SCARS News April 13, 2021


Elmer Nights — Menu

In the amateur radio world, an Elmer is someone who helps another amateur learn about the hobby. At SCARS, we have an ongoing Elmer program and actively work to help each other. To bring this home during the pandemic, we are offering this service online. Join us each Tuesday, from 6:30 pm to 9:00 pm, using the Zoom conference system. Load up the Zoom software, and then click this link at https://w5nor.org/zoom. You can also join using 893 9952 6291 password w5nor.

Through out the year, many problems have been fixed, including antenna designs, radio setups, radio programming, power supply failures, and more. We have been able to remotely test equipment by having nearby members transmit to the test device, or listen for the test device. You don’t need to be licensed, and you don’t need to be in the area. We’ve had people connect up from about 10 states, and Canada, so far. A typical night has 25 to 30 people visit the group throughout the night.

If you have a question and you can’t, or don’t want to speak up, just drop the question into either the Zoom or YouTube chat sessions and we’ll bring it up to the room.

Or, to watch the fun, click the YouTube 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#.

Past Elmer Nights are available to view on the SCARS YouTube channel.

See you on Elmer Night!


Online Amateur Radio Tests — Menu

SCARS operates monthly amateur radio test sessions on the first Thursday of the month, at 6:30 pm at Norman’s Firehouse number 7. However, sometimes that not the most convenient date, time, or place to take an amateur radio license test. One of the byproducts of the year long pandemic is that the Greater Los Angeles Amateur Radio Group (GLAARG) has worked with the good folks at https://hamstudy.org to create a process to test future hams online.

On March 24th, 2020, GLAARG and the HamStudy folks ran a remote test session to prove the concept that tests could be administered online. On April 5th, 2020 the tests started running routinely. A year later, this group has operated 310 test sessions, administrating 5,499 elements. The pass rate for these elements is over 98%. The candidates are verified using photo ID’s, the rooms are evaluated by remote video camera to make sure no unapproved material is in the room, and the four VE’s that monitor the session watch a split screen that shows the test takers screen, and the video camera aimed at the test taker. The VE’s turn off their audio and video so the test taker isn’t disturbed the VE’s watching the process.

In a recent ‘mass testing’ session, 124 attendees took tests that were monitored by 98 VE’s from across the country, using 19 testing rooms, in about 4 hours. This process uses a number of software products to execute, monitor, and communicate throughout the process. The GLAARG.org website is used to sign up for a future test session. Zoom is used to connect the four VE’s and the test taker. The exam.tools web site created by hamstudy.org displays the test questions, grades the tests, and forwards the results to the FCC. Discord servers are used to provide real-time backend communications between all of the VE’s. A Google Doc file is used to keep track of the test takers as they flow through the system. And a Groups.io account allows test administrators to communicate with the VE’s to plan for the upcoming tests.

If you need a test in a timeframe that SCARS can’t provide, GLAARG.org will let you set up a test for $10 almost every day of the week.

If you have some time to spare, GLAARG is always looking for more remote volunteer examiners. Contact them to get involved, like a half dozen of your fellow SCARS member have already done.


Cliff Cooley N5CSJ Silent Key — Menu

Long time SCARS member Cliff Cooley N5CSJ passed away at his home in Konowa, OK on March 24th, 2021. Cliff moved to Konowa about three years ago from the Chickasha area where he was a freelance photographer. Cliff was a frequent member of the McMeeting crowd, and was 67 years old. He was a interested in building his own antennas and built a wideband 15 meter dipole for the SCARS Field Day crew. Cliff also worked to produce a number of fox hunt events where club members would search for hidden transmitters.

Cliff’s obituary was published in the Seminole Producer and is available online by clicking this link.


QRZ052: A Yule Visit to See Zedd — 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.

Dashing through the snow,
On the way to see old Zedd,
O’er the fields we go,
Toward the towers glowing red.
Then Honor Roll is here,
A5A flag’s at hand,
Oh, what fun to sip a beer
With the greatest in the land!

Oh —
Q. R. Zedd, Q. R. Zedd, Q. R.,
you’re the best!
No one ever topped you, Zedd,
In the East or in the West!

