And the winner is.......
Alpine Hills Community Park open picnic shelter
OARS VE Testing Results 2023
OARS Officers and Key Personnel
|President||Frank Hamilton||KF7HXV||360 951-1174|
|Vice President||Lee Chambers||KI7SS||360 951-2538|
|Member-at-Large||Duane Braford||WB7ROZ||360 412-1902|
|Committees and Key Contacts|
|RFI Committee|| -||-||-|
|Club License Trustee||Duane Braford||WB7ROZ||360 412-1902|
|Repeater Committee||Ken Dahl||K7TAG||360 534-9357|
|Information Net||Lee Chambers||KI7SS||360 951-2538|
|ARES Net Manager||Eric Messelt||W8ESM||360 529-1300|
|ARES Liaison||Steve Tomlin||W7SLT||360 970-6850|
|Newsletter Editor||Frank Hamilton||KF7HXV||360 951-1174|
|Classes||Lee Chambers||KI7SS||360 951-2538|
|License Exams||Klaus Neubert||AC7MG||360 280-2428|
|Web Developer, Historian||Phil Cornell||W7PLC||360 515-1263|
|Director of Marketing||Doug Grover||N7POV||360 402-2968|
At the October 2023 OARS meeting, the club elected by acclamation the following officers whose terms start in January 2024:
President Eric Messelt W8ESM
Vice President Howard Lim W1COL
Secretary Ben Featherston K7BCF
Treasurer Dan Bivens KJ7LXU
Member at Large Duane Braford WB7ROZ
2018 ARRL Field Day! Skylar, K7STT, and Noah, who is still working on his license, took advantage of the great weather and worked together to log contacts!
You studied, you passed the test, you got your ham license! Now what?
Also read the Welcome Pamphlet located in the Articles section of this website.
These are important things to help you get started. Most experienced hams are so used to this info that they often don't realize that new hams may struggle to find this basic info.
The three top items needed by new Hams are VHF/UHF simplex frequencies, a list of local repeaters, and a list of local nets. Also there should be some amount of introduction given to new Hams for these topics. Unfortunately, new Hams are rarely provided with these. This page is intended to take a small step toward bridging that gap.
Simplex communications is just you and the other ham, one on one, talking directly to each other over the radio without the aid of a repeater.
Simplex frequencies can vary by area. The best bet is to search for the band plan for your area. The band plan for Western Washington is maintained by WWARA.(pdf) Look for "Simplex" in each band.
For example, looking at the 2-meter band, you'll find that 146.5200-146.5800 and 147.5200-147.6000 are listed as simplex frequency ranges. Great, now that only leaves you to determine the spacing between the channels.
Unfortunately, WWARA isn't very good at consistently indicating the channel spacing. There are a couple of clues, however.
The first is that the band plan does indicate that spacing between repeater channels is 20khz, so it's likely that the same spacing would apply to simplex.
The second indicator is that the simplex frequency ranges end in nice pairs of zeros. There are no fives in there. So that would tend to reinforce the idea of 20khz spacing. Unfortunately, this author has never actually found anything that specifically makes it clear, so we probably have to just assume that the spacing on 2-meters is 20khz.
To make things easier for you, here are the FM Voice simplex frequencies from the current (2016) WWARA Band Plan.
Go ahead and program these into your radio, for whichever of these bands your radio supports.
Note: It's important for you to learn how to program both simplex frequencies and repeaters into your radio without the use of the manual or Youtube.
While it's ok for you to use software such as Chirp to program your radio, you'll need to take the time at some point to teach yourself how to program your radio manually and to practice doing so. If you were ever called upon to join and assist on a Net, it's likely that you won't have your computer, radio manual or both.
Repeaters in your area...
Well, you'll need the list of repeaters in your area, and here in Western Washington State, the Mike and Key Amateur Radio Club in Renton does a great job of maintaining a list of repeaters.
Unless specifically indicated otherwise, repeaters are open for public use by licensed amateurs.
When using repeaters, remember to wait a second or two after keying your mic before you begin to speak.
Mike And Key Amateur Radio club also maintains a list of nets.
Most nets are held via repeaters, (unless the net is listed as 'simplex') so you'll need to set your radio appropriately for whichever repeater the net is using. Go ahead and listen in. They can be quite educational. You'll notice that most nets will ask for guest check-ins. That's you! Once you've heard enough to know how to check in, and if you feel that you're close enough to the net or repeater to be heard, give it a try.
The realm of HF, 3-30MHz, opens up the world for you. ARRL has a couple of slideshows introducing the world of HF at http://www.arrl.org/tutorials
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|Location||Frequency||Offset||PL tone||Call sign|
|Crawford Mt||224.460 MHz||-1.600||103.5||NT7H|
|Crawford Mt||441.400 MHz||5.000||103.5||NT7H|
All three repeaters are linked for greater coverage of Thurston County.
