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The Presidents Message 2016
Jeff Drew, N4JDU

To All of our members and friends welcome to 2016!

This year OMIK Radio Association members will participate in a professional documentary which chronicles the history of OMIK Radio from the 1950’s to present. Please consider coming to the Houston Convention this year so that you may participate in this historical project.

Those of you who have been a member for some time have seen a multitude of changes in our organization. Our nets continue to be a wonderful tangent of what we are about and it is a great public relations tool so I encourage all members that are able to participate in one of our three nets on every Sunday morning. While the nets are certainly a great public relations tool, that is not all that we are about. Remember that we offer educational materials, sample exams and mentorship. We continue to provide scholarships to those who seek us out and we offer remote control of our HF station to members.

OMIK does a lot for a small organization but the most important thing we do is to educate the public that we continue to exist and communicate our open door policy. This must be done individually by the membership. I know that the membership is proud of our heritage as we remain the oldest minority based Ham radio association in the USA. In this respect we are able to reach into the minority parts of the population to offer a path for those who would be otherwise passed over, into Amateur Radio. To my knowledge no other radio club does this. We go where no one else wants or sees a need to go. We are not afraid to recruit, train and install new members complete with new skills.

Teamwork is our motto. By working as a team, in a concerted effort, we are able to sustain and grow. However a chain is only as strong as its weakest link so we offer stimulus to those who would feel shy about taking the OMIK message public. I challenge every member to do their part to sustain our organization thru new membership and public awareness. As each year comes to an end ask yourself what you have done to help sustain OMIK this year. Add OMIK to your New Year’s resolution. Public appearances by our members and Area directors is supported and encouraged. Failure to recruit and/or attending public events is strongly discouraged. The organization needs all the publicity we can get to support our recruitment efforts.

Each Area Director is welcome to display the OMIK banner to use for public functions. Simply request it and we will send it to you.

The Ladies Auxiliary has made it clear that public awareness is vital if OMIK is to maintain a consistent presence in the USA ham community. Our ladies are looking at the future of OMIK and they are aware of our dwindling membership issues.

While getting old fits perfectly in the natural order, sustaining OMIK is not. Each of us must do something every year to sustain our organization. Help me to continue this campaign by doing your part to be proud of.

In closing I look forward to seeing everyone in Houston, Texas this July at the OMIK annual convention.
Our convention chair has once again worked hard to give us a wonderful location and opportunity to fellowship.

Please joins me to discuss your vision for the OMIK future.


The Presidents Message 2015
Jeff Drew, N4JDU

To all of our members and friends welcome to 2015. Omik Radio Association adds yet another year to our stellar history. Those of you who have been a member for some time have seen a multitude of changes in our organization. Our nets continue to be a wonderful tangent of what we are about it is a great public relations tool and I encourage all members that are able to participate in one of our three nets on every Sunday morning. While the nets are certainly a great public relations tool, that is not all that we are about. Remember that we offer educational materials, sample exams and mentorship. We continue to provide scholarships to those who seek us out and we offer remote control of our HF station to members. OMIK does a lot for a small organization but the most important thing we do is to educate the public that we continue to exist and communicate our open door policy. This must be done individually by the membership. I know that the membership is proud of our heritage as we remain the oldest minority based Ham radio association in the USA. In this respect we are able to reach into the minority parts of the population to offer a path for those who would be otherwise passed over, into Amateur Radio. To my knowledge no other radio club does this. We go where no one else wants or sees a need to go. We are not afraid to recruit, train and install new members complete with new skills.

Teamwork is our motto. By working as a team, in a concerted effort, we are able to sustain and grow. However a chain is only as strong as its weakest link so we offer stimulus to those who would feel shy about taking the OMIK message public. I challenge every member to do their part to sustain our organization thru new membership and public awareness. As each year comes to an end ask yourself what you have done to help sustain OMIK this year. Add OMIK to your New Year’s resolution. Public appearances by our members and Area directors is supported and encouraged. Failure to recruit and/or attending public events strongly discouraged.

Each Area Director is welcome to display the OMIK banner to use for public functions. Simply request it and we will send it to you.

The Ladies Auxiliary has made it clear that public awareness is vital if OMIK is to maintain a consistent presence in the USA ham community. Our ladies are looking at the future
Of OMIK and they are aware of our dwindling membership issues.

While getting old fits perfectly in the natural order, sustaining OMIK is not. Each of us must do something every year to sustain our organization. Help me to continue this campaign by doing your part to be proud of.

In closing I look forward to seeing everyone in Oklahoma City This July at the OMIK annual convention. Our convention chair has once again worked hard to give us a wonderful location and opportunity to fellowship please joins me to discuss your vision for the OMIK future.


The Presidents Message 2014
Jeff Drew, N4JDU

Happy New Year to the entire OMIK family!

2014 is now a reality and OMIK grows yet another year older. Please join me in welcoming all of our new member’s friends and shortwave listeners. The OMIK nets are a wonderful way to stay in touch with your fellow members across the globe. Please help to advertise our nets and assist in welcoming new operators to our bands. I have received some wonderful comments from around the USA stating how warm we are to each other during our Sunday nets. We have had some great comments from “Official Observers” as well. Our net operations provide a window to the general public of our warmth, compassion, our sense of teamwork and brotherhood. We should all feel better knowing that the OMIK message continues to welcome hams from all over the globe.

As regular participants we perhaps do not realize who and where others are listening in. Take a moment to listen and participate in other nets and then comment on what differences you discovered. I think out nets are the most friendly of all. If you listen closely you will hear a genuine concern for Health & Welfare, people dis-advantaged by catastrophe, and the general well being of all OIMIK members. This is the very best way to allow the general public a snapshot of what we are really about. Our friendship, teamwork and concern for others are a magnet for new members.

Consider this dynamic: 60 years ago our brilliant charter members sought to further their knowledge of Amateur Radio electronics in spite of the fact that they were treated as a second class citizens – not worthy of a ham license. Rejected and scorned we were left alone to further our craft. Isolation by the ham community could have caused matters to get worse but OMIK members sought not to take the road easily traveled but rather face the indignity with warmth and intelligence. This welcoming attitude continues in the OMIK membership today and to a great degree contributes to our success. We are not intent on excluding anyone that wants to join our ranks today. All properly licensed amateurs are welcome to participate in our nets regardless of gender or ethnic background. That’s a good feeling. By giving dignity and respect to all who inquire shows our level of character. This fact I am personally proud of and I hope you are too.

Now that 2014 is here please help OMIK in recruiting new members, net participants and convention attendance. Once this awful weather breaks, perhaps the Area Directors might develop some public display of Ham radio capabilities for the general public to see. How many times have each of you heard the comment, “I did not know people still did that?” (Operate Amateur Radio).

We should all publically promote the advantages of ham radio by creating or joining a public activity. Show the public that we are alive and viable in our communities.

As OMIK grows older, the membership must think younger if we are to be successful in recruiting those that will come behind us to sustain this magnificent organization. Each of us must recruit and tell others the OMIK story. Please help your organization to sustain itself with new members.
The convention is set for the second week of JLY in lovely Savannah, Georgia and it will be a very exciting and informative meeting. Please make a special effort to attend. Let’s all do what we can to make not only the convention our biggest yet but to also perpetuate OMIK Amateur Radio Association.

Thank you all and Happy New Year!

