In This Issue…
- FCC Auctions 3.7 GHz Band
- Meeting Followup Severe WX
- ARISS Antenna Cable Fixed in Spacewalk
- QRZ048: Power Hogs Spoil Zedd’s Fun
- 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
FCC Auctions 3.7 GHz Band — Menu
Remember those 3.7 GHz frequencies we used to have in the Amateur Radio bands? Look how much they were worth…
WASHINGTON, February 24, 2021—The Federal Communications Commission today announced the winning bidders and the final bid totals in Auction 107—commonly referred to as the C-band auction. As detailed in today’s Public Notice, Auction 107 net winning bids totaled $81,114,481,921 and gross winning bids totaled $81,168,677,645. Twenty-one bidders won all of the available 5,684 licenses.
“It is essential to America’s economic recovery that we deliver on the promise of next-generation wireless services for everyone, everywhere,” said FCC Acting Chairwoman Jessica Rosenworcel. “This auction reflects a shift in our nation’s approach to 5G toward mid-band spectrum that can support fast, reliable, and ubiquitous service that is competitive with our global peers. Now we have to work fast to put this spectrum to use in service of the American people. Special thanks go to our great FCC auctions team, and their colleagues in the Wireless Telecommunications and International Bureaus, among others, for this success.”
The five bidders with the largest total gross winning bid amounts from both the clock and assignments phases were as follows:
|Bidder||Total Gross Winning Bids|
|AT&T Spectrum Frontiers LLC||$23,406,860,839|
|T-Mobile License LLC||$9,336,125,147|
|United States Cellular Corporation||$1,282,641,542|
|NewLevel II, L.P.||$1,277,395,688|
The Public Notice summarizes auction results and announces deadlines for payments and the filing of long-form applications, as well as other post-auction procedures needed for the prompt issuance of licenses. The Public Notice, released by the Auctions Division of the FCC’s Office of Economics and Analytics, is available at https://docs.fcc.gov/public/attachments/DA-21-207A1.pdf.
Meeting Followup Severe WX — Menu
First, a special thanks to Rick Smith KI5GT for his wonderful presentation at the SCARS meeting last Saturday. For those of you that missed this presentation, it is available on the SCARS YouTube channel at this link.
During this event, there were a few questions about the local Cleveland County operations nets. As a reminder, the Cleveland County Skywarn Operations Plan has the details for you to review. The requirements are listed, and the network startup procedure is available there. And, see the training classes listed there.
As a trained spotter, you are required to attend the National Weather Service (NWS) training at least every other year The 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. There are still a few options to attend. Remember to send a copy of your NWS certificate to Mark Kleine N5HZR The 2020 NWS training events are archived on the SCARS ARES page and can be viewed at your convenience.
And, to prove that it is never to early to learn about severe weather, Chris Pape KE5JZN shared a picture of his daughters as the family watched a recent spotter training webinar.
Here’s to a quiet severe weather season.
ARISS Antenna Cable Fixed in Spacewalk — Menu
March 14, 2021 (From https://www.arriss.org) —The ARISS Columbus Radio is back on-the-air! This, after it was rendered non-operational following a January 27 EVA (spacewalk) which was conducted to install a cable for the Bartolomeo commercial platform. During the January 27 spacewalk, the Bartolomeo HMU-601 cable, described in the March 10 ARISS Press conference (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7hm4h4rBE9k&t=2214s), was installed in series with the ARISS antenna cable (HMU-895).
As part of a spacewalk conducted yesterday, March 13, Astronaut Michael Hopkins successfully completed the installation of three PAPOS connectors for the new Bartolomeo platform on the Columbus Module. After this task, Hopkins started the ARISS task. He moved to the opposite side of Columbus, where he removed the HMU-601 cable from the APCU J02 connector and reinstalled the ARISS antenna cable (HMU-895) connector back into the APCU J02 connector. This returned the ARISS system back to its pre-January 27 configuration.
