The W7ORC Okanogan County Amateur Radio Club now has a NEW WEB SITE of its very own. Go to this link:http://www.w7orc.com/ to check it out and if you are a club member you are encouraged to join the site if you like. It will have a calender for the upcoming events and a photo gallery, and just things that are Club related.
As a ham radio operator, you know your services are at times needed by the FCC. That's why it's important to quickly update your contact information, including your address, as it changes. The FCC makes this quick and painless for amateur radio operators, offering two convenient methods to change your address. The quickest method is using the FCC's online system, but you can also change your address by mail (or in person). for detailed instructions go to the FAQ here on this web site!!!
The Romance of DX
By Rob Gregory KD7H
Many of the new members of the club who are also relatively new to the ranks of amateur radio may have had their interest in “DX” sparked by some of the banter heard on the HF bands or on the local repeater. Some of you may have been puzzled or even, heaven-forbid, turned-off by the idea of working DX because it has sounded too difficult, strange, mysterious, or downright impossible because, perhaps, you may believe it requires vast, secret knowledge, the latest state-of-the-art DSP transceiver, stacked arrays of mono-band Yagis and an auto-tune amplifier. Perhaps newcomers wonder if DXers meet at midnight during a full moon in the local cemetery to discuss DX secrets.
However, you may be interested in DX because it actually sounds like fun, foreign countries interest you, or you marvel at how your voice can be converted to radio frequency energy, travel at the speed of light hundreds of miles into the upper atmosphere, refract downward, and, after a few hops, land on a remote point on the planet. It’s wonderful, isn’t it? All that can add to the romance—and adventure—of DX: the adventure of contacting distant places and interesting cultures......To read more from Rob KD7H go to the forum here for more.......
About Amateur Radio
Ham radio, as it is often called, is a hobby. It is a non-commercial radio communication service whose primary aims are public service, technical training, experimenting with radio electronics, and leisure communication between private persons. Hams are noted for providing communications in times of emergency or disaster. Ham radio exists in nearly every country and on the same frequencies. This allows amateur radio operators to communicate internationally. Amateur Radio is governed by the Federal Communications Commission and by Part 97 of the Title 47 Telecommunications regulations.
By international treaty, the amateur and amateur-satellite services are for qualified persons of any age who are interested in radio technique solely with a personal aim and without pecuniary interest. In areas where the services are regulated by the Federal Communications Commission, an amateur operator must hold an FCC or Canadian license or be a foreign-licensed amateur whose country has entered into a reciprocal licensing/operating arrangement with the United States or who holds a CEPT or IARP license.
What can I do with a Ham License?
There are so many things, it's a difficult question to answer, but here's some ideas:
Do you know the origin of --Ham??
"Ham: a poor operator. A 'plug.'"
That's the definition of the word given in G. M. Dodge's The Telegraph Instructor even before radio. The definition has never changed in wire telegraphy. The first wireless operators were landline telegraphers who left their offices to go to sea or to man the coastal stations. They brought with them their language and much of the tradition of their older profession.
In those early days, spark was king and every station occupied the same wavelength-or, more accurately perhaps, every station occupied the whole spectrum with its broad spark signal. Government stations, ships, coastal stations and the increasingly numerous amateur operators all competed for time and signal supremacy in each other's receivers. Many of the amateur stations were very powerful. Two amateurs, working each other across town, could effectively jam all the other operations in the area. When this happened, frustrated commercial operators would call the ship whose weaker signals had been blotted out by amateurs and say "SRI OM THOSE #&$!@ HAMS ARE JAMMING YOU."
Amateurs, possibly unfamiliar with the real meaning of the term, picked it up and applied it to themselves in true "Yankee Doodle" fashion and wore it with pride. As the years advanced, the original meaning has completely disappeared.
-Louise Ramsey Moreau W3WRE/WB6BBO
for more check this link: http://www.arrl.org/ham-radio-history
I put this on this site a long time ago and it still holds true, It is timeless information:
HOW TO SOUND LIKE A LID:
THE DO NOTS OF A HAM OPERATOR:
by Rusty Bumpers N4LID
On two meters lately, I have noticed a tendency of people making a concerted effort to sound like a LID (operator, read: IDIOT).i.e. poor Since this seems to be the new style in amateur radio, I thought I would present this handy guide to radio nerd-dom. The following is what I call "How to sound like a LID in one easy lesson".
1. Use as many Q signals as possible. Yes I know they were invented solely for CW and are totally inappropriate for two-meter FM (or any voice mode), but they are fun and entertaining. They keep people guessing as to what you really meant. i.e. "I'm going to QSY to the kitchen." can you really change frequency to the kitchen? QSL used to mean "I am acknowledging receipt", but now it appears to mean "yes" or "OK." I guess I missed it when the ARRL changed the meaning.
2. Never laugh, when you can say "HI HI!." No one will ever know that you aren't a long time CW ragchewer if you don't tell them. They'll think you've been on since the days of Marconi. Why not simply laugh? IE: Ha Ha... etc. What a concept!
3. Utilize an alternative vocabulary. Use worked like "destinated" and "negatory." Its OK to make up words here. "yea Bill, I pheelbart zaphonix occasionally myself".
THE FORUM IS OPEN TO ALL AND I WELCOME EVERY ONE TO CHECK IT OUT AND USE IT. THERE IS ALOT OF INFORMATION THERE.PLEASE ADD MORE!