SCARS News September 8, 2020

Meeting Online Saturday – Outdoor Warning Sirens — Menu

September is “National Preparedness Month”, Peter Laws N5UWY will present on the Outdoor Warning Sirens in Central Oklahoma, this Saturday, the 12th. Each week SCARS members monitor sirens in the cities of Norman, Moore, Noble, and Newcastle; and this week marks the receipt of the 2,500th individual siren report. Peter will talk about the different sirens in use, how they function, and when they are supposed to sound. He will also talk about how you can be a part of the SCARS siren net and report during the weekly function tests. 

SCARS meetings happen on the second Saturday of the month (third in June) at 9:30 am. This will be an online meeting and all of the connection information is available on the Elmer Nights page of this website.

Route 66 On-The-Air — Menu

Route 66 On The Air is a great way to celebrate the “The Mother Road” on the airwaves. This year the event will run from September 12 through 20. There are two ways to participate in this event. You can stay at your home station and work as many W6? stations as you can. Or, you can work as the Oklahoma City (W6K) station and make connections around the world from Rt. 66. OKC has always been well represented and they’d love your help. The following are the instructions from Thomas Webb WA9AFM/5 on getting set up as a W6K operator. 73

Just under one week to go before Route 66 On The Air begins!!!  Once again, we’ll celebrate the legend and lore of Route 66, “The Mother Road”.

Oklahoma City will again use the special event call sign W6K; Steve Duskin, NE5SD is the trustee for the call sign.  Use of W6K must be authorized by the trustee through the R66OTA Registration Page. All W6K operations should be conducted in the Oklahoma City Metro area including Norman, and in the spirit of the event, as close to Route 66 as practical.

Operations from Oklahoma City area landmarks associated with Route 66 are encouraged, i.e. Cowboy Hall of Fame, the ’round barn’ in Arcadia, the Route 66 Bridges west of Bethany, etc.  Mobile operations along Route 66 are also encouraged.

Formal coordination with the Oklahoma History Center and the Museum of Western Heritage/Cowboy Hall of Fame has been completed.  Mobile units may operate from the parking lots at both locations during their operating hours. 

For the Oklahoma History Center, Monday-Saturday, 10 AM. to 5 PM.  For the Cowboy Hall of Fame, Monday-Saturday, 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM; Sunday, 12:00 PM to 5:00 PM. 

Please note: permission has been granted only for exterior operations only, NO permission has been granted for operations inside these locations.

For R66OTA contacts in the Oklahoma City area, the 146.82MHz and 147.135MHz repeaters have been designated ‘R66OTA repeaters’.  Stations may reserve ‘2m FM’ operating slots and use W6K on these repeaters.

R66OTA began at 0000Z/7 September and continues to 2359Z/15 September.  Radio operators may use phone, CW, or digital.  Radio operators may also consider operating mobile on “The Mother Road”.  QSL information is provided in the registration instructions.

To sign up as a R66OTA Radio Operator for Oklahoma City, contact Dave Downing, WD5G (, Duane Angles, AA5KD (, Steve Duskin, NE5SD ( or Tom Webb, WA9AFM/5 (  You will be assigned a username (your call sign) and password to access the R66OTA Registration Page.  Besides your name and call sign, please provide a phone and email point of contact in case we need to get in touch with you.

Operating slot reservation instructions will be sent to you after you have been registered as a R66OTA radio operator.

You can ‘reserve’ two-hour operating slots by day/time/band/mode.  Sign up for as many slots as you can operate.  If you sign up to operate, please honor your commitment and operate for the time slots for which you register.

Be Prepared – Build-a-kit — Menu

September is National Preparedness Month and the theme for 2020 is: “Disasters Don’t Wait. Make Your Plan Today.“ More information is available on the Ready.Gov website.

Their theme for week 2 is:


After an emergency, you may need to survive on your own for several days. Being prepared means having your own foodwater and other supplies to last for several days. A disaster supplies kit is a collection of basic items your household may need in the event of an emergency.

Make sure your emergency kit is stocked with the items on the checklist below. Most of the items are inexpensive and easy to find and any one of them could save your life. Headed to the store? Download a printable version to take with you. Once you take a look at the basic items consider what unique needs your family might have, such as supplies for pets or seniors.

