In This Issue…
- OKDXA – Virtual Tour of K3LR
- Can You Make an ARRL Video?
- NWS Spotter Schedule
- QRZ042: Zedd Announces Plans for Greatest Feat
- 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
OKDXA – Virtual Tour of K3LR — Menu
By Kim Elmore N5OP - OKDXA President
The Oklahoma DX Association proudly presents a virtual station tour webinar of the contesting/DXing super-station, K3LR, hosted by K3LR himself: Tim Duffy. Tim is a lifetime member of the OKDXA and has graciously agreed to be our feature for this special virtual Winter Zoom Meeting of the OKDXA. I saw a presentation about his station that he gave to the Alpha Sigma Delta Radio Society (the OU student amateur radio club) a few years ago and it is truly amazing. It is a very impressive multi-multi contest station (to put it mildly).
Every interested party is welcome to attend this virtual meeting; you needn’t be a member of the OKDXA, nor even licensed, to “tune in.”
Here is the information you’ll need:
When: Feb 6, 2021 07:00 PM Central Time (US and Canada)
Topic: OKDXA with K3LR
As a quick link, please visit https://w5nor.org/okdxa/ or click the link below to join the webinar:
Or iPhone one-tap :
US: +16699009128,,86399241058#,,,,*015830# or +12532158782,,86399241058#,,,,*015830#
Or by Telephone:
In the US, dial: +1 346 248 7799 (Houston) or +1 312 626 6799 (Chicago)
Webinar ID: 863 9924 1058
Can You Make an ARRL Video? — Menu
Here is a special request from the ARRL PR department. There’s a short fuse on this, they want the videos by next Thursday. While you’re operating Winter Field Day this weekend, feel free to make a video. Email them, or a link, to firstname.lastname@example.org and I’ll get them to ARRL HQ. — Have fun!
Message from Bob Inderbitzen NQ1R
I am creating a short video for the ARRL 2022 National Convention using the theme, “reDiscover Radio.” The theme is a rallying call for radio amateurs committed to developing knowledge and skills in radio technology and radio communication.
I need a handful of short video clips in 1080p resolution – a capability of most current smartphones.
Each video segment will include a person making a single spoken statement that begins with “reDiscover Radio.” Here are some examples, but have fun building your own statement:
- reDiscover Radio…by using your training to serve your community
- reDiscover Radio…by building something wireless
- reDiscover Radio…and make new friends near and far
- reDiscover Radio…and discover how radio works
Be creative. Use the backdrop of your station, your workbench as you’re soldering, standing on a street corner with an HT, working on an antenna, etc.
Here are some guidelines :
- 1080, wide/landscape format; short mp4 or mov files
- The total length should be no more than around 10 seconds, and the spoken part approximately 6 seconds. A couple seconds of intro and outro will help me splice these short videos together.
- Have good audio. Don’t be too far away from the speaking subject.
Forward the short video to email@example.com using a file or shared link. OneDrive, DropBox, or a file transfer service like WeTransfer.com.
Deadline Thursday, Feb 4.
Include the name and call sign of the person taking the video, and the person(s) speaking in the video.
The first video submission will receive a $50 ARRL prize certificate redeemable in the ARRL e-store for books or other merch. The BEST video submission, as determined by my ARRL staff colleagues, will also receive a $50 ARRL prize certificate. The final video will include as many of the best of these short clips as I can include. Feel free to share this message with family and friends who would enjoy participating too. Maybe you have a videographer in your household or radio club!
Thanks for your help! Stay safe, and stay on the air…73 Bob NQ1R
NWS Spotter Training Schedule — Menu
Each year the National Weather Service (NWS) offers storm spotter training for our area. This year all of the presentations will be via online webinars. The schedule is available on the spotter talk web page. Each event will be tailored to the counties listed, but anyone is allowed to attend.
The 2020 training events are archived on the SCARS ARES page and can be viewed at your convenience.
