SCARS Weekly Newsletter – July 1, 2016

Field Day After Thoughts . . .
Collector & Emitter . . .
BIG PIC From June Meeting . . .
3 Big Amateur Radio Buying Opportunities . . .
Ham Holiday . . .
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  _…_._

Field Day After Thoughts

My first impressions on last weekend’s Field Day 2016:

I was told that altogether we had over 100 Radio Amateurs and folks interested stop by at one point or another including lots of Teens and Preteens! Those are GREAT numbers no matter how you parse it.
We had a tremendous turnout of new Amateurs and wannabes to help us assemble the GOTA antenna, string and assemble the cable, setup the station, and test it.
I’m told that the 40 meter antenna used by the Phone station was made by New Amateurs under the tutelage of N5KUK. IT WORKED GREAT! Just ask the President, he’ll agree! 
We had great contacts from a number of GOTA folks, a few of which were made under “rare DX pile-up conditions”. A taste of big events in the less-than-stressful setting of Field Day.
The food was WONDERFUL at supper Saturday evening, but I thought turnout was a bit thin. It was pretty comfortable temperature-wise, and very few bugs.
A number of folks got to tour the new Norman Emergency Management trailer. I’m told that they are “really nice digs”.
We didn’t have any ARRL Bigwigs float through that I was aware of, but OUR EM and another SCARS member visited another nearby Field Day site. That should count, right? 🙂

As someone else stated as we were tearing down, we may not have had a huge number of “points” but we had a lot of people, eyeball QSOs, and hands to help do whatever needed to be done.

It was a Good Field Day Weekend!

Collector & Emitter

As a reminder for those at the June SCARS meeting and a link for those who were not, here is the direct link to the historical issues of CORA’s almost 30 year long monthly publication, The Collector & Emitter. Lot’s of great stories, True and Fiction, MANY club meeting notes, Happenings in Oklahoma Amateur Radio, and for me at least, a ton of memories about the Amateur Radio Dealers which we had in the OKC area. Lots and lots of fun reading.

When you start reading these, the clock will just melt away…


BIG PIC From June Meeting

In coming Newsletters we’ll feature some of the best photos from Field Day, but here is one by AG5DB, Peter, from the June Club meeting (where 45 attended). Right-click the image below and open it in a new window, then use  [Control +] to make it larger, then use arrow keys to pan back and forth. (WordPress doesn’t make this easy – sry).

June 2016 Meeting

June 2016 Meeting


3 Big Amateur Radio Buying “Opportunities”

SCARS Members-Only Sale immediately after the July 9th Meeting.
This will give SCARS “paid-up members” first pass at the equipment donated to the Club by W7CNK.


Norman Amateur, Avi Scherman, KB5PYQ, has an ICOM IC-735, an MFJ-949D  Versa Tuner, an Astron RS-35M Power Supply, antenna, ground rod, and coax for sale.
If you are interested, Avi sends his email as


And lastly, Ham Holiday always presents a good opportunity to “acquire” new and used Amateur equipment, as well as other “items” of value only to those selling and buying.
If you’ve never been to a “Ham” flea market, you’ve not lived – really.

Ham Holiday

Ham Holiday is just a few weeks away. Everything you need to know can be found right here:

 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 30 Podcast is titled “Are Linear Amplifiers Really Worthwhile?”

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 – 6/16/16

ARRL DX Bulletin

ARLD027 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.

MONTENEGRO, 4O.  Bill, ON5JE is QRV as 4O1/ON5JE until July 20. Activity is on 40 and 20 meters.  He is also active as 4O1/ON5JE/p from various World Flora and Fauna areas.  QSL to home call.

SAMOA, 5W.  Pascal, HB9EXA is QRV as 5W0RX from Apia, Upolu Island, IOTA OC-097.  Activity is holiday style on the HF bands using CW and SSB.  His length of stay is unknown.  QSL to home call.

