SCARS News August 16, 2019

In This Issue,

  • Silent Key: Michael Callaghan AF5WE
  • Thanks for the Memories!
  • John Stratton N5AUS
  • Local Hamfests
  • Dates To Remember
  • Podcast: The Doctor Is In
  • Podcast: So Now What?
  • This Week’s ARRL Letter
  • ARRL DX Bulletin
  • Podcast: Amateur Radio Newsline
  • Podcast: Ham Nation
  • Odds and Ends
  • SCARS Is On The Web

Silent Key: Michael Callaghan AF5WE

SCARS member Michael Callaghan AF5WE lost his long battle with cancer and became a silent key on August 15th, 2019. Mike always was building or rebuilding something for an amateur radio project. Mike always had a story, and he always had a crowd to tell it to. Whether he rolled in with his Model T or his little dog Riley, he could charm the crowd in no time flat.

Mike had recently moved to the Tampa Bay, FL area to live with his son Jeremiah and family. They are holding a celebration of life in St. Petersburg, FL on August 16th. Mike’s obituary is available on the web by clicking here.

“Thanks for the Memories”

This month, two SCARS members will be leaving our community and heading toward new horizons. Jim Massara N2EST will be heading back to Georgia, and Gary Skaggs WB5ULK will be moving to the Texas Gulf Coast.

Jim’s been very involved for the past few years and helped club members to understand the QSL process, and share his skills by creating some great QSL cards. If you haven’t seen his work, you might want to take a look at and see if he can help you build your QSL presence. In addition, Jim has been working tirelessly to help our members to advance their Morse Code abilities. Jim ran the Morse Code lessons at Elmer Nights, and has been the CW Radio Coordinator for the Winter and Summer Field Day operations at W5NOR. 73, Jim and we’ll be looking for you on the air.

Gary has been a part of the SCARS community for so long that the memories of SCARS without Gary are few, and far between. His efforts for Field Day have included balloons, pipe, GOTA stations, and more. His two best legacies are this newsletter and the SCARS Facebook group. This newsletter has been running since the start of SCARS. Thanks to his diligence and the Internet, the distribution list has gone from a couple dozen, to 400+. The SCARS Facebook group has grown to 440 people from all over the world.

Gary will be starting a new adventure in South Texas, but I’m hoping that we’ll hear and see him from time to time. As this article is being written, he’s still posting away on Facebook. 73 OM, and don’t be a stranger. We’ll definitely see you further down the log.

John Stratton N5AUS

At the last SCARS meeting, the ARRL West Gulf Director John Stratton N5AUS talked to the group via Skype. He talked about the league, the job of Director, problems of the past, and the efforts to make the ARRL and amateur radio better. Feedback that our club members provided last week has already made a difference on the national level. If you have any questions or comments for John, feel free to contact him at

If you are not a member of the American Radio Relay League (ARRL), now would be a great time to join. The ARRL ( is the national association of amateur radio.

Thanks, John for taking the time to talk with us.

Local Hamfests

Briefly, here’s the list of the upcoming local hamfests. Hamfests are always great places to buy new equipment, sell your underused equipment, and find that great flea market bargain. They are always a great place to meet local hams and learn some new tricks.

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

The ARRL maintains a list of all US hamfests if you would like to travel. Click here for the ARRL list of those within 250 miles.

Dates to Remember

Podcast: The Doctor Is In

The Legendary G5RV Antenna

August 15, 2019Audio

The Doctor separates myth from fact about this very popular antenna for the HF bands.

“The Doctor Is In” podcast homepage is available by clicking here.

Podcast: So Now What?

10. SATERN’S involvement in Hurricane Season using Amateur Radio

Thu, 08 Aug 2019 10:57:31 – Audio

Emergency Disaster Services

The “So Now What?” homepage is available by clicking here.

ARRL Letter

ARRL Board Pledges to Oppose French Proposal for 144 -146 MHz

At its July meeting, the ARRL Board of Directors resolved that “at the appropriate time” ARRL will oppose a proposal by France to include 144 – 146 MHz among spectrum to study for non-safety Aeronautical Mobile Service applications with an eye toward sharing the spectrum with the Amateur Services. The action came as the Board met July 19 – 20 in Windsor, Connecticut for its second meeting of 2019.

