Winter Field Day This Weekend — Menu
The Winter Field Day Association (WFD) sponsors an Annual Winter Field Day competition. Each year, SCARS participates in these activities and operates emergency radios for 24 hours straight. Each year this is on the fourth full weekend in January. This year, that will be January 25, 2020, through January 26, 2020, at the Red Cross, 1205 Halley Ave, in Norman. Contact any SCARS officer if you’d like to be a part of the fun, or just show up throughout the weekend. More information about the event is available on the WFD website at https://www.winterfieldday.com/ . Each year we set up a number of antennas to let us communicate with the thousands of other Field Day stations. In addition, the contacts are logged, and we compete for bragging rights for the upcoming year.
The plan for 2020 is to operate from the Norman Red Cross building at 1205 Halley Dr, Norman, OK 73069. All are invited and are welcome. Anyone with any interest in amateur radio should plan to stop by. We’ll be operating in class 3I again this year. The number 3 signifies the number of simultaneous transmitters, and the I means that we are working inside. We will be operating a phone/SSB setup, a CW/Morse Code setup and a digital data rig. This year we will operate out of the Red Cross Radio Room, and the Moore Mobile Command Center.
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.
So, if you’re interested in helping before or during the event, please contact any of the following personnel. Contact info for these is either on the SCARS membership roster or on QRZ.com.
- Field Day Chair: Mark N5HZR
- Safety Officer: Chris KE5JZN
- CW Station: Bing NI5G
- SSB Voice Station: Al AE5L
- Digital Modes (PK31, FT8): Randy W6KPR
- Food: Phil KD5UGO, Ron, or David
- License Testing: Peter N5UWY
- Fox Hunt: Phil KD5UGO or Michelle W5MQC
- Anything else: Ed AG5DV or Mark N5HZR firstname.lastname@example.org
See you at Winter Field Day 2020!
Study the questions now, and you can take a free license test at the Field Day site. Pre-register online at w5nor.org/vereg, study for the exams and we will see you Saturday, January 25th at 2:00 pm.
Fox Hunt – aka Transmitter Locator Training
This year we will also be operating a VHF ‘fox-hunt’ event at 4:00 pm. Bring your directional antennas and join the fun. You’ll be able to learn how to perform a transmitter location task and have fun making it happen. No registration required, just show up at 4:00 pm.
Each year SCARS members prepare a bar-be-que dinner for all of the hams, friends of hams, and wanna-be hams. This year the hamburgers, hot dogs, and hot links start at 6:00 pm on Saturday. The club provides buns, burgers, hot dogs, hot links, plates, condiments, and drinks. Make sure you bring a side dish or salad to fill up the rest of the plate. Bring along any special drinks you’d like. If you’d like to get more involved in Amateur Radio, this is a great place to make that happen. There will be plenty of operating stations that you can watch, or actually operate. No license required.
Tech General Class Starts Feb 4 — Menu
Each year SCARS offers a combined Technician / General licensing class to help locals get ready for their Technician and General tests. We typically have people that are new to amateur radio, and some people that have had some experience with our hobby. If you know someone that would like to get involved with amateur radio, this is a good place to bring them.
Our classes start on Tuesday, February 3rd and will run until March 31st. We will take the March 17th week off for Spring Break. Class members will be ready to take our April 2nd license test. Each class will run from 6:30 pm to 9:00 pm and we will meet at the Norman Firehouse Number 7, 2207 Goddard Ave, Norman, OK 73069.
There is no cost for the class, or the licensing test. We will use the ARRL Technician or General training manuals. Feel free to bring your own manuals, or we can obtain books for about $23. While there’s no need to read all of the material before the first class, you will be expected to do some reading outside of the classes to keep up with the material. The classes cover different areas of the material each evening, but we will definitely be able to help you make up any missed sessions.
More information is available at https://w5nor.org/class and we hope to see you there.
Newsletter News — Menu
Yikes, so much to do, so little time. Hopefully you were able to make it through the week without the January 14th issue of the newsletter. Somewhere about Thursday I recognized that the issue never made it out the door. Oh well, better luck this week! 73 – de N5HZR
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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 31st (closed for New Year’s Eve.) – Norman Red Cross – 1205 Halley Ave, Norman, OK 73069
- SCARS February Meeting – 2/8/2020 – 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!
