SCARS Weekly Newsletter – May 13, 2016

New Newsletter Day . . .
SCARS Club Meeting Tomorrow . . .
It’s THAT Time Of Year Again . . .

Did I forget you last week? . . .
Bike MS . . .

The Doctor Is In . . .
Latest ARRL Letter . . .
ARRL DX Bulletin . . .

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

New Newsletter Day


As advertised, Friday is the new publication day for the Newsletter.
And yes, it’ll take a little getting-used-to by me as well.
As always, story ideas, pictures, comments, etc., are all welcome.
Comment here or send me an email:
See you tomorrow!
73 de Gary, WB5ULK

SCARS Club Meeting Tomorrow 

Tomorrow is the May monthly meeting. Regular time and place (here: Meetings).
Program will be Field Day Prep!
If you want coffee, donuts, and gab, get there about 9.
See you there!

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.

Bike MS

Mark Conklin, Oklahoma ARES Coordinator, sent this information to all Central Oklahoma Amateur Radio clubs this past week. If you’ve never done an event like this, this one would be a good one to support.
Amateur Radio Support is needed for the 2016 Bike MS.
For this community event HAMs provide communications support at all rest stops and with SAG wagon support vehicles along the two day route.  In past years the Tulsa Repeater Organization has provided for communication and SAG support for this event.
**This year with the event being from Norman through Guthrie to Stillwater, we’re asking for Amateur Radio Clubs in the Central Oklahoma to provide the support for this community event.
It would be ideal if one or two ARCs in Central Oklahoma would take the lead in providing communication support for this community event. This has been a fun and rewarding public service project for radio amateurs.
FOR HAM volunteers Bike MS will provide:
Fuel reimbursement for the event (sorry, not travel to/from event), and meals Saturday and Sunday during the event, as well as an event t-shirt. If you plan to help both days; Overnight lodging accommodations can be made on your own, or you can contact Kenneth Baucum, KG5CBM (info below), for details on two rooms being offered on Saturday night in Guthrie. There could be additional rooms available as well, at a discounted rate on Saturday night.
If your club can help please contact:
Kenneth Baucum KG5CBM,, 918-271-1435 for an introduction to the event coordinator.  (Planning is underway now, please reply soon as you can):
Bike MS logo
When: September 24 – 25, 2016  HAMs volunteers do NOT have to help both days.
Ride Route: Norman-thru Guthrie-to Stillwater.
What’s Bike MS?
Bike MS: The Road Divided is a two-day fundraising cycling event that takes riders on a journey from Norman to Stillwater. Bike MS: The Road Divided begins Saturday morning in Norman. Cyclists will travel north through Central Oklahoma and finish Day 1 for an overnight stay in historic Guthrie. On Day 2, the journey continues from Guthrie to the Bike MS: The Road Divided Finish Line in Stillwater. Participants will experience routes with fully-stocked rest stops every 10-12 miles, a great lunch stop each day and support provided by volunteer nurses, HAM radio operators and law enforcement.
What’s a SAG Wagon?
The origins of the term “sag wagon” are a topic for debate. Some cyclists believe that it is an acronym for “Support and Gear” or “Support Aid Group.” Others suggest that it may be related to distressed or weary cyclists “sagging”, or trailing behind the pack. A SAG wagon takes the form of a large, sturdy van or pick up truck  Most rides, the SAG trails slightly behind, keeping an eye on the cyclists and picking up stragglers who may need a brief break from the open road.
Thank you & 73’s
Mark Conklin, N7XYO
Oklahoma Section Emergency Coordinator
Amateur Radio Emergency Service

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.
The Archive of all the Podcasts, as well as othe info and request forms, can be found here:
The Doctor Is In

Latest ARRL Letter

Read it all here: ARRL Letter – 5/12/16

ARRL DX Bulletin

This week’s bulletin was made possible with information provided by PY4NY, QRZ DX, the OPDX Bulletin, 425 DX News, The Daily DX, DXNL, Contest Corral from QST and the ARRL Contest Calendar and WA7BNM web sites. Thanks to all.

SPRATLY ISLANDS. James, 9V1YC and Chris, ZS6EZ are QRV as 9M0Z from Layang-Layang Island, IOTA AS-051, until May 15. Activity is on 80 to 10 meters using mainly CW with some SSB and RTTY. QSL via Clublog.

MALTA, 9H. Mek, SQ3RX is QRV as 9H3SQ from Marsalforn, Gozo Island, IOTA EU-023, until May 19. Activity is on 40 to 10 meters, and possibly 80 meters, using CW and SSB. QSL to home call.

