In This Issue…,
- Field Day This Weekend
- License Test July 2
- LearnMorse G & the comma (,)
- QRZ010: Q.R. Zedd and His Electric Secretary
- Newsletter News
- Local Hamfests
- Dates To Remember
- Odds and Ends
- SCARS Is On The Web
- Podcast: On The Air
- This Week’s ARRL Letter
- ARRL DX Bulletin
- Podcast: Amateur Radio Newsline
- Podcast: Ham Nation
Field Day This Weekend — Menu
Each year, the American Radio Relay League (ARRL) sponsors an Annual Field Day competition and SCARS participates in these activities by operating radios for a 24 hour period. The goal is for the thousands of radio stations to make as many contacts during that time frame. Each year this takes place 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.
This year’s operation will be a scaled-back version due to the ongoing pandemic. This year the ARRL has modified the rules that make it easy to operate from home and aggregate your scores in a club total. 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 field day event. All details are on the club Field Day page.
Operating from Home
Gayland Kitch WX5MOR has taken the lead on this part of the project and he has prepared a great presentation that should provide all of the details that you need to get involved from home. A PDF of that information is available at this link. The original PowerPoint version is available at this link.
For More Information
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you’d like to be a part of the fun, or stop by to play a part.
More information on the national event is available on the ARRL website at http://www.arrl.org/field-day. 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.
License Testing July 2 — Menu
As it stands now, the next SCARS exam session will be held at Norman Fire Department Station #7, 2207 Goddard Ave, Norman, Oklahoma, on July 2 at 1830 CDT. 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.
The SARS-CoV-2 virus spreads primarily through respiratory droplets, so wearing a mask, even one made of cloth, significantly reduces the risk both for the wearer and people that the wearer encounters. This is especially true if both parties are wearing masks.
Proper sanitization of the area before everyone arrives and after everyone leaves is an easy way to minimize contaminants on the table surfaces so this will occur. Coupled with good hand-washing — there is a sink in the training center area as well as restrooms — and masks this reduces the risk to the lowest level possible.
This virus is never going away, so make peace with that. We have to consider how we move forward since it is now part of the environment, just as we have done with Influenza and other viruses and bacteria. If we had been simply washing our hands and sanitizing surfaces for the last 10 years the way we are not, we could have saved many lives lost to the flu not to mention COVID-19!
While COVID-19 shares many symptoms with Influenza, it is far more dangerous, especially right now while we are still learning about it. In a few years, we will understand more and be in a better position to protect ourselves. Remember – experts in disease are assembling this airplane in flight!
If you choose to attend this exam:
- You will be required, as noted, to wear a mask covering your mouth and nose. Bring your own or we will have a few 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.
- 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 virus transmission, we won’t be.
- We will only have four volunteer examiners present. If you are prepared to take more than one exam element, each one you are prepared for will be administered to you. 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 have not already done so (some of you have), register at https://w5nor.org/license/ so we can be ready for you when you arrive.
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 question/answer pool which will have become effective the day before, July 1. Check your study materials NOW.
SCARS Exam Team Leader
LearnMorse G & the comma (,) — 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 11, 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: G G G G G GGG , , , , , ,,, G, ,, G, G,, G,, GG, G,G G ,
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 V W Y 0 period
QRZ10: Q.R. Zedd and His Electric Secretary — 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 June 1982 C&E.
In response to the vitriolic attacks on the reputation and even the character of Oklahoma’s beloved and greatest DXer, Q.R. Zedd, an intrepid reporter drove south out of Norman one day recently to attempt an interview with the Great One at his home QTH, Honor Roll Ranch.
We must admit that we were only partly successful, but we did succeed in learning new facts about the latest honor to come to the great man, and at the same time we picked up some thrilling news (or all who plan to attend Ham Holiday, the world’s greatest ham meeting slated for Oklahoma City soon.
