SCARS Weekly Newsletter – June 3, 2016

Hamcom Is Next Weekend . . .
3 New Amateurs Last Night . . .
Portable Field Antennas . . .
Free Money, Father’s Day Edition . . .
10 Meter Net Check-ins and Serendipity . . .
Do You Have Your “Memories” In Order? . . .

Did I forget you last week? . . .
The Doctor Is In . . .
Latest ARRL Letter . . .
ARRL DX Bulletin . . .
Amateur Radio Newsline . . .
Ham Nation . . .
Odds and Ends . . .
Upcoming Hamfests within 250 miles  _…_._

Hamcom Is Next Weekend

Many of you reading this have never heard of Hamcom, but Hamcom is the biggest Amateur Radio event which you can drive to in an easy day from Central Oklahoma. Without driving almost a thousand miles, you won’t find a bigger one. Check out what they have going on and you may go. Linda and I, along with many other SCARS folks, will be there! And remember June’s Club meeting is the 3rd Saturday this month because of Hamcom!

3 New Amateurs Last Night

A short break in the rain found 3 candidates at last night’s VE Testing session. One person drove all the way from Lawton for the session. All 3 passed their Technician exam and one of them also passed the General. It was a good night!

No testing session on July 7th, but it will be All-Hands-On-Deck for the Ham Holiday testing session!

Portable Field Antennas

It is very likely that many of you have had a message show up in your inbox with just this information, but I’m sharing it here anyway, simply because this is good information. There have been a number of questions in emails to me and others, as well as on the Facebook page, all in the vein of “What Kind Of Antenna Should I Use?” Tim, N6CC – a dedicated Camping Ham, has figured out really good ways to take many different antennas with him into the field.

This is a truly GREAT article which addresses many different kinds of antennas for all the amateur bands. He does not address a single swiss-army-knife antenna – he uses wire antennas for each and every band. But all of these (many at the same time) can be wound up to fit into a butt-pack.Oh yeah! These work great at home as well. For those of you in the Tech/General Class this Spring, you’ll remember that I railed at you to “Get on 40 meters!”. Use Tim’s advice and put up a wire. It’ll work.

Read:   Portable Field Antenna Kit – N6CC

Free Money, Father’s Day Edition

This week, Peter sends this (you think he is hinting a bit more than broadly?). Look, it really is “free money” going to a Club that you support anyway. Just click the link and shop you you normally would…:

Father’s Day is Sunday, June 19. Remind your supporters to shop at and Amazon will donate to South Canadian Amateur Radio Society.

Use the link below in your email, on your website, and in social media and your supporters will be directed to great Father’s Day gift ideas in support of South Canadian Amateur Radio Society.

AmazonSmile Father’s Day Link:

Thank you for your participation in the AmazonSmile program.


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) a week back. 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.

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 June 2 Podcast is titled “All About Baluns”

The Doctor’s Home page is here: The Doctor Is In , however, I recommend that you navigate “to” the Doctor’s homepage link and then use the Blubrry link to get to the podcasts. They seem to be more current than even the ARRL archives.

Latest ARRL Letter

Read it all here: ARRL Letter – 6/2/16

ARRL DX Bulletin

ARLD023 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.

UGANDA, 5X.  Jonathan, KK7PW is QRV as 5X1O until July 8.  Activity is on 40, 20, 15 and 10 meters using 5 watts.  QSL via EA5GL.

WEST MALAYSIA, 9M2.  Hans, DF5UG is QRV as 9M2QQ from Segamat until June 15.  Activity is mainly on 20 meters using SSB.  QSL to home call.

EASTER ISLAND, CE0.  Jeff, K5WE is QRV as XR0YS until June 8. Activity is on 80 to 6 meters using mostly CW and some RTTY.  He may be active on 160 meters depending on local conditions.  QSL to home call.

FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF GERMANY, DA.  Special event station DL0POLIO is QRV until May 31, 2017 to draw attention to the ongoing efforts to eradicate Polio.  QSL via bureau.

