Get On The Air! . . .
National Parks On The Air . . .
OKC Memorial Marathon Sign-up . . .
Mobile Antenna “Myths” . . .
Green Country Hamfest . . .
Did I forget you last week? . . .
ARRL Letter . . .
Amateur Radio Newsline – 2000th Edition! . . .
Ham Nation . . .
Officers and Other odd-links . . .
Upcoming Hamfests within 250 miles _…_._
Get On The Air!
Peter, N5UWY, sent me a message last Monday evening after he’d waded through some of the stuff in the Newsletter and he pointed out something which I’d missed in the Ham Nation Video I linked in last weeks Newsletter. At about 33:45 into the video (you can scroll to it easily), Bob Heil, K9EID, is carrying forth about getting on the air. He bemoans that people think they need 100 foot tall towers, 5 element beams, and high power to do anything on the bands (don’t get me wrong, if I had the space and cash, I’d have it, but…). He continues on to say “Don’t wait!”. [note that he muffed the formula – what he has on the screen is the full-length of the total dipole, which should be cut in half – half for each leg of the dipole, but he was on a roll and just fumbled the verbal description, so I give him a pass]
His recommendation: when you get those General Class privileges, make yourself a 40 meter dipole cut for 7.190 Mhz – use 234/frequency (MHz) to start – result is feet. This is the length for each side of the dipole, fine-tune it, put it up as high as you can, and get on 40 meters. 40 is reliably open day and night. Find someone, call them, and get talking. Or find an empty spot and just start calling CQ somewhere in your allocated frequencies and see who you can stir-up! You just might get some DX when conditions permit, but you CAN talk to folks! Mid-morning, you can usually hear folks from California to the East Coast. If you get up really early (before sunrise), Europe is almost a given below 7.2 MHz every morning. As a bonus, if you have even an itty bitty tuner, you can make your nice new solid-state radio happy with your 40 meter dipole on 15 meters as well!
Put some wire up and get on the air! If K9EID is on the air, who knows? You may be talking to Dr. Microphone before you know it.!
73 de Gary, WB5ULK
National Parks On The Air
There are special requirements for activating a station at the Oklahoma City National Memorial.
Attached, please find the current ground rules for NPOTA activation of the
Oklahoma City National Memorial.
Please share these ground rules and the following info with your club
IMPORTANT….you must contact the NPOTA folks at ARRL to get prior
permission to activate the Memorial.
At this time, the primary concern is no activations of any type 15-30 April.
This is due to the preparations for the Bombing Anniversary Ceremonies and
the Memorial Marathon.
Only one mobile activation per day will be approved at the Memorial Service
Center due to very limited space.
Mobile activations are only allowed on Saturday and/or Sunday.
Pedestrian mobile activations may be approved on any day save the timeframe
of 15-30 April.
To activate a NPOTA location, go to the registration link here: NPOTA Activation
OKC Memorial Marathon Sign-up
This year’s Marathon is April 24th and there are 100 Amateurs needed for the event. More info and links to sign-up are on the SCARS homepage: Memorial Marathon Signup
Mobile Antenna “Myths”
Eye-gouging, hair-pulling, roll-around-on-the-floor fights have started with lesser, but for better or worse, here it is: Mobile Antenna Myths
There are a lot of snake-oil salesmen out there. My advice is this: Put little faith in advertised “gain” of antennas. Many oxen to be gored here:
Green Country Hamfest
Green Country is a little over a month from now. Check here for more details: Green Country Hamfest
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.
- FCC Invites Comments on ARRL Petition That Seeks 80/75 Meter Adjustments
- Ballots Counted, Results Announced in Three ARRL Section Manager Contests
- ARRL to Offer ARES Forms Training Webinar
- ARES Team Leverages Radio Services, Local Media, Internet in Missouri Flood Watch
- FCC Seeks Comments on Petition to Grant Lifetime Amateur Radio Licenses
- National Parks on the Air Update
- AMSAT Seeks Volunteers to Support Phase 4 “Five and Dime” Ground Terminal Effort
- Satellite DXCC Nearly 20 Years in the Making
- Article Profiles First African-American Radio Amateur, Rufus Turner, W3LF
- Hurricane Watch Net, Maritime Mobile Service Network Stalwart David Lefavour, W7GOX, SK
- In Brief…
- The K7RA Solar Update
- Just Ahead in Radiosport
- Upcoming ARRL Section, State, and Division Conventions and Events
Read it all here: ARRL Letter
Amateur Radio Newsline, February 26, 2016
[This is the 2000th Edition of Amateur Radio Newsline!]
- FCC SEEKS COMMENTS ON LIFETIME LICENSES, 80/75 METER CHANGES
- FOX-HUNTING, TEXAS-STYLE
- HELP WITH ARES REPORT FORMS
- MAKING WAVES? NO, DISCOVERING THEM
- NY’s TRAIL RELAY IN PURSUIT OF HAMS
- ONE HAM’S LOW-POWER LEGACY
- SHINING A LIGHT ON UK BEACONS’ FUTURE
- MEMORABLE MICROWAVE MOMENT
- SOUTH AFRICA’S LICENSE FEES GOING UP
- ACTION IN THE ANTARCTIC
- WORLD OF DXSPECIAL SEGMENT: ON OUR 2000TH NEWSCAST, WE LOOK BACK
Live links, Script, and Audio here: AR Newsline #2000
The February 24, 2016 Edition of Ham Nation:
HAM NATION 236
Gordo shows some Do It Yourself radios, Bob goes over the different types of microphones he uses, Jerry is back from Palmyra DX, Newsline, and your questions answered.
Go watch! Ham Nation Episode 236
Odds and Ends
NEW! – Real-time Solar Weather
- SCARS Officers
- HF Net List
- Norman VHF Repeaters audio stream
- ARRL Outgoing QSL Service
- Announced DX Operations
- D-Star stuff
- Real-time lightning data
- Oklahoma ARES Voice Over IP Net
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.