SCARS Weekly Newsletter October 14, 2016

October Meeting Post-Mortem
Swapmeet Tomorrow in Edmond
No Cost-to-you Support For SCARS
Stolen Radio
Radio Stuff For Sale
Hey! SCARS Has A Webpage – Part 7

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 Meeting Post-Mortem

Last Saturday, The Chief was away, so the Chief-Elect, Rodney, was in the Chair. There were 50 members and guests present, donuts and coffee were consumed before and during the meeting, and we had a BUNCH of new people! 

Victor, K5VL, presented the inaugural set of Golden Thumb Awards (GTA). The worth recipients were: 

Bobby NE5Y
Gordon WX5GOR
Denny WA6DKD

To see the Rights and Privileges of this August Order, images of the Grand Statue and recipients, and quite a bit more falderal, see this page:

Some VERY important events are scheduled in the near future which you need to put into your planner:

Oct 22 – SCARS Fall Picnic, 4pm, W5IFN QTH
Dec 6 – SCARS Christmas Party, Golden Corral, 6pm
Be There!

And Kenn, KA5KXW, did an EXCELLENT job presenting on Homebrewing your own gear. It was so good that Conrad, W7WLM, stated “Most of that stuff was really good.” If you know Conrad, you’ll understand that this is NOT “faint praise”! 

[and today’s Website Tour is the SCARS Homebrew page – see “Hey! SCARS Has A Webpage – Part 7” below…]

Swapmeet Tomorrow In Edmond

Jerry, N5KNU, sends this via a blog comment:

W5RLW Tailgate / Swapmeet, in Edmond, OK


TIME : 9:AM – til 12: noonish

Address: 332 west 33rd ( about three (3) blocks west of south broadway.) Located in rear parking lot of; R.L.Williams Co. look for the 90 foot tall ,round, Edmond Water Tower. (located in rear parking lot.)

TALKIN FREQUENCY 146.790- (minus offset ) PL tone 100 khz

You may bring a folding table to display your wares.

Contact Info:

405-726-8191 hm [NOTE.. If you call, please give a call sign or, mention “Tailgate ”]

Hope to see you there!
73s, jerry, n5knu

No Cost-to-you Support For SCARS

 Here we are hurtling headlong into the holiday season and your thoughts turn to what? RIGHT! “Shopping online!” Waiting at the front door of BestBuy all night Thanksgiving night is not my idea of a good time. More and more, we all are shopping online. If you are an Amazon shopper, there is a no-pain, no-cost-to-you way to support SCARS. The “Amazon Smile” program donates a fraction of what you pay to registered non-profits each and every day. Participation does not cost you even a fraction of a penny on your purchase regardless of how big it is. But you DO have to specifically go to a “Smile” link for SCARS to get any benefit. Here is ours:

Clicking on THAT link above will take you straight to an Amazon shopping page which will benefit SCARS. We get anywhere from a couple of dozen $$$ to almost a hundred $$$ every 3 or 4 months.

Help YOUR club – shop that link when you shop! And remember to do it EVERYTIME you shop Amazon!

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 email address, or contact me directly,, and I will provide that address to you.

Let’s help get Mark’s radio back!

Radio Stuff For Sale

David Hickman, KB0FHF, has acquired a new HF Rig and is selling his old stuff. Here’s what he’s got:

I am upgrading my station to a flex 6300 and cleaning up the shack.

Everything is in excellent to mint condition unless noted.

Make an offer.

IC-7300 – $1350
IC-756 – Very Good – Screen in good shape – $500
IC-OPC-599 – In Bag – $40
IC SM-20 – $125
Rig Blaster Advantage – $150
DX Engineering RTR-1A – TR Switch – $125
DX Engineering RPA-1 – HF Preamp/Overload protector – $125

If you do not have David’s contact info, email me at: and I’ll pass it along to you.

Hey! SCARS Has A Webpage – Part 7

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

“Homebrew Equipment” page on the website

This week we highlight another new section of the website. This one was announced last week during Kenn Goodson’s KA5KXW presentation at the monthly SCARS meeting, and has been developed to feature the idea of building your own equipment. This page is available at: For those of you that heard the talk, there’s a bit of good news on the vendor, Tayda Electronics. Tayda is a great source of components, available straight from China, and is still alive and well at: For those of you that missed Kenn’s talk, his Powerpoint presentation is available in the Homebrew section, as well.


One of the greatest thrills you can have in amateur radio is to make your first contact with a radio that you built from pieces. It’s said that the Golden Age of Radio was the first half of the 20th century. If that’s true, then we must currently be in the Platinum age of Radio. It has never been easier, cheaper, or faster to make something with your own skills. In this section, we help you find resources that you can use to design, create printed circuit boards, assemble, specify, and build a number of creations.

If you need some help getting started, there’s a number of SCARS members who would be happy to help you make something. Look on the Elmer page for details, or come to one of the meeting locations If you’ve built a project that you’re proud of, send pictures, and documentation to and It will be shown here.

If you want to build, and just need help picking a project, take a look at the YO3DAC project list. Here Iulian has list hundreds of design ideas that have been collected from publications over the years.

To kick off the maker/build concept at SCARS, we’ll be holding an ‘after school’ project, to learn how to solder. In this project we’ll learn how to use that soldering iron, and build an upconverter that can be used to build your own Software Defined Radio to listen in on the ham bands for about $15. Dig out those soldering stations, irons, and solder, make sure they still get hot, and be ready to join us in this process. If you’re interested in joining this effort, send a message to and we’ll make sure you know about our first joint Homebrew project.

73, de N5HZR, webmaster –

New Radio “Stuff”


Surely some of you have bought something you’d like to talk about?



 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

Read it all here: ARRL Letter – 10/13/2016

ARRL DX Bulletin

ARRL DX Bulletin, October 13, 2016

DX links via Alexander, 4L5A:

 Amateur Radio Newsline


Live links, Script, and Audio here: Amateur Radio Newsline, October 14, 2016

Ham Nation

“The aftermath of hurricane Matthew,
Arduino project with Randy K7AGE,
weekly news and solar update,
show me your shack,
and more!


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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