In This Issue…,
Ham / Spouse Dinner,
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
Ham / Spouse Dinner,
First Oklahoma Hamfest of 2019,
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!
SCARS’s friend Andrew, VK1AD, writes a blog about his Amateur Radio exploits. He does MUCH portable operating and has a bunch of construction projects for just that – portable stuff: antennas, antenna support stuff, power distribution, etc. I’ve asked if I could repost here (with links) and he agreed. This week’s post was his from 5 years ago this summer: his 40 meter loaded-vertical antenna, which is also suitable for portable/remote operation.
“40m center loaded vertical antenna – 5 metres long”
I have plans to activate Pigeon House Mountain VK2/SC-033 – Morton National Park in the coming weeks. The summit is a narrow rocky out-crop where space is a premium. In thinking about antenna options for Pigeon House a short vertical will be the antenna of choice, an acceptable compromise to a half wave dipole. Pigeon House Mountain is a major tourist attraction, a 5 metre vertical will be easy to erect off to one side, away from tourist traffic.
- light duty 5 metre squid pole (ebay)
- 10.2 metres of light duty wire. Jaycar wire WH3013 13 x 0.12 on a 100 metre roll.
- plastic pipe 43 mm dia, 110 mm long
- 1 small alligator clip
- 5 banana plugs
- 5 banana sockets
- 1 SO239 socket or BNC socket (your preference)
- 4 ground plane elements each 6.8 metres long non resonant length. I used heavier wire on hand in the shack.
Read the rest of Andrew’s build-project here: https://vk1nam.wordpress.com/2014/06/15/40m-center-loaded-vertical-antenna-5-metres-long/
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
EXIT 38 OFF OF I-40
ONE BLOCK SOUTH ON WEST SIDE
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 Reg. fee
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
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
“Meet The Raspberry Pi”
WB8IMY hosts this week with Joe Carcia, NJ1Q, as the Guest:
“Become acquainted with the versatile Raspberry Pi microcomputer,
and learn about our new podcast for beginning amateurs.”
The Doctor’s Homepage is here: The Doctor Is In
This Week’s ARRL Letter
- V84SAA DXpedition is Front-Page News in Brunei
- VE7DXW’s “RF Seismograph” May Be Real Seismograph
- The Doctor Will See You Now!
- ARRL Leonard Award Presented Live on The Weather Channel
- Bakelite Patent Awarded 100 Years Ago
- The K7RA Solar Update
- Carole Perry, WB2MGP, is First Recipient of Award Named in Her Honor
- Just Ahead in Radiosport
- WWV Centennial Special Event Will Use WW0WWV
- FCC Announces Career Opportunities
- Over-the-Horizon Radars Raising the Ire of European Monitoring Systems
- Using Your Noodle for Halyard Protection
- In Brief…
- Upcoming ARRL Section, State, and Division Conventions
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 9 ARLD009
From ARRL Headquarters
Newington CT February 28, 2019
To all radio amateurs
SB DX ARL ARLD009
ARLD009 DX news
This week’s bulletin was made possible with information provided by
WB0TEV, 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.
SOMALIA, 6O. Ali, EP3CQ is QRV as 6O1OO until March 24. QSL to
GHANA, 9G. Matteo, IZ4YGS is QRV as 9G5GS from Sanzule until March
13. Activity is in his spare time on 80, 60, 40, 30 and 20 meters
using mostly FT8. QSL direct to home call.
BHUTAN, Z5. Zorro, JH1AJT, Franz, DJ9ZB and Champ, E21EIC are QRV
as A5A until March 9. Activity is on 160 to 10 meters using CW, SSB
and FT8. QSL via JH1AJT.
THE GAMBIA, C5. Don, G3XTT will be QRV as C56DF from March 5 to 12.
Activity will be on the HF bands with a focus on CW. This includes
being an entry in the upcoming RSGB Commonwealth Contest. QSL
direct to home call.
GALAPAGOS ISLANDS, HC8. A group of operators are QRV as HD8M from
Santa Cruz Island, IOTA SA-004, until March 6. Activity is on 160
to 10 meters, including 60 meters, using CW, SSB, and FT8 in
DXpedition mode. This includes being active in the ARRL
International DX SSB contest. QSL via WB2REM.
