In This Issue…,
- Pre-Meeting Issue: MFJ’s RigPi Radio Remote
- Tech / General Class – Tell Your Friends
- Winter Field Day 2020
- W5TC celebrates OU’s Final Four
- 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
Pre-Meeting Issue: RigPi Radio Remote — Menu
This Saturday, January 11th is the SCARS January meeting. This month Dave Downing WD5G will be talking to us about the MFG-1234 RigPi Remote Station Server. This little beauty allows you to connect and control almost any radio remotely with your iPhone, Android, iPad and PC/Laptop/Desktop.
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. Firehouse #7 is 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 the website.
Tech / General Class — 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 2020 — 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. Lunch for the setup crew will be at noon on Saturday, come take your license test at 2:00 pm, the VHF fox hunt will happen at 4:00 pm, and dinner is served at 6:00 pm. See you there!
Make your plans to be at Winter Field Day 2020!
W5TC Celebrates OU’s Final Four — Menu
The four collegiate radio clubs for Louisiana State University (K5LSU), Ohio State University (W8LT), Clemson University (WD4EOG), and University of Oklahoma (W5TC) were on the air on December 28th prior to the start the Collegiate Bowl Semifinal Games. All amateur stations were welcome to contact the stations. Each college station will provide a QSL card. Any amateur station contacting all 4 club stations will receive a certificate.
The OU Student Amateur Radio club was on-the-air from Kim Elmore N5OP’s house and the National Weather Center for a limited schedule. They were able to make about 33 contacts before lightning shut them down. Take a listen to the Amateur Radio Newsline story listed below and you’ll hear the entire story.
Congrats, W5TC crew!
Newsletter News — Menu
So, for those of you that were ‘up-to-speed’ on last weeks newsletter you found that Mark hit the PM button on the publishing time. Sorry, you had to wait an extra 12 hours to get the newsletter.
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 – Norman Red Cross – 1205 Halley Ave, Norman, OK 73069
- SCARS January Meeting – 1/11/2020 – Norman Firehouse #7 – 2207 Goddard – Norman, OK 73069
- SCARS February License Test – 2/6/2020 – 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
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 Best of The Doctor is In: Does CW Get Through When Nothing Else Can?
Originally distributed in April 2016.
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 $ARLD001 ARLD001 DX news ZCZC AE01 QST de W1AW DX Bulletin 1 ARLD001 From ARRL Headquarters Newington CT January 2, 2020 To all radio amateurs SB DX ARL ARLD001 ARLD001 DX news This week's bulletin was made possible with information provided by KM3T, 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. FIJI, 3D2. Darren, VK4MAP is QRV as 3D2DJ from Viti Levu, IOTA OC-016, until January 15. Activity is on 80 to 10 meters using SSB. QSL to home call. MALDIVES, 8Q. Sergey, RX3AMY is QRV as 8Q7BS from Mahibadhoo and Maafushi Islands, IOTA AS-013, until January 23. Activity is holiday style on 40 and 20 meters using SSB and some CW. QSL to home call. THE GAMBIA, C5. Przemo, SP3PS is QRV as C5SP until January 17. Activity is in his spare time on 40 to 6 meters using SSB, FT8 and FT4. QSL direct to home call. CAPE VERDE, D4. Egil, TF3EO is QRV as D44KF from Sal Island, IOTA AF-086, until January 9. Activity is on the HF bands using mostly CW and some SSB. QSL via LoTW. FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF GERMANY, DA. Special event stations DF70DARC and DP70DARC are QRV during all of 2020 to celebrate the 70th anniversary of DARC. QSL via DK5DC. PALESTINE, E4. Vasily, R7AL, Vasily, RA1ZZ, Leo, RW9JZ and Nick, R5EC will be QRV as E44RU from a location near Jericho from January 6 to 12. Activity will be on the HF bands using CW, SSB and various digital modes with four stations active. QSL to R7AL. KYRGYZSTAN, EX. Andrea, HB9DUR is QRV as EX0DX from Bishkek until January 11. Activity is on the HF bands. QSL to home call. SWITZERLAND, HB. Special event stations HB40HTC and HB40HC are QRV during 2020 to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Helvetia Telegraphy Club. QSL via bureau. COLOMBIA, HK. Members of the Liga Radioaficionados Manizales are QRV with special event station 5K6RM until January 14 to celebrate the Manizales Fair. Activity is on the HF bands using CW, SSB and various digital modes. QSL to HK3RM. ST. LUCIA, J6. John, AI6LY will be QRV as J6/AI6LY from January 4 to 11. Activity will be on the HF bands using SSB and various digital modes. QSL to home call. NETHERLANDS, PA. Special event station PA75VERON is QRV during all of 2020 to celebrate the 75th anniversary of VERON. Activity is on 40 to 10 meters using FT8, and 2 meters and 70 centimeters using SSB and FM. QSL via LoTW. SEYCHELLES, S7. Andy, HB9JOE is QRV as S79JOE. Activity is on the HF bands using CW, HF and FT8. QSL via LoTW. PALAU, T8. Kazuyoshi, JH6WDG will be QRV as T88AQ from Koror Island, IOTA OC-009, from January 7 to 13. Activity is on 160 to 6 meters using CW, SSB and FT8. QSL to home call. EUROPEAN RUSSIA, UA. Members of the Russian Robinson Club are QRV as special event station R200ANT until March 31 to commemorate the discovery of Antarctica 200 years ago. QSL via RZ3EC. ST. KITTS AND NEVIS, V4. Fred, WB4M will be QRV as V4/WB4M from St. Kitts, IOTA NA-104, from January 5 to 11. Activity will be on the HF bands. QSL via LoTW. TURKS AND CAICOS, VP5. Dave, KM3T will be QRV as VP5/KM3T from January 7 to 14. Activity will be holiday style on 160 to 10 meters using mostly CW and possibly FT8. This includes being an entry in the upcoming North American CW QSO Party. QSL via LoTW. SOUTH SUDAN, Z8. Sigfrido has been QRV as Z81S/p from Abyei. QSL via operator's instructions. 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 IQRP Quarterly Marathon runs from January 6 to 12. The ARS Spartan Sprint is scheduled for January 7. The CWops Mini-CWT Test, AWA Linc Cundall Memorial CW Contest, Phone Fray and QRP 40-Meter CW Fox Hunt are scheduled for January 8. Please see January 2020 QST, page 81, 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
– AS AUSTRALIA’S BUSH FIRES INTENSIFY, HAMS RAMP UP EFFORTS
– HAMS REUNITE MENTALLY DISABLED MAN WITH FAMILY
– NEWSLINE’S YOUNG HAM OF THE YEAR CHOSEN FOR MLK JR. AWARD
– INDIA PREPARES TO LAUNCH STUDENT-BUILT MINI-SATELLITE
– TROPO CREDITED FOR NEW UHF WORLD RECORD FROM SCOTLAND
– SILENT KEY: WALTER WENZEL KA2RGI
– IARU GAINS NEW EMCOMM COORDINATOR IN NETHERLANDS
– COMMUNITY SCIENCE PROJECT BUILDS BACKYARD RADIO TELESCOPES
– NONPROFIT GROUP THAT DISTRIBUTED RADIOS SET TO CLOSE
– TEST-TAKERS SCORE BIG ON AMATEUR RADIO EXAM IN CUBA
– WORLD OF DX
– COLLEGIATE FOOTBALL SCORES A BIG INSPIRATION FOR RADIO
The Amateur Radio Newsline can be found at ARNewsline.org.
73 de Mark N5HZR