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,
Upcoming Hamfests within 250 miles _…_._
In This Issue
N5HZR writes for UUGE audience,
Ham Nation comes to Ham Holiday,
the “Link of the Week” is the Place To Be,
“Entitled” Ham gets lovely gift from FCC (ARRL Letter),
and all the usual cruft!
“Read all about it” below.
I must give a heartfelt thanks to Mark, N5HZR, for doing the Newsletter for me while Linda and I were in Kenya. Yes, I DO have a boatload of pictures (over 1500), but I promise to not bore you here with them. That said, IF you catch me at Ham Holiday this weekend, you won’t have to twist my arm very hard for me to show you pictures on my iPad, but only if you ask! Hope to see you there!
Ham Holiday – Tomorrow & Saturday
Oklahoma City’s Hamfest, called Ham Holiday STARTS THIS AFTERNOON! 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 405-842-6633 today for our group rate of $79 per night includes free breakfast and free Wi-Fi. The hotel / conference center is on Northwest Highway, just across the street from Integris Baptist hospital. Tickets are only $10 in advance and $12 at-the-door. Tickets are available online at http://hamholiday.com.
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 area will be open on Friday the 27th from 3:00 pm to 7:00 pm and Saturday, from 8:00 am to 3:00 pm. Radio gear of all sizes, shapes, and budgets.
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 7:00 pm — Close
- Friday 7:30 pm — Banquet
- Saturday 8:00 am — Open
- R ‘Lil Diner Food Truck starts breakfast — 8:00 am
- Coits Food Truck and R ‘lil Diner Food Truck starts lunch — 11:00 am.
- FREE VE Testing — 1:00 pm
- Saturday 3:00 pm — Close
Don’t miss out, stay the night, see you there
Link of the Week
This week is ALL ABOUT HAM HOLIDAY!
So what better Link of the Week than that?
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
- FCC Proposes $18,000 Fine in Louisiana Amateur Radio Interference Case
- Parity Act Options Open Despite Removal from Defense Authorization Act Conference Report
- The Doctor Will See You Now!
- Broadcast-Quality Audio Processor Donated to W1AW
- Significant Changes in Store for FT8 and MSK144 with WSJT-XVersion 2.0
- More ARRL Contest Award Certificates Now Available for Download
- Ducie Island VP6D Team Awaiting its Turn at Baker Island KH1/KH7Z Radios
- Astro-Ham Alexander Gerst, KF5ONO, Jams with Kraftwerk for Festival Audience
- 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 31 ARLD031
From ARRL Headquarters
Newington CT July 26, 2018
To all radio amateurs
SB DX ARL ARLD031
ARLD031 DX news
This week’s bulletin was made possible with information provided by
M0GWD, 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.
MAURITIUS, 3B8. Karel, OK2ZI is QRV as 3B8/OK2ZI until August 8.
Activity is on the HF bands using CW, SSB and various digital modes.
QSL to home call.
CROATIA, 9A. Radovan, OM2ZZ will be QRV as 9A/OM2ZZ from Vir
Island, IOTA EU-170, in the RSGB IOTA contest. QSL to home call.
WEST MALAYSIA, 9M2. Luca, IK2PFL will be QRV as 9M2/IK2PFL from
Perhentian Kecil Island, IOTA AS-073, during the RSGB IOTA contest.
QSL to home call.
TAIWAN, BV. A group of operators will be QRV as BV0WPX from Peng
Chia-Yu Island, IOTA AS-155, in the RSGB IOTA contest. Before and
after the contest they will be active as BW9W. QSL via BV2KI.
PHILIPPINES, DU. Ireneo, DU9XL, Roldan, DU9XM and Ernesto, DU9CA
will be QRV as DX9EVM from Mindanao Island, IOTA OC-130, during the
RSGB IOTA contest. QSL via DU9CA.
ESTONIA, ES. Toivo, ES2DJ will be QRV as ES8DJ from Ruhnu Island,
IOTA EU-178, during the RSGB IOTA contest. QSL to home call.
ENGLAND, G. Members of the Fort Purbrook ARC are QRV with special
event station GB1PF until July 29 to represent the 19th century
Palmerston Forts that encircle the City of Portsmouth. Activity is
on 80 to 2 meters using CW, SSB and PSK. QSL via operators’
GUERNSEY, GU. Operators M0WJE and M0WUT plan to be QRV as GP6UW
from Beaucette Marina, IOTA EU-114, in the RSGB IOTA contest. QSL
THAILAND, HS. Members of the HSDXA team will be QRV as E2X from Si
Chang Island, IOTA AS-107, in the RSGB IOTA contest. QSL via LoTW.
