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 […]

ARRL Youth Licensing Grant Program

As of April 19, 2022, ARRL covers the one-time $35 application fee for new license candidates younger than 18 years old that take tests administered under the ARRL Volunteer Examiner Coordinator (ARRL VEC) program. As part of the ARRL Youth Licensing Grant Program, the $35 FCC application fee will be reimbursed after the ARRL VEC receives the completed reimbursement form and the new license has been issued by the FCC. The reimbursement check will be mailed to the fee payer. Also, candidates younger than the age of 18 would pay the ARRL VEC team a reduced exam session fee of $5 at the […]

2022 Tulsa Tough Recap & Photos

Paul Teel WB5ANX writes: I have been reviewing the Tulsa Tough Saturday stats from my log and notes. Command Post operational and on air at 0700 Over 1100 rider registrations for Saturday First riders (ACE) were away at 0730 Last rider across finish at 1720 (net control concluded) Over 211 communication exchanges with net control from SAG’s (0730 – 1720) First flat was 18 min into the ride First cramps reported by 0958 39 rider assists/mechanicals (17 flats fixed) 35 riders & bikes transported via SAGs back to finish. 3 separate incidents where EMS was involved (2 riders transported to […]

TARC Media Advisory : 2022 ARRL Field Day — June 25 – 26

2022 ARRL Field Day — June 25 – 26  Ham Radio Operators On the Air for Nationwide Event June 25 – 26   Hello! You have made this email blast as a public office, media, or someone that might find our event interesting enough to spread the word. We also gain points for being involved in the community and having great people like yourself show up and take some photos, so if you could spare a few moments for a visit on June 25 during noon-5pm we would greatly appreciate it! Below I have included a schedule of events and some […]

W5AWS Feeler Gauge Key

As Hamsters, we are always on the lookout for a better mousetrap. Specifically, a better way of sending CW. About the only way to find out what works best is to try operating with various keys, consequently I suspect that CW aficionados have several keys in their collection as I have. While riding along with Mike, KI5EGH, during the 2022 Tour de Tulsa bicycling event, when we were one unit of nine with the Tulsa Amateur Radio Club who provided SAG radio coverage of the various routes, our conversation turned to CW operation. I was intrigued by Mike’s mention of […]

ARRL: FCC Proposes Record $34,000 Fine for Alleged Interference and Unauthorized Transmissions During Idaho Wildfire

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has proposed a $34,000 fine against Jason Frawley of Lewiston, Idaho, for allegedly interfering with radio operations of the U.S. Forest Service during firefighting activities for the Johnson Creek Fire near Elk River in July 2021. The FCC issued a Notice of Apparent Liability for Forfeiture (NAL) on June 8, 2022 to Frawley. The FCC states in the NAL that Frawley holds an Extra-class Amateur Radio Service license, WA7CQ, and is the owner/operator of Leader Communications LLC, licensee of eight microwave licenses and one business license. The FCC alleged in the NAL that “On July 17, 2021, using his […]

FEMA Winlink Exercise

FEMA is conducting a communication exercise and is seeing the participation of AMATEUR RADIO. This exercise will be via WINLINK  Tuesday evening, May 31st, from 6:00 PM EDT until 4:00 PM EDT Wednesday afternoon, June 1st.   Please make time and effort to participate in the exercise.   Thank you for your service, Mark Conklin, N7XYO Oklahoma Section Emergency CoordinatorAmateur Radio Emergency More info –

SAG Thanks!

Special thanks to the below operators that helped support the Copland Classic bike ride on Saturday! KI5EGH, WB5ANX, WB5VST, KD5VSB, KE5URF, KE5EHM, W5JHC, KI5HAE, N5WCW, KG5YBH, KC9THI, N5DMK, W0JNB, KI5QHM, KE5GOL, N5DGF Tulsa Tough is in just a few weeks! If you would like to help volunteer SAG please register at the link below!

IronMan Sag Support

This race will push you past your limits and drive you to dig deep within yourself for what it takes to finish this epic 140.6-mile journey. Keystone Lake, the lush rolling hills at the foothills of the Ozarks, Guthrie Green, and vibrant downtown Tulsa are where you’ll be challenged. Certified Piedmontese IRONMAN Tulsa has it all – scenic views, challenging terrain, and one of the most electric atmospheres in the country, all tucked away in Eastern Oklahoma. This is not a TARC sponsored event, but they are looking for SAG personel. If you want to volunteer please visit the link […]

Communications Activity Report – ARES-OK Seminole Tornado

On Friday 5 May 2022, OKLAHOMA DEPARTMENT OF EMERGENCY MEANAGEMENT requested communications support from the ARRL/Amateur Radio Emergency Services. SCOPE: Provide voice communications between chainsaw and debris removal teams and their base of operations at Volunteer Center. Location: Seminole State College (Volunteer Center) Located at 2701 Boren Boulevard, Seminole, OK 74868 Voice communications can be via LOCAL VHF available repeater. See attached PDF report and PHOTOS – file names ID the photos. Mark Conklin, N7XYO Oklahoma Section Emergency Coordinator Amateur Radio Emergency Service