SCARS News January 5, 2021

Meeting Saturday: ARRL Update with John Stratton N5AUS — Menu

Welcome to 2021 and here comes our first SCARS meeting of the year, this Saturday, June 9th!

This month American Radio Relay League (ARRL) West Gulf Director John Stratton N5AUS will be our guest presenter this month. The West Gulf division represents the states of Oklahoma and Texas. John will explain what is new at ARRL headquarters. You will learn how to join the league and why you should. Since SCARS is an ARRL Special Service Club (SSC), we are required to have at least 50% of our SCARS members be ARRL members. ARRL has a new CEO, David Minster NA2AA, and a whole new Volunteer Monitors (VM) program headed up by Riley Hollingsworth K4ZDH. There should be a lot of new things to learn. Bring your questions and have some fun.

Join us at 9:30 am on Saturday, January 9th. Load up the Zoom software client and then click on this link, Or, you can join using meeting number 893 9952 6291 password w5nor. Or, watch the fun through YouTube by clicking on this link,

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#.

SCARS meetings happen on the second Saturday of the month at 9:30 am. This will be an online meeting and the connection information is listed above.

100 Years of Commercial Radio — Menu

I noticed this piece on the Radio Club of America’s website and it got me thinking. Being one of the ‘old guys’ in the group, (I guess we’re called experienced), my first adventures with radio were through Heathkit projects that I received for my 10th birthday, in 1970. To me, the radio had been around since the age of the dinosaurs, and I never thought of how that related to me. Quick math shows that the first commercial radio transmission was “only” 50 years before I assembled my first radio. Now, 50 years later, I’ve been messing with radios for ‘half’ of the time that radio has been commercially viable. Now, I realize there are a number of us reading this message right now that have the same pedigree, but it’s amazing to see where we came from KDKA’s first broadcast to my first radio. And the changes that have happened in the subsequent 50 years are nothing more than miraculous. Those first AM radios broadcast in the 1 to 2 MHz range and passed audio that probably equated to a rate of 30 kbps. Yesterday I received a pair of radios that transmit in the 60 GHz range and will send 2.16 GB for well over a kilometer. That AM radio sold for $32 in 1970 and, in 1970 dollars, these 60 GHz data radios cost $21 each.

So, for all of you ‘old guys’, think of where we’ve come. For all of you ‘new guys and gals’, think about where we’ll be in 2070. Now, here’s some information about that first KDKA transmission from the good folks at the RCA.

The History:

The first commercial broadcast in the U.S. took place on Nov. 2, 1920.  Pittsburgh radio station KDKA broadcast the presidential election results of the Harding-Cox election, making this the first commercial broadcast.

Historical links about KDKA: site commemorating KDKA’s 100th with interesting links to KDKA history & interviews

The Conversation article about how KDKA changed election politics

 Article on KDKA History “It Started Hear”

 Wikipedia article on KDKA

Interesting videos on KDKA history

3 minute YouTube clip on KDKA history

Detailed excerpt from a broadcasting book, plus bios on key KDKA persons

Audio clip on the Harding-Cox broadcast on Nov. 2, 1920

A short early history of wireless including KDKA

LearnMorse Practice 18 — 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 lesson of practice 18:

Text From Today’s Lesson 1

quotes from Dr. Seuss Dont cry because its over. Smile because it happened. You can get help from teachers, but you are going to have to learn a lot by yourself, sitting alone in a room. Today was good. Today was fun. Tomorrow is another one. Only you can control your future. Youre in pretty good shape for the shape you are in. From there to here, and here to there, funny things are everywhere. Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. Its not.

QRZ038: The Great Shootout: Zedd vs. Badenov — 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.

As faithful readers will recall, we recounted last month how Boris Badenov, the Soviet DX ace, visited Oklahoma recently along with his brunette, nubile, 19-year-old secretary from Box 88, Natasha Bulwinkle.

After taking part in a celebrity dinner in Oklahoma City for the Russian delegation trying to trade three broken tractors and a Swan 350 for several million metric tons of American wheat, Badenov and his friend visited Norman where they were honored by a literary organization on the OU campus which makes a habit of honoring people with obscure reputations in faraway lands.

They then visited Oklahoma’s great Q. R. Zedd, A5A, at his home, Honor Roll Ranch, just a hoot and a holler south of the city beautiful. Badenov set a new world record for Coors and Twinkies, and Natasha threatened to stick the darling Tondelayo Schwartz with a knife.

For new readers, Tondelayo is Zedd’s nubile, 20-year-old QSL secretary and constant companion.

During the course of the festivities, Zedd suggested an ultimate test to determine who was the greatest DXer. After hearing the proposal, Badenov extended his leave from the Great Red Army and accepted the challenge on the spot.

