Olympia Amateur Radio Society

ARRL Special Service ClubWatts News

Monthly Newsletter of the

Olympia Amateur Radio Society

P.O. Box 2861, Olympia, WA 98507

  November 2005
Edited by George Lanning  KB6LE 

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From the Oval ShackPresident's Message

With the Holiday Season approaching we are rapidly approaching the end of another year. At our November meeting, which is the last one of the year, we need to vote on the Amended Articles of Incorporation, which are included in the newsletter (clidk here to see), so I thought that I would take this opportunity to explain what they mean.

Some of the changes are minor, but a couple have to do with our ability to become a charitable corporation under IRS Rules. This is significant because it allows donations to the club to be tax deductible and our major portion of our mission is to promote "emergency communication and public service," it would allow corporations to provide us with tax deductible money and equipment to further this mission.

In Article I, we are changing the name from The Olympia Amateur Radio Society to Olympia Amateur Radio Society. A minor change since we all know it as the latter name anyway.

In Article II, we are extending the life of the club from the original 99 years to forever.

Articles III and V are the two articles which bring us into compliance with the tax laws. Article III says that we will not do anything for profit and since as Amateur Radio operators, we can't do anything for profit, this is not a big change.

Article V says that if we dissolve OARS, after all financial obligations are met, the equipment must be donated to the government, which will have to give it to another amateur radio organization.

A point not mentioned is that we can only give title to equipment to the government or another 501(c)(3) organization.

I believe that this is a good move for the club and would allow us provide more support emergency communication and public service groups not just in Olympia, but also the surrounding area.


-- Ken K7TAG

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November Meeting Date

Remember that this month's OARS meeting will be on November 30th instead of on the fourth Wednesday of the month (to avoid the evening before Thanksgiving).

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An article in last month's Watts News stated that "OARS authorized purchase of 18 replacement AH gel-cells" for the Red Cross. That should have been "four replacement 18 AH gel-cells."

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Sanity Test

During a visit to the mental asylum, a visitor asked the Director, "What is the criterion that defines a patient to be institutionalized?"

"Well..." said the Director, "we fill up a bathtub, and offer a teaspoon, a teacup, and a bucket to the patient and ask them to empty the bathtub."

1. Would you use the spoon?

2. Would you use the teacup?

3. Would you use the bucket?

"Oh, I understand," said the visitor. "A normal person would choose the bucket as it is larger than the spoon or the teacup."

"Noooooooo!" answered the Director. "A normal person would pull the plug."

-- from "Joke of the Day" via Internet

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Treasurer's Report

        As of 10/31/05

    GENERAL FUND (checking account)

        Previous balance     $1,889.40

            Income                0.37

            Expenses            224.59

        Ending balance        1,665.18

    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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Frequency Measuring Test

Returning to the airwaves November 17 at 0245 UTC (Wednesday, November 16 in US time zones), the 2005 ARRL Frequency Measuring Test (FMT) once again will call on participants to measure the frequency of an audio tone modulating the carrier.

"Measuring the tone frequency, as opposed to that of the carrier, reinforces the understanding of the relationship between carrier frequency and the actual components of a transmitted signal," Engineer and ARRL Contributing Editor Ward Silver, N0AX, says in "Tune In the 2005 Frequency Measuring Test," in November QST (p 54), www.arrl.org/w1aw/fmt/2005/05fmtsilver.pdf. "With the carrier largely suppressed for SSB signals, only the sideband components remain. A single modulating tone results in a single transmitted component." But, Silver notes, the frequency of the absent carrier is what the operator sees on the radio's display.

The FMT signals will emanate from Maxim Memorial Station W1AW this year on 160, 80 and 40 meters. The 20-meter transmission has been dropped for 2005 because of the generally poor conditions during evening hours on that band. The frequencies will be 1855, 3990 and 7290 kHz, and all transmissions will be on lower sideband (LSB). The FMT will replace the W1AW phone bulletin normally transmitted at 0245 UTC on November 17 (November 16 in US time zones).

Participants may utilize either direct or indirect techniques to determine the tone frequency. "Direct measurements assume a carrier frequency and measure the audio tone frequency directly," Silver explains. "Indirect measurements obtain the transmitted frequency of the tone component at RF, then compute the difference between the published carrier frequency and measured frequency."

Silver advises that since the W1AW exciters are independent units and not fed with a single local oscillator, participants can expect the measured tone frequency to differ slightly on each band.

The test itself will consist of three 60-second tone transmissions on each band, followed by a station identification. The whole test will run for about 15 minutes and will end with a station ID.

