Governor Henry declares Field Day week as
Amateur Radio in Oklahoma.
May 19, 2009
To honor the several thousand OK Amateur Radio operators who
provide public service on a frequent and quality basis. The
Governor recognizes Amateur Radio operators statewide during
their preparation for the upcoming ARRL Field Day. The event
orchestrated by Kevin ODell-N0IRW, OK Section Public Information
Coordinator, provides a splendid opportunity for endorsement
from/to Amateur Radio and the Executive branch of state government.
The Governor encourages the public and governmental entities
to be appreciative of the support, offered by Amateur Radio,
during times of emergencies to peer public service providers.
Left to Right
Eddie Manley-K5EMS OK Assistant Section Manager
Dean Feken-KL7MA OK Section Manager
John Thomason-WB5SYT Vice-Director, West Gulf Division
Left to Right-
Dean Feken-KL7MA OK Section Manager
OK Governor Brad Henry
John Thomason-WB5SYT West Gulf Division, Vice-Director
Showing readiness for meeting with Governor Henry for Field Day
Proclamation and OK Emergency Manager Association gathering at
the OK State Capitol. The events were held on the same day with
a strong Amateur Radio and League leadership presence to prompt
a strong and healthy environment for Amateur Radio in
Eddie-K5EMS is at the Capitol with the Emergency Medical Services
(EMS) group as it is their week of recognition, as declared by
Governor Henry, and 'Day at the Capitol'. Manley is there to meet
with legislative staff to prompt legislation to benefit EMS &
Amateur Radio. An active participant in EMS, Manley notes that
"the group received recognition for their effort in hurricanes
Rita & Katrina" and in "supporting temporary hurricane
refuge housing in the Oklahoma City area."
Manley is able to facilitate Amateur Radio & EMS legislation
from his leadership posture in both organizations by developing
and nurturing contacts in the community and at the Oklahoma State
Capitol. His role as Assistant Section Manager in OK, working
with SM Dean Feken-KL7MA, provides a network of League support
from the field organization and West Gulf Division Leadership.
Eddie has recently been appointed as an Assistant Director, West
Gulf Division in Legislative areas by Director David Woolweaver-K5RAV.
Another Marathon has come and gone; the 9th
in a series of ......who knows? If you hadn't already read in
the papers, the registrations were max'd out! 19,000 runners,
walkers, strollers, etc. were on the course this past Sunday.
The National Memorial's Marathon office has begun getting e-mails
praising the setting, the organization, and especially the volunteers.
Chet Collier, the Executive Director of the Marathon, was ecstatic
as to the success of the Marathon and especially our support.
Dr. Tom Coniglione, the Marathon medical officer, was especially
lavish in his praise of the communications support we provided
him. As you are probably aware, the wind and humidity played a
huge role in causing numerous runners heat and medical problems.
In past years, our SAG vehicles have carried a total of 12-15
runners back to the finish line. This year, it was around 50-60!
One suggestion regarding SAG vehicles was to go from two to four
SAG vehicles; this will probably happen along with some other
suggestions on making SAG dispatch even more efficient.
With the dramatic increase of participants in the past few years,
the medical, water, food, transportation, and hospitality systems
have expanded accordingly. Next year, the 10th anniversary of
the Marathon, w e will undoubtedly have around 20,000 participants!
Thus, considering the expansion of the event, we need to revisit
our communications plan to streamline and reorganize the lines
of communications. We 'done splendid' this year, but we are at
a tipping point in regard to how we do business with a much larger
event.....but we'll talk about that over the next few months.
I do have an offer to make.......I have some extra 2009 Marathon
t-shirts: 2 mediums and 2 triple-extra large. I also have 2 large
t-shirts from the 2006 Marathon. If anyone would like an extra
one, let me know. Also, if you haven't turned in your safety vest,
you can drop it off this Saturday, 2 May before the CORA meeting
at 1:00 PM at the Citadel or on Tuesday, 19 May, at the OCAPA
I've not heard any words as yet regarding a 'volunteer appreciation
night' at a Redhawks baseball game. I'll keep you advised.
Again, I would like to thank you all for stepping forward in support
of this event. Mark your calendars for 25 April, 2010! And thanks
again for volunteering for "A Run to Remember".
Tom Webb, WA9AFM/5
Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon
The Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon would like to say thank
you to the
volunteers who make everything possible. As the running world
remember the 168 lives that were lost on April 19, 1995, we
hope that you will
always remember those who were lost, those who survived and
forever. This event is a testament to the dedication that Oklahomans
uniting the world in hope.
The Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon staff would like to welcome
you to a night
of thanks for your dedication in making the 2009 Oklahoma City
Where your volunteer shirt to the game and visit the Marathon
staff outside the
ticket booth (They will be wearing a green & white golf
shirt) for a voucher for
a free entry into the game.
WHEN: May 3, 2009
TIME: 4:05pm (be sure to show up a little early to redeem your
LOCATION: AT&T Bricktown Ballpark West Side Ticket
Booth (Just south of the
Murrah Marathon 2009
Held April 26
Once again Amateur Radio plays a large and vital
part of the event which had approximately 20, 000 participants.
The event clearly speaks to the well coordinated communication
relief which Amateur Radio provides. The role by ham radio was
directed by Tom Webb-WA9AFM. The tragic events of April 1995 were
also heavily supported by Amateur Radio communication and support
The below pictures are from the Regional Emergency
Operations (REOC) in OKC wherein emergency services were dispatched
in coordination by and with Amateur Radio.
