EARS News and Updates
“Radio Hams” from Edmond join in national deployment
Edmond “hams,” members of the Edmond Amateur Radio Society (EARS), will join with thousands of amateur radio operators who will be showing off their emergency capabilities this weekend.
The Edmond Amateur Radio Society will be demonstrating amateur radio from 1 p.m. Saturday through 1 p.m. Sunday at Edmond Fire Station no. 5 and Training Center at I-35 and Covell Road. The public is invited to come and see ham radio’s new capabilities and learn how to get a FCC radio license before the next disaster strikes.
Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin signed a proclamation making the week beginning June 21 as Amateur Radio Week in Oklahoma. Field Day closes out the week June 27-28 with the Edmond Amateur Radio Society setting up Saturday and operating through noon Sunday.
During the year, Central Oklahoma has experienced a number of natural disasters including the tornado outbreak a year ago, and more recently the wildfires that have ravaged parts of the local area.
Through all of all of this, ham radio operators, including members of the Edmond Amateur Radio Society have volunteered as storm spotters for the Severe Storms Center in Norman and offered their services in providing backup communications for emergency responders. Often amateur radio is the first source of communications in areas hit by severe storms and other natural disasters. Amateur radio works when cell phones and other wireless devices don’t.Michael Dean, K5MFD, Gov. Mary Fallin holding proclamation, (unknown), Tom Webb, WA9AFM/5
The Edmond Amateur Radio Society provides communications for:
• The Annual Fourth of July Parade and LibertyFest firework
• UCO Homecoming Parade
• Parade of Lights Christmas Parade (now conducted by the Edmond Electric crew)
• Monthly siren tests for City of Edmond
• Operation Skywarn storm spotting for Severe Storm Laboratory
On the weekend of June 27-28, the public will have a chance to meet and talk with Edmond’s ham radio operators and see what the amateur radio service is about. Showing the newest digital and satellite capabilities, voice communications and even historical Morse code, hams from across the USA will be holding public demonstrations of emergency communications abilities.
"We hope that people will come and see for themselves, this is not your grandfather's radio anymore," said Mike Campbell (W5KSU) President of EARS. "The communications that ham radio people can quickly create have saved many lives when other systems failed or were overloaded. And besides that – it’s fun!”
This annual event, called "Field Day" is the climax of the week long "Amateur Radio Week" sponsored by the ARRL, the national association for amateur radio. Using only emergency power supplies, ham operators will construct emergency stations in parks, shopping malls, schools and backyards around the country. Their slogan, "When All Else Fails, Ham Radio Works” is more than just words to the hams as they prove they can send messages in many forms without the use of phone systems, internet or any other infrastructure that can be compromised in a crisis. More than 35,000 amateur radio operators across the country participated in last year's event.
In Oklahoma there are more than 11,000 FCC licensed amateur radio operators.
There are over 685,000 Amateur Radio licensees in the US, and more than 2.5 million around the world. Through the ARRL’s Amateur Radio Emergency Services program, ham volunteers provide both emergency communications for thousands of state and local emergency response agencies and non-emergency community services too, all for free.
During tornadoes members of local ham clubs such as the Edmond Amateur Radio Society help by providing dependable communication and serve as storm spotters for the National Weather Service office in Norman. When trouble is brewing, amateur radio’s people are often the first to provide rescuers with critical information and communications.
To learn more about amateur radio, go to www.arrl.org. The public is invited to come, meet and talk with the hams. See what modern amateur radio can do. They can even help you get on the air! For more information about EARS go to www.k5eok.org or come by the Field Day location.
(published in The Edmond Sun on June 23, 2015)
Volunteers for Edmond's Liberty Fest
The City Of Edmond has requested Amateur Radio operators to assist with the following events at this year's Liberty Fest from June 27 - July 4 at various events. EARS is coordinating the Amateur Radio volunteers as a service to the community we live in and for providing the space we use to teach classes, hold meetings, etc.
