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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Saturday, June 30, 2018

TCARES 5th Saturday Exercise

In months where there are 5 Saturdays, the local ARES group uses the occasion to participate in a preparedness exercise.  The TCARES 5th Saturday exercise today had a scenario of a major earthquake striking the area at 8:07 AM, did you feel it?  Of course not, it was just an exercise, a practice so we can improve our readiness.  We learned a lot about communications from various locations that may need communications support during and after a real event such as an earthquake.  

Every time you get on the radio, even if it is just to ‘ragchew’ for a while, you are testing your readiness to provide communications support in an emergency.  

There are several websites that have emergency preparation information, just Google ‘emergency preparedness’.  One site shows actual earthquakes and is tracked by the USGS, https://earthquake.usgs.gov/monitoring/netquakes/viewdata/QFRZ_UW_01 is information from a seismic sensor in my garage.

If you are interested in emergency communications, consider joining TCARES (Thurston County Amateur Radio Emergency Service).  We have a ‘net’ every Tuesday at 7:00 PM, 19:00 for the military folks, on the OARS repeater, 147.360+ 103.5pl.  Our meetings are at 7:00 PM/19:00 on the 2nd Thursday of each month at the Thurston County EOC, 9521 Tilley Rd, Olympia.  You must be a licensed amateur radio operator to join ARES, but that is easy to do.

Proper preparation will help you become an asset, not a liability in times of emergencies.

Phil Cornell, W7PLC

Monday, June 25, 2018

OARS Field Day 2018

Check out the new photos from Field Day on the "OARS Field Day 2018" page.  If you have Field Day photos that you want to share, send them to w7plc@arrl.net and I will post them on the "OARS Field Day 2018" page.

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Upcoming events

I think it’s time to start mapping out the rest of 2018 and the start of 2019.  The first half of each year is usually the busiest.  We focus our time on Field Day planning which produces a memorable event.  2018 has been busy, for sure, and it will continue to be busy so get your rest.  

Upcoming events:  *=confirmed ?=not confirmed


June     *14-ARES meeting
            *16-Swede Day Parade Rochester
            *20-OARS meeting
            *22-24-Field Day!!!!!
            *23-Cap Forest endurance ride, Evergreen Sportsmans club, 6 am to 7 pm
            ?30-5th Saturday ARES Exercise

July     *3-Lacey Fireworks (ARES)
            *12-ARES meeting
            *18-OARS meeting 

August *1-5-Thurston County Fair
            *4 & 5-Tacoma Trail Cruisers Smuggler Poker Run
                        See http://www.tacomatrailcruisers.org/smuggler-poker-run.html
            *9-ARES meeting
            *10-14-Bigfoot races
            *15-OARS meeting
            *22-24—Camp Hope—Panhandle Lake 4-H Camp
            *25---Night Riders

September       *13-ARES meeting
            *15, 16-Salmon Run
            *19-OARS meeting
            ?29-5th Saturday ARES Exercise

October  *11-ARES meeting
            *17-OARS meeting

November  *8-ARES meeting
            ?16-Scout Night Hike
            *21-OARS meeting 

December *1-Skywarn Recognition Day
            *13-ARES meeting
            *19-OARS meeting
            ?29-5th Saturday ARES Exercise


January ?10-ARES meeting
            ?12 & 13-NA QSO party, CW
            ?16-OARS meeting-
            ?19 & 20-NA QSO party, SSB
            ?26, 27-Winter Field Day, OARS in planning stage

February ?1-Washington Emergency Communications Coordination Work Group (WECCWG) 
                        https://mil.wa.gov/emergency-management-division/washington-emergency-                                         communications-coordination-working-group
            ?14-ARES meeting
            ?20-OARS meeting: 

March ?9-Mike and Key hamfest,
            ?14-ARES meeting
?20-OARS meeting
            ?30-5th Saturday ARES exercise

April   ?6-MS Walk
            ?11-ARES meeting
            ?13 & 14-Comms Academy, ARRL emcomm northwest workshop
            ?14-Rookie roundup SSB
            ?17-OARS meeting

May     ?4-5 7QP 7 area qso party
            ?4-Lacey STEM fair
            ?9-ARES meeting
            ?15-OARS meeting
            ?18 & 19—Lacey Spring Fun Fair
            ?18-19-Olympus Road Rally
            ?19-Capital City Marathon

June     ?13-ARES
             ?15-Swede Day Parade
             *21-23 Field Day!!!!!

If I have missed anything on this list, please email w7plc@arrl.net with the details.  Our calendar is getting busier all the time.  This shows that there is interest and appreciation in the community  for our skills.

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Amateur Radio Week 2018

Lacey Fireworks Spectacular

When: Tuesday, July 3, 2018, 4:00 to 11:00 p.m.
 Setup starting around 13:00, exact location within the park is along the entrance road from 45th.

Where: Rainier Vista Park is located at 5475 45th Ave SE
Who: ARES and OARS members, wear your badge.
What: We will have a canopy and a table or two.  Hope to have a mobile packet station.  Last year we had a Morse Code Quiz and it was a real hit with the kids, and their parents.  A good opportunity to introduce ham radio to the community and have some fun.  We usually break down around 1700  when the bands start up.  Come and help out and meet some good people!


Thursday, June 7, 2018

Joe Walsh PSA

Legendary rock guitarist Joe Walsh, WB6ACU, of the Eagles is featured in a just-released set of ARRL audio and video public service announcements promoting Amateur Radio.
Walsh, who visited ARRL Headquarters last year for taping, wanted to deliver two main messages in his PSAs: get involved in Amateur Radio, and become a member of ARRL. The messages highlight the tremendous service that radio amateurs provide to communities and convey how ARRL advocates on behalf of Amateur Radio on a wide range of legal and political issues.
An ARRL Life Member and long-time radio amateur, Walsh personally has been a strong supporter and advocate of ARRL and Amateur Radio, and his ham shack is just as impressive as his home recording studio. “I want to give back to the hobby that has given me so much enjoyment,” he said.

The PSA's:


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