SCARS Newsletter June 1, 2018

In This Issue – 
Estate Sale with Ham Gear
Field Day 2018 Details
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

A Ham’s Estate Sale starts TODAY,
Field Day details revealed,
a website of nothing but Amateur Radio Websites,
and all the usual stuff!

“Read all about it” below.

Radio Enthusiast Estate Sale

Caring Transitions of NWOKC and Edmond is pleased to offer a sale of the lifetime accumulation of an amateur radio enthusiast.
The sale address is 709 SE 79th Street, Oklahoma City, 73149 and the event will be held:

  • Friday, June 1 from 9am-3pm
  • Saturday, June 2 from 9am-3pm
  • Sunday, June 3 from noon-3pm

Credit, debit and cash welcome – no personal checks accepted. 

This sale includes the contents of a home and huge workshop.  Amateur radio equipment includes:

  • Antenna
  • Hallicrafters S-40B Receiver
  • Swan 500C Transceiver
  • Swan 117xc Power Supply
  • National NC-88 Receiver
  • Hammerlund SP-600 Receiver
  • Home made receivers
  • Much more….

More information can be found here:

“Market” prices marked on everything. Prices drop 50% at noon on Saturday.
Some of the actual items are shown below – click on image to enlarge…

Field Day 2018 Details

The American Radio Relay League, (ARRL) sponsors an Annual Field Day competition. Each year, SCARS participates in these activities and operates emergency radios for 24 hours straight. Each year this is on the fourth full weekend in June. This year, that will be June 23, 2018, through June 24, 2018, at the Red Cross, 1205 Halley Drive, in Norman. Contact any SCARS officer if you’d like to be a part of the fun, or just show up. More information is available at club meetings, and on the ARRL website at Each year we set up an operating tent, and a number of antennas to let us communicate with the thousands of other Field Day stations. In addition, the contacts are logged, and we compete for bragging rights for the upcoming year.

This year we will be running Operation: GENERAL, a program to help our members gain their General or Extra licenses. Study the questions now, and you can take a free VE test at the Field Day site. Pre-register online at, study for the exams and we will see you Saturday, June 23rd at 2:00 pm.

This year we will also be operating a VHF ‘fox-hunt’ event at 4:00 pm. Bring your directional antennas and join the fun. You’ll be able to learn how to perform a transmitter location task, and have fun making it happen. No registration required, just show up at 4:00 pm.

At this event, we’ll have our annual Field Day picnic. Drinks, hamburgers, hot dogs, and hot links will be provided. Club members and others are asked to bring side dishes and desserts. This will happen at about 6:00 pm local time, on Saturday, June 23rd. If you’d like to get more involved in Amateur Radio, this is a great place to make that happen. There will be plenty of operating stations that you can watch, or actually operate. No license required.

Live Statistics During the Event – Main
This year SCARS will be uploading the current statistics of the main stations to the web, so interested parties can follow along from across the Internet.

Live Statistics During the Event – Get On The Air
This year SCARS will be uploading the current statistics of the main stations to the web, so interested parties can follow along from across the Internet.

Each year SCARS members prepare a bar-be-que dinner for all of the hams, friends of hams, and wanna-be hams. This year the hamburgers, hot dogs, and hot links starts at 6:00 pm on Saturday. The club provides buns, burgers, hot dogs, hot links, plates, condiments, and drinks. Make sure you bring a side dish or salad to fill up the rest of the plate. Bring along any special drinks you’d like, and don’t forget to bring a lawn chair.

Get-On-The-Air Station
This link is last years’ signup schedule for the Get On The Air station at this year’s SCARS Field Day event. Pretty simple – you don’t have to have or know anything about getting on the air, we’ll help. The “Get On The Air” station is set up and operated by people who are new licensees, or those who have not been On The Air for at least two years, OR someone who does not have a license at all. There will be mentors to help you through each step of the way, and several will be there to answer questions if you just want to know more.

Get-On-The-Air Mentors
And we can ALWAYS use more Mentors!

We’d love to have you come and help the new operators. If you have ANY questions about this event or Amateur Radio in general, send a message to Gary Skaggs WB5ULK, GOTA Mentor, and ask – if I don’t know, I’ll find someone who does.

W5NOR Status
This year SCARS will be operating as designator 2F OK. The two signifies 2 simultaneous transmitters, and the F status is a station operating at a Red Cross, or Salvation Army Emergency Operations Center. The OK signifies that we are operating in the state of Oklahoma. The first of our two transmitters will be primarily a Phone station, operating from three different tuned antennas on the 15, 20, and 40 meter bands. The second transmitter will primarily be operating CW, from a random long wire.

In addition to the main transmitters, we will be operating a “Get-On-The-Air (GOTA)” station, and a Free VHF transmitter. The GOTA station is allowed without adding to the station count because it must be assembled, and operated by people that haven’t already been operating on the HF airwaves. This will be operated using a vertical antenna north of the operating position. This station is described in the GOTA section of this page. The free VHF transmitter will be a 6 meter transmitter that is allowed to encourage the use of VHF on field day. This station will be using a vertical built out of thirty feet of cyclone fence ‘top rail’.


