SCARS Weekly Newsletter October 20, 2017

National Weather Festival Is TOMORROW!,   
SCARS 40th Anniversary Picnic Saturday Afternoon,   
SCARS October Meeting Aftermath
Gossip Net Needs Net Controllers – Postscript,   
ARES Net Exercise Summary
Regional Hamfests
Texoma Hamarama,  
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  _…_._

National Weather Festival Is TOMORROW!

National Weather Festival – Saturday!! October 21

The annual National Weather Festival will be held tomorrow, October 21, from 10am to 2pm at the National Weather Center, with setup beginning at 9:30 am. This is a great day to see the inside of the coolest building in Norman, OK. You’ll be able to see your favorite TV weather personalities, their helicopters, and storm chase vehicles. You’ll also be able to see the OU weather research building, and their mobile labs.

nwf_1253AE5UT, kneeling under balloon
Image courtesy National Severe Storms Laboratory

SCARS will be celebrating our 40th anniversary by operating the special event callsign W5F. We’ll have three HF stations operating. The first, an HF digital station, will be adjacent to the National Weather Museum portable museum trailer, the second will be an HF phone station with the Norman Emergency Management tent, and the third will be an HF phone station with the Moore Emergency Management Team. If you’d like to be involved, please contact Mark KleineBill Lockett, or Gayland Kitch. We’re looking for operators to manage the radios, and the display booths. This will be a great place to see amateur radio in operation. I hope to see you there!

SCARS 40th Anniversary Picnic Saturday Afternoon

This Fall marks the 40th anniversary of the SCARS organization.
To celebrate this event,
we’re having another picnic on October 21st,
from 4:00 pm till ???.
This year Harold W5IFN and Barbara KD5ZVB Black will be hosts for the event.
This will be held at their house,
located at 1805 Candlewood Drive, Norman, OK 73071.


SCARS members, guests, and potential SCARS members are all invited. The club will provide hamburgers, hot dogs, hot links, and condiments. Soft drinks, water and tea will be available.
Please bring a side dish, salad, or dessert
to share with the rest of the group.
And don’t forget to bring a lawn chair.

The mighty W5IFN amateur radio station will be operational,
and this is a great place to learn some on-the-air operating techniques. If you’re a bit mic shy, ask someone to help you make a contact.

There IS the possibility of rain Saturday afternoon,
so check 147.06 to see if there are late changes.

SCARS October Meeting Aftermath

We had a GREAT October meeting with well-over 60 in attendance and people joining SCARS from as far away as Marlow! Two of the students from Newcastle, including one “M-O-M”, were in attendance, and we had a new member from OKC because “he just likes what it is that you do here”.

Beat that!

Our program after business was by KF5DJH, Aubrey, who recounted his experience with a FEMA Medical Team in Puerto Rico (getting there was half the “fun”). Aubrey’s tour occurred in between Irma and Maria, so he left before the big blow came to town. It was good to hear this personal experience being shared by one of our own. Good on you, Aubrey, and thanks for being a part of the recovery!

As with almost every meeting, there was a “Stay after Class” event where many got their new HTs programmed, and some folks got their DMR radios on-the-air.

A GREAT meeting!

Gossip Net Needs Net Controllers – Postscript

Lucky, KG5MXA, sends the following:
I asked Lucky to send me a “what it is that you all do” on the Gossip Net
and she gathered-up responses from all the Alternate Substitute Guest Hosts, included below:

Here’s what the hosts have to say about the Gossip Net:

Lucky, KG5MXA:  I’ve been hosting the Gossip Net for about a year now…how time flies! It’s been great to get to know everyone and I look forward to hearing from our regulars each week just as much as I like welcoming new hams to our net.  If you haven’t checked in lately, catch us on the SCARS 2m repeater each Tuesday at 8:30pm, after the ARES net.  We all share stories about what’s going on in our lives and have a good laugh along the way.  Sometimes we have a topic or question of the night, and other times, you just never know what’s going to come up.  I’m told we also have a lot of remote listeners through Broadcastify.  A very welcoming and friendly bunch of hams!

Chris, KC5PIQ:  The gossip net was the first net that I ever checked into as a new technician. So in a way the gossip net being a friendly net really eased my mind about talking on the radio. So I see that as an important attribute to the gossip net. Being able to host the gossip net is a real pleasure because I now have the opportunity to welcome a new ham in a friendly environment and ease their transition and possibly take away that mic fright.  It is my pleasure to host the gossip net and be part of an amazing team.
Victor K5VL:  I’ve been hosting the net for about 3 years. I really enjoy the interaction with each caller and try to make friends from a quick comment made by each check in. Every one is important to me and I hope that comes through as we converse. 
Denny, WA6DKD, says he has been hosting for about a year and really enjoys getting to talk to everyone.
So, as we say, “don’t be shy”…pick up that mic and give us a shout!  The Gossip Net is tons of fun and a great way to learn new things – sometimes ham-related and sometimes not!
Lucky KG5MXA

