SCARS News March 17, 2020

SCARS is on Ham Nation — Menu

An email from Bob Heil K9EID always gets my attention, however, this one was really special. That message is as follows:

"Just read where the club will be awarded THE club of the year at HamVention. I would be honored to have you join us on a Ham Nation broadcast to let the world know how you keep all of this going. Just a great club and marvelous activities. My kind of club!!"

A couple of Skype calls later and we were “On The Air”. The entire show is linked below, as always, at the bottom of this message, but in the setup calls, he commended the club on all of the activities that we had up and running. If you’ve not heard Bob talk before, his passion is to help people get their license, and then get on-the-air. He had even committed to join us at last Saturday’s SCARS meeting to send his best wishes to the group. Either way, he sends his bests to the entire group and we’ll work to get him connected at a future meeting. It was lots of fun and it was so neat to get the additional exposure for the club.

Cancellations — Menu

What a difference a week makes. SCARS canceled the March 14th meeting and the list of amateur radio related closings is getting long.

The City of Norman has also restricted the activity in their facilities which means that until further notice we will not be able to continue our technician / general class, Elmer Nights, or the monthly license test sessions. The City of Norman is under of State of Emergency that limits activities until April 3rd. At that time this process may be extended.

The current list of canceled amateur radio activities includes:

  • SCARS March meeting was canceled.
  • SCARS Technician / General class is canceled.
  • SCARS Elmer Night is canceled.
  • SCARS Monthly License Tests have been canceled.
  • Aeronautical club canceled their March meeting, and probably the April meeting.
  • The 4 States QRP group has canceled their Ozarkcon convention for April 3rd event.
  • DARA has canceled the Dayton Hamvention in Ohio for May 15th – 17th.
  • The Green Country Hamfest (NE Oklahoma) for April 10th – 11th has been canceled.

Our good friends at the ARRL even created a web page for people to list events that are canceled. All of the local leaders are watching the suggested guidelines and are acting appropriately. Make sure that you keep your head on a swivel and watch for the changes as they come flying at you.

Memorial Marathon Postponed — Menu

This week the OKC Memorial Marathon was postponed from April 26th to October 4th. If you were one of the 100+ hams that signed up to help work the event, please put October 4th on your calendar and get ready to manage this race in the fall. The weather should be nice, and all of you will still be needed to manage that course this fall.

Newsletter News — Menu

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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 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.

6/7-8/2020 | Ham-Com | Location: Plano, TX
7/24-25/2020 | Ham Holiday | Location: OCCC – OKC, OK
8/22-23/2020 | Joplin Hamfest | Location: Joplin, MO
9/05/2020 | Arkansas State Convention | Location: Mena, AR
9/20/2020 | 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
4/2/2021 | Ozark Con – 4 States QRP | Location: Branson, MO
4/9-10/2021| Green Country Hamfest | Location: Claremore, OK
5/21-23/2021 | Dayton Hamvention | Location: Xenia, OH

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 April Meeting – 4/11/2020 – 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: On The Air — Menu

The On the Air podcast is a companion to the bi-monthly On the Air magazine (an ARRL membership benefit) and takes a deeper dive into select features and projects. Each month, host and On the Air Editorial Director Becky Schoenfeld W1BXY will offer additional resources, techniques, and hints to help you get the most from the magazine’s content.

Audio Link

On the Air – Episode 3

Understanding feed line loss; VHF/UHF digital vs analog; all about SKYWARN.

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

ARRL DX Bulletin — Menu

ARLD011 DX news

DX Bulletin 11 ARLD011
From ARRL Headquarters
Newington CT March 12, 2020
To all radio amateurs

ARLD011 DX news

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

MAURITIUS, 3B8. Nigel, G3TXF is QRV as 3B8XF until March 28. This includes being an entry in the RSGB Commonwealth contest. QSL via LoTW.

MALDIVES, 8Q. Noel, F6BGC is QRV as 8Q7NC from Veligandu Island,
IOTA AS-013, until March 21. Activity is on 80 to 10 meters using CW, SSB and various digital modes. QSL via LoTW.

GHANA, 9G. Alan, G3XAQ is QRV as 9G5XA from Accra. Activity is on 160 to 10 meters using CW. This includes being an entry in the RSGB Commonwealth contest. His length of stay is unknown. QSL direct to G3SWH.

KUWAIT, 9K. Members of the Kuwait Amateur Radio Society are QRV as 9K2F from Failaka Island, IOTA AS-118, until March 15. QSL via 9K2RA.

