SCARS News June 21, 2019

In This Issue,
Field Day Eve,
 
When’s The Next Hamfest? 
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

Field Day is this Weekend, 
When’s the Next Hamfest?,
“Mailbag” (Doctor),
“Ham Loses Licence”- ARRL Letter
(yes, it happens),
and all the usual stuff!

“Read all about it” below.


Field Day Eve

Yeah,
I know that there are “other” things going on,
and you can read all about those in the other ‘usual’ news links listed below,
but THIS issue of the Newsletter will be
all about Field Day.

Lifted straight from the SCARS’s website
so you won’t injure your mouse
any more than necessary.
Never been to a “Field Day”?
Well then.
Come on out and see what it’s all about!

The American Radio Relay League, (ARRL) sponsors an Annual Field Day competition. Each year, SCARS participates in these activities and operates emergency radios for 24 hours straight. Each year this is on the fourth full weekend in June. This year, that will be June 22, 2019, through June 23, 2019, at the Red Cross, 1205 Halley Drive, in Norman. Contact any SCARS officer if you’d like to be a part of the fun, or just show up. More information is available at club meetings, and on the ARRL website at http://www.arrl.org/field-day. Each year we set up an operating tent, and a number of antennas to let us communicate with the thousands of other Field Day stations. In addition, the contacts are logged, and we compete for bragging rights for the upcoming year.

The plan for 2019 is to operate from the Norman Red Cross building at 1205 Halley Dr, Norman, OK 73069. All are invited and are welcome. Anyone with any interest in amateur radio should plan to stop by. We’ll be operating in class 3F again this year. The number 3 signifies the number of simultaneous transmitters, and the F means that we are working out of an official Emergency Operations Center. We are still allowed to operate a Get On The Air (GOTA) station that must be set up and run by ‘new hams’ or hams that haven’t operated HF for 2 years. We are also allowed a free VHF station and digital HF operations.

Typical field day setup will start Saturday, June 22nd at about 9:00 local and tear-down will happen on Sunday, June 23rd at about 13:00 local. We start transmitting at 13:00 local on Saturday and operate for 24 hours straight until 13:00 local on Sunday.

So, if you’re interested in helping before or during the event, please contact any of the following personnel. Contact info for these is either on the SCARS membership roster or on QRZ.com.

  • Field Day Chair / Safety Officer: Chris KE5JZN
  • Get-On-The-Air (GOTA) station: Michelle W5MQC or Hank AA5HQ
  • CW Station: Kim N5OP or Bill N5AQ
  • SSB Voice Station: Mike KG5SSU or Al AE5L
  • Digital Modes (PK31, FT8): Randy W6KPR
  • Antenna Design: Chris KG5PIQ
  • Food: Rhlonda KF5OZR or Phil KD5UGO
  • VE Testing: Peter N5UWY
  • Fox Hunt: Phil KD5UGO or Michelle W5MQC
  • Anything else: Ed AG5DV or Mark N5HZR n5hzr@arrl.net

See you at Field Day 2019!

VE Tests

Study the questions now, and you can take a free VE test at the Field Day site. Pre-register online at w5nor.org/vereg, study for the exams and we will see you Saturday, June 22nd at 2:00 pm.

Fox Hunt – aka Transmitter Locator Training

This year we will also be operating a VHF ‘fox-hunt’ event at 4:00 pm. Bring your directional antennas and join the fun. You’ll be able to learn how to perform a transmitter location task and have fun making it happen. No registration required, just show up at 4:00 pm.

Live Statistics During the Event – Main

This year SCARS will be uploading the current statistics of the main stations to the web, so interested parties can follow along from across the Internet.

Live Statistics During the Event – Get On The Air

This year SCARS will be uploading the current statistics of the main stations to the web, so interested parties can follow along from across the Internet.

Dinnertime

Each year SCARS members prepare a bar-be-que dinner for all of the hams, friends of hams, and wanna-be hams. This year the hamburgers, hot dogs, and hot links start at 6:00 pm on Saturday. The club provides buns, burgers, hot dogs, hot links, plates, condiments, and drinks. Make sure you bring a side dish or salad to fill up the rest of the plate. Bring along any special drinks you’d like, and don’t forget to bring a lawn chair. If you’d like to get more involved in Amateur Radio, this is a great place to make that happen. There will be plenty of operating stations that you can watch, or actually operate. No license required.

