SCARS Weekly Newsletter, April 6, 2015

April Monthly SCARS Meeting . . .
Advanced Storm Spotter Training – Tuesday Night – Online . . .
CORA-sponsored Special Event . . .
Tropical Cyclone Disrupts Micronesia DXpedition . . .
OKVRC Swapmeet . . .
HR 1301 – Amateur Radio Parity Act . . .
K3KN – “It’s All About Fairness” . . .
2015 West Gulf Division Annual Awards  . . .
Upcoming Hamfests within 250 miles _…_._

April Monthly SCARS Meeting

This coming Saturday is the April monthly SCARS meeting. Coffee and donuts begin at 9:00AM and the gavel falls at 9:30. SCARS meets the second Saturday of every month, 9:30 AM at Fire Station #7 on Max Westheimer Airport, 2207 Goddard Ave, Norman, Oklahoma. At the Rock Creek and Flood traffic signal turn West onto the airport property. FS #7 is immediately on the left.
You should be there!

Advanced Storm Spotter Training – Tuesday Night – Online

Information about this event is near the top of the SCARS Blog homepage:

CORA-sponsored Special Event

Apr 19-Apr 26, 0000Z-1800Z, N5M, Oklahoma City, OK.
Central Oklahoma Radio Amateurs. 28.466 21.366 14.266 7.266.
QSL. K2GKK / KA5BJS, PO Box 15462, Oklahoma City, OK 73155

The Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon honors ‘those who were killed, those who survived, and those changed forever’ in the Murrah Federal Building bombing. 2015 is the 15th anniversary of the
Marathon and 20th anniversary of the bombing.

Other suggested operating frequencies at

Tropical Cyclone Disrupts Micronesia DXpedition


Tropical Cyclone Maysak disrupted the two-person V6Z DXpedition to Micronesia’s Truk (Chuuk) Island (OC-011) on March 29, when it took down all of their antennas. Chris Tran, GM3WOJ/ZL1CT and Keith Kerr, GM4YXI, plan to be active until April 9 from Chuuk Island, which counts for Micronesia for DXCC purposes (number 88 on ClubLog’s Most Wanted DXCC List). V6Z is operating from the Blue Lagoon Resort at the southern tip of the island. The cyclone killed five people on the island and destroyed three dive boats, according to GM4YXI QSL manager Steve Larson, N3SL. They also received a tsunami warning.

The pair was down for part of the day on March 30 repairing their antenna systems. Their Internet service also was disrupted or spotty, but were able to post their first logs on ClubLog at as well as to Logbook of The World (LoTW).

Read more here – Tropical Cyclone Disrupts Micronesia DXpedition.

OKVRC Swapmeet

Oklahoma Vintage Radio Club Annual Spring Swap Meet

It’s here! Our Spring Swap Meet/Convention is on Saturday April 11th at the Midwest City Community Center. This is the same location as always, 100 Midwest Boulevard, Midwest City, OK

Here is a schedule of events and the approximate timing:
7:30 AM Activity in the parking lot begins
8:00 Doors officially open for swap meet, silent auction, and contest display setup 9:30 Silent auction ends
10:00 Contest judging begins
10:45 Main auction begins
12:00 noon Meet ends (we are supposed to be out by then)

[this article discusses legislation before Congress which would make 
it legally easier for many Amateurs to put up outdoor antennas, but specifically addresses issues related to Covenants, Conditions, & Restrictions, otherwise known as CC&Rs, associated with many real estate developments in the United States, Oklahoma, and Norman. Read it, and if you feel personally compelled, write a letter to our representative and Senators, and forward that to the address below for submission en masse.]

HR 1301 – Amateur Radio Parity Act

The Amateur Radio Parity Act of 2015 — H.R.1301 — has been introduced in the US House of Representatives. The measure would direct the FCC to extend its rules relating to reasonable accommodation of Amateur Service communications to private land use restrictions. US Rep Adam Kinzinger (R-IL) introduced the bill on March 4 with 12 original co-sponsors from both sides of the aisle — seven Republicans and five Democrats.

HR 1301 would require the FCC to amend its Part 97 Amateur Service rules to apply the three-part test of the PRB-1 federal pre-emption policy to include homeowners’ association regulations and deed restrictions, often referred to as “covenants, conditions, and restrictions” (CC&Rs). At present, PRB-1 only applies to state and local zoning laws and ordinances. The FCC has been reluctant to extend the same legal protections to include such private land-use agreements without direction from Congress.

H.R. 1301 has been referred to the House Energy and Commerce Committee. Rep Greg Walden, W7EQI (R-OR), chairs that panel’s Communications and Technology Subcommittee, which will consider the measure.

ARRL members are urged to contact their US House members and ask them to sign on to the bill as a co-sponsor. We recommend sending the letter to your member of Congress to:

Attn:  HR 1301 grassroots campaign
225 Main
Newington CT 06111

via HR-1301. (ARRL)

Link to The Bill at US House of Representatives

Editor’s Note: If you are not an ARRL member, why not? I’d like to discuss it with you. – WB5ULK

 K3KN – “It’s All About Fairness”

And now read what ARRL President, Kay Craigie, K3KN, says about HR1301:

 2015 WGD Annual Awards

See the note below from the ARRL West Gulf Division 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 someone 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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