SCARS Weekly Newsletter November 17, 2017

November Meeting – #BOOM!,   
Epitaph,
Ham Radio Horizons
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  _…_._


 November Meeting – #BOOM!

Holy Moly what a meeting! 64 in attendance and a fab presentation!

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Photo via W5MQC

Jim Massara N2EST, yes, THE Jim Massara of  “HAMTOONS” fame, knocked it out of the park last Saturday with his QSL presentation. He explained the whole QSL experience – real cards – the good and the bad, Bureaus, Green Stamps, and the Pterodactyl of the Amateur Radio QSL business, the IRC. Pictures, stories, and yes even cartoons, he kept us all attentive.

Rather than BORE you with words, how about I link to Michelle’s (W5MQC) Youtube of Jim’s presentation? 

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OCIZkeKp4vw


Phil Sinnett KD5UGO and Bill Lockett AE5F had a large group who hung around outside in the cold and drizzle learning how to tune dipole antennas using  a variety of methods. By all accounts, no one left early and everyone left edified.

The usual Stay After School DMR sessions found radios being programmed and new member HTs being programmed as well with a few lessons on “how to push the button on the side of the radio”! 

Oh, and SCARS elected Michelle, W5MQC, as our President-Elect/VP for 2018, and re-elected all the usual suspects as Secretary and Treasurer.

And on a dreary, drizzly day, 64 people showed up at Firestation 7 and a whole bunch of us hung around after it was over. Now THAT is what a healthy Amateur Radio club looks like!


Epitaph

It is with great sadness that I must tell you that WB5Q, John, lost his wife Juli, suddenly several weeks ago while they were at their home near Eagle Nest, New Mexico. 

Juli and John loved their New Mexico home and that is where she passed away while working in the yard. I can say with confidence that all of SCARS is saddened by Juli’s death.

 


Ham Radio Horizons
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I’ve spoken during the Technician classes, and off and on to individuals, about one of my all-time favorite ham rags “Ham Radio Horizons”.  Even before I became an ARRL member, I subscribed to this little mag and dog-eared so many articles that none of my issues would ever lie flat! I opined in a very pathetic manner that I’d lost all 3 years of my copies one way or another and that I’d been completely unable to find it anywhere online. 

But, Gloryoski! I dredged around and found it!

This is a wonderful, easy to read AND understand publication which has MANY accessible construction projects. It also explains things in a very easy and straightforward manner since it was written with a new Amateur in mind.

You can read this in MANY formats, or even download the entire library as per-issue pdf files. You should At The Very Least go browse among these wonderful pages.

https://archive.org/details/hamradiohorizons


Dates To Remember

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

ARES Net *NEW TIME* – 7:30PM, Each Tuesday, 147.06 repeater

December 5 – SCARS Christmas Party
Golden Corral, 6pm
(See 2nd item on SCARS Homepage – http://w5nor.org/)

December 7 – SCARS VE Testing – http://w5nor.org/license/

December 9 – SCARS December Meeting – http://w5nor.org/meetings/


The Doctor Is In

The Doctor’s Latest Podcast is titled
NVIS: Near Vertical Incidence Skywave

Sometimes the best direction to send your signal is straight up!

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 46  ARLD046
From ARRL Headquarters
Newington CT  November 16, 2017
To all radio amateurs

SB DX ARL ARLD046
ARLD046 DX news

This week’s bulletin was made possible with information provided by
AA3B, AJ9C, the OPDX Bulletin, 425 DX News, DXNL, Contest Corral
from QST and the ARRL Contest Calendar and WA7BNM web sites.  Thanks
to all.

VIET NAM, 3W.  Tom, KC0W is QRV as 3W9CW from Con Son Island, IOTA
AS-130, until November 28.  QSL direct to home call.

MAURITANIA, 5T.  Operators A92AA and A61M will be QRV as 5T1A and
5T1R, respectively, from Nouakchott from November 20 to December 20.
Activity will be on 40 to 10 meters using SSB and FT8.  QSL via
operators’ instructions.

GHANA, 9G.  A group of operators will be QRV as 9G5W from Kokrobite
from November 20 to 29.  Activity will be on the HF bands using CW,
SSB and RTTY.  This includes being an entry in the upcoming CQ World
Wide DX CW contest.  QSL via S59ZZ.

SIERRA LEONE, 9L.  Mark, KW4XJ is QRV as 9L/KW4XJ in Freetown while
on work assignment.  Activity is on the HF bands in his spare time
using CW and various digital modes.  QSL to home call.

RWANDA, 9X.  Harald, DF2WO is QRV as 9X2AW from Kigali until
November 30.  Activity is on the HF bands using CW, SSB, RTTY and
FT8.  QSL via M0OXO.

PHILIPPINES, DU.  Serge, RZ3FW and Sergei, R4WAA will be QRV as
DU9/home calls from Sarangani Island, IOTA OC-175, from November 21
to 29.  Activity will be on 160 to 10 meters using CW, SSB and
various digital modes.  QSL to home calls.

