In This Issue…,
Field Day – What You Missed,
Dates To Remember,
So Now What?,
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
We talk about Field Day a lot simply because it is THE BIGGEST event of the year for SCARS. N5HZR, Mark, supplied ALL the information below about Field Day. Other “stuff” did happen this week, and you can read all about that as well in the usual links below, but the really exciting thing other than Field Day this week was a Petition to the FCC for a new Amateur Band at 8 meters. You can read about that by clicking the appropriate link in the ARRL Letter.
Thanks again to Mark for the content. Have a GREAT week on the Bands!
“Read all about it” below.
Field Day: What you Missed
Each year the ARRL promotes Field Day on the fourth full weekend in June. SCARS has been participating since our first one in 1978. The purpose of Field Day is to bring tens of thousands of hams together, in their local clubs, cities, and towns. These hams build temporary communications systems that they use to make contact with each other during a 24-hour on-the-air contest. Hams must make a two-way contact where they pass three things; their callsign, ARRL section, and their ARRL class. Our callsign was W5NOR, we are in the Oklahoma ARRL section, and our class was ‘3F’ – operating three transmitters at an emergency operations center.
This year we set up at the Norman Red Cross building. This location allows us the space to spread out and operate our stations without stepping on each other, both physically, and electrically. At SCARS, we use Field Day as a 28-hour training session. If you want to learn anything about any amateur radio topic, you’ll probably see it here, or someone will have brought it to the event.
Field Day is a multi-part exercise that involves planning, setting up the systems, operating the radios, repairing the radios, scheduling the operators, feeding the group, keeping them hydrated, keeping the assembled masses entertained, and allowing for flexibility when it all goes awry.
While we don’t dwell on the numbers, here they are. If you add these up, and include the GOTA numbers, we made 992 contacts with other amateur radio stations. Look to see our ranking in an upcoming QST issue…
The blue areas show where we made contact. We worked all 50 states, some DX, and most of the Canadian sections. We missed VI, PR, NT, CNN, MAR, NL and SK… The CW station had a better path to the Northeast section of the country, providing the connection to the original 13 colonies!
Radios 3: SSB, CW, and Digital
This year we operated in class 3, which allows three full-time transmitters. We worked the SSB station using the 80/40/20 multi-band fan dipole that’s permanently on the Red Cross building. We operated the Icom 746Pro and Rick brought in his Flex 6500. Here you can see 4 year old Harper Pape make her first HF contact.
The CW station operated from another 80/40/20 multi-band fan CW antenna heading east from the building, out into the field. This antenna was at 45′ tall in the center, and 40′ tall at the ends (unless the poles sunk a bit into the mud…)
This year we brought back the digital station and used the Moore Mobile Command Vehicle, at the north end of the building, as the operating position, and antenna mount. We operated FT8 and PSK31 from this position and used a tilted terminated folded dipole at 40′. The north end of the antenna was supported by at the 40′ level by an insulated bucket truck.
The rules allowed us to use an additional station that encourages us to get new operators on the air. This year we used the Norman Emergency Management trailer and tent at the south end of the parking lot to help these new hams set up the station and operate throughout Saturday. These new hams built the station and another 80/40/20 multi-band fan dipole that went almost to Robinson. This tent was standing room only for most of the day as the folks started to use the radio. Another antenna sprouted up, and the group learned how to get running, and operate in just a few hours.
The food usually keeps us nourished and is the best part of the event. Our food crew again rose to the occasion. Lunch, dinner, and breakfast made it worth coming. They also kept us hydrated as the summer sun made its appearance.
We held a VE test during the event and brought in a couple of new hams, a handful of new generals, and a pair of new amateur extra licensees.
Direction Finding – Fox Hunt
About a dozen hams assembled the SCARS tape measure yagi antennas and learned how to solder and build something from a kit. About two dozen hams learned some direction finding techniques and chased the hidden fox across the airport grounds. While this was a whole lot of fun, this skill is crucial when we need to find some stuck transmitters and stations that are operating out of their proper license requirement.
Stalled By Mother Nature
Yes, we had to shut down to let a storm roll through. Luckily, it happened during breakfast on Sunday, so we had something to do. Chef David made the best of the break and cooked over 4 dozen eggs, to order.
There is no way that we can single out any of the great volunteers for this project. It was successful because of every one of the attendees. We had over 100 hams in attendance, and over the two days, over 150 people took part in our festivities. Thanks for your help, see you in the fourth full weekend of January, when we will do this all again for Winter Field Day.
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
Dates to Remember
SCARS VE Testing: July 11
SCARS July Meeting: July 13
The July program will be a tag-team:
“Sporadic E Propagation and Rocket Telemetry”
Tuesday Night Elmer / Elmira Night, Every Tuesday Night UFN
So Now What?
[This column alternates with “The ARRL Doctor”…]
“AVAILABLE OPERATING MODES
FOR US NEW HAMS”
“Listen to these exclusive interviews right from Hamvention 2019!”
“So Now What?” Homepage here:
This Week’s ARRL Letter
- ARRL Field Day 2019 is a Hit, Entries Due by July 23
- Petition for Rulemaking Asks FCC to Create a New 8-Meter Amateur Band
- New Device Creates Electricity from Snowfall
- So Now What? Podcast
- The K7RA Solar Update
- Just Ahead in Radiosport
- LightSail 2 Launches, Will Transmit CW Beacon
- HAM RADIO 2019 Reports 14,300 Attended from 50 Countries
- Over-the-Horizon Radars Continue to Plague Amateur Bands
- In Brief…
- Getting It Right
- Upcoming ARRL Section, State, and Division Conventions
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 26 ARLD026
From ARRL Headquarters
Newington CT June 27, 2019
To all radio amateurs
SB DX ARL ARLD026
ARLD026 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.
