In This Issue…
- Meeting Wrapup – Join ARRL/SCARS
- LearnMorse Practice 19
- QRZ039: Zedd and His Pals Have a Merry
- New/Upgraded Hams
- 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: W5KUB Amateur Radio Roundtable
- Podcast: Ham Nation
Meeting Wrapup – Join/Renew ARRL/SCARS — Menu
Saturday’s meeting presentation by American Radio Relay League (ARRL) West Gulf Director John Stratton N5AUS and Vice Director Lee Cooper W5LHC is available as a YouTube video. They had a lot of good information about upcoming changes at HQ. As a special deal for you, and SCARS, if you join ARRL, or renew your ARRL membership this week, (on or before 1/16/21), you will get an additional ARRL-related prize shipped direct to you, and the club will get credit for the transaction! Send an email with your name/address saying you joined/renewed to Lee at email@example.com with the subject of “SCARS Member” to get your prize. You can join/renew the ARRL now online at https://arrl.org/join/ before Saturday, and send that email to firstname.lastname@example.org. John said that he would make sure SCARS got credit for the new member and renewals based on the emails sent in. I know that some have already been received, and let’s try to empty John’s door-prize cache!
For those of you that are interested in more information about Riley Hollingsworth and the new ARRL/FCC Volunteer Monitor Service, Tom Medlin W5KUB has a great video on YouTube.
SCARS Dues are Due
As a reminder, SCARS membership dues start each January 1st. Join/renew today online, or through the mail, at https://w5nor.org/membership/
Vaccinate.Oklahoma.Gov — Menu
A number of our members have asked how to get registered for the COVID-19 vaccine and President Gayland Kitch WX5MOR brought this up at the January meeting. This information talks about how to get registered to receive the COVID-19 vaccine in the State of Oklahoma. This information is available as a link on the W5NOR web page, or directly at https://w5nor.org/covid/
Current priority groups that are eligible for vaccine appointments as part of Phase 2 of the vaccine distribution plan are:
- Healthcare workers including expanded healthcare worker groups such as allied health fields and general outpatient health service (i.e. behavioral health, dentists)
- First responders
- Oklahomans age 65+
First, register with the state at https://vaccinate.oklahoma.gov. Click on the blue “COVID-19 Questionnaire” button to get started. You will enter your name, contact information, insurance information, and answer many questions on this page.
Second, based on your answers, you will either be allowed to schedule a vaccine time, or you will receive an email when your priority slot has opened up.
Third, attend your first vaccine appointment. Please do not contact the vaccine locations; they do not have any information about the program. The emails you receive from the health department will have all of the information you need.
Fourth, attend your second vaccine appointment three or four weeks after your first visit, depending on the vaccine maker’s requirements.
There will be a number of locations that pop up over time, based on the availability of vaccines.
LearnMorse Practice 19 — 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 19:
Text From Today’s Lesson 1
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QRZ039: Zedd and His Pals Have a Merry — 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 in the December 1984 C&E.
Christmas came a little early this year to Honor Roll Ranch, home of the world-renowned DXer and all-around wonderful person, Q.R. Zedd, A5A.
Zedd, holder of the world’s only 1×1 callsign and the first man to win the coveted Worked All Stations award on 440MHz, decided to have some of his pals in early because he was scheduled to bop off to Houston’s Space Flight Center at mid-month to get a few bugs out of the space shuttle’s communications systems and show authorities a new robot arm he designed which will replace the Canadian arm presently in use. Zedd’s arm is made from old Coors cans, works a lot better than the Canadian model used heretofore on the shuttle, and costs nothing if you write off the cans to thirst.
Tinsel and mistletoe garlanded all the towers and antennas at Honor Roll, just a hoot and a holler south of Norman, when the festivities began at mid-month.
Everybody who was anybody was there.
