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Virtual Elmer Nights — Menu
Last week we opened our Virtual Elmer Night using the Zoom online application as a proof of concept. We had about 20 folks drop by and we had about a dozen online most of the night. The process went well, and we’ll be doing it again, until further notice. 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 the concept works well. If you have a specific need, please make it known, and we can put you and an Elmer into a virtual room, to let you work out your problem. When you log in, you’ll be in the main room, and you’ll be a part of the discussion.
We’ll meet Tuesday nights, from 6:30 pm to 9:00 pm. To play along, you’ll need a computer or phone that has a video camera, a microphone and is connected to the Internet. You’ll need to load up the Zoom app, by visiting the https://zoom.us web site. You don’t need to create an account, but it may make it easier. The SCARS room is available by clicking https://w5nor.org/zoom (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.
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. Last week we got to share Hickman’s Flex radio on the screen and watched Lea try to overload the front end. 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 https://w5nor.org/stream with your normal web browser to see and hear what’s going on.
See you on Zoom…
ProLazerCutz Nametags — Menu
Did you order a nametag from Stephanie/ProLazerCutz at the last meeting? If so, those nametags are ready to go. Pres. Lea Greenleaf W5HLG has all of these name tags for safekeeping. Lea says that you can contact him if you’d like to arrange delivery. You can reach Lea by email at email@example.com
LearnMorse L & the Letter O (Oh) — 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 5, which starts with the characters L and the Letter O (Oh). Play the following audio to hear what these two characters sound like:
Text sent: L L L L L LLL o o o o o ooo Lo oo Lo Loo Loo LLo LoL L o
Characters Previously Learned
Characters that we’ve already learned are:
A K M P R S T U
QRZ 004: A Happy DX Holiday From Q.R. Zedd — Menu
Originally published in the December 1982 C&E.
(EDITOR’S NOTE: The famed Q.R. Zedd, Oklahoma’s greatest DXer, is scheduled to give the speech at the annual SCARS Christmas dinner next week. For those unable to attend, we present here the prepared text of Zedd’s sensational remarks.)
BY Q.R. ZEDD
Thank you, thank you, thank you. This ovation is wonderful but only I guess what I deserve. Now if you will just be quiet a few minutes I will share with you some of my secrets of chasing DX. Please remember that all this is copyrighted 1981 by Q.R. Zedd Enterprises, Inc., Box 73, Norman, Oklahoma.
Well, a funny thing happened to me on the way here tonight, ha ha. I worked seven exotic countries on my tuna tin special, running fifty milliwatts to a pipe cleaner in the glovebox. But that was because called CQ DX and those rare ones naturally recognized my call right away and were clamoring to have the honor of getting a card from me, which is something you peons can’t count on, being famous like I am, I mean. So you need more technique and that is what I am here to tell you about, a few simple rules that ought to get you on the Honor Roll by Christmas if you try.
RULE #1 — NEVER RUN MORE POWER THAN YOU NEED. I believe that 2 KW PEP should be sufficient for casual ragchews if you have a decent antenna farm, and if you follow this rule, you will only run big power when trying to snag a new one in a pileup.
RULE #2 — NEVER TUNE UP ON THE AIR. If you tune up on the air, in a place where you can’t hear nobody talking, you are likely to QRM somebody you can’t hear. Therefore, don’t tune up on the air; tune up zero-beat on top of the DX station; sometimes you will make some of the competition so mad they will quit. And you can often get some good tips of where the propagation is going by listening to who complains and where they are.
RULE #3 — ANY TIME YOU HEAR A PILEUP, JUMP IN. If you wait to learn who the DX station is, he may go QRT on you. The best thing to do is jump in and start yelling with all your power on, and then when you get through, you ask him for his call. This will make an impression on him and increase your chances of getting a card.
RULE #4 — WITH DXPEDITIONS, ALWAYS GET AT LEAST SIX INSURANCE CONTACTS. This is only good common sense, to make sure you’re in the log. Also, look at it this way: every contact you make is one contact somebody else doesn’t make; that makes the DX rarer and you a bigger stud for having his card, right?