The ranch was relatively quiet when we arrived. The cowboys were tending the white-face cattle, and some of J.R. Ewing’s boys were checking out some of the oil wells. A team of 30 steeplejacks swarmed over some of the Great One’s towers, checking out the ten-over-tens, the 12-element hf quads, the 40-foot dishes, etc. Around the mansion itself there was little activity, and Zedd’s converted Greyhound bus was not in its usual place in the garage area. Undaunted, we proceeded to the back of the house, where, beside the Olympic-sized swimming pool, we found the lovely Tondelayo Schwartz, blonde, nubile, 19-year-old QSL secretary to Zedd.
Why, hi, there!” Tondelayo beamed, wriggling up off the chaise lounge in order to shake hands. Her dazzling blue eyes sowed concern. “What’s the matter, honey? Has thet ole cat got yur tongue?”
In response to the reporter’s gargling sounds, the darling Tondelayo giggled happily. “Why, ah can see by the expression on yur face thet yur plumb surprised to find me 1 this little ole darlin’ bikini. Isn’t it just precious? The only trouble with it is, if you try to store it in the medicine cabinet, you get it lost amongst the Dandaids every tie-yuml”
We finally managed to ask if the great Zedd was on the premises.
“Why, my goo’ness, no!” Tondelayo beamed, again reclining on the chaise lounge and causing two steeplejacks to fall from one of the nearby towers. “Ah thought everilbody knew the darlin man was in Washington this week!”
“We thought that was last month, Tondelayo, when he posed for the bronze bust to go in the Smithsonian.’
‘Why, no! He went ag’in, •doncha know! He was sent for by the president,”
‘The president of the United States?’ we gasped.
Tondelayo laughed merrily, “Why, shoo-erl The darlin’ man had been so busy workin’ DX, he needed another trip, anyway.”
“What DX has the great Zedd worked lately?”
“Oh — jus’ ever’thang!”
“May goo’ness, yay-us! Las’ week he worked Tibet, Mongolia, Liberal, Kansas, an’ AD1S all on 1296, an’ one night for practice he ran hisself off another five-band DXCC, so naturally now he’s restin’ in addition to he’pin’ out the president, doncha know, an’ ah’m fillin’ out these few hunnert QSL cards you see here beside mah chaise lounge.”
We could not resist asking, “Tondelayo, do you have career plans beyond being the blonde, nubile, 19-year-old QSL secretary for Mr. Zedd?”
Tondelayo wriggled again. “Mah goo’ness, honey, what did yell have in mind?”
“Well, nothing, really. I mean, we just wondered if you plan to make a life of working at this uh position.”
“Oh. Ah see,” The sweet child pouted. ‘Way-yull, Ah really don’t know what more a girl could ask out of life, doncha know. Ah mean, ah get to go on the big DX-peditions with him, an’ operate the big station here when he’s not home or otherwise occupied. Ah jus’ don’t know anythang else in life thet’d give me such a thrill…unless y’all got somethin’ in mind.—?”
“Tondelayo, you are the holder of the Amateur Extra license, is that so?”
‘Yay-yus! Ah have also talked on all bands with Wayne Green. You know Wayne Green? Mah goo’ness, I ‘speck you do, doesn’t everibody? He invented the electron! An’ he belongs to the Menses Society…somepin like that, doncha know, only other geniuses can belong, an’ they jus’ talk to each other. But thet darlin’ man is SO humble, he only writes a colyum about how he’s a genius about once a year. Ah jus’ love him!’
“Tondelayo, perhaps you could tell us what Mr. Zedd is doing in Washington with the president, We have had vicious letters which we hope to have a comment on –”
“Yay-yus! Ah saw some of those letters an’ they jus’ made me want to cry!’
“We can tell you’re very emotional.”
‘Why, what did y’all have in mind?”
“Nothing –nothing. About the president
“Yay-yus, The president ast Q.R. to come to Washington an’ see if he couldn’t do somepin about the White House TV sets.”
“The TV sets?”
