Olympia Amateur Radio Society

ARRL Special Service ClubWatts News

Monthly Newsletter of the

Olympia Amateur Radio Society

P.O. Box 2861, Olympia, WA 98507

  August 2008
Edited by George Lanning  KB6LE 

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From the Oval ShackPresident's Message

Hello Everyone

We have been presented with the opportunity to hold our meetings at the Olympia Red Cross facility. If you were at June's meeting, you may remember Jason Dean from the Red Cross. He also came to Field Day. He told me he is interested in having us meet at the Red Cross to have an increased amateur radio presence there. He initially asked how attached we were to our Wednesday meeting nights as he was going to investigate moving us in before the end of the year. I was not certain about our meeting nights, and told him so.

Tom Bohon, KE7EJJ, graciously secured our use of the EOC on short notice when the South Sound Fire station became unavailable, and gains entry for us each month -- including having found a way for me to borrow a key on evenings he is unavailable. Tom has suggested several times we find another place to meet -- preferably someplace with less security than the EOC. I have no complaints with the EOC itself, but Tom has mentioned we could be "pre-empted" at the need or perhaps even the whim of people at the EOC. I have not been ignoring Tom about this matter, but have found many different groups hold meeting on Wednesday evenings which definitely eliminates many potential locations.

Jason appears to have secured the Red Cross facility for our meetings beginning in January which at least at first glance seems to have solved our problems. It should also bring us to a closer relationship with the local Red Cross. I mentioned this meeting place on the OARS net July 29 and found we used to meet at the Red Cross years ago, but relocated when they were giving consideration to charging us for use of the facility. I am soliciting the opinions of everyone both pro and con to relocating to the Red Cross facility. The Red Cross is located at 2618 12th Ct SW, Olympia, WA 98502. This is off the right side Black Lake Boulevard, between Cooper Point Road and Ninth Avenue SW for those unable to get to mapquest, or other mapping websites. I have not been able to get up to the meeting room to look it over primarily due to my work schedule (0800 - 1730 M-F, sometimes later). Anyhow, please give consideration to this meeting place and bring your thought both for and against to the August meeting. Thank you.


-- Klaus, AC7MG

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2008 Salmon Run

Are you into contests or someone who has never operated in a contest? Here is a great opportunity to operate and have fun in a local home grown contest.

Salmon Run (Washington state QSO party) sponsored by the Western Washington DX Club is coming up quick -- September 20th and 21st!

For more information go to http://wwdxc.org There are a few new categories and rule changes this year. Join the fun, even if you have contested before!!! What a good opportunity for clubs to get their young hams on the air. See you on the air.

73 and good Hamming,

-- Jim Pace K7CEX

Western Washington ARRL Section manager

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Tough Exam

Four high school boys afflicted with spring fever skipped morning classes. After lunch they reported to the teacher that they had a flat tire.

Much to their relief she smiled and said: "Well, you missed a test today so take seats apart from one another and take out a piece of paper." Still smiling, she waited for them to sit down. Then she said: "First Question: Which tire was flat?"

-- from ajokeaday via Internet

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Treasurer's Report

As of 7/31/08

    GENERAL FUND (checking account)

        Previous balance     $ 1,661.77

            Income                 0.36

            Expenses               0.00

        Ending balance         1,662.13

    REPEATER / PACKET FUND (savings account)

        Previous balance     $ 1,015.98

            Income                 0.00

            Expenses               0.00

        Ending balance         1,015.98

-- Ed Fitzgerald, N7WW, Treasurer

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Kansas Ham, Son, Electrocuted While Erecting Antennas

While putting up backyard antennas on the afternoon of Sunday, July 13, Edward Thomas, KC0TIG, of Kansas City, Kansas, and his son Jacob were electrocuted. Edward, 65, was pronounced dead at the scene. Jacob, 27, was rushed to the hospital but died later that day. Initial reports suggest that the antenna they were installing came in contact with 7620 V power lines. Neighbors reported a "loud popping sound" and the electricity went out on the block.

Jacob's 7 year old daughter witnessed the tragedy and ran to the neighbor's yard, calling for help. Byron Kirkwood and another neighbor attempted to perform CPR on the men; the neighbor also called 911. Robert Mullendore, a spokesman for the Kansas City Board of Public Utilities (KCBPU), was quoted by Kansas City television station KSBH as saying it is rare to survive a shock as strong as the two men received.

"There are people who will survive -- they're lucky by the grace of God, it's high energy, it's dangerous, that's why it's up in the air -- you just have to be careful. Even those who survive have pretty wicked wounds and they are lifelong wounds." In the power business for more than 30 years, the spokesman said these accidents are "really rare," saying that he only sees something like this "every two or three years. If you're doing any kind of work like this, you just really, really need to be aware of your surroundings."

Chuck Kraly, K0XM, used to work for KCBPU; he built and maintained the substation that fed the circuit going to the Thomas home. "This is nothing to take chances with. In my almost 30 years as a ham -- and 27 years in the power utility field -- I have seen way too many 'accidents.' Stop and look. If it is close or seems that way -- don't. Find another place. High voltage lines are not forgiving. Your life depends on it. Please follow the warnings. Anywhere close is too close."

Thanks to Larry Staples, W0AIB, and others who contributed to this story

-- from the ARRL Letter

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Terrorist Activities

At New York's Kennedy airport today an individual, later discovered to be a public school teacher, was arrested trying to board a flight while in possession of a ruler, a protractor, a square, a slide rule, and a calculator.

The Attorney General believes the man is a member of the notorious Al-gebra movement. He is being charged with carrying weapons of math instruction.

