TARC MEETING / HOLIDAY PARTY
ROUTE 66 ON THE AIR
ROUTE 66 ON THE AIR
TILL NEXT YEAR
date for the
2017 Route 66 On The Air is
September 9, (00:00Z)
Sunday September 17 (23:59Z)
The Route 66 Special Event
continues to be a success each year.
Follow the links for some
pictures at the 2005,
2007 results here.
W5IAS operating as
66 On The Air Guidelines
Tulsa Amateur Radio Club
P.O. Box 4283
Tulsa, OK 74159-0283
ever been on the
receiving end of the pileup? Or have you ever wished you
were? Do you get frustrated at Field Day or during contests
you call and call and it seems like the "dx" never hears you?
Well, have I got the event for you.
Route 66 on
the Air is a
week long event (7PM Friday, September 10th through 7PM Sunday,
September 18th) where every area ham can experience being the Rare One
that everyone wants to talk to. The event commemorates the
Road - Route 66 from Chicago to LA. This year 20 (18
and 2 rovers) stations will have sequential 1x1 callsigns from W6A in
Long Beach, CA to W6Q in Chicago. (W6R is new - in
MO and with Bob Heil as a guest op and W6S and W6T will be rovers
mobile on the route). We (the Tulsa area) will be W6L once
is open to ALL
area hams. If you have HF privileges, you're eligible - and
meters has been open of late, so even the Techs can get in on this
one. Even if you don't have HF (privileges or equipment) you
still get involved. For one, VHF and UHF contacts
For another, many of the area hams with HF stations lose their voice by
the end of the week, and would gladly let you use their
All you have to do is ask.
(the Citrus Belt ARC in Orange County, CA) awards a clean sweep
certificate for everyone who contacts all 18 regular stations (the two
rovers don't count for the sweep), there are a ton of people on the air
from all over the country - and even the world - who are looking for
all 18 stations - and that means they're looking for US. I've
never had to call CQ for long before generating a pileup and last year
worked over 400 stations - and there were more calling than what I
could work every time I got on the air.
event is open for
all bands (even VHF and UHF) and all modes, so there's plenty for
everyone to do. And it's open to all hams, so tell your
even if they're not TARC members or don't live in Tulsa - all they have
to have is the ability to hit a repeater on the UHF link system and
they can join in.
All we ask
is that first,
you keep a log of at least the callsigns of those you talk to with the
date and (approximate) time of the contact. Paper,
or logging program export will work. Operator name, city,
and signal reports are all optional (but nice to have).
to avoid confusion (since we can't always hear each other -
so close together) that we only have one station using the W6L call per
band/mode at any one time. So if you want to give it a try,
on the UHF link system first and ask if anyone is using W6L on your
band and mode of choice - and if no one answers up, it's
Keep listening though, in case someone calls asking for the band/mode
that YOU are on. And please share - some of us work so we
get to play radio in the evenings, so if you've been on all day, don't
monopolize the "best" bands in the evenings, too. We
need CW and digital ops, and also people that can work the lower bands
- especially 80 and 160 meters for the close in stations where 20 and
up will go right over.
those ending in 66 (or 33 for CW), so 14.266 and 21.366, for
example. But with 19 other stations, don't be surprised if
everyone from 14.250 to 14.280 is calling "CQ Route 66". Just
find a clear spot and throw out the call.
If you need
any tips or
have any questions, feel free to contact Bart N5TWB or Gregg W5GGW for
more info. And if there are any disputes regarding the W6L
Gregg has the final say - since his name is on it.
W5GGW - Gregg@wonderly.org
TARC D-Star Repeater Update
on 443.000mhz is up and running with the network connection working
good. We still have some packet loss between the tower and
gateway computer, but I've tried to decrease the packet sizes by an
increase in the hopping frequency so that noise or problems on one
segment of the 900Mhz band has a smaller impact on the total quality of
the audio being transmitted across 900Mhz.
the D-Star web program put on over last weekend of Dec at the http://www.w5kub.com/
web site. It had a lot of great information in it.
are reruns still available on that web site. There were a
of times that audio cut out as they changed speakers or at the start of
a session, so just hang tight what that happens in the replays, and
you'll get audio back shortly.
connected to reflector REF014C. Reflectors are internet
hubs which handle the large bandwidth needed for lots of users being
"internet" connected to one or more repeaters. If you want to
connect to a different reflector, you can use the 'unlink' mechanism by
sending a 'U' in position 8 of the UR call field. The list of
possible reflectors can be located on the internet by searching for
"dstar reflectors". The http://www.dstarinfo.com/reflectors.aspx
web page is at the top of the results.
to one of the reflectors, set the UR call to the reflectors name with
an additional 'L' character in position 8.