BAHRAIN, A9. Special event station A91GP is QRV until March 22 to celebrate the 2020 Bahrain Grand Prix. QSL via A92AA.

EASTER ISLAND, CE0. Mike, VE7ACN will be QRV as CE0Y/VE7ACN from
March 19 to 30. Activity will be on 80 to 10 meters, and possibly 160 meters if conditions permit, using mainly CW. QSL to home call.

PHILIPPINES, DU. Lenny, N7MOT is QRV as DU6/N7MOT from Panay
Island, IOTA OC-129. Activity is on 80 to 6 meters using SSB and
FT8. He is generally active on 80 and 40 meters around 1200 to
1600z, and 20 meters between 2300 and 0300z. QSL via LoTW.

SPAIN, EA. Special event station EH3DWN will be QRV from March 14 to 21 to mark World Down Syndrome Day on March 21. QSL via LoTW.

NORTHERN IRELAND, GI. Special event calls GB0SPD, GB2SPD and GB4SPD will be QRV from March 16 to 18 during the St. Patrick's Day On The Air operating event. QSL via operators' instructions.

LITHUANIA, LY. Special event stations LY11LY and LY30LY are QRV
during March to celebrate Lithuania's independence. QSL LY11LY via LY2QT and LY30LY via LY5A.

CURACAO, PJ2. Andreas, DK5ON will be QRV as PJ2/DK5ON from March 15 to 31. Activity will be on 80 to 6 meters, including 60 meters, using CW, SSB, RTTY, FT8 and FT4. This includes being entries in the upcoming Russian DX and CQ World Wide WPX contests. QSL to home call.

ST. PETER AND ST. PAUL ROCKS, PY0S. Look for PQ0S to be QRV from
March 14 to 16. Activity will be on 80 to 10 meters using CW, SSB and various digital modes. QSL via PP5BZ.

SLOVENIA, S5. Members of Radio Club Cerkno are QRV with special
event call S500E for all of 2020 to mark half a million QSOs made
from the S50E station. QSL via LoTW.

SEYCHELLES, S7. Nick, G7EQM is QRV as S79EQM until March 29.
Activity is holiday style on 20 meters using SSB and FT8. QSL to
home call.

BELIZE, V3. Iain, G4SGX is QRV as V31GX. This includes being an
entry in the RSGB Commonwealth contest. QSL via M0OXO.

NAMIBIA, V5. Pat, KI4SVM will be QRV as V5/KI4SVM from March 14 to 28. Activity will be holiday style on the HF bands using CW and SSB. This may include being active from SOTA references as well. QSL to home call.

CAYMAN ISLANDS, ZF. Colin, G4CWH is QRV as ZF2CA. Activity is on 160 to 10 meters using CW and SSB. This includes being an entry in the RSGB Commonwealth contest. QSL direct to home call.

NEW ZEALAND, ZL. Frank, ZL2BR, Geoff, ZL3GA, Phil, ZL3PAH and Paul, ZL4TT will be QRV as ZM2B in the RSGB Commonwealth contest. QSL via LoTW.

THIS WEEKEND ON THE RADIO. The Stew Perry Topband CW Challenge, QRP 40-Meter CW Fox Hunt, NCCC RTTY Sprint, QRP 80-Meter CW Fox Hunt, NCCC Sprint, YB DX RTTY Contest, RSGB Commonwealth Contest, SARL VHF/UHF Analogue Contest, F9AA SSB Cup, South America 10 Meter Contest, AGCW QRP CW Contest, Oklahoma QSO Party, EA PSK63 Contest, TESLA Memorial HF CW Contest, QCWA QSO Party, Idaho QSO Party, QRP ARCI Spring Thaw SSB Shootout, North American RTTY Sprint, UBA Spring 2-Meter Contest, Wisconsin QSO Party and Run for the Bacon QRP CW Contest will certainly keep contesters busy this upcoming weekend.

The Bucharest Digital FT4 Contest and RSGB FT4 Contest Series are
scheduled for March 16.

The CLARA Chatter Party is scheduled for March 17.

The 40-Meter QRP CW Fox Hunt and Phone Fray are scheduled for March 18.

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




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Ham Nation — Menu

Bob Heil talks with Mark Kleine from the 2020 Hamvention Club of the Year, the South Canadian Amateur Radio Society, a heavy-duty ball mount for your antenna with Gordo, viewer videos with Dale, Tales From the Transmitter Site with George, and your questions with Amanda!

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

73 de Mark N5HZR

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