Ham Holiday Attendance UP 25% . . .
What The Heck Is DMR? . . .
Collector & Emitter . . .
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 _…_._
Ham Holiday Attendance Up 25%
I do not know the actual number (perhaps to be divulged later), but was told by those in the know that HH2016 enjoyed a 25% increase in attendance. It was a very good hamfest – one of the best Ham Holiday’s in recent memory. Bob Allison, head of the ARRL Test Lab, did an excellent job explaining just what the lab did and how they did it, but also hung out all afternoon Friday and all day Saturday, talking with people and fielding questions. I had my fair share of questions answered by Bob. A good guy!
If you missed this year’s HH, put the 4th weekend of July on your calendar for next year now!
What The Heck Is DMR?
Main Trading Company did a Land Office business selling DMR radios to SCARS members at Ham Holiday. By my unofficial count, there were 10 DMR-capable radios sold to SCARS members. There will VERY LIKELY be a ‘stay after school’ Q&A on DMR by N5HZR after the scheduled post-business presentation at the August meeting. And there is a DMR-centric page with radio-centric info (and a bonus Baofeng Chirp database) on the SCARS website now – check it out at: http://w5nor.org/codeplugs/
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…
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 July 28 Podcast is titled “Magnetic Loop Antennas”.
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
- FCC Proposes Rule Changes in Response to ARRL’s “Symbol Rate” Petition, Seeks Comment
- ARRL Appoints Panel to Study License Requirements, Implements New UHF and Above Contest
- The ARRL Board Announces Award Winners
- FCC Notice of Violation Alleges Malicious Interference, Transmitting Music, Failure to Identify
- Updated Android Digital QST App Now Available
- National Parks on the Air Update
- The Doctor Will See You Now!
- Amateur Radio Alive and Well in Turkey
- Ham Radio 2016 in Friedrichshafen Attracts a Bumper Crowd
- UK Astronaut Tim Peake, KG5BVI/GB1SS, Heads Ham Contingent to 10 Downing Street
- Past AMSAT President Doug Loughmiller, W5BL, SK
- The K7RA Solar Update
- Just Ahead in Radiosport
- Upcoming ARRL Section, State, and Division Conventions
Read it all here: ARRL Letter – 7/28/2016
ARRL DX Bulletin
Note: The ARRL DX Bulletins are VERY labor intensive to format for use here, so I’m just going to link to them from here on.
However, you do NOT have to be an ARRL member to read these.
(But I’d like the opportunity to talk with you about joining the ARRL!!!)
Amateur Radio Newsline
- BREAKING NEWS: MORE HARA ARENA QUESTIONS
- HAMS’ WILDFIRE WORK, OFF THE AIR
- ONE HAM’S NATIONAL PARKS MARATHON
- SNOWBOUND AND BOUND FOR CONTACTS
- HAMFESTERS RADIO CLUB HOSTS 82nd ANNUAL HAMFEST
- CALIFORNIA AMATEUR SANCTIONED BY FCC
- IARU QUESTIONS BAHRAIN HAM GROUPS
- ADVANCING THE LICENSE IN THAILAND
- THE WORLD OF DX
- BUMPY, BUT NOT GRUMPY
Live links, Script, and Audio here: Amateur Radio Newsline, July 29, 2016
“Gordo connects to Hawaii KH6HME,
Newsline reports on summer fires,
Bob interviews Nick K5EF about Boatanchor Weekend,
Amanda asks your questions!”
Odds and Ends
- Real-time Solar Weather
- SCARS Officers
- HF Net List
- Norman VHF Repeaters audio stream
- ARRL Outgoing QSL Service
- Announced DX Operations
- D-Star stuff
- Real-time lightning data
- Oklahoma ARES Voice Over IP Net
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.