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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Friday, December 29, 2017

Here's a Range of Upcoming Events

WhenWhat
2017
Dec 30TCARES 5th Saturday exercise
1500Z, Dec 30 to 1500Z, Dec 31Stew Perry Topband Challenge
1500Z, Dec 30 to 1500Z, Dec 31Original QRP Contest
1200Z-2359Z, Dec 31Bogor Old and New Contest
2018
Jan 1ARRL: Straight Key Night
0000Z-0100Z, Jan 1AGB New Year Snowball Contest
0800Z, Jan 1 to 2000Z, Jan 7IQRP Quarterly Marathon
0800Z-1100Z, Jan 1SARTG New Year RTTY Contest
0900Z-1200Z, Jan 1AGCW Happy New Year Contest
1400Z-1700Z, Jan 1 (144)AGCW VHF/UHF Contest
1700Z-1800Z, Jan 1 (432)
1500Z-1800Z, Jan 1QRP ARCI New Years Sprint
0200Z-0400Z, Jan 2ARS Spartan Sprint
0230Z-0300Z, Jan 3Phone Fray
1300Z-1400Z, Jan 3CWops Mini-CWT Test
1900Z-2000Z, Jan 3
0300Z-0400Z, Jan 4
2000Z-2100Z, Jan 3UKEICC 80m Contest
2300Z, Jan 3 to 2300Z, Jan 4AWA Linc Cundall Memorial CW Contest
2300Z, Jan 6 to 2300Z, Jan 7
1800Z-1900Z, Jan 4 (CW)NRAU 10m Activity Contest
1900Z-2000Z, Jan 4 (SSB)
2000Z-2100Z, Jan 4 (FM)
2100Z-2200Z, Jan 4 (Dig)

Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Sea Scouts earn Technician License

As reported by OARS on Facebook, Several Sea Scouts earned their Technician license, and received 2m/440 radios.

Podcast Update, 26 December 2017

The latest from some Ham-Related podcasts:

100 Watts and a WireDec 26 - Ham radio lessons our listeners learned in 2017
Foundations Of Amateur RadioDec 23 - The range of people involved in the hobby
QSO TodayDec 23 - Jeff Damm, WA7MLHC, builds his receivers, transmitters and amplifiers
ICQ PodcastDec 23 - Answering listener questions
Amateur Radio NewslineDec 21 - Prison for killer of Illinois Ham, Hamvention getting new space, more
Ham Talk Live!Dec 21 - Emmett Hohensee III, W0QH, chief engineer at RadioWavz
Everything Ham RadioDec 21 - Plans for 2018
ARRL: The Doctor Is InDec 20 - Do "rubber duck" antennas need to be efficient to be useful?
HamNationDec 20 - Gordo's Short Shots, CA. wildfires, Gain staging, Prineboard project plans, solar weather
HamRadio 360Dec 19 - 2018 projects and plans, Ham Radio Workbench will go to it's own feed in Feb 2018
Linux In the Ham ShackDec 15 - Rich, KD0RG, has his first BSD In The Ham Shack podcast
Field Radio PodcastDec 14 - Paul Cowley, KB7VML, on putting up antennas

Thursday, December 21, 2017

What is Ham Radio? at ThurstonTalk

Article at ThurstonTalk, by our very own Phil Cornell, W7PLC

What is Ham Radio?

Here's a Range of Upcoming Events

   
WhenWhat
Dec 30TCARES 5th Saturday exercise
0145Z-0215Z, Dec 22NCCC RTTY Sprint
0200Z-0330Z, Dec 22QRP Fox Hunt
0230Z-0300Z, Dec 22NCCC Sprint
0000Z-2359Z, Dec 23Gedebage CW Contest
0000Z-1159Z, Dec 24RAEM Contest
0830Z-1059Z, Dec 26DARC Christmas Contest
0000Z-0200Z, Dec 27SKCC Sprint
0200Z-0330Z, Dec 27QRP Fox Hunt
0230Z-0300Z, Dec 27Phone Fray
1300Z-1400Z, Dec 27CWops Mini-CWT Test
1900Z-2000Z, Dec 27
0300Z-0400Z, Dec 28
0145Z-0215Z, Dec 29NCCC RTTY Sprint
0200Z-0330Z, Dec 29QRP Fox Hunt
0230Z-0300Z, Dec 29NCCC 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.

Monday, December 18, 2017

Podcast Update, 18 December 2017

The latest from some Ham-Related podcasts:

Foundations Of Amateur RadioDec 16 - Questions regarding verifying the frequency your radio is on
Linux In the Ham ShackDec 15 - Rich, KD0RG, has his first BSD In The Ham Shack podcast
ARRL Audio NewsDec 15 - ARRL Audio News
QSO TodayDec 15 - Hal Turley, W8HC, DXpeditioner headed for Bouvet island
Amateur Radio NewslineDec 15 - Ham response to CA. wildfires, more
Field Radio PodcastDec 14 - Paul Cowley, KB7VML, on putting up antennas
Ham Talk Live!Dec 14 - Dr Scott Wright, K0MD, editor of the National Contest Journal
HamNationDec 13 - The Geminid meteor shower
100 Watts and a WireDec 12 - 100 Watts and a Wire goes into syndication
ICQ PodcastDec 10 - Joined by Martin, M1MRB, Edmund Spicer, M0MNG, and Bill Barnes, N3JIX
Everything Ham RadioDec 7 - Rob Suggs, KB5EZ about the new year-long event
ARRL: The Doctor Is InDec 6 - Answering listener questions
HamRadio 360Dec 5 - David Shoaf, KG6IRW from Elecraft

