SCARS Weekly Newsletter September 15, 2017

SCARS September Meeting Afterthoughts
Amateur Radio Volunteers Respond to 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 Afterthoughts

Saturday’s relocated monthly meeting at the Health Department (thanks for the Venue Rodney!) was great and well attended. We had at least 60 folks present, prizes were given away in celebration of this being SCARS’ 40th anniversary month. AD5GG gave us a tremendous presentation regarding Antenna Physics (and I’ll post a link to his presentation once we’ve got it put online).

But I want to talk about us – Amateurs – for a bit.

Looking around the room Saturday, I saw many different personality types in the room. But I want to talk about the “extremes”. There are those gregarious types who “work the room” going from person to person, chatting for a bit and then moving along. And on the opposite end of the spectrum are the Socially Awkward types who often sit alone and speak little to others, and converse only when engaged one-to-one. And “we” need both those types of folks.

The gregarious folks are the ones who work every net, every day, hang out on the repeater and chat up anyone who happens to kerchunk the radio. I need those folks to keep me sane. They let me know that there are still people around who are not afraid to interact with others, both in-person and on-the-air. These people may not be the ones to show up when someone needs to be pulled from the ditch, or tower work needs to be done, but then again, “some” of them are. And some of these folks show up for Field Day and never touch a radio, but engage pretty much everyone on the grounds, including the visitors who just happened to wander in wondering what the heck is going on here. This makes me so very happy!

The Socially Awkward types, however, are the ones who make my heart leap for the hobby When They Show Up To Public Events! 90% of them know that they are Socially Awkward, but they come to meetings anyway, come to coffee at McDonalds, come to Field Day, and sit quietly, listening and observing, yet at times, they’ll sit down and work an hour or so in the wee hours of the morning when no one else is around to see. It is hard for most of them to be out in public, yet they come anyway. And this too makes me so very happy!

This is a great hobby, these are great people, this is a great Club!

Amateur Radio Volunteers Respond to Historic Hurricane Irma

“Irma” is again the Lead Story in this week’s ARRL Newsletter

Hurricane Irma is history, but the recovery continues. ARRL West Central Florida (WCF) Section Manager Darrell Davis, KT4WX — who is also Hardee County Emergency Coordinator — reported that the storm’s eye passed over the Hardee County emergency operations center just before midnight EDT on September 10. The storm, which left death and destruction in its wake, eventually moved inland, carrying with it heavy rainfall and consequent additional flooding. By mid-week, FEMA had flagged most of the Florida peninsula for “significant river flooding,” imminent or occurring. Irma also has left many in Florida without electrical power.

Thirty Florida counties were under mandatory evacuation orders, and thousands took advantage of Red Cross shelters.Davis said he was grateful for the Ham Aid equipment — four hand-held transceivers and one mobile transceiver — that ARRL sent to Florida as Irma’s arrival was imminent. The once-powerful and persistent Category 5 hurricane made landfall near Naples, Florida, on September 10 as a Category 2 storm, after raking the Florida Keys.

SKYWARN nets activated in the West Central Florida Section and elsewhere to gather severe weather information, and Florida’s Statewide Amateur Radio Network (SARnet) conducted a coordination and assistance net to help communicate between the county EOCs and the State EOC and to provide assistance to Amateur Radio operators in other ways, time permitting. The priority during the weekend was tactical shelter communication, EOC communication, and SKYWARN nets as Hurricane Irma approached.

“At our own EOC, the data from APRS stations was very important to our decision makers in the EOC to allow Fire and EMS back on the road, post storm,” Davis reported. “Our repeater went off the air due to power failure. I went to reverse and listened to the repeater input and transmitted on the output, and we maintained communications through the storm.”

Davis said the Ham Aid mobile transceiver went to the area’s special needs shelter, primarily due to the fact that a handheld’s signal was hampered by the building.

“Do not self-deploy,” Szabo stressed. “These missions will be filled through the State of Florida EOC ESF2 Liaison.” Interested hams should register, selecting “Casework/Recovery” under Type of Work, and “Amateur Radio” under Volunteer Skills. Potential volunteers will be notified and can accept or decline an assignment. Volunteers may be required to pass a background check.Northern Florida SM and Florida Emergency Support Functions 2 (ESF2 — communications) Liaison Steve Szabo, WB4OMM, said on September 13 that the Florida EOC may need Amateur Radio operators to provide communication support in the Florida Keys. Volunteers will need a dual-band handheld with earphone/headset, external gain antenna, spare batteries, and a charger. Food and sleeping quarters are available, but responders must be self-sufficient for other personal needs. Deployment requests will vary.

The Salvation Army Team Emergency Network (SATERN) was on extended monitoring status from September 6 until September 13 for Hurricane Irma.

