SCARS News March 8, 2019

In This Issue,
March Meeting Tomorrow
Another Weekend Project

New Column This Week,
The Running List
Dates To Remember,
So Now What?
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

March Meeting Tomorrow
AREDN is the program,
Another Weekend Project – “Crutch Dipole”,
New Column This Week,

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!

March Meeting Tomorrow

Oklahoma City’s Autopatch royalty, Duane Angeles AA5KD, and Dave Downing WD5G will be showing us the Amateur Radio Emergency Data Network (AREDN) setup. This microwave radio system lets you connect commercially available, inexpensive devices to provide high-speed Internet connectivity. They will talk about the data connection that SCARS and OCAPA are building to link our two cities. With this mode of operation, we’ll be able to pass data, voice, and video during emergencies and on blue sky days. This emerging system will let us connect our radios, our licensed spectrum, and our computers faster than ever. Duane & Dave will talk about the system, demonstrate the system, and show real-time connections.

Remember that we do not read last month’s minutes at meetings, you can read February’s minutes here: February 2019 Minutes

Another Weekend Project

After I posted VK1AD’s 40m portable vertical build in last week’s Newsletter, John Leonardelli, VE3IPS, sent me his version of a 40 through 10 meter dipole using metal crutches. He uses 450-Ohm ladder line, a 4:1 balun, and the internal tuner on his radio, and says that he’s had good success with it!

I’ve got a pair of these in the attic and just MAY have to pull them out and lash this together! 😀

Great, quick build, and you should check out the rest of John’s blog!



Long-time SCARS member, WA5TAW, Don Graham, became a Silent Key in the past week. Don had been battling some health issues for a number of years and had not been active in the Club for some time, but he was one of the stalwarts of SCARS history and Amateur Radio in Norman, and elsewhere. He will be missed.

From the Norman Transcript:

Donald E. Graham

April 30, 1939 – February 28, 2019

Donald E. Graham, age 79, passed away on February 28, 2019. Don had suffered a stroke in 2014, and has never fully recovered. He was born on April 30, 1939, in St. Anthony, Idaho, to parents Mildred Horning Graham and Walter Earle Graham.

In 1949, his family moved from Howe, Idaho, to Claskinine, Oregon, where he graduated from high school, and went on to attend Oregon State University. In 1958, he joined the USAF, and through the AF obtained a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in electrical engineering from Oklahoma State University. He became an AF Communications Engineer and served one tour in Turkey and two tours in SE Asia. After a 20-year AF career, he retired in 1978.

He and his wife Ruby established a home in Norman, where he had businesses in computer sales and services. In 1986, he became a Professor of Electronics and Data Processing at OKC Community College, and taught for 4 years. In 1990, he joined Seagate Technology, as Senior Manufacturing Engineer, retiring in 2001.

Don was an avid bowler, and served many years as a YABA coach. He was also PTA president and active in youth soccer. He was a member of the Norman Moose Lodge where he and Ruby spent many happy years dancing together.

He was a HAM Radio Operator and worked to develop and enhance the Emergency Services systems at Norman Regional Hospital and the Norman City Emergency Management Offices.

He was preceded in death by his parents, and brothers, Lee, Jack, and Allan, and sister, Ann. He is survived by his wife, Ruby; daughter, Karen Littlefield, of Norman; son, Denis Graham, of Norman; and step-son, Todd Eason, of Moore; grandchildren, Christina, Jessica, Michael, and David Graham, of Norman, Dawn and Jasmin Littlefield, of Norman, Parker and Luke Eason, of Tulsa; great-grandchildren, Seyhan, Zoey, and Elle.

Don was a wonderful husband, father, and stepfather. We will always remember him for his integrity, wonderful spirit, and his love of reading and knowledge.

A memorial service will be held 2:00 PM, Saturday, March 9. 2019 at Lynlee Mae Chapel, 507 E. Main St., Moore, OK. Services are under the direction of John M. Ireland Funeral Home and Chapel, Moore, OK.

Published on March 5, 2019

New Column This Week

ARRL is debuting a new column this week, that will alternate with “The Doctor Is In”, aimed at New Amateurs – “So Now What?”. Here is the ARRL Intro below with the Column itself in the usual place just after “The Running List”.

From ARRL Letter:

A new ARRL podcast aimed newcomers to Amateur Radio will launch on Thursday, March 7. Called, “So Now What?,” the podcast will alternate new-episode weeks with the “ARRL The Doctor is In” podcast. “So Now What?” will focus on answering questions and providing support and encouragement for new licensees to get the most out of the hobby. Co-hosting “So Now What?” will be ARRL Communications Content Producer Michelle Patnode, W3MVP, and W1AW Station Manager Joe Carcia, NJ1Q. The podcast will explore questions that newer hams may have and the issues that keep newcomers from remaining active.

“No other podcast is really aimed at this segment of the Amateur Radio community… that is being underserved, that is not getting the answers to the many questions they have,” said ARRL Communications Manager David Isgur, N1RSN, who will serve as the podcast’s executive producer.

“So Now What?” will be sponsored by LDG Electronics.

Topics to be discussed in the first several episodes include getting started, operating modes available to Technician licensees, VEC and licensing issues, sunspots and propagation, mobile operating, contesting, Amateur Radio in pop culture, and perceptions of Technician license holders.

As with “ARRL The Doctor is In,” listeners will be able to find “So Now What?” on Apple iTunesBlubrry, orStitcher (free registration required, or browse the site as a guest) and through the free Stitcher app for iOS, Kindle, or Android devices…or wherever you get your podcasts. Episodes will also be archived on the ARRL website.