QRZ042: Zedd Announces Plans for Greatest Feat — 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 March 1985 issue of the C&E.
Q. R. Zedd, A5A, the world’s greatest DXer, will attempt to work his home station from all the countries on the DXCC list starting March 8, he announced this week.
Zedd, Oklahoma’s gift to the world of amateur radio (not to mention women), and holder of the coveted Worked All Stations award on every band known to man, made the announcement at his home, Honor Roll Ranch, just a hoot and a holler south of Norman.
Zedd said he plans to leave San Francisco on March 7, and work the first portion of his journey, all the DX in the Pacific, on March 8.
On March 9 he will work out of all Asian countries, and on March 10 he will finish off Africa and Europe. The 11th will see his work out of both polar regions, while he will do South and Central America on the 13th, and mop up loose ends on the 14th before returning to the U.S. prior to nightfall on March 15.
Zedd will travel in a special highspeed aircraft of his own design. He said he anticipates no problems “barring nosebleeds.”
Tondelayo Schwartz, Zedd’s blond, nubile, 20-year-old QSL secretary and constant companion, will accompany him on the journey. While Zedd operates the rigs, Tondelayo will be in charge of logging as well as maintain a stable supply of food and drink, Zedd said.
Zedd’s momma, Mrs. Constance Wilhemina Zedd, of nearby Mena, Ark., will person the home station.
“I figure working my own self from everywhere will be easy enough,” Zedd said in his press release. “To make things more interesting, I will also try to work 5 or 10 K from each stop, and even listen for W5LFK.”
It was announced in Newington that the American Radio Relay League will award special brass suspender buttons to all amateurs who work the great man on all of his DXCC stops. Details of Zedd’s journey, along with propagation forecasts, will be broadcast at 18 minutes past every hour.
Comment on Zedd’s plans were quick in coming.
“It is wonderful to see that the spirit of free enterprise is alive and well in this country, and I just hope he uses American-made equipment,” said the President of the United States.
“What American equipment,” asked a spokesman for Japan?
“As usual,” said Ohio Dxer Bill Buckeye, “Zedd is showing off. I thought he would keep his yap shut after his Sooners got creamed in the Orange Bowl, but no, he has to keep on showing off. I don’t know when he is going to learn humility. Incidentally, we didn’t really lose in the Rose Bowl. We just got mixed up on what quarter it was. To prove that, let me point out that we scored three field goals in eight minutes right after the USC team went to the locker room.”
“I hope Zedd can find his way around the world,” said Bill Blast, operator of the famed Blast Off DX Net. “And I can assure the world that I will be up there on frequency every morning, taking lists that we will not hold over. As usual, I will be the most important person in this DX effort.”
“Is stupid!” commented’ Russian DXer Boris Badenov. “Is filthy capitalist swine imperialist lackey trick! Is it not true this feat was already done by great radio sportsman of the Soviet Union in 1913? Dah,”
“If that feelthy blond girl goes along on this trip, I will wait until she lands in Mother Russia and then I will stick her with my knife!” said Natasha Bullwinkle, Badenov’s companion from Box 88.
“Pooh,” said Tondelayo.
Reports on the great expedition will be collected from AP, UPI, Reuters and the world bureau organization of Oklahoma C&E, and will be presented in this space next month, the good lord willing and the sap don’t rise.
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
This newsletter is announced in several places. Feel free to subscribe to the way that suits you best. If you’re an email person, you can subscribe by visiting https://w5nor.org/email. If you’re a Twitter person, visit us at https://w5nor.org/twitter. And each newsletter announcement is posted on the Facebook group at https://w5nor.org/facebook. And, if you like to search this yourself, you can go straight to the newsletter at https://w5nor.org/newsletter. 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, 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 at firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 — New Location —
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 —
6/12/2021 | Pryor Tailgate Event | Location: Pryor, OK
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: email@example.com
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 Curt Laumann, K7ZOO, about inspiring club activity with “project nights.”
