In This Issue…,
SCARS July Meeting Fallout,
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
Not One, but Two Great Presentations,
SCARS Has Vacancies,
The Doctor Talks Polarity,
Ham Holiday is One Week From TODAY,
and Homebrew Stuff in Ham Nation.
“Read all about it” below.
SCARS July Meeting Sporadic and Supersonic!
Okay, that was a bit “hyperbolic”, but if you were there, you’d know that KC5JUS, Doug, and KI5AIF, Thomas, tag-teamed us through not one, but TWO fabulous presentations! Yes, we did do business, etc., but the good stuff was the presentations. There was a completely full room of members and a few guests, with quite a few new faces – some from the Thursday night test session, and others just new to Norman or the Club. A GREAT time was had by all.
Now, here is what you missed!
ARES Emergency Communicator Individual Task Book
As part of the new ARES standardized training plan, ARRL has added an ARES Emergency Communicator Individual Task Book to its on-line resources. The book is a working document that enables ARES communicators electing to participate in the ARES training plan to track and document their training elements as they are completed towards increasing levels of proficiency. The Task Book should contain all training plan items, completion dates and sign-offs as the ARES communicator transitions through the skill levels.
The ARES communicator is responsible for maintaining their Task Book and having it with them during training and assignments. The Task Book contains sections with definitions of the communicator levels, as well as common responsibilities. Recommendations for minimum proficiencies and skills per level are listed. Emergency Coordinators, at their discretion, can add or substitute skills that they consider important with DEC or SEC approval. Prior known experience may be substituted for some listed tasks. It is suggested that items in the proficiency/skills section be used in training sessions or for meeting/event presentations.
The approving EC must meet/exceed the qualifications for each level they are signing off on. [Skill levels include an entry level into the ARES organization, which assumes certain basic proficiencies. Next level candidates hold a set of validated skills desired by ARES, including completion of basic ARRL and FEMA courses. The top level candidate has increased skill set validation for candidacy to leadership positions and ARESMAT deployments.] Candidates review and understand task book requirements and demonstrate completion of tasks for each level; assure the evaluations are completed; and keep their task book up to date and available during assignments.
Lucky, KG6MXA, sends the following vacancy announcement:
Can you please run an announcement in the newsletter that the Gossip Net needs some more hosts? Keith, KZ8H, is moving away and that just leaves me and Denny WA6DKD. We could really use some more help! It’s an easy and fun net to run.
Thanks and 73,
And Phil, KD5UGO, is looking for an ARES Net Control Operator. Phil’s words:
Not only do we need someone to replace a Net Control Operator for the Tuesday night net, this person also needs to be able to step into a Net Control position in case of Severe Weather, or any other Emergency that would require an ARES Net to be held. “Calm”, “Cool”, and at times “Commanding” are the requirements.
Contact Phil for more information.
When’s The Next Hamfest?
Glad you asked! Ham Holiday Is One Week Away!
I will BLITZ you next Friday with ALL the information that you’d ever need to know about Ham Holiday, but you can see it all for yourself at the link at the bottom of the entry below. There is a LOT of stuff happening at Ham Holiday this year. You should read through it all so that you can “schedule yourself” to not miss anything.
Did I mention that the Grand Prize is a Yaseu FT-8900R?
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
Amateur Radio License Testing:
Firestation 7, August 1
SCARS August Meeting:
Firestation 7, August 10
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
“Your antenna’s polarization can make a big difference in how well you can hear,
and be heard — especially on VHF and up.”
“ARRL Doctor” Homepage here:
- No Consensus Reached for FCC on “Symbol Rate” Issues
- HWN and National Hurricane Center’s WX4NHC Activate for Tropical Storm Barry
- Centenarian Radio Amateur’s Efforts Helped Pave the Way to the Moon
- The Doctor Will See You Now!
- Major WSJT-X Upgrade Boosts FT4 into “a Finished Protocol for HF Contesting”
- The K7RA Solar Update
- Just Ahead in Radiosport
- New Summer EURAO Party to Premier FT4
- World Wide Radio Operators Foundation Announces Global Digital DX Contest
- Dayton Hamvention 2019 Attendance Approaches All-Time Peak
- IARU Represents Amateur Radio at CEPT Meetings
- 2018 Leonard Award for Outstanding Video Journalism Presented
- 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 28 ARLD028
From ARRL Headquarters
Newington CT July 18, 2019
To all radio amateurs
SB DX ARL ARLD028
ARLD028 DX news
This week’s bulletin was made possible with information provided by
CN8QY, VE2DX, 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.
SOVEREIGN MILITARY ORDER OF MALTA, 1A. A large group of operators
are QRV as 1A0C until July 21. Activity is on 80 to 6 meters using
CW, SSB, RTTY and FT8 with three stations active. QSL direct to
GEORGIA, 4L. Peter, G4ENL is now living in Tbilisi for the next few
years and plans to be active as 4L/G4ENL. Activity is on various HF
bands using SSB. QSL direct to home call.
TANZANIA, 5H. Fabian, DF3XY plans to be QRV as 5H1XY from Zanzibar
Island, IOTA AF-032. Activity will be on various HF bands. His
length of stay is unknown. QSL to home call.
THE GAMBIA, C5. Przemek, SP3PS plans to be QRV as C5SP from Sanyang
from July 23 to August 5. Activity will be on 20 to 6 meters using
SSB and FT8. QSL direct to home call.
MOROCCO, CN. A group of operators plan to be active as 5C9A on Los
Farallones Island, IOTA AF-118, a new IOTA, from July 25 to 30.
