In This Issue –
The Next 15 Days,
And Now For Something Completely Different,
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
The Amateur’s Busiest Time of the Year,
Field Day Unlike Any,
More Field Day,
The Doctor Talks Field Day Antennas,
and all the usual falderal!
“Read all about it” below.
The Next 15 Days
For those of you who haven’t been paying attention to your calendar,
these next 15 days are the busiest of the year
for an Amateur Radio Licensee in Norman.
Let me remind you…
This weekend is THE biggest Hamfest in our neck of the woods – Hamcom:
Friday: 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Saturday: 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Sunday: 8:00 am – 2:00 pm
More here: Hamcom.org
And because of Hamcom,
that means that the monthly SCARS Meeting is NEXT Saturday,
And starting two weeks from tomorrow is the BIGGEST Event of the year:
More about Field Day right down there…
And Now For Something Completely Different
I’ll let KE5JZN, AG5DV, and N5HZR tell you why you shouldn’t miss Field Day …
We have had about 24 hours since the last change in plans, so it’s time to talk about the 2018 SCARS Field Day plans. First off, Field Day is an annual event that allows amateur radio operators to test their skills, learn new skills, and show their skills to others! Tens of thousands of US hams will set up operating radio stations to communicate with each other. Field Day operates like a contest where each team gains points for their activities. For the past zillion years, SCARS has operated our Field Day from Reaves Park. For the past few years, we’ve worked from an air-conditioned tent, provided by the state health department as a part of their emergency preparedness effort. This year that system wasn’t available, so we had to adapt.
The plan for 2018 is to operate from the Norman Red Cross building at 1205 Halley Dr, Norman, OK 73069. This year, Field Day will be June 23rd and 24th. All are invited and are welcome. Anyone with any interest in amateur radio should plan to stop by. We’ll be operating in class 2F this year. The number 2 signifies the number of simultaneous transmitters, and the F means that we are working out of an official Emergency Operations Center. We are still allowed to operate a Get On The Air (GOTA) station that must be set up and run by ‘new hams’ or hams that haven’t operated HF for 2 years. We are also allowed a free VHF station and digital HF operations.
The great news is that many people have stepped forward with some great offers of emergency equipment. David Grizzle, KD5ZLG, has a GP Medium (16′ x 32′) tent and his normal trailer full of pop-up tents and equipment for an emergency operation. Larry Goodwin, W5LHG, has built a 3.5 Ton air conditioner and has worked with Larry to obtain the connections needed to have this cool air fill the tent. Larry also has a 75 kW generator to power this assembly, and a 50′ mobile tilt-up tower. We will use this equipment to house the CW operation, which will be based southwest of the Red Cross building operation. We will need about 10 volunteers to help set up this tent BEFORE the 6/16 SCARS meeting at 7:00 am local time, meet at Firehouse #7 to load up.
The SSB operation will operate out of the Red Cross radio room. The GOTA station will work out of the front lobby of the Red Cross building.
Typical field day setup will start Saturday, June 23rd at about 9:00 local and tear-down will happen on Sunday, June 24th at about 13:00 local. We start transmitting at 13:00 local on Saturday and operate for 24 hours straight until 13:00 local on Sunday.
SCARS will be offering FREE VE tests on Saturday at 14:00 that will let you get or upgrade your license at field day. Don’t forget to sign up at https://w5nor.org/vereg/.
SCARS will be running a transmitter location event, aka Fox Hunt, on Saturday at 16:00 local. Bring your VHF radios and directional antennas to join in the fun. We’ll hide a transmitter and see who can find it.
Most importantly, SCARS will be providing dinner for all at 18:00 local. SCARS will provide the burgers, hot dogs, hot links, buns, chips, and condiments. All you need is to bring a dish or two to share with your friends, i.e. side dishes, desserts, salads, or whatever you would like to have. SCARS will provide some drinks, but if you have special needs or requests, please feel free to bring them along.
Don’t forget a yard chair or two to be a part of the group.
So, if you’re interested in helping before or during the event, please contact any of the following personnel. Contact info for these is either on the SCARS membership roster or on QRZ.com.
