SCARS News February 4, 2020

February Meeting Sat – Digital Modes Using RPi — Menu

This Saturday, February 8th is the SCARS February meeting. This month Duane Angles AA5KD will be talking to us about using Raspberry Pi computers to provide digital modes for your ham shack.

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 this website.

Tech / General Class Starts — 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. We’re aware of the cold / winter weather that is on the books for Tuesday’s class. Keep yourself safe, and if you can’t make the class, we’ll make sure you get caught up. Send an email to N5HZR@ARRL.NET to keep us informed, and we’ll see you next week if you can’t make it.

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 and we hope to see you there.

W5NOR Awards — Menu

The SCARS club call sign is W5NOR and over the past few decades, we have made thousands of contacts with stations all over the world. The vast majority of these contacts have been made during events like Field Day. Just like our own personal call signs, Peter Laws N5UWY keeps the log of the HF contacts made.

Peter reports that W5NOR has achieved “Worked All States” for the “Mixed WAS” award. This means that we have confirmed contacts on any band, in any mode with at least one station in each of the 50 states. We have qualified for the CW WAS, which means we have a confirmed CW contact with each of the 50 states. And we have qualified for the 20 Meter WAS endorsement, which means that we have a confirmed contact on 20 Meters from each of the 50 states.

From the ‘close, but no cigar’ category, we are only missing the state of Maine for the phone endorsement. Hopefully, we’ll get someone to confirm from Maine soon, so we can gain that endorsement. We’re missing 12 states to obtain the digital endorsement and we only need 8 more states to receive the 80-meter endorsement.

As with all contests and awards, there are lots of rules and regulations. The ARRL WAS award information is available from the ARRL website at this link. The club will accept QSL’s via paper, or eQSL, or our favorite mode of Logbook of The World.

Thanks to all that have made contacts using the club call sign!

Marathon Communications Signup — Menu

The 2020 Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon will be held on the morning of April 26th. This year we need 110 hams to run this event and we currently have 70 signed up. 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 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,

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 If you’re a twitter person, visit us at And, each newsletter announcement is posted on the Facebook group at And, if you like to search this yourself, you can go straight to the newsletter at 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 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 Firehouse #7 – 2207 Goddard 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

SCARS Is On The Web — Menu

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

Audio Link

The Best of the Doctor Is In: Coping with the Solar Minimum

Originally distributed in September 2016

“The Doctor Is In” podcast homepage is available by clicking here.

Podcast: On The Air? — Menu

Audio Link

On The Air – Episode 1

Welcome to ARRL’s newest podcast! The first issue of On the Air magazine has been released and Becky Schoenfeld, W1BXY, provides an overview of what’s inside.Featuring SATERN volunteer Bill Feist, WB8BZH.

The “On The Air” homepage is available by clicking here.

ARRL DX Bulletin — Menu

ARLD005 DX news

QST de W1AW  
DX Bulletin 5  ARLD005
From ARRL Headquarters  
Newington CT  January 30, 2020
To all radio amateurs   

ARLD005 DX news

This week's bulletin was made possible with information provided by
F8DVD, IN3RRX, 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.

TANZANIA, 5H.  A large group of operators will be QRV as 5I5TT from
Zanzibar Island, IOTA AF-032, from February 4 to 18.  Activity will
be on the HF bands using CW, SSB and RTTY with four stations active.
QSL via I2YSB.

GHANA, 9G.  Matteo, IZ4YGS will be QRV as 9G5GS from Sanzule from
February 1 to 26.  Activity will be on 160 to 20 meters using FT8
and SSB.  He also plans some activity on Satellite QO-100.  QSL
direct to home call.

KUWAIT, 9K.  Members of the Kuwait Amateur Radio Society are QRV as
9K59NLD during February to mark Kuwait's National and Liberation
Day.  QSL via 9K2RA.

NAURU, C2.  Look for operators JP2EXR, JH3QFL, JR3GWZ, JA1PFP,
JH3VAA to be QRV as C21MB, C21AA, C21GW, C21PF and C21VA,
respectively, from February 4 to 10.  Activity will be on the HF
bands, and 6 meters and 2 meters EME as well, using primarily FT8
with some CW.  QSL via operators' instructions.

JUAN FERNANDEZ ISLAND, CE0.  Operators Nando, IT9YRE and Mike, K9AJ
will be QRV as CB0Z from February 3 to 5 to activate the new IOTA
reference Alejandro Selkirk Island, IOTA SA-101.  Activity will be
on 40, 30, 20, 17 and 15 meters using CW, SSB and possibly FT8.  QSL
via IT9YRE.

