SCARS News April 20, 2021


Meteor Scatter with K5DNL — Menu

Meteor Scatter
Ken Roberson K5DNL called this week to say that meteor scatter contacts were on the rise. Wednesday morning he was able to make 6-meter contacts via this fascinating mode to Georgia, Pennsylvania, and Ohio. 2-meters will also work for this mode, but 6-meters gives a better chance of success. Meteor scatter transactions have their own mode called MSK144, which is available on the digital mode software from Joe Taylor K1JT, WSJT-X. Brad McDowell AB4BA has a great post that details how to get involved. Take a look at that to get started.

Ken offered a number of suggestions to help others that may want to give this a try.
  • Mornings offer a better chance at making contacts.
  • The high-speed packets are called ‘pings’ that are small transmission bursts that bounce off of passing meteors.
  • High power isn’t required. 50 to 100 watts will make it happen.
  • You can make contacts with a dipole, but,
  • A three or five element horizontal Yagi antenna offers the best chance of making this happen. (for those of you that know Ken, yes the antenna is home-built)
  • A dedicated Internet chat channel is available to discuss signal spotting and operating methods at Ping Jockey Central by NØUK
  • The WSJT-X software is available at WSJT Home Page (princeton.edu)
  • The calling frequency is 50.260 MHz.

Good luck!


ARESOK.org Updated — Menu

The Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES) Oklahoma website https://aresok.org has been updated with a whole new system. On St. Patrick’s Day, the existing system failed with a database error, and the new WordPress-based system was turned on twelve days later. The membership information of the over 800 members was transferred to the new system, however, for security purposes, hams will need to receive a new password. Over the past 6 days, members received an email with a ‘Welcome Message” to the new system that contained the login credentials for the new system. If you are an ARES member check your email for that message. Don’t forget to look in your spam or trash folders if you don’t see it. There’s a ‘forgot password’ link on the https://aresok.org/join/ page. Finally, if your contact email address has changed, feel free to send an email to n5hzr@arrl.org or simply create a new account.

Once you get logged in, take a look around. There are links on the About tab that explains ARES, and lists the contact information of the county Emergency Coordinators. Soon the contact information of the Region and District leaders will be added to this page. The various training opportunities that are available to ARES members are listed, and each job level is described in detail.

The reports section is where you can find the list of members in your county. The current report lets you see the contact information for all of the ARES members in your county. Over the coming weeks, additional reports will be added to provide information to county leaders and members. To make sure that your information is correct, please visit your profile page and update the information shown there.

Finally, please take a look at the Net section. This information was transferred from the old site, and may not be current. If you have some information about some of the nets listed, please send it to n5hzr@arrl.org.

Many thanks for your efforts to support the Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES) and see you on the air!


SCARS Meeting Topics — Menu

For at least a decade, the monthly SCARS meetings have had roughly an hour-long presentation so we can learn, teach, or have some fun. This year our VP Wayne Dutton KK5IO has gotten ahead of the curve and has another four great presentations already scheduled.

Our May presentation will be the OU Aerospace Engineering Aerosat Capstone project that has been launching balloons with amateur radio transmitters on board. They have been flying APRS and WSPR transmitters and have had a couple of balloons that have made it to Canada. Make sure you put May 8th on your calendar to hear all about their trials and tribulations. And take notes, because a number of SCARS members are wanting to send up our own balloon.

Our June presentation will be Mark Kleine N5HZR, Wayne Dutton KK5IO, and a local cast that will be talking about the 2021 SCARS Field Day. This year we will be setting up at Firehouse #7 again, with 3 simultaneous transmitters. SSB, CW, and digital signals will be heading out of the firehouse. And, under pandemic rules, you can still operate from home and add your totals to the SCARS club totals. This presentation will also teach you how to be a better operator, how to call CQ, how to work pile-ups, and how to ‘hold the frequency’. All of these techniques can be used at field day, or during contests, or on special event stations. Put June 12th on your calendar to catch this operator training event.

Our July presentation will help you go from working one country (the USA) on HF to 100 countries without a megawatt station, or a 200′ tower. This beginning DX presentation will showcase the OKDXA president Kim Elmore N5OP, Treasurer Jeff Martin K5WE, and member Bill Roberson N5AQ. They will talk about working DX with 100 watts and a wire. As solar cycle 25 is picking up, it’s good to be prepared. Visit us on July 10th to start your DX journey.