Coordinator, Emergency Response Center
OK Department of Homeland Security Regions 6&8
Operators needed for Saturday May 16Th
We will need 15 to 20 operators, that will include Sags, Rest
Stop Stationary, and Sweeps ....Three routs 25, 50, and 75 mile
tracks... North East Oklahoma start at Mohawk Park to Owasso to
Claremore Lake and back to the park.... should be over with by
Our assignment, Primary Command, Operation, and Emergency Communication
for the event. They are counting on us, we will not let them down...
First track starts at 7:30am rest stops will start closing out
at 11:00am stay for the hole event or work just part of it. we
need all operators at Mohawk Park Shelter 4 at 6:30am for saftey
debreifing and finale assingnment recap. TShirts will be offered
to all operators..
Fuel Compensation offered to all operators from start of the event
to the finish.
Ice and goody bag for sags and sweeps bring your own cooler.
We need to start filling the assignment List immediately to be
Less than 30 days to event day....
Tulsa Health Department's
2009 World Health Day Special Event operation
Dave Cox (NB5N) (from left), Mary O'Roark (KE5EHR),
Lisa Podolak (KE5PMJ), and Mary Dean (KE5EHQ); operating the amateur
radio station located in the Tulsa Health Department's EOC.
John Thomason (WB5SYT), Vice
Director of the West Gulf Division.
Green Country 2009
March 13-14, 2009
Eddie Manley-K5EMS (left) receives Assistant Director appointment
certificate from David Woolweaver-K5RAV, West Gulf Director.
Manley's appointment relates to legislative affairs.
Left-Dean Feken KL7MA OK SM
Middle-John Thomason-WB5SYT ARRL West Gulf Division Vice Director
Right-David Woolweaver-K5RAV ARRL West Gulf Director
Busload of New Amateur Radio Operators-Just completed VE testing.
High School Amateur Radio Club with Jeff-AF4CM, Sponsor
Left Dean-KL7MA OK SM
Right Bobbi-KC5YGG newly appointed ARRL Public Information Officer
2009 Arkansas State Convention
Benton County Radio Operators
Saturday, April 25th, 2009
8:00 AM to 2:30 PM
Rogers First Church of the Nazarene
4911 W. Pleasant Grove Rd. Rogers, AR
Set-up times: Friday, 4/24 6-9 PM and Saturday 4/25 7-7:45
145.290MHz Standard Negative Offset, PL Tone 110.9
$5.00 per person in advance, $6.00 at the door
$5.00 each in advance, $6.00 at the door
Food and Drinks will be available
For More Info Contact:
Jay Harrison KCØCNB, Chairman
E-mail: [email protected]
|West Gulf Division Newsletter
February 26, 2009
From the Director:
This is my first newsletter, and I am trying a new format.
If you like
it, let me know. If you don't, I want to know that, too. Now
Division Director Coy Day Resigns
David Woolweaver becomes Division Director
John Thomason becomes Vice Director
Dean Feken leads Oklahoma Section
North Texas Section elects new Section Manager
Ham Radio in the Park-Ham Association of Mesquite
2. Cell Phones
Division Director Coy Day Resigns
Coy Day, N5OK, last month resigned from ARRL elected office.
more than 12 years as a member of the ARRL Board of Directors
-- 10 of
them as West Gulf Division Director.
'It has been a pleasure to work with Coy Day on the ARRL Board,'
ARRL President Joel Harrison, W5ZN. 'Coy's integrity is admirable
something that everyone should model. We will miss his wisdom
smooth manner on the Board and wish the best for Coy and his
When Day made his resignation announcement, former Vice Director
Woolweaver called Coy Day a tireless contributor to Amateur
two decades and said, 'Day's long service has been marked by
integrity. It has been my privilege to serve with Coy for the
seven years as his Vice Director. I know that everyone in the
Division will join me in wishing Coy well in his retirement.'
Dr. David Woolweaver Becomes Division Director
Dr. David Woolweaver, K5RAV, has taken the position of Division
Director, following the ARRL Articles of Association. He has
periodontist in Harlingen, Texas, for 36 years, and he is co-founder
of the South Texas Amateur Repeater Society (STARS) and proclaims
he enjoys the digital modes.
Dr. Woolweaver, who has served for the past seven years as
Director of the West Gulf Division, is a Life Member of the
ARRL and is
a Diamond Club member. His past service on the ARRL Board of
includes Liaison to the Public Relations Committee, Grassroots
Legislative Action Committee, and the Administration and Finance
Committee. In January, ARRL President Joel Harrison appointed
Woolweaver to the Program and Services Committee.
Woolweaver has been instrumental in leading several legislative
initiatives in recent years. Most notably were three bills introduced
in the Texas legislature in 2007 that would have prohibited
criminalized, not only the use of mobile amateur radio, but
mobile radios, vehicular GPS navigation devices, vehicular AM/FM
radios, on-board automobile computer control systems, and a
other radio devices. Thanks to the organized grassroots advocacy
group's tireless work and the dedicated hams who volunteered
testimony at committee hearings, the three bills died during
On another front, Woolweaver led Texas hams in advocacy to support
separate bill that offered ham friendly protections and was
just hours before the session ended.
John Thomason Becomes Vice Director
ARRL President Joel Harrison, W5ZN, has appointed as Vice Director
Thomason, WB5SYT. An active ARRL member for more than 20 years,
Thomason holds an Extra class Amateur Radio license. He served
Oklahoma Section Manager from April 2003 through January 2009.
Thomason, too, has assisted with legislative activity that is
to hams. Working with Assistant Section Manager Eddie Manley,
and others in Oklahoma, the section championed and passed PRB1
Dean Feken Becomes Oklahoma Section Manager
Dean Feken, KL7MA, has been appointed as the new Oklahoma Section
Manager. Feken, an Extra class licensee from Perry, Okla., has
Oklahoma Official Observer Coordinator since spring 2004 and
Official Observer since fall 2003. Feken's term as Section Manager
continues through September 30, 2010.
