SCARS News February 15, 2019

In This Issue,
February Meeting Highlights
New President-Elect
Amateur Class Week 3,
Extra Class Class,
Coming Operational Events
Winter Field Day Summary,
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

Big Doings Last Saturday,
New President-Elect
Ham Class Week Three,
Marathon and Harvey House Events,
WFD Summary & Pics,
Navy and Amateur Radio (ARRL Letter),
and all the usual stuff!

“Read all about it” below.

Special Note:
This week’s “Post-Valentine’s Day Featured Image” is by none other than our own N2EST, Jim, and is used with his permission.
Thanks Jim!

February Meeting Highlights

We had 60 people show up at Fire Station 7 for February’s meeting. A great event, lots of gab, pastries and coffee, consumed, and An Absolutely Fabulous presentation!

The program for this month was by Nancy Rabel Hall, KC4IYD, who was first licensed in 1989 and is currently the president of the NASA Glenn Amateur Radio Club, NA8SA. She is both a research scientist and project manager working in the International Space Station (ISS) and Human Health Office at the NASA Glenn Research Center.

You really want to see this presentation. You can see it at the SCARS Youtube Channel. But the direct link to the presentation is right here:

The minutes for the January Meeting can be found below.
Note: To save time, we’ll not read them at the meeting, but if you have questions, you’ll be able to read the previous month’s minutes BEFORE the monthly club meeting, so come armed with your questions. 

January 2019 SCARS Minutes

New President-Elect 

President W5MQC asked at the February meeting if anyone was interested in the President-Elect position.

The silence was deafening.
I’m pretty sure that no one
or scratched
for about 15 seconds.

After a bit, Joe Gunderson, AF7GN, held up his hand and said “I’ll do it.” The remainder of us participated in a collective exhale.

There were about a half-dozen seconds and a unanimous vote.
Don’t worry Joe, when your turn in the barrel comes, it’s a collective effort!

Amateur Class Week 3

It’s not too late to show up for the Technician Class License Exam prep
(and cramming for General).
Session THREE is Tuesday: 6:30 – 9:00PM, Norman Red Cross.
More info here:

Spread the word!

Extra Class Class

For those of you who read the SCARS Special Bulletin Sunday afternoon,
this is old news.
For those of you who just trashed it without looking,
this may be the Class That You Are Looking For!

For all of you asking about an “Extra Class Class”, here’s your info…

Begins: Tuesday Feb 19

Ends: Tuesday April 2

When: Tuesdays and Thursdays 6:30 to 9:00PM

Where: Newcastle Storm Shelter, 851 North Carr Street, Newcastle

Testing:  Firestation 7, Norman, Thursday, April 4 @6:30PM

It’s Free. You don’t need to sign-up, just show-up!

Coming Operational Events

Please copy the following two events:

The OKC Memorial Marathon needs 50 more Amateurs for this years event! Here is the request with a link at the bottom to all the info and THE LINK to signup to help. You can be a newbie and also help! Don’t shy away from this opportunity just because you are a new Amateur!

To all:  I’m still needing A BUNCH (at least 50 more) Ham Radio operators for the OKC Marathon.
Please see the LAST attachment (OKC MM 2019 ….) for the URL and instructions.  The event is Apr 28
(Sun).  If you can help please register ASAP. 
Mike R  KE5EQC
OKC MM Public Service Comm Chair

Info and signup here! 
OKC Marathon Info and Signup


Harvey Houses On The Air
This is an “Operational Event” much like Route 66 On-The-Air is in the Fall. If you do not know anything about the Harvey Houses, Google them and read. By all accounts a fun event.


I am sending you two links to the same event. Harvey Houses on the Air (2019) will be held again this year in September. 
This is our third straight year. 

Our club sponsors this event.

