SCARS News May 5, 2020

Ham-Com 2020 Canceled — Menu

Unfortunately, this is the message that none of us wanted to see, but we all knew it was coming. We’ll have to wait another year to hit the Dallas hamfest. For more information, visit

For some time the Ham-Com Board of Directors have been monitoring the COVID-19 pandemic situation. Over the last couple of months, our reality has been a roller coaster of changes. Many of things we have enjoyed and perhaps taken for granted have had to be postponed, altered, or in some cases canceled. 
While we have held out hope that this year we would be able to host Ham-Com 2020 as a light at the end of the long tunnel of the COVID-19 virus, it is with great sadness that we must inform all that we are canceling Ham-Com 2020 and the event postponed until June 17, 18 and 19 2021.
With much input from Health and Safety advisors, the Amateur Community, Legal Counsel and our Vendors the Ham-Com Board has finally been able to negotiate a positive outcome with our event center to this unprecedented situation.
This conclusion is based on the deadly seriousness of the virus, the rate of expansion, and the recovery time after the crisis apex is achieved. But more importantly, it is based on the genuine concern for the health and safety of the attendees, vendors, volunteers, presenters and staff.
Our event center contracted pre-payments for 2020 will be rolled to 2021. Payments made to Ham-Com for the 2020 event for General Admission, Vendor Booths and Flea market tables will also be rolled to the 2021 event.
Details regarding this cancellation will be posted at you for your understanding and we are looking forward to the next Ham-Com on June 17, 18 and 19 2021.
Ham-Com Board of Directors
Bill Nelson AB5QZ
Ham-Com Inc. President

Virtual Elmer Nights — Menu

We’ve got another two months of limited group meetings in the Norman area, and we’ve gained almost 30 new folks to the SCARS Facebook Group. So, it’s time to try a Zoom based online version of our normal Elmer Nights to answer some questions. For those of you that are unfamiliar with Elmer Nights, this is a great place to learn, teach, or just watch the world go by. Normally we all met at a building and broke off into small groups to tackle problems or issues that hams (or potential hams) brought with them. Since we will all be connected by computers, we will have to make some adjustments, but I’m sure that we can adapt. We’ll do a soft open tonight (May 5th), from 6:30 pm to 9:00 pm. If it all goes well, we will continue to meet each Tuesday night.

If you want to play along, you’ll need a computer or phone that has a video, or microphone, that’s connected to the Internet. You’ll need to load up the Zoom app, by visiting the web site. You will need to create an account on the Zoom platform, and test out your video / audio connection. You can connect to the SCARS Elmer Night room by using the password w5nor. The SCARS room is available by clicking (Meeting number 893 9952 6291 and password w5nor if you want to join that way.

Once you join, we’ll have the main room and a number of breakout rooms. So, if you have a specific question on something like DMR, you and an Elmer can switch to a breakout room where you can figure out your problem ‘in peace’. Think of it as if you were finding a quiet corner of the building.

The only thing that I can promise is that this will certainly be chaos as we all adapt to this digital meeting method. However, this will be a great place to learn something if you’re new to amateur radio, or you’ve been here for 20+ years. We’ve got a number of Elmers signed on to help guide the activities, so come in and join the fun.

For those of you that just want to watch, or don’t have the ability to get involved with a Zoom online meeting, we’ll also stream the main room on the W5NOR YouTube channel. You should be able to visit with your normal web browser to see and hear what’s going on.

See you on Zoom…

LearnMorse P & T — Menu

On the SCARS web pages, we have developed a series called LearnMorse to help you learn the 40 characters of the International Morse Code in 20 lessons. To help you stay active here is lesson 4, which starts with the characters P and T. Play the following audio to hear what these two characters sound like:

Text sent: p p p p p ppp t t t t t ttt pt tt pt ptt ptt ppt ptp p t

Characters Previously Learned

Characters that we’ve already learned are:

QRZ003: Plans Fantastic DX-pedition — Menu

Originally published in the C&E in November 1981.

As the DX world already knows, Oklahoma’s own Q.R. Zedd, the world’s greatest and most lovable Dxer, announced plans for his latest expedition, this to Mt. Williams.

Zedd is keeping some_details of his planned operation, such as the dates, a secret. He says those who want to work him badly enough will find him. The occasion of his mammoth press conference to announce the outlines of the expedition allowed a reporter for the C&E to secure an interview with him. Following is the transcript of that interview.

C&E –Mr. Zedd —

Zedd — Just call me QR, boy. Don’t be formal mean, I know you’re only a crummy WB and I am the greatest, but this, is a democracy, right? Relax. Get off your knees; you’re not supposed to shine alligator cowboy boots anyway.

C&E — Mr. QR, the world is fascinated to know where this mysterious Mount Williams is. Can you tell us?

