In This Issue…,
K2ARW M.M.M. Image,
OKC Marathon – VOLUNTEERS,
It’s Spring, and a Ham’s Thoughts Turn To…,
When’s The Next Hamfest?,
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
A Picture from McDonalds,
Marathon Needs Hams!
Spring means Antenna Work,
The Cure for Hamfest Withdrawl,
“Competing Technician” Petitions (ARRL Letter),
Tower Safety (Ham Nation)
and all the usual stuff!
“Read all about it” below.
K2ARW M.M.M. Image
A Picture says a thousand words. Or more! Last Saturday at McDonalds…
OKC Marathon – Volunteers
Still need at least 35!
Mike Rockey is calling all Hams to help.
Info and signup details can be seen and downloaded from here:
It’s Spring, and a Ham’s Thoughts Turn To…
I did my now-annual turn-in-the-barrel this past Tuesday at the New Ham Classes that SCARS has hosted for a number of years now. This year’s crop is a good group, eager to learn. After having talked about Antennas, Feedlines, Propagation, and the like to this bunch, I started thinking about all the things that I need to do with my antennas at the Golden Oaks Quarter Acre QTH before it gets too blessed-hot to do so.
I’ve toyed with, and am getting serious about, moving my HF station to my Mother-in-Law’s home in rural Stephens County, Texas. Or just building a 2nd system to be operated remotely when I wish to do so. Some of you know that I refer to that place as “The Lake”. My in-laws built this house as a weekend retreat 50 plus years ago, but as it turned out, it was their place to live for many, many years, and is still in the family. So, my “Spring Project” is to actually do some much needed feedline work on the full-wave loop at Golden Oaks Quarter Acre, and to build a completely new antenna system that will be packaged with a remotely operated station there. And yes, it is VERY, VERY quiet RF-wise there!
Stay-tuned. I’m sure that I’ll find some way to yak about this in the Newsletter. Oh, and YOU need to get out and do that antenna work you’ve been putting off as well… before it gets too blessed-hot to do so!
When’s The Next Hamfest?
Glad you asked. Briefly, here’s the list through Ham Holiday. ALL the details can be found at the link “Upcoming Hamfests within 250 miles of Norman” at the bottom of the Newsletter.
OARS Springtime Hamfest
Start Date: 03/23/2019
End Date: 03/23/2019
Location: The Mt. Vernon Arts and Recreation Arts Center
822 West Mount. Vernon Boulevard
Mt. Vernon, MO
Start Date: 04/05/2019
End Date: 04/06/2019
Location: Stone Castle Hotel and Conference Center
3050 Green Mountain Drive
Branson, MO 65615
Hanging Judge Hamfest
Start Date: 04/06/2019
End Date: 04/06/2019
Location: Sebastian County Emergency Communications and Training Facility
8400 South Zero Street
Fort Smith, AR 72901
Oklahoma Section Convention (Green Country Hamfest)
Start Date: 04/12/2019
End Date: 04/13/2019
Location: Claremore Expo Center
400 Veterans Parkway
Claremore, OK 74017
ARRL North Texas Mentorfest 2019
Start Date: 04/27/2019
End Date: 04/27/2019
Location: Hella Shrine Temple
2121 Rowlett Road
Garland, TX 75040
PARC Annual Swapfest
Start Date: 05/04/2019
End Date: 05/04/2019
Location: City of Amarillo Drainage Utility Dept
1900 Line Avenue
Amarillo, TX 79101
Emory Tailgate Hamfest
Start Date: 05/11/2019
End Date: 05/11/2019
Location: Rains County Courthouse
167 Quitman Street
Emory, TX 75440
West Gulf Division Convention (Ham-Com 2019)
Start Date: 06/07/2019
End Date: 06/08/2019
Location: Plano Event Center
2000 East Spring Creek Parkway
Plano, TX 75023
Ham Holiday 2019
Start Date: 07/26/2019
End Date: 07/27/2019
Location: Oklahoma City Community College
7777 South May Avenue
Oklahoma City, OK 73101
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
So Now What?
This column alternates with “The ARRL Doctor”…
Listen to it here-> So Now What?
This episode is titled
“The New Ham Radio Starter Pak”
“A look at the types of equipment that new hams need
to get started on their amateur radio journey,
and the importance of doing your research.”
“So Now What?” Homepage here:
This Week’s ARRL Letter
- The Two “Entry-Level” Petitions Now Accepting Comments are Very Different
- FCC Adopts New Rules for Spectrum above 95 GHz
- So Now What?
- Scammers Exploiting Gmail “Dot” Accounts
- 3Y0I DXpedition Team Has Departed for Bouvet Island
- FCC Cites Amateur Service Rule Violations in Unlicensed Broadcasting Case
- Just Ahead in Radiosport
- The K7RA Solar Update
- HAARP Gearing Up for its Spring Research Campaign
- Survey: FT8 Growing as DX Mode in an Era of Waning Propagation
- IARU Represents Amateur Radio at WRC-19 Preparatory Meeting
- 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 12 ARLD012
From ARRL Headquarters
Newington CT March 21, 2019
To all radio amateurs
SB DX ARL ARLD012
ARLD012 DX news
This week’s bulletin was made possible with information provided by
AC8W, KK9A, W2TT, 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.
GEORGIA, 4L. Luc, F5RAV will be QRV as 4L/F5RAV from March 26 to
April 2. Activity will be on the HF bands. This includes being an
entry in the upcoming CQ World Wide WPX SSB Contest. QSL direct to
UGANDA, 5X. Members of the Italian DXpedition Team are QRV as 5X3C
until March 25. Activity is on 160 to 6 meters using CW, SSB and
RTTY. They are active as 5X3E using FT8. QSL direct to I2YSB.
