SCARS Weekly Newsletter October 21, 2016

A Little Housekeeping This Week
King of Thailand, HS1A, SK
Dates To Remember
No Cost-to-you Support For SCARS
Radio Stuff For Sale
Hey! SCARS Has A Webpage – Part 8

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  _…_._

A Little Housekeeping This Week

I’m doing some streamlining of inline regular items this week in preparation for me being offline for a bit. I’ll say a little about that in the Newsletter on November 4th. That cryptic message sent, all the links are live as usual, just not including the Headlines/Topics of the link destination. There may be even a few more changes after January 1. We’ll see how it goes. Thanks for following The Blog!

King of Thailand, HS1A, SK

Tom, KH6AAA, brought this to my attention after the Newsletter went out last week. Posts regarding his passing below. I believer there may be several members of SCARS who worked the King at one time or another.

The world’s longest reigning monarch, King Bhumibol of Thailand, HS1A became a SK two days ago. Crowned 70 years ago, his passing is mentioned in various Ham newsletters.

Dates To Remember

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 … THIS IS TOMORROW!!!
Dec 6 – SCARS Christmas Party, Golden Corral, 6pm

No Cost-to-you Support For SCARS

Use the link below. Really. It Does Not Cost You Even A Penny:

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!

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 8

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


 To continue the theme of building your own stuff, this week we feature the Antennas section of the website, You can spend thousands on multi-tower setup, or you can run a great station using only a $4.00 home built antenna, as shown here:



The antenna system is the last place your signal exists before it takes off into the atmosphere. It’s easily the most customized piece of gear that you’ll ever use in your amateur radio career. While a couple pieces of wire seem to be an easy solution to the problem, it’s easy to get caught up in a building frenzy, and end up with a backyard full of hanging wires. My favorite part of these building projects is that almost everything will work. It’s just a matter of efficiency. Whatever way you choose, remember that almost every antenna installation is a compromise. What works for someone on 20 acres won’t fit on a city lot. Apartment life presents a number of problems from outdoor access, to inaccessible grounds.

This section of the web site shows a number of great resources for you to try. The W2BLC site shows you how to build inexpensive horizontals, verticals, and other antenna oddities. For those of us that attended the KA5KXW build presentation, good old YO3DAC has a list of antenna diagrams that matches the list of schematics that were shown in that class. Our own Ed Hatch AG5DV will soon be unveiling his own $15 wire dipoles that he’s been stringing though every tree he can find. And, there’s also some resources that talk about the raw materials that we use to build these assemblies. As with everything amateur radio related, it matters less what you do, it matters more that you actually DO something. Take a look at the page to get you started on your next 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 Latest Podcast is titled “Mobile HF Antennas“.

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-> The Doctor Is In Podcast ]

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

Latest ARRL Letter

Read it all here: ARRL Letter

ARRL DX Bulletin

ARRL DX Bulletin

DX links via Alexander, 4L5A:

 Amateur Radio Newsline


Live links, Script, and Audio here: Amateur Radio Newsline – Latest News

Ham Nation

The last half-dozen or so episodes are linked right here: Ham Nation

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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