SCARS Weekly Newsletter – September 16, 2016

Route 66 On The Air . . .
Hey! SCARS Has A Webpage – Part 3 . . .
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

[Note: Route 66 on the air ends Sunday evening]

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:

Hey! SCARS Has A Webpage – Part 3

 N5HZR continues his series about how the SCARS home page has morphed over the past year and how you can use it. Information Page

Last week we talked about the home page. This week we’ll see what happens when you press that blue “Getting Started” button in the top right corner of every page. This “Getting Started” page is located at and also shows up by clicking any link titled “Information”.

Machine generated alternative text: Getting Started

This page can also be thought of as a sitemap, and will let you quickly get to the 50 or so major pages on the site. This information page has a paragraph describing every major system on the site, and provides a link directly to each section.  Some of these topics involve a single page, like the SSB page. Others represent the entry page to hundreds, if not thousands of files under that main link, like the Collector and Emitter Archive page.

Also available on the information page is a Google Custom Site Search. You can search the site directly for any term by entering that information in the box at the top of the page, and clicking the grey box. 

Since the amateur radio hobby spans a very diverse group of technologies, people, and activities, we’ll never have everything represented. However, at the top of the page there’s a notice that encourages the user to suggest future topics, or enhancements to the system. As there are typically at least a half dozen new systems in the works at all times, this is a great page to visit, to see if there’s anything new on the site.


Take a look this week at the page, and start to visit the different areas. Use this page frequently, as your tour guide to our club’s Internet site.


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 September  8th 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 – 9/15/2016

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 15, 2016

Also, checkout these links from Alexander, 4L5A, which I commend to you:

 Amateur Radio Newsline


Live links, Script, and Audio here: Amateur Radio Newsline, September 16, 2016

Ham Nation

“Everyone is back and they are excited to give you the latest HAM news.
Gordon talks about which batteries to bring along for hiking or camping,
and Don gives a brief update from amateur radio.
Ham Camp and we show you how to make a coil from a PVC conduit.”

Ham Nation Episode 265 – The Boys Are Back In Town

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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