SCARS Weekly Newsletter September 8, 2017

SCARS September Meeting Relocated!
Amateur Radio Preparations for Irma
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  _…_._

SCARS September Meeting Relocated!

There is a big event at the airport this weekend and 6 to 10 thousand people are expected to attend along with 250 out-of-town aircraft.
Thursday evening, the ramp at Westheimer was already half-full of out-of-town aircraft, and there are about 2 dozen RVs already parked between the Fire Station and the Terminal building.
The September meeting will take place at the Cleveland County Health Department conference room.

Cleveland County Health Department
250 12th Ave NE, Norman, OK
(map below)

 Park in the east (front) parking lot, enter the SE front door.

 This month’s program is “The Physics of Antennas

Antennas are the best bang for your buck when it comes to operating your radio equipment on any band. At the September meeting, our own Gordon Hudson AD5GG will be talking to us regarding the physics of antennas. Gordon will talk about how and why antennas work. Topics like radiation patterns, and polarization (horizontal, vertical, circular) will be covered, and explained.

In addition, we’ll perform more ‘stay after school’ seminars on using your new handheld radio, DMR radios or any other amateur radio. If you’re new to the hobby, or would like some help with a new radio, simply stay after the meeting, and Ed Hatch AG5DV, and others will help you through the first setup, and guide you through those first transmissions! If you’ve got a DMR question, Mark Kleine N5HZR, will help you with any setup, or operational issues. Have any other questions? Just ask someone at the meetings, there is an expert on everything in our group, and we’ll help you find the right person. SCARS meetings are held on the second Saturday of the month at 9:00 am. All of the location and time details are available on the Meetings/Nets page of this website.

See you there!

Amateur Radio Preparations Ramp Up as Irma Strengthens to Category 5

This is the Lead Story in this week’s ARRL Newsletter (and graphics are available in the link listed below in the normal ARRL Letter location), but this has so much information for Amateurs, I’ve included the entire text here.

Hurricane Irma — the most powerful hurricane in more than a decade to threaten the Atlantic coast — has been making its way through the Caribbean with the likelihood of affecting Florida by late this weekend. Evacuations already were under way by midweek in several Florida counties. The National Hurricane Center (NHC) has called Irma “an extremely dangerous category 5 hurricane.” Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 50 miles from the storm’s center.

W1AW at ARRL HQ will be in monitoring mode through Saturday and will activate on Sunday. Ham Aid equipment has been deployed to the West Central Florida Section, where ARES teams in at least three counties are ready to support shelter communication.The NHC has warned that the combination of a life-threatening storm surge and large, breaking waves will cause above-normal tides and flood normally dry areas near the coast. Rainfall of up to 15 inches or — in isolated instances — 20 inches has been predicted.

The Hurricane Watch Net (HWN) activated on September 5, and by mid-week was watching three hurricanes — Category 5 Irma; Category 1 José, following behind Irma, and Category 1 Katia in the Gulf of Mexico.

“It now looks like the Hurricane Watch Net will be working on two land-falling hurricanes,” said HWN Manager Bobby Graves, KB5HAV. “Over the next few days, Irma will affect Hispaniola, Cuba, the Bahamas, and Florida.”

“José could affect the northern Leeward Islands Saturday or Sunday as a Category 2 Hurricane. Katia is forecast to make landfall on the coast of Mexico as a Category 2 Hurricane late Friday evening or early Saturday morning.

The HWN’s primary frequency is 14.325 MHz, and its nighttime frequency is 7.268 MHz, although the net could operate on both frequencies simultaneously. Graves said the net, which marks its 52nd anniversary this week, would remain in continuous operation until further notice.

The VoIP Hurricane Net activated on September 5 — as did WX4NHC at the NHC. Both the HWN and the VoIP Hurricane Network relay hurricane “ground-truth” information via WX4NHC to the NHC to assist forecasters. Any Amateur Radio operators in the affected area of Irma or with relays into the affected area of Irma are asked to provide surface and damage reports into the VoIP Hurricane Net for relay into WX4NHC.

SKYWARN Nets active as Irma moves through the Caribbean can pass reports to the VoIP Hurricane Net for relay into WX4NHC and are asked to designate a net liaison or connect directly to the *WX_TALK* EchoLink conference node: 7203/IRLP 9219. Stations on AllStar can connect to the EchoLink side of the system by dialing *033007203.

