SCARS Weekly Newsletter – May 27 2016

Honoring Memorial Day . . .
Free Money . . .
10 Meter Net Check-ins and Serendipity . . .
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 . . .
Upcoming Hamfests within 250 miles  _…_._

Honoring Memorial Day

(from The Norman Transcript)

This Monday, May 30, the United States will honor the memory of U.S. military members who lost their lives while serving in the armed forces. The holiday originated as Decoration Day in the 1860s after the Civl War. It became an official federal holiday in 1971 and was moved to the final Monday in May to create a three-day weekend.

The decision to use Memorial Day to create a three-day weekend, as well as the fact that it marks the unofficial beginning of summer for retailers, has garnered some criticism from veterans organization, as many Americans merely celebrate their day off without considering the origins and purpose of the holiday.

The sentiment is compounded by the fact that the day is sometimes confused with Veterans Day, a separate federal holiday in November.

While both days are directly connected to the U.S. armed forces, they were established for different reasons and serve different purposes. Veterans Day originated as Armistice Day in 1918 to honor the end of World War I.

Veterans Day has been set aside to honor all veterans of all U.S. wars, alive and deceased.

There’s nothing wrong with enjoying a three-day weekend. Memorial Day is a great weekend to relax with family and enjoy the beginning of the summer break.

But all Americans should spend some time this weekend remembering those who made the ultimate sacrifice to preserve our way of life. That’s what this weekend is truly about.

Norman Transcript – Honoring Memorial Day

Free Money

Last week, the SCARS Trustee received the following from the Amazon Smile Foundation:

This email is to notify you that South Canadian Amateur Radio Society has been issued a $27.75 donation from the AmazonSmile Foundation as a result of AmazonSmile program activity between January 1 and March 31, 2016. The donation was deposited to your organization’s bank account on or before May 15, 2016. It may take several days for the donation to appear in the account.

How about that? Free Money! Those of us who shop waaay too often on Amazon, AND use Amazon Smile, helped get what amounts to one more set of yearly dues put into the SCARS bank account the 1st Quarter of 2016 just by clicking one more button before we start shopping on Amazon.

You may ask “Well, how much does it cost me to do that?”

All it costs you is a couple of keystrokes. It doesn’t cost you any more money. Sure, Amazon gets a deduction through their Foundation since it’s going to a 501(C)(3) organization, but it doesn’t cost me or you anything extra. Amazon takes a fraction of a penny for every purchase you make using “Smile” and gives it to SCARS, but only if you’ve chosen SCARS as your charitable organization.

Here’s how to do it: 

“When you #StartWithaSmile, Amazon donates 0.5% of the purchase price to South Canadian Amateur Radio Society. Bookmark the link and support us every time you shop.”

It’s just that simple. 

10 Meter Net Check-ins and Serendipity

A pretty cool thing happened right at the very end of Wednesday night’s 10 Meter Net (Fred’s Net). Dave, W5ZAX, called “any last minute check-ins?”, and in came a voice just as strong as most who had checked-in and made remarks during the previous 30 minutes of the Net: “N4DME”.

N4DME, Paul, lives in a town North of Atlanta, and I encourage you to look him up on When you do, you’ll see that he is the “CEO and one of the  founders of S.C.A.R.S, the Stephens County Amateur Radio Society.”

Wouldn’t that blow your hat in the creek? Another “SCARS” person checking in to our SCARS Net? woOT!

It seems that the locals in and around Paul’s QTH have a net every Wednesday at 9:30PM Eastern time on 28.445.

Serendipity comes to Norman, by way of Toccoa, Georgia!

P.S.: Paul says that 10 meters has been opening-up about 30-45 minutes after dark each night lately. Might be something to explore…

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 (that underlined part is a hyperlink straight to the 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 19 Podcast is titled “Hunting Down Interference”
It’s not particularly Magic – it just takes tools, patience, and some thought.

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 – 5/26/16

ARRL DX Bulletin

ARLD022 DX news

This week’s bulletin was made possible with information provided by CO3JK, G3VOF, K1ZZ, 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.

TUNISIA, 3V.  Ash, KF5EYY will be QRV as 3V8SS as a Single Op/All Band/Low Power entry in the CQ World Wide WPX CW contest.  QSL via LX1NO.

CYPRUS, 5B.  Ralph, DL9MWG is QRV as 5B/DL9MWG until June 4. Activity is on 80 to 10 meters using mostly CW.  QSL to home call.