North Texas Section Elects New Section Manager
ARRL members in the North Texas Section have elected a new
Manager, Jay Urish, W5GM, of Flower Mound, who received 740
opponent, incumbent Section Manager Tom Blackwell, N5GAR, of
received 678 votes. Blackwell has served as Section Manager
2005. Jay assumes office on April 1st.
Ham Radio in the Park Launches Second Year
On February 22nd, the Ham Association of Mesquite celebrated
IN THE PARK'. The monthly outdoor event takes place at the Paschall
Park Pavilion in Mesquite, TX. The event starts at noon and
dark (6pm). The park gathering draws ham radio operators from
the Dallas area who bring projects and antennas to build, equipment
test and just spend a day with other ham radio operators.
'We always have HF and VHF/UHF operations, antenna tune-ups,
installation demonstrations, and an old thing called 'Elmering'.
event brings out 50+ folks every month. Bring your projects,
antennas, new equipment, new techniques, and knowledge to the
Association of Mesquite's Ham Radio in the Park(HRitP). The
always free and parking is free. Food is what you bring with
Come have fun and get the help you are missing,' says David
N5DBK, club President.
Legislative Update #1
Legislation Planned to Overcome CC&Rs
Texas and Oklahoma sections are both planning to identify suitable
legislation to preserve and protect amateur radio operation.
Legislation is being developed to permit hams to install antennas
operate within their federal licensing in spite of covenants,
conditions and restrictions.
The division is collecting data about such restrictive covenants
asks hams with this type of information to forward their contact
information to the Division Legislative Action Chair, John Stratton,
KE5ISX at [email protected]
In addition, division leaders are preparing endorsements to
these future legislative attempts. One such support statement
'Amateur Radio is an important part of Emergency Management
Disaster Mitigation in Texas and Oklahoma. I support the introduction
and approval of legislation in the Texas Legislature, which
provide a measure that will preserve and protect the utilization
Amateur Radio. An Amateur Radio station, which is federally
is only as effective as its antenna! Private land use regulations,
such as covenants, conditions and restriction [CC&R] many
choices to such an extent that in many locations it is impossible
install an antenna which will allow an Amateur Radio operator
fulfill his or her license privileges. Please support the right
amateur radio operators to be able to install 'reasonable antennas'
their own property.' Eddie Manley - Oklahoma Section State Government
Legislative Update #2
Cell Phone Bills May Affect Amateur Radio
ARRL Regulatory Information Manager Dan Henderson, N1ND, is
his vigilance over the ongoing creation of proposed laws and
regulations aimed at promoting greater safety among cell phone
while at the same time perhaps unknowingly restricting Amateur
operators. The ARRL Executive Committee has adopted a policy
on mobile Amateur Radio operations. The statement urges state
municipal legislators to limit the scope of their proposals,
them to devices such as full duplex wireless telephones and
hand-held or portable equipment. Alternately, it suggests that
Amateur Radio operation be listed specifically as an exclusion
Division Director Woolweaver and the West Gulf Legislative
continue to monitor new bills throughout the division, as well.
Oklahoma, Eddie Manley, K5EMS, reports that three favorable
been introduced this session. SB1270 by Constance Johnson prohibits
use of 'cell phones' in a motor vehicle. It specifically excludes
amateur radio from this prohibition. HB1455 by McAffrey is the
bill filed in the House. HB1782 by Tibbs looks to be the same
South Texas Section State Government Liaison, Jim Robinson,
Glen Reid, K5FX, have identified several bills effecting amateur
that have been filed in the House of the Texas Legislature.
are being tracked by the West Gulf Legislative Action Team.
light is 'cell phone bill' SB582, filed by Senator Wentworth,
Antonio. The West Gulf Legislative Action Team worked with Senator
Wentworth on 'cell phone' legislation last session, and the
SB582, which was filed this session. SB582 exempts FCC licensed
Look for a Special Legislative Newsletter coming soon.
Feb. 28, 2009
Orange ARC and Jefferson County ARC Hamfest
VFW Post 2775
Contacts: Sheila Powell, N5HL, and Delores Heintschel, KC5NEO.
Mar. 7, 2009
South Texas Section Convention (Greater Houston Hamfest)
Fort Bend County Fairgrounds
Contact: Kirk Kendrick, W5KMK. Email: [email protected]
Mar. 7, 2009
Elk City Hamfest
Elk City Community Civic Center
Elk City, Okla.
Contact: Earl Bottoms, N5NEB. Email: [email protected]
Mar. 13-14, 2009
Oklahoma State Convention
Green Country Hamfest, Inc.
Claremore Expo Center
Contact: Merlin Griffin, WB5OSM. Email: [email protected]
Mar. 14, 2009
7th Annual IARC Hamfest
Irving Amateur Radio Club
Betcha Bingo Hall #1
Contact: Coleta M. Taylor, KD5QFH. Email: [email protected]
Mar. 21, 2009
West Texas Section Convention (54th Annual St. Patrick's Day
Midland Lion's Club
Contact: Joe Coldewey, KK5ZG. Email: [email protected]
Apr. 4, 2009
Weatherford HAMFEST 2009
ARC of Parker County
Couts Memorial United Methodist Church
Contact: Elizabeth Hunkele, N5ONE. Email: [email protected]
Dr. David Woolweaver, K5RAV
Director West Gulf Division
John Thomason, WB5SYT
Vice Director West Gulf Division
ARRL West Gulf Division
Director: David Woolweaver, K5RAV
The Durant Amateur Repeater Association
5th Annual "Tail Gater"
April 4, 2009 @ Carl Albert Park
(US 69/75 and Washington, NW Durant)
Talk in DARA Repeater 147.39 + 118.8 Tone
Starts at 0800 hrs till Noon.
