SCARS Weekly Newsletter June 2, 2017

Jean Shepherd, Humorist, Amateur Radio Operator
Ham-Com Presentation Schedule
Ham Radio 2.0 100th Episode
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  _…_._

Jean Shepherd, Humorist, Amateur Radio Operator

Jeff Pennington, KF5HER, has submitted several audio tracks from Jean Shepherd in the past, and here he includes some of his own content. At the end, I’ve included a link to the entire Jean Shepherd audio library, most of which was originally broadcast on WOR in New York City. Thanks for the write-up, Jeff!

Jean Shepherd, the American humorist, was an avid Amateur Radio operator.  He came from a bygone era that many of us still remember fondly – radios that had tubes and needed to warm up in order to be used.  The sound of the signal being tuned in, and the fact you were connecting to a far away place were all intriguing to the operator and those in his ‘shack’.  In the old days you were required to learn Morse Code in order to get a license.  In fact you had to pass a proficiency test prior to getting any ‘ticket’ – or license – Jean Shepherd got his at 13.  For those of us who remember radio as a time when hosts told stories, here is a link to one of Jean Shepherd’s shows where he sends Morse Code on a kazoo.  He is celebrating National Learn Morse Code Week.  Please, don’t make me tell you what a kazoo is, if you don’t know then you are young enough to Google it…

or a shorter link:

Jean was first licensed in 1937-8 time frame and served in the Army Signal Corps in World War II. His storytelling was without benefit of a script according to his long-time producer. The Wikipedia entry for Jean is VERY interesting, IMO. Read it here:

There are truly HUNDREDS of hours of really good listening at Jean’s audio library found here: 


Ham-Com Presentation Schedule

[REMEMBER! Because of Ham-Com, the June SCARS Meeting is the 3rd Weekend!]

I WAS going to post the Ham-Com Presentation Schedule link here and highlight some things that I’m interested in attending, and “The Schedule” was scheduled to be posted …drumroll… yesterday. So far, nada on the Ham-Com website.

So I’ll post the “link” to “The Schedule” and if you’ll check it from time to time, you’ll see it about the same time I do. If I see it before the end of the day (Friday), I’ll replace this with “The Schedule”, or highlights thereof. Otherwise, you’ll have to click a link to get there and you’ll be bereft of the Font of Knowledge that would have flowed from my commentary with respect to “The Schedule”. (He says half-kidding…)

There *is* an email to seek info about Ham-Com, but you’ll have to search for that on the Ham-Com site yourself. I’m not going to make it that easy for you to complain.

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Ham Radio 2.0 100th Episode

Jason, KC5HWB, is celebrating his 100th Episode of Ham Radio 2.0 this week. You should REALLY go look at this one and his last several. He is really hitting his stride with new equipment reviews and has two REALLY GOOD videos from Dayton. You can find of all of there here:

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:

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
Flea Market Tips
[For the Newbies, but for us Old Farts as well!]

[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:
Val gives the total for the special event stations,
Gordo is looking a bit deflated,
Hamvention from N9LVS,
Pine Board Project building the microphone pre-amp,
and Newsline with the weekly solar forecast!

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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