SCARS News July 21, 2020

Ham Holiday Online this Saturday — Menu

Ham Holiday is the central Oklahoma Hamfest and and it is normally held on the fourth weekend of July. Due to Covid-19 implications, this year, the event will be held online this Saturday July 25th, 2020.

The final schedule is being reviewed and will be published later today, but the event will start at 9:00 am. You will be able to see the entire schedule at The event will be streamed via YouTube and you can join the fun from the front page of

The day will start with the ARRL forum, hosted by John Stratton, Kevin O’Dell, and more. Our usual set of forum presenters will appear, including the OK DX Association.

There will be some prizes available during the event, including gift certificates from DX Engineering.

See you there!

Member Spotlight on Jorge Duarte W3JDG / HK3JDG — Menu

Thanks to a great article on the Oklahoma Analytics website, we get to meet one of our members, Jorge Duarte W3JDG. Jorge came to us as HJ3JDG and received his US amateur radio license at our Field Day license session. Jorge has been the driving factor in getting the Alpha Sigma Delta Radio Society at OU back up and running. Once again the club is up and running and until the place shut down, their future was looking bright. Jorge is a whiz with software-defined radios (SDRs) and enjoys getting them running. Last week some of you got to hear his wonderful SDR presentation. Jorge has built, rebuilt, and assembled a wide variety of radios on his network of antennas from his second-story apartment. Now, from the article, let’s hear more about Jorge.

Jorge started his PhD. in Industrial and Systems Engineering in the Fall of 2019, after completing his MSc. in Data Science and Analytics at The University of Oklahoma (OU) in the Summer of 2019. He also holds a BSc. in Systems Engineering from Universidad El Bosque in Bogotá, Colombia where he is from originally. His MSc. Thesis, entitled Probabilistic characterization of floods from catchment-scale precipitation moments, uses a variety of machine learning models in conjunction with data pertaining the spatial variability of rainfall, to characterize flood conditions and characteristics over gauged locations across the Contiguous United States (CONUS).   We are currently preparing his thesis for journal publication.

Since Spring of 2017, Jorge has worked with NOAA’s National Severe Storms Laboratory (NSSL) through OU’s Cooperative Institute for Mesoscale Meteorological Studies (CIMMS). As part of NSSL’s Warning Research and Development Division (WRDD), he’s been actively involved with projects such as ANCHOR (Automated Non-Contact Hydrologic Observation in Rivers) [] and FLASH (Flooded Locations and Simulated Hydrographs) []. Revolving around topics related to hydrometeorology and hydroinfomatics: hydrologic modeling of flash floods, remote sensing and post-wildfire debris flows, his contributions have involved designing and implementing machine learning and statistical computing approaches for predictive modeling, data processing and analysis.

Jorge’s primary research interests include predictive modeling, applied machine learning and hydroinformatics.

In his spare time Jorge enjoys composing, playing and producing music, and as an Amateur Radio Operator (licensed as W3JDG and HK3JDG) he also enjoys exploring the radio spectrum, and contacting DX (long distance) stations.

(From the Oklahoma Analytics website.)

LearnMorse 3 & 8 — 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 15, which starts with the characters 3 and 8. 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: 3 3 3 3 3 333 8 8 8 8 8 888 38 88 38 388 388 338 383 3 8

Characters Previously Learned

Characters that we’ve already learned are:
A E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W Y Z 0 5 9 comma period slash

QRZ014: Bill Blast Visits Zedd Again, Heads West — 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 November 1982 C&E.

As longtime readers may recall, it was fourteen months ago that we reported the first visit to Norman of Bill Blast, MC of the famous Blast Off DX Net, and his encounter with the legendary Q.R. Zedd. How time flies when you’re having fun.

Blast left Oklahoma a broken man in August of 1981, readers may recall, when he was bested in a duel for an XZ contact by Zedd, whose bolt of rf melted the Blast DXmobile in the process. Many readers first became aware of Zedd’s presence in central Oklahoma with that report.