IARU Region 2 Emergency Coordinator Cesar Pio Santos, HR2P, compiled a list of emergency frequencies, subject to change, for use in the Caribbean in anticipation of Hurricane Irma. Radio amateurs not involved with the emergency should avoid these frequencies.

  • Puerto Rico: 3.803, 3.808, 7.188 MHz. Radio amateurs in Puerto Rico also will cooperate with the HWN on 7.268 and 14.325 MHz.

  • Cuba: Days, 7.110 MHz (primary) and 7.120 MHz (secondary); Provincial Net — 7.045, 7.080 MHz, and on other lower frequencies as necessary. Nights, 3.740 MHz (primary) and 3.720 MHz (secondary), and on other lower frequencies as necessary.

  • Dominican Republic: 3.873 MHz (primary), 3.815 MHz (secondary), 7.182 MHz (primary), 7.255 MHz (secondary); 14.330 MHz (primary), 21.360 MHz (primary), 28.330 MHz (primary).

  • Caribbean Emergency and Weather Net (CEWN): 3.815 MHz and 7.162 MHz (when necessary). The net has activated continuously until the hurricane passes through.

The Salvation Army Team Emergency Radio Network (SATERN) encouraged its operators to start monitoring the HWN. On Wednesday, September 6, the International SATERN SSB Net moved to a Delta II (extended monitoring) status from 1400 until 2300 UTC. SATERN National Liaison Bill Feist, WB8BZH, said that schedule could hold through the end of the week. Stations on the net will seek information on emergency, priority, or health-and-welfare traffic, situation and hurricane damage, and communication disruptions. SATERN will notaccept health-and-welfare inquiries.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced that several FEMA Regions would activate the 5 MHz/60-meter interoperability frequencies in support of a possible response to Hurricane Irma. Direct communication between federal and amateur stations is permitted. FEMA stations are:

  • Region 1 — KF1EMA

  • Region 2 — KF2EMA (includes Puerto Rico and US Virgin Islands)

  • Region 3 — KF3EMA

  • Region 4 — KF4EMA

  • Region 6 — KF6EMA

  • Maynard MERS — NF1EMA

  • Thomasville MERS — NF4EMA

  • Denton MERS — NF6EMA

These suppressed-carrier reference frequencies — also known as dial frequencies or window frequencies — 5330.5 kHz (voice), 5346.5 kHz (data), 5357.0 kHz, 5371.5 kHz, and 5403.5 kHz, may be used as part of the event. The FEMA point of contact is Dave Adsit, KG4BIR, FEMA Spectrum Manager, (540) 272-4605.

The FCC Wireless Telecommunications Bureau (WTB) reminded licensees this week that FCC rules address operation during emergencies. “These rules allow licensees to provide emergency communications during a period of emergency in a manner or configuration not specified in the station authorization or in the rules governing such stations,” the FCC said. The FCC contact for Part 97 (Amateur Service) rules is Mike Regiec, (717) 338-2603. During non-business hours, contact the FCC Operations Center, (202) 418-1122.

Updates on storm-related Amateur Radio activity are posted on the ARRL Hurricane Irma page.

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 your 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:

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 9 – SCARS September Meeting

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The Doctor Is In

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ARRL DX Bulletin

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DX Bulletin 36  ARLD036
From ARRL Headquarters
Newington CT  September 7, 2017
To all radio amateurs

ARLD036 DX news

This week’s bulletin was made possible with information provided by QRZ DX, the OPDX Bulletin, 425 DX News, The Daily DX, DXNL, Contest Corral from QST and the ARRL Contest Calendar and WA7BNM web sites. Thanks to all.

SENEGAL, 6W.  Ronald, VE3REV is QRV as 6W1SU from Dakar and is here for the next 2 to 3 years.  Activity is on 80 to 6 meters using SSB. QSL direct to M0URX.

ALGERIA, 7Y.  Bodo, DF8DX will be QRV as 7Y0A from Bechar from September 11 to 22.  Activity will be on the various HF bands using CW and SSB.  QSL via operator’s instructions.

BOTSWANA, A2.  Alex, IW5ELA is QRV as A25AL from various locations until September 15.  Activity is holiday style on the HF bands using mostly CW.  QSL direct to home call.

MOROCCO, CN.  Tev, TA1HZ and Golkem, TA7AZC are QRV as CN2HZ and CN2ZC, respectively, until September 13.  Activity is on the HF bands.  This includes being active in the Worked All Europe SSB DX. QSL CN2HZ via LZ3HI, and CN2ZC direct to home call.