Submitted reports should include the time of reception and the tone frequency. Those using an indirect measurement method should show how they calculated the tone frequency. Participants also should include name, call sign and location in their reports, and they may submit separate reports for each band. A Certificate of Participation is available to all entrants.

Those entrants coming closest to the measured frequency as determined by the ARRL Laboratory will be listed in the test report and will also receive special recognition on their certificate. Entries must be received via e-mail <fmt@arrl.org> or postmarked by December 16, 2005. Send hard-copy entries to W1AW/FMT, 225 Main St, Newington, CT 06111.

-- ARRL Bulletin ARLB027

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Mixed Up Metaphors

-- from David ZL3AI via packet

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Indiana Ham Radio Volunteers Assisting in Wake of Killer Tornado

Indiana Section Emergency Coordinator David Pifer, N9YNF, reports Amateur Radio volunteers are assisting relief operations in the wake of a November 6 tornado that left 22 people dead and 200 injured. The twister slashed a more than 40-mile swath through part of Kentucky and extreme southwestern Indiana in the early morning hours, wiping out a section of a trailer park in Vanderburgh County where 18 of the fatalities occurred.

"Amateur radio has been involved with various aspects of the response from the beginning," Pifer said. The Salvation Army and the American Red Cross are on the scene in the affected areas with canteen and mass-care facilities to feed and care for relief workers and tornado victims.

Volunteer and police officer Bob Pointer, N9XAW, at The Salvation Army headquarters in Evansville told ARRL that three Salvation Army mobile kitchens and three field units have been deployed in Vandenburgh and Warrick counties, and Amateur Radio is supporting their relief activities. Amateur Radio support likely will be needed for up to one week, Pointer said.

Pifer was asking prospective Amateur Radio volunteers from the area who are willing and able to assist in the relief operation to contact Pointer at 812-431-5054.

Pointer said Amateur Radio volunteers also provided some early support for the American Red Cross, but that agency now has its own internal telecommunications up and running.

The November 6 tornado, an F3 on the Fujita scale with winds of up to 200 MPH, originated within a line of thunderstorms that struck the region. Indiana Gov Mitch Daniels has declared a state of emergency.

Kentucky SEC Ron Dodson, KA4MAP, says SKYWARN was active as the storms approached. "I had our Amateur Radio net going with National Weather Service Louisville and monitored those in the counties west of me as it approached," Dodson told ARRL. The storm hit the Hart County community of Munfordville, he said.

-- ARRL Bulletin ARLB026

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My father's hearing aid occasionally emits a brief high-pitched squeal that can be heard by anyone near him.

One day my little niece was sitting on his lap when the device started to beep.

Surprised, my niece looked up at him. "Grandpa," she said, "you've got mail."

-- from David ZL3AI via packet

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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 October 18 and 25:


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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Radio amateurs helping hurricane kids through toy drive

Hams across the country are helping hurricane kids this holiday season. The ARRL has partnered with The Salvation Army to come to the aid of children in the coastal areas of Alabama, Mississippi and Louisiana this season by conducting a nationwide toy drive. Toys are already have begun to arrive at the drive's Memphis, Tennessee, collection center.

"Over the past weeks, we have all heard of the devastation left by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. Many ham radio operators actually experienced it first hand through volunteer service or on their radios," said ARRL Media and Public Relations Manager Allen Pitts, W1AGP. He's been serving as the ARRL Headquarters "point man" for the 2005 Toy Drive. "Thousands of families are without a place to live for the coming holiday season, but hams from all across the country are coming to their rescue again through the League's program."

Between now and early December Amateur Radio operators will be gathering unwrapped toys for youngsters aged 1 to 14 and shipping them to the Memphis facility for distribution over the holidays. The address is ARRL Toy Drive/The Salvation Army, 1775 Moriah Woods Blvd -- Suite 12, Memphis, TN 38117-7125.

The Salvation Army volunteers will distribute the toys collected at the ARRL warehouse throughout areas of the US Gulf Coast where the need is greatest.

-- ARRL Bulletin ARLX005

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It can buy a house, but not a home.

It can buy a bed, but not sleep.

It can buy a clock, but not time.

It can buy you a book, but not knowledge.

It can buy you a position, but not respect.

It can buy you medicine, but not health.

It can buy you blood, but not life.

It can buy you sex, but not love.

So you see... money isn't everything. And it often causes pain and suffering.

I tell you all this because I am your friend, and as your friend, I want to take away your pain and suffering...

So send me all your money, and I will suffer for you.

That's what a friend is for.

Cash is fine.

-- from "Joke of the Day" via Internet

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