Get-On-The-Air Station

This link is last years’ signup schedule for the Get On The Air station at this year’s SCARS Field Day event. Pretty simple – you don’t have to have or know anything about getting on the air, we’ll help. The “Get On The Air” station is set up and operated by people who are new licensees, or those who have not been On The Air for at least two years, OR someone who does not have a license at all. There will be mentors to help you through each step of the way, and several will be there to answer questions if you just want to know more.

Get-On-The-Air Mentors

And we can ALWAYS use more Mentors! We’d love to have you come and help the new operators. If you have ANY questions, send a message to Michelle Carey W5MQC, GOTA Mentor, w5mqc@yahoo.com and ask.

W5NOR Status

This year SCARS will be operating as designator 3F OK. The two signifies 3 simultaneous transmitters, and the F status is a station operating at a Red Cross, or Salvation Army Emergency Operations Center. The OK signifies that we are operating in the state of Oklahoma. The first of our two transmitters will be primarily a Phone station, operating from three different tuned antennas on the 15, 20, 40, and 80-meter bands. The second transmitter will primarily be operating CW, from another dipole.

In addition to the main transmitters, we will be operating a “Get-On-The-Air (GOTA)” station, and a Free VHF transmitter. The GOTA station is allowed without adding to the station count because it must be assembled, and operated by people that haven’t already been operating on the HF airwaves. This will be operated using a vertical antenna north of the operating position. This station is described in the GOTA section of this page. The free VHF transmitter will be a 6-meter transmitter that is allowed to encourage the use of VHF on field day. This station will be using a vertical built out of thirty feet of cyclone fence ‘top rail’.


 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.

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
Website: https://hamholiday.com


Dates to Remember

ARRL Field Day – June 22-23
SCARS Location:
Norman Red Cross
1205 Halley Drive

Tuesday Night Elmira Night, Every Tuesday Night UFN
— https://w5nor.org/elmernights/


The Doctor Is In

…This column alternates with “So Now What?“…

Listen to it here-> ARRL Doctor
This episode is titled
Listener Mailbag

“The Doctor answers questions from listeners!”

“ARRL Doctor” Homepage here:
www.arrl.org/doctor


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

QST de W1AW  
DX Bulletin 25  ARLD025
From ARRL Headquarters  
Newington CT  June 20, 2019
To all radio amateurs   

SB DX ARL ARLD025
ARLD025 DX news

This week's bulletin was made possible with information provided by
AD8J, 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.

SRI LANKA, 4S.  Kamal, 4S7AB has been QRV using FT8 on 6 meters.
QSL direct to home call.
  
BELARUS, EW.  Sixteen special event stations are using the EV19
prefix until June 30 to mark the 2nd European Games being held in
Minsk.  Stations EV0CA, EV0MA and EV0SD represent the sports venues.
QSL via operators' instructions.
 
FRANCE, F.  Special event station TM57FFC will be QRV from June 23
to July 9 during the 8th FIFA Women's World Cup.  QSL via bureau.

HONDURAS, HR.  John, AD8J will be QRV as HR9/AD8J from Guanaja
Island, IOTA NA-057, from June 22 to July 6.  Activity will be
holiday style on 80 to 10 meters using CW, SSB and FT8.  QSL direct
to home call.

JAPAN, JA.  Special event station 8J8HAM is QRV until September 22
to mark the 6th Hokkaido HAM Fair.  QSL via bureau.

OGASAWARA, JD1.  Operators JA2GQT, JA2KGT and JA2MET are QRV as
JD1BPK, JD1BPL and JD1BMG, respectively, until June 23.  Activity is
on 40, 30, 20 and 6 meters using CW, SSB and FT8.  QSL to home
calls.

SABA, ST. EUSTATIUS, PJ5.  Dave, W9DR will be QRV as PJ5/W9DR from
Sint Eustatius from June 25 to July 2.  Activity will be on 6 meters
only using SSB.  QSL direct to home call.

