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 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.

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