SCARS Weekly Newsletter, April 13, 2015

SCARS Meeting Summary . . .
Amateur Radio Over-the-air Broadcast . . .
Advanced Storm Spotter Training – Archive . . .
CORA-sponsored Special Event . . .
Special Event Operators (ie: the receiving end of the above Special Event!) . . .
HR 1301 – Amateur Radio Parity Act . . .
K3KN – “It’s All About Fairness” . . .
2015 West Gulf Division Annual Awards  . . .
Upcoming Hamfests within 250 miles _…_._

SCARS Meeting Summary

A number of interesting things happened at Saturday’s meeting – high-points below:

NEWSFLASH: We have a TOWER CREW for the repeater work! Scheduling is under-way.

A very generous donation is in the process of being made to SCARS by one of our Club members. For the time being, we’ll keep this member’s name under-wraps here in the Newsletter until the donation has been finalized. Suffice it to say that the Club voted for this member to have a SCARS Life Membership and this will also be commemorated with an appropriate plaque. More on this when it becomes official.

It was once again noted that our regular June meeting coincides with Hamcom on the 2nd Saturday, thus the June Club meeting has been formally moved to the 3rd Saturday, and Field Day is the very next weekend. June will be a GREAT Amateur Radio Month!

Field Day Chairman, Chris, KE5JZN, talked a bit about Field Day plans and a number of volunteers were recruited, but most important of all, Rolanda is in charge of Field Day Supper! I can say without reservation that SCARS Field Day 2015 will be a rousing success!

For those who have not yet found the officers on the webpage, here is the list:

President: Phil Sinnett, KD5UGO
President-Elect-VP: Harold Black, W5IFN
Treasurer: Doug Forsyth, WX5DF
Secretary: Chris Pape, KE5JZN
Director at Large: Bill Baker, WG5T (appointment)
Trustee: Peter Laws, N5UWY (appointment)
Assistant Trustee: Gary Skaggs, WB5ULK  (appointment)

Also, some of you have asked about the site I use personally to track real-time lightning data. That site can be found here:

Amateur Radio Over-the-air Broadcast

This is what John, KD5SRW was discussing at the Club meeting on Saturday. I also had a link to this some weeks back, but you can see much about what is happening Saturday afternoons and Evenings on 1860 AM here:

 Advanced Storm Spotter Training – Archive

Rick Smith from the Norman Forecast Office shared the following information about the just-completed Advanced Storm Spotter Training.

If you weren’t able to join us for our advanced storm spotter training, good news – we’ve posted a recording of the webinar on our YouTube channel:

You can also find copies of the slides from the advanced training, as well as all the other spotter webinars this season, along with other links and information here:

 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

Special Event Operators (ie: the receiving end of the above Special Event!)

The amateur radio community is preparing for its’ support for the 2015  Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon. This year is special as it is the 15th anniversary of the Marathon and the 20th anniversary of the Murrah Federal Building bombing.

To commemorate this special year, we are adding a special event station/s leading up to the Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon with the call sign N5M. The special event stations will be in the Oklahoma City Metropolitan area and begin operating on 19 April at 0000Z and end operations on 26 April (race day) at 1800Z (1 PM local when the Marathon is officially over).

On race day, we will have a special event station on the race course located at the Britton Med medical station at Mile Marker 13. You are also invited to assist in operating that station on race day.

The format of operations will be similar to Route 66 On The Air, i.e. register as a special event station and sign up for specific operating dates, times, band and modes. You may operate, using the call sign N5M, from home, your mobile, or other locations in the Oklahoma City Metropolitan

If you wish to volunteer to operate as a Marathon Special Event station, contact one of the following Marathon Special Event site administrators to get registered to have access to the scheduling page:

Tom WA9AFM/5
Dave NE5S
Steve NE5SD
Bill AD5BU

They will need the following info to grant you access: Name, Call Sign, Email Address, Phone Number

The special event site administrator will send your username (usually your call sign), a case sensitive password and the link to the Marathon Special Event scheduling page.

Please Note: you don’t have to be a Marathon volunteer to be a special event station.

Thanks to Tom, WA9AFM for this report.

[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 …_._


2 thoughts on “SCARS Weekly Newsletter, April 13, 2015

  1. Great Job Gary and on the band being dead I do not think so just the lack of wanting to listen to weak stations, you know if they do not have fire in the wire there is no need to talk to them. LOL


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