It took a while to set things up, but the shootout took place just before Halloween. The scene was Honor Roll.

Drawn up facing each other at a range of 1,000 yards on a grassy pasture in the south part of Honor Roll were two 60-foot camper trailers, one for Zedd and one for Badenov. Each was decorated in the favorite style of its occupant. Zedd’s with interlocking OUs on the sides and an American flag, Badenov’s with hammers and sickles and various anti-imperialist slogans. Each had a 90-foot crankup tower topped by stacked monobanders, and inside, each had KWM-380s, outboard extra receivers, an identical kilowatt amplifiers. Mikes, keyers, logbooks, and (in Badenov’s case) several thousand cans of refreshment completed the stations.

By complicated formula agreed upon by the contestants, the winning score would be computed after four hours on the basis of total contacts multiplied by statute miles from Honor Roll to the contact divided by a rarity factor on the contact which it took the two great men almost a month to agree upon.

Naturally, if either contestant failed to work everything on the DXCC list, he was automatically disqualified.

Neutral observers from the ARRL and Box 88 monitored. Tondelayo, in a darling fuschia jumpsuit, and Natasha, wearing a jet black rubber leotard with her knife stuck in the thin gold belt, did the logging.

The contest started at 0000 Zulu.

Well, the antennas started spinning in all directions atop both campers, and little purple-white corona effects could be seen on the element tips as darkness crept in. You could have heard both Zedd and Badenov in several countries if they had had a power outage, as their excitement led both of them to use the Townsend effect of shouting as loud as they could, and swallowing the microphone.

In the early going it looked like Zedd was going to be an easy winner as he racked up 217 countries in the first forty minutes, and got a 5-9 from a remotely operated quake detector left by one of our Apollo teams on the moon. But then in the third hour Badenov really got into it by logging a long-delayed echo from Marconi, and logging 16,500 Russian stations.

Zedd, who still didn’t have a Soviet station in his log, tailended on about 4,000 of these contacts before shoving his chair back from the table and giving Tondelayo and this reporter a dismayed look.

“What is it, honey?” Tondelayo moved. “Those communists always love to work you!”

“It’s got to be that Boris got word out for nobody behind the Iron Curtain to answer my CQs or QRZs,” Zedd said darkly. “He is playing dirty pool.” Zedd then called Badenov a name for which parental guidance is suggested.

Well, there was nothing to do but go on with it, despite the worry now heavy in the Zedd shack. The great one worked some 3Xs and 4Ws and all manner of good stuff, including some on delayed echoes from a year or two back. But wouldn’t you know it, his receiver was acting up a little and his worry was clearly growing.

Over in the Badenov shack, the floor was knee deep in Coors cans, Badenov was singing lusty army songs between contacts, and Natasha was whirling about in the garbage, doing wild Russian folks dances and whanging her tambourine.

“Is over, do, Badenov chortled. “Is decadent American defeat at hands of truly greatest Dxers, my own self! Ha!” And he popped another can top.

Back Zedd’s part of the ranch, the gloom deepened until there were about fifteen minutes to go in the contest. Zedd was so far ahead on total contacts and points that it wasn’t even close, but those suckers in Russia would not work him, and without one of them in the log for each district, Zedd was an automatic loser.

“Dadblamel” Zedd cried in despair. “Heck!”

Tondelayo had an inspiration. “Let me try, darlin’.”

Zedd blinked, but handed her the mike. She cranked the antenna around for the polar route. She keyed the mike.

“Hi out there in radio land, ” she whispered in the most sultry tones you ever heard. “Is they anyone that’d like to QSO… or anythang… with little ole lonely me? Go ahead.”

Well, as everyone knows, Russians are, shall we say, zesty where it comes to women. The pileup from over the pole was fantastic. Tondelayo started picking up calls like mad, and making little breathy noises into the mike every little while, and listing the calls she had worked. As we sat there in amazement and admiration, she worked everything behind the Iron Curtain in about four minutes.

“Thanks, y’all,” she cooed finally. “This is Tondelayo sayin’ bye-bye, now. Incidentally, we ID’d just before I took over as control operator, but in case you want to make sure for your darlin’ little logs, this is ASA. That’s Alpha fiuve Alpha. Y’all be nice, now. Bye.”

In the Badenov trailer, Natasha stuck her tambourine with her knife.

Scoring results have been frontpaged in the nation’s press, of course, and everyone knows how Zedd has since been feted in Washington.

Badenov? We aren’t sure. Right after it was clear he had come in second, this helicopter landed in Oklahoma City and a limousine took several large, lumpy men in black suits away someplace. Badenov was sulking in his Oklahoma City hotel that same Tuesday night, but the next morning all the cleanup people found was some unopened Coors and some half-eaten Twinkies crushed into the shag carpet.

