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 61 Member Profiles


              Antennas - EZNEC COAX Ladderline Connectors Tuners Stealth         30
              APRS - Automatic Packet Reporting System                           8
              ARES - Click here, then "ARES Nets & Training" Folder              16
              AuxComm/EmComm - Area Nets Training                                10
              CERT - Community Emergency Response Team                           8
              Contesting                                                         9
              CW - Frequency Band Plan                                           11
              Digital -  JT65, PKS31, RTTY, Winlink,WSJT, and others             13
              DMR - Digital Mobile Radio                                         3
              DXing                                                              23
              Field Day                                                          30
              Mobile Ops                                                         12
              Nets/Net Control Click here, then "ARES Nets & Training" Folder    6
              Public Service                                                     19
              QRP (Low Power)                                                    3
              Remote Station Ops                                                 7
              Repeaters - Area Repeater Listing                                  12
              Repeater Crew                                                      7
              Satellite Ops - AMSAT Satellite_Contacts Frequencies               3
              SOTA - Summits on the Air in North America                         3
              SSB - Frequency Band Plan                                          13
              Vintage Radio - Vintage Radio Boulevard                            6

Bands of Interest


          160m-5; 80m-12; 40m-19; 30m-11; 20m-20; 15m-12; 10m-18; 6m-14; 1.25m-0 70cm-10

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

 

61 Hams in the Area Listing Interests with 22 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, Toantennas
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
KN4QCC Onda Blevins yes no Antennas, Field Day, Mobile Ops, Remote Station Ops, Attended Meeting to Learn about Ham Radio Operate, Mobile Unit, Remote Station
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 yes 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, Field Day, Foxhunting, Repeater Crew, SDR, SSB, 40m, 20m, 17m, 10m, 6m, 2m, 70cm, FT-8 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
K4VO Bob Milback no yes Repeaters, 6m
N6WJM Jim Musson yes no Build, HF Station, Wire Antenna
W4AEN Ed Neely yes no Antennas, APRS, ARES, Auxcomm, CERT, Digital, DX, Field Day, Foxhunting, 80m, 40m, 20m, 10m, 6m Decision, Install, Wire Antenna, Feedline, Grounding
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
KN4YEF George Oberlander no no Antennas, ARES, CW, Digital, Field Day, Public Service, Repeaters, SDR, SSB, 40m, 20m, 15m, 10m, 6m, 2m, 70cm Build, Decision, Wire Antenna, Grounding, 40m, 20m, 15m
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
KG4CFX Christopher Pope yes yes ARES, Auxcomm, DMR, Field Day, Foxhunting, Mobile Ops, Nets/Net Control, Public Service, QRP (Low Power), Repeaters, 80m, 40m, 20m, 15m, 10m, 6m, 2m, 70cm
KU4GC Dee Ramm yes yes Antennas, Digital, DX, paper chase
WB4OSU Sherri Rapp yes no Digital, Field Day, 40m, PSK-31, FT-8
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 no 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
KA2WDL Philip Sheridan no 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
w4air Daryl Thompson yes no Antennas, DX, Mobile Ops, 20m
KN4VXB Aurora Toennisson yes no APRS, CERT, Public Service, Attended Meeting to Learn about Ham Radio Build, Fix, Install, Operate, Want classes teaching ham radio
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
K4AAI Jay Zaragoza yes no Antennas, SSB, Vintage Radio Beam Antenna, Wire Antenna, Connectors, Grounding, Tower, Getting back on air

 

Recent Posts

Fall 2019 OCRA Club Construction Project

by Steve KZ1X

A few months ago I conducted an email ‘straw poll’ to gauge the interest in a club construction project.

It has been quite some time since the last such project.

The target date proposed for this project is the October 14, 2019 OCRA meeting.

This year’s idea was to build a very simple, but great quality and low cost Morse tutor keyer kit, and to back it up with over-the-air Morse lessons at some later date.

Response

The interest level in the kit itself was rather high, approximately 21 persons, and then others responding in ways other than via email. Some persons responding are DFMA members, as the email went out on the joint mail reflector.

Perhaps half the responders expressed concern about their electronics assembly skills.

They either were interested but felt it might be too complicated, many have never done anything like this before, they lacked the tools, were worried about success, or how to troubleshoot, needed help, and so forth.

Morse classes

The interest level in the Morse lessons was also high, higher than I expected. Some people wanted to get more proficient at their existing Morse skills and others wanted to learn from scratch. Still others already have Morse skills but just wanted to build the little kit!

Addressing the Concerns

To address the kit building concerns, at least two and possibly several more assembly workstations will be set up at the OCRA club meeting site, which for this session could start 30 minutes earlier than normal. The extra time would allow for everyone who wanted to, to get a chance to assemble and test his or her keyer.

Plenty of experienced builders are in the club and plan to attend this meeting, so there will not be any shortage of assistance.

To make sure the vendor can get the kits out in time, do not wait until just days before the event to order yours!

Project FAQ

  • Who makes this kit?

A small New Hampshire firm headed up by K1EL, a very well known ham whose call is almost synonymous with Morse keyer accessories.

  • How do you get a kit?

Order it from the link below.

  • How much does it cost?

The price currently is $22 plus shipping. The vendor is selling the kits quite near his raw parts cost, to assure it stays popular among newcomers to Morse. Another product sold by the same vendor, with similar functionality, costs almost 5 times this price.

  • How long does it take to get the kit?

About 4 or 5 days, here in NC. It comes USPS.

  • What else do you need to make the kit work?

Three AA size alkaline cells.

  • What tools do I need?

It is best to have needle nose pliers, a small flush cutter, solder, and a temperature-controlled soldering station. These links are just high-quality suggestions, for those wishing to equip one’s own new workbench. There will be tools available at the club meeting.

  • How long does it take to build?

Between 15 – 45 minutes, depending on skill level, equipment, pace, etc.

  • Are there any surface-mount type parts in the kit?

No.

  • What happens if it does not work?

That is not likely to happen, if you build yours at the club meeting there is a near zero chance to have this kit not work.

  • Can I get my kit and build it myself before the meeting?

Yes, of course, and then you can help others!

  • What do you get in the kit?

All the parts needed to make one complete keyer assembly, except for the AA cells.

The vendor also answers many of these questions, of course, including a complete description of what the keyer does.

Check out the kit web page at this URL:

https://www.hamcrafters2.com/K16tutor.html

Here is a picture of the box as it comes from the vendor, located in New Hampshire.

The keyboard and mouse are shown for scale.

Inside the small white box are the circuit board and a bag with the parts needed to assemble the unit.

Here is what the unpopulated circuit board looks like, as you get it. (Yes, the AA cell holder is already mechanically attached, but NOT soldered.)

The bottom side of this circuit board, where the soldering takes place, looks like this:

There are approximately 54 individual solder connections to make.

Here is the bag of parts:

and when assembled, it looks like this:

The assembly manual is available from the link above, and there is a button to click to place your order.

Please post any questions you may have to the OCRA-DFMA reflector.

Looking forward to the October 14, 2019 club meeting and the construction project.

Steve KZ1X

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