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Callsigns

Name Callsign
Myself KG7HTH
Dylan Thrush KG7PFZ
Nick McComb KG7PGD

Useful Links and Downloads

  • CHIRP Baofeng Programming Software (Link)
  • Corvallis and Surrounding Areas Frequency List (Mirror)(Source) *Created by Odysimus*
  • Corvallis Repeater Information (Link)
  • OSU Amateur Radio Club W7OSU (Link)
  • Amateur Radio Ethics and Operating Procedures (Mirror) (Source)
  • Benton County Radio Reference (Link)

Useful Frequencies

2 Meter

Mode Name Frequency Offset Offset Direction Tone Notes
FM National Simplex Calling Frequency 146.5200 MHz
SSB National Simplex Calling Frequency 144.2000 MHz
Marys Peak Repeater #1 146.7800 MHz 600 KHz Negative 156.7 Hz
Marys Peak Repeater #2 146.8200 MHz 600 KHz Negative 100.0 Hz
Vineyard Mountain Repeater 147.1600 MHz 600 KHz Positive 100.0 Hz  W7OSU
Coburg Ridge Repeater 147.0800 MHz 600 KHz Positive

 

70 Centimeter

Mode Name Frequency Offset Offset Direction Tone Notes
FM National Simplex Calling Frequency 446.0000 MHz
SSB National Simplex Calling Frequency 432.1000 MHz
OSU Ham Club Repeater 443.0500 MHz 5 MHz Positive 100.0 Hz
Corvallis Repeater 440.8000 MHz 5 MHz Positive 100.0 Hz
Corvallis Airport Repeater 434.9100 MHz 5 MHz Positive DSTR
Marys Peak Repeater 440.4250 MHz 5 MHz Positive 100.0 Hz
West Marys Peak Repeater 441.9750 MHz 5 MHz Positive 100.0 Hz
Good Sam Hospital Repeater 442.3000 MHz 5 MHz Positive 162.2 Hz

UV-5R Series Programming Instructions

  1. Download and install the latest CHIRP software.
  2. Tune your radio to a channel with no activity.
  3. Plug the programming cable into the UV-5R, and your computer.
  4. Turn the radio to maximum volume (it uses the audio ports for signalling).
  5. Open the chirp software and click Radio->Download From Radio.
  6. Select Baofeng as the vendor, UV-5R as the model, and hit okay.
  7. Ignore and continue on any warnings.
  8. Hit okay and wait for the clone to finish.
  9. Modify any channels or settings you desire.
  10. When ready to reprogram, click Radio->Upload to Radio, then okay.
  11. Enjoy your newly reprogrammed radio.
Importing frequency lists
  • Follow the previous guide, but stop once the radio has finished its initial clone (step 8).
  • Click File->Import.
  • Change the file type box in the file selection dialog box to “.csv” Comma Separated Values.
  • Select your file, hit okay, and wait for the program to parse it.
  • On the new import dialog, click the all button, and okay. Your channel list should now be updated with new data.
  • Continue with step 10 to upload the new data.

Quick Voice Communications Guide

  1. If you and your contact both know which frequency you want to use, skip to step 9.
  2. Tune to your calling frequency.
  3. Call for communications with another station using something similar to the following:
    1. Thiis is [your callsign], [callsign in nato-phonetic] calling [desired station callsign] on [band you’re on, eg. two meters]
  4. The other station should respond with something like:
    1. [other station says your callsign], this is [their own callsign]
  5. Have a predetermined simplex communications frequency picked out to move to before the next step and preferrably have checked to make sure no one is already using it.
  6. Since you’re on the calling freq, it’s best practice to move somewhere else to free up that channel:
    1. Hello [their callsign], let’s change to [freq]
  7. Wait for them to verify the frequency you chose:
    1. Okay [your callsign], changing to [freq]
  8. Change your radio to that frequency.
  9. One the new frequency, do a shorter station call again:
    1. [your callsign], calling [their callsign]
  10. They’d respond with
    1. Hello [your callsign], this is [their callsign].
  11. At this point, have a normal conversation with the other person remembering these things:
    1. Remember to key, wait, then talk. There is a delay from when you press the push to talk button and when the radio is broadcasting.
    2. You must say your callsign every five to ten minutes while talking. The easiest thing to do is to tack it on to the end of one of your sentences to the other station every once an a while.
    3. Remember that everything you say can be heard by anyone, and it’s against amateur radio guidelines to swear on the air, or to broadcast music.
    4. Amateur radio cannot be used for commercial purposes.
    5. To learn more, read the amateur radio ethics document linked at the top of this page.
  12. When both parties are ready to finish their communication, they should both say their callsign and clear to let anyone else listening know that the frequency is now open.
    1. Good talking with you [their callsign]. This is [your callsign], clear.