"Al-gebra is a very fearsome cult, indeed," the Attorney General said. "They desire average solutions by means and extremes, and sometimes go off on a tangent in a search of absolute value. They consist of quite shadowy figures, with names like 'X' and 'Y,' and although they are frequently referred to as 'unknowns,' we know they really belong to a common denominator and are part of the axis of medieval with coordinates in every country."

"As the great Greek philanderer Isosceles used to say, there are three sides to every triangle." When asked to comment on the arrest, the president said "If God had wanted us to have better weapons of math instruction, he would have given us more fingers and toes."

-- from W1GMF via packet

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The Miracle of Toilet Paper

Fresh from my shower, I stand in front of the mirror complaining to my husband that my breasts are too small. Instead of characteristically telling me it's not so, he uncharacteristically comes up with a suggestion.

"If you want your breasts to grow, then every day take a piece of toilet paper and rub it between them for a few seconds."

Willing to try anything, I fetch a piece of toilet paper and stand in front of the mirror, rubbing it between my breasts. "How long will this take?" I asked. They will grow larger over a period of years," my husband replies.

I stopped. "Do you really think rubbing a piece of toilet paper between my breasts every day will make my breasts larger over the years?"

Without missing a beat he says, "Worked for your butt, didn't it?"

He's still alive, and with a great deal of therapy he may even walk again, although he will probably continue to take his meals through a straw.

Stupid, stupid man.

-- from Eugene Mouncer

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OARS Net check-ins

The following stations checked in on the OARS General Information Net one or more times on the dates of July 1, 15, or 22:


Net control stations reporting for the month were AC7MG, KB7DFL, and WC7I. 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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The Capitol Peak Repeater Information Net will be re-starting on September 7th at 8 p.m. every Sunday night and continue until the end of May. We need net control operators and backup net control operators . It's easy to do and fun. Contact Richard ad7kc@47repeater for further information.

The Capitol Peak Repeater Group will be starting a "new" tech net. It will begin on September 3rd at 8 p.m. and run every Wednesday night. This net will be run on the entire intertie system and be immediately followed by an Intertie Information Net. The Tech Net will run for approximately ½ hour. Ken K7VOX has volunteered to be the primary net control operator. However, we need backup net control operators. For further information contact Kim ac7yy@47repeater.com.


Kim, AC7YY


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Origin of Electricity

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."

-- from W1GMF via packet

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ARES Field Resources Manual

EVERY SHACK SHOULD HAVE ONE: The ARES Field Resources Manual is now available online for FREE!!

go to: http://www.arrl.org/FandES/field/aresman.pdf

and print yours out.

Update #1

Good Morning All:

Since my last email in regards to the ARES Field Resources Manual, I have received a number of responses pointing out the mistakes in some of the data. To that end, let me update you:

First of all, several years ago, we here in Western Washington chose to go to the "Anderson Power Pole" as our standard connector. Although the Molex Connector shown in the Manual is a very good connector, the Anderson meets our needs better. Please be assured that ARRL HQ is only suggesting and is not requiring the use of the Molex Connector.

Second, I have asked ARRL HQ to update the data in regards to the Washington State Emergency Net. The net meets on 3.985 with an alternate of 7.245 and the Net Manager is Mark, N6HYF.

Until such time as the data has been updated, you can pencil in the changes for your personal manual.

Please pass the word to others about updating their personal manual

73 and watch for some good band openings coming soon to your shack.

Jim Pace, K7CEX

Update #2

Good Morning Western Washington:

I have been informed by Steve Ewald, ARRL Field Services Coordinator, that the new ARES Resources Manual is at the printer, and that most of our concerns have been addressed in the new printing.

The Anderson Power Pole connector is now shown along with the Molex Connector as suggestions for standards, within Sections. Of course as stated before, here in WWa we use the Anderson.

Updates to net frequencies have been addressed as well as "third party message agreements with other countries."

I don't have a date for the release of the new manual, but will let you know as soon as I know. Steve also advised me that he will speak with Web Support and see if we can't get a newer version of the manual up on the website.

Stay tuned for more info as I have it.

73 and good Hamming to all

-- Jim K7CEX, Western Washington Section Manager

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AARP Questions and Answers

Q: Where can men over the age of 50 find younger, sexy women who are interested in them?

A: Try a bookstore under fiction.

Q: What can a man do while his wife is going through menopause?

A: Keep busy. If you're handy with tools, you can finish the basement. When you are done you will have a place to live.

Q: How can you increase the heart rate of your 50+ year old husband?

A: Tell him you're pregnant.

Q: How can you avoid that terrible curse of the elderly wrinkles?

A: Take off your glasses.

Q: Seriously! What can I do for these crow's feet and all those wrinkles on my face?

A: Seriously? Go bra-less. It will usually pull them out.

Q: Whey should 50+ year old people use valet parking?

A: Valets don't forget where they park your car.

Q: Is it common for 50+ year olds to have problems with short term memory storage?

A: Storing memory is not a problem. Retrieving it is a problem.

Q: As people age, do they sleep more soundly?

A: Yes but usually in the afternoon.

Q: Where should 50+ year olds look for eye glasses?

A: On their foreheads.

Q: What is the most common remark made by 50+ year olds when they enter antique stores?

A: "Gosh, I remember these."

-- from W1GMF via packet

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Antenna Romance

Two antennas met on a roof, fell in love, and got married. The ceremony wasn't much, but the reception was excellent.

Since they were a perfect match, soon they generated harmonics. They wrapped the harmonics in dipoles, but later the harmonics turned out to be parasitic elements.

The true story -- she was a tri-bander and he felt trapped, so they went on separate beam headings.

-- from W1GMF via packet

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Real Definitions of Words When Used by Women

-- from W1GMF via packet

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Differences Between OMs and XYLs

-- from W1GMF via packet

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