SCARS Newsletter September 7, 2018

In This Issue… 
It’s THAT Time Again!
Amateur Radio Parity Act Dead
Route 66 On The Air
71st Hamarama Next Month
Link of the Week

Dates To Remember,

The Doctor Is In,
This Week’s ARRL Letter,
ARRL DX Bulletin,
Amateur Radio Newsline,
Ham Nation,
Odds and Ends,
Upcoming Hamfests within 250 miles _…_._

In This Issue

Conflab Tomorrow,
Parity Act Dead,
“Get Your on-the-air Kicks”,
Hamarama Soon,
and all the usual stuff!

“Read all about it” below.

It’s THAT Time Again!

Tomorrow is the September SCARS Monthly meeting.
As usual, it is Jam-packed with *STUFF*!
After the Coffee and Donuts at 9:00, the Business portion of the Meeting will begin at 9:30.
As per usual, “Bring A Chair” for those who are late.
After “the Business”, our own Gerry Creager N5JXS will be talking about the radios being used in the Civil Air Patrol.
Then there will be ‘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.

See you there!

Amateur Radio Parity Act Dead

H.R. 515, otherwise known as the “Amateur Radio Parity Act of 2017” is effectively dead for this Congressional Term. It did have wide support in, and was passed by,  the House, but was killed in the Senate. It had been inserted into the National Defense Authorization Act of 2019 and then quietly stripped out of the Senate version before final passage. Many, including your Editor, thought that it had been effectively rendered toothless before being inserted into the NDAA, but even in its “toothless” form it was too broad reaching for some key Senators. Excerpt below is from a “Politico” story here:

Another tidbit in the defense bill that caught MT’s eye: The final version was stripped of the Amateur Radio Parity Act, H.R. 555 (115), which enjoyed widespread House support and some prominent Senate backers. The measure would have directed the FCC to let amateur radio operators sidestep rules, common in homeowner associations, that ban raising radio antennas. Sen. Bill Nelson had slammed the legislation as overly broad.

Route 66 On The Air Starts Saturday

ARRL Letter excerpt:

September’s US Route 66 On the Air Special Event Marks 19th Year:

The 19th annual Route 66 On the Air special event, celebrating the storied highway between the west coast and the US heartland, gets under way on September 8 and continues until September 16.
The Citrus Belt Amateur Radio Club (CBARC of San Bernardino, California, sponsors the event, which will feature 21 stations — including two rovers — operating from sites along or near the path of
US Route 66.
Sporting W6-prefix 2 × 1 call signs, the stations will be active on CW, SSB, and digital modes, as well as some VHF and UHF repeater operation.

Through story, song, film, and television, the highway — also known as “The Will Rogers Highway” and “The Mother Road” — came to symbolize the spirit of the freedom of the open road, inspiring many to see America.
Stretching nearly 2,500 miles from California to eastern Illinois,
US Route 66 was established in the mid-1920s.
After it had been replaced piecemeal by the Interstate Highway System, it was formally removed from the US Highway System in 1985,
although segments of the highway now have been designated
a National Scenic Byway — Historic Route 66.

The US National Park Service says Route 66 “holds a special place in American consciousness and evokes images of simpler times,
mom-and-pop businesses, and the icons of a mobile nation on the road.” NPS includes the roadway in its “Discover Our Shared Heritage Travel Itinerary.”

Started by the Northern Arizona DX Association, the US Route 66 Special Event offered a way for radio amateurs to “relive the ride,” CBARC said on its website.
CBARC assumed sponsorship of the event a couple years after the inaugural running, and it has become a staple of the September special event schedule.

Several Amateur Radio clubs will participate in making the event a reality by sponsoring stations set up along the original US Route 66 or in cities nearby. Listen for W6A – W6U during the event period.

CW operation will center on or near 3.533, 7.033, 10.110, 14.033, 18.080, 21.033, 24.900, 28.033, and 50.033 MHz.
SSB operation will focus on or around 3.866, 7.266, 14.266, 18.164, 21.366, 24.966, 28.466, and 50.166 MHz.
For digital modes, look for Route 66 stations around 3.580, 7.070, 10.140, 14.070, 18.100, 21.070, 24.920, and 28.120 MHz.
Commemorative QSL cards and certificates will be available.

