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:
http://oars-ve.duckdns.org/

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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Sunday, May 22, 2022

OARS - 2022 ARRL Field Day is June 25-26. We are getting ready!

Duane WB7ROZ is leading the preparations If you want to be included his email is WB7ROZ@arrl.net

On Saturday, May 21, 2022 he sent out the following:

I know that people where busy Saturday with the Fun Fare, but I also had the first Field Day work party.
Bruce, and Bob where out here Saturday afternoon, and we went through the 40' mast kit bags.

The next task will be sorting out guy lines, relabeling them, and looking what needs to be replaced.
I also have a package of 10 deck cleats that need to be mounted on mast section. Having these on the bottom mast section gives us a tie off point for the halyard.
After that we can we can start working on antennas.
I realized today that we could, look at using one of the spare 6M loop dipoles, for the 6M repeater as a short 6M beam.
This may take a little work, it is meant to be used, vertical mounted on the side of a tower, using the tower as the reflector, and it has one director in front of it.
Using a 10 foot piece of EMT conduit, for the reflector, would give us a 3 element 6M beam, with a boom length a little over 2" long, it would be short 6M beam.
We could put it on a tripod, and I have a rotator to to turn it.
Bob has offered his Flex Radio, This gives us three for use in the tent, give us a 6M station, along with two HF stations.
We should set up the R-8 vertical and sweep it, see if it needs to be adjusted.
The SteppIR DB-18 has not been used sense 2019, it need to setup and checked out, if we are going to use it this year.
The four element SteppIR needs to be set up and checked out sometime, if we want to try so sell it someday.
I would also like to start characterizing the coax cable we have for Field Day. We can do this with a NanoVNA.
Then there is just general training on guy lines and coax handling, and practice on putting up and taking down 40' masts.
We have lots to do between now and Field Day.
As long as it is not raining, I will plan to be here starting at 10AM Saturdays, with a lunch break at noon, from now and through Field Day.

If people are interested, we could also plan for some mid week evening work parties.

If you are interested in updates, let me know. and I will add you to the Field Day email list. My email is WB7ROZ@arrl.net

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