Ham radio operators make a difference in disaster, ready if called for Ida

Video courtesy of News Channel 8 – KTUL, Lily Cummings.   TULSA, Okla. (KTUL) — Many in Louisiana are still without power and cell service following Hurricane Ida. But one form of communication that’s been helping folks for decades, ham radio, is still able to make those vital calls. Ham radio isn’t reliant on WiFi or cell service. Just devoted operators. Paul Teel, an emergency coordinator for Tulsa County and part of the Tulsa Amateur Radio Club, said when he checked Monday more than half the state of Louisiana was without cell signal. Thankfully, by Tuesday around 80 percent had signal, but […]

Aug 26 NTS Net

12 check-ins, 2 messages handled between KG5ZZV and AE5ME who was acting as a liaison  to the WinLink system. I introduced Ray K5CFY who will be my guest NCO next week, with my thanks to him!  I’ve had contact with Mark Kleine regarding some folks in Norman wanting to get into traffic handling and doing it in digital modes, I told him I really don’t have additional time to devote to that personally, but he should (and apparently did contact Jeff AE5ME).  As they get going, I’m hoping they will send a liaison via the Edmond repeater (if they would […]

AUG 19 NTS Net Recap

We had 6 check-ins.  I did list 2 messages from me to go out, but there were no outlets to take the messages.  I will therefore pass them on HF this weekend.  We had no questions.  I talked a bit about all the places that you can exchange traffic, any ARES net, HF Phone Traffic nets, CW Traffic Nets, NBEMS (fldigi) Nets, WInLink, etc.  Basically any mode in amateur radio can be used for passing traffic. If you can even listen to HF, the HF Phone Traffic Nets are interesting because of the wide area they tend to cover and […]

AUG 12 NTS Net Recap

We had 15 check-ins, including a WinLink liaison station who brought one message to me personally. We had an excellent question from a newly licensed ham who wants to do things to help the community, but was wondering what he can do with his limited range and is technician license.  I let him know that the UHF Link system covers about 50,000 sq miles and he can help with anything in that coverage area.  Giving those folks something new (old) to do is one of my primary goals with the net.  If we have a communications emergency in all or […]

AUG 5 NTS Net Recap

It was pretty light tonight at 8 check-ins.  I did an introduction to NTS and the Radiogram form, hopefully addressing people that have joined the net recently.  Jeff AE5ME brought traffic over from Winlink, where he has apparently been talking on other nets about the traffic net (thanks Jeff).  The message to me was a congratulations on starting the traffic net and a request for information on how I did it.  I sent a long reponse by email, but I will send a short response by NTS also as everyone likes to get those back.  I fielded a good question […]

July 15 NTS NET Recap

15 check-ins, 1 piece of traffic handled and I’m taking that to the 7290 Traffic Net on Saturday to get it headed in the right direction. Didn’t have much for Q&A, so I talked a little more about voicing and then did a very small amount on ARL Numbered Messages.

Are You Contesting, or Calling a Net?

Written by: Gregg, W5GGW Are you Contesting, or Calling a net? An Amateur Radio Operator calling CQ during a contest on a frequency that was available for their use operates very much like a net control operator. They select the stations that they will work next, and control the traffic on that frequency. Learning to be a net control-operator is one way to learn more about contesting and to familiarize yourself with the concentration levels that are necessary when a ‘pileup’ occurs and you have lots of calls thrown at you. Emission Modes and Carriers The FM radios that we […]

TARC Monthly Meeting

The next meeting of the Tulsa Amateur Radio Club is Tuesday, July 20th, 7 PM across from the TU parking lot, in the shade. Portable operations and go boxes will be discussed. If you have a go box and portable antenna, bring it out so we can see it. If you ordered a TARC shirt and haven’t received it, those will be available. Talk in is the 145.110 repeater.

July 1 NTS NET Recap

I had 14 check-ins to the Superlink Traffic Net tonight. Passed one message. Answered questions, explained the NTS briefly again (as new people check in every time) and retold my current best example situation where NTS could have been used (but I don’t know if it was, I need to check).