SCARS Weekly Newsletter May 12, 2017

SCARS May Meeting Tomorrow!
N5KCW, Dave Rust, Silent Key
eNIFOG App Available
W5OU Birthday Bash
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  _…_._

 SCARS May Meeting Tomorrow!

The Monthly Meeting is tomorrow. Peter is going to demo DXKeeper FOR Real this time! Chris will talk Field Day! AND there will be a Special Announcement! You won’t want to miss any of this!

And remember, come early, or be sure to bring a camp stool or tail-gate chair. THESE are good problems to have.

When/Where/ etc., can all be found here:

Don’t you dare miss it!

N5KCW, Dave Rust, Silent Key

When Doug Forsyth hired me in March of 1989 to go to work at the National Severe Storms Laboratory, I had 4 bosses. (Really, it’s easier than it sounds). Doug was one of those bosses, and one of the other three was Dr. W. David Rust. Since he was a lightning guy, many of us referred to him as “Thor”.

Dave was a very easy boss to work for. I thought what he was doing was extremely interesting and that was enough motivation to work long hours getting ready for Spring Project seasons. But Dave didn’t just tell us what to do, he got dirty doing it himself. First in gutted and modified 15 passenger vans, and eventually in modern “box” Ambulance chassis, workstations were designed and installed, roof-racks for all manner of equipment built, power systems installed, communications, data collection, and on and on. Dave drilled holes and turned a socket wrench with the rest of us. We eventually convinced him that he had better things to do with his time.

Dave realized early-on in his pioneering of mobile ballooning that Amateur Radio would be a good thing to know about and helpful for communications purposes. He was licensed as N5KCW and held that until this past December. Many of the scientists who worked with Dave got their licenses because of their affiliation with Dave, and I cannot think of even one of his graduate students who worked in Field Programs who did not have their licenses. He was a strong supporter even if he was almost unheard on the air except by a few.

When WB5SYT (John) and myself were the program chairs for Ham Holiday, Dave willingly committed to being one of the Seminar speakers at the Oklahoma City hamfest, and his session was the 2nd largest session ever to be hosted at the hamfest. That Friday night of his session was packed and the questions kept us for an hour longer than we had scheduled.

I spent a number of long, wet nights launching instrument-laden balloons into the atmosphere to learn just a little more about the electrical properties of thunderstorms. It was never dull, almost always exciting, and we did some really good science. During one particularly long drive home after launching balloons into an overnight post-squall line frog strangler (hours of rain), Dave and I talked about something that he was just beginning to understand then, but Science knows more about now – Sprites and Jets. These are plumes of electrical energy which shoot upward from the top of intensely electrical storms, sometimes as high as 100,000 feet or more. Dave was very excited about the possibilities for the research that some of his colleagues were doing in that area. Dave, along with his NSSL colleague and long time friend, Don MacGorman, co-authored a graduate-level textbook focusing on Thunderstorms titled “The Electrical Nature of Storms”, has grad students who are truly scattered worldwide, and was a long-time member of NASA’s Lightning Advisory Panel.

Dave was elected by his peers as an American Meteorological Society Fellow in 2011. This is how the AMS describes being a “Fellow”: “Those eligible for election to Fellow shall have made outstanding contributions to the atmospheric or related oceanic or hydrologic sciences or their applications during a substantial period of years.” As you can imagine, Dave was not a one-hit wonder – his contribution to Atmospheric Science spanned decades. Information about the honor can be read here:

Three years later, in 2014, Dave was elected as a Fellow of the American Geophysical Union, the first NSSL scientist to receive the honor. You can read more about that here:

Dave passed away late morning, May 8th, after a long battle with Parkinson’s disease. I will always remember him fondly as someone who genuinely cared about the people who worked for him, and I will miss him greatly. A celebration of his life will be held Monday, 3pm, at McFarlin Memorial Methodist Church in Norman.

His obituary can be found here:

eNIFOG App Available

Moore Emergency Manager, Gayland Kitch – WX5MOR, forwarded this information to me, and I’m forwarding it to you. For all of you with AUXCOMM training, this App will be very valuable.

The National Interoperable Field Operations Guide (NIFOG) is now available as the eNIFOG mobile app on Apple® iOS™ and will be available soon for Google® Android™ devices. The NIFOG is a technical reference for emergency communications planning and for technicians responsible for radios that will be used in disaster response. It includes rules and regulations for use of nationwide and other interoperability channels, tables of frequencies and standard channel names, and other reference material.

Easy to Use

The eNIFOG app gives users easy access to NIFOG information, offering a content index with shortcuts to reference sections, tables, figures, or images. Navigation links allow users to jump directly to regional quick references as well as bookmark Favorites to develop their own personalized access to critical information for their territory. eNIFOG can be downloaded and then taken to the field as an offline reference, to be used without the need of a cellular or data connection.

Get the App

On your mobile device, search for “eNIFOG” on Apple’s App Store (iPhone or iPad) or Google Play (Android)  to download the apps.


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

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 – TOMORROW
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
Optimizing Receiver Performance
[Learn how to tweak that Receiver!]

[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:

[Editor’s Note: As of Publication Time (10:30AM Friday) there was no new ARRL News.
I’m guessing that everyone from HQ is at Dayton.
The most recent edition can be read by clicking the link below.]

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:
Gordo explains various types of loop antenna,
Bob continues the Pine Board Project,
Don brings the top news of the week along with a solar update,
Val interviews Bob Striegl K2DRH about VHF UHF and Microwave bands,
and Amanda interviews the Digital Net Controls!

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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