SCARS Newsletter February 16, 2018

February Meeting Post-Thaw Recap/
Choke Material and Lift to Split
Some Nice Online Ham Stuff

Upcoming Meeting Topics
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 Post-Thaw Recap

We had 57 warmly bundled, coffeed, and donuted Amateurs at last week’s meeting. It was a great one that included, as advertised, the invitation from Mike Rockey to help out with this year’s Memorial Marathon. He is always in need of good help.
You can find out more here:
and signup here:

President Ed, AD5DV, led us in a moment of silence to remember Allan, W5DOH. Allan was a fine man, definitely a character, and will be missed.

After our business session, Mark, N5HZR, presented a high-level overview of Grounding and Bonding. This was a one-hour version of a 7 1/2 hour certification course. I learned what an Ω-cm” is! You can learn a little about it here:

President Hatch described a group purchase of Super-elastic Signal Stick
antennas.  These antennas are made of nitinol, literally a “space age”
material used here to make hard-to-destroy HT antennas.  Order via
Peter, N5UWY, before March 2 for delivery at the March SCARS meeting. If you attend the “McMeetings” at McDonald’s most weekday mornings, WB5ULK is the designated order taker / money collector.

By the way, “McMeetings” will be used for the McDonald’s meetings UFN!

There were 3 (count ’em!) Stay After School meetings this month. The usual “Let’s learn how to program your radio” class, the “what general questions to you have?” class, and the ARES Net Control folks had a skull session. I didn’t leave the building until almost 12:30 and there were still about 20 folks there.

Both classes are underway! The Newcastle class meeting at the Library is well down the road with a good sized group. The Norman class is only two sessions into their course of study and is comparatively small this year, but eager learners all! It’s not too late to show up for the Norman class if you’re interested!

It was a great day. Hope to see you next month!

Editor’s Note: Because YOU, members of the Club, utilized the link below, SCARS has received $47.05 from “Amazon Smile” from the last quarter of 2017. This brings our Smile total to $387.16 for 2017, and our overall Amazon total to $836.37 since N5UWY set this up for us in 2009.

If you’re shopping on Amazon, click this link and log in. It doesn’t cost you or me any more money, but the Club will get a very small percentage of the sale:


WX5MOR, Gayland, reminded us that SKYWARN Training is already underway. The in-person training this year is in Edmond, but there are 2 online Webinars that are almost as good. If you already have your 1st SKYWARN class under your belt, I would highly recommend that you take the ADVANCED class that will also be offered as a Webinar.

The Norman Forecast office’s schedule of training classes and locations can be found at this link:

Choke Material and a Lift to Split

Kim, N5OP, asked that I share this with the group…

I’m interested if there is anyone interested in a group buy of ferrite material for common mode chokes. I’m thinking of Type 31 material (best for HF). Mouser lists it here, ,
but I can probably find it cheaper once I know how many are interested. 

Also, at some point in the future, I’m going to rent a trailered lift to work on my antennas. It goes up to almost 60 ft and if I pick it up at the end of the day on a Friday, I need may only a day’s rental but get it for the entire weekend, to be returned on Monday Morning. The one I get is mobile, meaning that it will move under its own power so that you needn’t be a pro trailer person to get it set where it’s needed. It’s usually about $250 for the weekend. I’m interested in sharing the cost if someone else could use it, too.


Kim N5OP,
[You can email Kim here: ]

Some Nice Online Ham Stuff

I’ve stumbled upon some really nice “Ham” writing/publication, etc. sites of late and remembered one that I shared with you some time ago. Go browse through these, and I’ll bet that you’ll find something that interests YOU!
Ham Radio 2.0

(If you watch Episode 128 of HR2.0, “Orlando Hamcation”, you might even see K2ARW in there somewhere!)

Upcoming Meeting Topics

VP/President-Elect W5MQC ran a poll of SCARS members about what they would like to see and hear as meeting presentations. Michelle asked that I post the list “unabridged”. You can see the results of the survey here:

Editor’s Note: Some of you people are “outspoken”! 🙂

Dates To Remember

Some VERY important events are scheduled in the near future which you need to put in your planner:

February 20 – SCARS Tech/General Class Week 3 –

February 27 – SCARS Tech/General Class Week 4 –

March 1 – SCARS VE Testing –

March 6 – SCARS Tech/General Class Week 5 –

March 10 – SCARS Monthly Meeting –

The Doctor Is In

The Doctor’s Latest Podcast is titled

The Doctor sez:
These classic devices are not as common as they used to be,
but they are far from extinct.

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:

Read it all here: ARRL Letter

ARRL DX Bulletin

DX Bulletin 8  ARLD008
From ARRL Headquarters
Newington CT  February 15, 2018
To all radio amateurs

ARLD008 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
to all.

KUWAIT, 9K.  Special event station 9K57NLD is QRV until February 28
to mark Kuwait’s 57th National and Liberation Day.  QSL via Clublog.

RWANDA, 9X.  Christian, M0UPL is QRV as 9XSDA from Kigali until
February 18 while here with the Seventh Day Adventist church.
Activity is on 40 and 20 meters using mainly SSB.  QSL direct to
home call.

