Volunteers On The Air (VOTA) – Oklahoma

2023 is being celebrated by ARRL as “The Year of the Volunteer.” The first adventure has been announced as a project called “Volunteers On The Air (VOTA).” ARRL members get ‘points’ for each contact they make with another ARRL volunteer or member. So, if two ARRL members contact each other, they will each receive a point for that QSO. No special codes are required, no sequence numbers need to be exchanged, and no section information needs to be passed. Make contact with a fellow ARRL member, and you each receive a point. Both of you must upload the QSO to the Logbook of The World (LoTW) to receive the points. Your points are calculated when the QSO is matched. This could be an FT8, CW, simplex 2M FM, RTTY, or an SSB rag-chew contact.

To add more interest to the year-long operating event and help demonstrate the ARRL volunteer value, each level of volunteer activity has been assigned a point level which is shown in the table below. For example, if you contact Mark Kleine N5HZR, the Oklahoma Section Manager, you’ll get 175 points for that one contact.

My mother has told me that whenever I did something ‘extra’ or for someone else, I would “get points for that.” I’ve heard those words for over 60 years, and I’ve not yet figured out what those points are worth. In this case, I’m hoping you will be able to get some certificates, or wallpaper, for your efforts. More details on this as they are fleshed out.

So, get your HF gear running, make sure your LoTW connection is working, and see you on the air!

VOTA Program Rules

These rules will be extended or revised, so please return here to check for updates.

This operating event starts January 1, 2023, at 0000Z and ends December 31, 2023, at 2359Z.
This event is for ARRL members. You can join or renew online at https://arrl.org/join/.
All QSOs must be uploaded to the ARRL QSO matching system, Logbook of The World (LoTW).
No repeater contacts are allowed.
Contacts can not be made on the 12 M, 17 M, 30 M, 60 M, 630 M, or 2190 M bands. All other bands can be used.
Contacts can be made on any legal mode of operation.
You receive ‘points’ based on the volunteer level of the ARRL member you contact. Points range from 1 point for an ARRL member to 300 points for ARRL President Rick Roderick K5UR. The point levels are listed below.
Each QSO will get only one point value. For example, someone who is a member, a life member, and an Assistant Section Manager will be worth the value of the highest role, 35 points, for the ASM role.
Stations can contact each other once per band per operating mode: CW, Digital, Voice. So, each operator pair can count up to 3 QSOs on each band, one per mode.

Logbook of The World (LoTW)

The reporting for this VOTA effort will be handled automatically by the ARRL Logbook of The World (LoTD) QSO matching system. If you already log your QSOs from your favorite logging software and it uploads them to LoTW, you will automatically be participating. Your QSOs will be verified normally, and the callsigns of the hams you work will be searched to find the appropriate points (table shown below) that you receive for each QSO.

Setting up Logbook Of The World

If you aren’t set up to use LoTW, now is the time to set it up. The LoTW quick-start page is a great place to start, and the “What is LoTW Document” explains the whole process. You must authenticate yourself with the system by receiving a postcard mailed to your FCC-registered address. The TSQL program is used by your logging program, N3FJP, N1MM, DX Lab Suite, or something else to authenticate and upload to LoTW.

If you need help setting up your LoTW account, watch some YouTube videos, or contact your Elmer, or a local club. If that fails, email me at n5hzr@arrl.org, and I’ll find someone to help you.

W1AW/5 Portable Operations

As a part of the Year of the Volunteer celebration, the mystical callsign W1AW will be used portably to the corners of ARRL-land. Members in each state/territory will be asked to operate their stations for two different weeks using the callsign W1AW/x where x is one of the local regions: 0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, KL, KH0, KH2, KH6, KH7, KH8, KP2, KP3, or KP4. For example, Oklahoma’s first week starts January 25, 2023, at 0000z and will run through January 31, 2023, at 2359z, using the callsign W1AW/5. Each state coordinator will approve the time/band/mode slots throughout the week, and hams can operate their stations using W1AW/x. You can schedule your Oklahoma operating time by clicking this link at https://ok.arrl.org/w1awok/.

