SCARS News June 16, 2020

SCARS Meeting — Menu


The June SCARS meeting will be held at Firehouse #7, 2207 Goddard Ave, Norman, OK 73019, on June 20th at 9:30 am. However, that may change for future meetings, if the metrics continue to increase. As this is being written, the state cases have steadily increased over the past two weeks. Do everything you can to keep those numbers down, or this may get canceled. Wear your mask when you are out in public, and encourage your friends and enemies to do the same.

For those that can’t, or don’t want to attend, or won’t follow the guidelines, we will be connecting the firehouse to an online Zoom meeting and streaming the event on YouTube, and by telephone. Connect to a Tuesday Virtual Elmer Night to test your online setup. The Zoom/YouTube/telephone instructions are at

Our meeting presentation will be to discuss the details of the SCARS Field Day preparations for June 27/28. If you are interested in operating at this event, please send a message to Gayland Kitch WX5MOR will talk about working Field Day 2020 (FD) from your house, and a special emergency communications test that will be part of this year’s event. The ARRL has made changes to the FD rules that make operating from home a better option, and your efforts at home can be combined with the SCARS efforts at the FD site. The emergency managers of central Oklahoma will be testing emergency communications through the various field day sites around the state. Mark Kleine N5HZR will talk about the efforts that will happen at the Firehouse #7 site.

This event is not an attempt to lure people out for the first time, it’s meant to be a slow start to managing in a new world. Weigh the risks, follow the guidelines, and feel free to sit at home and enjoy the show. Since we are using a city facility, we must abide by city, state, and federal guidelines and we will have to modify our normal meeting in the following ways. Any non-compliance with these guidelines will result in us losing our Field Day access, or our license testing location.

  • June and July meetings will be limited to 50 people.
  • Since we will exceed social distance limitations, all attendees will need to wear a mask. Please bring your favorite mask, or one will be provided for your use.
  • No food or drink will be offered. No coffee. No donuts. Take care of your coffee and breakfast needs before you arrive.
  • If you meet the CDC higher risk categories of older adults; or have serious chronic medical conditions like; heart disease, diabetes, or lung disease, connect via the Zoom/YouTube/telephone method and stay home.
  • If you have any COVID19 symptoms, cough, fever, or shortness of breath, connect via the Zoom/YouTube/telephone method, and stay home.
  • If you have been around anyone who has had COVID19 in the past 14 days, connect via the Zoom/YouTube/telephone method and stay home.

Yes, our normal meeting date is the second Saturday, however, in June we normally delay a week for Ham-Com, even if it’s canceled.<g>

Field Day 2020 — Menu

The American Radio Relay League (ARRL) sponsors an Annual Field Day competition. SCARS participates in these activities and operates emergency radios for 24 hours straight. Each year this is on the fourth full weekend in June. This year, that will be June 27 and 28, 2020. We will be operating out of Firehouse #7, 2207 Goddard Ave, Norman, OK, 73069. Contact if you’d like to be a part of the fun, or just show up. More information is available at the June 20th club meeting, and on the ARRL website at We set up operating tents, antennas, and generator sets to let us communicate with the thousands of other Field Day stations. The contacts are logged, and we compete for bragging rights for the upcoming year.

All are invited and are welcome. Anyone with any interest in amateur radio should plan to stop by. We’ll be operating in class 3F again this year. The number 3 signifies the number of simultaneous transmitters, and the F means that we are working from an Emergency Operating Center.

Typical field day setup will start Saturday at about 9:00 local, and tear-down will happen on Sunday at about 13:00 local. We start transmitting at 13:00 local on Saturday and operate for 24 hours straight until 13:00 local on Sunday.

So, if you’re interested in helping before or during the event, please contact any of the following personnel. Contact info for these is either on the SCARS membership roster or on

  • Field Day Chair: Mark N5HZR
  • Safety Officer: Mark N5HZR
  • CW Station: Open
  • SSB Voice Station: Open
  • Digital Modes (PK31, JT8CALL): Randy W6KPR
  • Food: Phil KD5UGO, Ron K5RJL, or David KD5ZLG
  • License Testing: None scheduled this year. (July 2nd is the next test)
  • Fox Hunt: None scheduled this year.
  • Anything else: Ed AG5DV or Mark N5HZR

LearnMorse V & Y — 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 10, which starts with the characters V and Y. 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: v v v v v vvv y y y y y yyy vy yy vy vyy vyy vvy vyv v y

Characters Previously Learned

Characters that we’ve already learned are:
A E F I J K L M N O P R S T U W 0 period

QRZ009: More Letters Praise, Attack the Great Zedd — 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 May 1982 C&E.

