Area Ham Interests/Assistance Registry

Area Ham Interests/Assistance Registry

Your ham radio needs can be better served by letting the club and fellow hams know your interests, areas you need help, or areas you can assist other club members.

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 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. This information will be used 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 70 Member Profiles


              Antennas - EZNEC COAX Ladderline Connectors Tuners Stealth         42
              APRS - Automatic Packet Reporting System                           17
              ARES - Click here, then "ARES Nets & Training" Folder              20
              AuxComm/EmComm - Area Nets Training                                16
              CERT - Community Emergency Response Team                           14
              Contesting                                                         10
              CW - Frequency Band Plan                                           17
              Digital -  JT65, PKS31, RTTY, Winlink,WSJT, and others             23
              DMR - Digital Mobile Radio                                         8
              DXing                                                              26
              Field Day                                                          32
              Mobile Ops                                                         16
              Nets/Net Control Click here, then "ARES Nets & Training" Folder    9
              Public Service                                                     25
              QRP (Low Power)                                                    11
              Remote Station Ops                                                 13
              Repeaters - Area Repeater Listing                                  18
              Repeater Crew                                                      14
              Satellite Ops - AMSAT Satellite_Contacts Frequencies               9
              SOTA - Summits on the Air in North America                         4
              SSB - Frequency Band Plan                                          19
              Vintage Radio - Vintage Radio Boulevard                            7

Bands of Interest


          160m-8; 80m-18; 40m-26; 30m-14; 20m-24; 15m-16; 10m-26; 6m-18; 1.25m-4 70cm-15

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

 