JAMAICA, 6Y.  Members of the VHF Pirates Team are QRV as 6Y5AZ on 6 and 2 meters EME, and as 6Y7R on the HF bands.  QSL 6Y5AZ via WO7R and 6Y7R via NN7AZ.

CHILE, CE.  Members of the CE DX Group are QRV as XR18CE during the month of July to celebrate the group’s 18th anniversary.  QSL via XR4CW.

BOLIVIA, CP.  Antonio, EA5RM is QRV as CP1XRM until August 3 while working on a project here.  Activity is on the HF bands in his spare time.  QSL direct to home call.

DOMINICA, J7.  Operators K5KG, W4IX and WI9WI will be QRV as J75KG, J79IX and J79WI, respectively, from July 2 to 12.  Activity will be on 80 to 10 meters, with a focus on 30, 17 and 12 meters, using CW. They will be active as J77HQ in the upcoming IARU HF Championship. QSL J77HQ and J75KG direct via K5KG, J79IX via W4IX, and J79WI via WI9WI.

SVALBARD, JW.  Matthew, M0MIE is QRV as JW/M0MIE from the club station at Longyearbyen, IOTA EU-026.  Activity is holiday style on the HF bands, but mainly on 20 meters using SSB.  His length of stay is unknown.   QSL to home call.

BULGARIA, LZ.  Members of the Bulgarian Radio Club Blagovestnik are QRV as LZ1886PGS during the month of July to honor Bulgarian Saints. QSL via bureau.

BRAZIL, PY.  Special event callsign PY160FD is QRV during the month of July in celebration of the 160th anniversary of the first fire department in Brazil.  Activity is on the HF bands using CW, SSB and various digital modes.  QSL via operators’ instructions.

SEYCHELLES, S7.  Operators A65DR, A65BX, A65DC, A65CB, A61DJ and TF8KY are QRV as S79V from Mahe Island, IOTA AF-024, until July 10. Activity is on 160 to 10 meters using CW, SSB and PSK.  QSL via IZ8CLM.

CRETE, SV9.  David, OK6DJ will be QRV as SV9/OK6DJ from July 2 to 8. Activity will be on 40 to 10 meters using only CW.  QSL direct to home call.

EUROPEAN RUSSIA, UA.  A group of operators are QRV as RK1O/p from Sosnovets Island, IOTA EU-161, until July 5.  Activity is on 40 to 10 meters using CW and SSB.  QSL via RN1ON.

MICRONESIA, V6.  Kouichi, JR2GAG will be QRV as V63GG from Pohnpei Island, IOTA OC-010, from July 6 to 10.  Activity will be holiday style on 40 to 6 meters.  QSL to home call.

LAOS, XW,  Bruce, 3W3B is QRV as XW4XR until July 12.  Activity is 40 to 6 meters using CW, RTTY and JT65.  QSL via E21EIC.

RAC Canada Day Contest, QRP CW Fox Hunt, NCCC RTTY Sprint, NCCC CW Sprint, FISTS Summer Slow Speed CW Sprint, DL-DX RTTY Contest, Marconi Memorial HF CW Contest, Original QRP CW Contest, PODXS 070 Club 40-Meter Firecracker PSK31 Sprint,  Venezuelan Independence Day Contest and the DARC 10-Meter Digital Contest are all on tap for this upcoming weekend.

The RSGB 80-Meter Club CW Championship is scheduled for July 4.  The ARS Spartan CW Sprint is scheduled for July 5.  The Phone Fray and CWops Mini-CWT CW Test are scheduled for July 6.

The 10-10 International Spirit of 76 QSO Party runs from July 4 to 10.

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 July QST, page 84, and the ARRL and WA7BNM Contest Web sites for details.

 Amateur Radio Newsline


Live links, Script, and Audio here: Amateur Radio Newsline, July 1, 2016

Ham Nation

“We go over all the fun had on Field Day!”

Ham Nation Episode 254 – FIELD DAY RECAP

Screenshot 2016-06-30 at 21.22.41

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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