SCARS Weekly Newsletter – March 28, 2016

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

Tech/Gen Class Week 7 . . .
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


As my good friend, colleague, and long-time NWS employee Forrest, KB5FOL, would say “April 1st marks the beginning of an ‘open’ Gulf of Mexico and ushers in the onset of ‘Deep Convection'”. Many of the weather geek gadflies around the local Forecast Office periphery would begin to fritz-out any time thunderstorm went up during March, but Forrest knew that for it to be long-lasting and sustained, it would have to have deep and plentiful Gulf Moisture.

None of us really knows what the year is going to really be like, but I do know that 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 7

Last week Victor, ex-W5GXT, now K5VL, waxed poetic with the Tech/Gen class regarding Operating Practices, Licensing, and Rules and Regulations. Interaction was brisk as usual, and Victor did a great job of getting the attendees motivated.

Week 7 is Operating Regulations and Safety for the Techs, and Electrical and RF Safety for the General students. The following week is a Comprehensive Review on Tuesday, April 5, with the Exam for all those signed-up on Thursday, April 7.

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

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 few days 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 – 3/24/16

 Amateur Radio Newsline


Live links, Script, and Audio here: AR Newsline #2004

Ham Nation

Flooding and tornado’s keep Hams busy,
Sierra Hills Swapfest,
how to Vanity Call,
up close with the IC 7300,
and Amanda answers your questions!

Ham Nation Episode 249 – Vanity Calls 101

Screenshot 2016-03-27 at 19.26.25


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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