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Join OCRA! Ask for a new member application form. Don’t have cash or cheekbook with you tonight? Return your completed application form to join OCRA; you will be listed on the membership with a “Pending” status. Dues can be payed by credit card on the OCRA website at www.ncocra.org, or at the next meeting. 1st time attendees from a recent OCRA VE test session receive a 1st year OCRA membership for free.

New Applications/Pending Status

Awaiting Dues Payment or, if newly licensed, attend the next OCRA club meeting for free 1st year membership

Call SignFirst NameLast NameStatusRecordedInterestsAssistance Needed
KN4YEF George Oberlander Pending Sep.2019 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
KN4WRT Matt Peretin Pending Aug.2019

Membership Listing

Call SignFirst NameLast NameStatusPaid Thru1st JoinNewInterestsAssistance Needed
W3AHL Steve Ahlbom Current Apr.2020 Mar.2009 - - - Antennas, APRS, ARES, Auxcomm, Field Day, Nets/Net Control, Public Service, Repeaters, Repeater Crew, SSB, 80m, 40m, 20m, 15m, 10m, 6m, 2m, 70cm
KW4KZ Chuck Anoia Renew Dec.2018 Jun.2015 - - -
KN4CSN Michael Austin Renew Mar.2019 Mar.2018 - - - Field Day, Public Service
W4JWA James Austin Current Jul.2020 Mar.2018 - - - Digital, Field Day
KM4IWI William Bailey Current Sep.2020 May.2015 - - -
N4GF Roger Barr Current Apr.2020 Jul.2015 - - - Antennas, Contesting, Mobile Ops
NA4VY David Belt Renew Oct.2019 Jan.2001 - - - Install, Wire Antenna
Ak4w Ed Best Current Sep.2020 Sep.2011 - - - APRS, Toantennas
N8BR Bill Bischoff Current Feb.2020 Jan.2015 - - - 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 Jun.2020 Jun.2019 New Antennas, Field Day, Mobile Ops, Remote Station Ops, Attended Meeting to Learn about Ham Radio Operate, Mobile Unit, Remote Station
N4CCT George Bohannon Current Aug.2020 Mar.2011 - - -
KM4MDR John Boone Current Apr.2020 Aug.2015 - - - DX, Field Day
KS4VX Roger Boyles Current Mar.2020 Dec.2012 - - - Antennas, Contesting, Digital, DX, Remote Station Ops, SSB, 80m, 30m, 20m, 17m, 15m, 10m, 2m, HF propagation
KF4EUT Gwen Boyles Current Mar.2020 Dec.2012 - - -
KA5JUJ Martin Brody Current Apr.2020 Jul.2016 - - - Antennas, DX, 80m, 40m, 30m, 20m, 17m, 15m, 12m, 10m Operate, HF Station, Wire Antenna
KN4DRN Michael Canada Current May.2020 May.2018 - - - Antennas, DX, Mobile Ops, Remote Station Ops, Repeaters, Satellite Ops
W4ORD Lad Carrington Current Jun.2020 Aug.1992 - - - 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 Feb.2020 Apr.2011 - - - Antennas
WX4WNC Adam Caudill Current Feb.2020 May.2018 - - - Auxcomm, Digital
KN4JYP Kathy Chavis Current Jul.2020 Jul.2018 - - - 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
KM4IQX Michael Close Renew Nov.2018 Nov.2015 - - -
KM4IRF Jay Condie Renew Apr.2019 Apr.2015 - - -
KN4PAL Forrest Covington Renew Oct.2019 Oct.2018 - - - SSB, 10m, 6m, antennas
KN4SVO John Cowan Current Jun.2020 Jun.2020 New
KM4NOU Joel Dunn Current Jan.2020 Jan.2016 - - - Mobile Ops, Nets/Net Control, Repeaters, 40m
KR4UB Dan Eddleman Current Jun.2020 Apr.1993 - - - 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.
