Monthly Newsletter of the
Olympia Amateur Radio Society
P.O. Box 2861, Olympia, WA 98507
A new ARRL DXCC entity came into being this week! As expected, the United Nations admitted the Republic of Montenegro as its 192nd member June 28, and that action automatically makes the tiny Balkan nation the 336th current DXCC entity.
"According to the ARRL DXCC List criteria, entities on the UN list of member-states qualify as political entities," said ARRL Membership Services Manager Wayne Mills, N7NG. "Therefore, effective June 28, 2006 (UTC), ARRL has added The Republic of Montenegro to the DXCC List. Claims for DXCC credit will be accepted immediately."
The Daily DX http://www.dailydx.com this week quoted Ranko Boca, YT6A, that current Montengrin radio amateurs may use their current Serbia-Montenegro call signs until the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) designates a call sign block for the new country.
In anticipation of Montengro's new nation status, International DX Festival Montenegro http://www.yu6scg.cg.yu/international-dx-festival.html has been set for July 20 until August 12. That's when several international operators -- with Boca as DXpedition leader and well-known DXer Martti Laine, OH2BH, as radio operations leader -- will join forces with Montenegrin Amateur Radio operators from at least three different stations using a common call sign in an effort to meet the DX community's need to work the newest DXCC Entity. Festival organizers have set the ambitious goal of 200,000 contacts for the event, which will use all HF bands.
The event also will include several basic courses on ham radio operating and CEPT license examinations aimed at new and less-experienced radio amateurs. Another goal is to establish an Amateur Radio Club of Montenegro
Montenegro declared its independence on June 3 following a national referendum May 21.
-- The Daily DX; ARRL DXCC Desk
As of 6/30/06
GENERAL FUND (checking account)
Previous balance $ 2,915.33
Ending balance 2,878.18
REPEATER / PACKET FUND (savings account)
Previous balance $ 993.09
Ending balance 995.60
-- Ed Fitzgerald, N7WW, Treasurer
The following stations checked in on the OARS General Information Net one or more times in the month of June, 2006:
Reporting net control stations for the month were K7TAG 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.
A man speaks frantically into the phone, "My wife is pregnant, and her contractions are only two minutes apart!"
"Is this her first child?" the doctor queries.
"No, you idiot!" the man shouts. "This is her husband!"
-- from Joke-of-the-Day via Internet
An Amish boy and his father were in a mall. They were amazed by almost everything they saw, but especially by two shiny, silver walls that could move apart and then slide back together again.
The boy asked, "What is this Father?"
The father (never having seen an elevator) responded, "Son, I have never seen anything like this in my life, I don't know what it is."
While the boy and his father were watching with amazement, a fat old lady in a wheel chair moved up to the moving walls and pressed a button. The walls opened and the lady rolled between them into a small room. The walls closed and the boy and his father watched the small circular numbers above the walls light up sequentially. They continued to watch until it reached the last number and then the numbers began to light in the reverse order. Finally the walls opened up again and a gorgeous 24-year-old blonde stepped out.
The father said quietly to his son... "Go get your mother."
Joke-of-the-Day via Internet
Stations in several parts of the US took advantage of a monster opening on 6 meters -- the "Magic Band" -- Wednesday, July 12. The Daily DX http://www.dailydx.com Editor Bernie McClenny, W3UR, who also edits "How's DX?" for QST, says the band began warming up at his Maryland QTH before sunrise, but the biggest opening occurred just before 2100 UTC.
"The band stayed open to Europe until just after 0000Z today," McClenny said July 13. He credits fellow 6-meter DX chaser Marty Green, K2PLF, with tipping him off. "I ran downstairs and could not believe my ears," McClenny enthused in the July 13 edition of The Daily DX. "I have never heard conditions so good and so widespread into Europe."
McClenny said "the band was packed" from about 50.066 to well above 50.200 MHz with CW and SSB signals and even a few weak digital signals. So bountiful were the 6-meter DX spots, he recounts, "I didn't know where to begin." McClenny said conditions were so good "stations with 10-foot high antennas and 5 W were making it across the pond."
QST's "World Above 50 MHz" Editor Gene Zimmerman, W3ZZ, called it "probably the best 6 meter Es [sporadic E] opening of all time" into Europe. "I worked about two dozen Europeans as far east as Bulgaria but no new countries," Zimmerman said.
Rich Lawrence, KB1DMX, in Connecticut reported hearing stations in Italy, France, Spain, England, the Canary Islands, Serbia, Belgium and the Azores.
Rick Tharrington, KD4JRX, in North Carolina was among those posting exclamatory reports to the SixClub reflector. "I could not believe the European stations on the band," he said. "It sounded like 20 meters for while!" He worked EH8BPX and ON4IQ, among others, with 59 reports. "The magic band is working its magic today!" he added.
