(Remember,  LFPT means fine information…)


Dear Broken Arrow Ham Club Members and Ham radio enthusiasts,

Last night was a great meeting and we had several great “Show and Tell” entries including vehicle antennas and installation without drilling, hands-free, variacs, oscilloscopes and the vote was close.

Congratulations to Bruce Bierma who won the QuikTrip gift card and certificate with his presentation after passing around his expensive vacuum tubes and sharing the “sad smoke generator” saga caused by improper and rough shipping.  We’ll do Show and Tell again and thanks to everyone who presented.

Other items of discussion were:

Upcoming Green Country Hamfest –  Friday, April 7th and Saturday, April 8, 2023 ·

Dr. Greg Meador brought to our attention House Bill 2228 regarding distracted driving.  The language seems to exclude Ham radios in their vehicles;  however, conversations with lawmakers and others could suggest that without a hands free radio, amateur radio operators could be ticketed if not involved in a weather emergency, etc.  If you have questions, here is the link to the bill.   http://webserver1.lsb.state.ok.us/cf_pdf/2023-24%20FLR/HFLR/HB2228%20HFLR.PDF     Representative Ross Ford, R-Broken Arrow is the author and perhaps his office could be reached for more clarifications.  If we get any additional clarifications, I’ll be happy to pass that on.

Although 2023 Scholarship Applications are closed, we are getting information and prepared for helping our young Ham operators apply as well as investigate ways to get into the schools for helping setup Ham Radio clubs.  Ham Radio School Outreach:  How to Talk About Amateur Radio with Schools .  ARRL Scholarship Info:  https://www.arrl.org/scholarship-program

Be looking for an upcoming survey for topics of interest as wells as future dates for Zoom learning, Elmer Troubleshooting via Zoom, at library, after Friday Breakfasts at Mom’s Cafe, etc.

Other Upcoming Events

The National Weather Service will be having a Skywarn Storm Spotter Training in Tulsa on Saturday March 11, 2023


Start Time is 9:00 AM CST

Training is expected to last about 3 hours.

Location is the Oklahoma State University Tulsa campus

700 N. Greenwood Ave. Tulsa, OK

The training will be in the auditorium.

Here is a link to a map of the OSU Tulsa campus.


ARRL QSO Party – March 11th and 12th
The 2023 Oklahoma QSO Party is this weekend, on March 11th and 12th .This will run from 9:00 am to 8:00 pm on Saturday and from 10:00 am to
4:00 pm on Sunday, Oklahoma time. Note that Daylight Savings Time starts this weekend.

If you are an Oklahoma station, please consider going mobile this year to help get all 77 counties on-the-air in a big way!! Connie Marshall
K5CM has all the details on his OK QSO party web page at http://www.k5cm.com/okqp.htm. Grab your HF radio and get on-the-air.
ARRL Oklahoma Section
Section Manager: Mark P Kleine, N5HZR
Our next meeting is April 3rd, 2023 at 7pm and will delve into Winlink with more details to follow.

BAARC is a great club to meet other local HAMS, exchange ideas, and learn more about the hobby. Our meetings are open to everyone, whether you are just starting out or have been a HAM for many years.  Forward this email, bring a friend, your ideas, questions, and enthusiasm and let’s have a great time!

Best regards,

Tom Wolf, President

Retired clinical pharmacist (Hospice)