Repeater Resources
The ATS is currently helping to support a repeater at the Love County Hospital in Marietta Oklahoma. The details for using this repeater may be found here.

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Ham Radio Interests

When you say "Ham Radio" or "Amateur Radio," what typically comes to mind? Your father or uncle working out of their garage, staring off in space for hours listening intently to some large vacuum tube radio? Some old farm house with lots of weird antennas all over and around it?

When All Else Fails...Amateur Radio Well, Ham radio has, in the last few years, become more than that to a lot of folks. Ham radio has been, almost from the first, one of the few methods of getting information from A to B when all other methods fail. As has been proven during virtually every major natural disaster and terrorist event, Ham radios have meant the difference between communications and "working in the dark," especially in the first few hours of a disaster.

This ability is part of what has lead the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to allow Ham radio operators (also called amateur radio operators) to have a place on the air-waves. Our status with the FCC, that of so called "amateur" radio operators is a bit of a misconception. A better word might have been "un-paid." That's right, we don't get dime one for our efforts. When we are in the news for having helped get medicine and aid to those in a disaster zone, none of those "amateur" radio operators are getting paid. Virtually everyone who participates in disasters are doing it out of other personal reasons...maybe they are supporting community, God, country...maybe they are just being pulled into the fray to help whom they can in a purely humanitarian vein. But whatever the reason, the goals are typically the same. They all want to GET INVOLVED in helping people in need.

As to who becomes a ham radio operator, how to become a ham, and what you get out of it, you are but a click away...

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Scientific Interests
There are many interesting areas of ham radio that are more in the scientific realm for our Society members. From the earliest ham radio designs, most of them have been generated by individuals interested in experimentation. That is reflected in the F.C.C. rules that give to hams (and only to hams) the ability to legally research, design, build, and operate their own radios.

ATS members have partcipated in a number of different "do it yourself" type projects. Some members have even gone so far as to explain their efforts in the pages below.

Building Your Own Equipment
  • QRP Rigs (interested in talking to California on a 9 volt battery?)
  • Portable Stations are simply a packaging of ham radio gear so it may be taken into the field.
 
Antenna Design
 
Automated Position Reporting System
 
Direction Finding