SCARS Weekly Newsletter – September 9, 2016

Route 66 On The Air . . .
Quick Mod Your Dipole For Lower Band . . .

Hey! SCARS Has A Webpage – Part 2 . . .
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  _…_._

Route 66 On The Air

Tom, WA9AFM, sends the following.
For you new General Class licensees, this is a fun event!

It’s time to ‘ride the airways along the Mother Road’!!!!  Once again, we’ll celebrate the legend and lore of Route 66 with ‘Route 66 On The Air’.

‘Route 66 On The Air (R66OTA) is organized and sponsored by the Citrus Belt Amateur Radio Club of San Bernadino, California (

In Oklahoma, amateur radio clubs in Tulsa, Oklahoma City, and Elk City will be participating. Oklahoma City has always been well represented in R66OTA.

Oklahoma City will again use the special event call sign W6K; Steve Duskin, NE5SD is the trustee for the call sign.  Use of W6K must be authorized by the trustee through the R66OTA Registration Page. All W6K operations should be conducted in the Oklahoma City Metro area and in the spirit of the event, as close to Route 66 as practical.

Operations from Oklahoma City area landmarks associated with Route 66 are encouraged, i.e. Cowboy Hall of Fame, the ’round barn’ in Arcadia, the Route 66 Bridges west of Bethany, etc.

R66OTA begins at 0000Z/10 September (that’s 7:00 PM local today) and continues to 2359Z/18 September.

Radio operators may use phone, CW or digital.  Radio operators may also consider operating mobile on “The Mother Road”.  QSL information is provided in the registration instructions.

You can ‘reserve’ two hour operating slots by day/time/band/mode. Sign up for as many slots as you can operate.  If you sign up to operate, please honor your commitment and operate for the time slots for which you register.

To sign up as a R66OTA Radio Operator for Oklahoma City, contact Tom Webb, WA9AFM/5 (  You will be assigned a username (your call sign) and password to access the R66OTA Registration Page.  Besides your name and call sign, please provide a phone and email point of contact in case we need to get in touch with you.

The R66OTA Registration Page can be found at:

Quick Mod Your Dipole For Lower Band

Andrew, VK1AD, shows you a quick and easy way to make your 40 meter dipole (in his case a portable one) useful on lower bands. A very good hands-on mod which YOU can do!

Hey! SCARS Has A Webpage – Part 2

On average, this W5NOR home page is viewed by someone, somewhere every 30 minutes, day and night. This page consists of five major parts, shown below. At the very top of the page is the notifications center. This area changes automatically, and  displays events based on the current day, or day of the week. Shown below is a typicalMonday, where the local three popular nets are displayed. Clicking on the actual description of the nets will take you the meeting / nets page, giving all of the details.Tuesday and Wednesday nets are also displayed, as well as our monthly VE test events, monthly meetings, HamCom, Ham Holiday, Field Day, and any other planned events.

Directly below the notifications is the main horizontal menu bar. Clicking on the SCARS logo, or W5NOR / SCARS wording on any of the subpages will bring you back to this home page. The other items present all of the subpages through the various dropdown menus. On the far right, with a blue background is the Getting Startedbutton. This leads to the W5NOR Information page, which will be detailed next week.

Over on the left, stretching all the way down the page, is the page list. This format is the same on all of the pages, and is used to navigate the site. On this menu is also the random Cover-of-the-Day for our Collector and Emitter Newsletter Archive. The picture of the cover page is show in the menu. Clicking on that image will take you directly to that listed issue. At the top of this menu are items that typically relate to the local club, then the items that relate to Emergency Communications are listed, followed by all of the systems that display the technical parts of our hobby.

At the bottom there’s another display of system links, and the webmaster contact information.

What’s left is the main content for this page. Typically, this page will contain some recent photo that relates to something in the hobby, and the introductory text, explaining our club, our web site, and hobby to those that are new to us. The next club meeting topic information is displayed, along with any upcoming special events. Our goal is to have the next 6 club meeting topics listed, to let you look forward to what’s coming up. New web features, and the online repeater listening feature are also available here.

This week, take a look at the homepage, and review all of these sections. If you’re on a computer browser, try resizing the browser to different widths. As you squeeze the browser very thin, you’ll see how the presentation changes, to simulate what the site looks like on a mobile phone.


 73 de N5HZR, webmaster –

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 “Coaxial Connectors“.

“They may seem simple, but there is much more to the common coaxial cable connector than you may think!”

[Listen to it here-> Coaxial Connectors ]

The Doctor’s Home page is here: The Doctor Is In

Latest ARRL Letter

Read it all here: ARRL Letter – 9/8/2016

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, September 8, 2016

P.S.: I was forwarded a couple of links from Alexander, 4L5A, which I commend to you:

 Amateur Radio Newsline


Live links, Script, and Audio here: Amateur Radio Newsline, September 9, 2016

Ham Nation

“It’s an all YL cast tonight!
We interview VA1YL,
Amanda explains emergency situations,
and a space weather update from Dr. T.”

Ham Nation Episode 264 – Hams Gone YL’ED

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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