- Daily: Roll call at 7:00 AM on 145.490 for coffee at Hy-Vee in Owatonna.
- Saturday: Breakfast (informal) at 7:00 AM at the Kernel in Owatonna.
- Sunday: Repeater Net at 9:00 PM on 145.490. Jeff N0GZK is Net Control.
- Daily: ARRL MN Section Phone Net on 3.860 MHz at 12:00 PM and 5:30 PM.
- Daily: ARRL MN Section CW Net on 3.605 MHZ at 6:30 PM and 9:50 PM.
- 08-Mar: Fargo/RRRA Hamfest.
- 08-Mar: St. Cloud Cabin Reliever Hamfest.
- 09-Mar: Wisconsin QSO Party
- 16-Mar: Tri-County ARC Hamfest – Jefferson, WI
- 26-Mar: SKYWARN classes in Kasson.
- 29-Mar: St. Paul Mid-Winter Madness
- 04&05-Apr: AES Superfest - Milwaukee
- 19-Apr: Faribault Hamfest
- 01-Mar: ARRL International DX Contest (Phone)
Saturday, 08-Mar, 9:00 AM at the Owatonna Hardee’s on South Oak Street.
" The Pres Says" 73s Jeff NOGZK
Looks like we are sure getting ready for Spring. The WX has been kind of nice. I have been riding my motorcycle, with temps at about 47 degrees WOW!! Don’t try it unless you are an experienced rider . HI-HI.
Thanks to all that attended the last OSCAR meeting. Looks like sure on the way to some new activities coming up in the Spring. Looking forward to seeing you all at the next meeting.
OSCAR Web Page
Visit (and bookmark) the OSCAR web page at:
Thanks to Mark WA0F for developing the site.
Field Day for 2003 is scheduled for June 28-29. OSCAR is beginning to plan its participation. Keep an eye out for additional information.
For a complete list of Skywarn classes in the metro area, visit Skywarn Central at:
The MN Disaster and Emergency Services site has links to download information from FEMA and the Red Cross on how to prepare your homes for disasters. Visit:
Who We Are
We are fortunate to have a good resource of Volunteer Examiners in Steel County. Known VE's include:
Dick NV0C, Jeff N0GZK, Charlie K0HNY, Willis KA0KEL, and Tom N0UW.
If you are a VE with ARRL or W5YI, let one of the officers know if you are interested in helping out in a VE session.
Call Sign Origins
Amateur Radio isn’t the only communication service with “vanity” call signs. This list was pulled from:
|KAAL(TV) ||Austin ||A)ustin-A)lbert L)ea|
|KAUS ||Austin ||A)u)s)tin|
|KBEM ||Minneapolis ||B)oard of E)ducation-M)inneapolis|
|KBEW ||Blue Earth ||B)lue E)arth|
|KCFE ||Eden Prairie ||CFE='Cafe' Note: now KZNZ|
|KDIZ ||Golden Valley ||DIZ-'Disney' Radio Disney|
|KDOG ||Mankato ||The D)o)g) Slogan: We've got a leg up on the competition|
|KEGE ||Minneapolis ||EGE=The 'Edge' Note: now KXXR|
|KFAI ||Minneapolis ||F)resh A)i)r Radio|
|KFAN ||Minneapolis ||The F)a)n)|
|KGLD ||Golden Valley ||G)ol)d)en Valley Note: now KDIZ|
|KJJO ||St. Louis Park ||K)-J)o)e Note: now KMJZ|
|KJLY ||Blue Earth ||K)ing J)esus L)oves Y)ou|
|KLXK ||Minneapolis ||KLX='Classic' Hits Note: now KXXR|
|KMJZ ||St. Louis Park ||M)inneapolis J)azz)|
|KMOJ ||Minneapolis ||Kim)o)j)a (means community)|
|KMSP(TV) ||Minneapolis ||M)inneapolis-S)t. P)aul|
|KOLM ||Rochester || O)l)m)stead County|
|KOWZ ||Blooming Prairie ||KOWZ='Cows'|
|KQRS ||Golden Valley ||Q)uality R)adio S)tation|
|KREV ||Lakeville ||R)e)v)olution Radio Note: now KZNR|
|KRFO ||Owatonna ||R)adio F)rom O)watonna|
|KROC ||Rochester ||R)o)c)hester|
|KSGS ||St. Louis Park ||S)olid G)old S)oul|
|KSTP ||St. Paul ||St). P)aul, Minnesota|
|KTCJ ||Minneapolis ||T)win C)ities J)azz Note: now KXBR|
|KTCR ||Minneapolis ||T)win C)ities R)adio Note: now KXBR/KTCZ|
|KTIS ||Minneapolis ||T)ravelers I)nsurance S)ervice|
|KUOM ||Minneapolis ||U)niversity o)f M)innesota|
|KWNG ||Red Wing ||Red W)in)g)|
|KWNO ||Winona ||W)in)o)na|
|KWWK(FM) ||Rochester ||KWWK='Quick', Quick Country|
|KXBR ||Minneapolis ||BR='Bear'|
|WAMD ||St. Paul ||W)here A)ll M)innesota D)ances Note: now KSTP|
|WAYL ||Minneapolis ||WAYL='whale' Note: now KXXR|
|WCCO ||Minneapolis ||W)ashburn C)rosby Milling Co)mpany|
|WCTS ||Minneapolis ||C)entral T)heological S)eminary|
|WDGY ||Minneapolis ||D)octor G)eorge Y)oung Note: now on 630 from 1130|
|WFTC(TV) ||Minneapolis ||W)e're F)ox T)win C)ities|
|WIMN ||Stillwater ||W)i)sconsin-M)in)nesota Note: now WEZU|
|WLOL ||Minneapolis ||L)and o)f L)akes Note: now KSJN|
|WMCN ||St. Paul ||M)acalester C)ollege|
|WMNN ||Minneapolis ||M)innesota N)ews N)etworks|
|WTCX ||Lakeville ||T)win C)ities Note: now KZNR|
|WWTC ||Minneapolis ||T)win C)ities|