Watts News

Monthly Newsletter of the
Olympia Amateur Radio Society
P.O. Box 2861, Olympia, WA 98507


 September 2000
Edited by KB6LE -- George Lanning 360-866-2185 

Table of Contents

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September meeting to feature talk on complying with RF exposure regulations
 

At this month's OARS meeting, Ghery Pettit, N6TPT, will speak on the new RF safety regulations that just went into effect. Here is a recent ARRL Bulletin on the subject:

ARLB037 

RF safety rules now in force for all amateurs

Starting September 1, every US amateur is required to fully comply with the FCC's RF exposure guidelines.

The regulations, which went into effect January 1, 1998, require US Amateur Radio operators to read and understand the rules and, where necessary, perform technical evaluations to determine that their stations are compliant with the new regulations. Up until now, only hams who have had to file an Amateur Radio application with the FCC have had to certify compliance with the RF exposure rules. As of September 1, all amateurs must comply.

Under the regulations, an amateur station must not exceed the maximum permissible exposure limits for transmitter operation. 

"These regulations are not a major burden on the Amateur Radio Service," said ARRL Lab Supervisor Ed Hare, W1RFI. "Most hams are already in compliance with the MPE requirements; some hams will need to conduct a simple station evaluation."

A complete description of the rules is available on the ARRL Web site at http://www.arrl.org/news/rfsafety/. The site also contains resources to make your station evaluation quite painless.

Address questions about RF safety and the FCC exposure guidelines to ARRL Lab Supervisor Ed Hare, W1RFI, ehare@arrl.org.

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FCC turns down CB DX petition

The FCC has denied a petition that would have amended the FCC's Part 95 rules to permit DXing on the 11-meter Citizens Band. The petition sought to amend §95.413 of the rules that prohibits communications or attempts to communicate with CB stations more than 250 km away and to contact stations in other countries.

Designated RM-9807, the petition was filed by Popular Communications Contributing Editor Alan Dixon, N3HOE. "Dixon's request is inconsistent with the purpose of the CB Radio Service and could fundamentally alter the nature of the service," the FCC said in turning town the petition.

The FCC action was adopted August 18. The Order was released August 21. 

The FCC said CB operators generally supported the proposal and stated that the present rule was unenforceable. The ARRL commented in opposition to the petition. "The Amateur Radio Service is the proper forum for the desired long-distance communications sought by the Dixon petition," the League told the FCC.

The National Association of Broadcasters also opposed Dixon's petition. The NAB said that the restriction was necessary to deter CBers from operating at excessive power levels and that consumers must be protected from illegal CB transmissions that interfere with radio, TV and other consumer electronics.

The FCC agreed with the ARRL and said it did not intend to create a service paralleling the Amateur Service when it authorized the Citizens Radio Service. "Amending the rules to permit long-distance and international communications would undermine the purpose of the CB Radio Service rules and compromise one of the core distinctions between the CB Radio Service and the Amateur Radio Service," the FCC concluded.

-- from the ARRL Letter, Electronic Edition

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Treasurer's Report

As of 8/31/00

GENERAL FUND (checking account)

Previous balance   $ 3,751.62
  Income                 8.08
  Expenses               0.00
Ending balance       3,759.70

REPEATER / PACKET FUND (savings account)

Previous balance     $ 897.09
  Income                 0.00
  Expenses               0.00
Ending balance         897.09
 

-- Ed Fitzgerald, N7WW, Treasurer

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Safety Brief

From the Sydney Morning Herald Australia comes this story of a central west couple who drove their car to K-Mart only to have their car break down in the parking lot.

The man told his wife to carry on with the shopping while he fixed the car. The wife returned later to see a small group of people near the car. On closer inspection she saw a pair of male legs protruding from under the chassis. Although the man was in shorts, his lack of underpants turned private parts into glaringly public ones.

Unable to stand the embarrassment she dutifully stepped forward and tucked everything back into place. On regaining her feet she looked across the hood and found herself staring at her husband who was standing idly by.

The mechanic, however, had to have three stitches in his head.

