Practice Makes Perfect with FT8 and Other WSJT-X Protocols

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Mexico’s IARU Member-Society Requests Clear Frequencies for Hurricane Nets

The Federación Mexicana de Radioexperimentadores (FMRE), Mexico’s IARU member-society, is asking radio amateurs to avoid 7.060, 7.130, and 14.120 MHz, where Category 4 Hurricane Willa emergency nets are operating (in Spanish).

As of 1200 UTC, the storm was some 150 miles south-southwest of Mazatlan, with maximum sustained winds of 130 MPH. Willa is moving north at 5 MPH and is expected to make l…

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VP6D Ducie Island DXpedition Reported “Progressing Well”

“Signals on this end are loud,” was the assessment as the VP6D Ducie Island DXpedition got under way over the weekend. So far, the main priority has been setting up the CW camp and more antennas.

“Over the next 2 to 3 days, we’ll complete the antenna work, including 30, 80, and 160,” a Team Ducie update said. “Because of the undergrowth, stringing radials is a challenge.” Currently erected are f…

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ARISS Joins with NASA on the Air (NOTA) for SSTV Special Event

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Dwayne Allen, WY7FD, Resigns as Rocky Mountain Division Director

In a letter to ARRL President Rick Roderick, K5UR, on Friday, October 19th, Dwayne Allen, WY7FD, resigned as Director of the Rocky Mountain Division due to time constraints and competing duties with work and family. As such, the Secretary of the Corporation has declared the position vacant.

In accordance with Article 7 of the Articles of Association, Vice Director Jeff Ryan, K0RM, will assume th…

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ARRL Announces 2018 QST Antenna Design Competition

The 2017 QST Antenna Design Competition was such a success that ARRL is doing it again this year, with a special twist. The 2018 competition challenge is to design the best LF, MF, or HF antenna for limited space applications. Entrants should send their best designs for evaluation according to the competition rules. Even designs that don’t win a prize might still be eligible for publication in …

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Tulsa Public Service Events

If you are interested in helping with public service events there are 3 opportunities coming up.

  1. Maple Ridge Run – May 26th – This is a 5k fun run in the Maple Ridge Neighborhood. A handheld is all you need all positions are
    stationary. We meet at 26th and Owasso at 6:00am. If this is your first event we will pair you with an experienced operator. You will finish by noon. Sponsored by TRO
    Contact Tom Stroud –
  2. Tour de Cure – May 31 – This an all day bike ride. We meet at Hillcrest South Hospital, 191st and 169, around 6:30am. Our responsibility to to see that everyone makes it back to the start/finish. We sag between rest
    stops and sweep the course and help with safety. This year we will carry
    a medic in each sag vehicle. Mobile radios are a must . If this is your first event we will pair you with an experienced operator. We start early and some stay late. We also use APRS to track the sags. You will be reimbersed for your fuel. We need 10-12 operators. Snacks are available on the course. Sponsored by TRO
    Contact Tom Stroud – or me at

    If you decide at the last minute, come on out.

  3. Tulsa Tough – June 7-8. This is 2 days of all day bike rides. Our responsibility is to see that everyone makes it back to the start/finish. We sag between rest stops, sweep the course and help with safety. This is the 5th largest event of its kind in the US and the largest of its kind in OK. It has grown to the point that a race management team is coming to help. Day 1 goes south and west of Kellyville and Kiefer and north to just west of Sperry. Day 2 goes north as far as Ochelata and Barnsdall.
    We can use 15-18 operators for each day. Mobile radios are a must. We may
    have some stations at rest stops. A handheld with a good antenna may work there. We can use you all or part of a day, one or both days. You will be reimbursed for your fuel.

    Each day starts around 6:30am and some stay as late as 7:00pm.
    Snacks are available on the course.
    There is a real emphasis on APRS this year. This is avery good opportunity to see how it

Sponsored by TARC
You need to register with Tulsa Tough for safety, legal reasons and a t-shirt. To register:

Go to
click on “get involved’
click on “volunteer”
click on “sign up now”
Scroll down to ‘Ham Radio Operator” sign up for one or both days.

If you decide at the last minute, come on out.
If you have trouble with the web site contact me at .

Ben Joplin, WB5VST
Zone 5 Emergency Coordinator
Amateur Radio Emergency Service-Oklahoma 918-639-2853 Cell
918-396-1651 Home

All Ham Dinner

hamAll ham dinner is this month! Visit with friend talk about our hobby and hear some great information about what is being done with amateur radio in our community.

This All Ham Dinner will be at Golden Corral just off I-240 on South Side on Thursday May 8th 2014 @ 6:00pm.


Do you need to know how to get there? CLICK HERE

Pittsburg County Amateur Radio Club inc. MEETING MINUTES



The April meeting of the P.C.A.R.C. was called to order at 7:00pm. Persons present were: President Jim Russell (WK5Y), Vice-President David Weeks (KD5JCX), Sec/Treas Matt Weeks (W5KVV), Publicity director Trent Myers (AE5EY), Ed Ansell (K5EQ), Dennis Bolding (NV5J), Lois Lapardus (KE5JMK), Paul Lalli (W5LZ), Mike Bailey (KE5KUU), Jered Weeks (W5BJG), and MJ Brickey (McALester News Capitol).


The March financial report & minuets were provided by club Sec/Treas. Matt Weeks. Motion to approve March minuets was made by Mike Bailey, 2nd by David Weeks. None opposed, motion carried. Motion to approve March financial report was made by Jim Russell, 2nd by Lois Lapardus. None opposed, motion carried.


Members discussed the April 5th workday. Members discussed the Thursday evening net controller roster. Members discussed a proposal for the upcoming  Elks Lodge funding possibility.


Members discussed the much needed repair of the P.C.A.R.C./ T.A.R.C. UHF link system. Plans were made to inspect & repair the Daisy .400 machine & finish the repair of the McAlester .975 machine.

Members agreed if the club were to receive funding from the Elks Lodge, a new set of Sinclair VHF duplexers would be the primary goal for the money. Said duplexers will be used at the future Staurt, OK 2 meter repeater site. Motion to approve purchase of duplexers should funding be received was made by Dennis Bolding, 2nd by Mike Bailey. All members were in favor, motion carried.

Lois & Jered discussed upcoming exercises. A table top exercise is scheduled for May, 31st at the Pittsburg County EOC. The exercise will start at 9:00am. The full scale exercise has a tentative date of August 2nd, with a start time of 7:30am.


No further business was brought fourth, motion to adjourn was made by Dennis Bolding, 2nd by Trent Myers. All members were in favor. Meeting adjourned at 7:49pm.

Help Wanted

help_wanted1Do you have the natural ability to see a news story in the events that you see? And would like to write for this newsletter and other? And are skilled in the following:

  • Collecting animated GIFs
  • Have experience with the following: 8-bit NES
  • Enjoy contributing to an open source project
  • Get your kicks from people-watching at the State Fair
  • Have a great sense of humor and an appreciation for the absurd

If you have what it takes email your resume and writing sample to