In This Issue
July Meeting Issue!
Field Day Summary
Ham Holiday 2018
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
July Meeting Issue!,
Field Day Summary,
Ham Holiday 2018,
a new Link of the Week,
The Doctor Talks Vacation Radio,
and all the usual falderal!
“Read all about it” below.
July 14th Meeting: Building a T Antenna
One of our own, Conrad Warren W7WLM will talk about building a better HF antenna. Recently, he’s been making some T antennas that have been working well for him. These antennas pack a pretty good signal into a small back-yard. He’ll have some examples like a 12′ tall rod with a 27′ cross piece on top, tuned for 40 meters. He’s built one that contacted Austraila with 15 watts. These antennas are easy to build. Come to learn what he’s up to, how to perform the calculations, and how you can build one of these for your backyard.
And, there will be a special announcement that you won’t want to miss.
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!
See you at the meeting!
OKC’s Ham Fest – HamHoliday – July 27-28
July 27th and 28th will be Oklahoma City’s Hamfest, called Ham Holiday. Each year about 700 amateurs from Oklahoma, Texas, and Kansas attend a conference to buy more radio stuff, sell some radio stuff, learn about some radio stuff, or talk about some radio stuff. We’ll be at the spacious remodeled Tower Hotel, in Northwest Oklahoma City. Call 405-842-6633today for our group rate of $79 per night includes free breakfast and free Wi-Fi. The hotel / conference center is northeast of the I-44 & the Lake Hefner Parkway intersection. Just north of the Integris Baptist hospital. Tickets are only $10 in advance and $12 at-the-door. Tickets are available online at http://hamholiday.com or at the July SCARS meeting.
If you are a new ham, an experienced ham or a wanna-be ham, you should attend this event. Our SCARS VE team will be operating a FREE VE test at 1:00 pm. If you pass your first amateur radio license test at Ham Holiday, you’ll be able to attend for free!
This year the hamfest vendor / flea market will operate on Friday the 27th from 3:00 pm to 7:00 pm. On Saturday, the 28th, the vendor / flea market will operate from 8:00 am to 3:00 pm. Here you will find radio gear of all sizes, shapes, and budget levels.
Friday evening at 7:30 will be the annual Ham Holiday banquet. Valerie Hotzfeld N9VL is our featured speaker. Valerie’s a regular on the Ham Nation podcast and is from Central Illinois. This banquet starts after the Friday session completed. Dinner is served at 7:30 pm, in the Salon A-B-C suite. We have a little more room this year, so get your tickets early. This is a great place to visit with your fellow hams, and visit with the state, and local ARRL leadership present. Banquet tickets are $25 and we will have a chicken and ham buffet with great sides and desserts, from “Catering by Finley“. Order your banquet tickets today. After the banquet, we’ll have a Wouff Hong ceremony for ARRL members.
Hours of Operation
- Friday 3:00 pm – Open
- Friday Banquet 7:30 pm
- Friday 7:00 pm – Close
- Saturday 8:00 am – Open
- R ‘Lil Diner Food Truck starts breakfast at 8:00 am and Coits Food Truck and R ‘lil Diner Food Truck started lunch at 11:00 am.
- FREE VE Testing 1:00 pm
- Saturday 3:00 pm – Close
Don’t miss out, stay the night, and I’ll see you there!
2018 Field Day Summary
Chris Pape KE5JZN reports that the field day report has been filed. We made 317 CW QSO’s, and 233 Voice/GOTA/VHF QSO’s. More details will be available at the SCARS meeting tomorrow, but it was another great training operation. Thanks to ALL that were involved. More info is available at https://w5nor.org/fd. Pictures are available at https://w5nor.org/pics/field-day-2018
Link of the Week
AH0A’s FCC Amateur Radio Statistics
Joe Speroni AH0A has created a website that summarizes the amateur radio license numbers. Joe’s site gives you a great look at the overall numbers of hams in the United States. He breaks the totals down by month, state, ARRL section, and license class. His graphs show which way our numbers are heading. His current summary shows that there are nearly 9,800 fellow hams in the state. Give them a look!
Online Ham Stuff
New This Week:
The Running List
SCARS Field Day Page
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
August 2 – 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
“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
- FCC Administrative Law Judge Dismisses Radio Amateur’s Long-Standing License Renewal Application
- Radio Amateur to Pay $7,000, Face Restricted Privileges to Settle FCC Interference Case
- World Radiosport Team Championship 2018 Formally Opens in Germany
- The Doctor Will See You Now!
- ARRL Urges Regulatory Regime to Keep Non-Amateur Satellites off Amateur Spectrum
- Baker Island KH1/KH7Z DXpedition in the Record Books
- CASSIOPE Spacecraft Listens In on 2018 ARRL Field Day
- World JOTA-JOTI Registration Now Open
- 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 29 ARLD029
From ARRL Headquarters
Newington CT July 12, 2018
To all radio amateurs
SB DX ARL ARLD029
ARLD029 DX news
This week’s bulletin was made possible with information provided by
N1DC, 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.
FIJI, 3D2. Harold, WJ2O is QRV as 3D2/WJ2O from Viti Levu Island,
IOTA OC-016, until July 17. Activity is on 40 to 15 meters using
only CW. QSL direct to N2ZN.
