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 63 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                                                              24
              Field Day                                                          30
              Mobile Ops                                                         12
              Nets/Net Control Click here, then "ARES Nets & Training" Folder    6
              Public Service                                                     20
              QRP (Low Power)                                                    5
              Remote Station Ops                                                 7
              Repeaters - Area Repeater Listing                                  11
              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                            7

Bands of Interest


          160m-5; 80m-12; 40m-19; 30m-11; 20m-20; 15m-12; 10m-18; 6m-13; 1.25m-0 70cm-9

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

 

63 Hams in the Area Listing Interests with 21 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
W4CFO Jim Davis yes no Public Service, QRP (Low Power), SDR, Vintage Radio
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
KX4UZ George Oberlander yes no Antennas, ARES, CW, Digital, DX, Field Day, Public Service, QRP (Low Power), SDR, SSB, 40m, 20m, 15m, 10m, 6m
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
K4FD Dan Wise yes no Packet Radio
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

 

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Morse Code Classes via a UHF Repeater

Steve Jackson, KZ1X

November 2019

The way that most people learn Morse Code best is in a classroom style setting. From roughly 1840 through about 1970, this was the manner in which most people learned Morse Code.

For a variety of reasons, beginning in the early 1980s, a trend began where people either did not have the opportunity to attend a classroom setting and / or took it upon themselves to try and self-teach the skill. The former is unfortunate; the latter, many times more challenging.

Well, amateur radio certainly has changed in the ensuing decades but what has not changed is the desire among many hams to be able to use Morse Code on the air.

Due to practical limitations such as the lack of a suitable classroom venue, the geographically diverse nature of potential students, busy lifestyles, and availability of instructors, it is not likely we will see a return to regularly scheduled, local, sit-down type Morse Code classes.

However, for those who do wish to learn in a class-styled environment, and who already hold a Technician or higher grade of amateur license, there may still be an alternative for a group-oriented Morse Code learning environment.

A Proposal

OCRA maintains a wide coverage UHF repeater. Like the majority of repeaters over the past 15 years or so, it is inactive most of the time.

This terrific and underutilized resource could easily host a scheduled on-the-air Morse Code class for students already holding amateur licenses. This document describes such a class.

Conceptually, the idea is simply to move a traditional sit-down classroom experience to one conducted in real time via a repeater. By making it interactive, on the repeater, the class will train participants to communicate over-the-air in Morse Code.

Yes, that’s it. The sole goal of the class is conferring the demonstrable ability to send and receive Morse Code on the air.

Before you ask:

There is no sending or receiving speed goal for this class.

Setting such a goal was important in an era when there was a standardized FCC test to pass. Teaching to receive at a given speed did not serve students well; it only helped the test proctors. Moreover, without a sending test, the underlying Morse communications skill of the student is not certain.

Therefore, a fixed-speed goal is not appropriate for a Morse Code class taught in 2020. Think of this class instead like “Marconi meets Montessori.”

Anticipating your next question:

What speed are the lessons sent at?

The answer is:

Since the class goal is to be able to make practical use of Morse Code on the air, the so-called speed for lessons is actually a more complicated issue than a simple number.

The speed of the dots and dashes for lessons is set at the natural rhythm rate, such the listening part of the brain will not try to ‘count’ these symbols. Instead, each letter’s acoustic pattern gets interpreted by the brain as a unique musical sound. Thus, the same part of the brain used to remember the first notes of a favorite song is activated to memorize the letters.

This is also why significant effort has been put into making the tones used in the class have musical integrity (pitch, tonality, and harmonic content are controlled).

In turn, the space between the letters is artificially lengthened from the expected spacing, so that the student will have time to write down each letter sent.

Focusing on “how fast?” as the sole metric for success is great for horses, not for people. This is about recognition, not rate. Once one knows all the letters and digits, increased speed is then only a function of experience and desire.

How Will The Class Work?

A class participant will learn Morse code over a period of approximately three months. The letters of the alphabet, the ten digits, and certain punctuation and procedural signals are introduced to students each week, in a graduated process.

Materials used are a combination of a Windows software application by G4FON, the K1EL Morse Tutor keyer kits, and a weekly over-the-air interactive instructor-led lesson. The software is used to make the letter introductions, and to help weekly home practice.

