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  1. SOTA is a lot of fun! There are two roles: activators and chasers. Activators carry their gear to designated mountain peaks. You can work any band, any mode with the exception that you cannot use repeaters to make contacts. However, you can use the repeater to ask people to switch over to a simplex frequency and make contacts! If you make 4 valid contacts, you get to claim the points for the mountain. But you can only claim points for a designated summit once in a calendar year. Chasers usually sit at home, in the comfort of their shack and watch the SOTA spotting website and try to work activators. If you log a valid contact, you get to claim the points for the mountain. CW is very popular, even slow speed. I've worked stations at 8-10 words per minute. And, activators will gladly slow down to your speed. Most exchanges are very basic - signal report and state. 3 digits, 2 letters. CW is very popular because it is much more efficient at low power than SSB. Kyle NQ5M
  2. We operated multi-multi from a remote site in Kiowa county, owned by one of Jeff WD0GTY's coworkers. Jeff's Rig: 80m OCFD antenna, oriented east-west on 28' feet of military mast Kenwood TS-480 Bencher Mercury CW Paddles Laptop running N3FJP logging software, K1EL WinKeyer Perry's Rig: 40m OCFD antenna, oriented north-south attached to the trailer, 28' of military mast Icom IC-7300 Bencher Mercury CW Paddles Laptop running N3FJP logging software, K1EL WinKeyer We drove out to Kiowa county, south of Roosevelt, Friday after lunch and started setting up. We were able to get the trailer leveled and secured, then started working on setting up antennas. We drove back into Hobart to eat dinner at Big A burger. And that's not "BIG A" burger, it's pronounced "BIGGA" burger! A big concern was the weather. Friday night had a thunderstorm move through, and some strong winds. Everything stayed up, but the stand-alone military mast needed the guylines tightened up. We worked on fried bacon, eggs, toast & coffee, and then got to work on the radio. The weather on Saturday was awesome! We left the side door and the rear door of Jeff's trailer open most of the operating session. The downside was some of local insect population -- including yellowjackets -- were already out and about. We feasted on fried catfish nuggets and fried potatoes & onions. Saturday night turned much colder, with another round of wind. Sunday morning was coffee, biscuit & sausage gravy. And the task of tearing down in the cold weather and driving winds. Jeff & Perry setting up the radios Jeff checking the 80m OCFD Jeff likes the catfish nuggets & fried potatoes Jeff working on an issue with the Winkeyer while Perry works Jeff is looking for a clear spot on 40m Jeff's Kenwood station. The head of the unit is on the table, while the transceiver is on the shelf above. This was a cool thing, as it saved a lot of table space. Bencher Mercury key is on the right. Kyle operating Perry's IC-7300. More of Kyle on the 7300. I moved his Bencher Mercury back, and hooked up my N3ZN keys ZN-9Z for the CW work. My CW has improved enough that Perry can take a break rather than babysitting me 🙂 Perry works to dig a station out of the noise. Perry testing the Bencher Mercury with the WinKeyer. Surprise! The uneven terrain made antenna setup..... interesting. 28' of military mast with a yardarm on Jeff's trailer. Note that the trailer is level, and the ground ain't so much. I'm in the back of the trailer, probably running coax or something.
  3. OCAPA 16-FEB-2019 Minutes.pdf
  4. I've seen a few 3D printed ideas out there, but wasn't sure if Duane had a case in mind yet or not. I have a friend in Sapulpa studying for General, and have thought about buying a uBitX as a "graduation" present for him.
  5. Saw today (2/21/19) that one of the common aftermarket cases for the uBitX builds is on sale for $8.99. https://miscdotgeek.com/qrp-bitx40-and-ubitx-case-on-sale/?fbclid=IwAR3enPxSlYh4jeCAO0dWoDdwKt6KSCZhxSFzRefIQgWRc-mBsSjMc7w0qRA
  6. OCAPA 19-JAN-2019 Minutes.pdf
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    OCAPA Club Meeting

