SCARS Weekly Newsletter, June 8, 2015

The SCARS Schedule for the Month of June . . .
Ham College Episode 2 . . .
Ham-Com 2015  – Meetings . . .
What is Field Day . . .
Photos from Dayton Hamvention’s Flea Market . . .
Upcoming Hamfests within 250 miles _…_._


The SCARS Schedule for the Month of June

It’s not a Trick Question, but there are some changes this month because of Ham-Com in Irving. And for certain we should not forget Field Day. Here’s the skinny:

Every Monday – KD5JSD Memorial 6 meter net run by Allan, W5DOH – 8pm local – 50.200 Mhz USB
Every Tuesday – Cleveland County ARES Net – 8pm local – 147.06 FM, 141.3 CTCSS, rollcall, training
Every Tuesday – Gossip Net – immediately following ARES Net – run by Loren, NJ3D, round-table
Every Wednesday – N5HZX Memorial 10m Net (Fred’s Net) – run by various – 8pm local – 28.445 USB +/-
Saturday, June 13 – NO SCARS Meeting – Ham-Com, Irving, Texas – www.hamcom.org
Saturday, June 20 – SCARS Monthly Meeting, delayed due to Ham-Com, 9:30, FS#7, Norman
Saturday, June 27 – ARRL Field Day, SCARS Location – Reaves Park, Norman, setup begins 8AM
Sunday, June 28 – ARRL Field Day ends at 1pm local – all-hands needed for tear down (more detail in future edition)


Ham College, Episode 2

Ham College, the new show for those new to the hobby and those wishing to get into Amateur Radio.

In Episode 2, we’ve got early Radio Receiver History, a Crystal Radio Demonstration, 12 more questions and answers from the Technical class question pool, and more.

You can either watch the episode online or download it.

Episode 2 – http://www.amateurlogic.tv/blog/?p=709


Ham-Com 2015 – Meetings

Ham-Com is THIS coming weekend! (remember that the SCARS meeting is moved to the 3rd Saturday this month, eh?). And you ask me “well what is there to do other than roam the flea market, fondle new gear, and just shoot the breeze with people I already know?”

I am so VERY glad you asked!

Are you still breathing? Yes? Then you are NOT too old to learn something new. Ham-Com at the Irving Convention Center now has way more meeting rooms available to them than ever before and they are using them to the fullest. DXing, contesting, understanding radio performance specs, making disparate pieces of software work together, what partner agencies expect of Hams who show up to help, plus hear the latest of what YOUR ARRL reps have on their mind, but more importantly, they are there to hear what YOU have on your mind.

Below is an image of the schedule (taken from the brochure linked farther below) of meetings next Saturday at Ham-Com. I’ll have to live vicariously through you since I’ll be on my way to my youngest granddaughter’s high school graduation in Virginia, so I encourage you to go and be a part so I can pick YOUR brain!

As soon as you return from Ham-Com, send me an email and let me know what you liked as well as what you liked not so much! I’ll anonymize it and share it in the Newsletter and with the Ham-Com leadership. After all, we are one of their supporting clubs! You did notice that in the brochure, did you not?

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Ham-Com-Schedule

Download the entire brochure and peruse it for yourself: http://www.hamcom.org/download/Ham-Com-2015.pdf


What is Field Day

Good question. It’s a lot of things.

It’s practicing for when WE need to go into the field to DO OUR THING, which is COMMUNICATE. To support a community partner during a disaster in our community, a neighboring community, or some other state if the situation warrants.
It is Fellowship.
It is Food.
It is Mentoring.
It is Public Relations.
It is Competition.
It is sharpening your operating axe.
It is solving problems on the fly.
It is Fun.

By the way, “Field Day” is not just us (US), it is MANY National Amateur Radio entities:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Field_Day_(amateur_radio)
But, as far as the U.S. is concerned, this pretty much describes much of what happens at Field Day in a more coherent manner than what I said above:
http://www.arrl.org/files/file/Field-Day/2013/2013%20FD%20Flier.pdf


Photos from Dayton Hamvention’s Flea Market

Some of you collectors may have a bit of a conniption at what you missed if you didn’t go, but here it is anyway:
http://swling.com/blog/2015/05/photos-from-the-2015-dayton-hamvention-flea-market/


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
Past President: Bill Lockett, AE5F
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:
http://www.lightningmaps.org/realtime


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.

http://www.arrl.org/hamfests/search/page:1/Location.zip:73072/Location.area:250.rpt?format=html


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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