SCARS News April 6, 2021

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 You can join using 893 9952 6291 password w5nor. Or, to watch the fun, click the YouTube play button here, or at …

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 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 ArdmoreCourtyard by Marriott ArdmoreRed Roof Inn ArdmoreSuper 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 or 405-410-6756.
ARRL Sanctioned Event: Oklahoma State Convention

Saturday Forums:Room A -100Room B -50Room C – 25
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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:
Passcode: 078798

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

Oklahoma Section
American Radio Relay League

Hi Gang,

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.

New/Upgraded Hams

Please join the SCARS Exam Team in welcoming the following new amateurs to the air:

Dustin, KI5PFE
Eric, KI5PFF

each of whom earned Technician class licenses as well asTom, KI5PFGwho earned a General class license. Please also congratulate:

Mark, KI5NRZ

each of whom upgraded to General class as well as:

Douglas, KE5CKE

who upgraded to Amateur Extra class.
All tested last evening at the firehouse under pandemic precautions.

Congratulations to all!

Next Exam Session:  May 6

Dates to Remember — Menu

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 If you’re a Twitter person, visit us at And each newsletter announcement is posted on the Facebook group at And, if you like to search this yourself, you can go straight to the newsletter at 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 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.

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

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

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

ARRL DX Bulletin — Menu

ARLD013 DX news

QST de W1AW  
DX Bulletin 13  ARLD013
From ARRL Headquarters  
Newington CT  April 1, 2021
To all radio amateurs   

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.

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

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

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.

The latest ARRL DX Bulletin is always at the top hereARRL DX Bulletin

Amateur Radio Newsline — Menu




The Amateur Radio Newsline can be found at

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

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