Please volunteer for Liberty Fest as an Amateur Radio Operator here
2015 K5EOK Field Day
The EARS Field Day is for everyone, even unlicensed persons! Anyone interested in our hobby can participate at our Field Day event! We also invite all elected officials and the press to visit and see what it’s about. If you can spare any time, even only an hour, on Saturday and Sunday, June 27-28, we would be very grateful to see you, provide a tour, and even let you sit at a radio! Our EARS Field Day event is a huge opportunity to gain hands-on experience in HF Radio and HF competition as well as an emergency radio service simulation! Please plan to volunteer a few hours of your time for our hometown Field Day event.
Watch our website www.k5eok.org
and our Facebook
site for more information.
Field Day will also serve as our club’s bi-monthly dinner with a BBQ feast! So if you can only come for our club dinner, please RSVP
– we are taking RSVP’s now!
We will accept payment at the door by cash or check. Donations will also be accepted at the door if you would like to buy a meal for one of the fire fighters or police at the event, but please do not include them in your RSVP count.
Edmond Fire Station #5 and Training Center at I-35 and Covell Rd. MAP
June 27 - June 28. Assembly begins after breakfast. The transceivers will run non-stop from 1:00 PM Saturday to 1:00 PM Sunday then dis-assembly begins.
Contest coordinator is Brian Teters.
All power will be battery or generator, no utility power. We will have HF phone, HF CW, HF Digital and hopefully VHF/UHF Satellite.
And last but not least, Please help with closing down our Field Day operation, the more people we have, the sooner we can all go home.
Amateur Radio Service to Scouting Award
Congratulations to John Dronberger, N5YZA
who was presented the Amateur Radio Service to Scouting Award by Doug Cook, KD5PDN for his awesome work with the Boy Scouts and JOTA.
After presenting the award, Doug Cook, KD5PDN did a powerpoint presentation on Radio Scouting and its growing popularity at the May 12th EARS board meeting.
Want to learn Morse Code?
Howard Wise, WD5IDB is offering a Morse Code class to all. It began May 9 and will end June 20, but you can still join.
Classes are on Saturdays from 10:00 to 11:30 AM except the first Saturday of the month (because that is VE Testing day as well as storm siren test day) at the EARS classroom in the Edmond Downtown community center.
If you're interested, drop in on a class or contact Howard directly: Howard87@cox.net, 405-285-7157
One of the many services E.A.R.S. provides to the City of Edmond is storm spotting when hazardous weather happens. If you would like to be a storm spotter or need a refresher course, go to 2015 Skywarn Storm Spotter Training Schedule to enroll in a class. Be sure to check out the links on the NWS Norman OK website.
From QRZ.COM: Amateur Radio Superstation - K3LR
The Next 30 Days
For a complete list of our board meetings and events, please check our
July 6, 2015 - HF Elmer Net
7:15 pm Edmond Downtown Community Center, 28 E. Main St., Room 219
Check in on the 147.135+ repeater at 7:15 pm for the HF Elmer program.
July 14, 2015 - Board Meeting
7:00 PM at the Edmond Downtown Community Center, 28 E. Main St.
The EARS Board of Directors monthly meeting will be held in the Edmond Community Center. Go in the north doors and check the events glass display for the room number.
All are invited, including non-members.
July 24, 2015 - Ham Holiday
Bricktown Hotel, NE corner of E. Reno and MLK / EasternHam Holiday
will be the 24th and 25th of July this year at the Bricktown Hotel, corner of Reno and Martin Luther King / Eastern.
Order your pre-registration tickets online for $8 each. Tickets are $10 at the door, make plans now to attend.
August 1, 2015 - Edmond Siren Test
Noon in the City of Edmond
If you would like to volunteer for the siren test, contact Corey, KD5FLX at sirens at k5eok dot org.
Please join us for lunch at Johnnie's on 33rd after the test.
August 1, 2015 - V.E. Test Session
9:30 am at Edmond Downtown Community Center, 28 E. Main St., Room 219
The V.E. test session will be held at the Downtown Community Center located at Main & Littler in Edmond.
Testing starts in Room 219 at 9:30 A.M. No walk-ins, RSVP FOR TESTING PLEASE!
. Contact Larry by email: W5MPA at ARRL dot Net
Exam Fee: $15.00
Bring a copy of your current license to give to the V.E.s
Bring a photo ID & a copy of it
Bring any CSCE's showing credit for any tests taken recently