- Field Day Chair / Safety Officer: Chris KE5JZN
- Get-On-The-Air (GOTA) station: Gary WB5ULK or Wayne KK5IO
- CW Station: Kim N5OP or Bill N5AQ
- SSB Voice Station: Mike KG5SSU or Al AE5L
- Antenna Design: Chris KG5PIQ
- Food: Rhlonda KF5OZR or Phil KD5UGO
- VE Testing: Peter N5UWY
- Fox Hunt: Phil KD5UGO or Michelle W5MQC
- Anything else: Ed AG5DV or Mark N5HZR firstname.lastname@example.org
See you at Field Day 2018!
Footnote: AE5L sends this about the SSB Station:
Mike, KG5SSU and I will be double-teaming the schedule for the SSB operations and the CW operations, ahead of Field Day.I’ve created a couple of online Google Sheets that Mike and I can both access to add names to time slots. We’re asking volunteers to take at least a one-hour slot and we’ll have a two-person team for each hour.Please add a note to tomorrow’s newsletter telling everyone to contact Mike or me to sign for a slot. They should sign up right away, because those coveted 3:00 a.m. slots go quickly!
Link of the Week
W5NOR Field Day Page
Pretty much everything else you need to know about Field Day.
You can also sign-up for a guaranteed slot at the Get On The Air Station at the link included.
This is the Place → https://w5nor.org/fd/
Online Ham Stuff
New This Week:
SCARS Field Day Page
The Running List
KSARRL’s DeepLink Page
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 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
“Field Day Antennas”
This episode’s synopsis:
“The Doctor offers advice about antenna options for the upcoming ARRL Field Day.“
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 Drone Transmitters Complaint Spurs Proposed $2.8 Million FCC Penalty
- Politico Article Raises Visibility of Amateur Radio Parity Act Progress, Challenges
- FCC Denies Petition Aimed at Preventing Interference from Digital Repeaters to Analog Repeaters
- The Doctor Will See You Now!
- New Edition of The ARRL Ham Radio License Manual is Now Available
- Baker Island KH1/KH7Z DXpedition Team Bracing for “Grim” Propagation
- President Nominates Enforcement Bureau Official to FCC
- Young US Radio Amateur Will Be Sole IARU Region 2 Attendee at YOTA Camp
- ARRL Foundation Announces Two New Scholarships
- In Brief…
- Getting It Right
- 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 24 ARLD024
From ARRL Headquarters
Newington CT June 7, 2018
To all radio amateurs
SB DX ARL ARLD024
ARLD024 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
VIET NAM, 3W. Nobu, JA0JHQ plans to be QRV as 3W9NH from Hoi An
from June 14 to 18. Activity will be on the HF bands, and possibly
6 meters, using CW and FT8. This includes being an entry in the
upcoming All Asian DX CW contest. QSL direct to home call.
RWANDA, 9X. Harald, DF2WO is now QRV as 9X2AW from Kigali.
Activity is on various HF bands using slow CW, SSB and various
digital modes. QSL via M0OXO.
FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF GERMANY, DA. Special event station DK6GEO will
be QRV during the Geoparks Communication Weekend from Unicorn Cave.
QSL via operators’ instructions.
IRELAND, EI. Members of the South Eastern Amateur Radio Group will
be QRV as EI2GEO from the Copper Coast European Geopark during the
Geoparks Communication Weekend. QSL direct to EI3HDB.
ESTONIA, ES. Operators Henrik, DG0LFF, Steffen, DH1DM, Fred, DH5FS
and Uwe, DL3BQA will be QRV as ES0/home calls and ES0UG/8 from
various islands from June 11 to 15. Their fist stop will be Kihnu
Island, IOTA EU-178. Activity will be on the HF bands, including 6
meters, 4 meters, 2 meters, 70 centimeters and 3 centimeters using
various modes. QSL via operators’ instructions.
FRENCH POLYNESIA, FO. Walter, HB9XBG is QRV as FO/HB9XBG from Bora
Bora Island, IOTA OC-067, until June 17. Activity is on 20 meters
using SSB. QSL to home call.
ENGLAND, G. Special event station GB6GEO will be QRV on June 9 and
10 from Kent’s Cavern, Torbay, as part of the Geoparks Communication
Weekend. Activity will be on 80, 40, 20, 15, 10 and 6 meters, in
addition to 6 meters using SSB, and 2 meters using FM. QSL via
AMERICAN SAMOA, KH8. Dave, WJ2O is QRV as KH8/WJ2O until June 10.
