SCARS Weekly Newsletter – First Monday of Spring, 2016

It’s THAT Time Of Year Again . . .
By The Way . . .

Tech/Gen Class Week 6 . . .
SCARS March Club Meeting Highlights . . .
Get On The Air – Part Four . . .

Get On The Air – Part Three . . .
National Parks On The Air . . .
OKC Memorial Marathon Sign-up . . .
Green Country Hamfest . . .
Did I forget you last week? . . .
ARRL Letter . . .
Amateur Radio Newsline . . .
Ham Nation . . .
Odds and Ends . . .
Upcoming Hamfests within 250 miles  _…_._

It’s THAT Time Of Year Again


No, not Tax Time (well, it is, but that’s not we’re talking about HERE), but Severe Weather Season. None of us know what the year is going to really be like, but the time is NOW to get prepared. One of the things that YOU can do to be prepared is to setup your VHF/UHF gear in such a manner as you can be on the same page as the rest of us when “that day” comes. 

For many years, we have strongly encouraged folks to setup their VHF/UHF equipment memories in the same manner so that we have well-known priorities established and so that all of us can be literally “on the same page”. The recommended Channel memories for your equipment can all be found on the SCARS repeater blog site. Now YOU are going to ask me “The repeater has a blog?” And the answer is unequivocally “YES!”

The SCARS Trustee, Peter, N5UWY, maintains the repeater blog HERE, but if you forget that, just remember to go to the SCARS Homepage, W5NOR.ORG, and in the left-hand column click on the “Repeaters” link. In the first paragraph at the top of that page is the link to the Repeater Blog.  Scroll down to the Red Box and at the top is the recommended memory entries for you VHF/UHF equipment. But I’ll include a cut&paste of that right here below. 

Now, go get your gear ready!

Recommended Channel Layout

Channel Receive Transmit “Offset” CTCSS Label
1 147.0600 147.6600 +600 kHz 141.3 Hz SCARSM
2 147.0600 147.6600 +600 kHz 100.0 Hz SCARSI
3 147.0600 147.0600 None 141.3 Hz SCARSD
4 146.8800 146.2800 -600 kHz None N5MS
5 443.7000 448.7000 +5 MHz 141.3 Hz SCARSU
6 443.7000 443.7000 None 141.3 Hz SCRSUD
7 444.3500 449.3500 +5 MHz 141.3 Hz N5KUK
D-STAR 444.7500 449.7500 +5 MHz D-STAR W5TC B
DMR 443.8250 448.8250 +5 MHz DMR N5MS

Adjust channel order and labels to suit your taste. You might also consider other options for the repeaters such as a channel that transmits in reverse so, if the repeater was down, you could communicate with someone who had only programmed their radio for normal repeater operation.

By The Way

If you have not explored the SCARS Homepage recently, Mark, being the “sleeps 90 minutes per night, ADHD kind-of-guy” he is, continuously adds things to the homepage. If you haven’t looked since “yesterday”, then you’ve likely missed some things he’s added. He is adding new stuff each and every day. Go take a look and click through all the highlighted links: W5NOR.ORG

Tech/Gen Class Week 6

After a week’s break during Spring Break, the Technician/General Class resumes this week on Tuesday evening. Attendance remains strong even though some of the folks jumped ahead and got their new or upgraded licenses at the March testing session.

Student attendance remains in the high-20s, with previous and future session leaders in attendance as well to assist with question and answer time. With two more weekly sessions then a night reserved for review, we already have nearly 20 of the class folks signed-up for the testing session the first week in April!

SCARS – “Baking” new Hams for many, many years!

 Good job!


SCARS March Club Meeting Highlights

At March’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,
or you can go straight to it at the top of the Aeronautical Center Club’s webpage:

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.

Get On The Air – Part Four
The Nagging Continues

If you didn’t work anyone on-the-air over the weekend, you didn’t try. Sure, you DID NOT talk to anyone on Antarctica, nor did you make contact with North Korea. But I can state with FULL CONFIDENCE that 40, 20, and 15 were OPEN on Saturday and Sunday and my radios captured signals on 40, 20, and 15, from Japan, and Hawaii, to Alaska, Canada, Europe, the Azores, Southwest Russia, Cuba, Central, and South America. Contrary to conventional “Wizdum”, the bands are NOT dead. In fact, 40 is hopping in the U.S. day and night!

Don’t wait – make the call! YOU may be the person who opens a band!

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 – 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


 Green Country Hamfest

Green Country is only a couple of weeks away. 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 – 3/17/16

 Amateur Radio Newsline


Live links, Script, and Audio here: AR Newsline #2003

Ham Nation

Protective circuitry for HF,
USS Indianapolis historic radio,
Ham radio in James Bond,
contact with the crew of Last Man Standing,
and the new iCOM 7300.

Ham Nation Episode 239 – Here Comes the ICOM 7300

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Go watch!

 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.

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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