SCARS News February 22, 2019

In This Issue,
Ham / Spouse Dinner
Elk City Hamfest
Full Slate of Officers,
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

Ham / Spouse Dinner,
First Oklahoma Hamfest of 2019,
Full Slate of Officers,
Ham Class Week Three Do-over,
Extra Class Class,
Marathon and Harvey House Events,

and all the usual stuff!

“Read all about it” below.

If you’ve not perused the SCARS Webpage lately,
you’ve missed a wealth of information.
Put on a pot of coffee and start browsing!

Ham / Spouse Dinner

A folded napkin was thrust into my hand. It read:

Ham / Spouse Dinner
Golden Corral, Norman
6:30 PM, Friday March 1st

What a great idea!
Don’t tell your spouse just how crazy we are,

let them find our for themselves!

If you like, you can RSVP on the “Event page” just posted on the SCARS Facebook Group. You don’t even have to be a member to come!

Elk City Hamfest

First Oklahoma Hamfest of the Year!

30th Annual Elk City Hamfest
March 2, 2019

Elk City Clarion Inn
101 Meadow Ridge
Elk City, Oklahoma
8:00 A. M. – ?????? P. M.

ARRL Testing 1:00 P.M.

Set up Friday Afternoon

(1:30 P.M.)until 9:00 P.M.

No Pre-Register this year!

$5.00 Table
$5.00 Reg. fee

Clarion Inn
101 Meadow Ridge,
Elk City, OK, US, 73644
+1 (580) 225-6637

Below is the information you need to make your (Hotel) reservation.

Group Name: Hamfest
Group Code: RZ20V5
Check In: Friday, Mar 1, 2019 (3:00 PM)
Check Out: Sunday, Mar 3, 2019 (11:00 AM)
Cutoff Date: Thursday, Feb 28, 2019
Group Billing Options: Guest is responsible for all charges.

Reserve Your Room Now

Full Slate of Officers

With the unopposed election of a new President-Elect and the recruitment of a new Treasurer, SCARS once again has a full complement of Officers. They are:

President: Michelle Carey, W5MQC 
President-Elect / Vice President: Joe Gunderson, AF7GN
Treasurer: Hank Hamner, K5HHQ
Secretary: Chris Pape, KE5JZN 
Director at Large (appointment): Hank Hamner, K5HHQ 
Director at Large (appointment): Wayne Dutton, KK5IO 
Director at Large (appointment): Ed Hatch, AG5DV 
Trustee (appointment): Peter Laws, N5UWY 
Assistant Trustee (appointment): Gary Skaggs, WB5ULK 

Amateur Class Week 3 Do-Over

Weathered-out last week,
(sneaks look at forecast…)
Week 3 for sure this coming Tuesday!

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

Continues this week – Session One last Tuesday was missed, so you are only behind one class (it was last night!)

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

Ends: Tuesday April 2

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

Ham / Spouse Dinner, March 1, 6:30pm, Golden Corral, Norman
Elk City Hamfest, March 2 (see note above)
March SCARS Meeting, March 9, 9:00am, FireStation 7
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 8 ARLD008
From ARRL Headquarters
Newington CT February 21, 2019
To all radio amateurs

ARLD008 DX news

This week’s bulletin was made possible with information provided by
AA4NC, F4EBK, W2AIV, W3UR, WB2REM, 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.

MAURITANIA, 5T. Johannes, PA5X is QRV as 5T5PA from Nouadhibou and
is here for six months. Activity is in his spare time on 160 to 6
meters using SSB, RTTY and FT8. QSL via LoTW.

SENEGAL, 6W. Willy, ON4AVT is QRV as 6W7/ON4AVT from Warang until
March 30. Activity is on the HF bands, including 60 meters, using
CW, PSK, and possibly FT8. QSL to home call.

