SCARS Weekly Newsletter – August 19, 2016

SCARS August Meeting – A Recent Record . . .
The August Handout . . .
8.4 Ah LiFePO4 Battery . . .
HamAid: Digital GOTA . . .
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  _…_._

SCARS August Meeting – A Recent Record

The August SCARS meeting was at the very least a Recent Record on two fronts.

First, we had 57 in attendance – ran completely out of chairs. I’m bringing a lawn chair to the next meeting.

And, we had not one, but two programs. N5UWY did a quick (hour-long) overview of Logbook Of The World. Lots of questions and lots of answers. If you weren’t there, you missed a great program! And following that, about 15 or so of us had a stay afterschool Q&A about DMR. N5HZR did that one, and it too was great! I will note that it was still going strong at 12:30 when Peter and I left the meeting, chatted in the parking lot for almost 30 minutes and then left for real at 1:00 – still going strong. I’m told they adjourned to an eating establishment and continued the discussion.

All in all, a GREAT meeting. You should’a been there! 

The August Handout

 N5HZR had a two-sided handout for everyone at the August meeting. Here it is…


Training – Nets going well, at about 40 check-ins per week, with 6 – 8 listening online.  We’ll be adding more training opportunities in each net.

Net Control Operator Training August 20th in Tulsa
Date: Saturday, Aug 20
Time: 0900 – 1200
Place: Cisco, 7633 East 63rd pl, Suite 110
Cost: no financial cost.  It’s only your time and on-going commitment to serve our community.
Talk in frequency: 147.390
The Point of Contact for the NCO training is:
Paul H. Teel, WB5ANX
Tulsa County Emergency Coordinator
918-461-4137 (office)
918-640-6000 (cell)
However, hold your horses, we’re working with Paul to bring this training to the OKC/Norman area…

Bike MS –  Mark Kleine N5HZR has meeting with them Monday, and will have more info on the Tuesday night net. will have details. We probably need 7 operators per day: 4 in SAG wagons, and 2-3 at HQ as communicators.


Tickets sales increased +25% from 2015. 546 to 676. Actual attendance was over 700 with kids, and guests. Thanks for the efforts.

Mark Kleine N5HZR is new CORA President for 2017. Thomas Webb is VP, Leah Ohse is Treas, Dick Rouse is Sec.

SCARS needs a new CORA rep to replace Mark.

Mark would like SCARS to consider managing the Flea Market tables – any takers?


Jamboree On The Air (JOTA)October 15, 2016. Details to follow. Expect SCARS to provide station ops and badge training. We may need another instructor, as last year the class size was a bit large.

February 7, 2017 is the start of the next Technician / General Class. Same as last year, 8 weeks of training, with 1 off week for spring break, and then the test on the first week in April.

Mark Kleine N5HZR has built a Correct Radio Amateur Answer Manual (CRAAM) for the Technician / General / Extra tests. The idea is to use your short term memory to pass the appropriate tests. The test pools have been edited to only contain the question, and the correct answer. Spend 6 hours on the day of the test to read only the question, and the correct answer. W6NBC has done this (without modifying the readings) for 30+ years, and reports an 85% pass rate. Mark is looking for a couple people that want to test this format.

An online Morse Code training program has been developed, and is being tested right now. This will be unveiled later in the year, and the November 2017 meeting will be dedicated to Morse Code. Jerry, Kim, and Bill will lead that group.

Red Cross
James Tittle, the American Red Cross Regional Disaster Director for Oklahoma and Arkansas and I have visited about the possibility to rework the ARC’s radio station at 1205 Halley Dr. This would give the ARC a functional station, with operators to manage any disaster, and it would give SCARS an operating base to teach, instruct, and encourage HF radio operation. More on this activity as it progresses. If you’d like to be part of the rebuild team, please contact Mark.

250′ Tower in Asher, OK
A friend has purchased an AT&T Longlines tower in Asher, OK. He would appreciate a ‘forensic crew’ to inform him of what’s in that facility. If you’d like to be a part of that trip, or rent space on that tower, please contact Mark.

Mark Kleine – N5HZR

8.4 Ah LiFePO4 Battery

Andrew, VK1AD, writes a Blog about his Summits On The Air activity in Australia (although he activated a number of summits in Ireland Europe on his “Summer” vacation this year). I follow his blog and in this post he talks about something which is getting a LOT of buzz in the Amateur Go Kit community – Lithium Iron Phosphate batteries. All the power of Lithium but without the Big Negatives. The are also known as “LFP” – Lithium FerroPhosphate.

If you are the least bit interested, go see how Andrew uses these with his SOTA radio:

HamAid: Digital GOTA

OCAPA is planning a “Digital” QuickStart for the Digital community that includes many of what we’ve been doing at SCARS recently, but includes not just DMR, but D-Star, and Fusion. I’ll post more as it becomes available.

With the increased interest in DMR, D-Star and Fusion voice protocols, OCAPA is sponsoring a Ham Aide:  Digital GOTA.  The focus will be to orient folks to the various protocols, operating
procedures, and programming radios. 

The event will be held at the Salvation Army Central Oklahoma Area Command (COAC) on Saturday, 27 August, beginning at 9:00 AM and ending around 2:30 PM; we’re working on getting lunch brought in at a reasonable cost.  There will be hourly sessions on each protocol.  We’ll also have folks available
to help program HT’s. 

Even if you don’t own a DMR, D-Star or Fusion radio, this is an excellent opportunity to ‘get smart’ on the various protocols and pick the one you would like to pursue.

More details will be coming out shortly.


Collector & Emitter

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 August 11th Podcast is titled “Standing Wave Ratio“.

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 – 8/18/2016

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!!!)

ARRL DX Bulletin, August 18, 2016

 Amateur Radio Newsline


Live links, Script, and Audio here: Amateur Radio Newsline, August 19 2016

Ham Nation

“Randy goes over where to buy ZZRX40,
Dayton Hamvention has a new location,
K3LR answers questions about his anntena farm,
and Val interviews WB1ARU about YLRL.”

Ham Nation Episode 261 – HAMVENTION AND THE LADIES

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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