SCARS Weekly Newsletter August 25, 2017

Mysteries At The Museum
Long Distance VE Session
Siren Test Net Needs Observers

Regional Hamfests
Dates To Remember

Blog Update Notifications
Collector & Emitter

Weekly ARES “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  _…_._

Mysteries At The Museum

The National Weather and Science Museum in Norman is featured in this week’s episode of the Travel Channel’s “Mysteries of the Museum”. Future episodes are at 8 AM on Sunday, and Sept 7th at 6 PM.

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Long Distance VE Session
No, it wasn’t “us”. It was the crew from ARRL HQ!

Original Story here:

ARRL VEC Conducts Another Antarctic Test Session


The ARRL VEC conducted its seventh Amateur Radio exam session in Antarctica earlier this month, with everything monitored remotely from ARRL Headquarters via Skype and a satellite connection. The session on August 3 at Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station — home to KC4AAA — was the largest of its type that ARRL VEC has conducted, ARRL VEC Manager Maria Somma, AB1FM, said. Twelve examinees took 32 exams.

“The station’s winter population is 46 people,” Somma said. “Since 11 people passed the exam(s) and obtained licenses, this means that we have 12 people on station — including the VE — that will have licenses. That’s more than a quarter of the South Pole station’s population!”

Somma reported that two examinees earned Amateur Extra tickets, while three got their General licenses, and six passed the Technician exam. James Casey, AI4LX, served as the volunteer examiner (VE) at the South Pole, while Somma and Perry Green, WY1O, were the VEs at ARRL Headquarters.

When the session took place, it was noon Eastern Time at ARRL Headquarters but 4 AM the next day at the South Pole.

“That was the best time for them because the time they have is limited by their satellite access,” Somma explained. “Their ‘good’ satellite (i.e., the satellite that will actually have enough bandwidth for Skype) goes down at about 6:30 AM local. So we had to be done with the video session by then.”

In July of 2014, the ARRL VEC proctored the first exam session in Antarctica, taking advantage of the then brand-new FCC rules that permitting VECs to administer Amateur Radio examinations remotely.

— Thanks to ARRL VEC Manager Maria Somma, AB1FM




ARRL VEC Manager Maria Somma, AB1FM (left), and Assistant VEC Manager Perty Green, WY1O, proctor the August 3 Amateur Radio exam session in Antarctica.




Siren Test Net Needs Observers

There are plenty of sirens left to adopt. The Siren Net is on the UHF repeater. 443.7, 141.3 tone. Those of you using handie-talkies exclusively likely have a better signal into the UHF repeater than the VHF repeater. 

The list of sirens and those up for adoption can be found in the write-up about the net on the SCARS siren page here:

Here’s an image below of the Norman OWS system with locations and numbers (also found at that link above, but LARGER):

Regional Hamfests

HamEXPO – October 7, Belton, TX (
Texoma Hamarama – October 27, Ardmore (
Enid ARC Hamfest – November 4 (

Dates To Remember

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

September 7 – SCARS VE Session (testing)

September 9 – SCARS September Meeting

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Newsletter Update Notifications

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 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 ARES “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

The Doctor’s Latest Podcast is titled
S Units“.
[Not all S Units are created equal!]

[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


Episode 314’s highlights:

“Viewing the eclipse at Heil Sound,
Huntsville Hamfest,
George interviews Chris Brault, KD8YVJ in Huntsville
and Valerie talks to Ward Silver about the Solar Eclipse QSO Party.”

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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