The Board pointed out that 144 – 146 MHz is a primary global Amateur Radio allocation and the band enjoys widespread use for emergency communication. It also noted the investment by radio amateurs of money and effort to build repeaters, beacons, space infrastructure, and propagation research systems that have global reach. The AMSAT and ARISS communities would be severely affected, the Board observed.

ARRL International Affairs Vice President Jay Bellows, K0QB, advised that if it is added as an agenda item for study for WRC 2023, the Board should consider action.

Digital Communication Issues

The Board instructed Washington Counsel David Siddall, K3ZJ, to take appropriate steps to obtain FCC approval for several changes to the Part 97 Amateur Radio Service rules. The requested changes stemmed from discussions regarding the interference potential of automatically controlled digital stations (ACDS); the prohibition of Amateur Radio message traffic that’s encoded to obscure its meaning, and false assertions that ARRL — despite its record of steadfast opposition — supports or encourages encrypted transmissions. The Board directed that the FCC be asked to make rule changes that would:

  • Remove the current 300 baud rate limitation, subject to the conditions requested by ARRL.
  • Authorize all automatically controlled digital (data) stations (ACDS) below 30 MHz, regardless of occupied bandwidth, to operate only within the ACDS bands designated in §97.221(b) of the Amateur Service rules.
  • Require all digital mode stations operating with a bandwidth greater than 500 Hz to operate within the ACDS bands, whether or not these stations are automatically controlled.
  • Limit the maximum bandwidth of digital mode signals below 29 MHz to 2.8 kHz.
  • Reiterate to the FCC that ARRL’s position is unchanged from that expressed in ARRL’s 2013 comments on a Petition for Rulemaking (RM-11699) filed by Don Rolph, AB1PH. Those comments specifically addressed encryption of messages and made clear that such messages generally are prohibited in amateur communications by §97.113 of the FCC rules and by Article 25, §2 of the International Radio Regulations and should remain prohibited.

The Board also wants to request that the FCC remind radio amateurs “by whatever appropriate means available” of the current prohibition in §97.113(a)(4) and Article 25, §2 of the International Radio Regulations against transmitting “messages encoded for the purpose of obscuring their meaning.”

ARRL-initiated mediation efforts for rival parties to reach consensus on all or some of the issues they raised in the so-called “Symbol Rate” proceeding ended a few days prior to the July Board meeting with useful discussion but no agreement among those parties on recommendations to the FCC.

Other Actions

The Board tasked its Administration and Finance (A&F) Committee to assess the feasibility of a Research Working Group (RWG) and, if warranted, to establish one. The group would help the Board and ARRL management to better gauge trends, collect more accurate membership information, and more closely track the progress of programs.

(R – L) ARRL CEO Howard Michel, WB2ITX; President Rick Roderick, K5UR; First Vice President Greg Widin, K0GW, and Treasurer Rick Niswander, K7GM. [Michelle Patnode, W3MVP, photo]

The Board directed that the rules for all ARRL contests be revised to require that each claimed contact include contemporaneous direct initiation by the operator on both sides of the contact. Contact initiation may be local or remote. The Board extended the same requirement to the DXCC program.

The Board voted to add a QRP Single Operator subcategory for the ARRL RTTY Roundup.

The Board acted to rescind its public censure of ARRL Southwestern Division Director Richard Norton, N6AA. The censure action, taken at a special Board meeting in November 2017, was based on Norton’s alleged violation of the ARRL Policy on Board Governance and Conduct of Members of the Board of Directors and Vice Directors, adopted in January of that year and itself since rescinded.

Minutes of the July ARRL Board of Directors meeting are available on the ARRL website. Read more.ARRL Board Confers Awards

At its second meeting of 2019, the ARRL Board of Directors conferred several awards.

Philip J. McGan Silver Antenna Award

The Board bestowed the 2019 Philip J. McGan Silver Antenna Award on John Wells, W4CMH, of Fort Myers, Florida. The award recognizes the work of ARRL’s public relations volunteers to keep Amateur Radio visible in their communities. Wells was cited for encouraging media to cover stories on emergency communication during hurricanes in southwestern Florida, the use of Amateur Radio to search for clues in the disappearance of pilot Amelia Earhart, the engagement of youth in talking to an astronaut through the ARISS program, and the importance of ARRL Field Day as an annual event to help operators enhance their emergency communication skills.

