SCARS Newsletter May 18, 2018

In This Issue – 
May Meeting Stuff,

Field Day Venue Change
Siren Net Expanding
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

Sorry that this edition is late! As you will see below (just below the “May Meeting Stuff”), there is a lot to say about Field Day and the Siren Net. By the way, you “seasoned” Hams need to Volunteer to help with doing something for both of those ongoing events. This weekend is Hamvention in “Dayton”, so much of the news of the week orbits around “Dayton”. 

May Meeting Stuff

The theme for this month’s Club Meeting was:
“Cigar Box Guitars, Antennas, Amplifiers from Another Mother, and Field Day”. 

You know, we never did talk about Field Day. Oh yeah! There was a reason for that! See “Field Day Venue Change” for the whys and wherefors.

In any case, we had “60” last Saturday, and had a GREAT program. Let me show you pictures of the different things that WG5T built using “Cigar Boxes”…

Click on the images below for a full-sized version of the pictures (stuff), and video (K5MAF & WG5T).


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Click here to play the video!

Field Day Venue Change

Late Breaking News:
We don’t have all the gory details in place just yet, but Field Day this year will move to the Red Cross facility in North Norman. The Health Department tents are not available this year (check the front page of ANY State Newspaper for the reason why), and it’s time that we re-up our relationship with the Red Cross. We will have access to the building, a 3 element beam (parts to be installed are in-hand), and plenty of room for wire antennas. We will be operating as a “2F” station this year. 

All this is late-breaking and we will share more details as we know them.

This post will be updated if more is known over the weekend.

Siren Net Expanding


After nine months of succesful operation, the SCARS / Norman-Moore Saturday Noon Siren Net is expanding to Moore. In cooperation with Gayland Kitch, WX5MOR, Director of Emergency Management for the City of Moore, the net is now soliciting volunteers to monitor specific outdoor warning sirens in his city.

The format will remain the same as before, a roll-call net where each station volunteering to monitor a specific outdoor warning siren will be polled in turn. The volunteer amateur will answer with their call, their assigned outdoor warning siren number, and either “test good” or “test fail”. Operators reporting a failure will be queried after the roll-call is complete for details of the failure. This data is then passed on to Mr Kitch at Moore as it currently is to Mr Grizzle at Norman.

Details, including the list of Moore outdoor warning sirens will be available at later today, Friday, May 18th. If you are located in Moore and are interested in participating, please send a message to Peter Laws,

Link of the Week

I’ve been “doing ham radio” online for so long that I very often just forget all about This site has been around for so VERY long, and because it has, it has a breadth of content that most sites just cannot match. New stuff, old stuff, “News” from all around, stuff for sale, stuff reviewed, events, help, opinions, you name it.

Go there when you’ve got some time and explore. Then bookmark it for future reference.

Online Ham Stuff

New This Week:

The Running List

KB6NU’s Ham Radio Blog

Amateur Radio Education & General Learning Resources

Ham Radio Horizons Magazine

AD5GG’s blog:

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

May 21 – W5OU’s 84th Birthday Bash, 2PM, Golden Corral, Norman
June 7 – SCARS VE Testing –
June 8-10 – HAMCOM, Plano –
June 16 – SCARS June Meeting –
June 23-24 – ARRL Field Day –
July 5 – SCARS VE Testing –
July 14 – SCARS July Meeting –
July 27-28 – Ham Holiday –

The Doctor Is In

The Doctor’s Latest Podcast is titled
RF Loss”

The Doctor sez:
“Between the radio and the antenna, there are a number of ‘opportunities’ to lose your precious RF energy. The Doctor explains!

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 21 ARLD021
From ARRL Headquarters
Newington CT May 17, 2018
To all radio amateurs

ARLD021 DX news

This week’s bulletin was made possible with information provided by
W1UE, 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.

CYPRUS, 5B. Bob, 5B4AGN and Nick, G3RWF are QRV as 5B80FOC during
May in celebration of the 80th anniversary of the FOC. QSL via

BOTSWANA, A2. Dave, VE7VR will be QRV as A25VR from May 24 to June
3. Activity will be holiday style on 40, 30 and 20 meters. QSL to
home call.

is QRV until the end of the year to mark the 101st gathering of
German catholics in Muenster. QSL via bureau.