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

March SCARS Meeting, March 9, 9:00am, FireStation 7
Tuesday Night Elmira Night, Every Tuesday Night UFN

So Now What?

This column alternates with “The Doctor”…

Listen to it here-> So Now What?

This episode is titled
So Now What Intro
Co-hosting “So Now What?” will be
ARRL Communications Content Producer Michelle Patnode, W3MVP,
and W1AW Station Manager Joe Carcia, NJ1Q

“Meet The Hosts!” 

So Now What? Homepage here: So Now What?

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 10 ARLD010
From ARRL Headquarters
Newington CT March 7, 2019
To all radio amateurs

ARLD010 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.

MAURITANIA, 5T. Johannes, PA5X is QRV as 5T5PA from Nouadhibou for
the next 6 months. Activity is on 160 to 6 meters using SSB, RTTY
and FT8. QSL to home call.

LESOTHO, 7P. A group of operators are QRV as 7P8LB until March 16
from the Molengoane Lodge. Activity is on the HF bands using CW,
SSB and FT8 with two to three stations active. QSL via M0OXO.

BARBADOS, 8P. Dick, G3RWL will be QRV as 8P6DR from March 13 to
April 17. Activity will be holiday style on 80 to 10 meters using
CW and some RTTY. QSL to home call.

GHANA, 9G. A group of operators are QRV as 9G2DX until March 20.
Activity is on the HF bands using CW, SSB and FT8. They plan to be
active from three different WWFF locations. QSL via M0OXO.

BAHAMAS, C6. Dom, M1KTA is QRV as C6AKT from Eleuthera, IOTA
NA-001, until March 16. Activity is on 80, 40, 20, 15 and 10 meters
using only CW. This includes being an entry in the RSGB
Commonwealth CW Contest. QSL to home call.

JUAN FERNANDEZ ISLAND, CE0. A group of operators will be QRV as
XR0ZRC from Robinson Crusoe Island, IOTA SA-005, from March 9 to
April 3. Activity will be on 160 to 10 meters using all modes, and
with four stations active. QSL via R7AL.

MADEIRA ISLAND, CT3. Rosel, DL3KWR and Hardy, DL3KWF are QRV as
CT9/home calls until April 3. Activity is on the HF bands,
including 60 meters, using CW and FT8. QSL to home calls.

ANGOLA, D2. Gabriel, D2EB has been QRV on 40 and 30 meters using CW
around 0400z and 2230z, respectively. QSL via IZ3RTU.

FRENCH POLYNESIA, FO. Karel, OK2ZI is QRV as FO/OK2ZI from Tahiti,
IOTA OC-046, until March 12. Activity is on 40 to 10 meters using
CW, SSB, FT8 and other digital modes. QSL to home call.

SUDAN, ST. Arik, EK6DO is QRV as ST2/EK6DO from Khartoum while
working here. He hopes to soon have the call sign ST2DO. Activity
is on 40, 20, 15 and 10 meters using CW and SSB. QSL via K6EID.

SOMALIA, T5. Ali, EP3CQ works for the United Nations in African
Union Mission to Somalia in Mogadishu, and is QRV as 6O1OO until
March 24. Activity is limited to his spare time on 40 to 10 meters
using SSB and FT8. QSL via operator’s instructions.

BELIZE, V3. Iain, G4SGX is QRV as V31GX and is active on the low
bands using CW. This includes being an entry in the RSGB
Commonwealth CW Contest. QSL to home call.

VIET NAM, XV. Jacek, SP5APW will be QRV as XV9JK from Phu Quy
Island, IOTA AS-157, from March 10 to 16. Activity will be on 40,
30, 20 and 17 meters using SSB and FT8. QSL to home call.

SERBIA, YU. Members of the Amateur Radio Club Banjica in the
capital of Belgrade are QRV as YU125VS during the month of March to
celebrate the 125th anniversary of the founding of Vojvoda Stepa, a
primary school in Belgrade. QSL via operators’ instructions.

CAYMAN ISLANDS, ZF. Colin, G4CWH is QRV as ZF2CA until March 11.
Activity is on 160 to 10 meters using CW and SSB. This includes
being an entry in the RSGB Commonwealth CW Contest. QSL to home

THIS WEEKEND ON THE RADIO. The Stew Perry Topband CW Challenge,
North American RTTY Sprint, NCCC RTTY Sprint, QRP 80-Meter CW Fox
Hunt, NCCC Sprint, YB DX RTTY Contest, SARL VHF/UHF Analogue
Contest, RSGB Commonwealth CW Contest, SKCC Weekend CW Sprintathon,
F9AA SSB Cup, South America 10 Meter Contest, AGCW QRP Contest,
Oklahoma QSO Party, EA PSK63 Contest, TESLA Memorial HF CW Contest,
QCWA QSO Party, Idaho QSO Party, UBA 2-Meter Spring Contest,
Wisconsin QSO Party and WAB 3.5 MHz Phone/CW will certainly keep
contesters busy this upcoming weekend.

The 4 States QRP Group Second Sunday Sprint is scheduled for March

The CWops Mini-CWT Test, RSGB 80-Meter Club CW Championship, AWA
John Rollins Memorial DX CW Contest, Phone Fray and 40-Meter QRP CW
Fox Hunt are scheduled for March 13.

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




Latest version of ARNewsline always at the top here:

Ham Nation

Episode 392 – “AMECO IS BACK!”

“Bob Heil’s next build project,
a parametric EQ demo,
all about LED lighting with Gordo,
2019 Young Ham Of The Year nominations with Don,
George tests his Scope Squid,
Dale shows your shack photos,
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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