SCARS Weekly Newsletter April 7, 2017

April SCARS  Meeting Tomorrow
Spring Picnic Postponed
Build Your Own …
ARRL Incoming QSL Bureau
Entry-Level License Study
Knife Safety
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  _…_._


April SCARS Meeting Tomorrow

Coffee, donuts, and eyeball QSOs begin at 9am with introductions at 9:30. Last month we had 68 in attendance, so remember to bring a chair! (Have I mentioned that this is a GREAT problem to have?) Several SCARS members will be attending the Friday afternoon/evening session of the Green Country hamfest in Claremore Friday, so there’ll be stories. Also, see the entry on down the page regarding Build-Your-Own Antennas!


Spring Picnic Postponed

The heavy rain last week flooded W5IFN’s backyard and moved some things around. The Spring Picnic will be rescheduled when Harold can get all this sorted out.


Build Your Own … Antennas!

April 8 Meeting: Build Your Own Antennas

The best way for you to improve your signal is to upgrade your antenna. Denny WA6DKD will show a number of antennas that he’s built, talk about how they work, and how you can build these at home. Bring your questions, and see how you can upgrade your signal for less!

SCARS meetings are held on the second Saturday of the month at 9:00 am. All of the location and time details are available on the Meetings/Nets page of the SCARS website.


ARRL Incoming QSL Bureau

Everything, and I mean EVERYTHING that you could ever want to know about getting real live QSL cards into your hot little hands can be found right there. If it ain’t here, you don’t need to know about it!

[Excerpt]

The ARRL W5 Incoming QSL bureau is operated by the Oklahoma DX Association. The bureau consist of volunteers who provide this valuable service to their fellow hams. Cards arrive at our P.O. Box from various sources, such as other DX bureaus around the world and the ARRL Incoming Bureau. Upon arrival, the cards are presorted by a group of volunteers. This presorting consists of grouping the cards alphabetically by the first letter of the call suffix, for example, W5ABC, WB5AFG, N5AA would all go in the same “A” stack. The presorters then return the sorted cards to the bureau manager. Each letter of the alphabet has another sorter assigned to handle the actual mailing of QSLs and notices when a ham has cards on file but no envelopes or credits. Every two months, the cards accumulated for each letter of the alphabet are mailed to the sorters. Each letter sorter is then responsible for matching up the cards with envelopes and mailing when enough cards are accumulated to cover the amount of postage provided. They also notify any ham who has cards on file but no envelopes. Please check the Procedures and Dos & Don’ts links for details on proper procedures for using the W5 QSL Bureau.

http://www.okdxa.net/buro/


Entry-Level License Study 

ARRL asked for input regarding their study of our Entry-Level license. They expected 1500 responses, but got 8000. More info in this week’s ARRL Letter, but the direct link to the article is here: http://www.arrl.org/arrlletter?issue=2017-04-06#toc03


Knife Safety

I’m NOT naming names, but some member, or members, of the Club need a refresher on “knife safety”. Seems that the Cub/Boy Scout page for the Whittling Chip Merit Badge would be a good resource for some of you.

You know who you are…

https://meritbadge.org/wiki/index.php/Whittling_Chip


Dates To Remember

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

April 7-8 – Green Country Hamfest
April 8 – SCARS April Meeting
April 8 – SCARS Spring Picnic – POSTPONED (water-logged backyard!) To Be Rescheduled


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
Speech Equalization, Compression, and Processing
“.
[Nowadays audio is much more than just “push the button and talk”]

[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:

Upcoming ARRL Section, State, and Division Conventions

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:

  • AUSTRALIA’S TROPICAL CYCLONE DRAWS AMATEUR RESPONSE
  • COLOMBIAN HAMS AFTER FLOODS, LANDSLIDE
  • RESTORING RADIO AUSTRALIA’S SHORTWAVE
  • UPDATE: IN THE UK, RADIO MUSEUM DOORS OPEN
  • DON’T FORGET OUR YOUNG HAM OF THE YEAR
  • LIGHTHOUSE SHINES ITS WAY TO A QSO
  • FIRSTNET FOR THOSE FIRST ON THE SCENE
  • THE WORLD OF DX

A NET IN THE NAME OF FRIENDSHIP

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


Ham Nation

Secret of Ham Nation 300

This week’s highlights:

“Gordo is back from Nevada State Convention 2017,
Randy builds a QRP Dummy Load with power measurement,
guess George’s resistor,
Radio Scouting from your weekly Newsline,
Bob continues the Pine Board Project,
and Dale shares the secret to the upcoming Ham Nation episode 300!”

 

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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