SCARS News October 13, 2020

2020 YL Meet Up at the War Memorial Park — Menu

By Michelle Cary W5MQC

War Memorial Pak is home of the USS Batfish (WW2SUB) and one of the largest pieces recovered from the USS Oklahoma (WW2OK)

15 YLs from Oklahoma, Texas and Kansas participated in the event Oct 9th, 2020 until Oct 11, 2020. Participating YLs were KD0WAU Barb, W3LEO Leah, NV5F Virginia, KF5JUO Lynda, KC5RWW Beth, N5KUO Judi, KI5BDF Aria, KI5KFQ Noelle, KI5CHP Sandi, KI5CHL Kathleen, KF5VBU Tanya, K5FTS Faith, KI5AQS Lesley, Victoria (no call sign) and W5MQC Michelle. We had a few OMs and members of the USS Batfish Radio Club in attendance. Ages ranged from 8 years old to …. not telling.

We set up 3 Radio stations, one in a tent near the USS Batfish, One in the breakroom of the Museum, and one in the parking lot of the museum. The tent station used an IC7200 and a hex beam antenna about 60ft. The Museum station used an IC7600 and a scout antenna about 40 ft. The parking lot station used a Yeasu radio and a dipole antenna about 20ft.

We started on Friday evening getting the tent, radios and antenna set up for the station near the USS Batfish, and the dipole antennas set up for the station in the parking lot. Then went out to dinner. Saturday morning, we participated the USS Batfish Radio Clubs meeting, going over safety procedures for the event. Afterwards we set up the 3rd station in the museum and the scout antenna. We were off!!!!

We started on Friday evening getting the tent, radios and antenna set up for the station near the USS Batfish, and the dipole antennas set up for the station in the parking lot. Then went out to dinner. Saturday morning, we participated the USS Batfish Radio Clubs meeting, going over safety procedures for the event. Afterwards we set up the 3rd station in the museum and the scout antenna. We were off!!!!

Being YLs we all brought food and enjoyed breaking bread together and catching up with each other. Afterwards we got back on the air! We closed Saturday evening relaxing by the fire. We worked a few hours Sunday morning, then it was time to tear down and pack up.

All YLs learned to set up antennas, radios, tents, spot, log, and call CQ. We made 240 contacts. Our contacts were all over the USA, Canada, Mexico, Germany, Lithuania, and Slovenia.

Everyone had a great time!!!

Ham Magazines — Menu

By Peter Laws N5UWY

I like the USPS.  I am of the generation that used to like to “send away” for things and subscribe to magazines and whatnot.  I don’t want to see the USPS’ volume drop to zero (it won’t – they deliver more consistently than Amazon’s low-bid service).  Nonetheless, after almost 30 years as a licensed amateur, I’m swimming in back issues of paper magazines!  And I purged a bunch already!  

So I have started to get newsletters and magazines electronically.  They all fit into my iPad and don’t seem to get moldy the way back issues of paper journals do.  Not yet, anyway.  My only problem with e-zines is that I do not take my iPad into the smallest room in the house, if you catch my meaning.  

Here’s what I’m currently getting in the world of hobby radio.  Some are ham-only, some cover all hobby radio, some are extremely narrowly targeted.  All are PDF except as noted.

The Spectrum Monitor – $24/year, monthly. subscribed since 1st issue.  Covers all hobby radio.  11/10, would buy again.  Many of the writers were on the staff of Bob Grove’s Monitoring Times that died about a year before this started up.

International Radio Club of America‘s DX Monitor – $5/forever, 35 issues per year.  MW DX only.  An acquired taste.  If you’re not into DXing AM radio like it’s 1977, this is probably not for you!. 

Worldwide TV-FM DX Association‘s VHF-UHF Digest – $10/year, monthly.  TV, FM DX.  Niche like the one above but if you are into logging FM broadcast stations from the coasts, you’ll probably like it.

Canadian International DX Association‘s Messenger – $10/year, monthly.  Covers all hobby radio with a Canadian/NE USA flavor.

