SCARS Weekly Newsletter December 29, 2017

New Year’s Amateur Radio Resolutions / 
Winter Field Day
Current Solar Data
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  _…_._

Straight Key-1

New Year’s Amateur Radio Resolutions

First, we need to thank Soon-To-Be Immediate Past President Rodney, KF5UZA, for doing an OUTSTANDING job with our 40th Anniversary year! Some of our members became Silent Keys and will be sorely missed, we’ve gained new members with brand new hams, and we’ve had some long-time Amateurs join us. Now we look forward to our 41st year with AG5DV in the Captain’s Chair. Full Speed Ahead!

Now — Resolutions…

I think that I need to start talking about these 2018’s resolutions by looking back to see how I did with 2017…

“…getting on-the-air more on HF.”

That one was a fail. For better or worse, I found myself being “too busy” to get on the air early in the year. There was always “something to do” and I let it get in the way early in the year. I did have some equipment issues which began to pile-up starting early in the year, some self-inflicted / some not, but regardless, getting on HF more was a definite fail.

“…spend more time at McDonald’s during the SCARS Morning Coffee Klatches.”

This I did! I don’t make it every single day like some of you *cough*Bill/Bill/George/Conrad*cough*,
but I’ve “averaged” a weekly appearance. It’s a good bunch and you should try to make it if you can. Even if you have a “real job”, you can catch them ANY day but Sunday and Club Meeting Saturdays between 8:30 and 11:00 at the West Lindsey McDonald’s. No purchase required.

“…I’m going to try to make it to every Oklahoma Hamfest.”

Did it, don’t regret it, got the Certificate. No kidding. There was a certificate. If you read this rag, you saw a screencap of mine. I think that there were 4 SCARS members and a few non-SCARS members earned one even if they do not have it in-hand yet. I had fun, saw some familiar faces at each and every one of them, and to me the real surprise and most enjoyable one outside central Oklahoma turned out to be Enid. Great bunch of folks and a really nice hamfest. I did a bunch of “firsts” this year: Elk City (small but lots of face-time with other hams – and even a U.S. Congressman was there to chat with), Green Country (in all my “ham life” I’d not been. It was well-worth the trip), and Enid (cheap, good flea market, lots of folks from Wichita, and a great free bowl of beans and cornbread).

Now for this year’s Resolutions…

Get On HF More Often
No really – I’m gonna do it this year, even if it’s in the wee hours.

Do Some Much-Needed FixUp
This needs to be done to enable the doing of  the Resolution above. I replaced the 8 year-old Windows Box with a great pre-Black Friday deal, so the REAL work has to be done now. When I installed workstation furniture in the shack a little over a year ago, for all practical purposes I made access to my coax connections impossible. And now that I’ve got some 10 year-old coax connections going bad, I’ve got to work on those. I’m going to replace ALL my coax, inside and out, route it to a place which is accessible (a novel concept to be sure), which means new holes in the walls (they’ll look nice when done). The good news is that most of this work will be done in the attic, where it is ALWAYS better to work in the Winter rather than the Summer. I’m also going to take the cool-in-the-attic season to mount a Diamond VHF-UHF base station antenna in my attic replacing my workhorse MFJ that’s been in the attic for 10 years now. We’ll maybe not “replace”, I’ll repurpose that antenna to my workbench radio in the garage. I also need to acquire a good dummy load (not the kilobuck variety), a remote antenna switch, install two more ground rods, and “Cadweld” everything together. I’ve recruited one of the “likely subjects” to video the latter of this when we do it. 

Attend an Out-of-State Hamfest other than HamCom
The “Attended All Oklahoma Hamfests” cost me dearly with Ardmore, Enid, and the SCARS November Meeting on back-to-back-to-back weekends. I will likely have some Summer activities this year that will interupt hamfest plans in any case, so I think other than attending HamCom at it old-new venue in Plano, I’m thinking about a road-trip to Albuquerque for the Duke City hamfest in mid-August*. I hear that the Technical presentations there for the past few years have been outstanding. And ABQ would be a great respite from Oklahoma August Heat.

There they are – in print – for better or worse. Check back in 52 weeks to see how I did.

P.S.: You really should listen to The Doctor’s Podcast this week! 😉

*[Editors Note: After this was published, I received an email from the Chairman of the Duke City Hamfest (Albuquerque). They are moving the hamfest to the 3rd weekend in September, and are about the sign a 4 year contract on a new venue. So looks like it will be even cooler when Duke City happens. Makes it even more inviting!]


Current Solar Data

The “Amateur” who runs (N0NBH, Paul) has a GREAT resource for us Amateurs. Real-time, easily digestible (if you’ve done your homework) info regarding propagation. I’ll insert the link here, and you can go to his site anytime of the day or night (or click the link here) for the current conditions. Paul also includes links to help you learn what each of these tools mean. Learn now while we’re at Solar Minimum and you’ll be up-to-speed when the cycle turns and starts up again!

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

January 4 – SCARS VE Testing –

January 13 – SCARS December Meeting –

The Doctor Is In

The Doctor’s Latest Podcast is titled
Handheld Transceiver Antennas

The Doctor tackles the question: “Most handheld transceivers come equipped with so-called “rubber duck” antennas. They aren’t very efficient antennas, but do they really need to be efficient to be useful?”

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:

Note: No “new” Newsletter this week, but here is last week’s that we skipped. I MAY have known that this was going to happen! 😉

Read it all here: ARRL Letter

ARRL DX Bulletin

DX Bulletin 52  ARLD052
From ARRL Headquarters
Newington CT  December 28, 2017
To all radio amateurs

ARLD052 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.

