EARS January 22, 2024 Newsletter

I am trying something new with an EARS newsletter. My goal is to improve club communication. The plan is to publish a newsletter weekly but I may need some help to do so. If any of you are able to help, please let me know.

Steven Christy, N5ZQ

Golden Alligator Award

Last week we announced the 2023 Ham of the Year. This week I have another award to announce that is nearly as prestigious but you probably don’t really want to win. It is the Golden Alligator Award.

The time-out timer on a repeater is commonly known as the alligator. Many repeaters have this set to 3 minutes to help protect the transmitter. We have one member (cough, our president, cough) who timed out the EARS 147.135 repeater on multiple occasions during the Monday Night Information Net in 2023. In recognition of this feat, Clay Mayrose, WA6LBU, is the recipient of the Golden Alligator Award. Congratulations Clay!

In all seriousness, don’t be like Clay. Un-key regularly to reset the repeater and take a breath!

Membership Renewal

EARS membership runs on an annual basis so it is time to renew your membership if you have not already done so. Renewing is as easy as completing the membership form on the Membership Form page. You can either pay at that time using a credit card via PayPal or you can mail in a check.

If you have any questions, they can be directed to the membership coordinator, Chris, KD5OOJ, at membership@k5eok.org.

EARS Volunteers

I am sure all of you are aware that EARS is an entirely volunteer organization. That means we alway need volunteers. There are many tasks to get done and the more we share the load, the more this club will be able to do!

Below is a summary of just some of the events and activities in which the club participates:

St. Patrick’s Day Parade
LibertyFest Parade
Cowboy Christmas Parade
Cycle 66 Bike Race
Monthly Siren Test
Weekly Information Net – 52 Net Control Volunteers
Monthly VE Test Session
Bi-Monthly Club Dinner – 5 Dinners
Christmas Dinner
Technician License Class – Spring and Fall
Field Day – Also One of the Club Dinners
Severe Weather Spotting

This list does not include all of the administrative and management function of the club. The website needs frequent updates, this newsletter needs to be written, etc.

What does all this mean? It means We Need You! If you are able to help in any way, please let us know. Even if you are unsure how to help or where you might best fit, please let us know and we will work with you to find the best fit.

If you are willing to help, please contact us at k5eok@k5eok.org. That will send a message to both myself, Steven, N5ZQ, and Clay, WA6LBU and we will be in touch!

Winter/Spring 2024 Technician Licensing Class

Signups are now open for the next technician licensing class. The class begins January 30, 2024 and it takes place from 6:30pm to 8:30pm on each Tuesday for 9 weeks. If you would like to sign up or if you know someone who would like to take the class, please have them sign up on the Technician License Class page.

Winter Field Day

Winter Field Day is coming up the weekend of January 27-28. This is a winter emergency preparedness exercise similar to the summer ARRL Field Day we all know and love. This exercise is similar but it is not run by the ARRL so there are a few differences in the rules but it is a great way to test our skills during the winter months.

The Logan County ARES group is participating on Saturday, January 27th from the Logan County Sheriff’s training room at 219 S. Broad St in Guthrie. We will be setting up two stations on emergency power with antennas on a portable tower. While the event runs from 1pm Saturday to 1pm Sunday, we will only be operating from around 1pm Saturday until probably 6pm or 6:30pm.

Everyone is invited to attend and we would love to see you there!

If you have any question, please contact myself, Steven, N5ZQ (n5zq@n5zq.us) or Clay, WA6LBU (wa6lbu@gmail.com).

February VE Test Session

Did you know that EARS sponsors a monthly VE test session? If you are looking to upgrade or take your technician exam, we test on the first Saturday monthly. The next test session is February 3rd. All of the details are available on the license testing page.

February Siren Test

The next Edmond Siren Test is Saturday, February 3rd. If you are a regular who is unable to help that day or if you would like to be added to the list to help, please send an email to Clay, WA6LBU, at sirens@k5eok.org.

February Board Meeting

EARS holds a monthly board meeting on the second Tuesday of each month. The next board meeting is Tuesday, February 13th at 7pm. The meeting is in classroom A at Edmond Fire Station 5. Fire Station 5 is located at 5300 E Covell Rd which is just East of I-35.

We look forward to see you there!

NWS Weather Spotter Training

Believe it or not severe weather will be here before we know it. That means that the National Weather Service will be holding their annual weather spotter training soon. They recently released the schedule. There are 3 online sessions and the closest in-person sessions are Tuesday, February 20th in Norman and Thursday, February 29th in Guthrie.