At around 1200 UTC today, the astronauts turned on the ARISS radio system in Columbus. It was placed in PM3, or Packet Mode. PM3 employs a downlink frequency of 145.825 MHz. Shortly after radio startup, APRS signals were heard in California, Utah, and Idaho as the ISS passed along the USA West Coast. ARISS Team member, Christy Hunter, KB6LTY, confirmed she digipeated through the ARISS radio system, NA1SS, during this pass. With confirmation from additional stations in South America and the Middle East, the ARISS team has declared the radio system again operational.
On behalf of the ARISS International Team, our heartfelt thanks to all that helped ARISS work through the cable anomaly investigation, troubleshooting and ultimate repair. Special shout-outs go to the ISS crew, the operations and engineering teams at NASA, ESA and Airbus, and ARISS-Russia leader Sergey Samburov, RV3DR, whose quick actions allowed ARISS to maintain our school contact operations via the ARISS Service Module radio system. Our deepest appreciation also goes out to the ARISS International hardware and operations teams that worked so diligently to analyze, troubleshoot, develop operations procedures, move school contact operations, and inform the team and the public.
The ARISS team would also like to congratulate the ESA/Airbus Bartolomeo team! With the successful installation of 3 of the PAPOS connectors, as part of yesterday’s spacewalk, Bartolomeo is now operational!
Yesterday was a great day for all!
Frank Bauer, KA3HDO
ARISS International Chair
Executive Director, ARISS-USA
QRZ048: Power Hogs Spoil Zedd’s Fun — 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 website. We are reprinting this series to provide you with a glimpse of the past.
Originally published in the September 1985 C&E.
When Q. R. Zedd, A5A, decided to go QRP for a while, the world waited with baited breath.
Zedd, holder of the nation’s only lxl callsign, the greatest DXer in the universe, electronic genius, holder of the coveted Worked All Stations award on all bands, and holder of the local Dunkin Doughnuts Mastication Achievement Award, worked much of the summer on his QRP rig.
Those who read this report regularly know of the engineering difficulties he surmounted. Those who don’t read this report regularly don’t deserve to know.
Anyway, it was in July that Zedd allowed a handful of the deserving to enter his shack at Honor Roll Ranch, just a hoot and a holler south of town, to watch him work some QRP. Little did we know, as we entered the holy of holies with fear and trembling, that we, would also witness Zedd’s wrath at power hogs and tuner-uppers.
What a sight it was as we entered!’ There was the array of Zedd’s rigs, many of his own design and construction. There were the computers, the shelves of revered logbooks, the engineering charts, the map of the walkin linear room, and at the No. 1 operating position, in his leather recliner chair with the built-in boom mike and Coors dispenser, Zedd himself.
We were thrilled, to say the least.
Zedd, a tall and handsome man with iron-gray hair and muscles of steel, was wearing a red cowboy shirt, green Levi’s, some magnificent silver jewelry, and purple boots with the ornamental spurs painted blue. He only waved us to seats in the bleachers along the west wall, because he was already working stations.
Things went great for the first hour. He worked about 90 countries. During a lull for a sody pop and a moon pie, he told us he was putting out something in the neighborhood of .5 milliwatt ERP, which, given the 900-to-1 gain of his big array at 3,000 feet, tells you he wasn’t kidding when he designed the QRP transmitter.
The transmitter itself sat in the middle of his operating desk with a little tripod magnifying device over it so you could see it easily.
Zedd worked all his old pals in China, Nepal, Saudi Arabia and other old stomping grounds, and was obviously having a high old time. Tondelayo Schwartz, his blond, nubile, 20-year-old QSL secretary and constant companion, served refreshments to the faithful in worshipful attendance, and .a grand time was being had by all.
It was about 10 p.m. local when the trouble started.
Zedd was in QSO with a lucky person in France on 20 meter phone when — during the Frenchman’s transmission –someone came up smack-dab on frequency and started tuning up.
Zedd grabbed the mike. “The frequency is in use, OM. Thank you.” In view of later developments, it is important to note for the historical record that he said this real nice.
The tuning-up continued.
Zedd keyed his mike again. “Frequency in use. Frequency in use. Please QSY. A5A.”
