In This Issue…
- Meeting Saturday: Tropospheric Ducting – Gordon West WB6NOA
- OKDXA Meeting Saturday: 2019 TX7T – Marquesas DXpedition
- Hamarama Holiday 2021
- Kevin ODell N0IRW Retires as Oklahoma Section Manager
- QRZ051: Bulletin Atlantis
- 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: Tropospheric Ducting – Gordon West WB6NOA — Menu
Gordon West WB6NOA, host of the popular podcast Ham Nation will be talking with us about Tropospheric Ducting. This relatively unknown freak of nature is a great way to make your signals travel through a ‘wormhole’ to spots unknown. Learn what causes this condition, how you can predict it, how you can recognize it, how you can take advantage of it, and what frequencies are affected by it. Save up your propagation questions and join us on April 10th at 9:30 am.
Join us Saturday, at 9:00 am, using the Zoom conference system. The meeting starts at 9:30 am. Load up the Zoom software, and then click this link at https://w5nor.org/zoom. You can join using 893 9952 6291 password w5nor. Or, to watch the fun, click the YouTube play button here, or at https://w5nor.org/stream …
Hamarama Holiday 2021 — Menu
This year the Ham Holiday crew, CORA, will be teaming up with the Texoma Hamarama crew to put on an in-person two-day hamfest on October 22 and 23, 2021 in Ardmore, OK. This hamfest has been running for 74 years and it will be the largest hamfest in Oklahoma for 2021. The most up-to-date information is on https://hamholiday.com/. Make your plans to see us there.
More details will be coming soon, but here’s what is known now.
Location: Ardmore Convention Center – 2401 Rockford Rd – Ardmore, OK 73401
Friday Times: 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm (setup from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm)
Saturday Times: 8:00 am to 1:30 pm (setup from 7:00 am to 8:00 am)
Order Tickets Online: Get your tickets today $8 online — $10 at the door.
Covid-19 Precautions: Will match local requirements. (Get your vaccines.)
Hotels: Holiday Inn Ardmore is on-site, or Springhill Suites by Marriott Ardmore, Courtyard by Marriott Ardmore, Red Roof Inn Ardmore, Super 8 Wyndham Ardmore, and Guest Inn are within a half-mile.
Hourly Prize Drawings: Buy your tickets at the door or online.
Grand Prize Drawing: Saturday at 1:00 pm
Friday Dinner: Local food trucks will be available.
Saturday Breakfast/Lunch: Local food trucks will be available.
License Testing: Free amateur radio FCC testing will be offered on-site.
Flea Market Tables: Indoor tables available to sell your goodies to buy more goodies!
Vendors: Amateur radio-related vendors invited. More details as they confirm.
Parking: Lots of free parking, see photo below.
Outdoor Tailgate Section: Bring your large gear, or just hang out in the outdoor section. Sign up for your spot today. See the photo below.
For more information: Contact Mark Kleine at email@example.com or 405-410-6756.
ARRL Sanctioned Event: Oklahoma State Convention
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OKDXA Meeting Saturday: 2019 TX7T – Marquesas DXpedition — Menu
Announcing the OKDXA Spring Zoom Meeting – April 10, 2021 – 7PM
Featured Speaker – Robert Brandon – K5PI – A member of the 2019 TX7T – Marquesas DXpedition
Please click the link below to join the webinar:
The Oklahoma DX Association (OKDXA) usually holds its Spring meeting at the Green Country Hamfest that would have been April 9 and 10 this year. But the pandemic has put the kibosh on that, so the OKDXA will have its meeting virtually via Zoom, thanks to the generous support of the Edmond Amateur Radio Society (EARS).
The OKDXA contributed to the 2019 TX7T (Marquesas Islands) DXpedition and now we’ll get to hear from one of the participants: Robert Brandon, K5PI. He has a remarkably beautiful presentation on the DXpedition that he’ll share with us on the evening of April 10th at 1900 CDT (0000 UTC 11 April) via Zoom. I’ve seen Robert’s presentation and it is AMAZING! Links forthcoming.
Finally, our ARRL Division Director John Stratton, N5AUS, will make a brief presentation on the state of the Logbook of the World and the initiative to improve and update LoTW along with — ultimately — properly funding its maintenance. More details on our website as they become available.