RULE #5 — IN A PILEUP, NEVER CALL LESS THAN 26 TIMES. Scientific studies have shown that most DXers have to stop and breathe some time between their first and 25th call. It stands to reason that if you give your call 26 times, you will probably outshout most of the others. Also, if the DX station can hear you at all, he may work you just to get you off the frequency.
RULE #6 — IF YOU HEAR ANYBODY CALLING OUT OF THE BAND, BE SURE AND GET DOWN THERE AND TELL THEM THEY ARE OUT OF THE BAND. It has a whole lot more impact if you call the offending station by his call and tell him he is a lid and an idiot and stuff like that there. Never give your call. Make them guess!
RULE #7 — NEVER IGNORE MALICIOUS INTERFERENCE. If them guys running keyers and telephone busy signals and all don’t get screamed and cursed at by true-blue DXers, how are they ever going to learn that what they are doing is BAD?
RULE #8 — IF YOU HAVE WORKED A REAL RARE ONE IN THE MORNING, AND HEAR HIM AGAIN THAT AFTERNOON WITH A HUGE PILEUP, BE SURE TO BUST THROUGH AGAIN AND GIVE HIM A COMPARATIVE SIGNAL REPORT. Everybody really appreciates this.
RULE #9 — NEVER SEND YOUR CM LESS THAN 40 WPM. It also helps if you splatter in a few extra dits, which is fairly easy at this speed. It provides a true test of the DX op at the other end; if he is any good, he will figure out what you are saying and appreciate the confidence you are showing in his CW ability. In case he is a lid, send your call a whole lot of times to make sure you are in the log.
RULE #10 — NEVER ADMIT A CONTACT WAS HARD. Your image will suffer if you do. Let me give you an example. The other night I heard a UL7 and I hadn’t worked one for almost a day, so I got in there and called, but I was horse mobile at the time with a handle talkie, so I was at somewhat of a disadvantage. I called that sucker for five hours before I got through. But at the Norman Tuesday coffee-drinking the next day, do you think I was going to tell anybody that contact was hard? Bad for my image. I just said something like, “Oh, yeah, last night I worked a UL7, ho hum,” and changed the subject. I could tell some of the fellers really thought I was a stud because of that.
RULE #11 — ALWAYS MAKE SURE TO MENTION YOUR DX TOTAL. Like I think most of you noticed this flashing diode callsign badge I’ve got glued to my forehead which also gives my DX total, flashing red for SSB and green for CW, alternately. For something like this here party where I can’t talk to everyone personally, a visual like that is the best. Usually you can be more subtle like you walk up to a man and say, “Howdy, H.O., how’s everything going with you? I heard your antenna fell down. By the way, my DX total today stands at four hundred and fifty six.” Or: “Hello, Archibald, I was sure sorry to hear your Mom died last night. Incidentally, if I should die before I wake, my DX total would stand at four hundred and fifty six.”
RULE #12 — IF YOU WORK A RARE ONE, ALWAYS GET RIGHT ON THE LOCAL REPEATER AND LET EVERYBODY ELSE KNOW ABOUT IT AS SOON AS THE DX HAS GONE QRT. This will assure your reputation locally as not only a DX stud, but a really nice guy always trying to help others. (A variation of this trick is to tell folks about the rare DX the next day, and pretend you didn’t know they even needed a BY.)
Well, folks, there are a lot of other things I could talk about, like how to tail-end, how to give signal reports and pretend you heard your call called by the DX station when you really didn’t, how to get on lists by making long-distance telephone calls to the MC, and other good stuff like that. But I am sure you will learn all that for your own selfs.
Let me just leave you with these parting ideas:
ONE — ALL DXERS ARE NICE GUYS, AND HUMBLE.
TWO — IT’S NOT WHO YOU WORKED, OR HOW MANY, BUT HOW MANY KNOW WHO YOU WORKED, AND HOW MANY.
THREE — I FORGOT TO TELL YOU THERE WAS A VIETNAM’ STATION ON EARLIER TONIGHT, BUT OH, GOSH, BY MY WATCH I SEE HE JUST WENT QRT.
Merry Christmas! I hope it has brightened your holidays to get to rub elbows with me!
