SCARS Weekly Newsletter – 1/4/2016

January Club Meeting this Saturday . . .
Field Day the Simple Way . . .
Winter Field Day . . .
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  _…_._


January Club Meeting this Saturday

The first SCARS club meeting of the new year will be this Saturday, January 9, 2016, at Fire Station 7 in Norman. 1 block west of the light at Rock Creek Road and Flood (Highway 77). Coffee and donuts at 9, meeting starts at 9:30. Be there!


Field Day the Simple Way

It’s a little over 5 months to Field Day. And here is a GREAT article about how One Amateur on his own did HIS Field Day. Read it all!!!

Field Day the Simple Way
[
source: ARRL]

Charlie Pitchford, N4QET


A simple setup is enough for an enjoyable Field Day.


Normally in late June I celebrate my anniversary and travel for family vacations, but 2012 was different. As a recent retiree, every day is a vacation day and in 2012 my spouse was out of the country on family business. That being the case, I thought that I should see what Field Day was really all about.

I have been a ham for 25 years and prior to last year I had participated in Field Day only once — several years ago when my local ARES group gathered at a local park for the day. Therefore I had a very limited file of previous Field Day plans to draw from.

My first task was to check out the ARRL® website to learn what the different classification numbers and letters meant. I was very impressed with the extensive array of Field Day information that was available, and the website presented it in clear and simple terms. As I got more comfortable with the rules, I could feel my excitement build and I began to formulate my plans.

With a basic 100 W HF radio, portable antenna and emergency generator on hand I decided to operate as Class 1B (one transmitter, portable). To keep it simple I set up at my own house and operated only SSB. Yes, I am considered portable, whether I have hauled my station and accessories 100 miles or 100 feet.

I brought the generator out of storage and located it 100 feet away from my operating spot. The distance of 100 feet was significant — it is the length of my extension cord. The antenna was a new Buddipole. I had purchased it with the intention of using it for an RV station during camping trips. So I placed my rig, microphone and foot switch on my deck and mounted the Buddipole in the dipole configuration nearby. That was my entire Field Day station.

All Hams on Deck

My first log entry was made at 1815 UTC. I was quite pleased that I had completed setting up and was operating within 15 minutes of the start of Field Day. I was off and running on 40 meters.

Not surprisingly the band was saturated with signals. There was not a quiet spot on the entire SSB segment. The tuning dial became an extension of my fingers as I worked it back and forth across the band.

Three hours later I took my first break. Operating portable from one’s own deck has its advantages. Food and water were right at hand and an air conditioned escape from the ever present Georgia heat and humidity were just a few feet away in my living room.

Round Two

After being energized by the coolness of conditioned air and nourished from a quickly prepared meal of macaroni and cheese, I was back on the air. The 40 meter band was still packed from end to end with the sound of “CQ Field Day.” I kept my antenna configuration the same. My fingers were repositioned back on the dial as I grabbed my log and pencil and listened for a new call sign. I worked the 40 meter band for a few more hours before I called it a night.

Easy Up, Easy Down

The next day brought more of the same. With occasional breaks, I kept a steady but casual and relaxing pace going until my 24 hour operating period was over. Packing up was as easy as setting up; 15 minutes and my teardown was complete.

I counted up my log sheets and found that I had made 74 contacts. While the “point hounds” may not be impressed because I didn’t establish a heart pounding contact per minute rate, copy an ARRL bulletin, invite a dignitary or send a message to my section manager, I did accomplish my goal. I planned and successfully executed a portable Field Day station, made numerous contacts and had a blast with this wonderful hobby called Amateur Radio. I’ve already checked next year’s calendar and confirmed that there won’t be a conflict with our anniversary. Now I just have to wait through a whole year’s anticipation!


Charlie Pitchford, N4QET, was first licensed as a Novice in 1986. As an Amateur Extra class license holder, he enjoys ragchewing and chasing DX on the HF bands. Charlie is retired following a 29 year career with the YMCA of Albany, Georgia and in The State YMCA of Georgia. He serves as assistant emergency coordinator for Bartow County ARES and also volunteers with the American Red Cross Disaster Services. Charlie can be reached at 281 Holly Springs Rd NE, White, GA 30184, cpitchford3@yahoo.com


Winter Field Day

Now if you are particularly exercised about Field Day, then how about doing your own thing (or getting some like-minded folks together) and do a WINTER FIELD DAY?!?

Winter Field Day

 


 

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
[no new post due to Holiday]

ARRL Letter – 12/24/2015


Amateur Radio Newsline, January 1, 2016

  • THE SPIRIT OF 2016: THE SPIRIT OF COMPETITION
  • A DAY FOR KIDS
  • NEW YEAR, NEW DX
  • HAMS USING HOSPITAL ANTENNA
  • POW! TO THE MOON, ALICE!
  • SEVEN SCHOOLS CHOSEN FOR ARRL GRANTS
  • CANCELLED BUT NOT FORGOTTEN
  • HOLIDAY RESPOTE AT THE WIA
  • SPREADING THE WORD IN INDIA
  • SPECTRUM SHORTCHANGED IN THE UK?
  • HONORS AT HAMVENTION
  • THE WORLD OF DX
  • A CHRISTMAS PRESENT FROM CHRISTMAS PAST

Live links, Script, and Audio here: AR Newsline #1992


Ham Nation
[no new show this week due to Holiday]

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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