In This Issue…
- Morse Code and Capitol Records
- David Perry N5KUJ SK
- LearnMorse X & 6
- QRZ019: Zedd to Wed Tondelayo, The Lucky Girl!
- 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
Morse Code and Capitol Records — Menu
The Los Angeles Capitol Records building has been sending secret messages since it opened. Only those with a Morse code background can read the message.
In this issue of the SCARS newsletter, we highlight the 20th issue of the LearnMorse program. In this lesson, we learn the final two characters of the code, the letter X, and the number 6. If you’ve been following along, you should be ready to copy the entire Morse code alphabet. Feel free to backtrack and restart your training if you need to pick up some missed letters. For the next 20 weeks, we will feature some Morse code test sessions that can give you some practice in real-world activities.
Alan Livingston, the Capitol Records president when the building opened had the idea to send out the word “Hollywood” in Morse code. When the building opened in 1956, Samuel Morse’s granddaughter Leila Morse turned the light on.
In 1992, the message was changed to “Capitol 50” to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Capitol Records. Before the release of the Katy Perry album, Prism, the message read “Katy Perry. Prism. October 22, 2013.” It’s reported that no one noticed the message change. The SCARS newsletter staff contacted the Capitol Records leadership to get some more details, but nothing additional was offered. The light is still sending out Morse code signals today. More information is available at the Atlasobscura site.
David Perry N5KUJ Silent Key — Menu
On Saturday, August 22nd, 2020 David Perry N5KUJ died at the age of 60. David went through the SCARS Novice / Technician classes and became a ham in the late 1980s. Throughout the years David has been active in the club and in the community, serving as a SCARS club president and currently was the City of Norman Ward 2 Councilman. David was a frequent fixture at the SCARS McMeeting group. David taught school in Maysville, and Oklahoma City, and ran a local phone and computer sales/service company.
An online virtual memorial service will be held on Friday, August 28th, 2020. More information on that service and other arrangements are available on the Havenbrook Funeral Home website.
LearnMorse X & Number 6 — 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 20, which starts with the characters X and number 6. 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: x x x x x xxx 6 6 6 6 6 666 x6 66 x6 x66 x66 xx6 x6x x 6
Characters Previously Learned
Characters that we’ve already learned are:
A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W Y Z 0 1 2 3 4 5 7 8 9 comma period slash questionmark
QRZ019: Zedd to Wed Tondelayo, The Lucky Girl! — 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 1983 C&E.
In a social announcement that stunned the world and sent Worsens Wear Daily into a veritable tizzy, the parents of Tondelayo Schwartz, blonde, nubile, 20-year-old QSL secretary to the great Q. R. Zedd, told the world this week that Tondelayo will marry the great DXer in June.
The wedding is scheduled for Honor Roll ranch, just a hoot and a holler south of Norman, scene of some of Zedd’s greatest DXing feats and the recent site of his great showdown with Bill Blast, proprietor of the famed Blast Off DX Net.
The date is June 18, the time 9 a.m.
The announcement, which was played as the lead story on all three major networks’ evening news programs, came from Tondelayo’s parents in the famous resort city of Moose, Okla.
“We are just so thrilled,” Mrs. Schwartz burbled, dabbing at her eyes with a handkerchief. “We always knew Tondelayo would do well, but we never dreamed she would catch the greatest, finest, truest DXer ever lived.”
“He’s a good old boy,” Mr. Schwartz, a retired floppydisk coater, added. “I’m a CBer myself, but I know genius when I see it, and he is IT.”
Rumors had flown for months, growing more frequent and insistent as Zedd’s DX activities seemed to trail off and he was seen mooning around Tondelayo’s electronic keyer and sighing over her logbook entries only last month, Zedd’s mother, Mrs. Constance Wilhemena Zedd, of Mena, Ark., speculated that things could be getting serious between the pair.
Over the years Zedd’s name was linked with many famous and beautiful women, including Theda Bare, the incomparable Mae Bush, Mae West, and Dame May Whittey. It was once reported by an infamous Hollywood scandal sheet that there were more reasons than met the eye for his employment as an electronics consultant for the “Bolero” segments of the motion picture “10.” Zedd was said to be the Elmer for Marilyn Monroe when she passed her Novice test in 1955 and an embarrassed FCC promptly gave her a General Class license on the grounds that she was no novice.