Activity is on 40 to 15 meters using CW. QSL direct to N2ZN.
MARKET REEF, OJ0. Pasi, OH3WS will be QRV as OJ0W while on work
assignment from June 9 to 16. Activity will be in his spare time on
40 to 6 meters using CW and SSB. QSL to home call.
BONAIRE, PJ4. Lauren, W0LD and Jon, N0JK are QRV as PJ4/home calls
until June 11. Activity is on the HF bands and 6 meters using CW,
SSB and FT8. They plan to be active as PJ4V in the ARRL June VHF
contest. QSL both calls via W0LD and PJ4V via M0URX.
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
GREECE, SV. Special event station J48GEO will be QRV from Lesvos
Island, IOTA EU-049, from the Natural History Museum at the Lesvos
Petrified Forest during the Geoparks Communication Weekend. QSL via
DODECANESE, SV5. Marcel, OK2QQ will be QRV as SV5/OK2QQ from
Kalymnos and Telendos, IOTA EU-001, from June 12 to 22. Activity
will be on 40 to 2 meters using CW, SSB and FM. QSL direct to home
COSTA RICA, TI. A group of operators are QRV as TE6DX from Unita
Island, IOTA NA-155, until June 11. Activity is on 160 to 6 meters
using CW, SSB, RTTY and FT8. QSL via TI2CDA.
CORSICA, TK. Arnoud, PE2USA will be QRV as TK/PE2USA near
Sari-Solenzara, IOTA EU-014, from June 10 to 15. Activity will be
on 40, 20 and 10 meters, and possibly 80 meters, using SSB and RTTY.
QSL via operator’s instructions.
ASIATIC RUSSIA, UA0. Special event station R30STM is QRV until June
10 from both Tyumenskaya and Kurganskaya Oblasts to commemorate the
30th anniversary of the launching of the Soyuz TM-5 spacecraft. QSL
via operators’ instructions.
MARSHALL ISLANDS, V7. Will, KW4WZ plans to be QRV as V73/KW4WZ from
Kwajalein, IOTA OC-028, until June 18. Activity is in his spare
time on the HF bands using some SSB, and JT65 and FT8. QSL via
BERMUDA, VP9. Kyle, WA4PGM is QRV as VP9/WA4PGM until June 16.
Activity is on 160 to 6 meters using mostly CW. QSL direct to home
ROMANIA, YO. Look for special event station YP2GEO to be QRV during
the Geopark Communication Weekend from Tara Hateulul. QSL via
THIS WEEKEND ON THE RADIO. The ARRL June VHF Contest, NCCC RTTY
Sprint, Geoparks Communication Weekend, NCCC CW Sprint, DRCG World
Wide RTTY Contest, VK Shires Contest, Asia-Pacific SSB Sprint, SKCC
Weekend CW Sprintathon, Portugal Day Contest, GACW WWSA CW DX
Contest, REF DDFM 6-Meter Contest and Cookie Crumble QRP Contest are
all on tap for this weekend.
The 4 States QRP Group Second Sunday Sprint is scheduled for June
The CWops Mini-CWT Test, RSGB 80-Meter Club CW Championship, NAQCC
CW Sprint and Phone Fray are scheduled for June 13.
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
– QSO FROM CAPE COD WITH GUGLIELMO MARCONI’S DAUGHTER
– THOUSANDS FLOCK TO HAM RADIO FRIEDRICHSHAFEN
– RADIO SCOUTING GOES TO CAMP
– SILENT KEY: LLOYD WICKS VO1PJ
– MARITIME MOBILE SERVICE NETWORK AIDS IN MEDICAL EMERGENCY
– (BROOM) HANDLING LOGISTICS FOR WRTC 2018
– HOW ABOUT SOME DSTAR for FIELD DAY?
– WORLD OF DX
– CONGRATULATIONS TO ‘QSO TODAY’
– WHEN PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENTS FLY LIKE AN EAGLE
NOTE: The “SCRIPT” and “AUDIO” above are hyperlinks. Click to read or listen!
Live links, Script, and Audio here: Amateur Radio Newsline – Latest News
“FIELD DAY PLANS“
Episode 354’s highlights:
“Triplexers with Tim Duffy,
raising an antenna with a drone,
Don Greenbaum and the 2018 Baker Island Dxpedition,
George Thomas checks his Field Day equipment list,
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 !!!