In This Issue /
March Meeting – TOMORROW! /
SKYWARN TRAINING /
Online Ham Stuff /
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 _…_._
In This Issue
I’ve had streak of putting out error-ridden emails *about* this Newsletter; a “Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad” streak. Hopefully, this week will have NOT been a train wreck!
In this week’s Newsletter, we start off with a preview of the March Club Meeting. N5UWY will talk “Amateur Radio Satellites”, and of course there will be the multiple Stay-After-School events. The very next SKYWARN training event is an online opportunity this coming Tuesday, see the schedule linked in “Dates to Remember” for how to signup for that, followed by some online Amateur Radio reading, happenings for the coming week, and “The Doctor’s” Amplifier dos and don’ts.
This week’s ARRL Letter leads with Dayton’s “Hamvention” announcing this year’s award winners, “Yes, Virginia, Bouvet Island will be back”, and NASA chooses some more Amateur Cube Sats to fly! Plus lots of other “stuff”!
If you can’t find anything interesting to read, watch, or listen to here, call WA6DKD on 147.06 – Denny always has something interesting to talk about!
See you TOMORROW at the MARCH SCARS Meeting!
March Meeting – TOMORROW!
Amateur Radio Satellites
Peter Laws N5UWY will be talking about Amateur Radio Satellite work. If you’ve never tried this part of the hobby, you’re in for a treat. This technology is by hams, for hams. There are a number of our ‘birds’ circling the earth, and Peter will help you try to listen to them with gear you probably already have. AMSAT is the first place to look, if you’re into this segment.
In addition, we’ll perform more ‘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.
SCARS meetings are held on the second Saturday of the month (third in June) at 9:00 am at the Norman Firehouse #7, just west of Rock Creek, and Flood. All of the location and time details are available on the Meetings/Nets page of this website. Don’t forget to bring a chair, if you can, as space is getting limited!
WX5MOR, Gayland, reminds 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 next event that is not a long drive is an online Webinar this coming week, Tuesday, March 13. Check the schedule below for how to sign-up.
The Norman Forecast office’s schedule of training classes and locations can be found below:
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!
Share your favorite online Ham resource with others! Send me those links!
Dates To Remember
Some VERY important events are scheduled in the near future which you need to put in your planner:
Mar 10 – SCARS Monthly Meeting – http://w5nor.org/meetings/
April 5 – SCARS VE Testing – http://w5nor.org/license/
April 14 – SCARS Monthly Meeting – Topic: Digital Mobile Radio DMR
The Doctor Is In
The Doctor’s Latest Podcast is titled
“Adding an Amplifier to your station“
The Doctor sez:
“Adding an amp is not as straightforward as it sounds. There is much to consider, including AC power.”
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:
- Valerie Hotzfeld, NV9L, is “Amateur of the Year,” as Hamvention Announces Award Winners
- 3Y0Z Bouvet Island Team: We’ll Be Back
- The Doctor Will See You Now!
- ARRL Repurposes AM Broadcast Transmitter for Ham Radio Use
- Amateur Radio CubeSats Among NASA Ninth-Round CubeSat Launch Initiative Picks
- History-Related Events Will Operate from Rare Grid in Cape Cod National Seashore
- Expanded ARRL Presence at HamCation Provides Room to Meet and Greet Volunteers
- Swedish Telecoms Regulator Considering Charging Hams a Fee to Run More Than 200 W
- 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 11 ARLD011
From ARRL Headquarters
Newington CT March 8, 2018
To all radio amateurs
SB DX ARL ARLD011
ARLD011 DX news
This week’s bulletin was made possible with information provided by
PY2WAS, 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.
SPRATLY ISLANDS. A large group of operators are QRV as 9M0W from
Layang Layang Island, IOTA AS-051, until March 13. Activity is on
160 to 6 meters using CW, SSB and various digital modes. QSL via
MAURITIUS, 3B8. Nigel, G3TXF will be QRV as 3B8XF in the RSGB
Commonwealth CW contest. QSL via Club Log.
ANNOBON, 3C0. Operators YL2GM, YL1ZF and YL2KL are QRV as 3C0W from
Annobon, IOTA AF-039, until March 27. Activity is on 160 to 10
meters using CW, SSB and RTTY. QSL direct to YL2GN.
TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO, 9Y. Operators Arkadiy, UA4CC and Arunas, LY2IJ
are QRV as 9Y4/UA4CC and 9Y4/LY2IJ, respectively, from Tobago
Island, IOTA SA-009, until March 12. Activity is holiday style on
the various HF bands using CW, SSB and possibly RTTY and FT8. QSL
to home calls.
BHUTAN, A5. Look for A5A to be QRV from March 14 to 18. Activity
will be on 160 to 6 meters using CW, SSB, RTTY and FT8. QSL via
PHILIPPINES, DU. Jacek, SP5APW will be QRV as DU1/SP5APW from
Palawan Island, IOTA OC-129, from March 12 to 18. Activity will be
holiday style on 40, 20, and 17 meters using SSB, RTTY, PSK and FT8.
QSL to home call.
