In This Issue…,
- February Meeting Sat – Digital Modes Using RPi
- Tech / General Class Starts
- W5NOR Awards
- Marathon Communications Signup
- Newsletter News
- Local Hamfests
- Dates To Remember
- Odds and Ends
- SCARS Is On The Web
- Podcast: The Doctor Is In
- Podcast: On The Air
- This Week’s ARRL Letter
- ARRL DX Bulletin
- Podcast: Amateur Radio Newsline
- Podcast: Ham Nation
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 https://w5nor.org/class 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, 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 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 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
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: email@example.com
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: Coping with the Solar Minimum
Originally distributed in September 2016
Podcast: On The Air? — Menu
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.
ARRL Letter — Menu
- ARRL to Argue for Continued Access to 3 GHz Spectrum as FCC Sets Comment Deadlines
- ARRL Expands Its Roster of Online Discussion Groups
- Yukon’s VY1JA Plans to Be Back for 2020 ARRL November Sweepstakes CW
- The K7RA Solar Update
- Just Ahead in Radiosport
- New Amateur Extra-Class Question Pool Released
- HuskySat-1 With VHF/UHF Linear Transponder Set to Deploy Soon
- State QSO Party Challenge Announced
- Iowa State Parks on the Air 2020 Celebrates Centennial of Iowa State Parks
- YOTA Camp 2020 in the Americas Donations Are Being Matched
- Past ARRL Southeastern Division Director H. Dale Strieter, W4QM, SK
- In Brief…
- Upcoming ARRL Section, State, and Division Conventions
ARRL DX Bulletin — Menu
SB DX @ ARL $ARLD005 ARLD005 DX news ZCZC AE05 QST de W1AW DX Bulletin 5 ARLD005 From ARRL Headquarters Newington CT January 30, 2020 To all radio amateurs SB DX ARL ARLD005 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 call. 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 PY2KP. 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 DL4SVA. 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. NNNN /EX
The latest ARRL DX Bulletin is always at the top here — ARRL DX Bulletin
Amateur Radio Newsline — Menu
– HAMS STEP IN TO ASSIST AFTER TURKEY’S EARTHQUAKE
– TURKEY’S QUAKE BELIEVED TO SHAKE UP PROPAGATION FOR NET
– PILOTS ON ALERT DURING U.S. NAVY JAMMING EXERCISE
– DXPEDITIONER RESPONDS TO HAMS WHO ACKNOWLEDGED SON’S DEATH
– HAMS MARK ANNIVERSARY OF LITTLE-KNOWN WORLD WAR TWO BATTLE
– AMATEUR RADIO NEWSLINE CELEBRATES BILL PASTERNAK WA6ITF
– FCC APPROVES PART OF 9 CENTIMETER BAND FOR WIRELESS
– BAVARIAN CONTEST CLUB CHOOSES NEW PRESIDENT
– A DOUBLE CELEBRATION FOR AMATEURS IN POLAND
– SUCCESSFUL FIELD TEST FOR HAMS IN INDIA
– GET READY FOR THE VP8PJ DXPEDITION
– WORLD OF DX
– WHEN YOUR ‘BENCH’ IS OUT IN SPACE
The Amateur Radio Newsline can be found at ARNewsline.org.
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