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.





Until further notice the OARS weekly schedule will be the following:
Tuesdays -- Zoom 216-944-109, starts at 7:30 pm with talk on repeaters (be sure to mute your Zoom input).
Monthly Meeting every 3rd Wednesday -- Zoom 435-905-935 Password 147360, starts at 7:00 pm but no talk on the repeaters.
Contact Bruce WA7BAM or Lee KI7SS if there are any questions or issues.

Testing will happen second Wednesday each month at the Alpine Hills Community Park at the intersection of Westhill Dr SW and Northill Dr SW. Remember you need a federal registration number available for free on the FCC website. Also remember to dress for the weather since we are in an open picnic shelter. Candidate numbers have increased so testing is starting at 5 pm to accommodate everyone. Follow this link for more information:
http://oars-ve.duckdns.org/

OARS Repeaters operate on the following frequencies:
147.36 MHz(+) (PL 103.5 on TX output only)
224.46 MHz(-) (PL 103.5)
441.40 MHz(+) (PL 103.5)

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Are you looking for more information?  Try the links on the right side of this page.  There you can find the OARS Calendar, Upcoming events,...

Monday, August 28, 2017

".radio" Domain names now available

The top-level domain (TLD) .radio is now available for organizations or amateur radio operators. You can get a domain name ending in .radio at http://www.register.radio.

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Plane Crash Drill Turns to Major Fire Response

From the "Be ready for anything" department:

"Over the course of a single day, ARES® Los Angeles (ARES LAX) Northwest District operators on July 8 pivoted from a plane crash mass-casualty drill to a real major fire response."
More at ARRL

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

KLCC story features Bruce, WA7BAM

Bruce Montgomery, WA7BAM, OARS President was featured in a KLCC Story about the upcoming solar eclipse and what amateur radio enthusiasts will be doing.

Thursday, August 3, 2017

ARRL Releases New Ham Radio Promotional Posters

From ARRL:

ARRL offers a series of six posters that promote Amateur Radio to the general public. These were originally designed by ARRL for the 2017 National Scouting Jamboree, but may be used for any outreach effort. Each poster is 11" x 17".
The six posters are based around the theme, "Ham Radio Is..." Those themes are:
  • Adventure (Portable operating of all kinds)
  • Discovery (Making/Building/DIY)
  • Friendship (Community and Mentoring)
  • Out Of This World (Space Communications/Satellites)
  • Ready (Publc Service)
  • The Game (Contesting and Awards)

A link to ARRL's "What Is Ham Radio" page is provided as both a URL and a QR code on each poster.

The posters are available for free download in PDF format. It's suggested to print them on high-gloss paper and frame them for maximum effect.

Amateur Radio Participation is Key to University Solar Eclipse Experiment

Virginia Tech electrical engineering professor Greg Earle, W4GDE, is heading up a National Science Foundation (NSF)-funded solar eclipse experiment dubbed CEDAR — Coupling, Energetics, and Dynamics of Atmospheric Regions. The experiment proposes to study the effects on the ionosphere of the August 21 total eclipse of the sun, using a combination of GPS receivers, the university’s SuperDARN (Super Dual Auroral Radar Network) radar system, HF Amateur Radio, and plasma modeling. Several graduate students and researchers, as well as the Virginia Tech Amateur Radio Association (K4KDJ) and the Amateur Radio community at large have been recruited to help.

“We want to understand how the ionosphere is affected by blockage of sunlight over a relatively short interval (~2 hours), understand how man-made systems are affected by the changes in the ionosphere, and use the data to improve our numerical models,”

Full story at ARRL.org.

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