In This Issue –
New Field Day Venue,
Siren Net Expands,
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
Still more information to come about the 2018 Field Day site, setup, equipment, and prep-work. Keep your ear to the ground, as well as Oh-Six, for work-day info. We had a good kickoff to the expanded Siren Net last week, there is a GREAT new Link of the Week, The Doctor helps you deal with Poor Band conditions. Other than that,
Hamvention is the topic dujour.
“Read all about it” below.
New Field Day Venue
More details are starting to come into focus with Field Day moving to the Red Cross facility in North Norman.
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.
There WILL be a work day at the Red Cross to do antenna repairs/replacement,
so stay tuned to the SCARS website and Facebook page for notifications when that will happen, as well as details as they are put into place.
Siren Net Expands
Last week we had observations regarding several sirens in the Moore system, as well as, a few more voices on the Net as a whole. We are looking for SCARS members who live in Moore to adopt a siren for reporting. The format is 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 is available at http://w5nor.org/siren. If you are located in Moore OR Norman and are interested in participating, please send a message to Peter Laws, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Link of the Week
While you can find Amateur Radio News on the ARRL website, you have to wade through a lot of other “stuff” before you get there. One or more of the members of the Southgate Amateur Radio Club have been doing this for some time and they are REALLY good at it. It is true that much of their news is United Kingdom-centric, but almost every single piece of ARRL and U.S. Amateur News is aggregated on this site. It also has an EXTENSIVE index of past new about Amateur Radio worldwide.
Go, check them out! http://www.southgatearc.org/
Online Ham Stuff
New This Week:
The Running List
KB6NU’s Ham Radio Blog
Amateur Radio Education & General Learning Resources
Ham Radio Horizons Magazine
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
June 7 – SCARS VE Testing – http://w5nor.org/license/
June 8-10 – HAMCOM, Plano – hamcom.org
June 16 – SCARS June Meeting – http://w5nor.org/meetings/
June 23-24 – ARRL Field Day – http://w5nor.org/fd/
July 5 – SCARS VE Testing – http://w5nor.org/license/
July 14 – SCARS July Meeting – http://w5nor.org/meetings/
July 27-28 – Ham Holiday – http://hamholiday.com/
The Doctor Is In
The Doctor’s Latest Podcast is titled
“Coping with Poor HF Conditions”
This episode’s synopsis:
“While some amateurs may complain about lousy HF propagation conditions, the Doctor explains that the truth is a bit more nuanced.“
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 White Paper Provides Context for Recommended Governance Changes
- Xenia Enjoys a Second, More Successful Year Playing Host to “Dayton”
- ARRL Renews Memorandum of Understanding with SATERN, Promotes Partnerships at Forum
- The Doctor Will See You Now!
- New Section Managers Elected in Five ARRL Sections
- Amateur Radio Transponders on Planned Chinese Satellites to Include HF
- Solar Eclipse QSO Party Research Results Published in Geophysical Research Letters
- ARRL Business Services Manager Debra Jahnke, K1DAJ, 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 22 ARLD022
From ARRL Headquarters
Newington CT May 24, 2018
To all radio amateurs
SB DX ARL ARLD022
ARLD022 DX news
This week’s bulletin was made possible with information provided by
HA0HW, CS5CRE, 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.
TUNISIA, 3V. Ash, KF5EYY will be QRV as 3V8SS in the CQ World Wide
WPX CW contest as a Single Op entry. QSL via LX1NO.
AZERBAIJAN, 4K. Alim, 4K6FO will be a Single Op/All Band/Low Power
entry in the CQ World Wide WPX CW contest. QSL via DC9RI.
GEORGIA, 4L. Mamuka, 4L2M will be QRV in the CQ World Wide WPX CW
contest as a Single Op/Single Band entry on 160 meters. QSL via
MALTA, 9H. Thomas, SV2CLJ is QRV as 9H3SV until May 27. Activity
is holiday style on 80 to 2 meters using CW, SSB, RTTY, PSK and FT8.
QSL direct to home call.
KUWAIT, 9K. Abdallah, 9K2GS will be QRV as 9K2K in the CQ World
Wide WPX CW contest on all bands. QSL via EC5AC.