ARRL On the Air – Episode 13
ARRL Letter — Menu
- QSO Today Expo to Include Speaker Track on Amateur Radio Satellites
- Ham Radio’s SuitSat Returns in Short Horror Film
- ARRL Podcasts Schedule
- President Biden Taps Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel as Acting FCC Chair
- CHESS CubeSat Constellation to Carry FUNcube Transponders
- ARRL Learning Network Webinars
- YOTA Month a Success in the Americas and Around the World
- Amateur Radio in the News
- Getting It Right
- In Brief…
- The K7RA Solar Update
- Just Ahead in Radiosport
- Upcoming ARRL Section, State, and Division Conventions
ARRL DX Bulletin — Menu
SB DX @ ARL $ARLD004 ARLD004 DX news ZCZC AE04 QST de W1AW DX Bulletin 4 ARLD004 From ARRL Headquarters Newington CT January 28, 2021 To all radio amateurs SB DX ARL ARLD004 ARLD004 DX news This week's bulletin was made possible with information provided by I0IJ, 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. KINGDOM OF ESWATINI, 3DA0. Hans, 3DA0AQ has been active on 20 meters using CW around 2035z. QSL via EA5GL. TUNISIA, 3V. Ash, KF5EYY will be QRV as 3V8SF from the Scout Radio Club of Sfax city club station during the CQ World Wide 160 Meter CW contest as a Single Op/Low Power entry. QSL via LX1NO. AZERBAIJAN, 4K. Special event station 4K1AZI is QRV until February 2 in remembrance of Hazi Ahad oglu Aslanov, a major general of tank division. QSL via DC9RI. GEORGIA, 4L. Look for 4L2M to be a Single Op entry in the CQ World Wide 160 Meter CW contest. QSL direct to EA7FTR. ISRAEL, 4X. Special event station 4X0RMN will be QRV from January 30 to February 1 to recognize the Land of Craters programme from Ramon Crater. QSL via 4X6ZM. BARBADOS, 8P. Charles, 8P6ET will QRV as 8P1W in the CQ World Wide 160 Meter CW contest. QSL via KU9C. FRANCE, F. Special event station TM1CCA will be QRV from January 30 to March 20 to draw attention to a charity supporting research into pediatric cancers. Activity will be on the HF bands using CW, SSB, RTTY, FT8 and FT4. QSL via LoTW. ENGLAND, G. Special call sign GB75ISWL is QRV during all of 2021 to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the International Short Wave League. Activity will be on most HF bands and modes. QSL via bureau. GUERNSEY, GU. Look for GU4YOX to be QRV as a Single Op/High Power entry in the CQ World Wide 160 Meter CW contest. QSL direct to GU4YOX. ANTARCTICA. Takumi, JG3PLH will be QRV as 8J1RL beginning in February as a member of the 62nd Japanese Antarctic Research Expedition team stationed at Syowa base on East Ongul Island, IOTA AN-015. He is here until January 2022. QSL via bureau. ARGENTINA, LU. Special event station L21RCA is QRV during 2021 to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Radio Club Argentino. QSL via bureau. BULGARIA, LZ. Members of the Bulgarian Radio Club Blagovestnik will be QRV as LZ544SG during February to honor the memory of Orthodox saints. QSL via bureau. ALAND ISLANDS, OH0. A group of operators will be QRV as OH0W in the CQ World Wide 160 Meter CW contest. They plan to be active a few days after the contest. QSL via operators' instructions. NETHERLANDS, PA. Special event station PA21BP will be QRV during February to celebrate the Scouts' Thinking Day on the Air. QSL via PA3EFR. BONAIRE, PJ4. Operator