OSCAR News - December, 2ØØ7
The next OSCAR meeting is 08-Dec @ 9:00 AM, the second Saturday of the month. Meetings are held at the Happy Chef on US-14 West and I-35.
OSCAR holds a weekly net on Thursday nights at 8:00 PM on the 145.490 machine.
The December OSCAR meeting is election time for new officers. The current officers offered to continue for another year, all indicated they encourage others to volunteer for a leadership role. The current officers are:
- Dale WBØPKG as President.
- Paul WØFEI as Treasurer.
- Tom NØUW as Secretary
(also maintains the web pages and newsletter).
The end of the year also signals renewal time for OSCAR memberships. Annual dues are $10 and can be paid to any officer.
If you not a member and have an interest in knowing what's happening, send your e-mail address to OSCAR. We send a monthly note when the newsletter is posted. An occasional e-mail is issued when important time sensitive information needs to be shared before the next newsletter is posted.
Dale WBØPKG developed a "one stop" web page web page for all of your weather needs. The page includes current graphics grabbed from a multitude of web sites and provides a complete snapshot of what is happening with the weather. It can be accessed from the Home Page using the Weather Detail link on the menu along the left side of the page.
We are always looking for new content for the web site. Contact Tom NØUW with any ideas or submissions. We will help with the final editing and getting it ready for posting.
The Steel County SKYWARN web site is process of getting a face lift. Contact Tom NØUW through the OSCAR web site with any ideas or submissions. Dave KCØUVY supplies the server space for the SKYWARN (and OSCAR) web pages.
SKYWARN Recognition Day
SKYWARN Recognition Day (SRD) for 2007 is scheduled for 01-Dec. SRD celebrates the contributions that volunteer SKYWARN radio operators make to the National Weather Service. During the day SKYWARN operators visit NWS offices and contact other radio operators across the world. The objective is to exchange QSO information with as many National Weather Service Stations as possible. Complete information is available at NOAA.
The next SKYWARN meeting is 18-Dec @ 7:00 PM, the third Tuesday of the month. Meetings are held at the Owatonna Fire Station.
A weekend class is scheduled for 08-Dec and 09-Dec at the VA Medical Center in Minneapolis. The class runs 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM each day. Additional information and registration is available by contacting David.Adriansen@va.gov.
CERT Training Class
The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) has a series of class sessions planned for January. The training prepares individuals to provide aid and assistance during emergency events. Contact the Owatonna Fire Department if you are interested in the training class.
Cabela's Appreciation Day
On 12-Dec, Cabela's is offering a 10% discount and free gift to EMS, Firefighters, Law Enforcement, Military & Veterans. This offer is also being extended to volunteers in the various Steele County Emergency Management organizations (ARES, SKYWARN, CERT, etc). You must show your Steele County ID badge to be eligable, and some restrictions apply.
The Community Awareness and Emergency Response (CAER) group is planning a "Volunteer Expo" on January 15, 2008 at the Steele Co. Community Building. OSCAR and ARES intends to participate in the event. More news to follow in the January Newsletter.
OSCAR Technician Class
OSCAR is once again planning to offer a Technician Class in the spring. The tentative schedule is 6 class sessions beginning on 12-Feb. Classes will be held on consecutive Tue and Thu nights, which is a compression of the schedule used in the past. Class would finish up with a VE session on 11-Mar. Stay tuned to future editions of the newsletter for additional details.
Albert Lea VE Session
In support of the Technician license class by the Albert Lea club, OSCAR sponsored a VE session on 29-Nov. Deuel NSØL, Willis KAØKEL, Paul WØFEI, and Tom NØUW traveled to administer the exams. Five individuals from the Albert Lea class earned their Technician license and one upgrade to Extra. The candidates appreciated the efforts by Albert Lea to host the class and OSCAR coming to Albert Lea to administer the exam.
Scientists at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory announced the creation of the world's first complete nanoradio. The nanoradio is less than one micron long and only 10 nanometers wide, or one ten-thousandth the width of a human hair. It has all the essential components of a radio -- antenna, tunable band-pass filter, amplifier and demodulator. The nanoradio's amplifier operates on the same principles as vacuum-tube radios from the 1940s. The radio opens the possibility of creating radio-controlled interfaces on the subcellular scale, which may have applications in the areas of medical and sensor technology.
Motorola Pursues Yaesu
Motorola announced a subsidiary is launching a tender offer to acquire a controlling interest in Vertex Standard, the parent company of Yaesu. Upon successful completion, Motorola will own 80% of Vertex Standard. The remaining 20% will be held by a privately held Japanese company controlled by the current president and CEO of Vertex Standard.
A free newsletter on topics of interest to CW operators specifically and all hams generally is available at
K9YA. A recent issue included an article on Q-signals, their history, and how their meanings have evolved over the years. For example, in 1927 QSB was used to indicate a signal with bad tone,
but eventually became the reference to fading that we use today.
Cancer Cure By RF?
From AR Newsline
John Kanzius, K3TUP, may have identified a cure for some types of cancer. Conductive nanopartices are introduced to cancer cells by pill or injection. The conductive nanoparticles attract RF and heat up to destroy the cancer cell. Normal cells are less attracted to the RF and are unharmed. The therapy is currently in the testing process on animals with
success. You can read more about K3TUP's work at: LA Times.
From ARRL Contest Rate Sheet
Remember the neat Lissajous (LIS-sa-joo) figures in the old ARRL
Handbooks? Here's a Web site
(http://www.ngsir.netfirms.com/englishhtm/Lissajous.htm) with a
terrific Java animation and a thorough description of how the figures
From AR Newsline
A posting on the QRZ web site suggests that Radio Shack may be getting ready to re-enter the Amateur Radio marketplace. The post also suggests the return of an expanded "miscellaneous parts" section.
From PC World
New WARC Allocation
From AR Newsline
A worldwide secondary allocation of 135.7-137.8kHz was approved at WARC. The effective date is established when individual administrations authorize the new allocation. Some administrations have indicated a reluctance to implement it in their
countries because of various interference concerns. The band is already available in the UK and several other European countries.
Change Your Batteries
The Fire Department uses the time change as a reminder for everyone to change the batteries in their smoke detectors. A smoke detector does not work too well without power. Check your carbon monoxide sensors, too!!