FREE: Coffee, Donuts and "Specialty Food ?"
George Collier, W5GME, (580) 924-7625
Joe White, K5BQG, (580) 924-3348
Oklahoma Hams Warn of Oncoming
A rare winter tornado struck Oklahoma around dinner time on
Tuesday, February 10. According to various news reports, Oklahoma
officials credited Amateur Radio operators with spotting the
tornadoes and relaying the information to the National Weather
ARRL Oklahoma Section Emergency Coordinator Charles Goodson,
KC5UEG, told the ARRL that the Southern Oklahoma ARES® group
(SOARES) and other Amateur Radio operators from the Ardmore
area served as SKYWARN® storm spotters. "After the
tornado passed Lone Grove and Ardmore, several hams went back
to the Lone Grove area," Goodson said. "One ham went
to the Red Cross building and set up a communication command
post from the Red Cross radio room. It was amateur operators
who had the first visual contact with the tornadoes. They started
reporting the tornado to Neil Mayo, KC5AMX, the Emergency Coordinator
for Murray County and our Net control for severe weather events;
he in turn reports to the National Weather Service in Norman
via Amateur Radio."
The town of Lone Grove, population 4600 and located about 100
miles south of Oklahoma City, bore the brunt of the storm, with
the Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management (ODEM) reporting
eight deaths and more than 100 homes destroyed. Two other tornadoes
hit the Oklahoma City metro area and the north-central Oklahoma
region late Tuesday. No serious injuries were reported in the
Oklahoma City storm, but at least six homes were destroyed and
businesses were damaged there, ODEM officials said.
ARRL Oklahoma Section Public Information Coordinator Kevin
O'Dell, N0IRW, told the ARRL that his Ardmore home survived
the tornado, but they are without power, water and other services.
Other homes in his neighborhood were completely destroyed. Oklahoma
Gas and Electric reported about 6000 customers are currently
without power, with 3461 in Lone Grove.
Well-known contester Tim Duffy, K3LR, told the ARRL that he
lost 40 percent of his home as a tornado blew through his town
of Edmond, a suburb of Oklahoma City: "We lost all the
doors and windows in the house, all the power, just everything.
The damage is amazing. The cell phone system is still 'on tilt'
with emergency services taking most of the channels. We're making
big progress on getting things sorted out here. We will rebuild
and make it better than it was before. With the house in complete
disrepair, we'll be staying in a hotel for a while."
Duffy said that National Weather Service officials told him
that the wind speed at his home was more than 150 MPH. While
the family dog, a golden retriever, made it through the storm
okay, Duffy said their pet cat is still missing. According to
emergency management officials in Edmond, six homes were destroyed
in the storm.
This storm took many by surprise because even in tornado-prone
Oklahoma, February twisters are rare. According to the NWS,
since 1950, only 44 twisters have touched down in the state
during the month of February. The Lone Grove tornado was the
third to cause multiple fatalities in the state since March
2007, when a Panhandle couple became the state's first tornado
deaths in almost six years.
To: All Area Amateurs
From: Gary Gerber, KB0HH
Salt Plains Amateur Radio Club Gathering
Saturday, April 25th, 2009
8:00 am till .. ..
KB0HH Bunkhouse Contest Staton
What to Bring:
Covered dish or something from the Quick Stop
I will cook some hog and provide the buns .. .. You bring the
WC0X is bringing the paper plates and plastic ware .. cause
he hates to wash dishes
WA0OAO is bringing the toilet paper .. cause he hates to be
KC0CEX is bringing baked beans .. if she can't I will .. but
they will be hotter!
WB0UVN is bring a potato cassarole .. cause we like it .. and
he can fix it
We will eat at about 1:00 pm. Come early .. .. stay late
Tail Gate'n is expected and encouraged, tables are available
at no charge
Invite others .. .. there will be plenty of food
This is a social event, no entry fee, no dues, no meetings,
1.5 miles north of the Byron Fish Hatchery
: 3.5 north of Highway 11
: 9 miles north of the Salt Plains Lake
: 15 miles northeast of Cherokee
: 30 miles east of Alva
: 48 miles northwest of Enid
: 55 miles west of Blackwell on HW-11
: 110 miles southwest of Wichita via I-35 and HW-11
: There will be streamers and arrows at the critical corners
Call or email for further directions or needed information
This gathering is not just for the local club.
Bring anyone who is interested in ham radio.
The station will be available. Get someone on the air!!
Gary, KB0HH, [email protected], 620-845-0599 cell
All Amateur Radio operators
Pursuant to SB QST ARL ARLB011
ARLB011 ARRL Executive Committee Issues Mobile Amateur Radio
Operation Policy Statement
We reviewed several Oklahoma bill filings about 2 weeks ago
and will keep up
with all of them to be sure our findings remain intact. We all
the ARRL's request and if any changes might occur, we will ask
for your help
to reverse any challenge to the utilization of our mobiles
SB1270 by Constance Johnson prohibits the use of 'cell phones'
in a motor
vehicle. It specifically excludes amateur radio from this prohibition
HB 1455 by McAffrey is the same bill filed in the House
HB 1782 by Tibbs looks to be same as above.
Feel free to get on the Oklahoma Legislative Web Site at
and read these bills, or any other bill. If
you find anything of concern, please let us know.
