SCARS Weekly Newsletter – 9/7/15

SCARS Monthly Meeting THIS WEEK . . .
Route 66 On The Air . . .
Oklahoma SM In The News . . .
Did I forget you last week? . . .
Are training classes available? . . .
Amateur Radio Used in UnderGrad Research . . .
ARRL Letter – 9/3/2015 . . .
How to Become A VE . . .
Amateur Radio Newsline . . .
Officers, and odd-links . . .
Upcoming Hamfests within 250 miles _…_._


SCARS Monthly Meeting THIS WEEK

Second Saturday, Fire Station #7, Max Westheimer Airport, 1000 feet east of the intersection of Flood and Rock Creek in Norman, 9:30AM (coffee/donuts 30 minutes earlier).
Remember: DO NOT park on the curbs immediately east and west of Fire equipment driveway to the next drive cut! These must be left clear for equipment to maneuver.
You MAY park in the lots immediately in front of, as well as east and west of the building.


Route 66 On The Air

Received this from Tom Webb this week regarding the annual Route 66 On The Air Special Event:

Just a reminder, the 2015 Route 66 On The Air kicks off on 12 September at 0000Z.  If you wish to participate contact…..

Dave, NE5S  ddgold@cox.net
Tom, WA9AFM  tmwebb@cox.net
Steve, NE5SD  sduskin@gmail.com
Mac, K2GKK  k2gkk@hotmail.com

Oklahoma City has always supported and participated in RT66 OTA since it began.  

More information at this link: http://w6jbt.org/


Oklahoma SM In The News 

Via ARRL:  Participants at Oklahoma Conference Get “Healthy Exposure” to Amateur Radio

[all hyperlinks are live and very much worth a look!!!]

ARRL Oklahoma Section Manager Lloyd Colston, KC5FM, said participants in two programs during the annual Oklahoma Emergency Management Conference in Norman came away with “a health exposure to Amateur Radio.” The conference took place August 17-20.

James Spann, WO4W, kicked off the conference with a live-audience presentation of the popular “WeatherBrains” webcast. An award-winning television meteorologist for the Birmingham, Alabama, ABC affiliate, Spann is also a former Alabama Section Manager and Public Information Coordinator. “‘WeatherBrains’ has a long history of featuring Amateur Radio,” Colston noted. Episode 499 mentioned ham radio live from the conference in Norman.

In addition to his role as Oklahoma SM, Colston is the City of Altus Emergency Management Director, and he’s been a Public Affair Officer for the Navy-Marine Corps Military Auxiliary Radio System (MARS). During the “communications smorgasbord” breakout session, he presented information about Amateur Radio and MARS. His talk discussed how his Section’s APRS network functions and how the MARS program uses Winlink.


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, 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 – 9/3/15

Read it all: ARRL Letter

  • ARRL “Clarity on Amateur Radio Parity” Statement Separates Fact from Fiction
  • ARRL Supports Maximum Flexibility for Amateur Use of New 2200 and 630 Meter Bands
  • Reminder — FCC Universal Licensing System Down for Maintenance until September 8
  • FCC Proposes Bumping Arizona Radio Amateur’s License Back to Former Call Sign
  • ARISS Issues Invitation to Schools, Educational Organizations, Groups
  • The ARRL September VHF Contest Beckons!
  • Amateur Repeaters Fall Victim to Washington Wildfire
  • Ham-Cyclist Completes US Leg of His Trip Around the Globe
  • WRTC 2018 Organizers Map Event Strategy
  • In Brief…
  • The K7RA Solar Update
  • Just Ahead in Radiosport
  • Upcoming ARRL Section, State, and Division Conventions and Events

  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, September 4, 2015

  • ONE FOR THE AGES
  • THE CYCLE OF LIFE
  • THE PRIDE OF DENMARK
  • THEY’VE GOT YL POWER
  • RADIO AMATEUR CRIES “UNCLE”
  • HELP FOR A HIKER
  • FROM RAGCHEW TO RICHES
  • DARE TO GO DIGITAL
  • MORE DIGITAL DOINGS
  • KEEPING IT SAFE
  • THE STUDENT BECOMES THE TEACHER
  • TRANSITION TO RADIO
  • ROW, ROW, ROW YOUR BOAT
  • WHEN STUDENTS AIM HIGH
  • THE WORLD OF DX
  • PUTTING A LID ON IT

Live links and Audio here: ARNEWSLINE #1975


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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