Christmas Party on Tuesday — Menu
The annual Christmas Party started in 1978 and now brings about 50 hams together with for a great meal at the Golden Corral, a great time for us to visit, and a ‘White Elephant’ Christmas gift exchange. 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 3, 2019, at 6:00 pm, at the Golden Corral, 123 N Interstate Dr., Norman, OK. Elmer Night will be canceled for 12/3/2019 so we can all have another great party. This year, plan to spend about $15 for the meal, and SCARS will be taking care of the gratuity.
More information is available on the SCARS Facebook Group.
See you there!
Santa on 3.916 MHz — Menu
Every year on 3.916 MHz, the good folks at the Tailgaiters Net give good little boys and girls a chance to talk to Santa Claus at the North Pole! It is indeed a magical experience to experience kids talking with Santa through the magic of Amateur Radio! The Santa Net is on the air every night, November 29th through December 24th at 7:15 PM Central. To participate in The Santa Net, just have your kids prepared to tell Santa their top 2-3 gift wishes. If you don’t have any kids, it’s always fun to listen to!
Pre-net check-ins are welcome. Reserve a spot with Santa by making a pre-net check -in. You can check-in either on the air starting at 7 PM (Central) or online at www.CQSanta.com
Ho Ho Ho and Merry Christmas from The 3916 Nets!!!
December Meeting – BVI Recap — Menu
Another year is rapidly coming to a close, and the December meeting is right around the corner, on December 14th. Our program will be presented by our own CW DX’er Bill Roberson N5AQ. In early October, Jeff Martin K5WE and Bill took a DXpedition to the Brittish Virgin Islands to activate VP2V. Hopefully, some of you got to work them while they were on-the-air. Jeff built a slide deck from the trip and Bill will tell us how this DXpedition worked from the inside. Come see how one of these trips work, and learn how you can make a trip yourself.
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.
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 https://w5nor.org/email. If you’re a twitter person, visit us at https://w5nor.org/twitter. And, each newsletter announcement is posted on the Facebook group at https://w5nor.org/Facebook. And, if you like to search this yourself, you can go straight to the newsletter at https://w5nor.org/newsletter. 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 email@example.com. 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 3rd, 24th, and 31st (closed for the SCARS Christmas Party, Christmas Eve, and New Year’s Eve.) – Norman Red Cross – 1205 Halley Ave, Norman, OK 73069
- SCARS December Meeting – 11/14/2019 – Norman Firehouse #7 – 2207 Goddard – Norman, OK 73069
- SCARS December VE Test – 12/5/2019 – Norman Firehouse #7 – 2207 Goddard – Norman, OK 73069
Odds and Ends — Menu
- 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
SCARS Is On The Web — Menu
- Homepage: W5NOR.ORG
- News and Updates: SCARS Newsletter
- Repeater Resources: SCARS Repeater
- Oklahoma DMR Resources: OKDMR
- Facebook: SCARS Facebook
- Twitter: W5NOR
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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
Big Wire Antennas
Rhombics, Lazy Hs, Curtains, oh my! The Doctor talks BIG wire antennas for the HF bands.
ARRL Letter — Menu
- ARRL Legislative Advocacy Committee Drafting New Bill Addressing Antenna Restrictions
- WRC-19 Delegates Reach Agreement on 6-Meter Band in ITU Region 1
- Radio Amateur’s “Tribute to a Century of Broadcasting” Video Debuts on YouTube
- The Doctor Will See You Now!
- Melissa Stemmer Joins ARRL Headquarters Staff as Development Manager
- Youth on the Air Camp Coming to the Americas
- Southern California Hams Support Major Terrorist Attacks Response Drill
- Dayton Hamvention® Invites 2020 Award Nominations
- The K7RA Solar Update
- Just Ahead in Radiosport
- Alaska and Tennessee Getting New Section Managers
- Why Propagation Repeats About Every 27 Days
- In Brief…
- Upcoming ARRL Section, State, and Division Conventions
ARRL DX Bulletin — Menu
SB DX @ ARL $ARLD046 ARLD046 DX news ZCZC AE46 QST de W1AW DX Bulletin 46 ARLD046 From ARRL Headquarters Newington CT November 21, 2019 To all radio amateurs SB DX ARL ARLD046 ARLD046 DX news This week's bulletin was made possible with information provided by LU3MAM, W2GD, W3UR, 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. CYPRUS, 5B. Rumen, LZ1MS will be QRV as 5B4AGU as a Single Op/Single Band on 40 meter entry in the CQ World Wide DX CW contest. QSL to home call. NIGERIA, 5N. Bodo, DF8DX and Rene, DL2JRM are QRV as 5N7Q from Abuja until November 25. Activity is on 160 to 10 meters using CW, SSB, RTTY and FT8. This includes being an entry in the CQ World Wide DX CW contest. QSL via DF8DX. GHANA, 9G. Members of the Slovenia Contest Club are QRV as 9G5W until November 27. Activity is on 160 to 10 meters using CW, SSB, RTTY and other digital modes. This includes