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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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,...

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Year-Long NASA On The Air Event Kicks off on December 11

"The Amateur Radio clubs at National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) centers around the US have invited the Amateur Radio community to join the NASA On The Air (NOTA) special event. NOTA gets under way in December 2017 and continues through December 2018. In addition to being the agency’s 60th anniversary, 2018 will mark 50 years since NASA orbited the first human around the moon, and 20 years since the first elements of the International Space Station (ISS) were launched into low-Earth orbit."

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

OARS Net, 28 November 2017

Net control: KI7SS
Checkins: 18
WA7BAM reminded that it's annual dues time, mentioned that SIG Net is after the OARS Net, Skywarn recognition day is coming up December 2nd, ARES exercise on the 9th, OARS meeting on the 20th, new OARS logo is being developed, Santa Net on 3.916, classes 18th-22nd, more.
Plans for a work party trip to Port Angeles to take down two towers with antennas.
Discussion of the December meeting, including food items and such, gift exchange.
Discussion of precision loads for antenna testing.
Additional discussion of plans for the weekend work party.
Net Closed: 8:30pm

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

OARS Net, 21 November 2017

OARS Net, 21 November 2017 Net Control: KI7SS
Checkins: 19
Club president, WA7BAM reminded everyone that the SIG net follows the OARS Net, gave a review of upcoming events, December meeting will be informal with gift exchange, new logo is being worked on, OARS booth at the Mike&Key event.
KL7SK gave a review of the Boy Scout night hike.
Discussion of the KING5 story about Amateur radio support following disasters.
Additional discussion of night hike.
KI7SS will be giving a new Ham class at the Steamboat Island Fire Station, Dec 18-22, schedule TBD.
K7TAG mentioned that a rep from the Health department was looking for assistance in getting personnel trained for Ham licenses.
Discussion of using ferrites to reduce antenna issues.
KI7QCL discussed using repeaters while travelling on a work trip to Eastern Washington
Net closed 8:20pm

Monday, November 20, 2017

KING5: "HAM radio operators vital if disaster strikes"

Story at KING5.com about the role of Amateur Radio operators in emergency response.

"If disaster strikes, emergency officials say we will likely be reliant on a growing network of amateur radio operators.

From the newly elected OARS member-at-large

Hi, I’m Phil Cornell, W7PLC. Thank you for electing me to a position that many have no idea what the position is, or does. Let me explain. From the OARS bylaws: “1.5 The Member-at-Large shall represent the general membership at the Executive Board meetings, and can serve on other committees as needed.” Since I will be representing you at board meetings, I need to hear from you on things that affect the club as a whole, new ideas for club meetings, anything that you want brought to the attention of the Executive Board. Also, I will be a potential tie-breaking vote on the Executive Board which is all the more reason to be closely listening to you, the members. To that end, I will try to be available to all members as much as possible. I will start to monitor the OARS repeater a lot more consistently so that you can contact me there and you can always shoot me an email, w7plc@arrl.net, which I WILL answer. We have a great club and I want to make it even better. My ultimate goal is to increase our membership by making our hobby more interesting and more fun. To do this I need your help, the only bad idea is the one you don’t share with the members, and me.
Phil Cornell, W7PLC

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Check Out APRS

Introductions to Automated Packet Reporting System, "APRS" on Youtube.

It takes much less than you'd think to just try it out. Have an Android smart phone? Then you're already equipped to at least look into it! On your end, you only have to install "APRSDroid".

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

OARS Net, 14 November 2017

Net Control: KI7SS
Checkins: 27
WA7BAM gave a review of upcoming events, including the monthly meeting tomorrow with elections, boy scout night hike this weekend, ARES involvement with the Olympia parade, SkyWarn recognition day, more.
Discussion of the need for more help with the night hike.
Discussion of 20khz frequency display error on TS-440 radio.
Discussion SDRs.
Net ended at 8:16pm

Sunday, November 12, 2017

OARS Club Member Weather Stations

At least two club members have weather stations online. If you have one, let the WebMaster know and we'll get yours added to the club members weather stations page, listed on the left.

Phil Cornell's (W7PLC) weather station
Ray Goble's (WA4RAY) weather station
Weather Underground PWS KWAOLYMP45
Weather Underground PWS KWAOLYMP215
(Click on one to go that Wunderground page)

Friday, November 10, 2017

New ARRL Year-Long Operating Event Begins January 1

The "ARRL International Grid Chase" kicks off January 1, 2018.

From the ARRL Page:

The objective of the ARRL International Grid Chase is simple: Work stations in as many grid squares as possible and upload your log data to ARRL's Logbook of The World. If you are not currently registered with Logbook of The World, this is a good reason to get started. Go to https://lotw.arrl.org/lotw-help/getting-started. Registration and uploading are free.

The full ARRL.org rundown on the event.

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

OARS Net, 7 November 2017

Net Control: KI7SS
Checkins: 23
WA7BAM gave review of upcoming events, reminder that the club meeting is next week, SIG Net occurs after this net, officer elections during the upcoming meeting. Santa Net is starting up.
KI7SS mentioned that the 2018 Mike and Key event will be on March 10, brought up the idea that the items left over from the triple SK sale could be sold there. Discussion toward getting a booth at the event.
Discussion of the Skookumchuck wind farm that's planned.
Issues with the 220 repeater.
KI7SS has been having RF interference issues from his Chamberlain garage door openers.
Discussion of Nov 17 Boy Scout Night Hike.
Net ended, 8:25pm


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