NIUE, E6.  Grant, VK5GR will be QRV as E6AG from September 13 to 25Activity will be on 40 to 6 meters.  This includes being an entry in the upcoming CQ World Wide RTTY contest.  QSL via M0OXO.

CANARY ISLANDS, EA8.  Emanuele, IZ1UKX is QRV as EA8/IZ1UKX from Lanzarote Island, IOTA AF-004, until September 17.  Activity is holiday style on 30 to 10 meters using CW, SSB, RTTY and PSK.  QSL to home call.

FRENCH POLYNESIA, FO.  Heinz, DF1YP is QRV as FO/DF1YP from Moorea, IOTA OC-046, until October 1.  Activity is on 20, 17 and 15 meters using SSB and various digital modes.  QSL to home call.

LIECHTENSTEIN, HB0.  Kasimir, DL2SBY will be QRV as HB0/DL2SBY from September 9 to 15.  Activity will be on 80 to 10 meters using CW and SSB with a concentration on RTTY.  QSL direct to home call.

DENMARK, OZ.  Jens, OZ0JD will be QRV as OZ0JD/p from Laesoe Island, IOTA EU-088, from September 10 to 15.  Activity will be on the HF bands using RTTY and FT8.  QSL to home call.

SOUTH SHETLAND ISLANDS.  Sebastian, SQ1SGB is QRV as HF0ARC from the Polish Antarctic Station H. Arctowski on King George Island, IOTA AN-010, until October 10.  Activity is on 40 and 10 meters at various times using JT9/65 and some SSB.  QSL direct to home call.

DODECANESE, SV5.  Claudio, HB9OAU will be QRV as SV5/HB9OAU from Karpathos Island, IOTA EU-001, from September 9 to 22.  Activity will be on 40 to 10 meters using SSB, RTTY and PSK.  QSL to home call.

ANTIGUA, V2.  Bud, AA3B will be QRV as V26K from September 14 to 19Activity will be on the HF bands using CW and possibly RTTY and FT8. QSL direct to home call.

COCOS (KEELING) ISLAND, VK9C.  Lance, W7GJ will be QRV as VK9CGJ from September 12 to 30.  This is a 6-Meter EME operation.  QSL direct to home call.

VANUATU, YJ.  Rod, YJ8RN will be QRV as YJ8RN/p from Loh Island, IOTA OC-110, from September 11 to 29.  Activity will be in his spare time on 80, 40 and 20 meters using SSB.  He may be active from IOTAs OC-035 and OC-104 as well.  QSL via NZ4DX.

ZIMBABWE, Z2.  David, G4NRT will be QRV as Z21NRT from Harare from September 9 to 29.  Activity will be during his spare time on 80 to 6 meters, and 2 meters FM, using CW, SSB, PSK, JT9/65 and FT8.  QSL direct to home call.

MACEDONIA, Z3.  Arno, DL1CW will be QRV as Z38/DL1CW from Orhid from September 11 to 13.  Activity will be on 40 to 10 meters using only CW.  QSL to home call.

ALBANIA, ZA.  Arno, DL1CW will be QRV as ZA/DL1CW from Pogradec on September 9 and 10.  Activity will be on 40 to 10 meters using only CW.  QSL to home call.

THIS WEEKEND ON THE RADIO.  The ARRL September VHF Contest, ARRL EME Contest, North American CW Sprint, NCCC Sprint CW Ladder, Worked All Europe SSB DX Contest, Kulikovo Polye 20-Meter CW Contest, FOC CW QSO Party, SARL Field Day Contest, SKCC Weekend CW Sprintathon, Ohio State Parks on the Air, Russian Cup Digital Contest and the Classic CW Exchange will certainly keep contesters busy this weekend.

The RSGB 80m Autumn SSB Series and 4 States QRP Group Second Sunday Sprint are scheduled for September 11.

The Phone Fray and CWops Mini-CWT CW Test are scheduled for September 13.

Please see September 2017 QST, page 84, and the ARRL and WA7BNM Contest Web Sites for details.
Other DX links via Alexander, 4L5A:

 Amateur Radio Newsline

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Ham Nation


Episode 316’s highlights:

“The American Legion disaster relief and what you can do to help,
ham radio eclipse experimentation,
solar storms with Dr. Tamitha Skov,
finding the parts for your Pineboard Project,
building an antenna when you don’t have a lot of room,
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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