SCARS Weekly Newsletter – 8/31/15

Did I forget you last week? . . .
Are training classes available? . . .
Amateur Radio Used in UnderGrad Research . . .
ARRL Letter – 8/20/15 . . .
Ham Nation at Huntsville . . .
How to Become A VE . . .
Amateur Radio Newsline . . .
Officers, and odd-links . . .
Upcoming Hamfests within 250 miles _…_._


Did I Forget You Last Week?

There’s an easy way to make sure that you receive each and every blog post. Yes, even on those days when I forget to send an email out to the Club list! But remember that I ONLY send out an email notification for the Weekly Newsletters. The other non-Weekly posts are very rarely notified about via email.

From anywhere on the Blog, click on the “Home” button in the top bar, then scroll down until you see “Follow Blog via Email” in the right side-bar. Sign-up there, and you will always receive an email notice each and every time I post something here. Big Solar Flare? Bingo – you’re on it.


Are training classes available?

You have people interested in Amateur Radio who ask you about classes, and then YOU ask us about this: “WHY DO WE NOT HAVE CLASSES?”
Great question! Are you volunteering to teach?

SCARS is not offering any classes in the near future. However, the ARRL provides an amateur radio license class search .

The Edmond Amateur Radio Society, K5EOK, is holding an entry-level license class to prepare candidates for the Technician class license test. Class begins September 15. All details at their website, http://www.k5eok.org/classes.php.

The Mid-Del Amateur Radio Club, W5MWC, is holding a license class to prepare candidates for the General class license test. Classes begin September 7. All details at their website,http://www.oseespcs.com/w5mwc/node/75.

All this, and much more, at the SCARS VE page at the W5NOR website. Pass this on to those asking:
http://www.w5nor.org/license/index.html


Amateur Radio Used in UnderGrad Research

Excerpt:

A Virginia Tech undergraduate researcher and radio amateur has used Super Dual Auroral Radar Network (SuperDARN) and Reverse Beacon Network (RBN) data to study how solar flares impact HF radio propagation over the entire dayside — the time Earth is in sunlight — with communication loss related to both flare intensity and distribution. Carson Squibb, KM4MBQ, recently summarized his findings in a poster presentation, “Dayside Ionospheric Response to X-Class Solar Flare Events Observed with Reverse Beacon Network High Frequency Communication Links.” As most HF operators understand, higher-intensity flare events can cause complete signal loss on HF, while weaker flares may only partly inhibit radio propagation.

Read the entire article here: Undergrad Radio Amateur Uses Reverse Beacon Network In Research Project


ARRL Letter – 8/27/15

  • ARRL President Expects Parity Act House Bill Co-sponsorships to Top 100 Soon
  • Amateur Radio Volunteers Face Fire Threat While Supporting Emergency Communication
  • FCC Universal Licensing System, Other Applications to be Down for Maintenance
  • FCC Proposes to Fine Ohio Radio Amateur for Malicious Interference, Failure to Identify
  • Two Incumbents Face Opposition in 2015 ARRL Director, Vice Director Election Cycle
  • Outcome for 5 MHz at WRC-15 Remains in Limbo
  • IARU Reiterates Commitment to Coordinate Satellites Only Within International Band Plans
  • In Brief…
  • The K7RA Solar Update
  • Just Ahead in Radiosport
  • Upcoming ARRL Section, State, and Division Conventions and Events

Read it all: ARRL Letter, 8/27/15


Ham Nation at Huntsville

Most all of the Ham Nation folks attended the Huntsville Hamfest last weekend. As always, lots of good stuff here!

Ham Nation 210: Huntsville Hamfest DIY

Published on Aug 20, 2015

Hosts: Gordon West (WB6NOA), George Thomas (W5JDX), Don Wilbanks (AE5DW) and Amanda Alden (K1DDN)

10ghz contesting with Gordon West, Don returns from Huntsville Hamfest, Kit-Building with CQ Magazine’s Joe Eisenberg, and more!

Watch it all here ->   Ham Nation 210: Huntsville Hamfest DIY – YouTube.


 How To Become A VE

If you are interested in becoming an ARRL Volunteer Examiner (VE) and serving the Amateur Radio community, it’s easy and free!

Follow these three steps to become an ARRL Volunteer Examiner:

1. Review the Volunteer Examiner Manual, paying special attention to Chapter 2: Becoming a Volunteer Examiner.

2. Complete and sign the VE Application form and open-book review * (40 question review).

3. Please fax, mail or email forms (Adobe PDF file or scanned JPEG image showing your real signature) to the address below: * *

ARRL VEC
225 Main St
Newington, CT 06111  USA

Fax: 860-594-0339

Email: vec@arrl.org

Once accredited, you will receive in the mail a colorful, laminated VE badge, and badge clip to wear at exam sessions and a certificate suitable for framing. Please allow 3-4 weeks for the ARRL VE badge and certificate to arrive.

A bit more info at this link: http://www.arrl.org/become-an-arrl-ve


 Amateur Radio Newsline, August 28, 2015

  • BREAKING NEWS
  • AIRSHOW ASSISTANCE
  • OHIO HAM CENSURED
  • BOSTON ON THE MOVE
  • BRIGHT LIGHTS
  • TENNESSEE SET TO PARTY
  • RELIVING HAMS HEYDAY IN INDIA
  • HOMEBREW SWEET HOMEBREW
  • WHAT’S THE BIG IDEA?
  • THE POLITICS OF RADIO
  • HUNGARY PUTS 5MHZ TO THE TEST
  • THE WORLD OF DX
  • KICKER: 10 YEARS AFTER KATRINA

Odds and Ends

ARRL Outgoing QSL Service

Announced DX Operations

D-Star stuff

This Month (September) in QST
[Oh? You’re not a member? Why not? Seriously – ask me at this month’s meeting. Let me talk with you about it. -WB5ULK]

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

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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