OARS, TC-ARES 2023 Calendar 2023 Calendar *=confirmed ?=not confirmed or virus uncertainty https://www.contestcalendar.com/contestcal.html
Tuesday is net night with all invited to attend on the OARS repeater system. 7 pm is the Thurston County ARES net that starts with a formal member roll call but is followed by an invitation for visitors to check in. At 7:30 begins the OARS Information Net with organized informal checkins, reading of the radio calendar, discussion of club business, q&a and swap and shop. Nets, meeting, Zoom, testing information at Olympia Amateur Radio Society (www.olyham.org) Testing information at OARS Exam Page (www.oars- ve.duckdns.org) Thurston County ARES information at Thurston County Amateur Radio Emergency Service (www.wa7oly.org)
An expanded list of regional events is at: Pacific Northwest Hamfairs (n7cfo.com)
*25-26—CQ Worldwide DX Contest CW
*1-3 ARRL 160m Contest
*1-2 CECE23—Catastrophic Event Communications Exercise
*3-Skywarn Recognition Day
4-Lacey Parade of Lights
??—Olympia Jingle Bells Parade
*10-11--ARRL 10 meter SSB contest
*17—ARRL Rookie Roundup CW
*30—ARES 5th Saturday exercise
This list is best viewed along with the WA7BNM contest calendar for a more complete list of world wide contests. WA7BNM Contest Calendar: 12-Month Calendar The ARRL also has a contest calendar at ARRL Contests
Written by our own Dr. Eric S. Messelt, W8ESM, this pamphlet will strive to answer many of your questions about ham radio.Read More
With spring (hopefully) just around the corner, late winter is a great time to evaluate our station lightning protection arrangements prior to lightning season.Read More
In the early days, amateur radio and hams were considered irritations and nuisances to the "real" communicators -- the commercial sector and the military.Read More
The National Association for Amateur Radio®Learn More
Welcome to the WA7BNM Contest Calendar. This site provides detailed information about amateur radio contests throughout the world, including their scheduled dates/times, rules summaries, log submission information and links to the official rules as published by the contest sponsors.Learn More
Amateur radio news, swap meet, articles.Learn More
These rules apply to the www.olyham.org/swap-n-shop web page only. These rules do not apply to other OARS business practices.
The purpose of these rules is to promote fairness for both buyers and sellers and to help prevent fraudulent and illegal activity. This web page serves to connect OARS members and the general ham radio community wishing to buy and sell amateur radio gear.
There is a separate category for General Merchandise which may be used to list any non-amateur related merchandise of any kind (except as noted under Prohibited Items below). For this document, amateur radio gear is defined as equipment that is used in the regular operation of a station, including radio equipment, antennas, power supplies, cabinets, test equipment, parts, supplies, and literature. One notable exception to this list is computers. Computers and non-RF specific computer parts (including computer power supplies) are NOT considered amateur radio gear by these rules and therefore must be offered only in the General Merchandise forum. In addition, furniture and household items, consumer electronics, vehicles, and real estate, shall be listed in the General Merchandise Section.
1.1 How it works
2.0 Prohibited Items Prohibited Items that may not be offered for Sale or Trade on the OARS Swap-n-Shop include but are not limited to:
2.1 Item categories
3.0 - OARS Role
4.0 - Listing Policies
5.0 OARS Right to Refuse
6.0 Method of submitting an ad
A significant portion of these rules are borrowed from QRZ.com. I would like to recognize QRZ.com as one of the premier ham radio websites and thank them for the inspiration for these rules. Sent to the OARS Board of Directors for approval on June 29, 2023
Not Quite What She Meant
One day a boy asked of his grandpa “Grandpa,
make a frog sound.”
The grandfather asked “why?”
The boy said “Grandma says when you croak we are
going to Hawaii.”
from the August 2015 Watts News
Teacher: What does your father do for a living?
Student: He is a magician.
Teacher: what is his favorite event.
Student: He cuts people in two.
Teacher: How many brothers and sisters do you
Student: One half-brother and one half-sister....
from the Oct 2015 Watts News
Did you hear about the Italian chef who died?
He pasta way. We cannoli do so much. His legacy
will become a pizza history. Here today, gone
tomato. How sad that he ran out of thyme.
Sending olive my prayers to the family. His wife is
really upset; cheese not over it. You never
sausage a tragic thing. It’s such a shame good
people have to die fusilli reasons.
It was a farfalle from grace.
from the April 2017 Watts News
We took the kids to one of those restaurants
where the walls are plastered with movie
memorabilia. I went off to see the hostess about
reserving a table. When I returned, I found my 10-
year-old granddaughter staring at a poster of
Superman standing in a phone booth.
She looked puzzled. "She doesn't know who
Superman is?" I asked my wife.
"Worse," my wife replied. "She doesn't know what
a phone booth is."
from the April 2017 Watts News
"Electricity originates inside clouds. There, it forms into lightning, which is attracted to the Earth by golfers. After entering the ground, the electricity hardens into coal, which, when dug up by power companies and burned in big ovens called 'generators,' turns back into electricity...where it is transformed by TV sets into commercials for beer, which passes through the consumers and back into the ground, thus completing what is known as a "circuit"........Dave Barry