In This Issue
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
Ham Holiday 2018,
a new Link of the Week,
The Doctor Talks Zero Beating,
and all the usual falderal!
“Read all about it” below.
This topic came up in conversation recently, “How do you get messages transferred when the communications grid is not working”. The obvious quick answer is “Amateur Radio”. However, the mechanics of this process aren’t widely known, and they really haven’t changed since the days of the Titanic. The ARRL radiogram shown above is very similar to the actual radiogram from the Titanic (shown on the right) on the night that ship went down. Should you send or receive a message through the National Traffic System (NTS), someone has filled out one of these forms.
So, if you need to get a message to Aunt Sally in Illinois, you’d complete a radiogram form, and pass the traffic to the next station in line. Here in Oklahoma, the Sunday ARES traffic net is our routine connection to the NTS. Someone would accept the message as it’s passed on that net and actually deliver the message by making a call to Aunt Sally.
For those of you that received your license in the past few years, you’ve probably received a radiogram from the ARRL once you’ve obtained that license. The ARRL puts a message into the NTS, and some volunteer ham accepts the message, and makes the call to your phone, congratulating you on your newly minted license. This sounds like a great excercise for one of the upcoming Tuesday Night ARES nets. Net ops, anyone want to tackle this?
Wikipedia has a great article about this famous piece of paper. If you would like to learn the nitty-gritty details about the Radiogram, take a look at the ARRL’s message format document, available on the web here.
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
Link of the Week
AI1EE’s Amateur Radio Website
Jay Vicory AI1EE has a great website that lets you look up amateur radio callsigns, and has another great summary of FCC license statistics. Lots of fun to see the numbers from across the country. 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
July 27-28 – Ham Holiday – http://hamholiday.com/
August 2 – SCARS VE Testing – http://w5nor.org/license/
August 11 – SCARS August Meeting – http://w5nor.org/meetings/
The Doctor Is In
The Doctor’s Latest Podcast is titled
This episode’s synopsis:
“The Doctor explains “zero beating.” It isn’t just about CW.”
Listen to it here-> The Doctor Is In Podcast
The Doctor’s Homepage is here: The Doctor Is In
This Week’s ARRL Letter
- WRTC 2018: Amazing Contact Totals, Scores Despite Poor Conditions
- ARRL Announces Two Career Opportunities
- The Doctor Will See You Now!
- ARRL Represented at IEEE Symposium
- RadioShack “Express Stores” to Open in HobbyTown USA Locations
- BIRDS-2 Constellation CubeSats Transported to ISS for August Deployment
- Final Preparations Under Way for Youth on the Air 2018 in South Africa
- Jack Gerbs, WB8SCT, Appointed General Chairman for Hamvention 2019
- US ARDF Champions Prepare for International Competition in Korea
- In Brief…
- 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 30 ARLD030
From ARRL Headquarters
Newington CT July 19, 2018
To all radio amateurs
SB DX ARL ARLD030
ARLD030 DX news
This week’s bulletin was made possible with information provided by
KI1U, W3UR, 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.
TIMOR-LESTE, 4W. Gordon, K7TRB is QRV as 4W6VA from Dili, IOTA
OC-148, until the middle of September 2018. Activity is on 20, 17
and 6 meters. QSL to home call.
MALAWI, 7Q. Arnold, WB6OJB is QRV as 7Q7JK until July 25. Activity
is holiday style on 40 to 10 meters using SSB. QSL direct to home
ALGERIA, 7X. A group of operators are QRV as 7V9A from Habibas
Island, IOTA AF-094, until July 21. Activity is on the HF bands
using SSB, various digital modes, FT8, with some CW, and SSB on
various VHF bands. QSL via operators’ instructions.
CAPE VERDE, D4. Christian, M0UPL will be QRV as D44EK from Sal
Island, AF-086, from July 23 to August 7. Activity will be on the
HF bands using only SSB. QSL to home call.
SARDINIA, IS0. Massimo, I0PNM is QRV as IM0/I0PNM from San Pietro
Island, IOTA EU-165, until August 20. Activity is on 40, 20, 15 and
10 meters using SSB. This includes being an entry in the upcoming
RSGB IOTA contest. QSL direct to home call.
