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From the V.P.'s Point of View Treasurer's Report OARS Net check-ins Northwest DX Convention 2002 Potato Exercise Program FCC proposes to raise vanity fee OARS Directory by Call Suffix OARS Cross Reference by Name
From the V.P.'s Point of View
I taught the second half of another OARS-sponsored Technician class yesterday morning, and the testers that used to spend every other Thursday at the Ft. Lewis club helping us upgrade came en masse and gave, in total, 39 exams to 29 people in the afternoon. There must have been about nine or ten of them, and we owe them a huge Thanks for giving over their Saturday for (yet another) test session.
There were, I think, about 25 new licenses or upgrades issued, including an Extra and one to a close friend of mine who I've been pestering to get a license for awhile.
Wow! It is so much fun to see so many people come out with that CSCE--and a huge smile--in hand; it's almost an addiction, like a drug, calling me to create a new class. Only a few people left empty handed, and they didn't miss by much. So, I'll teach one toward the end of July! And I'm moving my planned "Radio Camp" to late August (if schedules work then -- the student's schedules don't make the June time frame I'd hoped for work very well).
Rick, WB7TT, led the testers yesterday, and confided that they're still looking for a reliable and satisfactory permanent location to routinely offer tests again. So if you know of a facility that could be scheduled regularly, I know Rick would really like to hear from you. The space needs to include at least two rooms for testing and a "waiting" area outside where those who have completed their tests can pace nervously, have toilets, parking, easy access, etc. It can't cost much; there's no money in testing.
Today I received confirmation on the program for our upcoming meeting. Clint Hurd, KK7UQ, will drive down from Pt. Orchard to deliver a one-hour slide show on the general theme "Computer Interfacing for Transceivers." Clint markets (or more exactly, almost gives away) a PCB that you can populate, that makes connecting your PC to your computer a breeze. Check out some of his information at http://www.waypoint.com/users~discobay/.
The ARES group met at the EOC last Thursday evening. Among the topics discussed was the upcoming mock search, put on for us by Pierce County SAR. The general timeline is the weekend of May 3/4/5 -- so plan to come help! And if you're really into helping with SAR stuff, you might plan to attend the annual SAR conference the Skamania County Sheriff's Office is hosting this year. It'll be the weekend of May 18th. Check their web site for details.
The Capitol City Marathon is May 19th; plan for it, too. And plan for Field Day the fourth weekend of June!
We have the beginnings of a real legislative effort toward a more effective antenna ordinance, for which Al, K7PUC, is doing yeoman duty defining plans for the work to be done. Perhaps, with a real plan to guide us, we can be more successful than some earlier efforts have been. It will be important for us to "buttonhole" our legislators and make sure they understand our issues; your help will be vital in this work.
A recurrent comment about hams at events is "I don't see them -- are there some Ham's here?" I suspect that's because we wear street clothes and carry tiny radios and look pretty much like anyone else. We need to change that. We need visibility. The cops, military, more sophisticated store personnel, etc., all wear distinguishing clothes to help them get credibility. It makes their work easier. Is there someone with a real, practiced skill at defining appearances, who could help me come up with a "set" of clothing we could become known for wearing? What I'm thinking is that we should buy and wear hats, jackets (in the cold), tee shirts (in the warm), and perhaps some really high visibility "jogger" mesh-type outfits, all emblazoned with a clear, non-trick message like "Ham Radio Communicator" or something. Lets talk about it!
Don't forget the Tuesday night nets: ARES, OARS, and Youth nets! I'll listen for you, and see you at the OARS meeting. Until then, 73!
-- Lee, KI7SS
As of 3/31/02
-- Ed Fitzgerald, N7WW, TreasurerGENERAL FUND (checking account)
Previous balance $ 2,692.62
Ending balance 2,399.94
REPEATER / PACKET FUND (savings account)
Previous balance $ 938.86
Ending balance 944.74
OARS Net check-ins
following stations checked in on the OARS General Information Net on one
or more of these dates: March 12, 19, or 26:
The net meets at 7:30 every Tuesday evening on the 3 linked OARS repeaters: 147.36, 224.46, and 441.40 MHz. All Hams are invited to check in.