Well, Blast was back again recently, and we are happy to report that stories of his demise have been exaggerated. He drove through Norman in a semi-trailer DX van, a converted Trailways bus for the head and a =rational C5A fuselage for the radio room.

“My plan,” Blast told a group of Norman amateurs lucky enough to visit him in his mobile rig, “is to drive to St. Maarten and operate the CQ Worldwide with W5NUT and his pals, then hit another six or eight islands between early November and Christmas, and be back in the Pacific Northwest in time for New Year’s, when as usual I will have 25 new ones on my net to start off the year right.”

Asked how he planned to get his mobile rig to St. Maarten and the other islands, Blast said he would drive every mile of the way. Informed that there is ocean between Florida and most of the islands he had mentioned, Blast explained that he had recently perfected an underwater tractor drive and high-fidelity periscope that would allow him to drive through most ocean areas.

“Of course I wouldn’t risk the mid-Pacific trench,” Blast said. “But I ought to be able to make it to islands in the Caribe without difficulty. By the way, does Zedd have any DXing plans this autumn?”

As if on signal, the door opened and the great Q.R. Zedd strolled into the trailer. He was curiously devoid of ham gear, but his nubile, blond, 19-year-old QSL secretary, Tondelayo Schwartz, was close behind his with a two-meter rig, a KWM-380, a 450 machine and an EME antenna array cunningly stowed inside a darling pink backpack. Her Candies clattering, Tondelayo made straight for a leather couch in Blast’s trailer and dropped onto it.

“Whew!” the darling girl sighed. “That stuff is sort of heavy!”

“Don’t complain, Tondelayo,” Zedd told her sternly. “It’s not like you had had to carry it all that far”.

“I know,” Tondelayo said. “It’s only a hoot and a holler in her from the ranch.”

“Little exercise keeps you in shape,” Zedd added.

“You’re such a darlin’ man,” Tondelayo said with great feeling. “You ALWAYS think about my welfare.”

“Go stand outside,” Zedd told her. “Bill and I plan to have some man-talk.”

“Yes, sir,” Tondelayo murmured, and hurried outside again into the evening.

“You hadn’t ought to send her out like that,” Blast told Zedd through the smoke of his cheroot.

“It won’t hurt her,” Zedd replied. “It ain’t raining that hard, and she’s got an umbrella.”

“If you were a gentleman, Q.R., you’d make an honest woman of her.”

Zedd looked up, hawklike. “Honest woman? Listen! That girl is already as honest as the day is long! I’ve never heard of her faking a QSL or anything like that! Why, just the other day I heard her miss some CW, copying along about 75 words a minute, and she didn’t blame QRM or anything, she just said she missed it. How honest can you get?”

“I don’t think you caught my drift,” Blast said.

“I guess not,” Zedd admitted. “Let’s talk DX.”

“I guess you worked that Vietnam station a week or two ago?’

“Only on eight bands,” Zedd said.

“How was the signal here from the latest NASA deep space probe?”

“Oh, not too bad. Of course I had an advantage, having designed the equipment in my spare time.”

“Let me take you into the back van and show you my mobile station,” Blast suggested.

Zedd stifled a yawn. “Thanks, Bill, but that appliance-operator stuff always bores me.”

Blast’s face reddened, showing that the great one had scored at last. ‘Listen! That so-called appliance back there is a totally homebrew setup capable of running 300 watts into the linear on any of thirty bands.”

“Izzat so?” Zedd asked, stuffing shag tobacco into his meerschaum, “You must have used that new chip I designed for Motorola.”

“I’m driving from here to St. Maarten,” Blast said, abruptly changing the subject. “I plan to hit quite a few islands.”

“I hope they don’t hit back,” Zedd said. “Yuk yuk yuk.”

“Last week I worked –“

“Yep, heard that. Took you three calls, didn’t it?”

“In the last VHF contest –”

“You did real good, Bill. Beat me fair and square. Of course I was using a handi with a dead battery in it.”