Standing in the shack,
We watch old Zedd make calls;
They always answer back,
And the rf heats the walls.
Momma writes the log,
Tondelayo serves the beer,
Oh, what fun for a DX hog
When Zedd sends Yuletide cheer!

Oh —
Q. R. Zedd, Q. R. Zedd,
Q. R., you’re the best!
No one ever topped you, Zedd,
In the East or in the West!

Tondelayo’s neat,
And Momma Zedd is cool,
But in the pileup’s heat
Our Zedd is no one’s fool.
Lights on towers gleam,
Signals pierce the night,
Oh, what fun to see Zedd’s beam
Win every DX fight!

Oh —
Q, R. Zedd, Q. R. Zedd,
Q. R., you’re the best!
No one ever topped you, Zedd,
In the East or in the West!

The Christmas tree shone bright,
The grog was world-class red,
But Christmas ’85 was best
’cause we got to visit Zedd.
He worked ’em left and right
On phone or code instead,
Oh, what fun we had that night
When we met with Q. R. Zedd!

Oh —
Q. R. Zedd, Q. R. Zedd,
Q. R., you’re the best!
No one ever topped you, Zedd,
In the East or in the West!

In ’86, we know,
Pretenders will appear,
But down the tubes they’ll go;
Zedd is the one we’ll hear.
Finals glowing bright, Tonsils all aflop,
Zedd will work ’em through the night
And always be on top!

Oh —
Q. R. Zedd, Q. R. Zedd,
Q. R., you’re the best!
No one ever topped you, Zedd,
In the East or in the West!

— Yule greetings from KU5B


(With the conclusion of 1985, C&E has now published 52 episodes in the continuing saga of Q. R. Zedd. The great man made his first appearance in the issue for September 1981.)


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
Ben, KI5OLQ
Lee, KI5OMD

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 1


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.

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
4/8-9/2022 | Green Country Hamfest | Location: Claremore, 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.


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

This month it’s all about Parks On The Air — one of the most popular activities in amateur radio today. We chat with Audrey Hance, KN4TMU, who recently enjoyed her first Parks On The Air “activation.”

ARRL On the Air – Episode 16

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


ARRL DX Bulletin — Menu

SB DX @ ARL $ARLD014
ARLD014 DX news

ZCZC AE14
QST de W1AW  
DX Bulletin 14  ARLD014
From ARRL Headquarters  
Newington CT  April 8, 2021
To all radio amateurs   

SB DX ARL ARLD014
ARLD014 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.

FIJI, 3D2.  Dom, 3Z9DX is QRV as 3D2DOM and has been active mainly
on 20 meters using CW and SSB.  QSL to home call.

SRI LANKA, 4S.  Nadika, 4S6NCH has been active on 17 meters using
FT8 around 1800z.  QSL direct.

CROATIA, 9A.  Members of the radio club Libertas are QRV with
special event callsign 9A25RBM during April to commemorate the US
Secretary of Commerce Ronald Harmon Brown and 34 other victims of a
fatal plane crash in 1996 here.  QSL direct.

MOZAMBIQUE, C9.  A group of operators are QRV as C92RU until April
12.  Activity is on 160 to 10 meters using CW, SSB and FT8 in
DXpedition mode, with four stations active.  This includes activity
on Satellite QO-100.  QSL via OQRS.

PORTUGAL, CT.  Markus, DJ4EL is QRV as CT7/DJ4EL from Culatra
Island, IOTA EU-145, until April 10.  Activity is on 40 to 10 meters
using SSB.  QSL via LoTW.

SOUTH SHETLAND ISLANDS. Lee, DS4NMJ is QRV as DT8A until December 31
while on work assignment from the King Se-Jong Korean Antarctic Base
on King George Island, IOTA AN-010.  Activity is on various HF bands
using CW, SSB and FT8 in DXpedition mode.  QSL via DS5TOS.

SPAIN, EA.  Special event station EH4WRD will be QRV from April 12
to 18 while taking part in World Amateur Radio Day 2021 activities.
QSL via EA4RCH.

IRAN, EP.  Saeed, EP2LSH has been QRV using FT8 in DXpedition mode
on 20 meters between 1645 and 2015z.  QSL via EA5GL.

FRANCE, F.  Special event station TM1PSL will be QRV on April 10 and
11 from the town of Port Saint Louis du Rhone during the European
FT8 DX Contest.  QSL direct.
     
