In This Issue…
Where is Starman? — Menu
Remember this SpaceX launch of the first Dragon 9 rocket? Typical payloads are usually just metal and cement, however, Elon Musk couldn’t handle that boredom. Elon used his own personal Tesla Roadster as ballast for the test launch. They had to make the car ‘space safe’ by removing liquids, and pressurized areas but it’s the Roadster, being driven by one of the SpaceX spacesuits, similar to the two that ‘Bob KE5GGX and Doug’ used to go to the International Space Station (ISS) this year. There were a couple of cameras on the car and SpaceX streamed it to YouTube for hours.
It’s been over two and a half years since that rocket launched, and on Wednesday, at about 8:00 pm central time, that Roadster will be approaching its closest pass by the planet Mars. It has traveled over 38 million miles and will continue to loop for a long time to come.
Ben Pearson KD7UIY has created a great website that shows all kinds of statistics that update in real-time at a site called https://WhereIsRoadster.com Ben’s software company is called “Old Ham Media”, and he’s got a bunch of ham related goodies at his K7UIY.com site.
Take a look at the site to see where the Roadster is!!!
SCARS Meeting Saturday — Menu
This Saturday Mark Kleine N5HZR and Matthew Lewis W5MSL will talk about last Sunday’s Oklahoma ARES Simulated Emergency Test (SET) exercise. We’ll talk about who was involved, what we were able to do, new tasks and processes learned, and new connections that were made. We’ll share ideas on how you can prepare for an emergency with your own gear, and how you can get involved.
SCARS meetings happen on the second Saturday of the month (third in June) at 9:30 am. This will be an online meeting, so join us Saturday, at 9:30 am, using the Zoom conference system. Load up the Zoom software, and then click this the link at https://w5nor.org/zoom
You can join our meeting number 893 9952 6291 with a password w5nor.
To simply watch the fun, just watch using the YouTube link at https://w5nor.org/stream.
You can also join by telephone by calling 346-248-7799. This is a TOLL call, long-distance charges to Houston will apply (unless your phone plan covers long-distance calls). Use meeting number 893 9952 6291#, press # for participant number, and password 806721#.
See you Saturday!
LearnMorse Practice 5 — 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. We’ve gone through all of the 40 characters and now we start with 20 weeks of practice sessions. Here’s the first test session of week 25:
Text From Today’s Lesson
vvv vvv ku3wyj de no0yiz/3 ^bt good copy ann. i live in hibbing, minnesota where your rst is 468. weather is foggy and my name is catherine. my age is 25 and i am a programmer. rig is yaesu zk812 and runs 485 watts to a vertical antenna up 31 feet. how copy? ku3wyj de no0yiz/3 ^ar
QRZ025: Signals Heard from Zedd Party at Last! — 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 October 1983 C&E.
TOKYO (C&E News Service) — Weak but fast CW signals signing A5A/XV were heard in Japan and China during the second week of September, raising hopes for the long-lost PXpedition into Vietnam that was led by the world’s greatest DXer, Oklahoma’s own Q. R. Zedd. The CW station was dishing out contacts far too fast for anyone to get any information from it on fate of the expedition, which also included Zedd’s momma, ‘Constance Wilhelmina Zedd, Ohio’s Bill Buckeye, famed Russian DXer Boris Badenov, and Bill Blast, American honor roll member who usually hosts the Blast Off DX Net from his megawatt station in the Pacific northwest. The Zedd party was invited to open XV to the world back in June, causing a stampede of `operators that terminated Zedd’s wedding to Tondelayo Schwartz, blonde, nubile, 20-year-old QSL secretary, before Rev. Billy Graham could pronounce the vows. Since then, the expedition went to Vietnam, where members were wined and dined on Proletarian Potluck ‘dinners, featuring gartersnake and ancient Twinkies, washed down with liberal quantities of. fake Russian Budweiser, and then entered the Vietnamese jungle to begin operations. Alas, a border incident involving three or four neighbors and their respective armies obliterated the DX camp site, and since then nothing has been heard from the Zedd group. TIME magazine has already run