K4BAI will be QRV as PJ4A in the CQ World Wide 160 Meter CW contest. QSL to home call. POLAND, SP. Special event station HF100LEM is QRV from Krakow during all of 2021 to mark the 100th birthday celebration of the Polish writer Stanislaw Lem. QSL via SP9PKZ. SOMALIA, T5. Ali, 6O1OO has been QRV on 40 meters using FT8 around 1340 and 2230z. QSL via QRZ.com. INDONESIA, YB. A large group of operators will be QRV as 7A1A as a Multi/Single entry in the CQ World Wide 160 Meter CW contest. QSL via EA7FTR direct or LoTW. IRAQ, YI. Giorgio, IU5HWS is QRV as YI9WS until March while on assignment. Activity is in his spare time on 80 to 15 meters. QSL direct to home call. ST. HELENA ISLAND, ZD7. Peter, ZD7FT has been QRV on 17 meters using SSB around 1440 to 1505z. Barrie, ZD7MY has been active on 15 meters using FT8 just after 1500z. QSL direct to home calls. CAYMAN ISLANDS, ZF. Stan, K5GO plans to be QRV as ZF5T in the CQ World Wide 160 Meter CW contest. QSL to home call. NEW ZEALAND, ZL. Members of the Christchurch Amateur Radio Club will be QRV as ZL100RSC during February to celebrate its 100th anniversary. QSL via bureau. ANTARCTICA. Oleg, ZS1ANF plans to be QRV as ZS7ANF from Wolf's Fang Camp beginning in February. QSL via RK1PWA. THIS WEEKEND ON THE RADIO. The CQ 160-Meter CW Contest, Winter Field Day, NCCC RTTY Sprint, QRP 80-Meter CW Fox Hunt, NCCC CW Sprint Ladder, Feld Hell Sprint, REF CW Contest, UBA DX SSB Contest and the RTTYOPS Weekend Sprint are all on tap for this weekend. The RSGB 80-meter Club SSB Championship, K1USN Slow Speed CW Test and OK1WC Memorial are scheduled for February 1. The RTTYOPS Weeksprint, Worldwide Sideband Activity Contest and ARS Spartan CW Sprint are scheduled for February 2. The CWops Mini-CWT Test, UKEICC 80-Meter SSB Contest, VHF-UHF FT8 Activity Contest, QRP 40-Meter CW Fox Hunt and Phone Fray are scheduled for February 3. Please see January 2021 QST, page 75, February 2021 QST, page 73, 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
– REBEL DX GROUP POISED FOR BOUVET ISLAND
– INTREPID-DX GROUP SEEKS NOMINATIONS FOR INTREPID SPIRIT AWARD
– HAM RADIO FRIEDRICHSHAFEN OUTLINES COVID PRECAUTIONS
– FIRST DIGITAL SYSTEM OPERATIONAL IN NORTH DUBLIN
– QCWA IN SEARCH OF TREASURER
– SKYWARN PREPS FOR SEASON’S STORMY WEATHER
– CLOSE ENCOUNTER OF THE SOLAR KIND
– FRENCH MILITARY SEEKS RADIO RECEIVERS, JAMMERS
– YOTA MONTH ACTIVATIONS TOP TOTALS FROM PREVIOUS YEAR
– MICHIGAN AMATEUR ISSUES PLEA FOR KIDNEY
– MARKING 100 YEARS OF NEW ZEALAND HAM RADIO
– WORLD OF DX
– KICKER: IN SWEDEN, A CENTURY OF WISDOM
The Amateur Radio Newsline can be found at ARNewsline.org.
W5KUB – Amateur Radio Roundtable Video
Tonight Rich Moseson Editor CQ magazine tells us what’s in next months magazine. Alan updates us on how to safely couple a transmitter to a scope or analyzer , and Tom and Bill talk about our w5kub-23 balloon going around the world.
The W5KUB YouTube channel link is here: W5KUB YouTube.
Ham Nation — Menu
Join Amanda, Valerie, Joe, and Josh for Ham Nation on the Ham Radio Crash Course channel! Tonight we talk with Michael Cauly about HamCation Special Edition and we find out what to expect with solar cycle 25 with Carl K9LA!
The last half-dozen or so episodes are linked right here: Ham Nation
73 de Mark N5HZR