Tech / General Class Next Week — 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 4th 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.
Winter Field Day Recap — Menu
The Winter Field Day Association sponsors an annual on-the-air event to let us amateur radio operators connect to each other in simulated emergency conditions. We started setting up our site at 9:00 am last Saturday, we started transmitting at 1:00 pm and ran three transmitters, a phone, a CW and a digital station for 24 straight hours until 1:00 pm Sunday.
This year over 75 hams helped, operated, and visited over the weekend. These folks ranged from 1 to 85 years old. We offered a free license exam for a half dozen test takers. We gained two new Technicians, and upgraded two techs to General over the weekend. Additionally, Phil KD5UGO and Michelle W5MQC arranged for another hidden transmitter, or “fox hunt” event. This year the transmitter was hidden among other weather transmitting gear to make it even more tricky to locate.
We are still hammering out the details, but it appears that we contacted over 900 stations during the 24 hour period. We made contact with 48 states, all except Arkansas and Kansas. We contacted 6 Canadian provinces, Japan, and Belize.
The phone station was housed inside the Norman Red Cross building and used the 20/40/80 meter fan dipole mounted over the building at about 30′. This station made over 200 contacts in the 24 hours of operation.
Bing NI5G rounded up a great crew of CW operators that included Bill N5AQ, Kim N5OP, Jeff WD0GTY, Bing NI5G and more. These guys were able to make over 500 contacts using their 20/40/80 fan dipole. This year Bill N5AQ built a new dipole and it was strung from the air mast on the City of Moore’s mobile command post, brought by Gayland WX5MOR. This antenna stretched north of the site, about 20 degrees west of north. Thomas KI5AIF showed up with a new tilt up tower trailer. His custom built rig is capable of putting a wire 42′ in the air. He finished it in the nick of time, and the paint was barely dry. We quickly put that rig to good use by holding up the north end of the CW dipole. We used some fiberglass and aluminum 4′ poles to build the center post about 30 feet off the ground.
Randy W6KPR brought the digital system and operated from a Tilted, Terminated Folded Dipole (T2FD) antenna that stretched from the air mast of the command center to a mast about 200 feet east of the rig. This antenna allows continuous operation throughout the ham bands. The setup shown above allowed for over 100 contacts on the 20, 40 and 80 bands. Typical digital operations use the FT8 protocol, however the Winter Field Day rules stipulate the less popular JS8CALL protocol.
It seems like the food stations are always the most popular. While food may seem like a luxury, however, during an actual emergency operation, keeping the crew fed will allow the team to support a long duration event. Practicing the efforts required to make dinner is part of the activity.
Phil KD5UGO, and Ron K5RJL provided lunch and dinner for the group on Saturday. Lunch was a set of ham and turkey sandwiches that the crew could grab and continue their efforts through the lunch setup. Dinner was hamburgers, hot dogs, and hotlinks, plus all of the fixins.
Sunday breakfast was again crafted by Chef David KD5ZLG. Almost 5 dozen eggs, sausage, peppers, onions, cheese, biscuits and gravy kept everyone happy. Special orders didn’t upset the works, omelettes were made to order.
In total, over 70 meals were served to very happy operators.
The breakfast must have motivated the team, because even though all three stations operated right up to the 1:00 deadline; all antennas, equipment, and vehicles were disassembled and ready to roll in only 40 minutes.
Each year these events bring SCARS members together to connect to hundreds of other stations across the country, to simulate emergency operations. These drills help us work with a number of local emergency groups, including the American Red Cross, Norman Emergency Management, Cleveland County ARES, Moore Emergency Management, Cleveland County Health Department, and more.
So, Winter Field Day 2020 is in the books, and the planning has already started for Summer Field Day 2020. Make plans for June 27/28!
