SCARS Weekly Newsletter April 21, 2017

Spring Picnic Canceled … Again
What I Am Reading
Emergency Comms Spur Amateur Numbers
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  _…_._

Spring Picnic Canceled … Again

Says it all.


With this morning’s flashy-boomy-heavyrainy weather this morning, I thought that this might be a good time to talk about personal preparedness.

“We” talk a lot about building a Go-Kit to use when we respond to an emergency comms need, but many (most?) of us do not have a Go-Kit ready for severe weather. This graphic will help spur YOUR thoughts on being ready for mal tiempo!

What I Am Reading

I do not read books in-hand as much as I used to, but still read quite a bit online. I’ve been a news hog as long as I can remember, and remember to this day making sure to get home from Junior High before my Dad got home from work so I could read the local daily newspaper before he got home. I still read newspapers, but mostly online these days. Our local Rag, and major articles from WaPo and the NYT. My oldest daughter gets me “The New Yorker Magazine” as a birthday present every year, and I read the printed magazine because I love how all the articles, cartoons, and the like fit together thematically – you just don’t get that with an online version. I’ve read New Yorker since college; it was an English project and I just got hooked.

I am reading something very interesting, and given the thunderstorms on-going this morning, topical for us Amateurs TODAY!

If you are an ARRL Member, and you get notifications, you either read or discarded an email telling you about Ward Silver’s (N0AX) new book “Grounding and Bonding for the Radio Amateur”. I did not buy the print version from ARRL because I knew that it was available in a Kindle Version. Many ARRL publications are available in Kindle form, but you do not have to have a Kindle, or Kindle App, to read Kindle versions of anything – you can read them with nothing more than a browser. I have a tab open in my browser right now at “” with Ward’s new book sitting there waiting on me to finish this post. But I digress…

I’m not nearly done with this book, but let me just say that more than anything this is a “descriptive reference book compiling the work of many who came before”. There are many “how-to” examples. If you know little or nothing about Grounding and Bonding (for instance: What is the difference between “Grounding” and “Bonding”?), then this is the book for you. Do you know how to connect your Station Ground to your AC Service Ground? No? Then this book is for you. If you do know a LOT about Grounding and Bonding, then his discussions dealing with RF in the shack, Lightning Protection, Single-Point Ground Plates, or practical station design, would likely pique your interest. There is much discussion of the myriad aspects of these topics, easy to understand graphics, and from time to time, good technical discussions without throwing in calculus to muddy the waters of the explanations.

Here’s the ARRL online store’s blurb about it:

Proper Station Grounding is Important!
… Build your ham radio station with effective grounding and bonding techniques:

  • AC safety: protects against shock hazards from ac-powered equipment by providing a safe path for current when a fault in wiring or insulation occurs.
  • Lightning protection: keeps all equipment at the same voltage during transients from lighting and dissipate the lightning’s charge in the Earth, routing it away from equipment.
  • RF management: prevents unwanted RF currents and voltages from disrupting the normal functions of equipment (also known as RF interference or RFI).

Grounding and Bonding for the Radio Amateur shows you how to make sure your station follows current standards for lightning protection and communication systems, not to mention the National Electrical Code. You’ll learn effective grounding and bonding techniques for home stations, including condos and apartments, portable and temporary stations, as well as towers and outside antennas.

It’s $25.95 for non-members ($22.95 for members – login to get that price), and $9.99 from the Kindle Store.

Emergency Comms Spur Amateur Numbers

An ARRL-linked story (this week’s ARRL Letter – below) titled “Emergency Communications Driving Increase in Amateur Radio Operators” appeared in GovTech’s “Emergency Management” online “magazine” last week. A good article reflecting a pretty consistent numerical addition of new Hams.

Read it here:

Dates To Remember

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

May 4 – May VE Testing, Fire Station 7 (
May 13 – SCARS May Meeting, Fire Station 7 (

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
[“Down to Earth” talk by The Doctor!]

[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:

“What is TV25 and how you can tune in,
Tim Duffy is in studio to talk about Contest University,
Gordo has a coloring book for ham radio,
George shows how to read a resistor,
Don’s top news of the week
with Dr. Skov solar weather forecast,
and Amanda asks the chat rooms questions!”

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 …_._

One thought on “SCARS Weekly Newsletter April 21, 2017

  1. FWIW, I got the paper version of the ARRL grounding book. Seems to follow US codes, and standards, so I’m pleased. At one of the future meetings, Grounding/Bonding for the Ham will be a primary topic. Stay tuned for scheduling.


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