Zedd’s momma, Mrs. Constance Wilhemina Zedd, blasted over on her new four-cylinder Honda, trailing a zepp antenna and dazed highway patrolmen in her wake. She reported working 212 countries on the way over from her home near Mena, Ark., using a straight key strapped to her handlebars and an old Kenwood 820 “that I messed with a little to boost the power.”
Zedd’s constant companion, Tondelayo Schwartz, was on hand, of course, having just won the 10-meter contest while updating her 10-10 logbook to include everybody who ever belonged.
Bill Buckeye, famed Ohio Dxer, was there. So was Bill Blast, of the renowned Blast Off DX Net. Andy Taco, New Mexico newcomer to the DX world, flew in, and so did a number of other dignitaries. The President wanted to come, but the Secret Service warned him that’all the rf might break his hearing aid.
It was a grand, festive occasion. Everyone had a fine time whetting the proverbial whistle and square dancing and all, and the gift exchange started at 5 p.m.
Tondelayo, wearing a lavender jump suit like the one once used by an actress in a 007 movie, passed out the gifts. Bill Buckeye gave everybody present an autographed picture of Woody Hayes. Taco gave pieces of a balloon that never got off the ground in the great Albuquerque balloon race. Blast distributed engraved tips on how to get onto the list when his net is working. N5MS gave the great one a model Cessna airplane. Zedd gave WA5RPP a new pencil. Tondelayo gave W5OU a booklet entitled “How To Get a Bond Election Passed.” Your reporter, honored to be there, was given a vacuum tube once used in Zedd’s No. 1 linear, I plan to take it home as soon as I can rent a truck big enough to transport it.
The most touching moments came when Zedd, his momma, and Tondelayo exchanged gifts.
Zedd gave his momma a lifetime subscription to Ms Magazine. He gave Tondelayo a beautiful engagement ring with a germanium crystal in it, telling her she could work the world with it.
Tondelayo gave momma a copy of her recently published memoirs, and to Zedd went a photo album of herself.
Momma had dragged in a couple of huge packages. Tondelayo’s turned out to be one of each from the current Fredricks catalogue. Tension and suspense mounted as Zedd tore open his box, scattering Santa stickers in all directions.
“Wow,” quoth Zedd as the contents were revealed. “Jiminey!
Momma had given her son an Epson QX-10 computer.
Readers may not fully appreciate the significance of this moment.
In all his illustrious career, Zedd had never meddled much with computers. Oh, he designed the IBM PC, but he never got into them for his personal use. And it is quite likely that he had never even looked at the Epson before.
Zedd pulled the machine out of the box, plugged it in, tossed the instruction booklet into the pile of trash to be burned, whanged a couple of diskettes into the dual drives, and — oblivious to us all — immediately began hammering on the keys while glaring at the screen with total intensity.
Two or three hours later, even through dinner, he stayed at it.
By nightfall, he had strung some cable out to the root cellar, where he happened to have an old mainframe in storage. Muttering something about booboo algebra and relational databases, he retired to his lab for a little while and came back in a cloud of smoke (resin core solder) with a new board he had just whomped up. Opening the lid, he installed the board, hit a couple of keys, and pat down in front of the machine again, chuckling to himself.
It was a grim moment amid the holiday glitter. Even momma was grim. For this, she saw now — too late — could be bad. We had all seen good hams go crazy when they discovered computers. Some of them didn’t even have rigs any more. They filled page after page in the C&E with stuff the rest of us didn’t understand.
Had the bug bitten Zedd?
As we filed silently out of Honor Roll at dusk, Bill Buckeye was heard to exc1010, “God bless us, every one.”
We needed it. We who had for so long idolized the great man were deeply worried.
PLEASE WELCOME THE FOLLOWING NEW AMATEURS TO THE AIR:
Wade, KI5MPP (Dec 19)
Billy, KI5MPS (Dec 19)
Kim, KI5MPT (Dec 19)
Patrick, KI5MVW (Jan 7)
Each of whom earned Technician class licenses and please also congratulate:
Joshua, KI5MPO (Dec 19)
Karl, KI5MPQ (Dec 19)
Each of whom earned General class licenses as well as
Paul, KI5MIZ (Jan 7)
Gable, KD6TGU (Jan 7)
Each of whom upgraded their licenses to General class. All tested at the firehouse on the dates indicated.