Jeff Drew, N4JDU


The Presidents Corner January 2013
from Jeff, N4JDU

Happy New Year to all our members and friends! 2013 brings new challenges to the OMIK organization. Just as technology evolves, OMIK must also evolve. I ask that each of us renew our membership and work to recruit more members. In addition create some activity that will help to promote OMIK in your community. The “OMIK Online” news letter is full of accomplishments of our members’ efforts to further the cause of OMIK and Amateur Radio. It is also a great place to see how other members ideas are put into action.

Please continue to submit your photos and articles to the secretary for publication of our efforts. This is the fastest way to disseminate the information to the group at large. Everything that you do, and submit to “OMIK OnLine” helps to increase our presence in ham community.

2013 brings many additional challenges. We want to continue the dialog about, including:
Recruiting, training and Licensing people of all ages and backgrounds.
Encourage members to obtain their Volunteer-Examiner credentials so that more VE test sessions can be established.
Make contributions to the OMIK Scholarship Fund.
Donate used or Ham-estate radio equipment so that we may further support new licensees.
Post area activities on the website
Use of the OMIK Remote radio transceiver and the establishment of OMIK-D-Star operations.
Check in to the Sunday nets.
Monitor and record poor operating and malicious interference.

Register early and attend the next Annual Convention in Denver, Colorado this July 9th through the 14th, 2013.

We are a small group by comparison to other National Radio organizations and to sustain it, we must get active and recruit. OMIK membership is open to all. What other organization will take the message of Ham Radio to a school, church of civic group? Let’s continue to make friends globally and to invite each contact to join us in membership, in scholarship, in activity and on our Sunday nets.

In closing again let me wish each of you a Happy New Year, I ask that you be active in your membership and create ideas to help sustain this fine organization.


The Presidents Message • Teamwork
October 18, 2012

The message today is about Teamwork. Most of you know that I was a child of the Civil Rights Movement. Also, I am from a historical area in Birmingham, Alabama called “Dynamite Hill”. During the period of my life between the ages of 7 to about 14, I was an un-official nephew of Uncle Mike (Martin) King and the entire leadership of the movement.

For me it was an experience similar to being in what I think of as, “the company of angels.”

The force of the common good overruled all individual notions of special recognition. The common cause, a victory over the chains that bonded us, was the single goal. The sheer power of Teamwork was the weapon of choice. While I could talk about the theory of non-violent protest of an unjust law, I will defer to another time. The message today is about how solidarity among us, can and has, assisted us in reaching our goals.

Our conventions offer us an exciting time of fellowship, learning, and the democratic process of setting policy and direction. It’s a wonderful thing. The free exchange of ideas, elections and, most importantly, the direction of OMIK policy and goals is paramount. We are all aware of the new, faster methods of communications. Textng, USPS mail, e-mail, cell phone, messaging, face book, as well as PSK31 and CW and ham radio are just a few of the communication methods. So ask yourself: Are you using any of these methods to advance the cause of OMIK? I urge each of you to talk to your friends and radio contacts to open the discussion about OMIK. Let’s all be a “promoter”. In my hamradionow.tv interview I was citied because I was “Too Promotional” by the reporter. Too Promotional? Too bad! I am president of the most valuable, and oldest, amateur radio organization in the USA. Promotional? You bet. I am asking that all of us be just that. The very occasional remark about OMIK to another helps show the general public that we are indeed a TEAM. It empowers each one of us.
Currently, the direction of OMIK is tuned to the recruitment of new members, remote operations, educational resources, application of new technology, scholarship, respect, friendship, and how we can remain effective as a viable amateur radio organization. We are about at least this much and more.

Each of us must do something to further the cause. Talking about our organization will help. Inquire of your fellow members and the public about what they would like to see in amateur radio. Solicit ideas, find out what others are thinking and doing, then share with the rest of us. The population is growing and we must demand our fair share of input from all who pose effective ideas on further perpetuating OMIK and the role of minorities in amateur radio technology. I suggest to you to that it can do no harm.

The reason I opened with a snapshot of my life in the movement is because of this: No matter how bitter the arguments that occurred in the privacy of my family home, the free exchange of ideas was commonplace as well as was the unity of purpose. Perhaps an outsider would get the wrong impression of their chosen “preacher” or leader. Negotiations can be difficult when you are talking about economic and political impact on a community and a nation.

After all was said and agreed, each leader departed the privacy of the living / conference room with exactly the same message. All leaders were of one accord. No dissension within the ranks. This is how we are going to do it and we will all be on the same page. I compare the impact to a school of fish — safety in numbers. OMIK needs more numbers each of us can help.

Thanks to each of you for acting on your sense of OMIK Teamwork!

A final word: our newsletter, The OMIK Communicator, is available online at our website http://www.omikradio.org/omikonlinenews.html. or by choosing the "OnLine News" button. Communicator editor Steve Schmitz asks that you send current news items to sjschm@earthlink.net.

Jeff Drew, N4JDU

 

OMIK News & Information


 

OMIK Members at the Huntsville Hamfest

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Left to right - Jeff Grayson, Jeff Drew, Geno Newman, Gary Newman, Roy Sherrow, & Mike Spanos

W9SUS-Leroy & K4DTM-Derrick

WD4Q-Henry

WA4WKL-Butch

W5GSU-Lester

WJ5Z-Roy

N5XPD-Gary


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OMIK 64th Anniversary Convention

Convention Images & Report

Click to download a PDF version of the Convention Minutes and Reports.
Report last updated 7/27/2016

Below are a collection of images from the 64th Convention

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Hospitality Suite, Houston TX

Frank, K6FED; Leonard, KQ0L; & Jeff, N4JDU

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Antenna Crew - Installing the Roof Top Antenna

Art, W8UTC; James, KA8HBT & Leonard, KQ0L

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Roof Top Antenna

Darrel, N5SHI Operating at the Go Box Operating Position

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Thursday's Educatonal Visit

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Hospitality - Ummm

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After the Board Meeting: Having Fun with Foy Sherrow, WJ5Z; Leonard, KQ0L;
Becky, KD8BBH and Art, W8UTC; and Jeff, N4JDU

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The pictures below are from the Convention Presentation by Frank, K6FED on
the Respberry Pie use and interface with an Icom-D51 hand held.

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Pictures from the Convention Dinner

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Jeff Drew, N4JDU presenting Frank DeCuire, K6FED for his presentation at the convention.

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Sherrel Ogletree thanking OMIK for contributing $500 to her Beauty Mentoring program.

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Jeff Drew presenting Arnie Lewin for his presentation at the convention.

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Jeff presenting Roy Sherrow, WJ5Z for his contribution at the convention.

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Welcoming new OMIK Officers for 2016 - 2018 (l to r)
President Cliff Peoples, KE8QR; Treasurer Ron Pennington, KA0ETF,
past President Jeff Drew, N4JDU, and new Vice President Matthew Blanding , K4FNX.

Welcoming new OMIK Ladies Auciliary Officers for 2016 - 2018 (l to r)
M. Joyce Spight, N9YXM, Resource; Betty Taylor, KC9FQW, President; Betty Decuire, Vice President;
Mary Ramsey, Secretary; and Francis Williams, Treasurer

 

 

 


Radio Waves the Setting For Fight Over Free Expression
The Sacramento Bee online news, June 3, 2016

"A Diamond Springs man is trying to fend off a $25,000 fine levied by the Federal Communications Commission in December for allegedly “intentionally causing interference to other amateur radio operators and transmitting prohibited communication.”

Read more here: http://www.sacbee.com/news/local/article81740737.html


OMIK's Area 4 Display Booth

Area 4 Call Area Director, Geno, N4GNO with Tommy, KJ9K and OMIK President, Jeff, N4JDU.