-- thanks to Dave LeFevre, KC7FEC

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OARS Directory by Call Suffix

Suf Name                Call    Address City ST ZIP                            Phone

    Curt Dawell                 1708 Ann St Olympia WA 98506                   360-357-2771

AAJ Roy Bernd           KD7AAJ  9101-39 Steilacoom Rd SE Olympia WA 98513      360-459-4342
AGG Reade Apgar         N7AGG   929 Trosper Rd SW RM 205 Tumwater WA 98512     360-754-0395
AIJ David Bushell       KC7AIJ  1908 Thurston NE Olympia WA 98506              360-754-4588
AKL H.J. Motomatsu      WB7AKL  5107 Matsu St NW - Trlr Olympia WA 98502       360-866-7975
ARY George Carle        N7ARY   1809 Centerwood Dr SE Olympia WA 98501         360-943-3536
AUL Edward McDonald     WA7AUL  930 Trosper Rd SW 15B Tumwater WA 98502        360-352-7937
AXV James Sharp         KC7AXV  3208 80th Ave. SE Olympia WA 98501             360-491-6188

BNS Chris Chambers      KA7BNS  908 Narnia Lane NW Olympia WA 98502            360-866-0800
BPJ Shane Laurence      KB7BPJ  3622 Owl Lane NE Olympia WA 98516              360-493-1795
BXD Charles Lindberg    KD7BXD  925 Surrey Trace SE Olympia WA 98501           360-754-9844

CAH Rick Taylor         K7CAH   613 N. 5th Tumwater WA 98512                   360-943-6793
CEZ Mark Hannigan       K7CEZ   2409 Morse Rd SE Olympia WA 98501              360-352-9189
CKO Larry Watkinson     KC7CKO  1405 9th Ave SE Olympia WA 98501               360-943-4352
CZB Richard Zachary     KD7CZB  PO Box 2543 Olympia WA 98507                   360-534-9264

D   Dora Anna Fill      NI5D    3 Fair Oaks Dr Conway AR 72032                     327-0337
DFL Daniel Crane        KB7DFL  4310 Glen Terra Dr. SE Lacey WA 98503          360-459-1564
DHE Sharon Campbell     N7DHE   9101-24 Steilacoom Rd. Olympia WA 98513        360-491-6460
DOY Rick Damitio        W7DOY   7023 Mullen Rd SE Olympia WA 98503             360-491-2587

EIM Mark Matthies       N7EIM   900 Grant St SW Tumwater WA 98512              360-943-1624

FEC David LeFevre       KC7FEC  3737 Golden Eagle Lp SE Olympia WA 98513       360-456-7825
FED Amy Wong            KC7FED  1416 Dogwood St SE Lacey WA 98503              360-438-7411
FEE Charles Scovill     KC7FEE  6625 Bellevista St NW Olympia WA 98502         360-866-1961

GAQ Gard Forester       KF6GAQ  PO Box 8721 Olympia WA 98509                   360-438-9860
GE  Jeff Withers        W3GE    6010 193rd Ave SW Rochester WA 98579           360-273-8614
GEG Deloise Tilton      KB7GEG  506 South King St. Centralia WA 98531
GGX Paul Leach          N7GGX   2030 Cardinal Lane Lacey WA 98503              360-438-5777
GMC John Moore          N7GMC   2407 Tyndell Circle SW Tumwater WA 98502       360-357-6234

HA  Bob Keppler         KE7HA   1120 Chestnut SE Olympia WA 98501              360-943-1368
HFS Dorlene Keppler     N7HFS   1120 Chestnut SE Olympia WA 98501              360-943-1368
HKI Gary Ernest         N7HKI   2718 24th Ave. SE Olympia WA 98501             360-352-2503
HPK Steve Wetzel        W6HPK   2812 Conger Ave NW Olympia WA 98502            360-754-9679
HRY Kenneth Smith       W7HRY   7627 Cooper Point Rd. NW Olympia WA 98502      360-866-2507
HTG Jim Ryan            KD7HTG  10505 Ryan Ln SE Olympia WA 98513
HTX Lois Cox            KB7HTX  4818 Belwood Dr. NE Olympia WA 98506           360-357-6256

I   Steve Ward          WC7I    5034 Meridian Rd. NE Olympia WA 98506          360-456-4249
IBK Lee Lininger        KD7IBK  PO Box 15 Roy WA 98580 360-894-4315
IC  Bill Fill           KD5IC   3 Fair Oaks Dr Conway AR 72032                     327-0337
IIF Ruth Barber         K1IIF   4316 Chambers Lake Dr. SE Lacey WA 98503       360-438-5921
IVM Ben Bennett         N7IVM   1212 Tabitha Ct NW Olympia WA 98502            360-705-8533