Northwest DX Convention 2002
The following invitation to all OARS members was received by email:
On behalf of the Willamette Valley DX Club, I'd like to invite you and all members of the Olympia Amateur Radio Society to the Northwest's premier DX Convention which will be held August 2 - 4, 2002, near Portland, Oregon. Following are the details that we have confirmed so far:
Friday night, we open up registration, and there will be a Hospitality Suite.
On Saturday, we have a full day planned! Don't know the order yet, but here are some of the presentations: Be among the first to hear about WRTC-2002 from Ward, N0AX. Discover the latest happenings at the ARRL. Learn about sloping antennas for 160 meters from Rudy, N6LF. Listen spellbound to Lew, W7EW, as he talks about the trip to VP8GEO and VP8THU. Of course, there will be dinner, a dinner speaker, and a hospitality suite.
The convention wraps up Sunday morning after breakfast and the final presentation. As always, there will be PRIZES throughout the convention.
Full details and a registration form will be on our website ( http://www.wvdxc.org/convention.htm ) shortly. Any questions can be addressed either to me or to the Convention Chairman, Al Rovner, K7AR, firstname.lastname@example.org or (360) 256-7437.
Please pass this invitation on to the rest of the Olympia Amateur Radio Society.
-- 73 Lisa Zeug, K7UQT, 2002 Pacific Northwest DX Convention Publicity Chairman
Potato Exercise Program
Exercise program for those of us on the high side of 39!
I thought I would let you in on a little secret I've found for building my arm and shoulder muscles. You might want to try doing this just 2 to 3 days a week at first. (You wouldn't want to over do things as you're just getting started.)
I start by standing outside behind the house and hold a 5 pound potato sack in each hand. I extend my arms straight out to my sides and hold them there as long as I can. At first a minute or so was all I could do, but I started working up to where 5 or 6 minutes was manageable.
After a few weeks I moved up to 10 pound potato sacks, then 50 pound potato sacks and finally I got to where I could lift a 100 pound potato sack in each hand and hold my arms straight out for 10 minutes!
Next, I started putting a few potatoes in the sacks. You want to be a little careful when you get to this level of intensity. You won't be able to hold your arms straight out anywhere near as long, and you might even throw somethin' out of whack if you're not careful.
Good health and better muscle tone to you all!
-- submitted by Dave LeFevre, KC7FEC
FCC proposes to raise vanity fee
The FCC has proposed raising the regulatory fee it charges vanity call sign applicants from $12 to $14.50 for the 10-year license term. The FCC included the proposed new fee in a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (MD Docket No. 02-64) released March 27 to set Fiscal Year 2002 fees.
The effective date will be announced in the Report and Order that terminates the proceeding. If it's approved, the new fee likely will become effective sometime in September.
The FCC has estimated that 8000 applicants would apply for vanity call signs in FY2001. Applicants for Amateur Vanity Call-Signs will continue to pay the $12 regulatory fee per call sign (per 10-year license term) until the FY2002 fee schedule becomes effective. The vanity fee is paid at the time of application for a new, renewal or reinstated vanity license.
Comments are due April 23; reply comments are due May 3.
