Jon Tankersley WD5HCI Silent Key — Menu
It is with great sadness that we report that Jon Tankersley WD5HCI has become a silent key. Jon was an active member in SCARS, and was the Assistant Emergency Manager for the City of Newcastle, OK. Service information is pending.
Jon accomplished a lot throughout his life, but he was best known for his ability and willingness to help others. This picture shows Jon helping some Newcastle youth to make Morse Code bracelets as a part of their amateur radio technician class.
He was a pilot in the USAF, Oklahoma Air National Guard, and Air Force Reserve. The Air Force got him started in the Medical Technology field and he became a Paramedic until 2014. He then started in the Emergency Management field for the City of Newcastle, Oklahoma.
Jon first was licensed as a novice in 1954. He passed his Extra Class license in 2017. He ran many Technician, General and Amateur Extra classes and helped countless people to get, or enhance their license.
Jon will be missed by all of his friends and family. Please keep his family in your thoughts and prayers.
Texoma Hamarama This Weekend — Menu
The Texoma Hamarama Family FunFest is Southern Oklahoma’s largest indoor air-conditioned Ham Fest, forum, swap meet, expo and ham radio market place.
This hamfest will run October 25th and 26th at the Ardmore Convention Center. This is always a great hamfest and worth the trip down I-35.
Friday – Setup 12:00 Noon – Open 5:00 PM until 8:00 PM
Saturday – Setup 7:00 AM – Open 8:00 AM until 1:00 PM
A special request from the Hamarama team. If you’re an ARRL VE and you’re there before 10:30 am on Saturday, please tell the front desk people. They may need a few extra helpers for the 9:30 – 10:30 session.
Also, if you’re willing to spend an hour helping the hamfest, please let the front desk know. They have a few volunteer slots open, and would appreciate the help.
Finally, the Texoma Hamarama is operated by a board that is elected at the end of the Hamfest. If you would like to make next year’s hamfest better, please sign up for a board member position.
The tables are filling up fast, the vendors are coming quickly, and it should be a great Hamfest. See you there!
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Local Hamfests — Menu
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.
10/25-26/2019 | Texoma Hamarama Hamfest | Location: Ardmore, OK
11/2/2019 | Enid Hamfest | Location: Enid, OK
3/7/2020 | Elk City Hamfest | Location: Elk City, OK
4/10-11/2020| Green Country Hamfest | Location: Claremore, OK
6/7-8/2020 | Ham-Com | Location: Plano, TX
7/24-25/2020 | Ham Holiday | Location: OCCC – OKC, OK
08/22-23/2020 | Joplin Hamfest | Location: Joplin, MO
09/05/2020 | Arkansas State Convention | Location: Mena, AR
09/20/2020 | Reno County KS Hamfest | Location: Hutchinson, KS
10/04/2020 | 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.
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Podcast: The Doctor Is In — Menu
October 10, 2019
Awful puns notwithstanding, antenna traps are clever devices, but not many amateurs understand how they work. The Doctor explains
Podcast: So Now What? — Menu
October 17, 2019
ARRL Letter — Menu
- ARRL to Launch New On the Air Magazine
- ARRL Online Auction Bidding is Now Open
- Report Causes Concern and Confusion in California’s Amateur Radio Ranks
- NASA Spacecraft Launches on Mission to Explore Frontier of Space
- So Now What? Podcast
- Next School Club Roundup Set for October 21 – 25
- The K7RA Solar Update
- Just Ahead in Radiosport
- PACTOR Developer SCS Announces Monitoring Software
- AMSAT Goal: “Amateur Radio in Every CubeSat”
- Homebrew Heroes Award for 2019 in Amateur Radio Announced
- In Brief…
- Upcoming ARRL Section, State, and Division Conventions
ARRL DX Bulletin — Menu
SB DX @ ARL $ARLD041 ARLD041 DX news ZCZC AE41 QST de W1AW DX Bulletin 41 ARLD041 From ARRL Headquarters Newington CT October 17, 2019 To all radio amateurs SB DX ARL ARLD041 ARLD041 DX news This week's bulletin was made possible with information provided by PP2BT, 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. VIET NAM, 3W. Geri, DK8KW is QRV as 3W9KW from Hanoi until October 26. Activity is on the HF bands using CW and SSB. QSL to home call. MALTA, 9H. Rene, DL2JRM is QRV as 9H3YY until October 22. This includes being an entry in the Worked All Germany contest. QSL to home call. BOTSWANA, A2. A large group of operators will be QRV as A21EME from October 20 to 29. Activity will be on 6 and 2 meters, and 70 centimeters, using CW and JT65 on EME. Next, they will be active on 23, 13, 9, 6, and 3 centimeters using CW and JT65. QSL 6 meter, 2 meter, 70 centimeter and QO-100 contacts via PA3CMC. QSL all others via HB9Q. COMOROS, D6. Members the Mediterraneo DX Club will be QRV as D68CCC from October 21 to November 2. Activity will