SCARS Weekly Newsletter, March 9, 2015

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

Club Meeting This Saturday . . .

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

OKC Marathon Volunteers . . .

Remote Radio Stuff . . .

Newsletter Subscriptions . . .

2015 WGD Annual Awards  . . .

Upcoming Hamfests within 250 miles _…_._

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

Club Meeting This Saturday

Firestation #7, Norman. Meeting 9:30, coffee and donuts 9-ish.

Map here:

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, Rick is licensed in 3 countries, none of which are the United States. He 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.

 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:

Remote Radio Stuff

This past 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. 


 2015 WGD Annual Awards

See the note below from the WGD Director. There are a number of folks in Oklahoma and perhaps even SCARS which would merit a nomination for this. 3 or more of you get together and nominate some worthy of this and then say why!

It is time to start working on your submissions for the WG 2015 Divisional Awards which will be presented at the ARRL Regional Centennial Convention at HamCom in June.   Nominations for 2015 Award Winners will be accepted until May 1, 2015.  Nomination forms for each nominee (by category) must be supported by at least three ARRL members on the award nomination form, a minimum 150-word statement and any available supporting documentation.  Other rules do apply and can be found on the nomination forms.

The Division Awards judging panel consists of four (4) ARRL members, selected by each of the Section Managers in North Texas, Oklahoma, South Texas and West Texas Sections.  The Section Manager may opt to appoint his/herself to the committee.  The fifth judge is selected by the Division Director and may reside anywhere within the West Gulf Division.   Neither the Division Director nor the Vice Director will participate in the vote.

Upcoming Hamfests within 250 miles

Link below lists all the ARRL-related hamfests within a 250 mile drive of Norman for about the next 5 months. Lots of good ones close to Norman.

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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