Portable W1AW rules include:

  • Remember that each operator must follow the rules for their license class. Stay in the sub-bands that you’re legally allowed to operate in.
  • Operators can operate from anywhere in the state/territory.
  • Members that contact the portable W1AW stations will receive 5 points for those QSOs.
  • Each band/mode combination can be activated simultaneously. For example, N5OP could be working on 20 M SSB, N5OK could be working on 20 M CW, N5AZQ could be working on 20 M FT8, and N5HZR could be on 40 M SSB, all at the same time.
  • State operations start at 0000z each Wednesday.
  • State operations stop at 2359z the following Tuesday.
  • Operations should not happen on the 12 M, 17 M, 30 M, 60 M, or 2190 M bands.
  • All operation log files for the week must be consolidated into one ADIF file and sent to the state coordinator, to be uploaded to LoTW.

Volunteers Point Value Table

Note: These appointments are for current appointees unless otherwise noted. Eg: Assistant Director (AD) is only for the current Assistant Directors. Past office-holders and appointees are only eligible if the title listed includes the word “Past,” such as “Past Section Manager (PSM).”

Abbreviation Full Position/Title Name Point value
PRES ARRL President 300
PE President Emeritus 275
PP Past President 275
HVP Honorary Vice President 250
VP ARRL Vice President 250
DE Director Emeritus 225
DIR Director 225
PVP Past Vice President 225
VD Vice Director 200
SM Section Manager 175
OFF Staff Officer, Treasurer, Counsel 150
PD Past Director 150
PV Past Vice Director 125
ARRL W1AW ARRL HQ Station 100
CLM ARRL Charter Life Member 100
PSM Past Section Manager 100
DM ARRL HQ Department Manager 75
HQ ARRL HQ Staff Member/Volunteer 50
MAX Maxim Society Member 50
AC CAC/DXAC/ECAC Advisory Members 40
AD Assistant Director 40
ARDF Direction Finding Coordinator 35
ASM Assistant Section Manager 35
EMC Electromagnetic Compatibility Committee 35
LOTW Logbook of the World Committee 35
PRC Public Relations Committee 35
RF RF Safety Committee 35
YC Youth Committee 35
ACC Affiliated Club Coordinator 30
DEC District Emergency Coordinator 30
NCJ NCJ Editor 30
PIC Public Information Coordinator 30
QST QST Columnist 30
SEC Section Emergency Coordinator 30
SGL State Government Liaison 30
STM Section Traffic Manager 30
SYC Section Youth Coordinator 30
TC Technical Coordinator 30
DC Diamond Club Member 25
LAB W1INF Lab Museum Operations 25
LC W1HQ HQ Operations 25
CM Contest Managers/Log Checkers 20
QSM Incoming QSL Bureau Manager 20
VC Volunteer Counsel 15
VCE Volunteer Consulting Engineer 15
ADC Area Digital Coordinators 12
ADEC Assistant District Emergency Coordinator 12
ANM Area Net Manager 12
ASEC Assistant Section Emergency Coordinator 12
ASTM Assistant Section Traffic Manager 12
BM Bulletin Manager 12
EC Emergency Coordinator 12
LGL Local Government Liaison 12
OBS Official Bulletin Station 12
OES Official Emergency Station 12
ORS Official Relay Station 12
PIO Public Information Officer 12
RNM Region Net Manager 12
TCC Transcontinental Corps Directors 12
TS Technical Specialist 12
TA Technical Advisor 10
NM Net Manager 7
AM Awards Manager 5
CC Card Checker 5
INST Registered Instructor 5
State Abbrev W1AW/x around the USA (work each state twice) 5
VE Volunteer Examiner 5
QSL Incoming QSL Bureau Sorters 3
LM ARRL Life Member 2
AFF ARRL Affiliated Club Call Sign 1
MEM ARRL Member 1

