SCARS News March 10, 2020

Meeting Saturday — Menu

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.

Elk City Hamfest

Last weekend was the first local Hamfest of the year, in Elk City, OK. A handful of SCARS members made the trip out west to start the season. About 75 hams were in attendance even though there was a last-minute venue change from the Clarion Hotel to a building called “The Gathering”, just a mile away. There were about a dozen tables showing all kinds of gear.

Oklahoma Section Manager Kevin Odell N0IRW spoke to the group to provide an ARRL update on happenings at HQ. Their current major process is to obtain a CEO for the organization. Your next chance to hear from Kevin will be at the Green Country Hamfest, in April. Mark Kleine N5HZR presented a session on kit building, talking about his tape measure yagi antennas and the loaded pixie kit. There was a lot of interest in building these kits and the majority of the new kits were going to be built as group projects with kids and grandkids.

All in all, it was well worth the drive and congrats to the group that pulled this together.

Marathon Signup — Menu

Marathon Medical Tent

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 75 signed up. 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.

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
3/6/2021 | Elk City Hamfest | Location: Elk City, 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 Firehouse #7 – 2207 Goddard Ave, Norman, OK 73069
  • SCARS March Meeting – 3/14/2020 – Norman Firehouse #7 – 2207 Goddard – Norman, OK 73069
  • SCARS March License Test – 4/2/2020 – Norman Firehouse #7 – 2207 Goddard – Norman, OK 73069
  • SCARS Technician / General License Class – 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.

ARRL DX Bulletin — Menu

ARLD010 DX news

QST de W1AW  
DX Bulletin 10  ARLD010
From ARRL Headquarters  
Newington CT  March 5, 2020
To all radio amateurs   

ARLD010 DX news

This week's bulletin was made possible with information provided by
JA1GZV, LU5AG, PP2BT, 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.

RODRIGUES ISLAND, 3B9.  David, F8AAN will be QRV as 3B9AN from March
9 to 18.  Activity will be holiday style during his night time hours
on 80 to 17 meters.  QSL direct to home call.
ZAMBIA, 9J.  A group of operators are QRV as 9J2LA until March 15.
Activity is on 160 to 6 meters using CW, SSB and various digital
modes.  QSL via M0OXO.

KYRGYZSTAN, EX.  Yuri, R2DY, Pavel, R2DX and Eugene, RW3FB are QRV
as EX0QR from the south bank of Issyk-Kul Lake until March 17.
Activity is on 160 to 10 meters using CW, SSB and various digital
modes.  QSL via R2DX.
NEW CALEDONIA, FK.  Moto, JA1GZV will be QRV as TX8A from Noumea,
IOTA OC-032, from March 10 to 18.  Activity will be on 40, 30, 20
and 17 meters.  QSL direct to home call.

ST. MARTIN, FS.  A group of operators will be QRV as TO0A in the
ARRL International DX SSB contest.  QSL via LoTW.

JERSEY, GJ.  A group of operators will be QRV as MH0ESP from March 8
to 20.  QSL via SP1EG.
VATICAN, HV.  Francesco, IK0FVC will be QRV as HV0A in the ARRL
International DX SSB contest.  QSL via IK0FVC or LoTW.

ST. LUCIA, J6.  Steven, NY3B is QRV as J68SS until March 11.
Activity is on all HF bands.  This includes being a Multi/Single
entry in the ARRL International DX SSB contest.  QSL via LoTW.

ARGENTINA, LU.  Members of Radio Club QRM Belgrano will be QRV as
LU4AAO on March 7 and 8 to celebrate International Women's Day.
Activity will be on 80, 40 and 20 meters, and VHF bands, using SSB,
FM, SSTV and FT8.  QSL direct to LU4AAO.

ARUBA, P4.  John, KK9A is QRV as P40A until March 8.  Activity is on
160 to 10 meters using CW and SSB.  This includes being an entry in
the ARRL International DX SSB contest.  QSL via WD9DZV.

FERNANDO DE NORONHA, PY0.  Stephano, PT2IC will be QRV as PY0F as a
Single Op/Single Band/High Power entry in the ARRL International DX
SSB contest.  QSL direct to PY7RP.

SOMALIA, T5.  Ali, EP3CQ is QRV as 6O1OO from Mogadishu until March
25.  Activity is on 160 to 6 meters, with an emphasis on 60 meters,
using CW, SSB and FT8.  QSL direct to home call.

EAST KIRIBATI, T32.  Ken, KH6QJ is QRV as T32AZ from Christmas
Island, IOTA OC-024, until March 11.  Activity is on the HF bands,
mainly on 80 meters, using SSB.  This includes being an entry in the
ARRL International DX SSB contest.  QSL to home call.

EUROPEAN RUSSIA, UA.  Special event station R100FA is QRV until
March 25 to mark the 100th birthday of the Russian writer Fyodor
Abramov.  QSL via RN1ON.
ANTIGUA AND BARBUDA, V2.  Flavio, IW2NEF is QRV as V26FP from Jolly
Harbour, Antigua, IOTA NA-100, until March 13.  Activity is on 40 to
10 meters using SSB and FT8.  QSL direct to IK2DUW.

ST. KITTS AND NEVIS, V4.  Matt, K0BBC and Paul, W6PNG are QRV as
V4/home calls from St. Kitts, IOTA NA-104, until March 11.  Activity
is on 80 to 6 meters using SSB and FT8.  This includes being active
as V47P in the ARRL International DX SSB contest.  QSL via LoTW and
V4/K0BBC via M0OXO.

BRUNEI, V8.  Operator JO1RUR will be QRV as V85RH in the ARRL
International DX SSB contest as a Single Op/All Band/High Power
entry.  QSL via LoTW.

VIET NAM, XV.  Sven, HB9DXB will be QRV as XV9DXB from Nha Trang
beginning March 10.  QSL via EB7DX.
CAYMAN ISLANDS, ZF.  Joel, NF3R is QRV as ZF2RJ until March 10.
Activity is on the HF bands.  This includes being an entry in the
ARRL International DX SSB contest.  QSL via LoTW.
THIS WEEKEND ON THE RADIO.  The ARRL International DX SSB Contest,
NCCC RTTY Sprint, QRP 80-Meter CW Fox Hunt, NCCC CW Sprint, Novice
Rig Roundup, Wake-Up.  QRP CW Sprint, SKCC Weekend CW Sprintathon,
Open Ukraine RTTY Championship, UBA Spring CW Contest and the WAB
3.5 MHz Phone/CW will certainly keep contesters busy this upcoming

The 4 States QRP Group Second Sunday Sprint is scheduled for March

The CWops Mini-CWT Test, RSGB 80-Meter Club CW Championship, AWA
John Rollins Memorial DX CW Contest, QRP 40-Meter CW Fox Hunt and
Phone Fray are all scheduled for March 11.

Please see March QST, page 79, 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

Amateur Television Network, a cheap wire trick, Hamvention 2020 Awards Winners

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

73 de Mark N5HZR

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