SCARS Club Meeting This Week . . .
Antenna Raising Party Pics . . .
Get On The Air – Part Deux! . . .
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 . . .
Ham Nation . . .
Officers and Other odd-links . . .
Upcoming Hamfests within 250 miles _…_._
SCARS Club Meeting This Week
Monthly Club meeting is this coming Saturday. All the info you need to get there on-time can be found on the W5NOR “Meetings/Nets” page: Meetings/Nets
Antenna Raising Party Pics
There was an antenna raising at AG5OK’s QTH on Saturday. I’ve posted pics below and here are the folks who helped:
WA6DKD- DENNY, AE5F- BILL, KD5UGO- PHIL, KF5PFJ- MIKE, AG5OK- Jerry, Nathan- KG5HTA, Nathan’s Dad. And I *think* that David Denny- KD5DTD, on the tower.
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Get On The Air – Part Deux!
Seen immediately below, last week Peter jump-started “get on the air” discussions again. This week, I’ve posted a link to get a vertical up and running quickly on (PICK A BAND) with a great short article by Frederick Vobbe, W8HDU. This article describes a lot of ins and outs of vertical antenna construction, why stuff works, and practical items to help get your new vertical on the air and doing a good job.
Let me hasten to add w/r/t radials for verticals to get it on the air with 4-6 radials because you can ALWAYS go back and add more when you have the time and material. Frederick recommends a LOT of radials, but this is “eye gouging/hair pulling/roll around on the floor” territory. Get it on the air and add more if you wish.
W8HDU’s great article here-> http://hf-antenna.com/012/
[the more clever of you will discover that there are a LOT of articles here! Just crop the “012/” off the end and you can see all of Frederick’s great antenna construction articles!]
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
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 less than 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.
- US Amateur Radio Numbers Continue to Soar
- ARRL Chief Operating Officer Harold Kramer, WJ1B, Retires
- ARISS Celebrates its 1000th Educational Amateur Radio Contact with Video
- ARRL Teachers Institute on Wireless Technology Announces 2016 Schedule
- National Parks on the Air Update
- ARES Groups, Individual Hams Support Army and Air Force MARS Communications Exercise
- Armed Forces Day 2016 Communication Test to Include Direct Military-Ham Contact on 60 Meters
- Regulators Attend Amateur Radio Administration Course in Mexico City
- Texas to Host US ARDF Championships in April
- “Frequency” TV Series Now Planned for The CW Network
- First Solid-State Transmitter to Span the Atlantic Now Part of ARRL Historical Collection
- Getting It Right!
- 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, March 3, 2016
Amateur Radio Newsline, March 4, 2016
- DICK SMITH ELECTRONICS CLOSING
- SILENT KEY: NZART’S BRUCE DOUGLAS, NL2WP
- BEHIND THE BATTLE OF THE ANTENNAS
- HAMFEST IN HUNTERDON
- PEOPLE IN THE NEWS: JIM WEIDNER, K2JXW, AND HAROLD KRAMER, WJ1B
- THE HAM LICENSE EXPLOSION
- SENIORS ON THE AIR
- SATELLITE CONNECTS SOUTH AMERICA AND ANTARCTICA
- OTHERWORLDLY QRM OR QRN?
Live links, Script, and Audio here: AR Newsline #2001
The March 3, 2016 Edition of Ham Nation:
HAM NATION 237
In this week’s Audio Alley
Bob goes into detail about why you may or may not want a condenser microphone,
an interview with John Portune W6NBC,
and a drone flyby of a enormous Antenna Farm.
Odds and Ends
- 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.