SCARS Weekly Newsletter December 8, 2017


December Club Meeting Tomorrow,  
Winter Field Day
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  _…_._


December Club Meeting Tomorrow

[From N5HZR’s write-up about this month’s meeting…]

December 9th Meeting – Weak Signal Propagation Reporter

 

Due to popular request, we’ll be talking in a WSPR at the next SCARS meeting. The Weak Signal Propagation Reporter (WSPR) Network is a group of amateur radio operators using K1JT’s MEPT_JT digital mode to probe radio frequency propagation conditions using very low power (QRP/QRPp) transmissions. There’s a couple of ways that you can get involved in this mode. WSPRlite is a small inexpensive transmitter that can be used to send signals on antennas to test the antenna, or propagation. Normal WSPR uses your transmitter, your computer, and a free piece of software to send and listen for weak signals from all over. Ed Hatch AG5DVPeter Khor AG5DB, and Mark Kleine N5HZR will be talking about this mode, and have live demonstrations of WSPR and WSPRlite. The software is open source, and the data collected are available to the public.

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, they’re experts 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 (third in June) at 9:00 am at the Norman Firehouse #7, just west of Rock Creek, and Flood. All of the location and time details are available on the Meetings/Nets page of this website. Don’t forget to bring a chair, if you can, as space is getting limited!


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

Santa Net – Nightly 7:30 PM through December 24th, 3916 Khz –  http://www.tailgatersnet.com/santa-net.html


The Doctor Is In

The Doctor’s Latest Podcast is titled
Listener Mailbag

The Doctor devotes the entire episode to answering listener questions!

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

QST de W1AW
DX Bulletin 49 ARLD049
From ARRL Headquarters
Newington CT December 7, 2017
To all radio amateurs

SB DX ARL ARLD049
ARLD049 DX news

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

MADAGASCAR, 5R. Marco, ON8XB is QRV as 5R8XB. Activity is on 20
meters using SSB. His length of stay is unknown. QSL to home call.

JAMAICA, 6Y. Lester, W8YCM is QRV as 6Y6Y from the Westmoreland
Parish from Negril, IOTA NA-097, until January 2018. Activity is
holiday style on various HF bands. QSL direct to home call.

WEST MALAYSIA, 9M2. Rich, PA0RRS is QRV as 9M2MRS from Penang
Island, IOTA AS 015, until January 31, 2018. Activity is on 40 to
10 meters using CW, SSB and PSK. QSL to home call.

CAPE VERDE, D4. Luca, IK2NCJ, Massimo, IZ4DPV and Andrea, HB9DUR
will be QRV as D4C in the ARRL 10 Meter Contest. QSL via IK2NCJ.

PALESTINE, E4. Elvira, IV3FSG is QRV as E44YL from Bethlehem until
December 18. Activity is on the HF bands using CW, SSB, RTTY and
various digital modes. QSL via IK3GES.

SOUTH COOK ISLANDS, E5. Tom, WV6E and Chak, JT1CO are QRV as E51TOM
and E51ACO, respectively, from Rarotonga Island until December 9.
Activity is on 20 to 10 meters using CW, SB and FT8. QSL to home
calls.

LIBERIA, EL. Eric, EL2EF is a new radio operator here and is active
at various times. QSL direct to home call.

REPUBLIC OF KOREA, HL. Special event station DT23WOP is QRV until
February 2018 for the 23rd Olympic Winter Games. Activity is on the
HF bands. QSL via HL1IWD.

SVALBARD, JW. Morten, LA4JSA is QRV as JW4JSA from Bear Island,
IOTA EU-027, until June 1, 2018 during his six-month work
assignment. Activity will be in his spare time on the HF bands.
QSL to home call.

AUSTRIA, OE. Stations 4Y1A, 4U1A and 4U1VIC are QRV from the Vienna
International Centre until December 14 to celebrate International
Civil Aviation Day. QSL via operators’ instructions.

FINLAND, OH. The traditional Santa Claus Land station OH9SCL is QRV
during December from Finnish Lapland. Activity is mainly on 160 to
10 meters using all modes, including FT8. QSL via OH9AB.

DENMARK, OZ. Volker, DJ8VW will be QRV as 5P8VW from Roemoe, IOTA
EU-125, from December 13 to 23. Activity will be on 160 to 6 meters
using CW, SSB and FT8. QSL to home call.

BONAIRE, PJ4. Mike, NA9Q is QRV as PJ4/NA9Q until December 10.
Activity is holiday style on 40 to 10 meters using primarily SSB
with CW and FT8. Depending upon band conditions, he may be an entry
in the ARRL 10 Meter contest. QSL to home call.