BARBADOS, 8P.  Tom, W2SC will be QRV as 8P5A as a Single Op/All Band entry in the CQ World Wide WPX CW contest.  QSL via NN1N.

BAHAMAS, C6.  Vic, WA0USA is QRV as C6AKV from Guana Cay, IOTA NA-080, until May 29.  Activity is holiday style on 40 to 10 meters using mostly CW.  QSL to home call.

MOROCCO, CN.  A group of operators will be QRV as CN2AA as a Multi/Single entry in the CQ World Wide WPX CW contest.  QSL via UA2FM. CUBA, CO.  Look for Ed, CO7EH to be a Low Power entry in the CQ World Wide WPX CW contest.  In addition, Jav, CO3JK will be a QRP entry in the contest.  Raul, CO8ZZ will be QRV as T40A as a Single Op/All Band/Low Power entry in the contest.  QSL via operators’ instructions.

AZORES, CU.  Dave, K1ZZ will be QRV as CU4DX from IOTA EU-175 during the CQ World Wide WPX CW contest.  Before and after the contest he will be active as CT8/K1ZZ using SSB.  QSL CU4DX via CU2CE and CT8/K1ZZ to home call.

CAPE VERDE, D4.  Girts, YL2KL will be QRV as D41CV in the CQ World Wide WPX CW contest to celebrate the 41st anniversary of the independence of the Cape Verde Islands.  QSL via operator’s instructions.

BALEARIC ISLANDS, EA6.  Klaus, DD1AY is QRV as EA6/DD1AY from Ibiza until June 4.  Activity is holiday style on 80 to 15 meters using SSB.  QSL via bureau.

CANARY ISLANDS, EA8.  Operator EA8RM will be QRV as EG8RM as a Single Op/All Band entry in the CQ World Wide WPX CW contest.  QSL via operator’s instructions.

ENGLAND, G.  Members of the Torbay Amateur Radio Society will be QRV as GB6GEO from Kent’s Cavern in Torbay on May 28 and 29 to bring awareness to the Bay’s special UNESCO Geopark award.  Activity will be on 80 to 2 meters.  QSL via operators’ instructions.

ECUADOR, HC.  Alex, HC2AO plans to be a Single Op/Single Band on 40 meters entry in the CQ World Wide WPX CW contest.  QSL via RC5A.

LUXEMBOURG, LX.  Operator ON7SS will be QRV as LX/OO9O as a Single Op/Low Power entry in the CQ World Wide WPX CW contest.  QSL via ON7SS.

ICELAND, TF.  Operators EI9FBB and MM0NDX are QRV as TF/home calls until May 30 from Videy, IOTA EU-168 on May 27, Westman, IOTA EU-071, on May 28, and the main island, IOTA EU-021, on May 29. Activity is holiday style on 20 and 17 meters using SSB.  QSL TF/EI9FBB to home call and TF/MM0NDX via M0OXO.

UKRAINE, UR.  Nikolay, UX0FF is QRV using special contest call EO25F during all of 2016 to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the independence of Ukraine.  This includes an entry in the CQ World Wide WPX CW contest.  QSL to home call.

BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS, VP2V.  Kevin, K6TOP is QRV as VP2V/K6TOP from Tortola until June 15 while on vacation.  Activity is on 40, 20, 15 and 10 meters using mostly CW.  QSL via NR6M.

BERMUDA, VP9.  Steve, KL7SB is QRV as KL7SB/VP9 until June 1.  He will be active as VP9I in the CQ World Wide WPX CW contest as a Single Op/All Band/Low Power entry.  QSL KL7SB/VP9 via NI5DX and VP9I via WW3S.

The CQ World Wide WPX CW Contest, NCCC RTTY Sprint, NCCC CW Sprint, Portuguese Navy Day Digital Contest and the SARL Digital Contest will certainly keep contesters busy this upcoming weekend. The Phone Fray and CWops Mini-CWT CW Test are scheduled for June 1.

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 26, 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 #2013

Ham Nation

“Our report from Dayton Hamvention 2016!”

Ham Nation Episode 249 – Recap of Dayton 2016

Screenshot 2016-05-26 at 20.43.06


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 27 2016

  1. Logbook of the world is complicated to install, some have done it, but I have had to many problems with it. They should make it ,uvh easier to install and use. As for Memorial Day, I use it honor all members of my family, especially the close family and those who served. Regular members get flowers, service members get a flag and flowers. I know what it’s for, but it’s my memorial to them.


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