They plan to be QRV on the HF bands with up to three stations
active. QSL direct.
CAPE VERDE, D4. Lukas, HB9EBT will be QRV as D44TEG from Sao Tiago,
IOTA AF-005, from July 22 to 29. Activity will be on 40 to 10
meters using only CW. QSL to home call.
BALEARIC ISLANDS, EA6. Andy, DK5ON, is QRV as EA6/DK5ON from
Mallorca Island, IOTA EU-004, until July 26. Activity is holiday
style on 40 to 6 meters using CW, SSB and various digital modes.
This includes some possible EAFF and SOTA/GMA activities as well.
QSL to home call.
FRENCH POLYNESIA, FO. Oliver, W6NV will be QRV as FO/W6NV from
Tahiti, IOTA OC-046, from July 19 to 21. QSL direct to home call.
AUSTRAL ISLANDS, FO. After his Tahiti activity, Oliver, W6NV will
be QRV as TX2A from Raivavae, IOTA OC-114, from July 23 to 29. This
includes being an entry in the upcoming RSGB IOTA contest. QSL
direct to home call.
SARDINIA, IS0. Richard, OM2TW plans to be QRV as IS0/OM2TW from
July 21 to August 3. Activity will be holiday style on 80 to 10
meters using CW, SSB and various digital modes. This includes being
an entry in the upcoming RSGB IOTA contest. QSL via OM2FY.
FERNANDO DE NORONHA, PY0F. Operators Julio, PP2BT and Renner, PY7RP
plan to be QRV as PY0F from July 22 to 28. Activity will be on 160
to 10 meters using CW, SSB and various digital modes. This includes
being an entry in the upcoming RSGB IOTA contest. QSL direct to
GREECE, SV. Members of the Thessaloniki Amateur Radio Group will be
QRV with special call signs SV94THEO, SV94MIKIS, SX94THEO and
SX94MIKIS from July 20 to 29 to celebrate the 94th birthday of Greek
musician Mikis Theodorakis. QSL via LoTW.
ASIATIC RUSSIA, UA0. Vladimir, UA0LCZ will be QRV as R66IOTA from
Popov Island, IOTA AS-066, from July 22 to 31. QSL to home call.
CANADA, VE. Operators WA4YIZ, KA2BEC and VE2DX will be QRV with
special call sign VX2A11 from Iles de Madeleine, IOTA NA-038, from
July 23 to 30 to commemorate the Apollo 11 mission. QSL via VE2STN.
AUSTRALIA, VK. Members of the Tablelands Radio and Electronics Club
are QRV as VI50ML until July 21 to commemorate the 50th anniversary
of the first Moon landing. QSL via VI50ML on QRZ.com .
MEXICO, XE. Zalo, XE3N is QRV with special call 6E6M until July 24.
Activity is mostly on 6 meters using SSB and various digital modes.
This includes being an entry in the CQ World Wide VHF contest. QSL
to home call.
VIET NAM, XV. Sven, HB9DXB will be QRV as XV9DXB beginning July 20
and active for two to three weeks. Activity will be on 80, 40, 20
and 15 meters using CW and SSB. QSL via EB7DX.
VANUATU, YJ. Geoff, ZL3GA will be QRV as YJ0GA near Efate, IOTA
OC-035, from July 21 to August 2. Activity will be on the HF bands
using CW, SSB and FT8. This includes being an entry in the upcoming
RSGB IOTA contest. QSL to home call.
THIS WEEKEND ON THE RADIO. The North American RTTY QSO Party, CQ
Worldwide VHF Contest, QRP 20-Meter CW Fox Hunt, NCCC RTTY Sprint,
NCCC CW Sprint, Russian Radio Team Championship, Trans-Tasman
Low-Bands Challenge, Feld Hell Sprint, RSGB Low Power CW Contest and
CQC 20-Meter CW Great Colorado Gold Rush are all on tap for this
The Run for the Bacon QRP CW Contest is scheduled for July 22.
The CWops Mini-CWT Test, SKCC CW Sprint and Phone Fray are scheduled
for July 24.
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 July QST, page 85, and the ARRL and WA7BNM Contest Web
Sites for details.
Latest version always at the top here: ARRL DX Bulletin
Amateur Radio Newsline
– AMATEUR FEEDBACK NEEDED FOR THAILAND’S FIRST SATELLITE
– HAMS IN NETHERLANDS CONDUCT PROPAGATION EXPERIMENT
– WARBIRDS OF AMERICA OPERATING SPECIAL EVENT STATION AT AIR SHOW
– NEW UPGRADE OPTION EXPLORED FOR HAMS IN BRITAIN
– TOP-SCORING STATIONS NAMED FOR 13 COLONIES EVENT
– SILENT KEY: DXER, CONTESTER ANANTH PAI VU2PAI
– MORE WAYS TO GET IN ON MOONWALK ANNIVERSARY ACTION
– ARIZONA CW PRACTICE NET SEEKS NEWCOMERS
– OKLAHOMA SCHOOL CLUB NEEDS STUDY GUIDES
– THE WORLD OF DX
– HOT ON THE TRAIL OF STOLEN TRAILER
The latest Edition can always be found here: https://www.arnewsline.org/
HONORING HOMEBREW HEROES
Rescue beacons with Gordo,
Frank Howell K4FMH talks about the Homebrew Heroes Award,
the 13 Colonies special event station results with Don,
a custom radio installation in George’s truck,
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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