Olympia Amateur Radio Society

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Monthly Newsletter of the

Olympia Amateur Radio Society

P.O. Box 2861, Olympia, WA 98507

  December 2005
Edited by George Lanning  KB6LE 

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From the Oval ShackPresident's Message

Another year has rolled around and this is my last Oval Shack column because the new leadership team takes over next month. I have enjoyed the last year as the President of OARS again, and would like to thank my team, Duane, WB7ROZ, Vice President, Chuck, K7VRE, Secretary, Ed, N7WW, Treasurer, and Larry, KC7CKO Member at Large, as well as the entire membership for the support that I have received this past year. I would also like to thank Tom, KA4VVA for his continued efforts to keep us with a meeting place. In the busy world of County Government, that is not always easy. Without the efforts of everyone involved, it would not have been as good a year.

I wish the best to new team of Lee, KI7SS, President; Sharon, N7SSD, Vice President; Tom, KE7EJJ, Secretary; Ed, N7WW Treasurer; and Larry, KC7CKO Member at Large. I know that they will do a great job of running the club for the next year. I know that they will appreciate any input that you can give them on direction and programs for the new year. Assistance is always greatly appreciated by the leadership.

At our last meeting, the membership passed the amended articles of incorporation which will allow us to be become a Charitable Corporation in the eyes of the IRS, that is a 501(c)(3) Corporation. This could open new roads to us in seeking charitable donations and could help us move toward establishing a permanent club location and station.

Through the efforts of Lee, KI7SS, and his support team we have another group of hams joining our hobby after passing the test on Saturday, Dec. 3. Be sure to congratulate them and welcome them to our hobby if you see them at a club meeting or hear them on the air.

We also need to thank Klaus, AC7MG, and his team for establishing a regularly scheduled VE Test Session and the VE Team. This not only helps to bring new members into the hobby, but also helps them to learn about our club.

Of course, we have to thank Fred, W7SIX, for his continued efforts to keep the hardware in our repeater system functioning so well, and also Duane, WB7ROZ, for programming the controllers. There is special thanks due to the Thurston County Sheriff's Office for providing the funding to allow us to have the repeaters located where they are. It would be a large financial burden on the club if we needed to pay those costs ourselves.

We have had a good year financially -- have taken in quite a bit from our tables at both the Mike and Key Hamfest in Puyallup and at Seaside. Thanks to everyone who donated equipment, time or both. Hopefully, we can exceed those results in 2006.

Have a safe and happy holidays. See you in 2006.

73 -- Ken, K7TAG

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Reward Offered

Here is an oldie but goodie some of you may not have seen before.

A reward of 500 microfarads is offered for information leading to the arrest of the desperate criminal Hop-A-Long Capacity.

This unrectified criminal escaped from a primary cell where he had been clamped in ions, awaiting the gauss chamber.

He is charged with the induction of an 18 turn coil named Millihenry, who was found choked and robbed of valuable joules. He is armed with a carbon rod, and is a potential killer. Capacity is also charged with driving a dc motor over a Wheatstone bridge and refusing to let the band pass. If encountered, he may offer resistance. The electro-motive force spent the night searching for him in a magnetic field, where he went to ground. They had no success, and believe he returned ohm via a short circuit.

He was last seen riding a megacycle with his friend Eddy Current, who was playing a harmonic.

-- from David, ZL3AI, via packet

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Holiday Potluck

The OARS 2005 Holiday Potluck will be held beginning at 17:00 on Saturday, January 7, 2006 at the Olympia Search and Rescue (OSAR) building at 9111 Yelm Highway SE, Lacey. This is on the right hand side of the road about 3.3 miles past the intersection of Yelm Highway and Ruddle Road.

Bring your favorite dish and we will provide paper plates and silverware. OSAR will provide hot coffee and tea. If you would like other beverages, please bring them.

Also, in past years, we have brought small gifts which are then auctioned off to bring some additional revenue into the club treasury.

See you there.

73, -- Ken, K7TAG

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Dues Reminder

It is now time to pay your OARS dues for 2006 !!!

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Treasurer's Report

As of 11/30/05

    GENERAL FUND (checking account)

        Previous balance     $1,665.18

            Income              294.10

            Expenses             37.00

        Ending balance        1,922.28

    REPEATER / PACKET FUND (savings account)

        Previous balance      $ 986.06

            Income                0.00

            Expenses              0.00

        Ending balance          986.06

-- Ed Fitzgerald, N7WW, Treasurer

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Amateur Radio Military Appreciation Day

The following message from KC9HAJ was emailed to OARS:

From: ARMAD / KC9HAJ <kc9haj@yahoo.com>

To: nt7h@arrl.net

Amateur Radio Operators have begun a unique way of showing support for our military veterans, and active duty members. Emery McClendon, KB9IBW, founded ARMAD -- Amateur Radio Military Appreciation Day -- as a way to allow the people of communities worldwide to express thanks and appreciation to those who serve in the military.

