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KD5JIM trustee for NORA now SK

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.


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.

ORSI Membership Voted for Mandatory Updates of Frequency Coordination Every Three Years

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.

Coming December 11, Repeater Information Update Request Web Form

On December 11, look for a new ORSI web form page for repeater sponsor and trustees to submit updates for general information about repeaters. Updates may include CTCSS tone, contact details, web site URL and special feature attributes. The coordinator will review and confirm changes, before applying to the database.

Other details that require changes to coordination, such as location, power, sponsor, etc, will continue to require a coordination form sent to the ORSI coordinator. See the ORSI coordination guidelines. The new web form will only provide updates for general repeater details, that do not require coordination review.

KM5SB now on the air 145.17 in Soper Choctaw County

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.

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