Contacted in the jungles of Sumatra, where he was taking a brief DX vacation, Zedd said via high-speed CW, “GLD CNFM RPT ES VY HPPY TO SAY MARRYING TOND IN JN BT BT UR 599 599 JUNGLE CAMP SUMATRA, QSL? BK”
Tondelayo was not available for immediate comment. She was said to be in New York, picking out her trousseau and new rigs for the honeymoon junket.
Blast, famous west coast DXer whom a few fools consider a big dog, commented, “I am glad for old Q. R. I hope she keeps him so busy he misses a few contests. That’s off the record.”
Boris Badenov, Russian DX star who locked horns with Zedd in the last RadioSport and at Ham Holiday in Oklahoma City, cabled his comments as follows:
IS GOOD THING FOR DX WORLD GET ZEDD MARRIED STOP WILL MAKE HIM HAVE TO WORK FOR LIVING LIKE RUSSIAN SUPERSTARS WHO ARE ALL IN ARMY IN PLACES LIKE AFGHANISTAN MAKING WORLD SAFE FOR COMMUNISM STOP I WILL HONOR THIS WEDDING WITH MY PRESENCE STOP I HOPE HIS HAPPINESS WILL NEVER STOP STOP
IS SIGNING WORLD’S GREATEST DXER BADENOV STOP
PS NATASHA SAYS SHE WILL COME TOO AND IF ANYONE GET SMART STICK THEM WITH HER KNIFE STOP HAVE OREOS AND COORS READY STOP
No word had yet been received by other radio notables such as Dingfod Armstrong and Bill Buckeye.
Reaction elsewhere was staggering. In London, a beautiful stage actress and DXer, Constance LaRance, threw herself from her fortieth-floor hotel window and probably would have been seriously hurt had she not fallen directly on a passing Toyota. In Tokyo, a famous radio company announced a kilowatt transceiver to be sold to commemorate the wedding. It will be called the ZT (for Zedd and Tondelayo) 103. And in Washington, the president said he hopes the couple will be very happy, and stay the nuptial course.
“I’m so thrilled I could just croak,” said Zedd’s mother, Mrs. C.W. Zedd of Mena, Ark. “That sly devil! I knew they were doing more in that radio room than working BV2A!”
Mrs. Zedd said she would be at the wedding with bells on. She cancelled plans to compete in the world big bike races in Rangoon, and said she would come to Norman from Arkansas on her Kawasaki 1000, rain or shine. “The way I drive it,” she joked, “no raindrops could catch me.”
Rumors about a preacher for the ceremony were already rampant. It was known that the Zedd family has been in touch with Rev. Billy Graham, and for music the Mormon Tabernacle Choir has already issued a press release saying it is available.
More details were coming forth by the hour, but the demands of pressure journalism, as practiced at the C&E, precluded later deadlines. We can only say editorially that Tondelayo is, of course, a mighty lucky girl. We await honeymoon plans with bated breath.
Believing that what DX has brought together no person should mess with,
And with faith in true love and an abiding belief in the CW requirement for amateur radio licenses,
Mr. and Mrs. Herman Schwartz, of Moose, Okla., proudly announce the impending wedding of their nubile, 20-year-old daughter,
to the right hon. only holder of a modern lx1 callsign, A5A,
son of the late Zepp Zedd (of DX fame) and Constance Wilhemina Zedd, of Mena, Arkansas,
with holy nuptials to be held
SATURDAY, JUNE 18, 1983,
at 0900 local
at Honor Roll Ranch,
just a hoot and a holler south of town.
You are invited.
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.
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
9/10-11/2021 | Arkansas State Convention | Location: Mena, AR
9/24/2021 | Reno County KS Hamfest | Location: Hutchinson, KS
10/22-23/2021 | Texoma Hamarama Hamfest | Location: Ardmore, OK
11/6/2021 | Enid Hamfest | Location: Enid, OK
8/27-28/2021 | Joplin Hamfest | Location: Joplin, MO
10/02/2021 | Wichita Area Hamfest | Location: Wichita, KS
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 Elmer Nights – ONLINE ONLY. Every Tuesday evening, 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm – Join with Zoom at https://w5nor.org/zoom/ or simply watch the fun at https://w5nor.org/stream/ All meetings are recorded so you can stream them later from the SCARS YouTube channel.
