SCARS Weekly Newsletter – June 10, 2016

Hamcom Starts Today . . .
HamHoliday . . .
Build Your Own Antenna . . .
Free Money, Father’s Day Edition . . .
Weekly “Memories” Nag . . .

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 Starts Today!

I may or may not make it over to the venue this evening (we are staying right next door), but when I’m there tomorrow, I’ll be on 147.06 simplex. Yes, the Southwest Dallas County club’s repeater is only about 20 miles away, but if you’re in the venue, say something!

I plan on posting remarks and photos inside the Irving Convention Center from time to time. I hope to see you there!
PS: Did you know that SCARS is a “Ham-Com Club”?  Yup. –>


HamHoliday is just around the corner. Everything you need to know can be found right here:

Build Your Own Antenna

I cannot say enough about this website! There are truly DOZENS of build it yourself antenna projects on this site. But for those of you who cannot or do not want to build your own antenna, there is an extensive listing of antenna manufacturers liisted at the bottom of the page. You can also learn a lot more about “why” an antenna is built that way it is, how much, if any, gain you can expect, and with a little research, you should have a really good antenna to meet your own needs for not a lot of money – if you build it yourself. And I’m a great believer in build-it-yourself-if-you-can antennas!

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. 

Weekly “Memories” Nag?

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 – 6/9/16

ARRL DX Bulletin



ARLD024 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.
THE GAMBIA, C5.  Koji, JM1CAX is QRV as C5NX from Banjul until June18 while on a business trip.  Activity is in his spare time on 20, 17, 15, 12 and 10 meters using CW.  QSL to home call.
AZORES, CU.  Dietmar, OE9SDV is QRV as CT8/OE9SDV from Graziosa Island, IOTA EU-175, until June 15.  Activity is holiday style on the HF bands.  QSL to home call.
PHILIPPINES, DU.  Members of club DX1HAM are QRV with special event call sign DX2MP until June 12 to mark the eruption of Mount Pinatubo, the second largest volcano eruption of the 20th century. QSL via DX1HAM.
IRELAND, EI.  A group of operators will be QRV as EJ7NET from Tory Island, IOTA EU-121, from June 11 to 15.  QSL via HB9DGV.
ESTONIA, ES.  Members of the North Eastern Contest Gang will be QRV as ES0UG from Saaremaa Island, IOTA EU-034, from June 11 to 17. Activity will be mainly on 6, 4 and 2 meters, but possibly with some HF activity as well.  QSL via operators’ instructions.
ENGLAND, G.  Members of the Virtual Amateur Radio Club are QRV with special event call GB90QB until June 13 to celebrate Queen Elizabeth II’s 90th birthday.  Activity is on the HF bands using SSB and various digital modes.  QSL via operators’ instructions.
SCOTLAND, GM.  Kurt, DL9FBF will be QRV as MM/DL9FBF from Style, IOTA EU-008, from June 11 to 24.  Activity will be holiday style on 40 to 10 meters using CW and SSB.  He may try 80 meters depending on local conditions.  QSL to home call.
DOMINICAN REPUBLIC, HI.  Members of Radio Club Dominicano will be QRV as HI8RCD from June 12 to July 12 in celebration of the club’s 90th anniversary.  Activity will be on 80, 40, 20, 15 and 10 meters using all modes.  QSL via operators’ instructions.
ST. LUCIA, J6.  Bill, K9HZ is QRV as J68HZ from his Soufriere QTH until June 19.  Activity is on 160 to 2 meters using CW, SSB and RTTY.  QSL direct to home call.
LITHUANIA, LY.  Special event station LY90RADIO is QRV until June 19 to celebrate 90 years of radio broadcasting in Lithuania.  QSL via bureau.
CRETE, SV9.  Bengt, SM7EQL is QRV as SV9/SM7EQL until June 16. Activity is on 30 to 10 meters.  QSL via SM6JSM.
PALAU, T8.  Ryo, JH0IXE is QRV as T8CW from Koror Island, IOTA OC-009, until June 17.  Activity is on the HF bands mainly from 1100 to 2200z.  QSL direct to home call.
EUROPEAN RUSSIA, UA.  Members of radio club Kolos are QRV with special call R45AWE until the end of June to celebrate the club’s 45th anniversary.  QSL via operators’ instructions.
MACEDONIA, Z3.  Special event station Z370RSM is QRV until the end of 2016 to celebrate 70 years of the Radio Amateur Society of Macedonia.  QSL via Z33RW.
ASCENSION ISLAND, ZD8.  Thorsten, DO2JX is QRV as ZD8JX from Georgetown.  Activity is on 20, 17, 15 and 10 meters using SSB.  His length of stay is unknown.  QSL to home call.
CAYMAN ISLANDS, ZF.  Carl, KB7AZ is QRV as ZF2ZZ from Little Cayman Island, IOTA NA-016.  Activity is holiday style on 20, 17 and 15 meters using SSB.  His length of stay is unknown.  QSL to home call.
OPERATION APPROVED FOR DXCC CREDIT.  The following operation has been approved for DXCC credit:  Iran, EP2A, April 2016.
THIS WEEKEND ON THE RADIO.  The ARRL June VHF Contest, NCCC RTTY Sprint, NCCC CW Sprint, DRCG World Wide RTTY Contest, VK Shires Contest, Asia-Pacific SSB Sprint, Portugal Day Contest, SKCC Weekend CW Sprintathon, GACW WWSA CW DX Contest and the REF DDFM 6-meter Contest are all on tap for this upcoming weekend.
The RSGB 80-Meter Club CW Championship, NAQCC CW Sprint, CWops Mini-CWT CW Test and Phone Fray are scheduled for June 15.
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 9, 2016

 Amateur Radio Newsline


Live links, Script, and Audio here: AR Newsline June 10,2016

Ham Nation

“SeaPac Ham Convention,
Lever Nuts,
and government helps amateur radio operators.”

Ham Nation Episode 251 – LEVER NUTS AND MORE!

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[Click image above to play!]

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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