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    February club meeting at Rose State. Click HERE for directions. VE testing starts at 9am.
  8. https://www.contestuniversity.com Take a look in the FILES section for presentations from previous years. Tom Webb (WA9AFM) shared one from 2018 "How to Adapt Your DX Contest Strategies for Low Solar Activity" at the club meeting on January 19, 2019. There are numerous presentations & videos for download.
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    Winter Field Day

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    https://www.winterfieldday.com/ Not affiliated with ARRL. This is pretty much like ARRL Field Day, except hosted by a different group with a few different rules. You can participate as a home station on commercial power. You just lose access to lots of bonus points. But if you're playing for fun, looking to make some QSO's toward an award, or maybe thinking about test driving a new operating mode (such as FT8 this year), this might be what you're looking for!
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    http://www.k5cm.com/okqp2019rules.pdf
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    http://www.k5cm.com/okqp2019rules.pdf
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    FIELD DAY 2019

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    THE big radio event of the year! http://www.arrl.org/field-day Rules will not be released until March. Discussion thread in the forums --> CLICK HERE
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    6 hours (from 1800 to 2359 UTC) http://www.arrl.org/rookie-roundup NEW RULES - MORE ROOKIES! • You can be a Rookie if you were first licensed in 2018, 2017 or 2016 - send the year you were first licensed in the exchange. • If you were licensed before 2016 you can also be a Rookie if you made your first Amateur Radio contact during 2018, 2017 or 2016 or if you haven't made any contacts on the contest mode (SSB, CW, or RTTY) before the Rookie Roundup contest, send the current year (2018) in your exchange - either of these reasons qualify you as a Rookie for just one year. • Rookies will attempt to make as many contacts as possible during this 6-hour event. Rookies work everyone - and non-Rookies work only Rookies. This is a great way to try out contesting in an event designed for newcomers.
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    6 hours (from 1800 to 2359 UTC) http://www.arrl.org/rookie-roundup NEW RULES - MORE ROOKIES! • You can be a Rookie if you were first licensed in 2018, 2017 or 2016 - send the year you were first licensed in the exchange. • If you were licensed before 2016 you can also be a Rookie if you made your first Amateur Radio contact during 2018, 2017 or 2016 or if you haven't made any contacts on the contest mode (SSB, CW, or RTTY) before the Rookie Roundup contest, send the current year (2018) in your exchange - either of these reasons qualify you as a Rookie for just one year. • Rookies will attempt to make as many contacts as possible during this 6-hour event. Rookies work everyone - and non-Rookies work only Rookies. This is a great way to try out contesting in an event designed for newcomers.
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    6 hours (from 1800 to 2359 UTC) http://www.arrl.org/rookie-roundup NEW RULES - MORE ROOKIES! • You can be a Rookie if you were first licensed in 2018, 2017 or 2016 - send the year you were first licensed in the exchange. • If you were licensed before 2016 you can also be a Rookie if you made your first Amateur Radio contact during 2018, 2017 or 2016 or if you haven't made any contacts on the contest mode (SSB, CW, or RTTY) before the Rookie Roundup contest, send the current year (2018) in your exchange - either of these reasons qualify you as a Rookie for just one year. • Rookies will attempt to make as many contacts as possible during this 6-hour event. Rookies work everyone - and non-Rookies work only Rookies. This is a great way to try out contesting in an event designed for newcomers.
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    http://www.arrl.org/arrl-dx
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    http://www.arrl.org/arrl-dx
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    1800Z, Jan 19 to 0559Z, Jan 20, 2019 Rules can be found HERE Geographic Focus: North America Participation: Worldwide Awards: North America Mode: CW Bands: 160, 80, 40, 20, 15, 10m Classes: Single Op (QRP/Low), Multi-Two (Low) Max operating hours: Single Op: 10 hours, Multi-Two: 12 hours Max power: LP: 100 watts QRP: 5 watts Exchange: NA: Name + (state/DC/province/country) non-NA: Name Work stations: Once per band QSO Points: NA station: 1 point per QSO non-NA station: 1 point per QSO with an NA station Multipliers: Each US state and DC (including KH6/KL7) once per band Each VE province/territory once per band Each North American country (except W/VE) once per band Score Calculation: Total score = total QSO points x total mults Submit logs by: 0559Z January 25, 2019 E-mail logs to: (none) Upload log at: http://www.ncjweb.com/naqplogsubmit/ Mail logs to: Chris Hurlbut, KL9A 1733 E. Broad Ave. Spokane, WA 99207 USA
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    1800Z, Jan 12 to 0559Z, Jan 13 Rules can be found HERE Geographic Focus: North America Participation: Worldwide Awards: North America Mode: CW Bands: 160, 80, 40, 20, 15, 10m Classes: Single Op (QRP/Low), Multi-Two (Low) Max operating hours: Single Op: 10 hours, Multi-Two: 12 hours Max power: LP: 100 watts QRP: 5 watts Exchange: NA: Name + (state/DC/province/country) non-NA: Name Work stations: Once per band QSO Points: NA station: 1 point per QSO non-NA station: 1 point per QSO with an NA station Multipliers: Each US state and DC (including KH6/KL7) once per band Each VE province/territory once per band Each North American country (except W/VE) once per band Score Calculation: Total score = total QSO points x total mults Submit logs by: 0559Z January 18, 2019 E-mail logs to: (none) Upload log at: http://www.ncjweb.com/naqplogsubmit/ Mail logs to: Chris Hurlbut, KL9A 1733 E. Broad Ave. Spokane, WA 99207 USA
  20. OCAPA_17-NOV-18.pdf
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    OCAPA Club Meeting

