In This Issue –
April Meeting Highlights,
Spring Picnic – Rain Delay,
Link of the Week,
Online Ham Stuff,
Dates To Remember,
The Doctor Is In,
This Week’s ARRL Letter,
ARRL DX Bulletin,
Amateur Radio Newsline,
Odds and Ends,
Where We Are On The Web, and
Upcoming Hamfests within 250 miles _…_._
In This Issue
Last week’s April Club meeting was GOOD. If you weren’t there, just wow! The Spring Picnic is in Rain Delay, and Mark really wants to get YOUR PIXIE KIT to you – his contact info is below. This week’s “Link of the Week” is the archive.org site for “Ham Radio Horizons”, there are Many Meaty links in this week’s ARRL Letter – YOU can even through your name into the “ring” to be the next CEO, The Doctor is still “talking” Microphones, Amateur Radio Newsline kicks-off this week’s episode with a Ham Radio-related Wildfire rescue in Colorado, and finally Ham Nation doesn’t talk about the Pine Board Project (much).
“See” you on-the-air, and next week at the Picnic!
April Meeting Highlights
April 14th Meeting: Digital Mobile Radio DMR
Last week’s April meeting was a wind-blown success! Even with the cold gale going on outside there was plenty of hot coffee, good pastries, lots of talk, laughter, and deep discussions, as well as not-so-deep but equally satisfying joke-telling sessions. When the official “meeting” spun-up, we met new hams, those still waiting on callsigns, and a visitor or two. There were 59 Amateurs (and the Emergency Manager’s dog) who braved the wind last Saturday! We had a GREAT time. A few business items:
1- We are not broke.
2- For those of you who are slackers, Dues Are Due. Pay up! Jeff, AG5LB, will be more than happy to receive your dues, or you can PayPal on the W5NOR website. See “Pay Membership Online” heading on the membership page:
N5HZR did a great talk about how DMR works (not how to program your radio – that is a ‘Stay After School’ event each month). Mark did a great job, answered a LOT of questions, and generated many more still needing answers. It was GOOD and Michelle has it all on video!
Spring Picnic – Rain Delay!
The Spring picnic has been rescheduled to
April 28th @ 4 PM
because of the expected GOOD RAINS!
Directions to the WA6DKD ranch in next week’s NL.
For those of you who have not already gotten your Pixie Kits, Mark has them and would LOVE to get your to you. Operators are standing by! Catch him on the repeater, via the Facebook group, or email him at N5HZR@ARRL.NET.
Link of the Week
Ham Radio Horizons Magazine
HRH was published from 1977 through 1979. It was a time when I FINALLY had a radio that I had access to when *I* wanted it and I just ate up this little mag. It was aimed at The Beginner and MUCH of what it has between its covers is still pertinent today.
The entire 3 year run can be found at the Archive.org web library. Click on the Magazine cover to open the overview. There is a large selection of reading and download options on the right side of the page.
Go check it out even if you are an Old Fart.
Online Ham Stuff
New This Week:
Ham Radio Horizons Magazine
The Running List
Our Very Own, Gordon, AD5GG: http://www.ad5gg.com/
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: https://youtu.be/fgTyfwuhThU
Share your favorite online Ham resources! I Want Your links!
Dates To Remember
Some VERY important events are scheduled in the near future which you need to put in your planner:
***April 28 – SCARS Spring Picnic – “WA6DKD Ranch”
May 3 – SCARS VE Testing – http://w5nor.org/license/
May 12 – SCARS May Meeting – http://w5nor.org
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
- School’s Ham Contact with Space Station Raises Amateur Radio Visibility in Alabama
- ARRL Executive Committee to Meet April 21
- FCC Commissioner Mignon Clyburn Stepping Down
- The Doctor Will See You Now!
- Radio Amateurs in Canada to Gain Access to New 5 MHz Allocation with 100 W ERP
- Space Station Commemorative Slow-Scan TV Transmissions Prove Extremely Popular
- New 630-Meter Band Reported “Very Busy”
- April 26 is International Girls in Information and Telecommunication Technologies Day
- Virginia Radio Amateur Completes Contacts on All 29 Ham Bands
- IEEE SPECTRUM Report: FCC is Inconsistent Regarding Small Satellites
- Getting It Right
- 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 17 ARLD017
From ARRL Headquarters
Newington CT April 19, 2018
To all radio amateurs
SB DX ARL ARLD017
ARLD017 DX news
This week’s bulletin was made possible with information provided by
S50U, WB6Z, 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.
MAURITIUS, 3B8. Giulio, IW3HVB is QRV as 3B8MB until April 27.
Activity is on 2 meters and 23 cm using EME. QSL to home call.
ISRAEL, 4X. Artur, 4X4DZ, Alex, 4Z4AK, Hilik, 4X6YA and Jan, 4X1VF
will be QRV with special event call 4X0BG on April 20 and 21 during
the Holyland contest. QSL via bureau.
ZAMBIA, 9J. Brian, 9J2BO plans to be QRV in the CQMM DX contest.
QSL direct to G3TEV.
SIERRA LEONE, 9L. Mark, KW4XJ plans to be QRV as 9L/KW4XJ near
Freetown in the CQMM DX contest. QSL to home call.
