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

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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