ARRL‘s QST, QEX, National Contest Journal, and On The Air – ARRL member benefit.  QST is monthly, the rest are 6 times/year.  Requires special software on your tablet/phone (not PDF).  QST is not what it once was (as recently as 10 years ago), but between the four of them, there are plenty of good articles.  QST covers generic amateur radio topics, QEX has technical topics (some *really* technical), NCJ is contest related (duh!) though much of the technical articles apply generally, of course, and OTA is aimed squarely at new hams.

CQ Magazine – $30(!)/year, monthly.  Promo right now gets you 13 issues (or did when I signed up the other day).  CQ dates from the end of WW2 and has always been the “not ARRL” magazine (there used to be others, all dead now).  The reason I decided to subscribe was that I’d like the ARRL to not have the field to themselves and because the HamSCI folks seem to

be publishing articles there.  Both of those things made it worth my $30.  YMMV.  I *think* this is PDF, but I’ve yet to receive one so am assuming!

LearnMorse Practice 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. 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 26:

consider single talk turning spent ladies talk caught whose opinion tried position nothing having wheel settle conduct father large longer ashamed none am fear caught appeared stead form during come loved died energy soft cousin words nay tired sense seeing felt making two me mind women handsome else noble strange gentleman cold there animal future seven number heart caught comes speaking top living ready happened best warm name line below promise became life busy loved book bright die died fact fortune shame situation present told heaven knowledge cause ought hands time

QRZ026: It Will be a True Thanksgiving: The Great One is Alive and Well! — 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 1983 C&E.

Bells pealed in churches throughout the world last week, women fainted and strong men wept, the United Nations declared an international holiday, and Coors stock went up sixteen points on Wall Street. The rejoicing and return to world optimism came about as a result of news bulletins stating that Oklahoma’s great Q.R. Zedd, the finest, truest, greatest DXer who ever lived, had been found alive and well in Vietnam. A home-made crystal transceiver strapped to his chest with sticky stuff from a bamboo tree, the magnificent Zedd strode out of the jungles into the village of Ar Eff, near the Cambodian border, on October 13. He carried an electronic keyer constructed out of a broken beer bottle, pieces of an old army field kitchen, and fragments of bone from an ancient water buffalo. He also had an empty gin bottle. With Zedd were his sainted momma, Constance Wiltiemina Zedd, of Mena, Ark; Bill Blast, of the famed Blast Off DX Net; Bill Buckeye, Ohio DXer and confidante of Woody Hayes, and Boris Badenov, Russian amateur radio ace. All were pronounced in good health by local officials, although Badenov was said to be suffering from potentially terminal Twinkie Syndrome when first taken to the hospital. Three cases of the banana-flavored confection were flown in from Australia, and he quickly recovered. In Zedd’s own words, here is the story of the expedition: “Well, we were going along all right there, and then all heck busted loose. Mortar shells started coming in and all, tearing up °tie camp, so we high-tailed it for the cliffs where, we hid out a while. Too bad, but our radio stuff got blown up. “Well, after the smoke cleared and all, we decided we might as well tough it out, we had come this far, so I collected some trash around the area and made a one-watt transceiver, which was difficult because I didn’t have a soldering iron or any wire. But it worked OK. Then this typhoon came in and blew down our dipole, which had got to be a nuisance anyway since it was made of kite string and I had to climb them hundred-foot trees every thirty minutes to pour more salt water on it to make it conduct and radiate, don’t you know. “That was when we decided to pack it in and call it a day. We worked about 25K, scratching the calls and times on tree bark with a busted pocketknife. So we started out. But on the way we ran into some natives that were real pore and didn’t even have TV, so .I stayed there a few days and made them a 3atellite receiving station and a few simple sets so they could enjoy theirselfs. They changed the name of the village after me. “And that’s about all there was to it. I’m sorry people got worried.” Badenov, waiting transportation back to Moscow, had a different version. He said Zedd was a capitalist swine who panicked at the first sound of gunfire, and he (Badenov) saved the expedition by rationing their beer and Twinkies. Badenov also had some nasty things to say about the others on the DXpedition, Momma Zedd, Bill Blast, and Bill Buckeye. For a family publication these comments are not appropriate. Momma Zedd was a different story. “They should rename the country after my boy,” Momma Zedd with characteristic modesty, relaxing on a Hanoi balcony in a crimson silk kimono, slit to the hip, silver spike heels hiked up on the bamboo railing as she did her nails. “He probably prevented a war by getting us out of there when he did,-and then he carried through on making XV available to the world’s deserving again, and then he saved all our lives. And all that Russky was was sit around and moan about not having any beer, and Bill Blast complained about no air conditioning, and Bill Buckeye moaned and groaned about injustice and Woody all, the time. “I tell you,” Momma went on, if there ever was any doubt, this proves it. My boy IS the greatest!” At Honor Roll Ranch, just a hoot ‘and ‘a’ holler south of Norman, Tondelayo Schwartz, blonde, nubile, 20-year-old QSL secretary-to Zedd, as well as his intended, ordered a 30- pound turkey slain and readied for the celebration. “Ah jus’ don’t thank’ I’ve EVER been’ happier!” Tondelayo gushed. If an editorial note may be allowed in view of the enormity of the events which had transpired, it must be this: Surely it is time for Oklahoma to take some official note of the splendor it shares as a result of having the great man in our midst. Texas has the Alamo. Washington has the cherry blossoms. Lancaster, Ohio, has a statue of William Tecumseh Sherman. WHAT does Oklahoma have? To be sure, it has the Will Rogers Memorial and other wonderful shrines, But surely it is time to memorize the great Q. R. Zedd. A modest 200-foot statue might be appropriate, about where the statehouse now stands. We ‘think it should hide a multiband antenna, and include a dozen, or so ham stations, along with a Wendy’s and a cigar, stand for the tourists. But details can be worked out by an international commission especially chartered for that task. Ours: is but to call for this needed, this overdue, this certainly warranted action.