August brings Ed Fong WB6IQN to the group. Ed sells a number of J style antennas and has patented a number of different configurations. Ed has published some of his amateur 2-meter and 440 antennas in QST so you can build along. There will be a SCARS kit arriving in June so you can build your own antennas at Field Day. The interesting thing about Ed’s antenna sales is that they are guaranteed for life. Just send the antenna back and they will fix it, or send you a new one. Ed uses his antenna sales to let his students learn how to build antennas, and the money raised is used to fund the school radio club projects. More importantly, Ed will teach us how the J antennas actually work. August 14th is the date for this bunch of fun.

Wayne’s got another four ‘in-the-works’ for the remainder of the year. More details about those in a while.

And, if you have missed any of the past presentations, our SCARS YouTube channel has over 35 presentations all teed up, ready for you to binge-watch. See you at the next meetings!


QRZ053: Zedd Sails; DX World is Agog — 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 January 1996 C&E.

LONDON — The DX world was agog around Christmastime as 0. R. Zedd, A5A, the greatest DXer of all time, sailed from the port of Portsmouth to begin his most wonderful DXpedition.

Zedd sailed on the U.S.S. Yagi, a nuclear-powered submarine, escorted by two destroyers, a Greenpeace sailboat, and Jacques Cousteau’s Calypso.

Details of. the operation were shrouded in secrecy. However, the Oklahoma Collector & Emitter, at enormous expense, sent a special correspondent to Great Britain for coverage, and the reporter managed to learn some details of the Zedd plans, as well as a coveted spot on the Yagi, along with Zedd’s momma, Constance Wilhemina Zedd, of Mena, Ark., and Tondelayo Schwartz, Zedd’s blonde, nubile, 20-year-old QSL secretary and constant companion.

Zedd first announced his plans to activate Atlantis moments before presstime for the last edition of C&E. The intrepid editor of the publication, Joe Harding, managed to revamp pages in order to get a bulletin into that edition for the benefit of the deserving. This cost a lot of money, too, and it was rumored back in the states, just before the undersigned reporter hopped on the Concorde, that C&E subscription rates would probably have to be hiked to about $63 per person to cover the expenses.

It was promised, however, that the rise in C&E costs passed on to member clubs and subscribers would be “temporary,” just like all tax increases. Meanwhile, back at the sub, Zedd was seen lugging hf, vhf and uhf gear on board. A great deal of scuba gear was also hauled on and stowed, and a Coors truck was in evidence dockside. The Calypso, anchored nearby, had its little deep-sea submersible lashed ondeck, and Tondelayo was seen carrying not one, but two, bikinis onto the submarine, to the great interest of crew members.

Interviewed on the gangplank of the Yagi, Zedd told the C&E correspondent, “Don’t bother me now, boy. Can’t you see I’m busy?”

This comment was carried worldwide by Reuters and the Associated Press.

A few facts of the DXpedition were, however, dug up by dint of extreme effort and brilliant journalism. Those facts include the following:

Cousteau’s Calypso, cruising in waters of the south Atlantic, discovered the sunken continent of Atlantis in October. Naturally Zedd, at his home station in Oklahoma, just a hoot and a holler south of the town of Norman, was among the first to hear about the discovery inasmuch as he and Cousteau have a nightly QSO on 75 meters.

After hearing Cousteau tell how discovery of the fabled sunken continent would dispel rumors dating back to the time of Socrates, change world history, revolutionize the theory of plate tectonics and profoundly alter humanity’s perception of itself forever, Zedd told Cousteau that a DXpedition had to be mounted as soon as possible to let Honor Rollers add another pelt to their belts.

When told that all the governments of the world were clamoring to send scientific crews to the scene, Zedd told Cousteau:

“Screw all that. This is new DX, Jacques! It will be bigger than Albania or China!”

Cousteau was convinced at once by the keen insight of Zedd’s argument, and secret planning began for the current DXpedition.

It is said that the voyage to Atlantis will take approximately one week, and surface preparations will require another day or two. This means that A5A/ATL will be QRZ on all bands, all modes, all frequencies, on or about January 12.