- SCARS Meeting September 12, 2020, 9:30 am – Our own Peter Laws will talk about the SCARS Siren Net and the Outdoor Warning System sirens in our area. Join with Zoom at https://w5nor.org/zoom/ or simply watch the fun at https://w5nor.org/stream/ All meetings are recorded so you can stream them later from the SCARS YouTube channel.
- SCARS September 3, 2020, License Test – 6:30 pm – Norman Firehouse #7 – 2207 Goddard – Norman, OK 73069
Odds and Ends — Menu
- All those links
- ARES Memory Settings (Red Box at the bottom of the page)
- Collector and Emitter Archive
- YLRL Nets and other info
- Real-time Solar Weather
- SCARS Officers
- HF Net List
- Norman VHF Repeaters audio stream
- ARRL Outgoing QSL Service
- Announced DX Operations
- D-Star stuff
- Real-time lightning data
- Oklahoma ARES Voice Over IP Net
SCARS Is On The Web — Menu
- Homepage: W5NOR.ORG
- Hamvention Club of the Year: W5NOR.org/hvclub
- News and Updates: SCARS Newsletter
- Repeater Resources: SCARS Repeater
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- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
ARRL On the Air – Episode 8
The ARRL Collegiate Amateur Radio Initiative is for everyone — not just college students. Find out more!
ARRL Letter — Menu
- IARU Announces HF Digital Mode Band Plan Review
- Amateur Radio Stood Ready for Isaias Throughout Storm’s East Coast Visit
- New Smartphone App Can Identify Unknown Data Modes
- ARRL Podcasts Schedule
- Rene Fonseca, NP3O, Elected as Puerto Rico Section Manager
- The K7RA Solar Update
- Just Ahead in Radiosport
- New Contest for Portable Stations to Debut
- Technology and Technique Making Ham Radio Testing Possible During Pandemic
- Intrepid-DX Group Announces Winners of Youth “Dream Rig” Essay Contest
- Past Puerto Rico Section Manager Victor Madera, KP4PQ, SK
- Upcoming ARRL Section, State, and Division Conventions
ARRL DX Bulletin — Menu
SB DX @ ARL $ARLD034 ARLD034 DX news ZCZC AE34 QST de W1AW DX Bulletin 34 ARLD034 From ARRL Headquarters Newington CT August 20, 2020 To all radio amateurs SB DX ARL ARLD034 ARLD034 DX news This week's bulletin was made possible with information provided by LU5AG, 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. KENYA, 5Z. Andy, G3AB is now QRV as 5Z4VJ from Nairobi. QSL via M0URX. MOROCCO, CN. Members of the Association Royale des Radio-Amateurs du Maroc are QRV with the special prefix 5E7 until August 31 to mark the 67th anniversary of Morocco's Revolution Day. CUBA, CO. Special call sign T45FM will be QRV from the Punta Maya Lighthouse, ILLW CU0005, during the International Lighthouse Lightship Weekend. Activity will be on 160 to 10 meters using mainly SSB and FT8. QSL direct to RW6HS. PORTUGAL, CT. Operators from the Oeste DX Gang are QRV as CQ0ODX/p from the Cape Carvoeiro Lighthouse, ILLW PT-0002, until August 23. This includes an entry in the International Lighthouse Lightship Weekend. Activity is on the HF bands, plus 6 and 2 meters, using CW, SSB, FT8 and FT4. QSL via LoTW. AZORES, CU. Antonio, CU8AS will be QRV as CR2W from Ponta da Albarnaz Lighthouse, ILLW PT0001, during the International Lighthouse Lightship Weekend. QSL via HB9CRV. In addition, Joao, CU8AI will be QRV from Lajes Lighthouse, ILLW PT0038. QSL direct to home call. FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF GERMANY, DA. Club station DL0MFK will be QRV from Karnin Lighthouse, ILLW DE-0013, on Usedom Island, IOTA EU-129, during the International Lighthouse Lightship Weekend. QSL via bureau. NORTH COOK