SCARS News June 9, 2020

SCARS and W5MQC on Ham Nation 456 — Menu

For the second time in three months, a member of SCARS has been featured on the international podcast “Ham Nation”. Each Wednesday evening, on the TWiT network, a number of hams get together and create a video podcast that gets distributed to tens of thousands of hams worldwide.

Last Wednesday night, the ladies of Ham Nation ‘took over’ the broadcast and created and all YL episode, titled “Girls Gone YL’d 3.0.” During these shows, the entire show is by, for and staffed by the ladies of amateur radio. This is the third time the ladies have taken over. On this special edition of Ham Nation, Amanda and Valerie feature leading YLs in amateur radio: – Anne Dirkman KC9YL on the history of YLRL – Leanne Bulger W4LEA on teaching CW – Andrea Slack K2EZ and the evolution of her amazing mobile Rover station – Michelle Carey W5MQC with a very active all YL group, and Dr. Tamitha Skov WX6SWW joins with a live Solar Update and Q&A!

The entire episode is great, and the episode is linked at the bottom of this newsletter, as it is every week. For those of you interested in our local interest, Michelle’s part starts at 54:12, and a direct link to that spot is available by clicking here.

For more information on the YLRL, visit and for more information on our local YL efforts visit and for more information on the Batfish operation, visit

Congratulations to Michelle Carey W5MQC on your selection for the show, and we’re so glad that you are part of our team!

License Testing to Start July 2nd — Menu

The SCARS license team is happy to report that barring any significant changes in the trendlines in the next 24 days there will be a test session on July 2nd, 2020 at 6:30 pm. This session will be held at Norman’s Firehouse #7, 2207 Goddard Ave, Norman, OK, 73069. A few things will be different at this session. The goal is to keep the crowd size down.

Since we are using a city facility, we must abide by city, state, and federal guidelines and we will have to modify our normal exam session in the following ways:

  • We will likely exceed safe distance limitations, so all attendees MUST wear a suitable mask over nose and mouth. Please bring your favorite mask, or one will be provided for your use.
  • If you meet the CDC higher risk categories of older adults; or have serious chronic medical conditions — i.e., heart disease, diabetes, lung disease — you are encouraged to stay home.
  • If you have any COVID-19 symptoms, cough, fever, or shortness of breath, etc., stay home.
  • If you have been around anyone who has had COVID-19 in the 14 days prior to the exam, stay home.

Proper sanitization of the area before everyone arrives and after everyone leaves will minimize contaminants on the table surfaces.

If you choose to attend this exam:

  • Bring your own pencil and a pen.  If you think you need a calculator, bring one of those as well (a cheapie, please, not something that can store formulas).  Usually, we provide these but in the interest of reducing potential disease transmission, we won’t be.  
  • You will be required to wear a mask covering your mouth and nose.  Bring your own or one will be available.  Seating will be spread out which may limit the number of candidates in a given session.  If we have more candidates than can be accommodated while maintaining a safe distance, we’ll have a second “seating” that same evening.
  • If you are prepared to take more than one exam element, each one you are prepared for will be administered.  If you are prepared only to take one, you will not be encouraged to take the next higher exam to see if you can pass it.  If you fail an element, no matter the score, you will not be permitted to re-test at this session.
  • As always, you will be required to show a photo ID (Oklahoma ID or DL, Federal Common Access Card, or any other government-issued photo ID).  We will likely ask you to lower your mask (from a safe distance away) to match the image.  You will retain the ID in your hands.
  • Remember that there is no fee, as is always the case with Laurel Amateur Radio Club VEC coordinated license exams.
  • If you are sitting for Element 4, the Amateur Extra exam, please remember that questions on your exam will be drawn from the 2020 Element 4 pool which will have become effective the day before, July 1.  Check your study materials NOW. 

Good luck, and start studying!

LearnMorse F & number 0 — 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 9, which starts with the characters F and the number 0. You can sign up there to receive email reminders to stay involved. Play the following audio to hear what these two characters sound like:

Text sent: f f f f f fff 0 0 0 0 0 000 f0 00 f0 f00 f00 ff0 f0f f 0

Characters Previously Learned

Characters that we’ve already learned are:
A E I J K L M N O P R S T U W period

QRZ008: Zedd Explains the Meaning of Life to the Boys — Menu

This ongoing series was written by SCARS charter member SK Jack Bickham WB5TZZ / KU5B. Jack was a prolific novelist, his two most known works were turned into the movies “The Apple Dumpling Gang”, and “Bakers Hawk.” These 104 Q. R. Zedd articles were originally published in the Central Oklahoma Radio Amateurs (CORA) Newsletter, the Collector & Emitter from September 1981 through April 1990, and are hosted on the SCARS web site. We are reprinting this series to provide you with a glimpse of the past.

