SCARS Weekly Newsletter, February 23, 2015

New Equipment in-use at GOQA . . .

Dues: Newsflash – They’re STILL Due! . . .

MIL-HDBK-419A . . .

Elk City Hamfest – March 7 . . .

OKC Marathon Volunteers . . .

Repeater Upgrade Synopsis . . .

K7RA Solar Update . . .

ARRL West Gulf Newsletter _…_._

New Equipment in-use at GOQA

I’ve had a West Mountain Radio Rigblaster Plug & Play in use here at Golden Oaks Quarter Acre (EM15ff) for rig control and digital modes for over 8 years now. While it did not succumb to my near-field lightning damage (I had a brief post about this a couple of months back) which I enjoyed during a thunderstorm during October, it was just not right in the head following that. Almost weekly I had to power-cycle the little dynamo to get it coherent again. I will say that it was a wonderful little gadget. It did (still does, actually) BOTH rig control and data connections over the same USB connection. The only downside I had with it is that when the noise is low on the radio and I’m actually listening to the signals on the speaker, I can hear the constant diddle-diddle-diddle as it polls the rig-control side of the connection. So I’m setting it aside for future projects.

I used the lightning-induced problems as the last excuse I needed to get a TIgertronics Signalink USB Interface. Without going into full-review mode (I’m still early in this relationship!), the S-USB takes the soundcard processing portion of digital mode operation (and ‘some’ voice, if you want, as well) off your computer and gives it to the on-board, low-noise soundcard built into the S-USB. I did have to get a separate cable for rig control (I got one with a built-in FTDI in the jack), but I am now enjoying not having to worry about whether or not I’ve messed with a volume control setting on the computer and messed up my radio modes. And on 10m this week, where the noise is normally low, there were no diddle-diddle-diddles to annoy me! 😀

If you’d like to know more, email me or catch me at the next SCARS meeting. WB5ULK

Dues: Newsflash – They’re STILL Due!

See Doug, WX5DF, or fill out a membership form (here: Membership Form), include your dues, and mail it to:

Attn: WX5DF
P.O. Box 720993
Norman, OK 73070-4769


Grounding and Bonding of antennas and radio equipment often times comes up as an occasional topic of dispute. Amateurs can get into eye-gouging, hair-pulling, rolling-around-on-the-floor fights about it. My comment about this is: If you aren’t using good grounding and bonding practices you may find yourself as an unfortunate statistic much sooner than one who does practice these.

I found this link on OCAPA‘s website last week. It is much more information than what you might want to read in one sitting, and yes, there are much longer and more recent versions of this, but if you use this as your go-to reference, you will be way ahead of the “power curve”, so to speak.


 Elk City’s great little hamfest is March 7.

All the info you need to pre-register, etc., can be found at the ARRL Oklahoma Section link here:

OKC Marathon Volunteers

Mike, OKC Marathon comms chair, talked with us Saturday about the needs for communications volunteers for the April 26 OKC Memorial Marathon. They need 80 ops.  ALL the info can be found at The specific Volunteer code to be a communications op is PSC15, but this link will take you directly to the volunteer form and pre-fill that code for you:

Repeater Upgrade Synopsis

There was MUCH discussion regarding the status of the Repeater Upgrade. After much discussion, it was agreed to increase the budget for this project by $1000 and that money be allocated to the budget line for tower personnel. The crux of the matter has been since we started this project that the folks who do this kind of thing make waaaay more money doing Cell Tower construction and we are just a little ham club with a relatively small budget. We DO have people who will do the work with this increase in funds, so hope springs eternal that this will be completed REAL SOON NOW (RSN).

The K7RA Solar Update

An “interesting” week. Read it all here:

ARRL West Gulf Newsletter – Live link to the entire letter at bottom of this entry:

  • From the Directors Chair
  • Special Service & Affiliated Club Notice
  • ARRL Teachers Institute Now Accepting Applications for 2015 Sessions
  • The Radio Amateur’s Code
  • WGD Annual Award Nominations
  • The ARRL and Frequency Coordination
  • Something to Share?
  • Planned ARRL Events for K5RAV and N5AUS
  • Upcoming Hamfests/Conventions


As always…Nets, Links, Other Stuff in the link at the top AND in the sidebar. Have a great week!

73 de Gary, WB5ULK …_._

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