SCARS News February 16, 2021


West Mountain Radio Virtual Hamfest — Menu

WMR Virtual

The February SCARS meeting had an excellent presentation on DC Power Systems given by Mark Siegesmund W9WMR of West Mountain Radio. Mark’s presentation talked about the power losses in cables and connectors that we use on our amateur radio gear. He talked about DC switching gear that takes over in power outages using batteries of many flavors. He had some great information on the selection, care, and charging of many different types for those of us using batteries. Looking to start charging your equipment with solar panels. He had information on panels that can be used for our efforts. We recorded Mark’s presentation, and it is available on the SCARS YouTube channel by clicking on this link.

West Mountain Radio makes a wide range of products for the amateur community and DC Power Systems are just a small part of what they offer. If you have ever been to one of their hamfest displays, you’ll know there is more than just DC power gear. Since we aren’t able to go to hamfests in 2021, Mark brought the hamfest to us. They created a ‘trade-show’ like display that provides some great overviews of the systems we use, and how they can be connected together. Here you can find all of the technical information, system calculators, and even “hamfest pricing.” Visit their virtual booth at https://westmountainradio.com/show.


NWS Spotter Training Goes On — Menu

As this newsletter goes to press, Norman is warming up from the coldest spell on record since ‘prehistoric man.’ On a recent conference call for the severe cold weather with Rick Smith KI5GT, NWS forecaster, he made it very clear that training for our upcoming severe weather season is continuing, on schedule. That means that tonight, and every Tuesday/Thursday night and most Monday nights for the next month, there will be opportunities to get involved with an online spotter training session. The schedule is listed on the Norman Spotter Talk website. There’s also a link on the SCARS W5NOR main web page, so you can find it later. There are many nights available on the schedule. Rick said that while each class will be customized with local references for each of the nights, people are encouraged to attend any of the classes, regardless of their location.

For those who want to be a part of the Cleveland County Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES), remember that you need to attend one of these sessions every other year. When you get your confirmation certificate from the NWS, please forward a copy to Emergency Coordinator Mark Kleine N5HZR at n5hzr@arrl.net, so he can include it in your ARES training documentation.

For those of you that can’t get enough of a good thing, there’s an advanced class scheduled for Tuesday, March 30th. That advanced class expands on the information from the standard course.

And, if you want to start early, the 2020 Spotter Training Classes are online on the SCARS ARES page at https://w5nor.org/ares/


Renew Your Amateur Radio License With the FCC — Menu

Compiled with information from our Chief Volunteer Examiner, Peter Laws N5UWY

This topic came up during the February meeting, and it quickly became a topic of interest. First, you need to find out when your license expires. You can do that at the Universal License Service (ULS) website. Click on this link, and you will be able to enter your callsign and click search. The website will show your callsign, name, FRN, and expiration date. Clicking on your callsign will display your address, grant date, class of license, and more.

You can renew an amateur radio license 90 days before the renewal date. However, no matter what the various links say, you can’t renew your license or do anything else by paper. These tasks have to be completed online, through FCC websites, and if you don’t know your password, it may take some time, so start early.

The next step requires that you know the password to your FCC ULS account. The username of this account is your FRN. Remember that you learned that number in the previous step. Clicking on this link will take you to your login. If you don’t have your password available, you can click on the “Contact Tech Support” link after the words “Forgot Your Password?” There you can answer the “Security Question” that you have on file, and you will be able to enter a new password. If you do not have a “Security Question” on file, you can enter several questions, and the technical support representative will respond via email.

Once you’re in, there you can do many things. On the left side is a “Renew License” link that will list your licenses that are up for renewal. You can have multiple licenses like a GMRS license or commercial license. Select the license to renew and “Add” it to the licenses to renew and hit continue. Follow the prompts, and you will be able to renew your license. Remember that the FCC will no longer send you a paper copy of your license, so keep the one that is sent to your email address, or wait for a future article on “How to Download Your License.”

More information is available at https://w5nor.org/fcc/. Over the next few months, FCC tasks will be added to that page and produced as newsletter articles. If you have more questions about your license, feel free to send an email to w5nor@w5nor.org and we will try to help.


QRZ044: Zedd May Convert To QRP Operation — 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.

Recent word that the FCC had taken action against a Texas DXer for running something like 35,000 watts on 75 meters came as no surprise to the world’s greatest DXer, Q. R. Zedd.

Zedd, AEA, was relaxing on the verandah at Honor Roll Ranch, just a hoot and a holler south of Norman, recently, when he discussed the issue.

“It’s a serious problem, boys,” said Zedd, his gold-plated cowboy boots hiked up on the porch railing. He paused to twist a knob on his large copper belt buckle, detuning it a bit so the pileup incoming on his chest-mounted Icom would not be so loud.

