In This Issue…
My Beef With Amateur Radio,
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
What is YOUR Ham Radio niche?
SCARS Christmas Party,
The Doctor talks Computers in Ham Shacks,
and *most* of the usual stuff!
“Read all about it” below.
My Beef With Amateur Radio
Lloyd Colston, KC5FM, former Emergency Manager for Altus, and a good friend of this Newsletter, linked this 2 year old article from “Hackaday” a few days ago. I will say that I see and hear a lot of this some places, and some of it here in the SCARS group, but then again, if you read the entire article, you’ll see that he asks a pertinent question for all of us at the end, but I won’t post the spoiler here. In addition, if you skip the comments, you miss the discussion, which itself has great ideas, and in many ways lead to other points of discussion itself.
December 4th. Here’s Mark’s write-up:
This annual event started in 1978, and each year it brings
about 50 hams together with for a great meal,
and a ‘White Elephant’ Christmas gift exchange.
There is a maximum $10 value on each gift,
and “No Free Harbor Freight items are allowed.”
Bring your wrapped gift labeled as from/for either
This year we will meet on December 4, 2018, at 6:00 pm,
at the Golden Corral, in Norman, OK.
More information is available at club meetings,
or on the SCARS Facebook Group. See you there!
Link of the Week
After having languished for sometime, the ARES Oklahoma webpage has had an enormous facelift. If you’ve not seen what it looks like, you are in for a treat. All the training resources, net listings, announcements, role descriptions, and much more, are now at one, easy-to-navigate (and read) location. Browse through the intuitive interfaces, join-up, train-up, and then show-up to help!
Online Ham Stuff
New This Week:
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
December 4 – SCARS Christmas Party – 6PM – Golden Corral
December 6 – SCARS VE Testing – https://w5nor.org/license/
December 8 – SCARS Monthly Meeting – http://w5nor.org/meetings/
The Doctor Is In
The Doctor’s Latest Podcast is titled
This episode’s synopsis:
“Computers have become integral parts of
most Amateur Radio stations,
but the type of computer you choose
depends upon the application.“
“The Doctor” walks out into this minefield
(Windows, Macs, Linux, Raspberry Pi)
and carefully navigates his way!
Listen to it here-> The Doctor Is In Podcast
The Doctor’s Homepage is here: The Doctor Is In
This Week’s ARRL Letter
No ARRL Letter this week! ARRL HQ is closed Thursday and Friday. But you can read ARRL’s most recent news at this link: http://www.arrl.org/news/
As always, the “Current ARRL Letter” is always available in full at the link below.
Read it all here:
ARRL DX Bulletin
QST de W1AW
DX Bulletin 48 ARLD048
From ARRL Headquarters
Newington CT November 21, 2018
To all radio amateurs
SB DX ARL ARLD048
ARLD048 DX news
This week’s bulletin was made possible with information provided by
The Daily DX, the OPDX Bulletin, 425 DX News, DXNL, Contest Corral
from QST and the ARRL Contest Calendar and WA7BNM web sites. Thanks
GEORGIA, 4L. Mamuka, 4L2M will be QRV as a Single Band entry on 20
meters from Zone 21 in the CQ World Wide DX CW contest. QSL via
SRI LANKA, 4S. Bernhardt, DK7TF and Juergen, DH6ICE are QRV as
4S7DLG from Hikaduwa until December 6. Activity is on the HF bands
using mostly SSB and FT8. QSL via DK8ZZ.
TIMOR-LESTE, 4W. Operators HL1AHS and DS3EXX will be QRV as 4W/home
calls from November 26 to December 3. Activity will be on 160 to 10
meters using CW, SSB and FT8. QSL direct to home calls.
SENEGAL, 6W. Jacques, F6BEE and Franck, F8CRH plan to be QRV as
6V7A in the CQ World Wide DX CW contest from Zone 35. Before the
contest, Jacques may be active as 6W1RW. QSL via F6BEE.
MALDIVES, 8Q. Braco, E77DX will be QRV as 8Q7DX from Baa Atoll,
IOTA AS-013, as well as the first 24 hours of the CQ World Wide DX
CW contest from Zone 22. QSL via OE1EMS.
EAST MALAYSIA, 9M6. Saty, JE1JKL is QRV as 9M6NA from Labuan
Island, IOTA OC-133. Activity is on all HF bands. This includes
being an entry in the CQ World Wide DX CW contest from Zone 28. QSL
to home call.
OMAN, A4. Members of the Royal Omani Amateur Radio Society will be
QRV as A44A from Muscat in the CQ World Wide DX CW contest as a
Multi/Multi entry. QSL via A47RS.
