In This Issue…,
- CQ Christmas Cheer
- December Meeting Wrapup
- Tech / General Classes Coming
- Winter Field Day
- Newsletter News
- Local Hamfests
- Dates To Remember
- Odds and Ends
- SCARS Is On The Web
- Podcast: The Doctor Is In
- Podcast: So Now What?
- This Week’s ARRL Letter
- ARRL DX Bulletin
- Podcast: Amateur Radio Newsline
- Podcast: Ham Nation
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 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 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
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
The Doctor answers a number of interesting questions from listeners.
Podcast: So Now What? — Menu
16. Navigating the Nets Featuring SATERN volunteer Bill Feist, WB8BZH.
ARRL Letter — Menu
- ARRL Reshapes Podcast Offerings for 2020
- FCC Formally Adopts Proposals to Remove Amateur 3 GHz Band, Invites Comments
- FCC Proposes Largest-Ever Fine for Unlicensed Broadcasting
- The Doctor Will See You Now!
- AztechSat-1 CubeSat to Demonstrate Intra-Satellite Communication
- The K7RA Solar Update
- Just Ahead in Radiosport
- Volunteers Celebrate 98th Anniversary of ARRL Transatlantic Tests at W1AW
- NTIA Spectrum Manager Stephen Veader, N4DXS, SK
- Bar Code Lead Developer George Laurer, K4HZE, SK
- In Brief…
- Getting It Right!
- Upcoming ARRL Section, State, and Division Conventions
ARRL DX Bulletin — Menu
SB DX @ ARL $ARLD050 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 /EX
The latest ARRL DX Bulletin is always at the top here — ARRL DX Bulletin
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
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