Note: You don’t have to be a member of the OKDXA to join the webinar, everyone is invited…
Kim Elmore – N5OP
Kevin ODell N0IRW Retires as Oklahoma Section Manager — Menu
April 1, 2021
American Radio Relay League
I have decided to step down as your Oklahoma Section Manager, effective April 9th. Between medical issues and just needing a break, I feel like it’s in the best interest of the section to step away. My replacement will be Mark Kleine, N5HZR. I know Mark will do an excellent job.
I am still going to be involved on the national level with the Public Relations Committee. I will also see all of you at hamfests. I want to thank you for all the support you have shown me through the years. I also want to thank the members of my Cabinet for all of their hard work. I couldn’t have done it without them.
I hope you will give Mark the same enthusiastic support you have given me. So, with that I will say 73.
Kevin O’Dell, N0IRW
ARRL Oklahoma Section Manger
Member, ARRL Public Relations Committee
QRZ051: Bulletin Atlantis — 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 December 1985 Collector and Emitter.
LONDON (DNN) — Q. R. Zedd, A5A, world’s greatest DXer, told the world press today that he will activate the lost continent of Atlantis on all bands early in January. The usual DX frequencies will be used, both phone and CW, with added Oscar operations, Zedd added.
Please join the SCARS Exam Team in welcoming the following new amateurs to the air:
each of whom earned Technician class licenses as well asTom, KI5PFGwho earned a General class license. Please also congratulate:
each of whom upgraded to General class as well as:
who upgraded to Amateur Extra class.
All tested last evening 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 WB6NOA. 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 May 6, 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.
4/9-10/2021| 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 | Hamarama Holiday 2021 Hamfest | Location: Ardmore, OK — On Schedule —
11/6/2021 | Enid Hamfest | Location: Enid, OK (or maybe December) — On Schedule —
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
4/1/2022 | Ozark Con – 4 States QRP | Location: Branson, MO
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.
What does the new solar cycle have in store for the HF bands? Propagation expert Carl Luetzelschwab, K9LA, tells us what to expect.
ARRL On the Air – Episode 15
ARRL Letter — Menu
- Celebrate World Amateur Radio Day 2021 on April 18
- FT8 Accounts for Nearly Two-Thirds of HF Activity
- ARRL Podcasts Schedule
- IARU Region 1 Workshop to Focus on the Future of Amateur Radio
- ARRL Learning Network Webinars
- IARU and European Commission Meet on Wireless Power Transfer for Electric Vehicles
- Bureaucracy Raises Licensing Concerns in Brazil, France Announces Long-Awaited Exam Changes
- Traditional Amateur Radio Contesting Faces a Demographic Cliff
- In Brief…
- The K7RA Solar Update
- Just Ahead in Radiosport
- Upcoming ARRL Section, State, and Division Conventions
ARRL DX Bulletin — Menu
SB DX @ ARL $ARLD013 ARLD013 DX news ZCZC AE13 QST de W1AW DX Bulletin 13 ARLD013 From ARRL Headquarters Newington CT April 1, 2021 To all radio amateurs SB DX ARL ARLD013 ARLD013 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. MALDIVES, 8Q. Mats, SM6LRR is QRV as 8Q7MS until April 10. Activity is holiday style on 40 to 15 meters using mostly CW with some SSB. QSL via EA5GL. BOLIVIA, CP. Antonio, EA5RM is QRV as CP1XRM until April 27 while working as a Solidaridad Medica and Radioamateurs Without Frontiers NGO volunteer. Activity is in his spare time on 160 to 10 meters using SSB and some digital modes. QSL via EA8RM. FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF GERMANY, DA. Members of DARC's Special Event Station Team are QRV as DA21WARD until June 30 to mark World Amateur Radio Day. QSL via the bureau. SOUTH SHETLAND ISLANDS. Lee, DS4NMJ is QRV as DT8A from King George Island. Lately he has been active on 40 meters using