Clearly they had left in a hurry. Natasha’s shopping bag from Frederick’s of Hollywood was left behind with all the goodies still in it.

The hotel bill was handled with a Visa card listing a KGB address.

At presstime, Zedd was outhunting for his Thanksgiving turkey.


Dates to Remember — 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.

1/23/2021 | Pryor Tailgate Event | Location: Pryor, 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
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 (or maybe December)
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

A chat with Mike Corey, KI1U, about storm spotting and SKYWARN.

ARRL On the Air – Episode 12

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

ARRL DX Bulletin — Menu

ARLD052 DX news

QST de W1AW  
DX Bulletin 52  ARLD052
From ARRL Headquarters  
Newington CT  December 31, 2020
To all radio amateurs   

ARLD052 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.

KENYA, 5Z.  Cato, LA9PF will be QRV as 5Z4/LA9PF from Malindi
beginning in January, 2021 and active until May.  Activity will be
on 80 to 10 meters using SSB and various digital modes.  QSL via
operator's instructions.

PORTUGAL, CT.  Valdemar, CT7AQD will be QRV as CQ750RSI during all
of 2021 to commemorate the 750th birthday of Queen Elizabeth of
Portugal.  QSL to home call.

FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF GERMANY, DA.  Special event station DB59FIRAC is
QRV during all of 2021 to recognize the 59th International FIRAC.
QSL via bureau.

SWITZERLAND, HB9.  Special event station HB40POLICE is QRV during
all of 2021 to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the International
Police Association Radio Club.  Activity is on all HF, VHF, UHF and
SHF bands.  QSL via bureau.

THAILAND, HS.  Chris, GM8NMM is QRV as HS0ZJB from Bang Saray.
Activity is on various HF bands.  His length of stay is unknown.
QSL via LoTW.

FINLAND, OH.  Special event station OH100SRAL is QRV during all of
2021 to celebrate the centennial of the Finnish Amateur Radio
League.  QSL via bureau.

BELGIUM, ON.  Special event stations OO7STAYHOME, OP19MSF,
31, 2021.  QSL via operators' instructions.

ANTARCTICA.  Alexei, RX6A is QRV as RI01ANT from Progress Station
and Vostok Station until May 30, 2021.  Activity is mainly on 40
meters and above using CW and FT8.  QSL to home call.

UKRAINE, UR.  Members of the 7-DX-Club will be QRV with special
event call EN50WZA during January 2021 to celebrate the 50th
anniversary of the founding of their club.  QSL via UT7WZA.

POLAND, SP.  Members of the SEDINA Contest Club will be QRV with
special event station SQ0MORSE until the end of April 2021 to
commemorate the 230th birthday of Samuel F. B. Morse.  QSL via

SOMALIA, T5.  Ali, EP3CQ is QRV as 6O1OO and is generally active on
40 meters using FT8 in DXpedition mode from 2200 and 0000z.  QSL to
home call.
SOUTH SUDAN, Z8.  Diya, YI1DZ is QRV as Z81D from Juba.  He is
active on 80 to 6 meters using SSB and FT8 in his spare time.  QSL
via OM3JW.

THIS WEEKEND ON THE RADIO.  ARRL Kids SSB Day, Straight Key Night,
ARRL RTTY Roundup, AGB New Year Snowball Contest, NCCC RTTY Sprint,
QRP 80-Meter CW Fox Hunt, NCCC CW Sprint, SARTG New Year RTTY
Contest, AGCW Happy New Year CW Contest, AGCW VHF/UHF Contest, QRP
ARCI New Years CW Sprint, PODXS 070 Club PSKFest, World Wide PMC
Contest, RSGB AFS CW Contest, Original QRP Contest, Winter VHF
Sprint and EUCW 160-Meter CW Contest will certainly keep contesters
busy these next few days.

The OK1WC CW Memorial, K1USN Slow Speed CW Test and RSGB Hope RTTY
QSO Party are scheduled for January 4, 2021.

The RSGB Hope SSB QSO Party, RTTYOPS Weeksprint, Worldwide Sideband
Activity Contest and ARS Spartan CW Sprint are scheduled for January
5, 2021.

The RSGB Hope FT4 QSO Party, AWA Linc Cundall Memorial CW Contest,
UKEICC 80-Meter SSB Contest, VHF-UHF FT8 Activity Contest, CWops
Mini-CWT Test, Phone Fray and 40-Meter QRP CW Fox Hunt are scheduled
for January 6, 2021.
Please see December 2020 QST, page 63, January 2021 QST, page 75,
and the ARRL 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 and the Ham Nation crew look back at 2020’s best segments!

The last half-dozen or so episodes are linked right here: Ham Nation

73 de Mark N5HZR

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