“Yay-yus. They needed filters an’ no one could supply ’em,’
‘Yay-yus. It seems ever’ time the darlin’ president turned on his TV, he saw on the news this stuff about poor people, but everyone knows there aren’t a lot of poor people anymore, jus’ a FEW truly needy.—one in Buffalo, ah think, an’ maybe one in Dallas. So what Q.R. was gonna do was make the president some Poor Filters fee his TV sets. So then, outta sight, outta –“
“I see. Well, Tondelayo, I’m sure everyone will be overjoyed to hear that our own Great One is helping the poor, overworked president. And this means you are alone here on the ranch?”
“Why? What did y’all have in mind?”
“Let us put it this way: when is Mr. Zedd likely to return so we might attempt an interview?”
“Why, ah don’t rightly know! It ought to be in a day or two, though. He was gonna have coffee with some Congressmen, but they tole him it would take’em until about October to make the coffee, if they used instant, an’ early next year if they made real. So he’s comini on back as soon as he gets the filters made an’ hooked on.”
“Will the Great One be back in time for Ham Holiday?”
“Oh, I’m shooer he weyull Q.R. LOVES Ham Holiday! If he’s said it to me once, he’s said it a millyun tiyums: ‘Tondelayo, honey, there is NOTHIN’ like that there Ham Holiday. Where else could you meet upancomers like KB5EK?’!”
“And will you be there, too, Tondelayo?”
The darling girl wriggled and one of the steeplejacks fell off a nearby tower. “I wouldn’t miss it for ANYTHANG! I’ve already bought a new outfit, a darlin’ little sundress.—sorta bare in back, and short, so if it’s warm there in the Myriad I won’t get all sweaty and all at my table in the flea market –”
“And you feel sure Q.R. will also attend?”
He’ll be back in a few days! Ast him!”
“Then can we call you back in a few days?”
“Mah good’ness, honey, what DID you have in mind? Don’t be bashful! Tell me raht now!”
“Thank you, Tondelayo Schwartz, blonde, nubile, 19-year-old QSL secretary for the great Q.R. Zedd,”
“Y’all come back now, you heah?”
I would like to know what the big deal is about this fellow O.R. Zedd!! Surely you must be aware that CONTESTING is where it’s at!
Haven’t you yokels in Oklahoma ever heard of S.W. Stakes, the greatest contester of all time? I realise that you may not be aware of SW ‘s great accomplishments in the contesting world, unless you listen around on 40 meter phone late at night from December to October each year.
I’ve been listening in and I feel it is my solemn duty, as an observer of persons who perform great feats on a daily basis, to tell you of the great S.W. Stakes, idol of all who aspire to contest greatness.
S.W. was born in the control room of an RCA receiving station on the east coast on November 22 1942 during a worldwide communications net SL ‘s mother was the NCS! I should mention that our hero’s father was the transmitter operater.
Our young friend’s folks were too tight to hire a baby sitter, so he was taken to the station by either his mother or father each working day until he was five years old. Of course you can see that S.W. had an excellent oportunity to learn both CW and Phone op rating technique, from his mom (phone) and his pop (CW). This could explain why our hero’s voice rises one octave when battling through pile ups.
S.W.’s school life was brilliant, of course with an A average in all things except citizenship (he kept taking cuts in the cafeteria line). S.W. is still attending school except when it gets in the may of his contest activities, or when working at the Pizza Planet in Cheyenne Wells Colorado, where he and his mom and pop moved so he could ho near his favorite megabuck station.
Let it be known by all, that during the month of October each year, our hero works at a feverish pitch directing the activities of the workmen who, employed by the famous Mr. Dig Bucks, get all the antennas on the fifteeen towers, ranging from 65 to 130 feet in height, ready for the greatest contest of all……. the ARRL November Sweepstakes. Of course the management of the Pizza Planet gives S.W. a leave of absence during this period, due to the public service nature of the event. Our subject also spends many hours testing the equipment to be used during the up-comming contest. He can be heard almost nightly testing his vomit speach processer and his specially -built programmable keyer, which sends, receives, logs, dupes and makes snide remarks automatically with the pushing of a button. The keyer does lose something in the snide remarks department due to it’s inability to sound better than thou. S.W. assures us Mr. Big Ducks has a team of experts working on this problem and should have a working model ready in time for the 1983 contest season.