Since the inception of ARMAD in May 2004, ARMAD has grown at a rapid rate, with Amateurs joining in from locations around the world to spread messages of support during this "live" forum. It all started when amateurs from two local clubs decided to hold an event during Memorial Day weekend at a local baseball stadium. Amateurs were able to set up radio stations inside and around the stadium to allow the fans a chance to say thanks to military members, and to show support to their families during the game. The idea took off with over 25 other amateur radio groups from around the US, and 7 international groups joining in the effort after hearing about the idea. The Fort Wayne, Indiana event at the stadium drew a crowd of over 6,600 people. Contact was made to several military bases, ships, and foreign military units serving as part of the Coalition Forces.

ARMAD 2005 involved over 100 locations worldwide, and troops from Iraq were on the air to listen to the members of our communities say thank you. These troops also responded, and let the world know how much it meant to them to hear our LIVE voices. Emails, and letters are great, but through the gift of Amateur Radio those who serve heard expressions of appreciation LIVE, and were also able to respond back with joy and thanks to us.

ARMAD expects to continue to grow, and invites amateur radio operators, clubs, local community members, and military amateur operators to participate in future events. Amateurs can help to bring awareness to our hobby by spreading the word about ARMAD, and setting up for these events at public venues. Together we can "ham it up for the troops."

The next ARMAD event will be on May 27, 2006. For more information please visit http://www.armad.net/, and get involved.

Please post this information for your members, and consider a link to the ARMAD web page, Thank you.


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The Sermon

The sermon I think this Mom will never forget: "Dear Lord," the minister began, with arms extended toward heaven and a rapturous look on his upturned face. "Without you, we are but dust."

He would have continued, but at that moment my very obedient daughter (who was listening!) leaned over to me and asked quite audibly in her shrill little girl voice, "Mom, what is butt dust?"

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Radio Books for Dummies


My new book, "Two-Way Radios and Scanners for Dummies" has been released by Wiley Press. You may be familiar with my previous Amateur Radio title, "Ham Radio for Dummies" now in its second printing and one of the best-selling ham radio books ever.

"Two-Way Radios and Scanners for Dummies" covers different types of radios available to the private citizen, licensed and unlicensed. I explain the characteristics of the different services, using that type of radio equipment effectively, and how to get a license if need be. Scanning and shortwave listening are covered, including how to listen to "trunking" commercial and public-safety systems, military radio, and aviation channels.

Amateur Radio gets its own chapter and numerous references throughout the book. The book concludes with an extensive technical section on choosing and installing radios, batteries, and principles of elementary radio and electronics. There is a sample chapter at http://www.dummies.com/WileyCDA/DummiesTitle/productCd-0764595822.html.

Many hams use more than one type of radio -- perhaps an FRS/GMRS handheld, a CB in the car, or a shortwave receiver or scanner at home. They will encounter these radios during public service and emergency work, as well. Reading this book will broaden any ham's perspective on radio and make for a more informed amateur. Emergency team leaders will find the book particularly useful as a resource for volunteers that need a little radio training, including hams. There's something new in the book for even the most experienced ham!


-- Ward Silver N0AX

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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 8,15, or 22 November, 2005:


Net control stations for the month were WB7ROZ, K7TAG, 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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Let Me Rephrase That

Our friends, James and Florence, attend choir practice Wednesday evenings, and often head for a restaurant afterwards with their fellow choir members.

Florence soon noticed that every time she had a glass of wine, it was followed by a severe migraine headache. James agreed with her that it might be better if she abstained, and so she did.

On one post-choir occasion, however, Florence decided, after some hesitation, to try a different variety of wine. Some time passed with no consequences.

Then she waved happily across the big table where her colleagues all sat, and while holding up the empty wine glass announced in a loud voice, "James! I don't have a headache tonight!"

-- from David, ZL3AI, via packet

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OARS Directory

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

Michael Baxter         K7MBB    6216 Johnson Pt Rd NE Olympia WA 98516-9566

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

Thomas Bohon           KE7EJJ   PO Box 8834 Lacey WA 98509                        360-786-4211

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 Lacey 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

Bradley Donges         KE7DOT   3604 Arbor Dr SE Lacey WA 98503                   360-459-4767

Mark Donges            W7KDD    3604 Arbor Dr SE Lacey WA 98503                   360-459-4767

Steven Donges          KE7DBB   3604 Arbor Dr SE Lacey WA 98503                   360-459-4767

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

James Gibbs            AL7BQ    359 47th Ave SE Tumwater WA 98501                 360-352-1119

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

Cornelia Jerviss       KE7BPJ   14024 Hollyburn Ln KPN GigHarbor WA 98329

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

Ann Matthews           KE7BTO   1500 Lake Park Dr SW Olympia WA                   360-956-9607

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

Tim Nairn              KB7UKX   5629 Sleater Kinney Rd NE Olympia WA 98506        360-491-4956

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

Ghery Pettit           N6TPT    3131 Leeward Ct NW Olympia WA 98502

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   1111 Archwood Dr #371 Olympia WA 98502            360-866-0683

Paul Taylor            KC7LA    1111 Archwood Dr #371 Olympia WA 98502            360-866-0683

Jim Terry              WB7VHD   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

Bob Vandenheuvel       KE7ECQ   9101-61 Steilacoom Rd SE Olympia WA 98513         503-804-5828

Jennifer Vein          KE7CQI   PO Box 8773 Olympia WA 98509

Steve Ward             WC7I     5034 Meridian Rd. NE Olympia WA 98516             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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