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Kevin O'Dell, N0IRW
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West Gulf

 Alert!  New Section News!  March 5, 2017





Hello everyone!

Well, Spring is upon us and the hamfest season is underway.
On Saturday March 4th, Eddie Manley, K5EMS and I made the 
trek out to Elk City for th 28th annual Elk City Hamfest.
I would like to congratulate and thank Earl Bottom, N5NEB
and his crew for putting on a great hamfest.  

The attendance of Rep. Frank Lucas (R-OK) was the highlight
of the event.  Section PIC, Lloyd Colston, KC5FM reported 
the following:

A special "non-ham" guest was on hand for the Elk City
hamfest March 4 when Oklahoma Congressman Frank Lucas
came to visit the scores of interested attendees there.
Lucas spoke to the issue of restrictive covenants
homeowners face when buying housing that prohibits
amateur radio ... and other antennas. Additionally, those
listening heard how to write, email, call, and visit
their elected officials at the Federal, State, and local

Lucas, a non-ham, mentioned his appreciation of the work
that hams have done and continue to do in service to
their communities.   He did note, however, that the
public perception of ham radio is a user with old tube
type equipment using "AM radio" signals.  He learned the
various methods "hams" use to communicate including
digital radio techniques and satellites.

Other items discussed were tower light requirements being proposed, the "generator bill", work on "fixing" the text and drive bill, the needs for clubs to have their public information officers work with one another to get the word about local offerings, and the section APRS and VOIP nets. Overall, the effort was informative and well received, according to Kevin O'Dell, N0IRW, ARRL Section Manager.
Thanks Lloyd....

The next hamfest is Green Country in Claremore on April 
7th & 8th.  I hope to see all of you there.  Then in July
Is Ham Holiday....They have a new location you will really
enjoy.  It's the Tower Hotel on Northwest Expressway across
the street from Integris Hospital.  I've been to conventions
there and it is a nice location.

Let's all get on the air and have some fun!


Kevin O'Dell, N0IRW
Oklahoma Section Manager

Oklahoma Officials