Winter – The “Slow” Season – HA! /
Winter Field Day /
ARES Changes /
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 _…_._
Winter – The “Slow” Season – HA!
My best friend in Junior High and High School was Dave Gant. I was a Baptist, Dave was a Lutheran, and he told me a joke that he learned in his catechism class about me and my Baptist friends that I still laugh about to this day, Because It Is So Very True:
“Mary had a little lamb,
Mary also had some sheep,
Mary joined the Baptist Church
and died from lack of sleep.”
Dave was right!
For many years we Amateurs have treated Winter as a “slow” time of year. Well, some of us. There ARE those who when the outside turns cold, they look to their Ham Shack for warmth.
For the SCARS Winter of 2018, here is a short-list of things that will keep you BusyBusyBusy in Amateur Radio for the next month, or two, or three.
First up, is the January meeting on the 13th with new President, AG5DV, Ed, and new VP/President-Elect, W5MQC, Michelle. The program this month will be about the Salvation Army Team Emergency Radio Network (SATERN). which has been in operation since June of 1988. It’ll be a great meeting, and be certain to BRING A CHAIR!
The last weekend of January is SCARS’ first Winter Field Day, which will be held in Newscastle. There will be MUCH more about this in next week’s Newsletter, but the graphic below gives you the major bullet points. Put it on your calendar.
The SCARS 2018 Edition of our wildly popular Technician / General License Classes will start on Febuary 6th. Lot’s of info about that at the SCARS website: w5nor.org
And SKYWARN Training events are scheduled Statewide already.
YOU didn’t need to hibernate this Winter anyway…
Here are the WFD Rules: https://www.winterfieldday.com/rules
An “in between” post from this last week. ARES changes on the horizon.
Read it here:
Current Solar Data
The “Amateur” who runs hamqsl.com (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 13 – SCARS December Meeting – http://w5nor.org/meetings/
January 27-28 – Winter Field Day
February 1 – SCARS VE Testing – http://w5nor.org/license/
The Doctor Is In
The Doctor’s Latest Podcast is titled
The Doctor sez:
“Your equipment should be in the ‘Goldilocks’ zone:
Not too hot, but also not too cold.”
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:
- Thousands Getting Their Grids On!
- ARRL Life Member Receives Patent for “Cloaking” Technology
- The Doctor Will See You Now!
- Large Donations Making Bouvet 3Y0Z DXpedition a Reality; Team Eager to Get Under Way
- “Creepy and Surreal” Urban Explorers’ Video Reveals Largely Unseen Side of Hara Arena
- Second Annual AM Rally Special Event Set for February 2-4 Weekend
- Philippine Radio Amateurs Activate for Weather Emergencies
- Alabama Governor Kay Ivey Makes Ham Radio Debut with State’s Bicentennial Call Sign
- In Brief…
- Just Ahead in Radiosport
- Upcoming ARRL Section, State, and Division Conventions
Read it all here: ARRL Letter
ARRL DX Bulletin
QST de W1AW
DX Bulletin 1 ARLD001
From ARRL Headquarters
Newington CT January 4, 2018
To all radio amateurs
SB DX ARL ARLD001
ARLD001 DX news
This week’s bulletin was made possible with information provided by
AA4NC, K1ZZ, WB2TJO, the OPDX Bulletin, 425 DX News, DXNL, Contest
Corral from QST and the ARRL Contest Calendar and WA7BNM web sites.
Thanks to all.
FIJI, 3D2. Jim, WB2TJO is QRV as 3D2JS from Taveuni Island, IOTA
OC-016, until March 13. Activity is on 80 to 6 meters using CW, SSB
and some digital modes. QSL to home call.
VIET NAM, 3W. Trung, W6TN is QRV as 3W9T until January 11.
Activity is on 40 and 20 meters using CW. QSL via LoTW.
SAMOA, 5W. Atsu, 5W1SA is QRV with special call 5W20SAMOA during
all of 2018. QSL via LoTW.
SOMALIA, 6O. Operators Ken, LA7GIA and Adrian, KO8SCA are QRV as
6O6O until January 16. Activity is on 160 to 10 meters using CW,
SSB, RTTY and FT8. QSL via M0OXO.
