SCARS Weekly Newsletter – 9/21/15

I’ve got a license, now what? . . .
Tower Work Is Scheduled . . .
Did I forget you last week? . . .
Are training classes available? . . .
ARRL Letter – 9/17/2015 . . .
How to Become A VE . . .
Amateur Radio Newsline . . .
Officers, and odd-links . . .
Upcoming Hamfests within 250 miles _…_._


I’ve got a license, now what?
Week One

Hopefully you’ve got an “Elmer”. An Elmer is your Amateur Radio Mentor. I’ve had several. My first was Dave White, N5DW. Paul Thompson, then WB5EEY, now N5PT, who was younger than me, was my second Elmer. I’ve had many more since then, and I’m Still Learning! You may need more than ONE Elmer. Someone who is knowledgeable about antennas, someone who knows a lot about digital modes, a DX guru, HF propagation, solar cycles, VHF operating, CW, emergency go-kits, and on, and on, and on.

But, let’s start simple. The Rules.

Ouch, you didn’t see that coming, but just because you’ve got a license to operate in the Amateur Bands doesn’t mean that you can do whatever you want wherever you want. But like in the movie Pirates of the Caribbean, there are “rules”,  and then there are “guidelines”.

We’ll talk about “Rules” and “Guidelines” starting next week. But in the meantime, a pdf of FCC Part 97 (the ones which pertain to us) can be found here:

http://www.arrl.org/files/file/FCC%20Documents/47%20CFR%20Part%2097%20-%20September%2023%202014.pdf

It truly is a pdf. Download it and save it, or print it.

If you want a real copy of the book, you can buy one from the ARRL by clicking on the link below, or you can buy it from pretty much every one of the Amateur Radio shops on the Internet.

http://www.arrl.org/shop/FCC-Rules-and-Regulations/


Tower Work Is Scheduled

The long-anticipated work on the antennas and feedlines at the repeater site is now scheduled. We are preparing for the tower crew to begin work early in the day on Thursday, October 1st. We are hopeful that work is completed by the end of the day, but it may drag on into Friday. We will be taking the repeater system cavities away from the site, perhaps earlier in the week, to check tuning and get the dust off of everything. We will have a fairly detailed schedule as we get close to the week.

While the repeaters are down, don’t just stay off-the-air, the N5MS repeater, 146.88 – no tone – is up and has a good signal, so use it.

I’ll post here, by email, on the SCARS Twitter feed, and Facebook groups, the anticipated schedule, when the systems go down, and when they are back up.

QRX (stand by for more) . . .


 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


ARRL Letter – 9/17/15

Read it all: ARRL Letter


  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 18, 2015

  • BREAKING NEWS: HAMS HELP AT CALIFORNIA WILDFIRE
  • WELCOMING POPE FRANCIS
  • CREW BACK HOME ON EARTH
  • MARATHON MINUTE MEN
  • POW-MIA EVENT WRAPS UP
  • SOUTH AFRICAN HALL OF FAME
  • PARTY WITH NO RULES
  • BACK TO A ROUTE’S ROOTS
  • TWO COLLEGE SHACKS DO THEIR HOMEWORK
  • LIKE FATHER, LIKE DAUGHTER
  • (VERY LOW) POWER TO THE PEOPLE
  • THE WORLD OF DX
  • CODE OF CONDUCT

Live links and Audio here: ARNEWSLINE #1977


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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2 thoughts on “SCARS Weekly Newsletter – 9/21/15

  1. RE: 7.06 cavities. TD’s Radio checked and adjusted them the last time they were touched. I suspect not much has changed. Probably is worth a look during the down time anyway.

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