SCARS Weekly Newsletter, May 11, 2015

Amateurs In Need . . .
W5OU Birthday Celebration . . .
AR Newsline – News – Amateur Radio Newsline Report 1964 – May 8 2015 . . .
ARRL Letter – May 7, 2015 . . .
SCARS Club Officers . . .
Real-time Lightning Data . . .
Amateur Radio Payload Could Share Space on Geostationary Satellite . . .
Advanced Storm Spotter Training – Archive . . .
2015 West Gulf Division Annual Awards . . .
Upcoming Hamfests within 250 miles _…_._

Amateurs In Need

If anyone is aware of any Amateurs who had damage from the Severe Weather over the past week, please advise the Editor at

Thanks, WB5ULK

W5OU Birthday Celebration

Al, AE5IF, sent the following:

Please join us in celebrating Gordon Jones’ 81st birthday. We’ll be meeting on May 19th at the Norman Golden Corral, 123 N. Interstate Dr., Norman OK 73069, at 1:00 p.m.
RSVP is not required. Just show up.

AR Newsline – News – Amateur Radio Newsline Report 1964 – May 8 2015

  • Amateur radio continues its work in earthquake ravaged Nepal
  • DL hams get 4 Meter acces for sporadic E season
  • Digital Ham TV comes alive from the ISS
  • Congress continues pressing the FCC on proposed Field Bureau closures
  • Radio back on the farm


Script and Audio at the link below

via AR Newsline – News – Amateur Radio Newsline Report 1964 – May 8 2015 .

ARRL Letter – May 7, 2015

  • ARRL Wants FCC to “Do More Than Talk the Talk” in Millimeter Band Proceeding
  • Amateur Radio Continues to Provide Reliable Post-Quake Communication in Nepal
  • Amateur Radio Repeater from US Clears Customs in Nepal
  • ARRL Receives NPSTC Hertz Award
  • ARISS “Ham Video” Ground Station Tests Under Way
  • ARRL Now Offering Personalized ARRL Begali Paddle
  • Remotely Controlling VY1JA Station in Yukon Territory a Win-Win
  • Nominations Due by May 22 for 2015 Philip J. McGan Memorial Silver Antenna Award
  • ARRL Rookie Roundup SSB a Big Success
  • In Brief…
  • The K7RA Solar Update
  • Getting It Right!
  • Just Ahead in Radiosport
  • Upcoming ARRL Section, State, and Division Conventions and Events

via ARRL Letter.

 SCARS Club Officers

 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)

Real-time Lightning Data

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

AMSAT: Amateur Radio Payload Could Share Space on Geostationary Satellite

The Logistics of getting this payload prepped and ready are enormous, not to mention the logistics of managing such a potentially popular resource. But the mind races with the potential!


There is big news on the Amateur Radio satellite front. AMSAT-NA has announced that, if all goes according to plan, an Amateur Radio payload will go into space on a geostationary satellite that’s planned for launch in 2017. As opposed to the more typical low-Earth-orbit, a geostationary orbit would permit earthbound hams within its footprint to operate through the satellite essentially 24/7. According to AMSAT Vice President-Operations Drew Glasbrenner, KO4MA, the satellite’s potential footprint would extend over the US from the Mid-Pacific to Africa. AMSAT said it’s accepted the opportunity to be a “hosted payload” on a spacecraft that Millennium Space Systems (MSS) of El Segundo, California, is under contract to design, launch, and operate for the US government. Past AMSAT Director and former Vice President-Engineering Bob McGwier, N4HY, said the Amateur Radio payload must be delivered for testing and integration by the spring of 2016.

“It is an ambitious schedule, and all involved will have to gain and maintain a serious level of commitment,” said McGwier, the Director of Research at Virginia Tech’s Hume Center for National Security and Technology. The AMSAT announcement April 25 followed an April 13 meeting at MSS to discuss the project. McGwier said the potential rideshare would be an opportunity to go forward with the AMSAT-Eagle payload, which had evolved nearly 10 years ago into a microwave payload to be flown in a geostationary orbit, although it never got a flight opportunity. Had it flown, it would have provided digital communications to small terminals on the ground and a linear bent-pipe transponder.

AMSAT President, Barry Baines, WD4ASW, said the payload would be a Phase IV geostationary Amateur Radio package. “This is an evolving development, as we collaborate with the VT Hume Center with a project that provides technical challenges to create a new Amateur Radio capability in space that will provide a variety of benefits not only for amateurs but also for emergency communications and STEM educational outreach.”

According to AMSAT, the transponder is expected to support a wide range of voice, digital, and experimental advanced communications technologies. A decision is expected soon specifying the microwave uplink and downlink bands. The satellite would be an Aquila M8 Series spacecraft.

If the Qatari E’hailsat project designed to serve IARU Region 1 is successful, two geostationary satellites carrying Amateur Radio payloads could be in space at the same time.

Read the rest here: AMSAT: Amateur Radio Payload Could Share Space on Geostationary Satellite.

  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:

 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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