SCARS Weekly Newsletter – 11/2/15

I’ve got a license, now what? Week Seven . . .
Geomagnetic Storm Watch . . .
Tower Work – Complete . . .
HF Nets . . .
Did I forget you last week? . . .
ARRL Letter – 10/22/2015 . . .
Amateur Radio Newsline . . .
Ham Nation . . .
Officers, and odd-links . . .
Upcoming Hamfests within 250 miles _…_._


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

Last week I shared EVERYTHING you need to know about “mobile radio resources”. Well, for sure, I gave one great resource. It’s enough to keep you busy fixing your installs. This week, I’ll point you to some resources for using your VHF/UHF radios to ‘talk over the horizon’.

In some cases it not as mysterious as it sounds. Especially if you are using SSB on 2 meter, you can talk MUCH further using that mode than you could ever hope to using FM. But besides that, there are other ways to talk “over the horizon” even using FM.

The first link is basic, and something that you’ve already done, but you may be thinking about could you have done it better. The answer is “maybe”, or “maybe not”. But here are one ham’s thoughs on choosing your first VHF/UHF radios.
http://www.eham.net/newham/firstradio

This next link is how to go about making your first contact either on a repeater or without the use of a repeater – what to do, how to do it – every bit of this is great advice!
http://www.eham.net/newham/operating

And this last one is for working REALLY FAR over the horizon. Using your VHF/UHF radios to work through Amateur Satellites. Yep, don’t be so surprised. You are a brand spanking new Ham – you haven’t even worn your license slick fondling it yet – but you have all the privileges you need to work Amateur satellites. Here is just one of the many great resources that will get you down the road to being an Amateur Satellite Ninja.
http://amsat-uk.org/beginners/how-to-work-fm-satellites/

Next week, I’ll share some resources regarding digital modes.

And if you have a question you’d like answered about anything in the World of Amateur Radio, send it to me at W5NOR@w5nor.org. If I don’t know the answer, I’ll find someone who does!


Geomagnetic Storm Watch

A G3 (Strong) geomagnetic storm watch has been issued (may be underway as you read this) for 02 November (UTC day) and a G2 (Moderate) watch has been issued for 03 November as a recurrent coronal hole high speed stream is expected to disturb the Earth’s magnetic field.  This particular feature was associated with G3 conditions last rotation. The image is a 30 day plot of the solar wind as it was seen at the STEREO spacecraft.  The high speed stream passed by the spacecraft on the backside of the Sun on 20 October.  This gives forecasters a good estimate of when to expect the coronal hole to impact the Earth as well as possible solar wind speeds we might see. To learn more about coronal holes, check out http://www.swpc.noaa.gov/phenomena/coronal-holes .

Here is the NOAA warning page for this event:
http://www.swpc.noaa.gov/news/g3-strong-g2-moderate-geomagnetic-storm-watches-issued-02-03-november


Tower Work – Complete

Thanks to the Major Players N5UWY, N5HZR, KD5UGO, KB5LSB, KJ7EFF, and several who played supporting roles, the antenna and feedline replacement has finished at the east Norman repeater site. We still need to get the APRS system back online when possible, and install the new equipment at the in-town receiver site after football season. There may be some minor adjustments from time to time, but the hard work is now done.

Be sure to thank Peter, Mark, Phil, John, and Jeff when you see them!

Photo below by N5HZR shows the end product – West leg of tower (in this photo, right side), VHF antenna on top, UHF antenna is inverted at the bottom of the VHF bottom tower mount. [click to embiggen]

P1010098


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


 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 – 10/29/15

Read it all: ARRL Letter


 Amateur Radio Newsline, October 30, 2015

  • URGENCY AFTER EARTHQUAKE
  • HAMS PREPPED FOR PATRICIA
  • THE FOX RETURNS, SAREX MAKES AN EXIT
  • PARADISE LOST?
  • TEAMWORK FOR THE TRIBES
  • CME: THIS IS ONLY A TEST BUT…
  • AN OREGON CITY’S TOWERING ISSUE
  • DICTIONARY WANTS TO FIND THE RIGHT WORDS
  • NAMES IN THE NEWS
  • SPECTRUM SPECULATION
  • THE WORLD OF DX
  • HAMS AGAINST HALLOWEEN HUMBUG

Live links, Script, and Audio here: AR Newsline #1983


Ham Nation

The October 28th Edition of Ham Nation was titled “It’s all about Shortwave”. As always, banter, news, and another really interesting subject!

Ham Nation


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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