FRENCH POLYNESIA, FO. Will, W0ZRJ and Bill, KH6OO will be QRV as
TX5X from Tahiti, IOTA OC-046, from March 10 to 17, Activity will
be on 40 to 10 meters using CW, JT9, JT65 and FT8. QSL via LoTW.
REPUBLIC OF KOREA, HL. Taka, JA8COE is QRV as HL4/JA8COE/5 from
Namhae Island, IOTA AS-081, until March 9. Activity is on the HF
bands using CW, SSB and various digital modes. QSL to home call.
AUSTRIA, OE. Operators OE3DMB and OE8AIR will be QRV with special
calls OE100DMB and OE100AIR, respectively, from March 11 to November
13 to celebrate Austria’s declaration of becoming a democratic
republic on November 12, 1918. QSL to home calls.
CURACAO, PJ2. Ben, DL1RNT is QRV as PJ2/DL1RNT until March 15.
Activity is holiday style on 40 to 10 meters using mostly CW with
some RTTY and PSK. QSL to home call.
SABA, ST. EUSTATIUS, PJ5. Operators SP2FUD, SP2GCJ and SP9FIH will
be QRV as PJ5/home calls beginning March 12. Activity is on the HF
bands. They will be QRV as PJ5T in the upcoming CQ World Wide WPX
SSB contest as a Multi Op entry. QSL via operators’ instructions.
PALAU, T8. Kiyoshi, JA0EKI is QRV as T88XH from Koror Island, IOTA
OC-009, until March 14. Activity is on 160 to 10 meters using CW,
SSB, RTTY and FT8. QSL to home call.
CAMEROON, TJ. A group of operators will be QRV as TJ3TT from March
15 to 29. Activity will be on 160 to 10 meters using CW, SSB and
RTTY. QSL direct to I2YSB.
CONGO, TN. Members of the DX Friends Team are QRV as TN5R from
Pointe Noire until March 19. Activity is on 160 to 10 meters using
CW, SSB and RTTY. QSL via EA5RM.
BENIN, TY. A group of operators are QRV as TY7C until March 18.
Activity is on the HF bands using CW, SSB, and various digital modes
including FT8, with four stations active. QSL via F5GSJ.
MACAO, XX9. A group of operators are QRV as XX9B until March 17.
Activity is on 160 to 6 meters using CW, SB, RTTY and FT8 with three
stations active. QSL via PP1CZ.
CAYMAN ISLANDS, ZF. Operators K0NR and KB9DPF will be QRV as ZF2NR
and ZF2PF, respectively, from Grand Cayman Island from March 10 to
17. Activity will be holiday style on 40 to 10 meters using SSB and
FT8. This includes some FM Satellite activity from grid square
EK99. QSL to home calls.
THIS WEEKEND ON THE RADIO. The Stew Perry Topband CW Challenge,
NCCC RTTY Sprint, QRP 80-Meter CW Fox Hunt, NCCC CW Sprint, SARL
VHF/UHF Analogue Contest, RSGB Commonwealth CW Contest, SKCC Weekend
CW Sprintathon, F9AA SSB Cup, South America 10 Meter Contest, AGCW
QRP CW Contest, Oklahoma QSO Party, EA PSK63 Contest, TESLA Memorial
80-Meter HF CW Contest, QCWA QSO Party, Idaho QSO Party, QRP ARCI
Spring Thaw SSB Shootout, North American RTTY Sprint, UBA Spring
2-Meter Contest, Wisconsin QSO Party and the WAB 3.5 MHz Phone will
certainly keep contesters busy this upcoming weekend.
The 4 States QRP Group Second Sunday Sprint is scheduled for March
The CLARA Chatter Party is scheduled for March 13.
The RSGB 80-Meter Club CW Championship, CWops Mini-CWT CW Test,
Phone Fray and QRP 40-Meter CW Fox Hunt are scheduled for March 14.
The ARRL International Grid Chase runs during all of 2018.
Please see March 2018 QST, page 85, and the ARRL and WA7BNM Contest
Web Sites for details.
Always Latest version at the top here: ARRL DX Bulletin
Amateur Radio Newsline
– SUMMITS’ MICRO ACHIEVEMENT ON A MACRO LEVEL
– RADIO, AND A REPEATER, TO THE RESCUE
– IN THE UK, AN EMPTY ELECTION TICKET
– DX ASSOCIATION DINNER BOOKS HAMVENTION SPEAKER
– INDIVIDUAL LICENSES JUST THE TICKET IN TUNISIA
– NETS OF NOTE: THE TUBE NET
– A POWERFUL PROPOSAL IN SWEDEN
– USE OF V-BAND ON HORIZON FOR NIGERIAN HAMS
– CHARLESTON WEST VIRGINIA HOSTING HAMFEST
– NOMINATE NEXT YOUNG HAM OF THE YEAR
– WORLD OF DX
– MORSE CODE’S A SHOE-IN
NOTE: The “SCRIPT” and “AUDIO” above are hotlinks.
Live links, Script, and Audio here: Amateur Radio Newsline – Latest News
“HAM OF THE YEAR: VALERIE NV9L”
Episode 341’s highlights:
“Garry K9WZB and amateur radio month in Lake Havasu City, AZ,
more of your Pine Board projects with Bob Heil,
ARRL “Amateur of the Year” Valerie NV9L
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 !!!