Area Ham Interests/Assistance Registry

Area Ham Interests/Assistance Registry

Your ham radio needs can be better served by letting the clubs and fellow hams know your interests, areas you need help, or areas you can assist other club members. Eligibility to list your interests in this registry is as follows:

  • OCRA & DFMA club members who have completed an interest survey.
  • Non member licensed hams completing an interest survey at an OCRA or DFMA club meeting

Once entered into the registry, if you need to update your listing, use your registry private access link to update your profile, or at the next OCRA or DFMA meeting, enter your updates on an interest survey form.

Hams already listed can do an online update, using their access link obtained by clicking here and following the directions listed. The OCRA & DFMA clubs will use this information to plan meeting presentations, club work sessions, web site articles and encourage interested hams to participate in the combined OCRA/DFMA ARRL Field Day..

     Interest Summary from 54 Member Profiles

              Antennas - EZNEC COAX Ladderline Connectors Tuners Stealth         26
              APRS - Automatic Packet Reporting System                           6
              ARES - Click here, then "ARES Nets & Training" Folder              13
              AuxComm/EmComm - Area Nets Training                                8
              CERT - Community Emergency Response Team                           6
              Contesting                                                         9
              CW - Frequency Band Plan                                           10
              Digital -  JT65, PKS31, RTTY, Winlink,WSJT, and others             10
              DMR - Digital Mobile Radio                                         2
              DXing                                                              21
              Field Day                                                          0
              Mobile Ops                                                         0
              Nets/Net Control Click here, then "ARES Nets & Training" Folder    0
              Public Service                                                     0
              QRP (Low Power)                                                    0
              Remote Station Ops                                                 0
              Repeaters - Area Repeater Listing                                  10
              Repeater Crew                                                      0
              Satellite Ops - AMSAT Satellite_Contacts Frequencies               0
              SOTA - Summits on the Air in North America                         3
              SSB - Frequency Band Plan                                          10
              Vintage Radio - Vintage Radio Boulevard                            0

Bands of Interest

          160m-5; 80m-10; 40m-15; 30m-11; 20m-16; 15m-10; 10m-14; 6m-11; 1.25m-0 70cm-7

Member Profile “Interests and Assistance Needed”  Accessable via  Private Access Link