Radio Waves the Setting For Fight Over Free Expression
The Sacramento Bee online news, June 3, 2016

"A Diamond Springs man is trying to fend off a $25,000 fine levied by the Federal Communications Commission in December for allegedly “intentionally causing interference to other amateur radio operators and transmitting prohibited communication.”

Read more here: http://www.sacbee.com/news/local/article81740737.htm


Congratulations to W.A.R.F.A. - OMIK Partner Club



Amateur Radio Complaints

Amateur radio complaints should be as specific as possible, citing dates, times, and frequencies on which alleged violations occurred. Complaints should also include a name and telephone number where the complainant can be reached for further details, if necessary. Please submit your complaints/concerns regarding amateur radio to the Commission's on-line complaint system.

Willful or Malicious Interference Complaints

Section 97.101(d) of the Commission's Rules prohibits amateur operators from willfully or maliciously interfering with or causing interference to any radio communication or signal. 47 C.F.R. § 97.101(d).

The Spectrum Enforcement Division, in conjunction with the Regional and Field Offices, is responsible for responding to complaints of willful and/or malicious interference (sometimes called ``jamming'') among amateur radio service licensees.

Amateur radio service licensees wishing to file complaints alleging willful and/or malicious interference to other amateur radio service operations should follow the complaint process discussed above. Parties desiring further information may call: 1-888-225-5322


OMIK 63rd Anniversary Convention Pictures

Convention Group Pictures Compliments of Cliff, KE8QR and Ken, KC8EAT

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OMIK Arrival at City Gardens.

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Tommy & Joyce Speigt and other OMIK at the memorial wall OKC Federal Building.

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Oklahoma City Bomb site memorial.

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Pictures Compliments of Ron, KA0ETF

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Cliff Peoples, KE8QR - Forum on Antennas and Equalizers.

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Mary Overall, Presentation on Women's Health Care at the Ladies Auxiliary.

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D-Star Presentation with the help from Willie, W9SUS; Roy, WJ5Z, and Bob, KE6BJL.

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Hospitality Room Go-Box.

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Pictures from the Cowboy Museum.

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Indian woman at the Cowboy museum.

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OMIK Dinner Reception.

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Paul, KC5CYY with XYL & Cornelius, KR0Z and friend.

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KA0ETF with XYL.

 


Get Going With D-Star
from Frank, K6FED

With the wide spread use of Dstar we felt the need put up our own Reflectors (internet repeaters). They've been up since February and experiencing heavy use, they are owned by N5TAM Digital Amateur Radio Club who makes them available for use by others.  Here's a update on the Xreflectors XRF295 and XRF748 and how to add them to your computer, Wndows tablet or Raspberry PI. (NOTE: Download the D-Star Invitation from Jeff, N4JDU as a PDF file)

Owned by N5TAM Digital Amateur Radio Club (click here to download this information as a PDF file)

Name            DNS Name                Ip Address

XRF748  =  xrf748.dyndns.org    104.167.109.27 (Owned by N5TAM Digital Amateur Radio Club)

XRF295 =  xrf295.dyndns.org       104.167.96.2 (Owned by N5TAM Digital Amateur Radio Club)

OMIK D-Star Reflector

OMIK Xreflector XRF185 (internet repeaters). It has been up since mid July 2015. (click here for PDF file)

Name            DNS Name                Ip Address

XRF185  =  xrf185.dyndns.org    104.167.117.71

Procedure

1. If you are using Windv run Notepad as administrator  and change or add the new DNS name or IP address to the dxhosts.txt file. The file is located c:\Program Files (x86)\Microwalt Corporation \WinDV\. 

2. If you are using the Raspberry with the DVAP or DVMega do the following:
  
    a. VNC into the Raspberry pi and using a terminal window type: sudo nano /usr/local/etc/DPlus_Hosts.txt 

    b. Locate the XRF295 and change or add the new DNS name or IP address. Then use Control O to save then Control X to exit

    c. Locate the XRF748 and change or add the new DNS name or IP address.Then use Control O to save then Control X to exit   

    d. VNC into the Raspberry pi and using a terminal window type: sudo nano /root/DPLus_Hosts.txt

    e. Locate the XRF295 and change or add the new DNS name or IP address.Then use Control O to save then Control X to exit   

    f. Locate the XRF748 and change or add the new DNS name or IP address.Then use Control O to save then Control X to exit
    
   g. Close the Terminal window and reboot the Raspberry pi

3. If the Xreflectors are already in your radio no other actions is required. If you need to add XRF295 or XRF 748 take the appropriate steps to program your radio.

If you have Teamviewer installed on your computer and need my assistance, send me a email k6fed@yahoo.com and I'll help you get set up.

73
Frank K6FED


 

Pictures Compliments of Ron, KA0ETF

Cliff Peoples, KE8QR - Forum on Antennas and Equalizers.

Mary Overall, Presentation on Women's Health Care at the Ladies Auxiliary.

D-Star Presentation with the help from Willie, W9SUS; Roy, WJ5Z, and Bob, KE6BJL.

Statue From the Cowboy Hall of Fame.

Paul, KC5CYY with XYL & Cornelius, KR0Z and friend.

KA0ETF with XYL.

 


KG6LEV Estate Gear, Update

Please post on all web sites and nets:  Thank you OMIK and WARFA members for your interest in seeing that ( KG6LEV - GENTRY  ) our deceased member's family received fair value for all of his station.
 
All of the gear ( IC 756 PRO ll, the IC-PWl amp, all 2 meter radios, power supplies,  IC- microphones , SWR bridges, coax, dipole antennas and hf dipole antennas) have been sold.  The 4 element SteppIR  hf motorized yaggi has been taken off the tower, is bundled nicely so that all you have to do is plug and play.
 
if interested, contact  Rick, ni6au  at  -  ni6au@att.net -  for pricing and shipping arrangements.
 
73, Moody Law, WQ6I

 


Boy Scouts get their hands on ‘ham’ radio in Cheltenham

Jamboree-on-the-Air connects youth worldwide over amateur radio.

Follow this link to the Maryland Community News Online - Gazette.Net for the complete story and pictures.


2014 Huntsville Hamfest

OMIK Members at the Huntsville Hamfest • Click to Open Page
Pictures by Thomas Gaines, Jr., KB5FHK


62nd Anniversary Convention

July 17 - 19, 2014Recognitions and Awards from the Convention
Click Here for Slide Show

  • Ham of the Year - Stephen Schmitz W0SJS
  • Woman of the Year - Patricia Sneed KF6P
  • Forums - Cliff Peoples KE8QR and Frank Decuire K6FED
  • Special Award - Walter Carlington VP9KD
  • Shoot Out:
    • Leroy Taylor - W9SUS 1st Place
    • Otis Hughley - KC4BMX 2ne Place
    • Gary Newman - N5XPD 3rd Place

Congrats! to All


Dear OMIK Scholarship Team
from Jamese Dunlap

On June 21, 2014 I graduated from Northwestern University with a bachelors degree in Sociology and a minor in Business. The past four years at Northwestern have been some of the most challenging and enjoyable years, and I can't believe the time has come and gone so quickly.

During fall quarter, I began research for my senior thesis. My research focused on savings account ownership among low-income African Americans. It was my first research endeavor and it proved to be an extremely rewarding one. Following the completion of my thesis, I submitted my work to the Sociology Department to be considered for honors. This month I was informed that I was selected to receive distinctions for my work. It was through the support of my family, friends, and mentors that helped make this possible.