Each of the
listed, has a "Usage" description of it, and location information
etc. You can click through the links there in your web
and see which repeaters and users are connected to which reflectors.
There was a
information provided on the DV-AP and DV-Dongle devices.
devices are internet connected dongles which allow you to use D-Star as
The DV-AP is
point" like device which you connect to your computer. It has
low power FM transceiver on board, which you can talk through, with
your conventional FM equipment. That device provides the
CODEC to encode/decode your voice for D-Star. It then
your transmission into the reflector/repeater which you've used your
computer to connect to.
DV-Dongle is also
connected through your computer, but requires you to use a headset for
your audio in and out. If you are setting near a computer,
can stay there, then this device can make it possible to get into
D-Star with that simple restriction on your movement.
these devices can be found on the internet at the various ham radio
also reviewed. DRATs allows you to use your D-Star radios
data services to send text messages, transfer files and other related
data services. It is a great ARES resource for support
because you can use your D-Star radio, as you would a TNC, and this
application provides all of the "applications" without you having to do
the extra work to manage your data transfers manually.
lots of D-Star nets being run world wide. There is a list at http://www.dstarinfo.com/nets.aspx
which you can review to see if there are some interesting topics which
you'd like to participate in. If you have a DV-Dongle, you
sit at your computer and connect to these nets and participate
directly. With the DV-AP, you can also connect via your
but be able to use your FM HT, around the house to
If you want to use a D-Star radio, then you can check for any activity
on a local repeater, such as the TARC 443.000mhz. If there
other users who need the repeater for something else, then you can
simply link the repeater to the appropriate reflector and participate.
year, I will
be taking some time to do some D-Star demonstrations and programs at
the club meetings. If you have an interest in D-Star, feel
to send me an email to email@example.com
and I can try and provide some answers or pointers to answers.
The TARC repeater systems have been undergoing several changes,
upgrades and new equipment over the summer. Here's the low
on what has been happening.
- A new Repeater System on 147.045mhz
and Installed in Mannford, at the 442.000mhz site, and the old Lookup
Mountain machine was used for the new 147.180mhz repeater mentioned
- A new 145.110mhz System will be brought on line
Lookout Mountain on the old 147.045mhz system's antenna sometime before
the end of October if all goes well.
- A new 147.180mhz repeater is now online in east
Tulsa at the 443.850mhz site.
- A new D-STAR repeater was acquired and
installed at Lookup Mountain on 443.000mhz.
- All around the greater Tulsa area, there are
digi-peaters which are in place, to help eliminate the single
dependency on ETULSA which is now offline so that it's antenna system
can be used for the 147.280mhz system.
We owe a big thank you to the generous contributions of money, time and
effort by Bob Buford, Jerry Moyer and some of their coworkers, as well
as some matching funds, courtesy of their employer,
Conoco/Phillips. If you see these folks, please
give them a
thank you for helping the club extend and maintain its equipment.
The D-STAR system on 443.000mhz was obtained for "free" due to a
program that ICOM has had to try and extend the use of D-STAR by
providing repeaters, which might encourage people to use or buy D-STAR
capable radios. There are lots of things to read about
the Internet. Here are some things that D-STAR provides to
Amateur Radio operator.
1. Station to station communications, through repeaters via Internet
linking. This is similar to echolink's capabilities, but it
digital, and more dependable in implementation it seems. We
working on finalizing the internet services connection to the repeater
site so that we can make use of these linking facilities. The Gateway
to repeater link for the 443.000mhz machine is experiencing some spotty
operations due to the quality of the antenna system we currently have
access to at the repeater site.
2. Call sign routing allows you to just say you want to talk to another
Amateur station, and you don't have to know what repeater they are
using. That information is stored in the global D-STAR
and the Gateway computer system, attached to the repeater, has access
to the information about all stations, and will select the gateway
repeater on the other end to connect you through.
3. Much like echolink conferences, there are D-STAR reflectors, which a
repeater can be connected to so that larger "systems" can be created
and interest specific nets can include many more stations.
4. At the top end of the system is the 1.2Ghz and higher linking radios
which allow Ethernet connections into D-STAR so that it can be used
"across" town, to provide a wide-area network. The lower
frequency radios provide data services at lower speeds, and use serial
data connections into the radio.
