In This Issue…,
“Goodbye, Farewell, and Amen”,
August Meeting Tomorrow,
When’s The Next Hamfest?,
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
“Goodbye, Farewell, and Amen”,
West Gulf Director to Skype SCARS Meeting Tomorrow,
Getting It Right (Letter),
Young Ham of the Year (Ham Nation),
When’s the Next Hamfest?,
and all the usual stuff!
“Read all about it” below.
“Goodbye, Farewell and Amen”
It’s never easy to say “so long” to people who you’ve known for so very long,
and very likely this is NOT the last time that you all we see me,
since I will have to come back and forth to Norman for a while to take care of things at Golden Oaks Quarter Acre until it sells (hopefully really soon).
But for certain,
this is my last Newsletter.
I’m not sure just how long I’ve been doing the “Newsletter”, “Weekly Update”, “SCARS News”,
whatever you want to call it,
but I know that I’ve been doing it at least since January of 2011.
Could have been earlier,
but I’ve cleaned-up enough email accounts that back past 2011 is just gone.
However, SCARS will NOT be bereft of able-bodied editors.
Eventually AG5DV will be “it”.
But with school starting, he *will* be busy getting for a few weeks since he is a Public School teacher,
so in the meantime you’ll be in the able-hands of N5HZR.
I expect that they both will take a different tack with putting out the Newsletter,
which as far as I am concerned is a good thing.
Mine has been all-too predictable over the last few years,
but at least it gets links to recent Ham News into your hands.
A personal view and some thoughts:
Yes, I will miss you all.
SCARS is *different*, and I don’t mean that in a bad way.
SCARS is alive, growing, and doing things like raising-up new Amateurs.
There are not very many Clubs doing that these day – sadly.
While many “clubs” have become what I would refer to as “Spit and Whittle” clubs,
SCARS sponsors Nets on Monday, Tuesday (two nets), and Wednesday.
And it is the rare day that someone announces themselves on the 2 meter repeater and doesn’t get a reply.
SCARS members are active on HF, VHF, UHF, microwaves, Phone, CW, and numerous digital modes.
How many clubs anywhere are doing Elmer Nights even occasionally?
And let’s not forget the “every day but Sunday” meeting at McDonalds on Lindsay.
Where I am going, there are, count ’em, *TWELVE* Amateurs in the “Village of Laguna Vista”, and *SIX* in the development where Linda and I are building a home.
4 Technicians, a General, and an Extra.
Yes, I will invite all of them to coffee, and will offer to tutor the Techs so that they can get on HF.
“Why Gary, we KNOW that you are living in an HOA that does not allow antennas!”
Yep, I will be. But I *can* have a flagpole, and I intend for it to be a “radiating” flagpole.
Not to mention that my Flex will likely be living at my Mother-in-Law’s home in West Central Texas, and I can run it remote!
I can also *share* the Flex with others, and will dangle that in front of those Techs to encourage them to get their upgrades.
But those Amateurs in Laguna Vista will very likely never turn into a club like SCARS,
and I hope that you all know and appreciate what you have right here in Norman, America.
I DO plan on getting a HotSpot for my DMR radio and checking in to Oklahoma nets and roundtables,
and perhaps even scare up one or two conversations with SCARS members!
I *WILL* be on HF, and 40 and 20 should be good propagation from 15 miles Northwest of the mouth of the Rio Grande (that would be 750 miles due South of Norman).
However, if I’m on the Flex in West Central Texas, that would likely be an 80 meter conversation.
Oh, and you likely won’t get rid of me as a member.
I plan on being a member of SCARS for the foreseeable future,
I’ll just need someone to “Facebook Live” the entire Meeting each month so I can be watching online!
In the meantime, I’ll see YOU at the meeting tomorrow!
SCARS August Meeting Tomorrow
Donuts, coffee, and Eyeball QSOs at 9AM and the meeting commences at 9:30.
John Stratton, N5AUS, ARRL West Gulf Director, will be joining us for a Skype presentation.
For those of you who are recently new to SCARS, you will be presented your membership certificate!
Be Sure to Be There to get it!
SCARS meetings happen on the second Saturday of the month (third in June) at 9:00 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 this website.
When’s The NextHamfest?
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.
08/23/2019 | Joplin Hamfest 2019
Location: Joplin, MO
09/06/2019 | Arkansas State Convention (50th Annual Queen Wilhelmena Hamfest)
Location: Mena, AR
09/21/2019 | Reno County Kansas Amateur Radio Club Hamfest
Location: Hutchinson, KS
10/05/2019 | Wichita Area Hamfest
Location: Wichita, KS
Dates to Remember
SCARS August Meeting Tomorrow!
Tuesday Night Elmira Night, Every Tuesday Night UFN
So Now What?
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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 31 ARLD031
From ARRL Headquarters
Newington CT August 8, 2019
To all radio amateurs
SB DX ARL ARLD031
ARLD031 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
MALDIVES, 8Q. Gil, IZ2DLV is active as 8Q7GB from Nika Island until
August 18. Activity is holiday style on 40, 30, 20, 17 and 15
meters using CW, SSB and FT8. QSL via LoTW or ClubLog.