70 Hams in the Area Listing Interests with 23 Needing Assistance

Call_Sign_1st NameLast NameOCRA_Mbr_DFMA_Ham_Radio_Interest_Areas_Assistance Needed_
KO4KNI Brian Adams Current . . . . Antennas, Auxcomm, CERT, Contesting, Digital, Field Day, Mobile Ops, Repeaters, Repeater Crew, Attended Meeting to Learn about Ham Radio Build, Decision, Fix, Install, Operate, HT Unit, HF Station, Mobile Unit, Remote Station, Beam Antenna, Wire Antenna, Stealth Antenna, Vehicle Antenna, Connectors, Feedline, Grounding, Multiband, Noise, Tower, Tuner, 160m, 80m, 40m, 30m, 20m, 17m, 15m, 12m, 10m, 6m, 2m, 1.25m, 70cm, New to the HAM community and need to learn every aspect of it
W3AHL Steve Ahlbom Current DFMA Antennas, APRS, ARES, Auxcomm, Field Day, Nets/Net Control, Public Service, Repeaters, Repeater Crew, SSB, 80m, 40m, 20m, 15m, 10m, 6m, 2m, 70cm
W4JWA James Austin Renew . . . . Digital, Field Day
N4GF Roger Barr Current . . . . Antennas, Contesting, Mobile Ops
NA4VY David Belt Renew DFMA Install, Wire Antenna
AK4W Ed Best Current DFMA APRS, Toantennas
N8BR Bill Bischoff Current DFMA 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
KN4QCC Onda Blevins Current . . . . Antennas, Field Day, Mobile Ops, Remote Station Ops, Attended Meeting to Learn about Ham Radio Operate, Mobile Unit, Remote Station
KM4MDR John Boone Current DFMA DX, Field Day
KS4VX Roger Boyles Current . . . . Antennas, Contesting, Digital, DX, Remote Station Ops, SSB, 80m, 30m, 20m, 17m, 15m, 10m, 2m, HF propagation
KA5JUJ Martin Brody Current DFMA Antennas, DX, 80m, 40m, 30m, 20m, 17m, 15m, 12m, 10m Operate, HF Station, Wire Antenna
KN4DRN Michael Canada Current DFMA Antennas, DX, Mobile Ops, Remote Station Ops, Repeaters, Satellite Ops
W4ORD Lad Carrington Current . . . . 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 Current DFMA Antennas
WX4WNC Adam Caudill Renew . . . . Auxcomm, Digital
KN4JYP Kathy Chavis Current . . . . 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
KO4JED Ron Craig Current . . . . Antennas, Digital, DX, Public Service Build, Decision, HF Station, Beam Antenna, Wire Antenna
K3TD Tad Danley Current . . . . Antennas, Contesting, CW, Mobile Ops, Remote Station Ops, Repeaters, Repeater Crew, SSB, 6m
W4CFO Jim Davis Current DFMA Auxcomm, Public Service, Repeaters, Repeater Crew, SDR, Vintage Radio
K2RRT Mark Dewitt Current . . . . Antennas, ARES, CERT, Foxhunting, Mobile Ops, QRP (Low Power), Repeaters, SSB, 80m, 40m, 20m, 10m, 1.25m, 70cm, Attended Meeting to Learn about Ham Radio Build, Decision, HF Station, Mobile Unit, Wire Antenna, Stealth Antenna, Vehicle Antenna, Grounding, Multiband, 80m, 40m, 20m, 6m, 2m, 1.25m, 70cm
KM4NOU Joel Dunn Current . . . . Mobile Ops, Nets/Net Control, Repeaters, 40m
KR4UB Dan Eddleman Current DFMA Antennas, Digital, DX, Field Day, Foxhunting, Remote Station Ops, Repeater Crew, SDR, SSB, 40m, 20m, 17m, 10m, 6m, 2m, 70cm, FT-8
KS9F Don Elsner Current DFMA Antennas, APRS, ARES, Auxcomm, CW, Digital, DMR, Public Service, QRP (Low Power), Satellite Ops, 80m, 40m, 30m, 20m, 17m, 15m, 12m, 10m, 6m, 2m, 1.25m, 70cm, DSTAR, C4FM
N4KF Ken Fath Current . . . . Antennas, APRS, ARES, CERT, CW, Digital, Public Service, SSB, Vintage Radio, 160m, 80m, 40m
KO4CSW Robert Furberg Current DFMA ARES, Auxcomm, CERT, Field Day, Public Service
KN4EVB Andy Grubbs Current . . . . ARES, DX, Mobile Ops, Public Service, 2m, 70cm, Disaster Prep
KC1BVL Robley Hall Current . . . . Antennas, APRS, CERT, Digital, DMR, DX, Field Day, Mobile Ops, Nets/Net Control, Public Service, QRP (Low Power), Remote Station Ops, Repeaters, Repeater Crew, SDR, 160m, 80m, 40m, 30m, 20m, 17m, 15m, 12m, 10m, 6m, 2m, 1.25m, 70cm Build, Decision, Install, HF Station, Wire Antenna, Vehicle Antenna, Connectors, Feedline, Multiband, Tuner
K0STV Steven Harris Renew . . . . 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
KM4MBG Jack Hill Current DFMA Antennas, APRS, Digital, Mobile Ops, Nets/Net Control, Remote Station Ops, Repeaters, Repeater Crew, SDR
KF4PAB Lenore Hill Current DFMA APRS, Field Day, Repeaters, 2m, 70cm
KO4GOK Joseph Horvath Current . . . . Antennas, APRS, ARES, CERT, Digital, DMR, Foxhunting, Mobile Ops, Nets/Net Control, Public Service, Repeaters, Repeater Crew, SSB, Vintage Radio, 10m, 2m, Attended Meeting to Learn about Ham Radio HF Station
KO4JAW Mark Ingram Current . . . . Antennas, DMR, Repeaters, Satellite Ops, 10m, 2m, 1.25m, 70cm, Attended Meeting to Learn about Ham Radio, Fusion Decision, Operate, HF Station, Stealth Antenna, 10m, Technician HF band