-- ARRL Bulletin ARLB023
OARS Directory by Call Suffix
Prefix Name Call Address City ST ZIP Phone
1708 Ann St Olympia WA 98506
Celia Nightingale 2423 Woodfield Lp SE Olympia WA 98501 360-491-1280
AKL H.J. Motomatsu
WB7AKL PO Box 206 SilverCreek WA 98585
ARY George Carle N7ARY 1809 Centerwood Dr SE Olympia WA 98501 360-943-3536
BNS Chris Chambers KA7BNS 908 Narnia Lane NW Olympia WA 98502 360-866-0800
CEZ Mark Hannigan
K7CEZ 2409 Morse Rd SE Olympia WA 98501
CKM Rex Richardson WL7CKM 1616 Gov Stevens Ave SE Olympia WA 98501 360-352-1233
CKO Larry Watkinson KC7CKO 1405 9th Ave SE Olympia WA 98501 360-943-4352
CZM Jim Elder KD7CZM 6007 LaVista Ct SW Olympia WA 98512 360-459-4307
CZN Gerald Julian KD7CZN 4417 Clar Mar Ln SE Olmpia WA 98501-4711 360-943-7009
D Dora Anna Fill
NI5D 3 Fair Oaks Dr Conway AR 72032
DFL Daniel Crane KB7DFL 4310 Glen Terra Dr. SE Lacey WA 98503 360-459-1564
DHE Sharon Campbell N7DHE 9101-24 Steilacoom Rd. Olympia WA 98513 360-491-6460
DOY Rick Damitio W7DOY 7023 Mullen Rd SE Olympia WA 98503 360-491-2587
FEC David LeFevre
KC7FEC 3737 Golden Eagle Lp SE Olympia WA 98513
FEE Charles Scovill KC7FEE 6625 Bellevista St NW Olympia WA 98502 360-866-1961
GAQ Gard Forester
KF6GAQ PO Box 8721 Olympia WA 98509
GE Jeff Withers W3GE 6010 193rd Ave SW Rochester WA 98579 360-273-8614
GGX Paul Leach N7GGX 2030 Cardinal Lane Lacey WA 98503 360-438-5777
GHA Mike Johnston KA7GHA 6335 103rd Ave SW Olympia WA 98512 360-236-1319
GMC John Moore N7GMC 2407 Tyndell Circle SW Tumwater WA 98502 360-357-6234
GZM James Belluomini KD7GZM 9101-186 Steilacoom Rd SE Olympia WA 98513 360-491-3766
HCT Clark Main
N7HCT 5509 Thornbury Dr SE Lacey WA 98513
HKI Gary Ernest N7HKI 2718 24th Ave. SE Olympia WA 98501 360-352-2503
HRY Kenneth Smith W7HRY 7627 Cooper Point Rd. NW Olympia WA 98502 360-866-2507
HTG Jim Ryan KD7HTG 10505 Ryan Ln SE Olympia WA 98513
HTX Lois Cox KB7HTX 4818 Belwood Dr. NE Olympia WA 98506 360-357-6256
IC Bill Fill
KD5IC 3 Fair Oaks Dr Conway AR 72032
IIF Ruth Barber K1IIF 4316 Chambers Lake Dr. SE Lacey WA 98503 360-438-5921
ISO John Kennedy KD7ISO PO Box 5556 Lacey WA 98509
IVM Ben Bennett N7IVM 1212 Tabitha Ct NW Olympia WA 98502 360-705-8533
JDL Helen Hannigan
KB7JDL 2409 Morse Rd SE Olympia WA 98501
JHJ Robert Goodnow N7JHJ 4017 Indian Summer Dr SE Olympia WA 98513 360-456-2427
JSK Keith McDonald N7JSK 10337 Carney Dr. SE Olympia WA 98501 360-352-2514
KIP Kip Stilz K7KIP 4625 Norcross Ct SE Olympia WA 98501 360-456-4949
LA Paul Taylor
KC7LA 3720 Wesley Loop NW Olympia WA 98502
LE George Lanning KB6LE 4129 Green Cove N.W. Olympia WA 98502 360-866-2185
LMQ Pete Judd KD7LMQ 147 Hokanson Rd Elma WA 98541
LVV Mark Tyler KD7LVV 2247 Sapp Rd SW Tumwater WA 98512 360-352-5990
LWB Jon Bennett W7LWB 7132 Hawks Prairie Rd NE Lacey WA 98516 360-459-0697
LYY Dan Conrad KD7LYY 2629 Ballantine Dr SE Olympia WA 98506
LZA Phil Norris KD7LZA 205 Shadow Ln NE Olympia WA 98506 360-491-1873