BHUTAN, A5. Pat, N2IEN is QRV as A52PD until January 14. Activity
is on 80 to 10 meters using mostly CW and various digital modes.
QSL via NR6M.
MOZAMBIQUE, C9. Daniel, CT2GXZ is QRV as C81DL from Maputo. His
activity of late has been on 40 and 20 meters using SSB. QSL via
FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF GERMANY, DA. Special event station DQ800HRO is
QRV until July 31, and then from September 1 to December 31, during
the celebration of the founding 800 years ago of the Hanseatic city
Rostock. QSL via DL5KVV.
GUADELOUPE, FG. Burt, FG8OJ is now QRV on 160, 80 and 40 meters.
QSL via F4AVX.
REPUBLIC OF KOREA, HL. During the Winter Olympic Games, until
February 28 all South Korean licensed stations and operators may
change the number in their callsigns to 23.
PANAMA, HP. Will, AA4NC will be QRV as HP1/AA4NC from January 10 to
24. Activity will be holiday style on 160 to 6 meters using CW,
SSB, RTTY and possibly other digital modes. QSL direct to home
call. In addition, look for operators HP1MAC, HP1RIS, HP1YLS and
HP1DRK to be QRV as H91IT from Taboga Island, IOTA NA-072, from
January 6 to 9. QSL via HP1RCP.
THAILAND, HS. John, ZB2JK is QRV as HS0ZIQ from Phuket Island, IOTA
AS-053, until January 10. Activity is on the HF bands. QSL to home
JAPAN, JA. Take, JA8DKJ is QRV as 8J8SSF from Hokkaido, IOTA
AS-078, until February 12 during the Sapporo Snow Festival. QSL via
PERU, OA. Members of the Radio Club Peruano are QRV with special
event callsign 4T18PAX during all of January to commemorate the
Apostolic visit of Pope Francis. Activity is on all HF bands using
CW, SSB, CW, RTTY, PSK31 and FT8. QSL via OA4O.
ANTIGUA, V2. Randy, WW6RG will be QRV as V25RA from January 8 to
10. Activity will be holiday style with QRP power on 20 meters
using SSB. QSL to home call.
BELIZE, V3. Jim, W2JHP is QRV as V31TA from Turneffe Atoll, IOTA
NA-123, until January 10. Activity is in his spare time on the HF
bands using mostly SSB, and possibly some digital modes. QSL direct
CHAGOS ISLANDS, VQ9. Jim, ND9M is QRV with special call VQ920JC.
He is generally active on 17 meters using CW. QSL to home call.
LAOS, XW. John, KK4FB is QRV as XW4FB from January 9 to 23. QSL
COUNTRY NAME CORRECTION. As reported in 2017 DX News Bulletin
ARLD052, the correct country for the RI50ANO operation from
Bellingshausen Base on King George Island, IOTA AN-010 is South
Shetlands, not Antarctica.
THIS WEEKEND ON THE RADIO. The ARRL RTTY Roundup, Kid’s Day SSB
Contest, NCCC RTTY Sprint, QRP 80-Meter CW Fox Hunt, NCCC CW Sprint,
PODXS 070 Club PSKFest, World Wide PMC Contest and EUCW 160-Meter CW
Contest are all on tap for this upcoming weekend.
The CWops Mini-CWT Test, Phone Fray and QRP 40-Meter CW Fox Hunt are
scheduled for January 10.
The ARRL International Grid Chase runs during all of 2018.
Please see 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
NOTE: The “SCRIPT” and “AUDIO” above are hotlinks. Click to either to “read” or “listen”!
Live links, Script, and Audio here:
“A COLD & BRIGHT START TO THE NEW YEAR!”
Episode 332’s highlights:
“A simple way to get rid of ground loops,
LED lights for your ham shack,
register for Contest University,
George’s memorable projects of 2017,
The last half-dozen or so episodes are linked right here: Ham Nation
Odds and Ends
- ARES Memory Settings (Red Box at the bottom of the page)
- Collector and Emitter Archive
- YLRL Nets and other info
- Real-time Solar Weather
- SCARS Officers
- HF Net List
- Norman VHF Repeaters audio stream
- ARRL Outgoing QSL Service
- Announced DX Operations
- D-Star stuff
- Real-time lightning data
- Oklahoma ARES Voice Over IP Net
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 !!!