SCARS News November 5, 2019


November Meeting – Building Battery Packs — Menu

Saturday will be the November SCARS meeting. This month Thomas Hays KI5AIF and Mark Kleine N5HZR will talk about building battery packs out of the Lithium-Ion 18650 3.7 volts cells. These pack a lot of power into some pretty small packages and work great for go-boxes and emergency power situations.

Batteries

They will talk about and demonstrate, the cells, the math, and the construction methods used to build, charge and discharge these battery packs. Thanks to Peter Khor AG5DB and Chad Vetsch N5CAV for sharing their supplies and build examples.

SCARS meetings happen on the second Saturday of the month 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 the SCARS website.

See you there!


Enid Hamfest Recap — Menu

Last Saturday was the Enid Hamfest and the hot dogs didn’t disappoint. Each year this hamfest signals the last one of the year for our area. The Enid convention center was filled with vendors selling everything from pieces and parts to brand new radios. There were some deals on vintage Heathkit radios and some Ameritron amplifiers. ARRL / ARES forums let the attendees know what’s coming. Put this one on your calendar for next year if you’re looking for some great flea market deals.


Newsletter News — Menu

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And, this newsletter should be for, and about, you. If you have a neat build project to share, or an interesting QSO, a new radio review, a new idea, an upcoming event, or if you’d like to help produce the newsletter, please send an email to w5nor@w5nor.org. These don’t have to be polished articles, we’ll edit as required. Don’t forget a picture or two, that picture is worth a thousand words.


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.

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
10/24-25/2020 | Texoma Hamarama Hamfest | Location: Ardmore, OK
11/1/2020 | Enid Hamfest | Location: Enid, OK

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 — Menu

  • SCARS Elmer Nights – Tuesdays 6:30 pm to 9:00 pm – Norman Red Cross – 1205 Halley Ave, Norman, OK 73069
  • SCARS November VE Test – 11/7/2019 – Norman Firehouse #7 – 2207 Goddard – Norman, OK 73069
  • SCARS November Meeting – 11/9/2019 – Norman Firehouse #7 – 2207 Goddard – Norman, OK 73069


SCARS Is On The Web — Menu

News, links, repeater info, hamfests, licensing, and more are linked from the menu sidebar at the SCARS Homepage – W5NOR.ORG!


Podcast: The Doctor Is In — Menu

Audio Link

Beverage Antennas

The Doctor discusses a legendary receiving antenna — not adult drinks!

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


Podcast: So Now What? — Menu

Audio Link

15. Halloween and Throwback Special

Listen in as we talk with Jen Glifort, KC1KNL, about her article from the July 2018 edition of QST, Yippee-Ki-Yay: The Role of Radio in Die Hard.

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


ARRL DX Bulletin — Menu

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ZCZC AE43
QST de W1AW 
DX Bulletin 43  ARLD043
From ARRL Headquarters 
Newington CT  October 31, 2019
To all radio amateurs  

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ARLD043 DX news

This week’s bulletin was made possible with information provided by
IK2DUW, 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.

KENYA, 5Z.  Andy, G3AB is QRV as 5Z4/G3AB from Nairobi.  Activity is
on 20 to 10 meters.  QSL via LoTW.

SOMALIA, 6O.  Ali, EP3CQ is QRV as 6O1OO from Mogadishu until mid
November.  Activity is in his spare time on 80 to 6 meters using SSB
and FT8.  QSL direct.

RWANDA, 9X.  Harald, DF2WO will be QRV as 9X2AW from Kigali from
November 4 to 16.  Activity will be on the HF bands using CW, SSB,
RTTY and FT8.  This may include being on 160 meters.  QSL via M0OXO.

CHILE, CE.  Members of the Radio Club Melipulli are QRV as XR7PNAA
from the Alerce Andino National Park until November 3.  QSL via
CE7RCM.

MOROCCO, CN.  Special event station CN44MS is QRV from Tan-Tan until
November 12 to commemorate the 44th anniversary of the Green March.
QSL via RW6HS.

NEW CALEDONIA, FK.  Tom, F4HPX will be QRV as FK/F4HPX from Noumea,
IOTA OC-032, beginning November 3.  Activity will be holiday style
on 80 to 10 meters using CW, SSB and FT4.  This includes a possible
visit to Ile des Pins, IOTA OC-033.  QSL to home call.