To use D-STAR effectively, you need to create an account on some
Gateway computer somewhere in the world. Generally, it's a
idea to have your account on the repeater system in your hometown, or
some place where you usually hang out. Having your account on
that repeater system, will allow you to use D-STAR more fully.
Noid, NM5I has also setup a D-STAR repeater on 443.025mhz at 36th St.
North at the Police station. Noid is trying to finalize the
operations of the Internet connection to his repeater as well.
To read more about D-STAR, you can look over some of the associated web
sites such as the following:
1. ICOM D-STAR Information http://www.icomamerica.com/en/products/amateur/dstar/dstar/default.aspx
2. ICOM ID-1 radio for 1.2Ghz communictions http://www.icomamerica.com/en/products/amateur/dstar/id1/default.aspx
3. ICOM 2820H - D-STAR optional radio http://www.icomamerica.com/en/products/amateur/dstar/2820h/default.aspx
4. ICOM IC-91AD dual band HT http://www.universal-radio.com/catalog/ht/0091.html
5. ICOM D-STAR repeater hardware http://www.icomamerica.com/en/products/amateur/dstar/2000_4000/default.aspx
6. D-STAR users web site
7. D-STAR Information Site http://www.dstarinfo.com/
There are lots of other sites around the Internet, and you can find
lots of stuff linked to by the #6 and #7 links
you have questions about how to use the local D-STAR repeaters, trying
asking on the local nets, or on other repeaters.
Most of the D-STAR radios support both D-STAR and normal, analog FM
emissions, so that you can use these radios for existing
repeaters. There are a couple of D-STAR repeaters
and of course all over other states and areas of the world.
information at the link #6 above (dstarusers.org), reveals more about
all of the D-STAR repeaters in the U.S.
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DIY Vertical Antenna
The Portable-Convertible-Vertical that was the presentation at the July
TARC meeting will be made available in kit form at the Ice Cream Social
club meeting in September. In order to take advantage of
discounts, we'll be collecting pre-payments for the materials through
the August club meeting (August 19th). The cost is
Quantities are limited, so first come, first served.
For those that missed it, this antenna is not an antenna for permanent
mounting, but is rather a portable quick setup antenna suitable for
emcomm or similar use on 10-20m including the WARC bands.
made of 3/4" EMT conduit, wood and wire, and is designed to be ground
mounted and guyed with rope. It can be set up in 5 minutes
packs in a 4' 6" by 4" tube.
The conduit will be pre-cut into the appropriate lengths - base, 10m
top, and add-on stubs for 12m, 15m, 17m and 20m. Switching
is done by adding the stubs with couplers, with each lower band
requiring all the stubs for the higher bands. The lengths
cut for the middle of the SSB portion of each band, but tuning down for
CW can be handled by adding a short (2" to 6" as needed) tuning stub to
The kit is the wood base, conduit (pre-cut and drilled), couplers,
conduit straps, screws, ring terminals, and radial wires (8), plus a
PVC ring for the guy ropes. Building requires a screwdriver
crimpers or soldering iron and takes 15 minutes.
The Edmond repeater is now
online and a part of the TARC W5IAS Super Link System. Look
for it on 443.250 and a PL tone 88.5
Amateur Radio Club Store
Check out the large selection of TARC items and
apparel available for your
purchase. Tee shirts, golf shirts, sweat shirts, caps, coffee
stickers, buttons, clocks and stickers. It's all there and at
price. If you do not see something of interest to you,
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The Tulsa Amateur Radio Club
Oklahoma / Northwestern Arkansas Skywarn
As you may or may not know, the TARC is involved
Skywarn network of
community service oriented clubs. The W5IAS linked repeater system is
the best and most efficient repeater system in the State of Oklahoma.
emergencies arise in our areas of coverage, the W5IAS
linked repeater system
serves both as a communications system and a community service.
50,000 square miles from I-35 to deep into Arkansas and from Texas in
to Kansas in the North. During times of disasters and other emergencies
repeater system will be used for relaying information from one area to
Several times in the past this impressive system has played major roles
safety of our communities. Everything from severe weather to the phone
of the year 2000, which was covered by the TARC and the link system was
cover the area hospitals. Thirty minutes after the phones went down the
there with a net organized, hours before the EOC and others in the area
the phones were out. The TARC is very proud of this system and is
always ready to
help out in those times of trouble when we are needed the most. The W5IAS
repeater system is still growing more impressive by the day and is
to leap into action.