OARS, the Olympia Amateur Radio Society, NT7H
is an ARRL Special Service Club dedicated to promoting and supporting Amateur Radio in the Olympia Washington area as well as all of Thurston County.

June 21, 2023 at 7:00 PM will be in person at the West Bay Marina/Tugboat Annie's, 2100 Westbay Drive, Olympia, WA. The meeting is also available on Zoom at 435 905 935 password 147360

is available on the 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:

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Every Tuesday Evening beginning at 7:30 PM on the OARS Repeaters

OARS Repeaters operate on the following frequencies:
Olympia NT7H 147.36 MHz(+0.6) (PL 103.5 )
Crawford Mt NT7H 224.46 MHz(-1.6) (PL 103.5)
Crawford Mt NT7H 441.40 MHz(+5.0) (PL 103.5)
Available for public use but not linked to the other OARS repeaters:
Capital Peak WW7RG 53.570MHz(-1.7) (PL 100.0)

Other, non-OARS, local repeaters:
Capital Peak K7CPR 145.47MHz(-0.6) (PL 100.0)
Capital Peak N7UJK 444.950MHz(+5.0) (PL 118.8)
Capital Peak WW7RG 927.30MHz(-25.0) (PL 114.8)
Crawford Mt W7DK 147.38MHz(+0.6) (PL 103.5)
Grass Mt WW7RG 53.87MHz(-1.7) (PL 100.0)
Lacey WC7I 146.800MHz(-0.6) (PL 97.4)
Lacey WC7I 442.475MHz(+5.0) (PL100.0)
Olympia KC7CKO 443.075MHz(+5.0) (PL 103.5)
Tumwater N7EHP 147.12 (+0.6) (PL 173.8)

OARS VE Testing Results 2023      
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YTD 12 7 1

OARS at Spring Fun Fair

This year OARS will team up with TCARES again 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 20, 10 am – 6 pm and Sunday, May 21, 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, we will have a need for tables, chairs, extension cords and radio equipment. 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

How to join OARS

Click on the "Online Membership Form" under "Club Related Information", fill it out and submit it. Dues are $25 per year due in Jan each year, use the "Payments to OARS" link.


Thurston County ARES is an all volunteer organization of amateur radio operators who serve our community during disasters. If you are interested in joining TCARES, send an email to wa7oly@gmail.com and we will get you started.

OARS Net Preamble

Control Station Script for OARS Net


This is …………., acting net control station for the Olympia Amateur Radio Society weekly information net. The purpose of this net is to informally gather the club, to disseminate ham related information, to get on the air and chat, and have a good time. All Radio Amateurs are invited to participate in this net. You do not need to be a member of OARS to check in to the net. This net operates at 7:30 PM each Tuesday evening on the clubs three inter-linked repeaters, transmitting on 147.36+, 224.46- and 441.4+ MHZ all with a tone of 103.5 Hz and using the callsign NT7H. The net will yield the frequency to emergency or priority traffic at any time.

The Olympia Amateur Radio Society is an ARRL special services club, offering HAM licensing classes, yearly field day operations, and other Ham related activities. Our club is associated with the Thurston County ARES/RACES organization which assists in emergency communication support at various locations around the county and which has its weekly net on these same frequencies at 7 PM each Tuesday. The OARS Club provides public service communication support for road rallyes, the Capitol City Marathon, and other local events.

Regular club meetings occur the fourth Wednesday of each month at the, at 7 PM, at The South Sound Manor Event Center, 455 North Street SE, Tumwater, WA 98501.

This is ……….., my name is …………., and I am located in ……………………..

As we start the net with check-ins, I would like stations to please give their name and callsign, to slowly enunciate your call so I can get an accurate copy and to allow me to acknowledge each check-in before taking the next. So lets get started.

( Suffixes A - G ), ( Suffixes H - O ), ( Suffixes P - Z )

This is ……….., are there any more check-ins for the OARS net?

OK…We are happy to take check-ins throughout the net, call in at any time. It is our custom to ask for announcements of general interest to the club. These can be OARS and/or ARES/RACES officers, committee reports or any general information bulletins. Does anyone have any announcements for us tonight? ( Go through the group )

This is ……….., Do we have any late check-ins?

Are there any other announcements, questions, trouble shooting topics for the net?

Does anyone have an item for swap and shop?

Is there anything else for the net this evening?

I am closing the Olympia Amateur Radio Net at this time and return the frequency to normal use. I thank you all for checking in to the net.

Sign off.

Note to Net Control: Please keep a list of check-ins and email to kb6le@arrl.net for inclusion in the club newsletter, Watts News. A format of one call per line makes it easier for me to merge and sort the lists for a month.


George kb6le