— KU5B

Dates to Remember — Menu

  • SCARS Fall Picnic at Denny’s QTH, 9400 Banner Rd. (Between 84th and 96th on Banner Rd. Just 3′ east of the bridge, on the south side of the road.) This Saturday, October 17 @ 16:00.  Feel free to bring a side dish and adult beverage of your choice. The club is providing hamburgers, hotdogs, hot links, tea, water, and soft drinks. All facilities and tables will be sanitized to aid in the Covid-19 fight.
  • SCARS Elmer Nights – ONLINE ONLY. Every Tuesday evening, 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm – Join with Zoom at or simply watch the fun at All meetings are recorded so you can stream them later from the SCARS YouTube channel.
  • SCARS Meeting November 14, 2020, 9:30 am – Join with Zoom at or simply watch the fun at All 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

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.

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 10

An interview with ARRL Lifelong Learning Manager Kris Bickell, K1BIC, about ARRL’s new “Learning Network” webinars.

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

ARRL DX Bulletin — Menu

ARLD041 DX news

QST de W1AW  
DX Bulletin 41  ARLD041
From ARRL Headquarters  
Newington CT  October 8, 2020
To all radio amateurs   

ARLD041 DX news

This week's bulletin was made possible with information provided by
OZ2I, 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.

MALAWI, 7Q.  Don, K6ZO is QRV as 7Q6M until mid December while
working at the Embangweni Mission Hospital in Northern Malawi.  He
is active in his spare time.  QSL via operator's instructions.

WEST MALAYSIA, 9M2.  Yoshida, JE1SCJ is QRV as 9M4DXX from Penang
Island, IOTA AS-015, until the end of December 2020.  He operates
FT8 on the weekends.  QSL via bureau.

BOTSWANA, A2.  Leon, A25SL is usually QRV on 20 meters SSB around
1700 to 1830z.  QSL via N4GNR.

UNITED ARAB EMIRATES, A6.  Phil, G4VAJ is licensed as A65IJ and will
soon be QRV from Dubai.  QSL via operator's instructions.

ST. VINCENT, J8.  Mac, 8P5AB will be QRV as J88/8P5AB from October
10 to December 3.  Activity will be on the HF bands using FT8 and
various digital modes on the VHF bands.  QSL direct to home call.