Following graduation, I moved to Philadelphia, PA to begin work at Vanguard. I will spend the first 15 months rotating through the company, and this experience will allow me to continue to learn and grow, and refine my career goals and interests. 

I'm extremely honored to have received the OMIK Scholarship. I cannot thank the OMIK Scholarship team enough for taking an interest in my educational pursuits.
I'm happy to announce that I have reached one end goal, that is my graduation from Northwestern University. This is truly a blessing.

Sincerely,
Jamese Dunlap 


Radio Club KF5CRF Students On The Air

A couple of students from the school radio club, KF5CRF will be participating from Muskogee, OK from either inside the USS BATFISH or in the park as the USS OKLAHOMA FIRE DIRECTION MAST SECTION. The event will be using either WW2SUB or WW2OK respectively.

OMIK members may find it refreshing to see young faces with callsigns operating at a significant world class event. Please ask OMIK members to send personal greetings to both students congratulating them on their accomplishments and words of encouragement, even if they are not actively operating ... it will astonish the host group operators and it will be a great way to promote OMIK.

OMIK members may call me at (580) 704.7663 if they want to coordinate a personal contact with the students over HF. Phone reception is good, except when I am in the submarine. Texting may prove to be a better means of communications. Thank you OMIK for all your years of support with our school program, KF5CRF.

Pictured here: KG5BNJ, Shakayla Love and KG5BNQ, Richard Routon


Greetings from the members of the Eighth Call Area

On Saturday, April 12, 2014 the Dayton Association for Communications in Amateur Radio (DACAR Group) held our annual Quad Cities Brunch. Members form Dayton, Columbus, Cincinnati, Elyria, Bedford Heights, and Cleveland Ohio had a beautiful gathering of food, fun, and camaraderie. One of the more important topics discussed was the need to bolster the OMIK scholarship Fund, and how we could accomplish this goal and spread the load. At that point, I wrote a check for One hundred dollars, and promptly challenged everyone in the eighth call area to match it, or any part.

Before we left the brunch, our members met my challenge to the tune of over seven hundred dollars. Before June 30, we will give the scholarship fund a minimum of $ 1000.00 dollars. We in the eighth call area will challenge all other call areas to do the same. If each area will donate a minimum of one thousand dollars, we will ensure the scholarship never falls short on the OMIK commitment. Come on everyone. Jump all over my challenge, and put our scholarship committee to work sending out receipts.

Best regards to all.
Cliff Peoples KE8QR
8th Area Director


Is Your Ham License Still Current? Have You Checked Lately.

A thanks to Ron, KA0ETF, our club Treasurer for helping get Leslie "Les" McCall's (#1268) license renewed 2 years after it expired. This is also a reminder for each member to make sure their license is current, and if not that there is a several year grace period in which you can renew even if it has expired. For more information contact Ron, KZ0ETF.


Encyclopedia of Ham Radio
A compendium of articles form the amateur community created by Stan Gulich, SM7WT, OMIK member #1640

After working on "Encyclopedia of Ham Radio" for six years, I have finished the project and I now try to make it better known. It has been presented in CQ, CQ-DL, QTC (Sweden) and it´s on its way in other major ham magazines. It was shown in Dayton, Friedrichshafen, and at the Tokyo Hamfair.

With this project, I have done my very best to make OMIK better known. However, I am very sorry to say that despite all my attempts to get more presentations from OMIK members. I got so impressed by the work done by OMIK that I became a member the moment I first read about the organization and I feel proud to be a member.

I wonder if you could publish a plea from me in the OnLine News. Hopefully some of the guys who never got around to send their presentations will enjoy reading about OMIK and other subjects related to Amateur Radio.

The encyclopedia contains 2,688 pages (corresponding to eight books!) and has 500 presentations from hams. I wish there were more than six from OMIK members (K1UB, KR0Z, W0SJS, KC5CYY, W8UTC, and SM7WT)!

However, what we have managed to achieve with our combined efforts is to have OMIK presented in five out of the seven chapters.

These are chapters and pages where you will find articles and contributions from OMIK members.

Chapter 1 Hams help the World

  • K1UB: OMIK & Amateur Radio: Maturing Gracefully pages 34-36
  • K1UB: The OMIK Scholarship Fund: All Scholarship! pages 37-38
  • KR0Z: OMIK members help after the attacks of September 11, 2001 pages 39-40

Chapter 2 Hams help hams

Chapter 3 Getting youngsters interested in Amateur Radio

  • KC5CYY: Into the Future pages 526-531
  • KC5CYY: School Club Round-UP 2013 pages 541-542

Chapter 4 History - Radio since 1912 pages 677-742

  • 1952 The OMIK Amateur Radio Association, Inc. is founded on August 17, 1952 on the campus of Wilberforce College, later known as Central State University, in Dayton, Ohio. Read more about OMIK in Chapter 1.
  • 2002 OMIK. celebrates 50 years as a humanitarian Amateur Radio Association.
  • 2012 OMIK celebrates 60 years as a humanitarian Amateur Radio Association. Read more about OMIK in Chapter 1.

Chapter 7 Personal Presentations pages 1089-2688

  • K1UB Frank DX-operator and former OMIK president pages 1652-1653
  • KR0Z Dub OMIK 10th Call Area Director and former OMIK president pages 1798-1800
  • SM7WT Stan active as SF7WT and has assembled this project pages 2245-2248
    Quote: In 2012, I had the honor to operate from KH6BB in Pearl Harbor. The same year, I heard about the OMIK organization for the first time. Reading about the background for starting the organization was a shock for me. I immediately decided to become a member and I´m impressed by the work to get more youngsters interested in Ham Radio and to help youngsters and people with disabilities. The OMIK members practice what VU2BGS describes with his interpretation of the word Ham: HAM = Helping All Mankind
  • W8UTC Art DX-operator and OMIK Net Director pages 2571-2572

If OMIK members would like to have "Encyclopedia of Ham Radio" with its 2,688 pages, I will be happy for $8.00 to cover my expenses and to get some money for hams who work on humanitarian projects such as 9G5SW.

Thanks to my OMIK brother and sisters • Stan, SM7WT


The Presidents Message 2014
Jeff Drew, N4JDU

Happy New Year to the entire OMIK family!

2014 is now a reality and OMIK grows yet another year older. Please join me in welcoming all of our new member’s friends and shortwave listeners. The OMIK nets are a wonderful way to stay in touch with your fellow members across the globe. Please help to advertise our nets and assist in welcoming new operators to our bands. I have received some wonderful comments from around the USA stating how warm we are to each other during our Sunday nets. We have had some great comments from “Official Observers” as well. Our net operations provide a window to the general public of our warmth, compassion, our sense of teamwork and brotherhood. We should all feel better knowing that the OMIK message continues to welcome hams from all over the globe.

As regular participants we perhaps do not realize who and where others are listening in. Take a moment to listen and participate in other nets and then comment on what differences you discovered. I think out nets are the most friendly of all. If you listen closely you will hear a genuine concern for Health & Welfare, people dis-advantaged by catastrophe, and the general well being of all OIMIK members. This is the very best way to allow the general public a snapshot of what we are really about. Our friendship, teamwork and concern for others are a magnet for new members.

Consider this dynamic: 60 years ago our brilliant charter members sought to further their knowledge of Amateur Radio electronics in spite of the fact that they were treated as a second class citizens – not worthy of a ham license. Rejected and scorned we were left alone to further our craft. Isolation by the ham community could have caused matters to get worse but OMIK members sought not to take the road easily traveled but rather face the indignity with warmth and intelligence. This welcoming attitude continues in the OMIK membership today and to a great degree contributes to our success. We are not intent on excluding anyone that wants to join our ranks today. All properly licensed amateurs are welcome to participate in our nets regardless of gender or ethnic background. That’s a good feeling. By giving dignity and respect to all who inquire shows our level of character. This fact I am personally proud of and I hope you are too.