being an entry in the CQ World Wide DX CW contest. QSL via LoTW. TONGA, A3. Masa, JA0RQV will be QRV as A35JP from Tongatapu Island, IOTA OC-049, beginning November 24 while involved in an international project. Activity will be on 160 to 6 meters using CW, SSB and FT8. He also plans to activate the IOTA references OC-191, OC-123, OC-064, and OC-169 during his stay. QSL to home call. CAPE VERDE, D4. Eric, OE4AAC is QRV as D4CC from Sal Island, IOTA AF-086, until November 30. Activity is on 40 to 10 meters using CW and some FT8. This includes being an entry in the CQ World Wide DX CW contest. QSL to home call. WALLIS AND FUTUNA ISLANDS, FW. Nobuaki, JA0JHQ will be QRV as FW/M0JHQ from Wallis Island, IOTA OC-054, from November 23 to 27. Activity will be on 160 to 10 meters using CW and FT8. QSL direct to home call. TEMOTU PROVINCE, H40. Rob, N7QT and Grant, KZ1W are QRV as H40KT and H40TT, respectively, from Pigeon Island, IOTA OC-065, until November 28. Activity is on 160 to 10 meters using CW, SSB, RTTY and FT8. This includes being an entry as H40KT in the CQ World Wide DX CW contest. QSL via M0URX. THAILAND, HS. A large group of operators will be QRV as HS0ZAR during the CQ World Wide DX CW contest. QSL via K3ZO. VATICAN, HV. Francesco, IK0FVC and Roberto, IK0PRG will be QRV as HV0A for about half a day on November 23 during the CQ World Wide DX CW contest. QSL direct to IK0FVC. SARDINIA, IS0. Tony, LZ5EE, Ivailo, LZ5VV, Chav, LZ1ABC and Chavdar, LZ1AQ will be QRV as IS0/LZ5F in the CQ World Wide DX CW contest. QSL via operators' instructions. ARGENTINA, LU. A group of operators will be QRV as LS2D as a Multi/1 entry in the CQ World Wide DX CW contest. QSL via EC6DX. ARUBA, P4. John, W2GD is QRV as P40W until November 25. Activity is on the HF bands with an emphasis on CW. This includes being a Single Op/All Band entry in the CQ World Wide DX CW contest. QSL via N2MM. SURINAME, PZ. Some members of the Minnesota Wireless Association will be QRV as PZ5W from Lelydorp in the CQ World Wide DX CW contest. QSL via N0AT. ANTIGUA AND BARBUDA, V2. Bud, AA3B is QRV as V26K from Antigua, IOTA NA-100, until November 26. Activity is on the HF bands with an emphasis on CW. This includes being a Single Op/All Band/Low Power entry in the CQ World Wide DX CW contest. QSL direct to home call. NAMIBIA, V5. Uli, DM5EE will be QRV as V55A from Windhoek during the CQ World Wide DX CW contest. Activity will be on 80 to 10 meters. QSL via M0OXO. MICRONESIA, V6. Al, K7AR is QRV as V63AR from Pohnpei, IOTA OC-010, until November 26. Activity is on the HF bands using CW, SSB and FT8. This includes being an entry in the CQ World Wide DX CW contest. QSL to home call. BRUNEI, V8. Hajime, JO1RUR will be QRV as V85RH during the CQ World Wide DX CW contest. QSL via LoTW. LORD HOWE ISLAND, VK9L. Michael, DF8AN is QRV as VK9LQ until November 27. Activity is on 160 to 6 meters using CW, RTTY and various digital modes, including FT8 in DX-pedition mode. QSL to home call. VIET NAM, XV. Mats, SM6LRR is QRV as XV9D until November 30. Activity is on 40 to 20 meters. This includes being a Single Op/Single Band entry on 40 meters in the CQ World Wide DX CW contest. QSL direct to EA5GL. In addition, look for Sven, HB9DXB to be QRV as XV9DXB in the CQ World Wide DX CW contest. QSL via EB7DX. INDONESIA, YB. Members of Grobex Team Contest Indonesia will be QRV as 7A2A in the CQ World Wide DX CW contest. QSL direct to YB2DX. In addition, special event station 8H11TS will be QRV from Java Island, IOTA OC-021, from November 24 to 27 to celebrate the 11th anniversary of South Tangeran as an autonomous city. QSL via operators' instructions. THIS WEEKEND ON THE RADIO. The CQ Worldwide DX CW Contest and QCX CW Challenge are on tap for this upcoming weekend. The CWops Mini-CWT CW Test, UKEICC 80-Meter CW Contest, SKCC CW Sprint and Phone Fray are scheduled for November 27. 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. NNNN /EX
The latest ARRL DX Bulletin is always at the top here — ARRL DX Bulletin
Amateur Radio Newsline — Menu
– COVETED DX BACK IN ACTION ON MOUNT ATHOS
– AMSAT CELEBRATES OSCAR 7, THE SATELLITE THAT DIDN’T DIE
– WHEN QRM HITS HOME – IN THE GARAGE, TO BE EXACT
– NEW ZEALAND HAMS KEY UP FOR A NIGHT OF CODE
– CANADA TO HONOR MILITARY’S FIRST FEMALE WIRELESS OPERATOR
– NEWSLINE ANNOUNCES ‘INTERNATIONAL NEWSMAKER OF THE YEAR’ AWARD
– RADIOMAN INDUCTED INTO CRYPTOLOGIC HALL OF HONOR
– NET OF NOTE
– WORLD OF DX
– HELP FOR BLIND AMATEUR LEFT HOMELESS BY BUSH FIRES
The Amateur Radio Newsline can be found at ARNewsline.org.
Ham Nation — Menu
Becoming a ham instructor with Gordo, a tour of the Begali Keys factory in Italy with Jim Marra N5HZ, Amateur Radio Newsline with Don, Space Weather News with Dr. Tamitha Skov, Fox Cities Amateur Radio Club 2019 Swapfest with Dan N9LVS, part 2 of the Battleship Iowa Radio Tech Tour, your questions with Amanda and more!
The last half-dozen or so episodes are linked right here: Ham Nation
73 de Mark N5HZR