SCARS Weekly Newsletter May 19, 2017

SCARS May Meeting Aftermath
eNIFOG App Available
SCARS Now Weather Ready Nation Ambassador
National Weather Museum Membership Drive
Dates To Remember
Blog Update Notifications

Collector & Emitter
Weekly “Memories” Nag
The Doctor Is In
This Week’s ARRL Letter
ARRL DX Bulletin
Amateur Radio Newsline
Ham Nation
Odds and Ends 
Upcoming Hamfests within 250 miles  _…_._

 SCARS May Meeting Aftermath

Regardless of what the “official” records reflect, there were 67 folks at last Saturday’s Club Meeting. That is a record AFAIK. Several brought chairs, so those who were standing were either late, determined to stand come-what-may, or both.

President Rodney was out, so President-In-Waiting, Ed, presided. An extremely packed agenda was dispatched quickly even though there was much discussion regarding Field Day, the June Meeting Schedule, with a wide-ranging side-discussion of Emergency Management issues.

N5UWY demoed installation and configuration of the Swiss Arm Knife of Amateur Radio known as DXKeeper. Lot’s of modules (you can choose what you want and don’t want on your desktop), shims for a bunch of other completely unrelated Amateur Software, and an update cycle that makes Micro$oft look like an amateurish non-profit outfit.

From first donut to dismissal, it was 2 hours and 15 minutes, but there was a stay-after-school for those new members who had received handie-talkies for first-time membership.

Note that one of the New Business items is that SCARS needs a Treasurer. WX5DF, Doug, has so many irons in the fire with the Weather Museum that he has asked to be replaced. If you are interested in this, please contact any Club officer.

For all the upcoming Schedule changes and reminders, see the “Dates to Remember” below.

Speaking of “new handie-talkies”, here’s an image of an antenna that I thought may help some of our folks who only have a handie-talkie to get a better signal into the repeater:


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.


SCARS Now Weather Ready Nation Ambassador

It was announced at the May meeting that SCARS is now a Weather Ready Nation Ambassador. This is something as a Club which we do as a regular course of existence, since one of our primary activities is supporting Emergency Management organizations with our SKYWARN activities. We also encourage our own members to have their “house in order” when it comes to being ready for whatever it is that Mother Nature throws at us, and to share that information to those we know.

To learn more about the NWS Weather Ready Nation Ambassador program check out this link:


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.

Dates To Remember

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

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

This Week’s 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:
Most of the crew is at Hamvention 2017 with a carousel of guests and has all the info you need to join in on the fun!

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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