SAINT BARTHELEMY, FJ.  A group of operators are QRV as TO2SP until
November 30.  Activity is on 160 to 10 meters using CW, SSB and
RTTY.  This includes being an entry in the upcoming CQ World Wide DX
CW contest.  QSL via SP6IXF.

SAN ANDRES AND PROVIDENCIA, HK0.  Members of the Yaguarete DXers
Group are QRV as 5K0T from San Andres Island, IOTA NA-033, until
November 25.  Activity is on 160 to 10 meters using CW, SSB and
various digital modes.  QSL via LU1FM.

GUINEA-BISSAU, J5.  A group of operators are QRV as J5T from Bubaque
Island, IOTA AF-020, until November 26.  Activity is on 160 to 10
meters using CW, SSB and RTTY with three stations active.  QSL via
I2YSB.

CURACAO, PJ2.  Alex, KU1CW is QRV as PJ2/KU1CW until November 20.
Activity is on the HF bands.  QSL via LoTW.

SURINAME, PZ.  Members of the Voodoo Contest Group will be QRV as
PZ5V from November 19 to 28.  This includes being a Multi/2 entry in
the upcoming CQ World Wide DX CW contest.  QSL via M0URX.

SUDAN, ST.  Sergey, R4PBW is QRV as ST/R4PBW from Khartoum.
Activity is on the HF bands.  His length of stay is unknown.  QSL
via operator’s instructions.

ANTIGUA, V2.  Bud, AA3B will be QRV as V26K from November 22 to 27.
Activity will be on the HF bands using primarily CW and possibly
RTTY on November 27.  This includes being a Single Op/All Band/Low
Power entry in the upcoming CQ World Wide DX CW contest.  QSL direct
to home call.

FALKLAND ISLANDS, VP8.  Eberhard, DL7JLL is QRV as VP8JLL until
November 25.  QSL to home call.

CHAGOS, VQ9.  Yasu, JO1GWT is QRV as VQ9KA.  Activity is on 40 to 10
meters using CW and SSB.  His length of stay is unknown.  QSL to
home call.

INDIA, VU.  Special event station AU2JCB will be QRV from November
23 to December 11 to celebrate the 159th anniversary of the birth of
India’s great scientist and inventor Sir Jagadeesh Chandra Bose.
Activity will be on 40 to 10 meters using SSB, and FM on 10 and 6
meters as well.  QSL direct to VU2DSI.

VANUATU, YJ.  Tom, JA1VND is QRV as YJ0JA from Efate Island, IOTA
OC-035, until November 20.  Activity is on 160 to 10 meters using
CW, SSB and RTTY.  QSL to home call.

NICARAGUA, YN.  Mike, AJ9C will be QRV as YN2CC from November 21 to
29.  Activity will be on 160 to 10 meters using CW, SSB and RTTY.
This includes being an entry in the upcoming CQ World Wide DX CW
contest.  QSL direct to home call.

THIS WEEKEND ON THE RADIO.  The ARRL SSB Sweepstakes Contest, NCCC
RTTY Sprint, QRP 80-Meter CW Fox Hunt, NCCC CW Sprint, YO
International 80-Meter PSK31 Contest, LZ DX Contest, All Austrian
160-Meter CW Contest, REF 160-Meter CW Contest, Homebrew and Oldtime
Equipment CW Party, Feld Hell Sprint and the RSGB 2nd 1.8 MHz CW
Contest are all on tap for this weekend.

The Run for the Bacon QRP CW Contest is scheduled for November 20.

The CWops Mini-CWT CW Test, RSGB 80-Meter Autumn SSB Series, QRP
40-Meter CW Fox Hunt, Phone Fray and SKCC CW Sprint are scheduled
for November 22.

Please see November QST, page 93, and the ARRL and WA7BNM Contest
Web Sites for details.
NNNN


Amateur Radio Newsline

– COURT DISMISSES HAM’S SUIT AGAINST ARRL
– SOFTWARE PIONEER VANU BOSE DIES
– FUNDRAISING A TOUGH NUT TO CRACK
– NETS OF NOTE: THE TYPOCHONDRIACS
– NEW EDITORS AT NATIONAL CONTEST JOURNAL
– THE NATURE OF HAM RADIO IS….NATURE
– NETHERLANDS REPORTS A DECLINE IN NEW LICENSEES
– CW ACADEMY OPENS FOR YOUNG AMATEURS
– SPECIAL EVENT STATION HONORS JAGADISH BOSE
– MORE FREQUENCIES FOR HAMS IN ARGENTINA, COLOMBIA
– THE WORLD OF DX
– THE SCIENCE OF HONORING SUPPORTER’S MEMORY

SCRIPT

AUDIO

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


Ham Nation

“THE WORLD’S LARGEST HAMSHACK”

Episode 326’s highlights:

“Jim Mayercak WX8J and getting kids into ham radio,
Astronauts on the ISS talk with the Pope,
a tour of George Ulm’s ham shack
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.

http://www.arrl.org/hamfests/search/page:1/Location.zip:73072/Location.area:250.rpt?format=html


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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