KM4WXW Jeffrey Jagoda Current . . . . Auxcomm, Field Day, Public Service
AC4RD Ken Kuzenski Current . . . . Antennas, Contesting, CW, Digital, DX, Mobile Ops, QRP (Low Power), 15m, 12m
W4BOH Wilson Lamb Renew DFMA Antennas, ARES, Auxcomm, CERT, CW, DX, Field Day, Public Service, Repeater Crew, SOTA, Vintage Radio, 160m, 80m, 40m, 30m, 20m, 17m, 15m, 12m, 10m, 2m, 70cm, Offering help with HF tube operation
KO4ICM Doug Largent Current . . . . CW, QRP (Low Power), 40m Advice on CW
KN4BTI Mark McClish Current . . . . Public Service, antennas
N1LN Bruce Meier Current . . . . Antennas, ARES, Contesting, CW, DX, Field Day, Public Service, SSB, 160m, 80m, 40m, 30m, 20m, 17m, 15m, 12m, 10m
N1YXU Laurie Meier Current . . . . ARES, CERT, Field Day, Nets/Net Control, Public Service
WB1AJJ Jonathan Meigs Current . . . . Antennas, APRS, ARES, Auxcomm, CW, DMR, Nets/Net Control, Public Service, QRP (Low Power), Remote Station Ops, Repeaters, Repeater Crew, Satellite Ops, SDR, SSB, Vintage Radio, 40m, 10m, 6m, 2m, 70cm, PI/Arduino
N6WJM Jim Musson Renew . . . . Build, HF Station, Wire Antenna
W4AEN Ed Neely Current . . . . Antennas, APRS, ARES, Auxcomm, CERT, Digital, DX, Field Day, Foxhunting, 80m, 40m, 20m, 10m, 6m Decision, Install, Wire Antenna, Feedline, Grounding
KX4UZ George Oberlander Renew . . . . Antennas
KN4QOT David Parker, Jr. Renew DFMA APRS, Auxcomm, Contesting, Digital, DX, Field Day, Mobile Ops, Public Service, Repeaters, Repeater Crew, SOTA, antennas
KV4ZR Loren Peters Current DFMA 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
KG4CFX Chris Pope Current DFMA APRS, ARES, Auxcomm, DMR, Field Day
KU4GC Dee Ramm Current DFMA Antennas, Digital, DX, paper chase
WB4OSU Sherri Rapp Current . . . . Digital, DX, Field Day, Satellite Ops, 80m, 40m, 20m, 17m, 10m, PSK-31, FT-8, RTTY, FELD HELL, Winlink
N4KW Pete Raymond Current . . . . Antennas, Contesting, CW, DX, Field Day, 160m, 40m, 30m, 20m, 15m, antennas
N4JQR J R Reid Current DFMA Antennas, DX, QRP (Low Power), Repeaters, SSB, 80m, 40m, 20m, 10m, 6m, 2m, 70cm
N2XZF Paul Robertson Current DFMA Antennas, DX, Field Day, Repeaters, Repeater Crew, 20m, 10m Wire Antenna
KE4LYK Charles Schoon Renew DFMA Contesting, DX, Field Day, Public Service, Repeaters, Repeater Crew, antennas, mobile, 3D art software, computer programming, electronics, politics
KD4UCZ Charles Schott Current . . . . Antennas, Digital, Field Day, Satellite Ops, 80m, 40m, 30m, 20m, 17m, 15m, 12m, 10m
K4SAR Joe Simpson Current . . . . Antennas, ARES, Auxcomm, Field Day, Foxhunting, SSB, 15m, 10m
K4PHS Peter Slugg Current DFMA Digital, Field Day, QRP (Low Power), SSB, 40m, 30m, 20m, 10m, 6m, Attended Meeting to Learn about Ham Radio HF Station, Wire Antenna, 80m, 40m, 30m, 20m, 10m
KD4YJZ Karen Snyder Renew DFMA ARES, CERT, Field Day, Nets/Net Control, Public Service, 10m Operate
W1KES Keith Stouder Current . . . . CW, DX, Field Day, SOTA, SSB, 40m, 20m
KJ4VWG Sam Tannous Current DFMA APRS, ARES, Contesting, Digital, Remote Station Ops, SDR, ADS-B, Radio Astronomy, NEC2 Internals
W4AIR Daryl Thompson Current . . . . Antennas, DX, Mobile Ops, Public Service, 20m
KN4ZHP Mike Thorn Current . . . . Antennas, APRS, Auxcomm, CERT, Digital, DMR, DX, Public Service, QRP (Low Power), SDR, Attended Meeting to Learn about Ham Radio Install, Operate, Wire Antenna
KN4VXB Aurora Toennisson Current DFMA APRS, CERT, Public Service, Attended Meeting to Learn about Ham Radio Build, Fix, Install, Operate, Want classes teaching ham radio
KA2DEW Tadd Torborg Current . . . . Repeaters, Vhf Packet Radio
KN4EOO Richard Wenklar Current DFMA APRS, ARES, Auxcomm, CERT, DMR, Mobile Ops, Public Service
KA5ETS Doug White Current . . . . CW, Digital, antennas, FT8
KW4JY Calvin Whitt Current . . . . digital, antennas
KO4BHX Ben Williams Current . . . . Antennas, APRS, CW, Digital, DX, Field Day, Foxhunting, QRP (Low Power), Remote Station Ops, Satellite Ops, SDR
K4FD Dan Wise Current . . . . Packet Radio
W4LMW David Wright Renew DFMA Antennas, ARES, Field Day, Mobile Ops, Public Service, SDR, 2m Install, Operate, Mobile Unit, Tower, 2m
W4KIL Andy Yates Current DFMA Antennas, CW, Field Day, 160m, 80m, 40m, 30m, 20m, 17m, 15m, 12m, 10m, 6m
K4AAI Jay Zaragoza Renew . . . . Antennas, SSB, Vintage Radio Beam Antenna, Wire Antenna, Connectors, Grounding, Tower, Getting back on air