Minami Torishima, IOTA OC-073, until mid January 2021.  He is active
in his spare time on 40 and 30 meters using CW.  QSL via JA8CJY.

SVALBARD, JW.  Operators LA7XK, LA6VM and LA9DL are QRV as JW7XK,
JW6VM, and JW9DL, respectively, until October 12.  Activity is on
the HF bands using CW, SSB and various digital modes.  This includes
being active as JW5X in the Scandinavian Activity SSB Contest.  QSL
to home calls and JW5X via LA5X.  In addition, a group of operators
are QRV as JW4O until October 12.  Activity is on 80, 40, 20, 15 and
10 meters.  This includes being an entry in the Scandinavian
Activity SSB Contest.  QSL via LoTW.

JAN MAYEN, JX.  Erik, LA2US will be QRV as JX2US from Olonkin City
until March 2021.  QSL via LoTW.

AUSTRIA, OE.  Members of the VIC Amateur Radio Contest are QRV with
special call sign 4U75A from Vienna until December 31 to celebrate
the 75th anniversary of the United Nations.  Activity is on 80, 40,
20 and 15 meters using CW and SSB.  QSL via UA3DX.
DENMARK, OZ.  Special event station OZ100MILL will be QRV from
October 15 to December 15 to celebrate the 100 year anniversary of
the unification in 1920 of Southern Jutland with Denmark.  Activity
is on all HF bands using CW, SSB, RTTY and other digital modes.  QSL
via bureau.

SWEDEN, SM.  Palle, SA0BYP and Johan, SA3BYC will be QRV as SI9AM
during the Scandinavian Activity SSB contest.  QSL via SM3FJF.

MARSHALL ISLANDS, V7.  Randy, KX4QD is QRV as V7/KX4QD from
Kwajalein and is active on 40 and 20 meters using FT8 normally after
0600z.  QSL to home call.

CAMBODIA, XU.  Tad, XU7AKU is usually QRV on 40 meters using CW
around 1230 to 1430z.  QSL via JA1DXA.

MACAO, XX9.  Leong, XX9ET is usually QRV on 17 meters using FT8 from
1130 to 1330z.  QSL direct.

REPUBLIC OF KOSOVO, Z6.  Wolf, DM2AUJ, Guenter, DL2AWG, Peter,
DL3APO, Rainer, DL2AMD, Werner, DJ9KH and Franz, DL9GFB will be QRV
as Z66DX from October 15 to 28.  Activity will be on 160 to 10
meters using CW, SSB and FT8 with three stations active.  QSL via

NCCC CW Sprint, Makrothen RTTY Contest, QRP ARCI Fall CW QSO Party,
10-10 International 10-10 Day Sprint, Nevada QSO Party, Oceania DX
CW Contest, Microwave Fall Sprint, SKCC Weekend CW Sprintathon,
Scandinavian Activity SSB Contest, Arizona QSO Party, Pennsylvania
QSO Party, Cosack's Honor VHF/UHF Contest, FISTS Fall Unlimited CW
Sprint, South Dakota QSO Party, PODXS 070 Club 160-Meter Great
Pumpkin Sprint, UBA ON 80-Meter Contest and UBA ON 6-Meter Contest
will certainly keep contesters busy this upcoming weekend.

The 4 States QRP Group Second Sunday Sprint and K1USN Slow Speed CW
Test are scheduled for October 12.
The RTTYOPS Weeksprint and Worldwide Sideband Activity Contest are
scheduled for October 13.

The VHF-UHF FT8 Activity Contest, RSGB 80-Meter Autumn Data Series,
AGCW Semi-Automatic Key Evening, NAQCC CW Sprint, CWops Mini-CWT
Test and Phone Fray are scheduled for October 14.

Please see October 2020 QST, page 69, and the 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

A guess-the-sound game with Gordo, George’s ‘Tales From The Transmitter,’ Valerie talks to Bernie McClenny W3UR about The Daily DX, Amateur Radio Newsline with Don, Solar Update with Dr. Tamitha Skov, 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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