SCARS Weekly Newsletter – Pi Day – 3.1416

SCARS Club Meeting Highlights . . .
Antenna Raising Party Pics . . .
Get On The Air – Part Three! . . .
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 Highlights

At Saturday’s SCARS monthly meeting, there were almost 50 members, guests, and visitors out on a wonderful mid-March morning. Mike Rockey, KE5EQC, OKC Memorial Marathon Public Service Committee Chair stopped by to ask for more volunteers. At the time they had 65 people signed-up but really need 100 to do the job. There are already 11,000 people signed-up to run the Marathon and it’s still a month out, so they need the help.

For more information or to sign-up, the link to the Marathon volunteer page is the 4th item down from the top of the SCARS homepage, w5nor.org
or you can go straight to it at the top of the Aeronautical Center Club’s webpage: http://www.w5paa.org/

After the usual monthly formalities were complete, President Harold did a presentation about hand-held radios. The bottom line is that a cheap radio with a good antenna and wise use regarding location and expectations results in a great tool for Emergency response and general amateur use. There was MUCH discussion, which was all good.


Antenna Raising Party Pics

 

There was an antenna raising at AG5OK’s QTH on Saturday, March 5th. 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 Three!

 The previous 2 weeks I’ve linked to some great resources for you to Get On The Air. (If you missed those, they are still at the top of the Blog – https://scarsnewsletter.wordpress.com/) And this week, I’m going to point you to some “tools you can use for free” on ARRL’s website. It is a GREAT resource, whether you are a new Amateur or not. Here are a few of these:

Frequency Allocations and Band Charts
Band chart of US Amateur Radio Technician Privileges [PDF]
Contact basics chart [PDF]: commonly used Q signals and phonetic alphabet
Radiogram Components, Q Signals and Prosigns [PDF]
Communication Procedures, ITU Phonetic Alphabet, RST System, UTC Time Conversion
Grid Square Locator
Ham Radio Glossary
Operating Ethics
Getting Licensed
Get on the Air
Buying Your First Radio
Your First Station
Learning Morse Code
Building Simple Antennas
Making Your First Contact
Keeping a Log
Chasing DX
Contest Basics

There are MANY items available here for FREE – just click here – you do not have to be an ARRL member to use these resources.

And if you are NOT an ARRL member, I’d like to bend your ear about why being an ARRL member is a good thing. email me at: WB5ULK@ARRL.NET and I’ll get with you to talk. 


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:
http://www.k0bg.com/myths.html


 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.


 ARRL Letter

Read it all here: ARRL Letter – 3/10/16


 Amateur Radio Newsline, March 11, 2016

  • HISTORIC RECEIVER’S GREAT RECEPTION
  • IN AUSTRALIA, A 50-YEAR REUNION
  • NATIONAL PARKS EVENT GETS BOOST FROM STATE OF ILLINOIS
  • DXPEDITIONERS GIVE GIFT TO FALKLANDS SCHOOLS
  • ATTENTION DXERS, DINNER IS SERVED
  • PATRON SAINT OF CORNISH QSOS
  • LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT IN THE PHILIPPINES
  • HALL OF FAME VOTING FOR SARL
  • A NET, JUST FOR SOUTH AFRICAN YOUNGSTERS
  • GREAT BRITAIN CONTEST REVIEWERS NEEDED
  • THE WORLD OF DX
  • RADIO’S HIS ELIXIR OF YOUTH

Live links, Script, and Audio here: AR Newsline #2002


Ham Nation

The March 9, 2016 Edition of Ham Nation:

HAM NATION 238

Gordo goes over how to work with coaxial cable,
Don brings this week’s newsline with Dr. Skovs solar weather forcast,
Val interviews Cathy K6VC about the DX convention in Visalia,
George talks about Smith Charts,
and Amanda answers your questions!

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Go watch!

Ham Nation Episode 238 – Let’s Get Fumigated!


 Odds and Ends


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, News, Links, Repeater Info, Hamfests, Licensing, General Help & more linked from the sidebar at the SCARS Homepage – W5NOR.ORG !!!

73 de Gary, WB5ULK …_._

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