CHINA, BY. Operator BA7JS will be a Single Op/Single Band/High
Power entry on 160 meters in the CQ World Wide DX CW contest. QSL
to home call.
CAPE VERDE, D4. Jose, CT1BOH will be QRV as D41CV in the CQ World
Wide DX CW contest from Zone 35. QSL via IK2NCJ.
CEUTA AND MELILLA, EA9. Jorge, EA9LZ plans to be QRV as a Single
Op/Single Band on 40 meters entry in the CQ World Wide DX CW
contest. QSL direct to EA5KB.
FRENCH GUIANA, FY. Herve, F5HRY will be QRV as TO1A as a Single
Op/Single Band on 15 meters entry in the CQ World Wide DX CW
contest. QSL via LoTW.
HAITI, HH. William, KO7SS will be QRV as HH2AA as a Single Op/All
Band/Low Power/Assisted entry in the CQ World Wide DX CW contest.
QSL via LoTW.
ALAND ISLANDS, OH0. Tomi, OH6EI is QRV as OH0Z. Activity is on all
HF bands. This includes being a Single Op/All Band/High Power entry
in the CQ World Wide DX CW contest. QSL via W0MM.
PAPUA NEW GUINEA, P2. Roly, ZL1BQD is QRV as P29RR from Wewak until
December 4. Activity is mainly on 40 and 20 meters using CW and
various digital modes. This includes being an entry in the CQ World
Wide DX CW contest. QSL direct to home call.
FERNANDO DE NORONHA, PY0F. Ville, PY2ZEA will be QRV as PY0F during
the CQ World Wide DX CW contest. QSL via PY7RP.
SURINAME, PZ. Yuri, VE3DZ is QRV as PZ5T until November 28.
Activity is on the HF bands using CW, SSB and RTTY. This includes
being a Single Op/All Band/High Power entry in the CQ World Wide DX
CW contest. QSL to home call.
CRETE, SV9. A group of operators will be QRV as SW9AA during the CQ
World Wide DX CW contest. QSL via LZ1PM.
BURKINA FASO, XT. Harald, DF2WO is QRV as XT2AW from Ouagadougou
until the end of November. His activity is focused on 160, 80 and
60 meters. QSL via M0OXO.
CAMBODIA, XU. Steff, HB9FXL is QRV as XU7AKB from various locations
here until December 14. Activity is on 40 to 10 meters using SSB.
QSL to home call.
VIET NAM, XV. Mats, SM6LRR is QRV as XV9D from Phan Tiet until
December 2. Activity is holiday style on 40 to 10 meters, and
possibly 80 meters, using mainly CW, SSB and possibly some digital
modes. He will also be active in the CQ World Wide DX CW contest.
QSL direct to home call.
ALBANIA, ZA. Henning, OZ1BII is QRV as ZA/OU2I until November 27.
Activity is on the HF bands, with a focus on the newer bands. This
includes being active in the CQ World Wide DX CW contest. QSL to
home call. In addition, Rumen, LZ1MS will be QRV as ZA/LZ1MS from
November 23 to 27. This includes being active in the CQ World Wide
DX CW contest as a Single Op/Single Band on 40 meters entry. QSL to
SOUTH AFRICA, ZS. Uli, DM5EE will be QRV as ZR2A in the CQ World
Wide DX CW contest as a Single Op/All Band/Low Power entry. QSL to
THIS WEEKEND ON THE RADIO. The ARRL EME Contest and CQ Worldwide DX
CW Contest are on tap for this upcoming weekend.
The ARRL International Grid Chase runs during all of 2018.
Please see November QST, page 90, and the ARRL and WA7BNM Contest
Web Sites for details.
Always Latest version at the top here: ARRL DX Bulletin
Amateur Radio Newsline
– THEIR EYES ON BOUVET ISLAND
– YL SAILS TOWARD NEW WORLD RECORD
– DISTANCE LEARNING BRINGS LESSONS CLOSER
– GOING APE OVER ‘TARZAN’ SPECIAL EVENT STATION
– YOUNG HAMS GET HF WITH SOME HOSPITALITY
– PHILIPPINE AMATEUR RADIO ASSOCIATION MARKS 86th YEAR
– ‘STRAIGHT KEY NIGHT’ MOVES TO DECEMBER
– GIVING THANKS FOR A LIFE-SAVING ARIZONA NET
Episode 377’s highlights:
“Bob shows off a cheap and useful mat for your workbench,
how to enter your College Club station for the
2019 NA Collegiate Championship with Valerie,
an update on the Camp Fire in California on Amateur Radio Newsline,
Gordo invites you to help test a loop antenna,
the AMSAT 36th Annual 2018 Space Symposium highlights with Randy,
and Amanda has your chatroom questions!“
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 …_._