Zedd took with him 10 transceivers and homebrew linears, 3 computers, and several miles of copper wire and aluminum tubing for antennas.

Operators in addition to Zedd will be Momma Zedd, Tondelayo, Bill Blast, of the famed west coast Blast Off DX net, N5IAA (to keep the frequencies clear at all times), noted Ohio DXer Bill Buckeye, Sam “Roaring Kilowatt” Jones of Hereford, Texas, Bonnie Prince Charles, and W5NUT of Shawnee, Oklahoma. KU5B will be allowed to log.

A late arrival in his personal aircraft, after a stormy solo crossing, N5MS, was added to the crew as technical adviser. N5MS was seen hauling a portable repeater onto the Yagi.

All operators were undergoing intensive scuba training at presstime.

The little flotilla of ships sailed from Portsmouth, into a lowering fog on a cool day around Christmas.

Bands played dockside. Thousands waved ARRL flags and cheered the intrepid crew. At the same time, it was reported that amateur radio bands worldwide went silent.

Everyone, it was clear, was standing by QRZ for Q. R. Zedd — and Atlantis.

— KU5B


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 6


Dates to Remember — Menu


Newsletter News — Menu

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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 $ARLD015
ARLD015 DX news

ZCZC AE15
QST de W1AW  
DX Bulletin 15  ARLD015
From ARRL Headquarters  
Newington CT  April 15, 2021
To all radio amateurs   

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ARLD015 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.

SWAZILAND, 3DA0.  Look for 3DA0AQ to be QRV during the CQMM DX
contest.  QSL via EA5GL.

AZERBAIJAN, 4J.  Special event station 4J880M is QRV to commemorate
the 880th anniversary of the birth of 12th century Persian Sunni
Muslim poet Nizami Ganjavi.  QSL direct to 4J3DJ.

ISRAEL, 4X.  Jan, 4X1VF and Ruben, 4Z5FI are QRV as 4X73T during the
Holyland Contest and active from the rare Holyland Square L19BL.
QSL via bureau.  In addition, special event calls 4X73XX and 4Z73XX
are QRV until April 17 to commemorate 73 years of independence.  QSL
via LoTW.

BAHRAIN, A9.  Members of the Bahrain Amateur Radio Society are QRV
as A91WARD until April 18 to celebrate World Amateur Radio Day.  QSL
via EC6DX.

CHILE, CE.  Members of the Radio Club de Chile will be QRV as
XR3IARU on April 18 to celebrate World Amateur Radio Day.  QSL via
CE3EE.

ARMENIA, EK.  Look for EK6RL to be QRV during the CQMM DX contest.
QSL direct to home call.

NEW CALEDONIA, FK.  Look for FK8IK to be QRV during the CQMM DX
contest.  QSL direct to home call.
 
ENGLAND, G.  Special event station GB0DOE is QRV until May to honor
the memory of the recently deceased Prince Philip, Duke of
Edinburgh.  QSL via GB0DOE.

HUNGARY, HA.  In celebration of the 230th anniversary of the birth
of Samuel F. B. Morse, members of Hungary's Radio Amateur Society
will be QRV with special event stations HA230MSE, HA230S, HA230A,
HA230M, HA230U, HA230E, HA230L, HA230O, HA230R and HG230MSE from
April 17 to 27.  Activity will be on the HF bands using CW and SSB.
QSL via LoTW.

ECUADOR, HC.  Members of the Ecuador DX Club will be QRV as HD1DX
and HD2DX on April 17 and 18 commemorate World Amateur Radio Day.
QSL via LoTW.

SAUDI ARABIA, HZ.  Abdulaziz, 7Z1AL is QRV as HZ1WARD until April 18
to commemorate World Amateur Radio Day.  Activity is on 40 and 20
meters using FT8.  QSL via bureau.

JAPAN, JA.  Special event station 8N1MORSE is QRV until February 28,
2022 to celebrate the 230th anniversary of the birth of Samuel F. B.
Morse and the 120th anniversary of Guglielmo Marconi's first
successful transatlantic radio communication by Morse Code.  QSL via
bureau.

