In This Issue –
Spring Picnic – Pictures ,
VHF Repeater Work ,
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
Picnic Pictures occupy most of the vertical inches in the Newsletter this week. People, Food, and Aluminum are all featured. Work was done on the VHF repeater with some revelations and one big “GOTCHA”. This week’s “Link of the Week” focuses on learning, The Doctor is “talking” – wait for it – “Kits and Kit Building”! DX News, Amateur Radio Newsline, and Ham Nation round-out the Newsletter as usual, with Ham Nation talking about my “favorite” project. Or not.
Spring Picnic – Pictures!
N5HZR & N5UWY took pictures of the picnic.
A Good Time Had By All!
VHF Repeater Work
Another change in configuration of the VHF repeater was made mid-week in an attempt to pinpoint the occasional interference. You can read about what was done yesterday at the repeater blog here: http://scarsrepeater.blogspot.com/
There have already been issues revealed by this change, but this change resulted in some unexpected and deleterious behaviour. That will be addressed as access to the repeater site is coordinated with the owner.
Updates On-The-Air and at the Repeater’s Blog (above).
Link of the Week
There are very few “Catch All” places which gathers-up Ham Learning across the spectrum, and this is one of them. Yes, there ARE some things here which cost – many of the ARRL specialized training courses which some of you have already used, but others are completely free. Some of the “study” resources are out-of-date, but their information IS NOT! The study guides present materials to help you “learn” more about Amateur Radio, and these are some of the best that are out there. And while the Gordon West material is aimed at “testing” material long out-of-use, what you learn in that is very topical to Our Hobby.
Browse this resource. Some great stuff is here.
Online Ham Stuff
New This Week:
Amateur Radio Education & General Learning Resources
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: https://youtu.be/fgTyfwuhThU
Share your favorite online Ham resources! I Want Your links!
Dates To Remember
May 12 – SCARS May Meeting – http://w5nor.org
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
- ARRL Counting Down to Hamvention® 2018
- Amateur Radio Case Attracts Attention of FCC Commissioner
- Collegiate Radio Amateur Wins Radio Club of America’s “Young Achiever Award”
- Annual Armed Forces Day Crossband Communication Test Set for Saturday, May 12
- Third Public Test of FT8 “DXpedition Mode” Set for May 5
- The Doctor Will See You Now!
- New Book, Portable Operating for Amateur Radio, is Now Shipping
- Report: Former Hamvention® Home Hara Arena Getting a New Owner
- Deadline Approaching to Submit Philip J. McGan Memorial Silver Antenna Award Nominations
- Former Orange Section Manager, Veteran ARRL Volunteer Sandi Heyn, WA6WZN, SK
- 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 19 ARLD019
From ARRL Headquarters
Newington CT May 3, 2018
To all radio amateurs
SB DX ARL ARLD019
ARLD019 DX news
This week’s bulletin was made possible with information provided by
SV2CLJ, 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.
QATAR, A7. Rasto, OM6AA is QRV as A75GR while living in Doha. QSL
MOZAMBIQUE, C9. A group of operators are QRV as C8T until May 15.
Activity is on 160 to 10 meters using CW, SSB, RTTY, and possibly
PSK and FT8 with four stations. This may include a fifth station
running 2-meter EME. QSL via ON1DX.
PHILIPPINES, DU. Press, N6SS is QRV as DU6/N6SS from Sibalom,
Antique Province, Panay Island, IOTA OC-129, until May 17. Activity
is on 80 to 10 meters using CW and FT8. QSL to home call.
SOUTH COOK ISLANDS, E5. Bruce, WB7OTC will be QRV as E51OTC from
Rarotonga Island, IOTA OC-013, Aitutaki Island, IOTA OC-083, and
Atiu Island, IOTA OC-083, from May 6 to 17. Activity will be on the
HF bands using QRP power. QSL to home call.
BELARUS, EW. Special event station EV73K will be QRV from May 5 to
10 to commemorate the 73 years since victory in the great patriotic
war. QSL via EW8EQ.
PANAMA, HP. A group of operators are QRV as 3F6IC from Cebaco
Island, IOTA NA-071, until May 6. Activity is on 80 to 10 meters
using SSB and various digital modes. This includes being active on
60 meters. QSL via HP1AVS.
