SCARS Newsletter April 27, 2018

In This Issue – 
Spring Picnic – TOMORROW!,
Pixie Kits
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
Ham Nation
Odds and Ends
Where We Are On The Web, and
Upcoming Hamfests within 250 miles  _…_._              

In This Issue

Of course, the BIG NEWS this week is the SCARS Spring Picnic tomorrow. There WILL be good food, good friends, and good eyeball QSOs! Directions are below, but remember Denny’s info is “good in the Callbook”! For those of you who have yet to get your Pixie Kit from Mark, he will have them at the Picnic. And there *is* a new “kit” coming! This week’s “Link of the Week” is talked about a bit, but you CANNOT know how much is really there until you click in – lots of good meat there, The Doctor is “talking” – wait for it – “Kits and Kit Building”, Amateur Radio Newsline is full of good and bad news, and Ham Nation has a variety of topics including, wait for it, “The Pine Board Project” .

“See” you on-the-air, and Tomorrow at the Picnic!

Spring Picnic – TOMORROW!

The Spring picnic is TOMORROW @ 4PM
WA6DKD Ranch
9400 Banner Road, Lexington
If you are coming from 84th on Banner, the turn is less than a 100 feet past the Chouteau Creek bridge. If coming from 96th, don’t cross the bridge – you just missed the turn. Here’s what it looks like from space.
Screenshot 2018-04-26 at 17.12.39

If your favorite smart device APP gets you lost, call on 147.06, and we’ll do our best to give you vectors.

Pixie Kits

Mark will have undelivered Pixie Kits at the Picnic!

Link of the Week

When I dropped in on this site, it was displaying a 6 meter opening from Atlanta into Europe. If nothing else, this site gives you the option to see which bands are open from somewhere to somewhere else, or maybe even into Oklahoma! There is a lot to see and learn here. Click in, Click around, and make it work for you.

There are propagation alerts, point-to-point forecasts, and timely DX News that you can use. Make it work! You can’t break it!

Online Ham Stuff

New This Week:

The Running List

Ham Radio Horizons Magazine

Our Very Own, Gordon, AD5GG:

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 resources! I Want Your links!

Dates To Remember

April 28 – SCARS Spring Picnic – “WA6DKD Ranch”
May 3 – SCARS VE Testing –
May 12 – SCARS May Meeting –

The Doctor Is In

The Doctor’s Latest Podcast is titled
Kits and Kit Building”

The Doctor sez:
“Amateur Radio kits are not only still popular,
they are highly rewarding.
The Doctor offers his tips for kit buying and building.

(Here are some tips to help you finish your Pixie Kit, or tackle that “new kit” that I know is coming during the next few weeks from Mark.)

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

Always Latest version at the top here:  ARRL DX Bulletin

DX Bulletin 18 ARLD018
From ARRL Headquarters
Newington CT April 26, 2018
To all radio amateurs

ARLD018 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.

NIGER, 5U. Torbjon, SM7RME is QRV as 5U7R from Niamey. Activity is on the HF bands in his spare time. His length of stay is unknown. QSL via SM7EHU.

JAMAICA, 6Y. Chris, VO1IDX will be QRV as 6Y5IDX from Negril, IOTA NA-097, from April 29 to May 6. Activity will be on 80 to 6 meters using SSB and FT8. QSL to home call.

CROATIA, 9A. Jan, PA4JJ will be QRV as 9A/PA4JJ from April 27 to June 8. Activity will be on 40 to 10 meters using FT8. QSL to home call.

RWANDA, 9X. Alan, 9X0TA is QRV until December 31. He has been active on the HF bands using FT8. QSL via N4GNR.

BHUTAN, A5. Kay, WA0WOF and Mio, JR3MVF will be QRV as A52YL from April 29 to May 6. They will be active on 80 to 10 meters using CW and SSB. They are joined by Junichi, JH3AEF and Jusei, JA3IVU who will be QRV as A52AEF and A52IVU, respectively, on 80 to 6 meters using CW, SSB and various digital modes. QSL A52YL via WA0WOF, A52AEF via JH3AEF, and A52IVU via JA3IVU.

