SCARS Weekly Newsletter November 18, 2016

November SCARS Meeting Aftermath
Dates To Remember
Hey! SCARS Has A Webpage – Part 12

Collector & Emitter
Weekly “Memories” Nag
The Doctor Is In
Latest ARRL Letter
ARRL DX Bulletin
Amateur Radio Newsline
Ham Nation
Odds and Ends 
Upcoming Hamfests within 250 miles  _…_._

November SCARS Meeting Aftermath

[Ed. note: Your Editor was absent from the November meeting, but N5HZR graciously submitted these in-depth notes of the meeting. Thanks Mark!]

The November SCARS meeting broke the attendance record one more time. Five brought their own chairs, and we still had SRO. President Harold Black W5IFN needed a bigger gavel to get the 65 folks in order!

Peter Laws N5UWY gave the technical committee report, and suggested folks visit the for details of our APRS upgrade. Peter also stated that we had a VE test, people came, people passed. Three or four of those that upgraded were in the room and received a rousing round of applause, including two new Extras.

In honor of Veterans Day, those that served the country were asked to stand. It seemed that over half the crowd was on their feet. Another round of applause served to thank the men and women that served in the Armed Forces.

Rodney Barrett KF5UZA, ran the annual elections and we ended up with a great cast of volunteer leaders to help us make it through the 2017 year.

President: Rodney Barrett KF5UZA
VP-President Elect: Ed Hatch AG5DV
Treasurer: Doug Forsyth WX5DF
Secretary: Chris Pape KE5JZN

There were no hanging chads

We talked about the Christmas Party and how it brings tens of hams together with for a great meal, and a ‘White Elephant’ Christmas gift exchange. This year there is a maximum $10 spend on each gift, and “No Free Harbor Freight items are allowed”. Bring your wrapped gift labeled as from/for either a “male”, or “female”. This will be December 6, 2016 at 6:00 pm, at the Golden Corral, in Norman, OK.

Again, two programs:

Michelle Carey W5MQC, the new Region 5 District Representative for the Young Ladies Radio League (YLRL) talked about that group, and their goals to get more Young Ladies (YLs) into, and more involved in amateur radio. More info  at Lots of great interest, and did we talk about scholarship opportunities??

The second half was Bill Roberson N5AQ, and Mark Kleine N5HZR talking about Morse Code operation. This Morse Code presentation is available at the bottom of the page. If you want to play along, sign up for daily emails at and after 60 days of practice, at the January meeting, we’ll talk about live hands on opportunities to Get On The Air with code. Elmers will practice with you locally, and then guide you through the first CW contact.

Another great meeting, and we held most of the OU/Baylor game fans until the 11:08 adjournment.

You should’a been there! 

Thanks again Mark!

Dates To Remember

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

Dec 6 – SCARS Christmas Party, Golden Corral, 6pm
Dec 10 – SCARS December Meeting

 Hey! SCARS Has A Webpage – Part 12

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

This week we talk about some of the newest items in Amateur Radio, the radio codeplug. The current definition of codeplug is: the file that is used to program an amateur radio. The term comes from the actual physical codeplugs that  were wired to program older radios. These devices held frequency information, CTCSS info, and more, and looked like this below:

As radios became more complex, these hardware devices became too cumbersome, and radio manufacturers came up with software to configure the radio, and to load these files to the radio. To help users get started quickly, we’ve collected a number of these programs and files, and have stored them here for your use. The Baofeng radios are the most popular downloads.

This information is timely, because this week the Oklahoma Digital Mobile Radio (DMR) system changed their operation, and all DMR operators need to update their radios. These codeplugs are generated by local hams, and are targeted to the radio needs of Central Oklahoma.

The page has a collection of these files for a number of radios, including Baofeng, Leixen, Control Systems, and Tytera.

If you have a codeplug that you’ve created for a radio that you’re proud of, please forward it to and we’ll add it to this digital library.

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. 

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
Stealth 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

Headlines At Press Time:

Read it all here: ARRL Letter

ARRL DX Bulletin

ARRL DX Bulletin

Note: At Press Time the DX Archive at ARRL was not rendering properly. Keep trying…]

DX links via Alexander, 4L5A:

 Amateur Radio Newsline

Latest Headlines:

  • SILENT KEY: ARRL’S Tod Olson, K0TO

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

Ham Nation

The latest episode features 
Getting kids into Ham Radio,
building a Scope Squid,
the FT4JA Juan De Nova Dxpedition,
W9C special event for Walter Conkite,
and more!

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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