Useful Links During Severe Weather . . .
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 _…_._
Useful Links During Severe Weather
There certainly could have been more helpful check-ins during the Weather Event Friday. Harold, W5IFN, acting as SKYWARN Net Control, was asking for observations and getting very little.
It is always useful during a day such as Friday to:
1) keep the radio on
2) listen, and
3) if you haven’t been listening, listen for awhile to see if a Net is underway.
And please, if there is a Tornado Warning in effect for the county, itty bitty hail reports are unnecessary unless Net Control asks for them. I know that all of us know these things, it’s just that when “we” get into the heat of the moment, some of “us” get chatty. This isn’t ragchew. Think Before You Push The Button, say it concisely, and let go of the button.
Here are some Useful Links left over from last week:
Real-time Lightning Maps
Storm Prediction Center
Norman Emergency Management
Moore Emergency Management
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!
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…
Here is the link to the “Doctor Is In” landing page. Contacts, passed episodes, etc.: http://www.arrl.org/news/arrl-the-doctor-is-in-podcast-guide-now-available
- Sign Up Now to Discover the HF Experience at Hamvention’s ARRL EXPO!
- ARRL, ARISS Representatives Attend 2016 USA Science and Engineering Festival in DC
- FCC Invites Comments on Petition to Eliminate 15 dB Gain Limit on Amateur Amplifiers
- Frustrated Funding, Breached Secrecy Foiled North Korea DXpedition, Group Leader Says
- National Parks on the Air Update
- Annual Armed Forces Day Cross-Band Communications Test Set for May 14
- Now Shipping: High Speed Multimedia for Amateur Radio by Glen Popiel, KW5GP
- The Doctor Will See You Now!
- Severe Weather Prompts SKYWARN Activations in Oklahoma
- Radio Amateurs Support Baker to Vegas Challenge Cup Relay
- Young Ham Wins First-Place Science Fair Trophy with Mag Loop Antenna Entry
- 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 – 4/28/16
Amateur Radio Newsline
- BREAKING NEWS: MORE SPECULATION ON HAMVENTION SITE
- DROPPING A LINE FOR ‘MINOWS’
- GOOD CONTACTS, BY GEORGE!
- UPDATE: SCOUTING FOR MORE QSOS
- IN SOUTH CAROLINA, A HALF-CENTURY OF CELEBRATION
- A FOUNDATION FOR MORE POWER
- A BOOST FOR HAMS IN ANGUILLA
- OPENING UP THE 60 METER BAND
- THE WORLD OF DX
- AMONG MONKS, THE SPIRIT OF HAM RADIO
Live links, Script, and Audio here: AR Newsline #2009
Taking the GROL Extra Class License,
Newsline reports on Ecuador earthquake,
Bob drops in to talk to us while on tour with Joe Walsh,
and Val on vacation!
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.