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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Thursday, February 22, 2018

Events and Contests Over the Next Week

WhenWhat
0145Z-0215Z, Feb 23NCCC RTTY Sprint
0200Z-0330Z, Feb 23QRP Fox Hunt
0230Z-0300Z, Feb 23NCCC Sprint
2200Z, Feb 23 to 2200Z, Feb 25CQ 160-Meter Contest, SSB
0600Z, Feb 24 to 1800Z, Feb 25REF Contest, SSB
1300Z, Feb 24 to 1300Z, Feb 25UBA DX Contest, CW
1500Z, Feb 24 to 0159Z, Feb 25South Carolina QSO Party
1800Z, Feb 24 to 0559Z, Feb 25North American QSO Party, RTTY
0900Z-1100Z, Feb 25High Speed Club CW Contest
1500Z-1700Z, Feb 25
1300Z-1600Z, Feb 25SARL Digital Contest
1500Z, Feb 25 to 0059Z, Feb 26North Carolina QSO Party
0000Z-0200Z, Feb 28SKCC Sprint
0200Z-0330Z, Feb 28QRP Fox Hunt
0230Z-0300Z, Feb 28Phone Fray
1300Z-1400Z, Feb 28CWops Mini-CWT Test
1900Z-2000Z, Feb 28
0300Z-0400Z, Mar 1
2000Z-2100Z, Feb 28 UKEICC 80m Contest
0145Z-0215Z, Mar 2NCCC RTTY Sprint
0200Z-0330Z, Mar 2QRP Fox Hunt
0230Z-0300Z, Mar 2NCCC Sprint

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Podcast Update, 20 February 2018

The latest from some Ham-Related podcasts:

Linux in the Ham ShackFeb 206 - Building SDR antennas out of garbage, pseudosience of neurodiversity, more
100 Watts and a WireFeb 19 - Back to the field for a walk and talk
Field Radio PodcastFeb 19 - Orlando Hamcation
ICQ PodcastFeb 18 - Roundup of the latest Ham Radio news
Foundations Of Amateur RadioFeb 17 - What do you know that you would have liked to have known when you started in Amateur radio?
QSO TodayFeb 17 - Mitch Hood, NA7US, new editor of QRP magazine
Amateur Radio NewslineFeb 16 - Bouvet Island redux, vandals destroy repeater in UK, more
Ham Talk Live!Feb 15 - Don Wilbanks, AE5DW, ways young hams are being recognized
Everything Ham RadioFeb 5 - The major oops in Hawaii
HamNationFeb 14 - Hamcation, Trap Antennas, School club roundup, more.
ARRL: The Doctor Is InFeb 14 - Vacuum tubes.
HamRadio 360Jan 30 - Bay-Con 2018 Radio Conference

Thursday, February 15, 2018

OARS Equipment Sale

THIS IS A FUNDRAISER FOR OARS

Items for sale:
ItemMinimum bidNew
HG-70HD$2500$8500
Hy-Gain 70 ft free standing tower http://www.materials.com/TowerSpecifications.htm
HG52HD$1750$6500
Hy-Gain 50 ft free standing tower http://www.materials.com/TowerSpecifications.htm
T2X Rotor$350$800
http://www.hy-gain.com/Product.php?productid=T-2X
Step-IR 40 w/controller$2050$4200
https://www.steppir.com/product-category/horizontal-antennas


The sale will be for OARS members only at this time. Bids must be received by Phil Cornell, w7plc@arrl.net, by midnight Feb 28, 2018. Bids will then be evaluated by the committee and winning bidders will be notified by email on or before Mar 9, 2018. Unsold equipment will be featured at the OARS booth at the Mike & Key swap meet on Mar 10, 2018. Bids must include a reasonable offer of money, details of how buyer will transport, time frame for completing purchase, and method of payment.

Now is the time to get some great equipment at a fabulous price. These are great prices but since this is a fundraiser for OARS please be generous with your bid. So, if you have ever wanted a monster beam in your back yard that attracts ooo’s and ahhhh’s from the neighbors and a signal that melts the snow in Antarctica, now is your chance! You can direct questions to Phil Cornell, w7plc@arrl.net and we will make every effort to get you a quick answer.

Events and Contests Over the Next Week

WhenWhat
Feb 17,18ARRL: DX Contest - CW
Feb 21Monthly OARS Meeting, 7:00pm
0145Z-0215Z, Feb 16NCCC RTTY Sprint
0200Z-0330Z, Feb 16QRP Fox Hunt
0230Z-0300Z, Feb 16NCCC Sprint
0000Z, Feb 17 to 2400Z, Feb 18ARRL Inter. DX Contest, CW
0800Z-1000Z, Feb 17SARL Youth Day Sprint
1200Z, Feb 17 to 1159Z, Feb 18Russian PSK WW Contest
1900Z-2059Z, Feb 17Feld Hell Sprint
2300Z, Feb 17 to 2300Z, Feb 18AWA Amplitude Modulation QSO Party
1400Z, Feb 18 to 0800Z, Feb 19Classic Exchange, Phone
1400Z, Feb 20 to 0800Z, Feb 21
0200Z-0400Z, Feb 19Run for the Bacon QRP Contest
0200Z-0330Z, Feb 21QRP Fox Hunt
0230Z-0300Z, Feb 21Phone Fray
1300Z-1400Z, Feb 21CWops Mini-CWT Test
1900Z-2000Z, Feb 21
0300Z-0400Z, Feb 22
1900Z-2030Z, Feb 21AGCW Semi-Automatic Key Evening
2000Z-2130Z, Feb 22RSGB 80m Club Championship, CW
0145Z-0215Z, Feb 23NCCC RTTY Sprint
0200Z-0330Z, Feb 23QRP Fox Hunt
0230Z-0300Z, Feb 23NCCC Sprint

