October Monthly Meeting Tomorrow! . . .
Tower Help Needed . . .
Stolen Radio . . .
Hey! SCARS Has A Webpage – Part 6 . . .
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 _…_._
October Monthly Meeting Tomorrow!
All the details below. Program is “Build It Yourself”!
Tower Help Needed
Paul, W5QO, posted this to the SCARS Facebook Group – I told him that I’d cross-post here:
We have a Rohn 55G tower at 90 feet recently installed in the Del City area. We are willing to hire someone experienced to perform the following antenna work on this tower, and we have a safety harness, and a gin pole to help in this installation.
Install a brand new DB-224E VHF repeater antenna on the top; brackets are already installed.
Install 100+ feet of brand new 7/8 inch hardline coax inside the tower and connected to the antenna. The coax already has female “N” connectors installed to match the male “N” connector on the DB-224E
Any interested parties, call Paul at (405) 821-0927 for a quote.
If you are not a member of the SCARS Facebook Group and would like to see photos of what they are working with, email me and I’ll send those to you: WB5ULK@ARRL.NET
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, email@example.com, and I will provide that address to you.
Let’s help get Mark’s radio back!
Hey! SCARS Has A Webpage – Part 6
N5HZR continues his series about how the SCARS home page has morphed over the past year and how you can use it.
“Weather” page on the W5NOR.org website
Today we take a look at one of the most important sections of the W5NOR.org website, the weather page. This week mother nature kept us on our toes, by sending a couple severe storms through the area. The months of April through June provide about 75% of Oklahoma tornadoes, but we’ve reported in every month of the year. Last Tuesday was one of those days. Weather aware individuals had been watching all day for the storms that rolled through town after dinner. The National Weather Service (NWS) has always advised us to have a couple different sources of our weather information. This way we can “keep our head on a swivel”, by seeing these different presentations. One great source of weather data should always be the NWS weather radios. Another source would be commercial weather on TV or radio, and one more good place to look for weather would be the SCARS weather page at http://w5nor.org/weather/. On this page you’ll see a number of weather related graphs. At the top of the page is a section titled “Cleveland County Watches and Warnings”. Most of the time this area simply shows “There are no active watches, warnings, or advisories”, which means that the NWS has nothing issued for the current time. This page refreshes itself every couple minutes, so you will get the new Watches, Warnings and Advisories as they are issued.
Next you’ll see “Today’s Severe Weather Outlook”, as shown below. This chart gives you a great overview of what’s coming today, and lists the severity level in each affected area. Radar images are overlaid on this image to show current conditions. Iif you click on the image, you’ll get the NWS Outlook for the Day 1, and be able to see the future day’s reports.
Then, “Today’s Severe Weather Reports”, and all three of the Oklahoma Nexrad radar displays, including looped data, from the OKC, Frederick, and Enid radars are shown. These displays are nearly real time, and will provide radar views of the area. Finally, you’ll see some additional links to lightning maps, spaghetti models (used primarily for hurricane tracking), and some radar product software if you’d like more information. Finally, a local weather station is displayed, so you can see temperature and wind data in real time, from the Northwest part of Norman, OK.
So, make sure you watch for current weather conditions, and see the forecast of severe weather, at http://w5nor.org/weather/ to help you keep aware of your surroundings. Once severe weather hits, tune into 147.060 MHz, to listen in on the ARES/SKYWARN nets and report your conditions.
73, de N5HZR, webmaster – W5NOR.org
New Radio “Stuff”
Last week I posted about my automatic DC-power shutoff for my mobile installation. So far no one has sent me anything that YOU like, so I’ll post something else which I’ve gotten recently which I like. I’ll run out of “stuff” pretty quickly, so 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”:
Shortly after I moved all the gear from the sedan into the pickup, my 10 year old GPS hockey puck finally gave up the ghost. I’ve done APRS from my mobile rig since I installed the D700. If any of you were tracking me when I made my one-day run to Phoenix late last summer, you saw how much of my route from Norman to Phoenix was covered. I’m a Geek – and I admit it. The GPS I had at that time was a Garmin, and while it did a great job of triangulating GPS lat/lon info, there were times that it really took a long time to lock-on. So when it croaked, I decide to try one of the little Byonics GPS hockey pucks. Here is the GPS5 below:
Since I was connecting it to Kenwood, I ordered their adapter cable. It has the 12v to 5 v converter built into the shell and uses powerpoles, which is what I wanted in the first place.
Power adapters are available for a wide variety of applications, including a simple ciagar lighter plug.
What I REALLY like about the GPS5 is that even if I’ve moved my vehicle with the system powered down, the GPS is up, locked, and providing data within 10 seconds on a consistent basis. And if you ever need to ask a question about a product, shipping, or support, you will actually be talking to or corresponding with Byon himself. I like that!
Read more about the Byonics line of Amateur-related equipment here: http://byonics.com/
Again, send me YOUR stuff!
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 “Bits vs Baud“.
“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-> Bits vs Baud]
The Doctor’s Home page is here: The Doctor Is In
Latest ARRL Letter
- Statewide ARES Activation Declared in Florida for Hurricane Matthew
- ARRL Gauging Impact of Revised California Distracted Driving Law
- ARRL to be Represented at IARU Region 2 Conference, Emergency Communications Workshop
- The Doctor Will See You Now!
- National Parks on the Air Update
- LoTW Password Checking Change Causes Problems for Some Users
- Sarratt and Tiritilli Declared Elected in ARRL Southeastern Division
- Interim Section Manager Appointed in Eastern Pennsylvania
- “Overview of Army and Air Force MARS” Webinar Set for October 25
- New England Forum to Demystify Tax-Exempt Status for Ham Radio Clubs
- AO-7 Still Going Strong after Almost 42 Years in Space
- Shore Station KPH Call Sign to Return to the Airwaves on October 8
- The K7RA Solar Update
- Just Ahead in Radiosport
- Upcoming ARRL Section, State, and Division Conventions
Read it all here: ARRL Letter – 10/6/2016
ARRL DX Bulletin
DX links via Alexander, 4L5A:
Amateur Radio Newsline
- AMATEUR RADIO RESPONDS TO HURRICANE MATTHEW
- MEETING THE CHALLENGE OF COLORADO’S WILDFIRES
- TEAM USA WINS BIG IN DIRECTION FINDING CONTEST
- NEW YORK’S THE PARTY STATE
- BUSY WEEK FOR RADIO SCOUTING
- BACK TO SCHOOL WITH A “CLUB ROUNDUP”
- THE WORLD OF DX
- IN WASHINGTON STATE, HE’S AN OM AT 7
Live links, Script, and Audio here: Amateur Radio Newsline, October 7, 2016
“Gordo gives you all the info you need to become a ham instructor, PacificCon is around the corner,
George shows how to make your own
RJ-45 connectors for an ethernet cable,
Val reports in on all the latest DX news,
and Amanda answers your questions!“
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.