SOUTH COOK ISLANDS, E5.  Don, VE7DS will be QRV as E51DDG from
Rarotonga, IOTA OC-013, from February 2 to 14.  Activity will be on
40, 30, 20 and 17 meters using CW.  QSL to home call.

FRANCE, F.  Francois, F8DVD will be QRV as TM17AAW from February 3
to 17 to celebrate the 17th Antarctic Activity Week.  QSL to home

ITALY, I.  Special event station II3BIA will be QRV from February 1
to 29 during the Biathlon World Championships 2020 being held in
Antholz.  Activity will be on 160, 80, 40, 20, 15 and 10 meters, as
well as 2 meters, and 70 and 23 centimeters, using CW, SSB and
various digital modes.  This includes possible activity on Satellite
QO-100.  QSL via IN3ZWF.

SABA, ST. EUSTATIUS, PJ5.  Chuck, KG9N will be QRV as PJ5/KG9N from
Sint Eustatius, IOTA NA-145, from February 4 to 21.  Activity will
be holiday style on the HF bands.  QSL to home call.

BRAZIL, PY.  Special event station ZW86LABRE will be QRV from
February 1 to March 31 to celebrate the 86th anniversary of the
Brazilian Liga de Amadores Brasileiros de Radio Emissao.  QSL via

FERNANDO DE NORONHA, PY0F.  Andre, PP6ZZ plans to be QRV as PY0FF
from February 5 to 18 while here to rebuild the station.  Activity
will be in his spare time on the HF bands using all modes, including
FT8 and FT4.  This may include a possible entry in the upcoming ARRL
International DX CW contest.  QSL via W9VA.

COCOS ISLAND, TI9.  Jorge, TI2JV, Dmitry, RA9USU, Mats, RM2D and
Andrey, UA3AB will be QRV as TI9A from February 2 to 8.  Activity
will be on 160 to 10 meters using CW, SSB and FT8 with three
stations active.  QSL via UA3DX.

UKRAINE, UR.  Special event station EM30UCC is QRV until the end of
May to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Ukrainian Contest Club.
QSL via bureau.

BELIZE, V3.  Bob, W0YBS will be QRV as V31CO from Caye Caulker, IOTA
NA-073, the first three weeks of May.  Activity will be on the HF
Bands using CW, RTTY and FT8.  QSL to home call.

CANADA, VE.  Alex, VE1RUS and Pierre, VE3TKB will be QRV from the
Eureka Amateur Radio Club Station VY0ERC on Ellesmere Island, IOTA
NA-008, from February 1 to March 28.  Activity will be mostly on 40
and 20 meters using CW, SSB, RTTY and FT8.  QSL via M0OXO.

EL SALVADOR, YS.  A large group of operators are QRV as HU1DL until
February 13.  Activity is on the HF bands, including 60 meters,
using CW, SSB, RTTY and FT8 with three stations active.  QSL via

THIS WEEKEND ON THE RADIO.  The 10-10 International Winter SSB
Contest, Mexico RTTY International Contest, AM Rally, NCCC RTTY
Sprint, QRP 80-Meter CW Fox Hunt, NCCC CW Sprint, Vermont QSO Party,
Black Sea Cup International, F9AA CW Cup, Minnesota QSO Party, FYBO
Winter QRP Sprint, AGCW Straight Key CW Party, British Columbia QSO
Party, FISTS Winter Slow Speed CW Sprint and the North American CW
Sprint will certainly keep contesters busy this upcoming weekend.

The RSGB 80-Meter Club SSB Championship is scheduled for February 3.

The ARS Spartan CW Sprint is scheduled for February 4.
The CWops Mini-CWT Test, UKEICC 80-Meter SSB Contest, QRP 40-Meter
CW Fox Hunt and Phone Fray are scheduled for February 5.

Please see January 2020 QST, page 81, February QST, page 81, and the
ARRL and WA7BNM Contest Web Sites for details.

The latest ARRL DX Bulletin is always at the top hereARRL DX Bulletin

Amateur Radio Newsline — Menu




The Amateur Radio Newsline can be found at

Ham Nation — Menu

2020 AM Rally, Quartzfest, Getting Started with Arduino part 2 Bob Heil talks with WB1GCM, KB3WFV, and WA2QEX about the upcoming AM Rally, Amateur Radio Newsline with Don, Space Weather News with Dr. Tamitha Skov, Quartzfest 2020 reports from Randy and Gordo, Arduino IO Pins on Smoke & Solder with George, Amanda has an announcement about next week’s episode and more!

The last half-dozen or so episodes are linked right here: Ham Nation

73 de Mark N5HZR

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