SCARS News November 12, 2019

November Meeting Recap — Menu

The November Meeting was another great success. A really great presentation on batteries. Dr. Thomas Hays KI5AIF talked about buying these batteries and building your own. This presentation is already on the SCARS YouTube channel, and you can watch it online. Next week’s newsletter will have some information on where to buy some completed battery packs, and some more information on building your own pack. More information is available on the SCARS battery web page.

November is election time, and Hank Hamner K5HHQ will continue as our treasurer, Chris Pape KE5JZN will continue as our secretary, and Gayland Kitch WX5MOR will be our Vice President / President Elect for 2020. Congratulations to all for your roles, and thank you for your service.

A task force has been formed to review the bylaws of the club. We are looking for anyone that might want to join Hank Hamner K5HHQ, Phil Sinnett KD5UGO, Bill Locket AE5F, and John Burrows N2MOT in that effort. If you’d like to get involved, send an email to Hank at

Christmas Party is Coming — Menu

The annual Christmas Party started in 1978 and brings about 50 hams together with for a great meal, and a ‘White Elephant’ Christmas gift exchange. Dinner runs about $15, depending on your choice of drink. This year SCARS will be picking up the tip, so you won’t have any additional costs.

Each gift should be a maximum of $10, and “No Free Harbor Freight items are allowed”. Bring your wrapped gift labeled as from/for either a “ham” or “non-ham.” This year this will be December 3rd, 2019, at 6:00 pm, at the Golden Corral, 123 N Interstate Dr., Norman, OK. More information is available at club events, or on the SCARS Facebook Group. See you there!

Marathon Signup is Open — Menu

The 2020 Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon will be held on the morning of April 26th. While that seems like it’s a lifetime away, the volunteer signup page is up and running now. If you haven’t had the chance to work this this event, you really should give it a try. This year the OKC amateur radio community needs to supply operators to help with the communications in all of these locations:

  • shadowing the race director at the Start and Finish lines
  • operators at each of 4 relay locations
  • at each of 19 medical tents on the course
  • net control operators
  • SAG vehicles
  • water and ice trucks
  • the incident command trailer
  • in the MASH medical tent at the finish line
  • in the lead vehicle for the full and half marathons
  • tail-end Charlie following the last runner
  • operators at the “kids corral” at the end of the kids’ race
  • radio observers along the “last mile”
  • operators at the Regional Emergency Operations Center in OKC
  • running in the race
  • and any other assignments that may be needed.

Volunteer registration is online, and you can sign up today. Be a part of this amateur radio community event. Please be sure to use PSC2020 as your registration code. This will assign you to the Public Services Communications team.

Race day usually begins at about 0600 with an on-site check-in and most operators should be released by 1400.  It is a very rewarding experience, to see and assist runners from all over the world.

More information is available on the SCARS Marathon page,

Newsletter News — Menu

This newsletter is announced in a number of places. Feel free to subscribe to the way that suits you best. If you’re an email person, you can subscribe by visiting If you’re a twitter person, visit us at And, each newsletter announcement is posted on the Facebook group at And, if you like to search this yourself, you can go straight to the newsletter at Any way you found the newsletter, we’re glad you made it.

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 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 (Except December 3 (Christmas Party), December 24 (Christmas Eve), and December 31 (New Year’s Eve)) – Norman Red Cross – 1205 Halley Ave, Norman, OK 73069
  • SCARS December License Test – 12/5/2019 – Norman Firehouse #7 – 2207 Goddard – Norman, OK 73069
  • SCARS December Meeting – 12/14/2019 – 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

Antenna Switches

There is more to an antenna switch than meets the eye. The Doctor explains.

“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

ARLD044 DX news

QST de W1AW  
DX Bulletin 44  ARLD044
From ARRL Headquarters  
Newington CT  November 7, 2019
To all radio amateurs   

ARLD044 DX news

This week's bulletin was made possible with information provided by
VK3ZZX, 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.