MINAMI TORISHIMA, JD1. Operator JG1RHN is QRV as JG1RHN/JD1 from
Marcus Island, IOTA OC-073, until August 15. Activity is on the HF
bands. QSL via bureau.
SVALBARD, JW. Members of Amateur Radio Club SP3PET are QRV as
JW100PUT from Petuniabukta, Spitsbergen, IOTA EU-026, until July 31
to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Academic Ham Radio Club of
the Poznan University of Technology. Activity is on 80, 40 and 20
meters, as well as 2 meters and 70 centimeters, using SSB and FM.
QSL via SP3PET.
GUAM, KH2. Howard, WQ6B is QRV as KH2/WQ6B until July 24. Activity
is on the various HF bands using SSB and FT8. QSL to home call.
MARKET REEF, OJ0. A large group of operators will be QRV as OJ0C
from July 21 to 28, and then from August 18 to 25, during the first
International Youth at Sea activity. Activity is on the HF bands.
QSL via OH3JR.
ARUBA, P4. Rick, N1DC is QRV as P4/N1DC until July 26. Activity is
holiday style on 40 to 10 meters using CW, with some SSB and FT8,
and running QRP power. QSL to home call.
CURACAO, PJ2. Operators Violetta, KM4ATT, Mason, KM4SII, Dhruv,
KC9ZJX, and David, VE7DZO, are QRV as PJ2Y until July 24 as part of
a Youth DX Adventure to Curacao. Activity is on the HF bands using
CW, SSB and FT8. QSL direct to AB8YK.
MICRONESIA, V6. Members of the Nara DX Association Japan are QRV as
V6J from Ta Island, IOTA OC-254, until July 31. Activity is on 40
to 15 meters, including 6 meters, using CW, SSB, RTTY and FT8 with
three stations active. QSL direct to JP3AYQ.
CANADA, VE. Mike, KI1U will be QRV as VE9IU from Grand Manan
Island, IOTA NA-014, from July 21 to 28. Activity will be on the HF
bands using CW and FT8, with some activity on 6 meters and various
satellites. QSL to home call.
CAMBODIA, XU. Chapli, BG4HRM is QRV as XU7AKL from Phnom Penh.
Activity is mostly on 80 to 10 meters using CW. QSL to home call.
VANUATU, YJ. Geoff, ZL3GA is QRV as YJ0GA from Efate, IOTA OC-035,
until July 24. Activity is on 80 to 10 meters using CW, FT8 and
some SSB. QSL to home call.
THIS WEEKEND ON THE RADIO. The North American RTTY QSO Party, QRP
20-Meter CW Fox Hunt, NCCC RTTY Sprint, NCCC CW Sprint, Russian
Radio Team Championship, Trans-Tasman Low-Bands Challenge, Jakarta
40-Meter DX Contest, DMC RTTY Contest, Feld Hell Sprint, CQ
Worldwide VHF Contest, SA Sprint Contest, RSGB Low Power CW Contest
and the CQC Great Colorado 20-Meter CW Gold Rush are all on tap for
The CWops Mini-CWT CW Test, SKCC CW Sprint and Phone Fray are
scheduled for July 25.
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
– CONTEST SEASON HEATS UP IN KOREA
– AUSTRALIAN SCHOOL SESSION GOES SKY HIGH
– K2BSA SCOUTS ON THE AIR IN CALIFORNIA
– YOUNG HAMS’ INVITATION TO ‘BREAKFAST’
– OLD RADIOS DIE HARD – OR NOT
– SLOVENIA GETS ALLOCATION ON 60 METER BAND
– CELEBRATING 20 YEARS OF NETWORKING REPEATERS IN KANSAS
– NEW BALLOTS BEING MAILED FOR AMSAT-NORTH AMERICA ELECTION
– THE WORLD OF DX
– WHEN HAM RADIO REALLY DELIVERS – TO THE MAILBOX
– SPECIAL REPORT FROM WRTC
NOTE: The “SCRIPT” and “AUDIO” above are hyperlinks. Click to read or listen!
Live links, Script, and Audio here: Amateur Radio Newsline – Latest News
“KIT TALK WITH K0NEB“
Episode 359’s highlights:
“Joe Eisenberg K0NEB from CQ Magazine joins us to talk about kit building, we take a look at some videos from Field Day 2018, George shows photos of an AM broadcast triplexer, 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 !!!
73 de Mark, N5HZR …_._