Usually the magic of the callsign brings instant obedience, but to our horror the carrier remained on frequency, possibly even getting stronger.
Zedd’s face began to get red, a sure sign of trouble.
The Frenchman finished his transmission. It was Zedd’s turn. He leaned back in his chair and responded to everything the Frenchman had said with the proper FO’s and R’s, and then told his French pal how he had invented radar during World War II, and something about the round-the-world DXpedition of only months ago. Naturally it was a grand story, because one of Zedd’s other points of genius is his storytelling ability and wonderful sense of humor. So it was a great yarn, and took about thirty minutes,
When he “over’d” to his French pal, the carrier was still there! Furthermore, through the howl could be heard the French station, pitiably saying: “A5A, A5A, this is (________). I cannot copy. I cannot copy. Heavy ORM!, OM. Try again, Zedd. Over, s’il vous plais.”
Zedd’s boots clomped to the floor as the chair leveled. “Will the tuning-up station QSY?” he roared. “QSY! QSY! This is A5A.”
The tuning went right on, and along with it came the sound of a laughing machine.
Zedd’s face was terrible in its anger. His hands flew as he switched on some other equipment. The lights dimmed and shimmered. The sound of big transformer plates rattling nearby was like a crew of men tearing up a street. Coaxial switches were rotated. Plates touched up. A couple of big meters showed red needles swinging all the way to the right and out of sight.
Tondelayo happened into the room with a tray of more Colorado KoolAid for the guests. She took one look at what was happening, and blanched.
“Q.!” she cried in horror. “You can’t run that big linear wide open!” “Can’t I?” Zedd screamed. “You forget my special authorization from the FCC that my pal Ronnie got me! Just watch!”
He hit the transmit switch.
The hair on everyone’s head stood on end. The night lit up beyond the windows as corona effect intensified.
Zedd held full power for perhaps three seconds.
Then eased up.
The frequency was now quiet. The carrier was gone.
But the offending power hog must have been using Vox, for through the silence came a little voice, pitiful: “Matilda, come in here! I’ve had my headphones blown clean off my head and I can’t hear a thang! I’m deaf! I ain’t even sure still got my ears!”
Zedd heaved a righteous sigh and leaned back in his chair.
“Boys,” he said softly, “it don’t pay to mess around with Q. R. Zedd.”
No one replied. The shack at Honor Roll was as quiet as a church.
Please join the SCARS Exam Team in welcoming the following new amateurs to the air:
each of whom earned Technician class licenses as well as
who earned General class licenses. Please also congratulate:
each of whom upgraded to General class.
All tested on March 4th and 5th at the firehouse under pandemic precautions.
Congratulations to all!
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 April 10, 2021, 9:30 am – Tropospheric Ducting by Gordon West WB6NOR. Gordo spends his Wednesday evenings on “Ham Nation”, but he will visit with us at our next club meeting. 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 April 1, 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.
4/2/2021 | Ozark Con – 4 States QRP | Location: Branson, MO — CANCELED —
4/9-10/2021| Green Country Hamfest | Location: Claremore, OK — CANCELED —
5/21-23/2021 | Dayton Hamvention | Location: Xenia, OH — CANCELED —
Ham-Com | Location: Plano, TX — CANCELED —
6/12/2021 | Radio Shack Sidewalk Sale | Location: Derby, KS — On Schedule —
6/12/2021 | Pryor Tailgate Event | Location: Pryor, OK — On Schedule —
7/23-24/2021 | Ham Holiday | Location: OCCC – Oklahoma City, OK — CANCELED —
8/27-28/2021 | Joplin Hamfest | Location: Joplin, MO — No Status, yet —
9/10-11/2021 | Arkansas State Convention | Location: Mena, AR — No Status, yet —
9/16-17/2021 | Duke City Hamfiesta | Location: Albuquerque, NM — No Status, yet —
9/24/2021 | Reno County KS Hamfest | Location: Hutchinson, KS — No Status, yet —
10/02/2021 | Wichita Area Hamfest | Location: Wichita, KS — No Status, yet —
10/22-23/2021 | Texoma Hamarama Hamfest | Location: Ardmore, OK — No Status, yet —
11/6/2021 | Enid Hamfest | Location: Enid, OK (or maybe December) — No Status, yet —
3/5/2022 | Elk City Hamfest | Location: Elk City, OK
4/8-9/2022| Green Country Hamfest | Location: Claremore, OK
7/22-23/2022 | Ham Holiday | Location: OCCC – Oklahoma City, OK
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.
