SCARS Weekly Newsletter – April 25, 2016

SCARS Spring Picnic . . .
Likely Active Weather Week Ahead . . .
It’s THAT Time Of Year Again . . .

Did I forget you last week? . . .
The Doctor Is In . . .
ARRL Letter . . .

Amateur Radio Newsline . . .
Ham Nation . . .
Odds and Ends . . .
Upcoming Hamfests within 250 miles  _…_._


SCARS Spring Picnic

SCARS

Image courtesy, AG5DB, Peter [click to embiggen]

SO-50

SO-50 contact. AG5DB, WB5Q, N5HZR [click to embiggen]


Likely Active Weather Week Ahead

Today would be a good time to gather all of your things that you may need. If you’ve got a GoKit, check to make sure that you’ve replaced all the things you’ve rifled from it over the Winter, charge up your HT batteries, make sure that your backup battery power is still good, fuel for the generator, charge-up cellphones, snacks, water, and extra lights and batteries for your shelter, etc. And if you are a SKYWARN person, make certain that you’ve got the information in the next post below programmed into your mobile or HT.

But I’m going to recommend an extra item which some of you may have, but most won’t: A helmet. If you are an ARES type, you likely already have a helmet with your name and ARES stickers on it. For the rest of us, any kind of helmet will do, but one with a chin-strap is best. After the 2013 Moore tornado, a fund-raiser bought thousands of bicycle helmets for Moore School kids. A good-fitting bicycle helmet just might save your noggin from a big woopin’ in a storm, and very well might save your life. And remember to put something on your feet – like tennis shoes. If you are going to your shelter or your interior closet, don’t go barefoot or in your house slippers. If you need to get in the shelter, get in there prepared to have to dig your way out and traverse broken glass, and jagged wood.

In other words, as KI5GT says, “Don’t be scared – Be prepared.”

Good advice, now go get ready.

Useful Links:
Norman NWS
Real-time Lightning Maps
Storm Prediction Center
Oklahoma ARES
Norman Emergency Management
Moore Emergency Management
Oklahoma Mesonet
NWS Southern Plains Radar Loop


 It’s THAT Time Of Year Again

 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

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.


The Doctor Is In

Many of us have enjoyed Joel Hallas’ (W1ZR) columns in QST titled “The Doctor Is In” for years.
Now selected stuff from The Doctor is available via podcast from the ARRL.
This entry is about vertical antennas, and Joel explains the “Magic of 43 feet” among other things…

The Doctor, April 7, HF Verticals


ARRL Letter

Read it all here: ARRL Letter – 4/21/16


 Amateur Radio Newsline

  • AMATEUR RESPONSE TO EARTHQUAKE IN EQUADOR
  • WHEN RADIO SCIENCE IS AN ART
  • NEW JERSEY’S NIGHT FOR RADIO
  • AN OLYMPIAN EFFORT IN BRAZIL
  • SCOUTING FOR QSOs IN SPECIAL EVENT
  • AN INSTITUTE TO TEACH THE TEACHERS
  • REPEATERS ON THE MOVE
  • HAM RADIO HELPING in WEST BENGAL ELECTION
  • WORLD OF DX
  • A SINGULAR SOLAR ACHIEVEMENT

Live links, Script, and Audio here: AR Newsline #2008


Ham Nation

Finding sources of noise around your home,
International Marconi Day,
fixing plastic parts with Plas-T-Pair,
RFI and baluns,
an installation of Show Me Your Shack
and more!

Ham Nation Episode 244 – George’s Plastic Parts

Screenshot 2016-04-24 at 18.58.44

 

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.

http://www.arrl.org/hamfests/search/page:1/Location.zip:73072/Location.area:250.rpt?format=html


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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