Basic Disaster Supplies Kit

To assemble your kit store items in airtight plastic bags and put your entire disaster supplies kit in one or two easy-to-carry containers such as plastic bins or a duffel bag.

A basic emergency supply kit could include the following recommended items:

  • Water (one gallon per person per day for at least three days, for drinking and sanitation)
  • Food (at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food)
  • Battery-powered or hand crank radio and a NOAA Weather Radio with tone alert
  • Flashlight
  • First aid kit
  • Extra batteries
  • Whistle (to signal for help)
  • Dust mask (to help filter contaminated air)
  • Plastic sheeting and duct tape (to shelter in place)
  • Moist towelettes, garbage bags and plastic ties (for personal sanitation)
  • Wrench or pliers (to turn off utilities)
  • Manual can opener (for food)
  • Local maps
  • Cell phone with chargers and a backup battery
  • Download the Recommended Supplies List (PDF)

Additional Emergency Supplies

Since Spring of 2020, the CDC has recommended people include additional items in their kits to help prevent the spread of coronavirus or other viruses and the flu.

Consider adding the following items to your emergency supply kit based on your individual needs:

  • Cloth face coverings (for everyone ages 2 and above), soap, hand sanitizer, disinfecting wipes to disinfect surfaces
  • Prescription medications
  • Non-prescription medications such as pain relievers, anti-diarrhea medication, antacids or laxatives
  • Prescription eyeglasses and contact lens solution
  • Infant formula, bottles, diapers, wipes and diaper rash cream
  • Pet food and extra water for your pet
  • Cash or traveler’s checks
  • Important family documents such as copies of insurance policies, identification and bank account records saved electronically or in a waterproof, portable container
  • Sleeping bag or warm blanket for each person
  • Complete change of clothing appropriate for your climate and sturdy shoes
  • Fire extinguisher
  • Matches in a waterproof container
  • Feminine supplies and personal hygiene items
  • Mess kits, paper cups, plates, paper towels and plastic utensils
  • Paper and pencil
  • Books, games, puzzles or other activities for children

Maintaining Your Kit

After assembling your kit remember to maintain it so it’s ready when needed:

  • Keep canned food in a cool, dry place.
  • Store boxed food in tightly closed plastic or metal containers.
  • Replace expired items as needed.
  • Re-think your needs every year and update your kit as your family’s needs change.

Kit Storage Locations

Since you do not know where you will be when an emergency occurs, prepare supplies for home, work and cars.

  • Home: Keep this kit in a designated place and have it ready in case you have to leave your home quickly. Make sure all family members know where the kit is kept.
  • Work: Be prepared to shelter at work for at least 24 hours. Your work kit should include food, water and other necessities like medicines, as well as comfortable walking shoes, stored in a “grab and go” case.
  • Car: In case you are stranded, keep a kit of emergency supplies in your car.

QRZ021: World Awaits Wedding of Zedd and Tondelayo — 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 1983 C&E.