SAINT LUCIA, J6. Operators K9HZ, WA4PGM and W0CN are QRV as J68HZ
and J6/home calls, respectively. Activity is on the HF bands. They
plan to be active as J68HZ as a Multi/Single entry in the ARRL
International DX SSB contest. QSL J68HZ via K9HZ, and J6/W0CN and
J6/WA4PGM to home calls.
GUAM, KH2. Operators JI3ERV and JO1RUR will be QRV as AH2R as a
Multi/Op entry in the ARRL International DX SSB contest. QSL via
U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS, KP2. Tony, N2TK will be QRV as KP2M as a
Single/Op entry in the ARRL International DX SSB Contest. QSL via
LUXEMBOURG, LX. A group of operators will be QRV as LX7I as a
Multi/2 entry in the ARRL International DX SSB contest. QSL via
ARUBA, P4. Andy, AE6Y will be QRV as P49Y as a Single/Op entry in
the ARRL International DX SSB contest. QSL to home call.
COSTA RICA, TI. Operators AE0EE, K0BBC and W6PNG are QRV as
TI7/AE0EE, TI7/K0BBC and TI7/W6PNG, respectively, until March 5.
This includes being active as TI7/W6PNG as a Multi/Op entry in the
ARRL International DX SSB contest. QSL to home calls.
BELIZE, V3. Victor, WB0TEV and Scott, K5PS are QRV as V31VP and
V31CQ, respectively, until March 5 from the Maya Hill Lodge.
Activity is on 160 to 10 meters using CW, SSB, RTTY and FT8. This
includes being active as V31VP as a Multi/Single entry in the ARRL
International DX SSB contest. QSL to home calls.
MONTSERRAT, VP2M. Charlie, K1XX is QRV as VP2MMF and will be a
Single/Op entry in the ARRL International DX SSB contest. QSL via
TURKS AND CAICOS ISLANDS, VP5. Adrian, AA5UK is QRV as VP5/AA5UK
from Providenciales Island, IOTA NA-002, until March 8. Activity is
on 40 to 10 meters using SSB, RTTY, FT8 and on various satellites.
QSL to home call.
EAST KIRIBATI, T32. Ken, KH6QJ is QRV as T32AZ from Kirimati
Island, IOTA OC-024, until March 5. Activity is on the HF bands.
This includes being an entry in the ARRL International DX SSB
contest. QSL to home call.
THIS WEEKEND ON THE RADIO. The ARRL International DX SSB Contest,
NCCC RTTY Sprint, QRP 80-Meter CW Fox Hunt, NCCC Sprint CW Ladder,
The Wake-Up. QRP Sprint, Open Ukraine RTTY Championship, UBA Spring
CW Contest, NSARA Contest and SARL Hamnet 40-Meter Simulated
Emergency Contest are all on tap for this weekend.
The Novice Rig Roundup runs from March 2 to 10.
The RSGB 80-Meter Club Data Championship is scheduled for March 4.
The AGCW YL-CW Party and ARS Spartan CW Sprint are scheduled for
The CWops Mini-CWT Test, UKEICC 80-Meter SSB Contest, Phone Fray and
40-Meter QRP CW Fox Hunt are scheduled for March 6.
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 March 2019 QST, page 88, and the ARRL and WA7BNM Contest
Web Sites for details.
Latest version always at the top here: ARRL DX Bulletin
Amateur Radio Newsline
– YACHTSMAN SANCTIONED FOR MISUSE OF AMATEUR RADIO
– SEA-PAC OPENS EARLY BIRD REGISTRATION
– TWO SILENT KEYS: KRISHNAMURTHY NAGARAJAN VU2KNN, BILL THOMPSON W2MTA
– YOUNG CONTESTERS OF TEAM EXUBERANCE LIVE UP TO THEIR NAME
– IN SEARCH OF NOMINATIONS FOR THIS YEAR’S YHOTY AWARD
– LONG CLIMB LEADS TO HISTORIC SOTA ACTIVATION
– MIT HAM CLUB PUTS RADIO STUDIES ONLINE
– IN DENMARK, CELEBRATING THE MUSIC OF AMATEUR RADIO
– WORLD OF DX
– IN LONDON, HAM RADIO IS WORK OF ART
Latest version of ARNewsline always at the top here:
Episode 391 – “AM RALLY RESULTS FROM ARRL HQ”
“Bob Allison WB1CGM and Steve Cloutier WA1QIX
reveal the results of this year’s AM Rally,
all about fuses with Gordo,
“Show Us Your Project” with Randy,
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
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