Upcoming Exam Sessions: February 4, virus permitting
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 February 13, 2021, 9:30 am – DC Power Systems with Mark Siegesmund W9WMR, President of West Mountain Radio. 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 February 4, 2021, License Test – 6:30 pm – Norman Firehouse #7 – 2207 Goddard – Norman, OK 73069
Newsletter News — Menu
Due to special member requests, we’ve added a couple of segments to the newsletter. First, the New/Upgraded Hams from the most recent testing session are included here in the newsletter. Second, the W5KUB Amateur Radio Roundtable video has been added to the newsletter. Enjoy!
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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 — POSTPONED —
5/21-23/2021 | Dayton Hamvention | Location: Xenia, OH — CANCELED —
Ham-Com | Location: Plano, TX — CANCELED —
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.
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
- Oklahoma DMR Resources: OKDMR
- Facebook: SCARS Facebook
- Twitter: W5NOR
- 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.
A chat with Mike Corey, KI1U, about storm spotting and SKYWARN.
ARRL On the Air – Episode 12
ARRL Letter — Menu
- FCC Reduces Proposed Amateur Radio Application Fee to $35
- FCC to Require Email Address with Applications and on File
- QSO Today Virtual Ham Expo Returning in March
- ARRL Podcasts Schedule
- ARRL ARES Volunteers Were Ready to Assist in Wake of Nashville Blast
- Christmas Eve Forecast Calls ARES/RACES/SKYWARN into Action
- ARRL Learning Network Webinars
- Amateur Radio in the News
- The K7RA Solar Update
- ARRL Member Designs New Ham Radio License Plate for Kentucky
- In Brief…
- Just Ahead in Radiosport
- Upcoming ARRL Section, State, and Division Conventions
ARRL DX Bulletin — Menu
SB DX @ ARL $ARLD001 ARLD001 DX news ZCZC AE01 QST de W1AW DX Bulletin 1 ARLD001 From ARRL Headquarters Newington CT January 7, 2021 To all radio amateurs SB DX ARL ARLD001 ARLD001 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. GEORGIA, 4L. Peter, G4ENL plans to be QRV as 4L1PJ from Svaneti while on work assignment. He expects to be here for the next few years. Activity is on various HF bands using SSB. QSL via N4GNR. NIGER, 5U. Adrien, F5IHM is QRV as 5U4IHM until February 11. Activity is on 40 and 20 meters using CW. QSL direct to home call. MALDIVES, 8Q. Massimo, IZ5KID is QRV as 8Q7MM. Activity is on various HF bands using mainly digital modes and with low power. QSL to home call. PAKISTAN, AP. Syed, AP2AM is QRV on 160 and 80 using FT8 at his sunrise. QSL to home call. ANGOLA, D2. Paulo, CT1FJZ is QRV as D2FJZ from the Province of Cuando-Cubango until September 2021 while on work assignment. Activity is on 80 to 10 meters using SSB. QSL direct to home call. FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF GERMANY, DA. Uwe, DO2PZ is QRV as DB100AVUS during all of 2021 to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the AVUS. Located in the southwest of Berlin and opened in 1921, it is the oldest controlled access motorway in Europe. QSL to home call. JAPAN, JA. Special event call 8N1IZA is QRV until March 31 to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Niiza