Taking a closer look at HF antenna tuners, along with some shopping tips!
ARRL On the Air – Episode 14
ARRL Letter — Menu
- ARRL to Have Two Exhibits at this Weekend’s QSO Today Virtual Ham Expo
- Registration Now Open for HamSCI Workshop 2021
- ARRL Podcasts Schedule
- News Conference Details ARISS Efforts to Return ISS Ham Station to the Air
- Plans Proceeding for Fall 2021 Willis Island DXpedition
- The 23-Centimeter Band in Region 1 Under Discussion Ahead of WRC-23
- ARRL Learning Network Webinars
- February 2021 Volunteer Monitor Program Report
- Monster Dipole Can Deliver Monster Signal
- Amateur Radio in the News
- In Brief…
- The K7RA Solar Update
- Just Ahead in Radiosport
- Upcoming ARRL Section, State, and Division Conventions
ARRL DX Bulletin — Menu
SB DX @ ARL $ARLD010 ARLD010 DX news ZCZC AE10 QST de W1AW DX Bulletin 10 ARLD010 From ARRL Headquarters Newington CT March 11, 2021 To all radio amateurs SB DX ARL ARLD010 ARLD010 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. ZAMBIA, 9J. Bodo, HB9EWU plans to be QRV as 9J2BG while spending one year on a humanitarian mission at the St. Paul's Mission General Hospital in Kashikishi. Activity will be in his spare time on 20 meters. QSL to home call. BOTSWANA, A2. Operators Vasily, R7AL, Leo, UI8J, Vlad, R9LR and Mike, RU3UR will be QRV as A25RU from Gaborone from March 15 to 26. Activity will be on 160 to 10 meters, using CW, SSB, and FT8 in DXpedtion mode, with four stations active. This also includes activity on Satellite QO-100. QSL via ClubLog. GUADELOUPE, FG. Philippe, F1DUZ will be QRV as FG4KH from March 16 to April 1. This includes being an entry in the upcoming CQ World Wide WPX SSB contest. QSL direct to home call. ECUADOR, HC. Rick, NE8Z is QRV as HC1MD/2 from the Santa Elena province until May 15. Activity is on 40 to 6 meters using CW, SSB, FT8 and FT4. QSL via K8LJG. MINAMI TORISHIMA, JD1. Take, JG8NQJ will be QRV as JG8NQJ/JD1 while on work assignment at the weather station here. Activity is in his spare time on the HF bands using CW. He is here for about three months. QSL direct to JA8CJY. LITHUANIA, LY. Special event stations LY31A and LY11LY are QRV until March 31 to celebrate the 31st anniversary of the Act of the Re-Establishment of the State of Lithuania. QSL via operators' instructions. AUSTRIA, OE. Members of the VIC Amateur Radio Contest DX Club are QRV as C7A during March. QSL via UA3DX. FINLAND, OH. Members of the SSAB Raahe ARC are QRV as special event station OF60RR from Pattijoki until March 1, 2022 to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the start of the construction of the steel mill Rautaruukki in May 1961. QSL direct to OH8DR. ST. MAARTEN, PJ7. Tom, AA9A is QRV as PJ7AA until March 27. Activity is on 80 to 10 meters using CW, SSB and FT8. QSL via LoTW. SEYCHELLES, S7. Ravi, S79VU has been active on 20 meters using FT8 around 0200z. QSL direct to N4GNR. EUROPEAN RUSSIA, UA. Special event stations R1934G, R108M, RG61PP and R1961G are QRV until April 30 from the Smolensk Oblast to commemorate the 87th anniversary of Yuri Gagarin's birth and the 60th anniversary of his historic 108-minute