ARES Net Exercise Summary

Tuesday night was my turn to be NetControl for the ARES net, and I conspired with several folks to run an exercise. Some on the net were frustrated, some had their own opinions of “where” the net should be run (as well as “how”), and some folks told me that they had to scramble around to find their radio’s manual to refresh their memory of how to put their radio into Simplex Mode! But at the end of the night we had a good exercise even if I DID have some issues with my old ICOM 2 meter rig. (It seems that my ICOM balks at transmitting on high power for longer than 45 seconds. No, it’s NOT an internal filibuster setting, it wasn’t an issue with the antenna, coax, or power supply, the radio just simply shuts off after 35-45 seconds keydown on high power. My body is sometimes like that! Lesson learned.)

That said, from the 6th Floor radio room at the NWC with a mag mount on the rooftop iBeam instrumentation grid, I myself logged 33 checkins for the net, but I asked for others to send me a summary of stations which they heard from their own QTH. See below:

N5KUK, Ken. ¼ mile East of 12th Ave NE, just north of Alameda.
25 copied with a J-pole at 20 feet.

WG5T, Bill. Southeast of 12th Avenue SE and Lindsey.
28 total stations with a vertical at 15 feet.

AG5DV, Ed. Main St. and Berry Road.
22 stations using an Ed Fong DBJ-1 at ~25 feet

KD5DA, David. North end of Purcell just off I-35
30 stations (but he has a nice antenna setup!)

KF5UZA, Rodney, east Noble.
29 check ins (unknown antenna, but hey, “east Noble”)

In addition, AE5F, Bill, near Lindsey and McGee, told me at coffee that his attic-mounted antenna logged 27 stations.

A couple of important things to note:
– Some of these numbers are way more than the total Net checkins ON THE REPEATER 4 or 5 years ago.
– But most important is that, for the most part, these are modest antennas and relatively low heights. YOU can hear a LOT of stations with a very simple setup.

All in all it was a good exercise. Thanks for participating!!!

Gary, WB5ULK

Regional Hamfests
The two hamfests below are your LAST CHANCE to earn the coveted
“Attended All Oklahoma Hamfests” Award!
Your prize is less money,
more miles on your vehicle and body,
great eyeball QSOs,
and in most cases more stuff for you to use, sell,
or gather dust on your shelf or in your garage.
I’m going – are you?

Texoma Hamarama – October 27-28, Ardmore

Enid ARC Hamfest – November 4

Texoma Hamarama
(This coming Friday!)

Henry Allen, W5TYD, President Emeritus of Texoma Hamarama, sent the following information below:

Texoma Hamarama – 70th Anniversary !
Ardmore, Oklahoma, Convention Center
October 27 – 28. 2017
Mail in Pre-Registration closes October 20th, 2017
Online Pre-Registration closes October 25, 2017
Onsite registration throughout event
Very nice Facility, Wide aisles Lots of Parking, Near Lake Murray and Turner Falls
Overnight Accommodations onsite and close by venue
Scholarship applications should be postmarked by October 20, 2017
Vendors, Flea-market, Forums, Food Trucks, Bingo, Kids Room
Ham Radio Prizes, Ladies’ Prizes, Children’s Prizes, Bingo Prizes
Scholarship Award

Dates To Remember

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

October 21 – National Weather Festival, 10AM-2PM

October 21 – SCARS 40th Anniversary Fall Picnic, 4PM-???
W5IFN QTH (check repeater in case of weather) see blurb above

November 2 – SCARS VE Testing

The Doctor Is In

The Doctor’s Latest Podcast is titled
Dirty Transmitters

Cleaning up a transmitter is important,
and it requires more than a little soap!

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

DX Bulletin 42  ARLD042
From ARRL Headquarters
Newington CT  October 19, 2017
To all radio amateurs

ARLD042 DX news

This week’s bulletin was made possible with information provided by
K2DM, ON4EI, 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.

ANNOBON ISLAND, 3C0.  Operators Yuris, YL2GM and Kaspars, YL3AIW are
QRV as 3C0L until October 22.  Activity is on 160 to 10 meters using
CW, SSB and various digital modes.  QSL via YL2GN.

SRI LANKA, 4S.  Alex, UT5UY and Roman, UR0MC will be QRV as 4S7AYG
from October 22 to 31.  Activity will be on 160 to 10 meters using
CW, SSB and various digital modes.  QSL via M0URX.

LESOTHO, 7P.  Pista, HA5AO is QRV as 7P8AO until October 28.
Activity is on 40 to 10 meters using CW, RTTY and FT8.  QSL to home

WEST MALAYSIA, 9M2.  Look for 9M2SJM to be QRV by members of the
Scout Melaka group during the 60th Jamboree On the Air.