Open Letter to KU5B:

Dear KU5B,
Boy, you sure got a good callsign for what you are full of, buddy, and I do mean the B. It is just like my pal Cappy Satyr said, there is no one who can match up with Texas’ pride, the magnificent Dingfod Armstrong, and your Q.R. Zedd is just so much dogfood as far as we are concerned.

What makes you think Zedd is so hot anyhow? If you got nothing better to do than write about turkeys like him, you ought to turn in your goose because you ain’t going to need no more quills. You are an idiot and a nerd.
R.E. Sistor, Dallas
P.S.: And you know what I meant when I said that about your call. The B should stand for Balderdash!

If you were not an idiot you would know the world’s best DXer is Bill Buckeye of Columbus, Ohio, which is also the home of the world’s greatest football coach, Wayne Woodrow (Woody) Hayes.
Yours truly,
Areff Coil, Dayton


You guys in the 5 call area can squabble all you want, but everybody knows that we have the real champion Dxer here in 6-land. I speak, of course, of Hiram Tikitoki, Hawaiian-born greatest of the greats who, at the tender age of 21, has already worked 400 countries above 1296 GHz and lost all count of countries worked in various modes below the microwave region after he passed the 1,000 mark,

Hiram never boasts, so not a lot of people know about his exploits. However, I will tell you that he speaks 13 languages, can copy code above 100 WPM, invented the LED, the yellow-handled screwdriver and the martini, and is the only amateur radio operator ever allowed to operate from Lenin’s tomb in the Kremlin.

He can put your Zedd in the shade on any band, any mode, any time, any way, in daylight and in dark, standing on his head or asleep at the switch, under water or on the side of a volcano, from aeronautical mobile or his own shack, or any other way your Zedd might choose to operate. Hiram will take out both Zedd AND Armstrong with one Hawaiian punch.

I know you will not have the nerve to print this, but I am used to that kind of thing. By refusing to let the true facts about DX and DXers come to light, you are only showing the kind of person you really are, and I am too much of a gentleman to say what that is, You are really a rotten person. Your friend,
Yagi B. Quad,

TO THE EDITOR: …Calvin Cornpoe of Atlanta, who has worked all stations on all bands and also invented the Confederate flag…, Tom T. Tower, Atlanta
Dear KU5B, you TURKEY! The greatest DXer lives right here in New York City and his name is Milton Mac, The Big Mac was named after him after he worked 5BDXCC in three hours one weekend while loading his Swan 350 into the cord of an old Olympia record player. Please excuse the crayola. They will not let me have anything sharp here, Fraternally Yours, Liddy G. Gordon PS: I hate your guts. Come around here and I will hold your hand in a candle for a long time.

Dere Idiotur,
You proly thank you are reel smart with your stuff in there alla time on K.R. Zeff as wrote up by that fool KB5V. I just wan you to now that not all of us are amused. I showed one of your last ishews to my high school anglish class I tich reglar here in Newington an they said same as me it ain’t funny or nothing so why do they print it I don’t know I told them. Besides which everybody knows your man Zipp has never been approved by the ARRL so how could he amount to a hillybeens? An on top of that is, the greatest DXer is Hiram Percy Dunce of right here in Conn., he has worked quite a few countries on 75. I guess this will put you in your place where you belong which is more than you can say for everybody, so ha-ha!
Seventy thirds,
I.G. Rural,
Newington, Conn.

Dear Jack,
I have followed some of the correspondence in the C&E about Zedd. One or two of your correspondents even chose to drop my name into the controversy. As the truly greatest, I feel compelled to make a modest proposal. Why not have an amateur radio Olympics?

What I mean is, you can invite all the pretenders to the throne of greatness in DXing, and have a radio tournament, some weekend. Or heck, if you want to, you could spread it over a week or more. You can set up categories like most countries worked most bands/modes/etc.; QRP; with a dummy load antenna; SSB; CW; RTTY; SSTV, and so on. You can have a CW sending and receiving contest, a competition of pulling ’em out of the QRM, a special category for name-calling nastiness out of the band, etc., etc. Let everybody who thinks he is so great come and take part. Award points for first, second and third in each category. At the end of the tourney, add ’em all up, and winner takes all.

