Last Week, This Week, Next Week /
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 _…_._
Last Week, This Week, Next Week
WOW! Where to start?
Last Saturday’s meeting competed with a very cold and windy start to the day, but still came away with almost 60 members in attendance. The first meeting with President Ed, AG5DV, in the chair featured new faces to the Club, audio reinforcement for those of us who need it, and a GREAT presentation (and MUCH discussion) about SATERN and Health and Welfare Nets. Personally I brought 3 chairs, sat in one myself, free-rented one of the others, and the third went unused. You shoulda been there!
These last two weeks in Amateur Radio featured a plethora (that’s my word of the week) of commotion surrounding the moving and shaking at ARRL Headquarters. In the wake of censure of one of the Division Directors, a third party emailed a competing viewpoint to every ARRL member with a valid email address. On the heels of that email was a post by ARRL President Rick Roderick, K5UR (QTH north of Little Rock) giving The League’s response to the email blast, and then yesterday’s ARRL News story of the retirement of ARRL’s CEO Tom Gallagher, NY2RF. I’ll have a (hopefully) coherent opinion piece about this in next week’s Newsletter, but first if you missed all this drama because You Have A Life, here are all these for you to read and digest. As I said, more Next Week.
BoD Code of Conduct Opinion piece from MyARRLvoice.org:
K5UR’s message to members:
NY2RF Retirement Story:
Next Weekend is SCARS First Winter Field Day Event. VP W5MQC (depicted below logging next week) and Jon, WD5HCI, are heading up this event which will be held in the Newcastle Veterans Park. Norman Emergency Management is helping with their trailer, there will be places to stay warm and dry, and plenty of good food. All the info you need to know is in the graphic below. Weather for next weekend looks “interesting”, but unless winds are forecast to be overwhelming (and they aren’t), this event is “happening”! It’ll be a GREAT Get On The Air event for all the new young hams in Newcastle! Be there!
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 27-28 – Winter Field Day (see above graphic)
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:
“Is just any type of wire suitable for an antenna? The Doctor explains the options.“
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:
- ARRL CEO Tom Gallagher, NY2RF, to Retire
- ARRL Board of Directors to Meet
- The Doctor Will See You Now!
- A Message to Members from ARRL President Rick Roderick, K5UR
- Club Group Will Operate W1AW for Winter Field Day
- Fox-1D Amateur Radio CubeSat Launches Successfully, Now Designated as AO-92
- Florida Ham Radio Club Aids Homeless During Cold Snap
- Department of Defense Interoperability Communication Exercise Deemed a Success
- Registration Now Open for HamSCI Workshop
- Past ARRL Great Lakes Division Director Jim Weaver, K8JE, SK
- In Brief…
- The K7RA Solar Update
- 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 3 ARLD003
From ARRL Headquarters
Newington CT January 18, 2018
To all radio amateurs
SB DX ARL ARLD003
ARLD003 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.
LIBYA, 5A. Abubaker, 5A1AL has been active using FT8 on 30 meters
from 1900 to 2200z. QSL to home call.
MALAWI, 7Q. John, N6JW is QRV as 7Q7JW. Activity of late has been
on 40 and 20 meters using SSB. His length of stay is unknown. 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. Brian, VE3VWP is QRV as VE3VWP/C6A from Paradise
Island until January 25. Activity is holiday style on 40 to 10
meters using SSB, PSK31 and FT8. QSL to home call.
ETHIOPIA, ET. Ulli, DL9WVM is QRV from the ET3AA club station until
January 29. Activity is on 30 to 15 meters using CW. QSL via N2OO.
ECUADOR, HC. Members of the Ecuador DX Club station are QRV as
HD0DX until January 20. Activity is on 40, 20, 17 and 15 meters
using SSB and FT8. QSL via bureau.
REPUBLIC OF KOREA, HL. Special Olympic call HL23N will be QRV from
Yonghung Island, IOTA AS-105, on January 20 and 21. Activity will
be on 80 to 10 meters using CW, SSB and various digital modes. QSL
THAILAND, HS. Marcin, SP5QAZ plans to be QRV as E27AM from the
Rayong Club Station on January 20. QSL via operator’s instructions.
SARDINIA, IS. Simone, IS0AFM will be QRV with special call IR0FOC
to celebrate the 80th anniversary of the First Class CW Operators’
GUINEA-BISSAU, J5. Livio, IZ3BUR will be QRV as J52EC from a
mission in Cumura from January 24 to February 21. QSL to home call.
ST. VINCENT, J8. Brian, GW4DVB will be QRV as J88PI from Palm
Island, IOTA NA-025, from January 21 to 27. QSL direct to home
ANTARCTICA. LU1ZAB is QRV from the Argentine Antarctic Matienzo
Base located in Graham Land, IOTA AN-016, and has been active on 40
meters using SSB around 0015 to 0100z and then again from 0300 to
0415z. QSL via LU4DXU.
ARUBA, P4. Mathias, DL4MM will be QRV as P4/DL4MM from January 24
to 31. Activity is on the low bands. He will be active as P40AA in
the upcoming CQ World Wide 160 Meter CW contest. QSL to home call.
CURACAO, PJ2. Jeff, K8ND is QRV as PJ2ND from the Signal Point
station until February 5. Activity is on the HF bands. He and Jim,
W8WTS will be QRV as PJ2T in the upcoming CQ World Wide 160 Meter CW
contest. QSL PJ2ND via K8ND and PJ2T via W3HNK.
NAMIBIA, V5. Rudi, DK7PE plans to be QRV as V5/DK7PE from Omarura
from January 24 to 31. Activity will be on the HF bands with an
emphasis on 160 and 60 meters. This includes being an entry in the
upcoming CQ World Wide 160 Meter CW contest. QSL direct to home
MONTSERRAT, VP2M. Daniel, KD9HNL is QRV as VP2MDH until January 29.
Activity is on various FM satellites. QSL via LoTW.
THIS WEEKEND ON THE RADIO. The ARRL January VHF Contest, North
American SSB QSO Party, NCCC RTTY Sprint, QRP 80-Meter CW Fox Hunt,
NCCC CW Sprint, Nebraska QSO Party, LZ Open CW Contest, Hungarian DX
Contest, RSGB AFS Data Contest, WAB 1.8 MHz Phone, Feld Hell Sprint
and the Classic CW Exchange are all on tap for this weekend.
The Run for the Bacon QRP Contest is scheduled for January 22.
The CWops Mini-CWT CW Test, Phone Fray, QRP 40-Meter CW Fox Hunt,
NAQCC 160-Meter CW Sprint and SKCC CW Sprint are all scheduled for
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
– BREAKING NEWS: ARRL CEO TOM GALLAGHER NY2RF RESIGNS
– FOR BOATERS, IT’S RADIO TO THE RESCUE
– RADIO’S A STAR IN BBC DOCUMENTARY SERIES
– AM RALLY CELEBRATES THE ORIGINAL PHONE MODE
– FOR BLIND AMATEUR, THE GIFT OF A TALKING RIG
– ‘YL-OM CONTEST’ IS NO WAR OF THE SEXES
– SOTA ACCOMPLISHMENTS CLIMB TO THE HEIGHTS
– WARMING UP FOR WINTER FIELD DAY
– A FAVORITE AMONG PREFIX HUNTERS IS BACK
– WORLD OF DX
– BUILDING HOUSES, BUILDING HAMS
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
Episode 334’s highlights:
“What to expect at QuartzFest 2018,
more resources for your Pineboard Project parts with Bob Heil,
movies featuring Ham radio,
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 !!!