The eyes and ears of the world were alert this week for news of the wedding on June 18 of the greatest DXer in history, Mr. Q. R. Zedd, of Honor Roll Ranch, Norman, and Miss Tondelayo Schwartz, nubile, blond, 20-year-old former QSL secretary to the great man and recently voted the cutest graduate in the history of the Harvard Business School. The ceremony, with the Rev. Billy Graham officiating, will be held in the linear room at Honor Roll Ranch starting at 10 a.m. The Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Lawrence Welk will provide the music. Donnie and Marie will serve punch. Dignitaries from around the world have already begun to descend on Norman, giving the local Holiday Inn a brisk run. Among early arrivals were Kenny Rogers, the great folk singer who last year made “The Ballad of Q. R. Zedd” a national hit after recording it at Ham Holiday; Bill Blast, of the daily Blast Off DX Net; Dingfod Armstrong, famed Texas DXer; the president and first lady; Queen Elizabeth; George Steinbrenner, and W2NSD/l. Elizabeth Taylor and her entourage were also in the area, but chose to camp out at Lake Thunderbird along with Lee Radziwell and Truman Capote, Order of service for the nuptials will be as follows: 1. Arrival of guests. 2. Music by the Choir. (Selections will include “Fugue for Keyer and Bug, in B”; “The Q. R. Zedd Symphony’ in D”, and “Ah, Sweet Mystery of DX”, by Verde. 3. High-speed CW demonstration on videotape by Mr. Zedd. 4. Tap dancing by Miss Schwartz. 5. Music by the Welk orchestra, featuring accordion and dancers with set smiles. 6. Slides by AD1S. 7. Entry of the wedding party. 8. Nuptial ceremony. 9. Remarks by Rev. Graham. 10. Departure from the linear room. 11. Closing music by Donnie and Marie. Following the service, the reception will be held in Mr. Zedd’s main living room, which seats 400. Excitement was generated earlier in the week by the arrival of the great Russian DXer, Mr. Boris Badenov, together with his brunette, nubile, 19-year-old QSL assistant from Box 88, Natasha Bullwinkle. Badenov had no sooner landed his Ilushyn 230 aircraft at Norman’s Max Westheimer Field than Twinkie stock went up 31 per cent and all central Oklahoma stores reported they were sold out of Coors. “I am mighty proud to see Boris here for the little shindig,” Zedd said. “We need to include the younger fellows in our social life.” “That Natasha is such a honey!” Tondelayo added. “I just hope this time she gets time to go by the Salvation Army and improve her wardrobe a little. Mah goo’ness, maybe it’s aw right in Russia to wear army boots with your flour sack sundress, but in this country it’s considered a lil tacky.” “Is least I could do, come this decadent country once more, honor this man — what is his name? — Zipp? — Sap? — on his marriage,” Badenov said. “In great Mother Russia, marriage is fading custom, but we understand how it is with how you say backward peoples, da?” “I will stick her with my knife!” Natasha said of Tondelayo, brandishing a

small plastic stiletto recently removed fro a box of Crackerjacks. Zedd’s momma, Mrs. Constance Wilhemina (CW) Zedd, of Mena, Ark., arrived several weeks ago on her Kawasaki 1.000 with the pop-up hf quagi and handlebar keyer assembly. She reported working 124 countries on 40 meter CW between Fort Gibson and Midwest City, where she went QRT in anticipation of her arrival at Crossroads Mall, where she stopped to pig out on hot pretzels and Orange Julius. “I am so thrilled by all this I.just can’t see straight, ya’all,’ Mrs. Zedd, clad in a form-fitting purple leotard outfit from Fredrick’s of Hollywood, told the assembled press. ‘Ya know, I have longed for a grandchild, and now I have hope again. think Tondelayo ‘is a darling child, and everyone knows that Q. R. is simply the greatest, kindest, truer DXer ever lived (in the words of the Ballad of Q. R. Zedd), and they make a lovely couple. only wish my dear husband, Zepp, could have lived to see this day,’ Mrs. Zedd went on, “But as you all know, poor Zepp died in that avalanche in China during our Dxpedition long ago, and none of my later husbands has been worth a hoot, which is why I told all of them to get lost. I just know that my darling Zepp is sitting up there in heaven someplace, his golden logbook on an operating desk of silver and diamonds, working the celestial DXCC list with vigor and vim and looking down on us and sharing with us in our happiness.” In answer to a question from a Florida-based scandal sheet, Mrs. Zedd said she did not believe reports that Tondelayo was pregnant. “Both my son and Tondelayo believe in the old moral values,” Mrs. Zedd said in a huff. “And also, they have been busy contesting for the last several months running,” Special press facilities have been set up at the University of Oklahoma’s Owen Field for the world’s reporters flooding in to cover the event. Among publications early to arrive were Time, Newsweek, Fortune, 73, Byte, QST, CQ, National Geographic, W, the RSGB Radcom, and String and Twine Journal, The Cora C&E planned avalanche coverage by Olde Joe Harding, KU5B, N5MS and special sidebars by WA5RPP. All this special coverage will be available in the memorable July issue.

— KU5B

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.

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.

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 8

The ARRL Collegiate Amateur Radio Initiative is for everyone — not just college students. Find out more!

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

ARRL DX Bulletin — Menu

ARLD036 DX news

QST de W1AW  
DX Bulletin 36  ARLD036
From ARRL Headquarters  
Newington CT  September 3, 2020
To all radio amateurs   

ARLD036 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.