Eddie - 73 you guys
Dean Feken, KL7MA,
Appointed Oklahoma Section Manager
(Jan 27, 2009)-- Dean Feken, KL7MA,
of Perry, has been appointed as the new ARRL Oklahoma Section
Manager. Feken is taking over the Section Manager reins from
John Thomason, WB5SYT, who was just appointed Vice Director
of the ARRL West Gulf Division. In turn, Thomason replaces Dr
David Woolweaver, K5RAV, who moved up to Director with the retirement
of Division Director Coy Day, N5OK. Thomason had been Section
Manager of Oklahoma since April 2003. The Rules and Regulations
of the ARRL Field Organization state that when a vacancy in
the office of Section Manager occurs between elections, the
position is filled by appointment by the Membership and Volunteer
Programs Manager, in consultation with the Director. MVP Manager
Dave Patton, NN1N, consulted with Woolweaver and Thomason in
filling the Section Manager position. Feken, an Extra class
licensee, has been the Oklahoma Official Observer Coordinator
since the spring 2004 and an Official Observer since fall 2003.
Feken's term as Section Manager continues through September
30, 2010. The nomination announcement for the next term of office
for Oklahoma Section Manager is scheduled to appear in the April
2010 issue of QST.
J. John Thomason, WB5SYT,
Appointed West Gulf Division Vice Director
With the approval of the ARRL Ethics and Elections Committee,
ARRL President Joel Harrison, W5ZN, has appointed Oklahoma Section
Manager J. John Thomason, WB5SYT, as Vice Director in the West
Gulf Division. Thomason replaces Dr David Woolweaver, K5RAV,
who moved up to Director with the retirement of Division Director
Coy Day, N5OK, last week.
An Extra class licensee, Thomason has been an ARRL member for
more than 20 years and has served as Oklahoma Section Manager
since 2003. While Section Manager, he supported and prompted
passage of Oklahoma Senate Bill 426. This bill allows "for
the erection of an Amateur Radio antenna or an Amateur Radio
antenna support structure at a height and dimension sufficient
to accommodate Amateur Radio Service communications." Thomason
also represented the League in 2004 at the Voluntary Organizations
Active in Disaster's (VOAD) national conference. Based on an
article in the November 2007 issue of QST, Thomason, with assistance
from University of Oklahoma personnel, developed frequency coordination
protocol that is now used at that school's home football games.
"The opportunity and honor to serve the West Gulf Division
as Vice Director is exciting," Thomason said. "It
is my desire to diligently work with Director Woolweaver to
ensure Division members are informed, to provide input and feedback
on policies and procedures pertinent to the League's missions
and to accomplish what is necessary to have the interest and
the availability to inform through developed relationships with
Division members and League headquarters staff."
"I have known John for several years," Woolweaver
said. "He has been very successful as a Section Manager,
especially in the areas of Emergency Preparedness and legislative
action. His unmistakable talents in those areas will be very
useful in his new role as Vice Director."
Thomason said continuing "the excellent League service
provided by my predecessor Dr David Woolweaver, K5RAV, is humbling
and enabling. His skill set and presence at so many League functions
in the Oklahoma Section and beyond is truly a high standard
to obtain. He has shown a highly informed outreach and capacity
to listen and communicate while making the Amateur Radio Service
visible through the League. He will grow in these efforts as
Director while following in the richness of professionalism
of Director Coy Day, N5OK.
"It is my hope to sustain and flourish the wonderful relationship
developed via my role as Oklahoma Section Manager. The relationships
and fondness for our fellow Amateur Radio operators and capacity
therein to enhance our public service with League strength is
very important to me in my role as Vice Director. This has developed
by being active at League events, club meetings, Nets and served
agency functions. We make a difference in Amateur Radio operators'
lives by listening, caring and expressing this passion to them.
A birthday card or a handwritten note of encouragement during
family challenges clearly communicates that the League cares
for and about them as people and their contributions to Amateur
Radio. It has been stated that we meet people based on what
in common, but grow on the basis of how we are different. I
feel this is our opportunity to strengthen our collective League
mission during difficult times, be they economic or frequency
Thomason is a member of the Edmond Amateur Radio Society (EARS).
He has earned DXCC and Worked All States (WAS) on CW, PSK and
SSB. Thomason is a vocational evaluator with the State of Oklahoma's
Department of Rehabilitation Services. He holds a BA in psychology
and an MS in rehabilitation counseling.
Admission tickets for Ham-Com 2009 are now on sale at our new
website: http://www.hamcom.org/. Join us at the Plano Centre,
Friday and Saturday, June 12 and 13, 2009. This year, Ham-Com
will give away a Yaesu FT-857D HF-UHF multi-mode transceiver
each day at 5:00 p.m. And, every hour, a ticket will be drawn
for a VHF HT. A total of 18 HTs will be given away (9 per day
on Friday and Saturday).* Visit our new website at http://www.hamcom.org/
for complete information about the event.
Purchase your admission ticket online before midnight on May
30 and get a $2.00 discount. Admission at the door will be $10.00
(family members $8.00). Students K-12 and Scouts in uniform
receive FREE admission.
Ham-Com will host the ARRL 2009 West Gulf Division Convention
and there will be over 80 hours of speakers, workshops and interest
group meetings. We expect to host over 40 commercial exhibitors
and more than a hundred flea market vendors in the indoor, outdoor
and tailgate areas.
Parking space has been increased at the Plano Centre. We've
done everything possible to make parking more convenient including
providing over 40 spaces next to the building (on the west side;
hang tag or special license plates are required to access this
area) for people with special needs. We also moved the tailgate
market closer to the building.