BOTSWANA, A2.  Andre, NJ0F is QRV as A25A until November 5.  This
includes an entry in the upcoming CQ World Wide DX SSB contest.  QSL
direct to home call.

MOZAMBIQUE, C9.  Johannes, PA5X is QRV as C93PA from Beira and is
here for the next few months.  Activity is on various HF bands using
SSB, JT65, WSPR and FT8.  QSL to home call.

PALESTINE, E4.  Janusz, SP9FIH is QRV as E44WE from Bethlehem until
October 29.  Activity is on 30, 15, 12 and 10 meters using CW, SSB,
RTTY and FT8.  This includes being active in the upcoming CQ World
Wide DX SSB contest as a Single Op/Single Band on 15 meters entry.
QSL to home call.

CANARY ISLANDS, EA8.  Members of the Grupo DX Teide are QRV as EH8FA
from the Lighthouse Anaga, ARLHS CAI-001, until October 22.
Activity is on the HF bands using SSB and various digital modes.
QSL direct to EA8NQ.

IRELAND, EI.  Oliver, ON4EI will be QRV as EI8GQB from October 21 to
November 1 from a caravan using mainly green energy.  Activity will
be on 160 to 10 meters.  He will be QRV as EI1A in the upcoming CQ
World Wide DX SSB contest.  QSL via PA3249.

MOLDOVA, ER.  Ben, DL7UCX is QRV as ER/DL7UCX until October 22.
Activity is on 160 to 10 meters using CW.  QSL to home call.

PAPUA NEW GUINEA, P2.  Roly, ZL1BQD is QRV as P29RR until November
6.  Activity is mainly on 40 and 20 meters using CW, JT9, JT65 and
FT8.  QSL to home call.

FERNANDO DE NORONHA, PY0F.  A group of operators will be QRV as
PY0FW from October 22 to 27.  Activity will be on 80 to 10 meters
using SSB and various digital modes.  QSL via PP1CZ.

BANGLADESH, S2.  Operators G3KHZ, G4EDG, DL6KVA, S21ED and S21TV
will be QRV as S21ZDC from Saint Martins Island, IOTA AS-127, from
October 21 to 25.  Activity will be on 40 to 15 meters using CW and

SEYCHELLES, S7.  Kasimir, DL2SBY is QRV as S79KB from Mahe, IOTA
AF-024, until November 1.  Activity is on 80 to 10 meters using CW
and SSB with a focus on RTTY.  QSL direct to home call.

EGYPT, SU.  Look for SU60J to be QRV during the 60th Jamboree On The
Air.  QSL via SM5AQD.

TUVALU, T2.  Tony, 3D2AG will be QRV as T2AR from Funafuti, IOTA
OC-015, from October 21 to 28.  Activity will be on the HF bands, as
well as 6 and 2 meters, using CW, SSB, RTTY, JT65 and FT8.  QSL to
home call.

TURKEY, TA.  Look for TC68JOTA to be QRV during the 60th Jamboree On
The Air.  QSL via operators’ instructions.

COCOS (KEELING) ISLAND, VK9C.  Keith, GM4YXI and Chris, GM3WOJ will
be QRV as VK9CZ from October 24 to November 7.  Activity will be on
the HF bands with two stations.  This includes being an entry in the
upcoming CQ World Wide DX SSB contest.  QSL via N3SL.

MONTSERRAT, VP2M.  Operators K2DM and N0SMX will be QRV as VP2MDG
and VP2MMX, respectively, from October 26 to 30.  Activity will be
on the HF bands using CW, SSB and FT8.  This includes being a
Multi/Single entry in the upcoming CQ World Wide DX SSB contest.
QSL direct to home calls.

THIS WEEKEND ON THE RADIO.  Scouts Jamboree On The Air, the Stew
Perry Topband Challenge, JARTS World Wide RTTY Contest, Araucaria
World Wide VHF Contest, 10-10 International Fall CW Contest, RCB XYL
Test, New York QSO Party, Worked All Germany Contest, South Dakota
QSO Party, Feld Hell Sprint, Illinois QSO Party and the RSGB RoLo
80-Meter CW are all on tap for this upcoming weekend.

The CWops Mini-CWT CW Test, UKEICC 80-Meter CW Contest, SKCC CW
Sprint and Phone Fray are scheduled for October 25.

Please see October QST, page 94, and the ARRL and WA7BNM Contest Web
Sites for details.

 Amateur Radio Newsline

Latest Headlines:




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

Ham Nation


Episode 322’s highlights:

“Hams continue to aid in Puerto Rico,
the 60th Jamboree-on-the-Air event,
Randy’s SWR bridge project
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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