SCARS Weekly Newsletter May 5, 2017

K5VL Shack Visit
W5OU Birthday Bash
ICM Channel Elements
Story: K2ORS (SK), Jean Shepherd
National Weather Museum Membership Drive
Moore CERT Class Experience
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  _…_._

K5VL Shack Visit

Victor had some locals over during the 10 meter Net on April 26th to “participate” in the Net. His description of “who” and a picture. Thanks Victor!

Hey Gary,

I had some ham friends over to my shack so that they could join the Wednesday night 10 meter net. Pictured left to right is Chris (KC5PIQ) at the mic, Peter (AG5DB) sitting and Chad (KD5ZYD) standing. I thought you might consider this for the weekly newsletter. Thanks

73 Victor K5VL


W5OU Birthday Bash

At the risk of overwhelming the Golden Corral’s Capacity, I forward this from AE5IF:

It’s that time again.  Gordon Jones is enduring another birthday.  Please join us in rubbing it in. 
We’ll meet at the Norman Golden Corral, 123 N. Interstate Dr., Norman OK at 1:00 p.m. on Friday May 19th.  (West Main and I-35)
His actual birthday is on Saturday, the 20th, when he will turn 83 (that’s only 28 in Celsius!).
There is no need to répondez, s’il vous plaît (RSVP), just show up.
AL Ingle

ICM Channel Elements

I expect that many of you received this from International Crystal, but I’m passing along anyway:

Dear Customers:

We are writing to inform you that International Crystal MFG is unfortunately going out of business.  We are looking at the end of May but it may change dependent upon several factors

We have a large stock of channel elements for most types of equipment that required them.  i.e.: 

KXN1071, KXN1029
KXN1088, KXN1086
KXN1028, K1003
K1005. K1007, KXN1019

19A129393G 2C, 5C, EC
19A136999G7 Ovenized
19A137763G11 5C

Plus many, many more!

Would you be interested in any of these?  Please contact Sara Gore at or call (405) 236-3741×237

Story: K2ORS (SK), Jean Shepherd

Jeff, KF5HER, forwarded the following Youtube of K2ORS, Jean, talking about some excitement one night in his shack. Thor came for a visit. Not sure when this was broadcast, but it was a while ago.

“Jean Shepherd, WOR Radio: Lightning Hits the Ham Radio”

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!!

Dates To Remember

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

May 13 – SCARS May Meeting, Fire Station 7
May 31 – Last day for Ham-Com online ticket sales
June 1 – June VE Testing, 
Fire Station 7
June 9-10 – Ham-Com, Irving, Texas
June 17 – SCARS June Meeting, Fire Station 7
June 24-25 – ARRL Field Day, Reaves Park
July 21-22 – Ham Holiday, OKC

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


This week’s highlights:
“Bob continues the Pine Board Project,
Don with top news of the week including Dr. T,
learn more Morse code with Gordo,
George explains power supply filters,
and Amanda interviews Mike Ferreira with Al Matthews.”

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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