SCARS News July 28, 2020

Ham Holiday 2020 Follow-up — Menu

Each year, starting in 1974, the Central Oklahoma Radio Amateurs, Inc. (CORA) sponsors a hamfest in the Oklahoma City area called “Ham Holiday”. CORA is made up of representatives of the Oklahoma City clubs. A hamfest is a place where amateur radio operators can see new radios, visit with fellow hams, buy and sell their gear, and attend training seminars, called forums, to learn new rules, regs, topics, gear, operating modes, and equipment. Since COVID-19 has restricted our ability to assemble, this year CORA sponsored Ham Holiday 2020 last Saturday. During the ARRL forum, we learned that Ham Holiday is the first, and so far, the only hamfest that has been moved online. At this time, all normal hamfests have been canceled from mid-March to at least the end of the year.

So, this year’s Ham Holiday was held as a YouTube live event and all of the sessions have been recorded for future viewing. Almost 300 viewers attended the live event and watched and asked questions during the 5 programs. Since the recordings have gone online, hundreds more have viewed these programs. So, pick your favorites, or ‘binge-watch’ the whole 5 1/2 hours.

DX Engineering Prize

Our friends at DXEngineering provided a couple of $100 gift certificates that Aaron Scott K5ATG and Jeff Martin K5WE won.

ARRL Membership Special Prize

And, as a special treat to the Ham Holiday attendees, ARRL West Gulf Director John Stratton N5AUS said that anyone who joins the ARRL or renews their membership on, or before August 1, 2020, can get a special ARRL book, cap, or another prize. Join or renew your ARRL membership by Saturday, and send John an email at telling him you joined/renewed during Ham Holiday 2020. Your renewal will extend your membership by one whole year, no matter when your renewal date is. ARRL membership is the first thing you should get after your license, and a free gift is always good!

Oklahoma ARRL Update

Kevin O’Dell N0IRW ARRL OK Section Manager, John Stratton N5AUS ARRL West Gulf Director, and Lee Cooper W5LHC ARRL West Gulf Vice Director talk about the past, present, and future of the Oklahoma Section. – Link to Video

DXing from Caymon Brac

Stan Stockton K5GO/ZF9CW Stan is a big-time DXpeditioner and contester maintaining a contest station in the Cayman Islands as ZF9CW. – Stan shows images and audio from past contests. – Link to Video

Transceiver Performance

Rob Sherwood NC0B of Sherwood Engineering has become very well known, publishing his list of receivers. Rob is now taking on the transceivers and has a plethora of great information for those wanting to study the waterfalls. Rob has also graciously provided his presentation PDF and PowerPoint documents. – Link to Video

Raspberry Pi Applications

Duane Angles AA5KD has been working with the inexpensive Raspberry Pi computers since they came on the market. In this presentation, he walks through the purchase, setup, and operation of a Pi that can be used in the radio room to control your radio. – Link to Video

Building an HF fan dipole antenna and balun and YL Forum

Michelle Carey W5MQC shows how she made a fan dipole for under $100 that will let you operate on 15m, 20m, 40m, and 80m. She also shows how she built a weathertight homebrew 1:1 balun. She also talks about the YL trip to the USS Batfish, and some additional YL topics. – Link to Video

Ham Holiday Vendors are still waiting for your business!

Without the amateur radio vendors, we wouldn’t have the gear we need to run the hobby. Each year these vendors support hamfests, including Ham Holiday, and you should visit these sponsors when you need some radio gear. When you work with these vendors, please be sure to tell them that you appreciate their efforts at Ham Holiday!

Bike MS Event Canceled — Menu

For many years the amateur radio community has supported the Bike MS annual ride. For many years this ride was managed out of Tulsa. For the last four years, SCARS has either managed, or helped with the rides that were based out of Norman, and Bartlesville. Unfortunately, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the good people at the National MS Society have had to cancel these events. Since this is a major fundraiser for them, please consider helping the cause at

Dear Volunteers,

We hope you and your loved ones are safe and well. We are contacting you today, to let you know that for the safety of the MS community and all our communities— we will not come together in person for Bike MS: Oklahoma this year.

While we are not able to safely gather for the Bike MS we know and love, we will do something brand new.

On September 26th we invite you to join cyclists across the country for Bike MS: Inside Out, the first-ever nationwide Bike MS experience that lets you build your own adventure. No matter how you choose to participate– you’ll be connected to our interactive features such as the live opening ceremony, shoutouts throughout the day, virtual jersey competition, new challenges and experiences.