Now that 2014 is here please help OMIK in recruiting new members, net participants and convention attendance. Once this awful weather breaks, perhaps the Area Directors might develop some public display of Ham radio capabilities for the general public to see. How many times have each of you heard the comment, “I did not know people still did that?” (Operate Amateur Radio).

We should all publically promote the advantages of ham radio by creating or joining a public activity. Show the public that we are alive and viable in our communities.

As OMIK grows older, the membership must think younger if we are to be successful in recruiting those that will come behind us to sustain this magnificent organization. Each of us must recruit and tell others the OMIK story. Please help your organization to sustain itself with new members.
The convention is set for the second week of JLY in lovely Savannah, Georgia and it will be a very exciting and informative meeting. Please make a special effort to attend. Let’s all do what we can to make not only the convention our biggest yet but to also perpetuate OMIK Amateur Radio Association.

Thank you all and Happy New Year!

Jeff Drew, N4JDU


Remembering Astley R. S. "Ruddy" Bygrave, WA2OLE

Below is a photo from Ruddy's QRZ page of him "at a MARA Field Day in Mt. Hope, St. James. This site is a favorite for us as you can see the Montego Bay coast line in the background."

Here are two pictures from Ruddy's memorial service from Maurice A. Sale.

 


==== In Troubling Times====

It seems that almost every day, we hear on the local or national news of yet another tragic event.
Recently we learned of a shooting at a naval yard that left 13 people dead, shootings in Chicago that took the lives of three people and wounded 23, and of Boulder County, Colorado citizens experienced devastating floods that claimed the lives of seven people.

And a few weeks ago, we learned that a suspected chemical bomb attack killed more than 350 people and left another 3,600 with associated injuries.

There is a strong likelihood that someone we know was directly or indirectly affected by these and other catastrophes.
Moreover, these events either near or far, shake the very foundations of our sense of safety and security. We seek answers and wonder what response we should make.

OMIK members have a long history of reaching out to help persons affected by calamities. Over the years the organization and its members have made financial contributions to aid people in Haiti following the hurricane; we made contributions to help people in the NE USA following Hurricane Sandy in 2012; we collected funds to buy sheets and blankets for persons in Africa; and in many other instances, we stepped up to assist when we could.

In the real sense, there is little that we can do to prevent these seemingly random acts done by people and nature itself. Yet, we still question what can be done to restore order to our lives.

When confronted by the unending stream of events, I believe our best answer is to seek the guidance of a “higher power” …the creator of heaven and earth.

So, today we pray for persons and families directly and indirectly affected by these tragedies and those yet to come. We also ask for perseverance and endurance as we look for opportunities to do our share in helping to make our world a better place…one that restores our sense of safety and security.

Surely, the collective thoughts and prayers of the many can help make our world a better and safer place to live and prosper.

Cornelius Washington, KRØZ


Denver Charity Receives Donation from OMIK
By Joyce Spight, N9YMX

Denver, Colorado’s The Gathering Place was selected to receive the 2013 OMIK Service Award. A service award is given each year at the annual convention to a non-profit organization that focuses on the wellness of women and children and is located within the convention city.

This monetary award was spearheaded by the OMIK Ladies Auxiliary and has become a joint venture of OMIK and the Auxiliary.

Personal Service Coordinator Ms. Bridget Johnson from the Gathering Place accepted a $500.00 check from OMIK President, J. Drew, N4JDU and Auxiliary President, Gwen Mosely, xyl-KQ0L at the annual banquet.

The Gathering Place is Denver’s only daytime drop-in center for women, their children, and transgender individuals who are experiencing homelessness and poverty. This is a vital center to the Denver community because now women and children make up about 50% of Denver’s homeless population.

This center provides programming and services to an average of 260 people each day. Ms. Johnson said that the Gathering Place is a community of safety and hope. It is place where positive relationships, choice, and essential resources transform lives.

According to Ms. Johnson, the center’s key values include recognizing individual strengths, building respect and trust and offering acceptance unconditionally.

Three nutritious meals and a hearty afternoon snack are prepared every day for those who visit the center. Other facets of the Gathering Place include Betsy’s Cupboard which distributes food bags to more than 400 individuals. For those in need of clothing, there is Bridget’s Boutique.

Ms. Johnson stated that the OMIK donation would be used to help replenish food. There is a wish list published on the Gathering Place website for anyone who can donate to this organization. OMIK Auxiliary president Gwen Mosely has visited the center and will be doing some volunteering in the coming year.

 


OMIK 61st Annual Convention

To view Convention Slide Show Part 1Convention Slide Show Part 2
(click the link above)
Pictures compliments of Chuck Lindsey, Jr. - KQ6IU


C’Mon L. Price Receives OMIK Scholarship 2013
by Grace Meacham, KA4OBK

C’Mon L. Price, graduate of Bartlett High School, is one of ten recipients of an OMIK Scholarship 2013 award. The $1,000 scholarship is for full-time study at any college, university, or trade school of her choice and may be applied toward tuition, books, and/or fees. C’Mon, the daughter of Monique and Steven Bethany, will be attending LeMoyne-Owen College, Memphis, the alma mater of her maternal grandmother (Grace Austin Meacham) and her great-grandmother (the late Bettirene Walton Austin Powell).

The OMIK Scholarship Fund, a 501(c)(3) unit, is a part of OMIK Amateur Radio Association, Inc., an international, educational and scientific organization founded in August 1952 on the campus of Wilberforce College, now Central State University near Dayton, OH. OMIK (pronounced “Oh-Mike”) originally was centered in the states of Ohio, Michigan, Indiana, and Kentucky and dealt with discrimination in the dominate culture while assisting Black “hams” on the radio bands and as travelers. OMIK today has evolved from a regional group to an international association affiliating with ARRL (American Radio Relay League). Predominately African American, OMIK is a multi-racial, multi-cultural organization with members from the U.S., as well as DX entities. The website is www.omikradio.org for further information.


The OMIK Scholarship Fund: All Scholarship!
By Frank Taylor Smith

Every once in a while it is useful to review how we got to where we are, and to ensure we understand where we actually are. Please forgive this introductory hyperbole, but it sets the framework for this piece.

Although OMIK the Association was founded on things radio and social interaction, far back in our early- to-middle historic period, our leaders decided that we needed a “Give Back to the Community” reason for being. Hence, awarding scholarships—which other social/fraternal organizations were embracing—emerged as a worthy endeavor for OMIK. We started by taking donations at the convention and turning over the proceeds to the National Negro College Fund local chapter where the convention was being held. The money, running from $300-$500 was not considered “scholarships,” but support for the NCCF. Arrisia Sorey, KA8WZO, spearheaded the effort in the 1980’s. With Moody Law’s, WQ6I, administration in 1990 came Joyce Spight, N9YXM, who brought more structure to the process with a $1,000 scholarship, then added a $400 book stipend. Raising the funds consistently was a challenge, with the administrative and operational requirements of the organization consuming most of the funds. Tommy Spight, KJ9K, and Joyce, at different times, the Scholarship Committee Chairman, were champions in keeping scholarships viable. Harold Mitchell, Earl Lockhardt, N6ECE, and others made fundraising their personal passion, spurring competition to give the most.

