SCARS Weekly Newsletter – 10/5/15

I’ve got a license, now what? Week Three . . .
Tower Work Is Thursday! . . .
Hf Nets . . .
AMSAT News Of The Week . . .
Did I forget you last week? . . .
ARRL Letter – 10/1/2015 . . .
Amateur Radio Newsline . . .
Officers, and odd-links . . .
Upcoming Hamfests within 250 miles _…_._


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

Last week we talked about the difference between “Rules and Regulations” and “Best Practices”. This week, we’ll look at some easy to building HF and VHF antennas. Or more accurately I’ll refer you to some great resources on HF and VHF antennas.

I have used several different antennas for HF work over my 39+ years of being an Amateur. My first was a dipole tuned for 7.125 MHz. Why cut for such a specific frequency? What I was using for a transmitter was a borrowed Heathkit DX-60B transmitter to go along with my new-to-me National NC-300 receiver (which was actually about my age when I bought it). I had a crystal for 7.125 MHz, so that is where I stayed. It was a great frequency since all I had to do was zero-beat the Shortwave station transmitting on that frequency with my receiver and then I situated perfectly to hear anyone returning my CQ. I’ve also had a 3-element triband beam, several iterations of verticals including a folded unipole which worked wonderfully in the shadow of KOMA.

Here is an ARRL resource: http://www.arrl.org/hf (an assortment in the left sidebar) (VHF just above!)
This one includes projects and “why”: http://www.ac6v.com/antprojects.htm
And you absolutely cannot beat advice from AD5X, Phil Salas:  http://www.ad5x.com/images/Presentations/lowcost.pdf

This will get you started, but the Web is alive with advice, both good and bad. Read a lot, ask around, measure 3 times and cut once!


Tower Work Is Thursday!

The long-anticipated (and one-week delayed) work on the antennas and feedlines at the repeater site is this Thursday. 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.

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 info) . . .


HF Nets

And when you get your HF antenna up, here is a consistently updated and comprehensive listing of HF Nets:   http://www.n1yz.com/HFNET_LIST.HTM


AMSAT News Of The Week

In this edition:
* Fox-1D To Share Falcon 9 Launch With Fox-1Cliff
* Deadline Approaching For AMSAT Symposium Group Rate Rooms
* On-line Information Sessions Aid ARISS Contact Proposal Preparation
* V7 – Marshall Islands Satellite Activation
* Pope’s visit- 9-22-27 Special Event Operators needed
* SAREX Reflector to be Closed 1 November 2015
* QB50 CubeSats to be deployed from ISS * New AO-7 Distance Record

Source: AMSAT News Service Weekly Bulletin | AMSAT-NA

By the way, many Amateur Satellites can be worked without 2-axis beams!


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.


ARRL Letter – 10/1/15

Read it all: ARRL Letter


 Amateur Radio Newsline, October 2, 2015

  • WES SCHUM DEATH/TRIBUTE
  • PERRY WILLIAMS, SILENT KEY
  • PHISHING
  • UPSET OVER THE UPGRADE
  • RETIRING AT 88
  • DON’T KEEP YOUR OPINION TO YOURSELF
  • ELMERS FOR ETHIOPIA
  • DIFFERENT KIND OF CONTEST
  • CALIFORNIA HERE WE COME
  • PA QSO PARTY
  • PIG REVISITED
  • HE DIDN’T NEED ANY JUMPER WIRES
  • RUSSIAN DIGITAL CHALLENGE
  • THE WORLD OF DX
  • YOU THINK YOU HAD A BAD DAY?

Live links and Audio here: ARNEWSLINE #1979


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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