    54 Hams in the Area Listing Interests with 17 Needing Assistance

Call SignFirst NameLast NameOCRADFMAInterestsAssistance Needed
W3AHL Steve Ahlbom yes yes Antennas, APRS, ARES, Auxcomm, Field Day, Nets/Net Control, Public Service, Repeaters, Repeater Crew, SSB, 80m, 40m, 20m, 15m, 10m, 6m, 2m, 70cm
KN4CSN Michael Austin yes no Field Day, Public Service
W4JWA James Austin yes yes Digital, Field Day
N4GF Roger Barr yes yes Antennas, Contesting, Mobile Ops
NA4VY David Belt yes yes Install, Wire Antenna
AK4W Ed Best yes yes APRS, antennas
N8BR Bill Bischoff yes yes Antennas, CW, Field Day, Remote Station Ops, SSB, 160m, 80m, 40m, 30m, 20m, 17m, 15m, 12m, 10m, 6m Operate, HF Station, Vehicle Antenna, Multiband, Tower, 160m
KM4MDR John Boone yes yes DX, Field Day
KS4VX Roger Boyles yes no Antennas, Contesting, Digital, DX, Remote Station Ops, SSB, 80m, 30m, 20m, 17m, 15m, 10m, 2m, HF propagation
KA5JUJ Martin Brody yes yes Antennas, DX, 80m, 40m, 30m, 20m, 17m, 15m, 12m, 10m Operate, HF Station, Wire Antenna
KN4DRN Michael Canada yes yes Antennas, DX, Mobile Ops, Remote Station Ops, Repeaters, Satellite Ops
W4ORD Lad Carrington yes no Antennas, ARES, Auxcomm, CERT, CW, DX, Field Day, Repeater Crew, SSB, Vintage Radio, 80m, 40m, 30m, 20m, 17m, 15m, 12m, 10m, 2m, 70cm
KK4BPH Mike Carwile yes yes Antennas
WX4WNC Adam Caudill yes no Auxcomm, Digital
KN4JYP Kathy Chavis yes no Antennas, ARES, CW, Field Day, Public Service, Remote Station Ops, Satellite Ops, SOTA, SSB, 40m, 20m, 10m, 6m, 2m, 70cm Operate, HF Station, Mobile Unit, Remote Station, Wire Antenna, Stealth Antenna, Connectors, Tower, 40m, 20m, 10m, 6m
K4CTD Shawn Conver no yes ARES, Digital, 40m, 30m, 20m, 17m, 12m, 10m, 6m, 2m, 70cm, antennas Stealth Antenna, 2m, 70cm, build
KN4PAL Forrest Covington yes no SSB, 10m, 6m, antennas
KM4NOU Joel Dunn yes no Mobile Ops, Nets/Net Control, Repeaters, 40m
KR4UB Dan Eddleman yes yes Antennas, digital, dx, fieldday, foxhunting, repeaters, repeater_crew, sdr, ssb, 40m, 20m, 17m, 10m, 2m, 70cm Builder/Maintainer of OCRA repeaters for 20 years; Need new hams to fullfill this role. Time, skill building, & long term commitment required.
KN4EVB Andy Grubbs yes no DX, Mobile Ops, Public Service, Disaster Prep
K0STV Steven Harris yes no Antennas, DX, Field Day, Nets/Net Control, Public Service, SSB, 40m, 30m, 20m, 15m, 10m, 2m, Attended Meeting to Learn about Ham Radio Stealth Antenna
KM4WXW Jeffrey Jagoda yes no Auxcomm, Field Day, Public Service
AC4RD Ken Kenzenski yes no APRS, Contesting, DX, Mobile Ops, antennas
W4BOH Wilson Lamb yes yes Antennas, ARES, Auxcomm, CERT, CW, DX, Field Day, Public Service, Repeater Crew, Vintage Radio, 160m, 80m, 40m, 30m, 20m, 17m, 15m, 12m, 10m, 2m, 70cm, Offering help with HF tube operation
KN4BTI Mark McClish yes no Public Service, antennas
N1LN Bruce Meier yes no Antennas, ARES, Contesting, CW, DX, Field Day, Public Service, SSB, 160m, 80m, 30m, 20m, 17m, 15m, 12m, 10m
N1YXU Laurie Meier yes no ARES, CERT, Field Day, Nets/Net Control, Public Service
K4WCV Bob Milback no yes Repeaters, 6m
N6WJM Jim Musson yes no Build, hfstation, wireantenna
KN4QCA Ed Neely yes no Antennas, auxcomm, cert, contesting, digital, dmr, dx, fieldday, foxhunting, qrplowpowerops
AJ2X Mark Nelson no yes Field Day, QRP (Low Power), Vintage Radio, 80m, 40m, 30m, 20m, 6m, 2m FT-8, other digital modes, why, how, equipment
KN4QOT David Parker, Jr. yes no APRS, Auxcomm, Contesting, Digital, DX, Field Day, Mobile Ops, Public Service, Repeaters, Repeater Crew, SOTA, antennas
WA4UJM Wally Pasour no yes Antennas, CW, DX, Field Day, Vintage Radio
KV4ZR Loren Peters yes yes CW, Digital, DX, QRP (Low Power), Remote Station Ops, Satellite Ops, SDR, SSB, 160m, 80m, 40m, 30m, 20m, 17m, 15m, 12m, 10m, 6m, 2m, 70cm
KU4GC Dee Ramm yes yes Antennas, Digital, DX, paper chase
WB4OSU Sherri Rapp yes no Digital, Field Day, 40m
N4KW Pete Raymond yes no Antennas, Contesting, CW, DX, Field Day, 160m, 40m, 30m, 20m, 15m, antennas
N2OKP Phillip Rifkin no no VE Session Examinee
N2XZF Paul Robertson yes yes Antennas, DMR, DX, Field Day, Repeaters, Repeater Crew, 20m, 10m Wire Antenna
W4HIY Chris Rupp yes no Can help with new ham project Decision, HT Unit, Mobile Unit, Selection of new rig for local use
KE4LYK Charles Schoon yes no Contesting, DX, Field Day, Public Service, Repeaters, Repeater Crew, antennas, mobile, 3D art software, computer programming, electronics, politics
KN4CCF Philip Sheridan yes no ARES, Contesting, DX, Field Day, Mobile Ops, Public Service, Repeaters, Getting started Decision, Mobile Unit
K4PHS Peter Slugg yes yes APRS, Field Day
N3UZ James Smith,Jr no yes Antennas Install, Beam Antenna, Wire Antenna, Multiband, 2m
KD4YJZ Karen Snyder yes yes ARES, CERT, Field Day, Nets/Net Control, Public Service, 10m Operate
W1KES Keith Stouder yes no CW, DX, Field Day, SOTA, SSB, 40m, 20m
KJ4VWG Sam Tannous yes yes APRS, ARES, Contesting, Digital, Remote Station Ops, SDR, ADS-B, Radio Astronomy, NEC2 Internals
KN4BBA Bob Thibodeau, Jr. no yes ARES, Auxcomm, 80m, 40m, 2m, 70cm, antennas Decision, Operate, Wire Antenna
KN4NEV Daryl Thompson yes no Antennas, DX, Mobile Ops, 20m
KA2DEW Tadd Torborg yes no Repeaters, Vhf Packet Radio
W4KSZ Jim Wallace no yes DX, Field Day
KE4UVJ Don Watt no yes ARES, CERT HF Station
KN4EOO Richard Wenklar yes yes Auxcomm, CERT, DMR, Mobile Ops, Public Service, Repeaters
KA5ETS Doug White yes yes CW, Digital, antennas, FT8
KW4JY Calvin Whitt yes no digital, antennas
W4LMW David Wright yes no Antennas, ARES, Field Day, Mobile Ops, Public Service, SDR, 2m Install, Operate, Mobile Unit, Tower, 2m


