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  • First Name
    Dave
  • Last Name
    Downing

Ham Information

  • First Licensed
    01/15/1978
  • License Held
    Extra
  • Previous Callsigns
    KB5NV
  • Radios
    Too many.
  • Are you a VE?
    Yes
  1. WD5G

    APRS Breakfast

    Ths location is to be determined by Mac. The time is usually 0745-0800L. Dave de WD5G
  2. Here is a very helpful guide for programming your radios to use the most common amateur satellites. If you program these frequencies into your radio, you will have a leg up on making things work properly from the start. I recommend you use two radios, along with a duplexer, or use a full-duplex radio to work the FM LEO satellites. The reason is that you really want to be able to hear your signal coming down from the satellite. Hearing your own signal helps you point and rotate your antenna to the optimal position. Two cheap Baofeng HT's will work just fine. An Arrow or Elk antenna will give you the best results, but you can always build your own. Amsat.org has everything you need to get started. The pass prediction on the AMSAT website has a web-based pass prediction calculator to give you all the info on time, AOS, TCA, LOS, etc. Dave de WD5G AO-91 AO-92 Freqs.txt
  3. If you tune your FM radio (HT or mobile) to the ISS downlink frequency of 145.800 you will likely hear a bunch of warbling tones when the ISS passes overhead. If you download and run the Android app Robot36 (free), you will see the images being sent by the ISS. Here's a YouTube video link to see this in operation. No wires are required as the audio from the radio receiver is picked up by the Android device's microphone.
  4. Here's a link to the form you need to fill out to get your Oklahoma Amateur Radio License plates. The initial cost is @12 and it is $9.50 for renewals each year. You still need to keep and update your regular tag. https://www.ok.gov/tax/documents/742-B.pdf Dave de WD5G
  5. On September 24th of this year, the FCC issued an advisory regarding the use and sale of many of the inexpensive imported radios. This notice affects the sale, purchase and use of these radios. You should read this and become aware of its terms. https://www.fcc.gov/document/enforcement-bureau-issues-advisory-two-way-vhfuhf-radios Dave de WD5G
  6. If you're looking for a great DX spotting software package, you might take a look at DX Monitor by VE3SUN. It takes DX spots from several sites and aggregates the information into a single page. It is very configurable and can even control your rig if you want it to. Go to www.ve3sun.com to check it out. Duane and I have been using this for several years now and love it. 73 Dave de WD5G
  7. Someone has what appears to be a DMR hotspot running in the amateur radio satellite frequencies. This station is making the satellites almost unusable due to the jamming effect. Please be sure that you do not transmit in the satellite pass bands unless you are actually trying to work the birds. Please avoid using these frequency ranges for hotspots, etc. 145.8-146.0 or 435-438 By international agreement, these frequency ranges are exclusively reserved for satellite operation. It's always a good idea to consult the ARRL band plan when choosing the frequencies you use to insure you don't interfere with others. Thanks, Dave de WD5G
  8. WD5G

    W5RLW Swapmeet

    The W5RLW swapmeet will be held at 0800 Saturday, 11 August. The location is on 33rd St in Edmund at the water tower. Free coffee, donuts and water will be provided.
  9. WD5G

    Club Meeting

    The OCAPA club meeting is held at 10AM on the third Saturday of each month. The meeting is held at Business Bldg. at Rose State College. The meeting room is located at the West end on the 2nd floor. Many members meet at Jimmy's Egg around 0730 and then proceed to RSC for VE testing.
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