SCARS Weekly Newsletter – May 2, 2016

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:
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

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


ARRL Letter

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


Ham Nation

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!

Ham Nation Episode 245 – Val’s Summer Vacation

Screenshot 2016-05-01 at 14.15.30

 

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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