There were 84 Harvey Houses. There were Harvey Houses in Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Illinois, Kansas, Missouri, New Mexico, Ohio, Oklahoma and Texas. As you are based in Oklahoma chances are good you might be near a Harvey House. Remember, you do not need to be IN the Harvey Hotel to participate. You can set up your rig outside or even sit in the parking lot. We are interested in collecting as many Harvey Hotels as we can this year so we hope you participate. 

There is more information and a place to sign up on our website. We will be contacting you closer to the event as well.

Ginger, KC5MTI

Winter Field Day Summary

N5HZR wrote-up this summary of Winter Field Day and left it parked on the SCARS Facebook page. 

Winter Field Day 2019 is in the books. 
What a blast!
Thanks to the 100 or so that stopped by.
Most excellent thanks to our chefs; Rhlonda KF5OZR, Rick KF5OZN, and Michelle W5MQC! The food again was awesome. Tortilla soup, grilled cheese sammies, stew, lasagna, and all of the fixin’s. We ate like kings and queens.
On the summary it appears we almost tagged 450 conversations, with 200 of them being CW contacts. 
Antennas were the SCARS 80/40/20 multi-band fan dipoles. The SSB antenna hangs off the tower at 35′, and droops down to the north and south light poles at about 20′. This antenna was tuned for the high end of the SSB band.
The CW antenna hung off of three east/west temporary poles directly east of the tower, about 250′ east (pointing directly at the tower feed point. The center pole was at 36′, and the end poles were at 32′. This antenna was tuned for the center of each band.
This antenna configuration worked great. We had no interference between the transmitters.
The big surprise is that both antennas loaded up, and performed well on 160 M. They operated great (< 2:1) on 80/40/20/15/10/6.
CW used an ICOM 746Pro, winkey keyer, and N3FJP logging software.
SSB used an ICOM 706, an ICOM 746Pro, a Flex 6500, and N3FJP logging software. It was great fun running all three radios.
Wow, were the bands flakey on Saturday and Sunday morning. QSB to drive you up the wall.
The state summary appears to show that we worked all states but Alaska and Maine. Lots of Canada, Islands, and even Gitmo.
We worked W1AW on both modes.
What solar minimum???
Peter N5UWY and the VE team had 5 test takers, that produced three new hams!!! (One went straight to General).
There’s pictures all over Facebook!
What a bunch of fun, make plans to be with us at Summer Field, June 22-23, 2019.

Below is a montage of pictures from Winter Field Day.
Many more under “Photos” on the SCARS Facebook page.


Screenshot 2019-02-14 at 18.45.26

The Running List

 “The Running List” has been archived,
but I *will* continue to add to it as I come upon links of interest
or as I receive them.
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

Tuesday Night Elmira Night, Every Tuesday Night UFN

The Doctor Is In

Listen to it here-> The Doctor Is In Podcast

This episode is titled
“Are We Entering a Maunder Minimum?”
WB8IMY hosts this week:

“We are at the bottom of the current solar cycle,
but what are the long-term prospects for improvement?”

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

DX Bulletin 7 ARLD007
From ARRL Headquarters
Newington CT February 14, 2019
To all radio amateurs

ARLD007 DX news

This week’s bulletin was made possible with information provided by
CO3JK, EA4NF, W1UE, 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.

MONACO, 3A. Philippe, EA4NF is QRV as 3A/EA4NF until February 18.
Activity is on 20 meters, and mainly on various FM and SSB
satellites. QSL via LoTW.

BURUNDI, 9U. Shabu, M0KRI is QRV as 9U4RI until February 25.
Activity is on 40 to 10 meters using CW, SSB and PSK31. QSL direct
to home call.

TAIWAN, BV. Yosuke, JJ1DQR will be QRV as BW/JJ1DQR from Taipei,
IOTA AS-020, until February 19. Activity is on the HF bands. QSL
to home call.