During the final days prior to the big event our hero can be heard, practicing adjusting his VOX so that he can talk and listen at the same time. He does this by making remarks,: about others who happen to join in his special test net while they are transmitting (the trick is not to be caught by the interloper).
Now we come to the big event. S.W. sets down before Mr. Big Bucks operating console consisting of no less than ten sets of Drake “C Line Twins” (two for each band) and 5 specially constructed RF amplifiers, each containing four 4CX1000’s with 3/8 inch solid silver tubing tank cOils and vacum variable tuning capacitors (you must use vacume variables if you intend to run 5KW output over a wide range of frequencies without retuning), each capable of 10KW input to the final. Our hero throws the big switch and there is a dull thrummmmm as the 5 polo transformers used as the plate supplies for the RF decks come to life. After warming the RF decks for one hour it is 5 minutes till ZERO HOUR.
I see by the digital contest clock on the wall that it is time to tune in the 40 meter band for more hints from the great S.W. Stakes. I will continue my description of SW ‘5 last contest in future correspondence.
(EDITOR’S NOTE: We wanted to get a reaction from Q.R. Zedd himself to these latest comments from various parts of our fair nation, but Zedd was in Washington at presstime, posing for a bronze bust that will be enshrined in the radio room at the Smithsonian Institution. Zedd’s bust will be placed between those of his maternal grandfather, Marconi, and his paternal grandmother, Henryetta Edison. When Zedd returns, we will attempt to solicit comment. However, readers should be warned that Zedd, a quiet man, shuns the limelight and controversy, and may refuse to enter the public arena with an argument no clearly and indisputably in big favor.
Phyllis M. Gilmore, KE6TC
23420 Washington St. Apt, 24 Colton, CA 92324
April 14, 1982
KU5B via CORA, Collector & Emitter
1020 Arthur Drive
Midwest City, OK 73110
An editor of the TRW Amateur Radio Club’s newsletter, Crosstalk, I get to read the exchange newsletters first (with a view to scavenging). Well, I’ve got to make a plea for mercy to you brilliant folks out there in OK.
I see an urgent need for publication (in book or booklet form) of the life and times of the esteemed Mr. Q.R. Zedd. I’ve only been studying this august parsonage for a few months. So I’m sure I’ve missed some information crucial to my development into an adequate radio amateur. Had I been able to sit, an adoring student, at his feet, perhaps my longest HF DX contact would have been out of the county.
Furthermore, unless a definite biography (autobiography?) comes out, there will be no way to squelch some of the dire rumors circulating in these parts. Perhaps the most unhappy of these is that Zedd’s unacknowledged harmonic is into CB DX (of course, ho might just be bootlegging the surname). Could Zedd redeem this unhappy child with a few well placed di-dahs? Yet another rumor is that, unbeknownst to Moma Zedd, Q.R. is in fact married (not, however, to the QSL secretary). It seems, according to the signals, that Mr. & Mrs. decided on a separation after the day she pointed her beam east and he pointed his beam west and each lit out after DXpeditions with the full gallon (plus) at precisely the same moment.
Please consider, as a minimum, making some of these delightful articles available in reprint. I love them!
DEAR SIR OR MAME AS THE CASE MAY BE
I suppose some real fool will suggest some kind of real stupid contest to show who the greatest DXer really is and I just want to say that is a real ignorant idee. Contests don’t prove nothing and all they do is garbage up the bands which are already too crowded, from the influx of CBers like you Besides, which the greatest of them all is Levi Longwire of Chicago, since he is the best 9 he would odviously be the greatest in the world, and if you try to deny it, you are a sap, because who invented the pileup and the police riot but Levi, and had britches named after ‘him besides?’