Zedd’s obituary, misspelling his name. As a result of this error, 7.1 million readers cancelled their subscriptions in September and the magazine went bankrupt. The signals coming faintly from the jungles somewhere near Vietnam’s border with Cambodia were terminated after about seven days and nothing has been heard since. Among the transmissions monitored on bigh-speed recording tape were the following: “W5OU 599 599 K” “A51PN QRX W5NUT 599 599 KN” “QRZ DE A5A/XV K” “U5 U5 K” “QSL VIA CALLBOOK K” “W2NSD/1 QSY QSY QRZ 5 ONLY K” “W5UAW WE WORKED QSY QRZ 5 K” Those who heard the signals said they had a chirpy quality and were not only weak, but susceptible to rapid QSB and flutter. Peter Drake, in Ohio, issued a statement that this was not the signal of a TR7, which the type of rig Zedd had strapped to his tee shirt with velcro tape when he was last seen stalking into the jungle. Drake speculated that the TR7 had been damaged or destroyed in jungle fighting, and Zedd’s party was operating on some sort of jury-rigged rig. There was jubilation and celebration worldwide, not to mention the firing-up of countless illegal linears, when Zedd’s signals were first heard on the American west coast. However, the signals quickly faded and since that date nothing more has been heard. Renewed fighting along the Vietnam-Cambodia once more raised fears for the party’s safety. In Newington, Conn., headquarters of the American Radio Relay League, the DXCC desk announced that it might or might not accept cards from the Zedd expedition. It was explained that approval will depend on documentation submitted if and when the party ever gets back, and whether there was a CIA agent along, as there is supposed to be on most DXpeditions to sensitive areas of the world. Meanwhile, also in Newington, the League’s board of directors met to discuss mounting a rescue operation in case Zedd and his friends are really in trouble. By a vote of 17-6, the board voted to take certain actions. The world waited with fishhooks in its mouth to learn whether the ARRL could be of value in the crisis, but minutes of the meeting were written by an old technical writer and have not yet been translated into any language anyone else can read, so details are sketchy at presstime. Back home at Honor Roll Ranch, just a hoot and a holler south of Norman, Tondelayo put her trousseau in mothballs and did tower work. Her house guest, Natasha Bullwinkle, brunette, nubile, QSL aide from Box 88 for Boris Badenov, reportedly pleaded innocent in Cleveland County district court to a charge of sticking several people with her knife. Natasha first promised a reporter from the C&E an interview, according to stateside reports, but then changed her mind and stuck him with a knife, too. At last word, N5MS was in good condition at Norman Municipal Hospital’s new Natasha Bullwinkle Stab Wound Treatment Center, and was working at a bedside card table, trying to convert a 1939 Zenith floor model to two meters. By month’s end, the silence out of Vietnam’s airwaves had once more grown worrisome. Helicopters combed the area where the last signals were thought to have stemmed. Flags were flown at halfmast at the world-famous Q.R. Zedd radio museum in Rome, and the Zedd chicken farm near Lexington was closed to the Public. Just at presstime, NEWSWEEK came out with its October 5 issue, featuring a picture of Zedd and his momma, and the headline, Can This he the End? Gloom deepened around the world.
Newsletter News — Menu
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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 October 10, 2020, 9:30 am – Join with Zoom at https://w5nor.org/zoom/ or simply watch the fun at https://w5nor.org/stream/ Meetings are recorded so you can stream them later from the SCARS YouTube channel.
- SCARS November 5, 2020, License Test – 6:30 pm – Norman Firehouse #7 – 2207 Goddard – Norman, OK 73069
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.
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
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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 9
Let’s talk about how to properly tune signals on the HF bands, and discover a few transceiver tools that will make listening easier.
ARRL Letter — Menu
- Get Ready for the 15th Annual ARRL Online Auction!