first flight. QSL via operators' instructions. ASIATIC RUSSIA, UA0. Look for RI0Q to be QRV from Bol'shoy Begichev Island, IOTA AS-152, beginning possibly March 17. The start date may depend on weather conditions. QSL via ClubLog. UZBEKISTAN, UJ. Bazarov, UK8FAV has been active using FT4 on 20 meters around 0200z. QSL direct to home call. COCOS (KEELING) ISLANDS, VK9C. Look for VK9CE to be QRV from March 16 to 23. Activity will be holiday style on 80 to 10 meters using CW, SSB and FT8. They may also be active on 6 meters depending on conditions. QSL via EB7DX. THIS WEEKEND ON THE RADIO. The Stew Perry Topband Challenge, North American RTTY Sprint, NCCC RTTY Sprint, QRP 80-Meter CW Fox Hunt, NCCC CW Sprint, K1USN Slow Speed CW Test, YB DX RTTY Contest, SARL VHF/UHF Analogue Contest, SARL Field Day Contest, RSGB Commonwealth Contest, SKCC Weekend CW Sprintathon, F9AA SSB Cup, South America 10 Meter Contest, The DIG QSO SSB Party, AGCW QRP CW Contest, Oklahoma QSO Party, EA PSK63 Contest, QCWA QSO Party, TESLA Memorial HF CW Contest, Idaho QSO Party, UBA Spring 2-Meter Contest, FIRAC HF Contest, Classic Phone Exchange, and Wisconsin QSO Party will certainly keep contesters busy this upcoming weekend. The OK1WC Memorial, Bucharest Digital Contest, RSGB FT4 Contest Series, 4 States QRP Group Second Sunday Sprint and K1USN Slow Speed CW Test are scheduled for March 15. The RTTYOPS Weeksprint, CLARA Chatter Party and Worldwide Sideband Activity Contest are scheduled for March 16. The CWops Mini-CWT Test, Phone Fray and QRP 40-Meter CW Fox Hunt are scheduled for March 17. Please see March QST, page 72, 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
– EXPERIMENTERS LAUNCH AN EYE IN THE SKY
– ARISS RADIO TROUBLESHOOTING CONTINUES
– FRANCE OVERHAULS AMATEUR RADIO TESTING
– VIDEO TRAINING GIVES BASIC SKILLS TO UK HAMS
– YLS BEING CHALLENGED TO SHARE RADIO STORIES
– SPECIAL NET IN INDIA MARKS INT’L WOMEN’S DAY
– COVID CONCERNS MODIFY IARU REGION 1 YOUTH EVENTS
– SPECIAL EVENT STATION TO HELP AILING AMATEUR
– HAMVENTION AWARD-WINNERS ANNOUNCED
– GRANTS AVAILABLE FROM CALIFORNIA FOUNDATION
– 13 COLONIES ADDS NEW BONUS STATION
– KICKER: LOW-POWER STATION GOES DX-ING THROUGH TIME
The Amateur Radio Newsline can be found at ARNewsline.org.
W5KUB – Amateur Radio Roundtable Video
Tonight special event KA6LMS and guest is John Amodeo AA6JA producer of Last Man Standing. please subscribe and please join our ham radio Facebook group of over 11,000 hams at https://www.facebook.com/groups/w5kub our live shows are every Tues night at 8:00 PM Central time on w5kub.com
The W5KUB YouTube channel link is here: W5KUB YouTube.
Ham Nation — Menu
Thank you for watching Ham Nation! Tonight we speak with Eric Guth 4Z1UG about the upcoming QSO Today Virtual Ham Expo. Gordo helps us keep our antennas dry. Randy explains why maps are important to hams and how to pick up some new awards. Don covers the news with Amateur Radio Newsline, Doctor T tell us what to expect with space weather and Amanda rounds out the show covering the nets and you comments.
The last half-dozen or so episodes are linked right here: Ham Nation
73 de Mark N5HZR