Of course I don’t really think many of these big-mouths will accept such an invite. None of ’em has got a gut in his body long enough to string a football with.
Good DX,
Bill Blast

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, a member spotlight, 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.

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 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 6

It’s all about ARRL Field Day!

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

ARRL DX Bulletin — Menu

ARLD024 DX news

QST de W1AW  
DX Bulletin 24  ARLD024
From ARRL Headquarters  
Newington CT  June 11, 2020
To all radio amateurs   

ARLD024 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 is QRV until June 30 to
celebrate the 200th anniversary of San Miguel del Padron, one of the
fifteen municipalities that make up the city of Havana.  Activity is
on the HF bands using CW, SSB and FT8.  QSL direct to CO2AME.
ANGOLA, D2.  Gabriel, D2EB, has 6 meter capabilities and may soon be
active from Grid Square JI61pe.  QSL via IZ3ETU.

ENGLAND, G.  Members of the Chelmsford Amateur Radio Society will be
QRV with special event station GB100MZX from June 13 to 20 to
commemorate the first official British radio broadcast 100 years
ago.  QSL via operators' instructions.

WALES, GW.  Members of Dragon Amateur Radio Club are QRV from
special event station GB0MZX until June 21 to commemorate the first
official British radio broadcast 100 years ago.  QSL via operators'

JAPAN, JA.  Katsu, JR7AMZ is QRV from Oshima, IOTA AS-206.  Activity
is on the HF bands using mostly FT8.  QSL via JA7ZRY.
SVALBARD, JW.  Bjorn, LA5NUA and Jurn, LA5LUA are QRV as JW5NUA and
JW5LUA, respectively.  QSL via operators' instructions.
BRAZIL, PY.  Members of the Clube de Radioamadores de Sao Miguel do
Oeste are QRV with special call ZZ60CRASMO during June to celebrate
the club's 60th anniversary.  QSL direct to PP5DZ.
SOMALIA, T5.  Ali, 6O1OO has been active on 20 meters using FT4 in
DXpedition mode around 2320z.  QSL direct to home call.
CHAD, TT.  Nicolas, TT8SN has been active on 6 meters using FT8 just
after 1000z.  QSL via DL9USA.
MALI, TZ.  Jeff, TZ4AM has been QRV on 20 meters CW around 0820z.
QSL via W0SA.

EUROPEAN RUSSIA, UA.  Special event station R20RUS and RU20RU are
QRV until June 14 to celebrate Russia Day.  QSL via operators'
AUSTRALIA, VK.  Members of the Wireless Institute of Australia are
QRV with special call VI110WIA until the end of 2020 to celebrate
the club's 110th anniversary.  Activity is on the HF bands.  QSL via

INDIA, VU.  Verghese, VU3WNI is QRV with special call AU9VV until
August 20 while participating in the STAY-HOME activities.  In
addition, VU2USI is QRV as AT2SAH until August 19.  QSL via
operators' instructions.

CAYMAN ISLANDS, ZF.  Frank, KK5XX is QRV as ZF2FD from Grand Cayman,
IOTA NA-016, until June 17.  Activity is holiday style on 80, 40 and
20 meters using CW and SSB.  QSL to home call.

Sprint, NCCC CW Sprint, RSGB Hope QSO CW Party, SMIRK 6-Meter
Contest, DRCG World Wide RTTY Contest, Asia-Pacific SSB Sprint, SKCC
Weekend CW Sprintathon, Portugal Day Contest, AGCW VHF/UHF Contest,
GACW WWSA CW DX Contest, REF DDFM 6-Meter Contest and RTTYOPS
Weekend Sprint will certainly keep contesters busy this upcoming

The RSGB Hope QSO FT4 Party, RSGB FT4 Contest Series and 4 States
QRP Group Second Sunday Sprint are all scheduled for June 15.

The RTTYOPS Weeksprint, SARL Youth 40-Meter SSB Sprint, RSGB Hope
QSO SSB Party and Worldwide Sideband Activity Contest are scheduled
for June 16.

The RSGB Hope QSO CW Party, CWops Mini-CWT Test, NAQCC CW Sprint and
Phone Fray are scheduled for June 17.

The 11th World Castles Weekend runs until June 21.
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

Bob’s new Pine Board progress, working DX with Gordo, George has a new tale from the transmitter site, Youth on the Air Camp will still go on from home with Neil Rapp and Chris Brault, Amateur Radio Newsline with Don, Solar Update with Dr. Tamitha Skov, your questions with Amanda and more!

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

73 de Mark N5HZR

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