Monthly Newsletter of the
Olympia Amateur Radio Society
P.O. Box 2861, Olympia, WA 98507
Table of Contents
From the Oval Shack From the VP's desk Lakefair is looking for a few good Hams Bloopers Treasurer's Report Equipment for sale OARS Net check-ins Medicine Iraqi amateur operation reported OARS Directory by Call Suffix Cross Reference by Name
Spring is here and along with it Daylight Savings Time, or as the Europeans call it, "Summer Time."
As the weather improves and the days lengthen so that we can spend more time outdoors, it is not too early to begin thinking about and planning for OARS Field Day participation, which is coming up on June 28-29, 2003. Lee, KI7SS, has again gotten the permit for us to set up on the Capitol Campus. While this may not give us the best location for antennas, it is offset by the exposure that it gives us in the community.
Dan, KB7DFL, has arranged for the Thurston County sheriff's communications van to be available for us and along with this, a Washington State EMD Mission Number which gives us L&I insurance for the event. Duane, WB7ROZ, has arranged for the Intel emergency communications van to be there also. This will give us two very good and visible operating positions. We have already arranged with Steve, WC7I, to have his rig available for one of the stations.
Duane is again to provide us with a network based logging program like we used last year to facilitate our contact logging. This worked out very well last year, and I am looking forward to using it again this year.
Also, we are planning a potluck on Saturday evening for all interested members to come down and join us on the Capitol Campus for a great time. Even if you don't come down and operate, we would like to join us for the potluck. We will provide a list of last names and potential dishes next month.
I have volunteered to take the load off Lee and coordinate our efforts this year, so if you have any resources that you would like to make available to our Field Day 2003 event, please let me know by email, eyeball, fax or phone.
Now on to other topics. On the subject of our repeaters, we have been offered a couple of microwave channels for links between the water tower and Crawford Mountain. The advantage is that it eliminates the current radio links and simplifies the system. It will also give us increased performance by eliminating the delay in bringing up the links when you press the PTT. The downside is that it will increase our dependence on CAPCOM and Thurston County for the operation of our system.
I would like your input on this issue.
-- Ken Dahl, K7TAG
From the VP's desk
Talk about juggling! I just put together
a calendar of upcoming events we've got a hand in somehow:
May 3 YMCA 10K
May 18 Capitol City Marathon
June 7-8 Road Rally
June 27-28 Field Day
July 5 Fox Hunt
July 19 Lake Fair Parade
August 18-22 Radio Camp
September 6-7 Road Rally
Not to mention Seaside in early June, the hamfests of August and September, and a vision of a ham radio show on TCTV in the distant future. There's hardly time to mow the grass! Yippee!
But seriously, to make this work we need lots of volunteers. If everyone helped with ONE event no one would be really inconvenienced, and collectively we could take a deep bow. Immediately, I need those of you who were part of last year's Capitol City Marathon to volunteer for this year's event. It's coming right up!
I bought an antique Atlas 210X mobile transceiver for $125 a couple of weeks ago. How many of you can tell me what that is? In case you've forgotten, or never knew, this beast is a solid state HF radio, with an analog dial (no digital display), about the size of two reams of paper, stacked. I've an idea to mount it in my Jeep if I can figure out where and how. I took the radio out to the Jeep today and did some initial measuring. The only place it fits is between the seats, sideways, and that's cumbersome. I'm really beginning to appreciate the detached-faceplate radios. None of the modern cars I've had for a while would really accommodate this beast, or my all-time favorite, the Kenwood TS-120.
I've been collecting old Morse code keys. I got into this sub-hobby mostly by accident. Oddly, when I go to garage sales, I often find old keys for sale for pennies, abandoned like orphans, and I can't just let them lie. What's that about? How did so many telegraph keys get scattered into so many clearly non-code homes? No matter, I'm making it a passion to buy them and give them a place where they'll be appreciated! This is not just a random collector at work; I do like "the code," so I can justify this passion directly. I admit I'm not a breakneck CW fanatic, but the soothing sound of well sent code, clear and cutting through the static, is a real delight. It takes me back to the early days when CW really was king. What radio passion do you have? Write about it and our kindly editor George will print it!
I went to the Saturday breakfast a week ago, and we discussed fox hunting. It's been a while since we've played the game, and it's time to have at it. So, July 5th is fox hunt day this year. We'll have our breakfast as usual, and then have a shot at finding a fox who will be transmitting on 2 meters from an undisclosed location, with low power. Plan to dig out your beam antennas, attenuators, and dust off your fox hunt manuals and have a little fun.
All the best! 73!
-- Lee, KI7SS
Lakefair is looking for a few good Hams
As in the past 6 years, OARS has been volunteered to help with communications during the annual Lakefair Parade. The event this year will be on Saturday, July 19th from 5 PM till 7 PM in downtown Olympia.