On the same reflector, Paul Lenharr, KB3NDS, reported working 18 stations in just under 45 minutes from his modest station -- 100 W to a dipole at 35 feet -- in Maryland. "This was one of the best openings for me since I started using 6 meters," he said.
In another SixClub posting, Jack Shutt, W9GT, said the band "was hopping" at his QTH in Indiana the evening of July 12, but he couldn't hear any DX. "Six meters, however, was open coast to coast," he reported, noting that he worked several stations to his west, including a couple in Nevada and one in California.
"I hope we can enjoy these conditions for a while yet," Shutt said. "Sure is fun when 6 is open!"
McClenny said Jose DaSilva, N4IS, in Southern Florida, may have been the first US station to work Montenegro on 6 meters when he snagged YU6DZ at 1559 UTC. "After four seasons on the band," McClenny concluded, "I would have to say that overall this has been the best -- and we are just about at the bottom of the sunspot cycle! Are you on 6?"
-- from the ARRL Letter
Below are four questions. You have to answer them instantly. You can't take your time, answer all of them immediately. OK? Let's find out just how clever you really are.
First Question: You are participating in a race. You overtake the second person. What position are you in?
Answer: If you answered that you are first, then you are absolutely wrong! If you overtake the second person and you take his place, you are second!
Try not to screw up in the next question. To answer the second question, don't take as much time as you took for the first question.
Second Question: If you overtake the last person, then you are...?
Answer: If you answered that you are second to last, then you are wrong again. Tell me, how can you overtake the LAST person?! You're not very good at this are you?
Third Question: Very tricky math! Note: This must be done in your head only. Do NOT use paper and pencil or a calculator. Try it. Take 1000 and add 40 to it. Now add another 1000. Now add 30. Add another 1000. Now add 20. Now add another 1000.. Now add 10. What is the total? Scroll down for answer..
Did you get 5000? The correct answer is actually 4100. Don't believe it? Check with your calculator! Today is definitely not your day. Maybe you will get the last question right?
Mary's father has five daughters: 1. Nana, 2. Nene, 3. Nini, 4. Nono What is the name of the fifth daughter?
Answer: Nunu? NO! Of course not. Her name is Mary. Read the question again.
-- from Joke-of-the-Day via Internet
Date: Tue, 20 Jun 2006 12:45:32 -0700
From: Michael B Baxter <firstname.lastname@example.org>
I wish to recognize the help Chuck K7VRE and Steve WC7I have given me with the Elmer's program. I have gotten on the air with HF and VHF/UHF and am enjoying Amateur Radio thanks to them.
I hope to get more active with OARS in the future depending on work hours.
Michael Baxter K7MBB
According to a message from President Lee Chambers, the program for the July meeting will be one of three things:
(1) Digital Ham Radio, presented by Duane Braford WB7ROZ
(2) DVD on the FT5XO DXpedition.
(3) DVD on the WRTC Finland 2002 Competition.
The August meeting will be a picnic at Burfoot Park.
The September meeting is scheduled to be a presentation on how fireworks displays are managed and powered, by a local Ham who runs a fireworks company.
Name Call Address City ST ZIP Phone
KD7TQW 3412 Beth Ct NE Lacey WA 98516-9248
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
Michael Clark KD7UST 1008 Prospect Ave NE Olympia WA 98506
Sarah Coats KD7WSH 2413 Woodfield Lp SE Olympia WA 98501 360-491-3749
Sarah Coats 2020 Mare Ct SE Olympia WA 98501 360-357-3249
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
Aaron Davis KG6ZIE 606 Lilly Rd NE Apt 813 Olympia WA 98506
Tom Dennis KA4VVA 1919 Evergreen Pk Dr #18 Olympia WA 98502 360-754-6651
Mark Donges W7KDD 3604 Arbor Dr SE Lacey WA 98503 360-459-4767
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
Gerald Julian KD7CZN 4417 Clar Mar Ln SE Olympia WA 98501-4711 360-943-7009
Ken Julian KE7FAY 5915 Chardonnay Dr SE Olympia WA 98513
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 360-866-1200
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
Rodney Maupin KI7CQ PO Box 976 Rainier WA 98576 360-446-1050
Dick McNamara KE7ASF 7526 127th Ave SW Olympia WA 98512
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
Don Prine KD7AVI 7213 Lovely Ln NE Olympia WA 98516 360-459-2014
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
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
Keith Solveson N5MUR 5506 42nd Ct NE Olympia WA 98516 360-491-4278
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
Owen Ticknor WA7JZM 18124 Sunshine Ln SW Rochester WA 98579 360-273-8975
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
Larry Wassman W3OZ 6708 Sierra Dr. SE Lacey WA 98503 491-2247
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