Sunday, April 22, 2018

American History ReWrite

A few weeks ago, @60Minutes Tweeted

Now a personal note, folks in the South can't help where they lived.  So many can't help that "Bobby Lee" is a cousin. 

It's really interesting that over 100 years after the "losers" lost, the statutes and building names are coming down.  If the person was so vile, one would think the statutes and building names would have come down within years of the of the War of Northern Agression, much less be put up years after the tragic time.  Who says Civil War ancestors can NOT be remembered by their offspring?  It's HISTORY.  It's not a pleasant part of our Nation's history but, if we don't remember it, we will be doomed to repeat it.

Andy Stanley said it well when he mentioned that, if the church had done the ONE commandment Jesus said to do at the Last Supper, THIS war, World War I, and even World War II would have been unnessary. 

Can't we spend our time and money on something more productive?  Don't we need to focus on LOVE rather than HATE?

Sunday, April 15, 2018

Being Storm Ready in a Weather Ready Nation

By this time, Oklahoma weather has produced a tornado warning or 15.

Are you just now getting ready? 

Weather Ready Nation participants know how to get ready.  Skywarn volunteers have been preparing in the "off-season" for "show time"

If you're reading this, it's not too late for you to get #OKready.

1.  Make a plan
2.  Build a kit to support the plan.
3.  Practice the plan.
4.  Help others #UntilHelpArrives

Sunday, April 08, 2018

Green Country Hamfest coming soon

Oklahoma's Largest & Most Attended Hamfest!!!
 2018 Green Country Hamfest - April 13th & 14thin Claremore, Oklahoma.Only 30 minutes from Tulsa! Claremore Expo, 400 Veterans Parkway, Claremore, OK, 74017  MAP: 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!
Admission is $10.00 per person at the door (One ticket covers both
Days) Children 12 and under are Free!
Hours: Fri. 4pm-9pm  -  Sat.8am-3pm
Flea Market Tables are $15.00 at the door 

Sunday, April 01, 2018

Sound the Alarm with @RedCrossOK #volunteer

This spring, join fellow Red Cross volunteers in more than 100 communities across the country as we launch Sound the Alarm, a series of home fire safety and smoke alarm installation events to help save lives.

Did you know that the American Red Cross responds to a disaster every 8 minutes, and the vast majority of these are home fires? Sadly, every day seven people die from home fires, most in homes that lack working smoke alarms, with children and the elderly disproportionately killed. That’s why the Red Cross launched the Home Fire Campaign in 2014. Since then, volunteers and partners have made over 300,000 households safer. Now we’re on the cusp of something big, and we need your help.

This year in the State of Oklahoma, 2,057 homes made safer by installing  5,232 alarms and together with volunteers across the country we have saved over 381 lives. This year, from April 28th – May 13th, we will install 100,000 smoke alarms in over 100 cities across the nation. We are counting on volunteers like you to help us achieve this major milestone! Here is how you can help: Volunteer to help Sound the Alarm. Save a Life Registration is open! Click here Sound the Alarm OKC - Red Cross Volunteer Registration to sign up for our May 5th OKC Sound the Alarm event and commit to joining 35,000 volunteers across the country to make homes safer by installing smoke alarms, replacing smoke alarm batteries and helping families create escape plans.

Support Sound the Alarm through Personal Fundraising You can amplify your impact through Personal Fundraising with your friends and family to help save lives! Join your chapter’s fundraising team and then ask your network to donate to your page and help save lives. Join your chapter’s fundraising team page here:

Spread the word! Invite your friends and family to volunteer with you or to join your fundraising efforts! Ask them to sign up at

Thank you for all that you do to serve communities in Central & Southwest Oklahoma. Together, we can Sound the Alarm about fire safety and help save lives

Sunday, March 25, 2018

What does the League do for #hamradio?

Has the American Radio Relay League done stuff you don't agree should have been done?

Probably everyone will answer that question with YES!

However, the ARRL remains the only truly active voice for amateur radio operators in the United States.

Please ask yourself these questions.

1.  Who has an office in Washington, DC and staff to advocate for amateur radio before Congress?
2.  Who has the ear of the Federal Communications Commission for amateur radio operators?
3.  Who has the most active volunteer examiners who recently held a record-setting VE session?
4.  With over 700K licensed amateur radio operators in the United States, why do International amateur radio operators join the League but only about 20% of USA hams have joined?
5.  Who has the most active awards program in amateur radio?
6.  Who has the most active field organization in the hobby?
7.  Did you know about the Social Media links?

Now, ask yourself one more question.  Why have I not joined?

Sunday, March 18, 2018

Hamvention HO!!!!

Who's going to Hamvention?

With retirement comes adventure.  The wife has agreed to join me on a road trip to the Buckeye State.  One can follow along on APRS, Echolink, IRLP, and Allstar.  Tune to the South Coast Amateur Radio Service resources.

If anyone needs a room, I have reserved a few that will be unreserved at the week's end.  

When the trip is done, that's one item on the bucket list done.  

Sunday, March 11, 2018

When too much is too much

Back in the day, there was ONE repeater in an area supported by ONE club.  When one wished to know something, one listened to the one repeater and the club covered the meetings, social and otherwise.

Now there are over a dozen repeaters in a 25-mile radius (according to RepeaterBook and Rfinder) most of which remain quiet except for the morning, noon, and evening kerchunks.

