ARRL Special Service ClubWatts News

Monthly Newsletter of the

Olympia Amateur Radio Society

P.O. Box 2861, Olympia, WA 98507

  April 2005
Edited by George Lanning  KB6LE 

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From the Oval ShackPresident's Message

I would like to thank everyone who donated time, equipment and resources to help make the Mike and Key Hamfest at Puyallup one of our most successful fund raisers in recent years. The club took in $583 from this effort. The majority of this is due to the generosity of Dick, WB9ZIP, who donated 50% of his proceeds to the club. This amounted to $430 of the total, so if you have the opportunity, please thank Dick for his generosity.

Owing to the success of this effort, we have secured a benefactor who will provide the club with two tables at SEA-PAC in Seaside, OR June 18-19, 2005. As with the Puyallup endeavor, we are looking not only for donations of equipment for the club to sell, but also making space available on the tables for members to sell their own equipment. The only request we have is that you donate some of your proceeds to the club.

We will also need members to donate some time to man the booth. Since no entry tickets are included with the tables, all members must purchase their own entry tickets. You can purchase them in advance for $8 or at the door for $10.

In addition to the Flea Market and Vendor exhibits, SEA-PAC has a full schedule of seminars beginning on Friday June 17, with one on antennas and also an Amateur Radio Emergency Communications Seminar presented by the ARRL's Dan Miller, K3UFG, ARECC Course Coordinator. More information on SEA-PAC, one of the largest Ham Radio gatherings in the Pacific Northwest, can be found on the web at: http://www.seapac.org I look forward to seeing you there.

While we are on the subject of June events, the weekend after SEA-PAC is ARRL Field Day, and OARS will again be in the very visible location on the Capitol Campus. As I mentioned in last month's column, Duane, WB7ROZ and I will co-chair the planning for this event.

At this time, we have confirmed the use of both the Intel and Thurston County Sheriff's communications vans which gives us two very nice operating positions, but we could use a 3rd vehicle if anyone would care to assist us with this effort. We are also looking for members who are willing to loan us equipment for the weekend.

Along this line, Fred, W7SIX, has committed to again provide us with a satellite station such as we had a couple of years ago. This should provide us with the opportunity to potentially make some space station contacts. Should be a lot of fun.

As in the past, we will be having a potluck on Saturday evening, June 25, beginning around 17:00 with food at about 18:00, weather permitting. This year we will have guests in the form of Thurston County Search and Rescue (SAR) members who wish to join us. This will give us the opportunity to introduce as many of them as possible to the joys of our hobby.

We will have a sign-up sheet at the next OARS meeting for not only equipment, but also for manning the various stations through the 24 hours.

See you at the meeting on April 27.

73 -- Ken K7TAG

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Solar Power, the Alternative Power Source

For this month's OARS meeting, Jerry Julian has arranged for Dick Hinkle to give us a presentation on Solar Power. Dick, retired military, has been using solar power at home for four years now, and generates 40-50% of the electricity his household uses from solar energy.

-- Duane, WB7ROZ

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Treasurer's Report

As of 3/31/05

GENERAL FUND (checking account)

    Previous balance   $803.27

        Income          693.24

        Expenses         47.00

    Ending balance    1,449.51

REPEATER / PACKET FUND (savings account)

    Previous balance   $982.36

        Income            1.84

        Expenses          0.00

    Ending balance      984.20

-- Ed Fitzgerald, N7WW, Treasurer

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Signs of Wear

"Old" is when:

-- from "Joke of the Day" via internet

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Kids and Ham Radio

Kid's Day -- Perfect Alternative to the Cell Phone, Internet or Video Game

The next Kid's Day is June 18.

Sure, it is always easier to lament that ham radio can't compete with everything that is going on in our children's lives; it is much harder to do something about it. So how do you compete? Try a little magic. The same "magic" that got you interested in ham radio is still magic; the only difference is that now it is your turn to be the magician.

On June 18, 2005, kids of all ages will experience the magic of ham radio. Kid's Day is one way that you can share the fun, excitement, and learning opportunities of ham radio. Many hams participate with their own children, grandchildren, nieces and nephews. This event isn't just for relatives though. Consider inviting the people you work with and their children, or your neighbor's family. Inviting adults and youth may result in future ham radio operators.