BRAZIL, PY. John, PY2GTA will be QRV as ZZ2P in the ARRL 10 Meter
contest. QSL direct to home call.

SLOVENIA, S5. Special event station S510PMC is QRV until January 7,
2018 to draw attention to the Peace Messenger City. QSL via bureau.

MALI, TZ. Fox, PD0FOX is QRV as TZ/PD0FOX from Gao until January
2018 while working for the United Nations. Activity is in his spare
time on 40 and 20 meters. QSL via operator’s instructions.

NAMIBIA, V5. Ulmar, DK1CE is QRV as V5/DK1CE near Omaruru until
December 15. Activity is on 80 to 10 meters using CW and some SSB.
QSL to home call.

BRUNEI, V8. Tom, KC0W is QRV as V85/KC0W until December 10.
Activity is on 80 to 6 metes using CW. QSL direct to home call.

UK SOVEREIGN BASE AREAS ON CYPRUS, ZC4. Adrian, G0KOM is QRV as
ZC4MK until December 12. Activity is on 40 to 10 meters. QSL to
home call.

THIS WEEKEND ON THE RADIO. The ARRL 10-Meter Contest, NCCC RTTY
Sprint, QRP 80-Meter CW Fox Hunt, NCCC Sprint, SKCC Weekend CW
Sprintathon, International Naval Contest, AWA Bruce Kelley 1929 QSO
CW Party, QRP ARCI Holiday Spirits Homebrew CW Sprint and CQC Great
Colorado 20-Meter CW Snowshoe Run are all on tap for this upcoming
weekend.

The 4 States QRP Group Second Sunday Sprint is scheduled for
December 11.

The CWops Mini-CWT CW Test, Phone Fray, QRP 40-Meter CW Fox Hunt and
NAQCC CW Sprint are scheduled for December 13.

Please see December QST, page 73, and the ARRL and WA7BNM Contest
Web Sites for details.
NNNN

Always Latest version at the top here:  ARRL DX Bulletin

 


Amateur Radio Newsline

– HOMEWARD BOUND AND STILL ON THE AIR 
– IN INDIA, HAM RADIO TEAMS UP WITH LOCAL POLICE 
– AMATEUR RADIO HELPS WITH BOAT RESCUE AFTER CYCLONE 
– SILENT KEY: FRANCE’S JEAN TOUZOT F8IL 
– RADIO CAROLINE COMES ASHORE WITH A LICENSE 
– AN ON-AIR PARTY ROCKS WITH NEW MODE FT8 
– NORWEGIAN CLUB CELEBRATES TELEFUNKEN TRANSMITTER 
– HONORING INDIANA HAMS FOR LONGEVITY 
– W1AW TO RETURN TO 6 METERS 
– CANADA REVIEWS HAND-HELD RULE FOR DRIVERS 
– WORLD OF DX 
– CLOSE ENCOUNTERS OF THE ‘MIR’ KIND

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AUDIO

NOTE:

The “SCRIPT” and “AUDIO” above are hotlinks. Click to either “read” or “listen”!

Live links, Script, and Audio here:

 Amateur Radio Newsline – Latest News


Ham Nation

“SANTA IS IN THE HOUSE!”

Episode 328’s highlights:

“Pete Thomson KE5GGY talks about the return of the Santa Net,
Gordo’s Thanksgiving on the beach,
NASA on the Air,
Balanced vs. Unbalanced Audio,
Skywarn Recognition Day with Amanda,
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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4 thoughts on “SCARS Weekly Newsletter December 8, 2017

  1. I STILL havent been able to get my blasted N nano router and Openspot up and running.
    Sent a copy of my codeplug to Ed Hatch to “check it out”.
    I never heard back one way or the other.
    But, I do want to use the Openspot.

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    • Bill, If you’re going to be at today’s meeting, I’m sure that Ed will be there. If not, I’ll hit him up about it.

      “They” are doing another “Stay After School” event, so if you ARE coming, bring your stuff – they’ll likely be able to get up up and running.

      73 de Gary, WB5ULK

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      • I recieve and read the SCARS newsletter most weeks.

        I am currently in California. But, I do plan to join SCARS soon.

        This thing is about to drive me nuts, trying to get it working. I even took it to Geek Squad (figured, “They like a challenge.” They couldn’t get it either (knowing nothing about what it was even for.)

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      • Bill, One of the two people who tend these download links was at the meeting yesterday. The other was ill. They are determining whether it is a download issue, a link issue, or a combination. But they’ll drag their feet until the other gets a bit better. Sorry, that’s the best I can tell you.

        If I find out anything before you hear from them, I’ll certainly let you know.

        73, Gary

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