I am not signing my name because I too am famous and too many people would be writing me for my autograph.
ANONYMOUS IN PEORIA
JACK H. BICKHAM, KU5B,
2603 Beaurue Drive,
Noman, Okla., 73069
4 May 1982
Phyllis M. Gilmore, KE6TC,
23420 Washington St., Apt. 24,
Colton, Calif., 92324
Thank you for your kind letter about the exploits of the world’s greatest DXer, Oklahoma’s own Q.R. Zedd. Your suggestion about a more detailed biography is one with which I certainly sympathize, but the editor here is real mean (also poor) and I can only get at best one page a month to tell about the Great One’s exploits. At the present time I have features about him written in advance and on the disk in my computer through next November, but for all I know this crazy man in charge of the CAE might pull the plug on me at any moment and not give me any space at all, so I have to be careful.
I do want you to know that the rumors you have heard about Zedd are largely (everything about him is “largely”!) untrue. As detailed some months ago, Zedd was married once but the marriage was annulled on the grounds that it was never consumated; there was a great polar opening on the evening of the wedding, and the next day Zedd took off on a 200-country DX-pedition of his own, and the poor girl got tired of waiting and married some guy wearing a 10-4 Good Buddy shirt. As to stories of an unadmitted harmonic, everyone knows that Zedd has never been guilty of this kind of harmonic deviation, or any other.
Q.R. (as he allows his intimates to call him) would have replied to your letter himself, I am sure, but he is in Washington at this hour, posing for a bronze statue for the Smithsonian, where it will be displayed bewtween similar busts of his maternal grandmother, Henryetta Edison, and his aunt, Fredrika Morse. I will pass your letter along to his nubile, blonde, 19-year-old QSL secretary, Tondelayo, so that it will receive his prompt attention when he returns home. If your bedsprings start vibrating from high-power rf, or the nails in the walls of the apartment start to glow, I suggest you turn on your rig; it will probably mean Q.R. Zedd is calling to thank you personally.
And again — thanks!
cc: CORA C&E
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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.
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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.
ARRL On the Air – Episode 6
It’s all about ARRL Field Day!
ARRL Letter — Menu
- More Amateur Radio Exam Sessions Engineering In-Person, Remote Solutions
- Visalia DX Convention to be Refashioned as Two Virtual Events in 2021
- Field Day 2020: Balancing Tradition and Safety in the COVID-19 Era
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- Support ARRL as You Shop AmazonSmile for Father’s Day
- Youth on the Air in the Americas Announces At-Home Bonus Summer Activities
- Kids Day in the Age of COVID-19
- The K7RA Solar Update
- Just Ahead in Radiosport
- Tennessee Court of Appeals Affirms Contempt Ruling Against Radio Amateur
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ARRL DX Bulletin — Menu