NEPAL, 9N. Sergei, R4WAA is QRV as 9N7WA until April 27. Activity
is on the HF bands using CW and various digital modes. QSL to home
MOROCCO, CN. A large group of operators are QRV as 5C5AF from Ile
de Mogador, IOTA AF-065, until April 22. QSL via I8LWL. In
addition, special event station 5C13SIA will be QRV from April 24 to
28 to commemorate the 13th International Exhibition of Agriculture
being held in Meknes City. QSL direct to CN8WW.
BOLIVIA, CP. Enrique, CP6UA plans to be QRV in the CQMM DX contest.
Activity will be with CW and SSB. QSL direct to home call.
SAINT BARTHELEMY, FJ. Rick, AI5P, Barry, N0KV, Gregory, W0ZA and
James, WD0E are QRV as FJ/AI5P and FJ/N0KV until April 27. Activity
is on 80 to 10 meters using CW, SSB, RTTY, with some Satellite
activity as well. QSL to home calls.
SOLOMON ISLANDS, H4. Bernhard, DL2GAC and Cezar, VE3LYC will be QRV
as H44R from Mbanika Island, IOTA OC-168, from April 22 to 25.
Activity will be on 40 to 17 meters using CW and SSB with two
stations active. QSL direct to VE3LYC.
ST. VINCENT, J8. Brian, GW4DVB will be QRV as J88PI from Palm
Island, IOTA NA-025, from April 21 to 29. Activity will be on 40 to
6 meters using only SSB. QSL direct to home call.
JAPAN, JA. Special event station 8J1ITU is QRV from Honshu Island,
IOTA AS-007, until May 31 to commemorate World Telecommunication and
Information Society Day that will be held on May 17. QSL via
SLOVENIA, S5. Special event station S50RTVS is QRV until December
31, 2018 to celebrate 90 years of radio broadcasting and 60 years of
television programs broadcasting by the Public Institute Radio and
Television Corporation of Slovenia. QSL via bureau.
TURKEY, TA. Ben, DL7UCX and Bernd, DL7VBJ are QRV as TA0/homecalls
from Marmara Island, IOTA AS-201, until April 26. Activity is on
the HF bands. QSL to home calls. In addition, special event
station TC23TC will be QRV on April 21 to 23 to celebrate the 23rd
April Children Fest. QSL via operators’ instructions.
ST KITTS AND NEVIS, V4. Alex, W1CDC will be QRV as V47CDC from St.
Kitts, IOTA NA-104, from April 23 to May 5. Activity will be on 80
to 10 meters using only CW. QSL to home call.
MICRONESIA, V6. Sho, JA7HMZ is QRV as V63DX from Pohnpei Island,
IOTA OC-010, until April 24. Activity is on the HF bands with a
focus on 160 meters using FT8. QSL direct to home call.
CHRISTMAS ISLAND, VK9X. James, N1YC and Wilbert, PE7T are QRV as
VK9X/homecalls until April 21. Activity is on 80 to 10 meters using
CW and SSB. QSL VK9X/N1YC via W5UE and VK9X/PE7T via PE7T.
KOSOVO, Z6. Uwe, DG8NCO plans to be QRV as Z66EME from April 21 to
30. Activity will be on 2 meters and 70 cm using EME. QSL to home
THIS WEEKEND ON THE RADIO. The NCCC RTTY Sprint, NCCC CW Sprint,
Holyland DX Contest, ES Open HF Championship, Worked All Provinces
of China DX Contest, QRP to the Field, CQMM CW DX Contest, YU DX
Contest, Nebraska QSO Party, Michigan QSO Party, EA-QRP CW Contest,
Feld Hell Sprint and the Ontario QSO Party are all on tap for this
The CWops Mini-CWT CW Test, 432 MHz Spring Sprint, UKEICC 80-Meter
CW Contest, Phone Fray and SKCC CW Sprint 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
– TOP STORY: DRAMATIC RADIO RESCUE AS COLORADO WILDFIRES RAGE
– PRISON FOR BEATING DEATH OF MINNESOTA AMATEUR
– SILENT KEY: RADIO HOST ART BELL W6OBB/4F1AB
– SILENT KEY: ‘WIREMAN’ PRESSLEY JONES N8UG
– A FIRST-CLASS IDEA FOR CW
– YOUNG HAM OF THE YEAR NOMINATIONS STILL OPEN
– MILITARY TRIBUTE TO AUSTRALIA’S VINTAGE RADIOS
– JAPAN LADIES RADIO SOCIETY ENDS SPECIAL-EVENT YEAR
– WRTC 2018 HAS PLANS FOR NON-COMPETITORS TOO
– INDIANA GETS READY TO QSO PARTY HEARTY
– WORLD OF DX
– HAM RADIO GETS PRIME-TIME TV ROLE, SORT OF
NOTE: The “SCRIPT” and “AUDIO” above are hotlinks.
Live links, Script, and Audio here: Amateur Radio Newsline – Latest News
“FROM VISALIA TO SWEDEN“
Episode 347’s highlights:
“The search for the next ARRL CEO,
remembering Clyde Haehnle,
register for Contest University 2018,
revisiting LOTW with Val,
events at Hamvention 2018,
The last half-dozen or so episodes are linked right here: Ham Nation
Where We Are On The Web
Homepage, News / Updates, On The Air Resources, Facebook, Twitter, Email
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 !!!