ARRL Letter — Menu
- ARRL On the Air Podcast Premieres January 16
- Leadership Elections to Highlight January 17 – 18 ARRL Annual Board Meeting
- US Air Force Space Fence Nearing Operational Acceptance
- Puerto Rico Earthquake Relief Effort Continues, with Help from Ham Radio
- 2019 ARRL Periodicals Available on DVD and via Download
- The K7RA Solar Update
- Just Ahead in Radiosport
- YOTA Month Reported a Success in the Americas
- Nominations Solicited for Six ARRL Awards
- In Brief…
- Upcoming ARRL Section, State, and Division Conventions
ARRL DX Bulletin — Menu
SB DX @ ARL $ARLD003 ARLD003 DX news ZCZC AE03 QST de W1AW DX Bulletin 3 ARLD003 From ARRL Headquarters Newington CT January 16, 2020 To all radio amateurs SB DX ARL ARLD003 ARLD003 DX news This week's bulletin was made possible with information provided by LU4AAO, 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. SRI LANKA, 4S. Peter, DC0KK is QRV as 4S7KKG until March 30. Activity is on the HF bands using CW and various digital modes. QSL to home call. WEST MALAYSIA, 9M2. Safri Bin, 9M2SAF will be QRV from Pulau Lalang Perak, IOTA AS-072, from January 21 to 27. Activity will be on 160 to 10 meters using CW, SSB and various digital modes. QSL direct to home call. QATAR, A7. Rasto, OM6AA is QRV as A75GR until April 2020. Activity of late has been on 80 meters. QSL via M0OXO. PAKISTAN, AP. Hasant, AP2HA has been active using FT8 on 30 meters between 1300 and 1400z. In addition, he has also been active on 80 meters using FT8 around 0200z. QSL direct to home call. NAURU, C2. Nobu, JA0JHQ is QRV as C21NH until January 18. Activity is on 40 and 20 meters using FT8. QSL to home call. FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF GERMANY, DA. Members of the DARC club of Pulheim are QRV with special event call sign DL40PUL during 2020 to celebrate the club's 40th anniversary. QSL via bureau. GUADELOUPE, FG. Jean-Pierre, F6ITD is QRV as FG/F6ITD from Desirade Island, IOTA NA-102, until March 9. Activity is on the HF bands using SSB and various digital modes. QSL direct to home call. HONDURAS, HR. Dirk, WA4DT will be QRV as WA4DT/HR9 from Roatan Island, IOTA NA-057, from January 18 to February 2. Activity will be on 40 and 30 meters using CW and FT8. QSL direct to home call. ITALY, I. Operators S50X, S51V, S52P, S54W, S56DX, S56N, S57DX and S59A will be QRV as IG9/home calls from Lampedusa, IOTA AF-019, from January 21 to 27. Activity will be on the HF bands. They will be active as IG9/S59A in the upcoming CQ World Wide 160 Meter CW contest. QSL to home calls. ARGENTINA, LU. AMSAT Argentina station LU7AA will be QRV from January 18 to 26 to celebrate the 30th anniversary of Satellite LO-19, or LUSAT. Activity will be on the HF bands using QRS CW, SSB and FT8. QSL direct to LU7AA. WESTERN SAHARA, S0. Station S01WS has been active on 17 meters using CW around 1600z. QSL direct. SOMALIA, T5. Ali, EP3CQ is QRV as 6O1OO from Mogadishu until February 5. Activity is on 160 to 6 meters using CW, SSB and FT8. QSL via operator's instructions. PALAU, T8. Operators JI3DNN, JH3LSS, JA3HJI, JA3IVU, JA3ARJ and JA3AVO are QRV as T88CZ, T88DK, T88DN, T88ED, T88EF and T88MD, respectively, from Koror, IOTA OC-009, until January 23. QSL to home calls. COSTA RICA, TI. Rich, W4GKR is QRV as TI5/W4GKR until February 4. Activity is on 160 to 6 meters using mainly various digital modes and QRS CW. QSL to home call. CANADA, VE. Operators VE3FU, VE9CB and VO1HP will be QRV as VO2AC, VO2AAA and VO1HP/VO2, respectively, from the Lighthouse Point Amour/Labrador from January 20 to 26. They plan to be active as VO2AC in the upcoming CQ World Wide 160 Meter CW contest. QSL to home calls. NORFOLK ISLAND, VK9N. Janusz, SP9FIH is QRV as VK9NK until April 12. Activity is on 160 to 10 meters using SSB, RTTY and FT8. QSL to home call. CHATHAM ISLANDS, ZL7. Chris, ZL7DX is currently QRV on 20 and 6 meters using mostly digital modes. He plans to be active on other bands soon. QSL direct to home call. THIS WEEKEND ON THE RADIO. The ARRL January VHF Contest, NCCC RTTY Sprint, QRP 80-Meter CW Fox Hunt, NCCC CW Sprint, LZ Open CW Contest, PRO Digi Contest, Hungarian DX Contest, RSGB AFS SSB Contest, North American SSB QSO Party, North American Collegiate SSB Championship, WAB 1.8 MHz Phone/CW Contest and Feld Hell Sprint are all on tap for this upcoming weekend. The Run for the Bacon QRP CW Contest is scheduled for January 20. The CWops Mini-CWT CW Test, QRP 40-Meter CW Fox Hunt, Phone Fray and SKCC CW Sprint are scheduled for January 22. 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
– TRAGIC DROWNING HALTS ROTUMA DXPEDITION
– HAMS STEP UP AFTER PHILIPPINE VOLCANO ERUPTS
– AMATEURS HELP IN POST-QUAKE PUERTO RICO
– SILENT KEY: SULTAN QABOOS BIN SAID A41AA
– SILENT KEY: DXER PETER GLASMACHER DK5DC/AA6M
– HAM LOSES BATTLE TO BUILD TOWER OUTSIDE MASSACHUSETTS HOME
– ROOSTING VULTURES CAUSE TROUBLE FOR TEXAS TOWER
– HAMS KEEP WATCHFUL EYE AT INDIA’S GANGA SAGAR MELA
– WALMART GRANT ASSISTS NEW MEXICO HAM CLUB PROJECT
– YOTA STATIONS IN THE AMERICAS COUNT NEARLY 12,500 QSOs
– AURORA BOREALIS A BRIGHT SPOT FOR EYEBALL QSOS
– RADIO SOCIETY PRESENTS FIRST MEMORIAL TROPHY
– WORD OF DX
– HAM IS AT HOME BEING ‘CITIZEN OF THE YEAR’
The Amateur Radio Newsline can be found at ARNewsline.org.
Ham Nation — Menu
Bob Heil talks to Rebecca Carroll, of the St. Louis Winterfest 2020. Relay switches with Bob, Amateur Radio Newsline with Don, Space Weather News with Dr. Tamitha Skov, Show Us Your Project with Randy, a preview of future projects from George, chatroom
The last half-dozen or so episodes are linked right here: Ham Nation
73 de Mark N5HZR