SCARS Weekly Newsletter December 9, 2016

Early December Musings
December Meeting Program – Red Cross Disaster EmComm
Dates To Remember
Blog Update Notifications
SCARS Member To Operate Maritime Mobile
International Phonetic Alphabet
Hey! SCARS Has A Webpage – Part 14
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  _…_._

Early December Musings

So far December has been VERY busy for the SCARS membership. At the Tuesday evening Christmas party 44 folks showed up and had a great time, and there were even 29 folks who checked-in to the ARES Net. There were some overlaps, but it was a very busy night with The Party, ARES Net, and the Gossip Net. On the Wednesday evening 10 meter net, there was quite a lot of excitement as there was a band opening with folks checking in far and wide. Several new Amateurs were able to get some new states – Great fun! And as always the “Every Morning (except Sunday) @ 8:30 Amateur Coffee Klatch at McDonalds on Lindsey” continues to go strong with new members showing up, listening, learning, and getting involved. Be sure to make Saturday’s meeting – info about that in the next item.

Oh, and ask me this question next time you see me:

“Why should I be a member of the American Radio Relay League?”

I’d be more than happy to talk with you about it. You should browse around to see what “The League” does for OUR hobby.
Start your browse here: 
and  here:

December Meeting Program
Red Cross Disaster EmComm

[Shamelessly stolen from the SCARS website. I can’t put it any better than Mark …]

James Tittle, the American Red Cross Regional Disaster Officer, will present at the December meeting. James will talk about the role of Amateur Radio Operators in the American Red Cross Disaster Plan. If you’ve ever had any interest in emergency response radio work, this would be a meeting you should attend. In part of his role, he is responsible for the emergency communications in all of the facilities in the region, including Emergency Response Vehicles (ERVs) and an 18 wheel semi equipped with a mobile radio room. SCARS meetings are held on the second Saturday of the month at 9:00 am. All of the location and time details are available on the Meetings/Nets page of this website.

Oh, and one more ‘after school special’. After the December meeting, we’ll have another DMR session on the NEW Brandmeister DMR networking. Mark Kleine N5HZR, et. al. will give an overview of the new Brandmeister software, talk about the differences from the old system, show off, and program some new code plugs. David Hickman KB0FHF will bring his DV4MINI hot spot device to show you how you can build your own DMR repeater for under $200, plus your own PC. Bring your DMR radio, and your questions, and STAY AFTER SCHOOL!

Dates To Remember

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

Dec 10 (TOMORROW)- SCARS December Meeting
Dec 24 – Santa Watch Net
Jan 5 – Amateur Exam License Testing

Blog Update Notifications
If you do not already receive notifications of updates to the SCARS Blog, you may sign-up for those by entering info here:

SCARS Member To Operate Maritime Mobile

Randal Walker, W1OWX, will be operating Maritime Mobile during his “off” hours while he is onboard an offshore platform during several weeks in December and January. See his info and QSL card below:

OK! Well it’s been in the planning for a long time and it’s finally coming. Next month, I will be back on the ship with Transceiver and Buddipole. I will be transmitting on 20 and 40 meters depending on if those bands open up and possibly even 6 meters some. I will be on the ship starting December 13 and for 21 days I am going to do my best to snag as many contacts as possible. I have designed a very special commemorative QSL card that I will physically mail out to all confirmed contacts. As it comes close to time, I will post frequencies.


So that Randal does not get SPAMmed, if you’d like to contact him, Randal’s contact info is up-to-date at As he updates frequencies, I’ll update “this post” as well on the SCARS Facebook Group page.

Good DX, Randal!

International Phonetic Alphabet

There are a bunch of new folks on the air in the Norman area and we’ve talked a bit about this on the Facebook page, but here it is for reference. The ITU Phonetic Alphabet.
I know! I know! Public Safety does their own thing, and it’s cute to phonetically do your call as “Wooley Booger Five Ugly Little Kid” or “Killer Dog Five Wild Animal”, but at the end of the day, not everyone that you run into on the radio is a native English speaker, or not even a ‘gud inglish speeker’. So at the end of the day, if we all stick to ONE Phonetic Alphabet, we just have to enunciate, and then we’re good to go.


Hey! SCARS Has A Webpage – Part 14

[N5HZR Continues his walk-through into just what is available on the SCARS website]

License Information

The South Canadian Amateur Radio Society Volunteer Examiner (VE) Team conducts examinations for Amateur Radio licenses on the first Thursday of each month. is a great way to find the information you need to know about that process. On this popular page the SCARS VE Team has detailed just about every question you need answered to obtain, and process your FCC issued amateur radio license. This is really a one stop shop for all of your licensing needs. Here the team tells you when the license tests are offered, where to find the test location, and who’s offering the exams, what you need to bring with you to the test.

This page also talks about obtaining your FCC Registration Number (FRN), and how to obtain this number before you sign up for the test. To help them schedule there is an online registration page that lets you enter your information, so the team can have your paperwork ready when you get to the test site.

If you do a deep dive on this page, you’ll find that our VE Team is one of the most prolific teams in the state, and region. At the next VE test session, Peter Laws, the Cal Ripken Jr. of VE Testing, will perform his 192nd session. So, at 12 sessions a year, that’s 16 YEARS of testing… Look deeper, and you’ll see that three of the top five VE examiners in the state, are a part of the SCARS roster.

So, if you need to obtain your first license, help someone get their license, upgrade your license, or have any other licensing question, head on over to and get ready for the next test on January 5th!

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

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

 Latest version at the top here:  ARRL DX Bulletin

Other DX links via Alexander, 4L5A:

 Amateur Radio Newsline

Latest Headlines:


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

Ham Nation

This week:
“Tom Gallagher the CEO of ARRL talks with Bob and Gordo about the history of amateur radio,
the crew shows how they manage their coax,
iOS Apps for Hams,
Santa Net 2016,
and your questions answered in the chat room! 

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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