ARRL Knight Distinguished Service Award

The Board designated Ohio Section Manager Scott Yonally, N8SY, to receive the 2019 ARRL Knight Distinguished Service Award, which each year recognizes an outstanding Section Manager. The Board said Yonally “is tireless in his efforts to be present and visible all over the state, representing the ARRL and Amateur Radio with a positive and forward-thinking attitude.” The Board also noted that Yonally edits the monthly Ohio Section Journal and the weekly Postscript to provide Ohio Section ARRL members with the latest news.

Technical Innovation Award

The success of the FT8 digital mode prompted the Board to grant the 2019 ARRL Technical Innovation Award to the FT8 development team, led by Joe Taylor, K1JT, and Steve Franke, K9AN.

The Board said FT8 has “proven effective for all amateurs” in times of poor propagation, revolutionizing many aspects of ham radio.

Technical Service Award

The Board conferred the 2019 Technical Service Award jointly on Alan Applegate, K0BG; and Hector Morales, NP3IR. Applegate was honored for his expertise in mobile Amateur Radio activity. In 2004, he created “A Website for Mobile Amateur Radio Operators” that has become one of the most successful in Amateur Radio.

Morales, affectionately referred to as “The Professor” by many of those he has helped teach and train, was cited for his “legacy of providing educational, training and support activities to the amateur community in Puerto Rico” and for being instrumental in translating and developing teaching materials in Spanish, including training manuals.

Doug DeMaw, W1FB, Technical Excellence Award

The Board conferred the 2019 Doug DeMaw, W1FB, Technical Excellence Award to Rudy Severns, N6LF.

A well-known author on antenna topics and a technical resource, Severns wrote “Insulated Wire and Antennas” for the March/April 2018 issue of QEX.

The Board’s Program and Services Committee concurred with the recommendation of the ARRL editorial staff in designating Severns as the award’s recipient.

Read more.

Logic Switch Uses No Electric Current

The Smart2.0 Newsletter for May 13 reported on a logic switch that uses no electric current. According to the article, researchers at New York University say the new method of controlling magnetic circuits is energy efficient, promising lower heat and energy costs in applications such as large server farms or in the artificial intelligence arena, which requires massive amounts of memory.

[Image courtesy of Smart2.0 Newsletter]

“The method uses a voltage-controlled topological spin switch (VTOPSS) that requires only electric fields, rather than currents, to switch between two Boolean logic states, greatly reducing the heat generated and energy used,” the article explains. “Spin can be transported without a charge with the use of a topological insulator — a material whose interior is insulating but that can support the flow of electrons on its surface.”

Compared with existing spin-based devices, researchers claim the VTOPSS offers 10 to 70 times lower energy dissipation and 70 to 1,700 times lower energy-delay product. The VTOPSS technology, the researchers add, “offers competitive metrics compared with existing CMOS technology, and interconnect issues that dominate the performance in CMOS logic are relatively less significant for the VTOPSS, enabling it to switch between two states more effectively.”

“Imagine if you were preparing a recipe and had to go into a different room anytime you needed an ingredient before returning to the kitchen to add it,” says NYU Tandon School of Engineering Assistant Professor Shaloo Rakheja, the principal author of an academic paper on VTOPSS. “It’s just as inefficient when the portions of computing hardware needed to do a calculation and the portions needed to store it are not well integrated.”

The article noted that VTOPSS can reduce reliance on cloud memory, potentially making computing safer, because it would be harder for to gain access to a system’s hardware.

The current ARRL letter is available by clicking here.

ARRL DX Bulletin

ARLD032 DX news

QST de W1AW  
DX Bulletin 32  ARLD032
From ARRL Headquarters  
Newington CT  August 15, 2019
To all radio amateurs   

ARLD032 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.

TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO, 9Y.  Look for 9Y4XD to be QRV from Chacachacare
Lighthouse, ILLW TT0002, on Trinidad, IOTA SA-011, during the
International Lighthouse/Lightship Weekend.  QSL via operators'

MOROCCO, CN.  Members of the Royal Amateur Radio Association of
Morocco are QRV with special event call sign 5E6A until September 29
for their National Celebration.  QSL direct to EA7FTR.

FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF GERMANY, DA.  Members of the newly founded
DL-AMSAT Operator Group will be QRV as DA0SAT and with other calls
from the Kamp-Karnin-Oberfeuer Lighthouse, ILLW DE0072, during
International Lighthouse/Lightship Weekend.  Activity is on the HF
bands.  QSL via LoTW.

