SCARS Newsletter June 15, 2018

In This Issue – 
The Next 8 Days
June Club Meeting,
Operation: General
Field Day
Field Day Timeline,
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

June Meeting Tomorrow,
Field Day Next Week – New Place, New Identifier,
Field Day Timeline, More Field Day,
Operation: General,
The Doctor Talks Field Day Antennas,
and all the usual falderal!

“Read all about it” below.

The Next 8 Days

I know that some SCARS members did the drive to Plano for Hamcom, and we’ll hear all about it tomorrow morning at 9 during “Donut Time”.
Oh yeah, 
because of Hamcom,
that means that the monthly SCARS Meeting is
NOT last week – last week was Hamcom.
And starting one week from tomorrow is the BIGGEST Event of the year:
Field Day
More about Field Day right down there…

June Club Meeting

RF Direction Finding – Foxhunt – Build a Yagi

So you’ve always wanted to do some direction finding with you VHF radios? Here’s the place to learn. Phil Sinnett KD5UGO will talk about how to locate hidden transmitters for fun. He’ll have some fancy differential antennas, and some low tech yagi antennas, and he’ll teach you to locate a hidden transmitter that may be a ‘bad guy’ trying to break into a repeater or a ham that’s fallen asleep on the mic button! After the meeting, you’ll be able to build your own direction-finding three element yagi measuring tape antenna. We have 30 of these kits ready for you to purchase and build after the meeting, for $10. More details on these kits are available by clicking here.

Also, we’ll perform more ‘stay after school’ seminars on using your new handheld radio, DMR radios or any other amateur radio. If you’re new to the hobby or would like some help with a new radio, stay after the meeting, and Ed Hatch AG5DV and others will help you through the first setup, and guide you through those first transmissions! If you’ve got a DMR question, Mark Kleine N5HZR will help you with any setup, or operational issues. Have any other questions? Just ask someone at the meetings, they’re experts on everything in our group, and we’ll help you find the right person.

SCARS meetings happen on the second Saturday of the month (third in June) at 9:00 am at the Norman Firehouse #7, just west of Rock Creek, and Flood. All of the location and time details are available on the Meetings/Nets page of this website. Don’t forget to bring a chair, if you can, as space is getting limited!

Operation: GENERAL

The SCARS Volunteer Examiner Team has created a program called Operation: GENERAL. The purpose of this action is twofold. The first part is that they’d like to help all of the technician level hams in the club ‘upgraded’ to General or Extra. The second part is the VE Team will be testing out a new VEC system. This system lets them offer the tests for FREE! If you need some additional study help, the CRAAM study guide is available from Mark Kleine N5HZR for $5; all of the questions, with only the correct answers.

On Saturday, during the Annual Field Day competition, probably at 2:00 pm, you’ll be able to take a test. This year that will be June 23, 2018. You can sign up on the VE registration page, select the June 23rd date, start your studying, and Good Luck!

Field Day

Last week’s issue had a LOT of gory details (you can find it at the landing page for the blog, here but here are the highlights and a few details.

The plan for 2018 is to operate from the Norman Red Cross building at 1205 Halley Dr, Norman, OK 73069. 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 David 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 the tent and this equipment to house and cool 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 (


Field Day Timeline

There are MANY moving parts with this year’s Field Day, so let me highlight some of the benchmark events:


Setup: 9am, or thereabouts – come when you can
WB5ULK & KK5IO need help from setup to teardown with GOTA folks. This is YOUR opportunity to help a new ham with the ropes (literally).

Tents will need to be put-up, antennas hung, masts raised, and equipment connected, for 3 complete stations. All Hands On Deck!

Field Day Starts – 1PM

FREE VE Testing – 2PM
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

Fox Hunt – 4PM
Bring your VHF HT’s and directional antennas (that you’ll get at tomorrow’s meeting) to join in the mayhem!

Dinner – 6PM
Even if you haven’t operated a lick, show up to EAT!

Overnight – signup for operating slots. Those 3AM slots will go fast!

Sunday, somewhere around daylight – Breakfast
It’s always good!

1PM – Tear Down
Lots to disassemble this year and we’ll need lots of hands.

Link of the Week – Redux

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 16 – GP Medium Tent Loadup/Setup Event – 7AM Firestation #7
(see “Field Day” above)
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 25 ARLD025

From ARRL Headquarters
Newington CT June 14, 2018
To all radio amateurs

ARLD025 DX news

This week’s bulletin was made possible with information provided by
VK4ZD, 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 is QRV as 3W9NH from Hoi An until June
18. Activity is on the HF bands, and possibly 6 meters, using CW
and FT8. This includes being an entry in the All Asian DX CW
contest. QSL direct to home call.

