Brighten Your Holiday . . .
Welcome “new” Ham Back . . .
C&E Archival Project . . .
Amazon Smile setup . . .
New DMR Repeater in Norman . . .
HF Nets . . .
Listen to 146.88 and 147.06 Online . . .
Did I forget you last week? . . .
ARRL Letter . . .
Amateur Radio Newsline . . .
Ham Nation . . .
Officers, and odd-links . . .
Upcoming Hamfests within 250 miles _…_._
Brighten Your Holiday
After you’ve watched the AJAX Toilet Bowl this week featuring teams rated lower than the 10 meter noise floor in the middle of the night, you should tune-up on 20 and give a listen to the Santa Claus Net. If that doesn’t brighten your day, then you bulb needs to be changed. And SOME of you with a BIG SIGNAL may want to volunteer to help out!
Have a great week!
Welcome “new” Ham Back
Sent by the SCARS VE Team Lead, N5UWY:
“Please join the SCARS exam team in welcoming Jimmy, KG5KSP, ex-N5HOL, back to the air. Jimmy let his license lapse but got it back by passing the Technician exam and presenting his expired General license for credit.
Don’t do like Jimmy had to do! Renew your license!! Go to the FCC site and check your license expiration date.”
C&E Archival Project
Exciting info about this project coming soon!
Watch This Space!
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 recently 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 http://dmr-marc.net/ 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…)
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
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 – 12/17/2015
- ARRL CEO David Sumner, K1ZZ, to Keynote ARRL National Convention Banquet
- Radio Amateurs of Canada Honors Past ARRL, IARU President Larry Price, W4RA
- Florida Ham Agrees to Penalty for Failure to Identify
- New Section Manager Appointed in Alaska
- Nominations Solicited for Six ARRL Awards
- See How You Can Earn a $50 Credit for Supporting ARRL!
- ARRL Rookie Roundup is Just Ahead
- Astronaut Tim Peake, KG5BVI, to Host First ARISS Video Contact
- Ohio Amateur Radio Club Donates to Help Needy Families
- SAQ to Carry on Tradition of Christmas Eve VLF Transmissions
- Fessenden Christmas Eve Commemorative Transmissions Set
- UK Telecoms Regulator Revokes 500+ Ham Radio Licenses Not Revalidated by Holders
- Spanish Radio Amateur Dies in Afghan Violence
- In Brief…
- The K7RA Solar Update
- Just Ahead in Radiosport
- Upcoming ARRL Section, State, and Division Conventions and Events
Amateur Radio Newsline, December 18, 2015
- RADIO AMATEUR KILLED IN KABUL VIOLENCE
- FLORIDA HAM AGREES TO PENALTY
- HELPING BRACE UP SOUTH BENGAL
- TACKLING THE PHILIPPINES’ TYPHOON
- FCC WEBSITE UPGRADE
- QUARTZFEST BRINGS A DESERT TO LIFE
- KOSOVO AMATEURS JOIN IARU
- ECHOLINK UPDATE
- KEYING IN ON FOR ROOKIE ROUNDUP
- PEOPLE IN THE NEWS: ALEX SHOVKOPLYAS
- TRANSMITTING SPIRIT ON CHRISTMAS EVE DAY
- OHIO HAMS HELP NEEDY FAMILIES
- MERRY CHRISTMAS de SANTA
- FINAL THOUGHTS ON HRO FOUNDER BOB FERRERO, W6RJ
Live links, Script, and Audio here: AR Newsline #1990
The December 16, 2015 Edition of Ham Nation:
“Microphone do’s and don’ts with Bob Heil, hams trying to provide assistance to flood areas in India, cruise lines that are ham radio friendly, and more!”
Odds and Ends
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 …_._