SCARS News January 4, 2019

In This Issue,
Shutdown Affects FCC,
Weather Affects Testing,
The Running List,
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
Where We Are On The Web _…_._


In This Issue

First,
Tell your stories from Straight-Key Night!

Shutdown hits Hams,
Weather hits Testing,
D-Star satellite launched (ARRL Letter),
The Doctor talks Log Periodics,

and all the usual stuff!

“Read all about it” below.


Shutdown Affects FCC

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This week’s ARRL Letter leads with how the Partial Federal Government Shutdown has affected the FCC and their operations.  The quick&dirty of it all is this:

“The Electronic Comment Filing System (ECFS), the Universal Licensing System (ULS), the Electronic Document Management System (EDOCS), and the Commission Online Registration System (CORES) will remain available, but no support will be provided except that necessary for spectrum auction activity that covers the costs involved.

According to the Public Notice, ULS and ECFS filings, among others, “will not be reviewed or processed and will be considered accepted on the day following the day of return to normal operations.” This would include the processing of Amateur Radio applications.

Also down will be the Consumer Complaint Center and the Experimental Licensing System, among several others.”

As N5UWY shared with some of our candidates via email advising them of the delay of testing (next article), “…files will be held by the LARC VEC until they are notified that the FCC’s system is once again accepting submissions.”


Weather Affects Testing

Thursday night’s test session was moved to next Tuesday, so KEEP STUDYING! See below via N5UWY:

The University of Oklahoma is closed as are numerous other school
districts and businesses.  Following their lead, we are POSTPONING
tonight’s test session.

We will instead hold it TUESDAY, JANUARY 8, at 1830 at the American
Red Cross in Norman (1205 Halley Ave, Norman – about a mile from Fire
Station #7).  If you attended SCARS’ Field Day last summer or our
recent “Elmer Nights”, you know where this is.

I have registration data for all but one of you so there is no need to
re-register.  Fee remains the same: $0.00!  😀

PLEASE NOTE:  Unless the legislative and administrative branches of
the federal government come to an agreement on funding the FCC (among
other unfunded departments and agencies), no applications will be
processed.  If you are upgrading, this isn’t a big problem since your
CSCE allows you to use your new privileges immediately.  If you don’t
yet have a license, be prepared to wait for a bit.  We will process
the session as normal, but files will be held by the LARC VEC until
they are notified that the FCC’s system is once again accepting
submissions.

Stay safe and warm – supposed to get more snow today.

73,
Peter Laws
N5UWY
SCARS Exam Team Leader
https://w5nor.org/license/


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.
Thanks!


Dates to Remember

January 8 – Rescheduled SCARS VE Testing
Red Cross, North Campus
6:30 PM
1205 Halley Ave, Norman
(Same Place as Elmer/Elmira Night)
— https://w5nor.org/license/

January 12 – SCARS Monthly Meeting
— http://w5nor.org/meetings/

Tuesday Night Elmer/Elmira Night, Every Tuesday Night UFN
— https://w5nor.org/elmernights/


The Doctor Is In

Listen to it here-> The Doctor Is In Podcast

This episode is titled
“Log Periodic Antennas”.
The Doctor sez:

“These directional antennas may look like Yagis,
but they are quite different.”
 

The Doctor’s Homepage is here: The Doctor Is In


This Week’s ARRL Letter

As always,
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 1 ARLD001
From ARRL Headquarters
Newington CT January 3, 2019
To all radio amateurs

SB DX ARL ARLD001
ARLD001 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
to all.

VIET NAM, 3W. Neven, LZ1COM is QRV as 3W9ND from Hoi An until
January 5. Activity is on 20 meters using SSB. QSL via LoTW.

ISRAEL, 4X. A group of operators are QRV with special call 4X0M
from the Masada fortress until January 6. Activity is on 80 to 10
meters using CW and SSB with two stations active. QSL via IK2DUW.

WEST MALAYSIA, 9M2. Rich, PA0RRS is QRV as 9M2MRS from Penang
Island, IOTA AS-015, until February 15. Activity is on the HF bands
using CW, RTTY, PSK and FT8. QSL to home call.

ANDORRA, C3. Salvador, EA3QS is QRV as C31CT from the C37AC club
station. Activity is on the HF bands using CW. This includes being
on 160 meters, conditions permitting. QSL to home call.

THE GAMBIA, C5. Przemyslaw, SP3PS is QRV as C5SP from Sanyang. He
is active on 80 to 10 meters using SSB and FT8. QSL direct to home
call.

SOUTH COOK ISLANDS, E5. Milan, OK1DWC is QRV as E51DWC and is here
for the foreseeable future. Activity is on the HF bands. This
includes being an entry in the upcoming CQ World Wide 160 Meter CW
contest. QSL to home call.