JDL Helen Hannigan      KB7JDL  2409 Morse Rd SE Olympia WA 98501              360-352-9189
JEZ Geoff Apgar         W7JEZ   P.O. Box 5801 Lacey WA 98503                   360-923-0109
JHJ Robert Goodnow      N7JHJ   4017 Indian Summer Dr SE Olympia WA 98513      360-456-2427
JJY Paul Patton         K7JJY   4031 21st Ave SE Apt 219 Lacey WA 98503        360-943-3701
JSK Keith McDonald      N7JSK   10337 Carney Dr. SE Olympia WA 98501           360-352-2514

KJK Kip Stilz           N7KJK   4625 Norcross Ct SE Olympia WA 98501           360-456-4949
KJN Daniel Rajczyk      N1KJN   TESC PO Box 60314 Olympia WA 98505             360-867-0614
KSK Bob Brown           KA7KSK  6106 Lemon Rd NE Olympia WA 98506              360-452-3842

LA  Paul Taylor         KC7LA   3720 Wesley Loop NW Olympia WA 98502           360-866-0683
LE  George Lanning      KB6LE   4129 Green Cove N.W. Olympia WA 98502          360-866-2185
LWB Jon Bennett         W7LWB   7132 Hawks Prairie Rd NE Lacey WA 98516        360-459-0697

MMJ Donna Laurence      N7MMJ   3622 Owl Lane NE Olympia WA 98516              360-493-1795
MNK Jim Felix           KC7MNK  SE 2311 Cole Rd Shelton WA 98584                   427-9266
MNM Marie Chambers      KC7MNM  908 Narnia Lane NW Olympia WA 98502            360-866-0800
MX  Ken Elfbrandt       AA7MX   918 Corral Lane SE Tumwater WA 98501           360-357-4447

NAE Gary Laurence       WB7NAE  3622 Owl Lane NE Olympia WA 98516              360-493-1795
NE  Rollo Shaw          AB7NE   1809 Sawyer St SE Olympia WA 98501             360-754-9682
NN  Ron Hill            W7NN    10624 Zephyr Ln SW Olympia WA 98512            360-352-7779
NV  Don Shields         KJ7NV   1872 Circle LN SE Lacey WA 98503               360-438-5066

OEW Richard Linstad     KC7OEW  5328 Marian Dr NE Olympia WA 98516             360-455-9229
OF  Matt McKibbin       AB7OF   4020 14th Crt NE Olympia WA 98506              360-438-3396
OH  James Elliott       AA7OH   3455 Martin Way #18 Olympia WA 98506           360-456-5571
OJY Elmer Clark         KB7OJY  2313 Aberdeen Ave Aberdeen WA 98520
OKC Bill Tilton         K7OKC   506 South King St. Centralia WA 98531
OQJ Brett Taylor        KC7OQJ  3720 Wesley Loop NW Olympia WA 98502           360-866-0683
OQM Kathy Watkinson     KC7OQM  1405 9th Ave SE Olympia WA 98501               360-943-4352
OSX Barbara McRoberts   KB7OSX  9101-68 Steilacoom Rd SE Olympia WA 98513      360-438-2965

PHJ Nels Lindberg       KC7PHJ  925 Surrey Trace SE Olympia WA 98501           360-754-9844
PNX Lisa Withers        KB7PNX  6010 193rd Ave SW Rochester WA 98579           360-273-8614
PRT Jack Barber         W1PRT   4316 Chambers Lake Dr. SE Lacey WA 98503       360-438-5921
PS  Sara Lyon           AB7PS   7734 Nottingham Ct SE Olympia WA 98503         360-459-9263
PT  Bill Phillips       AB7PT   1111 Archwood Dr SW #279 Olympia WA 98502      360-754-0271

QHK Ruth Bolstad        KC7QHK  700 Black Lk Blvd SW #135 Olympia WA 98502     360-754-7433