LZE Don Sander KD7LZE 8113 Mazama Ct SW Olympia WA 98512
MHC Marc Cote
KD7MHC 2105 Wedgewood Dr SE Olympia WA 98501
MND Jesse Tyler KD7MND 2247 Sapp Rd SW Tumwater WA 98512 360-352-5990
MNM Marie Chambers KC7MNM 908 Narnia Lane NW Olympia WA 98502 360-866-0800
MNM David Nightingale KD7MNM 2423 Woodfield Lp SE Olympia WA 98501 360-491-1280
MNO Kim Skoropinski KD7MNO 1902 80th Ave SE Olympia WA 98501-6852
MX Ken Elfbrandt AA7MX 918 Corral Lane SE Tumwater WA 98501 360-357-4447
NE Rollo Shaw
AB7NE 1809 Sawyer St SE Olympia WA 98501
NMU Chris Kennedy KB7NMU 3842 74th Ave. SE Olympia WA 98501 360-491-2819
NN Ron Hill W7NN 10624 Zephyr Ln SW Olympia WA 98512 360-352-7779
NV Don Shields KJ7NV 1872 Circle LN SE Lacey WA 98503 360-438-5066
OH James Elliott
AA7OH 3455 Martin Way #18 Olympia WA 98506
OQJ Brett Taylor KC7OQJ 3720 Wesley Loop NW Olympia WA 98502 360-866-0683
OQM Kathy Watkinson KC7OQM 1405 9th Ave SE Olympia WA 98501 360-943-4352
PJS Jan Skoropinski
KD7PJS 1902 80th Ave SE Olympia WA 98501-6852
PNX Lisa Withers KB7PNX 6010 193rd Ave SW Rochester WA 98579 360-273-8614
PRT Jack Barber W1PRT 4316 Chambers Lake Dr. SE Lacey WA 98503 360-438-5921
PS Sara Lyon AB7PS 7734 Nottingham Ct SE Olympia WA 98503 360-459-9263
PT Bill Phillips AB7PT 1111 Archwood Dr SW #279 Olympia WA 98502 360-754-0271
PT David Palmer AC7PT 2413 Woodfield Lp SE Olympia WA 98501
PUC Al Williams K7PUC 706 Frederick St NE Olympia WA 98506 360-753-1328
QHK Ruth Bolstad KC7QHK 929 Trosper Rd SW Tumwater WA 98512-6961 360-754-7433
RDJ Bob Campbell
WA7RDJ 9101-24 Steilacoom Rd. Olympia WA 98513
RHK Kathleen Moore KC7RHK 2407 Tyndell Circle SW Tumwater WA 98502 360-357-6234
ROZ Duane Bradford WB7ROZ 204 Shadow Ln NE Olympia WA 98506
SAR Keith McIntosh
K2SAR PO Box 788 East Olympia WA 98540
SAY Allan Jones W7SAY 2752 Stratford Ln SW #3532 Tumwater WA 98512-6029 360-352-7516
SS Lee Chambers KI7SS 908 Narnia Lane NW Olympia WA 98502 360-866-0800
SSD Sharon Kinder N7SSD 502 S. Edison St. Olympia WA 98501 360-943-6187
TAG Ken Dahl
K7TAG 1120 Palomino Ct SE Tumwater WA 98501-8633
TPT Ghery Pettit N6TPT 3131 Leeward Ct NW Olympia WA 98502
UUO Wallace Music
W7UUO 5305 Stikes Ct. SE Lacey WA 98503
UXU Finch Johnston KA7UXU 6335 103rd Ave SW Olympia WA 98512 360-236-1319
VNY Morgan Chambers KC7VNY 908 Narnia Lane NW Olympia WA 98502 360-866-0800
WIC Isabel Ernest
KA7WIC 2718 24th Ave. SE Olympia WA 98501
WW Ed Fitzgerald N7WW 5006 Lacey Blvd. SE Lacey WA 98503 360-491-2289
YD Robert Lyon AA7YD 7734 Nottingham Ct SE Olympia WA 98503 360-459-9263
ZOW Ray Ferris
W7ZOW 2318 Boulevard Ct. SE Olympia WA 98501
ZPS Dorothy Ferris W7ZPS 2318 Boulevard Ct. SE Olympia WA 98501 360-357-2219
ZTU Mick Bush N7ZTU 1003 Surrey Trace Dr. SE Olympia WA 98501 360-956-3312
ZWN Kristopher Chambers KC7ZWN 908 Narnia Lane NW Olympia WA 98502 360-866-0800
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