Monthly Newsletter of the
Olympia Amateur Radio Society
P.O. Box 2861, Olympia, WA 98507
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
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
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
It is now time to pay your OARS dues for 2006 !!!
As of 11/30/05
GENERAL FUND (checking account)
Previous balance $1,665.18
Ending balance 1,922.28
REPEATER / PACKET FUND (savings account)
Previous balance $ 986.06
Ending balance 986.06
-- Ed Fitzgerald, N7WW, Treasurer
The following message from KC9HAJ was emailed to OARS:
From: ARMAD / KC9HAJ <firstname.lastname@example.org>
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.
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?"
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
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.
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
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
N7WW 5006 Lacey Blvd. SE Lacey
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
KB7PNX 6010 193rd Ave SW
Rochester WA 98579
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