Here are some important dates to remember:
02/01/2009 Indoor flea market tables go on sale.
03/01/2009 DX dinner tickets go on sale.
05/01/2009 Last day to reserve hotel rooms at a discount.
05/15/2009 Ham-Com Flyer goes online.
05/30/2009 Online admission ticket sales end
The DX dinner speaker for the 2009 W5DXCC will be none other
than Bob Allphin, K4UEE. Bob will provide a presentation about
the February 2009 KP5 Desecheo DXpedition. KP5 is number seven
on the DXCC "most needed countries" list.
Want to earn $25.00 for your club? Have your webmaster visit
the "Clubs" link on our new website at http://www.hamcom.org/
to find out how.
Want to volunteer and earn free admission? Just click on the
"Volunteers" link at http://www.hamcom.org/ and sign
up for a two-hour shift. Schedules will be posted on the website
on May 15, 2009.
We look forward to seeing you at Ham-Com 2009!
Clara Granger KG5UG,
Ham of the Year
Andrew W8OU and Mike Rockey KE5EQC, President of the Aeronautical
Picture of frequency coordination crew performed by a team Amateur
Pictures of the OK Emergency Managers Association
OK ARES booth.
Noble County Repeater Group
Attached are some photos from our operation at the Noble County
Free Fair. We were co-located and operated inside the Noble
County Emergency Command Trailer. We had several stop by to
see what all we were doing. We even operated our local weekly
net from that location on Tuesday night. Those assisting with
the operation included KL7MA-Dean, W5YDW-Tom, KD5JXA-Lloyd,
KE5HQR-Lisa, KC5DPT-Tad, N9TRC-George and not pictured KE5AUI-Ricky.
(That because I was taking the photo.)
STOP CC & Rs
The ARRL West Gulf Division wants to pass laws in the 2009 Oklahoma
& Texas legislative sessions that would change CC& Rs
that limit Ham Radio Operation in residential subdivisions.
To make this happen, ARRL needs information and help. If you are
affected by CC&Rs, or if you want to help make it possible
to enjoy Ham Radio without unreasonable CC&R restrictions,
fill out this form and mail or email to the addresses below:
If you live in a subdivision with CC&Rs you can help by sending
those CC&Rs by email to both-
K5RAV(at) arrl.org and KE5ISX (at) arrl.net
Or mail them to-
PO Box 2232
Austin, TX 78768-2232
Call sign ____________________
Email address _________________________
The Salvation Army newsletter is available via
If you are able to enjoy a digital copy instead
of a printed copy
please contact Paula ([email protected])
Postage is rising again and it would save the
Salvation Army some money.
With the help of http://www.artmyway.com/ I was able to create a neat
recruiting poster for ARES.
73 Mark Conklin N7XYO
A-SEC ARES OK
----- OKLAHOMA NETS -----
2m Insomnia, Nightly 10:30pm 147.075+
PL131.8 Elmore OK
2m Ada 5 wpm CW Net, Mon-Fri 9:pm 147.285+
2m American Airlines, Sun 9:pm 147.345+
2m EARS Edmond, Mon 8:pm 147.135+ 443.425+
2m NICUNet, Mon 8:pm 147.060+ PL141.3 Norman W5DNA Melody
2m WARS, Mon 8:pm 147.140+ PL192.8
2m EARC Enid, Mon 8:pm 145.290- PL141.3 KC5SII Dave
2m Broken Arrow ARC, Mon 8:pm 146.910-
2m Kay County Ponca City, Mon 9:pm 146.970-
2m ARES Kay County, 1st Mon 9:30pm 146.730-
2m Radio Rose Rocks, Tue 7:pm 146.985- PL141.3 KE5GRX Stephanie
2m Rogers County Wireless Association, Tue 7:pm 147.090+ K5JJ
2m W5PAA Swap Net, Tue 8:pm 146.850- PL141.3 KE5EQX Sean
2m ARES Cleveland County, Tue 8:pm 147.060+ PL141.3 KD5DOB Bill
2m Ada Net, Tue 8:pm 146.285+
2m OIDAR Blackwell, Tue 9:pm 146.310-
2m N5LEZ Net, Tue 9:pm 147.120+ PL192.8
2m ARES Stephens County, Tue 9:pm 146.730- K5WPN Wade
2m ARES Tulsa, Tue 9:pm 146.880- PL88.5
2m Wheatstraw, Wed 9:pm 146.010 N1LPN Linda
2m W5HXL Memorial Net, Thu 7:pm 147.105+ 146.985+ PL141.3
2m Duncan, Thu 7:pm 146.730- Chisholm Trail ARC
2m OCAPA Net, Thursday 7:30 pm OKC 146.820- PL151.4 NO5X John
2m Tulsa ARC, Thu 8:pm 145.110- PL88.5 443.850+ PL88.5
2m Mayes County ARC, Thu 8:pm 147.060+ PL88.5 Lloyd
2m MORI Tech Net, Thu 8:30pm 146.925- 146.670- PL192.8
2m SW OK SWOT, Thu 9:pm 144.250 (USB) Lawton
2m T-Town Talkers, Fri 9:pm 145.110-
6m Ragchew Net, Tue & Fri 8:pm-9:pm 50.150 MHz N5VVV Steve
10m Fred's Memorial Net, Wed 8:pm 28.446 MHz USB K5JVS Jack
30m ARTS CW, Sat-Sun 7:am 10.120 MHz (CW) WB5NKD Pat
40m OTN Slow CW, Daily 5:20 pm 7120.65 KHz (CW) WB5NKC Arley
40m ARES Oklahoma, Sun 2130z 7260KHz backup 3900KHz LSB KL7MA
40m ARTS CW, Mon-Fri 7:am 7052 KHz (CW) WB5NKD Pat
75m OK Traffic & Weather Net, Mon-Sat 2300 UTC 3900 KHz LSB
75m Traffic & Weather Net, Wed 6:pm 3900 KHz LSB WB5SYT John
75m OK Phone Emergency Net Sun 8:am 3900 KHz LSB W5JPI Gordon
75m Salvation Army, 2nd Sat 8:am 3900 KHz LSB NM5W Mark
75m QCWA Chapter 63, Sun 8:am 3855 KHz LSB W5FLO Norm
80m TSN Slow CW, Daily 7:45 pm 3719 KHz (CW)
80m KSN Slow CW, Daily 9:pm 3721 KHz (CW)
ATV ATV Nightly Net, Video 439.25 Mhz Ch. 60, voice 144.340 MHz
Mar 19-Mar 22, 1500Z-2200Z, Goliad, TX. Goliad County
Amateur Radio Operators, W5G. 260th anniversary of
the founding of Goliad, second oldest town in Texas. 21.320
14.270 7.215. QSL. Skip Stem, WB4DAD, 655 North Loop 337 #405,
New Braunfels, TX 78130. Operating in conjuction with the
Goliad County Fair.
