SCARS Newsletter April 13, 2018

In This Issue
April Meeting Tomorrow!
Spring Picnic
Pixie Build, Part Three / 
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

April’s SCARS Meeting is tomorrow. Trust me, for more than one reason, you don’t want to miss it. Yes, we’ll be talking about DMR, but there *may* be some exciting news shared at tomorrow’s meeting. We’ll see.
Be There! Bring A Chair!

We will picnic a week from Saturday, the 21st, at the WA6DKD Ranch.
I’ll have directions in the Newsletter next week.

N5HZR has Part Three of his tips on building the Pixie Kits that a whole bunch of you ordered.

For many of you, this won’t be an “introduction”, but our “Featured” online site this week is AD5GG’s Blog. Gordon has forgotten more about electronics than I will ever know, and he writes about things of interest to ALL OF US without sounding like he swallowed the CRC Handbook.

The Doctor also talks about Microphones, and you should read “at least” the lead article in the ARRL Letter introducing Barry Shelley, N1VXY, and the next CEO of ARRL. By the way, he is retiring soon, so if you’ve ever wanted to be the CEO of ARRL, you can follow the link in the article to apply! And The Letter has an article about our “Spotless Sun” – The Solar Minimum. It can only go up from here!
And Ham Nation is still talking about “the Pine Board”.

Green Country starts this evening, and the Friday evening session is large and uncrowded. You can make the Hamfest on Friday evening and be at the SCARS Meeting Saturday. SCORE!
You can find EVERYTHING you need to know about Green Country at this link:

See you tomorrow at the Meeting!

April Meeting Tomorrow

April 14th Meeting: Digital Mobile Radio DMR

Want to learn some more about Digital Mobile Radio (DMR)? This will be the place. We had lots of requests on to talk about the radio setup, programming the radios, and where to find all of the information you need to create your codeplugs. And, if you want to travel with your DMR radios, we’ll talk about setting up your own DMR hotspot, and how you can connect as you travel. Feel free to bring your DMR radio, and we’ll help you upload a new code plug, update the firmware, and show you the innards of the code plugs.

Also, 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? 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!

April 21st: SCARS Spring Picnic

Each spring, after the Technician / General class, SCARS holds a picnic.
This year the Spring picnic will be April 21st next Saturday and will be at the WA6DKD ranch.

Pixie Build, Part Three

Now, once you’ve built the Pixie kit, look around your work space. Having extra parts laying around is not a good thing. Install those extra parts, and start looking at the board. There are a couple of easy ways to goof up this kit.

  • The first, would be to build on the wrong side of the PC board. It’s not that common to build the entire board, but it is easy to start putting a few parts on the wrong side.
  • Second, carefully review the inductors. These look VERY similar to the resistors, and flipping some of these could cause some trouble.
  • Third, make sure you have made good solder connections. It’s very easy to miss a few holes. Use a magnifying glass and check each connection. Touch up missing, or cold connections with your soldering iron.
  • Fourth, look for stray wires, connections, and solder bridges on the board. Small solder beads may be left on the board and could cause trouble. Large solder blobs may connect two or more solder traces, which cannot be a good thing.

You’ll need to build the plastic case. It should be pretty easy to figure out the top and the bottom pieces. You’ll need to peel off the protective paper before you slot them all together. Before you power up the board, review all of the pieces, or have someone else review them. Connect the power connector to any DC power supply from about 9 VDC to 15 VDC. Connect the BNC dummy load device to the antenna port, connect the earphones, connect a Morse code key, and follow the operator manual instructions for running the radio.

Listen to the earphone, and you should hear some ‘hiss’. When you’re ready to transmit, press the key, and you should see the LED light up, the beeper will sound, and you should be transmitting on 7.030 MHz or 7.023 MHz, depending on which crystal you install. Turn on a separate receiver, and you should hear the tone.


73, Mark Kleine N5HZR

Kits at tomorrow’s meeting.

Link of the Week

AD5GG, Gordon Hudson, and his partner in crime, Amy Sue – KG5PUF, are 2 of the 3 people in the World who hold an Amateur Radio License AND live on “Peter Pan Street” (the other one living in Tennessee).  Gordon blogs from time to time on things of interest to him, and honestly, I’ve never read one of his posts that I didn’t learn something! His latest post talks about his transmit audio setup for his IC-7300. You’d probably learn something here too!

Online Ham Stuff

New This Week:

Our Very Own, Gordon, AD5GG:

The Running List

Listen to The Bands Online

Heathkit Virtual Museum
Ham Radio 2.0
Charts, Propagation, Antenna Patterns, LOTS of stuff:
Foothills ARS. Also, Lots of Stuff, but good Technical Presentations:
K7AGE’s Youtube channel. How-tos here by the score
ARRL’s “Identify noise source by sound” links (this is good!)
Dragnet Radio:

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:

April 14 – SCARS Monthly Meeting – Topic: Digital Mobile Radio DMR

April 21 – SCARS Spring Picnic – “WA6DKD Ranch”

The Doctor Is In

The Doctor’s Latest Podcast is titled

The Doctor sez:
“Amateurs tend to take microphones for granted, but the right microphone can make a huge difference in how you sound on the air, and how well you are understood.


