SCARS Weekly Newsletter April 28, 2017

National Weather Museum Membership Drive
Moore CERT Class Experience
DMR OK Central This Sunday
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  _…_._

National Weather Museum Membership Drive

Support the National Weather Museum!
Individual Memberships are $25 and Family Memberships are $50.
Support a local museum!
If a membership isn’t your style – help by volunteering!
Current needs are volunteers to man the front desk
(no experience or specific weather knowledge necessary as there are augmented reality stations that provide content),
and help establish an Amateur Radio Station and then operate it at the Museum.
The Museum call sign is WX5NWM.

Moore CERT Class Experience

Michelle, W5MQC, just finished a CERT class at Moore. She shares her experience here:

CERT educates individuals about disaster preparedness for hazards that may impact their area and trains them in basic disaster response skills, such as fire safety, light search and rescue, team organization, and disaster medical operations. Using training learned in the classroom and during exercises, CERT volunteers can assist others in their community following a disaster when professional responders are not immediately available to help. CERT volunteers are also encouraged to support emergency response agencies by taking an active role in emergency preparedness projects.

The class was spread out over 3 weeks, twice a week (Tues & Thursday), 4 hours a session.  During the class they had experts from the Fire Department, EMSA, and other areas, help teach the different subjects.  We had the opportunity to put out fires with simulated fire and real fires, using different types of fire extinguishers.  We practiced medical rescue techniques, rescuing trapped people, how to communicate with each other, and most important, when not to deploy and risk our lives.
For the final, we had a written test and a simulated test.  We were broken up into teams and given 3 “buildings/rooms to clear, and set up a triage area.  The volunteers (casualty’s) each had a scenario of what was wrong with them.    
In our class we had people from all walks of life and all ages (even 2 teenagers, 3 former military).  The one thing everyone wanted, was to learn how to help their community, in an emergency situation. 
Gayland, Debra, and Shirley (Gaylon’s wife) did an outstanding job, gave selflessly, their time an expertise to everyone. I will add that Gaylon, had the EOC’s radio on and was able to show/talk about HAM to those that were interested.  I think I gave out all the cards that Mark gave me, so I will need more!!

DMR OK Central This Sunday

This Sunday, April 30, some of the operators for the OKC Marathon will be using the DMR repeaters around Oklahoma City. The two nearest repeaters will have some configuration changes to assist that group keeping their comms uninterrupted.

Starting Saturday (4/29), the OKC Downtown (443.225) and OKC NW (442.625) will have slight configuration change to static talkgroups. With the exception of “OK Central” on TS2, all static groups will be taken off these two repeaters. The Marathon net is planning to utilize “OK Central” talkgroup which will be still available on any other central area repeater as a “static” setting. While the Marathon is not running, users are still welcome to dynamically link to statewide or any other group they’d like. We’d ask that non-Marathon traffic be limited on OK-Central talkgroup while their net is active, and if you must use either of these repeaters during the Marathon you utilize TS1 for activity. I plan to revert the settings back to normal Sunday (4/30) afternoon.

Please let us know if you have any questions!

Thanks, Mark – AE5DN

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 (
June 1 – June VE Testing, 
Fire Station 7 (

June 9-10 – Ham-Com, Irving, Texas (
June 17 – SCARS June 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
End-Fed Antennas“.
[MANY SCARS members have VERY good things to say about these!]

[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

Contesting ETHICS and Power Supplies

This week’s highlights:
“Batteries with Bioenno Power,
ethics in contesting,
show us your Radio Shack receipts,
the Pine Board High Voltage Power Supply,
and Amanda interviews net controllers of the Ham Nation 300th episode special event stations
Kevin KC7FPF and Steve W7UDI.”

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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