W1AW/ Schedule

W1AW/# Activation Date – operations begin 0000z Wednesday, and end on 2359z Tuesday (7 days total for each activation) State Host Callsign Host Name Host Email and Phone
1/11/2023 Nebraska      
1/18/2023 Utah      
1/18/2023 Kansas      
1/18/2023 Delaware      
1/25/2023 Oklahoma W1AW/5 Mark Kleine N5HZR 405-410-6756 n5hzr@arrl.org
1/25/2023 New York      
2/1/2023 Texas      
2/1/2023 South Dakota      
2/8/2023 Hawaii      
2/8/2023 Georgia      
2/15/2023 Wisconsin      
2/15/2023 California      
2/22/2023 Michigan      
2/22/2023 Florida      
3/1/2023 No activations ARRL DX Phone March 4-5  
3/1/2023 No activations ARRL DX Phone March 4-5  
3/8/2023 Kentucky      
3/8/2023 Idaho      
3/15/2023 Ohio      
3/15/2023 Arizona      
3/22/2023 Tennessee      
3/22/2023 New Mexico      
3/29/2023 Washington W1AW/7 Mitch Mason, K7RL mitch.K7RL@GMAIL.COM
3/29/2023 Vermont      
3/29/2023 Iowa      
4/5/2023 Pennsylvania      
4/5/2023 Oregon      
4/12/2023 Virginia      
4/12/2023 Massachusetts      
4/19/2023 North Dakota W1AW/0 W0ND Lynn Nelson
4/19/2023 Mississippi      
4/26/2023 New Jersey      
4/26/2023 New Hampshire      
5/3/2023 Nevada
5/3/2023 Nebraska      
5/10/2023 Montana      
5/10/2023 Minnesota K0MHC and WA6ZMT Don Kelly, K0MHC and Jim Froemke, WA6ZMT arrl_mn_acc@donkelly.biz; jim.k0mhc@gmail.com
5/10/2023 Connecticut      
5/17/2023 No activations Hamvention May 19-21  
5/17/2023 No activations Hamvention May 19-21  
5/24/2023 New York      
5/24/2023 Colorado      
5/31/2023 Wyoming      
5/31/2023 Missouri      
6/7/2023 Louisiana      
6/7/2023 Alabama      
6/14/2023 Arkansas W5ZN Joel Harrison, Team Zilla w5zn@w5zn.com
6/14/2023 Alaska      
6/21/2023 No activations Field Day June 24-25  
6/21/2023 No activations Field Day June 24-25  
6/28/2023 Maryland      
6/28/2023 Illinois      
7/5/2023 No activations IARU HF Contest July 8-9 W1AW/KH6 will be on-the-air 1 day only July 8-9; Exchange RST & Zone
7/5/2023 No activations IARU HF Contest July 8-9 See http://www.arrl.org/iaru-hf-world-championship for IARU-HF info
7/12/2023 Wisconsin      
7/12/2023 Utah      
7/19/2023 South Dakota      
7/19/2023 South Carolina      
7/26/2023 Rhode Island      
7/26/2023 Indiana      
8/2/2023 Minnesota K0MHC and WA6ZMT Don Kelly, K0MHC and Jim Froemke, WA6ZMT arrl_mn_acc@donkelly.biz; jim.k0mhc@gmail.com
8/2/2023 Kentucky      
8/9/2023 New Jersey      
8/16/2023 Vermont      
8/16/2023 Oklahoma W1AW/5 Mark Kleine N5HZR 405-410-6756 n5hzr@arrl.org
8/23/2023 North Dakota W1AW/0 W0ND Lynn Nelson
8/23/2023 Idaho      
8/30/2023 Ohio      
8/30/2023 Arizona      
9/6/2023 Oregon      
9/6/2023 Maine      
9/13/2023 Tennessee      
9/13/2023 Colorado      
9/20/2023 Texas      
9/20/2023 Pennsylvania      
9/20/2023 New Hampshire      
9/27/2023 North Carolina      
9/27/2023 Connecticut      
10/4/2023 New Mexico      
10/4/2023 Alaska      
10/11/2023 Missouri      
10/11/2023 Georgia      
10/11/2023 California      
10/18/2023 Virginia      
10/18/2023 Alabama      
10/25/2023 Nevada      
10/25/2023 Michigan      
10/25/2023 Arkansas W5ZN Joel Harrison, Team Zilla w5zn@w5zn.com
11/1/2023 West Virginia      
11/1/2023 Massachusetts      
11/1/2023 Iowa      
11/8/2023 Wyoming      
11/8/2023 Maryland      
11/8/2023 Kansas      
11/15/2023 Washington W1AW/7 Mark Tharp, KB7HDX kb7hdx@arrl.net
11/15/2023 Mississippi      
11/22/2023 No activations Thanksgiving Week  
11/22/2023 No activations Thanksgiving Week  
11/29/2023 Rhode Island      
11/29/2023 Florida      
11/29/2023 Delaware      
12/6/2023 Louisiana      
12/6/2023 Illinois      
12/6/2023 Hawaii      
12/13/2023 Montana      
12/13/2023 Maine      
12/13/2023 Indiana      
12/20/2023 No activations Christmas Week  
12/20/2023 No activations Christmas Week  

