SCARS Weekly Newsletter, April 20, 2015

Bringing Good Stuff to the Front Page This Week

For those of you who don’t ‘click through’ to some of the more static information on the Blog, I’m bringing useful miscellaneous stuff to the Front Page.  This is ALWAYS available by clicking on “Nets, Links, and Other Stuff” in the Masthead of the blog.

Have a great week!

News, Links, Repeater Info, Hamfests, Licensing, General Help

W5NOR Logs

Your Trustee and Assistant Trustee (N5UWY and WB5ULK) send this polite reminder about using the W5NOR call during on-the-air events:

Reminder for those using the W5NOR callsign for an event.  Please notify the Trustee (N5UWY) or his Alternate (WB5ULK) of your activity.  You must keep a log and submit it to one of the aforementioned people (or anotherSCARS officer).  Paper logs are OK but electronic logs are much preferable.


Solar Propagation Stuff

What’s Your Plan?

You DO have a Plan, don’t you?


Are you ready for the Big EVENTS when they come?

Are all of your hand-held radios charged up?

Have you pre-programmed all the frequencies that you may need in case of an emergency?

Do you have a spare battery pack?

Are your ‘more vulnerable’ HF and VHF/UHF antennas disconnected from your radios and grounded?

Do you know what to do if/when the repeater is off-the-air for any one of a number of reasons?


What’s your Plan?

Who have you worked lately?

Radios and computers are down at Golden Oaks Quarter Acre due to remodeling dust. I’ll be back online sometime in the future, but the bands, they are a hoppin’!

Here is a link to EVERYTHING going on in the world of DX:

Daily solar forecasts, usually after 2100 UTC, are posted at

For the VERY Latest Solar Activity information, go to Ham Radio Daily: – (bottom right of their home page)

That rare DX may just be waiting for you to call CQ, so now it’s your turn…Turn on – Listen up – Tune up – Key up!

Shop at Amazon and earn money for SCARS

If you are one of the folks who uses to shop for, well, pretty much anything, then you can help your Ham Club by just clicking a few more buttons before you shop at Amazon – and it won’t cost you one more penny.

Adam has 4 Amateur Radio-related items which are available at linked just below the Countdown-to-the-next-Meeting clock on the SCARS home page. When you go to shop at Amazon, open up the Club webpage, click on one of those links then go shopping. As long as you do that, the Club gets a few pennies and it doesn’t cost you a penny more – just a few more key clicks.

This is what those images on the SCARS home page look like…

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  • If you do not yet have a SCARS Membership Certificate, contact WG5T.
  • If you have information which would be good to include in next week’s email which is not already on the website, send that to me, Gary, at
  • Need some slow-speed code practice? For those wanting to develop their CW skills there are two daily nets that you can listen to and/or check in on.

The Oklahoma Slow Code Net daily at 5:20PM on 7120.65 kHz

The Texas Slow Code Net daily at 7:45PM on 3552.00 kHz

  • ARRL Members membership renewal

Don’t forget that when it is time to renew your ARRL membership, do it through SCARS!

This week in SCARS


KD5JSD 6 Meter Memorial Net, every Monday night at 8:00 PM Central Time on this Frequency 50.200 MHz USB.  This is a rag chew/technical net with Q&A.


Cleveland County ARES net: At 8:00 PM on 147.060, is the weekly Cleveland County ARES net.  This is primarily a roll-call and training net but traffic and announcements are also passed along during this time.

The “Gossip Net” runs from immediately after the ARES net until everyone’s tired of the Gossip.

[NOTE: See the SCARS Repeater Blog for info about CTCSS access for the repeaters. ]


N5HZX Memorial Net (Fred’s Net): At 8:00 PM on 28.445 USB is the weekly N5HZX Memorial Net otherwise known as Fred’s Net in honor of Fred Goodwin, SK, who was the Father of this Net.  The 10m band gotten busy and lots of check-ins are occurring. This provides an opportunity to get 10-10 number contacts, new states, grid squares, etc., as well as getting ready for when Sunspot Cycle 24 really starts to ramp-up.

Coming Events

Ham Radio Testing

Looking to upgrade?  Know someone who is interested in becoming a ham?  Peter Laws, N5UWY, and the VE Team proctor Amateur Radio examinations, 6:30pm at Fire Station #7 on Max Westheimer Airport. See the SCARS VE Team website for additional details. Yes, even on January 1st!


Here is the link to WA7BNM’s Contest Calendar:

All dates, unless otherwise stated, are UTC. See the ARRL Contest Branch page, the ARRL Contest Update and the WA7BNM Contest Calendar for more information. Looking for a Special Event station? Be sure to check out the ARRL Special Event Stations web page.

Special event station schedules can be found at

Jump to the bottom of the page, enter your ‘search’ dates, click the ‘SEARCH’ button and enjoy your results.


SCARS meets the second Saturday of every month at 9:30 AM at Fire Station #7 on Max Westheimer Airport. At the Rock Creek and Flood traffic signal turn West onto the airport property. FS #7 is immediately on the left.

Presentations – If YOU have an idea for a presentation that would be of interest to the SCARS members and would you be willing to make a presentation, please contact President-Elect Harold for a possible speaking engagement.

SCARS Executive Board meeting immediately after each monthly SCARS meeting.


A list of ARRL-sanctioned Hamfests within 250 miles can be found at:

Links, general information, and requests

Public Safety Scanner Update – Narrowbanding, making a scanner near you obsolete (maybe – READ for the real scoop from N5UWY)

Amateur Satellites

Peter, N5UWY, forwards a link which captures almost ALL Amateur Satellites on-orbit. Not all of them have an OSCAR designation, but many of them you can work without resorting to extra equipment. You just have to educate yourself regarding “how” to work through them. Two-meter contacts a continent away? Sure.

Go check the link. Thanks, Peter!

Battleship Missouri Antenna Restoration Project

Info here:

Repeater Info

Up-to-the-minute technical info about the repeater can be found at the repeater’s very own blog, In the sidebar of the Blog are updates regarding coordinated repeater frequencies in the state, and a Google Map link of open repeaters in the Oklahoma

D-Star stuff at

Recommended Memory Settings for ARES

Recommended memory settings for your VHF/UHF radios for ARES operations in the Norman area can be found in the BIG CRIMSON BOX at the bottom of the scarsrepeater blog page. These are ONLY recommendations – it is up to you whether or not to use them.



SCARSM   Main repeater site at County Yard #2 on East Alameda

SCARSI     Intown receiver linked to Main repeater

SCARSD    Simplex operation in case repeater(s) are down

N5MS        146.88 repeater located on OU Campus

SCARSU    SCARS UHF repeater located at County Yard #3

SCRSUD    Simplex operation on UHF frequency

W5TC B     OU Club D-STAR repeater located at the National Weather Center

Amateur Radio News and Events

ARRL News and Events:

Solar Cycle 24:


Amateur Radio Newsline:

DX events on-the-air:

Local Links of Interest

If YOU have any Radio/Techie links you’d like to share, let me know and I’ll add them.


SCARS on the Web

SCARS Website:

SCARS Facebook:

SCARS Twitter feed:  @W5NOR

Email to SCARS:

Pictures and Information for the SCARS Website

Adam requests that if you have any photos for inclusion on the web site, send them to him at:

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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