Mar 21, 1500Z-2200Z, Macon, GA. Macon Amateur Radio
Club, W4BKM. 27th Annual Macon Cherry Blossom Festival.
145.370 14.240 7.225 7.050. Certificate. Macon Amateur Radio
Club, PO Box 4862, Macon, GA 31208.
Mar 21, 1600Z-2359Z
, San Diego, CA. USS Midway (CV
41) Museum Radio Room, NI6IW. Commemorating the establishment
of Naval Security Group in 1935, and Navy SEABEES in 1942. SSB
14.320 7.250 CW 14.060 7.055 PSK-31 7.070-7.080 RTTY 14.080
7.080 2m/70cm SOCAL rep WIN. QSL. USS Midway (CV 41) Museum
Radio Room, 910 Harbor Dr, San Diego, CA 92101. [email protected]
Mar 22, 1400Z-2000Z
, Pasadena, CA. Pasadena Radio
Club, W6KA. The First Pasadena Marathon. 28.400 14.200 7.250
3.900. QSL. Peter Fogg, KA6RJF, 1302 N Mar Vista Ave, Pasadena,
CA 91104. www.qsl.net/w6ka
Mar 23-Mar 29, 0000Z-2359Z
, Camden, SC. Kershaw County
Amateur Radio Club, W4U. 77th Running of Carolina Cup Steeplechase
Races. 14.260 7.235 3.905 CW up 37 kHz. QSL. Leon M. Morgan
Jr, 2304 Moultrie Rd, Camden, SC 29020. [email protected]
Apr 4, 0000Z-2359Z
, Tulsa, OK. Tulsa Health Department
Amateur Radio Club, K5THD. Celebrating World Health Organizations
World Health Day 2009. 14.288 7.273 SSTV 14.230 PSK 14.070.
Certificate. Dave Cox, Tulsa Health Department, 5051 S 129 E
Ave, Tulsa, OK 74134. www.tulsa-health.org/k5thd
Apr 4, 1200Z-2200Z
, Folkston, GA. Camden County Amateur
Radio Society, KB4CC. Annual Folkston Georgia Railwatch Day
commemorative event station. 21.350 14.280 14.050 7.045. QSL.
CCARS - Railwatch SES, PO Box 1244, Kingsland, GA 31548. Additional
frequencies and info to be published on website. www.ccars.org/events9.htm
Apr 4, 1600Z-2359Z
, San Diego, CA. USS Midway (CV
41) Museum Radio Room, NI6IW. Commemorating the establishment
of Navy grade of Chief Petty Officer in 1893, and the decommissioning
of USS Midway in 1992. SSB 14.320 7.250 CW 14.060 7.055 PSK-31
7.070-7.080 RTTY 14.080 7.080 2m/70cm SOCAL rep WIN. QSL. USS
Midway (CV 41) Museum Radio Room, 910 Harbor Dr, San Diego,
CA 92101. [email protected]
Apr 4, 1700Z-2100Z
, Saint Joseph, MO. Missouri Valley
Amateur Radio Club, W0P. Start of the Pony Express. 28.400 14.250
7.250 3.900. Certificate. Brad Cawley, 6013 N 22nd Street Ter,
Saint Joseph, MO 64505. [email protected] or http://www.w0nh.com/
Apr 4-Apr 5, 0000Z-2100Z
, Flourtown, PA. Mount Saint
Joseph Academy Area Amateurs, W1L. 150th
of Mount Saint Joseph Academy and the 10th
of the Robotics Team -- The Firebirds. 446.000 14.250 7.250
3.850 PSK SSTV on 20 m. Certificate. Chris Brady, N3CB, 5 Yale
Rd, Plymouth Meeting, PA 19462. http://www.msjacad.org/
Apr 4-Apr 12, 0000Z-2359Z
, Marietta, OH. Marietta
Amateur Radio Club, W8HH. Commemorating the First Permanent
Settlement in the Northwest Territory, April 7, 1788. SSB 28.405
21.325 14.250 7.240 3.840 CW 40 up from band edge. Certificate.
MARC, PO Box 393, Marietta, OH 45750. No QSL required.
Apr 10-Apr 11, 1330Z-2100Z
, Indian Orchard, MA. Titanic
Historical Society, W1MGY. 97th
Anniversary of the
Titanic voyage. 14.260 14.033 7.260 7.033. QSL. Titanic Historical
Society QSL, PO Box 51053, 208 Main St, Indian Orchard, MA 01151-0053.