The clubs have a variety of social events which remain unknown except for a few.  Meetings are not published in local newspapers, radio stations, etc., including the repeaters mentioned above.

Folks really need to help folks enjoy the hobby.  Are you having an antenna party?  Are you having a burger burn?  What's the topic at the next club meeting?

Is your club needing help with a project?  Ask your neighbors.  That HF DX club might be willing to help with that Bicycle Rally.

Every ham can be a public information officer.  A bunch of you are on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Google+, and Blogger/WordPress.  Light up those tubes and transistors with information that Scanner and Shortwave Listeners can use.  Lets work together for the Best Hobby On the Planet.

Saturday, March 03, 2018

Falling League Membership @KB6NU

At his popular blog, KB6NU made a good point about the need of elmers in amateur radio.

While that's true, the League also needs to enhance membership and elmers too.  There's a problem with folks thinking the League is only QST.  It's not.

Enhancing the membership experience is important.  An important step came with the ARRL branded VISA card.  It was a good first step.

When one joins AARP, AMAC, Farm Bureau, and a host of other "You Pay Me" groups, one gets a plethora of membership discounts.

The more members one has, the greater number of AVIS, Hertz, and Enterprise vendors line up to give discounts to the membership.

The problem is that the League is in a Catch 22.  In order to get more members who want discounts, more members need to join.

The vendors don't seem to get that the League is THE voice for amateur radio for a lot of the world.

This Little Engine That Could is doing this:
Become a Sustaining Member and get discounts from participating companies. Here's how. @K0STH

Could we start in the amateur radio community?  If equipment dealers, distributers, and the like would give a discount to League members, the program could get a start.  The more discounts, the more value the membership could see in an already good program.

Hams, join the League.  It's the best National organization representing you in the Nation.                                           

Saturday, January 27, 2018

Will you join your local #Skywarn program?

The Storm Prediction Center has a tornado watch in your area.  Your local weather service office has broadcast a tornado warning.

The radar went down 15 minutes ago.

What does one do?

With only a very few exceptions, the radar on your desktop, laptop, tablet, or smartphone is provided by your tax dollars.

Skywarn folks know the answer

In Oklahoma, Skywarn offers training to everyone so everyone know what's fake and what's not as well as how to report to whom the observation.

There are tools like MPING to  help.see who is reporting what.

In Oklahoma, the Mesonet has a network of Stations giving wind speed and direction.  For the public safety folks, there's a plugin that displays lightning using the Nationwide Lightning Network. 

Skywarn folks know the answer.

So, the storm has passed.  Your weather radio went off while it was in the area.  The radar will come back in six hours.  In the mean time, what did you do?  What were you supposed to do?

Skywarn folks know the answer.  Find your local emergency manager and ask him or her how to be involved in Skywarn.  Your life may depend on your being aware, especially when technology fails.

Saturday, January 20, 2018

Where will you go when the repeater is gone?

Are you using FM Simplex?  What frequency or frequencies do you monitor and your location?

Locally, I use 147.51, 146.52, and 446.000 in the scanner.  Traveling, I use 146.52 mostly but occasionally monitor the APRS alert (144.39 with 100 PL tone).  

One might even find me on 10-meters FM around 29.6


Lloyd, KC5FM

Sending Email from a handheld

Using only a Handheld! You can send your Satellite EMail from the Kenwood TH-D7(g) shown above, or the new Yaesu VX-8R (or the TM-D700 and 710 APRS mobile radios) via PCSAT-1, ISS, or GO32. . . Just press the MSG button, select INPUT on the MSG Menu, enter EMAIL as the address, and make the first text of the message be an email address followed by your message. . In the example below, an EMAIL to A3XYZ@AMSAT.ORG says OK in OceanCity with HT & whip!. .

If your email is digipeated via the satellite, then you will see MY MESSAGE flashed on the screen indicating success. . Now, all we need is a plan, a schedule, and some volulnteer SSET net-controls to take check-in\'s on the appropriate birds. . Then we need a coordinating team to assemble the results into a meaningful format for consideration. . And that is only a hint of what these HT\'s can do (see event data entry example).

ANY TNC WILL DO: . If you do not have an APRS radio or mobile, you do not even need APRS to participate in this test. You can use any packet TNC or packet softare and any radio to send your Simulated Emergency Test check in. . It is trivial to do. . Just type your email into your BTEXT and send.


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Monday, January 01, 2018

Have you heard that 10-meters is OPEN? @tentennet

Ten Meters is one of my favorite bands. Even when it's not "open", it's frequently open. With the sunspots on the rise, so should the activity on the band increase.

Have you found yet? Nets listed there will help determine if the band is open. If you look at, one will see a search box that lets you know which nets are in operation. or will also give you DX Cluster spots, just for 10 meters.

At, one can get email alerts when six meters is open. If SIX is open, it's almost a given that TEN is open. also offers a map of openings AND the ability to post spots all in one place.

There's a number of 10 meter software defined radios that one can use to see where's the band is open. Two are dedicated to the "Beacon Band". is a list of beacons on Ten. Tune here to see where the band is open, even when it's not.

Ten Meters is one of my favorite bands. Thankfully, there's plenty of tools to take some of the Magic out of the Band.  What is your favorite band?

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