ISLANDS, E5. Warwick, E51WL is QRV from Penrhyn Atoll, IOTA OC-082. Activity of late has been on 20 meters using FT8 and FT4. He may soon be active on 2 meters EME. QSL direct to home call. FRANCE, F. Chris, F5OHH and Dyd, F4ELJ will be QRV as TM2LW from Kerprigent Lighthouse, ILLW FR-0031, during the International Lighthouse Lightship Weekend. QSL direct to F4ELJ. SCOTLAND, GM. Members of the Na Fir Chlis ARC will be QRV as GB9UL from the Ushenish Lighthouse on the Isle of South Uist, IOTA EU-010, during the International Lighthouse Lightship Weekend. Activity will be mostly on 40 and 20 meters. QSL via operators' instructions. ITALY, I. A group of operators from ARI Genova will be QRV as II1L from La Lanterna during the International Lighthouse Lightship Weekend. QSL via LoTW. ARGENTINA, LU. Members of Radio Club QRM Belgrano will be QRV as LU4AAO, LU4AAO/A and LU4AAO/D from August 23 to 29 to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the first regularly scheduled AM radio transmissions on August 27, 1920. Activity will be on the HF bands using CW, SSB and FT8, as well as the V/UHF bands and FM Satellites. QSL direct to LU4AAO. DENMARK, OZ. Special call sign OZ200EM is QRV until the end of 2020 to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the discovery of electromagnetism by Hans Christian Orsted. QSL via OZ1ACB. HONG KONG, VR. Special call sign VR2HK9O is QRV until May 31, 2021 to celebrate the 90th anniversary of the Hong Kong Amateur Radio Transmitting Society. QSL via VR2HK. CAMBODIA, XU. Tad, JA1DFK is QRV as either XU7AKU or XU7AKV from Phnom Penh during the next couple of years. Activity is on the HF bands using mainly CW and SSB with some digital activity. QSL direct to JA1DXA. INDONESIA, YB. Special event station 8A62BALI will be QRV from August 21 to 23 to celebrate the founding of the Bali Province 62 years ago. Activity will be on 80, 40 and 2 meters. QSL via bureau. THIS WEEKEND ON THE RADIO. International Lighthouse Lightship Weekend, The QRP 20-Meter CW Fox Hunt, NCCC RTTY Sprint, NCCC CW Sprint Ladder, Hawaii QSO Party, Ohio QSO Party, RTTYOPS Weekend Sprint, CVA DX SSB Contest and 50 MHz Fall Sprint are all on tap for this upcoming weekend. The Worldwide Sideband Activity Contest and RTTYOPS Weeksprint are scheduled for August 25. The CWops Mini-CWT Test, SKCC CW Sprint and Phone Fray are scheduled for August 26. Please see August 2020 QST, page 69 and ARRL Contest Calendar and WA7BNM Contest websites for details. NNNN /EX
The latest ARRL DX Bulletin is always at the top here — ARRL DX Bulletin
Amateur Radio Newsline — Menu
– IARU REGIONS COLLABORATE ON REVIEW OF DIGITAL BAND PLANS
– PUERTO RICO OBSERVATORY ASSESSES DAMAGED REFLECTOR DISH
– NEW ZEALAND YOUNGSTERS PREP FOR FIELD DAY
– SILENT KEY: GLEN ZOOK K9STH
– SILENT KEY: NASA ENGINEER JOHN CHITWOOD K3RGB
– CANADIAN AMATEUR RADIO HALL OF FAME SEEKS NOMINEES
– PRISON FOR HAM AFTER GUILTY PLEA TO PORN CHARGES
– COURT UPHOLDS FCC FEE EXEMPTION TO WIRELESS CARRIERS
– CALIFORNIA HAM CLUB REJUVENATING MEMBERSHIP ONLINE
– WORLD OF DX
– KICKER: YOUTHFUL OPTIMISM FROM MAXIM AWARD WINNER
The Amateur Radio Newsline can be found at ARNewsline.org.
Ham Nation — Menu
Club Spotlight on the Scott County Amateur Radio Club, Microwave communications with Gordo, an old Dipole build with George, Amateur Radio Newsline with Don, Solar Update with Dr. Tamitha Skov, and your questions with Bob and Gordo!
The last half-dozen or so episodes are linked right here: Ham Nation
73 de Mark N5HZR