Originally published in the April 1982 C&E.

Some of the boys were sitting around the SCARS shack the other day, warming their feet on the power supply for the TS-120 and talking about late wintry bluster and how it would likely affect DX come summer, when WHANG! (not to be confused with Wang, the computer people), the door flies open, and into the shack with a few late snowflakes and some of last year’s Johnson grass comes the great Q.R. Zedd himself.

“Howdy, boys,” says Zedd, turning down the volume on the TR7 he has attached to his Elton John tee shirt with velcro tape, “how’s DX?”

Well, at that, naturally nobody said a word, because having the great Q.R. Zedd ask you how DX is a little like having Bill Banowski ask you if you have any good ideas for raising money. W5MCN sort of looked off in the general direction of the 2-meter rig, and W5SQJ got so flustered he spit his Juicy Fruit instead of his chewing tobacco into his plastic cup, but other than that there was silence and obvious deep respect. WA5MLT, joining club members for his semiannual visit, cleared his throat; WA5RPP, intrepid club reporter, leaped to his Big Chief tablet; N5DWN opened her portable filing cabinet to get out her latest 312 QSL cards, but no one spoke.

Suddenly and without warning, Zedd, pricking his ears, leaped to the club 120, advanced the af gain, and thumbed the keyer. A burst of CW at about 80 WPM boiled into the ether. Zedd listened to what sounded like QRN and possibly a berserk Cuisinart to the rest of us, nodded, sent a couple of R’s, a 73, an SK and his callsign, and leaned back from the rig.

“My pal Rhandi in VU-land ” Zedd explained. ‘I waited to make sure no one else in the room wanted to work him, but I didn’t want him calling CQ indefinitely. I hope nobody minds.”

No one else heard him,” said AF5X, “except the two real CW operators on the premises; Q.R. you and me.”

“Well,’ said Zedd modestly, stuffing shag tobacco and shredded DXCC stickers into his ancient clay pipe, that only illustrates what I have often tried to tell novice DXers — you know, guys with fewer than 350 countries. Half of working the rarer ones is in good listening. Listen, listen, listen! And don’t talk so dadblamed much. If I have said it once I have said it a thousand times, you shouldn’t talk all the time, you should listen. Even if you are not going for DX but only engaging in casual conversation, in my opinion it is only good manners to keep your mouth shut and your ears open. Remember the old saying, little pitchers have big ears, and that goes for the great ones like Johnny Sain, too. Silence is golden. You show me a man who talks too much and I will show you a loser. It’s like I was telling Tondelayo the other evening, any fool can get in there and talk a person’s leg off, but it is a mark of greatness to be succinct and still make the contacts. Are there any questions so far?”

“Q.R.,” said W5OU, who had just arrived, “I think all of us would truly appreciate it if you would tell us what you think lies ahead for amateur radio.”

“Yes,” said KC5CU, “and while you are at it, if you could tell us the meaning of life, some of us younger boys would sincerely appreciate that, too.”

“What I think lies ahead for amateur radio is a decline in the sunspot cycle and a rise in the cost of equipment,” Zedd said briskly. “As to the meaning of life, I will tell you a little story that I think illustrates my view on this matter.”

Everyone leaned back to listen except RPP, who flipped over to a clean page on the Big Chief tablet.

“It was in 1969, I think,” Zedd resumed, “when I made my one-man Dx-pedition to Africa, that I learned the meaning of life. I landed in Kenya about 2 a.m, on a beastly hot day, don’t you know, and immediately began setting up my tent, antenna farm, and so on, working single-handed except for the meager help offered by 29 native beaters, three technicians from RCA and the crew I had hired from the Yasme Foundation. Well, as you can imagine, we were all pretty tired by the time we were ready to start operating, about four hours later, and everyone went off to bed except me. I jumped right onto seventy-five and gave my name a couple of times, along with any call, and got a right nice pileup going.

“I was working ’em right along just as dawn came, and I heard a small sound beside me. Yelling for everybody to QRX (which is DXer’s lingo for ‘Everybody else shut up and let the 4s call incessantly by themselves for a while’), I turned and stared straight into the eyes of a huge male lion. At about the same time, he let out a blood-curdling roar, showed me about 300 sharp teeth, and enveloped me in the nastiest case of zebra-breath it has ever been my misfortune to encounter.

“Obviously Mr. Lion was hungry, and obviously he figured I was going to be his next meal. I had to think fast. So what I did was shove the microphone into his face.

“Well, boys, you may not believe it, but Mr. Lion took one look at the microphone, let out another terrible shriek, and turned and ran out of there just as fast as he could go. “

“And we never saw him again.”

“Just about the worst case of mike fright I ever saw for my own self.”

Zedd sighed and puffed his latakia. “Which led me to the insight I have since carried close to my heart about the meaning of life for any DXer. And that is this. When in doubt, grab for the mike; and never be concerned about lion.