Zedd — Why, sure, boy, be glad to Shucks, no secret about that. Williams is that pile of dirt down there near Norman, on the North Campus, that the Navy boys used to shoot bullets into. Some people still call it Bullet Hill, matter of fact. It’s the dirt pile the airport that folks are always chalking messages on, and there’s usually a cow on top, or a dead one at the bottom where she just took a nasty fall.

C&E — Are we to understand, then, Mr. QR latest and greatest DXpedition is going to be from the North Campus in Norman?

Zedd — That’s what I just told you, boy. Are you deef or just a: little slow?

C&E — Mr. QR, pardon me for asking, but why would a great DXer such as yourself go to Mt. Williams when there are so many neat places to work from, like maybe Albania or St. Maarten?

Zedd — Why hell, boy, EVERYBODY has worked Albania by now, ain’t they? And ole Gillie Wood, he’s done worked PJ8 plumb out. Nope, hardly nobody has worked Mt. Williams. I figure on making 25,000 QSOs from there, if my batteries hold out. The Japs will go crazy. I ought to get 6,000 IRCs out of it.

C&E — May we assume you’ll work both SSB and CW in the usual DX splits?

Zedd — You can assume whatever you want, boy, but you’ll probably be wrong. I plan to work mainly high-speed Charlie Whiskey, and don’t look for me to have no master of ceremonies or list-taker, or to check into any nets or any of that crap. My motto is No lists, no lids, and I’ll have my keyer memory set at 65 words a minute and two real neat code readers a-goin’, and if you can’t keep up, why, that’s just tough beans.

C&E — Mr. QR, will you make this expedition all alone?

Zedd — Yep, except for my QSL secretary, Tohdelayo.

C&E — You speak of Tondelayo Schwartz, your nubile, blonde 19-year–old QSL secretary of whom we have spoken in an earlier issue of our publication?

Zedd — How many other Tondelayos do you know, boy?

C&E — Mr. QR, while we have this brief moment to talk, could you tell me your opinion of why you are the world’s greatest DXer.

Zedd — Why, I don’t mind at all, It’s very simple, really. It is all a matter of intelligence, grace under pressure, establishing the proper scheme of lifetime priorities, good equipment, a smidgen of luck (Here Zedd blushed modestly), and a good brand of deodorant.

C&E — Did you say —

Zedd — Deodorant. I said deodorant. You know, a man can sweat a lot, chasing a rare one. I believe I can say without reservation that I owe a lot to my Right Guard. You know, I am the only amateur radio operator — be sure you get that right, boy — amateur radio operator — when I hear somebody call us hams, why, my gallbladder gets so inflamed I think I am gonna blow up sometimes. But to get back to me being the only radio amateur ever to appear in a Right Guard commercial in Playboy Magazine —

C&E — You spoke of priorities. What kind of priorities must a good DXer establish?

Zedd — You don’t want to hear about my Right Guard?

C&E — Sir, we would really rather hear –

Zedd — Okay, okay. I catch your drift. Well, priorities. In the first place, I think if you’re gonna chase DX, then you better put DX on the TOP of your list of activities. You never know when you might miss one, off working at some stupid job or playing croquet or something. Get rich or retire. That’s first. Then ‘you don’t let nothing else intrude into your listening. I listen HOURS for every minute I talk. Personally, I like to start listening on two or three bands about four o’clock in the ayem, and I listen to about nine. Then I let Tondelayo listen for me while I go eat the breakfast she’s fixed for me. Then’ I listen again starting about noon until about six-ish, and then I take another break, sometimes even a nap. I get by on three hours’ sleep a day. More than that, even with a helper, and you might miss something. So if you aspire to greatness, be prepared to put the time in on it. Remember: nothing worthwhile ever came easy; when the going gets tough, the tough get going; through the teeth and over the gums, look out stomach, here it comes!

C&E — Could you explain that last reference, sir?

Zedd — Sorry about that, I got carried away. You can’t do too much with your aphorisms, I always say. But that one didn’t fit too good. Well — idleness is the devil’s workshop. Put that in there if you want.

C&E — Mr. QR, I hear them starting up again in the Senate hearing room you have rented to allow the world press full knowledge of your expedition plans. There are so many things we want to ask you. Could we possibly have a fullscale interview with you when you return to Oklahoma?

Zedd — Boy, it would be my pleasure. I like you. You’re stupid, but you’re humble. I like that in people that interview me. Just call me up any time on any band and I’ll be there, you heah?

C&E — You monitor all bands all the time?

Zedd — Sure! Like I tole you, me or Tondelayo. You just git on there an’ holler QRZ? An’ I’ll come right back to you, tellin’ you the frequency is in use an’ calling you a nerd an’ a few funny things like that. I like to, do that, gives me my jollies. But you just hang in there an’ remind me who you are, and we’ll talk. All right? All RIGHT!

–- KU5B (ex-WB5TZZ)

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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.

