In This Issue…,
May Meeting Tomorrow!,
All Ham Dinner – Thursday
May 20th: Gordon Jones W5OU’s 85th Birthday Lunch
When’s The Next Hamfest?
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
May Meeting Tomorrow!
All Ham Dinner – Thursday
Gordon Jones W5OU’s 85 Birthday,
When’s the Next Hamfest?,
“It’s About Time” (Doctor),
“FT-4”- ARRL Letter,
“IC-9700 First Look” (Ham Nation),
and all the usual stuff!
“Read all about it” below.
SCARS May Meeting Tomorrow!
Moore Emergency Communications Vehicle
The City of Moore has just received a new emergency communications vehicle. This truck is outfitted as a mobile communications office for Emergency Management Director Gayland Kitch WX5MOR, and the city ops commanders. Gayland will talk about the vehicle and have it available on-site for a tour.
SCARS meetings happen on the second Saturday of the month (third in June) at 9:30 am at the Norman Firehouse #7, 2207 Goddard Ave, just west of the intersection of W. Rock Creek Rd. and N. Flood Ave. All of the location and time details are available on the Meetings/Nets page of the website.
Ham Holiday Tickets will be available!!!
All Ham Dinner
Many years ago, the amateur radio clubs in the Oklahoma City area started an event that is now known as the “All Ham Dinner.” This dinner allows about 70 hams to get together, eat dinner, and communicate with each other. This dinner happens on the third Thursday of January, May, and September at 6:30 pm.
The next All Ham Dinner will be held next Thursday on May 16, 2019, at 6:30 pm. This dinner will be at the Hibachi Supreme Buffet, 1012 W. I-240, (South side of the South service road of I-240) in south Oklahoma City. No RSVP is needed, show up, get your meal, and join the fun in their large north banquet room. The Hibachi Supreme Buffet has a wide range of food that includes, Asian, steak, french fries, Mongolian Buffet, pizza, salads, desserts, Italian, and Greek Gyros. It’s very affordable and there’s something for everyone.
This meeting will be sponsored by us, the South Canadian Amateur Radio Society (SCARS). The sponsoring club sets up the logistics for the evening and emcees the event. Activities from each club in attendance are discussed to provide information exchange among groups. At this meeting, Mike Rockey will summarize the efforts of our 107 hams to provide communications for the 2019 Memorial Marathon and we’ll see lots of pictures from the event. See you there!
2019 Memorial Marathon Communications
On April 28th, 2019, the 19th Oklahoma City Marathon was run. This year about 24,000 runners hit the pavement in the #RunToRemember. Each year this marathon operates to remember those who were killed, those who survived, and those changed forever by the Murrah building bombing of 1995. Each year, amateur radio operators are called into action to run the communications for this race. This year the race course was changed, and the requirements boosted the typical workforce from 85 to 100. The OKC ham community responded, and 107 hams signed up for the tasks.
This year a pair of hams were staffed at 19 different medical stations. These medical stations handled the needs of the runners and let those dropping out of the race have a place to rest as they waited for their rides. A half dozen hams were at each of the four relay stations, making sure the 700 teams made their relay connections. Five support vehicles had hams on board, and another five water and ice trucks delivered those essential items. The lead car and the tail-end-motorcycle also had hams keeping track of the field as they made it through the city. A half dozen repeaters helped us manage check-ins, operations, SAG vans, and water truck nets. Liaisons stationed with the Police, Fire, EOC, and Medical Support allowed direct communications with city services. APRS was used to enable all members of the team to visualize the route, find their locations, and monitor the progress of the run. A quick look at http://aprs.fi told the story to those involved.
One hundred hams showed up at 6:00 am on a day off to help run one of the largest marathons in the country. Every ham had challenges, and every ham played a part in making this a successful event. All of them had a great day, and the vast majority (90% typically) will be back next year to do it again. If you were one of the 20 or so SCARS members that made the event, thanks for your help, and I’m sure you’ll be back
May 20th: Gordon Jones W5OU’s 85th Birthday Lunch
It’s time to mark your calendar! Gordon Jones W5OU is having another birthday. This year is the big number 85. Come and help us celebrate this auspicious occasion. We’ll meet at the Golden Corral, 123 N. Interstate Dr., Norman OK. That’s on West Main Street, just East of I-35. We’ll meet at 2:00 p.m. on his actual birthday, May 20. There’s no need to RSVP, just show up. – Al AE5L
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.
2019 ARRL National Convention at Dayton Hamvention®
Start Date: 05/17/2019
End Date: 05/19/2019
Location: Greene County Expo Center
120 Fairgrounds Road
Xenia, OH 45385
Sponsor: Dayton Amateur Radio Association
Type: ARRL Convention
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
Dates to Remember
SCARS May Meeting Tomorrow (Saturday, May 11)
Tuesday Night Elmira Night, Every Tuesday Night UFN
The Doctor Is In
…This column alternates with “So Now What?“…
Listen to it here-> ARRL Doctor
This episode is titled
“It’s About Time”
“A discussion of UTC as well as the importance of accurate time for a number of digital modes.”
“ARRL Doctor” Homepage here:
- Mobile Event App will Help Dayton Hamvention Visitors to Navigate the Show
- Dayton Hamvention to Provide Information Radio Station on 1620 AM
- High-Altitude Celebration at SAQ
- The Doctor Will See You Now!
