SCARS Weekly Newsletter – 11/30/2015

WRC-15, DONE . . .
C&E Archival Project . . .
Amazon Smile setup . . .
New DMR Repeater in Norman . . .
SCARS Christmas Party . . .
HF Nets . . .
Listen to 146.88 and 147.06 Online . . .
Did I forget you last week? . . .
ARRL Letter – None (They ate turkey) . . .
Amateur Radio Newsline . . .
Ham Nation . . .
Officers, and odd-links . . .
Upcoming Hamfests within 250 miles  _…_._


James Pastorfield, Administrator of the Amateur Radio Newsline Facebook page, posted the round-up below of the World Radiocommunication Conference 2015 (WRC-15). He gathered the info from sources linked at the end of the post.

You ask, “Why do I care about this?”

Good question. The reason is that the WRCs develop world-wide policy that impacts all RF frequencies. What happens at a WRC meeting can add-to or take-away frequencies which we Amateurs use and enjoy.

It’s a Wrap: WRC-15 Concludes in Geneva

World Radiocommunication Conference 2015 (WRC-15) concluded its deliberations on November 27 in Geneva, as heads of delegations sign the Final Acts that revise the Radio Regulations — the international treaty governing the use of radio frequency spectrum and satellite orbits. Some 3300 participants, representing 162 out of the International Telecommunication Union’s (ITU) 193 member states, attended the 4 week conference. Another 500 or so participants, representing 130 other entities including industry, also attended as observers. Festus Daudu of Nigeria chaired WRC-15.

“A great deal has been achieved in the last 4 weeks, and the results will have a major impact on the future of the telecommunication sector in general and radiocommunications in particular,” ITU Radiocommunication Bureau (ITU-R) Director François Rancy said in a closing press release. “The outcomes of WRC-15 are aimed at maintaining a stable, predictable and universally applied regulatory environment that secures long-term investments for the multi-trillion dollar ICT industry.” WRC-15 addressed more than 40 topics related to frequency allocation and sharing.

The conference reached consensus on a new secondary allocation for Amateur Radio at 5351.5-5366.5 kHz with a power limit of 15 W effective isotropic radiated power (EIRP). Some Region 2 countries, but not the US, will be permitted up to 25 W EIRP. With this action — and despite conditions that are more restrictive than had been hoped at the start of the Conference — the Amateur Service has obtained its first new global HF allocation since 1979.

The 15 kHz band at 60 meters “will maintain stable communications over various distances, especially for use when providing communications in disaster situations and for relief operations,” an ITU news release said. The new band will not become available for use until the FCC addresses the WRC-15 Final Acts in a rule making proceeding and establishes operating parameters.

The International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) team at WRC-15 also focused its efforts on tweaking the agenda for WRC-19. Agenda Item 1.1 will consider 50-54 MHz harmonization in Region 1. A proposed agenda item to align the 160 meter allocation in Region 1 with the rest of the world did not make the cut.

Agenda Item 1.12, addressing the Earth Exploration Satellite Service (10 GHz EESS), was approved at plenary with footnotes relevant to certain Middle East countries and with the Amateur Service allocations untouched.

Threats by the mobile telephone/broadband industry in the vicinity of 10 GHz and 24 GHz have been averted for the time being, but are expected to be raised again at WRC-19 and/or at WRC-23. The band 420-450 MHz was dropped from proposed WRC-19 studies regarding space operations frequencies for short-duration (3 years) small satellites.

Leading up to WRC-19, ITU-R will address an ambitious schedule of studies covering a wide range of services from Amateur Radio to broadcasting, mobile broadband, mobile satellite, fixed satellite, Earth stations on mobile platforms, and space exploration services.

ITU-R has been invited to study existing allocations to the space operation service below 1 GHz and, if no suitable frequencies can be identified, then possible new allocations, or an upgrade of the existing allocations, to the space operation service within the frequency ranges 150.05-174 MHz and 400.15-420 MHz should be considered.

ARRL Chief Technology Officer Brennan Price, N4QX, and Technical Relations Specialist Jon Siverling, WB3ERA, served on the US delegation to WRC-15.

“I think it’s a miracle,” Rancy said at a closing press conference. “I’m always amazed that in 4 weeks we can produce 500 pages of very thick, very detailed, very complex regulations…without a single vote.”

— Thanks to ITU and RSGB


C&E Archival Project

Mark and I are still looking for the following C&E issues. If you would be willing to loan these to us for a while, we’d appreciate it!

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


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…)

SCARS Christmas Party

The SCARS Christmas Party will be held Monday evening, December 7, at the Golden Corral beginning at 6pm. There is a gift exchange, but don’t spend anything over $10! Men bring a gift marked “For Men”, Women bring a gift marked “For Women”.

Be there!

 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 – No Letter This Week

Read it all: ARRL Letter

ARRL offices were closed last Thursday for Thanksgiving, thus no ARRL Letter this week. They’ll be back!

 Amateur Radio Newsline, November 27, 2015



Live links, Script, and Audio here: AR Newsline #1987

Ham Nation

The November 25, 2015 Edition of Ham Nation:
“Deep fry a turkey, newsline, and Win10 on a RasPi.”

Go watch!

Ham Nation Episode 244

 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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