The Hurricane Watch Net (HWN) stood down on September 11 after more than 6 days of activation for Irma as well as for hurricanes José and Katia. “Once Irma was downgraded to a Tropical Storm, our focus shifted to collecting post-storm reports and handling emergency and priority traffic only,” HWN Manager Bobby Graves, KB5HAV, said. He anticipated that nets such as the HWN would “be busy for days” handling health-and-welfare, emergency, and priority traffic. At mid-week, the HWN was at at Alert Level 2 — Monitoring Mode, keeping an eye on now-Tropical Storm José.

The VoIP Hurricane Net activated over the weekend to track the impact of Irma as well as of Hurricane Katia, which made landfall on the coast of southeastern Mexico. The activation continued until September 11. A listing of reports received from Amateur Radio operators on the VoIP Hurricane Net, weather stations monitored across the region, and relayed reports from social media are on the VoIP Hurricane Net viewer.As if Earth’s weather was not bad enough already, an X-class solar flare at around midday on Sunday, September 10, hobbled the HF bands. The widespread communication blackout lasted for nearly 3 hours and “could not have happened at a worse time,” Graves said. “But,” he added, “we cannot control Mother Nature, only work around her.” Earlier solar flares also had affected HF propagation.

Puerto Rico fared better than had been expected. “We were lucky that all we got were tropical storm winds,” said Puerto Rico Section Public Information Coordinator Angel Santana-Diaz, WP3GW, adding that the storm did down some trees on the island. While electrical power was up, there was still no water, Santana said on September 11.

In Cuba, Irma caused destruction from one end of the island to the other. Cuban Amateur Radio Federation (FRC) information officer Joel Carrazana Valdés, CO6JC, said some 1,200 radio amateurs from all over Cuba “were active at the disposal of the defense councils, providing one of the more valuable and necessary services.””Some repeater systems did operate without problems,” Santana-Diaz said. “Our Section Emergency Coordinator remained in contact with the Red Cross,” he said, and on September 9, ham volunteers went to the island of Culebra to establish HF communication there to keep in touch with the Red Cross office in San Juan, where ARRL Puerto Rico Section Manager Oscar Resto, KP4RF, was stationed. More than 350 Puerto Rico residents took advantage of Red Cross shelters, while another 150 or so evacuated to shelters in the US Virgin Islands. Santana-Diaz said the Friendly Net and Caribbean Emergency Weather Net (CEWN) were active too.

Radio Miami International (WRMI) reported on its Facebook page that Hurricane Irma did extensive damage to the station’s studio/transmitter site in Okeechobee, Florida.

“Two antenna towers are down and many poles holding transmission lines are also down. Power went out at around 2030 UTC Sunday, and it may not be restored for days. Meanwhile, all transmitters are off the air,” WRMI reported.

As Irma stormed the Caribbean, Amateur Radio was a crucial link in the US Virgin Islands. Section Manager Fred Kleber, K9VV, was in contact with the Red Cross and getting considerable help from FEMA, the National Guard, and US Navy vessels. He told ARRL on September 7 that responders were in search-and-rescue mode on St. Thomas, St. John’s, and St. Croix — all of which were severely impacted. Work continued on evacuating people from the islands in St. Thomas Harbor, damaged hospitals, and other buildings, and providing shelter. Traffic was being passed from Kleber’s location to stations in Puerto Rico and to the Hurricane Watch Net, but solar flares compromised communication.”We are off the air since Sunday night,” WRMI Manager Jeff White told ARRL. With internet service also out, the station doesn’t even have a livestream outlet. The Okeechobee site includes 14 transmitters (most of them 100 kW) and 23 antennas beamed in 11 different directions around the globe.

W1AW at ARRL Headquarters was in monitoring mode through last Saturday and activated on Sunday.

In Irma’s wake, radio amateurs in the Eastern Caribbean have been passing information into and out of the affected area, Eric Mackie, 9Z4CP, told ARRL on September 12. The Caribbean Emergency and Weather Net (CEWN) has been using 7.162 MHz, 7.188 MHz, and 3.815 MHz, and has requested clear frequencies.

[Article with embedded images is available at the TOP link in the ARRL Letter below]

Route 66 On The Air

N5KUK, Ken, forwarded the information for this year’s Route 66 On The Air Special Event. YOU have a few days left to participate!

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:

October 7 – SCARS VE Testing

October 14 – SCARS Monthly Meeting

The Doctor Is In

The Doctor’s Latest Podcast is titled
How High Is High Enough?

How high does your antenna need to be?
The Doctor provides an answer.

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

Always Latest version at the top here:  ARRL DX Bulletin

QST de W1AW  
DX Bulletin 37  ARLD037
From ARRL Headquarters  
Newington CT  September 14, 2017
To all radio amateurs   

ARLD037 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.

GEORGIA, 4L.  Dmitry, R4WW will be QRV as 4L/R4WW from September 17 to 29. Activity will be holiday style on 80 to 10 meters using CW, and possibly SSB and RTTY.  This may include an entry in the upcoming CQ World Wide RTTY contest.  QSL direct to home call.

SAMOA, 5W.  Al, K7AR will be QRV as 5W0RA from Apia, IOTA OC-097, from September 19 to 29.  Activity will be on the HF bands using CW, SSB, RTTY and possibly FT8.  QSL to home call.

