Hey! SCARS Has A Webpage! . . .
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 _…_._
Hey! SCARS Has A Webpage!
W5NOR.org Website Through the Years
This is the first in a series of articles about the evolution and continuing development of the SCARS website by Mark, N5HZR. There’s a LOT of stuff on those webpages which you’ll not ever see here!!!
The first official SCARS website of w5nor.org was registered May 12, 2001, shortly after the club vanity callsign, W5NOR, was issued. The earliest copy of the site on the ‘Way Back Machine’ is from early 2002, and is shown here:
This version had seven offsite links, a copy of the current newsletter, current minutes, and the current roster. Four pages, and two graphics totaling less than 100,000 characters. From then, until early this year, there were about 4 changes in format, each time adding a few more pages. As the CORA C&E newsletters were being prepared to be placed online, Google’s Analytics coding was added to monitor the downloads from the site. Early information from Google showed that our users had become mobile, as 25% of the traffic was going to mobile devices. The site wasn’t optimized for a mobile presentation, and required the user to scroll left, right, up, and down to simply read a line on the homepage. In order to stay relevant we had to make changes.
In January the website received a total makeover, starting with a new framework that embraces a new responsive web design. The setup will adapt to every screen size from the smallest pocket phone, to the largest desktop screen. And now, only 6 months later, our mobile traffic is just about to exceed the 50% mark, and is growing every day. The site has grown from those first 6 files, to its current size of almost 6,000 files, totaling well over 15 gigabytes of data. The web site has expanded to contain about 50 smaller areas that range from a single page on SSB transmission, to the thousands of files in a major system, like the archives of the CORA C&E newsletters. There are also another half dozen new systems in the works, and there’s always room for more. If you have some great links for current systems, or an idea for something new, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org. In the coming weeks, months, and probably years, each system will be covered, you’ll gain some insight as to how this complex system works, and you’ll see inside the Google website analytics of W5NOR.org. Until then, visit the http://w5nor.org site, learn what’s there, and use it as your first source of information for amateur radio questions.
73 de N5HZR, webmaster – W5NOR.org
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 25th Podcast is titled “Software Defined Radio“.
[Listen to it here-> Software Defined Radio ]
The Doctor’s Home page is here: The Doctor Is In .
Latest ARRL Letter
- FCC Proposes Substantial Fine for Unlicensed Amateur Operation, False Police Call
- Hurricane Watch Net Activates for Hermine, Hawaii Dodges Madeline, SKYWARN Eyes Lester
- Team USA Attending World Amateur Radio Direction Finding Championships
- The Doctor Will See You Now!
- National Parks on the Air Update
- ARRL CEO Urges New York City-Area Hams to Join Him as Marathon Volunteer
- Application Window Now Open for Prospective ISS Ham Radio Contact Hosts
- Nominations Open for the George Hart Distinguished Service Award
- Jamboree on the Air (JOTA) Stations Encouraged to Register and File Post-Event Reports
- FO-29 Satellite Turns 20
- Ham Radio Outlet Refurbishes, Reopens Former AES Milwaukee Location
- The K7RA Solar Update
- Just Ahead in Radiosport
- Upcoming ARRL Section, State, and Division Conventions
Read it all here: ARRL Letter – 9/1/2016
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!!!)
I was forwarded a couple of links from Alexander, 4L5A, which I recommend to you:
Amateur Radio Newsline
- U.S. HAMS PREP FOR HOLIDAY WEEKEND’S TROPICAL STORMS
- IN MAINE, A NEW NATIONAL MONUMENT TO ACTIVATE
- SPECIAL EVENT STATION HIGHLIGHTS INDIANA AIR SHOW
- AVES ISLAND DXPEDITION PUT ON HOLD
- HAM RADIO OUTLET REOPENS FORMER AES LOCATION
- ACTOR, ADVOCATE BRIAN RIX, G2DQU, BECOMES SILENT KEY
- KIDS TAKE A SHINE TO LIGHTHOUSES
- THE WORLD OF DX
- AT 104, HE PUTS THE “O” IN OM
Live links, Script, and Audio here: Amateur Radio Newsline, September 2, 2016
“Gordon West on the importance of coax cable,
shooting a wire 200 feet in the air,
hams aid in earthquakes and wildfires,
solar weather update live,
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.