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
Get on the Air
Buying Your First Radio
Your First Station
Learning Morse Code
Building Simple Antennas
Making Your First Contact
Keeping a Log
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:
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 Executive Committee to Meet in Texas
- ARES Groups, Individual Hams Support Army and Air Force MARS Exercise
- NCVEC Announces Third Public Release of 2016-2020 Amateur Extra Question Pool
- Air Force Pledges Continued Cooperation with Radio Amateurs During Cape Cod Radar Upgrades
- National Parks on the Air Update
- Elementary Schoolers’ CubeSat Ready to Deploy from ISS
- Fox-1E (RadFxSat-2) Selected for Participation in NASA’s CubeSat Launch Initiative
- Amateur Radio Accompanying “Great Northern Way” Arctic Russia Expedition
- Heil Sound Celebrating 50th Anniversary
- Vessel with Rich Ham History — the Bowdoin — Being Refurbished for Further Exploring
- World-Famous Moonbounce Enthusiast Doug McArthur VK3UM, 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 – 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
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!
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.