SCARS Weekly Newsletter, March 2, 2015

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

Off-Center-Fed Dipole How-to . . .

MIL-HDBK-419A . . .

Elk City Hamfest – March 7 (this coming Saturday) . . .

OKC Marathon Volunteers . . .

Repeater Upgrade Synopsis . . .

Remote Radio Stuff . . .

Newsletter Subscriptions . . .

ARRL West Gulf Newsletter _…_._

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

Off-Center-Fed Dipole How-to

Dave, NE5S, sends the following:

Rick, DJ0IP, will  give a 2 – 3 hour presentation on Off Center Fed Dipole antennas OCFD’s at the Salvation Army Citadel starting at 6:00PM on 12 Mar 2015. Please disseminate this information.

Off-Center-Fed Dipoles (note that many, including me, would call this a “Windom”, but Amateurs have eye-gouging, hair-pulling, roll-around-on-the-floor fights about the perceived differences) are kind of like a Swiss Army Knife when it comes to simple antennas. There are likely more of these in-use worldwide than there are G5RVs. And much less of a pain to deal with since you can feed them with 50 ohm coax.

Even though he was born in Oklahoma City and his first job was at the Oklahoma City Stockyards, is licensed in 3 countries, none of which are the United States. Rick has an extensive article about OCFD antennas at the link below, and if you click back to the home page of his website you can find a boat-load of really interesting stuff!

This is the Friday night before our next SCARS meeting.


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).

Remote Radio Stuff

This week the ARRL website had a great write-up about 4200 contacts made from a completely uninhabited station during the ARRL DX CW contest. N5UWY and I had a wide-ranging and eclectic discussion of the topic at work this week. One of the things which Peter noted regarding remote operation is that MANY, MANY folks are very confused about how to identify themselves when operating a station which is not theirs. For instance:

Q.R. Zedd, A5A, world’s greatest DXer and leading favorite as West Gulf Amateur of the Year, sits down at the operating position at WX5NWC, keys the mic, and pronounces in his never-to-be-mistaken-as-someone-else bass-baritone voice that he is “available on all-band, all-modes, all-frequencies “, and un-keys, what call does he use? 

Or what if lowly little me where sitting at Golden Oaks Quarter Acre and I decide to connect remotely to WX5NWC so that I can use the highest beam in Norman to contact my Buddy Michael on his sailboat off the coast of Mexico? When I key the mic, what call do I use?

First off, A5A would NEVER violate FCC rules, and I do my level-best not to, so we would both identify as WX5NWC.

You as an amateur have a Station License. It has an address, and while you may operate “mobile” or “portable” with your ‘station’, when you are operating someone else’s station, you use that station’s call. Period.

Don’t pick any nits about “But what about using a repeater?” If you don’t know, pull out your trusty copy of FCC Part 97 and look it up. Remember, you DO need a copy of Part 97 if Uncle Charlie ever comes calling.

The first link is about the contest and the second is about using “Skype” and “Mumble” to get audio from the remote station back to your operating position. Not long, but interesting.;wap2

Newsletter Subscriptions

I just want to emphasize that I DO NOT automatically put new club members on the Newsletter mailing list. Some people DO NOT want to receive this and I will honor that. If you know of a new member who would like to be on the mailing list, please have them send an email to and ask to be subscribed. I just need a name and a call and I’ll get you added. 


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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