SB DX @ ARL $ARLD025 ARLD025 DX news ZCZC AE25 QST de W1AW DX Bulletin 25 ARLD025 From ARRL Headquarters Newington CT June 18, 2020 To all radio amateurs SB DX ARL ARLD025 ARLD025 DX news This week's bulletin was made possible with information provided by W2GD, 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. WEST MALAYSIA, 9M2. Members of the Malaysian Amateur Radio Transmitters are QRV with special call 9M2STAYHOME until August 11 to support and promote social distancing to encourage people to stay within their homes to slow the spread of COVID-19. QSL via operators' instructions. UNITED ARAB EMIRATES, A6. Special event station A60CH is QRV from Sharjah during the COVID-19 pandemic. QSL via EA7FTR. BAHRAIN, A9. In recognition of June 23 being United Nations Public Service Day, Fawaz, A92AA is QRV using special event station A91PSD until June 23. QSL to home call. SPAIN, EA. Members of the URE section San Fernando will be QRV with special event callsign AM500ISJ from June 20 to 28 to mark a milestone made during Magellan's circumnavigation of the globe. QSL via EA7URF. ENGLAND, G. Special event station GB125NT is QRV until June 28 from the Marconi Lizard Wireless Station to draw attention to the 125th anniversary of the National Trust. QSL via operators' instructions. ALAND ISLANDS, OH0. Bosse, OH0BHU has been active on 6 meters using mostly SSB with some CW. QSL direct to home call. DENMARK, OZ. Michael, OZ1KZX is QRV as 5P2LND from Langeland Island, IOTA EU-172, until June 20. Activity is holiday style on the HF bands. QSL via LoTW. BONAIRE, PJ4. John, W2GD will be QRV as PJ4/W2GD on June 20 and 21. He will be QRV as time permits with a focus on the All Asia DX CW contest. QSL via LoTW. EUROPEAN RUSSIA, UA. Special event station R300WORF is QRV until August 31 to commemorate the 300th anniversary of the birth of Dmitriy Ivanovitch Vinogradov, the inventor of Russian porcelain. QSL via operator's instructions. FALKLAND ISLANDS. Bob, VP8HDM will be QRV as VP8HDM/A from various locations during International Museum Weekends 2020. QSL via VP8LP. INDONESIA, YB. Members of the ORARI Lokal Blitar will be QRV with special event callsign 8A50BK on June 20 and 21. QSL via direct. SOUTH SUDAN, Z8. Diya, Z81D is monitoring for 6 meter FT4 stations. He is also active on 40 to 12 meters. QSL via OM3JW. THIS WEEKEND ON THE RADIO. ARRL SSB Kids Day, All Asian DX CW Contest, International Museum Weekends 2020, NCCC CW Sprint, RSGB Hope SSB QSO Party, Battle of Carabobo International Contest, Ukrainian DX Classic RTTY Contest, IARU Region 1 50/70 MHz Contest, Stew Perry Topband CW Challenge, West Virginia QSO Party, RTTYOPS Weekend Sprint, Feld Hell Sprint, WAB 50 MHz Phone and Run for the Bacon QRP CW Contest are all on tap for this upcoming weekend. The RSGB Hope CW QSO Party is scheduled for June 22. The RTTYOPS Weeksprint, Worldwide Sideband Activity Contest and RSGB Hope FT4 QSO Party are scheduled for June 23. The SKCC CW Sprint, CWops Mini-CWT Test, RSGB Hope SSB QSO Party, and Phone Fray are scheduled for June 24. Please see June 2020 QST, page 69 and the ARRL Contest Calendar and WA7BNM Contest Web Sites for details. NNNN /EX
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Amateur Radio Newsline — Menu
– MUST-SEE TV: HIGH-FLYING HAMS WALK IN SPACE
– SOLAR ORBITER MAKES CLOSEST APPROACH TO SUN
– NEW ENTITY CREATED TO OVERSEE ASTRONAUT-STUDENT QSOS
– SPEEDWAY SPECIAL EVENT STARTS ITS ENGINES
– BAVARIAN CLUB OFFERS FRIEDRICHSHAFEN ALTERNATIVE
– VIRTUAL HAM EXPO SET FOR AUGUST
– NEW LEADERSHIP FOR HAMVENTION
– IRELAND GETS NEW NATIONAL RADIO SOCIETY
– REWARDS FOR GOOD OPERATING BEHAVIOR
– DREAMS OF A SUMMER HAM CAMP DOWN UNDER
– WORLD OF DX
– UP UP AND AWAY – TO VICTORY
The Amateur Radio Newsline can be found at ARNewsline.org.
Ham Nation — Menu
Recapping the VHF contest with Gordo, Randy continues building his shack, Robert Wareham N0ESQ surprises Amanda with a position in the ARRL Colorado section, more Tales from the Transmitter Site with George, Amateur Radio Newsline with Don and 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