SCARS Weekly Newsletter January 27, 2017

Busy, Busy Few Weeks
Editor’s Soapbox
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  _…_._


Busy, Busy Few Weeks

 

The end of January and the early part of February is shaping up to be a very busy time! Lots of Special Events happening over the next few days: a new Technician/General License Training class, the First SCARS Meeting of our 40th Anniversay Year (thanks to mal tiempo 2 weeks ago), and other changes!

First, be on the lookout for N5SOF, Mike, operating from the Queen Mary today and/or tomorrow. If I get his schedule and frequencies, I’ll post them to the SCARS Facebook Group in Near-Real-Time.

Also this weekend, Winter Field Day starts at 1PM Saturday. SCARS is not hosting a location this year, but I’m pretty sure the Jerrod, KD5RAK, and his fellow Western Oklahoma Amateur friends will be on the air.  Link to info about Winter Field Day is in the Dates To Remember grouping below.

W5MQC, Michelle, wants me to remind you that the YL-OM Contest is NEXT weekend, 1400Z, Feb 3 to 0200Z, Feb 5. More info can be found in the Dates To Remember grouping below.

Michelle also wants me to remind you that the Echolink YLNet is every Thursday night at 7PM. [See Michelle’s note regarding this below my sig line in this grouping]

73, Gary – WB5ULK

MIchelle sez:

Echolink YL Net at 7:00PM on Thursday – YL Ham Net – Echolink ALARA Conference Node 286905.

Every Thursday evening at 20:00 (8pm) Eastern (0000 UTC Summer and 0100 UTC Winter). Please connect to the net on Echolink through the ALARA Conference Server, Node 286905. Net Control is Catherine AC4YL or Melanie AG4YL.

Please join us in the Do-Drop-In Chat Room during the net – all you need is a web browser and you’re in! Sign in using your callsign-name in the first field (ignore the second one) and click Login! Share links, pictures, and smileys at the “big” chatroom Do Drop In . Thank you to the North Fulton Amateur Radio League (NFARL) located in Alpharetta, GA for allowing us to use the chat room and for linking your repeaters so others can enjoy the net.

We invite all YLs from around the world to join in, so please tell your YL friends and club members to join us each and every Thursday!

OMs are always welcome to listen, but we kindly ask that only YLs check into the net.

And MORE about YL’s here: http://w5nor.org/yl/index.html


Editor’s Soapbox

SCARS is celebrating our 40th Anniversary this year, and I want to chat a bit about “The Old Days”. Stay with me…

You and I hear this all the time – we’ve maybe even said it:
“Oh, I wish it were like it was before FILL IN THE BLANK.

Well, it’s not. Times change, and while I do not advocate “Out with the old – In with the new”, it is up to us as Amateurs to make the transition from Old-to-New as smooth as possible.

“You don’t understand how it was in the old days!”

You’re right – I don’t. But, I have been an Amateur for over 40 years and have seen things come and go. And I’m pretty certain that we do not have any Amateurs in SCARS, or reading this Newsletter via the Internet, who cut their teeth using Spark Gap. There’s a reason why Spark Gap is no longer “a thing”. Don’t get me wrong, I REALLY like listening to some of our Amateur friends who have a really nice, crisp AM signal. Some of Those Voices are melodious and are fine ear-candy in my book. But some of Our voices would sound like fingernails on a chalkboard no matter how the audio was equalized/emphasized. There are SO very many things different about OUR Hobby today than when SCARS became a club. Things that were hardly a gleam in someone’s eye. Would you want to go back to the days before FM repeaters? How about going back to those days before Single Side Band? Or before solid state components?

Back to the days when CW proficiency was a requirement for licensing?
(I’ll gladly discuss this offline, but not here – it would be just “more broken glass”)

Let’s get more recent:
How many of you still use Packet Radio Bulletin Boards? How many of you use Packet Radio, period? Wait – don’t answer that just yet – think about it. Do you use APRS, Winlink, Winmor, or the data part of D-Star? Oh, you didn’t know there was a data part of D-Star?

Have you ever thought about whether or not SCARS would even have a repeater if we did not have a long-term relationship with local Emergency Management? IMO, we might have a repeater, but it would have far less coverage than what it has now. Or our dues would be much higher because we would be paying tower rent (and THAT is not cheap these days).

There are SO very many things different about OUR Hobby today than when SCARS became a club. Things that were hardly a gleam in someone’s eye. Even HF Digital Voice is getting a toe-hold.

Tom Gallagher, NY2RF, ARRL CEO, had a thought provoking article this month. In many ways it was about how we are our own worst enemy. I think that SCARS is somewhat better than most clubs in this respect, but we sometimes wax nostalgic at the expense of encouraging New Blood. And without New Blood, we will become a run down factory town with broken windows, as Tom says. Times are changing, like it or not.

Let’s keep encouraging the New Kids On The Block with license classes, training events, and Social Events. Let’s make our 40th Birthday Year a Banner Year!

Questions, Comments, Brickbats – send them to: WB5ULK@arrl.net.

 


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) w5dro@w5mwc.org
(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: http://w5nor.org/class/reg/index.html

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: 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 28/29 – Winter Field Day
(https://www.winterfieldday.com/)
Feb 2 – SCARS VE Testing
(signup http://w5nor.org/vereg/form.php)
Feb 3 – YL-OM Contest
(http://www.hornucopia.com/contestcal/contestdetails.php?ref=353)
Feb 7 – SCARS Tech/General Class begins (signup: http://w5nor.org/class/reg/index.html)
Feb 13 – Mid-Del Extra Class begins
(signup: 
www.w5mwc.org)
Feb 28 – Skywarn Training, National Weather Center, 6:30PM
(no pre-reg – just show up)


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
Meteor Scatter
“.
[Good way to work high latitude stations!!!]

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:
http://dxnews.com
http://dxnews.com/calendar


 Amateur Radio Newsline

Latest Headlines:

  • AMATEUR RADIO PARITY ACT PASSES IN HOUSE
  • MISSOURI LAWMAKERS CONSIDER STATE PARITY ACT
  •  NEW CHAIRMAN AT HELM OF FCC
  • D-STAR BECOMES FIREFIGHTING TOOL
  • HAM AND EGGS, BUT MOSTLY HAMS
  • STRONG TALK ON WEAK SIGNALS FROM NOBEL LAUREATE
  • AN HF HOMECOMING ACROSS THE MILES
  • MORE ACTIVATIONS FOR K2BSA
  • THE WORLD OF DX
  • USING CODE IN A FLASH

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


Ham Nation

This week’s highlights:
“Bob interviews Sean Kutzko from ARRL,
Val is in Puerto Rico visiting Arecibo Observatory,
and learn about SETI!

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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