Christmas Eve at Honor Roll Ranch — Menu
Here’s a blast from the past. In the 1980’s, Jack Bickham KU5B wrote a continuing story line in the Central Oklahoma Radio Amateur newsletter, titled the Collector and Emitter. You can still see this story line on the web at https://w5nor.org/qrzedd. This story line was about a fictional character Q.R. Zedd, who was loosely based on our own Gordon Jones W5OU.
In December 1986, Jack posted his Christmas Eve story from Honor Roll Ranch, and we’ve included it here, as it printed back then.
Elmer Night Schedule — Menu
Elmer Night will suspend for 12/31/2019, and we’ll resume on 1/7/2020 at the Red Cross. See you there.
Winter Field Day is Coming — 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, 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 firstname.lastname@example.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 31st (closed for 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 License Test – 1/2/2020 – Norman Firehouse #7 – 2207 Goddard – Norman, OK 73069
- SCARS Technician / General License Class – 2/4/2020 – Tuesday night’s until March 31 – 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
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
To Our Readers: This is the final edition of The ARRL Letter for 2019. The newsletter will be on a holiday hiatus until January 9, 2020. ARRL Audio News will be on break until January 10, 2020. ARRL Headquarters will be closed on December 25 and on January 1, and there will be no W1AW bulletin or code practice transmissions on those days. A reminder that Straight Key Night (SKN) is January 1, 2020 (UTC) — starting on New Year’s Eve in North American time zones. We wish everyone a safe and enjoyable holiday season.
ARRL DX Bulletin — Menu
SB DX @ ARL $ARLD051 ARLD051 DX news ZCZC AE51 QST de W1AW DX Bulletin 51 ARLD051 From ARRL Headquarters Newington CT December 26, 2019 To all radio amateurs SB DX ARL ARLD051 ARLD051 DX news This week's bulletin was made possible with information provided by UR5BCP, 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. In celebration of the 60th anniversary of the proclamation of the Republic of Cyprus, all members of the Cyprus Amateur Radio Society will replace their current prefix with 5B60 from January 1, 2020 to December 31, 2020. ALGERIA, 7X. A large group of operators will be QRV as 7X7T from Bejaia from December 28 to January 20, 2020. Activity will be on the HF bands using CW, SSB and FT8. QSL via 7X2RO. MALDIVES, 8Q. Sergey, RX3AMY will be QRV as 8Q7BS from Mahibadhoo and Maafushi Islands, IOTA AS-013, from January 3 to 23, 2020. Activity will be holiday style mainly on 40 and 20 meters using SSB, and possibly CW. QSL to home call. THE GAMBIA, C5. Przemyslaw, SP3PS is QRV as C5SP until January 17, 2020. Activity is on the HF bands, with a preference of 20 meters, using SSB, FT8 and FT4. QSL to home call. EASTER ISLAND, CE0. Oleh, UR5BCP will be QRV as CE0Y/UR5BCP from December 28 to 31. Activity will be on 60 to 6 meters using CW, SSB, FT8 and FT4. QSL via KD7WPJ. CUBA, CO. Members of the Radio Club of Caibarien will be QRV as T46W from December 29 to 31 to commemorates the centennial of the first transmission of Cuba's radio pioneer Manuel Antonio Alvarez. Activity will be on 80 to 10 meters using CW, SSB and FT8. QSL via LoTW. FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF GERMANY, DA. Special event station DL30GER will be QRV from December 31, 2019 to December 31, 2020 to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the German reunification process. QSL via bureau. SWITZERLAND, HB. Special event station HE2JOJ will be QRV from January 1 to 31, 2020, to mark the 3rd edition of the Winter Youth Olympic Games. QSL via HB9HI. ANTARCTICA. Chris, W2RTO is QRV as KC4/W2RTO and KC4USV from the McMurdo Station, IOTA AN-011, until February 21, 2020. Activity is on the HF bands using SSB, FT8 and some PSK31. QSL via K7MT. BRAZIL, PY. Members of the UBRO DX Team are QRV as ZZ1R from Rats Island, IOTA SA-029, until December 29. Activity is on 80 to 10 meters using CW, SSB, FT8 and FT4. QSL via PY2AE. ICELAND, TF. Col, MM0NDX and Jonathan, MM0OKG will be QRV as TF/OJ0Y and TF/MM0OKG, respectively, from December 31 to January 2, 2020. Activity will be on 80 to 10 meters, and possibly 160 and 60 meters, using CW, SSB and FT8. QSL TF/OJ0Y via EB7DX and TF/MM0OKG via LoTW. 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 Stew Perry Topband CW Challenge, NCCC RTTY Sprint, NCCC CW Sprint, RAC Winter Contest, Gedebage CW Contest, Original QRP CW Contest and RAEM CW Contest are all on tap for this weekend. The QCX CW Challenge is scheduled for December 30. The Bogor Old and New SSB Contest is scheduled for December 31. ARRL Straight Key Night is scheduled for January 1, 2020. The QRP ARCI New Years CW Sprint, UKEICC 80-Meter CW Contest, CWops Mini-CWT Test, AGCW VHF/UHF Contest, SARTG New Year RTTY Contest, AGCW Happy New Year CW Contest, Phone Fray, QRP 40-Meter CW Fox Hunt and AGB New Year Snowball Contest are all scheduled for January 1, 2020. 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, January 2020 QST, page 81, and the ARRL and WA7BNM Contest Web Sites for details. NNNN /EX
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Amateur Radio Newsline — Menu
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– NEIGHBORS TRY TO BLOCK AMATEUR’S TOWER IN MASSACHUSETTS
– VIRGINIA AMATEUR PAYS TRIBUTE TO FIRST HOLIDAY CONCERT
– SOUTH AFRICAN SYMPOSIUM NEEDS PRESENTERS’ PAPERS
– START THE NEW YEAR WITH AMSAT’S CW ACTIVITY DAY
– BOOK ABOUT ANTARCTICA BY UKRAINIAN HAM BREAKS THE ICE
– WORLD OF DX
– ONE HAM’S MAKER MOVEMENT PROJECT: A FILM SET IN CUBA
The Amateur Radio Newsline can be found at ARNewsline.org.
73 de Mark N5HZR