A Few Things You Can Do to Help
• Volunteers are some of our most powerful fundraisers! Register as a virtual cyclist today to participate in Bike MS: Inside Out or donate at to make a difference so we can meet the urgent and expanding needs of people affected by MS in this time of crisis and beyond.
• Celebrate Bike MS – put on your orange or your favorite National MS Society volunteer t-shirt and show us how you’re celebrating by using #VirtualBikeMS on social media to share photos and more.
• Check out the Remote Volunteer Opportunities attached to this e-mail to join us in raising awareness about the mission of the National MS Society. Reach out to with any questions.

While our Bike MS experience may look different, our mission does not. We are here for people affected by MS and their families – no matter what.

If you are living with MS and need assistance, our MS Navigators are standing by and can be contacted via email – For event or fundraising questions, contact

Wishing you and your families health and safety during this time. Together, we are stronger!


Volunteer Engagement Staff, National MS Society  

LearnMorse B and the Question Mark (?) — 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 16, which starts with the characters B and the question mark (?). 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: b b b b b bbb ? ? ? ? ??? b? ?? b? b?? b?? bb? b?b b ?

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 3 5 8 9 comma period slash

QRZ015: The Ballad of Q.R. 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 December 1982 issue of C&E.

(Editors Note: As a Yuletide bonus, and in response to overwhelming demand, we reprint here the full lyrics of “The Ballad of Q.R. Zedd” as sung last Ham Holiday by Kenny Rogers. Those who did not witness the great western singer’s tribute to the world’s greatest DXer missed a touching moment in the history of radio. As sung by Rogers, the musical tribute went like this:)

When Q. R. Zedd was an itty-bitty boy,
Momma Zedd said to him,
“Q.R., there’s a world of DX way out there;
Go work it with vigor and vim.”
(Oh, lord!) “Go work it with vigor and vim.’

Little Q.R. Zedd was not much more than three,
But he did what Momma Zedd said.
He worked Hooterville and Lawrence of Arabian fame,
And soon the DX world knew his name —
(Oh, lord!)
Soon the DX world well knew his name.

By the time he was ten, he’d worked everything in sight:
Siam, Peking, and Bangladesh.
He’d worked more than four hundred in every mode and band,
And folks said he was the best in the land —
(Oh, lord!)
Folks said he was the best in the land.

He worked ’em with a single 807 lit up bright;
He worked ’em short- and long-path late at night;
He worked ’em CW and he worked ’em AM phone,
For a fourth-grader he didn’t do bad —
(Oh, lord!)
For a fourth-grader he didn’t do bad.

By the time he was twenty his fame had spread far;
He was known in every hamlet, town and state.
He was loved by all women, hated by all DX hogs,
And his call was written in all the famous logs,
(Oh, lord!)
His call was in all the famous logs.

His DXpeditions soon added to his fame;
He worked the world from Spain to old Bangkok.
South Georgia and Borneo and Liberia and Chad
Were all made more famous by his trips —
(Oh, lord!)
Were all made more famous by his trips.

Today Q. R. Zedd is the greatest of them all
And even old Blackie knows his call.
He is gracious, good and kind, and modest to a fault;
He’s the most modest DXer of them all —
(Oh, lord!)
He’s the most modest DXer of them all.

He lives quietly and comfortably on Honor Roll Ranch
Just a hoot and a holler south of town:
Just him and Tondelayo and a crew of forty-four,
And he never brags though he is so great —
(Oh, lord!)
He never brags although he is so great.

And whenever DXers gather ’round their rigs,
His name is sure to be heard.
But that’s only proper, and what more can be said?
There’s nobody quite like Zedd —
(Oh, lord!)
There’s nobody quite like Q R. Zedd.

So let us all stand tall, and show our pride to all,
That Q.R. Zedd is one of our own!
He’s the finest, brightest, straightest DXer ever lived;
It’s an honor to sing of his fame —
(Oh, lord!)
It’s an honor to sing of his fame!

We love you, Q. R. Zedd, you’re inspiration for us all,
And we bask in your glory and your fame;
You’re the finest, greatest, truest DXer ever lived,
It’s an honor to sing out your name —
(Q. R. Zedd!)
It’s an honor to sing out your name!

So let’s hear it one last time for the greatest of them all,
The legendary, famous Q.R. Zedd!
He’s the finest, greatest, truest DXer ever lived,
It’s an honor to sing out his name —
(Q.R. Zedd!)
It’s an honor to sing out his name!
(last verse may be repeated)

— KU5B

Newsletter News — Menu

This newsletter is announced in a number of places. Feel free to subscribe to the way that suits you best. If you’re an email person, you can subscribe by visiting If you’re a twitter person, visit us at And, each newsletter announcement is posted on the Facebook group at And, if you like to search this yourself, you can go straight to the newsletter at Any way you found the newsletter, we’re glad you made it.

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.

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
7/23-24/2021 | Ham Holiday | Location: OCCC – Oklahoma City, OK

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

ARLD030 DX news

QST de W1AW  
DX Bulletin 30  ARLD030
From ARRL Headquarters  
Newington CT  July 23, 2020
To all radio amateurs   

ARLD030 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.