The recommendation is to take the class at least every other year. If at possible, please consider attending the class. Even if you have taken it before, you may learn something new!

A link to the full training schedule is below.


St. Patrick’s Day Parade

The Stockyards City St. Patrick’s Day Parade will be here before you know it. The date this year is Saturday, March 16th. It is a great starter parade if you have never helped with one before. I highly recommend it. Usually the reporting time is 8am and the parade is over by 11am.

Signups should start about the end of the month. Please check your calendar and consider helping!

Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon

Please read the Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon info below from Gayland and consider volunteering if you are available.

Registration is open for volunteering for the communications unit that supports the Oklahoma City Marathon.  Last year we had more than 70 amateur radio operators supporting the nearly 19,000 runners over a two-day period.  Amateurs helped with logistical tasks, such as providing information on locations of the head and rear of the races, supported delivery of ice and water to the various water stops, provided communications at each of the medical stations, gave real-time information to relay team members readying to make their exchanges, and in general provided another set of eyes and ears for the Marathon operations leaders as well as the public safety responders.

The Marathon events we support will be on Saturday April 27th and Sunday April 28th.  We’ll need folks on Saturday to support the 5K race, Senior Marathon and Kids Marathon; and then a full contingent of communicators to support the full/half marathons on Sunday.

Register to volunteer for either or both days by going to the Marathon website at https://okcmarathon.volunteerlocal.com/volunteer/?id=76852&job_name=Auxiliary%20Communications .  When you’re asked for a password or code, enter 20HAM24 ; this takes you directly to our communications section of the volunteer registration.  If you have a preferred location to work or preferred hams to partner with, there’s a place for you to enter that as well.

For planning purposes, this year’s pre-event meeting will be on Monday evening, April 22nd, at the Oklahoma City Fire Training Center (more details to come).

Please feel free to share this far and wide among your fellow hams; this event requires as many people as we can provide.  And yes, we’ll be making recruiting visits to the various clubs shortly.

Thank you for your participation in last year’s event and we’ll hope to see you this year too!

WX5MOR / Gayland
2024 Auxiliary Communications Unit Leader
gkitch@cityofmoore.com  cell 405-834-6304

Field Day 2024

Field Day 2024 was a topic of new business at the January 9th board meeting. The board voted unanimously to hold Field Day at Fire Station 5 this year. We have reserved the same space we have started using for board meeting which is at the main building right next to the station. This space is large enough for both the Field Day operations and the dinner. The best part is that it is air conditioned!

I know June is a ways off but we need to start our planning now. If you are able to help in any way, please contact myself, Steven, N5ZQ (n5zq@n5zq.us) and let me know!

2024 Green Country Hamfest – April 12th& 13th in Claremore, Oklahoma

Pre-Reregistration is OPEN!

2024 Green Country Hamfest – April 12th& 13th in Claremore, Oklahoma.
Only 30 minutes from Tulsa!
Claremore Expo, 400 Veterans Parkway, Claremore, OK, 74017
MAP: https://goo.gl/maps/X9kEa
Talk-in on: 147.09+
Free Parking!!! – Low Cost ON-SITE RV Parking!

Terrific Prizes! Fantastic Forums – Learn something new! See
Flea Market – Great Bargains!
Free Test Table – Check It Before You Buy It!
On-site VE Testing Get or upgrade your license!

Advance admission is $8.00.
Preregistered Tables are $15.00 each.
Commercial booths are $50.00 each.

Tickets are $10.00 at the door.
Tables are $20.00 at the door.
Order early and save!
Online Preregistration Closes
March 31, 2024

Several Commercial Tables remaining
and Flea Market Tables remaining
Children 12 and under are Free!

Friday open to public at 4 PM to 9 PM
Saturday open to public 8 AM to 3 PM

Setup Friday 12:00PM.
Setup at 7:00AM Saturday until 8:00AM.

More info at http://www.greencountryhamfest.org

Upcoming Events

EARS Information Net – Every Monday at 8pm

Winter Field Day – Saturday, January 27th from 1pm to 7pm

Technician Class – Starts Tuesday, January 30th at 6:30pm to 8:30pm and runs for 9 weeks

EARS Licensing Testing – Saturday, February 3rd at 8am – Sign Up on License Testing page

Edmond Siren Test – Saturday, February 3rd at 11:30am

February Board Meeting – Tuesday, February 13th at 7pm at Edmond Fire Station 5, 5300 E Covell

February Club Dinner – Thursday, February 15th at 6:30pm – Location TBD

Stockyards City St. Patrick’s Day Parade – Saturday, March 16th – Signup Coming Later This Month

Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon – April 27th and 28th

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