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    HT: Yaesu FT-60R
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  1. NQ5M

    DX Spotting

    This is a new propagation tool posted by someone on the SCARS page on Facebook. https://soundbytes.asia/proppy/
  2. NQ5M

    Route 66 On The Air

    Our current total for QSO's in 2018 is 1860 contacts, excluding duplicates. With duplicates, 2059. We made 2120 contacts in 2017. Thanks to all who participated!
  3. https://www.mtcradio.com/ham-radio-day/ October 13th 8:00AM til 2:00PM (tailgating Starts Earlier) Prizes, Food, Fun, Tailgating,Music and more! 2707 Lamar Ave Paris Texas 75460
  4. NQ5M

    Route 66 On The Air

    Thanks to all the operators who volunteered time this year. This is what I've came up with, based on the sign-up page for operating. I know there were some places where multiple operators worked under a timeslot reservation, and will do my best to update this post AA5KD, Duane KA0ZWV, Ed K2GKK, Mac K5ATG, Ed KB1ZQ, Hal N4IJ, Doug N5OHL, Jimmy N5PJ, Perry NQ5M, Kyle W5SRO, Arni WA3OPY, Darell WA6LBU, Clayton WA9AFM, Tom WD0GTY, Jeff WD5G, Dave
  5. NQ5M

    Route 66 On The Air

    From Tom WA9AFM: AN UPDATE ON R66OTA OPERATING LOCATIONS..... For R66OTA, we have secured permission for mobile units to operate from several locations along Route 66 in the OKC/Edmond area. They are: The Round Barn in Arcadia, Pop's just west of Arcadia, The Oklahoma History Center, and Museum Of Western Heritage/Cowboy Hall Of Fame. Each locations has conditions, time limits, and restrictions. The Round Barn in Arcadia: UPDATE...Due to an earlier setup time for a wedding reception on Saturday, 8 September, the 'Loft' or north parking lot will not be available for any operations during R66OTA. There is a parking area across Route 66 south of the Round Barn available at any time throughout R66OTA. Pop's: operations permitted throughout R66OTA in the eastern parking lot 'near the grass'. No operations inside. Oklahoma History Center: operations permitted throughout R66OTA in the northeast portion of the parking lot; EXCEPTION: no operations on Saturday, 8 September due to a VERY large event at the Center; parking lot closes daily at 11 PM. No operations inside. Museum Of Western Heritage/Cowboy Hall Of Fame: operations permitted throughout R66OTA in the western end of the parking lot between 8 AM and 5 PM daily. No operations inside. If you wish to operate from any of these locations, please coordinate with WA9AFM (wa9afm@arrl.net) to make sure we have no conflicting operations. If security or management at these locations approach you and request you to leave, do so immediately.
  6. NQ5M

    What is SET

    Does SATERN participate in the annual SET, and if so how does OCAPA fit into the picture (since we support The Salvation Army)?
  7. Starting in 2019, the course will be changing. Runners will no longer run to and around Lake Hefner. Finish line moves out of Automobile Alley and to Scissortail Park. https://newsok.com/article/5606400/okc-memorial-marathon-changing-course
  8. NQ5M

    DX Spotting

    I currently use: www.dxheat.com/dxc www.dxwatch.com https://www.dxmaps.com/spots/mapg.php And the DXspotting feature in N3FJP is nice. If you're a digital mode guy, www.pskreporter.info is a great site. It's an easy way to check propagation, find out who hears you. For example, not a lot of stations to west hear me on FT8 because my vertical antenna is on the balcony on the east side of my QTH and barely above the roofline to the west.
  9. NQ5M

    Route 66 On The Air

    This event is a lot of fun, and it's a great opportunity to team up with fellow hams and operate. 2017 was my first year to participate, and it was my first experience on the receiving end of a pileup. It's an absolute blast! Being on the receiving end, you learn a little bit about how operators pick calls out of a pile -- something that might benefit you chasing DX some day. It's also good experience for working stuff like Summits on the Air (SOTA), which often leads to pileup conditions, especially on CW.
  10. NQ5M

