SCARS News December 24, 2019


CQ Christmas Cheer — Menu

In 2005, our own Kim Elmore N5OP heard a story on NPR about a D-Day reunion of sorts where surviving Axis and Allied veterans met at the Normandy beaches and embraced. This stuck with him. Time passed and that Christmas, he recalled how he enjoyed reading the various sappy ham-themed Christmas stories that used to appear in QST,  but the guy that wrote them NR5Q, Bruce Vaughan,  had stopped and he’s now a SK. Kim thought “Self, if you want a sappy Christmas story so badly, *you* write it.” So, he did.

QST turned down the story, but CQ Magazine published in the December 2007 issue. It’s available for you to read in its published form, as a PDF here.
MX / FW


December Meeting Wrapup — Menu

Many thanks to Bill Roberson N5AQ for a great presentation on his DXpedition to the British Virgin Islands. What a great way to make over 5,000 contacts with 81 countries in 81 days. For those of you that missed this meeting, the video is available on the SCARS YouTube Channel at https://w5nor.org/youtube. For more information on the DX scene in Oklahoma, visit the OK DX Association’s web site.

Michelle Carey W5MQC talked about an upcoming project to learn more about our fellow members. We’ll be interviewing members for upcoming issues of the newsletter to help us get to know each other better. If you would like to either be interviewed, or be an interviewer, please contact Michelle to get involved.

And, as Al Ingle AE5L reported, our friend Gordon Jones W5OU is still at the Bridges Rehabilitation Center, 4554 W Main, in Norman. He’s in Room 207 and would welcome any visitors. His trip to the hospital turned into a trip at the hospital, and he is working on rehabilitating a displaced kneecap. To tie it in with the December theme, Gordon has worked all of the 340 countries on DXCC list, and is on the DX honor roll with 362 total countries confirmed.


Tech / General Classes Coming — Menu

Each year SCARS offers a combination Technician and General licensing class for people that want to get their amateur radio license. This year we will offer another class that will start on February 4th, 2020. We will run from 6:30 pm to 9:00 pm and will be held at Norman’s Firehouse #7, at 2207 Goddard Ave. There’s no cost for the class, or the test. A study guide will be available for $22.50. This class will run for eight Tuesday evenings. We will skip March 17th for Spring Break.

If you have friends that would like to get licensed, or if you’d like to upgrade to General, or if you’d just like to learn more about amateur radio, this class is for you.

This class will end March 31st, and you’ll be ready to take your license test on April 2nd. Flyers will be available at the next meetings, if you’d like to spread the word to others! For more information, see our class page at https://w5nor.org/class.


Winter Field Day — Menu

This is the third year that SCARS will participate in the Winter Field Day activities. Our goal is to set up and operate emergency radios for 24 hours straight. This year, we will operate January 25 and 26, at the Red Cross, 1205 Halley Avenue, in Norman. More information will be coming in the newsletter, at the January SCARS meeting, and on the Winter Field Day website.

Typical field day setup will start Saturday, January 25th at about 9:00 local and tear-down will happen on Sunday, January 26th at about 13:00 local. We start transmitting at 13:00 local on Saturday and operate for 24 hours straight until 13:00 local on Sunday.

Make your plans to be at Winter Field Day 2020!


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, for those of you paying attention, the December 17th issue never happened.

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, except December 24th, and 31st (closed for the Christmas Eve, and New Year’s Eve.) – Norman Red Cross – 1205 Halley Ave, Norman, OK 73069
  • SCARS January Meeting – 1/11/2020 – Norman Firehouse #7 – 2207 Goddard – Norman, OK 73069
  • SCARS January VE Test – 1/2/2020 – 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

Holiday Mailbag

The Doctor answers a number of interesting questions from listeners.

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


Podcast: So Now What? — Menu

Audio Link

16. Navigating the Nets Featuring SATERN volunteer Bill Feist, WB8BZH.

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


ARRL DX Bulletin — Menu

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ARLD050 DX news

ZCZC AE50
QST de W1AW  
DX Bulletin 50  ARLD050
From ARRL Headquarters  
Newington CT  December 19, 2019
To all radio amateurs   

SB DX ARL ARLD050
ARLD050 DX news

This week's bulletin was made possible with information provided by
KD7WPJ, 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.

ROTUMA ISLAND, 3D2.  3D2AG/p is QRV until January 5, 2020.  Activity
is on 160 to 2 meters using CW, SSB, RTTY, JT65 and FT8.  QSL via
3D2AG.

GHANA, 9G.  Ruettger, DL8MEZ is QRV as 9G5RV until December 22 while
on a business trip.  Activity is in his spare time on 20 meters
using SSB and FT8.  QSL via LoTW.

EASTER ISLAND, CE0.  Oleh, KD7WPJ will be QRV as CE0Y/UR5BCP from
Hanga Roa, IOTA SA-001, from December 26 to 31.  Activity will be on
60 to 6 meters using CW, SSB, FT8 and FT4.  QSL to home call.