THAILAND, HS.  Jorge, AB6WP is QRV as HS0ZOK from Phuket Island,
IOTA AS-053.  Activity is on 20 to 10 meters using mostly SSB with
some CW.  His length of stay is unknown.  QSL via LoTW.

JAPAN, JA.  Special event station 8J100CB is QRV until the end of
March 2022 to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Chiba-City.  QSL
via bureau.

GREENLAND, OX.  Bo, OZ1DJJ is QRV as OX3LX from Kangerlussuaq, IOTA
NA-018, until May 1.  Activity is in his spare time on the HF bands.
QSL via LoTW.
         
NETHERLANDS, PA.  Ruud, PG1R is QRV as PG96WARD from Leersum until
April 30 to celebrate World Amateur Radio Day.  Activity is on the
HF bands using SSB, RTTY and PSK.  QSL via PG1R.

CURACAO, PJ2.  Jeff, K8ND will be QRV as PJ2ND from the Signal Point
contest station from April 15 to May 3.  QSL to home call.
         
EUROPEAN RUSSIA, UA.  Leonid, RA1WU is QRV as R800ANP until April 10
to celebrate the 800th anniversary of the birth of Alexander Nevsky,
who was commonly regarded as a key figure of medieval Russia and is
best known for the victory over the Teutonic Knights in the Battle
on the Ice.  QSL via RA1WU.

CANADA, VE.  Bill, VE3ES is QRV with special callsign VC3VACCINE
during April to support COVID-19 vaccination efforts.  QSL to home
call.
      
THIS WEEKEND ON THE RADIO.  The Japan International DX CW Contest,
NCCC RTTY Sprint, NCCC CW Sprint, K1USN Slow Speed CW Test, QRP ARCI
Spring CW QSO Party, SKCC Weekend CW Sprintathon, OK/OM DX SSB
Contest, European FT8 DX Contest, IG-RY World Wide RTTY Contest, DIG
CW QSO Party, Nebraska QSO Party, New Mexico QSO Party, Georgia QSO
Party, North Dakota QSO Party, Yuri Gagarin International DX CW
Contest, International Vintage HF Contest, WAB 3.5/7/14 MHz Data
Modes, Hungarian Straight Key CW Contest and RSGB RoLo 80-Meter SSB
Contest are all on tap for this upcoming weekend.

The RSGB 80-Meter Club CW Championship, OK1WC Memorial, 4 States QRP
Group Second Sunday Sprint and K1USN Slow Speed Test are scheduled
for April 12.

The 222 MHz Spring Sprint, Worldwide Sideband Activity Contest and
RTTYOPS Weeksprint are scheduled for April 13.

The VHF-UHF FT8 Activity Contest, CWops Mini-CWT Test, Phone Fray
and NAQCC CW Sprint are scheduled for April 14.

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 hereARRL DX Bulletin


Amateur Radio Newsline — Menu

– PAIR OF DX GROUPS SET EYES ON BOUVET ISLAND
– ANTARCTIC ASSIGNMENT EVOLVES INTO DXPEDITION
– SILENT KEY: HEXBEAM INNOVATOR WALDI SP7IDX
– JS8CALL DEVELOPER WINS SPECIAL RECOGNITION
– RSGB ANNOUNCES ‘FRIENDSHIP ON THE AIR’ AWARD
– NOMINATE A YOUNG HAM FOR NEWSLINE’S AWARD
– CONTEST FOR YOUNG HAMS MAKES DEBUT IN REGION 1
– ECHOLINK NET TO MARK WORLD AMATEUR RADIO DAY
– TWO-WAY RADIOS HELP NEW ZEALAND SEARCH AND RESCUE
– CONTEST UNIVERSITY TO BE HELD VIRTUALLY AGAIN
– WORLD OF DX
– KICKER: THE VAGABOND HAM

SCRIPT

AUDIO

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

Thank you for watching Ham Nation Episode 491! Tonight we speak with Mike Kalter W8CI for the Hamvention special event, Ham Of The Year Angel Vazques WP3R, Wes Lamboley W3WL, Club Of The Year and Don Wilbanks brings us home with Ham Radio Newsline.

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


73 de Mark N5HZR

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