SM011 – Enid Hamfest IS Coming, Ardmore Canceled, & NIGHT, the Movie

Hamfests have been on hold for most of the pandemic, and on September 26th (shortly after my Section Manager News was posted), the Ardmore Hamarama Board of Directors voted to cancel Hamarama 2021. They said that refunds will be processed for the preregistered folks, “momentarily.”

So, let’s try this one more time. That leaves one opportunity to enjoy a hamfest in Oklahoma, meet your fellow hams, take an FCC license test, learn some new skills, and buy/sell some ham gear. I just verified with the Enid crowd that they are still ‘on-schedule’ for November 6th! Flea market tables are going fast and they’re working hard to get an additional row in place. See you there.

Enid Hamfest 2021

The Enid Hamfest of 2021 will be live and in-person on November 6th, 2021, from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm. Admission is $5. Web information is available at


Extra tickets, $3 each, or five for $10.

Hourly drawings.

Grand prize drawings at 4:00 pm

Club members and non-members are eligible winners

No restriction on winnings per person


Tables are $5.00 per table. To reserve tables, call Bill Nokes, W5EIY, at 580-716-4788 or email him at [email protected]. Pre-reserved vendor rooms are not refundable if not used. 


  • 145.290 (-) No PL W5HTK
  • 147.150 (+) No PL W5HTK
  • 444.825 (+) No PL N5LWT (Echolink N5UBY) 




  • 09:00 am – 
  • 10:00 am – ARRL Information and Update
  • 11:00 am – Drones and Hams by Matthew Loomis, N5KFN
  •                     Echolink by Jeff Worth, N5UBY
  • Bob Heil K9EID Appearing by Zoom
  • 12:00 pm – 1:00pm Lunch Break
  • 01:00 pm – License Testing
  • 02:00 pm – Grand Prize Drawings
  • 03:00pm – 
  • 04:00pm – 

ARRL SANCTIONED EVENT Oklahoma Section Convention

The Premier of NIGHT, the Movie

During this year’s field day, a visitor arrived from John D’Aquino’s Young Actors Workshop at the Edmond Amateur Radio Society’s location. Marcus Sutliff N5ZY talked with them and found they wanted to make a short film with an amateur radio plot, and they needed some help. They were filming in Stillwater, OK, and needed someone with film/video experience and someone who could be a technical advisor. So we got Kevin O’Dell N0IRW involved, and in no time, he had assembled radios, props, consulted on the script, and was ready for a long day of filming.

The purpose of this film is to give young aspiring actors a chance to hone their craft in a real movie environment. Thanks to the Oklahoma Film and Music Office,, they filmed three short movies in Oklahoma. So, when you watch the film, you can see the improvement in the youngsters as the movie progresses.

This week the movie premiered and is available on YouTube as a 34 minute short at 

Kevin stars as the radio voice of Colonel and should be up for an Emmy for best supporting actor. Kevin says any requests for autographs should go through his agent, Wilma W5WRO. Both Kevin and Marcus have their name in the credits, so make sure you stay through the ending!

Thanks, Kevin, for putting a great light on amateur radio!


Amateur radio clubs are the backbone of the hobby. The tremendous local hams have good information, and as Elmers or mentors love to share it. Send something that your club is doing well to me [email protected], and I’ll feature your club in this newsletter. Most clubs have seen an increase in new member activity during the pandemic. Our Oklahoma Affiliated Club Coordinator, Jim Shideler W5JCS, can help you find a club or help your club become affiliated. We currently have 38 clubs listed at Look for a club near you, or verify that your club is on the list. Send Jim an email at [email protected] if you need club assistance.

You can find ARRL Oklahoma Section all over the web at:


73, de N5HZR — Stand by, more follows…

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