71st Hamarama Next Month

The 71st Texoma Hamarama is a little over a month away, and it’s not too soon to pre-register and put it on your calendar.
Friday/Saturday, October 26 & 27.
This’ll be the only out-of-town Hamfest I’ll make this year.
How about you?

Link of the Week

Route 66 On The Air

This week’s Link just had to be the Operating Event of The Mother Road

Online Ham Stuff

New This Week:

Route 66 On The Air

The Running List

W8JI’s “Noise” Page

Maritime Mobile Radio

SCARS Youtube Channel

SCARS Field Day Page

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

September 8 – SCARS September Meeting –

The Doctor Is In

The Doctor’s Latest Podcast is titled
“Antennas and Wind

This episode’s synopsis:
“Whether you have a simple wire antenna
or a large HF Yagi on a tower,
the effects of wind are major considerations.
The Doctor offers tips to improve the odds of your antenna’s survival.

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 37 ARLD037
From ARRL Headquarters
Newington CT September 6, 2018
To all radio amateurs

ARLD037 DX news

This week’s bulletin was made possible with information provided by
K5SL, 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.

BHUTAN, A5. Zorro, JH1AJT and Champ, E21EIC are QRV as A5A until
September 14. The main purpose of this trip is to meet with Foreign
Ministry officials to discuss progress on a youth development
project. Activity is on 40 to 10 meters using CW, SSB and FT8. QSL
via JH1AJT.

FRENCH GUIANA, FY. Manfred, DL5FAB is QRV as FY/DL5FAB from Kourou
until September 18 while here to participate in the launch
preparations for the satellite MetOp-C. Activity is on the HF bands
using CW and FT8. QSL to home call.

ST. LUCIA, J6. Bill, K9HZ is QRV as J68HZ from Soufriere until
September 17. Activity is on 160 to 2 meters using CW, SSB and
RTTY, mostly from 2000 to 0700z. QSL via LoTW.

MARIANA ISLANDS, KH0. Harry, JG7PSJ will be QRV as KH0/KW2X from
Saipan, IOTA OC-086, from September 12 to 18. Activity will be on
40 to 10 meters using CW, SSB and RTTY. QSL direct to home call.

ST. MAARTEN, PJ7. Randy, K5SL will be QRV as PJ7/K5SL from
September 8 to 15. Activity will be on 40, 30, 20 and 17 meters
using CW and SSB. QSL to home call.

POLAND, SP. Special event stations SN100ID, SN100IP, SN100JH,
SN100JP, SN100L, SN100PS and SN100PW are QRV until November 11 to
celebrate the 100th anniversary of Poland’s independence. QSL via

GREECE, SV. Oliver, DK7TX will be QRV as SV8/DK7TX from the islands
Paxoi, Vido, and Kerkyra, all IOTA EU-052, from September 9 to 15.
Activity will be on the HF bands. QSL to home call.

DODECANESE, SV5. Claudio, HB9OAU will be QRV as SV5/HB9OAU from
Karpathos Island, IOTA EU-001, from September 8 to 20. Activity
will be on 80 to 10 meters using SSB and FT8. QSL to home call.

ANTIGUA, V2. Bud, AA3B will be QRV as V26K from September 8 to 17
while doing maintenance on the station. His activity will be in his
spare time on the HF bands using primarily CW. QSL direct to home

AUSTRALIA, VK. Members of the Hills Amateur Radio Group will be QRV
with special Marconi call sign VI6MARCONI on September 8 and 9 to
celebrate the 100th anniversary of the First Direct Wireless Message
from the United Kingdom to Australia. QSL via operators’

THIS WEEKEND ON THE RADIO. The ARRL September VHF Contest, North
American CW Sprint, NCCC RTTY Sprint, NCCC Sprint CW Ladder, Worked
All Europe SSB DX Contest, Kulikovo Polye 20-Meter CW Contest, SARL
Field Day Contest, SKCC Weekend CW Sprintathon and the Russian Cup
Digital Contest are all on tap for this upcoming weekend.

The 4 States QRP Group Second Sunday Sprint and RSGB 80-Meter Autumn
SSB Series are scheduled for September 10.

The CWops Mini-CWT CW Test and Phone Fray are scheduled for
September 12.

The ARRL International Grid Chase runs during all of 2018.

Please see September 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




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 366’s highlights:

“Coaxial dipoles with Gordo,
does the ARRL need a rebranding?
The Huntsville, Alabama Hamfest,
Last Man Standing is back,
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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