Larry, KC7CKO, and Lee, KI7SS, are coordinating communications assets this year. Net control will operate out of the county comm van stationed along the route. OARS needs about 26 people to do this properly. Here is a partial breakdown on nets, locations and duties. This may change as we get close to the event.
GENERAL FUND (checking account)
Previous balance $2,496.03
Ending balance 2,356.74
REPEATER / PACKET FUND (savings account)
Previous balance $961.83
Ending balance 965.75
-- Ed Fitzgerald, N7WW, Treasurer
Equipment for sale
Yaesu FT-890 all band XCVR absolutely like new in original box, complete, PS, etc., $500. A fellow retiree neighbor acquired the rig 10 yrs ago, his cost $1500. Never licensed, he used it as SWL only. This has to be a rare bargain for some new OARS General licensee or backup rig for the ham with everything. Phone owner direct, Mr. P. Y. Williams, 438-5924, (or me for comment at 438-5921, if you prefer).
-- Jack Barber, W1PRT
I have an ICOM IC-3AT handheld I bought in 1980 that has never been used. Do you know anyone that might be interested in buying it? I never got into the hobby. I got your address off the web.
-- Phil Dyer, Bellingham
OARS Net check-ins
The following 28 stations checked in on
the OARS General Information Net on one or more of the dates March 11,
18, or 25:
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.
A distraught patient phoned her doctor's office. Was it true, the woman wanted to know, that the medication the doctor had prescribed was for the rest of her life? She was told that it was.
There was a moment of silence before the woman continued, "I'm wondering, then, just how serious my condition is. This prescription is marked "NO REFILLS.'"
-- from David, ZL3AI, via packet
Iraqi amateur operation reported
The Daily DX <http://www.dailydx.com> this week reported that Jim Dunkerton, KT4CK, of Tennessee, has been active from the Middle East on 15 meters SSB. On April 6, he was giving his location as somewhere in the desert of the Middle East, but the following day, he was identifying as YI/KT4CK and saying he was in the desert of Southern Iraq. The Daily DX says that John Shelton, K1XN, has confirmed that Dunkerton is -- or has been -- with the 101st Airborne, reported by CNN this week as being near Karbala in Central Iraq.
Several stations have reported working or hearing YI/KT4CK between 1400 and 1600 UTC. SV1GRH spotted YI/KT4CK at 1438 UTC on April 7 on 21.3125 MHz, and noted that he was looking for US stations but, The Daily DX quoted SV1GRH as saying that YI/KT4CK was not getting many replies.
Meanwhile, The Daily DX says Ed Giorgadze, 4L4FN, now is in the Middle East after wrapping up his North Korean (P5) operation. He has been in Turkey, very close to the Turkish/Iraqi border, for the last month and awaits his next UN World Food Program assignment -- which could be inside war-torn Iraq.
-- from the ARRL Letter, Electronic Edition
OARS Directory by Call Suffix
Name Call Address City ST ZIP Phone
Curt Danell 1708 Ann St Olympia WA 98506 360-951-3848
AGG Reade Apgar
N7AGG 929 Trosper Rd SW RM 205 Tumwater WA 98512
AKL H.J. Motomatsu WB7AKL PO Box 206 Silver Creek WA 98585 360-866-7975
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
BON Phillip Jackson KA9BON 3539 Yorkshire Dr SE Olympia WA 98513 360-455-5090
CG Bill Waesche
KE7CG PO Box 1190
Rainier WA 98576 360-446-5085
CID Jeffrey Jackson W9CID 3539 Yorkshire Dr SE Olympia WA 98513 360-455-5090
CZM Jim Elder KD7CZM 6007 LaVista Ct SW Olympia WA 98512 360-705-4329
CZN Gerald Julian KD7CZN 4417 Clar Mar Ln SE Olympia WA 98501-4711 360-943-7009
D Dora Anna Fill
NI5D 3 Fair Oaks Dr
Conway AR 72032 501-327-0337
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
E Rod Deakin
NR7E PO Box 8820
Lacey WA 98509
EIE Leroy Smith N7EIE 8525 Mahonia Ct SE Yelm WA 98597-9794 253-686-5106
ET Ray Chenhall AA7ET 9038 Waddell Creek Rd SW Olympia WA 98512 360-902-7378
