SCARS Weekly Newsletter – May 20, 2016

Sorry Texas, But . . .
Do You Have Your “Memories” In Order? . . .

Did I forget you last week? . . .
Bike MS . . .
The Doctor Is In . . .
Latest ARRL Letter . . .
ARRL DX Bulletin . . .
And Speaking of DX . . .
Amateur Radio Newsline . . .
Ham Nation . . .
Odds and Ends . . .
The Answer Is “No” . . .

Upcoming Hamfests within 250 miles  _…_._

Sorry Texas, But . . .

… You aren’t the Big Dog on the block.

The Western Hemisphere’s largest Hamfest (likely today, “The World’s Largest”) is underway in Dayton and I know as fact that at least three SCARS members are there, and likely several more. I hope to Pilgrimage there sometime in my life. Last year Dayton’s attendance was a paltry 25,621. Hamcom moved to the Irving Convention Center last year since they had outgrown the Plano Center, but I don’t think they’ve ever broached a number nearly a third of Dayton. Lots and lots of events, new product roll-outs, etc. are occurring there.

Should you want to participate remotely in some of these events by watching online here:

Do You Have Your “Memories” In Order?

Keep your Memory channels on your mobile or HT sorted so you’ll have easy access to frequencies needed for Skywarn or ARES activation. That list is at the bottom of the SCARS Repeater blog maintained by our trusty Trustee, N5UWY – SCARS Repeater Blog. Scroll down to the Red Box at the bottom of the blog to find the recommended memory entries for you VHF/UHF equipment. 

 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 May 5th Podcast is titled “The Doctor discussed the wonders of open wire feed lines.”
You all know I’m a full-on believer in open wire – the Doctor speaks truth here!
The Archive of all the Podcasts, as well as other info and request forms, can be found here:
The Doctor Is In

Latest ARRL Letter

Read it all here: ARRL Letter – 5/18/16

ARRL DX Bulletin

ARLD021 DX news

This week’s bulletin was made possible with information provided by 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.

ALGERIA, 7X.  Special event station 7Y7WTD is QRV until May 21 to mark World Telecommunications Day.  Activity is on all bands.  QSL via 7X2VB.

SOUTH COOK ISLANDS, E5.  John, AI6Y will be QRV as E51XYZ from Rarotonga Island, IOTA OC-013, from May 23 to 28.  Activity will be on 40 to 10 meters.  QSL via operator’s instructions.  In addition, Frank, VK3ADT is QRV as E51ADT from Rarotonga until May 27.  QSL to home call.

HUNGARY, HA.  Special event station HG10CC is QRV until June 5 to celebrate the Carabinieri on the Air activity.  QSL via HA3JB.

PANAMA, HP.  Special event station HP0CC is QRV until June 5 to celebrate the Carabinieri on the Air activity.  Activity is on the HF bands using CW, SSB and various digital modes.  QSL via IZ4SUC.

NORWAY, LA.  Rene, DL2JRM is QRV as LA/DL2JRM from Spjaeroy, IOTA EU-061, until May 22.  Activity is on 80 to 10 meters using CW, SSB and RTTY.  QSL to home call.

BELGIUM, ON.  Special event station OS101AB will be QRV from May 21 to June 21 to commemorate the 101st Airborne Division during the Battle of the Bulge.  QSL via bureau.

SURINAM, PZ.  Olli, OH0XX will be QRV as PZ50X from May 23 to June 1.  Activity will be on 160 to 10 meters using mainly CW.  QSL direct to home call.

GREECE, SV.  Laci, HA0HW will be QRV as SW8WW from Thassos Island, IOTA EU-174, from May 26 to June 6.  Activity will be on 40 to 6 meters using CW, SSB and RTTY.  This includes an entry in the upcoming CQ World Wide WPX CW contest as a Single Op/All Band entry.  QSL to home call.

TURKEY, TA.  Members of the TRAK Radio Club will be QRV as TC0TC from Sivriada Island, IOTA AS-201, from May 23 to 25.  Activity will be on all HF bands.  QSL via YM1KD.

MALI, TZ.  Laurent, F5IXR is QRV as TZ5XR from Kidal City until June 2.  Activity is on the HF bands using CW.  QSL via F5MXH.