All charitable organizations have to balance the outlays to charity with administrative costs. The wise donor to charity goes on-line (these days) and checks how much or what percentage of money donated goes to support the cause. The more cost, the less credible is the charity.

Believing that the key to raising money for our scholarship was for OMIK to become tax exempt, administrations from the sixties to the nineties worked on this goal. The first submission from my administration went down to defeat. The reason was the difficulty in accounting for and balancing the myriad of things that OMIK did, our dues, support of the Ladies Auxiliary, convention support, the BlueBook, Communicator, and scholarships. My contact at the IRS said, “You really need a separate scholarship organization.” Then BINGO, it was clear! We then created the OMIK Scholarship Fund as a 501.C3 organization with the following officers: Custodian-Tommy Spight, KJ9K; Assistant Custodian—Harold Mitchell, KB8QT; & Resource Officer—Richard Reese, WA8DBW. At the same time, The OMIK Amateur Radio Association was designated as a 501.C7 organization. The scholarships awarded annually grew to 10 $1,000 awards. Yet the characteristics that compelled me to write this article, are these: The Fund does not have to balance costs with scholarships! Every nickel donated to the Scholarship Funds goes to scholarships. The Fund HAS NO OVERHEAD! It doesn’t buy paper, computers, pay for any travel, give stipends to officers, postage—NOTHING! The OMIK Amateur Radio Association, out of its budget, pays for all support of the Scholarship Fund. The only authorized expenditures from The Fund are scholarship checks. There is no co-mingling of funds. Thus, the OMIK Scholarship compares favorably with all other charities, in that they all have overhead. We do not.


In Loving Memory • Al Rogers, WB4TZJ(SK)

OMIK and its membership is saddened by the lost of OMIK member Al Rogers, WB4TZJ.

OMIK members in attendance: Thomas Spight, KJ9K; Grace Austin Meacham, KA4OBK; and Henry Leggett, WD4Q. Cornelius Washington, KRØZ, presented the OMIK Affirmation to the Rogers family. Several persons commented on how important ham radio and OMIK were to Al.

To view a copy of the funeral program in PDF format, click here.

 


Capital City Amateur Radio Society 34th Birthday Party
Photo and story by Charles Smith, AI4OT 

On Saturday, February 16, 2013 the Capital City Amateur Radio Society (CCARS is the two meter club in the Washington DC area to which many OMIK members belong) held it's 34th Birthday Party at the Tappanyaki Supreme Buffet in Laurel, Maryland.  Seventeen folk attended including OMIK Area 3 Director, Gloria Moody, kb3sel.

For hams in the Washington DC area, the "morning show" on 145.110mhz is usually "hosted" by long time OMIK member, Weaver Shepperson, Jr, wb3kic.  Shep is often heard responding to calls on this repeater when folk from outside DC pass through and hear the reapeater's strong signal.  CCARS and OMIK members in the DC area (including a few of us from "four land" in Northern Virginia) also join in the activities which Gloria frequently sponsors in the area.  Several times a year, we get together with our significant others and socialize which makes for a strong OMIK community.

Shown in the photo on the far side of the table are (in the sun glasses) Weaver Shepperson, WB3KIC; Ernest Stephens, W3ETX; Gloria Moody, KB3SEL,; John Moody, AK3R;  Calvin Cooley, WA3HPS.  On the near side, next to the vacant chair, Rachel Abood (AI4OT's yl); Linda Bradly, KB3ZKV; and Robert Lee, KM3DR. At the far table, there were other attendees who are not visible.   


“DE WB5GVI—Frank # ???”
by Frank, K1UB (seen right)

When I was needling Jesse Bell, N4QBS and Jesse James, KK4ASA recently about who should be Jesse #1 and Jesse #2 (I’d forgotten all about Jesse Hicks, N3KC), a ham friend asked me what that had been all about? I explained that back in the day when friends with the same name hung around the same frequency (that was mostly 7.265 mhz), they would number themselves with some level of agreement. That was particularly prevalent with the “Freds!” There was Fred #1—Draper, WA4WZT; #2—Garner, WB4FGB (‘Foxy George Baker’), #3—Ford, WB5HKV, #4—Tinsley, WD8KBX, #5—WB3GBF, and I tell you, I’m afraid to say how these numbers go from here!!! But anyway, N5TQM, N3BDX, NG3G, N5AKL, WD8CSW, KE8FU, and KB8MDQ were all Freds who theoretically could be numbered. Help me some of you “older” timers! I don’t remember any number being used beyond 5.

Anyway, the point of all of this is that the ham had never heard of this, and he is not a brand new ham. I suppose this habit did subside 10-15 years ago, but WA4WZT signed “Fred #1” until he passed last year or so. I hadn’t heard Fred Ford, WB5HKV in a while, but I think he still signs “Fred #3.”

This reminds me of the time I asked Foxy George Baker in 1976 at the Memphis Convention (after learning that he was Fred #2)—“How many Franks are there?; what would my number be? He said—“Cat, you are too new and too young to have a number!!!” Oh well ole Buddy, were that still true!

73,
Frank #1 ( LOL)


School Club Round-UP
by Paul, KC5CYY

During the week of February 11 – 15 scan the bands and listen for young voices and respond to their CQ calls during the School Club Round-UP (SCR). They may get your callsign wrong the 1st time, be patient, remember they are more proficient at texting. Thank the students for showing an interest in our hobby. Mention scholarship opportunities, that eventually lead to satisfying and great paying career opportunities. Remember the lifelong friendships that can develop.

Along with other schools, KF5CRF will be on the air, doing their best to hang out on the corner and make contacts. The students will appreciate you sending schools their way, or letting them know what frequency they can find other schools. Remember, each student brings a varied level of experience to the QSO. You may be that students very first QSO, congratulations! When you get time, sit back and listen for 20 or 30 minutes as the QSOs engage and disengage and the students seek out another contact. Remember, every contact counts. Individuals are 1 point, clubs are 2 points and schools are 5 points. Do you hold multiple callsigns? Offer those out as well, they all add up, but please identify the other callsigns as club callsigns as appropriate.

Left is Jada KF5TAT doing some last minute cramming for a recent General license test. Jada and her classmates are in the 7th grade and 12-14 years old. Nearly all the students have been in the program since the fall. Jada is one of the strong operators. Her schedule should allow her to participate after school until 1800 CTZ on Monday, Wednesday and Friday during the SCR. Next year, Jada’s roll will shift from operator to coach and peer mentor. Students enjoy showing off how cool amateur radio is and Jada is no exception.

Because art is also taught in the classroom, we have the potential to show amateur radio to those students. We work to get them involved. We pair inexperienced students with a student coach to teach them how to say their name phonetically and practice a QSO or two. When the student coach says they are ready, the student coach is the one actually coaching the QSO in the background. During the SCR, OMIK members please help out where you can. But most importantly thank you OMIK for all your support in the program over the years.

Test Sessions during Class Time
In past years Clifton Harper KE5YZB has been able to coordinate test session for his students after school. That worked fine until he had 3 classes (1 of 7th graders, 2 of 8th graders) of students to test. Now test sessions are schedule during normal class hours. The community VE-Team consists of Claude KD5RQ and several volunteers. Seen bleow from left to right, Kenny N5PYU, Bill AD5NK and Claude KD5RQ.

Clifton’s art classroom, full of students about to take their test, the end result will prove to be 1 upgrade to General and 3 new Technicians for the 80 that will have tested, for a program total of 30 licensed students in 4 years. We have only achieved results in the last two years.

