January SCARS Meeting Tomorrow! /
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 _…_._
January SCARS Meeting Tomorrow!
“It’s colder than a ______________________________!” YOU fill in the blank!
No matter. TOMORROW (Saturday) is the First SCARS Club Meeting of the year! I’ll remind you right off the bat, “Be There! And Bring A Chair!”
Yes, we run out of chairs often these days. If you’re must past 9:15, you’ll either use your folding camp stool, or take the risk that sitting on the equipment rails along the West Wall will not collapse, or stand through the entire meeting. I myself have taken to bringing a folding camp chair and two small folding chairs. BUT THIS IS A GREAT PROBLEM TO HAVE!
No – really. There are Clubs dying all over the country because their numbers are dwindling. For a number of reasons, SCARS has bucked that trend in an enormous manner. Not the least of which is that we make it so that people *want* to come. A really big part of that, I think, is our renewed interest in TRAINING. From the new Amateur to those who’ve been around Ham Radio for a very long time, like moi.
This year’s Tech/General Training class starts February 6th. This will be the third year running that we have offered this class and I expect attendence will be very good again this year. Everything you need to know about the Who/What/When/Where can be found under the “February” heading here: http://w5nor.org/events/
We start out the new year with our Incoming President AG5DV, Ed, in the Big Chair for the first time. That said, I’ve already been in meetings wiith Ed and *I* think that we’re in for a GREAT 41st year as a Club! Of course we will partake of the de rigeur pastries and coffee (on a very cold morning), yak with folks we’ve not see in person for a few days, and make introductions. I forecast COLD weather and New Faces at tomorrows meeting. 99% probability of both occurring.
EVERYTHING you need to know about tomorrow’s meeting can be found on the SCARS Meeting page: http://w5nor.org/meetings/
See you there! Bring a Chair!
YOU didn’t need to hibernate this Winter anyway…
P.S.: The FIRST ITEM in the ARRL Letter this week is NOT an April Fool’s Joke!
Teaser image credit: lovethispic.com
Here are the WFD Rules: https://www.winterfieldday.com/rules
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/
February 6 – SCARS Tech/General Class – http://w5nor.org/events/
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:
- “Quantum Radio” May Offer New Twist on Communicating in Problematic Environments
- Fox-1D Satellite Set to Launch this Week, China to Launch Five New CubeSats
- Thomas Fire Response Also Demonstrates Amateur Radio’s Social Media Value
- Radio Amateurs Track Major East Coast Winter Storm
- The Doctor Will See You Now!
- The 2018 ARRL Repeater Directory — Complete, Comprehensive, and Now Available
- DXpedition Leader, Contester, Mentor David Collingham, K3LP, SK
- In Brief…
- The K7RA Solar Update
- Getting It Right
- 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 2 ARLD002
From ARRL Headquarters
Newington CT January 11, 2018
To all radio amateurs
SB DX ARL ARLD002
ARLD002 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.
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.
MALAWI, 7Q. John, N6JW is QRV as 7Q7JW. Activity is on 40 and 20
meters using SSB. 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 7.
Activity is on 30, 17 and 15 meters using mostly CW. QSL to home
BAHAMAS, C6. Steve, KG4LJB is QRV as C6AJB from Eleuthera Island,
IOTA NA-001, until January 20. Activity is holiday style on 40 to
17 Meters. QSL to home call.
PHILIPPINES, DU. A group of operators will be QRV as DU0DM from
Corregidor Island, IOTA OC-244, on January 13 and 14. Activity will
be on 40, 20, 15 and 10 meters using CW, SSB and various digital
modes. QSL direct to DU1MS.
ERITREA, E3. A group of operators will be QRV as E31A from January
14 to 23. Activity will be on 160 to 6 meters using CW, SSB and
RTTY. The main objective of this trip is to support the Eritrean
National Olympic Committee. QSL via JH1AJT.
FRANCE, F. Operators Franck, F4DTO and Patrick, F4GFE are QRV using
special event call sign TM390SR until June 16 to commemorate the
siege of La Rochelle 390 years ago. QSL via F4DTO.
