SCARS Weekly Newsletter January 13, 2017

SCARS Meeting Tomorrow
Mid-Del Extra “Class” – SCARS Tech/General “Class”
Station Identification
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  _…_._

SCARS Meeting Tomorrow

Via President Rodney:

This has already been broadcast on both repeaters and W5IFN is announcing periodically as well, but in an abundance of caution, we are cancelling tomorrow’s meeting. Peter will present his DXKeeper talk at a later time.

Stay safe and warm.

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:

 Station Identification

I’m not nearly one of the most heard stations on the repeaters which the Club operates, but I listen a lot while going from Point A to Point B. I learn a lot of things about people by listening to them talk with other Amateurs. I learn their culinary likes and dislikes, I hear experiences and opinions, the success or failure of antenna projects, rig preferences, power supply advice, and it also seems that everyone has an opinion of where the best chicken fried steak can be found. I may agree, or disagree with a lot of this, and that is just okay. It’s your opinion, and that is what you think/like/or have experienced.

But there is one thing (at least) about talking on the repeater, or anywhere else in the Amateur Spectrum for that matter, that is not up for debate: Station Identification.

I was listening to a conversation on the repeater one night this week while driving from Point A to Point B, and heard one of these conversations. It had things I agreed with and things that I disagreed with, but there was one thing that was simply wrong: at one point in the dialog, these Amateurs went 25 full minutes without identifying themselves. And to correct myself – it is not “wrong”, it is “against the Rules”. For those of you new to this hobby and were busy trying to remember all the formulas and other minutiae for passing your exam, you likely learned one fact that you immediately put back in the bottom drawer of your mind, that an Amateur “must transmit its assigned call sign on its transmitting channel at the end of each communication, and at least every 10 minutes during a communication”. (Title 47, Part 97, Subpart B, Paragraph 97.119)

On HF, you just have to remember to watch the clock, but at least on 06 you have a memory crutch. The 06 repeater identifies itself every 10 minutes, and then resets it’s internal clock. There is a setting on the repeater that times-out the repeater after a set period that is much shorter than 10 minutes (thus “The Golden Thumb Award” which has been bestowed a number of times by “The Gossip Net”), but the repeater waits very patiently for someone to release their thumb from their microphone, and if the repeater’s internal timer has passed 10 minutes, it will ID immediately when the talking party un-keys. That is a Bold Cue for you to identify as well.

I know, I know – “but I was lost in the discussion”. No matter. It is YOUR responsibility to follow The Rules. The direct link to “Part 97” – the FCC Rules which govern the Amateur Service is below. The pertinent rule for “Station Identification” is in Subpart B – Station Operation Standards, Paragraph 97.119.

“The Rules” –  Bookmark it. You can even get a printed copy from the ARRL store, or many other online sources:

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
Long Delayed Echos
[This is a really cool topic!!!]

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:
“Learn about the DX expedition to the most isolated island on earth,
Bob builds a pine board transmitter,
Randy K7AGE crimps power cables,
and Gordo contacts the International Space Station.

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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