, near Nuclear plants
Ham Talk Live!Nov 2 - Don Greenbaum, N1DG, aboutthe 2018 Baker Island DXpedition, and a big announcement
Field Radio PodcastNov 2 - Interview with Kevin Zanjani about LiFEPO4 batteries
HamRadio 360Nov 2 - Same as FRP this week, Interview with Kevin Zanjani about LiFEPO4 batteries
HamNationNov 1 - Antennas, HF operation, Hams and hurricane Ophelia, inside a broadcast transmitter
100 Watts and a WireOct 31 - Asking amateur radio media outlets to ask tougher questions about the Puerto Rico response
ICQ PodcastOct 28 - The Ham Radio News
Everything Ham RadioOct 26 - John Jacobs, W7DBO WSPRnet, his podcast (HamRadio 360), more
ARRL: The Doctor Is InOct 25 - The joys of operating with VERY low power

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

New QST QuickStats Poll

QST has posted a new QuickStats Poll, with these questions:

  • Do you still exchange QSL cards?
  • On CW, do you prefer short contacts or longer conversations?
  • How have you coped with the declining propagation conditions on the HF bands?
  • Have you tried the new FT8 digital mode?

Events This Upcoming Weekend

Nov 4,5ARRL Event: EME - 50 to 1296 MHz
Nov 4-6National Communication Interoperability Exercise
Nov 4-6ARRL Event: Nov. Sweepstakes – CW

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