SCARS Weekly Newsletter – 10/12/15

I’ve got a license, now what? Week Four . . .
Tower Work To Complete This Friday! . . .
Hf Nets . . .
N5MAF Estate Sale . . .
AMSAT News Of The Week . . .
Did I forget you last week? . . .
ARRL Letter – 10/8/2015 . . .
Amateur Radio Newsline . . .
Officers, and odd-links . . .
Upcoming Hamfests within 250 miles _…_._

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

Last week I shared some resources about HF antennas, so this week I’ll share some resources about RF Propagation on the HF bands. Please understand that these resources are not the be-all and end-all. There are MANY resources on the Internet which will help you with a more thorough understanding of how radio waves work, and like last week, these are just links to get you started on your Life Long Learning about Amateur Radio HF Propagation. Next week I’ll point you in the direction of some VHF/UHF resources.

Propagation of RF Signals: Introduction (be sure to explore all of the links in the sidebar!)
[note: If you are an ARRL member, login and you can see everything. If you are not a member, go here anyway since over half the links are open to anyone.]


The Sun, The Earth, The Ionosphere

Here Comes The Sun

K7RA Solar Update
[note: this is the latest and it’s free, but to see the latest, go to, in upper right “Website Search” enter “K7RA” and in the dropdown box next to it search “News”. The latest will be at the top.

As I said, lot’s more on the web about propagation. Go and learn.

Tower Work To Complete This  Friday!

What a shock that there were issues with the tower work this week. The crew overcame them, but it put them behind schedule. Old feedlines and antennas are down, the new UHF link antenna is up and the 443.7 repeater is currently functional on it (It is dynamite toward Norman!) and while the VHF repeater is still on the borrowed antenna and feedline, the duplexers have been tweaked to best operation. Work to install the new antennas and feedlines is scheduled to complete on Friday of this week. When completed, the VHF antenna will be on the west leg of the tower just below the 300′ top, and the UHF antenna will be on the same leg immediately below the VHF antenna. For the UHF repeater this will be a big step up for coverage of Norman and the Metro area, since the old UHF antenna was on the SE leg of the tower pointing towards Ada.

N5HZR, KD5UGO, and N5UWY have done the yeoman’s work being onsite, hauling stuff to and from the site, chasing down missing pieces, parts, and tools, cleaning up and tuning equipment, etc., and N5KUK and KC5OU have added invaluable insight as to what has occurred at the site heretofore.

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:

N5MAF Estate Sale

At Saturday’s SCARS meeting, Jim, W5JLK, let us know that Earl’s wife had asked him to take care of liquidating Earl’s “stuff”. Jim is a long-time friend of the family, and while he has retired from the auctioneering business, he is doing this for Earl’s spouse. He remarked that to be charitable, “Earl was a collector”. Oh, yeah…

It took 4 people helping Jim an entire day just to get Earl’s stuff out of the attic and into the yard. A LARGE storage building has just had a path cut through it.

Long story short, this will be a “tagged” sale (Jim says it would take him 3 entire days to auction it off) will be October 30 and 31. Please do not go by and bother Earl’s widow about this, if you want to know more, I’ll be posting an abbreviated list of items involved in this sale (too long to catalog!) next week. Or if you want detail, contact Jim.

More next week.

AMSAT News Of The Week

An unnamed club member forwarded this information to me about the FOX-1A launch this past week. It is now known at AO85 and already has Keplerian Elements calculated



The AMSAT News Service bulletins are a free, weekly news and information service of AMSAT North America, The Radio Amateur Satellite Corporation. ANS publishes news related to Amateur Radio in Space including reports on the activities of a worldwide group of Amateur Radio operators who share an active interest in designing, building, launching and communicating through analog and digital Amateur Radio satellites.

The news feed on publishes news of Amateur Radio in Space as soon as our volunteers can post it.

Please send any amateur satellite news or reports to: ans-editor at

In this edition:

* AO-85 OSCAR Number Assigned for Fox-1A
SB SAT @ AMSAT $ANS-281.01
ANS-281 AMSAT News Service Special Bulletin
AMSAT News Service Bulletin 281.01


DATE October 8, 2015


BID: $ANS-281.01

AO-85 OSCAR Number Assigned for Fox-1A

Willian (Bill) Tynan, W3XO, AMSAT-NA OSCAR Number Administrator has issued the following release:

I have been informed of the successful launch today, October 8, 2015 of the AMSAT-NA-built Fox-1A CubeSat. I am also informed that the satellite has been heard by several amateurs in various countries.

This successful launch comes after years of diligent and dedicated work on the part of AMSAT-NA volunteers including Tony Momteiro, AA2TX, who became a silent key in March, 2014.  It was Tony who spearheaded and guided the work on all AMSAT-NA CubeSats until his untimely passing. Thus, it is only fitting that this spacecraft be dedicated to his memory.

Following Tony’s death, the work of completing and preparing for launch fell to Jerry Buxton, W0JY, who took over Tony’s post of AMSAT-NA’s Vice President for Engineering and saw to Fox-1A’s successful completion and its preparation for launch.

All of those who had a part in designing, constructing and testing Fox-1A and its various subsystems are to be congratulated for jobs well done.

Since Fox-1A was properly coordinated through IARU as an Amateur Radio satellite, has been successfully launched and its signals have been received; I, under the authority vested in me by the AMSAT-NA President, do hereby issue to Fox-1A the designation AMSAT-OSCAR-85, or AO-85.

May AO-85 serve the radio amateurs of world for many years to come.

[ANS thanks Bill, W3XO, and AMSAT-NA for the above information]



In addition to regular membership, AMSAT offers membership in the President’s Club. Members of the President’s Club, as sustaining donors to AMSAT Project Funds, will be eligible to receive additional benefits. Application forms are available from the AMSAT Office.

Primary and secondary school students are eligible for membership at one-half the standard yearly rate. Post-secondary school students enrolled in at least half time status shall be eligible for the student rate for a maximum of 6 post-secondary years in this status.

Contact Martha at the AMSAT Office for additional student membership



This week’s ANS Editor,

Joe Spier, K6WAO

k6wao at amsat dot org

Via the ANS mailing list courtesy of AMSAT-NA


[click to view larger]

Also on this subject, Amateur Radio Newsline had a short post on Facebook about this today.

Young kids and Amateur Satellites – Most Awesome!

“AO-85 (Fox-1A) FM voice transponder activated

The 435 to 145 MHz FM voice transponder on AO-85 was activated during Friday, October 9 allowing many contacts to be made. Among those active was 9-year-old Hope KM4IPF

Hope is the daughter of Michelle N8ZQZ and James WX4TV, other radio amateurs in the family are Hope’s elder sister Faith WA4BBC and brother Zechariah WX4TVJ, her younger sister is studying for her licence.

In this video Hope KM4IPF describes her first AO-85 (Fox-1A) contact.”
(Southgate Amateur Radio Club)

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Young Hams first AO85 contact  [click to view in new window]

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 – 10/8/15

Read it all: ARRL Letter

 Amateur Radio Newsline, October 9, 2015


Live links, Script, and Audio here: ARNEWSLINE #1980

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:

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.

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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