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Owatonna Steele County Amateur Radio 14-Apr-2017

OSCAR News - July, 2Ø11

OSCAR Meeting
The next OSCAR meeting is 09-Jul @ 9:00 AM, the second Saturday of the month. Meetings are held in the meeting room at the Owatonna HyVee, 18th Street @ Oak Avenue.

The next SKYWARN meeting is 19-Jul @ 7:00 PM, the third Tuesday of the month. Meetings are held at the Owatonna Fire Station.

Field Day
Saturday started out to be nice on the weather side. The slow drizzle during set up dampened (pun intended) spirits, but didn't drown the efforts. Brain KØBDD warmed everyone up with some outstanding chili that included some venison from KCØGRV. The group operated 5A as NØUW with about 30 participants and visitors.

The log shows 432 CW contacts and 1054 phone contacts. A total of 3836 points were claimed, including the bonus points. Dennis NØRPI summarized the day. Pictures have also been posted.

Radio operators are needed to help support the MS TRAM tour the week of July 24-29. The tour is spending the night in Owatonna on Jul-25, traveling from Rochester. The group moves on to Austin on Tuesday. Volunteering on Monday or Tuesday would keep your involvement local. Amateur radio operators are requested to help with communications in multiple positions including: rest stops, first aid stations, intersections, support vehicles, and other positions.

Additional information is available at http://www.ms-scram.org. Let Tom NØUW know if you participate in this ARES event.

Waseca Triathlon
The Waseca Triathlon is scheduled for Sunday, 31-Jul. The event includes two courses:

  • Ironman: 1 mile swim, 34 mile bike ride, and 8.8 mile run.
  • Sprint: 1/4 mile swim, 14 mile bike, and 4.4 mile run.
Several OSCAR members supported over 300 participants last year. If the editor's memory is correct, Marv NØFJP ended up running interference between one runner and a dog. Check with Dennis NØRPI for more information.

Handiham Challenge
The Courage Center Handiham System provides tools for people with disabilities to learn Amateur Radio and technology skills, and to earn their Amateur Radio licenses. Dr. Dave Justis KNØS offered a challenge grant to raise funds for the Handiham System. A match will be made to any donations, up to $5,000. Be sure to indicate your donation is for the "Dr. Dave Challenge" to qualify. Credit card donations can be made by the toll-free number, 866-426-3442. Checks sent to:

Courage Handiham System
3915 Golden Valley Road
Golden Valley, MN 55422

ARES Assistant District Emergency Coordinator
Bill KØRGR is the ARES District Emergency Coordinator (DEC). Unless you actively look at the ARES information, you may not realize who Bill is or the good effort he is making to improve the ARES organization in SE MN. Bill is soliciting for additional Assistant DEC volunteers. We already have one Assistant EC. Bob ABØBW is in charge of technology issues for us. The intent is to split the district into two smaller regions. The new Assistant DECs will be responsible for building up the ARES organizations in their respective regions. They would also serve as an EC for the counties in their region that have none. If you have an interest in participating in the ARES organization at the District level, contact Bill at wfosler@gmail.com.

60 Meter Radar? From Multiple Sources
As part of the preparations for the 2012 World Radiocommunication Conference (WRC-12), the US is proposing allocations for a high frequency radar system. The proposal includes using the 5.250 MHz to 5.450 MHz segment, where we currently enjoy five channelized frequencies. The proposal also includes a segment adjacent to the 20-meter band, beginning at 14.350 MHz.

Emergency Communications Course From ARRL Letter
Registration is now open for the new online Introduction to Emergency Communications course (EC-001). Course information, including a description, pre-requisites and instructions on how to register are available on the ARRL website. Slots are still available for the section which begins Friday, July 29; the registration deadline is Sunday, July 17. ARRL Education Services Manager Debra Johnson, K1DMJ, explained that she is also looking for qualified volunteers to provide support as Mentors for the course, as well as Field Instructors who want to lead classroom sessions to instruct the course material. The new Introduction to Emergency Communications course includes updated content from the previous Basic Emergency Communications Level 1 course, as well as some content previously included in the former Level 2 course. The EmComm training program has been restructured to offer two courses: This enhanced basic course for EmComm volunteers who want to serve as part of an ARES® response team and the management course -- Public Service and Emergency Communication Management for Radio Amateurs (EC-016) -- for those who are serving in ARES® leadership and management roles. Read more here.http://www.arrl.org/news/new-online-introductory-emergency-communications-course-now-available

For Sale From Larry KRØK
Larry has several items for sale:

  • Yaesu FT-7800, never mounted in vehicle with box mount and manual. $165.00
  • Icom IC-V8 2 meter hand held 5 watts with box holder 2 dry cell battery packs. $60.00
  • Desktop custom rack, 3/8 thick Plexiglas room for 3 HF radios on bottom level 3 levels total. 52 long 23 high 12 deep all screwed together. $125.00 or best offer.
  • A Gap Titan vertical. 80 to 10 meters 27 foot tall does not require radials can be mounted on ground or roof top. $275.00
Phone 507 334 0138 or cell 507 210 5230.