SCARS Weekly Newsletter December 30, 2016


Christmas Portable and New Years Resolutions
Dates To Remember
Blog Update Notifications

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  _…_._


Christmas Portable and New Years Resolutions

Your Editor (WB5ULK) spent the last week at his Mother-in-Law’s in West Central Texas. I put up a 40 meter Ham-Stick dipole on a 20 foot-long Painter’s Pole, and using my trusty FT-897 I worked absolutely no one because 40 just stunk when I was able to be on-the-air. But I DID hear a New Mexico station talking with KJ7EFF, Jeff, while he was out mobile Thursday afternoon in Sulphur. I couldn’t hear Jeff, but the NM station was sometimes loud, but also with plenty of QSB (fading). I did have fun listening to a lot of special events that I had no interest in participating in, but enjoyed listening in any case!  

I spent MOST of my time doing delayed chores at my M-i-L’s. My Doctor gave me my medical release last week and told me “if it hurts, stop doing it”. (Yes, he’s a good doctor and logical to-boot!) There’s more to do here, but part of what I did was survey how to put up a semi-permanent antenna here. I’ve got lots of trees here blocking long runs of wire, but I’d entertain ANYONE’s opinion on End-Fed Half-Wave (EFHW) antennas. I would LOVE to do an 80m EFHW, but really don’t have 125 feet of space to do it in, so am thinking about either an aluminum fence top-rail vertical, or a trapped dipole. Our friend Andrew, VK1AD, who does HF and VHF SOTA operations in Australia, as well as parts of Europe, has some really good antennas that I’m looking into as well. Again, any and all opinions entertained, I’d even share them with others! Send that stuff to wb5ulk@arrl.net.

For Christmas, I got a large, better-than-HD resolution monitor to replace my two screens in the hamshack. It’s wonderful being able to get everything on one screen. I DID get a good deal and it was sanctioned by the Budget Director here at Golden Oaks Quarter Acre! Hopefully you got some stuff for YOUR shack as well. I’d like to hear about it, both good and bad.

Now, for the New Year…

My New Year’s resolutions include getting on the air more on HF. My first year of retirement found me doing a lot of stuff around the house that I’d put off for many years and I just did NOT get on the air like I wished. I also spent much of the last 6 months dealing with my health issues, and that took some of the wind out of my sails as well. Most of that “put off work” is done now and my health scare is in the rear-view mirror, so I’m going to be more active on HF, and am looking forward to it.

I’m also going to spend more time at McDonald’s during the SCARS Morning Coffee Klatches. They are always a lot of fun, lots of radio is talked, but mostly it’s about life – and that is a LOT of fun.

And this year, I’m going to try to make it to every Oklahoma Hamfest. I made Ham Holiday, Ham-Com, and Texhoma in 2016, and while I may have a few conflicts, I’m purposing to make them all this New Year. Who’s with me?

Thanks to outgoing President, W5IFN – Harold. You did a great job during your President-Elect year and again this year in the Hot Seat. Thanks for the leadership and looking at what we could be. Job Well Done, you are relieved, Chief!

Incoming President Rodney – KF5UZA will be in the Hot Seat during our 40th Anniversary Year. I’m looking forward to hear what he has in store for SCARS as we celebrate. Be sure to make the January meeting to catch a glimpse of what is to come!

Have a great week!

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 YOUR hobby.
Start your browse here: http://www.arrl.org/about-arrl 
and  here: https://www.arrl.org/membership


Dates To Remember

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

Jan 5 – Amateur Exam License Testing
Jan 14 – January SCARS Meeting


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:
http://w5nor.org/email/


 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…

W5NOR.ORG/CE


 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
Restoring Old Radios
“.

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

Most Recent Headlines:

Read it all here: ARRL Letter


ARRL DX Bulletin

 Latest version at the top here:  ARRL DX Bulletin

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Other DX links via Alexander, 4L5A:
http://dxnews.com
http://dxnews.com/calendar


 Amateur Radio Newsline

Latest Headlines:

  • HAMS RESPOND TO SUPER TYPHOON IN PHILIPPINES
  • RADIO AUSTRALIA ENDING SHORTWAVE BROADCASTS
  • NO WALK IN THE PARK
  • SILENT KEY: ALAN HEATHER  G0PQA
  • SILENT KEY: CANADA’S WILLIAM JAMES ‘BILL’ GILLIS VE1WG
  • HAMS KEEP PACE IN PARADISE
  • NO QTH TO CALL THEIR OWN
  • VIRGINIA FONE NET, AN ‘OM’ AMONG NETS
  • THAT’S THE SPIRIT! LOOK OUT FOR INTREPID DX AWARDS
  • SCOUT MERIT BADGE FINDS NEW DIRECTION
  • WORLD OF DX
  • A NET GAIN FOR THE SANTA NET

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


Ham Nation

This week is a ‘Best of’ retrospective:
“It’s been a long year, and we’ve had a lot of fun bringing to you a new show every week. So what better than to take a look back at some of the best pieces of 2016. 

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.

http://www.arrl.org/hamfests/search/page:1/Location.zip:73072/Location.area:250.rpt?format=html


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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