SCARS Weekly Newsletter January 6, 2017

Mid-Del Extra “Class” – SCARS Tech/General “Class”
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  _…_._

Mid-Del Extra “Class”
SCARS Tech/General “Class”

MANY of you have been asking since our very successful Tech/General class last Spring “when are you going to do an Extra Class?”

Well, “we” aren’t. We are going to do another Tech/General class, but the Mid-Del Club will be doing an Extra “Class” starting really soon. Here are the particulars:

Mid-Del ARC Extra Class
Monday nights from 6:30-8:30
8201 E Reno Ave (Training room)
Midwest City
Starts: February 13th
Ends: April 3rd
Testing Session: April 10th
Contact: Donald Ohse (W5DRO)
(be certain to contact Donald before. Don’t just show up!)

That said, here are the particulars of the SCARS Tech/General signup:

The next SCARS Technician / General class will be held on Tuesday nights, starting February 7, 2017.
The last class will be held April 4th, 2017, and a Volunteer Exam session will be held April 6th, 2017.
All of these classes will be held at the Norman Firehouse #7 Training Center at 2207 Goddard Ave, Norman, OK 73019.
All classes and exam sessions will begin at 6:30 pm. Classes will run each evening until 9:00 pm.

If you are interested in either of these classes, you can sign-up here:

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 delighted to talk with you about it. You should browse around to see what “The League” does for YOUR hobby.
Start your browse here: 
and  here:


I am sad to report that Hank, AC5VT, became a Silent Key last Sunday. Hank was born in Brooklyn, but returned to Norway with his family when he was a child. One of the things that perhaps you did not know about Hank was that while he was a pre-teen and teen, he served in the Norwegian resistance during World War II, all the time that his father was doing the very same thing. To top it off, the Norwegian Resistance was so well compartmentalized that neither he nor his father knew that the other was involved in the Resistance.

Hank was a very faithful VE with the SCARS VE Team even though he lived much closer to Tecumseh than he did any part of Cleveland County. He was a delightful person to talk with and will be missed very, very much.

A memorial service for Hank will be tomorrow (Saturday, January 6, in Edmond. Details in his obituary below.

Very best 73, and Rest in Peace, Hank.

Apr. 25, 1930 – Jan. 1, 2017 TECUMSEH, OK

Henrik Birkeland Mork, born April 25, 1930 to Johan and Marie B. Mork was called by the angels on Sunday, January 1, 2017. He is survived by his brother, John B. Mork of Sacramento, CA, children, Peggy L. Phillips, of Norman, OK, Joe D. Ross, Sr., of Covington, WA, John F. Mork and Rene Buchanan both of Oklahoma City, OK, and their spouses. He is also survived by 12 grandchildren and 17 great grandchildren, and his partner, Terry Juarez of Cushing, OK. He was preceded in death by his wife of 40 years, Angela Jo Underwood and daughter, Brenda Henderson of Houston, TX. Henrik was born in Brooklyn, NY, but raised in Norway where he and his father (unbeknownst to each other) participated in the resistance and liberation of Norway during World War II.

Upon returning to America at the age of 25, he joined the U.S. Army, where he eventually served as a paratrooper medic during the Vietnam War.

Henrik retired from the Army in 1972 at Fort Gordon, GA and moved back to his wife’s home state of Oklahoma where he pursued interests in law enforcement leading to a stint as a Reserve Sheriff’s Deputy. His experience with the Sheriff’s office led him to joining the Shawnee Emergency Management organization with whom he served up to his death. His hobbies included photography, woodworking, and amateur radio. He loved watching wildlife from his back yard and storm chasing, first with his wife Angela and then with his partner Terry. Henrik was very much loved and will be missed by many.

Memorial services will be held Saturday 2:00pm at Reflection Pointe Gathering Center, 10900 N. Eastern Rd., Oklahoma City OK 73131.

In lieu of flowers, a contribution to The American Cancer Society ( would be greatly appreciated.

Published in The Oklahoman on Jan. 5, 2017– See more at:

Dates To Remember

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

Jan 14 – January SCARS Meeting
Feb 2 – SCARS VE Testing
Feb 7 – SCARS Tech/General Class begins (signup:
Feb 13 – Mid-Del Extra Class begins (signup:
Feb 28 – Skywarn Training, National Weather Center, 6:30PM

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:

 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
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

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’s highlights:
“How clubs can help grow Ham Radio,
Loop Antennas,
Christmas in Finland,
installing power pole connectors,
10-year-old Hope operates HF from the set of
Last Man Standing,
Winter Field Day,
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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