SENEGAL, 6W. Elvira, IV3FSG is QRV as 6W/IV3FSG from Thies, near
Dakar, until April 16 while working for the Informatici Senza
Frontiere organization. Activity is in her spare time on 80 to 10
meters using SSB and possible digital modes. QSL via IK3GES.
JUAN FERNANDES ISLAND, CE0. A group of operators are QRV as XR0ZRC
from Robinson Crusoe Island, IOTA SA-005, until April 3. Activity
is on 160 to 10 meters using CW, SSB and FT8. QSL direct to R7AL.
NORTH COOK ISLANDS, E5. Dagmar, DM7PQ and Rainer, DL1AUZ are QRV as
E51NPQ and E51AUZ, respectively, from Manihiki Island, IOTA OC-014,
until March 25. Activity is holiday style on the HF bands using
only CW. QSL to home calls.
NIEU, E6. Janusz, SP9FIH is QRV as E6AF until April 25. Activity
is on 160 to 15 meters using SSB, RTTY and FT8. QSL to home call.
FRENCH GUIANA, FY. Hartwig, DL7BC is QRV as TO2BC near Cayenne
until April 2. Activity is on 40 to 10 meters using SSB, with some
RTTY and PSK, and with CW on request, depending on operating
conditions. This includes being an entry in the upcoming CQ World
Wide DX SSB contest. QSL to home call.
BONAIRE, PJ4. John, KK9A will be QRV as PJ4/KK9A from March 24 to
31. Activity will be on 160 to 10 meters using CW and SSB. He will
be active as PJ4R in the upcoming CQ World Wide WPX SSB contest.
QSL both calls via WD9DZV.
BELIZE, V3. Victor, WB0TEV will be QRV as V31VP from the Maya Hill
Lodge from March 28 to April 2. Activity will be on the HF bands,
with an emphasis on 160 and 80 meters using slow CW, SSB, RTTY and
FT8. This includes being a Single Op/All Band entry in the upcoming
CQ World Wide WPX SSB contest. QSL to home call.
TURKS AND CAICOS, VP5. John, AF3K and Ross, W2TT will be QRV as
VP5/AF3K and VP5/W2TT, respectively, from Providenciales, IOTA
NA-002, from March 26 to April 2. They will be QRV as VP5P in the
upcoming CQ World Wide WPX SSB contest. QSL via operators’
BERMUDA, VP9. Operators KG8CO, W8KA, KB8TXZ, N8LI and AC8W will be
QRV as home calls/VP9 from March 28 to April 2. Activity will be on
the HF bands using CW, SSB and FT8. This includes being QRV as VP9I
as a Multi/2 entry in the upcoming CQ World Wide WPX SSB contest,
QSL via operators’ instructions, and VP9I via LoTW.
MEXICO, XE. Special event stations 4A3MAYA, 4B3MAYA, 4C3MAYA,
6E3MAYA and 6F3MAYA are QRV until March 24 to mark the Equinoccio
Maya 2019. Activity is on the HF bands, 6 meters, and various
satellites. QSL via bureau.
MYANMAR, XZ. Yuki, JH1NBN is QRV as XZ2C until March 28. Activity
is on 15, 12, 10, and 6 meters using 25 watts. QSL direct to home
VANUATU, YJ. Chris, VK2YUS will be QRV as YJ0CA from Efate Island,
IOTA OC-035, from March 26 to April 2. Activity will be holiday
style on 40 to 15 meters. This includes being an entry in the
upcoming CQ World Wide WPX DX SSB contest. QSL direct to home call.
THIS WEEKEND ON THE RADIO. The North American SSB Sprint Contest,
QRP 80-Meter CW Fox Hunt, NCCC RTTY Sprint, NCCC CW Sprint, FOC QSO
Party, UK/EI DX CW Contest and the UBA Spring 6-Meter Contest are
all on tap for this upcoming weekend.
The UKEICC 80-Meter CW Contest, CWops Mini-CWT CW Test, Phone Fray,
SKCC CW Sprint and QRP 40-Meter CW Fox Hunt are scheduled for March
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
– TOP STORY: BOUVET ISLAND DXPEDITION SETS SAIL
– RED RIVER VALLEY HAMS PREP FOR FLOODING
– SILENT KEY: BRAZILIAN DXER ALENCAR PV8ADI
– FCC OKS LICENSES ON EXPERIMENTAL SPECTRUM
– TOUGHER FCC SANCTIONS AGAINST CALIFORNIA AMATEUR
– GLOBAL NET WILL MARK WORLD AMATEUR RADIO DAY
– AMATEURS IN GREECE GET NEW 60 METER PRIVILEGES
– REPORT SAYS FT-8 GAINS POPULARITY AS PROPAGATION FLAGS
– A WAY TO MAKE SOME NOISE ABOUT QRM ISSUES
– NETS OF NOTE: YOUNG OPERATORS DIGITAL VOICE NET
– IN SEARCH OF OUR YOUNG HAM OF THE YEAR
– WORLD OF DX
– INDIAN AMATEUR’S RECOGNITION WAS IN THE CARDS
Latest version of ARNewsline always at the top here:
Episode 394 – “TOWER SAFETY IS ESSENTIAL”
“Tower safety after another tower tragedy with Tim Duffy,
dipole antennas with Gordo,
Amateur Radio Newsline with Don,
Solar Weather with Dr. T,
Randy hooks up to the Titan Missle Museum antenna,
chatroom questions with Amanda,
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.
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