be on 160 to 10 meters using CW, SSB, RTTY and FT8. QSL via IK2VUC. ST. LUCIA, J6. Medical Amateur Radio Council members Jay, AA4FL, Bob, K4RLC, Bruce, KM2L, Diane, N2HIW and Dave, KN2M are QRV as J6/home calls until November 2. Activity is on the HF bands. This includes being active as J68MD in the upcoming CQ World Wide DX SSB contest. QSL J68MD via N2HIW and all others via operators' instructions. ST. MAARTEN, PJ7. Ed, N2HX will be QRV as PJ7PL from October 19 to November 2. Activity will be on the HF bands using SSB, RTTY, FT8 or FT4. This includes being an entry in the upcoming CQ World Wide DX SSB contest. QSL to home call. FERNANDO DE NORONHA, PY0F. Members of the Noronha Contest Group will be QRV as PY0F from October 21 to 25 while preparing for their entry in the upcoming CQ World Wide DX SSB contest. Activity will be on the HF bands, including 160 and 80 meters. QSL direct to PY7RP. SURINAME, PZ. A group of operators will be QRV as PZ5K from October 23 to 29. Activity will be on the HF bands. This includes being an entry in the upcoming CQ World Wide DX SSB contest. QSL via G3NKC. SEYCHELLES, S7. Janusz, SP9FIH and Leszek, SP6CIK are QRV as S79W and S79CI, respectively, until October 29. Activity is on 160 to 10 meters using CW, SSB, RTTY and FT8. This includes being an entry in the upcoming CQ World Wide DX SSB contest. QSL to home calls. PALAU, T8. Jery, HL5BHH will be QRV as T88KZ from October 21 to 24. Activity will be holiday style on 80 to 6 meters using SSB and some FT8. QSL via LoTW. ST. KITTS AND NEVIS, V4. John, W5JON is QRV as V47JA from Calypso Bay, St. Kitts, IOTA NA-104, until October 22. Activity is on 160 to 6 meters using SSB and FT8. QSL direct to home call. NORFOLK ISLAND, VK9N. Mek, SP7VC is QRV as VK9NC using digital modes until October 28. Jacek, SP5EAQ is QRV as VK9NE using SSB until November 4. Marcin, SP5ES will be QRV as VK9NG using CW from October 28 to November 4. QSL all calls to SP7VC. PITCAIRN ISLAND, VP6. A large group of operators are QRV as VP6R until November 1. Activity is on 160 to 6 meters with eight stations active using CW, SSB, RTTY and FT8. This includes being an entry in the upcoming CQ World Wide DX SSB contest. QSL via LoTW. LAKSHADWEEP ISLANDS, VU7. Operators Sree, VU2OB, Shabu, VU2CAC and Samson, VU3XTG will be QRV as VU7RI from October 10 to 30. Activity will be on 80, 40, 30, 20 and 15 meters using CW, SSB and FT8. QSL via M0KRI. VANUATU, YJ. Chris, VK2YUS will be QRV as YJ0CA from Efate Island, IOTA OC-035, from October 22 to 30. Activity will be on 40, 20 and 15 meters, and possibly 10 meters, using SSB. This includes an entry in the upcoming CQ World Wide DX SSB contest. QSL direct to home call. THIS WEEKEND ON THE RADIO. The ARRL EME Contest, Stew Perry Topband Challenge, 10-10 International Fall CW Contest, NCCC RTTY Sprint, NCCC CW Sprint, JARTS World Wide RTTY Contest, Araucaria World Wide VHF Contest, New York QSO Party, Worked All Germany Contest, Feld Hell Sprint, Argentina National 7 MHz Contest, Asia-Pacific Fall CW Sprint, UBA ON 2-Meter Contest, Illinois QSO Party and the RSGB RoLo 80-Meter CW will certainly keep contesters busy this upcoming weekend. The Run for the Bacon QRP Contest and Telephone Pioneers QSO Party are scheduled for October 21. The CWops Mini-CWT Test, RSGB 80-Meter Autumn Data Series, SKCC CW Sprint and Phone Fray are scheduled for October 23. The ARRL School Club Roundup runs from October 21 to 25. 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 October QST page 90 and the ARRL and WA7BNM Contest Web Sites for details. NNNN /EX
The latest ARRL DX Bulletin is always at the top here — ARRL DX Bulletin
Amateur Radio Newsline — Menu
– CALIF. HAMS RESPOND TO PUBLIC SAFETY POWER OUTAGE
– 80 METER NET WORKS TOWARD ‘WORKED ALL STATES’
– ALEXANDERSON TRANSMITTER SENDS MESSAGE OF PEACE
– SILENT KEY: SIGNAL/ONE COFOUNDER HAROLD JOHNSON W4ZCB
– ICQ PODCAST DECLARES FIRST WINNER OF ‘HOMEBREW HERO’ AWARD
– CATCHING SOME SUN AND SOME QRP CONTACTS
– AMSAT ANNOUNCES WINNERS IN BOARD OF DIRECTORS VOTE
– UPSTATE S.C. CAMPOREE GIVES KIDS A WINDOW INTO RADIO
– SCOTTISH MICROWAVE ENTHUSIASTS HOST ROUND TABLE
– HAM RADIO HONORING MEMBERS OF MAINSTREAM MEDIA
– DO YOUR HOMEWORK: IT’S SCHOOL CLUB ROUNDUP TIME
– WORLD OF DX
– FEAR NOT – ZOMBIES ‘SHUFFLE’ ON AIR FOR HALLOWEEN
The Amateur Radio Newsline can be found at ARNewsline.org.
Ham Nation — Menu
Bob Heil interviews Jeri Ellsworth and Amy Herndon of Tilt Five and how Augmented Reality can enhance Amateur Radio, how to register for Jamboree On The Air, Amateur Radio Newsline with Don, Solar update with Dr. Tamitha Skov, Valerie returns with the DX Files, a Tale from the Transmitter Site with George, Randy’s road trip, your questions with Amanda and more!
The last half-dozen or so episodes are linked right here: Ham Nation
73 de Mark N5HZR