In This Issue…,
The Running List,
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,
Where We Are On The Web _…_._
In This Issue
A New FB (Fine Business) Link,
Antennas – from the “end”,
Where is THE LIST these days,
Don’t forget Straight Key Night,
and all the usual stuff!
“Read all about it” below.
In the past, I’ve asked you for links.
In the last issue, as a matter of fact, I asked you for links.
And in future issues to come, I will ask you for links.
AD5GG sent me “a link”.
And BoyOhBoyOhBoy is it a good one!
W6LG, Jim Heath, has been doing Youtube videos on a regular basis for over 7 years now. Now Jim is no whipper-snapper, but he does know his way around explaining things and asking seat-squirming questions.
He knows his stuff and knows how to get it across.
On his Youtube Channel, Jim will help you learn how to solder, will explain the esoteric skill of picking the correct coaxial connector, and will even help you prepare for any or all of your Amateur License Exams.
He is really good.
He also, from time to time, will wade into Amateur Radio Politics. What? What’s that? You think there is no such thing as “Amateur Radio Politics”? Here, let me beat you over the head with this here Wouff-Hong.
Not too many episodes past, Jim had a few questions for the last of 3 CEOs that the ARRL has had this year.
Yep, that’s right – 3.
I expect the new CEO had “someone” bring Jim’s questions to his attention.
In any case, YOU will learn something if YOU go to Jim’s Youtube Channel.
And you *should* GO THERE.
Thanks again for the link Gordo!
SCARS’ friend Andrew, VK1AD, has a great blog post up about making and using End-Fed antennas. This is VERY worthy of your time. Go consume this one:
The Running List
For many weeks I collected and published links that were of interest to me, as well as those which others forwarded to me, as they related to Amateur Radio. I’ve archived that post but will continue to add to it as I come upon links of interest or get them sent to me in emails. Those of you who receive automatic notifications have already seen that page as it was published on Thursday of last week, but for reference it can be found at or near the top of the “Nets, Links, Other Stuff“ tab in the black bar just below the masthead of the website.
Again, if you find a good online resource,
please do not hesitate to share it with me and others.
Dates to Remember
January 1 – ARRL Straight-Key Night
January 3 – SCARS VE Testing
January 12 – SCARS Monthly Meeting
Tuesday Night Elmer Night, Every Tuesday Night UFN
The Doctor Is In
Listen to it here-> The Doctor Is In Podcast
If you haven’t clicked through and listened to the episode before last on RF Safety, you should. And the current podcast about Ground plane antennas and “how they work”, is not just a great place to start, but a good resource about ground plane antennas period.
The Doctor sez:
“These antennas are everywhere, but how do they really work?”
The Doctor’s Homepage is here: The Doctor Is In
This Week’s ARRL Letter
No new ARRL Letter this week.
You can browse the latest and previous issues here:
the “Current ARRL Letter” is always available in full at the link below.
Read it all here: ARRL Letter
ARRL DX Bulletin
QST de W1AW
DX Bulletin 53 ARLD053
From ARRL Headquarters
Newington CT December 27, 2018
To all radio amateurs
SB DX ARL ARLD053
ARLD053 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
FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF GERMANY, DA. Special event stations DF13DEJU,
DF13BLN, DF13BUD, DF13MUC, DF13PAR, and DF13STO will be QRV from
January 1, 2019 to June 30 to commemorate the first all-metal built
airplane called the Junkers F13. QSL direct to DM2TO. In addition,
special event station DQ1200ASP is QRV during all of 2019 to
celebrate the 1200th anniversary of the town of Asperg. Activity
will be on the HF bands using CW, SSB, FM and various digital modes.
QSL direct to DK1AX.
REUNION ISLAND, FR. Pierre, F1TCV is QRV as FR/F1TCV until February
27, 2019 while on vacation here. Activity is on 30, 20, 17 and 15
meters using RTTY, PSK and FT8. QSL to home call.
DOMINICAN REPUBLIC, HI. Holger, DK1FY will be QRV as HI6/DK1FY/p
from Galvan, near Lake Enriquillo, from December 31 to January 19,
2019. Activity will be on 40 to 10 meters using CW, SSB and
possibly various digital modes. QSL to home call.
COLOMBIA, HK. Special event station 5K6RM will be QRV from January
5 to 12, 2019 to commemorate and promote the Manizales Fair.
