SCARS Weekly Newsletter – World Amateur Radio Day, 2016

SCARS Spring Picnic Rescheduled to This Saturday . . .
World Amateur Radio Day Today . . .
April SCARS Meeting Aftermath . . .
April 7th Class Testing Results . . .
It’s THAT Time Of Year Again . . .

Did I forget you last week? . . .
ARRL Letter . . .
Amateur Radio Newsline . . .
Ham Nation . . .
Odds and Ends . . .
Upcoming Hamfests within 250 miles  _…_._

SCARS Spring Picnic Rescheduled to This Saturday

President Harold, W5IFN, and his bride will host the SCARS Spring Picnic this year this coming Saturday beginning at 4pm and will last until everyone is gone. The President will supply the burgers and dogs, but we need to bring some of the following items: beans, cole slaw, potato salad (etc.) If you’ve got a favorite side dish, bring it!

The W5IFN QTH is located at 1805 Candlewood Drive, in NORMAN. I’ve included a map below, but when you get into the neighborhood, look for a 70 foot crank-up tower with a Mosley Pro 67 beam at the top! For those of you who are newly minted Amateurs, this will be your chance to get on the air (and anyone else who is interested). Come prepared!

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Click image to make MUCH bigger!

World Amateur Radio Day Today!

Today is World Amateur Radio Day! ARRL has a write-up about this which is much better than anything I could cobble together. Go read about your Hobby!

World Amateur Radio Day

April SCARS Meeting Aftermath

For the April SCARS meeting on the 2nd Saturday we again had more people than we had chairs! We had a number of new members, most from the April test session (more about that in a bit). N5HZR gave his program on the new VHF and Up digital voice modes. Very interesting what is going on in our hobby!

The slide deck Mark used can be found here: Digital Voice Modes

Looking ahead to June, it’s a very busy month! Because of Hamcom in Irving being the second weekend of the month, we are moving the June SCARS meeting to the 3rd Saturday (as usual), and the very next weekend is Field Day! 

In short, rest up the first weekend, because it is a dead-sprint to July!

Next month’s Program will be some details and some planning for Field Day. You won’t want to miss it!


April 7th Class Testing Results

Last Thursday was the culmination of the SCARS Technician/General Exam Prep class. There were 10 VEs who attended knowing that it was going to be a Big Session. When the smoke cleared, here were the results:

There were 22 candidates, 39 total elements were administered and graded, and 25 elements passed. These broke down like this: 5 New Technicians, 3 New Generals, 5 Upgrades to General, 2 New Amateur Extras, 2 Upgrades to Amateur Extra. If you parsed that listed correctly, you will note that there were two which went from no license to Extra. And we DID have a number of class members who had already tested-out during the March testing event.

While there were a few people who left empty-handed, they were counseled with respect to where they need to focus and were given encouragement to keep at it.

The following Amateurs assisted with teaching duties: N5HZR, K5VL, KA5KXW, WB5ULK, AE5F, KD5UGO, and WX5MOR. There were a NUMBER of others who helped out with logistics every week.

But the lion’s share of the prep and coordination was Mark, N5HZR. Mark did yeoman’s work putting this together and making it happen. Good job, Mark. But remember : “No good dead goes unpunished.” 🙂 And thanks also to VE Team Lead, N5UWY, for handling all the paperwork with his normal aplomb and grace even as he is in the throes of finishing his graduate degree. GREAT JOB, Peter!!!

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.

 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 – 4/14/16

 Amateur Radio Newsline


Live links, Script, and Audio here: AR Newsline #2007

Ham Nation

Val, Ray and Tim are in studio with Leo,
Gordo shows how to build a loop antenna,
this weeks solar forecast,
George shows how to solder a PL259,
Bob clears up RFI,
CTU Contest University
and more!

Ham Nation Episode 243 – VAL, LEO, AND BOB SOLDERS

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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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