RDJ Bob Campbell        WA7RDJ  9101-24 Steilacoom Rd. Olympia WA 98513        360-491-6460
RHK Kathleen Moore      KC7RHK  2407 Tyndell Circle SW Tumwater WA 98502       360-357-6234
RHN Mary Lindberg       KC7RHN  925 Surrey Trace SE Olympia WA 98501           360-754-9844
ROZ Duane Bradford      WB7ROZ  204 Shadow Ln NE Olympia WA 98506

SAR Keith McIntosh      K2SAR   PO Box 788  E Olympia WA  98540
SAY Allan Jones         W7SAY   6108 Winnwood Lp SE Olympia WA 98513           360-923-9539
SIX Fred Baker          W7SIX   224 Satsop Ave Shelton WA 98584                360-357-2662
SPZ Chuck West          KC7SPZ  9315 Deerbrush Ct SE Olympia WA 98513          360-459-8790
SS  Lee Chambers        KI7SS   908 Narnia Lane NW Olympia WA 98502            360-866-0800
SSD Sharon Kinder       N7SSD   502 S. Edison St. Olympia WA 98501             360-943-6187
SZN Fred Owen           K7SZN   302 X Street SW Tumwater WA 98501              360-753-0886

TAG Ken Dahl            K7TAG   1120 Palomino Ct SE Tumwater WA 98501          360-534-9357
TPT Ghery Pettit        N6TPT   3131 Leeward Ct NW Olympia WA 98502

UE  Stephan Lindberg    K7UE    925 Surrey Trace SE Olympia WA 98501           360-754-9844
UKX Tim Nairin          KB7UKX  5629 Sleater Kinney Rd NE Olympia WA 98506     360-491-4956
UUO Wallace Music       W7UUO   5305 Stikes Ct. SE Lacey WA 98503              360-491-0354

VNY Morgan Chambers     KC7VNY  908 Narnia Lane NW Olympia WA 98502            360-866-0800
VVA Tom Dennis          KA4VVA  1919 Evergreen Pk Dr #18 Olympia WA 98502      360-754-6651

WW  Ed Fitzgerald       N7WW    5006 Lacey Blvd. SE Lacey WA 98503             360-491-2289

YD  Robert Lyon         AA7YD   7734 Nottingham Ct SE Olympia WA 98503         360-459-9263

ZBS Frank Burgess       KD6ZBS  427 Sawmill Ct SE Olympia WA 98513-1590
ZIP Dick McRoberts      WB9ZIP  9101-68 Steilacoom Rd SE Olympia WA 98513      360-438-2965
ZOW Ray Ferris          W7ZOW   2318 Boulevard Ct. SE Olympia WA 98501         360-357-2219
ZPS Dorothy Ferris      W7ZPS   2318 Boulevard Ct. SE Olympia WA 98501         360-357-2219
ZWN Kristopher Chambers KC7ZWN  908 Narnia Lane NW Olympia WA 98502            360-866-0800

