Olympia Amateur Radio Society

ARRO Special Service ClubWatts News

Monthly Newsletter of the

Olympia Amateur Radio Society

P.O. Box 2861, Olympia, WA 98507

  July 2006
Edited by George Lanning  KB6LE 

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UN Makes it Official: Montenegro Now Number 336 on the Current DXCC List

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

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Treasurer's Report

As of 6/30/06

    GENERAL FUND (checking account)

        Previous balance   $ 2,915.33

            Income               0.60

            Expenses            37.75

        Ending balance       2,878.18

    REPEATER / PACKET FUND (savings account)

        Previous balance     $ 993.09

            Income               2.51

            Expenses             0.00

        Ending balance         995.60

-- Ed Fitzgerald, N7WW, Treasurer

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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 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.

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My wife is pregnant

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

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The Magic Elevator

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."

-- from Joke-of-the-Day via Internet

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"Magic Band" Does its Thing

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

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Brain Teasers

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

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Thanks to Elmers

Subject: Elmers

Date: Tue, 20 Jun 2006 12:45:32 -0700

From: Michael B Baxter <biteme3322@comcast.net>

To: <nt7h@arrl.net>

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

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Upcoming OARS Meetings

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.

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OARS Directory

Name                  Call     Address City ST ZIP                             Phone

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

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

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