So you're not a magician? Oh yes you are. Don't forget the power and fascination of CW. Kids love the code so let them send their names on that old code practice oscillator in your shack. How about copying a CW QSO and "magically" convert the dits and dahs into meaningful words? Let the kids make a name bracelet using different sized beads for the dits and dahs ... they know what it says, but their parents might not ... that's magic. Want to be the "mad scientist"? Try dropping a small magnet through a conductive (copper) pipe and watch what happens (it isn't what the kids intuitively expect). The "hey that's cool" just might be the hook you need to get other questions going. What ever you do, make your activities centered on the kids.

The same goes for actual station operations. The Kid's Day operating event is centered on kids, so if you want kids to have a great time (and be ready to come back for more) allow them to dictate the pace and duration of the event. Kid's Day should be fun for both of you. Do the kids appear to be losing interest while you tune around looking for a strong signal? Why not let them try their hand at tuning? If they are ready to leave, accept it. It is better to do 15 minutes of ham radio fun than to be forced into spending one hour at the ham radio transceiver when they want to be somewhere else. Besides, kids change their mind so often in a few minutes they may be sitting beside you again.

Since Kid's Day began in 1994, the comments from hams and kids haven't changed much:

Kid's Day Rules

Purpose: Kid's Day is intended to encourage young people (licensed or not) to enjoy Amateur Radio. It can give young people on-the-air experience so they might develop an interest in pursuing a license in the future. It is intended to give hams a chance to share their station with children.

Date: Saturday, June 18, 2005.

Time: 1800 to 2400 UTC. No limit on operating time.

Suggested exchange: Name, age, location and favorite color. You are encouraged to work the same station again if an operator has changed. Call CQ Kid's Day.

Suggested frequencies: 28,350 to 28,400 kHz, 21,380 to 21,400, 14,270 to 14,300 kHz and 2 meter repeater frequencies with permission from your area repeater sponsor. Observe third party traffic restrictions when making DX QSOs.

Awards: All participants are eligible to receive a colorful certificate (it becomes the child's personalized sales brochure on ham radio. Please visit www.arrl.org/FandES/ead/kids-day-survey.html to complete a short survey and post your comments. You will then have access to download the certificate page or send a 9 x12 SASE to: Boring Amateur Radio Club, PO Box 1357, Boring, OR 97009.

Kid's Day is truly a family affair, as dad and daughters demonstrate.

-- Ed, N7NVP

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Report Card

Eight-year-old Sally brought her report card home from school. Her marks were good -- mostly A's and a couple of B's.

However, her teacher had written across the bottom: "Sally is a smart little girl, but she has one fault. She talks too much in school. I have an idea I am going to try, which I think may break her of the habit."

Sally's dad signed her report card, putting a note on the back: "Please let me know if your idea works on Sally because I would like to try it out on her mother."

-- from David, ZL3AI, via packet

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Amber Alert Program

In the Fall of 2004 the Washington State Amber Plan was instituted with the coordination and cooperation of the Washington Association of Sheriffs and Police Chiefs, Washington State Association of Broadcasters, Washington State Patrol, Washington Military Department, Washington Department of Transportation and the Washington State Department of Information Services.

Washington's Amber Alert system provides rapid dissemination of information not only between public safety agencies, but to the news media and community citizens who have signed up to receive alert information. Members of the Amateur Radio Service are invited to visit:


and sign up to receive Amber Alerts at their pager, cell phone or e-mail address. The process is very simple and only takes a few minutes to sign up. If anyone has questions are would like additional information please contact Monte Simpson at Monte.Simpson@wsp.wa.gov or k2mls@arrl.net

-- Ed, N7NVP, W. Washington Section Manager

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Fishing Trip

A friend, driving home from a fishing trip in northern Michigan with his boat in tow, had engine trouble a few miles inland from Lake Huron. He didn't have a CB radio in his car. So, he decided to use his marine radio to get help. Climbing into his boat, he broadcast his call letters and asked for assistance.

A Coast Guard officer responded, "Please give your location."

"I'm on Interstate 75, two miles south of Standish."

The officer paused, "Could you repeat that?"

"I-75, two miles south of Standish."

After a longer pause, an incredulous voice asked, "How fast were you going when you hit shore?"

-- from W1GMF, via packet

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Medical Terms Defined

-- from W1GMF via packet

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OARS Net check-ins

The following stations checked in on the OARS General Information Net one or more times in the month of March, 2005:


Net control stations for the month were K7TAG, WB7ROZ, WC7I, and K7VRE. Thank you for your support!!

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.