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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 Elmer Nights – Canceled Until Further Notice – Norman Firehouse #7 – 2207 Goddard Ave, Norman, OK 73069
- SCARS Meetings Canceled Until Further Notice – Norman Firehouse #7 – 2207 Goddard – Norman, OK 73069
- SCARS TBA License Test – Canceled Until Further Notice, but register online and you will be notified when we open back up. – Norman Firehouse #7 – 2207 Goddard – Norman, OK 73069
- SCARS Technician / General License Class – Canceled Until Further Notice – 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
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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.
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.
ARRL Letter — Menu
- FCC Providing Flexibility to Volunteer Examiners in Developing Remote Testing Methods
- Socially Distanced In-Person Exam Sessions Held in US and Norway
- NASA CubeSat Array to Study Causes of Giant Solar Particle Storms
- ARRL Podcasts Schedule
- May/June Issue of ARRL’s On the Air Magazine Now Available
- The K7RA Solar Update
- Just Ahead in Radiosport
- IARU Region 2 Online Emergency Communication Workshops Under Way
- Russian DOSAAF-85 (RS-44) Amateur Radio Satellite Transponder Now Active
- Top Band Stalwart Herb Schoenbohm, KV4FZ, SK
- In Brief…
- Getting It Right!
- Upcoming ARRL Section, State, and Division Conventions
ARRL DX Bulletin — Menu
SB DX @ ARL $ARLD019 ARLD019 DX news ZCZC AE19 QST de W1AW DX Bulletin 19 ARLD019 From ARRL Headquarters Newington CT May 7, 2020 To all radio amateurs SB DX ARL ARLD019 ARLD019 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. MOUNT ATHOS, SV/A. Monk Iakovos, SV2RSG/A will be QRV until May 10. Activity will be on 20 meters using CW and SSB. QSL via SV2RSG/A direct to Monk Iakovos Kutlumusian, Holy Monastery Koutloumousiou, Karyes, 63086, Greece. AZERBAIJAN, 4K75. Look for Azerbaijani amateur radio operators to be using either 4J75 or 4K75 prefixes starting May 5, to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the victory in WW2. The length of the activity is not known at this time. INDONESIA, 8C2. Members of the ORARI are active as 8C2WFH (Work From Home), until May 19. Activity is on 80, 40, 20, 15 and 10 meters using CW, SSB, RTTY, BPSK31 and FT8. JAPAN, 8J. Look for special event station 8J1ITU to be QRV from April 30 to May 31. Activity is to celebrate the anniversary of the ITU World Telecommunication and Information Society Day on May 17. QSL via the JARL Bureau or eQSL. UNITED ARAB EMIRATES, A60. Look for activity under special call sign A60FTDMC during FT8DMC activity weeks, July 1 to 31, on various HF bands. QSL via OE4VIE. INDIA, AU2. Members of the West Bengal Radio Club, VU2WB, will be active as AU2COV until July 26. Activity is to provide assistance in fighting against the COVID-19 pandemic. QSL via VU2WB. ENGLAND, GB75. Members of the RSGB Contest Club will activate the following call signs May 1 to 31 and August 1 to 31: GB1945PE, GB1945PJ and GB75PEACE. Operations will be on various HF bands and 6 meters using CW, SSB and the digital modes. QSLs are only via LoTW and eQSL. No paper QSL cards. SOUTH KOREA, HL40. Look for special event station HL40GDM until May 31. Activity is to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the May 18 Democratic Uprising in Gwangju. Operations will be on all bands and modes. QSL via HL4CCM, direct, by the Bureau, eQSL or