FEE Charles Scovill KC7FEE 6625 Bellevista St NW Olympia WA 98502 360-866-1961
GAQ Gard Forester
KF6GAQ PO Box 8721
Olympia WA 98509 360-438-9860
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
GMC John Moore N7GMC 2407 Tyndell Circle SW Tumwater WA 98502 360-357-6234
HA Bob Keppler
KE7HA 1120 Chestnut SE
Olympia WA 98502 360-943-1368
HCT Clark Main N7HCT 5509 Thornbury Dr SE Lacey WA 98513 360-923-1300
HFS Dorlene Keppler N7HFS 1120 Chestnut SE Olympia WA 98502 360-943-1368
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
HTX Lois Cox KB7HTX 4818 Belwood Dr. NE Olympia WA 98506 360-357-6256
I Steve Ward
WC7I 5034 Meridian Rd. NE
Olympia WA 98506 360-456-4249
IC Bill Fill KD5IC 3 Fair Oaks Dr Conway AR 72032 501-327-0337
IIF Ruth Barber K1IIF 4316 Chambers Lake Dr. SE Lacey WA 98503 360-438-5921
IOM Thomas Christian W7IOM 5825 Stellar Ln SE Olympia WA 98513 360-459-3060
ISO John Kennedy KD7ISO PO Box 5556 Lacey WA 98509
IVM Ben Bennett N7IVM 1212 Tabitha Ct NW Olympia WA 98502 360-705-8533
JHJ Robert Goodnow
N7JHJ 4017 Indian Summer Dr SE Olympia WA 98513
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
KJG Thom Solberg N7KJG 3067 60th Ave SE Olympia WA 98501 360-456-3297
KSK Bob Brown KA7KSK 6106 Lemon Rd NE Olympia WA 98506 360-452-3842
LA Paul Taylor
KC7LA 3720 Wesley Loop NW
Olympia WA 98502 360-866-0683
LE George Lanning KB6LE 4129 Green Cove N.W. Olympia WA 98502 360-866-2185
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
LZA Phil Norris KD7LZA 205 Shadow Ln NE Olympia WA 98506 360-491-1873
MBP Lawrence McKnight KD7MBP
4931 Delores Dr NE Olympia
WA 98516 360-412-5973
MEA Dennis Mills N7MEA 804 Narnia Lane NW Olympia WA 98502
MHC Marc Cote KD7MHC 2105 Wedgewood Dr SE Olympia WA 98501 360-753-2276
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
MNN Reed Nightingale KD7MNN 2423 Woodfield Lp SE Olympia WA 98501 360-491-1280
MRK Mark Matthies W7MRK PO Box 14114 Tumwater WA 98511-4114 360-943-1624
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 360-754-9682
NN Ron Hill W7NN 10624 Zephyr Ln SW Olympia WA 98512 888-357-7779
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 360-456-5571
OQJ Brett Taylor KC7OQJ 3720 Wesley Loop NW Olympia WA 9850 360-866-0683
OSX Barbara McRoberts KB7OSX 9101-68 Steilacoom Rd SE Olympia WA 98513 360-438-2965
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 David Palmer AC7PT 2413 Woodfield Lp SE Olympia WA 98501 360-491-3749
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
RAT Richard Bullard
KD7RAT 2020 Mare Ct SE
Olympia WA 98501 360-357-3249
RHK Kathleen Moore KC7RHK 2407 Tyndell Circle SW Tumwater WA 98502 360-357-6234
ROZ Duane Braford WB7ROZ 204 Shadow Ln NE Olympia WA 98506 360-412-1902
SAY Allan Jones
W7SAY 2752 Stratford Ln SW #3532 Tumwater WA 98512-6029
SIX Fred Baker W7SIX 224 Satsop Ave Shelton WA 98584 360-357-2662
SNS Cheryl Jackson KD7SNS 3539 Yorkshire Dr SE Olympia WA 98513 360-455-5090
SQT William Braford KD7SQT 2030 Cardinal Lane Lacey WA 98503 360-438-5777
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
SXW Jeffery Meader KD7SXW PO Box 1288 Yelm WA 98597 360-458-3823
TAG Ken Dahl K7TAG 1120 Palomino Ct SE Tumwater WA 98501-8633 360-534-9357
UJH Vaunn Litchfield
KD7UJH PO Box 12450
Olympia WA 98508 360-866-3618
UKX Tim Nairin KB7UKX 5629 Sleater Kinney Rd NE Olympia WA 98506 360-491-4956
USS D.J. Darby KD7USS 4839 Sleater Kinney NE Olympia WA 98506 360-491-1457
UUO Wallace Music W7UUO 5305 Stikes Ct. SE Lacey WA 98503 360-491-0354
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
W Charles Stoddard
NX6W 1737 Judd St NE
Olympia WA 98516
WIC Isabel Ernest KA7WIC 2718 24th Ave. SE Olympia WA 98501 360-352-2503
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
ZIP Dick McRoberts
WB9ZIP 9101-68 Steilacoom Rd SE Olympia WA 98513
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
Cross Reference by Name
If your name is missing from this list, you might want to think about paying your dues.