MOROCCO, CN.  Special event station CN19JIM will be QRV on December
21 and 22 during the Journee Internationale de la Montagne.  QSL via
RW6HS.

FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF GERMANY, DA.  Volker, DL1WH will be QRV from
Borkum, IOTA EU-047, from December 21 to 31.  Activity will be
holiday style on 80 to 10 meters using CW with some SSB.  QSL to
home call.

LIECHTENSTEIN, HB0.  Kasimir, DL2SBY will be QRV as HB0/DL2SBY from
December 21 to 28.  Activity will be on 80 to 10 meters using CW,
SSB and various digital modes.  QSL direct to home call.

ECUADOR, HC.  Antonio, EA5RM is QRV as HC3AGT from Loja.  Activity
is on 40 to 10 meters using SSB and various digital modes.  QSL to
home call.

OGASAWARA, JD1.  Harry, JG7PSJ will be QRV as JD1BMH from December
22 to January 3, 2020.  Activity will be in his spare time on 80 to
10 meters using CW, SSB and RTTY.  QSL to home call.

AUSTRIA, OE.  Members of the Amateur Radio Contest DX Club are QRV
with special call sign 4U1XMAS until December 31 from the station at
the United Nations Vienna International Center.  Activity is on 80,
40, 20 and 15 meters using CW and SSB.  QSL via UA3DX.

ARUBA, P4.  Ben, DL6RAI is QRV as P4/DL6RAI until December 26.
Activity is holiday style on 160 to 10 meters using mostly CW with
some FT8.  QSL to home call.

SURINAME, PZ.  Arie, PA4ARI is QRV as PZ/PA4ARI from Paramaribo
until January 7, 2020.  Activity is on 80, 40 and 20 meters using
SSB, FT8 and FT4.  QSL to home call.

GABON, TR.  Roland, TR8CR has been active on 30 meters using CW
around 2000 and 2200z.  QSL via F6AJA.

CHAD, TT.  Nicolas, F8FQX is QRV as TT8SN from N'Djamena for the
next three to four years.  Activity is on the HF bands and 6 meters.
QSL via DL9USA.

ASIATIC RUSSIA, UA0.  Special event stations R95WURC, R95WBZ,
R95WFT, R95WGK, R95WJV, RW95WJ and RX95WN are active until December
25 to celebrate the 95th anniversary of the UFA Radio Club and the
beginning of amateur radio in the Republic of Bashkortostan.  QSL
via operators' instructions.

SOUTH SUDAN, Z8.  Diya, YI1DZ is QRV as Z81D from Juba for at least
six months.  Activity is on 80 to 10 meters using SSB, FT8 and
possibly FT4.  This includes possibly being active on 60 meters as
well.  QSL via OM3JW.

THIS WEEKEND ON THE RADIO.  The ARRL CW Rookie Roundup, NCCC RTTY
Sprint, QRP 80-Meter CW Fox Hunt, NCCC CW Sprint, AGB-Party Contest,
Russian 160-Meter Contest, Feld Hell Sprint, OK DX RTTY Contest,
Padang DX SSB Contest and the Croatian CW Contest are all on tap for
this upcoming weekend.

The SKCC CW Sprint, CWops Mini-CWT Test and Phone Fray are scheduled
for December 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.

During December look for a number of stations active with the YOTA
suffix for Youngsters On The Air.  QSL via LoTW or direct to M0SDV.

Please see December QST, page 63, and the ARRL and WA7BNM Contest
Web Sites for details.
NNNN
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Amateur Radio Newsline — Menu

– ‘HISTORIC’ DESIGNATION FOR HAMS’ AMERICAN LEGION POST QTH
– SILENT KEY: GEORGE LAURER K4HZE, LEAD DEVELOPER OF UPC BAR CODE
– MOROCCAN AMATEURS HEAD TO THE MOUNTAINS
– ISRAELI STUDENTS’ SATELLITE ENTERS ORBIT
– MISSOURI MIDDLE SCHOOLERS CHAT WITH SPACE STATION
– SSTV OPERATION POSSIBLE FROM SPACE STATION IN LATE DECEMBER
– SERBIAN AMATEUR SHARES PACKET RADIO INSIGHTS IN INDIA
– SWEDISH AGENCIES UNDERTAKE RF POLLUTION STUDY
– FCC SEEKS COMMENTS ON REMOVAL OF AMATEURS FROM 3 GHz BAND
– GRANTS AVAILABLE FOR AUSTRALIAN YLs
– HAMS HELP BRING SANTA TO HOSPITALIZED KIDS
– LISTENING FOR SANTA ON CHRISTMAS EVE
– WORLD OF DX
-‘THE NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS,’ HAM RADIO STYLE

SCRIPT

AUDIO

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


Ham Nation — Menu

Gordo invites you to Quartz Fest, Bob Heil interviews a family of hams: the McElroy’s! Show Us Your Project with Randy, Amateur Radio Newsline with Don, Val and Jim continue Tower Safety Month with part 3 of Jim Idelson’s presentation, Amanda and Jeff at the Last Man Standing Set, and more!

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


73 de Mark N5HZR

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