SCARS Weekly Newsletter – 11/16/15

November Club Meeting Aftermath . . .
C&E Archival Project . . .
HF Nets . . .
Listen to 146.88 and 147.06 Online . . .
Did I forget you last week? . . .
ARRL Letter – 11/12/2015 . . .
Amateur Radio Newsline . . .
Ham Nation . . .
Officers, and odd-links . . .
Upcoming Hamfests within 250 miles  _…_._

November Club Meeting Aftermath

Elections were held at the SCARS Monthly meeting Saturday. As per SCARS By-Laws, President-Elect W5IFN becomes President on January 1st. The Secretary – KE5JZN and Treasurer – WX5DF were re-elected by unanimous consent, and N5UWY, Trustee with WB5ULK, Assistant Trustee being re-appointed. WG5T asked to be replaced as Member-at-Large on the Executive Board, and the President-Elect asked KD5UGO to step in as Member-at-Large – Phil consented.

Then we had “elections”.

The floor was opened for nominations for President-Elect. Current P-Elect, Harold nominated KF5UZA – Rodney. This was universally greeted with approval. Well, everyone but Rodney! 😀 Regardless, Rodney acceded to be put on the ballot, and since no one else was nominated, the train whistle sounded, and Rodney was elected by acclamation! And finally W5GXT, Victor, was appointed as CORA representative to fill the slot vacated by P-Elect Rodney.

In other reports of interest, we had at least 38 folks in attendance (there were people still drifting in at 10am), we learned that CORA will sign a contract with the Biltmore Hotel (I-40 and Meridian) for one year with the plans of moving to The Tower Hotel (formerly Marriott) on Northwest Expressway for 2017.

President Phil had a show-and-tell using the removed tower lights and some of the left-over heliax, and N5HZR had a very brief talk about DMR/DMR Repeaters. There will be a UHF DMR repeater in Norman “Real Soon Now”. Look for that announcement here!

The SCARS Christmas Party will be the Monday before the next SCARS Meeting, December 7, from 6:00 to 8:30 in the Big Room at Golden Corral in Norman with a NTE $10 Gift Exchange. Men bring a gift for Men and Women bring gift for Women (marked please).

The December SCARS Meeting will highlight a Drone demonstration. But since we can’t fly one outside on airport property, it’s going to be flown in the Training Room! You gotta be there for that!

C&E Archival Project

N5HZR and myself are working on creating PDF versions of the CORA Publication “Collector and Emitter” – C&E for short. Originally, this was published as the house Newsletter of the Aeronautical Center Amateur radio club (W5PAA), but starting in February, 1975, the C&E was published for the entire Central Oklahoma amateur community. The C&E is a great historical reference for Amateur Radio in Central Oklahoma starting in the mid 70s and just a wealth of insight into the people and events over almost 3 decades. During much of this period, two Norman amateurs were regularly highlighted – N5MS, Michael, with technical articles, and KU5B, Jack, with the exploits of the World’s Greatest DXer – A5A.

I was able to retrieve a large number of issues by way of AE5MH several years ago including contributions from K2GKK and KA5BJS (Mac and Judy and copies from the various C&E Editors through the years. I also received quite a few copies from N5KUK, KA5RUZ, and others along the way. The really early editions came from an FAA club member (I do not have his call in my memory banks just now – sorry) which have been extremely invaluable for this project.

Mark will be converting these into PDFs as his time permits, and over time I’ll make these available as links from within the Newsletter.

We are missing a few months along the way. If you have any of these which you’d loan to us so that we could include these in the archives, it would be greatly appreciated. We are missing at least 5 issues (maybe more – see below).
These are what we know are missing:

1986 – missing July
1993 – missing June
1998 – missing April
1999 – missing April
2002 – January, and perhaps, more (keep reading)

For 2002, we do have February, but are looking for January and anything March and beyond. Note that I did not actually read the February 2002 edition to see if that was the Last Issue or not, but if you’ve got January, or anything March and beyond, we’d love to borrow that from you for a bit.

In any case, if you can help with these, we’d appreciate it a bunch! Let me know by emailing me at

 HF Nets

When you get your HF antenna up, here is a consistently updated and comprehensive listing of HF Nets:

Listen to 146.88 and 147.06 Online

Remember that N5HZR has an SDR receiver running on a Raspberry Pi that monitors 88 and 06. You can listen to it here:
Norman VHF Repeaters audio stream

 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 – 11/12/15

Read it all: ARRL Letter

 Amateur Radio Newsline, November 13, 2015


Live links, Script, and Audio here: AR Newsline #1985

Ham Nation

The November 11th Veteran’s Day Edition of Ham Nation is described “Microphone placement, White House action plans for coronal mass ejections, a Veterans Day special event station, and more!”

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

Ham Nation Episode 222

 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:

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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