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.


Monday, March 26, 2018

Events and Contests over the next week

WhenWhat
0000Z-0200Z, Mar 28SKCC Sprint
0100Z-0230Z, Mar 28 QRP Fox Hunt
0230Z-0300Z, Mar 28 Phone Fray
1300Z-1400Z, Mar 28CWops Mini-CWT Test
1900Z-2000Z, Mar 28
0300Z-0400Z, Mar 29
1900Z-2000Z, Mar 28UKEICC 80m Contest
0100Z-0230Z, Mar 30QRP Fox Hunt
0145Z-0215Z, Mar 30NCCC RTTY Sprint
0230Z-0300Z, Mar 30NCCC Sprint

Saturday, March 24, 2018

New Webmaster

Phil Cornell W7PLC is our new webmaster. This is a perfect extension of my position of Member-at-Large. If there is anything you want to see on the website, ham radio related of course, send an email to olyhamssc@gmail.com and I will try to make it happen. Phil W7PLC

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Events and Contests over the next week

WhenWhat
Mar 21Monthly OARS Meeting, 7:00pm
Mar 24MicroHams Digital Conference, Redmond Wa.
Mar 315th Saturday ARES exercise
0000Z-0200Z, Mar 28SKCC Sprint
0100Z-0230Z, Mar 28 QRP Fox Hunt
0230Z-0300Z, Mar 28 Phone Fray
1300Z-1400Z, Mar 28CWops Mini-CWT Test
1900Z-2000Z, Mar 28
0300Z-0400Z, Mar 29
1900Z-2000Z, Mar 28UKEICC 80m Contest
0100Z-0230Z, Mar 30QRP Fox Hunt
0145Z-0215Z, Mar 30NCCC RTTY Sprint
0230Z-0300Z, Mar 30NCCC Sprint

Monday, March 19, 2018

Podcast Update - 3 April 2018

The latest from some Ham-Related podcasts:

QSO TodayMar 31 - Mike Bohn, KG7TR, has been building his own amateur radio equipment since he first entered the ham radio hobby over 50 years ago.
Ham Radio NowMar 25 - On the road to the race, an interview with John Rosica KA2FND of NVIS Communications
ICQ PodcastApr 1 - ICQ Podcast Episode 263 - Operating GB80GGCN, more
Foundations Of Amateur RadioMar 31 - You and the IARU
Amateur Radio NewslineMar 30 - - NEW ZEALAND HAMS ASSIST IN SEARCH FOR MISSING WOMAN - SATELLITE'S RETURN: LOOK OUT BELOW! , more
Ham Talk Live!Mar 29 - Drew Glasbrenner, KO4MA AMSAT Satellite Operations
Everything Ham RadioMar 15 - A look back over the past 100 episodes
HamNationMar 14 - Keeping track of your pets, Birmingham Alabama Hamfest
ARRL: The Doctor Is InMar 29 - Filters
100 Watts and a WireApr 2 - On this episode, the Drake TR7 is back on the air!
Field Radio PodcastMar 22 - Rapid Deployment Amateur Radio (RaDAR) Challenge.

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Events and Contests Over the Next Week

WhenWhat
Mar 15Thurston County DART Meeting
Mar 21Monthly OARS Meeting, 7:00pm
0100Z-0230Z, Mar 16QRP Fox Hunt
0145Z-0215Z, Mar 16NCCC RTTY Sprint
0230Z-0300Z, Mar 16NCCC Sprint
0200Z, Mar 17 to 0200Z, Mar 19 BARTG HF RTTY Contest
1200Z, Mar 17 to 1200Z, Mar 18 Russian DX Contest
1400Z, Mar 17 to 0400Z, Mar 18 Virginia QSO Party
1200Z-2400Z, Mar 18
1400Z, Mar 17 to 0200Z, Mar 18Louisiana QSO Party
1400Z-1700Z, Mar 17 (144)AGCW VHF/UHF Contest
1700Z-1800Z, Mar 17 (432)
2000Z-2159Z, Mar 17Feld Hell Sprint
0700Z-1100Z, Mar 18UBA Spring Contest, SSB
0100Z-0300Z, Mar 19Run for the Bacon QRP Contest
1800Z-2059Z, Mar 19Bucharest Contest
0100Z-0230Z, Mar 21QRP Fox Hunt
0230Z-0300Z, Mar 21Phone Fray
1300Z-1400Z, Mar 21CWops Mini-CWT Test
1900Z-2000Z, Mar 21
0300Z-0400Z, Mar 22
0030Z-0230Z, Mar 22NAQCC CW Sprint
2000Z-2130Z, Mar 22RSGB 80m Club Championship, SSB
0100Z-0230Z, Mar 23QRP Fox Hunt
0145Z-0215Z, Mar 23NCCC RTTY Sprint
0230Z-0300Z, Mar 23NCCC Sprint

Monday, March 12, 2018

Podcast Update, 12 March 2018

The latest from some Ham-Related podcasts:

100 Watts and a WireMar 125 - Thanking the employees of the ARRL
Foundations Of Amateur RadioMar 10 - Amateur Radio Minimalism
QSO TodayMar 9 - Richard Newstead, G3CWI, co-founder of SOTA
Amateur Radio NewslineMar 9 - Summits' Micro Achievement, Radio and a repeater to the rescue, More
Ham Talk Live!Mar 8 - Winlink
HamNationMar 7 - Ham of the year: Valerie Hotzfeld, NV9L
Field Radio PodcastMar 6 - Lighthouses On The Air
Ham Radio NowMar 5 - First show from the West Coast Studio
ICQ PodcastMar 4 - Roundup of the latest Ham Radio news
ARRL: The Doctor Is InFeb 28 - Adding an Amplifier to your Station
Everything Ham RadioFeb 27 - A non-Ham XYL view of the hobby

The action at the Mike and Key Swap Meet

Mike and Key, March 10, 2018

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Friday, March 9, 2018

DST Begins This Weekend

Remember that we switch to Daylight Saving Time this Saturday night/Sunday morning. We have to get up an hour earlier to get another hour of daylight in the evening.