    Route 66 On The Air

    Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/241822646469531/ Mark you calendars for 8-16 September for Route 66 On The Air. Once again, we’ll celebrate the legend and lore of Route 66, “The Mother Road”. ‘Route 66 On The Air (R66OTA) is organized and sponsored by the Citrus Belt Amateur Radio Club of San Bernardino, California (http://w6jbt.org/?page_id=15). In Oklahoma, amateur radio clubs in Tulsa, Oklahoma City, and Elk City will be participating. Oklahoma City has always been well represented in R66OTA. Oklahoma City will again use the special event call sign W6K; Steve Duskin, NE5SD is the trustee for the call sign. Use of W6K must be authorized by the trustee through the R66OTA Registration Page. All W6K operations should be conducted in the Oklahoma City Metro area and in the spirit of the event, as close to Route 66 as practical. Operations from Oklahoma City area landmarks associated with Route 66 are encouraged, i.e. Cowboy Hall of Fame, the ‘round barn’ in Arcadia, the Route 66 Bridges west of Bethany, etc. Please contact Steve, NE5SD, for information regarding operations at ‘Pop’s’ and Tom, WA9AFM/5 for information regarding operations at ‘The Round Barn’. R66OTA begins at 0000Z/8 September and continues to 2359Z/16 September. Radio operators may use phone, CW or digital. Radio operators may also consider operating mobile on “The Mother Road”. QSL information is provided in the registration instructions. To sign up as a R66OTA Radio Operator for Oklahoma City, contact Steve Duskin, NE5SD (ne5sd.steve@gmail.com) or Tom Webb, WA9AFM/5 (wa9afm@arrl.net). You will be assigned a username (your call sign) and password to access the R66OTA Registration Page. Besides your name and call sign, please provide a phone and email point of contact in case we need to get in touch with you. Operating slot reservation instructions will be sent to you after you have been registered as a R66OTA radio operator. You can ‘reserve’ two hour operating slots by day/time/band/mode. Sign up for as many slots as you can operate. If you sign up to operate, please honor your commitment and operate for the time slots for which you register.
  11. NQ5M

    Facebook Group

    OCAPA https://www.facebook.com/OCAPA.AmateurRadio/
  12. https://www.mtcradio.com/icom-ic-7300-hf-50mhz-100-watt-transceiver-974-after-mir-huntsville/ After mail-in rebate, priced at $974. I argued with myself for a long, long time about an IC-7300 vs. Elecraft KX3. I went with the KX3 simply because I wanted the best transceiver for doing portable work (like SOTA). But breaking the $1k price barrier makes this a really hard deal to pass up.
  13. NQ5M

    Route 66 On The Air

    Route 66 On The Air! A great event celebrating the "Mother Road". Special 1x1 callsigns for the big cities along Route 66. Oklahoma City operates as W6K. If you're not familiar with the event, check here. http://w6jbt.org/ Sign-up information coming soon!
  14. NQ5M

    Field Day 2018

    You did a great job with it last year. I'm not sure if I will be able to attend this year or not. Depends on how moving goes.
  15. NQ5M


    Hey gang! It's Kyle, NQ5M. Some of the newer folks might recognize my ugly mug from the VE test sessions. Earned my license in 2016 through OCAPA, then upgraded through General and Extra over the next few months. I used www.hamstudy.org for most of the studies, along with a few apps on my phone. My main focus in ham radio at the moment is SOTA (https://www.sota.org.uk), as well as working on converting a Mixed "Worked All States" into the Triple Play (WAS on each mode of voice, CW & digital). I chase some DX, with about 80 confirmed. My main area I want to improve is CW. I tried learning CW several different ways, and it all sounded like a bunch of noise. A buddy of mine recommended Code Quick, and it worked for me. Your mileage may vary. Some folks advise strongly against Code Quick, but for some folks it's the only route that seems to work. I'm about a 10-13 wpm rag chew CW op, but I can handle the standard DX exchange at about 30 wpm 😉 One of my main problems is that I don't practice daily. I do some contesting, but I'm not a maniac about it. I don't set out to win. I usually set a small goal for myself, and once I hit it I'll move the marker. Make some number of contacts.... oh look at the score, I could probably make it to (insert some number here). And repeat. And repeat some more. I'll play until I'm tired. It's about having fun. My rig is an Elecraft KX3, with the PX3 & KXPA100 amp. I use the KXPD3 paddles, as well as an N3ZN ZN-9Z at home. The Chameleon MPAS antenna handles most of my work, but I also have 20m, 30m and 40m dipoles. The MPAS setup as a vertical, with the MIL-EXT & CAPHAT accessory is now my main antenna at the casa. Life outside of ham radio? I work for a telecommunications provider as a network technician, dealing with everything from a plain old telephone line, through T1, DS-3, OC-48, OC-192, all the way into DWDM (dense wavelength division multiplexing) circuits. I have several 1 Gbps & 10 Gbps circuits around, and even have one customer with a 100 Gbps pipe to Dallas. We also have a fixed wireless Internet product that I help support. Aside from work, I've spent a couple of decades in the Japanese martial arts studying Aikido, Judo, and Jodo. I like playing guitar, making smokey meats, just about anything cooking in the kitchen.

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