Oklahoma Volunteers

Code First Name Last Name Callsign
TS Duane Angles AA5KD
DEC Ronald Fury AC5JQ
NM Michael Fagan AE4MF
ASM Gary Way AE5OF
EC Gary Way AE5OF
STM Edwin Hatch AG5DV
EC Connie Marshall K5CM
OES Eddie Manley K5EMS
SGL Eddie Manley K5EMS
TC Daniel Schroeder K5FVL
EC Mell Moore K5KJH
PIC Michael Dean K5MFD
PIO Michael Dean K5MFD
SGL Michael Dean K5MFD
NM Gary Brock K5OLO
TS Sam Whitley K5SW
TS William Goswick K5WG
OES Wade Norris K5WPN
OES Donald Smith K7VN
PIO Robert Conway KA0VAN
PIO Michael Delaney KB5HXT
DEC Brian Gnad KB5TSI
EC Grant Fritchey KC1KCE
OES Gerald Taylor KC5MWZ
EC Buford Ford KC5MXE
ASM Francis Henderson KC5NID
NM Bill Wehling KC5OKG
EC David Locke KC5SII
ASEC Roland Stolfa KC5UNL
ASM Roland Stolfa KC5UNL
NM Joel Edwards KD5DMD
NM David Land KD5FX
PIO David Grizzle KD5ZLG
EC David Bond KF5CMR
NM Peter Mann KF5RD
OES Peter Mann KF5RD
ORS Peter Mann KF5RD
TS Richard Lampe KL1DA
NM Robert Coxsey KM5GZ
ASM Don Loving KM5OX
EC George Reust KY5C
ASM Kevin O’Dell N0IRW
PIO Kevin O’Dell N0IRW
ASM Randall Wing N0LD
EC Robert LaFollette N5ATG
ASM Mark Clayton N5AZQ
ORS Cameron Thomas N5CAM
ASEC Charles Goodson N5CEG
ASM Charles Goodson N5CEG
SM Mark Kleine N5HZR
EC Fred Townsley N5NIO
ASM Bill Wilburn N5NUK
ASM Bartley Pickens N5TWB
NM Peter Laws N5UWY
NM Michael Phillips N5VEA
PIO Michael Phillips N5VEA
EC Ernest Smith N7AHQ
NM Mark Conklin N7XYO
SEC Mark Conklin N7XYO
ORS Dave Cox NB5N
TS Dave Cox NB5N
NM Raymond Watkins NM5W
OES Matthew Chambers NR0Q
EC Dale Weakley W0DKW
ASM Leah Ohse W3LEO
TS John Samuels W5ATW
EC Charles Vest W5COV
OES Charles Vest W5COV
TS Donald Ohse W5DRO
ACC Jim Shideler W5JCS
OES Robert Burnett W5RRB
EC Thomas Cole W5TMC
PIO Thomas Cole W5TMC
EC Dale Newell W7ACK
ASEC Thomas Webb WA9AFM
ASM Thomas Webb WA9AFM
PIO Thomas Webb WA9AFM
ADEC Oscar Staudt WB5GCX
EC Rodney Ford WB5OVT
DEC Carol Tierney WB5SZQ
EC Carol Tierney WB5SZQ
PIO Carol Tierney WB5SZQ
ASEC Benjamin Joplin WB5VST
PIO M Simpson WB5YZD
TS David Downing WD5G