 

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Monthly Membership Meeting – December 14, 2020 – 7:30 pm

Platforms Utilized: OCRA UHF Repeater and Zoom.

Meeting Minutes

MEETING CONVENED AT 7:30 PM.

PRESIDENT’S REPORT – W4SAR (David): Introduction and General Remarks- Good evening all. As has been the case for most of this past year, we are convening tonight’s meeting using both Zoom and UHF repeater platforms rather that our regular in person format. This is being done to conform with statewide requirements for social distancing to deter the spread of Covid 19. Hopefully, with the upcoming availability of the new anti-virus vaccines, this requirement will soon be relaxed and we will be able to have our monthly gatherings at the B’hai center in Efland. As we embark on tonight’s meeting please keep in mind that irrespective of which platform you use, please check into the net using phonetics so that your call may be accurately included on the meeting roster. Also, please be aware that video and audio generated at this meeting is being recorded so that information presented can be accurately included in meeting minutes.

On a different note and as many of you might already be aware, my mother passed away some weeks ago, and I would like to thank those of you who sent well-wishes to my family and me. You will be pleased to know that my father is doing well.

MEMBER CHECK-IN – by  W4SAR (David) Net Control and KR4UB (Dan) Zoom Host Control:

OCRA UHF REPEATER: W4SAR (David), KU4GC (Dee), W4ORD (Ladd), KA1HPM (Nick), KM4MBG (Jack), KF4PAB (Lenore), KZ1X (Steve), KO4DHJ (Ken), KR4UB (Dan), W4BOH (Wilson), KN4BTI (Mark), KA5ETS (Doug), N4JQR (JR), WB1AJJ (Jonathan), KI4MXP (Gerald), KM4WXW (Jeffrey), KD4YJZ (Karen), KR4UB (Dan), KR3AM (Mark), KO4JAW (Mark), KO4ICM (Doug), KI4RAN (Bill), WA4AHR (Dewey), KN4EOO (Richard), and W3AHL (Steve).

