February Meeting Tomorrow – Probably /
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 _…_._
February Meeting Tomorrow – Probably
There IS a small chance (20%) of freezing precipitation on overnight tonight, so check the Facebook Group or 147.06 Saturday morning for last minute updates. As always, bring a chair!
And with the VERY LIKELY “chance” that we WILL meet, Mike Rockey, KE5EQC, will be present to talk about the Oklahoma City Marathon, and how we can help with the amateur radio communications. They need about 90 operators for the day, and our efforts provide over $50,000 in ‘in-kind’ donations to that great event. Last year we had a half dozen or so folks participate. This year our own Norbert Suchanek WE5Z will be coordinating our efforts, so, please see him if you have any questions.
Mark Kleine N5HZR will provide a presentation on Grounding and Bonding. He will talk about the codes, standards, trials and tribulations of this electrical topic, and should give you a good idea of what to look for in your own shack.
After Mark’s talk, there will be a meeting of ARES Net Control operators to chat about stuff we need to chat about. AND there WILL be ‘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.
Also, we are still looking for more folks to help out with the Saturday noon SIREN NET. Catch Peter Laws, N5UWY, or any other SCARS officer for more information.
See you there! Bring a Chair!
Dates To Remember
Some VERY important events are scheduled in the near future which you need to put in your planner:
ARES Net *NEW TIME* – 7:30PM, Each Tuesday, 147.06 repeater
February 10 – SCARS Monthly Meeting – http://w5nor.org/meetings/
February 13 – SCARS Tech/General Class Week 2 – http://w5nor.org/events/
March 1 – SCARS VE Testing – http://w5nor.org/license/#When
March 10 – SCARS Monthly Meeting – http://w5nor.org/meetings/
The Doctor Is In
The Doctor’s Latest Podcast is titled
“Automatic Gain Control“
The Doctor sez:
“This little-discussed receiver feature preserves your sanity, and so much more!“
Listen to it here-> The Doctor Is In Podcast
The Doctor’s Homepage is here: The Doctor Is In
This Week’s ARRL Letter
Most Recent Headlines:
- 3Y0Z Bouvet Island DXpedition Aborted over Safety Concerns
- ARRL Suggests FCC May Need to Intervene to Ensure Effective Antenna Rights
- The Doctor Will See You Now!
- Foxes and Hounds — FT8 DXpedition Mode is in the Works for WSJT-X
- ARRL Foundation Announces Joel R. Miller (W7PDX) and Martha C. Miller STEM Scholarship
- Z60A Fielding Three Stations to Handle Huge Pileups for New DXCC #1
- Dominica Post-Disaster Needs Assessment Cites Amateur Radio’s Role after Maria
- USA ARDF Championships Set for June 13-17 in California
- 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 7 ARLD007
From ARRL Headquarters
Newington CT February 8, 2018
To all radio amateurs
SB DX ARL ARLD007
ARLD007 DX news
This week’s bulletin was made possible with information provided by
The Daily DX, the OPDX Bulletin, 425 DX News, DXNL, Contest Corral
from QST and the ARRL Contest Calendar and WA7BNM web sites. Thanks
GEORGIA, 4L. Furkan, TA7AOF and Golkem, TA7AZC are QRV as 4L/TA7AOF
and 4L/TA7AZC, respectively, until February 12. Activity is on the
HF bands with a focus on various digital modes. This includes being
entries in the CQ World Wide WPX RTTY contest. QSL to home calls.
JAMAICA, 6Y. Yuri, VE3DZ will be QRV as 6Y2T from February 13 to
20. Activity will be on the HF bands. This includes being an entry
in the upcoming ARRL International DX CW contest. QSL to home call.
THE GAMBIA, C5. Alan, G4DJX, Jessica, M6LPJ, Polly, M6POG, Morgan,
M6MXD and Stan, M6SQO are QRV as C5DX until February 16 while
visiting the Senior High School in Farafenni. QSL direct to G4DJX.
MOROCCO, CN. A group of operators will be QRV as CN2DF and CN2FR
from February 13 to 20. Activity will be on 160 to 10 meters using
CW, SSB, RTTY and PSK31 with two stations active. QSL via DL7DF.
CAPE VERDE, D4. Henning, OZ1BII will be QRV as D44EE from Praia
Santa Maria, Santiago Island, IOTA AF-005, from February 15 to 20.
Activity will be on 160 to 10 meters using only CW. This includes
being active in the upcoming ARRL International DX CW contest as a
Single Op/All Band/Low Power entry. QSL to home call.
PHILIPPINES, DU. Dindo, DU1UD is QRV as DX8TT from Tawi-Tawi, IOTA
OC-174, and DX8MAP from Cagayan De Sulu Island, IOTA OC-105, during
2018. Activity is on the HF bands in his spare time, and on short
notice. QSL via operator’s instructions.
ISLE OF MAN, GD. Billy, GM0OBX, Jonathan, MM0OKG and Stevie, MM0VPY
are QRV as MT0IXD from Scarlett Point on the Isle of Man, IOTA
EU-116, until February 12. Activity is on the HF bands using CW,
SSB and RTTY. This includes being an entry in the CQ World Wide WPX
RTTY contest. QSL via M0OXO.