KJ4GDW Wayne Estabrooks Lifetime Feb.2009 - - -
N6LUZ Skip Fisher Current Oct.2020 Jan.2004 - - -
WA2JLW Roy Forrest Current Jul.2020 Jul.2012 - - -
K4FHI Robert Glenn Current Feb.2020 Jun.2003 - - -
N2PCC Kurt Grandis Renew Apr.2019 Mar.2018 - - -
KX4P John Green Current Feb.2020 Feb.2014 - - -
N3TXU Bryan Greenawalt Renew Jan.2019 Jan.2012 - - -
KN4EVB Andy Grubbs Renew Oct.2018 Oct.2017 - - - DX, Mobile Ops, Public Service, Disaster Prep
W2STU Stuart Gulker Current Feb.2020 Feb.2019 New
K4ITL Danny Hampton Lifetime Apr.2009 - - -
K0STV Steven Harris Current Apr.2020 Apr.2020 New 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 Apr.2020 Aug.2015 - - -
KF4PAB Lenore Hill Current Apr.2020 Feb.2016 - - -
KG4EDY Thomas Hillery Renew Aug.2019 Apr.2011 - - -
KE4YRB Joline Hodges Current Mar.2020 Feb.1999 - - -
KE4NBB Ted Hodges Current Mar.2020 Feb.1999 - - -
KE4MSW Victor Hoffman Current Mar.2020 Mar.2020 New
WA4PSC Howie Hoyt Renew Mar.2019 Jun.2010 - - -
KM4WHL Sarah Hoyt Renew Mar.2019 Feb.2017 - - -
N1GMR Kimberly Jackson Current Mar.2020 Feb.1992 - - -
KZ1X Steve Jackson Current Mar.2020 Feb.1992 - - -
KM4WXW Jeffrey Jagoda Current Dec.2019 Nov.2019 New Auxcomm, Field Day, Public Service
WB8USJ Joseph Johnston Renew Jan.2019 Jan.2018 - - -
KI4MXP Gerrald Jones Current Aug.2020 Nov.2006 - - -
KK4MEG Albert Jones Current Jun.2021 Jan.2015 - - -
AC4RD Ken Kenzenski Renew Nov.2018 Oct.2012 - - - APRS, Contesting, DX, Mobile Ops, antennas
W4BOH Wilson Lamb Renew May.2019 Sep.2008 - - - 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
N2JBI Paul Leboeuf Current Jun.2020 Jun.2019 New
W4MDL Michael LeCates Renew Feb.2019 Feb.2018 - - -
KD4OFG Jackie Little Current Dec.2019 Feb.1992 - - -
N4ZAK Robert Little Current Dec.2019 Feb.1992 - - -
KK4NNQ Mark MacAllister Current Aug.2020 Aug.2013 - - -
KN4BTI Mark McClish Current Aug.2021 Aug.2018 - - - Public Service, antennas
N1LN Bruce Meier Current Feb.2020 Jul.2006 - - - Antennas, ARES, Contesting, CW, DX, Field Day, Public Service, SSB, 160m, 80m, 30m, 20m, 17m, 15m, 12m, 10m
N1YXU Laurie Meier Current Feb.2020 Jul.2006 - - - ARES, CERT, Field Day, Nets/Net Control, Public Service
KK4VUR John Mitchell Current Jan.2020 Jan.2017 - - -
N6WJM Jim Musson Current May.2020 Apr.2019 - - - Build, HF Station, Wire Antenna
W4AEN Ed Neely Current May.2020 May.2019 New Antennas, APRS, ARES, Auxcomm, CERT, Digital, DX, Field Day, Foxhunting, 80m, 40m, 20m, 10m, 6m Decision, Install, Wire Antenna, Feedline, Grounding
K1OC Tony O'Connor Renew Sep.2019 Sep.2013 - - -
KN4QOT David Parker, Jr. Current Dec.2019 Dec.2018 New APRS, Auxcomm, Contesting, Digital, DX, Field Day, Mobile Ops, Public Service, Repeaters, Repeater Crew, SOTA, antennas
KV4ZR Loren Peters Current Dec.2020 Jul.2014 - - - 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
KK4MEK David Pollock Current Dec.2019 Mar.2013 - - -
KG4CFX Christopher Pope Current Apr.2020 Jan.2001 - - - 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 Current Feb.2020 Jul.1997 - - - Antennas, Digital, DX, paper chase
W4MKR MK Ramm Current Feb.2020 Jul.1997 - - -