- ARRL Field Day Site Locator is Live, Promotional Material and FD Gear Now Available
- May 14 FT4 Mock Contest Session Canceled, New WSJT-X Beta Version Pending
- The K7RA Solar Update
- Just Ahead in Radiosport
- Spectrum: FCC Adopts Order on Use of Bands above 24 GHz for Next-Gen Wireless
- Hams Help Trace “Mystery” Signal Disrupting Keyless Entry Devices in Ohio
- Former ARRL Headquarters Staffer Ellen White, W1YL, is Krenkel Medalist
- DX Voice from Mount Athos Monk Apollo, SV2ASP, SK
- “Put Howard to Work” Event Canceled
- 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 19 ARLD019
From ARRL Headquarters
Newington CT May 9, 2019
To all radio amateurs
SB DX ARL ARLD019
ARLD019 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
FIJI, 3D2. Oleh, KD7WPJ will be QRV as 3D2/KD7WPJ from Viti Levu
Island, IOTA OC-016, from May 11 to 16. Activity will be on 40 to
12 meters using CW and SSB. QSL to home call.
MONTENEGRO, 4O. Oskar, LB9N is QRV as 4O/LB9N from Igalo until May
11. QSL to home call.
BOLIVIA, CP. Lance, W7GJ is QRV as CP1GJ from Copacabana until May
16. This is a 6 meter EME operation using SSB or FT8. He monitors
50183 kHz. QSL direct to home call.
KYRGYZSTAN, EX. Special event station EX26Y is QRV from Cholpon-Ata
and then Bishkek until May 15 to celebrate the founding of
Kyrgyzstan’s national amateur radio society 26 years ago. Activity
is on 160 to 10 meters using CW, SSB and various digital modes. QSL
direct to EX7DI.
ENGLAND, G. Members of the Cray Valley Radio Society will be QRV as
GB6MW from Meopham Windmill during Mills On The Air. QSL via LoTW.
JERSEY, GJ. Operators Marc, PD7YY, Marcel, PG8M and Lars, PH0NO are
QRV as MJ/PG8M/p and MJ/PH0NO/p until May 12. This is a World Wide
Flora and Fauna expedition activating various nature reserves on the
island. Activity is on 80 to 2 meters using CW and SSB. QSL via
ST. LUCIA, J6. Bill, K9HZ is QRV as J68HZ from Soufriere until May
13. Activity is on 160 to 2 meters using CW, AM, SSB and RTTY. QSL
direct to home call.
JAPAN, JA. Kenji, JA4GXS will be QRV as JA4GXS/1 from Hachijo-jima,
IOTA AS-043, from May 11 to 13. Activity will be on 40, 30 and 20
meters using CW, SSB and FT8. QSL to home call.
ALASKA, KL. Mike, K9AJ and Bruce, KD6WW are QRV as K7Y from
Khantaak Island, IOTA NA-250, until May 13. Activity is on 40, 30,
20 and 17 meters using CW, with some SSB and FT8, with two stations
active. This is the first activation of IOTA NA-250. QSL via K9AJ.
LITHUANIA, LY. Special event station LY15EU is active until May 26
to celebrate the 15th anniversary of Lithuania’s membership in the
European Union. QSL via LY2QT.
SLOVAK REPUBLIC, OM. Special event stations OM2019IIHF and OM83IHWC
are QRV until May 31 during the 83rd Ice Hockey World Championship
being held in Slovakia. QSL via OM2FY.
NETHERLANDS, PA. Mark, PD0ME, Frank, PD5JFK and Bernard, PB7Z are
QRV as PB19MILL until May 13 from the De Eendracht Windmill in
Gieterveen during Mills On The Air. Activity is with three stations
on the HF bands, as well as 6 and 2 meters, and 70 centimeters. QSL
GREECE, SV. Jacques, F6HMJ will be QRV as SV8/F6HMJ from Ios
Island, IOTA EU-067, from May 14 to 28. Activity will be holiday
style on 80 to 10 meters using CW and SSB. QSL to home call.
CORSICA, TK. Martin, DB4BJ is QRV as TK/DB4BJ until May 17.
Activity is on 60 to 20 meters using mostly FT8. QSL to home call.
VIET NAM, XV. Tom, DL7BO will be QRV as XV9BO from Mui Ne from May
13 to 19. Activity will be on 160 to 10 meters using CW, SSB, RTTY
and FT8. QSL to home call.
INDONESIA, YB. Special event station 8G248G will be QRV on May 11
and 12 to celebrate the 248th anniversary of Gianyar City. Activity
will be on 80 and 40 meters. QSL via operators’ instructions.
THIS WEEKEND ON THE RADIO. The CQ-M International DX Contest, NCCC
RTTY Sprint, Mills on the Air, NCCC CW Sprint, VOLTA World Wide RTTY
Contest, SKCC Weekend CW Sprintathon, Arkansas QSO Party, FISTS
Spring Unlimited Sprint, 50 MHz Spring Sprint and the WAB 7 MHz
Phone/CW are all on tap for this weekend.
The 4 States QRP Group Second Sunday Sprint and RSGB 80-Meter Club
SSB Championship are scheduled for May 13.
The CWops Mini-CWT Test and Phone Fray are scheduled for May 15.
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 May 2019 QST, page 84, and the ARRL and WA7BNM Contest
Web Sites for details.
Latest version always at the top here: ARRL DX Bulletin
Amateur Radio Newsline 2167
The latest version of ARNewsline is always at the top here:
Episode 401 – “GETTING READY FOR DAYTON”
“How to spot good audio connectors with George,
Show Us Your Project with Randy,
get the most out of Dayton Hamvention with the ARRL’s mobile app,
2019 Hamvention souvenir patch and lanyards with Don,
solar weather with Dr. Skov, 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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