TAIWAN, BV.  Randson, BV2DQ, Terry, BU2CC, James, BV2EL and Steven,
VK2HSL, who is QRV as BW/VK2HSL, are all QRV until February 18 to
mark the Chinese New Year.  Activity is on 40, 20 and 15 meters
using CW and SSB.  QSL to home calls.

EASTER ISLAND, CE0.  Michael, DF8AN will be QRV as CE0Y/DF8AN from
February 21 to 28.  Activity will be on the HF bands, concentrating
mainly on RTTY, PSK, JT-modes and FT8.  QSL to home call.

CUBA, CO.  Members of the Las Tunas Contest Crew will be QRV as T48K
in the ARRL International DX CW contest as a Multi/2 entry.  QSL via

CAPE VERDE, D4.  Henning, OZ1BII is QRV as D44EE from Santiago
Island, IOTA AF-005, until February 20.  Activity is on the HF bands
using CW.  This includes being an entry in the ARRL International DX
CW contest.  QSL to home call.

NEW CALEDONIA, FK.  Arnaud, JG1XMV plans to be QRV as FK/JG1XMV from
Grande Terre, IOTA OC-032, Lifou and Mare, both IOTA OC-033, from
February 17 to March 3.  Activity will be holiday style on the HF
bands.  Yves, FK4RD will accompany him.  QSL to home call.

OGASAWARA, JD1.  Nobuaki, JA0JHQ will be QRV as JD1BOW from
Chichijima Island, IOTA AS-031, from February 21 to 24.  Activity
will be on 160 to 15 meters using CW and various digital modes.  QSL
to home call.

GUAM, KH2.  Operators Toshinobu, JI3ERV and Mikawa, JR7OMD will be
QRV as AH2R in the ARRL International DX CW contest.  QSL via LoTW.

ARUBA, P4.  Bruce, AA5B, Steve, AA7V, Ray, K9RS and Art, N3DXX will
be QRV as P40E in the ARRL International DX CW contest as a
Multi/Single entry.  QSL this operation via K9QVB.

BRAZIL, PY.  Members of the CDR Group will be QRV as PX2S from the
Boqueirao Beach Lighthouse, ARLHS BRA-284, in the 10th South
American Lighthouse Weekend.  QSL via PY2CAT.

SLOVENIA, S5.  Special event station S510SOTA is QRV during 2018 to
celebrate the 10th anniversary of the S5 SOTA Association.  QSL via

PALAU, T8.  Will, AA4NC will be QRV as T8NC in the ARRL
International DX CW contest as a Single Op/All Band/Low Power entry.
QSL to home call.

COSTA RICA, TI.  Nathan, N4YDU is QRV as TI5/N4YDU.  He will be
active as TI7W in the ARRL International DX CW contest.  QSL TI7W
via W4FS and TI5/N4YDU direct to home call.

BENIN, TY.  Wim, ON6DX will be QRV as TY1TT from February 20 to 28.
Activity will be on 160 to 10 meters using CW, SSB and RTTY.  QSL to
home call.

ANTIGUA AND BARBUDA, V2.  Alan, N3AD is QRV as V26M from Antigua
until February 19.  This includes being an entry in the ARRL
International DX CW contest.  QSL via W3HNK.

BELIZE, V3.  Operators Torsten, DG7RO and Alexandra, DO5ALX are QRV
as V31TF and V31RU, respectively, until February 25.  Activity is on
the various HF bands using SSB, RTTY and some FT8.  This includes
being active in the ARRL International DX CW contest and the
upcoming CQ World Wide 160 Meter SSB contest.  QSL to home calls.

KOSOVO, Z6.  Look for Z60A to be active in the ARRL International DX
CW contest.  QSL via OH2BH.

ASCENSION ISLAND, ZD8.  Randy, WW6RG plans to be QRV as ZD8RA on
February 20.  Activity will be from 0830 to 1100z and again from
1730 to 1930z.  QSL to home call.

NEW ZEALAND, ZL.  Operators ZL3PAH, ZL3GA and ZL3AB will be QRV as
ZL3X in the ARRL International DX CW contest as a Mutli/2 entry.
QSL via LoTW.

THIS WEEKEND ON THE RADIO.  The ARRL International DX CW Contest,
10th South American Lighthouse Weekend, NCCC RTTY Sprint, QRP
80-Meter CW Fox Hunt, NCCC Sprint, SARL Youth Day 40-Meter SSB
Sprint, Russian PSK World Wide Contest, Feld Hell Sprint, AWA
Amplitude Modulation QSO Party and Classic Phone Exchange will
certainly keep contesters busy this upcoming weekend.

The Run for the Bacon QRP CW Contest is scheduled for February 19.

The AGCW 80-Meter Semi-Automatic Key CW Evening, Phone Fray, QRP
40-Meter CW Fox Hunt, and CWops Mini-CWT Test are scheduled for
February 21.

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

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

Ham Nation


Episode 338’s highlights:

“Looking inside your trap antenna,
School Club Roundups,
Ray Novak from Icom talks about what’s new from Icom,
Jeri Ellsworth AI6TK at QuartzFest part 2,
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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