ARRL Sections - Oklahoma



Contact Information

Section Name:
Lloyd Colston, KC5FM

Basic Information

West Gulf

 Updated 10/21/2014


Good morning, folks!

First, thanks to all the Oklahoma Section for the support of all the
Section Leadership during the transition from Kevin, N0IRW as Section
Manager to me.  It is going to be a wonderful two years that I serve
you.  Thanks to Kevin for handing off the section in so great shape.

The next hamfest is Ardmore on October 24-25.  That's just a few days
away.  I have MY tickets.  How about you?  Please plan to attend the
League and ARES forums.  I know Mark, N7XYO has some news for you.

Following that, November 1-2 is the Enid Hamfest.  Jim, W5JCS and Mark
will both be there since I have a conflict with Homeland Security
training in Oklahoma City that weekend.

Speaking of that, Mark has been putting the word out on the lists about
it.  Details can also be found at
and, as of this note, only 16 seats remain.

Please welcome Michael Dean, K5MFD to the mix.  He is the new Public
Information Coordinator.  He will also be doing double duty as
Legislative Liason.  He has experience working in State Government in
Oklahoma and "knows his way" around the Capitol.  Thanks to Eddie,
K5EMS for handling that and supporting the Cowboys too boot.

Since Captain Kirk asked Lieutenant Uhura to open hailing channels,
these are the preferred methods to reaching your Section Manager.

Email is preferred.  Thanks to Dale, N5VX, Winlink is working at the
Emergency Operations Center out here on telnet and RF.  The Navy MARS
Winlink accounts also work.

One can usually find KC5FM on Automatic Packet Reporting System.
Messaging works good there too.  I have been known to drop in on the
Tulsa area Packet net on Thursday night.  Who said packet is dead?
Drop a packet message to KC5FM and see if the forwarding processes
still work and where the account resides where the message came to

Speaking of APRS, who'd like to try to start an APRS Section net?

Since there's an HF remote base out here, one can expect to hear me
more frequently on the Oklahoma Phone Emergency Net and the Oklahoma
Amateur Radio Emergency Services Nets on Sunday.  Check into the 7290
Traffic Net and the groups, if you want to see if someone
from Oklahoma is here.  The remote uses Remote Hams software
(  The League leadership has been invited to
use the remote to monitor HF emergency nets they just can't quite hear
in Newington.

No surprise that Echolink and Internet Radio Linking Project is in use
in the State.  KC5FM is usually connected to the Weather Talk
Conference (7203) or IRLP 9219.  Need something from Altus?  Connect
and just like on HF, one can move off to a peer-to-peer connection.

Speaking of VOIP efforts, who would like to try to start an
Echolink/IRLP Section net?

Please remember Twitter (kc5fm) and Facebook (wx5em) along with and for the Section social
media effort.  Speaking of the latter, if your club has pictures and
news lets share it with the rest of the State.  I care as much about
what happens in Kenton as I do in Haworth where six hams reside.
Sadly, there are zero hams in Kenton while seven call Boise City home.

Speaking of social media, has been in
operation for a number of months.  It's updated at least weekly with a
tidbit from around the State that is also tweeted.  One can follow it
on email.

There you have it!  Some plans and thanks to those who have helped and
continue to help the Oklahoma Section stand tall and proud.

73 de Lloyd, KC5FM

ARRL Oklahoma Section
Section Manager: Lloyd Colston, KC5FM

Oklahoma Officials