Apr 11-Apr 12, 1500Z-0300Z
, Green River, WY. Sweetwater
Amateur Radio Club, WY7U. Commemorate explorer John Wesley Powell
and the Colorado River. 14.280 7.265 3.920. QSL. Sweetwater
Amateur Radio Club, 1000 South Dakota, Green River, WY 82935.
[email protected] or http://www.wy7u.org/
Apr 16-Apr 18, 0600Z-0600Z
, Bellevue, NE. Bellevue
Amateur Radio Club, W0WYV. 50th
Anniversary of the
club. 7.035 PSK 14.247 7.030 CW 3.850 50.125 147.390 gen portion
of bands. QSL. BARC, 7518 Chandler Hills Dr, Bellevue, NE 68147-2108.
Apr 17-Apr 19, 1300Z-1900Z
, Venice, FL. Tamiami Amateur
Radio Club, K4S. Venice Sharks Tooth Festival. 21.313 18.153
14.236. QSL. Jack Sproat, W4JS, 1419 E Manasota Beach Rd, Englewood,
FL 34223-6341. tamiamiarc.org
Apr 18, 1100Z-2359Z
, Middle Island, NY. Great South
Bay Amateur Radio Club, W2GSB/BSA. Suffolk county Boy Scout
Communication Camporee. 14.260 7.260 3.895 14.070 PSK. QSL.
W2GSB/BSA, PO Box 1356, West Babylon, NY 11704. http://www.gsbarc.org/
Apr 18, 1500Z-2000Z
, Texas City, TX. Tidelands Amateur
Radio Society, K5BS. 62nd
Anniversary of April 1947
Texas City Disaster. 14.250. QSL. Tidelands ARS, PO Box 73,
Texas City, TX 77592. http://www.tidelands.org/
Apr 18, 1500Z-2100Z
, Westbury, NY. Great South Bay
Amateur Radio Club, W2GSB. Radio Day Long Island Wireless Reliving
Radio History. 14.275 7.275 3.850 28.230. QSL. W2GSB/Radio day,
PO Box 1356, West Babylon, NY 11704. http://www.gsbarc.org/
Apr 18, 1700Z-2300Z
, Porterville, CA. Tulare County
ARES, W6J. 48th
Annual Jackass Mail Run from Porterville
to Springville. 146.880 21.310 14.290 7.190. Certificate. Hal
Clover, Tulare County ARES, PO Box 121, Porterville, CA 93258.
Apr 18-Apr 19, 1400Z-0100Z
, Orange, VA. Albemarle
Amateur Radio Club, W4DO. Stonewall Jackson BSA Council Camporee
- Montpelier. 14.230 7.215 3.815 3.530. QSL. AARC, PO Box 6833,
Charlottesville, VA 22906. http://www.albemarleradio.org/
Apr 21-Apr 25, 1800Z-2300Z
, Ft Davis, TX. Texas Star
Party Amateur Radio Club, W5TSP. Texas Star Party. 18.150 14.250
14.230 7.250. QSL. W5TSP, PO Box 559, Greenwood, TX 76246. http://www.texasstarparty.org/
Apr 24-Apr 25, 1200Z-0000Z
, Springfield, IL. Sangamon
Valley Radio Club, N9L. Boy Scouts of America Lincoln Trail
Hike. SSB 14.225 7.225 CW 14.030 7.030. QSL. SVRC c/o American
Red Cross, Illinois Capital Area Chapter, 1045 Outer Park Dr,
Springfield, IL 62704-4408. http://www.svrc.org/
Apr 24-Apr 26, 0700Z-2300Z
, Barry, IL. Hannibal Amateur
Radio Club, K9P. 2008 USPSA Handgun Nationals PASA-Park. 14.265
7.265. QSL. Hannibal Amateur Radio Club, PO Box 1522, Hannibal,
MO 63401. http://www.w0kem.com/
Apr 25, 1300Z-2100Z
, St Petersburg, FL. Southwest
Florida Mic And Key, W4W. Fort Desoto History Month. 14.225
7.175. QSL. WE4N, 23068 Hillsdale Ave, Port Charlotte, FL 33954.
Apr 25, 1500Z-2100Z
, Carthage, TX. Panola County Amateur
Radio Club, WA5PC. Transmiting from the only international boundary
marker within USA. 14.260 7.260 3.925. Certificate. WA5PC, 380
CR1241, Gary, TX 75643. http://www.wa5pc.org/
Apr 25, 1600Z-2300Z
, Petaluma, CA. Sonoma County ACS
and SMRS, K6P. Butter & Egg Day Parade, honoring Petaluma
as egg capital of the world. 146.91 14.260 7.260 7.050. QSL.
Matt Ilonummi, KE6LPO, PO Box 2922, Petaluma, CA 94953-2922.
Apr 29-May 2, 1800Z-2359Z
, Barry, IL. Hannibal (MO)
Amateur Radio Club, K9P. USPSA -Single Stack Nationals 2009
Event. 14.250 7.250. QSL. Hannibal Amateur Radio Club, PO Box
1522, Hannibal, MO 63401. http://www.w0kem.com/
Apr 30-May 14, 1909Z-2009Z
, Cambridge, MA. MIT Radio
Society, W1MX/100. 100th
Anniversary of MIT Radio
Society. 14.275 7.275 7.045 3.530. QSL. MIT Radio Society, 77
Massachusetts Ave, Room 50-358, Cambridge, MA 02139. web.mit.edu/w1mx/www
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