SCARS Newsletter Field Day Edition, 2018

In This Issue – 
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

Field Day Is Here – New Place, New Identifier,
Field Day Timeline, More Field Day,
Operation: General,
The Doctor Talks Vacation Radio,
Ham Nation talks YLRL convention (among other things),
and all the usual falderal!

There IS a likelihood of Severe Weather SOMEWHERE in Oklahoma tomorrow, so here are some links for Real-Time Weather info here:
Norman Forecast Office
Real-time Lightning data
SPC Severe Weather Outlooks 

“Read all about it” below.



Field Day
More about Field Day right down there…

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!


Tomorrow, during the Annual Field Day competition, at 2:00 pm, you’ll be able to take a test.  You can sign up on the VE registration page, select the June 23rd date,  and Good Luck!

Field Day

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.

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.

CW – in the Air Conditioned tent
SSB – in the radio room
GOTA – in the Lobby

There is MUCH discussion of a beam for 2 meters since VHF has been hopping for days. Stay tuned and be ready. Also note, IF there is a 2 meter beam, DO NOT ARMSTRONG ROTATE THE MAST WITHOUT GLOVES!!! It’s a fiberglass mast that has several years of UV exposure. You’ll be picking fiberglass out of your hands for days.

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 Al, AE5L, will be double-teaming the schedule for the SSB operations and the CW operations, ahead of Field Day.
They’ve created a couple of online Google Sheets that they both can 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.
Contact Mike or Al to sign-up for a slot. You should sign up right away,  because those coveted 3:00 a.m. slots go quickly!
Mike McPherson (, AL Ingle (


“You are 2F, OK!”

Field Day Timeline

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



All Hands On Deck!

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, plus the bonus VHF/UHF equipment.

GOTA Operating reservation sign-up sheet here:

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 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
Take Your Radio on Vacation”

This episode’s synopsis:
“Summertime is vacation time, and the Doctor offers advice on bringing Amateur Radio along for the ride.”

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 26 ARLD026
From ARRL Headquarters
Newington CT June 21, 2018
To all radio amateurs

ARLD026 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.

SENEGAL, 6W. Dominic, ON4AZP will be QRV as 6W/ON4AZP from June 25
to July 5. Activity will be on 40, 20, 15 and 10 meters using SSB.
QSL to home call.

MALDIVES, 8Q. Daniel, SM0UDH will be QRV as 8Q7DT from June 24 to
July 9. Activity will be holiday style on the HF bands using SSB,
JT9, JT65 and FT8. QSL to home call.

TAIWAN, BV. Bodo, DF8DX will be QRV as BW/DF8DX from June 24 to 30.
Activity will be on the HF bands using mostly CW. QSL to home call.

BOLIVIA, CP. Toni, EA5RM is QRV as CP1XRM until July 10 while
working with Solidaridad Medica and Radio Amateurs Without Frontiers
NGO. Activity is in his spare time on 60 to 10 meters using SSB and
various digital modes. QSL to home call.

FRANCE, F. Franck, F4DTO and Patrick, F4GFE are QRV as TM220BP
until December 15 to commemorate Napoleon’s Battle of the Pyramids.
Activity is on various dates and times on the HF bands. QSL via

SOLOMON ISLANDS, H4. Haru, JA1XGI is QRV as H44XG from Guadalcanal,
IOTA OC-047, until June 27. Activity is on 40, 30, 20, 15 and 10
meters using CW and FT8. QSL to home call. In addition, Bernhard,
DL2GAC is QRV as H44MS until July 12. QSL to home call.

JAPAN, JA. Take, JI3DST is QRV as JI3DST/5 from Shodo Island, IOTA
AS-200, until June 24. Activity is on 80 to 6 meters using CW, SSB,
RTTY, FM and FT8. QSL to home call.

BAKER AND HOWLAND ISLANDS, KH1. A large group of operators will be
QRV as KH1/KH7Z from Baker Island, IOTA OC-089, from June 27 to July
6. Activity will be on 160 to 6 meters using CW, SSB, RTTY, and FT8
in DXpedition mode. QSL direct to K4TSJ.

AUSTRIA, OE. Special event station OE125FFS is QRV until June 24 to
commemorate the 125th anniversary of Sierndorf’s fire brigade. QSL
via OE3TWA.

NETHERLANDS, PA. Marcel, PD5MVH will be QRV with special call sign
PD18VOR from June 23 to July 1 for the Volvo Ocean Race. QSL to
home call.

BRAZIL, PY. A group of operators are QRV as ZV8FF until June 23
from the Serra da Capivara National Park and UNESCO World Heritage
site in Piaui state. QSL via bureau.

PALAU, T8. Tatsuko, JJ1BDT is QRV as T88YL from Koror, IOTA OC-009,
until June 27. Activity is holiday style on 40, 17 and 15 meters
using SSB. QSL via JR1FKR.

ST. KITTS AND NEVIS, V4. John, W5JON is QRV as V47JA from Calypso
Bay, IOTA NA-104, until July 20. Activity is on 160 to 6 meters
using SSB. This includes being an entry in the upcoming IARU HF
Championship. QSL direct to home call.

AUSTRALIA, VK. Special call VI70MI is QRV from mainland Australia,
IOTA OC-001, until August 31 to draw attention to 70 years of the
Australian National Antarctic Research Expedition’s activities on
Macquarie Island. Activity is on 160 to 10 meters using CW, SSB,
RTTY and other digital modes. QSL via M0OXO.

THIS WEEKEND ON THE RADIO. ARRL Field Day, His Majesty King of Spain
SSB Contest, NCCC RTTY Sprint, NCCC CW Sprint, UFT QRP Contest and
the Ukrainian DX DIGI Contest are all scheduled for this weekend.

The CWops Mini-CWT CW Test, Phone Fray and SKCC CW Sprint are
scheduled for June 27.

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 356’s highlights:

“More Pineboard Projects with Bob Heil,
Field Day safety with Gordo,
the Young Ladies Radio League,
the ultimate Field Day setup with Valerie,
Field Day preparation with George,
Field Day food with Amanda,
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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