Activity will be on 160 to 2 meters using CW, SSB and various
digital modes. QSL via bureau.
PANAMA, HP. Special event station H31A will be QRV from January 1,
2019 to August 15 to celebrate the 500 years since the founding of
the nation. Activity will be on 80 to 10 meters using SSB, RTTY,
FT8 and some PSK31. QSL via HP1AVS.
GUANTANAMO BAY, KG4. David, AC8AY is QRV as KG4AY until March 21,
2019. Activity is on 80 to 10 meters using only SSB. QSL direct to
MARIANA ISLANDS, KH0. Chie, 7L3PFH is QRV as KH0TG until January 1,
2019. Activity is on 160 to 20 meters using CW and SSB. QSL direct
SEYCHELLES, S7. Kamal is now QRV as S79KW. He is generally active
on 20 meters using RTTY, JT65 and FT8. QSL direct to home call.
SUDAN, ST. John, N9MDH is now licensed as ST2JB. QSL to home call.
MALI, TZ. Jeff, K1MMB is QRV as TZ4AM and is active on 160 to 20
meters at various times. QSL via W0SA.
EUROPEAN RUSSIA, UA. Members of the Miller DX Club will be QRV with
special event stations RA19NY, RC19NY, RM19NY, RO19NY, RT19NY,
RU19NY, RW19NY and RZ19NY during the radio marathon Russian New Year
BELIZE, V3. Paul, VE3AXT is QRV as V31AX in the Consejo Shores,
Corozal area until mid May 2019. Activity is on the HF bands. QSL
AUSTRALIA, VK. Look for special event station VI25AJI to be QRV
from Tailem Bend during the 25th Australian Jamboree, South
Australia from January 4 to 14, 2019. QSL via operators’
THIS WEEKEND ON THE RADIO. The NCCC RTTY Sprint, NCCC CW Sprint,
RAC Winter Contest, Stew Perry Topband Challenge, Original QRP CW
Contest, Bogor Old and New SSB Contest are on tap for this weekend.
The ARRL Straight Key Night, QRP ARCI New Years CW Sprint, AGCW
Happy New Year CW Contest, AGCW VHF/UHF Contest, AGB New Year
Snowball 80-Meter Contest and the SARTG New Year RTTY Contest are
all scheduled for January 1, 2019.
The AWA Linc Cundall Memorial CW Contest, UKEICC 80-Meter SSB
Contest, 40-Meter QRP CW Fox Hunt, CWops Mini-CWT Test, and Phone
Fray are all scheduled for January 2, 2019.
Please see December QST, page 70, January 2019 QST, page 91, and the
ARRL and WA7BNM Contest Web Sites for details.
Latest version always at the top here: ARRL DX Bulletin
Amateur Radio Newsline
– AUSTRALIAN SCOUTS PREPARE FOR THE AIR
– RADIO SCOUTS IN U.S. EYE PERMANENT STATIONS
– CALIFORNIA TECH FIRM FINED $900,000 OVER SATELLITES
– NEW FREQUENCIES OK’D FOR WEST COAST CITY’S PUBLIC SAFETY
– NEW NET FOR CHRISTIAN AMATEUR RADIO FELLOWSHIP
– FCC MAKING CHANGES TO REGISTRATION SYSTEM
– SILENT KEY: P.H. RAMA PRABHU VU2DEV
– GOOD NEWS FOR GERMAN AMATEURS USING 4 METER BAND
– WORKED ALL BRITAIN GROUP NOW WORKS A HALF-CENTURY CELEBRATION
– SPECIAL EVENT “FESTIVUS FOR THE REST OF US”
Latest version of ARNewsline at the top here:
Episode 382 – “The Best of 2018”
“Bob Heil and the Ham Nation crew look back on memorable segments from 2018!”
The last half-dozen or so episodes are linked right here: Ham Nation
Odds and Ends
- All those links
- 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.
Where We Are On The Web
Homepage, News / Updates, On The Air Resources, Facebook, Twitter, Email
News and Updates: scarsnewsletter
On The Air Resources: SCARS Repeater
Facebook: SCARS Facebook
As always, News, Links, Repeater Info, Hamfests, Licensing, General Help & more linked from the sidebar at the SCARS Homepage – W5NOR.ORG !!!