EARS July 5, 2024 Newsletter

Below is an abbreviated newsletter for July 5, 2024. Please let me know if you can help with the newsletter so we can keep sending one out regularly.

I am trying to include original articles and I could use some help. If you can write an article or even if you have a suggestion for an article, please let me know!

Steven Christy, N5ZQ

Field Day 2024

Thank you to everyone who helped with Field Day. Around 85 EARS members and visitors helped with setup, operations, tear down or just visited our Field Day site. It was fantastic to see so many of you there! I would also like to thank Randy, KG5GOV, and Kari, K5LST, for coordinating the dinner.

I am working on our Field Day submission so I will have more to share about that soon.

Steven, N5ZQ

July Siren Test

The next Edmond Siren Test is tomorrow, Saturday, July 6th. If you are a regular who is unable to help this month or if you would like to be added to the list to help, please send an email to Clay, WA6LBU, at sirens@k5eok.org.

July VE Test Session

The next EARS VE Test Session is tomorrow, Saturday, July 6th at 8am. If you or someone you know is planning to attend, please visit the License Testing page and complete the sign-up form. This allows the VE team to prepare to accommodate all of the testers.

If you have any questions, please contact Ralph Turner, N5AMR at Raltur47@gmail.com or you can contact him by phone at 573-999-4748.

EARS July Board Meeting

EARS holds a monthly board meeting on the second Tuesday of each month. The next board meeting is Tuesday, July 9th at 7pm. The meeting is at Edmond Fire Station 5 in the training building down the hill by the tower. The blue pin on the map below shows the meeting location.

Fire Station 5 is located at 5300 E Covell Rd which is just East of I-35. If you need any help finding the meeting location, please give us a call on the repeater and we can help you out.

Ham Holiday – July 26-27, 2024!

Preregistration for Ham Holiday 2024 continues!!!

Ham Holiday 2024 will be on Friday, July 26th and Saturday, July 27th at the Oklahoma City Community College (OCCC).

The Ham Holiday 2024 website for preregistration is:  https://hamholiday.com/tix/

The preregistration prize is a Buddipole “Buddistick Pro” portable antenna and the grand prize for Ham Holiday 2024 is a Yaesu FT-710 AESS HF/50 MHz SDR Transceiver with matching speaker.

The special drawing prize is a Yaesu FT-710 FIELD HF/50 MHz SDR Transceiver package.  The package includes a DX Commander vertical antenna, TekPower TP30SW power supply, coax, a Vibroplex SRacer key, along with other accessories. Only 300 special drawing tickets will be sold.  Special drawing tickets are $20/ticket.

There will also be a Royal Order Of The Wouff Hong ceremony on Friday evening. Stay tuned for further details on vendors, programs, seminars, and hourly prizes.


Tickets Available Now – Click To Get Yours Today


LibertyFest 2024 is a wrap! Thank you to everyone who volunteered to make all of the events successful!

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!

Space Weather

Space (Solar) Weather is important is impacts our radio communication. While the greatest impact is usually on HF frequencies, it can also impact VHF, UHF and even higher frequencies. The video below comes from a YouTube page that is updated about every 2 weeks with new space weather reports. I encourage you to watch her channel for updates when you can as it is very educational.

Web Links

Here are a few links to other websites that may be of interest.

Upcoming Events

  • EARS Information Net – Every Monday at 8pm
  • EARS Licensing Testing – Saturday, July 6th at 8am – Sign Up on License Testing page
  • Edmond Siren Test – Saturday, July 6th at 11:30am
  • July Board Meeting – Tuesday, July 9th at 7pm at Edmond Fire Station 5, 5300 E Covell
  • Ham Holiday – July 26th and 27th

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