Monday, February 12, 2018

World Radio Day is Feb 13

Reminder that February 13 is World Radio Day. Originally proposed by Spain in 2010, adopted by UNESCO in 2011.

World Radio Day is about celebrating radio, why we love it and why we need it today more than ever. A day to remember the unique power of radio to touch lives and bring people together across every corner of the globe.

Podcast update, 12 February 2018

The latest from some Ham-Related podcasts:

100 Watts and a WireFeb 12 - Elon Musk amazes us
Foundations Of Amateur RadioFeb 10 - The act of telling someone abut something is promoting it...
QSO TodayFeb 9 - tomas Hood, NW7US, propagation editor of a number of shortwave radio magazines
Amateur Radio NewslineFeb 9 - Bouvet Island DXP scrapped, School club Roundup, Alabama Old-timers, more
Field Radio PodcastFeb 8 - Chris Fielding, KG7IVS, Q codes and Morse code prosigns
Ham Talk Live!Feb 8 - Dr. Nathaniel Frissell, W2NAF, discusses findings from the Solar Eclipse QSO party
HamNationFeb 7 - The Lea family and their Falcon  Heavy special event station
Linux in the Ham ShackFeb 6 - New D-Star satellite, wee ones deleting bookmarks, symbol rate limits
ICQ PodcastFeb 4 - RF Safety
Everything Ham RadioFeb 1 - School club roundup, Hamvention update
ARRL: The Doctor Is InJan 31 - This little-discussed receiver feature preserves your sanity.
HamRadio 360Jan 30 - Bay-Con 2018 Radio Conference

Friday, February 9, 2018

ARRL School Club RoundUp, 12-16 Feb

Coming up, 1300Z, Feb 12 to 2359Z, Feb 16, is the ARRL School Club RoundUp, so remember to get on the air for QSOs with School Clubs everywhere!

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Events and Contests Over the Next Week

WhenWhat
Feb 8ARES meeting
Feb 12-16School Club Roundup (Winter Spring Term)
Feb 15Thurston County DART Meeting
0145Z-0215Z, Feb 9NCCC RTTY Sprint
0200Z-0330Z, Feb 9QRP Fox Hunt
0230Z-0300Z, Feb 9NCCC Sprint
1400Z, Feb 9 to 0200Z, Feb 11YLRL YL-OM Contest
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 11Dutch PACC Contest
1200Z, Feb 10 to 1200Z, Feb 11KCJ Topband 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
1300Z-1700Z, Feb 11Balkan HF Contest
0100Z-0300Z, Feb 124 States QRP Group Second Sunday Sprint
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
0200Z-0330Z, Feb 14QRP Fox Hunt
0230Z-0300Z, Feb 14Phone Fray
1300Z-1400Z, Feb 14CWops Mini-CWT Test
1900Z-2000Z, Feb 14
0300Z-0400Z, Feb 15
2000Z-2130Z, Feb 14RSGB 80m Club Championship, Data

Monday, February 5, 2018

Podcast Update, 5 February 2018

The latest from some Ham-Related podcasts:

100 Watts and a WireFeb 5 - Bouvet Island DXPedition is aborted due to high winds, low clouds, fog, and rough seas.
ICQ PodcastFeb 4 - RF Safety
Foundations Of Amateur RadioFeb 3 - Antenna gain and polar chart magic
QSO TodayFeb 3 - Geoff Howard, W0CG/PJ2DX
Everything Ham RadioFeb 1 - School club roundup, Hamvention update
Amateur Radio NewslineFeb 1 - Delays plague Hamvention Expo Center, Arizona's Quartzfest, New satellite ready for action
Ham Talk Live!Feb 1 - Bouvet Island DXPedition Update
HamNationJan 31 - Quartzfest 2018, Pineboarddiagrams, how Alexa can help you in this hobby
ARRL: The Doctor Is InJan 31 - This little-discussed receiver feature preserves your sanity.
Linux in the Ham ShackJan 30 - Hamlib Deep Dive
HamRadio 360Jan 30 - Bay-Con 2018 Radio Conference
Field Radio PodcastJan 25 - Learning Survival skills with Tyler White

Thursday, February 1, 2018

New QST Quickstats Poll Posted

ARRL Quickstats has posted a New QST QuickStats Poll

Results will appear in the May 2018 issue of QST.

The questions on the poll:
  • Are you skilled at reading schematic diagrams?
  • Are you familiar with nixie tubes?
  • Have you ever designed and built your own SWR/Power meter?
  • Have you ever restored an old radio?

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