ALAND ISLANDS, OH0. Ari, OH3KAV will be QRV as OH0KA from May 6 to
10. Activity will be on the HF bands, including 60 meters, using CW
and FT8. QSL to home call.
NETHERLANDS, PA. Operators Tonny, PD1TV and Henri, PA4HM will be
QRV with special callsign PH00GEVEEN from may 5 to 22 during the
annual Wings and Wheels event held at Hoogeveen Airfield. Activity
will be on the various HF bands using SSB. QSL via bureau.
CURACAO, PJ2. Savas, SV2AEL will be QRV as PJ2/SV2AEL from May 10
to 15. Activity will be holiday style on the HF bands. QSL direct
to home call.
TURKEY, TA. Col, MM0NDX, Max, IK8LOV and Bjoern, ON9CFG will be QRV
as TA0/home calls and as TC0AX from May 7 to 11. Activity will be
holiday style on 80 to 2 meters. QSL to home calls and TC0AX via
EUROPEAN RUSSIA, UA. A number of Russian stations will switch to
the RP73 prefix from May 5 to 9. The P in the prefix stands for the
Russian word pobeda, or victory, in the English language. And the
73 stands for the number of years since the end of World War II.
MACQUARIE ISLAND, VK0. Norbert, VK5MQ is QRV as VK0AI and will be
here with the next winter team for one year. Activity has been on
30 and 20 meters using FT8 between 0400 to 0630z. QSL to home call.
SERBIA, YU. Special event station YU100APV is QRV through December
31, 2018 to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the unification of
Vojvodina and Serbia.
THIS WEEKEND ON THE RADIO. New England QSO Party, 10-10
International Spring CW Contest, NCCC RTTY Sprint, NCCC CW Sprint,
MIE 33 Contest, Araucaria World Wide VHF Contest, SBMS 2.3 GHz and
Up Contest and Club Challenge, Microwave Spring Sprint, ARI
International DX Contest, 7th Call Area QSO Party, Indiana QSO
Party, Delaware QSO Party and the FISTS Spring Slow Speed Sprint are
all on tap for this upcoming weekend.
The RSGB 80-Meter Club SSB Championship is scheduled for May 7.
The ARS Spartan CW Sprint is scheduled for May 8.
The CWops Mini-CWT CW Test and Phone Fray are scheduled for May 9.
The ARRL International Grid Chase runs during all of 2018.
Please see May QST, page 83, and the ARRL and WA7BNM Contest Web
Sites for details.
Always Latest version at the top here: ARRL DX Bulletin
Amateur Radio Newsline
– BREAKING NEWS: AMATEUR KILLED IN GEORGIA PLANE CRASH
– HAMS STEP UP TO AID WITH ARIZONA’S ‘TINDER FIRE’
– SILENT KEY: SANDRA HEYN WA6WZN OF COSTA MESA, CALIF.
– HAMS JOIN THE MILITARY – AT LEAST ON AIR
– SPECIAL EVENT STATION CELEBRATES ROYAL WEDDING
– GERMAN AMATEUR HONORED FOR HIS INVENTIONS
– TIME RUNNING OUT FOR YOUNG HAM OF THE YEAR NOMINATIONS
– TWO ACTIVATIONS FOR K2BSA
– KEEPING COMMUNICATIONS OPEN ON THE ISS
– A LESSON IN WORKING SATELLITES WITH AN HT
– CALL SIGNS SPORTING SPECIAL SUFFIX FOR WORLD CUP
– WORLD OF DX
– NO INFLATED EXPECTATIONS FOR THIS BALLOON
NOTE: The “SCRIPT” and “AUDIO” above are hotlinks.
Live links, Script, and Audio here: Amateur Radio Newsline – Latest News
“BOB’S LATEST PINEBOARD MODS“
Episode 349’s highlights:
“Michael Kalter on what to expect at this year’s Dayton Hamvention,
what to look for when buying a low-cost radio,
remembering the amateur radio operator who installed the first TV in the White House,
George’s journey to a transmitter site,
Bob’s final Pineboard modifications,
more LOTW with Val,
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 !!!