SARDINIA, IS0. Simone, IS0AFM is QRV with special call sign IR0FOC
from Cagliari until December 31 to celebrate the 80th anniversary of
the First Class CW Operators’ Club, or FOC. QSL direct to home
ST. LUCIA, J6. Charles, KG9N will be QRV as J6/KG9N from Saint
Lucia Island, IOTA NA-108, from February 13 to 27. Activity will be
on the HF bands. This includes being an entry in the upcoming ARRL
International DX CW contest. QSL to home call.
JAPAN, JA. Special event station 8J3B is QRV until June 26 during
the 100th anniversary of the Lake Biwa Rowing Song. QSL direct to
AUSTRIA, OE. The United Nations ARCDXC will be QRV as 4U0R on World
Radio Day, which is February 13. QSL via UA3DX.
NETHERLANDS, PA. A group of operators are QRV as PA2018BP until
March 9 to commemorate Robert Baden Powell, founder of the Scout
Movement. QSL via PA3EFR.
ANTIGUA AND BARBUDA, V2. Paul, VA3ZC will be QRV as V26PE from
Jolly Harbour on Antigua, IOTA NA-100, from February 13 to 27.
Activity will be on 40, 30 and 20 meters using JT65, FT8, and some
SSB. QSL to home call.
BELIZE, V3. Torsten, DG7RO and Alexandra, DO5ALX are QRV as V31TF
and V31RU, respectively, until February 25. Activity is on the HF
bands using SSB, RTTY and some FT8. This includes being active in
the CQ World Wide WPX RTTY contest, and the upcoming ARRL
International DX CW and CQ World Wide 160 Meter SSB contests. QSL
to home calls.
TURKS AND CAICOS ISLANDS, VP5. Pat, K0PC will be QRV as VP5/K0PC
from Caicos, IOTA NA-002, from February 13 to 20. Activity is on
the HF bands. This includes being active as VP5K in the upcoming
ARRL International DX CW contest. QSL to home call.
VIET NAM, XV. BJ, WA7WJR is QRV as XV9WJR from Bien Hoa until
February 14. Activity is mainly on 40 and 20 meters using primarily
CW. QSL direct to home call.
OPERATION APPROVED FOR DXCC CREDIT. The following operation is
approved for DXCC credit: Palestine, E44WE, operation from March
23, 2017 to March 23, 2018.
THIS WEEKEND ON THE RADIO. The CQ World Wide RTTY WPX Contest, YLRL
YL-OM Contest, SARL Field Day Contest, Asia-Pacific Spring CW
Sprint, SKCC Weekend CW Sprintathon, KCJ Topband CW Contest, Dutch
PACC Contest, OMISS SSB QSO Party, FISTS Winter Unlimited CW Sprint,
RSGB 1st 1.8 MHz CW Contest and the Balkan HF Contest will certainly
keep contesters busy this upcoming weekend.
The ARRL School Club Roundup runs from February 12 to 16.
The 4 States QRP Group Second Sunday Sprint, and CQC Winter QSO CW
Party are scheduled for February 12.
The RSGB 80-Meter Club Data Championship, CWops Mini-CWT CW Test,
QRP 40-Meter CW Fox Hunt, Phone Fray, NAQCC CW Sprint and PODXS 070
Club Valentine Sprint are scheduled for February 14.
The ARRL International Grid Chase runs during all of 2018.
Please see February 2018 QST, page 87, and the ARRL and WA7BNM
Contest Web Sites for details.
Always Latest version at the top here: ARRL DX Bulletin
Amateur Radio Newsline
– TOP STORY: BOUVET ISLAND DXPEDITION SCRAPPED
– FIRST-TIMERS ENTER SCHOOL CLUB ROUNDUP
– ALABAMA OLD-TIMERS GET THEIR BIG NIGHT
– AMATEURS PREPARE TO MARK ALABAMA’S BICENTENNIAL
– IN THE UK, SOTA ENTHUSIAST REACHES NEW PEAK
– GETTING IN SHAPE FOR AMATEUR RADIO DIRECTION-FINDING
– GROUNDHOG DAY SPECIAL EVENT CASTS SHADOWS
– AFTERLIFE FOR STATIONS AFTER WRTC
– AUSTRALIAN AMATEUR TV REPEATER’S ON THE MOVE
– FCC SEEKS INPUT ON WEATHER RESPONSE
– THE WORLD OF DX
– ALIVE AND STILL KICKING
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
“THE LEA FAMILY & FALCON HEAVY”
Episode 337’s highlights:
“Amanda interviews the Lea family and their Space X Falcon Heavy Special Event Station,
3Y0Z Bouvet Island DXpedition aborted due to unsafe conditions,
Randy K7AGE talks to Jeri Ellsworth AI6TK about her RV at QuartzFest,
George shows how to install a BNC connector on an RG-142 coax cable,
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 !!!