ClubLog. AUSTRIA, OE50. Jo, OE4VIE is active as OE50MHZ until June 30 to mark the 30th anniversary of the first provisional release of the frequency range 50 to 52 MHz for Amateur Radio in Austria. Operations will be on CW, SSB and the digital modes on 6 meters. QSL via LoTW and eQSL, paper QSLs will be sent automatically via the Bureau. POLAND, SN100. Czeslaw, SP9FZU will be active with the special call sign SN100PS in memory of Second Silesian Civil War in 1920. Activity will be on various HF bands. QSL via SP9KAG, by the Bureau or direct. STAY AT HOME STATIONS. More special event stations will join the cause to raise awareness of restrictions necessary to fight the spread of the coronavirus and to thank health and medical workers worldwide, including: 3G2HOME Chile, HG20HO Hungary, 4J0STAYHOME Azerbaijan, 4MSTAYHOME Venezuela, HZ1STAYHOME Saudi Arabia, 4U2STAYHOME Austria, IO6STAY Italy, 4X2BESAFE Israel, 5B4STAYHOME Cyprus, 5W19STAYSAFE Samoa, K2H United States, 6Y6STAYHOME Jamaica, 8A1HOME Indonesia, OD50SH Lebanon, OH0PYSYKOTONA Finland, 9K9STAYHOME Kuwait, A60SH/1 U.A.E., OH0STAYHOME Aland Island, AT2GOK India, ON4HEROES Belgium, AX2020STAYHOME Australia, CH2IR Canada, CN20SH Morocco, CQ8STAYHOME Azores, CT1STAYHOME Portugal, CV7STAYHOME Uruguay, DX0STAYHOME Philippines, E2STAYHOME Thailand and E7STAYHOME Bosnia & Herzegovina. KENYA, 5Z. Andy, 5Z4/G3AB is QRV on CW in his evenings on 20 and 17 meters. ZAMBIA, 9J. Mario, IK1MYT is QRV as 9J2MYT. He plans to be QRV through the end of this month. Look for him using SSB on 20, 17, 15 and 10 meters. QSL direct only, to IZ3KVD. 75TH ANNIVERSARY OF WWII. During the month of May, many stations will be active commemorating the end of World War II. Look for the following special event prefixes to be active: 4X75 Israel, RP75 Russia, EV75 Belarus, GB75 England and N. Ireland, GU75 Guernsey, UP75 Kazakhstan. THIS WEEKEND ON THE RADIO. The SARL VHF/UHF Digital Contest, CQ-M International DX Contest, VOLTA WW RTTY Contest, SKCC Weekend Sprintathon, Arkansas QSO Party, FISTS Spring Unlimited Sprint, 50 MHz Spring Sprint and the WAB 7 MHz Phone Contest are on tap for this weekend. The 4 States QRP Group Second Sunday Sprint is on May 11 and the RSGB 80-Meter Club Championship is on May 13. Please see May 2020 QST, page 69 and the ARRL Contest Calendar 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
– LICENSE TEST IN LOCKDOWN GETS CREATIVE IN NORWAY
– MUSEUM SHIPS WEEKEND CANCELLED
– HAM-COM CANCELLED; IOTA AND MICROHAMS GOING FORWARD
– TRAPPED MAN RESCUED FROM AMATEUR RADIO TOWER
– FIRST ARISS CONTACT WITH MULTIPOINT TELEBRIDGE
– FCC ADOPTS NEW SEAL TO PREP FOR RELOCATION
– NEWSLINE SEEKS ‘YOUNG HAM OF THE YEAR’ FOR 2020
– EXPANDED 6M ACCESS IN GERMANY
– SPACE AGENCIES ANNOUNCE GLOBAL HACKATHON
– FCC OKs UNLICENSED OPERATIONS ON 6GHz BAND
– NEW ZEALAND YL GROUP STRUGGLING TO SURVIVE
– WORLD OF DX
– FROM A QUICK CONTACT TO AN ENDURING ONE
The Amateur Radio Newsline can be found at ARNewsline.org.
Ham Nation — Menu
Club Spotlight on the Long Island CW Club, making contacts in your backyard with Gordo, continuing the CW Arduino project with George, Amateur Radio Newsline with Don, Solar Update with Dr. Tamitha Skov, Val talks with Tim Duffy on this year’s Contest University, and more! Smoke & Solder CW Keyboard files: — http://amateurlogic.tv/downloads/cw_keyboard_v1.zip http://amateurlogic.tv/downloads/cw_keyboard_v2.zip
The last half-dozen or so episodes are linked right here: Ham Nation
73 de Mark N5HZR