SCARS Weekly Newsletter – 11/9/15

November Club Meeting/Elections This Saturday . . .
I’ve got a license, now what? Week Eight . . .
HF Nets . . .
Did I forget you last week? . . .
ARRL Letter – 11/5/2015 . . .
Amateur Radio Newsline . . .
Ham Nation . . .
Officers, and odd-links . . .
Upcoming Hamfests within 250 miles _…_._


November Club Meeting/Elections This Saturday

This coming Saturday (the 14th) is the November Club meeting. We also have election of officers. Remember that President Phil will rotate-off, and President-Elect Harold will become President on January 1st, so we will be looking for nominations for a new President-Elect. Come ready with a tail to pin on the next donkey! 😀

Coffee and donuts at 9 and meeting starts at 9:30. We love visitors as well, so if you are in the area, come on down to Norman! From whichever direction you are coming, get to the intersection of Rock Creek Road and Flood (the east side of Westheimer Field), turn west onto the airport property, and Fire Station 7 is about 150 yards west of the intersection on the left side of the road.

See you there!


I’ve got a license, now what?

Week Eight

Last week I shared links which help with “first rig” purchase, how to work through a repeater, and how to track down that long-distance contact through an Amateur Radio Satellite. This week, Digital Modes.

There are MANY good resources for hunting down resources to help with the Digital-side of this hobby, but the one thing that you do NOT want to forget is that CW is a digital mode at its very heart. Get an inexpensive hand-key and get on the air down in the CW portion of the band for which you are authorized and call CQ. CW ops are some of the kindest and most understanding folks on the band. Do it – it’ll be fun!

Now, for those “other” Digital Modes.

If you were to search for “Amateur Radio digital modes” in The Google, you’d come up with lots and lots of links – many of which are great. But let me direct you to one of the very first that you are likely to see when you do this. A site which not only gives a good explanation of what they are, but a link to what they actually sound like while you are tuning across them with the volume up.

There are MANY choices. If you would like to talk with someone about these modes, WG5T, Bill, is very active on PSK, and N5UWY, Peter, is a Font of Knowledge when it comes to RTTY.

Jim Beischel, WB8NUT, was licensed in 1972 and maintains a fabulous webpage with almost anything you’d need to know. Take your time and play!
http://wb8nut.com/digital/

I’m going to take a brief hiatus with these until after the first of the year, BUT 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!


 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 – 11/5/15

Read it all: ARRL Letter


 Amateur Radio Newsline, November 6, 2015

  • CORONAL MASS EJECTIONS? SUPERSIZE ME!
  • ARTS, CRAFTS & QSOS IN ARIZONA
  • IN ARIZONA, QUESTIONS ABOUT QUAKES
  • CAREERS IN HAM RADIO
  • MY FAVORITE MARSH-MAN
  • SOUTH AFRICA DRILLS FOR DISASTER
  • 83 YEARS OF HAM RADIO
  • NATIONAL PARK COME ALIVE
  • AUSTRALIAN HAMS ARE PUT ON NOTICE
  • FROM POLAND TO NORTH KOREA
  • THE WORLD OF DX
  • THE ULTIMATE CHAT

Live links, Script, and Audio here: AR Newsline #1984


Ham Nation

The November 4th Edition of Ham Nation is described “Gordo tours the Powerwerxs facility, Dr. Tamitha Skov’s solar report live, the return of Heathkit, and more!”

As always, good banter, news, and other interesting stuff!

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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