ZOOM: N8BR (Bill), NA4VY (Dave), KN4QBZ (Fred), and KR4UB, Dan),

TREASURER’S REPORT: KR4UB (Dan): Current Club Membership stands at 118 (89 current active paid up members, 29 requiring renewal). 24 new members have been added during the past 12 months.

REPEATER REPORTS: KR4UB (Dan): All of the OCRA repeaters are now working and on the air for the first time in 5 years. The 145.230 machine has been moved to a temporary location in Pittsboro.

The OCRA savings and checking account has a good reserve amount available for expenses, as it needs to have for costs we will face in the future.

  • Another repeater needs to be built, a replacement machine on standby and ready to go into service for when the 442.150 repeater high up on the tower eventually fails. The current repeater was installed in February, 2016 and hopefully has another 4 – 5 years or so life left before it eventually fails. While only high reliability components are used to build the OCRA repeaters, the exposure to extreme beyond mil-spec temperatures in the sealed cabinets on the tower eventually takes it toll. 
  • With tower crews now required to replace the machine, a completely self contained ready to go replacement repeater must be available to minimize the tower crew trips and time up on the tower to contain the escalating tower crew costs.
  • A spare Kenwood TKR-850 repeater deck and duplexer are already on hand. Additional parts to complete the spare repeater include another power supply, SCOM 7330 controller, and an additional pass band cavity. The power supply and SCOM controller will cost around $1100 – $1200.  Hopefully a good used pass band cavity filter can be located and purchased.
  • In addition, we have to keep in mind that the 442.150 repeater antenna is the original antenna installed approximately 25 years ago and when it has to be replaced, tower crew and antenna cost could easily be in the $4-5K neighborhood.

KA1HPM (Nick): We installed the 145.230 machine in Pittsboro last Wednesday at a site on Fire Tower Road. The antenna is up at about 130 feet. It is a good installation and many folks are using it. We are also planning for at least two additional towers in Chatham County.

FUTURE AGENDA ITEMS: W4SAR (David):

  1. Field Day: The scores for the 2020 ARRL Field Day are now posted in QST and on the ARRL website. OCRA did very well and placed 9th among clubs submitting aggregate scores. Noteworthy is the fact that our primary regular competitor, a station in California, placed 32nd. Club certificates for member participation will be prepared and handed out at a future meeting.
  2. Elections: Club elections will be held at the next meeting in January. Positions that will be available include that of President, Vice President, Treasurer, Secretary, and Board Member. Individuals currently occupying those positions have indicated that they are willing to continue. Specifically, our current president, David (W4SAR) indicated that he would be willing to continue in that post but will step down after another term. Ladd, W4ORD, is willing to continue as vice president, Bill (N8BR) is willing to continue as secretary. Dan (KR4UB) is willing to continue as treasurer but will step down from the repeater responsibilities he has also carried for over 20 years. He will continue to manage the club website, provide technical support to those taking responsibility for the club’s repeaters and work on club recruitment. Finally, Karen (KD4YJZ) is willing to continue as board member. Prior to our next membership meeting I will prepare ballots and circulate instructions for the election.
  3. Code of Conduct for Club Repeaters: Most repeater sponsoring clubs have developed documents that define organizational expectations for appropriate conduct during use of its repeater(s). OCRA should be no exception. Therefore, your OCRA board will be discussing the issue with the desired outcome of producing a draft document for club discussion, revision and potential adoption. Note: Input from KM4MBG (Jack) indicated that these discussions are also going on in DFMA (Durham FM Association), and focused on a code of conduct that covers all club activities rather than just those pertaining to the use of repeaters.
  4. Future Meetings: There will be a meeting of the OCRA Executive Board next Monday at 7:30 PM.

ADJOURNMENT: Meeting Adjourned at 8:45p.m.

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