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:

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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Tuesday, October 31, 2017

OARS Net, 31-Oct-2017

Net Control: WA7BAM
Checkins: 17
WA7BAM mentioned digital net after the OARS net, request on the FB page asking for assistance with Yaesu radios, reviewed upcoming events
WA7BAM brought the possibility of club contest participation during the winter
Discussion of contesting
Discussion of the upcoming club elections, stil need someone for the club secretary position
Net ended 7:54pm

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Many CERTs Have Gone Inactive, Check out MYN

In case you missed it...

Due to cuts to the FEMA budget, many Community Emergency Response Teams, including Thurston County CERT, have gone inactive.

So if you want to get involved in an organized program to prepare your community for emergencies, you may have to go with something like Map Your Neighborhood.

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

OARS Net, 24 October, 2017

Net Control: WA7BAM
Checkins: 21
WA7BAM mentioned that the digital comm SIG is after the net, review of upcoming events.
Review and discussion of the Great Washington Shakeout, this past Thursday, Oct 19, the Net that ran at that time, other discussion about past earthquakes held during the Shakeout, Google Earth image of OARS during the 2017 Field Day submitted to Thurston Talk.
Discussion of JOTA, and thanks to those club members who were available on the air to assist. Poor band conditions, but still found people to talk to.
Discussion of a suggestion to eliminate the dinner from the December meeting, other aspects.
Elections coming up in November meeting, have yet to hear interest from someone for the Secretary position.
K7TST is looking for a variable capacitor.
Net ended: 8:00pm

Monday, October 23, 2017

Monday, October 16, 2017

Great Shakeout Earthquake Drill, Coming Up Thursday October 19

The Great Washington ShakeOut is scheduled for 10:19am this coming Thursday October 19. (10:19 on 10/19, in case you didn't catch that.)
This is part of the Great ShakeOut Earthquake Drills. You can find information about events in your area/region at that site.

Info about how groups, individuals, etc. can participate can be found at https://www.shakeout.org/washington/register

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

OARS Net, 10 October, 2017

Net Control: KI7SS
Checkins: 26
WA7BAM reviewed upcoming events, special interest Net after the OARS net.
Discussion of upcoming handheld Net for new Ham practice, issues that discourage new Hams.
Discussion of net operations
Discussion of the November 17 Boy Scout night hike
Discussion of antennas for NVIS.
Net ended 8:20pm, moved to SIG discussion

WWROF on 2017-18 Contest Season Propagation

It may be worth it to check out the World Wide Radio Operators Foundation (WWROF) A Look at Propagation for the 2017 2018 Contest Season

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

OARS Net, 3 October, 2017

Net Control: KI7SS
Checkins: 22
WA7BAM reviewed upcoming events, new event popped up: Camp Thunderbird Oct 21-22, Ham response to Puerto Rico, HamAid, contest season is upon us. Topic of Special Interest Groups (SIGs), new Hams getting over mic fright.
KI7SS, others discussed possibility of a SIG Net on a night other than Tuesday, settled possibly on Tuesday after OARS net.
Discussion of other possible SIGs.
Discussion of board positions, duties of the club secretary and member-at-large.
Some discussion of digital operations.
Issues with the 220 repeater, plans to examine it to determine the issue.
Net ended, 8:16pm


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