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,
Odds and Ends,
Upcoming Hamfests within 250 miles _…_._
In This Issue
Parity Act Dead,
“Get Your on-the-air Kicks”,
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: https://www.politico.com/newsletters/morning-tech/2018/08/02/tech-scrambles-to-navigate-white-house-privacy-push-303911
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
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 http://www.w6jbt.org) 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 https://www.nps.gov/nr/travel/route66/index.html 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
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
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
September 8 – SCARS September Meeting – http://w5nor.org/meetings/
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
- Ham Radio to be Represented at 9th Annual World Maker Faire in New York City
- Hurricane Watch Net Manager: September is Gearing Up to be an Active Month
- Reverse-Polarity Sunspot Group Does Not Belong to Cycle 25, Observatory Says
- The Doctor Will See You Now!
- Radio Amateurs Receive Images from Chinese Lunar Satellite
- Korean Postage Stamp Recognizes Amateur Radio Direction Finding Championships
- September’s US Route 66 On the Air Special Event Marks 19th Year
- Digital Mobile Radio Hotspots May Be Interfering with Satellite Uplinks, AMSAT Reports
- 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 37 ARLD037
From ARRL Headquarters
Newington CT September 6, 2018
To all radio amateurs
SB DX ARL ARLD037
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
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
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
– AMSAT BATTLING SATELLITE QRM
– CASE STILL OPEN IN KILLING OF HENRY STANGE WA6RXZ
– CLUB SHACK IN NAIROBI, KENYA BURGLARIZED
– SILENT KEY: MALAYSIAN AMATEUR FEROZ KHAN 9W2JOH
– SILENT KEY: MOMOKU SAKURA JI2EIT
– DIGITAL ENTHUSIASTS HOLDING ANNUAL CONFERENCE
– IN NORTHERN IRELAND, HAM’S SPECIAL DELIVERY FROM N. KOREA
– KOREAN POSTAGE STAMP COMMEMORATES ARDF CHAMPIONSHIPS
– CANADIAN SPECIAL EVENT STATION CELEBRATES REGATTA
– GET ON BOARD THE ‘FLYING SCOTSMAN’
– WORLD OF DX
– THE ‘BOOMERANG RADIO’ COMES HOME
NOTE: The “SCRIPT” and “AUDIO” above are hyperlinks. Click to read or listen!
Live links, Script, and Audio here: Amateur Radio Newsline – Latest News
“DIPOLES, D-STAR AND LAST MAN STANDING“
Episode 366’s highlights:
“Coaxial dipoles with Gordo,
does the ARRL need a rebranding?
The Huntsville, Alabama Hamfest,
Last Man Standing is back,
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 …_._