CROATIA, 9A.  Neno, 9A5N and Tom, 9A2AA are QRV as home calls/p from
Lastovo Island, IOTA EU-016, as well as several other nearby islands
until September 11.  Activity is on the HF bands.  QSL to home

MALTA, 9H.  Reiner, DL2AAZ is QRV as 9H3TI from Gozo, IOTA EU-023,
until September 18.  Activity is holiday style on 40 to 6 meters
using CW and SSB.  He is also active as 9H3SAT on Satellite QO-100
using CW and SSB.  QSL to home call.

QATAR, A7.  Station A71SDC is QRV until September 13 to join the
Spanish celebrations of Asturias.  QSL via EA1AUM.

SPAIN, EA.  Members of Cartagena Team will be QRV as AO5CLE from
Cartagena from September 5 to 20 to commemorate the 100th
anniversary of the Spanish Legion.  Activity will be on various HF
and VHF bands using CW, SSB, FT8 and other digital modes.  QSL via
FRANCE, F.  Special call sign TM5SF will be QRV from September 5 to
19 for the 51st edition of the Solitaire du Figaro multi-stage
sailing race.  QSL via F8KGS.
ENGLAND, G.  Members of the RAF Amateur Radio Society are QRV with
special call GB80BOB until September 28 to commemorate the 80th
anniversary of the Battle of Britain.  QSL direct to 2E0NDZ.

LITHUANIA, LY.  Special event station LY784A is QRV during September
to celebrate the 784th anniversary of the city of Siauliai.  QSL via

ARUBA, P4.  Members of the Aruba Amateur Radio Club are QRV as P42WW
until September 30 to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the end of
World War II.  QSL via operators' instructions.

NETHERLANDS, PA.  Special event station PD538RNI is QRV until
September 30 to commemorate Radio Northsea International and Radio
Veronica.  QSL via PD0ARI.

GREECE, SV.  Special event station SX300ML will be QRV from
September 5 to 19 to commemorate the Battle of Thermopylae.  QSL
direct to SV2GWY.

EUROPEAN RUSSIA, UA.  Special event station R450STAR is active
during September to commemorate the 450th anniversary of
Starocherkasskaya.  In addition, special event station R450AKSU is
QRV during September to celebrate the founding of Aksaysskaya, now
known as Aksay City.  QSL via RM6LW.

MEXICO, XE.  Members of the Radio Club de Radio Aficionados
Hidrocalidos are QRV with special event call 4A50CRH until the end
of 2020 to celebrate the club's 50th anniversary.  Activity is on
160 to 6 meters using CW, SSB, FM and digital modes.  This includes
some Satellite activity as well.  QSL via XE2AU.
GIBRALTAR, ZB.  Stations from Gibraltar may use the ZG prefix until
September 10 to celebrate Gibraltar National Week.

THIS WEEKEND ON THE RADIO.  The All Asian DX Phone Contest, IARU
Region 1 SSB Field Day, RSGB SSB Field Day, G3ZQS Memorial Straight
Key Contest, CWops Mini-CWT Test, NRAU 10-Meter Activity Contest,
RTTYOPS Weeksprint, SKCC Sprint Europe, NCCC RTTY Sprint, NCCC
Sprint CW Ladder, Russian RTTY World Wide Contest, CWOps CW Open,
Wake-Up. QRP CW Sprint, Colorado QSO Party, AGCW Straight Key Party,
IARU Region 1 145 MHz Contest, PODXS 070 Club Jay Hudak Memorial
80-Meter PSK31 Sprint, WAB 144 MHz QRO Phone and Tennessee QSO Party
will certainly keep contesters busy this upcoming weekend.

The RSGB 80-Meter SSB Autumn Series and MI QRP Labor Day CW Sprint
are scheduled for September 7.  The RTTYOPS Weeksprint, ARS Spartan
CW Sprint and Worldwide Sideband Activity Contest are scheduled for
September 8.

The VHF-UHF FT8 Activity Contest, Phone Fray and CWops Mini-CWT Test
are scheduled for September 9.

Please see September 2020 QST, page 71, and ARRL Contest Calendar
and WA7BNM Contest websites 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

The Route 66 On The Air Special Event (W6M) with Matt Matthes KD0EZS, QuartzFest goes back to its roots, Amateur Radio Newsline with Don, Solar Update with Dr. Tamitha Skov, Bob puts up a dipole, 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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