“I think there are fellows here and there around the world who run illegal power,” the great man went on. “The FCC can catch one now and then, but it’s up to the amateur radio community to police itself and operate within the stated rules for maximum rf output.

“You take the famous DXpedition to Clipperton back in ’79 or ’80,” Zedd went on, firing up a cheroot. “I’m not saying some of the boys were running illegal power, but it is a fact that the expedition had to be cut short when the signals coming in through the pileup got so intense that they melted two Rohn towers on the island and incincerated 3,200 seagulls.

“Of course, as everybody knows, I never run more than the legal maximum. It’s true that my No. 1 linear amplifier is capable of sufficient power to light Cincinnati, but I built it only to test the circuit theories I used in designing the radios for the Voice of America. I like the reserve power to be there, so the tubes will run nice and cool, loafing along at 4% output.

“I would never, lose patience in a pileup and crank it wide open.

“It would be illegal, as well as unethical, and I don’t believe in that stuff. Besides, somebody in the signal path might get sterilized.

“No, boys,” Zedd went on, “I just don’t believe in illegal power. Furthermore, I strongly believe that it’s up to great men like myself to lead by example.

“That’s why I’m seriously considering going to QRP operation exclusively.”

Well, at that pronouncement, W5OU blanched, KA5EFJ began preparing a bulletin for his TV station, and W5LFK fell off the railing into the rhododendrons.

“Q.!” gasped K5KDR. “How would we know to clear all frequencies at the right times if we couldn’t look south to glimpse the corona effects off the ends of your Yagis?”

“It would be hard,” said Zedd. “But perhaps I could light one of the extra beacon lights on the six thousand-footer. “Or possibly I should even consider operation right in there amongst the riffraff, without asking or expecting special consideration from those in the local area who (quite properly) adore me.”

“But the faithful around the globe might not hear you!” protested W5SQJ. “Is this some kind of new plot by Reagan? Zedd, think of the war veterans! They’re already being mistreated! I –”

“Be calm, be calm,” Zedd advised, his keen and intelligent eyes on some far-distant personal horizon, or perhaps on the crew of Mohawk steeplejacks swarming over one of his 2,000-foot towers nearby. “With good operating practices, the world will still have its chances.

“I might publish a schedule of my operating times, similar to QST’s listing for W1AW. Or I might make an announcement on frequency at full legal power, then switch over, if the faithful demanded it.

“All such problems could be worked out.

“After all,” Zedd pointed out, “as long as I have adequate antennas — which I do — most will still hear me.

“I can use the curtain array and the sixteen phased verticals on 75. The rhombics seem to work adequately on 40 and 30. In most cases, I think I could be heard with a watt or two output into the ten-over-tens at six thousand feet on 20. As to 15 and 10, when the skip is right, I might have some hope of being heard with the 30-element beams stacked on the big tower.

“Then there is always, the long wire, which will be repaired soon, despite that unfortunate incident in which one of the south support towers fell down and wiped out Ardmore.”

Zedd paused again, grabbed a handi-talkie, and transmitted some instructions to one of the steeplejacks who seemed to be having difficulty with installation of a new 40-meter beam as a result of vortices generated by a passing airliner. Satisfied that his orders had been heard and would be followed, the great one returned to the topic at hand.

I plan,” he said, “to give it a shot. Tondelayo, my blond, nubile, 20-year-old QSL secretary and constant companion, is in the lab at this very hour, constructing my first QRP transmitter out of some broken garage door openers and a surplus Casio watch.

“I’ll let you boys know how it comes out. But in the meantime I want to address another aspect of this grave issue. “And that is, what do we do about these fellows we know are running too much power?”

No one spoke. No one had an inkling. Zedd added significantly, “I have some thoughts on the subject, if you want to hear them.”

Of course everyone did.

That report: next month.

–KU5B


New/Upgraded Hams

PLEASE WELCOME THE FOLLOWING NEW AMATEURS TO THE AIR:
Wallace, KI5NNM
Kelley, KI5NNN
Ronald, KI5NNO
Carla, KI5NNP
Ben, KI5NNQ
James, KI5NNR


Each of whom earned Technician class licenses and please also congratulate:

Mike, K5SRJ
Jon, W5JWZ


Each of whom upgraded their licenses to General class. All tested at the firehouse on February 4th. 

Next Exam Session:  March 4


Dates to Remember — Menu


Newsletter News — Menu

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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 w5nor@w5nor.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
4/10/2021 | Ozark Con – 4 States QRP | Location: Branson, MO — ONLINE
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.


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 Curt Laumann, K7ZOO, about inspiring club activity with “project nights.”