WB4OSU Sherri Rapp Renew Aug.2019 Dec.2015 - - - Digital, Field Day, 40m, PSK-31, FT-8
N4KW Pete Raymond Current Apr.2020 Apr.2018 - - - Antennas, Contesting, CW, DX, Field Day, 160m, 40m, 30m, 20m, 15m, antennas
KN4VXC Leo Reynolds Current Aug.2020 Aug.2020 New
N2XZF Paul Robertson Current Apr.2020 Apr.2014 - - - Antennas, DMR, DX, Field Day, Repeaters, Repeater Crew, 20m, 10m Wire Antenna
WA4BVY Terry Rogers Renew Oct.2019 Oct.2009 - - -
KK4JGT Terry Schmidt Renew Jan.2019 Feb.2016 - - -
KE4LYK Charles Schoon Current May.2020 May.2017 - - - Contesting, DX, Field Day, Public Service, Repeaters, Repeater Crew, antennas, mobile, 3D art software, computer programming, electronics, politics
KD4UCZ Charles Schott Current Sep.2020 Sep.2019 New
KD4AGQ Dan Sears Renew Aug.2019 Oct.1992 - - -
NE4U John Shadle Lifetime May.2007 - - -
KR3AM Mark Sidell Current May.2020 Apr.2014 - - -
K4SAR Joe Simpson Current Mar.2020 Oct.1992 - - -
K4PHS Peter Slugg Current May.2020 Feb.2009 - - - APRS, Field Day
W4SAR Dave Snyder Renew Apr.2019 Oct.1992 - - -
KD4YJZ Karen Snyder Renew Apr.2019 Oct.1992 - - - ARES, CERT, Field Day, Nets/Net Control, Public Service, 10m Operate
W1KES Keith Stouder Current Mar.2020 Jan.2015 - - - CW, DX, Field Day, SOTA, SSB, 40m, 20m
KA2SBC Kathleen Stowell Current Jan.2020 Dec.2009 - - -
K1ZW Larry Stowell Current Jan.2020 Dec.2009 - - -
KA1HPM Nick Szydlek Current Nov.2020 Jun.2015 - - -
KJ4VWG Sam Tannous Renew May.2019 Apr.2011 - - - APRS, ARES, Contesting, Digital, Remote Station Ops, SDR, ADS-B, Radio Astronomy, NEC2 Internals
WA4AHR Dewey Thompson Current Apr.2020 Oct.1992 - - -
w4air Daryl Thompson Renew Jul.2019 Jun.2018 - - - Antennas, DX, Mobile Ops, 20m
KK4PH Lowell Tieszen Renew Feb.2019 Apr.2009 - - -
KN4VXB Aurora Toennisson Current Jun.2020 Jun.2019 New APRS, CERT, Public Service, Attended Meeting to Learn about Ham Radio Build, Fix, Install, Operate, Want classes teaching ham radio
KA2DEW Tadd Torborg Current Aug.2020 Jul.2007 - - - Repeaters, Vhf Packet Radio
KW4XL David Vielbaum Renew Sep.2018 Feb.2017 - - -
KN4EOO Richard Wenklar Current Aug.2020 Aug.2017 - - - Auxcomm, CERT, DMR, Mobile Ops, Public Service, Repeaters
KA5ETS Doug White Current Mar.2020 Aug.2011 - - - CW, Digital, antennas, FT8
KW4JY Calvin Whitt Current May.2020 Aug.1992 - - - digital, antennas
KG4PFB Lisa Woodward Current Dec.2019 Nov.2001 - - -
K3VSA Woody Woodward Current Dec.2019 Nov.2001 - - -
W4LMW David Wright Current Jun.2020 May.2018 - - - Antennas, ARES, Field Day, Mobile Ops, Public Service, SDR, 2m Install, Operate, Mobile Unit, Tower, 2m
W4KIL Andy Yates Current Feb.2020 Oct.2008 - - -
AI4MW Tommy Yeager Current Mar.2020 Jan.1999 - - -
K4AAI Jay Zaragoza Current Jun.2020 Jun.2020 New Antennas, SSB, Vintage Radio Beam Antenna, Wire Antenna, Connectors, Grounding, Tower, Getting back on air

Total: 106, Current: 76, Pending: 2, Renewal Needed: 27 Expiring: 0, Expired: 0, Lifetime:  3
New Members: 13

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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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