Bringing young hams into the hobby is difficult enough when dad or grandpa is the mentor. Imagine the challenges when there is no family connection to amateur radio. Our commitment to the students is huge and there are many volunteers supporting the program to help make it work. When we discuss activities to maintain the student’s interest, we talk in terms of years. Of course the best part is the fun we have in working with the students.


Daughter Seeking History Regarding Father

Hello Mr. Drew,

My name is Deborah Scearce-Miles and my father was Llewellyn Scearce. I am curious about some of my father's history that is fuzzy to me and I understand that you are having a convention in July. I had hoped that you or someone at that convention would know about a talk that my father gave in Washington D.C. in the early 1980s (possibly 1985). I think it may have been on packet technology. Thank you for remembering him in your newsletter regarding the 61st Annual convention of the OMIK Association. I have fond childhood memories of going to Fox Lake Indiana to the OMIK conventions.

Sincerely,
Deborah Scearce-Miles


OMIK Assistance to the Victums of Hurricane Sandy

Shortly after Hurricane Sandy desimated much of the east coast OMIK responded through a donation drive so that anyone who wished could find the most effective method for making a donation that would go to the releif efforts. In response to that the Salvation Army has send OMIK a letter of thanks, click here to open the letter as a PDF file.


Louis Duvelle Johnson, K6UMX(SK)

Louis "Lou" Duvelle Johnson was born in Iberville, LA on February 3, 1918 and remember him today as a good friend and exceptional individual. Lou was the only child born to Hosea and Ophelia Johnson and as a young man completed his education with a degree in electrical engineering from Southern University. His love of electronics allowed him to become a pioneer in his field. He made history when he installed the first radio communication system in the cars of the first African-American Taxi company of Louisiana. Because of his knowledge and expertise the military was persuaded and assigned him, as a civilian, to teach draftees radio communications during WWII.

After moving to the west coast amd making Southern California his home he became an integral part of the electronics division of Disney by applying is knowledge of electronics technology to the popular rides at the Disney resort. He was employed by LAUSD and retired after 30 years of service.

Lou's spare time was devoted to various social organizations including the Rotery Club, the Western Amateur Radio Friendship Association and the Fontana Volunteer Police Department.

Lou never lost his interest in electronics and kept current with the latest trends. He could be found refurbishing or rebuilding electronics as well as repairing and trouble shooting for family and friends.

He loved his wife. He loved his family. He valued his time and spent it well. It will be his wit, charm, laughter, knowledge and love for his family and friends that will be missed and hopefully live on in the legacy left behind with those that loved him most.

The Jackson family wishes to express their sincere thanks for flowers and other expressions of love during their time of bereavement.


New Area 3 OMIK Father - Son Team Resonant, Positive and Productive!

Eric Kareem Jr., KB3MDF, who recently turned 15 on November 1st, is a 10th Grader at the North Point High School in Waldorf, Maryland and has successfully passed his General Class Exam.  Eric Jr. plans to work with OMIK to host a field day at his High School in 2013. His goal is to gain his Extra Class License before he turns 16. (Picture: From Left to right • Kenny Courtney, AA3NN; Walter Jackson, AA3SG; Eric Kareem Jr., KB3MDF; Burney Williams, AF3V)

Eric Kareem Sr. N9DXV successfully passed his Extra Class Exam and notes, "One of the greatest things about being a member of OMIK in Area 3 is the challenges to learn more
and to facilitate family involvement in the hobby."

The two stay involved in technology together as a father - son team, serving as positive and productive role models. Eric Jr. is involved in his school's electronics program in preparation for his career goal in Marine Biology, while his father is a doctoral student at the Steven Institute of Technology in Space Systems Engineering and an active member of the American Legion Post 275 Amateur Radio Team & the Mid-Atlantic Communicators Radio Organization. The two are also working on a framework for a Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education initiative, the "Mars City Space and Science Team" in southern Maryland. (Picture Below, From left to right • Kenny Courtney, AA3NN, Eric Kareem Jr., KB3MDF; Eric Kareem Sr., N9DXV - father and son team; Walter Jackson, AA3SG)


OMIK Presence at Stone Mountain Hamfest
November 15, 2012

The OMIK President N4JDU and Area 4 Director N4GNO represented the OMIK club at the Stone Mountain Hamfest last week. The weather was great and we set up Jeff's ECOM radio system operating on 20 and 40 meter bands, one of Jeff's DX QSO's was to Ecuador on from border to border and coast to coast.

Many OMIK members from 4 land stopped by and visited including Rit N4BNM who got us up to speed on is antenna litigation. The Face to face QSO'S with members and future members is always fun. Especially when we get to tell the non members about the great club and fellowship that OMIK members share with everyone everywhere around this world.

To sum it up, great time, great people, great weather...look forward to getting to more Area 4 events in the future.

73 de N4GNO
Geno


November Sweepstakes 2012 • Yes – Sierra- for SCHOOL
de Paul, KC5CYY Posted November 11, 2012

KF5CRF will operate from their school radio club station at Eisenhower Middle School, Lawton, OK on Saturday November 17th until sometime between 5 and 8pm. Nearly every on-air voice will be 6th graders searching for contacts as they try to make a clean sweep and contact all sections. In the background, you’ll hear the voices of their licensed 8th grade coaches, validating the contact and motivating the 6th graders to “GET THEM - WE NEED THEM!”

Starting at 6th grade, it will take most students 18 months to go from being coached to being coach! Bringing young people into the hobby takes a huge investment of time and energy, and yes real tears will shed on test days. Some will drop out but most will stick with it and seeing that confidence and competence happen is worth it.

All students are familiar with operating in a busy HF environment. During the School Club Roundup, the team worked 920 QSO’s, all 50 states and captured several DX contacts. The SCR is held bi-annually in October and February and proves to be a week long, fun filled event for the students.

When W1AW stopped by the classroom, the remote operator asked if he could make an exchange with all the licensed students … he was unprepared as nearly all of the licensed students were present and he made himself late getting back to work. When a South African stopped in, every student lined up to say hello and make an introduction.

During Museum Ships Weekend (June 2012) about 12 students from the middle school radio club traveled across the state to Muskogee, Oklahoma, to operate from inside the decorated submarine the USS Batfish, WW2SUB. Or work adjacent to the surviving memorial of the USS Oklahoma Memorial, WW2OK. If you worked WW2SUB or WW2OK, and thought that the operator “sounded a bit young” you probably talked with one of the students.

Only stations working from inside the submarine could operate as WW2SUB. All stations outside of the submarine had to work as WW2OK – It was an honor for the students to be so close to such important parts of our history.

On November 2, 2012 Robert Chapman KA5VST presented KF5CRF with an award for their participation during the 2011 November Sweep Stakes “Oklahoma Section Middle School High Score”. Present for the award presentation was Marcos KF5LLG, Itzel KF5JAZ, Kameron KF5NNS and Tristan KF5NNP.

Clifton Harper, KE5YZB/KF5CRF is the school teacher and school radio club organizer. KF5CRF has licensed 16 students from 6th grade to 8th grade. Please remember they are a little middle school radio club. If you hear them calling CQ, please spot them on your favorite DX reflector. If you hear those timid little voices calling CQ, stop in and give them a contact and please remember to say a few words of encouragement. Remember their exchange will be “Sierra” for SCHOOL. Good Luck in the Contest

  • Photo 1: A group of 6th graders searching for their “radio voice” calling CQ and looking for contacts during the SCR.
  • Photo 2: 8th Graders Sh’Kyra, KF5NNT and Alisha.
  • Photo 3: Silhouetted students operating in view of the USS Batfish WW2OK (left background). To the right (surrounded by posts and wire) are the memorial remains of the USS Oklahoma, WW2OK.
  • Photo 4 November 2011 Sweepstakes Award High Score “Oklahoma Middle School” presented to KF5CRF School Radio Club members present.