Dividing the 26 letters into four groups allows one to learn the more frequently used letters first. In turn, this allows the most rapid progress towards forming words. Quickly thereafter, students can create simple sentences.

The class design is interactive because student participants both receive and send in each class, and draw upon each other’s success. All of this occurs exactly as it would in a ‘live’ in-person setting. It is therefore vitally important that the students faithfully complete each week’s homework and come prepared for the next class.

Classes, Equipment, and Software

Classes

The class itself consists of eight on-the-air lessons, scheduled weekly, plus preparatory work.

Preparatory work consists of using the software to practice and learn the assigned new letters each week. Most people find that this will take from 1 to 3 hours per week. (Weeks 2 and 4 are hardest.)

Each weekly on-the-air lesson will be roughly 30-45 minutes in length.

There is a fixed curriculum. One cannot ‘skip’ any lesson, nor are there any make-up lessons possible.

This is in part because the lessons are not simply recordings. They are interactive, and, each lesson builds upon the previous one. In addition, students are active participants in the learning process for and with other members of their cohort.

Each over-the-air lesson consists of a student-listening portion, and a student-sending portion.

  • In the student-listening portion of each class, the instructor reviews the new letters introduced the previous week, by sending the letters over the air to the students.

This listening portion consists of these most recent letters, sent in three sequences of ten random groups of four letters each. The instructor, using an automated tool, transmits these.

After the lesson, the actual letter groups sent will be posted on line, so students can check their copy.

  • In the student-sending portion, the student will formulate words from all the letters learned so far in the class, and then send those words over the air so other class participants can copy them. Each student will send at least two words (generally 4 or 5 letters each).

The student-sending portion of the class is one reason for the K1EL Morse Code tutor kits. These kits allow a low-cost way of sending good quality modulated-CW signals over the repeater.

If a student wishes to use some other Morse tone generation gear, that is their option. However, it will still be necessary to use the same settings as shown below (in the software topic), so that all class participants’ signals sound similar (pitch, speed, spacing).

The student will need to be able to hold their microphone close enough to their kit’s speaker so they can send their words over the air. Of course – they must ALSO access the repeater well while doing so.

Equipment

The intention is for the typical local, licensed amateur to participate in the class easily, with minimal additional expense.

An assumption is that all students will already have the means to access the repeater, often via a handheld radio. It is prudent to check one’s signal into the repeater from the location where one will participate in each week’s lesson, prior to starting the course. Adding an external gain antenna and perhaps a corded microphone accessory could be very helpful.

An in-person set-up session prior to the first class will be available, so that students’ K1EL Morse Tutor kits can be programmed. The reason for this is because the Morse Tutor kits are programmed using Morse Code, and of course, the student using this Tutor does not yet know Morse Code.

The programming will be for rates, student callsign, audio pitch, and related settings.

Software

The software used for the class is by G4FON. It is a Windows program. (If you absolutely must use some other platform, please contact Steve, KZ1X, to discuss options.)

Several features of this software make it the ideal choice. The primary one is the feature where the user can select specific letters for the computer to send, repeatedly, allowing the student to learn new letters every week according to the class syllabus.

Other G4FON program options allow the computer-generated Morse Code to ‘sound’ like the class lessons do.

To set up the G4FON software for the class, choose the following settings on the main screen:

  • Set the Pitch to 660
  • Actual Character Speed to 15
  • Effective Code Speed to 5

and make any needed changes to the ‘button’ type options, as shown above.

Afterwards, open the ‘Setup’ tool and choose the “Morse Character Setup” tab:

For the first lesson, choose only the letters ‘T’ and ‘E’ as shown above.

For the second lesson, choose only the letters ‘E’ ‘I’ ‘S’ ‘H’ ‘T’ ‘M’ and ‘O.’

See below for the subsequent week letter introductions.

Here is a link to access the software:

http://www.g4fon.net/CW%20Trainer.htm

Lessons

Week 1 E T

Week 2 E I S H T M O

Week 3 A W J N D B

Week 4 U V G Z K R P X

Week 5 F C L Q Y

Week 6 1 2 3 4 5

Week 7 6 7 8 9 0

Week 8 . , ? /

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