IRELAND, EI. A group of operators will be QRV as EJ7NET from
Inisheer Island, IOTA EU-006, from May 19 to 23. Activity will be
on the HF bands and 6 meters. QSL via operators’ instructions.

ENGLAND, G. Special event station GR9RW will be QRV from May 19 to
23 to celebrate the marriage of Great Britain’s Prince Harry to
Meghan Markle. Activity will be on 80 meters to 70 centimeters
using mainly CW and SSB and some FM with three stations active. QSL
via G4DFI.

ISLE OF MAN, GI. Bob, MD0CCE will be QRV with special event call
MR0CCE from May 19 to 21 to celebrate the marriage of Great
Britain’s Prince Harry to Meghan Markle. Afterwards, he will be
active as GT4FOC from May 21 to 25 to celebrate the 80th anniversary
of the FOC. QSL MR0CCE via MD0CCE and GT4FOC via G3SWH.

HONDURAS, HR. Rudy, N2WQ, Paul, K1XM, Charlotte, KQ1F and Dennis,
W1UE will be QRV as homecalls/HR9 from Roatan Island, IOTA NA-057,
from May 19 to 28. Activity will be on the HF bands. They will be
active as HQ9X in the upcoming CQ World Wide WPX CW contest as a
Multi-2 entry. QSL HQ9X via KQ1F and all others to home calls.

FINLAND, OH. Operators DL2VFR, DL2YBG and DL7UXG will be QRV as
OH1/homecalls from Reposaari, IOTA EU-173, from May 20 to 23, and
then from Parainen-Pargas, IOTA EU-096, from May 23 to 26. Activity
will be on the HF bands using CW, SSB, PSK and FT8. QSL to home

DENMARK, OZ. Special event station OU7G will be QRV from May 19 to
21 from a vintage technology fair that will be held on Sjaelland
Archipelago, IOTA EU-029. Activity will be on 80 to 20 meters using
CW and SSB, and daily from 0800 to 1600z. QSL via OU7G.

ST. MAARTEN, PJ7. Zorro, JH1AJT and Nao, JN1RVS will be QRV as PJ8Z
and PJ8RV, respectively, from May 20 to 27. Activity will be on 40
to 10 meters using CW, SSB and various digital modes. QSL PJ8Z via
JH1AJT and PJ8RV via JA1HGY.

EGYPT, SU. Nacho, EA1AK is QRV as SU9JG from Gezira Island in the
Nile River. Activity is on 30 to 10 meters using FT8. QSL via

GREECE, SV. Members of the Radio Amateur Association of Greece are
QRV with special event call SX60RAAG to celebrate their 60th
anniversary. QSL via bureau.

SOMALIA, T5. Baldur, DJ6SI is in Hargeisa and plans to be QRV as
6O0X until June 6. QSL this current operation via DJ6SI.

INDONESIA, YB. Yosuke, JJ1DQR will be QRV as YB9/JJ1DQR from Bali,
IOTA OC-022, from May 18 to 21. Activity will be on the HF bands
only SSB. QSL to home call.

GIBRALTAR, ZB. Michael, DF8AN is QRV as ZB2/DF8AN and is active on
6 meters, 4 meters, 2 meters, and 70 centimeters. QSL to home call.

THIS WEEKEND ON THE RADIO. His Majesty King of Spain CW Contest,
NCCC RTTY Sprint, NCCC CW Sprint, Portuguese Navy Day Contest,
Slobozhansky Sprint Contest, UN DX Contest, NZART Sangster Shield
80-Meter CW Contest, EU PSK DX Contest, Aegean RTTY Contest, Feld
Hell Sprint and the Baltic 80-Meter Contest are all on tap for this
upcoming weekend.

The Run for the Bacon QRP CW Contest is scheduled for May 21.

The CWops Mini-CWT CW Test, SKCC CW Sprint and Phone Fray are
scheduled for May 23.

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





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

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

Ham Nation


Episode 351’s highlights:

“Bob Heil, Gordon West and Valerie Hotzfeld are live at Dayton 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

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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