MADAGASCAR, 5R.  Hiro, JF1OCQ and Kuni, JA8VE will be QRV as 5R8VX
and 5R8KU, respectively, from Nosy Be Island, IOTA AF-057, from
November 12 to 25.  Activity will be with two stations on the HF
bands using CW, SSB, FT8, FT4 and other digital modes.  QSL to home

MALDIVES, 8Q.  Tommy, DL8KX will be QRV as 8Q7KX from Baa Atoll,
IOTA AS-013, from November 10 to 17.  Activity will be holiday style
on 40, 30, 20, 15 and 10 meters using CW.  QSL to home call.  In
addition, Roly, ZL1BQD will be QRV as 8Q7XR from November 10 to
December 30.  Activity will be on 80 to 10 meters using CW, SSB and
FT8.  QSL to home call.

RWANDA, 9X.  Harald, DF2WO is QRV as 9X2AW from Kigali until
November 20.  Activity is on 160 to 10 meters using mostly FT8 and
some CW and SSB.  This may include some satellite activity as well.
QSL via M0OXO.

THE GAMBIA, C5.  Alan, G3XAQ and Don, G3XTT will be QRV as C56XA and
C56DF, respectively, from November 12 to 26.  Activity will be on
the HF bands.  This includes being active in the upcoming CQ World
Wide DX CW contest.  QSL C56XA via G3SWH and C56DF via G3XTT.  In
addition, Artur, SQ7RAI will be QRV as C5/SQ7RAI from November 12 to
20.  Activity will be on 20 to 6 meters using SSB and FT8.  QSL to
home call.

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

PANAMA, HP.  Special event station 3E1FP is QRV to celebrate the
116th anniversary of the Republic of Panama.  Activity is on 80 to
10 meters using CW, SSB and various digital modes.  QSL via HP1DAV.

THAILAND, HS.  Lars, SM6NT will be QRV as HS0ZME from November 12 to
April 5, 2020.  QSL to home call.

AMERICAN SAMOA, KH8.  Tom, JA1VND will be QRV as KH8/K1TF from Pago
Pago, IOTA OC-045, from November 12 to 18.  Activity will be on the
HF bands using CW, SSB and various digital modes.  QSL to home call.

ALAND ISLANDS, OH0.  Mart, DL6UAA is QRV as OH0UA until November 18.
Activity is on 160 to 10 meters using CW, RTTY and FT8.  QSL to home

COCOS (KEELING) ISLANDS, VK9C.  Chris, GM3WOJ and Keith, GM4YXI will
be QRV as VK9CZ from November 12 to 29.  Activity will be on 160 to
10 meters using CW, SSB and FT8 with a focus on the low bands.  This
includes being an entry in the upcoming CQ World Wide DX CW contest.
QSL via N3SL.

INDONESIA, YB.  Operators YE1AR, YC1KK, YC1BIQ and YB1MAE are QRV as
home calls/p from Biawak Island, IOTA OC-237, until November 14.
Activity is on 160 to 10 meters using FT8 with some CW and SSB.  QSL
via operators' instructions.

BURKINA FASO, XT.  Al, F8FUA is QRV as XT2BR from Ouagadougou until
November 17.  Activity is on the HF bands using CW, SSB and various
digital modes.  QSL to home call.

EL SALVADOR, YS.  Gabo, HK4GOO will be QRV as YS1/HK4GOO from
November 9 to 16.  Activity will be on 160 to 10 meters using SSB
and FT8.  QSL via LoTW.

THIS WEEKEND ON THE RADIO.  The Japan International DX Phone
Contest, Worked All Europe DX RTTY Contest, North American SSB
Sprint Contest, NCCC RTTY Sprint, QRP 80-Meter CW Fox Hunt, NCCC CW
Sprint, PODXS 070 Club Triple Play Low Band Sprint, 10-10
International Fall Digital Contest, SARL VHF/UHF Analogue Contest,
SKCC Weekend CW Sprintathon, OK/OM DX CW Contest, CQ-WE Contest and
AWA Bruce Kelley 1929 CW QSO Party are all on tap for this upcoming

The RSGB 80-Meter Autumn Data Series and 4 States QRP Group Second
Sunday Sprint are scheduled for November 11.

The CWops Mini-CWT Test, Phone Fray and QRP 40-Meter CW Fox Hunt are
scheduled for November 13.

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.

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

Amateur Radio Newsline — Menu




The Amateur Radio Newsline can be found at

Ham Nation — Menu

Bob Heil updates on his travels, Gordo on connecting kids with the International Space Station, Amateur Radio Newsline with Don, Solar Update with Dr. Tamitha Skov, The Engineer’s Notebook with George, 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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