SCARS Weekly Newsletter – 11/23/2015

C&E Archival Project . . .
Amazon Smile setup . . .
New DMR Repeater in Norman . . .
November Club Meeting Aftermath . . .
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  _…_._

C&E Archival Project

Last Week
 I had a loooong dissertation about N5HZR and myself trying to save a small piece of Oklahoma Amateur Radio history by turning the CORA publication “The Collector and Emitter”, “C&E” for short, into PDF documents to share online. From Volume 1 in February of 1975 to the last publication year, 2002, we have all but a very few copies. We’d appreciate it if you’d dig around in your ‘archives’ to see if you have any of these missing copies. We won’t destroy them, promise! If you do have them, let me know and I’ll come get them and return them to you once we’ve made a copy of them. Go read the original (linked at “Last Week” above) for all the info. Thanks!
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

Amazon Smile setup

Last week I had a Brain Cramp and forgot to link to how to setup your Amazon account to use “Smile”. When you use Smile, and have selected “South Canadian Amateur Radio Society” as your 501(c)(3) of choice, then the Club will receive what amounts to 0.5% of each purchase you make. If you don’t select Smile, your price will not be lower, so why not use Smile and benefit your Club? 

Amazon has a very straightforward how-to here:

You can thank yourself for doing this, but I’ll thank you too!

New DMR Repeater in Norman

N5HZR posted this information on the SCARS Facebook group late Wednesday night about a new DMR repeater now on the air in Norman:

Norman DMR Repeater is on the air! Tonight, N5MS, N5UWY, & N5HZR flipped the switch on the Motorola SLR5700. This machine is listening on 443.825 mhz, with a +5 mhz offset.
This machine has a local talkgroup that traffic stays here in town, a Central OK talkgroup that shares audio with Stillwater and the 3 OKC repeaters, and statewide, OK-TX, North America and Worldwide talkgroups that let you bring in the world.
If you’ve got a DMR radio, take a listen, and start talking. We’d really appreciate any signal reports from this machine, and when your radio switches from Norman, to one of the other OKC machines.
If you don’t know what DMR has to offer, check out or ask questions here on Facebook. Entry level radios are available for about $130 from Connect Systems, and Tytera.
(Ed: Connect Systems instead of Control Systems…)

November Club Meeting Aftermath

Elections were held at the SCARS Monthly meeting held on the 14th. 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 that is by everyone but Rodney! 😀 Regardless, Rodney acceded to be put on the ballot, 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, then N5HZR had a very brief talk about DMR/DMR Repeaters. There will be a UHF DMR repeater in Norman “Real Soon Now”. (Already happened – SEE ABOVE!)

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).  Note that this is TWO WEEKS from today!

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!

 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 – 11/19/15

Read it all: ARRL Letter

 Amateur Radio Newsline, November 20, 2015


Live links, Script, and Audio here: AR Newsline #1986

Ham Nation

The November 18, 2015 Edition of Ham Nation:
“Heil Sound’s new Heritage microphone, the first school to make contact with the International Space Station, Valerie interviews Bob Allphin K4UEE about his many DXpeditions, and more!”

Go watch!

Ham Nation Episode 223

 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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