Does that seem like a fair trade?

Thursday, March 8, 2018

Remember Mike & Key this Saturday

Just a reminder that the 37th ELECTRONICS SHOW & FLEA MARKET, aka The "Mike & Key", (for the club that sponsors it, of course) is this Saturday, March 10, 9am to 3pm, at the Washington State Fair Grounds in Puyallup. OARS will have a booth!

Events and Contests Over the Next Week

WhenWhat
Mar 8ARES meeting
Mar 10Mike and Key Show and Swap Meet, Washington State Fairgrounds, OARS has a booth
Mar 15Thurston County DART Meeting
0145Z-0215Z, Mar 9NCCC RTTY Sprint
0200Z-0330Z, Mar 9QRP Fox Hunt
0230Z-0300Z, Mar 9NCCC Sprint
1000Z, Mar 10 to 1000Z, Mar 11RSGB Commonwealth Contest
1000Z, Mar 10 to 1000Z, Mar 11SARL VHF/UHF Analogue Contest
1200Z, Mar 10 to 1200Z, Mar 11South America 10 Meter Contest
1200Z, Mar 10 to 1200Z, Mar 11F9AA Cup, SSB
1200Z, Mar 10 to 2400Z, Mar 11SKCC Weekend Sprintathon
1400Z-2000Z, Mar 10AGCW QRP Contest
1500Z, Mar 10 to 0200Z, Mar 11Oklahoma QSO Party
1400Z-2100Z, Mar 11
1500Z, Mar 10 to 1500Z, Mar 11Stew Perry Topband Challenge
1600Z, Mar 10 to 1600Z, Mar 11EA PSK63 Contest
1800Z, Mar 10 to 0559Z, Mar 11TESLA Memorial HF CW Contest
1800Z, Mar 10 to 1800Z, Mar 11QCWA QSO Party
1900Z, Mar 10 to 1900Z, Mar 11Idaho QSO Party
2200Z-2300Z, Mar 10QRP ARCI Spring Thaw SSB Shootout
0000Z-0400Z, Mar 11North American Sprint, RTTY
0700Z-1100Z, Mar 11UBA Spring Contest, 2m
1800Z-2200Z, Mar 11WAB 3.5 MHz Phone
1800Z, Mar 11 to 0100Z, Mar 12Wisconsin QSO Party
0000Z-0200Z, Mar 124 States QRP Group Second Sunday Sprint
1700Z, Mar 13 to 1700Z, Mar 14CLARA Chatter Party
1700Z, Mar 17 to 1700Z, Mar 18
0100Z-0230Z, Mar 14QRP Fox Hunt
0230Z-0300Z, Mar 14Phone Fray
1300Z-1400Z, Mar 14CWops Mini-CWT Test
1900Z-2000Z, Mar 14
0300Z-0400Z, Mar 15
2000Z-2130Z, Mar 14RSGB 80m Club Championship, CW
0100Z-0230Z, Mar 16QRP Fox Hunt
0145Z-0215Z, Mar 16NCCC RTTY Sprint
0230Z-0300Z, Mar 16NCCC Sprint

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Podcast Update, 6 March 2018

The latest from some Ham-Related podcasts:

Field Radio PodcastMar 6 - Lighthouses On The Air
100 Watts and a WireMar 5 - Expanded Technician License
Ham Radio NowMar 5 - First show from the West Coast Studio
ICQ PodcastMar 4 - Roundup of the latest Ham Radio news
QSO TodayMar 3 - Rick Karlquist, N6RK
Foundations Of Amateur RadioMar 3 - What improbable antenna solution works?
Amateur Radio NewslineMar 2 - DX adventure in Curacao, NatGeo highlights YL's space record, more
Ham Talk Live!Mar 1 - Collegiate Amateur Radio Initiative (CARI)
HamNationFeb 28 - Gordo, Batteries, and Smoked Chicken
ARRL: The Doctor Is InFeb 28 - Adding an Amplifier to your Station
Everything Ham RadioFeb 27 - A non-Ham XYL view of the hobby

Friday, March 2, 2018

Thursday, March 1, 2018

Equipment for sale

THIS IS A FUNDRAISER FOR OARS

Items for sale:
ItemMinimum bidNew
HG52HD$1750$6500
Hy-Gain 50 ft free standing tower http://www.materials.com/TowerSpecifications.htm
Step-IR 40 w/controller$2050$4200
https://www.steppir.com/product-category/horizontal-antennas


ALL Hams may now bid for the items! Bids must be submitted to Phil Cornell, w7plc@arrl.net
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.

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