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OARS Cross Reference by Name
Name Call
Geoff Apgar W7JEZ
Reade Apgar N7AGG
Fred Baker W7SIX
Jack Barber W1PRT
Ruth Barber K1IIF
Ben Bennett N7IVM
Jon Bennett W7LWB
Roy Bernd KD7AAJ
Ruth Bolstad KC7QHK
Duane Bradford WB7ROZ
Bob Brown KA7KSK
Frank Burgess KD6ZBS
David Bushell KC7AIJ
Bob Campbell WA7RDJ
Sharon Campbell N7DHE
George Carle N7ARY
Chris Chambers KA7BNS
Kristopher Chambers KC7ZWN
Lee Chambers KI7SS
Marie Chambers KC7MNM
Morgan Chambers KC7VNY
Elmer Clark KB7OJY
Lois Cox KB7HTX
Daniel Crane KB7DFL
Ken Dahl K7TAG
Rick Damitio W7DOY
Curt Dawell
Tom Dennis KA4VVA
Ken Elfbrandt AA7MX
James Elliott AA7OH
Gary Ernest N7HKI
Jim Felix KC7MNK
Dorothy Ferris W7ZPS
Ray Ferris W7ZOW
Bill Fill KD5IC
Dora Anna Fill NI5D
Ed Fitzgerald N7WW
Gard Forester KF6GAQ
Robert Goodnow N7JHJ
Helen Hannigan KB7JDL
Mark Hannigan K7CEZ
Ron Hill W7NN
Allan Jones W7SAY
Bob Keppler KE7HA
Dorlene Keppler N7HFS
Sharon Kinder N7SSD
George Lanning KB6LE
Donna Laurence N7MMJ
Gary Laurence WB7NAE
Shane Laurence KB7BPJ
David LeFevre KC7FEC
Paul Leach N7GGX
Charles Lindberg KD7BXD
Mary Lindberg KC7RHN
Nels Lindberg KC7PHJ
Stephan Lindberg K7UE
Lee Lininger KD7IBK
Richard Linstad KC7OEW
Robert Lyon AA7YD
Sara Lyon AB7PS
Mark Matthies N7EIM
Edward McDonald WA7AUL
Keith McDonald N7JSK
Keith McIntosh K2SAR
Matt McKibbin AB7OF
Barbara McRoberts KB7OSX
Dick McRoberts WB9ZIP
John Moore N7GMC
Kathleen Moore KC7RHK
H.J. Motomatsu WB7AKL
Wallace Music W7UUO
Tim Nairin KB7UKX
Fred Owen K7SZN
Paul Patton K7JJY
Ghery Pettit N6TPT
Bill Phillips AB7PT
Daniel Rajczyk N1KJN
Jim Ryan KD7HTG
Charles Scovill KC7FEE
James Sharp KC7AXV
Rollo Shaw AB7NE
Don Shields KJ7NV
Kenneth Smith W7HRY
Kip Stilz N7KJK
Brett Taylor KC7OQJ
Paul Taylor KC7LA
Rick Taylor K7CAH
Bill Tilton K7OKC
Deloise Tilton KB7GEG
Steve Ward WC7I
Kathy Watkinson KC7OQM
Larry Watkinson KC7CKO
Chuck West KC7SPZ
Steve Wetzel W6HPK
Jeff Withers W3GE
Lisa Withers KB7PNX
Amy Wong KC7FED
Richard Zachary KD7CZB

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Actual Court Transcripts

Q: How many times have you committed suicide?

Q: So the date of conception (of the baby) was August 8th? 
A: Yes.
Q: And what were you doing at the time?

Q: She had three children, right?
A: Yes.
Q: How many were boys?
A: None.
Q: Were there any girls?

Q: You say the stairs went down to the basement?
A: Yes.
Q: And these stairs, did they go up also?

Q: Mr. Slattery, you went on a rather elaborate honeymoon, didn't you? 
A: I went to Europe, Sir.
Q: And you took your new wife?

Q: How was your first marriage terminated?
A: By death.
Q: And by whose death was it terminated?

Q: Can you describe the individual?
A: He was about medium height and had a beard.
Q: Was this a male or a female?

Q: Is your appearance here this morning pursuant to a deposition notice I sent to your attorney?
A: This is how I dress when I go to work.

Q: Doctor, how many autopsies have you performed on dead people? 
A: All my autopsies are performed on dead people.

Q: All your responses must be oral, OK? What school did you go to? 
A: Oral.

Q: Do you recall the time that you examined the body?
A: The autopsy started around 8:30 p.m.
Q: And Mr. Dennington was dead at the time?
A: No, he was sitting on the table wondering why I was doing an autopsy.

Q: Are you qualified to give a urine sample?

Q: What is the date of your birth?
A: July fifteenth.
Q: What year?
A: Every year.

Q: What gear were you in at the moment of the impact?
A: Gucci sweats and Reeboks.

Q: This myasthenia gravis, does it affect your memory? 
A: Yes.
Q: And in what ways does it affect your memory?
A: I forget.
Q: You forget. Can you give us an example of something that you've forgotten?

Q: How old is your son, the one living with you?
A: Thirty-eight or thirty-five, I can't remember which. 
Q: How long has he lived with you?
A: Forty-five years.

Q: What was the first thing your husband said to you when he woke that morning?
A: He said, "Where am I, Cathy?"
Q: And why did that upset you?
A: My name is Susan.

Q: And where was the location of the accident?
A: Approximately milepost 499.
Q: And where is milepost 499?
A: Probably between milepost 498 and 500.

Q: Sir what is your IQ?
A: Well, I can see pretty well, I think.