City. JAN MAYEN, JX. Erik, JX2US has been QRV on 80 using CW from 1000 to 1200z. QSL via LA2US. CZECH REPUBLIC, OK. Members of the radio club in Roznov pod Radhostem are QRV with special call sign OL70KRT to celebrate the club's 70th anniversary. The length of activity is unknown. QSL via OK2UYU. ASIATIC RUSSIA, UA0. Special event station RJ30KR is QRV from region R9Y in CQ Zone 18 during January to mark the 30th anniversary of the Amateur Radio Club Kristall. QSL via bureau. AUSTRALIA, VK. Grant, VK5GR will be QRV as VK5KI from Kangaroo Island, IOTA OC-139, from January 11 to 22. Activity will be holiday style on 80 to 6 meters using CW, SSB and FT8, and possibly with RTTY and PSK. QSL via M0OXO. ANTARCTICA. Seba, SQ1SGB and Will, M0ZXA are QRV as either VP8/SQ1SGB or VP8HAL from Halley VI Research Station until February 4. They are active in their spare time on 40 and 20 meters using JT65 and FT8. QSL via operators' instructions. INDIA, VU. Special event station AT2YAR is QRV until March 1 to celebrate 100 years of amateur radio. QSL via VU3ZHA. INDONESIA, YB. Ravie, YD7RV is QRV from Laut Island, IOTA OC-166, and is active almost daily around 1700z on 40 meters using FT8. QSL via EA5GL. CAYMAN ISLANDS, ZF. Pete, K8PGJ will be QRV as ZF2PG from Grand Cayman, IOTA NA-016, from January 10 to 17. Activity will be on 160 to 10 meters. This includes being an entry in the upcoming North American SSB QSO Party. QSL via LoTW. THIS WEEKEND ON THE RADIO. The North American CW QSO Party, NCCC RTTY Sprint, QRP 80-Meter CW Fox Hunt, NCCC Sprint CW Ladder, YB SSB DX Contest, Old New Year Contest, SKCC Weekend CW Sprintathon, UBA PSK63 Prefix Contest, NRAU-Baltic Contest, DARC 10-Meter Contest and RSGB AFS Data Contest are all on tap for this upcoming weekend. The RSGB Hope QSO FT4 Party, OK1WC CW Memorial, K1USN Slow Speed CW Test and 4 States QRP Group Second Sunday Sprint are scheduled for January 11. The RTTYOPS Weeksprint, Worldwide Sideband Activity Contest and RSGB Hope QSO CW Party are scheduled for January 12. The RSGB Hope QSO RTTY Party, VHF-UHF FT8 Activity Contest, CWops Mini-CWT CW Test, Phone Fray and QRP 40-Meter CW Fox Hunt are scheduled for January 13. Please see January 2021 QST, page 75, and the ARRL and WA7BNM contest web sites for details. NNNN /EX
The latest ARRL DX Bulletin is always at the top here — ARRL DX Bulletin
Amateur Radio Newsline — Menu
– FCC EYES ADDING VOLUNTEER EXAMINER COORDINATORS
– BREXIT DOESN’T CUT ALL UK TIES TO EU SATELLITES
– WOODEN SATELLITES SEEN AS FIX TO ‘SPACE JUNK’
– SEA-PAC ANNUAL CONVENTION CANCELLED
– LAWMAKERS SEEK PROBE INTO ARECIBO COLLAPSE
– IOWA STUDENTS’ BALLOON CIRCLES EARTH A THIRD TIME
– PROJECT EYES DIRECT WAY TO GATHER SOLAR POWER
– SILENT KEY: JAMES GOLDEN KD0AES
– SILENT KEY: LOGGING SOFTWARE DEVELOPER DAVE PRUETT K8CC
– SILENT KEY: FORMER RAC PRESIDENT FARRELL (HOPPY) HOPWOOD VE7RD
– NOVA SCOTIA CONTEST WEATHERS THE STORM
– WHEN THE DX FINDS THE DXer IN FINLAND
– WORLD OF DX
– KICKER: FOR HUNTING DECOY MARKETER, THE COST OF RFI IS DEAR
The Amateur Radio Newsline can be found at ARNewsline.org.
W5KUB – Amateur Radio Roundtable Video
The W5KUB YouTube channel link is here: W5KUB YouTube.
73 de Mark N5HZR