ITU HQ, 4U_ITU. Brennan, N4QX is in Geneva and QRV as both HB9/N4QX and 4U1ITU until July 4. QSL via operator’s instructions.
UGANDA, 5X. Anders, SM0HPL is QRV as 5X7W from Kampala until July 6 while on work assignment. Activity is in his spare time on the HF
bands using QRP power and CW, JT65, FT8 and FT4. QSL direct to home
TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO, 9Y. Karel, OK2ZI is QRV as 9Y4/OK2ZI from
Trinidad, IOTA SA-011, until July 6. Activity is on 40 to 10 meters
using CW, SSB and various digital modes. QSL to home call.
TAIWAN, BV. Special event station BV0ME is QRV until 0359z on
December 13. Activity is on the HF bands using FT8 during the
weekdays and SSB during the weekends. QSL via BU2EQ.
CHILE, CE. Members of the Grupo YL Zona Norte will be QRV with
special event stations CB1SOL in Iquique and CB2SOL in Coquimbo from July 1 to 7 for the Solar Eclipse that occurs on July 2. Activity
will be on the HF bands. QSL via CA2MEM.
FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF GERMANY, DA. Special event station DL0SOP will be QRV during July to support the annual Sea of Peace award. QSL
SPAIN, EA. Members of the Asociacion de Radioaficionados de Padron
are QRV with special event call AO50MOON during July to commemorate the first manned landing on the Moon. QSL via EA1RCI.
REPUBLIC OF KOREA, HL. Special event station HL18FINA will be QRV
from July 1 to August 18 to celebrate the Federation Internationale
de Natation’s 18th World Championships and World Masters
Championships. QSL via HL4CCM.
SVALBARD, JW. Peter, LA7QIA will be QRV as JW7QIA from Spitsbergen,
IOTA EU-026, from June 29 to July 6. Activity will be on 6 meters
from Grid Square JQ68. QSL to home call.
AUSTRIA, OE. Special event stations OE2XXM and OE5XXM will be QRV
during July to celebrate the 35th international Ham Radio meeting in
Gosau. Activity will be mostly on 80 and 40 meters using SSB, as
well as 2 meters and 70 centimeters. QSL via bureau.
CRETE, SV9. Paul, SA6PIS will be QRV as SV9/SA6PIS/p from Chania
from June 30 to July 7. Activity will be holiday style on 40, 20,
15 and 10 meters using SSB. QSL to home call.
TUVALU, T2. Tony, 3D2AG and John, KK7L are QRV as T2AR and T2R,
respectively, until July 5. Activity is on 160 to 10 meters,
including 6 and 2 meters, using CW, SSB, RTTY, JT65 and FT8. QSL
T2AR direct via 3D2AG and T2R direct via N7SMI.
UKRAINE, UR. Special event station EM2019ARDF is QRV until July 4
to mark the 3rd IARU World Youth ARDF Championship being held here.
QSL via bureau.
SOUTH SUDAN, Z8. Diya, YI1DZ is QRV as Z81D from Juba until October
10. Activity is in his spare time on 80 to 10 meters using SSB and FT8. QSL via OM3JW.
GIBRALTAR, ZB. Members of the Gibraltar Amateur Radio Society will
be QRV as ZB2IG19 from July 5 to 31 for the XVIII NatWest
International Island Games. QSL via bureau.
THIS WEEKEND ON THE RADIO. The RAC Canada Day Contest, QRP 20-Meter CW Fox Hunt, NCCC RTTY Sprint, NCCC CW Sprint, Feld Hell Sprint, Battle of Carabobo International Phone Contest, UFT QRP Contest, 10-10 International Spirit of 76 QSO Party and IQRP Quarterly
Marathon are on tap for this weekend.
The RSGB 80-Meter Club CW Championship is scheduled for July 1.
The Fireflies QRP 72 Sprint and ARS Spartan CW Sprint are scheduled
for July 2.
The CWops Mini-CWT Test and Phone Fray are scheduled for July 3.
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, July QST, page 85, and the ARRL and
WA7BNM Contest Web Sites for details.
Latest version always at the top here:
Amateur Radio Newsline
– IARU REGION 3 CHAMPIONSHIP CANCELLED
– FRENCH PROPOSAL FOR 2M BAND PROGRESSES ON AGENDA
– HAM RADIO REMEMBERS ARIZONA’S GRANITE MOUNTAIN HOTSHOTS
– RADIO MARKS CENTENNIAL OF EPICENTER OF UK SCOUTING
– A ROYAL WELCOME FOR JAPANESE AMATEURS IN THAILAND
– CHANGES EYED FOR DUTCH NOVICE LICENSES
– AT POINT MUGU, A FOXY WAY TO LEARN
– WALMART PARKING LOTS BACK ON THE AIR
– PARKS ON THE AIR LAUNCHES ‘PLAQUE SEASON’
– MOONWALK ANNIVERSARY: AUSTRALIA CELEBRATES ITS ROLE
– MOONWALK ANNIVERSARY: NASA RADIO CLUBS GET IN ON THE ACTION
– THE WORLD OF DX
– A HIGH-FLYING FIELD DAY CONTACT
Latest version of ARNewsline always at the top here:
“RIGPI REMOTE AND FIELD DAY 2019!“
“Howard Nurse and the RigPi remote, portable power for Field Day with Gordo, Amateur Radio Newsline with Don,
Field Day 2019 viewer videos
with Dale and George,
your 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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