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OARS Membership Directory

The following pages list all paid up OARS members as of April 18, 2005 -- as recorded in the member data base. If you find any errors, omissions, or needed updates, please notify George, KB6LE. My phone is 866-2185; email address is kb6le@arrl.net .

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OARS Directory By Name

Name                  Call    Address City ST ZIP                           Phone

Alan Allen            N7EAY   1968 Thurston Ave NE Olympia WA 98506         360-709-9155

Larry Alvar           KD7TQW  3412 Beth Ct NE Lacey WA 98516-9248           360-413-7539

Fred Baker            W7SIX   224 Satsop Ave Shelton WA 98584               360-357-2662

Jack Barber           W1PRT   4316 Chambers Lake Dr. SE Lacey WA 98503      360-438-5921

Ruth Barber           K1IIF   4316 Chambers Lake Dr. SE Lacey WA 98503      360-438-5921

Ben Bennett           N7IVM   1212 Tabitha Ct NW Olympia WA 98502           360-705-8533

Jon Bennett           W7LWB   7132 Hawks Prairie Rd NE Lacey WA 98516       360-459-0697

Duane Braford         WB7ROZ  204 Shadow Ln NE Olympia WA 98506             360-412-1902

Tiffany Braford       KD7KHE  204 Shadow Ln NE Olympia WA 98506             360-412-1902

William Braford       KD7SQT  2030 Cardinal Lane Lacey WA 98503             360-438-5777

Richard Bullard       KD7RAT  2020 Mare Ct SE Olympia WA 98501              360-357-3249

Harold Burchards      KD7YOE  6029 55th Ct SE Lacey WA 98513                360-413-0869

Sharon Campbell       N7DHE   9101-24 Steilacoom Rd. Olympia WA 98513       360-491-6460

George Carle          N7ARY   1809 Centerwood Dr SE Olympia WA 98501        360-943-3536

Chris Chambers        KA7BNS  908 Narnia Lane NW Olympia WA 98502           360-866-0800

Kristopher Chambers   KC7ZWN  908 Narnia Lane NW Olympia WA 98502           360-866-0800

Lee Chambers          KI7SS   908 Narnia Lane NW Olympia WA 98502           360-866-0800

Marie Chambers        KC7MNM  908 Narnia Lane NW Olympia WA 98502           360-866-0800

Morgan Chambers       KC7VNY  908 Narnia Lane NW Olympia WA 98502           360-866-0800

Ray Chenhall          AA7ET   9038 Waddell Creek Rd SW Olympia WA 98512     360-902-7378

Thomas Christian      W7IOM   5825 Stellar Ln SE Olympia WA 98513           360-459-3060

Michael Clark         KD7UST  1008 Prospect Ave NE Olympia WA 98506

Sarah Coats           KD7WSH  2413 Woodfield Lp SE Olympia WA 98501         360-491-3749

Marc Cote             KD7MHC  2105 Wedgewood Dr SE Olympia WA 98501         360-753-2276

Daniel Crane          KB7DFL  4310 Glen Terra Dr. SE Lacey WA 98503         360-459-1564

Ken Dahl              K7TAG   1120 Palomino Ct SE Tumwater WA 98501-8633    360-534-9357

Rick Damitio          W7DOY   7023 Mullen Rd SE Olympia WA 98503            360-491-2587

Ray Davis             WB9RKN  2349 Crestline Blvd NW Olympia WA 98502       360-539-1718

Tom Dennis            KA4VVA  1919 Evergreen Pk Dr #18 Olympia WA 98502     360-754-6651

Ken Elfbrandt         AA7MX   1727 Sleater-Kinney Rd SE Lacey WA 98503      360-438-5971

James Elliott         AA7OH   3455 Martin Way #18 Olympia WA 98506          360-456-5571

Bill Fill             KD5IC   3 Fair Oaks Dr Conway AR 72032                501-327-0337

Dora Anna Fill        NI5D    3 Fair Oaks Dr Conway AR 72032                501-327-0337

Ed Fitzgerald         N7WW    5006 Lacey Blvd. SE Lacey WA 98503            360-491-2289

Dave Gates           KD7YXY   PO Box 414 Tenino WA 98589                    360-956-7574

Robert Goodnow       N7JHJ    4017 Indian Summer Dr SE Olympia WA 98513     360-456-2427

Helen Hannigan       KB7JDL   2409 Morse Rd SE Olympia WA 98501             360-352-9189