MARQUESAS ISLANDS, FO.  A group of operators will be QRV as TX7T
from Hiva Oa from November 6 to 18.  Activity will be on the HF
bands using CW, SSB and FT8 with three or four stations active.  QSL
via LoTW.

HUNGARY, HA.  Laci, HA0HW is QRV with special event call HG33EUDXF
during November in celebration of the 33rd anniversary of the
European DX Foundation.  QSL via operator’s instructions.

THAILAND, HS.  Ralph, DL9MWG and Uli, DL1HUH will be QRV as HS0ZOM
and HS0ZON, respectively, from November 3 to 6.  QSL to home calls.

ITALY, I.  Members of the 4U1GSC Amateur Radio Club are QRV as 4U25B
until August 31, 2020 to mark the 25th anniversary of the United
Nations Logistics Base in Brindisi.  QSL via 9A2AA.

BULGARIA, LZ.  Members of the Bulgarian Radio Club Blagovestnik are
QRV as LZ365BM during November to honor the memory of Bulgarian
saints.  QSL via bureau.

BELGIUM, ON.  Members of the Oost Kust Radioclub are QRV with
special call OE75CLM until November 3 to celebrate the liberation of
Knokke-Heist 75 years ago.  QSL via ON6HC.

UKRAINE, UR.  Look for EM7KAA/p, UT1KY/p, UT7UA/p, UX2KA/p and
UY5BT/p to be QRV from the Kremenets UFF Botanical Garden, UZFF-002,
on November 2 and 3.  Activity will be on 160 to 10 meters using CW
and SSB.  This includes being an entry in the Ukrainian DX contest.
QSL via bureau.

VANUATU, YJ.  Sergei, RZ3FW and Sergei, R4WAA will be QRV as YJ0RRC
from Gaua Island, IOTA OC-104, from November 4 to 7.  Activity will
be on 40, 30, 20 and 15 meters using CW, SSB, RTTY and FT8.  QSL
direct to RZ3FW.

ASCENSION ISLAND, ZD8.  Steve, WB4GHY is QRV as ZD8SC until November
11.  Activity is in his spare time on 80 to 10 meters using CW, SSB
and FT4.  QSL direct to WB4GHY.

THIS WEEKEND ON THE RADIO. The ARRL Sweepstakes CW Contest, NCCC
RTTY Sprint, NCCC CW Sprint, Silent Key Memorial CW Contest, Zombie
CW Shuffle, Ukrainian DX Contest, SA Sprint SSB Contest, IPARC
Contest, EANET Sprint and the High Speed Club CW Contest are all on
tap for this upcoming weekend.

The RSGB FT4 Contest Series is scheduled for November 4.

The ARS Spartan CW Sprint is scheduled for November 5.

The QRP 40-Meter CW Fox Hunt, UKEICC 80-Meter CW Contest, CWops
Mini-CWT Test and Phone Fray are scheduled for November 6.

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 November QST, page 89, and the ARRL and WA7BNM Contest
Web Sites for details.
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The latest ARRL DX Bulletin is always at the top hereARRL DX Bulletin


Amateur Radio Newsline — Menu

– A BOUVET DX COMEBACK
– LESSONS FROM A PITCAIRN DX CONTACT
– WRC OPENS IN EGYPT WITH SPECTRUM OF ISSUES
– AMSAT-NA TO OVERHAUL WEBSITE
– VETERAN LAWMAKER/HAM TO DEPART U.S. CONGRESS
– PLANS UNDER WAY FOR SOUTH AFRICA’S HAM CONVENTION
– NEW HAM CLUB MEETS IN COLORADO VALLEY
– A FRESH LOOK AT A PROPOSED UK ENTRY LEVEL TICKET
– ISS MAKES A ‘HOMECOMING’ CONTACT AT WEST POINT
– WORLD OF DX
– MAKING NOISE ON BEHALF OF RADIO’S ‘QUIET ZONE’

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AUDIO

The Amateur Radio Newsline can be found at ARNewsline.org.


Ham Nation — Menu

Gordo interviews Ed Barnes WA6ED about SOARA Elmer Saturdays, Bob Heil shows off The “TWOER”, AM Broadcast Band DX’ing with George Thomas, Amateur Radio Newsline with Don, and chatroom questions with Amanda and more!

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


73 de Mark N5HZR

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