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W5HTK 145.29 On the Air From New Site

The Enid ARC moved their 145.29 machine to a 250' tower located near Goltry, OK. northwest of Enid. Solid mobile coverage from Harper Kansas on the north, to south of Watonga, to Waynoka on the west, and east to Ponca City. May be usable in Perry for mobiles. The PL tone is 141.3.

TARC's 442.000 @ Mannford in Tulsa District to change frequency

The 442.000 at Mannford will move to 442.8 soon. This will still be part of the TARC Supersystem and will still be accessed using an 88.5 PL Tone. The reason given is that many of the Chinese made transceivers, for example Baofeng, have a receiver birdie right at 442.000 MHz. Making it difficult to tell if the frequency was actually in use. Since the Supersystem is used for Skywarn and ARES purposes, it is important that everything works properly. 442.8 was very clear at those coordinates in Oklahoma, and we received clearance for the change from Arkansas and Missouri.

NO ORSI MEETING @ Ham Holiday

The forum schedule they have published is from LAST YEAR! No arrangements were made for this year. We wanted to hold our spring meeting in Stillwater, but the Sirloin Stockade shut down. So we are out of a meeting place. We thought about doing Ham Holiday again, but did not get any arrangements made. I floated up that trial balloon, but only got one response from the ORSI board. So I guess we will see you in November at the Enid Hamfest. Which is a small, but mighty Hamfest. Hey cheap admission and it covers food too, can't beat that!

145.27 Repeater in Bartlesville Changing Trustee

The 145.27 repeater in Bartlesville, Washington County NE district was transferred to Johnny N5XQK. It is a Yaesu Fusion machine and will operate in digital C4FM mode only. It is linked on the Wires X network. WHile currently a local coverage machine only, it may be moving to a 300' tower on the west side of town. Note there is a local coverage analog machine on 145.27 in South Tulsa.

Discussed at the ORSI Summer Meeting during Ham Holiday 2017

A small group of ORSI members got together during the OKC Ham Holiday 2017. Since the turnout was small and our president Duane KC5NID couldn't make it. Also our NE, SE, and SW directors weren't there, we just held some informal discussions.

1. We want to stick with the format of alternating the site for the Fall meeting between the Enid Hamfest and the Texoma Hamarma in alternating years. Therefore, this years meeting will be at Ardmore during the Texoma Hamarama during the last weekend of October. (We might have an ORSI interest table at Enid, but no meeting this year.)

Welcome the Following Repeaters to the Air in Oklahoma (Updated)

KE5GLC 443.975 Ada PL 114.8 is now fully operational according to the Pontotoc County Amateur Radio Association.

N5KNU 442.5 in Edmond (OKC District) is now a DMR repeater Color Code 1, on a 400' tower should have great coverage.

W4NFD 443.125 in Porum another new DMR machine linked into the Chicago Land C-Bridge, which has many repeaters on it, Color Code 1. Right now only about 80' HAAT, but the trustee says he is trying to get a taller tower for it.

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