SCARS Weekly Newsletter – 12/28/2015

New Officers Take Office Friday . . .
Straight-key Night . . .
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  _…_._


New Officers Take Office Friday

 

The new slate of officers assume office Friday, January 1st.

President: Harold Black, W5IFN
President-Elect-VP: Rodney Barrett, KF5UZA
Treasurer: Doug Forsyth, WX5DF
Secretary: Chris Pape, KE5JZN
Past President: Phil Sinnett, KD5UGO
Director at Large: Victor McDaniel, W5GXT (appointment)
Trustee: Peter Laws, N5UWY (appointment)
Assistant Trustee: Gary Skaggs, WB5ULK  (appointment)


Straight-key Night

12/27/2015

Every day is a good day to operate on CW, but set some time aside on New Year’s Eve and Day to enjoy Straight Key Night (SKN). The annual event gets under way a 000 UTC on January 1 (New Year’s Eve in US time zones). The 24 hour event is not a contest but a day dedicated to celebrating our CW heritage. Participants are encouraged to get on the air and simply make enjoyable, conversational CW contacts, preferably using a straight (hand) key or a semi-automatic key (bug). Activity traditionally centers on CW segments in the HF bands. There are no points or obligatory exchange. The only requirement is just to have fun!

Send your SKN list of stations work and your votes for “Best Fist” and “Most Interesting QSO” by January 31.

Concurrent with the ARRL Straight Key Night, AMSAT will hold its own SKN on OSCAR 2015, this year dedicated to the memory of Ben Stevenson, W2BXA, who died in 2011. Operate CW through any amateur satellite from on New Year’s Day 2016, using a manual (ie, non-electronic) key. No log is necessary, but AMSAT also asks for “Best Fist” nominees via e-mail to Ray Soifer, W2RS.

Stevenson, who was licensed in 1929, was one of the world’s top DXers on HF and satellites and held Satellite DXCC No 1. He was the founding president of the North Jersey DX Association.

via ARRL


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:

http://smile.amazon.com/gp/chpf/about/

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…)


 HF Nets

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

ARRL Letter – 12/24/2015


Amateur Radio Newsline, December 25, 2015

  • CALIFORNIA AMATEUR MAY FACE $25,000 FINE
  • HUMANITARIAN FUND LAUNCHED BY DX ASSOCIATION
  • A FIELD DAY WHERE ICE IS NICE
  • SILENT KEY: REMOTE PICKUP PIONEER GEORGE MARTI (W5GLJ)
  • CONTESTS PUT THE “O” IN “OM”
  • A SURPRISE FROM NORTH KOREA
  • IRELAND’S COMPETITIVE COUNTIES
  • NEW TOOL FOR DISASTER COMMUNICATIONS
  • PEOPLE IN THE NEWS
  • LESSONS IN ALASKA TAUGHT BY RADIO
  • THE WORLD OF DX
  • NEWSLINE ALUM MERT GARLICK, N6AWE – SK

Live links, Script, and Audio here: AR Newsline #1991


Ham Nation

The December 23, 2015 Edition of Ham Nation:

“Preparing your trap antenna for rain, Part 2 of Randy’s ham shack build, the Santa Net 2015, and a Christmas surprise from Bob Heil!”

Go watch!

Ham Nation Episode 228

(Note that if you watch Ham Nation live, there’ll be no show this week…)


 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: Harold Black, W5IFN
President-Elect-VP: Rodney Barrett, KF5UZA
Treasurer: Doug Forsyth, WX5DF
Secretary: Chris Pape, KE5JZN
Past President: Phil Sinnett, KD5UGO
Director at Large: Victor McDaniel, W5GXT (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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