TUNISIA, 3V. Look for 3V8CB to be QRV in the IARU HF World
Championship. QSL via LX1NO.
TIMOR-LESTE, 4W. Gordon, K7TRB is QRV as 4W6VA from Dili, IOTA
OC-148, until the middle of September 2018. Activity is currently
on 20, 17 and 6 meters. QSL to home call.
ALGERIA, 7X. A group of operators are QRV with special event call
sign 7V5ID during the month of July to celebrate the 57th
anniversary of Algeria’s Independence from Stidia, Mostaganem.
Activity is on 160 to 10 meters using CW, SSB and FT8 with five
stations active. QSL via 7X4CZ.
OMAN, A4. Members of the Royal Oman Amateur Radio Society will be
QRV as A47RS in the IARU HF World Championship. QSL via bureau.
BALEARIC ISLANDS, EA6. Andreas, DK5ON is QRV as EA6/DK5ON from
Mallorca Island, IOTA EU-004, until July 28. Activity is on 40 to 6
meters using CW, SSB, and various digital modes including FT8. QSL
to home call.
IRELAND, EI. Olivier, ON4EI is QRV as EI8GQB until July 18.
Activity is on 160 to 10 meters. He plans to be active as EI7T in
the IARU HF World Championship as a Single Op/Low Power entry. QSL
ST. PIERRE AND MIQUELON, FP. Eric, KV1J is QRV as FP/KV1J from
Miquelon Island, IOTA NA-032, until July 17. Activity is on 80 to
10 meters using some CW, SSB, RTTY and FT8, as well as some
satellite activity. This also includes being an entry in the IARU
HF World Championship. QSL to home call.
SARDINIA, IS0. Miguel, EA5ZD will be QRV as IS0/EA5ZD from July 16
to 21. QSL to home call.
SVALBARD, JW. Members of Amateur Radio Club SP3PET will be QRV as
JW100PUT from Petuniabukta, Spitsbergen, IOTA EU-026, from July 18
to 31 to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Academic Ham Radio
Club of the Poznan University of Technology. Activity will be on
80, 40, and 20 meters, as well as 2 meters and 70 centimeters, using
SSB and FM. QSL via SP3PET.
AUSTRIA, OE. Special call sign OE100RAD will be QRV during the IARU
HF World Championship. QSL via operators’ instructions.
ARUBA, P4. Rick, N1DC will be QRV as P4/N1DC from July 14 to 26.
Activity will be holiday style on 40 to 10 meters using CW, with
some SSB and FT8, and running QRP power. QSL to home call.
FERNANDO DE NORONHA, PY0F. Renner, PY7RP is QRV as PY0F/PY7RP until
July 16. Activity is on the HF bands, and 6 meters using FT8. This
includes being an entry in the IARU HF World Championship. QSL to
CANADA, VE. Pierre, VE3KTB is QRV as VY0ERC from the Eureka Weather
station from Eureka, Nunavut, IOTA NA-008, until July 21. Activity
is on 40 and 20 meters using slow CW, SSB and other digital modes.
This includes some satellite activity on the FM birds. QSL via
BERMUDA, VP9. Steve, KU9C is QRV as KU9C/VP9 until July 17.
Activity is on the HF bands, including the newer bands and 6 meters,
as well as FM on satellites SO-50 and AO-85. This includes being
active as VP9HQ/RSB in the IARU HF World Championship. QSL both
calls to home call.
LAOS, XW. Bruce, 3W3B is QRV as XW4XR from Vientiane until July 22.
Activity is on 40 to 10 meters, and possibly 6 meters, using CW,
RTTY, JT65 and FT8. QSL via E21EIC.
CAYMAN ISLANDS, ZF. Operators Mike, NA6MB and Gayle, K6GO are QRV
as ZF2NA and ZF2GO, respectively, from Grand Cayman Island, IOTA
NA-016, near Bodden Town, until July 15. Activity is on 160 to 6
meters. This includes being active as ZF1A in the IARU HF World
Championship. QSL ZF2GO and ZF2NA via K6GO. QSL ZF1A via K6AM.
THIS WEEKEND ON THE RADIO. The IARU HF World Championship, QRP
20-Meter CW Fox Hunt, NCCC RTTY Sprint, NCCC CW Sprint, FISTS Summer
Unlimited Sprint and the QRP ARCI Summer Homebrew CW Sprint will
certainly keep contesters busy this upcoming weekend.
The Run for the Bacon QRP CW Contest is scheduled for July 16.
The CWops Mini-CWT Test and Phone Fray are scheduled for July 18.
The ARRL International Grid Chase runs during all of 2018.
Please see July QST, page 83, and the ARRL and WA7BNM Contest Web
Sites for details.
Always Latest version at the top here: ARRL DX Bulletin
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NOTE: The “SCRIPT” and “AUDIO” above are hyperlinks. Click to read or listen!
Live links, Script, and Audio here: Amateur Radio Newsline – Latest News
“THE PANA HIGH SCHOOL SOLAR CAR TEAM“
Episode 358’s highlights:
“The Pana High School team and the Solar Car Challenge, Ham Radio Outlet’s Ham Jam with Gordo, an FCC interference case with a hefty fine, Bob interviews Robert Sullivan W0YVA, WRTC 2018 with Valerie, your questions 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
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 !!!