SCARS Weekly Newsletter – July 8, 2016

July Meeting Tomorrow Morning . . .
Collector & Emitter . . .
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  _…_._

July Meeting Tomorrow Morning

Lot’s of things happening at tomorrow morning’s meeting. Rain or Shine, you won’t want to miss it!

When and how to get there here:

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…


3 Big Amateur Radio Buying “Opportunities”

SCARS Members-Only Sale immediately after tomorrow’s Meeting.
This will give SCARS “paid-up members” first pass at the equipment donated to the Club by W7CNK.
Leftovers will be taken to Ham Holiday, and afterwards to eBay.
Members who are on the SCARS E-Mail list will receive a listing of items available Friday afternoon along with an explantation of “how” the items will be sold.


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 TWO 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 – 7/7/2016

ARRL DX Bulletin

DX Bulletin 28  ARLD028
From ARRL Headquarters
Newington CT  July 7, 2016
To all radio amateurs

ARLD028 DX news

This week’s bulletin was made possible with information provided by TA3J, W3UR, 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.

BARBADOS, 8P.  Anna, W6NN and Rich, KE1B will be QRV as 8P6NN and 8P6MM, respectively, from July 11 to 21.  Activity will be on 40 to 10 meters.  QSL both calls via KE1B.

CHINA, BY.  Members of the CRAC will be QRV as B1HQ, B3HQ, B4HQ, B5HQ and B7HQ in the IARU HF World Championship.  QSL via operators’ instructions.

BALEARIC ISLANDS, EA6.  Andreas, DK5ON is QRV as EA6/DK5ON/p from Mallorca, IOTA EU-004, until July 21.  He is active on 80 to 10 meters using CW, SSB, RTTY and PSK.  He plans on activating some EAFF and SOTA references as well.  QSL to home call.

ETHIOPIA, ET.  Members of the Ethiopian Amateur Radio Society will be QRV as ET3AA in the IARU HF World Championship.  QSL via N2OO.

THAILAND, HS.  Various members of the Radio Amateur Society of Thailand will be QRV as E2HQ in the IARU HF World Championship.  QSL via E21EIC.

ITALY, I.  Berkin, TA3J will be QRV as I/TA3J from Rome from July 12 to 17.  Activity will be on 160 to 6 meters using SSB and FM.  QSL to home call.

ST. VINCENT, J8.  Anna, W6NN and Rich, KE1B will be QRV as J87HQ during the IARU HF World Championship.  They will use SVGRS for the society abbreviation.  QSL via KE1B.

MONGOLIA, JT.  Yan, RZ3FW and Sergey, R4WAA will be QRV as JT5FW from July 11 to 19.  Activity will be on the HF bands.  QSL via RZ3FW.

ARUBA, P4.  John, W2GD is QRV as P40W from Santa Cruz until July 12. Activity is on the HF bands using CW and SSB.  This includes being an entry in the IARU HF World Championship as a Single Op/All Band/CW entry.  QSL direct to N2MM.

FRANZ JOSEF ISLAND, R1FJ.  Eugeny, RW0BB is QRV as RI1FJ.  He is generally active on 30 and 20 meters using mainly CW and RTTY at various times.  QSL direct via UA2FM.

GREECE, SV.  Special event station SV2400A is QRV until July 16 to mark the birth 2400 years ago of the philosopher Aristotle.  QSL via SV2HXV.

EUROPEAN RUSSIA, UA.  Special event station R1770LI is QRV during the month of July to commemorate the July 1770 Battle of Chesma. QSL via bureau.

ASIATIC RUSSIA, UA0.  Mikhail, RA1ALA will be QRV as RA1ALA/0 from Kuril Island, IOTA AS-025, from July 9 to 18.  Activity will be on 40, 20, 15 and 10 meters.  QSL to home call.

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

BRUNEI, V8.  Members of the Brunei Darussalam Amateur Radio Association will be QRV as V84SHQ in the IARU HF World Championship. QSL via V85TL.

LAOS, XW.  Operator XW1IC is QRV until July 12.  This includes being active in the IARU HF World Championship.  QSL via E21EIC.

VANUATU, YJ.  Geoff, ZL3GA is QRV as YJ0GA from Efate, IOTA OC-035, until July 14.  Activity is on 40 to 10 meters.  QSL via ZL3GA.

CAYMAN ISLANDS, ZF.  Operators Mike, NA6MB, Gayle, K6GO and Joe, W6VNR are QRV as ZF2NA, ZF2GO and ZF2AH, respectively, from Grand Cayman Island near Bodden Town until July 11.  Activity is on 160 to 6 meters using SSB and RTTY.  This includes them being active as ZF1A in the IARU HF World Championship.  QSL ZF2GO and ZF2NA via K6GO, QSL ZF2AH via W6VNR and QSL ZF1A via K6AM.

THIS WEEKEND ON THE RADIO.  The IARU HF World Championship, QRP 20-Meter CW Fox Hunt, NCCC RTTY Sprint, NCCC CW Sprint, FISTS Summer CW Sprint, SKCC Weekend CW Sprintathon and the CQC 20-Meter CW Great Colorado Gold Rush will certainly keep contesters busy this upcoming weekend.

The Phone Fray, CWops Mini-CWT CW Test and RSGB 80-Meter Club SSB Championship are all scheduled for July 13.

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 8, 2016

Ham Nation

“Gordo shows how to build your own CW key,
wildfire evacuates Field Day,
Dr. Skov goes in depth about solar weather,
and Val gives us the history on Morse Code!

Ham Nation Episode 255 – CW and Dr. T Live!

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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