ORSI has learned that the trustee for Northern Oklahoma Radio Amateurs, NORA; Jim Welch KD5JIM has become a silent key. Mr. John Schlosser W5GFI has stepped up to take over as the trustee and point of contact for their repeaters. They are located in Vinita, Craig county in our NE district. They also agreed to sell their 146.73 repeater and transfer the pair to another group. They will maintain control and operation of the long established 147.36 in Craig county as well as their 444.375 repeater.
There is no evidence that this repeater is on the air. We are unable to contact the trustee by email, or U. S. Mail. No one has came forward to claim the machine, give us any contact info on the trustee, or state any objection to us de-listing this repeater. Therefore the coordination is dropped.
Merlin Griffin WB5OSM
vice-president and Frequency Coordinator
Oklahoma Repeater Society inc.
Duane Henderson KC5NID of Mooreland from our NW District stepped up an agreed to serve as our president, replacing Scott Baker WA5A of Edmond who has served admirably for the last several years. Duane is former president of Tri-State Amateur Radio Group, and has served on various boards and committees. So he is no stranger to leadersip roles inside and outside of amateur radio. I am sure we will hear much more from him in the future. He is a close known associate of our NW District Officer Jay K5GUD, we won't hold that against him. Although I think Jay probably warned him.
The problem of "paper" repeaters plagues all frequency coordinators everywhere. We have reviewed the policies of most of the surrounding states. Some require annual renewal, but we decided to be more laid back like our sister society over with our great neighbors to the East, Arkansas. Where they call for triennial renewals. We are going to make this easier than ever. We will still send out update request forms where needed, but as our web-master WD5M announced, we will have a user-friendly on-line do it yourself update form.
We received official and final clearance from the Texas VHF-FM Society to put this repeater on 145.17. So it is now fully operational with a 114.8 PL Tone. If you are in extreme Southern Oklahoma, or far North Texas, feel free to check it out.