GUADELOUPE, FG. Heli, DD0VR will be QRV as FG/DD0VR from January 14
to 20. Activity will be on 40, 20, 15 and 10 meters using only SSB.
QSL to home call.
DOMINICA, J7. Heli, DD0VR is QRV as J70VR until January 14.
Activity is on 40, 20, 15 and 10 meters using only SSB. QSL to home
NORWAY, LA. Members of the NRRL are QRV with special calls
LM90NRRL, LM90HQ and LM90C throughout 2018 to celebrate their 90th
year as the IARU Society.
BULGARIA, LZ. Special event station LZ140LO is QRV until the end of
March to celebrate the 140th anniversary of Bulgarian Independence.
QSL via LZ1ZF.
CURACAO, PJ2. Joeke, PA0VDV will be QRV as PJ2/PA0VDV from January
16 to February 8. Activity will be on 80 to 10 meters using only
CW. QSL to home call.
ANTARCTICA. Nikolai, RW6ACM is QRV as RI1ANA from the Molodezhnaya
Base Station, IOTA AN-016, until sometime in February. Activity is
in his spare time on all HF bands using CW, SSB and various digital
modes. QSL via RN1ON.
NAMIBIA, V5. Rudi, DK7PE is QRV as V5/DK7PE until the end of
January. Activity is on the HF bands, but with a focus on 160 and
60 meters. This includes being an entry in the upcoming CQ World
Wide DX 160 Meter contest. QSL to home call.
MICRONESIA, V6. Sumio, JI1MDM will be QRV as V63AKB48 using SSB,
and V63AKB using FT8, from Pohnpei Island, IOTA OC-010, from January
15 to 18. Activity will be on 20, 17, 15 and 12 meters. QSL to
BURKINA FASO, XT. Harald, DF2WO is QRV as XT2AW from Ouagadougou
until January 22. Activity is holiday style on 40 to 10 meters
using CW, SSB, RTTY, PSK31 and JT65. He may also try to be active
on 60 meters. QSL via M0OXO.
CAYMAN ISLANDS, ZF. Pete, K8PGJ will be QRV as ZF2PG from January
13 to 21. Activity will be holiday style on the HF bands using SSB.
This includes being active in the upcoming North America SSB QSO
Party. QSL direct to home call.
THIS WEEKEND ON THE RADIO. The North American CW QSO Party, NCCC
RTTY Sprint, QRP 80-Meter CW Fox Hunt, NCCC CW Sprint, YB DX SSB
Contest, Old New Year Contest, SKCC Weekend CW Sprintathon, UBA
PSK63 Prefix Contest, NRAU-Baltic Contest and DARC 10-Meter Contest
are all on tap for this weekend.
The 4 States QRP Group Second Sunday Sprint is scheduled for January
The CWops Mini-CWT Test, Phone Fray and QRP 40-Meter CW Fox Hunt are
scheduled for January 17.
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
January 12, 2018
– SILENT KEY: DEATH OF A DXer
– ARRL FACING CHALLENGES OVER POLICIES, CODES, LOBBYING
– TWO FOR THE ROAD AT WRTC 2018
– “DIPLOMAS” FOR VOLUNTEERS AT WRTC 2018
– HAM RADIO UNIVERSITY CLASSES IN SESSION
– COOPERATION AND CONSOLIDATION IN CANADA
– WHY K3Y KEEPS THE CODE COMING
– HAMVENTION PICKS COMMUNITY SERVICE THEME
– FRIENDSHIP AND FOCUS IN THE PHILIPPINES
– ‘SERGIO AND SERGEI’ IS A HIT
– WORLD OF DX
– THE SKY’S NOT FALLING BUT…..
NOTE: 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
“REMEMBERING DAVID COLLINGHAM”
Episode 333’s highlights:
“Voltage meters with Gordo,
6O6O Somalia DXpedition,
your favorite 2017 projects,
and remembering the life of David Collingham.“
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 !!!