TARC Meeting Minutes January 18, 2022

Mark, WA5MA called the meeting to order at 1900 hours in room 2005 at Keplinger Hall, University of Tulsa. WA5MA introduced the new club officers for 2022: 1st VP, Jack W5JHC; and Secretary, Andrew W5AWS. WA5MA asked for round-robin introductions. Our December meeting was the Christmas Dinner for which there were no minutes. WA5MA asked for any questions about the November minutes of meeting. Nothing heard. Paul, WB5ANX, moved to approve the minutes; Russ, KF5UZG, seconded. WA5MA asked for any questions about the November financial report, recognizing the absence of Treasurer Jerry, KE5PMK. Nothing heard. Gregg, W5GGW, moved to approve […]


Happy New Year!!! A year ago this was written as my first Presidents Corner. I thought that maybe this needed repeating to reflect on what we were looking forward to. As we near the end of the year, I hope we’ll have a lot of things to look forward to in 2021! All the Hamfests, lots of public service events, face to face meetings, a normal Field Day and ice cream social, a Christmas Party and much more. While thumbing through Facebook the other day, I came across this and I wanted to share. It made me stop and think […]

W5AWS Dual-Band Slim-Jim Antenna

Hearing good quality communications from a station using an N9TAX Labs (https://n9taxlabs.com/) Slim-Jim Dual-Band antenna for 2 m & 70 cm during a TARC Net, and considering the good words said about the antenna by Jack, W5JHC, and Mark, WA5MA, I decided to acquire and test one myself, the Slim-Jim being relatively inexpensive. Another aspect of this test was to prove that erecting the antenna is easy and can be done anywhere that the antenna can be hung from one end. Read more about my experience here.


Here we are… The end of the year and it’s been an awesome year! We started out the year having our monthly meetings on the air and finally over the summer we started to meet again in person in the Keplinger Hall parking lot…not indoors, but better than what we’ve had to do for the last year and a half. At that first parking lot meeting we got to see the TARC Comm Trailer. It’s a work in progress, but it sure looks good and it’s very functional. We used it for the bike rides, Field Day, Route 66 on […]

Tape Measure VHF/UHF Yagi Antenna

Content & photos from our friends at W5NOR.com One of the most fun amateur antenna projects is a PVC measuring tape antenna. The flexible measuring tapes make it easy to transport, and the PVC comes apart to make it even easier to carry. This type of antenna works well for direction finding in games like a fox hunt or when you need just a little more gain to hit the repeater. This design is an adaptation of the wb2hol tape measure project. Joe’s site has many details regarding the derivation, pattern, and gain properties of this antenna. Materials Needed 6′ WI-FI […]

USB Straight Key Adapter – W5AWS

Having discovered that the X Window based Morse tutor program, xcwcp, is capable of interpreting keyed CW that it receives, I wanted to use a straight key instead of the computer mouse or keyboard. Also, I wanted to avoid needing to learn how to write a device driver to receive input from the straight key through the USB port, then find out how to get xcwcp to recognize the new input device. Read the whole article by downloading the pdf.

Tulsa Amateur Radio Club Christmas Party

QST, QST, QST,…The Tulsa Amateur Radio Club Christmas party is back! The date is December 21st at 6 PM. Location is the Golden Corral at 71st and Mingo. If you were at the last club meeting you saw the gifts that Bart, N5TWB has made available for the raffle drawing. There will also be a dirty HAM Santa drawing as well. It should be a great time, lots of fun and good food. See you there! Mark WA5MA

Call Sign Change / User Name Change / Help

I get this question from time to time or I see a new account come through for a member already in the system. So here are some helpful pointers to update your information on the site! If your issue falls under the below items just shoot the webmaster@w5ias.com an email letting them know what you need done. Most things are easier for me to change than for you to have to fumble through them. Some things I will help coordinate a connection with someone on the staff that can help. Call sign/vanity change Email address change Membership expiration wrong General […]