KYRGYZSTAN, EX. Andrea, HB9DUR is QRV as EX0DX until January 9.
Activity is on 40, 30, 20, 17, 15 and 12 meters using FT8. QSL via
bureau.

SCOTLAND, GM. Special event station GB2KW is QRV near Inverness
until January 28 using vintage gear. QSL via LoTW.

THAILAND, HS. Lars, SM6NT is QRV as HS0ZME until April 9. Activity
is on the HF bands. QSL to home call.

DENMARK, OZ. Mirko, DJ1AA is QRV as OZ/DJ1AA and OZ/DJ1AA/m on Mors
Island, IOTA EU-171, until January 5. Activity is on the HF bands
near the IOTA frequencies. QSL to home call.

SEYCHELLES, S7. Mike, OE6MBG is QRV as S79AA from Mahe, IOTA
AF-024, until February 2. Activity is on 160 to 10 meters, and 6
meters as conditions permit, using CW and SSB. QSL via LoTW.

SWEDEN, SM. Members of National Association of the Active Seeing
Impaired club station SK5CG are QRV with special event station
SF50CG during all of 2019 in celebration of their 50th anniversary.
QSL via SM0BYD.

TUVALU, T2. Antoine, 3D2AG is QRV as T2AR from Funafuti until
January 31. Activity is on the HF bands, including 160 meters. QSL
to home call. In addition, Apinelu, T2AT is QRV on the HF bands
using FT8. QSL via N7SMI.

ANTIGUA, V2. Randy, WW6RG will be QRV as V25RA from January 7 to 9.
Activity will be holiday style on 20, 17 and 15 meters using QRP
power. QSL to home call.

ST. KITTS AND NEVIS, V4. Bernie, W3UR and Becky, N3OSH will be QRV
as V47UR from Calypso Bay, St. Kitts Island, IOTA NA-104, from
January 8 to 20. Activity will be holiday style on 160 to 6 meters
using CW and SSB. QSL via LoTW.

THIS WEEKEND ON THE RADIO. The ARRL RTTY Roundup, ARRL SSB Kids
Day, AWA Linc Cundall Memorial CW Contest, NRAU 10-Meter Activity
Contest, NCCC RTTY Sprint, QRP 80-Meter CW Fox Hunt, NCCC CW Sprint,
PODXS 070 Club PSKFest, Schwaben Contest, World Wide PMC Contest,
RSGB AFS CW Contest and EUCW 160-Meter CW Contest are all on tap for
this weekend.

The IQRP Quarterly Marathon runs from January 7 to 13.

The ARS Spartan Sprint is scheduled for January 8.

The CWops Mini-CWT Test, Phone Fray and QRP 40-Meter CW Fox Hunt are
scheduled for January 9.

The Canadian National Parks on the Air, CNPOTA, operating event runs
for the entire year of 2019, with special stations on from Canada’s
parks and historic sites.

Please see January 2019 QST, page 91, and the ARRL and WA7BNM
Contest Web Sites for details.
NNNN

Latest version always at the top here: ARRL DX Bulletin


Amateur Radio Newsline

– BREAKING NEWS: FCC SUSPENDS OPERATIONS ON JAN. 3 FOLLOWING GOVT. SHUTDOWN
– NEW YORK AREA AMATEURS HIT THE BOOKS AT ‘HAM RADIO UNIVERSITY’
– SPACE STATION’S FAN CLUB IS GROUNDED
– HAMS CONNECT AUSTRALIAN SCOUTS WITH U.S. ASTRONAUT
– BRITISH YL GROUP PREPS FOR 40TH BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION
– YOUTUBE VIDEOS FEATURE CANBERRA HAM CLUB PRESENTATIONS
– AMSAT HOLDS THIRD ANNUAL CW ACTIVITY DAY
– ROLLING BACK TIME FOR A NIGHT ON AM
– CUBAN AMATEURS PASS LICENSE EXAMS WITH HIGH MARKS
– WORLD OF DX
– TRIBUTE TO A DX FRIENDSHIP THAT KNEW NO DISTANCE

SCRIPT

AUDIO

Latest version of ARNewsline at the top here: 

https://www.arnewsline.org/


Ham Nation

Episode 383 – “HAPPY 2019”

“ARRL’s Kids Day,
and George experiments with 430 MHz.”

The last half-dozen or so episodes are linked right here: Ham Nation


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.

http://www.arrl.org/hamfests/search/page:1/Location.zip:73072/Location.area:250.rpt?format=html


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
Email: w5nor@w5nor.org


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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