TARC Novice CW Net After Action Report 7.4.23

Attached to this message is an after action report of our historic first novice CW net active yesterday evening, for upload to the website. Special thanks to KY5VAR, KI5EGH, and KA6DOY for making it happen. Andrew, W5AWS. -=-=-=- 20230703-TARC-Novice-CW-Net-AAR-W5AWS.pdf

Sand Springs Christmas Parade 2022

Written By: Andrew, W5AWS We were seven marshals for the Sand Springs Christmas Parade: Bart, N5TWB; Mark, WA5MA; Remell, K6DOY; Mike, KI5EGH; Kenny, KC5MJE;Paul, KE5EHM ; and Andrew, W5AWS. There were 105 floats divided into ten divisions. N5TWB was net control on the 145.110 repeater, and assigned us to our places along the staging area. As usual, things became more chaotic towards commencement of the parade, but things went smoothly with everyone in position within five minutes of start. There was a chill wind earlier that declined as the sun set and the skies cleared. Good to be with the […]

September is preparedness month

Are you prepared? By Paul Teel, WB5ANX It’s September and that brings a focus on being prepared.  Ready.gov raises awareness about the importance of preparing for disasters and emergencies that could happen at any time.  Oklahoma is no stranger to disasters and taking time to be prepared is a smart thing.  Preparedness takes many forms.  Food, water, power are the most common ways people prepare. Within the Amateur Radio community, we focus on communications preparedness.  Amateur Radio Emergency Services (ARES) is a group of licensed amateurs who have voluntarily registered their qualifications and equipment, with their local ARES leadership, for […]

New Ham Radio Programming

By Paul, WB5ANX Have you recently passed your tech license and bought an HT that you don’t know how to program? You are not alone. Field Day 2022 debuted a radio programming opportunity and about half dozen new hams show up with their radio to be programmed. There was even one couple studying to take their ex-am that bought an HT and did not know how to pro-gram it. Steve Childers, KF5VCQ, built a small list of 53 repeater and simplex frequencies that comprise a good starter list. I put that list into Chirp, free programming software, to enable an […]

TARC Boy Scouts Merit Badge

Paul (WB5ANX) and myself (W5JHC) had the pleasure and honor to host a radio merit badge for Troop 199 out of Oologah Ok during two of their Monday meetings! This was one of the firsts for the TARC communication trailer and went off without a hitch and had 9 scouters practice their skills and discuss the topic of Amateur Radio. I hope one day to do a larger scale merit badge for the council so that we can work on growing the younger population to the hobby. What amazed both Paul and I was that they were really interested in […]