MAURITANIA, 5T.  A group of operators are QRV as 5T5OK until September 29. Activity is on the HF bands using CW, SSB and RTTY with several stations active simultaneously.  QSL via OK6DJ.

ALGERIA, 7X.  Rodrigo, EA7JX will be QRV as 7U1X from Djelfa from September 18 to 25.  Activity will be on 160 to 6 meters.  This includes being an entry in the upcoming CQ World Wide RTTY DX contest.  QSL to home call.

WEST MALAYSIA, 9M2.  Members of the Kuala Lumpur DX Team will be QRV as 9M4IOTA from Indah Island, IOTA AS-074, from September 16 to 18. QSL direct to 9M4IOTA.

BOTSWANA, A2.  Operators Pavel, R2AD, Yuri, RM0F and Elena, RC5A are QRV as A25BE, A25BI and A25SP, respectively, from Kasane until September 25.  Activity is on 160 to 6 meters using CW and SSB.  QSL to home calls.

TONGA, A3.  Hal, JR4OZR will be QRV as A35W from Nuku’alofa from September 20 to 26.  Activity will be on the HF bands using RTTY and FT8.  This includes being an entry in the upcoming CQ World Wide RTTY DX contest.  QSL via JJ2VLY.

NIUE, E6.  Grant, VK5GR is QRV as E6AG until September 25 while on vacation. Activity is holiday style on 40 to 6 meters using mainly digital modes but also some CW and SSB.  This includes being an entry in the upcoming CQ World Wide RTTY DX contest.  QSL via M0OXO.

ST. PIERRE AND MIQUELON, FP.  Operators G7VJR, G3ZAY, DH5FS, M0BLF, M0WUT, M0ZXA and M0INN will be QRV as FP/homecalls from Ile aux Marins from September 18 to 22.  Activity will be on 160 to 6 meters using all modes, including FT8, with four stations active simultaneously.  QSL to home call.

GALAPAGOS ISLANDS, HC8.  Members of the 7163 Group are QRV as HD8M from Isabela Island, IOTA SA-004, until September 21.  Activity is on 160 to 6 meters using CW, SSB, and various digital modes, including FT8.  QSL direct to WB2REM.

GRENADA, J3.  Wayde, KD2NOP is QRV as J3/KD2NOP until September 20. Activity is on various HF bands using JT65, FT8 and possibly other digital modes.  QSL to home call.

WAKE ISLAND, KH9.  Terry, K7ASU is QRV as K7ASU/KH9 until September 17 while on work assignment.  His activity is sporadic, but is generally active on 40 and 20 meters at various times.  QSL direct to home call.

ALAND ISLANDS, OH0.  Operators DK2DO, DL1ZBO and DL5FF will be QRV as OH0JWL from September 19 to 25.  Activity will be on 80 to 10 meters using CW. This includes being an entry in the upcoming CQ World Wide RTTY DX contest.  QSL CW contacts via DK2DO, and RTTY contacts via DL5FF.  In addition, special event callsign OF100FI/0 will be QRV from Brando Island during the SAC CW contest to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the independence of Finland.  QSL via OH2BAD.

CZECH REPUBLIC, OL.  Special event station OL100SV is QRV until September 23 to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Signal Forces of the Czech Army.  QSL via bureau.

LAOS, XW.  Champ, E21EIC will be QRV as XW1IC from September 21 to 25.  Activity will be on 80 to 6 meters.  This includes being an entry in the upcoming CQ World Wide RTTY DX contest.  QSL to home call.

ZIMBABWE, Z2.  David, G4NRT is QRV as Z21NRT from Harare until September 29. Activity is on 80 to 2 meters using CW, SSB, PSK, JT65, JT69, FT8 and FM on 2 meters. QSL direct to home call.

THIS WEEKEND ON THE RADIO.  The ARRL 10 GHz and Up Contest, North American RTTY Sprint, NCCC RTTY Sprint, NCCC Sprint CW Ladder, AGB 80-Meter NEMIGA Contest, SARL VHF/UHF Analogue/Digital Contest,
Scandinavian Activity CW Contest, All Africa International DX Contest, Iowa QSO Party, New Hampshire QSO Party, New Jersey QSO Party, QRP Afield, Washington State Salmon Run, Feld Hell Sprint and BARTG Sprint 75 are all scheduled for this upcoming weekend.

The 144 MHz Fall Sprint and Run for the Bacon QRP CW Contest are scheduled for September 18.

The RSGB 80-Meter Autumn CW Series, Phone Fray and CWops Mini-CWT CW Test are scheduled for September 20.

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

Latest Headlines:


Live links, Script, and Audio here: Amateur Radio Newsline – Latest News

Ham Nation


Episode 317’s highlights:

“Emergency Amateur Radio Services,
Pine Board Project: Full wave bridge,
Smoke & Solder: Rectifiers,
Valerie and Andy 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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