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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Wednesday, March 23, 2022

2022 MS Walk

Take a Step Toward a World Free of MS Saturday, April 30, 2022 Horizons Elementary School 4601 67th Ave SE Olympia, WA 98513 Site Opens: 8:30 am  Walk Starts: 10:00 am

I've signed up for Walk MS—a charity walk that is changing the lives of people with MS and helping fuel progress toward a world free of MS. I'd love your generous support as I prepare for my walk.

Multiple sclerosis (MS) is an unpredictable, often disabling disease of the central nervous system that disrupts the flow of information within the brain, and between the brain and body. MS is different for everyone, and that makes it all the more challenging to solve. The first Walk MS event was in 1988, and since then more than $920 million has been raised for research and programs to improve the lives of people living with MS. Today, there are treatments where there weren't any before, and the dream of ending MS is becoming a reality. But there is still so much to do.

That's why I'm walking. I've set an ambitious goal because I know with support from people like you, I will have a great chance at reaching it. The money raised will drive groundbreaking research, provide life-changing programs and guarantee a supportive community for those who need it most. This cause is really important to me, so I hope you will do your part to help end MS forever.

Follow this link to make your donation - Make a donation
Thank you 73 Phil Cornell W7PLC

OARS at Spring Fun Fair

This year OARS will team up with TCARES to sponsor a large booth at the upcoming Lacey Spring Fun Fair. One of the largest two-day festivals in Southwest Washington, with over 16,000 people in attendance.
This opportunity to present Amateur radio and ARES will be held on the beautiful Saint Martin’s University campus in Lacey, Washington on: Saturday, May 21, 10 am – 6 pm and Sunday, May 22, 11 am – 5:00pm.
OARS has stepped up early and has secured the best possible display area within the Pavilion at St. Martins and has plans to provide attendees with outstanding presentations of Amateur Radio at work and at play. Included in the presentation will be TCARES and disaster preparedness and “hands on” demonstrations, by OARS, of morse code in use for communications.
The OARS (Olympia Amateur Radio Society) and TCARES (THURSTON County Amateur Radio Emergency Services) goal for this event is to provide its members with time to interact with those attending the Fun Fair and to demonstrate to the community its unique ability to serve in the event of a disaster. Additionally, this interaction will help to grow the organization’s memberships through their sharing of knowledge and passion for HAM Radio with attendees.
Doug Grover, N7POV, is working to organize this event and asks for the club to recognize that there will be staffing needs and accessory needs for the booth. Although there will be electricity supplied, a for need tables, chairs, extension cords and radio equipment exists. Doug hopes to hear from members regarding their thoughts towards making this event demonstrate the outstanding efforts made by OARS and TCARES on behalf of the community.
You may contact Doug, N7POV at dtgrover4975@gmail.com or text to 360-402-2968

2022 Rookie Roundup

The Rookie Roundup is an event meant to encourage newly licensed operators and those who have been working only the VHF-UHF frequencies to get on the HF bands and experience another aspect of Amateur Radio. This is a great way for our club to get their newer members on the air.
“Rookie” is not a bad word. For this event, a Rookie is an operator who has made no contacts at all or has made their first amateur radio contact during the current or preceding three-calendar years. Additionally, the “rookies” may not have made any contacts on the contest mode (SSB, CW, or RTTY) before the contest.
Those Amateur Radio Operators holding a Technician Class of license or higher will be able to operate in the General Class radio bands during the event while being helped by the control operator, Doug Grover, N7POV. A commemorative participation certificate will be available for download to every Rookie operator submitting a score.
April 10, 2022 from 11:00am-4:59pm Doug Grover, N7POV, will be hosting And will be the control operator at his station in Lacey, Washington. He will be holding his home open to “Rookies” wishing to experience HF HAM Radio and the thrill of contesting. His “Shack” features newer equipment and a vertical antenna. Capable of operating 40, 20, 15 and 10 meters, there should be something for everyone to listen, operate and enjoy during Rookie Roundup.
Contact Doug Grover, N7POV at dtgrover4975@gmail.com and let him know that you are coming over to have fun during “Rookie Roundup”.
If you are a non-Rookie you are encouraged to share your experience and your shack by hosting a Rookie Roundup at your station. Also, as a non-Rookie you can join in the fun by calling “CQ Rookies”, encouraging the Rookie operators to call you. Activity may be found on the following frequency ranges: 3.840-3.860; 7.215-7.235; 14,240-14,260; 21,315-21,335; and 28,390-28,410 MHZ.
Looking forward to hearing you all during Rookie Roundup.

Saturday, March 19, 2022

New site updates:

The video from the 3/16/2022 Monthly OARS meeting is now available on this site thanks to Lee Chambers KI7SS. Learn about Yeasu Fusion. Click the "OARS Presentations" link on the left side side of this page. A folder will open and then click the video to play.NOTE: if you have a slow (according to Google) internet connection you may get a message "Processing video - Check back later". I retried a few times and got it to work.

Also, the latest copy of Watts News is posted thanks to George Lanning KB6LE. See the link on the left side of this page.



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