“Battery? You mean we were allowed to use a power source besides rubbing your shoe soles across the wool carpet?”

Zedd scratched a match and lit his pipe. The van instantly filled with acrid smoke. Blast’s alarm system went off and two fire trucks appeared within moments. Blast tried to explain that it was all a mistake, and got a shot of hydrant water in the face for his trouble. Zedd, Tondelayo in his wake, vanished into the night. “I’m going to get him,” Blast snarled as he received treatment in the emergency room. “Some way. Some day.

I’m going to get him. There is only room at the top for one, and as long as a few deluded souls think he is a greater DXer than I, I will know no peace.”

When last reported, Blast was motoring across northern Florida, and was expected to be nearing St. Maarten by press time. Zedd, meanwhile, said he planned to sit out the contest.

“Tondelayo and me plan to visit my momma,” the great man revealed.

Whether the visit to Momma Zedd’s place near Mena, Ark., portended possible bells of the kind Bill Blast had suggested, only time will tell.
— KU5B

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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
8/22/2020 | Joplin Hamfest | Location: Joplin, MO – One day tailgate only event
9/05/2020 | Arkansas State Convention | Location: Mena, AR – Nothing scheduled
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 7

A discussion of how to properly solder a PL259 coaxial cable connector. Also, courses that will help improve your public service skills.

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

ARRL DX Bulletin — Menu

ARLD029 DX news

QST de W1AW  
DX Bulletin 29  ARLD029
From ARRL Headquarters  
Newington CT  July 16, 2020
To all radio amateurs   

ARLD029 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.

BRUNEI, V8.  V84SPU will celebrate the 74th birthday of His Majesty
Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Muizzaddin Waddaulah.  Activity will be
from July 18 to 31 on all bands and modes.  QSL direct only.

UNITED ARAB EMIRATES, A6.  To commemorate the launch of the Mars
"Hope Probe" and the 50th anniversary of the union of the UAE,
special event station A60EMM will be QRV with multiple stations
(i.e. A60EMM/1 /2, etc.)  QSL details are on

FINLAND, OH.  From July 17 to 30, Ric, DL2VFR plans to be QRV as
OH73ELK, mainly on CW.  QSL via the OH QSL Bureau.

BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA, E7.  Members of the Nikola Tesla Radio Club
are celebrating Tesla's 164th birthday with the call sign E7TESLA
until July 20.  QSL via E77E direct or via the Bureau or eQSL.

HUNGARY, HA.  The Hungarian FIRAC group is active with the call sign
HA70MAV until December 1.  QSL via LoTW or eQSL.

ITALY, I.  Members of the Italian Naval Old Rhythmers Club
(I.N.O.R.C.) will be using the call sign II0ICEH from July 18 to
August 1 to commemorate the Andrea Doria disaster.  QSL via Bureau.

OGASAWARA, JD1.  Takashi, JH1FFW is QRV as JD1/JH1FFW until July 19
on 40 to 6 meters using SSB and FT8.  QSL via the Bureau to his home
call, LoTW or eQSL.

UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, K.  The Grayson County Amateur Radio Club
commemorates the Red River Bridge War of 1931, a boundary conflict
between Oklahoma and Texas, with the call sign W5I from July 18 to
26.  QSL via K5GCC direct or via the Bureau, LoTW or eQSL.

BULGARIA, LZ.  George, LZ2VP is QRV as LZ77VP until the end of July.
QSL via LZ2VP.

GREECE, SV.  Members of the Radio Amateur Association of Western
Peloponnese (RAAWP) are dedicating the special event call sign SX3SP
to the memory of Saint Paisios of Mount Athos, until July 31.  QSL
via LoTW or eQSL.

DODECANESE ISLANDS, SV5.  Stathis, SV5DKL plans to participate in
the RSGB IOTA Contest, July 25 and 26, in the single-op, all-band,
CW, High-power category from his home station on Rhodes Island.  QSL
via his home call.  After the contest he will upload to LoTW, Club
Log and eQSL.

