SCARS Newsletter June 8, 2018

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
Ham Nation
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:
And because of Hamcom,
that means that the monthly SCARS Meeting is NEXT Saturday,
NOT tomorrow.
And starting two weeks from tomorrow is the BIGGEST Event of the year:
Field Day
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

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

  • 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

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!
Mike McPherson (, AL Ingle (


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 → 

Online Ham Stuff

New This Week:

SCARS Field Day Page

The Running List

KSARRL’s DeepLink Page

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 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
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

Read it all here: ARRL Letter

ARRL DX Bulletin

DX Bulletin 24 ARLD024
From ARRL Headquarters
Newington CT June 7, 2018
To all radio amateurs

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
to all.

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.

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
operators’ instructions.

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
operators’ instructions.

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





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 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,
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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