Memorial Marathon Signup — Menu
The 2020 Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon will be held on the morning of April 26th. While that seems like it’s a lifetime away, the volunteer signup page is up and running now. If you haven’t had the chance to work this this event, you really should give it a try. This year the OKC amateur radio community needs to supply operators to help with the communications in all of these locations:
- shadowing the race director at the Start and Finish lines
- operators at each of 4 relay locations
- at each of 19 medical tents on the course
- net control operators
- SAG vehicles
- water and ice trucks
- the incident command trailer
- in the MASH medical tent at the finish line
- in the lead vehicle for the full and half marathons
- tail-end Charlie following the last runner
- operators at the “kids corral” at the end of the kids’ race
- radio observers along the “last mile”
- operators at the Regional Emergency Operations Center in OKC
- running in the race
- and any other assignments that may be needed.
Volunteer registration is online, and you can sign up today. Be a part of this amateur radio community event. Please be sure to use PSC2020 as your registration code. This will assign you to the Public Services Communications team.
Race day usually begins at about 0600 with an on-site check-in and most operators should be released by 1400. It is a very rewarding experience, to see and assist runners from all over the world.
More information is available on the SCARS Marathon page, https://w5nor.org/marathon.
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 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!
Podcast: The Doctor Is In — Menu
The Best of the Doctor Is In: Are Linear Amplifiers Really Worthwhile?
ARRL Letter — Menu
- Barry Shelley, N1VXY, is ARRL Interim CEO
- ARES Volunteers Establish “Plan B” Communication Network in Puerto Rico
- Massachusetts Club Offers Support to Arecibo Observatory Following Earthquakes
- New Book from ARRL: Amateur Radio Contesting for Beginners
- The K7RA Solar Update
- Just Ahead in Radiosport
- IARU Region 1 Youngsters On The Air Summer Camp 2020 Will Be in Croatia
- AMSAT: GOLF-TEE Initiative Meets Major Milestone
- ITU Development Sector Publication Highlights Amateur Radio’s Role in Emergency Communication
- ARISS Opens Window for ISS Ham Radio Contact Proposals on February 1
- In Brief…
- Upcoming ARRL Section, State, and Division Conventions
ARRL DX Bulletin — Menu
SB DX @ ARL $ARLD004 ARLD004 DX news ZCZC AE04 QST de W1AW DX Bulletin 4 ARLD004 From ARRL Headquarters Newington CT January 23, 2020 To all radio amateurs SB DX ARL ARLD004 ARLD004 DX news This week's bulletin was made possible with information provided by VE3FU, W2GD, 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. GEORGIA, 4L. Mamuka, 4L2M will be QRV as a Single Op/High Power entry in the CQ World Wide 160 Meter CW contest. QSL via EA7FTR. ISRAEL, 4X. A group of operators will be QRV as 4X2M in the CQ World Wide 160 Meter CW contest. QSL via 4X4DZ. THE GAMBIA, C5. Russell, G5XW will be QRV as C5XW beginning January 28 for 10 days. Activity will be holiday style on 40 to 17 meters using CW and SSB. QSL to home call. BAHAMAS, C6. Harmon, WB4OMG will be QRV as C6AEI from Grand Bahama Island, IOTA NA-080, in the CQ World Wide 160 Meter CW contest. QSL to home call. CUBA, CO. Members of the DX Group of Cuba are QRV with special event call sign T40DXXE until the end of January to celebrate the 15th anniversary of the Mexican DXXE Group. Activity is on the HF bands using CW, SSB and FT8. QSL direct to CO8ZZ. REUNION ISLAND, FR. Roland, F8EN will be QRV as FR/F8EN from January 25 to March 19. Activity will be mostly on 30 and 20 meters using CW. QSL via F6AJA. ITALY, I. Operators S50X, S51V, S52P, S54W, S56DX, S56N, S57DX and S59A