73 and Good DX
De Paul / KC5CYY


Happy Birthday Kelsee
November 2, 2012
Frank, KBØMMR

Back in May, I was invited to the birthday party of my boss’s 15 year old son. Naturally, I have to bring something to the party. I recruited Justin KB7CSW to help and we set up an amateur radio station on the front lawn. At about 11 PM I went over to the hot tub and shouted "CAN YOU BELIEVE IT, WE GOT RUSSIA ON THE RADIO -- anyone want to say hello?" Kelsee (now KF5RRG) and a couple others ventured over to the radio station and joined in the fun. It would be nice to say that this single introduction was the spark that developed her interest. The truth is she overheard W5LHS (Lawton High School Amateur Radio Station) set up in her physics class at high school, but never ventured over to the radio. Kelsee is now the biggest promoter of amateur radio at her high school!

If you are OMIK and want to wish Kelsee your “Happy Birthday Kelsee” wishes please include “OMIK” along with your callsign. Every attempt will be made to recognize OMIK callsigns ahead of others. Remember a QSL with “Happy Birthday Kelsee” is desired. (Kelsee, KF5RRG seen at left)

Frank, KB0MMR, and Justin, KB7CSW, and few local hams will be celebrating or supporting a young lady (YL) KF5RRG (Kelsee) for her 17th birthday party on 3 Nov 2012 using HF. She will be attempting to contact all 50 states and anyone else that would like to wish her a Happy Birthday or just wanting to say hello. The only gotcha is that she is looking for a QSL card made out on Saturday that says "Happy Birthday Kelsee". Please watch the KF5RRG and KB0MMR webpage on QRZ for frequency changes. As they change frequencies they will update the page.

Kelsee just recently upgraded to General and will be attempting her Extra ticket this Friday. This event has been in the works for several weeks and she will attempt to contact all 50 states through out the day with her callsign. She will be using a ICOM 718 at a 1000 watts with two beams (20 meter and 10 meter) and 5 BTV vertical at her house. Her QRZ page will have more information later this week on the details of you HF birthday party. This event is going to happen during November Sweepstakes contest. If you know other hams in different states please pass this email on to them so this will be a successfully World Wide HF Birthday Party for her.

Kelsee she is an experienced HF phone operator using the callsigns WW2SUB USS Batfish during Memorial Ships Weekend and K5USA during regular amateur radio outreach events where she logged over 500 contacts under these callsigns and this will be here first time using her newly upgraded callsign on HF.

(At right, we see Trevor KF5RRH, Venessa, Kelsee KF5RRG, and Maria)

(Below we see inside the forward torpedo bay of the USS Batfish during Ships Weekend Trevor and Kelsee)

Prior to arriving and joining the team in Muskogee, Oklahoma the two spent several hours learning traffic handling, logging and other procedures. They did a great job. Both now have callsigns and are active recruiters for the hobby.

 


Annual Coat Drive in Alexandria, VA
October 25, 2012

Don Lewis, KI4D and Stanley Lee, KW1E, along with their wives repre- sented OMIK at this years Coat Drive at the Fairfax County Fire Department in Alexandria, VA. Coats were provided by Operation Warm, the largest provider of coats for charity. The coats were distributed to school kids in the area. Other events are the School Supply Drive and Toy Drive that will take
place next month. John Moody, AK3R and Glory Moody , KB3SEL are the OMIK Three Call Area coordinators for the above events.


Good In the Bluebook
October 14, 2012

During the Fall School Club Roundup October 15 – 20 OMIK members have the opportunity to help many school radio clubs. OMIK members can spend a few minutes talking to students during this bi-annual event. Use the opportunity to encourage those soft and sometimes shaking voices to “stick with it”. Share the benefits and rewards an amateur radio association and license can bring. Reinforce scholarship and related career paths that one could follow.

Spend a few minutes listening in and enjoy the ongoing QSOs. Many stations will be light, operating barefoot setup ad-hoc just for the School Club Roundup. If you can assist with a relay, jump in. Working with young people is rewarding. Imagine being there when the light goes on and they shout “I GOT THIS” and you had a hand in that learning experience.

KF5CRF will be one of many school radio stations actively on the bands looking for any and all contacts. Listen for the Oklahoma middle school as they call CQ. If the students go for a spell without a contact, but you can have a successful QSO please do so until another station finds the frequency and is able to join in. The KF5CRF program exposes students to high tech career paths and uses amateur radio to reinforce those learning skills. You can also reach KF5CRF students via ECHOLINK 684944 or IRLP at 7129 (but not simultaneously and we are working on that.) Using amateur radio to mold and produce future “Made In America” engineers is something that used to happen all the time, a practice that needs to be revisited.

KF5CRF will be found on 14.295 +- MHz for a large portion of the contest. While KF5CRF is active, if you hear others asking if the frequency is in use, quickly let them that the frequency is in use by a middle school. If you scan the bands and hear other schools, please let them know where KF5CRF may be found. Likewise if you are looking to make a quick call and want to move your contact off frequency, please let KF5CRF know your intentions so your request can be accommodated.

Kids and the Internet: Listening and seeing will reinforce the experience and KF5CRF will also have a web cam up and running for much of the week-long event. The easiest way to find the web camera is by going to www.hamsoncams.com. Feel free to share the link with others.

During every school club contact, showcase your OMIK association and encourage the students to lookup the history and accomplishments of the organization. Ask them to get their license and join OMIK and share what you’ve supported and accomplished. Let every school station you contact know that you are “Good In the Bluebook” and maybe start a short QSO all about OMIK!

Thank you OMIK for all the great work going on with Youth and Amateur Radio in America.

73 and Good DX
De Paul KC5CYY and I’m good in the bluebook.


OMIK Members meet with Laura Smith
October 13, 2012

As many of you are aware there has been some interference on the OMIK Nets to the point that we felt action was needed. With that in mind OMIK members were able to meet with Larua Smith of the FCC to discuss the issues involved. Below is a statement from Moody, WQ6I, regarding the meeting.

Moody Law, WQ6I (pictured), Norma Law, N6MMF & David Billeci, WA6UHA met with the FCC's Laura Smith (pictured) on October 13th to discuss interference on our nets.

Moody says "Mrs. Smith was cordial and direct. I truly believe that for the first time, real action will take place soon."


K5USA Please QSY
September 1, 2012

Imagine our surprise when, after two hours of operating on 14.295 Mhz on September 1, 2012 a loud station came in and reported that K5USA was interfering with a station on frequency and K5USA needed to QSY. Our 13 year old, 7th grader Dakota, was a bit confused about the transaction. An unidentified station volunteered that another station was on frequency for over an hour and that the public amateur radio outreach event (portable barefoot station) was clobbering another station and K5USA needed to QSY. Over the next 3 minutes OMIK member stations announced that K5USA had been on frequency for well over 2 hours! Eventually the other operator identified their station and the students made a contact. K5USA never heard the station “being clobbered” for over an hour. OMIK, thank you for being there and supporting a program to make amateur radio (youth) outreach a success.

Seen left Justin, KB7CSW, recently returning from Afghanistan and appreciative of the opportunity to work with students like Dakota (right above) from the middle school Viking Radio Club KF5CRF.