ANTARCTICA.  Mark, W5MED is QRV as KC4USV from McMurdo Station on
Ross Island, IOTA AN-011, until October.  He is active on 20 meters
using SSB and FT8 at various times of the day.  QSL direct to K7MT.

US VIRGIN ISLANDS, KP2.  Dan, K8RF will be QRV as NP2J in the CQMM
DX contest as a Single Band/High Power entry on 40 meters.  QSL to
home call.

LUXEMBOURG, LX.  Special event station LX5WARD is QRV until April 25
to mark World Amateur Radio Day.  Activity is on the HF bands using
CW, SSB, FT8 and FT4.  QSL via LX1JH.

SEYCHELLES, S7.  Members of the Seychelles Amateur Radio Society
will be QRV as S77SARA from Mahe Island, IOTA AF-024, on April 18
for World Amateur Radio Day.  QSL to home call.

GREECE, SV.  Juergen, DK3SJ is QRV as SV8/DK3SJ from Lesbos Island,
IOTA EU-049, until April 24.  Activity is on 80 to 10 meters using
CW and SSB.  QSL to home call.

FALKLAND ISLANDS, VP8.  Clint, VP8DKP is usually QRV on 40 meters
using FT8 during his evenings.  QSL direct.

INDIA, VU.  Special event stations AU8WAR, AT2WAR, and AU2WAR will
be QRV on April 18 to celebrate World Amateur Radio Day.  Activity
will be on the HF bands.  QSL via operators' instructions.

THIS WEEKEND ON THE RADIO.  The ARRL SSB Rookie Roundup, World
Amateur Radio Day, NCCC RTTY Sprint, NCCC CW Sprint, K1USN Slow
Speed CW Test, Holyland DX Contest, ES Open HF Championship, Worked
All Provinces of China DX Contest, YU DX Contest, CQMM DX CW
Contest, VERON PACCdigi Contest, Texas State Parks on the Air,
Michigan QSO Party, EA-QRP CW Contest, Feld Hell Sprint, Ontario QSO
Party and the Run for the Bacon QRP CW Contest are all on tap for
this upcoming weekend.

The K1USN Slow Speed CW Test and OK1WC Memorial are scheduled for
April 19.

The RTTYOPS Weeksprint and Worldwide Sideband Activity Contest are
scheduled for April 20.

The 432 MHz Spring Sprint, RSGB 80-Meter Club SSB Championship,
CWops Mini-CWT Test and Phone Fray are scheduled for April 21.

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

– ISLAND HAMS ON ALERT AMID VOLCANIC ERUPTIONS
– FCC REQUIRES RF EXPOSURE EVALUATIONS STARTING MAY 3
– TENNESSEE REPEATER SYSTEM AIDS STRICKEN HIKER
– HISTORIC SITES BEING ACTIVATED FOR MARCONI DAY
– WRTC PLEDGES TO GO FORWARD WITH BOLOGNA EVENT
– YOUTH CAMP FOR HAMS MOVES AHEAD CAUTIOUSLY
– SEEKING NOMINATIONS FOR YOUNG HAM OF THE YEAR
– WSPR SIGNALS CONFIRM DOOMED AIRLINER’S ROUTE
– COMM ACADEMY’S VIRTUAL CONFERENCE A HIT
– TOP HONORS IN GERMANY FOR PIONEER IN HF, SDR
– NORWAY AMATEUR LEAGUE HOLDS DIGITAL GENERAL MEETING
– MEMBERSHIP REBOUNDS IN JAPAN’S RADIO LEAGUE
– KICKER: THE QSL CARD OF A LIFETIME

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AUDIO

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


W5KUB – Amateur Radio Roundtable Video

Tonight Katie does shack pictures. Katie gives out a ham call plaque. Tom discusses the zero pressure balloon he will launch tomorrow night.

The W5KUB YouTube channel link is here: W5KUB YouTube.


Ham Nation — Menu

Thank you for watching Ham Nation Episode 492! Tonight we speak with George Thomas and Ray Novak on Amateur Logic TV. Gordon visits with Roland Hoffman, KC6JPG on Amateur Television Network. Randy shows off some of his new gear, Don brings us Amateur Radio Newsline and Amanda talks with John Dean, K0JDD about NetLogger.

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


73 de Mark N5HZR

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