In This Issue…
- Meeting Saturday: DC Power Systems
- OK DX Association – K3LR Video Available
- Maidenhead Grid Squares
- QRZ043: Back From His Epochal DXpedition
- 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 Saturday: DC Power Systems — Menu
Our guest presenter for February will be Mark Siegesmund W9WMR, the President of West Mountain Radio. He will be talking about DC power systems for amateur radio. For those of us that run battery power at home, or dual battery systems in our mobiles, DC power devices really save the day. And you can integrate solar power charging as well. Save up your DC Power questions and join us on February 13th at 9:30 am at https://w5nor.org/zoom/
Load up the Zoom software client and then click on this link, https://w5nor.org/zoom/ Or, you can join using meeting number 893 9952 6291 password w5nor. Or, watch the fun through YouTube by clicking on this link, 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#.
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. The SCARS Executive Board monitors the COVID-19 situation each month and will adjust operations to match meeting best practices.
OK DZ Association – K3LR Video Available — Menu
Last Saturday, the Oklahoma DX Association had a special presentation with Tim Duffy K3LR and his Multi Multi Contest Station. Tim was a 14 year resident of Oklahoma and now runs DXEngineering out of Pennsylvania and maintains a huge amateur radio station to pursue contesting. The OKDXA is a group of Oklahomans that support each other in the pursuit of amateur radio contacts with countries worldwide.
In case you missed the presentation in real time, that presentation is available here.
Maidenhead Grid Squares — Menu
Have you ever been asked for your grid square or your coordinates, and you had no idea what these were? I know the first time I had to figure out my location in this strange shorthand notation took a lot of effort. The Maidenhead Locator System was developed and adopted in 1980 by John Morris G4ANB to quickly and concisely document a person’s location. For example, the six-digit code for the Norman Main Post Office is EM15ef. A rougher representation of the post office is EM15. The six-digit format is typically used for VHF/UHF and higher contacts. The four-digit code is used for HF contact positioning where the higher accuracy is needed.
- The first two characters are always in the range of uppercase ‘A’ through ‘R.’, That provides 18 divisions of latitude and longitude. The two-digit code breaks the globe into 324 different zones that are 20 degrees wide by 10 degrees high. The horizontal letter starts at the antimeridian of Greenwich with the letter A. This is positioned in the western Pacific Ocean, just west of Alaska. We’re in the fifth zone east of that line, ‘E.’ The vertical, or second character, starts at the south pole and ends at the north pole. We’re in the 13th zone north from the South Pole, ‘M.’
- Characters three and four use the numbers zero through nine to break each of the 324 zones into 100 grid squares. The third digit is the horizontal dimension, and the fourth digit is the vertical digital. These grid squares are 2 degrees wide by 1 degree high and start their numbering in the bottom left of each zone as 00 and end in each zone’s top right as 99. We are in the second block from the bottom of the zone, ‘1’. And we are in the 6th block east of the west border, ‘5’.
- The fifth and sixth characters use the lower case letters ‘a’ through ‘x’ to split each square into 24 vertical and 24 horizontal subsquares. This provides 576 subsquares per square that are 5 minutes wide and 2.5 minutes tall.
- Additional characters can be added for more precision, but none have been formally approved.
So, the 4 characters can break the globe into 324,000 squares and the 6 characters can break the globe into 18,662,400 sub-squares that all hams can use to quickly find a location very quickly.
Grid Square Uses
Initially, these codes were used to classify the location of each station so contesters could have something to conquer during HF/VHF/UHF contests. With the onset of computer integration into the hobby, these are used to plot map positions of stations, repeaters, vehicles, shelters, and more. Typically hams put their grid square location on their business cards, email signatures, and QSL cards.
QRZ.com includes the grid square for each ham in their database. Initially, QRZ will calculate a grid square based on your documented address, however, you can log into your QRZ account and adjust your location to properly sequence your six-digit grid square location. Other hams can use this to log your contact to the proper location for their contest or to calculate the beam heading so they or their computer can swing their beam directly to your shack.
Digital modes and logging systems use grid squares to calculate the distance between your station and the person you are talking to. Some of these systems use the distances to help calculate propagation and report signals as ‘beacons’ to others to predict propagation paths.
Find Your Grid Square
There are many online ways to find grid squares. My favorite site is the Amateur Radio Ham Radio Maidenhead Grid Square Locator Map (levinecentral.com). You can enter a four or six digit grid square on this site, and a map of that location will appear on the screen. You can also enter an address, city, and state, and the system will calculate the grid square of that location and provide a map. And you can enter an amateur radio callsign, and the system will look up the grid square assigned to that callsign and display a map of that location. It’s handy to keep this web page open when you are making contacts to see where the other person lives.
