SCARS Weekly Newsletter September 30 2016

Stolen Radio . . .
Hey! SCARS Has A Webpage – Part 5 . . .

New Radio “Stuff” . . .
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  _…_._


Stolen Radio

Mark McGilvray, K5MRK, had his K3 stolen a few weeks ago. Here are the details:

It is an Elecraft K-3, serial # 01708 stolen on 9/8/2016.

If you have any information about this radio, contact Mark via his QRZ.com email address, or contact me directly, wb5ulk@arrl.net, and I will provide that address to you.

Let’s help get Mark’s radio back!


Hey! SCARS Has A Webpage – Part 5

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

Elmer List on the W5NOR.org website

This week we talk about a brand new feature on the W5NOR web site. In the amateur radio community, an experienced amateur radio operator who mentors a new or prospective ham is commonly called an “Elmer”. In our hobby, that seems to be a great way for knowledge to be transferred. Yes, we all have taken an FCC test to receive our license, however that’s only the starting point. Remember that person that helped you set up your first radio, or gave you the courage to press the PTT button, or answered endless questions about a radio, or an antenna? That’s the kind of thing we’re talking about.

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Thanks to a great suggestion from Gary Skaggs WB5ULK [not sure it was my idea. – Editor], we’ve created the SCARS Elmer Page, located at http://w5nor.org/elmers for us to celebrate Elmers; past, present, and future. We provide a place for Elmers to list their specialty, and contact information, which allows new hams to find someone they can ask questions of. Since this is a new section of the web site, this list is rather short. In fact, as of this writing, there’s only one listing. So, if you’re willing to help others on a given topic, send a message to n5hzr@arrl.net and you will be added to the list. Right now we need lots of different categories, like antennas, radio setup, HT programming, contesting, satellite operation, high power operation, test gear, building your own gear, repairing radios, APRS, D-Star, DMR, CW, logging, etc. oh well, you get the idea. Listen, you don’t need a PhD to be listed here. You just need a willingness to help others in a given area. It’s OK to be a new ham, and be listed here. You may have just struggled through your first space contact, but you’ll have infinitely more knowledge than the person who’s been a ham for 40 years, and has never tried that portion of the hobby.

Also, there is a link to the “ARRL Elmer Award” page of the American Radio Relay League’s web site. Here, you can enter your favorite Elmer’s name and callsign. The ARRL will print a nice certificate, and mail it to the address you enter. Yes, for FREE! This certificate can either be mailed to your favorite Elmer, or you can mail it to yourself so you can present it to them personally. Feel free to order an Elmer certificate, and present it to your Elmer at an upcoming SCARS meeting. Talk with one of the officers before the meeting to get your place on the agenda. What a great way to recognize these people for their extra efforts.

Finally, we’ve got a place to list YOUR favorite Elmer in our SCARS Elmer Hall-of-Fame. This is the place to memorialize your Elmer, whether they are SCARS members, Silent Keys, or not. I’ve already listed a few Elmers on the list from my own travels through the hobby. We’d love to list the people that help us all succeed.

So, please help make this page useful, visit the SCARS Elmer page at: http://w5nor.org/elmers and be listed as an Elmer, and list your favorite Elmers.

73, de N5HZR, webmaster – W5NOR.org


New Radio “Stuff”

I’d really like to hear from you about radios, accessories, or just odds and ends which makes your “radio” experience better! If you’ve got something that you really like, write down what it is, what it does, and what about it that you like, then send it to me – I’ll publish it.

Here is one of my recent “likes”:

I departed from my leased Civic and found a 2005 Toyota Tacoma during the Summer, so I moved all the gear from the sedan into the pickup. I really wanted to be able to power everything with a Powerpole-populated power strip behind the back seat, so I extended power straight from the battery through the firewall, through the door sill, and had my solution. But… I had to remember each and every time to turn off my dual-band mobile. I never ran the battery down, but it was close a few times, so I decided to do something about it. I bought a Powerwerx ITS-12. 

The ITS-12 will run 35 amps continuous, so it can also support my HF rig when I throw it in the pickup, and is designed to shutdown when it senses a “low” voltage condition. There are details you can read about in the link below, but essentially I left mine set at the default (2 minute) setting so that as it senses a drop in voltage when the ignition is turned off, it starts a countdown timer to turn off the power. Works wonderfully, is VERY adjustable, and I no longer worry about whether or not the radio (and all the “other” stuff) is turned off.

Read more about the ITS-12 here:https://powerwerx.com/automotive-dc-timer-lvd-battery-guard

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…

W5NOR.ORG/CE


 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 “Coping with the Solar Minimum“.

We’re on the downhill slide to the solar minimum, but that doesn’t mean the end of Amateur Radio enjoyment. Even at the very bottom of the cycle there is still plenty to do, and plenty of ways to do it!

[Listen to it here-> Coping with the Solar Minimum]

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


Latest ARRL Letter

Read it all here: ARRL Letter – 9/29/2016


ARRL DX Bulletin

ARRL DX Bulletin, September 29, 2016

Also, checkout these links from Alexander, 4L5A, which I commend to you:
http://dxnews.com
http://dxnews.com/calendar


 Amateur Radio Newsline

  • TOWERING QSOs AT DEVIL’S TOWER NATIONAL MONUMENT
  • MAKING CONTACTS FOR THE TRIBES
  • CELEBRATING MAINE’S FIRST YL AT 108
  • ARISS INSPIRES THE NEXT GENERATION
  • ARISS GETS AN UPGRADE
  • ‘LAST MAN STANDING’ BUT FIRST ON DSTAR
  • CW CLUB LOOKING FOR ANNIVERSARY OPERATORS
  • TEAM USA WINS BIG IN DIRECTION FINDING CONTEST
  • THREE MORE ACTIVATIONS FOR K2BSA
  • PEOPLE IN THE NEWS: THE UK’s DAVE DEANE EI9FBB AND FOUR IN NEW YORK
  • THE WORLD OF DX
  • RECIPES ON THE AIR

Live links, Script, and Audio here: Amateur Radio Newsline, September 30, 2016


Ham Nation

“Ted Randall caretaker of WTWW simulcasts Ham Nation around the world, Don Arnold gets us excited about D-Star,
the Emcomm-1,
and building your own Multitap Coil.

Ham Nation Episode 267 – NOW AVAILABLE ON SHORTWAVE

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.

http://www.arrl.org/hamfests/search/page:1/Location.zip:73072/Location.area:250.rpt?format=html


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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