LORD HOWE ISLAND, VK9L.  Merv, N6NO will be QRV as VK9OL from May 21 to 29.  Activity will be on 40 to 10 meters, with a focus on the newer bands, using CW.  QSL to home call.

NORFOLK ISLAND, VK9N.  Tim, NL8F will be QRV as VK9NF from May 24 to June 3.  Activity will be mainly on 17 and 12 meters using SSB, RTTY and PSK.  QSL via K8NA.  In addition, Jim, VK3PC will be QRV as VK9PC from May 24 until around June 7 while attending the Wireless Institute of Australia annual general meeting/events.  Activity will
be on the HF bands using SSB.  QSL to home call.

CHAGOS ISLANDS, VQ9.  Randy, WW6RG will be QRV as VQ9RA from Diego Garcia, IOTA AF-006, from May 25 to 30.  Activity will be on the HF bands.  QSL direct to home call.

INDONESIA, YB.  Arfan, YC8UTI is QRV from Miangas Island, IOTA OC-209, until May 22.  Activity is on 40, 20 and 15 meters using SSB and CW.  QSL direct via YB3MM.

THIS WEEKEND ON THE RADIO.  His Majesty King of Spain CW Contest, NCCC RTTY Sprint, NCCC CW Sprint, Slobozhansky Sprint Contest, UN DX Contest, NZART Sangster Shield CW Contest, Aegean RTTY Contest, EU BPSK63 DX Contest, Feld Hell Sprint and the Baltic Contest are all on tap for his upcoming weekend.

The Phone Fray, CWops Mini-CWT CW Test and SKCC CW Sprint are scheduled for May 25.

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

And Speaking of DX

SCARS member Bill Roberson, N5AQ, is a serious DX Hunter. Earlier this week he sent me the following email. If you are interested in DX or becoming a DXer, this is very good advice. Thanks Bill!


I don’t think many SCARS members are DX chasers, but here’s some important info for any hams wishing to work DX.

Logbook of The World is becoming the new and much used avenue to receive and give confirmations.  Everyone should look into using this important tool for confirmations of contacts.

There are several web sites that chronicle the upcoming DXpeditions.  DX expeditions sometimes come up suddenly, so it is smart to check the websites for new announcements regularly.  Three of the better ones are:  (just select the latest two pdf files for the latest bulletins)

There is a well placed rumor, heard at Dayton Hamvention 2015,  that 3 Chinese hams plan to activate Scarborough Reef (Clublog #5 most wanted) this year (2016).

P5, Democratic Republic of Korea is set to be activated later this summer (2016) by Dom as P5/3Z9DX.  DPRK is the Clublog #1 most wanted DX entity in the world.  He plans to work with 100W and a vertical, mostly on 20 meter SSB, but may use 15m or 10m as propagation dictates.

CE0, SAN FELIX & SAN AMBROSIO Although still waiting to obtain the official Chilean licence and authorization to land on San Felix, Felix CE5WQO and Dima RA9USU have announced they intend to be active from this rare DXCC entity (Clublog #12 most wanted on Club Log) sometime between July and September 2016 for up to 3 weeks. Dates will be confirmed by the Chilean Maritime Authority. A full press release will be issued in due course.

KH1 Baker and Howland Islands – Clublog #4 on the most wanted list.     YT1AD N6PSE K3LP UA4HOX + team TBA from Baker I (OC-089); planned for Sep-Oct time frame in 2017; more info in May 2016.

Thanks again Bill!

 Amateur Radio Newsline


Live links, Script, and Audio here: AR Newsline #2012

Ham Nation

Wednesday Night Live from Dayton, Hamvention 2016!

Ham Nation Episode 248 – Live from Dayton

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Go watch!

 Odds and Ends

The Answer is “No”

No, I do not take offense when folks begin to explain in excruciating detail something that I myself have explained in excruciating detail in the Newsletter.
We all have lives that absolutely DO NOT revolve around what is written here.
I expect that I myself have a life which doesn’t revolve about something you do every day. Doesn’t mean that I don’t care – I’m just not as up-to-date about it as you are.

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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