April SCARS Meeting This Saturday . . .
The Colossus of Radio . . .
10 FM Anyone?
It’s THAT Time Of Year Again . . .
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 _…_._
April SCARS Meeting This Saturday
This coming Saturday is the our monthly meeting and you really don’t want to miss it! Who, What, When, Where, and How below, but N5HZR, Mark, will be doing a presentation after The Business Session entitled “Comparison of Amateur Radio Digital Voice”. Here is the Abstract:
At the April SCARS meeting, Mark Kleine N5HZR, et al., will talk about some of the newest modes available to the amateur radio community. The three major digital voice systems, D-Star, DMR, and System Fusion will be explored, and compared. The underlying technical system specs will be discussed, operational differences will be shown, and available radios will be compared. We will demonstrate live radios and repeaters, and show online resources. If you have a digital voice radio, bring it along to join the fun.
Coffee and donuts at 9, Business at 9:30, Program to follow: WhoWhatWhereWhenHow
The Colossus of Radio
I’m certain that I wasn’t the only one who got this, but thought I’d share something that N5MS shared via an email during the week. A GREAT Old Time Radio entry from Nuts and Volts Magazine. Go read it!
10 FM Anyone?
Found this on an Amateur Radio Facebook Group today. FYI…
Radio Society of Tucson has a 10 m repeater that is up and running now – K7RST.
29,670 FM receive, 29.570 FM transmit minus offset, PL 110.9.
Yesterday the frequency was open to the east coast and even Las Vegas.
A big thanks goes out to K3TYE Joe and AE7YQ Bill.
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!
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 this Friday and Saturday. You can go Friday and still be at our Saturday meeting! 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 Asks FCC to Restore Balance of Modes on 80 and 75 Meters
- “ARRL The Doctor is In” — the Podcast — Debuts on April 7
- ARRL to Review, Evaluate, and Explore Possible Improvements for OO Program
- National Parks on the Air Update
- Major DXpeditions Cooperating to Minimize Conflicts
- ARRL Okays P5/3Z9DX North Korea Operation for DXCC
- Kingman Reef (KH5) Deleted from DXCC List
- “Discover the HF Experience” Aims to Dazzle Technicians, Newcomers
- ISS Expedition 47/48 Crew Increment Includes Two Radio Amateurs
- “Elmer” Inspiration, Elmer “Bud” Frohardt Jr, W9DY, SK
- Comedian, Actor, TV Writer and Personality Garry Shandling, ex-KD6OY, SK
- In Brief…
- The K7RA Solar Update
- This Week in Radiosport
- Upcoming ARRL Section, State, and Division Conventions and Events
Read it all here: ARRL Letter – 3/31/16
Amateur Radio Newsline
- BRUSSELS BOMBING
- A TRIBUTE TO GARRY SHANDLING, WA7BKG/KQ6K
- ONE HAM’S DESIGNS ON NATIONAL PARK
- FOOLS RUSH IN – OR MAYBE NOT – IN PECULIAR, MISSOURI
- RADIO’S OLD TIMERS: LIVE LONG AND PROPAGATE
- SK: ELMER “BUD” FROHARDT JR., AN ELMER’S ELMER
- GEORGIA QSO PARTY PLANNING
- WORLD OF DX
- PIERRE PULLINMYLEG’S SPECIAL APRIL 1 REPORT
Live links, Script, and Audio here: AR Newsline #2005
Kevin Zanjani comes on to talk batteries,
John Portune shows how a mobius antenna is made,
DX files from Val
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.