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

OARS Net, 12 December 2017

Net Control: KI7SS
Checkins: 25
WA7BAM reminded that annual dues are due, and that the SIG Net will discuss antennas, reminder that the monthly meeting is the 20th, with testing prior, Sea Scout radio class will be the several days leading up to that date, NOTA will run for a year, ARRL grid chase starts January 1.
KI7SS reviewed the 2-day retrieval of the two antennas and towers from Quilcene. Discussion of the antennas and towers, possible future plans for them, need for a controller for them.
Discussion of repeaters, duplexers, and ideas regarding eventual upgrade of club repeaters.
Net ended, 8:24pm

Monday, December 11, 2017

Podcast Update, 11 December 2017

The latest from some Ham-Related podcasts:

ICQ PodcastDec 10 - Joined by Martin, M1MRB, Edmund Spicer, M0MNG, and Bill Barnes, N3JIX
Foundations Of Amateur RadioDec 9 - Talking with two amateurs on the air for the first time
ARRL Audio NewsDec 8 - ARRL Audio News
QSO TodayDec 8 - Bob Rosier, K4OCE
Amateur Radio NewslineDec 8 - Hams in India team up with police, Hams help with rescue after cyclone...
Ham Talk Live!Dec 7 - Dr. Rob Suggs, KB5EZ, Kevin Zari, KK4YEL, Peter Fetterer, KB3GTN, all from NASA
Everything Ham RadioDec 7 - Rob Suggs, KB5EZ about the new year-long event
ARRL: The Doctor Is InDec 6 - Answering listener questions
HamNationDec 6 - Pet Thomson, KE5GGY on return of Santa Net
100 Watts and a WireDec 5 - Trying to work the Vatican on 17m, QRP with WA5SAT
HamRadio 360Dec 5 - David Shoaf, KG6IRW from Elecraft
Field Radio PodcastDec 1 - Ultra portable ops w/Stuart Thomas, KB1HQS

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Here's a Range of Upcoming events

WhenWhat
Dec 9ARES 5th Saturday exercise (holiday reschedule)
Dec 9,10ARRL Event: 10 Meter
Dec 14ARES Meeting Cancelled
0145Z-0215Z, Feb 9NCCC RTTY Sprint
0230Z-0300Z, Feb 9NCCC Sprint
0000Z, Feb 10 to 2359Z, Feb 11CQ WW RTTY WPX Contest
1000Z, Feb 10 to 1000Z, Feb 11SARL Field Day Contest
1100Z-1300Z, Feb 10Asia-Pacific Spring Sprint, CW
1200Z, Feb 10 to 1200Z, Feb 11KCJ Topband Contest
1200Z, Feb 10 to 1200Z, Feb 11Dutch PACC Contest
1200Z, Feb 10 to 2400Z, Feb 11SKCC Weekend Sprintathon
1500Z, Feb 10 to 1500Z, Feb 11OMISS QSO Party
1700Z-2100Z, Feb 10FISTS Winter Unlimited Sprint
1900Z-2300Z, Feb 10RSGB 1st 1.8 MHz Contest
1200Z-1800Z, Feb 11Balkan HF Contest
0100Z-0259Z, Feb 12CQC Winter QSO Party
1300Z, Feb 12 to 2359Z, Feb 16ARRL School Club Roundup
0000Z-2359Z, Feb 14PODXS 070 Club Valentine Sprint
0130Z-0330Z, Feb 14NAQCC CW Sprint
0230Z-0300Z, Feb 14Phone Fray
1300Z-1400Z, Feb 14CWops Mini-CWT Test
1900Z-2000Z, Feb 14
0300Z-0400Z, Feb 15
1900Z-2030Z, Feb 14RSGB 80m Club Championship, Data

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, December 5, 2017

Thurston County Amateur Radio Service

"The local ARES group, TCARES (Thurston County Amateur Radio Emergency Service), invites licensed hams in Thurston County to join an organization that is setting an example of how it should be done."

New ARRL QST QuickStats Poll

ARRL Quickstats has posted a New QST QuickStats Poll

Results will appear in the March 2018 issue of QST.

The questions on the poll:
  • Have you registered with the United Technology Council to operate on 630 meters?
  • If you registered to operate on 630 meters, have you been denied permission?
  • Have you registered with the United Technology Council to operate on 2,200 meters?
  • If you registered to operate on 2,200 meters, have you been denied permission?

Updated Energy Calculation Worksheet

Dan Agun, KF7HJ, has provided an updated Energy Calculation Worksheet.

Monday, December 4, 2017

Podcast Update, 4 December 2017

The latest from some Ham-Related podcasts:

Foundations Of Amateur RadioDec 2 - Leave judgement outside the shack
QSO TodayDec 2 - Robert Norman, VK5SW
Amateur Radio NewslineDec 1 - Skywarn recognition day, Santa Net on 80 meters...
ARRL Audio NewsDec 1 - ARRL Audio News
Field Radio PodcastDec 1 - Ultra portable ops w/Stuart Thomas, KB1HQS
Ham Talk Live!Nov 30 - Bouvet Island DXpedition update with K0IR
HamNationNov 29 - So much stuff we couldn't pick a name!
100 Watts and a WireNov 29 - Christian may have hung an 80 meter loop, saying goodbye to Wes, WL7F/SK
ICQ PodcastNov 26 - Active Receive Antennas
Everything Ham RadioNov 23 - Look back at the HamRadioNow Live Show
ARRL: The Doctor Is InNov 22 - Which is better? Coax or balanced feed line
HamRadio 360Nov 22 - Shopping show 4

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