SCARS Weekly Newsletter November 4, 2016

Quote Of The Week
SCARS Featured In Blog
Fall Picnic Pictures
Repeater Work
Dates To Remember

Hey! SCARS Has A Webpage – Part 10

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  _…_._

Quote Of The Week

At the “almost every day” McDonald’s coffee session Thursday morning:

“It’s best if you run your coax From your antenna To your radio.”
    – William Lockett, AE5F

Words of Wisdom if there ever were any.
[Caution: This may include Sarcasm…but the quote is real]

SCARS Featured In Blog

Curtis, K5CLM, edits a Blog titled “Everything Hamradio”. This week Curtis uses the subject of Morse Code to highlight SCARS (*I* think because the bump SCARS got when N5HZR started promoting code practice).

Go give the story a read (hint: The SCARS Highlight is at the bottom of the post. You can also listen to this as a Podcast as well).

Fall Picnic Pictures
courtesy WG5T & N5HZR

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Repeater Work
October 28, 2016

N5HZR posted this to the SCARS Facebook page last week. Great work Guys!

Members of the SCARS tech committee dismantled the UHF and VHF repeaters located at the District 2 tower site. The first photo shows the completed assembly at the end of the 3 hour process.

The goal was twofold. First, we needed to add the 3 can combiner network to the front of our feedline, so we can use our 147.66/147.06 VHF antenna for the NORMAN digipeater on 144.39 MHz, while running the VHF repeater at the same time. The 3 can combiner is shown in the second photo. Second, we needed to move our repeater rack into the corner of the room so we only take up one rack location, allowing the county to install a new repeater in our old location.

The last photo shows an analyzer sweep of the VHF antenna, that’s mounted 300′ above ground. This shows a SWR of 1.11 and confirms that this antenna is working just fine. An earlier report showed this antenna with a 1.7 SWR. The digipeater, the UHF repeater, and the VHF repeater all seem to be working well!

Thanks to AG5DB, N5KUK, N5UWY, and N5HZR for the activities today. Thanks to KD5UGO for his design, procurement and testing of a complex system that worked right out of the box!

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Dates To Remember

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

Nov 12 – Next SCARS Meeting/Election of Officers
Dec 6 – SCARS Christmas Party, Golden Corral, 6pm

 Hey! SCARS Has A Webpage – Part 10

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

Meetings / On-The-Air Nets

This week we talk about the fifth most popular web page, the Meetings / Nets page. This page is located at and can be reached by clicking on the “Meetings / Nets” link on the left menu-bar. On this page you’ll be able to find the monthly, weekly, and even daily meet-up opportunities for SCARS members, and potential SCARS members. Most importantly, all of these in-person (or eyeball QSO’s) are open to everyone. And whether you’re brand new, or have the experience of Conrad, you’ll learn something new every time you attend. In addition, you’ll have a good time doing it.


For the ‘on-air’ meetings, you’ll need to be a licensed amateur radio operator to transmit, but anyone is welcome to ‘listen-in’. Our nets use frequencies that all license holders can access. Our club operates four weekly nets, on 10 M, 6 M, and 2 M. These nets are aimed at the local Oklahoma community, but seem to get check-ins from far out locations. We support a number of other nets on DMR, HF, Echolink, and Facebook.

The most important part of this page talks about the monthly in-person meeting, at the Norman Firehouse #7. For almost the last 40 years,  every month our group of hams have met near this area to talk about club activities, upcoming events, new repeater projects, and learn something amateur radio related. The best part of this meeting is that there are typically 50+ people of all ages, skills and backgrounds that get together and discuss radio.  There are usually a dozen small groups that talk about everything from licensing and antennas to the latest digital protocols. Afterward, the dedicated few make the trek to Ozzies, the restaurant at the Norman Westheimer Airport for a celebratory lunch.

In addition to being listed on this page, the system will display “day-of” reminders of these meetings at the top of every web page. Clicking on those reminders will bring you to this Meetings / Nets page to get all of the appropriate details.

Take a look at the page to see how you can get involved in SCARS activities this week.

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 Latest Podcast is titled
Anderson PowerPoles and Antenna Polarization“.

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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