PALAU, T8.  Nobuaki, JA0JHQ is QRV as T88PB from Koror City until
June 23.  Activity is on 160 to 6 meters using CW and FT8.  QSL via
LoTW.

EUROPEAN RUSSIA, UA.  A group of operators will be QRV as R3ARS/4
from specially protected natural areas in the Orenburg and Samara
regions from June 24 to 29.  Activity will be on 80 to 10 meters
using CW, SSB and various digital modes.  QSL via RA3AKF.

MICRONESIA, V6.  Shuji, JA1FMN is QRV as V63PSK from Weno Island,
IOTA OC-011, until June 22.  Activity is holiday style on 80 to 6
meters using JT65, FT8 and FT4.  QSL direct to home call.

CANADA, VE.  Special event station XN1M is QRV until July 21 to
commemorate the 1969 Apollo 11 mission.  QSL via VO1IDX.

LAOS, XW.  Bruce, 3W3B will be QRV as XW4XR from Vientiane from June
26 to July 7.  Activity will be on 40 to 6 meters, including 60
meters, using CW, RTTY, JT65 and FT8.  QSL via E21EIC.

SOUTH SUDAN, Z8.  Diya, YI1DZ is QRV as Z81D and plans to be active
from Juba after June 22.  Activity will be in his spare time on 80
to 10 meters using SSB and various digital modes.  QSL via OM3JW.

CAYMAN ISLANDS, ZF.  Kan, JJ2RCJ will be QRV as ZF2CJ from Grand
Cayman Island, IOTA NA-016, from June 23 to 25.  Activity will be on
80 to 10 meters using FT8.  QSL direct to home call.

OPERATIONS APPROVED FOR DXCC CREDIT.  The following operations are
approved for DXCC credit:  Conway Reef, 3D2CR, 2019 operation; Niue,
E6ET, 2019 operation.

THIS WEEKEND ON THE RADIO.  ARRL Field Day, NCCC RTTY Sprint, NCCC
CW Sprint, Ukrainian DX DIGI Contest and His Majesty King of Spain
SSB Contest are all on tap for this upcoming weekend.

The QCX CW Challenge is scheduled for June 24.

The CWops Mini-CWT Test, SKCC CW Sprint and Phone Fray are scheduled
for June 26.

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 June QST, page 86, and the ARRL and WA7BNM Contest Web
Sites for details.
NNNN

Latest version always at the top here:
ARRL DX Bulletin


Amateur Radio Newsline

Amateur Radio Newsline Report 2173 for Friday
June 21st, 2019

– PENNSYLVANIA AMATEUR KILLED IN TOWER ACCIDENT
– N.J. HAM SURRENDERS LICENSE AFTER FCC INVESTIGATION
– MONTEVERDE CONTEST TEAM GOES THE DISTANCE ON 2M
– HAMS ASSIST DURING HISTORIC OUTAGE IN SOUTH AMERICA
– ARIZONA SCOUT PROJECT FLIES LIKE AN EAGLE
– RADIO SCOUTS READY FOR FIELD DAY
– IN INDIA, CYCLONE RESPONSE IS A FAMILY AFFAIR
– YOTA TO PROVIDE A SUMMER TO REMEMBER
– SRI LANKA’S FIRST HAM RADIO SATELLITE IS IN ORBIT
– WORLD OF DX
– PIZZA AT THE SPACE STATION IS JUST PIE IN THE SKY

SCRIPT

AUDIO

The latest Edition can always be found here: https://www.arnewsline.org/

Ham Nation

Episode 407

DONT FORGET YOUR
TINKER TOY ANTENNA
ON FIELD DAY! 

KD9FQC’s Tinker Toy Antenna,
Field Day safety with Gordo,
operating FT8 with Valerie,
George Thomas’ Field Day plans,
and chatroom questions with Amanda!

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.

http://www.arrl.org/hamfests/search/page:1/Location.zip:73072/Location.area:250.rpt?format=html



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Email: w5nor@w5nor.org


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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