are QRV as IG9/home calls from Lampedusa, IOTA AF-019, until January 27. Activity is on the HF bands. They will be active as IG9/S59A in the CQ World Wide 160 Meter CW contest. QSL to home calls. CZECH REPUBLIC, OK. A group of operators are QRV with special event call sign OL725PLZ during 2020 to commemorate the founding of Plzen 725 years ago. QSL direct to OK1DRQ. CURACAO, PJ2. Jeff, K8ND and Jim, W8WTS are QRV as PJ2ND and PJ2/W8WTS, respectively, until February 3. They will be active as PJ2T in the CQ World Wide 160 Meter CW contest. QSL to home calls and PJ2T via W3HNK. ARUBA, P4. Mat, DL4MM is QRV as P4/DL4MM using CW and SSB, and as P40AA using various digital modes on the HF bands until January 29. He will be a Single Op entry in the CQ World Wide 160 Meter CW contest. QSL to home call. TURKEY, TA. A large group of operators will be QRV as TC0X from Bozcaada Island, IOTA AS-099, in the CQ World Wide 160 Meter CW contest. QSL via HG5DX. EUROPEAN RUSSIA, UA. A group of operators will be QRV as UA7K from Kerch in the CQ World Wide 160 Meter CW contest as a Multi/Single entry. QSL via LoTW. CANADA, VE. Operators Chris, VE3FU, Dave, VE9CB and Frank, VO1HP are QRV as VO2AC, VO2AAA and VO1HP/VO2, respectively, from the Point Amour Lighthouse on Labrador until January 26. Activity is on 160, 80, 60 and 40 meters, using CW and FT8, including FM on various Satellites from Grid Square GO11. They will be active as VO2AC in the CQ World Wide 160 Meter CW contest. QSL to home calls. MEXICO, XE. Members of the DXXE group are QRV with special event callsign 4A15DXXE during 2020 to celebrate the group's 15th anniversary. QSL via LoTW. INDONESIA, YB. Members of the Grobex Team Contest Indonesia plan to be QRV as 7A2A from Zone 28 in the CQ World Wide 160 Meter CW contest. QSL via LoTW. CAYMAN ISLANDS, ZF. Stan, K5GO will be QRV as ZF5T from Brac Island, IOTA NA-016, during the CQ World Wide 160 Meter CW contest. QSL via LoTW. PARAGUAY, ZP. Manu, ZP9MCE will be QRV in the CQ World Wide 160 Meter CW contest. QSL via LoTW. SOUTH AFRICA, ZS. Special event station ZS95SARL is QRV during all of 2020 to celebrate the 95th anniversary of the founding of the South African Radio League. Activity is on the HF, V/UHF bands and Satellites. QSL via bureau. THIS WEEKEND ON THE RADIO. The CQ World Wide 160-Meter CW Contest, Winter Field Day, NCCC RTTY Sprint, QRP 80-Meter CW Fox Hunt, NCCC CW Sprint, Malaysia DX SSB Contest, REF CW Contest, BARTG RTTY Sprint and UBA DX SSB Contest will certainly keep contesters busy this upcoming weekend. The QCX CW Challenge is scheduled for January 27. The CWops Mini-CWT Test, UKEICC 80-Meter CW Contest, Phone Fray and QRP 40-Meter CW Fox Hunt are scheduled for January 29. 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
– ARRL VOTE OUSTS CEO HOWARD MICHEL WB2ITX
– U.S. MILITARY REPORTEDLY SCAMMED BY ANTENNA DEAL
– YEAR-LONG EVENT CELEBRATES THE DAWN OF SDR
– RADIO GETS READY FOR ANNUAL AM RALLY
– GERMAN AMATEURS GRANTED ACCESS TO 4 METRE FREQUENCIES
– NETS OF NOTE: THE HAM STRINGS NET
– AUSTRALIA CELEBRATES OSCAR 5’S 50th ANNIVERSARY
– YOUTH CAMP GETS MATCHING DONATIONS
– FRIENDS HELP FULFILL DREAM HELD BY A SILENT KEY
– TIGHTER SECURITY SURROUNDS SWEDISH LICENSES
– WORLD OF DX
– DIVING DEEP FOR ‘THE WORLD’S MOST FAMOUS RADIO’
The Amateur Radio Newsline can be found at ARNewsline.org.
Ham Nation — Menu
Bob’s $3 speaker wire antenna and shack in progress, Bryant Rascoll KG5HVO and Neil Rapp WB9VPG on the success of Youth on the Air Month in December, Amateur Radio Newsline with Don, Solar Storm Forecast with Dr. Tamitha Skov, Val is back from her cruise with a bridge tour and operating from the Grand Cayman, getting started with Arduino programming with George, your questions with Amanda and more!
The last half-dozen or so episodes are linked right here: Ham Nation
73 de Mark N5HZR