VIET NAM, 3W.  John, KB4FB plans to revisit Da Nang in the first
days of January and February and be QRV as 3W9FB each time.
Activity will be on the HF bands.  QSL via LoTW.

SOMALIA, 6O.  Operators Ken, LA7GIA and Adrian, KO8SCA will be QRV
as 6O6O from January 3 to 16, 2018. Activity will be on 160 to 10
meters using CW, SSB, RTTY and FT8.  QSL via M0OXO.

MALDIVES, 8Q.  Roland, HB9VQQ is QRV as 8Q7HB from Kandima Island,
IOTA AS-013, until December 30.  Activity is holiday style on the HF
bands using JT65 and FT8.  QSL to home call.

TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO, 9Y.  Thomas, DL9OBQ is QRV as 9Z4/DL9OBQ from
Saint Augustine, Trinidad Island, IOTA SA-011, until February 7th,
2018.  Activity is on 30, 17 and 15 meters using mostly CW.  QSL to
home call.

BHUTAN, A5.  Pat, N2IEN will be QRV as A52PD from January 2 to 14,
2018.  Activity will be on the HF bands using CW and various digital
modes.  QSL to home call.

QATAR, A7.  Members of the Qatar Amateur Radio Society plan to be
QRV as A70X from Al-Safliyah Island, IOTA AS-088, from January 1 to
6, 2018.  QSL via M0OXO.

THE GAMBIA, C5.  Pedro, ON7WP is QRV as C5WP from Buntung until
December 30 while here doing charity work.  Activity is in his spare
time on the HF bands with a focus on the digital modes.  QSL direct
to home call.

FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF GERMANY, DA.  Special event station DK200MARX is
QRV during all of 2018 to celebrates Karl Marx’s 200th birthday.
Activity will be on all bands and modes.  QSL via bureau.

IRELAND, EI.  Special event station EI00MCV is QRV during all of
2018 to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the sinking of Royal
Mail Ship Leinster that took place on October 10, 1918.  QSL via

HAITI, HH.  Special event station HH70A is QRV until June 30, 2018
to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the Radio Club d’Haiti.  QSL
via W3HNK.

JAPAN, JA.  Special event station 8J7HCB will be QRV from January 1,
2018 to May 31 to draw attention to the 100th Hirosaki Cherry
Blossom Festival.  QSL direct to JK7LXU.

PAPUA NEW GUINEA, P2.  Darren, VK4FEDX is now QRV as P29DA.
Activity of late has been on 10 meters using SSB.  In 2018, he plans
to be active from the PNG Coastal Islands East, IOTA OC-240.  QSL
direct to home call.

SINT MAARTEN, PJ7.  Vadym, UT6UD will be QRV as PJ7/UT6UD from
December 30 to January 13, 2018.  Activity will be on 160 to 17
meters.  QSL direct to home call.

ANTARCTICA.  Alex, UA1OJL will be QRV as RI50ANO from Bellingshausen
Base on King George Island, IOTA AN-010, from January 1, 2018 to
March 31.  Activity will be on the HF bands using CW, SSB and
various digital modes.  QSL via RN1ON.

POLAND, SP.  Dionizy, SP6IEQ will be QRV as 3Z18HNY from December 30
to January 15, 2018.  QSL to home call.

PALAU, T8.  Ryosei, JH0IXE is QRV as T8CW from Koror Island, IOTA
OC-009, until January 5, 2018.  Activity is on the HF bands.  QSL
direct to home call.

Grand Turk, IOTA NA-003, until January 4, 2018.  Activity is on 40
to 10 meters, and possibly 80 meters, using CW and SSB.  QSL via

INDIA, VU.  Members of the West Bengal Radio Club will be QRV as
AU2WBR from Ganga Sagar Mela/Sagar Island, IOTA AS-153, from January
1, 2018 to March 31.  QSL via VU2NRO.

Sprint, QRP 80-Meter CW Fox Hunt, NCCC CW Sprint, RAC Winter
Contest, Stew Perry Topband Challenge, Original QRP CW Contest,
Bogor Old and New SSB Contest are all on tap for this weekend.

The QRP ARCI New Years CW Sprint, AGCW VHF/UHF CW Contest, AGCW
Happy New Year CW Contest, SARTG New Year RTTY Contest and AGB New
Year Snowball Contest are scheduled for January 1, 2018.

The ARS Spartan CW Sprint is scheduled for January 2, 2018.

The AWA Linc Cundall Memorial CW Contest, UKEICC 80-Meter SSB
Contest, Phone Fray and CWops Mini-CWT CW Test are scheduled for
January 3, 2018.

The IQRP Quarterly Marathon is scheduled from January 1, 2018 to
January 7.

The ARRL International Grid Chase starts January 1, 2018 and runs
during all of 2018.

Please see December QST, page 73, January 2018 QST, page 89, and the
ARRL and WA7BNM Contest Web Sites for details.

Always Latest version at the top here:  ARRL DX Bulletin

Amateur Radio Newsline






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

Live links, Script, and Audio here:

 Amateur Radio Newsline – Latest News

Ham Nation


Episode 331’s highlights:

“Thanks to all the viewers of Ham Nation,
this is the special fan-voted pick for best episode!
Have a wonderful New Year!

Leo kicks off the show,
Valerie interviews VA1YL,
Amanda talks about handling emergencies,
Solar weather update live,
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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