This information and more is available on the SCARS W5NOR website Grid Square page.
QRZ043: Back From His Epochal DXpedition — 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 April 1985 issue of C&E.
Back from his epochal DXpedition around the world in eight days, Q. R. Zedd was relaxing at Honor Roll Ranch, just a hoot and a holler south of town, when he considented to an interview the other day.
For those who have been unconscious, Zedd, the world’s greatest DXer and holder of the only lx1 callsign, worked 88 K from all the countries on the current DXCC list during a whirlwind world tour in a highspeed aircraft of his own design last month.
The aircraft has been taken to a special Air Force research facility in California for structural analysis, and the Pentagon has already announced that it plans to copy Zedd’s design for production of a new fighter.
Zedd, however, was allowed to keep his logbooks and radios after the epic journey.
“It wasn’t really too hard,” Zedd told the C&E, “except parachuting in at Clipperton, getting mixed up with those guerillas in Laos, losing my way for a few minutes there in Africa,, and of course the little tiff with the Russians.”
The “tiff with the Russians” that Zedd mentioned was, of course,, his arrest when he swooped in for a landing in Zone 19 and found Russian DXer Boris Badenov waiting along with contingents from the KGB. Vadenov alleged that Zedd was a spy, and Zedd was detained for almost four hours. He might have been held longer if a worldwide outcry from deserving DXers around the world had not forced the leaders in the Kremlin to change their tune and let Zedd out to operate.
Zedd got back on his whirlwind schedule by working Africa and Europe the same day, instead of on following days, as originally planned. He finished, up the Arctic in four hours and worked the last existing DXCC country at 0400 on the last day of the planned tour, making 11,230 contacts out of Cuba.
Fidel Castro gave Zedd special permission to operate, along with fifty fine cigars.
“I was glad to do it, and make so many people happy,” Zedd told us. “It isn’t everybody that can be great, and if working me made a lot of little fellers FEEL great, why, then I have been repaid in full for my effort.”
Tondelayo Schwartz nubile, blond, 20-year-old QS0 secretary and constant companion to the great man, reported adoring crowds in most of the nations of the world. She said only weight limitations on the special aircraft prevented Zedd from coming back with tons of loot given by admirers.
“It was a great effort,” said Bill Blast, operator of the famed Blast Off DX Net. With By help and great operating skills, we managed to let a lot of people work A5A. I was truly “great in there, and I hope everyone appreciates how hard I worked to make this effort a success, and all.”
Zedd announced at the conclusion of his press conference that he felt he had now done everything, and could retire from radio. A number of correspondents promptly fainted at hearing this, of course, and the ARRL sent two special envoys down from Newington to beg the great one to say it wasn’t so.
After chuckling a bit at our discomfiture, Zedd relieved all our hearts by pointing out that he had only been making an April Fool’s joke.
“How could I ever retire, boys?” he asked us, laughing heartily. “What would Amateur Radio be without me?
There was clearly no way to answer that. And with any luck we shall never have to try.
PLEASE WELCOME THE FOLLOWING NEW AMATEURS TO THE AIR:
Each of whom earned Technician class licenses and please also congratulate:
Each of whom upgraded their licenses to General class. All tested at the firehouse on February 4th.
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 March 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
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
- ARRL Board Confers Awards on Skip Jackson, KS0J, and Josh Nass, KI6NAZ
- ARRL Board of Directors to Reconsider the Use of Electronic Balloting
- ARISS and Partners Investigating Ham Radio Anomaly Following Spacewalk
- ARRL Podcasts Schedule
- RadFxSat-2 Satellite Signals Detected, AMSAT Engineering Continues to Assess Status
- The K7RA Solar Update
- FT8 and the Other WSJT-X Digital Modes are “Tools,” K1JT Says
- ARRL Learning Network Webinars
- Plans to Retrieve Titanic Wireless Equipment Put on Indefinite Hold
- ARISS is Seeking Hosts for Ham Radio Contacts with the Space Station
- Amateur Radio in the News
- Getting It Right
- In Brief…
- Just Ahead in Radiosport