ARRL On the Air – Episode 13

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


ARRL DX Bulletin — Menu

SB DX @ ARL $ARLD006
ARLD006 DX news

ZCZC AE06
QST de W1AW  
DX Bulletin 6  ARLD006
From ARRL Headquarters  
Newington CT  February 11, 2021
To all radio amateurs   

SB DX ARL ARLD006
ARLD006 DX news

This week's bulletin was made possible with information provided by
F8DVD, 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.

TUNISIA, 3V.  Ash, KF5EYY plans to be QRV as 3V8SS during the CQ
World Wide RTTY WPX contest as a Single Op/All Band/Low Power entry.
QSL via LX1NO.

VIET NAM, 3W.  Sebastian, SP5FAR is QRV as 3W9FAR from Da Nang until
March 21.  Activity is in his spare time on the HF bands using SSB
and various digital modes.  QSL to home call.

LIBYA, 5A.  Elham, 5A0YL has been QRV on 17 meters using FT8 around
1700z.  She has also been active on 20 meters using FT8 around
1350z.  QSL to home call.

TOGO, 5V.  Daniel, HB9EHD is QRV as 5VDE until February 20.
Activity is on 40 and 20 meters using FT8.  This includes being
active on Satellte QO-100.  QSL direct to home call.

MALDIVES, 8Q.  Sergei, RU3AN is now QRV as 8Q7SZ and is here until
February 15.  QSL via bureau.

MOZAMBIQUE, C9.  Bruno, CS7AMN will be QRV as C91BVA from Maputo
beginning February 18.  Activity will be on 80, 40, 20, 15 and 10
meters using SSB and various digitial modes.  QSL via LoTW.

SPAIN, EA.  Members of the Radio Club Henares will be QRV as EH4WRD
on February 13 as part of World Radio Day.  QSL via EA4RCH.

FRANCE, F.  Francois, F8DVD will be QRV as TM18AAW from Macon from
February 14 to 28 in celebration of the 18th Antarctic Activity
Week.  QSL to home call.

MARTINIQUE, FM.  Romaric, W7ROM is QRV as FM4WDM from Le Morne-Vert.
Activity is on the HF bands.  QSL to home call.

ITALY, I.  Special event station IQ3DD is QRV until February 28 to
recognize the FIS Alpine World Ski Championship being held in
Cortina.  Activity is on 160 meters to 23 centimeters, using CW,
SSB, and various digital modes.  This includes some activity on
Satellite QO-100.  QSL via bureau.

JAN MAYEN, JX.  Erik, JX2US has been QRV on 20 meters using CW
around 0930 to 1100z.  QSL via LA2US.

WAKE ISLAND, KH9.  Tom, NL7RR plans to be QRV as KH9/NL7RR beginning
February 15 and will be here for 90 days.  Activity will be in his
spare time on 40 and 20 meters using SSB.  Time permitting, he hopes
to operate as KH9/NL7RR on 40 and 20 meters using SSB.  QSL via
AL7JX (d/B).

THIS WEEKEND ON THE RADIO.  The CQ World Wide RTTY WPX Contest,
Asia-Pacific Spring CW Sprint, SKCC Weekend CW Sprintathon, KCJ
Topband CW Contest, Dutch PACC Contest, YLRL YL-OM Contest, OMISS
SSB QSO Party, HamCation QSO Party, Feld Hell Sprint, RSGB 1.8 MHz
CW Contest, AWA Amplitude Modulation QSO Party, PODXS 070 Club
Valentine PSK31 Sprint and Balkan HF Contest will certainly keep
contesters busy this upcoming weekend.

The RSGB FT4 Contest Series, 4 States QRP Group Second Sunday
Sprint, OK1WC Memorial, K1USN Slow Speed Test and CQC Winter CW QSO
Party are scheduled for February 15.

The Worldwide Sideband Activity Contest and RTTYOPS Weeksprint are
scheduled for February 16.

The AGCW Semi-Automatic Key Evening, Phone Fray and CWops Mini-CWT
Test are scheduled for February 17.
       
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 hereARRL DX Bulletin


Amateur Radio Newsline — Menu

Tonight we talk about the high school roundup with Sherri Edmondson KJ4MOB and Gary Johnston KI4LA and the Dixie Heights High School Amateur Radio Club from Edgewood, Ky. We open up the phone lines and Bill, Glen, Alan, and Tom answer your questions. And we discuss our balloon launches.

The Amateur Radio Newsline can be found at ARNewsline.org.


W5KUB – Amateur Radio Roundtable Video

The W5KUB YouTube channel link is here: W5KUB YouTube.


Ham Nation — Menu

Tonight! Gordon continues his talk on ham radio mobile antennas, Randy talks to us about effective ham shack time keeping and Amanda interviews Carrie Krueger, K9FZ on the OMISS net!

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


73 de Mark N5HZR

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