Recent Posts

OCRA Membership Meeting – March 11, 2019


Treasurer Report:

Dan (KR4UB)

We have 68 paid membership current and 33 requiring renewal.   You can renew membership easily and securely on the website under the heading of “Members.”   

Chatham county continues moving forward with establishing new radio towers.  Currently they are writing specifications to publicly bid the work.  They plan to establish additional towers beyond current need for anticipated growth, with the understanding it is more cost-effective to erect the additional towers now than re-bid the work at a future date.  

WordPress is the most common blog and website platform in use around the globe.  OCRA uses WordPress as our primary club communication channel.  WordPress has many additional features and functionality that we can leverage for multiple uses.  One such use is capturing interest and availability for Field Day. 

With just under four months to go, Field Day 2019 is quickly approaching.  However, we can more easily start planning now.  Dan has created an on-line sign-up form to capture availability to volunteer for food, station, and field site preparation, staffing, and dismantling.

You can easily complete the sign up form on your computer or even phone!  The steps for expressing your interest and availability follow:

 1.     On the site, navigate to the “Member” tab and click “Receive Access Link”.


2.      Enter your call sign, answer the math question, and click “Submit”.  An email will be sent to your registered public email address.

3.       You will receive a confirmation screen notifying you the link has been sent to your email.

4.     Login to your registered email address and click the link.  If you bookmark this link, it can be used to update your profile…be sure to bookmark!

5.     Complete the Field Day sign-up sheet.  Be sure to click the “Save” button located at the end of the form.  If there are any data corrections, they will be highlighted in red.  Band captains will reach out to you regarding the specifics. We look forward to seeing you during Field Day!

Program:  Connectors

As many Hams know, it is important when making decisions about getting the right coax for your Ham Station to understand that there are trade-offs that have to be considered between transmitter power, antenna gain, coax loss, and your total Ham Station system performance.  Your bank account may also enter into the equation like most Hams.

Cables and connectors are no exception to the above as they make up the lifeline of your entire station, allowing all of the components to work together.  Steve (KZ1X) shared that oxygen is the enemy of every connector, as oxidation due to poor connections will limit the performance and life of the connector.   Dan (KR4UB) and Steve (KZ1X) further explain the importance of having the right connectors, wires, and crimpers to produce a gas tight crimp.  As Dan shared, in his experience most poor transmissions are the result of bad connectors.  However, with quality material and practice you can build connectors that provide decades worth of radio fun and enjoyment.   

Dan (KR4UB) explaining contact spring tension  Steve (KZ1X) explaining Power pole connectors

Vendors who sell quality connectors and supplies include the following:

·         DXengineering –

·         Digi-key –

·         Mouser –

If you attended this meeting, we would welcome your feedback.  If there are other topics of interest, please let know.


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