In This Issue…
Elmer Night CROWD,
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
Welcome to Fall,
Gordon’s “Ratio” post ,
Elmer Night Big Top,
Jamboree-on-the-Air (ARRL Letter),
and all the usual stuff!
“Read all about it” below.
Some of you know what AD5GG, Gordon, does for a living.
For those of you who do not, he designs antennas.
Note: Gordon tells me that
“I’m not really an antenna designer. Well, I mean, I do. But it’s not the bulk of my work.
I’m an RF hardware design engineer. But hey. Antenna designer sounds more exotic!”
Gordo had a great blog post this week that you REALLY should go read! Here are a few teasers:
The RF world is full of esoteric terminology, and not least of these is characteristic impedance, or Z0. Most coaxial cables have a characteristic impedance of 50 or 75 ohms. If you want to know why 50 ohms was arrived at as a sort of standard for radio applications, you can read this post. In the simplest terms, the characteristic impedance is calculated by the formula on the right, taking the square root of the distributed inductance (nH per meter, for example) divided by the distributed capacitance (pF per meter, for example).
Still interested? Here’s more:
Properly defined, the characteristic impedance is:
The ratio of the amplitudes of the voltage and current of a single wave, propagating down the line.
A single wave meaning a wave traveling in one direction, with no reflected waves or other anomalies.
What’s in a name? Co-axial means that both conductors in the cable share the same axis, i.e: if you cut a piece of coaxial cable and look at the cut end, the radius of the both inner and outer conductors can be measured from the center line of the inner conductor.
I hope that you are hooked! Here’s the link to the entire read, and be sure to read it to The Very Latest Sentence!
Elmer Night CROWD
The long awaited “Elmer Nights” began this week.
And THEY HAD A CROWD! There were at least 30 people there for the first night.
There were a number of pictures posted to the SCAR Facebook page,
but here is a small montage:
I’m told that some “Old Dogs” learned “New Tricks”!
Read more about “Elmer Nights” at this link: https://w5nor.org/elmernights/
Jim Harvey, KF5NRW, sent me this request via email earlier this week. If you can help, send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and I’ll share his email with you.
I have a bit of an off-the-wall question. I am a previous member, but due to health problems, retirement tasks, etc., I have been unable to attend the meetings or even to keep my membership up to date. I have an old Heathkit AR-1500 receiver that has a channel on the blink. I can’t find my original assembly manual for the AR-1500. I was hoping that you or some club member might help me by:
1. Allowing me to use and/or photocopy their AR-1500 assembly manual until I can locate mine.
2. Recommending a local supplier of electronic supplies and parts where I can buy some Deoxit or other contact cleaners. Sending off to Mouser or Digi-Key is such a pain.
3. Suggesting any other club members who are into audio electronics.
It’s not Ham, I know, but I have got to figure out a way to ease back in while solving my other electronics problems. Thanks.
Jim Harvey, KF5NRW
Link of the Week
AD5GG’s post from this week
Gordo’s post on Impedance is worth a second nag. His blog is one of our “links” below, but you really should read this post.
I’m not kidding!
Online Ham Stuff
New This Week:
I’m not kidding!
The Running List
The Amateur Amateur
KE2YK’s Special Events Page
Route 66 On The Air
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
October 4 – SCARS VE Testing – https://w5nor.org/license/
October 13 – SCARS October Meeting – http://w5nor.org/meetings/
October 13 – SCARS Fall Picnic, 4PM, WA6DKD QTH
October 26-27 – Texoma Hamarama – http://hamarama.org/
The Doctor Is In
The Doctor’s Latest Podcast is titled
“Volt Ohm Meters“
This episode’s synopsis:
“These meters have been around for decades and remain one of most useful pieces of test equipment you can own.“
Listen to it here-> The Doctor Is In Podcast
The Doctor’s Homepage is here: The Doctor Is In
This Week’s ARRL Letter
- Philippine Amateur Radio Association Activates HERO for Typhoon Mangkhut
- Scouting’s 2018 Jamboree on the Air Set for October 19 – 21
- The Doctor Will See You Now!
- ARRL Releases Limited Edition 2019 Handbook Six-Volume Ultimate Boxed Set
- ARRL Foundation Invites Scholarship Applications for 2019-2020 Academic Year
- HamSCI Expanding to the Southern Hemisphere
- Sweden’s Telecommunications Regulatory Agency to Require Fee to Run More than 200 W
- 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 40 ARLD040
From ARRL Headquarters
Newington CT September 27, 2018
To all radio amateurs
SB DX ARL ARLD040
ARLD040 DX news
This week’s bulletin was made possible with information provided by
WB0TEV, 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.
SAMOA, 5W. Stan, LZ1GC is QRV as 5W0GC from Upolu Island, IOTA
OC-097, until October 14. Activity is on the HF bands, with a focus
on 160 and 80 meters, using CW, SSB and RTTY. QSL via LoTW.
