SCARS Weekly Newsletter – 10/19/15

I’ve got a license, now what? Week Five . . .
Tower Work To Complete Thursday NEXT WEEK – Hopefully . . .
Hf Nets . . .
N5MAF Estate Sale . . .
Did I forget you last week? . . .
ARRL Letter – 10/15/2015 . . .
Amateur Radio Newsline . . .
Officers, and odd-links . . .
Upcoming Hamfests within 250 miles _…_._


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

Last week I shared some resources about HF propagation, and this week I’ll point you to some resources for building your very own VHF/UHF antennas. Many of these are really easy projects and will last you a very long time. It’ll also help you understand a lot of “why does this work?” questions which you might have. The other link is about how repeaters work. It really is “two radios hooked together”, but there’s a whole lot more than that.

A boatload of information right there: http://www.dxzone.com/catalog/Antennas/VHF_UHF/

How repeaters work: http://www.jpole-antenna.com/2015/03/25/how-repeaters-work/

Next week: Mobile radio resources


Tower Work To Complete Thursday NEXT WEEK – Hopefully

As Yogi would say “It’s deja vu all over again.”

Once again, absent delays due to weather, schedules, Stock Market collapse, Comet strike, the tower work should be completed Thursday, October 29th. But I’ve said that before, or something like it, so in many ways this project is like how Yogi referred to baseball: “It ain’t over until it’s over.”

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 . . .


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


N5MAF Estate Sale

At this month’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.


 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 – 10/18/15

Read it all: ARRL Letter


 Amateur Radio Newsline, October 16, 2015

  • QSOs IN CUBA
  • A HOSPITAL HAM SHACK
  • YES, YOU CAN SURPRISE A HAM OR TWO OR THREE
  • JAM SESSION
  • POPE SPECIAL EVENT BLESSED BY BIG NUMBERS
  • IARU SPEAKS OUT FOR ANTENNAS
  • RUNNING FOR THE WARRIORS
  • FCC TO WEIGH IN ON TINKERING
  • COASTING TO ANOTHER ANNIVERSARY
  • DOLLARS FOR SCHOLARS
  • HAMS REVISIT NEPAL’S EARTHQUAKE
  • THE WORLD OF DX
  • HAM SCHOOL

Live links, Script, and Audio here: AR Newsline #1981


Odds and Ends

ARRL Outgoing QSL Service

Announced DX Operations

D-Star stuff

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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