PHILIPPINES, DU. Christian, F4EBK is QRV as DU3/F4EBK from Luzon
Island, IOTA OC-042, until March 31. Activity is on 20, 15 and 10
meters using SSB. QSL to home call.

NEW CALEDONIA, GK. Arnaud, JG1XMV will be QRV as FK/JG1XMV from
Grand Terre Island, IOTA OC-032, from February 23 to March 10. This
also includes a visit to Mare Island, IOTA OC-033, and a few other
islands as well. Activity will be on 40, 20, 17 and 15 meters using
only SSB. QSL to home call.

GALAPAGOS ISLANDS, HC8. A group of operators will be QRV as HD8M
from Santa Cruz Island, IOTA SA-004, from February 27 to March 6.
Activity will be on 160 to 10 meters, including 60 meters, using CW,
SSB, and FT8 in DXpedition mode. This includes being active in the
upcoming ARRL International DX SSB contest. QSL via WB2REM.

San Andres Island, IOTA NA-049, until February 27. Activity is on
80, 40, 20 and 6 meters using only SSB. QSL to home call.

PANAMA, HP. Special event station H31A is QRV until August 15 in
celebration of the 500th anniversary of the founding of Panama City.
Activity is on 80 to 10 meters using mostly RTTY, PSK31 and FT8 with
some SSB. QSL via HP1AVS.

HONDURAS, HR. Dennis, W1UE is QRV as either HQ9X or W1UE/HR9 from
Roatan Island, IOTA NA 057, until February 26. He is QRV as HQ9X in
the 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.

TUVALU, T2. Tony, 3D2AG is QRV as T2AR until February 27. He is
active in his spare time on 160, 80, 60 and 40 meters using CW, with
some SSB, RTTY and FT8. Tili, T2AT is also active during these days
using FT8. QSL T2AR to home call and T2AT via N7MSI.

EAST KIRIBATI, T32. Ken, KH6QJ will be QRV as T32AZ from Kirimati
Island, IOTA OC-024, from February 28 to March 5. Activity will be
on the HF bands. This includes being an entry in the upcoming ARRL
International DX SSB contest. QSL to home call.

TURKEY, TA. Members of the Giresun Radio Amateur and Sports Club
are QRV with special event call TC10GITRAD until the end of 2019 to
celebrate the club’s 10th anniversary. QSL via bureau.

BELIZE, V3. Will, AA4NC is QRV as V31NC from Placencia until March
13. Activity is holiday style on 80 to 6 meters using CW, SSB, RTTY
and possibly FT8. This includes being a Single Op/All Band entry in
the upcoming ARRL International DX SSB contest. QSL via EA5GL. In
addition, George, W2AIV will also be QRV as V31GF from Placencia
from February 23 to March 2. Activity will be on 40 and 20 meters,
and possibly 15 and 10 meters, using SSB with some CW and PSK31.
QSL via LoTW.

THIS WEEKEND ON THE RADIO. The CQ 160-Meter SSB Contest, North
American RTTY QSO Party, North American Collegiate RTTY
Championship, NCCC RTTY Sprint, QRP 80-Meter CW Fox Hunt, NCCC
Sprint CW Ladder, REF SSB Contest, UBA DX CW Contest, South Carolina
QSO Party, High Speed Club CW Contest, Classic Phone Exchange, SARL
Digital Contest and North Carolina QSO Party are all on tap for this

The SKCC CW Sprint, UKEICC 80-Meter CW Contest, CWops Mini-CWT CW
Test, Phone Fray and The QRP 40-Meter CW Fox Hunt are scheduled for
February 27.

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

February 22, 2019




Latest version of ARNewsline always at the top here:

Ham Nation

Episode 390 – “K3LR TALKS RFI”

“Fixing RFI problems with Tim Duffy,
go to a hamfest with Gordon West,
true RMS vs. Average Voltmeters with George Thomas,
Amateur Radio Newsline with Don Wilbanks,
your chatroom questions with Amada Alden,
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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