FT8 between 0400 and 0415z. He is here until December 31. QSL via DS5TOS. ENGLAND, G. Members of the RSGB Contest Club are QRV with special event callsigns G5WS and G6ZZ to commemorate the Transatlantic Tests conducted 100 years ago. QSL via M0OXO. REPUBLIC OF KOREA, HL. Lee, HL1IWD is QRV as HL1IWD/5 from Koje Island, IOTA AS-081, until April 4. Activity is holiday style on the HF bands using CW and FT8. QSL via EA5GL. THAILAND, HS. Jorge, AB6WP is QRV as HS0ZOK from Phuket Island, IOTA AS-053. Activity is on 20 to 10 meters using mostly SSB and some CW. QSL via HS0ZOK. MINAMI TORISHIMA, JD1. Take, JG8NQJ is QRV as JG8NQJ/JD1 while on work assignment at the weather station here. Activity is in his spare time on 40, 30 and 17 meters using CW. He is here for about three months. QSL direct to JA8CJY. SVALBARD, JW. Station JW1I is now QRV on Bear Island, IOTA EU-027, at the Bear Island Norwegian Meteorological Station and is here until May 15. Activity of late has been on 20 meters using SSB. QSL via bureau. BULGARIA, LZ. Special event station LZ200GSR is QRV until April 30 to commemorate the 200th anniversary of the birth of Georgi Sava Rakovski, a prominent figure in the revolutionary movement for the liberation of Bulgaria. QSL via LZ1XM. CZECH REPUBLIC, OL. Members of the Radioclub Chrudim are QRV as OL75KCR from Chrudim until December 31 to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the foundation of Radioclub Chrudim. QSL via ClubLog. DENMARK, OZ. Special event stations OZ75MAY and OZ75BO are QRV until April 11 to commemorate the liberation of Bornholm 75 years ago. Activity is on the HF bands using CW, SSB and various digital modes. QSL via OZ1ACB. NETHERLANDS, PA. Ruud, PG1R is QRV as PG96WARD during April to mark the World Amateur Radio Day and the IARU's 96th anniversary. QSL via LoTW. ANTARCTICA. Paul, VK2PAD is currently QRV as VK0PD until November while on work assignment on Casey Station, IOTA AN-016. Activity is on 40 and 20 meters in his spare time. QSL via EB7DX. THIS WEEKEND ON THE RADIO. The North American SSB Sprint Contest, QRP 80-Meter CW Fox Hunt, NCCC RTTY Sprint, NCCC CW Sprint, K1USN Slow Speed CW Test, PODXS 070 Club PSK 31 Flavors Contest, Louisiana QSO Party, Mississippi QSO Party, Florida State Parks on the Air, SP DX Contest and the EA RTTY Contest are al on tap for this upcoming weekend. The OK1WC Memorial, 144 MHz Spring Sprint, K1USN Slow Speed CW Test and DARC Easter Contest are scheduled for April 5. The RTTYOPS Weeksprint, ARS Spartan CW Sprint and Worldwide Sideband Activity Contest are scheduled for April 6. The RSGB FT4 Contest Series, UKEICC 80-Meter SSB Contest, VHF-UHF FT8 Activity Contest, CWops Mini-CWT Test and Phone Fray are scheduled for April 7. Please see April 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
– ARCTIC DXPEDITION PACKS UP BENEATH NORTHERN LIGHTS
– ‘LAST MAN STANDING’ TRIBUTE WRAPS UP ACTIVATION
– IN-PERSON EXAMS TO RESUME IN UK
– ALABAMA TORNADOES HIT HOME FOR ONE AMATEUR
– RECORDINGS AVAILABLE ONLINE FROM HAMSCI EVENT
– WORLDWIDE BALLOON LAUNCHES MARK EQUINOX
– AUSTRALIAN REGULATOR SEEKS INPUT ON 5-YEAR PLAN
– UTAH AMATEURS CELEBRATE CENTENNIAL
– IARU REGION 1 EYES INVOLVEMENT BY YOUNGER GENERATION
– MISSILE RANGE DEEMED VULNERABLE TO INTERFERENCE
– NEW ZEALAND YOUTH NET EXPANDS ITS REACH
– WORLD OF DX
– KICKER: HELPING HIS ALMA MATER GET BACK ON THE AIR
The Amateur Radio Newsline can be found at ARNewsline.org.
W5KUB – Amateur Radio Roundtable Video
rerun tonight. sorry but we will be back next week.
The W5KUB YouTube channel link is here: W5KUB YouTube.
Ham Nation — Menu
Thank you for watching Ham Nation Episode 490! Tonight we speak with John Amodeo on the KA6LMS special event, Whats new with ICOM with Ray Novak N9JA and also speak with Kevin Duplantis K4KEV. Then we’ll round out the show with Joe Eisenberg introducing us to his favorite handtools and Don Wilbanks brings us Ham Radio Newsline.
The last half-dozen or so episodes are linked right here: Ham Nation
73 de Mark N5HZR