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    January club meeting at Rose State. Click HERE for directions.
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    All Ham Dinner

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    Many years ago, the amateur radio clubs in the Oklahoma City area started an event that is now known as the "All Ham Club Dinner". This dinner allows about 50 hams get together, eat, and communicate with each other. This dinner is held on the third Thursday of January, May, and September at 6:30 pm. (NOTE CORRECTED TIME) The next All Ham Club Dinner will be held Thursday, January 17th, 2019, at 6:30 pm. This dinner will be at the Golden Corral, 1501 SW 74th, (North side of the north service road of I-240) in south Oklahoma City. No RSVP is needed, show up, get your meal, and join the fun in their large banquet room. Thanks es 73, Mark N5HZR President Central Oklahoma Radio Amateurs
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    OCAPA Christmas Party

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    Golden Corral, I-240 & Penn
  24. The annual OCAPA Christmas Dinner will be on Tuesday, 18 December, at the Golden Corral on I-240 just east of Penn. Safest access coming from the east is to take the Western Avenue exit from I-240 and use the frontage road. From the west, take the Pennsylvania Avenue exit, go north about 200 yards and then take the eastbound drive to get to the restaurant from the north side. We'll be in the 'party room' in the southeast corner of 'the Corral'. We'll meet at 5 PM (there was a group already scheduled in at 7 PM), have dinner, good fellowship, introductions, door prize drawings and the selection of the 2019 custodian of the infamous "6 Meter Radio". Spouses and harmonics are very welcome. This gathering will be in lieu of the regular December OCAPA meeting. There will be NO VE testing on Saturday, 15 December.
  25. From the SCARS (W5NOR) Facebook page: Hello fellow Hams: Steve Hazelwood W5GDL informed me that he has his 224 Mhz repeater on the air on a building in downtown Oklahoma City. The frequency is 224.920 Mhz with a tone of 141.3 Hz and -1.6 offset. It is also connected to 444.21250 that was the WD5AII DSTAR Gateway repeater on the same building. He said his future plans is to get the DSTAR up to date and also link the 224 repeater up to Tulsa's 220 Mhz repeaters. Steve has the DMR repeater (OKC Downtown) on the air as well. Sounds like exciting things are going to happen.
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