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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Thursday, May 19, 2022

June 18th is Kid’s Day!

The third Saturday in June is the time to encourage youngsters to get on the air and share in the excitement and fun that amateur radio can provide. At my house, and I hope in yours too, we will provide an opportunity for kids in the neighborhood to come in and “get on the air”. I will be setting aside an convenient block of time during the day to use the OARS Repeater to contact Club Members on the radio. The event runs from 11:00am – 4:59pm on Saturday.

I am expanding my quest for youngsters this year by posting a call for parents on the Community website to send or bring their interested children to my radio shack during the hours that I will be in operation during Kids Day.

I am planning to start the days activities by showing them how HAMS communicate and demonstrating Morse Code by sending their names on my MFJ Key & Oscillator, Then I will write out their name in code and give them a takeaway on the coded note paper.

After the introduction it will be off to the radio shack and after a brief review, I hope to give each kid an opportunity to handle the mike and make a contact on 147.36Mhz, the OARS Repeater. Your help would be much appreciated by all if you would be around during the time that we will be looking for a contact. Before Kid’s Day happens, I will give all Club Members our brief hours of operation so that you may be able to adjust your schedules to talk briefly with the Kids.

Each kid will get an official ARRL Certificate, which I can easily download and print…oh yes, don’t forget the cookies and milk for everyone after we’re done. I have had a lot of fun the past two ears on Kid’s day. I think that you could too. A bonus to those who live in controlled communities with HOA’s. The HOA Committee here smiles on our activities that include the neighborhood. This is good PR!

If you have any questions or suggestions regarding the upcoming Kid’s day, please do not hesitate to contact me on the air, by Email, dtgrover4975@gmail.com or OlympiaARS.

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