- Upcoming ARRL Section, State, and Division Conventions
ARRL DX Bulletin — Menu
SB DX @ ARL $ARLD005 ARLD005 DX news ZCZC AE05 QST de W1AW DX Bulletin 5 ARLD005 From ARRL Headquarters Newington CT February 4, 2021 To all radio amateurs SB DX ARL ARLD005 ARLD005 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. KUWAIT, 9K. Members of the Kuwait Amateur Radio Society are QRV as 9K60NLD during all of February to celebrate Kuwait's independence. All stations from Kuwait may also use the prefix 9K60 during this time. QSL 9K60NLD via 9K2RA. FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF GERMANY, DA. Special event station DC220GERKE is QRV until the end of April to commemorate the 220th birthday of Clemens Gerke, a German pioneer of telegraphy who revised Morse Code to its present form. Activity is on the HF bands. QSL via DJ6SI. SCOTLAND, GM. Gareth, M0MOL is QRV as MM0MOL/p from the main island of Shetland, IOTA EU-012, until the end of March. Activity is on the HF bands using QRP power, after work, and mainly during his evenings. QSL to home call. REPUBLIC OF KOREA, HL. Kang, DS4DRE is QRV as DS4DRE/4 from Komun Island, IOTA AS-060, until the end of January, 2022. Activity is on 80 to 10 meters using CW and SSB. QSL to home call. JAPAN, JA. Special event station 8N0J is QRV until April 30, 2022 to celebrate the creation of the city of Joetsu, which was formed when the two cities of Takada and Naoetsu merged in 1971. QSL via bureau. MARIANA ISLANDS, KH0. Tom, KC0W is QRV as KH0/KC0W and plans to be active on 160 meters using CW and FT8 in his spare time. ARGENTINA, LU. Special event station L21RCA is QRV during all of 2021 to celebrate the 100th anniversary of IARU member society Radio Club Argentino. QSL via LU4AA. FINLAND, OH. Members of the Finnish Amateur Radio League are QRV during all of 2021 with special event call OH100SRAL to celebrate their 100th anniversary. QSL via bureau. DENMARK, OZ. Special event station OV0JUTLANDIA is QRV until the end of March 2021 to commemorate the humanitarian mission of the Danish hospital ship Jutlandia during the Korean War. Activity is on the HF bands using CW, SSB and various digital modes. QSL via LoTW. PITCAIRN ISLAND, VP6. Meralda, VP6MW has been QRV on 20 meters using SSB from around 1530 to 1630z. QSL via W0VTT. VIET NAM, XV. Eddy, XV1X has been QRV on 40 meters using FT8 around 1200z. QSL via special instructions on QRZ.COM. SERBIA, YT. Members of the Serbian CW Club are QRV with special event station YT165TESLA during all of 2021 to commemorate the 165th anniversary of Nikola Tesla's birth. QSL via YU1MM. THIS WEEKEND ON THE RADIO. The North American CW Sprint, AM Rally, NCCC RTTY Sprint, QRP 80-Meter CW Fox Hunt, NCCC Sprint CW Ladder, K1USN Slow Speed CW Test, Vermont QSO Party, 10-10 International SSB Winter Contest, EurAsia HF Championship, Mexico RTTY International Contest, F9AA CW Cup, Minnesota QSO Party, FYBO Winter QRP Sprint, AGCW Straight Key 80-Meter CW Party, British Columbia QSO Party, FISTS Saturday CW Sprint and the European Union DX Contest will certainly keep contesters busy this upcoming weekend. The ARRL School Club Roundup runs from February 8 to 12. The K1USN Slow Speed CW Test and OK1WC Memorial are scheduled for February 8. The Worldwide Sideband Activity Contest and RTTYOPS Weeksprint are scheduled for February 9. The Phone Fray, CWops Mini-CWT Test, RSGB 80-Meter Club Data Championship, VHF-UHF FT8 Activity Contest, NAQCC CW Sprint and QRP 40-Meter CW Fox Hunt are scheduled for February 10. Please see 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
– TECHNICAL TROUBLES FOIL ARISS SCHOOL CONTACT
– FRENCH AMATEUR RADIO SATELLITE PART OF SPACEX RECORD LAUNCH
– DEVICE PREVENTS ‘SPACE JUNK’ BY ALTERING SATELLITE ORBITS
– RESTORATION BEGINS ON WORLD WAR II ENIGMA MACHINES
– HAMS IN INDIA HELP ID MISSING MAN AS AUSTRALIAN CITIZEN
– CLUB OFFERS MICROWAVE NETWORK TO BOOST BRITISH COLUMBIA EMCOMM
– GEORGIA AMATEURS DEMONSTRATE RADIO SCIENCE ON FIELD DAY
– SPECIAL EVENT STATIONS MARK ROYAL AUSTRALIAN AIR FORCE CENTENARY
– OFCOM CLARIFIES LICENSE RESPONSIBILITIES FOR VP8 HAMS
– WORLD OF DX
– KICKER: HIGH-FLYING HUNGER HITS THE ISS
The Amateur Radio Newsline can be found at ARNewsline.org.
W5KUB – Amateur Radio Roundtable Video
Tonight Eric 4Z1UG is our guest and will talk about QSO Today ham radio Expo. Alan will talk about field day and Bill and Tom will update you on our balloon flights. We are also giving away a HF antenna to a viewer.
The W5KUB YouTube channel link is here: W5KUB YouTube.
73 de Mark N5HZR