(And *I* will add that most of you need to stand closer to your microphones when you speak!)

Listen to it here-> The Doctor Is In Podcast

The Doctor’s Homepage is here: The Doctor Is In

This Week’s ARRL Letter

Read it all here: ARRL Letter

ARRL DX Bulletin

DX Bulletin 16 ARLD016
From ARRL Headquarters
Newington CT April 12, 2018
To all radio amateurs

ARLD016 DX news

This week’s bulletin was made possible with information provided by
UR5BCP, 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.

AGALEGA AND ST. BRANDON ISLANDS, 3B6,7. A large group of operators
are QRV as 3B7A from Saint Brandon Island, IOTA AF-015, until April
17. Activity is on the HF bands with five stations active using CW,
SSB and RTTY. QSL via F5CWU.

CROATIA, 9A. Dusan, S52DG is QRV as 9A/S52DG/p from Krk Island,
IOTA EU-136, until April 15. Activity is holiday style on 80 to 10
meters using CW and SSB. QSL to home call.

SOUTH COOK ISLANDS, E5. Oleh, UR5BCP will be QRV as E51BCP from
Rarotonga Island, IOTA OC-013, from April 15 to 20. Activity will
be on 40 to 6 meters using CW, SSB, FM and various digital modes.
This includes some SOTA activations. QSL via KD7WPJ.

Fuerteventura, IOTA AF-004, until April 28. Activity is on the HF
bands using SSB and FT8. QSL to home call.

MOLDOVA, ER. Ben, DL7UCX and Bernd, DL7VBJ are QRV as ER/home calls
until April 15. Activity is on 160 to 10 meters using CW and
various digital modes. QSL to home calls.

PHILIPPINES, DU. Bodo, DF8DX will be QRV as DU1WQY/1 from Palawan
Island, IOTA OC-128, from April 15 to 18. QSL to home call.

MARIANA ISLANDS, KH0. Antonio, AH0D is QRV from Saipan Island, IOTA
OC-086. QSL direct to home call.

DENMARK, OZ. Special event station 5P0WARD will be QRV on April 18
to mark the 93rd World Amateur Radio Day. The station will be
active with various call sign extensions. QSL via LoTW.

TUVALU, T2. Antoine, 3D2AG is QRV as T2AR from Funafuti, IOTA
OC-015, until April 21. Activity is in his spare time on 160 to 10
meters using CW, SSB, RTTY, JT65 and FT8. QSL to home call.

PALAU, T8. Kazuhiro, JA7WFT and Shinichi, JI6IHG will be QRV as
T88FT and T88IH, respectively, from Koror Island, IOTA OC-009, from
April 17 to 25. Activity will be on the HF bands. QSL to home

EAST KIRIBATI, T32. Ken, KH6QJ will be QRV as T32AZ from Kiritimati
Island, IOTA OC-024, from April 17 to 24. Activity will be on 20,
15 and 10 meters. This includes being an entry in the upcoming
Worked All Provinces China contest. QSL to home call.

MICRONESIA, V6. Sho, JA7HMZ will be QRV as V63DX from Pohnpei
Island, IOTA OC-010, from April 18 to 24. Activity will primarily
be on 160 meters using FT8. QSL direct to home call.

VANUATU, YJ. Grant, VK5GR will be QRV as YJ0AG from Efate Island,
IOTA OC-035, from April 16 to 30. Activity will be on 80 to 10
meters using some CW, SSB and various digital modes. This include
being an entry in the upcoming SP DX RTTY Contest. QSL via M0OXO.

ROMANIA, YO. Special event station YR57GC is QRV until April 20 to
commemorate the first manned space flight 57 years ago by cosmonaut
Yuri Gagarin. QSL via YO8AXP.

KOSOVO, Z6. A group of operators will be QRV as Z66D from April 14
to 22. Activity will be on the HF bands using CW, SSB, RTTY and FT8
with several stations active. QSL via OK6DJ.

International DX CW Contest, NCCC RTTY Sprint, NCCC CW Sprint, QRP
ARCI Spring CW QSO Party, OK/OM DX SSB Contest, F9AA PSK Cup, New
Mexico QSO Party, Georgia QSO Party, North Dakota QSO Party, Yuri
Gagarin International DX Contest, International Vintage HF Contest,
WAB 3.5/7/14 MHz Data Modes and the Hungarian 80-Meter Straight Key
CW Contest are scheduled for this weekend.

The Run for the Bacon QRP CW Contest is scheduled for April 16.

The 222 MHz Spring Sprint is scheduled for April 17.

The CWops Mini-CWT CW Test and Phone Fray are scheduled for April

The ARRL International Grid Chase runs during all of 2018.

Please see April QST, page 84, and the ARRL and WA7BNM Contest Web
Sites for details.

Always Latest version at the top here:  ARRL DX Bulletin

Amateur Radio Newsline

April 12, 2018




NOTE: The “SCRIPT” and “AUDIO” above are hotlinks. 

Live links, Script, and Audio here: Amateur Radio Newsline – Latest News

Ham Nation

“We Troubleshoot The Pine Board

Episode 346’s highlights:

“Bob’s experience at the OzarkCon QRP Conference,
FCC License Counts from the ARRL,
using an MFJ 259c Antenna Analyzer,
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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