TAIWAN, BV.  BX2AB is planning to operate as BV0WPX from the PengHu
Islands during the RSGB IOTA Contest, July 25 and 26.  He will be
single-op assisted.  QSL via BV2KI.  Also, Bruce, BV2KI will be QRV
in the contest as BV9AYA.  He will be single-op assisted.  QSL via
home call.

GHANA, 9G.  Matteo, IZ4YGS travels to Ghana on July 24.  After
quarantine he will be at his station starting August 8 and
continuing until mid-September as 9G5GS.  QSL via OQRS, LoTW, eQSL
or direct to the IZ4YGS address.

TURKEY, TA.  YM9SIX is a new six meter beacon, running five watts to
a vertical on 50.403.5.  It is located at the QTH of TA7OM in grid
KN80.  Testing is underway.  It appears it may be moved to grid LN10
and another frequency at some point.

FRANCE, F.  Station TM11AD will be operated by the British Breakout
from Normandy Museum in its annual liberation festival, on August 1
and 2.  Look for them on HF CW, SSB and digital modes.  They are
hoping to use genuine WWII era gear and demonstrating it to the
public.  QSL via F4KKE, LoTW or Club Log.

MALTA, 9H.  Reiner, DL2AAZ plans to be QRV from September 4 to 18,
holiday style, if there are no COVID-19 concerns.  Call signs 9H3TI
and 9H3SAT have been requested.  He will be QRV on 40 to 6 meters
and 13/3cm on the QO-100 satellite, using SSB and CW.  QSL via the
Bureau, no Club Log or LoTW.

UKRAINE, EM44.  Look for EM44L to be active from the Regional
Landscape Park "Feldman Ecopark" (URFF-0194; New One) on July 18 and
19.  QSL via UT5LU.

SVALBARD, JW.  Erwann, LB1QI will be active as JW/LB1QI from the
JW5E club station in Lonyearben from September 24 to 27.  Activity
will be on 160 to 6 meters using CW and SSB.  QSL via LB1QI, direct,
by the Bureau, LoTW or ClubLog.

THE NETHERLANDS, PA75.  Special event station PA75WSN will be active
until the end of the year to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the
liberation of The Netherlands in World War II.  Activity will be on
various HF and UHF bands using SSB and the Digital modes.  QSL via
the Bureau or direct.  See for details.

RUSSIA, UE45.  Members of the Fifth Ocean Club are active as UE45SA
until July 19.  Activity is to celebrate 45th anniversary of
Apollo-Soyuz joint mission in space.  Operators are Victor, RV3YR
and Viktor, RN3YN and R3YC.  QSL via RV3YR, direct, via the Bureau
or Clublog.  See for more details.

FT8DMC ANNIVERSARY.  More special call signs celebrating the 3rd
anniversary of the FT8 Digital Mode Club, until July 31 include
CB3DMC, XR3DMC and XR3FT8 from Chile (QSL direct to CE3GCA); GB8DMC
from England (operated by G8LIY, QSL via, and OZ8FTDM from
Denmark (operated by OZ1KZX, QSL via LoTW and eQSL).

THIS WEEKEND ON THE RADIO.  The Russian Radio Team Championship,
Trans-Tasman Low-Bands Challenge, Feld Hell Sprint, North American
QSO Party, RTTY, CQ Worldwide VHF Contest, RSGB Low Power Contest,
Run for the Bacon QRP Contest and the CQC Great Colorado Gold Rush
are all on tap for this weekend.  The SKCC Sprint is on July 22 and
the RSGB 80-Meter Club Championship, Data is on July 23.  Please see
July 2020 QST, page 74 and 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

Tim Duffy Announces the DXE Virtual Hamfest on July 25th, mobile antennas with Gordo, George does some IC-705 current tweaks, 2020 Field Day 10,000′ above sea-level, Amateur Radio Newsline with Don, 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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