CANARY ISLANDS, EA8.  Mike, DG5LAC is QRV as EA8/DG5LAC from Fuerteventura, IOTA AF-004, until June 18.  Activity is on 40 to 10 meters using SSB.  QSL to home call.

SAINT MARTIN, FS.  John, K9EL will be QRV as FS/K9EL from Orient Bay from June 5 to 23.  Activity will be on 80 to 6 meters using CW, SSB and RTTY.  QSL to home call.

FRENCH GUIANA, FY.  Gerard, F6CKD is QRV as FY/F6CKD from Montabo Beach until June 15.  Activity is mainly on 20 and 17 meters.  QSL to home call.

THAILAND, HS.  Members of the HSDXA Team are QRV as E2X from Chang Island, IOTA AS-125, until June 5.  QSL via E20GMY.

JAPAN, JA.  Special event station 8J2UMI is QRV from Umi Festa Higashimikawa, IOTA AS-007, until July 31.  QSL via bureau.

BULGARIA, LZ.  Members of the Bulgarian Radio Club Blagovestnik are QRV with special call sign LZ425STA during June to honor Bulgarian Saints.  QSL via bureau.

SLOVAK REPUBLIC, OM.  Special event station OM41KYSUCE is QRV until August 31 during the 41st ARDF Championship Kysucky pohar that occurs July 29 to 31.  QSL via OM3CND.

GREECE, SV.  Oliver, DK7TX will be QRV as SV8/DK7TX from Vido Island, IOTA EU-052, from June 5 to 10.  QSL to home call.

CRETE, SV9.  Yanis, SV2BBO will be QRV as SV9/SV2BBO/p from Gavdos Island, IOTA EU-198, from June 4 to 6.  He will be active using PSK only and 5 watts.  QSL to home call.

PALAU, T8.  Bert, CX3AN will be QRV as T88AN from Koror Island, IOTA OC-009, from June 9 to 14.  Activity will be on 40 to 6 meters using CW and SSB.  QSL via EB7DX.

EUROPEAN RUSSIA, UA.  Members of the Livny Amateur Radio Club are QRV as R60KZI until June 14 to celebrate the club’s 60th anniversary.  QSL via R5EO.

MICRONESIA, V6.  Bert, CX3AN will be QRV as V63AN from Chuuk Island, IOTA OC-011, from June 7 to 9.  Activity will be on 40 to 6 meters using CW and SSB.  QSL via EB7DX.

MARSHALL ISLANDS, V7.  Bert, CX3AN is QRV as V73HA from Majuro Atoll, IOTA OC-009, until June 7.  Activity is holiday style on 40 to 6 meters using CW and SSB.  QSL via EB7DX.

CAYMAN ISLANDS, ZF.  John, 2M0JMN is QRV as ZF2MN until June 17. Activity is holiday style on the HF bands.  QSL via M0OXO.

THIS WEEKEND ON THE RADIO.  The NCCC RTTY Sprint, NCCC CW Sprint, HA3NS Sprint Memorial CW Contest, 10-10 International Open Season 10-Meter PSK31 Contest, PVRC Reunion, DigiFest, Wake-Up. QRP CW Sprint, SEANET Contest, UKSMG 6-Meter Summer Contest, Dutch Kingdom Contest, IARU Region 1 CW Field Day, RSGB National CW Field Day and the Alabama QSO Party will certainly keep contesters busy this upcoming weekend.

The RSGB 80-Meter Club Data Championship is scheduled for June 6. The ARS Spartan CW Sprint is scheduled for June 7.  The Phone Fray and CWops Mini-CWT CW Test are scheduled for June 8.

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 June QST, page 86, and the ARRL and WA7BNM Contest Web sites for details.


ARRL DX Bulletin, June 2, 2016

 Amateur Radio Newsline



Live links, Script, and Audio here: AR Newsline June 3,2016

Ham Nation

“All about mixers with Bob Heil,
6 meters: The Magic Band,
inspecting your trap antenna,
and more!”

Ham Nation Episode 250 – EQ, Traps, and the Magic Band

Screenshot 2016-06-02 at 21.44.01


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 …_._


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