EAST MALAYSIA, 9M6. Hrane, YT1AD and Acim, YT3M are QRV as 9M6/YT1AD and 9M6/YT3M, respectively, from the city of Kota Kinabalu on Sabah until May 19. Activity is on 160 to 10 meters using CW and SSB. QSL to home calls.

DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO, 9Q. Fernando, EA4BB is QRV as 9Q6BB from Kinshasa for the next three years. QSL via operator’s instructions.

SOLOMON ISLANDS, H4. Roly, ZL1BQD is QRV as H44RR from Honiara, IOTA OC-047, and then Munda, IOTA OC-149, until May 25. Activity is on the HF bands using JT65, and possibly including 160 meters using CW as well. QSL direct to home call.

ST. LUCIA, J6. Gerd, DL7VOG is QRV as J68GU until May 22. Activity is on 80 to 6 meters using CW, RTTY and PSK. QSL to home call.

CURACAO, PJ2. Ron, PB0AEX will be QRV as PJ2/PB0AEX from May 16 to June 6. Activity will be on 20, 15 and 10 meters using SSB. QSL to home call.

FERNANDO DE NORONHA, PY0F. Godoi, PY4NY is QRV as PY0NY until May 23. Activity is on 80 to 10 meters using CW, SSB and various digital modes. QSL direct to home call.

PALAU, T8. Yosuke, JJ1DQR is QRV as T88QR from Koror Island, IOTA OC-009, until May 15 while on vacation. Activity is on 40 to 10 meters using SSB. QSL to home call.

CONGO (REPUBLIC OF), TN. Phil, F5MVB and Joe, F5AOW will be QRV as TN2MP and TN2BJ, respectively, from Brazzaville from May 15 to 23. Activity will be on 20 to 10 meters, and possibly 40 and 30 meters, using CW and SSB. QSL to home calls.

AUSTRALIA, VK. VK stations may use the AX prefix on May 17 during the celebration of International Telecommunications Day.

INDONESIA, YB. Bob, PB5X will be QRV as YB9/PB5X from Bali, IOTA OC-022, from May 16 to June 1. Activity will be holiday style mostly on 20, 17 and 15 meters using SSB between 1500 to 1800z. QSL via PA1AW.

OPERATION APPROVED FOR DXCC CREDIT. The following operation is approved for DXCC credit: Libya, 5A1AL, all operations.

THIS WEEKEND ON THE RADIO. The CQ-M International DX Contest, VOLTA World Wide RTTY Contest, Portuguese Navy Day Contest, NCCC RTTY Sprint, NCCC CW Sprint, HPC World Wide DX BPSK63 Contest, Arkansas QSO Party, MARAC USA CW QSO Party, FISTS Spring Unlimited CW Sprint, 50 MHz Spring Sprint, WAB 7 MHz Phone and the UA2 QSO Party will certainly keep contesters busy this upcoming weekend.

The Run for the Bacon QRP CW Contest is scheduled for May 16. The Phone Fray and CWops Mini-CWT CW Test are scheduled for May 18.

The ARRL National Parks on the Air event runs during all of 2016 to mark the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service.

Please see May QST, page 79, and the ARRL and WA7BNM Contest Web sites for details

ARRL DX Bulletin, May 12, 2016

 Amateur Radio Newsline


Live links, Script, and Audio here: AR Newsline #2011

Ham Nation

Bob shows off his new VFO,
Gordo explains how to make contact with military stations this Saturday,
Don brings the weekly news with Dr. Skov,
George interviews John Portune about making your own walking stick antenna,
Wichita Area Amateur Radio Field Day,
and Amanda answers your chat room questions!

Ham Nation Episode 247 – A Ham Gentleman’s Walking Stick

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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 …_._

One thought on “SCARS Weekly Newsletter – May 13, 2016

  1. SCARS Club Meeting Tomorrow at the usual place or at City Hall?

    Thanks, Richard K5RHA

    *Richard H Adkins Jr* , READER | WRITER | AUTHOR | SURVIVOR Cell 405-550-2560 Fax 320-205-1127 Ham K5RHA

    People Who Say It Cannot Be Done Should Not Interrupt Those Who Are Doing It

    On Fri, May 13, 2016 at 11:44 AM, scarsnewsletter wrote:

    > wb5ulk posted: “New Newsletter Day . . . SCARS Club Meeting Tomorrow . . . > It’s THAT Time Of Year Again . . . Did I forget you last week? . . . Bike > MS . . . The Doctor Is In . . . Latest ARRL Letter . . . ARRL DX Bulletin . > . . Amateur Radio Newsline . . . Ham Nation” >


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