Link of the Week


This site boasts
“All ham radio links!
Nothing but amateur radio web sites!

The largest ad-free ham linking site on the web.”
And they aren’t kidding!

Take a look ->

Online Ham Stuff

New This Week:

KSARRL’s DeepLink Page

The Running List

Southgate Amateur Radio News

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

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
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

Read it all here: ARRL Letter

ARRL DX Bulletin

DX Bulletin 23 ARLD023
From ARRL Headquarters
Newington CT May 31, 2018
To all radio amateurs

ARLD023 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.

ALGERIA, 7X. Members of the Amateurs Radio Algeriens are QRV with
special event station 7X2FIFA for the 2018 FIFA World Cup until July
15. QSL via operators’ instructions.

RWANDA, 9X. Harald, DF2WO will be QRV as 9X2AW from Kigali from
June 5 to 24. Activity will be on all HF bands using CW, SSB, RTTY
and FT8. QSL via M0OXO.

MOROCCO, CN. Special event station CN18FWC is QRV until July 15
during the 2018 FIFA World Cup. QSL via operators’ instructions.

WALES, GW. Members of the Barry Amateur Radio Society of South
Wales are QRV as GB4RME until June 2 from the Royal Mint. This
event celebrates the launch of a new James Bond Special Agent coin.

ECUADOR, HC. Fausto, HC5VF is QRV as HD18FIFA for the 2018 FIFA
World Cup until July 15.

GRENADA, J3. Special event station J32FIFA is QRV until July 15
during the 2018 FIFA World Cup. QSL via operators’ instructions.

BULGARIA, LZ. Members of the Bulgarian Radio Club Blagovestnik are
QRV during the month of June as LZ430PPW to honor the memory of
Bulgarian Saints. QSL via bureau.

ALAND ISLAND, OH0. A group of operators will be QRV as OG0C and
OG0C/p from Kokar, IOTA EU-002, from June 2 to 6. Activity will be
on 80 to 2 meters using CW, SSB and FT8. QSL via OH5CW.

SURINAME, PZ. Special event station PZ18FIFA is QRV until July 15
during the 2018 FIFA World Cup. QSL via operators’ instructions.

SAO TOME AND PRINCIPE, S9. David, EB7DX is QRV as S9ZZ from Sao
Tome Island, IOTA AF-023, until June 9. Activity is holiday style
on 40 to 6 meters using CW, SSB, RTTY and FT8. QSL direct to home

SWEDEN, SM. Members of the Swedish Ham Radio IARU Society are QRV as
special event station SF18FWC until July 15 for the 2018 FIFA World
Cup. QSL via bureau.

SOMALIA, T5. Baldur, DJ6SI is QRV as 6OX from Hargeisa until June
6. Activity is on 30 and 20 meters using CW. QSL to home call.

AUSTRALIA, VK. Members of the Hellenic Amateur Radio Association of
Australia are QRV as VK18FIFA until July 15 for the 2018 FIFA World
Cup. QSL via VK2IR.

OC-004. Activity is on the HF bands. QSL via operator’s

IRAQ, YI. Special event station YI0FIFA is QRV until July 15 during
the 2018 FIFA World Cup. QSL via IK2DUW.

KOSOVO, Z6. Members of SHRAK are QRV with special call Z60FIFA
until July 15 during the 2018 FIFA World Cup. QSL via operators’

NEW ZEALAND, ZL. Special event station ZM50LA is QRV in
commemoration of maritime tragedies that occurred 50 years ago.
During June the respective event is the sinking of the freighter MV
Maranui. QSL via bureau.

THIS WEEKEND ON THE RADIO. The 10-10 International Open Season PSK
Contest, NCCC RTTY Sprint, NCCC CW Sprint, HA3NS Sprint Memorial CW
Contest, PVRC Reunion, DigiFest, Wake-Up QRP CW Sprint, SEANET
Contest, UKSMG Summer 6-Meter Contest, Kentucky QSO Party, Dutch
Kingdom Contest, IARU Region 1 CW Field Day and the RSGB National CW
Field Day are all on tap for this weekend.

The RSGB 80-Meter Club Data Championship is scheduled for June 4.
The ARS Spartan CW Sprint is scheduled for June 5. The CWops
Mini-CWT CW Test and Phone Fray are scheduled June 6.

The ARRL International Grid Chase runs during all of 2018.

Please see June QST, page 82, 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

Ham Nation


Episode 353’s highlights:

“The Pine Board gets low impedance inputs,
help Faith Hannah AE4FH get to YOTA in South Africa,
installing a classic into a classic,
the Johnston Amateur Radio Society’s “Hambulance”,
and more!

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

Homepage: W5NOR.ORG
News and Updates: scarsnewsletter
On The Air Resources: SCARS Repeater
Facebook: SCARS Facebook
Twitter: W5NOR

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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