UNITED ARAB EMIRATES, A6.  Special event stations A60EMM/1 through
A60EMM/9 are QRV to commemorate the Hope Probe project as part of
the UAE's involvement in the exploration of the planet Mars.  QSL
via operators' instructions.

TAIWAN, BV.  Bruce, BV2KI will be QRV as BV0WPX from Liu-Chiu Yu
Island, IOTA AS-155, in the RSGB IOTA contest as a Single Op/Island
DXpedition/Assisted entry.  QSL to home call.

CHINA, BY.  Operator BA4MY will be QRV as BG4OP from Lingshan
Island, IOTA AS-150, in the RSGB IOTA contest.  QSL via BI4IIZ.

PORTUGAL, CT.  Members of the Portuguese DX Group will be QRV as
CS5DX from Pessegueiro Island, IOTA EU-167, during the RSGB IOTA
contest.  Activity will be on 40, 20, 15 and 10 meters using CW, SSB
and FT8.  QSL direct to CS5DX.
MADEIRA ISLAND, CT3.  Ulf, DL5AXX will be QRV as CT9ABV in the RSGB
IOTA contest as a 12 Hour Mixed entry.  Paul, DL5CW will be QRV as
either CR3W or CT9/DL5CW in the remaining 12 Hour Mixed category.
QSL to home calls.

from Hooge Island, IOTA EU-042, until July 28.  Activity is on the
HF bands using SSB, FT8 and FT4.  This includes being an entry in
the RSGB IOTA contest.  QSL to home call.

PHILIPPINES, DU.  Operators DV8VMI, DX8CAD and DX9EVM will be QRV
from Mindanao, IOTA OC-130, in the RSGB IOTA contest.  DV8VMI will
be active on 40 meters, with DX8CAD and DX9EVM being active on all
bands.  QSL via operators' instructions.

ESTONIA, ES.  Igor, ES0IA will be QRV from Kassaar Island, IOTA
EU-034, in the RSGB IOTA contest.  QSL to home call.
HUNGARY, HA.  Members of the Hungarian FIRAC are QRV with special
event call sign HA70MAV from Budapest until December 1 to celebrate
the 70th anniversary of the Hungarian Railway.  Activity is on
various HF bands.  QSL via LoTW.

ITALY, I.  Raf, IH9YMC will be QRV from Pantelleria Island, IOTA
AF-018, in the RSGB IOTA contest.  QSL via LoTW.

BELGIUM, ON.  Ivan, ON4IBM will be QRV as PA/ON4IBM from Schouwen
Duiveland, IOTA EU-146, during the RSGB IOTA contest as a Single
Op/SSB Mode/24 Hrs/High Power entry.  QSL to home call.

DENMARK, OZ.  Palle, OZ2PBS will be QRV from Zealand Island, IOTA
EU-029, in the RSGB IOTA contest as a Single Op/All
Band/Assisted/High Power entry.  QSL to home call.

POLAND, SP.  Kuba, SQ6NEJ will be QRV from Wolin Island, IOTA
EU-132, in the RSGB IOTA contest as a Single Op/40 to 10 meter/SSB
Mode entry.  QSL via bureau.

GREECE, SV.  Thomas, SV2CLJ will be QRV as J48L from Amoliani
Island, IOTA EU-174, in the RSGB IOTA contest.  QSL direct to home

DODECANESE, SV5.  Stathis, SV5DKL plans to be QRV from Rhodes
Island, IOTA EU-001, in the RSGB IOTA contest as a Single Op/All
Band/CW Mode/Assisted/High Power entry.  QSL to home call.

BRUNEI, V8.  Special event station V84SPU is QRV until July 31 to
celebrate the 74th birthday of his Majesty Sultan.  Activity will be
on all bands and modes.  QSL via operators' instructions.

LAOS, XW.  Mike, XW2DX is QRV from Vientiane and is here for the
next 5 years.  Activity is on 20, 15 and 10 meters.  QSL via RM0L.

Sprint, NCCC CW Sprint, RSGB IOTA Contest and the ARS CW Flight of
the Bumblebees are all on tap for this upcoming weekend.

The RSGB FT4 Contest Series is scheduled for July 27.

The RTTYOPS Weeksprint, Worldwide Sideband Activity Contest and QCX
CW Challenge are scheduled for July 28.
The CWops Mini-CWT Test and Phone Fray are scheduled for July 29.

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

Bob Heil spotlights the Southwest Missouri Amateur Radio Club, coax cables with Gordo, George’s CW transmitter for less than $2, Amateur Radio Newsline with Don, Tamitha Skov live with the Solar Update, how to view the Neowise comet, your questions for Dr. T 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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