ALGERIA, 7X. Special event station 7X2FIFA is active until July 15
during the 2018 FIFA World Cup. QSL via operators’ instructions.

SIERRA LEONE, 9L. Mark, KW4XJ is now QRV as 9L1YXJ from Freetown.
He is generally active on 40 to 10 meters using FT8 and some CW.
QSL to home call.

TAIWAN, BV. Members of the Chinese Taipei Amateur Radio League are
QRV with special call BV18FIFA until July 15 during the 2018 FIFA
World Cup.

IRELAND, EI. Members of the EIDX Group are QRV as EJ0DXG from
Little Saltee Island, IOTA EU-103, until June 18 as part of their
All Irish IOTA Groups effort. Activity is on the HF bands using CW,
SSB and various digital modes. QSL via M0OXO.

FRANCE, F. Special event station TM62GG is QRV from Meurchin on
June 17 and 18 to commemorate the end of World War I. QSL via

ENGLAND, G. Special event station GB4LMG will be QRV from the
Gloucester Life Museum on June 16 as part of the International
Museums Weekend. QSL direct to G4CIB.

SOLOMON ISLANDS, H4. Haru, JA1XGI will be QRV as H44XG from Honiara
from June 21 to 27. Activity will be on 40, 30, 20, 17, 15 and 12
meters using CW, and FT8 in DXpedition mode. QSL direct to home

REPUBLIC OF KOREA, HL. A large group of operators will be QRV as
6M6M from Yonghung Island, IOTA AS-105, grid square PM37fg, on June
16 and 17. Activity will be on 6 meters using CW, SSB and various
digital modes. QSL via DS1SYV.

THAILAND, HS. In celebration of the 50th anniversary of IARU Region
3, members of the Radio Society of Thailand are QRV as HS50IARU
until October 31. QSL via LoTW.

GUAM, KH2. Masayuki, JR3RIU will be QRV as WH2JA in the All Asian
DX CW contest. QSL to home call.

LUXEMBOURG, LX. A group of operators are QRV with special event
call LX8SAR during the 2018 SAARLORLUX Friendship meeting being held
in Weicherdange. QSL via DK4XC.

EGYPT, SU. Special event station SU18FWC is QRV until July 15
during the 2018 FIFA World Cup. Activity is on all HF bands using
CW and SSB. QSL via SM5AQD.

EUROPEAN RUSSIA, UA. Special event station R400N is QRV until July
15 to celebrate 400 years since Novokuznetsk City was founded. QSL
via RV9V.

BRUNEI, V8. Members of the Brunei Darussalam Amateur Radio
Association are QRV with special event station V850IARU until
October 31 to celebrate the 50th anniversary of IARU Region 3. QSL
via V85TL.

CANADA, VE. Members of the Rotarians Of Amateur Radio and Friends
will be QRV with special event station VE3R from June 20 to 30 for
the Rotary International Convention in Toronto. QSL via bureau.

FALKLAND ISLANDS, VP8. Station VP8HDM will be QRV on June 16 and 17
from the Historic Dockyard Museum in Stanley, IOTA SA-002. Activity
will be on the HF bands using SSB and FT8. QSL direct to VP8LP.

INDIA, VU. Members of the Bangalore Amateur Radio Club are QRV with
special call VU18FIFA until July 16 during the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

MEXICO, XE. Look for special event station 4A18FWC to be QRV until
July 15 during the 2018 FIFA World Cup. QSL via bureau.

CAYMAN ISLANDS, ZF. Lawrence, K8HTC will be QRV as ZF2LT from Grand
Cayman Island, IOTA NA-016, from June 18 to 24. QSL to home call.

Contest, NCCC RTTY Sprint, NCCC CW Sprint, SMIRK Contest, Ukrainian
DX Classic RTTY Contest, International Museums Weekend, ARR BPSK63
Contest, IARU Region 1 50 MHz Contest, AGCW VHF/UHF Contest, Stew
Perry Topband CW Challenge, West Virginia QSO Party, Feld Hell
Sprint and the WAB 50 MHz Phone are all on tap for this weekend.

The Run for the Bacon QRP CW Contest is scheduled for June 18.

The CWops Mini-CWT CW Test and Phone Fray are scheduled for June 20.

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 355’s highlights:

“Gordo demos the Heil Parametric Receive System,
Show Us Your Shack with Dan,
celebrating Marconi on Amateur Radio Newsline,
fractal antennas with Chip Cohen,
Randy reports from Seapac,
tools for Field Day part 2 with George,
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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