MOZAMBIQUE, C9. Vasily, R7AL, Vasily, RA1ZZ, Al, RZ3K and Vlad, RK8A will be QRV as C96RRC from Mozambique Island, IOTA AF-088, from April 29 to May 3. Activity will be on 40 to 10 meters using CW, SSB and various digital modes. QSL via R7AL.

FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF GERMANY, DA. Special event station DM152ZYA is QRV until the end of 2018 to commemorate the rollout and maiden flight 60 years ago of the first German passenger aircraft equipped with a jet engine that was built in Dresden. QSL via bureau.

TEMOTU PROVINCE, H40. Cezar, VE3LYC will be QRV as H40D from Taumako Island, IOTA OC-179, from April 29 to May 3. Activity will be on 40 to 10 meters using CW and SSB. QSL to home call.

ITALY, I. The UN Global Service Center ARC, 4U1GSC, in Brindisi, Italy, will change its call to 4U29MAY from May 1 to June 30. This promotes the International Day of UN Peacekeepers, which is May 29. Despite the UN call sign, it will count as Italy. QSL to 9A2AA.

OGASAWARA, JD1. Harry, JG7PSJ will be QRV as JD1BMH from Chichijima, IOTA AS-031, from April 29 to May 4. Activity will be on 40 to 10 meters using CW, SSB and RTTY. QSL direct to home call.

MARKET REEF, OJ0. Pasi, OH3WS will be QRV as OJ0W from April 27 to May 4. Activity will be in his spare time on the HF bands using CW and some SSB. QSL to home call.

SABA, ST. EUSTATIUS, PJ5. Rick, AI5P will be QRV as PJ6/AI5P from Saba Island, IOTA NA-145, from April 28 to May 5. Activity will be on the HF bands. QSL to home call.

SEYCHELLES, S7. Michael, VK4EF is QRV as S79LD from Mahe Island and La Digue Island, both IOTA AF-024, until May 31. Activity is in his spare time on 80, 40, 20 and possibly 10 meters using SSB, JT65, FT8 and QRS CW. QSL direct to home call.

CRETE, SV9. Seppo, OH1VR is QRV as SV9/OH1VR from Stalos Island, IOTA EU-015, until May 2. Activity is on 80 to 10 meters. QSL direct to home call.

ST. KITTS AND NEVIS, V4. Alex, W1CDC is QRV as V47CDC from St. Kitts until May 5. Activity is on the HF bands. QSL to home call.

INDIA, VU. Special event call VU8FOC will be QRV from May 1 to 31 to celebrate the FOC’s 80th anniversary. QSL via operators’ instructions.

LAOS, XW. Bruce, 3W3B is QRV as XW4XR from Vientiane until May 4. Activity is on 40 to 10 meters, and possibly 6 meters, using CW, RTTY and JT65. QSL via E21EIC.

INDONESIA, YB. Look for YB3MM/8 and YB3LZ/8 to be QRV from Tinabo Island, IOTA OC-242, from April 28 to May 1. On May 1 and 2, they will also be active from Salayar Island, IOTA OC-236. Activity will be on 40 to 15 meters with two stations active. QSL via operators’ instructions.

OPERATION APPROVED FOR DXCC CREDIT. The following operation is approved for DXCC Credit: Socorro Island, Revillagigedo, 4B4B, 2018 operation.

THIS WEEKEND ON THE RADIO. The 10-10 International Spring Digital Contest, NCCC RTTY Sprint, NCCC CW Sprint, SP DX RTTY Contest, Helvetia Contest, Florida QSO Party, BARTG Sprint 75 and the AGCW QRP/QRP Party are all on tap for this upcoming weekend.

The Phone Fray and CWops Mini-CWT Test are scheduled for May 2.

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.

Amateur Radio Newsline

April 27, 2018




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

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

Ham Nation


Episode 348’s highlights:

“Bob Heil and Chip Margelli recap the Visalia International DX Convention,
crossband repeater mode on an ICOM IC-2730a,
where to get parts for your Pineboard Project,
Bob’s performance at the Fox Theater in Visalia,
DIY MMDVM on a Raspberry Pi,
and more!

The last half-dozen or so episodes are linked right here: Ham Nation

Go watch!

Where We Are On The Web

Homepage, News / Updates, On The Air Resources,  Facebook, Twitter, Email 

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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