FRANCE, F.  A group of operators are QRV as TM0BSM from the
Berck-sur-Mer Lighthouse during the International
Lighthouse/Lightship Weekend.  QSL direct to DK5OPA.

PANAMA, HP.  Members of the Panama Digital Group and the Radio
Association of the Panama Canal will be QRV as H92L during the
International Lighthouse/Lightship Weekend.  Activity will be on 80
to 10 meters, including 60 meters, using CW, SSB, RTTY and FT8.  QSL
via HP1AVS.

MARKET REEF, OJ0.  Operators DS4EOI, JE6HIB, JH4RHF and W5XU will be
QRV as OJ0O from August 17 to 24.  Activity will be on the HF bands.
This includes being active during the International
Lighthouse/Lightship Weekend.  QSL via OE1ZKC.

FAROE ISLANDS, OY.  Alessandro, IZ1AZA will be QRV as OY/IZ1AZA from
August 21 to 26.  Activity will be on 40 to 10 meters using CW and
SSB.  QSL to home call.

BRAZIL, PY.  Members of the GRC DX Group are QRV with special event
call ZY160CAT until August 30 to celebrate the 160th anniversary of
the city of Catalao in the state of Goias.  Activity is on 80, 40,
20, 17, 15 and 10 meters using CW, SSB and digital modes.  QSL
direct to PP2BO.

GREECE, SV,  Michele, IW7EGQ will be QRV as SV8/IW7EGQ from
Zakynthos Island, IOTA EU-052, from August 20 to 28.  QSL via M0OXO.

KALININGRAD, UA2.  Operators SP7VC, SP5Y, SP5DL and SQ7OYL are QRV
as RA2/home calls from Lesnoj until August 18.  Activity is on the
HF bands and 2 meters, as well as 5.7, 10 and 24 GHz, using CW, SSB,
FT8 and MSK144.  QSL via operators' instructions.

ASIATIC RUSSIA, UA0.  Operators Valdimir, RV1CC and Yuri, RM0F are
QRV as RV1CC/0 and RM0F/P, respectively, from Iturup Island, IOTA
AS-025, until August 22.  Activity will be on various HF bands.  QSL
via operators' instructions.
AUSTRALIA, VK.  Members of the Warrnambool Radio Amateurs Group will
be QRV as VK3DX from Portland's Whalers Bluff Lighthouse during the
International Lighthouse/Lightship Weekend.  QSL via operators'

MEXICO, XE.  Members of the Radioaficionados Yucatecos will be QRV
as XF3LL from Cozumel Island, IOTA NA-090, and from the Celarain
Lighthouse, ILLW MX0011, during the International
Lighthouse/Lightship Weekend.  Activity is on 40 to 10 meters using
SSB, various digital modes, and on various satellites.  QSL via

RTTY Rookie Roundup, International Lighthouse/Lightship Weekend,
North American SSB QSO Party, QRP 20-Meter CW Fox Hunt, NCCC RTTY
Sprint, NCCC CW Sprint, SARTG World Wide RTTY Contest, Russian
District Award Contest, Keyman's Club of Japan CW Contest, Feld Hell
Sprint, CVA DX CW Contest, SARL HF Digital Contest and the NJQRP
Skeeter Hunt will certainly keep contesters busy this upcoming

The Run for the Bacon QRP CW Contest is scheduled for August 19.

The CWops Mini-CWT Test and Phone Fray are scheduled for August 21.

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 August QST, page 84, and the ARRL and WA7BNM Contest Web
Sites for details.

The latest ARRL DX Bulletin is always at the top hereARRL DX Bulletin

Amateur Radio Newsline

Report 2181 for Friday August 16th, 2019

August 15, 2019




The Amateur Radio Newsline can be found at

Ham Nation


Hosted by Gordon WestGeorge ThomasDon WilbanksAmanda AldenRandy Hall

Randy Hall K7AGE takes a tour of the Antique Wireless Museum in Bloomfield, NY.

The last half-dozen or so episodes are linked right here: Ham Nation

Odds and Ends

SCARS Is On The Web

As always, News, Links, Repeater Info, Hamfests, Licensing, General Help & more linked from the menu sidebar at the SCARS Homepage – W5NOR.ORG !!!

73 de Mark N5HZR

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