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
6/17-19/2021 | Ham-Com | Location: Plano, TX

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 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 4

Get tips on creating a family emergency communication plan, and learn about installing coaxial cable connectors from Dino Papas, KL0S.

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

ARRL DX Bulletin — Menu

ARLD018 DX news

QST de W1AW  
DX Bulletin 18  ARLD018
From ARRL Headquarters  
Newington CT  April 30, 2020
To all radio amateurs   

ARLD018 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.

BAHRAIN, A9.  Operators Fawaz, A92AA, Ahmed, A92AB and Ely, A93LT
will be active as A91WTIS from May 10 to 17 for World
Telecommunication and Information Society Day.  Activity will be on
various HF bands.  QSL via A92AA, direct.

ANTARCTICA, 8J.  Members of the Japanese Antarctic Research
Expedition team (JARE) will be active as 8J1RL from Showa Research
Station, Queen Maud Land (AN-015), until January 2021.  Listen for
operators Take, JA1AGS and Hiro, JH7JCX.  Activity will be on
various HF bands using CW and the digital modes.  QSL via JG2MLI or
the JARL Bureau.

CHILE, 3G2.  Stay-At-Home station 3G2HOME is now QRV.  Activity has
been mainly on 20 meter CW.  QSL via LoTW only.

ISRAEL, 4X2.  Isaac, 4Z1TL will activate Stay-At-Home station
4X2BESAFE until August 12.  Activity will be on various HF bands.
QSL via 4Z1TL, direct.  No IRCs.

JAMAICA, 6Y6.  Nigel, 6Y5HN is supporting the COVID-19 Stay-At-Home
event as 6Y6STAYHOME.  Activity has been on 40 meters.  QSL via

CHINA, B0-9.  Members of the Chinese Radio Amateurs Club (CRAC) will
activate 10 special event call signs (B0CRA - B9CRA) across their
country to make QSOs with hams all over the world.  Operations will
take place from May 1 to 7.  QSL via BA1GG.

CANADA, CH2.  Ian, VO2IR is active as CH2IR until June 20 to remind
everyone to Stay-At-Home.  Activity is on various HF bands.  QSL via

LEBANON, OD5/OD50.  Members of the Radio Amateurs of Lebanon (RAL)
will activate special event call signs OD50SH and OD5STAYHOME to
spread awareness and Stay-At-Home as part of social distancing
policies during the COVID-19 outbreak.  QSL via IZ8CLM.

BELARUS, EU.  The following special event stations will take part in
the Pobeda-75 commemoration of the end of World War II: EV75B,
EV75F, EV75GK, EV75K, EV75M and EV75PG.

ENGLAND, G.  Members of the RSGB Contest Club will put GB1945PE,
GB1945PJ and GB75PEACE on the air during May and August to mark
Victory in Europe and Victory in Japan Days.  QSL only via LoTW and
eQSL.  Also, The Royal Air Force Amateur Radio Society (RAFARS)
marks the end of World War II in Europe with the call sign GB75VED
from May 1 to 28.  QSL via 2E0NDZ.

ITALY, I.  The ARI Fidenza Club (IQ4FE) will put a number of special
event stations on the air during 2020 to commemorate the life and
achievements of Guglielmo Marconi.  During May, II4TEA commemorates
the first transatlantic transmission in 1903.  QSL via IQ4FE.

BULGARIA, LZ.  The Bulgarian Federation of Radio Amateurs (BFRA)
celebrates its 50th anniversary with the call sign LZ50BFRA until
the year's end.  QSL via bureau to LZ1BJ.

AUSTRIA, OE.  Alex, OE3DMA will be active with the call sign OE60IPA
on April 30 and May 1 for the 60th anniversary of the International
Police Association.  QSL to OE3DMA via bureau.

RUSSIA, RP.  A large number of special event call signs with the
prefix RP75 will be active from Russia celebrating the end of World
War II.

AUSTRALIA, VK.  Station VI250COOK commemorates Captain James Cook's
voyage on HMS Endeavour along Australia's east coast with activity
from May 1 to August 31.  For QSL information see

STAY AT HOME.  More stations in the stay at home effort:

THIS WEEKEND ON THE RADIO.  The Araucaria World Wide VHF Contest,
10-10 International Spring Contest, CW, RCC Cup, Microwave Spring
Sprint, ARI International DX Contest, 7th Call Area QSO Party,
Indiana QSO Party, RTTYOPS Weekend Sprint, Delaware QSO Party, FISTS
Spring Slow Speed Sprint and the New England QSO Party are all on
tap for this weekend.  Please see May 2020 QST, page 69 and the ARRL
Contest Calendar 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

Dr. Scott Wright K0MD and Dr. Harry Przekop WB9EDP answer questions about COVID-19, Club Spotlight on the Northern Ohio Amateur Radio Society, Amateur Radio Newsline with Don, George plays with CW on the Arduino, and more!

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

73 de Mark N5HZR

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