RWANDA, 9X. Members of the Italian DX Team are QRV as 9X0T until
October 10. Activity is on all HF bands using CW, SSB and RTTY.
They are also QRV as 9X0Y using FT8 only in DXpedition mode on 40 to
10 meters. QSL via I2YSB.
NAURU, C2. Lance, W7GJ is QRV as C21GJ until October 14. Activity
is on 6 meters with a focus on EME, but will also use CW, SSB and
FT8 as well. QSL direct to home call.
MADEIRA ISLAND, CT3. A large group of operators will be QRV as
CR3DX in the CQ World Wide RTTY DX contest as a Multi/2 entry. QSL
PHILIPPINES, DU. Brian, AI6US is QRV as DU7/AI6US from Negros
Island, IOTA OC-129, until October 21. Activity is on 80 to 10
meters. QSL direct to home call.
CANARY ISLANDS, EA8. Ewe, SM7BHM, Vaeinoe, OH9GIT, Kari, OH2BP and
Vilnis, YL2KF will be QRV as EA8DED from Puerto de la Cruz, IOTA
AF-004, as a Multi/Single/Low Power entry in the CQ World Wide RTTY
DX contest. QSL direct to OH2BP.
JERSEY, GJ. Kazu, M0CFW will be QRV as MJ5Z in the CQ World Wide
RTTY DX contest as a Low Power entry. QSL via LoTW.
SCOTLAND, GM. Special call sign GR150NIB will be QRV from October 1
to 28 to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the Royal National
Institute of Blind People. Activity will be on the HF bands using
mostly CW with some SSB. QSL via G3SWH.
PANAMA, HP. Operator 3E1JT will be QRV from October 1 to 31 for the
Scouts JOTA event. QSL via operator’s instructions.
AUSTRIA, OE. Operator HB9RB will be QRV as 4U1A as a Single
Op/Single Band on 40 meter entry in the CQ World Wide RTTY DX
contest. QSL via UA3DX.
GREECE, SV. Siggi, DL7DF will be QRV as SV8/DL7DF from Zakynthos
Island, IOTA EU-052, from October 1 to 15. Activity will be holiday
style on 80 to 10 meters using CW, SSB and RTTY. QSL to home call.
TURKEY, TA. Operator YM1KE will be QRV as TC6EKM from October 1 to
7 during the annual celebration of the liberation of Istanbul.
Activity will be on the HF bands using various digital modes. QSL
via operator’s instructions.
BELIZE, V3. Victor, WB0TEV and Scott, K5PS are QRV as V31VP and
V31CQ, respectively, until October 2. Activity is on 80 to 10
meters using CW, SSB, RTTY and FT8. This includes being active as
V31VP in the CQ World Wide RTTY DX contest. QSL to home calls.
MICRONESIA, V6. Operators Yutaka, JH1MLO and Chouse, JR1FKR are QRV
as V63MLO and V63FKR respectively, from Pohnpei Island, IOTA OC-010,
until October 1. Activity is holiday style on 80 to 6 meters using
SSB and RTTY. QSL via home calls.
CHRISTMAS ISLAND, VK9. A group of operators will be QRV as VK9XT
from September 29 to October 6. Activity will be on 160 to 10
meters using CW, SSB and various digital modes. QSL direct to
BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS, VP2V. Steve, AA7V is QRV as VP2V/AA7V until
October 1. Activity is on the HF bands using CW and FT8. This
includes being an entry in the CQ World Wide RTTY DX contest. QSL
to home call.
VIET NAM, XV. Operator WA7WJR will be QRV as XV9WJR from October 3
to 27 from Con Son Island, IOTA AS-130, and Phu Quoc Island, IOTA
AS-128. Activity will be on 40, 20 and 15 meters using primarily CW
with some SSB and PSK31. QSL to home call.
ALBANIA, ZA. A large group of operators will be QRV as ZA5V from
Lake Shkodra from October 1 to 12. Activity will be on the HF bands
using all modes. They will also be active using EME on 6 and 2
meters. QSL via OE6FNG.
THIS WEEKEND ON THE RADIO. ARRL EME Contest, CQ Worldwide RTTY DX
Contest, NCCC RTTY Sprint, NCCC Sprint CW Ladder, Feld Hell Sprint,
Texas QSO Party and the Classic Phone Exchange will certainly keep
contesters busy this upcoming weekend.
The IQRP Quarterly Marathon runs from October 1 to 7.
The ARS Spartan Sprint is scheduled for October 2. The UKEICC
80-Meter SSB Contest, 432 MHz Fall Sprint, CWops Mini-CWT Test,
German Telegraphy CW Contest and Phone Fray are scheduled for
The ARRL International Grid Chase runs during all of 2018.
Please see September QST, page 83, October QST, page 91, 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
“ALL ABOUT AMSAT“
Episode 369’s highlights:
“Gordo talks with Joe Spier K6WAO, president of AMSAT,
Randy K7AGE is back to show the progress of his new ham shack, keeping communications open in the Philippines,
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 …_._