EAST MALAYSIA, 9M6. Saty, JE1JKL is QRV as 9M6NA from Labuan
Island, IOTA OC-133, until June 11. He will be active in the CQ
World Wide WPX CW contest as a Single Op/All Band/High Power entry.
QSL to home call.
BOTSWANA, A2. Dave, VE7VR is QRV as A25VR until June 3. Activity
is holiday style on 40, 30 and 20 meters. QSL to home call.
PORTUGAL, CU. Members of the Clube Radioamadores do Entroncamento
will be QRV with special call CS2JU from May 31 to June 2 from the
Juromenha Fortification. Activity will be on the HF bands using CW,
SSB and various digital modes. QSL via operators’ instructions.
ECUADOR, HC. Alexey, HC2AO plans to be QRV as HC2GRC as a Single
Op/All Band/Low Power entry in the CQ World Wide WPX CW contest.
QSL via LoTW.
THAILAND, HS. Champ, E21EIC will be QRV as E2A as a Single Op/All
Band/High Power entry in the CQ World Wide WPX CW contest. QSL to
SVALBARD, JW. Karl, LA8DW will be QRV as JW8DW from Spitsbergen,
IOTA EU-026, from May 26 to 29. Activity will be on the HF bands
using CW and SSB. QSL to home call.
GUAM, KH2. Operators JI3ERV and JO1RUR will be QRV as AH2R as a
Multi Op entry in the CQ World Wide WPX CW contest. QSL via LoTW.
ALAND ISLANDS, OH0. Matti, OH4SS and Voitto, OH3JVE are QRV as
OH0/OH4SS until May 27. Activity is on 80, 40, 30, 20 and 6 meters
using mostly FT8. QSL direct to OH4SS.
ARUBA, P4. John, W2GD will be QRV as P44W in the CQ World Wide WPX
CW contest as an All Band entry. QSL direct to N2MM.
SURINAME, PZ. Olli, OH0XX is QRV as PZ5XX from Lelydorp until May
29. Activity is on 160 to 10 meters using CW. This includes being
an entry in the CQ World Wide WPX CW contest. QSL direct to home
GREECE, SV. Laci, HA0HW is QRV as SW8WW from Thassos Island, IOTA
EU-174, until June 5. Activity is on 40 to 6 meters using CW, some
SSB, RTTY and PSK. This includes being an entry in the CQ World
Wide WPX CW contest. QSL to home call.
SOMALIA, T5. Baldur, DJ6SI is now QRV as 6OX from Hargeisa until
June 6. Activity is on 20 meters. QSL to home call.
BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS, VP2V. Kevin, K6TOP is QRV as VP2V/K6TOP
from Tortola until June 1. Activity is on 40, 30, 20, and 17 meters
using only CW from 0000 to 0200z, and then from 1000 to 1200z. QSL
MEXICO, XE. Members of the Radioclub Cancun are QRV as 6E6RM until
June 1 in celebration of the Rally Maya Mexico 2018. Activity is on
80 to 6 meters using SSB, RTTY, FT8, along with some satellite
activity. QSL via XE3N.
MACEDONIA, Z3. A group of operators will be QRV as Z3Y in the CQ
World Wide WPX CW contest as a Multi/Single/Low Power entry. QSL
KOSOVO, Z6. Joe, K7JOE will be QRV as Z6/K7JOE from May 28 to 30.
Activity will be on 40, 30, 20 and 17 meters using CW. QSL direct
to home call.
THIS WEEKEND ON THE RADIO. The CQ World Wide WPX CW Contest, NCCC
RTTY Sprint and the NCCC CW Sprint are all on tap for this upcoming
The QRP ARCI Hootowl CW Shootout is scheduled for May 28. The CWops
Mini-CWT CW Test and Phone Fray are scheduled for May 30.
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 hyperlinks. Click to read or listen!
Live links, Script, and Audio here: Amateur Radio Newsline – Latest News
“HAMVENTION 2018 WRAP-UP“
Episode 352’s highlights:
“Didn’t go to Hamvention in Xenia, Ohio this year?
George Thomas, Gordon West, Don Wilbanks and Amanda Alden have you covered including views around the event,
an interview with the design engineer of the Kenwood TS-890S,
highlights from the Hamnation Forum,
and viewer submissions for #ImNotWilbanks!“
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 !!!