- Pandemic-Delayed ARRL 2019 Annual Report Released
- Former Dayton Hamvention Venue Hara Arena is Being Demolished
- ARRL Podcasts Schedule
- HF Station Grounding and Arduino Microcontroller Projects are Next ARRL Webinar Topics
- Special Pricing on ARRL 5-Band WAS and Triple Play WAS Award Plaque Applications
- The K7RA Solar Update
- Just Ahead in Radiosport
- WSJT-X Beta Release Introduces Digital Protocols Designed for LF and MF Bands
- Chinese Amateur Radio Satellite Launches Delayed
- Sterling Mann, N0SSC, Named IARU Region 2 Liaison for Youth
- In Brief…
- Upcoming ARRL Section, State, and Division Conventions
ARRL DX Bulletin — Menu
SB DX @ ARL $ARLD040 ARLD040 DX news ZCZC AE40 QST de W1AW DX Bulletin 40 ARLD040 From ARRL Headquarters Newington CT October 1, 2020 To all radio amateurs SB DX ARL ARLD040 ARLD040 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. NIGER, 5U. Adrien, F4IHM is QRV as 5U4IHM while on a mission in Niamey. He is active using slow CW on 40 and 20 meters. QSL to home call. CHILE, CE. Members of the Chilean Pacific DX Group are QRV with special event call XR500M during October to celebrate the 500th anniversary of Magellan's navigation of the strait named after him. QSL via XQ7UP. OGASAWARA, JD. Makoto, will be QRV as JD1BLY from Chichijima, IOTA AS-031, from October 3 to 6. Activity is on the HF bands and 6 meters using CW, SSB and FT8, and on 630 meters using JT9. QSL via JI5RPT. SVALBARD, JW. A group of operators from NRRL's Oslogruppen will be QRV as JW4O from Longyearbyen, IOTA EU-026, from October 8 to 12. The primary reason for this activity is to operate in the upcoming Scandinavian Activity SSB contest. QSL via operators' instructions. CURACAO, PJ2. Operators Angelo, PJ2AFM, Carlo, PJ2CF and Sergio, PJ2SM will be QRV with special call sign PJ2C on October 10 to celebrate the 10th anniversary for the new start for the islands of the Netherlands Antilles. Activity will be on 20 meters using SSB, and if conditions require it, 20 and 17 meters FT8. QSL via EC5AHA. SURINAME, PZ. Yudel, CO7XY is now QRV as PZ2YT from Nickerie. Activity of late has been on 20 meters using SSB. QSL via Paypal, see info at QRZ.com. DODECANESE, SV5. Wolf, DL3DRN is QRV as SV5/DL3DRN from Kolymbia, Rhodes, IOTA EU-001, until October 14. Activity is on the HF bands using CW, SSB and RTTY. QSL to home call. TURKEY, TA. Members of the Tango Alpha Ham Radio Club will be QRV with special event call sign TC6EKM from October 3 to 7 to celebrate the Liberation of Istanbul on October 6, 1923. Activity will be on the HF bands using various digital modes. QSL via operators' instructions. UKRAINE, UR. Special event station EN100LT is QRV until the end of March 2021 to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Kharkiv Theater for Children and Youth. QSL via UT5LU. THIS WEEKEND ON THE RADIO. The NCCC RTTY Sprint, NCCC CW Sprint, Portable Operations Challenge, TRC DX Contest, Oceania DX Phone Contest, German Telegraphy Contest, Russian World Wide Digital Contest, IARU Region 1 UHF/Microwaves Contest, YLRL DX/NA YL Anniversary Contest, California QSO Party, International HELL-Contest, RTTYOPS Weekend Sprint, FISTS Fall Slow Speed Sprint, SKCC CW QSO Party, RSGB DX Contest and the UBA ON SSB Contest will certainly keep contesters busy this upcoming weekend. The K1USN Slow Speed CW Test and RSGB 80-Meter Autumn CW Series scheduled for October 5. The RTTYOPS Weeksprint, ARS Spartan CW Sprint and Worldwide Sideband Activity Contest are scheduled for October 6. The VHF-UHF FT8 Activity Contest, UKEICC 80-Meter SSB Contest, 432 MHz Fall Sprint, Phone Fray and CWops Mini-CWT CW Test are scheduled for October 7. Please see October 2020 QST, page 69, and the 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
– THE FCC WEIGHS IN ON AMATEUR ACCESS TOUSE OF 3.4 GHz BAND
– SINGAPORE HAMS OFFER ONLINE COURSE FOR LICENSE
– SOUTH DUBLIN LECTURE SERIES GOES VIRTUAL
– HOSPITAL HELPS WASHINGTON HAMS EXPAND EMCOMM COVERAGE
– AMATEUR TO CAST HER ABSENTEE BALLOT FROM ISS
– AMATEUR SATELLITE MARKS 27 YEARS IN ORBIT
– DELAYED LAUNCH OF 2 CHINESE AMATEUR RADIO SATELLITES
– TELEPHONE PIONEERS DIAL UP ENTHUSIASM FOR QSO PARTY
– WISCONSIN HAM CLUB’s MOBILE UNIT GOES PUBLIC
– WORLD OF DX
– KICKER: HAM TURNS 103 WITH PARADE OF WELL-WISHERS
The Amateur Radio Newsline can be found at ARNewsline.org.
Ham Nation — Menu
Free audio resources for Gordo’s courses and how to get them, Tennessee linked repeaters with Kevin W4KEV, George makes a speaker from a Dixie Cup, Amateur Radio Newsline with Don, your questions with Amanda, and more!
The last half-dozen or so episodes are linked right here: Ham Nation
73 de Mark N5HZR