Q: Did you blow your horn or anything?
A: After the accident?
Q: Before the accident.
A: Sure, I played for ten years. I even went to school for it. 

Q: Trooper, when you stopped the defendant, were your red and blue lights flashing?
A: Yes.
Q: Did the defendant say anything when she got out of her car? 
A: Yes sir.
Q: What did she say?
A: What disco am I at?

Q: Now doctor, isn' t it true that when a person dies in his sleep, he doesn't know about it until the next morning?

Q: The youngest son, the twenty-five year old, how old is he? 

Q: Were you present when your picture was taken?

Q: Was it you or your younger brother who was killed in the war? 

Q: Did he kill you?

Q: How far apart were the vehicles at the time of the collision?

Q: You were there until the time you left, is that true? 

Q: You were not shot in the fracas?
A: No, I was shot midway between the fracas and the navel. 
 

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Hollingsworth suggests steps to brighter amateur future

Looking "beyond enforcement," FCC Special Counsel for Amateur Radio Enforcement Riley Hollingsworth, K4ZDH, has offered his ten personal suggestions to secure a sound future for Amateur Radio.

Speaking at the ARRL New England Division Convention August 26 in Boxboro, Massachusetts, Hollingsworth recapped the nearly two years since he took over Amateur Radio enforcement. Hollingsworth proclaimed the Amateur Service "fundamentally sound" today and said complaints now are decreasing. 

With some major enforcement issues out of the way, Hollingsworth encouraged amateurs to "seize the moment" to ensure a bright future for Amateur Radio. "Look beyond enforcement," he urged, "because if I do my job right, in five years you won't even remember my name." Hollingsworth said that while no one can predict the future, amateurs must invent theirs in an era of converging digital and RF technology.

And he reiterated a phrase that has become a Hollingsworth mantra: "There is no reason why our Amateur Radio Service can't be the envy of the rest of the world." Getting there, he suggested, comes with each amateur's taking responsibility for his or her behavior on the air. Amateurs should encourage arrogant, negative operators to "take their anger and hate to the Internet," he said. "Every minute they are on the Internet is a minute they aren't on Amateur Radio."

Among other suggestions, Hollingsworth said hams should be proud of what they have accomplished. "Let the public know what you are, what Amateur Radio is, and why it's valuable," he said. He also urged hams to "operate as if the whole world is listening" and to never let ham radio "become the audio version of The Jerry Springer Show."

He also called upon veteran hams to take newcomers under their wing and teach them "all you know" about the hobby.

Hollingsworth also expressed his support for the ARRL, which has backed his enforcement initiative on behalf of the FCC. "Take care of the one voice you have," he advised. "You must never doubt that a small group of dedicated people can change the world. They just did."

"Enjoy ham radio," Hollingsworth told his audience. "Celebrate it. But realize it comes with responsibility."

The complete list of Riley Hollingsworth's ten suggestions is available on Web edition of The ARRL Letter for September 1 at http://www.arrl.org/arrlletter/

-- from the ARRL Letter

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Who made you?

A little girl was sitting on her grandfather's lap as he read her a bedtime story. From time to time, she would take her eyes off the book and reach up to touch his wrinkled cheek. She was alternately stroking her own cheek, then his again. Finally she spoke up, "Grandpa, did God make you?"

"Yes, sweetheart," he answered, "God made me a long time ago."

"Oh," she paused, "Grandpa, did God make me too?"

"Yes, indeed, honey," he said, "God made you just a little while ago."

Feeling their respective faces again, she observed, "God's getting better at it, isn't he?"

-- contributed by Keith McDonald, N7JSK

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OARS Net check-ins

The following stations checked in on the OARS General Information Net on one or more of these dates: Aug 15, Aug 22, Sep 12.
 
 

A7GM AA7YD AB7PS
K7CEZ K7TAG KA4VVA
KB7DFL KB7UKX KC7CKO
KC7FEC* KC7FED KC7FEE
KC7LA KC7MNK KD5IC
KD6ZBS* KD7DTG KD7HTG
KF6GAQ* KI7SS N1KJN
N7AGG N7EIM N7GGX
N7JHJ N7KJK N7SSD
NI5D W3GE W3UUO
W7DOY W7SAY W7SIX
W7UUO

* Net Control Stations

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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