Gerald Julian        KD7CZN   4417 Clar Mar Ln SE Olympia WA 98501-4711     360-943-7009

John Kennedy         KD7ISO   PO Box 5556 Lacey WA 98509                    360-456-2805

Sharon Kinder        N7SSD    502 S. Edison St. Olympia WA 98501            360-943-6187

George Lanning       KB6LE    4129 Green Cove N.W. Olympia WA 98502         360-866-2185

David LeFevre        KC7FEC   8128 Bo Court SE Olympia WA 98501             360-413-7405

Paul Leach           N7GGX    2030 Cardinal Lane Lacey WA 98503             360-438-5777

Lee Lininger         W7RLL    20525 Lonesome Ln SE Yelm WA 98597

Vaunn Litchfield     KD7UJH   7844 Holiday Valley Dr Olympia WA 98502       360-866-3618

Chuck Lund           K7VRE    PO Box 14729 Tumwater WA 98511                360-319-8715

Robert Lyon          AA7YD    7734 Nottingham Ct SE Olympia WA 98503        360-459-9263

Sara Lyon            AB7PS    7734 Nottingham Ct SE Olympia WA 98503        360-459-9263

Keith McDonald       N7JSK    10337 Carney Dr. SE Olympia WA 98501          360-352-2514

Dick McNamara        KE7ASF   7526 127th Ave SW Olympia WA 98512

Dick McRoberts       WB9ZIP   9101-68 Steilacoom Rd SE Olympia WA 98513     360-438-2965

Nancy Moon           KG6JJE   2349 Crestline Blvd NW Olympia WA 98502       360-539-1718

Klaus Neubert        AC7MG    PO Box 12104 Olympia WA 98508                 360-753-1493

Andrew Palmer        KD7MTP   2413 Woodfield Lp SE Olympia WA 98501         360-491-3749

David Palmer         AC7PT    2413 Woodfield Lp SE Olympia WA 98501         360-491-3749

John Roberts         K7NFL    10300 Cristen Ct SW Olympia WA 98512          360-754-4772

Jim Ryan             KD7HTG   10505 Ryan Ln SE Olympia WA 98513

Richard Schwender    KE7CFA   PO Box 8773 Olympia WA 98509

Charles Scovill      KC7FEE   6625 Bellevista St NW Olympia WA 98502        360-866-1961

Rollo Shaw           AB7NE    1809 Sawyer St SE Olympia WA 98501            360-754-9682

Don Shields          KJ7NV    1872 Circle LN SE Lacey WA 98503              360-438-5066

Kenneth Smith        W7HRY    7627 Cooper Point Rd. NW Olympia WA 98502     360-866-2507

Leroy Smith          N7EIE    8525 Mahonia Ct SE Yelm WA 98597-9794         360-458-8286

Thom Solberg         N7KJG    3067 60th Ave SE Olympia WA 98501             360-456-3297

Kip Stilz            K7KIP    4625 Norcross Ct SE Olympia WA 98501          360-456-4949

Charles Stoddard     NX6W     1737 Judd St NE Olympia WA 98516

Brett Taylor         KC7OQJ   3720 Wesley Loop NW Olympia WA 98502          360-866-0683

Paul Taylor          KC7LA    3720 Wesley Loop NW Olympia WA 98502          360-866-0683

Jim Terry                     PO Box 2585 Yelm WA 98579-7528

Owen Ticknor         WA7JZM   18124 Sunshine Ln SW Rochester WA 98579       360-273-8975

Bill Tilton          K7OKC    3700 14th Ave SE #120 Olympia WA 98501

Deloise Tilton       KB7GEG   3700 14th Ave SE #120 Olympia WA 98501

Jennifer Vein        KE7CQI   PO Box 8773 Olympia WA 98509

Steve Ward           WC7I     5034 Meridian Rd. NE Olympia WA 98506         360-456-4249

Kathy Watkinson      KC7OQM   1405 9th Ave SE Olympia WA 98501              360-943-4352

Larry Watkinson      KC7CKO   1405 9th Ave SE Olympia WA 98501              360-943-4352

Jeff Withers         W3GE     6010 193rd Ave SW Rochester WA 98579          360-273-8614

Lisa Withers         KB7PNX   6010 193rd Ave SW Rochester WA 98579          360-273-8614

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License Exam Sessions

6:00 pm before each monthly OARS meeting

No walk-ins

To apply contact Klaus Neubert 753-1493


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