— KU5B

Newsletter News — Menu

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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: Online Event
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 Virtual Elmer Nights – open to everyone, and a great place to ask questions every Tuesday night from 6:30 pm through 9:00 pm. Join with Zoom at or simply watch the fun at All meetings are recorded so you can stream them later from the SCARS YouTube channel
    Next week, June 16th, we’ll be meeting in-person at Firehouse #7. Bring your masks, and your gear, with questions.
  • SCARS Meeting June 20, 2020, 9:00 am to noon – Norman Firehouse #7 – 2207 Goddard – Norman, OK 73069
  • SCARS July 2, 2020, License Test – 6:30 pm – Norman Firehouse #7 – 2207 Goddard – Norman, OK 73069
  • SCARS Technician / General License Class – Restarting to finish the last sessions. Contact if you need a couple classes before the next test – 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

ARRL On the Air – Episode 5

A discussion of modulation — AM, FM, SSB and more, and a look at “go kits.”

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

ARRL DX Bulletin — Menu

ARLD023 DX news

QST de W1AW  
DX Bulletin 23  ARLD023
From ARRL Headquarters  
Newington CT  June 4, 2020
To all radio amateurs   

ARLD023 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.

CUBA, CO.  Special event station CO200SMP will be QRV from June 8 to
30 to celebrate the 200th anniversary of San Miguel del Padron, one
of Havana's municipalities.  Activity will be on 160 to 10 meters
using CW, SSB and FT8.  QSL direct to CO2AME.

DL1WH/p from Sylt Island, IOTA EU-042, from June 7 to 19.  Activity
will be holiday style on the HF bands using mainly CW with some SSB.
QSL to home call.

SPAIN, EA.  Special event station EG1FSB will be QRV from June 8 to
14 to commemorate the Festivals of San Bernabe and La Rioja Day.
QSL via LoTW.

FRANCE, F.  Members of the Radio Club of the British Breakout from
Normandy Museum will be QRV as TM80CDG from June 6 to 20 to
commemorate Charles de Gaulle's speech made via the BBC on 18 June
1940.  Activity will be on the HF bands using CW, SSB and FT8.  QSL
via F4KKE.

SWITZERLAND, HB.  Special event station HB15SOTA is QRV until May 8,
2021 in celebration of the 15th anniversary of the SOTA Group
Switzerland.  QSL via HB9DPR.

ANTARCTICA.  Station KC4USV located at the McMurdo Station, IOTA
AN-011, has been QRV on 20 meters using SSB.  QSL via K7MT.

PERU, OA.  Daniel, OA9DVK, is a missionary who is QRV from the
Amazon Rain Forest in Peru.  Activity is in his spare time on 160 to
6 meters.  QSL via LoTW.

CANADA, VE.  Special event station VX3X is QRV until June 30 to
commemorate the Apollo 13 space mission.  QSL direct to VE3IKV.

NICARAGUA, YN.  Trevis, YN7ZTR is a missionary working in
Gaunacastillo for the next two years.  He is active in his spare
time.  QSL via LoTW.

COVID-19 SPECIAL EVENT STATIONS.  A number of special event stations
are active with the STAYHOME suffix including, 4U9STAYHOME,
E2STAYHOME, E7STAYHOME, and YO1STAYHOME.  Many of these stations
will participate in the STAYATHOME Contest.

Party, HA3NS Sprint Memorial CW Contest, PVRC Reunion, 10-10
International Open Season PSK Contest, VK Shires Contest, DigiFest,
Wake-Up QRP CW Sprint, COVID-19 Radio Communication Event, UKSMG
Summer Contest, Kentucky QSO Party, RTTYOPS Weekend Sprint, KANHAM
Contest and the Cookie Crumble QRP Contest will certainly keep
contesters busy this upcoming weekend.

The RSGB Hope QSO SSB Party is scheduled for June 8.

The RTTYOPS Weeksprint, RSGB Hope QSO CW Party and Worldwide
Sideband Activity Contest are scheduled for June 9.

The UKEICC 80-Meter Summer Series, RSGB 80-Meter Club CW
Championship, RSGB Hope QSO RTTY Party, VHF-UHF FT8 Activity
Contest, CWops Mini-CWT Test, NAQCC CW Sprint and Phone Fray are
scheduled for June 10.

Please see June 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

On this special edition of Ham Nation, Amanda and Valerie feature leading YLs in amateur radio: – Anne Dirkman KC9YL on the history of YLRL – Leanne Bulger W4LEA on teaching CW – Andrea Slack K2EZ and the evolution of her amazing mobile Rover station – Michelle Carey W5MQC with a very active all YL club And Dr. Tamitha Skov WX6SWW joins with a live Solar Update and Q&A!

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

73 de Mark N5HZR

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