LORD HOWE ISLAND, VK9L. Rick, AI5P is active as VK9APX until August
10. Activity is on 40 to 17 meters using CW and FT8. QSL via AI5P,
direct or by the Bureau only. Also, look for Michael, DF8AN, to be
active as VK9LQ from November 21 to 27. Activity will be on 160 to
6 meters using CW, RTTY, FT8 and other Digital modes. QSL via home
call, direct, by the Bureau or eQSL.
GHANA, 9G. Chip, KB1QU will be active as 9G5QU from September 8 to
21. Activity will be on 40, 30 and 20 meters using CW, FT8 and FT4.
QSL via N4GNR direct.
WESTERN KIRIBATI, T30. Operators Yuris, YL2GM, Jack, YL2KA,
Kaspars, YL1ZF and Kristers, YL3JA will be active as T30L from
September 6 to 15. Activity will be on 160 to 6 meters, and
possibly 60 meters, using CW, SSB, RTTY and FT8. QSL via YL2GN
direct or via ClubLog.
NAURU, C21. Operators Yuris, YL2GM, Jack, YL2KA, Kaspars, YL1ZF and
Kristers, YL3JA will be active as C21W from September 16 to 25,
after their Western Kiribati operation. Activity will be on 160 to
6 meters, and possibly 60 meters, using CW, SSB, RTTY and FT8. QSL
via YL2GN direct or via ClubLog.
MADEIRA ISLANDS, CT9. Operators Gerd, DF9TS, Detlef, DK3QZ,
Michael, DK6QW, Marcus, DL1EKC, Kai, DL3HAH and Andreas, DL3YM will
be active as CR3W from Santana during the Worked All Europe DX CW
Contest, August 10 and 11 as a Multi-Single entry. QSL CR3W via
DL5AXX, OQRS or LoTW. Look for operators to be active outside of
the contest as CT9/home call usually on 160 to 10 meters using CW,
SSB and RTTY. QSL via their home call signs.
SOLOMON ISLANDS, H4. Operators Michael, DL2GMI and Bernhard, DL2GAC
will be QRV as H44MI and H44MS, respectively, from August 23 to
September 2. Activity will be on 80, 40, 20, 15, 10 and 6 meters
using SSB, RTTY and FT8. QSL via their home call sign, by the
Bureau, direct or LoTW.
THE NETHERLANDS, PA75. Look for special event station PA75OMG to be
active September 12 to 22 to celebrate the anniversary of freedom
and Operation Market Garden during World War II. QSL via the info
CUBA, T45. Members of the DX Punta Maya Group will be active as
T45FM from the Punta Maya Lighthouse (NA-105, ILLW CU-032, ARLHS
CU-005) from August 15 to 19. Activity will be on 160 to 10 meters
using CW, SSB and the Digital modes. An emphasis will be on the
International Light-house/Lightship Weekend (ILLW). QSL via RW6HS.
LIBERIA, A8. The Italian DXpedition Team of 11 operators will be
active from September 28 to October 11. They plan to use two call
signs: A82X for CW, SSB and RTTY and A82Z for FT8 only. Activity
will be on 160 to 10 meters using CW, SSB, RTTY and FT8. They are
planning to use 5 stations with maximum flexibility. QSL via OQRS,
I2YSB direct only or LoTW after the operation.
ANTIGUA, V2. Bud, AA3B will be active as V26K from September 8 to
20. Activity will be sporadic because he is doing maintenance on
the station but will be primarily CW on various HF bands. QSL via
LoTW or via AA3B, direct or by the Bureau. An OQRS will be
available via ClubLog.
MICRONESIA, V6. Al, K7AR will be active as V63AR from November 18
to 26. Activity will be on various HF bands with a focus on 160 and
80 meters, including an effort in the CQWW DX CW Contest (November
23 and 24). QSL via home call.
THIS WEEKEND ON THE RADIO. The WAE DX Contest, CW, QRP ARCI
European Sprint, SKCC Weekend Sprintathon, Maryland-DC QSO Party and
The 4 States QRP Group Second Sunday Sprint are all on tap for this
weekend. Please see August 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
– ARIZONA HAMS AID COMMUNICATIONS DURING MASSIVE FIRE
– A PLEA FOR AMATEUR RADIO FROM MOUNT ATHOS
– SILENT KEY: SWISS SHORTWAVE’s BOB THOMANN HB9GX
– SILENT KEY: RADIO ‘GODFATHER’ FRITZ NITSCH W4NTO
– AN AMATEUR RADIO RECORD FOR INDIA
– RADIO CAROLINE SETS SAIL ON THE HF WAVES
– ISS EVENT PAYS TRIBUTE TO SILENT KEY WHO WAS RADIO PIONEER IN SPACE
– IRELAND GAINS NEW CROP OF DMR REPEATERS
– SMALL BEACON FOUND TO HAVE BIG VIOLATION
– FT8 DIGITAL MODE CLUB OPERATES ACTIVITY FOR 2ND ANNIVERSARY
– RADIO SCOUTS WRAP UP 24th WORLD SCOUT JAMBOREE
– THE WORLD OF DX
– A VIDEO VOYAGE WITH 3Y0I TO BOUVET
The latest Edition can always be found here: https://www.arnewsline.org/
YOUTH IN HAM RADIO
The United Nations Summer Academy of Learning with Gordo from Romania,
the 2019 Amateur Radio Newsline Young Ham of the Year Dhruv Rebba KC9ZJX with Don,
a tour of K3LR with Randy,
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.
Where We Are On The Web
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