SCARS Weekly Newsletter December 16, 2016

December Meeting Aftermath
Dates To Remember
Blog Update Notifications
SCARS Member To Operate Maritime Mobile
Hey! SCARS Has A Webpage – Part 15
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  _…_._


This will be the third Newsletter notification cycle using MailChimp.

Observation: Most of you don’t open your emails from me. See image below:

-There are currently 264 subscribers in our mailing list. I DO KNOW that *some of you* have add-ons for your email (like Gmelius for Gmail) that block sites like MailChimp from tracking what you do with your email, but the majority of you do not.

-That said, only 108 of the 262 successfully delivered emails were opened by folks on the list. Of of that number, there were only 20 of those “opened” messages in which anyone clicked any of the links.

-You are probably saying to yourself, “Wow! That is a horribly low number of folks clicking on links much less even opening them!” Well, I said that myself until I got to looking at overall email campaign success rates.

-A 41.2% “open” rate is far above average for email blasts like the Newsletter mailout. I know that it’ll be a little higher because of the aforementioned “tracking blockers”. In addition, 18.5% “Clicks per unique opens” if fairly high as well.

-Moving on to the larger picture, the Newsletter’s reach is very interesting. WordPress tells me that last week we had almost twice as many people open the Newsletter than noted above, and 2 1/2 times as many unique visitors than the “clicks” above.
We have direct clicks that come from Facebook and Twitter, and a good number of folks who get direct notifications from WordPress when a new post is published.

-In future posts, I’ll share metrics gleaned from N5HZR about just how many “clicks” come through the SCARS Website. I think that you’ll find THOSE numbers VERY interesting. The Newsletter clicks pale in comparison!

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 Aftermath

I missed Saturday’s meeting, but have been told several things about it by a number of different folks. Here is what I learned:

There were 55 folks at last Saturday’s meeting. I’ve been suggesting for a number of months now to BYOC (Bring Your Own Chair), and those numbers meant that several people were standing if they did not BYOC. (This is a “good” problem to have. Many clubs are dying,but I digress).

N5UWY shared his story of working OSCAR 85 from in his car. (For the uninitiated, OSCAR 85 is an Amateur Radio Satellite). N5UWY also noted that if you sit in the “customary” chair of the Treasurer, people come to you to attempt to pay your dues. And, yes, it is now time to pay your dues. You CAN pay them online if you wish. Here:

There were about 20 folks who Stayed After School to learn about DMR moving to the new, much-more-flexible Brandmeister system. Info about DMR in Oklahoma, as well as Brandmeister, can be found here:

Thanks for N5UWY and N5HZR for the above info!


A few weeks ago information was posted about one of our Club members being injured in an automobile accident in Phoenix. That information incorrectly identified one of our members, and the original post has been corrected.

The injured member is Michael Wilson, WB7EOI. Please remember Michael as he continues to heal.

Dates To Remember

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

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!

Hey! SCARS Has A Webpage – Part 15

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

SCARS’ Silent Keys (SK)

Web sites are typically a list of lists. One of the most historically important lists is a  group we call the Silent Keys. A deceased amateur radio operator is typically called a “silent key”. Since the telegraph key was historically the way an operator operated their radio, this term honors these operators whose key has become silent. Here on the SCARS web site this happens on the web page.

 This list of Silent Keys was started many years ago here on, and we’ve been adding names to the list as they become known. As we review the historical C&E newsletter articles, this list will definitely grow. The most recent entry, KB5LMX Dr. Martin Tippie, was added only a couple months ago.

This is not  a list that we’d like to grow, however we want to make sure and recognize the men and women that have helped to make SCARS the organization it is today. If you know of names that we’ve overlooked, please send them to Mark Kleine N5HZR at, and we’ll get them on the list.

SCARS will be celebrating our 40th anniversary during 2017 and there are about 40 people on the current Silent Key roster. On a personal note,  I’ve had the pleasure of working with each and every one of these people throughout their tenure in the organization. It’s important to note that while this hobby is generally about radios, technology, and high tech equipment, the critical part of the hobby are the people you meet, and the relationships you make as you journey through our time together.

Here’s to wishing that you stay off of this list, as long as possible!

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
Antenna System Troubleshooting

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:
“The 10-meter band,
surface mount soldering,
Pete Thomson of the Santa Net,
N1BCG with Tim Duffy,
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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