ITALY, I. Pippo, IT9PPG will be QRV as IF9A from Favignana Island,
IOTA EU-054, in the RSGB IOTA contest as a Single Op/DXpedition/24
Hrs/CW entry. QSL via bureau.
JAPAN, JA. Jen, JE6HCL will be QRV as JE6HCL/6 from Iki Island,
IOTA AS-036, in the RSGB IOTA contest as a Single Op/Mixed Mode
entry. He is here until July 30. QSL to home call.
NORWAY, LA. Members of the Kirkenes Radio Amateur group are QRV
with special call LM0POMOR in celebration of the Pomor Cultural
Festival in Vardoe, IOTA EU-141, until July 29. QSL via bureau.
BULGARIA, LZ. A large group of operators will be QRV as LZ0I from
Sveti Ivan Island, IOTA EU-181, in the RSGB IOTA contest as a
Multi/Single entry. QSL via bureau.
PAPUA NEW GUINEA, P2. Puiu, YO5BIM is QRV as P29VIM from Port
Moresby, IOTA OC-034, and Vanimo, until August 13. He also plans to
be active from Rabaul on New Britain Island, IOTA OC-008. Activity
is on the low bands using mostly CW and some SSB. QSL direct to
SWEDEN, SM. Eric, SM1TDE will be QRV as SD1A from Gotland Island,
IOTA EU-020, during the RSGB IOTA contest as a Single Op/All Band/CW
Mode/24 Hrs/Island entry. QSL via bureau.
GREECE, SV. Branislav, OM2FY will be QRV as SV8/OM2FY from
Kefalonia, IOTA EU-052, in the RSGB IOTA contest as a CW QRP entry.
QSL to home call.
EUROPEAN RUSSIA, UA. Operators Victor, R1NU and Dmitry, UA1NFA will
be QRV as R1KRG/P from Bol’shoy Kimalishche Island, IOTA EU-147, in
the RSGB IOTA contest. Before and after the contest, they are
active as R25RRA. QSL via operators’ instructions.
ROMANIA, YO. Members of the Carpathian Society of Transylvania will
be QRV as YP27EKE during their hosting of the 27th Roaming Camp from
July 30 until August 5. Activity will be on the HF bands. They may
also activate WWFF sites YOFF-0177 and YO/MC-031. QSL via YO6PIB.
KOSOVO, Z6. Members of the Kosovo International Friendship
Consortium are QRV as Z66X until July 30. Activity is on 80 to 6
meters. QSL via OH2BH.
NEW ZEALAND, ZL. Special event station ZM50MAUQ will be QRV during
the month of August to commemorate the naval accident in 1968 of the
SS Gothic. Activity will be on 80, 40 and 20 meters using CW and
SSB. QSL via ClubLog.
THIS WEEKEND ON THE RADIO. The RSGB IOTA Contest, QRP 20-Meter CW
Fox Hunt, NCCC RTTY Sprint, NCCC CW Sprint, YARC Summer QSO Party
and the ARS CW Flight of the Bumblebees are all on tap for this
The CWops Mini-CWT CW Test and Phone Fray are both scheduled for
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
Amateur Radio Newsline
– TRIUMPH ON 6 METERS AND BEYOND
– WHEN RADIO IS A BRIDGE TO THE WORLD
– LIGHTHOUSE NUMBER 300 IS REGISTERED
– A BLOCKBUSTER MOVIE FOR A BLOCKBUSTER CONTEST
– NEW TEAM TO MONITOR AIRWAVES IN GREAT BRITAIN
– CALIFORNIA CLUB’S TRADITION OF TEACHING AND REACHING
– QRP AND HOMEBREW BY THE BAY
– WORLD OF DX
– CANADIAN SIGNAL MAKES WAVES IN NORTHERN IRELAND
NOTE: The “SCRIPT” and “AUDIO” above are hyperlinks. Click to read or listen!
Live links, Script, and Audio here: Amateur Radio Newsline – Latest News
“LIVE FROM AIRVENTURE!“
Episode 360’s highlights:
“Dan Vanevenhoven and Ray Novak report from Airventure 2018,
buy and sell old gear at Ham&HiFi,
a big competition goes to Korea,
George Thomas talks towers,
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 Gary, WB5ULK …_._