SCARS Weekly Newsletter September 1, 2017

Amateur Radio & Harvey
Mysteries At The Museum
Route 66 On The Air

Regional Hamfests
Dates To Remember

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  _…_._

Amateur Radio & Harvey

“Analog”. That’s what most of Amateur Radio is. Lowest common denominator and most inter-operable. 7290 Traffic Net dealt with “our shelter satphone is still not working” all day long. And Amateur Radio just works.

ARRL South Texas Public Information Officer Mike Urich, KA5CVH, told ARRL on August 30 that “hardening” of the telecommunications infrastructure to make it more immune to storm damage has diminished the need for Amateur Radio communication support and altered hams’ traditional role there. Urich pointed out, however, that the Amateur Radio telecommunications infrastructure in South Texas has remained analog, as “the lowest common denominator” of technology — VHF/UHF FM, and HF — and has the highest degree of interoperability. “That’s what we train to, that’s what we teach, that’s what we practice,” he said.”

Read it all here:

Mysteries At The Museum

The National Weather and Science Museum in Norman is featured in last week’s episode of the Travel Channel’s “Mysteries of the Museum”. The next/last run of this episode is Sept 7th at 6 PM. Set your DVR!

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Route 66 On The Air

N5KUK, Ken, forwarded the information for this year’s Route 66 On The Air Special Event. If YOU haven’t worked this event, you’ve missed some great fun!

Mark you calendars for 9-17 September!!!  Route 66 On The Air will be soon upon us.  Once again, we’ll celebrate the legend and lore of Route 66, “The Mother Road”.
‘Route 66 On The Air (R66OTA) is organized and sponsored by the Citrus Belt Amateur Radio Club of San Bernadino, California (
In Oklahoma, amateur radio clubs in Tulsa, Oklahoma City, and Elk City will be participating. Oklahoma City has always been well represented in R66OTA.
Oklahoma City will again use the special event call sign W6K; Steve Duskin, NE5SD is the trustee for the call sign.  Use of W6K must be authorized by the trustee through the R66OTA Registration Page. All W6K operations should be conducted in the Oklahoma City Metro area and in the spirit of the event, as close to Route 66 as practical.
Operations from Oklahoma City area landmarks associated with Route 66 are encouraged, i.e. Cowboy Hall of Fame, the ’round barn’ in Arcadia, the Route 66 Bridges west of Bethany, etc.
R66OTA begins at 0000Z/9 September and continues to 2359Z/17 September.
Radio operators may use phone, CW or digital.  Radio operators may also consider operating mobile on “The Mother Road”.  QSL information is provided in the registration instructions.
You can ‘reserve’ two hour operating slots by day/time/band/mode.  Sign up for as many slots as you can operate.  If you sign up to operate, please honor your commitment and operate for the time slots for which you register.
To sign up as a R66OTA Radio Operator for Oklahoma City, contact Tom Webb, WA9AFM/5 (  You will be assigned a username (your call sign) and password to access the R66OTA Registration Page.  Besides your name and call sign, please provide a phone and email point of contact in case we need to get in touch with you.
The R66OTA Registration Page can be found at:


Unless you have pigeon-holed yourself as an “Echolink Only Amateur”, you’ve got an antenna of some kind. Some antennas are good, some are bad, and some I’ve seen (and used) likely have the radiation characteristics of a baked potato.

At the NEXT SCARS meeting, which is September 9 (details in the “Dates to Remember” section below), Gordon Hudson, AD5GG, will expound upon “antennas”. Part of his real-life, make-money-for-a-living job is designing antennas. You won’t want to miss his talk!

A couple of years ago I had to shorten my 80 meter loop because the dang poplars had grown into the south side of my loop. No, I wasn’t going to cut down those lovely poplars – they shade the house – but I no longer had a clear path from my southwest corner post across the south side of the yard, so I shortened the loop by moving the “southwest” post to the middle of the south-side fence. From that moment on, it was no longer a “full-wave loop” and it has given me and both my tuners fits ever since. Before the heat of summer really got bad (and yeah, where did Summer go anyway?), I started moving the two back fence corner support posts. I gained roughly 24 feet of length along my back fence by moving those corner posts to the very corners of the backyard. I had ordered a 500 foot spool of hard-drawn copper from The Wireman last Winter, and I was just waiting on a time when it wasn’t either hotter than heck or raining cats and dogs for a time to put up the full 268 feet of wire. Having set a 4×4 treated post in concrete at the northeast corner of the yard to support my side-yard and back-yard neighbors un-supported fence intersection (that’s my story and I’m stickin’ to it), I moved my northeast pole to that sturdy post earlier this week.

Thursday, I gathered up all the stuff I needed, lowered the feed-corner support (strapped to my chimney), crawled up on the roof and used the old antenna wire to pull the new wire through all the support insulators, soldered it all up, and with a little fine-tuning of back-stays, I now have a full-wave loop again.

So far today, I’ve operated mostly using a 4:1 Current Balun, which matches the loop and window-line I use to feed it more reliably than my SGC autotuner. I’m still playing with autotuner and Current Balun scenarios to see where I’m going to land, but so far the balun + built-in tuner on the Flex is winning over the SGC tuner. if the balun wins-out in the end, I’ll replace the corner feed and window line with the balun at the corner. We’ll see.

The bands really stunk today, but I did end up listening to a lot of Health and Welfare traffic on the 7290 Traffic net, which has been running 9AM to 5PM all week long.

What antenna projects are you ruminating about?

Regional Hamfests

Queen Wilhhelmina Hamfest – September 8-9, Mena, AR (
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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The Doctor Is In

The Doctor’s Latest Podcast is titled
Antenna Analyzers“.
[The Doctor talks about The Magic!]

[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 315’s highlights:

“Gordo catches the eclipse in Idaho,
India gets more radio operators,
Amanda interviews South Texas Section Emergency Coordinator, Jeff Walter, KE5FGA about how to help with hurricane Harvey,
rescuing dogs left behind in Texas,
and more!”

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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