THE GAMBIA, C5. Alan, G4DJX will be QRV as C5DX from February 16 to
23 while here with a group of students. Activity will be in his
spare time on 40 to 10 meters using only CW. QSL direct to home

CUBA, CO. Members of the Group CW of Cuba will be QRV as CO9AAA
from Pinar del Rio in the ARRL International DX CW contest. QSL via

CAPE VERDE, D4. Philip, HB9HFD will be QRV as D44TAQ from Sao
Vicente, IOTA AF-086, from February 17 to 22. Activity will be on
40 to 10 meters using various digital modes. QSL via LoTW.

CEUTA AND MELILLA, EA9. Jorge, EA9LZ will be QRV as EF9Z from Ceuta
during the ARRL International DX CW contest as a Single Op entry.
QSL via LoTW.

HONDURAS, HR. Dennis, W1UE is QRV as either HQ9X or W1UE/HR9 from
Roatan Island, IOTA NA-057, until February 26. He will be active as
HQ9X in the ARRL International DX CW contest and the upcoming CQ
World Wide 160 Meter SSB contest. Activity includes being on 160
and 80 meters during his evening hours, as well as 60 meters. QSL
via KQ1F.

OGASAWARA, JD1. Nobu, JA0JHQ is QRV as JD1BOW from Chichijima, IOTA
AS-031, until February 18, with a focus on the ARRL International DX
CW contest. QSL to home call.

SABA, ST. EUSTATIUS, PJ5. Operators K4UEE, K5AC, NM1Y and WC4X are
QRV as PJ6/home calls from Jolieville, Saba Island, IOTA NA-145,
until February 18. Activity is on 160 to 10 meters using CW, SSB,
RTTY and possibly FT8. They will be active as PJ6A in the ARRL
International DX CW contest as a Multi Single/Low Power entry. QSL
to home calls, and PJ6A via N4NX.

FERNANDO DE NORONHA, PY0F. A group of operators are QRV as PY0F
until February 18. Activity is mainly on the low bands using CW,
SSB and FT8. This includes being an entry in the ARRL International
DX CW contest. QSL direct to PY7RP.

CENTRAL KIRIBATI, T31. A group of operators will be QRV as T31EU
from Kanton Island, IOTA OC-043, from February 16 to March 5.
Activity will be on 160 to 10 meters using CW, SSB and various
digital modes with three stations active. QSL via DL2AWG.

VIET NAM, XV. Andy, DL3YM plans to be QRV as XV9YM from Ho Chi Minh
City from February 16 to March 18. Activity will be in his spare
time on 40 to 10 meters using only CW. QSL to home call.

NEW ZEALAND, ZL. Jacky, ZL3CW will be QRV as ZM1A from Tauranga in
the ARRL International DX CW contest as a Single Op entry. QSL to
home call.

SOUTH AFRICA, ZS. Uli, DM5EE plans to be QRV as ZR2A from Port
Elizabeth in the ARRL International DX CW contest as a Single Op/All
Band entry. QSL to home call.

THIS WEEKEND ON THE RADIO. The ARRL International DX CW Contest,
NCCC RTTY Sprint, QRP 80-Meter CW Fox Hunt, NCCC Sprint CW Ladder,
SARL Youth Day 40-Meter SSB Sprint, Russian PSK World Wide Contest,
Feld Hell Sprint and the AWA Amplitude Modulation QSO Party will
certainly keep contesters busy this weekend.

The Run for the Bacon QRP CW Contest is scheduled for February 18.

The CWops Mini-CWT Test, Phone Fray and QRP 40-Meter CW Fox Hunt are
scheduled for February 20.

The AGCW 80-Meter Semi-Automatic CW Key Evening is scheduled for
February 21.

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

Please see February 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




Latest version of ARNewsline always at the top here:

Ham Nation


“Coordinating emergency communications in Cuba,
Dr. Skov with solar weather and an aurora update,
testing equipment and building circuits
with a rotary spot weld cutter with George,
chatroom questions with Amanda,
and more!”

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.

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

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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