SCARS News April 27, 2021


Memorial Marathon Opportunities — Menu

Ham Volunteer Registration Online Link – Use PSC2021 as registration code – Click here

The Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon was organized to be a Run To Remember for those who died, those who survived, and those whose lives were changed forever, in the bombing of the Murrah Federal Building in 1995.  It is usually held on the last Sunday of April each year. Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, this year that will be October 2nd and 3rd, 2021.

110 amateur radio operators are needed this year to cover the entire course with public service communications. We have operators that operate in all of these locations:

  • shadowing the race director at the Start and Finish lines
  • operators at each of 4 relay locations
  • at each of 19 medical tents on the course
  • net control operators
  • SAG vehicles
  • water and ice trucks
  • the incident command trailer
  • in the MASH medical tent at the finish line
  • in the lead vehicle for the full and half marathons
  • tail-end Charlie following the last runner
  • operators at the “kids corral” at the end of the kids’ race
  • radio observers along the “last mile”
  • operators at the Regional Emergency Operations Center in OKC
  • running in the race
  • and any other assignments that may be needed.

Volunteer registration is online, and you can sign up today. Be a part of this amateur radio community event. Please be sure to use PSC2021 as your registration code. This will assign you to the Public Services Communications team.

Race day usually begins at about 0600 with an on-site check-in and most operators should be released by 1400.  It is a very rewarding experience, to see and assist runners from all over the world.

There is a pre-brief meeting that will be held on April 14th where T-Shirts, credential packets (for those in the downtown area), frequency cards, and other necessary information are dispersed.

Most radio operators will need a good mobile or base unit with an external antenna. An HT with an external antenna and spare battery packs or external power supply may also work. Stay flexible and able to adapt to course changes and changes in the weather (hot, cold, rain, hail, wind, etc.) Follow the Marathon Communications Plan created by the Public Safety Communications chair.

This is the main fundraiser that supports the Oklahoma National Memorial and Museum.  It usually about 1 million dollars each year. There are about 25,000 entrants each year.

The in-kind contribution of the amateur radio community is over $65,000 in volunteer time and equipment each year.

Sign up today and get in on the fun!


RF Radiation Info — Menu

As shown in the ARRL Letter…

Updated Radio Frequency Exposure Rules Become Effective on May 3

The FCC has announced that rule changes detailed in a lengthy 2019 Report and Order (R&O) governing RF exposure standards go into effect on May 3, 2021. The new rules do not change existing RF exposure (RFE) limits but do require that stations in all services, including amateur radio, be evaluated against existing limits, unless they are exempted. For stations already in place, that evaluation must be completed by May 3, 2023. After May 3 of this year, any new station, or any existing station modified in a way that’s likely to change its RFE profile — such as different antennas or placement, or greater power — will need to conduct an evaluation by the date of activation or change.

The entire article can be seen at http://www.arrl.org/arrlletter?issue=2021-04-15#toc01

“For amateurs, the major difference is the removal of the categorical exclusion,” Lapin said, “which means that every ham will be required to perform some sort of calculation, either to determine if they qualify for an exemption or must perform a full-fledged exposure assessment. For hams who previously performed exposure assessments on their stations, there is nothing more to do.”

The ARRL Lab staff is available to help amateurs to make these determinations and, if needed, perform the necessary calculations to ensure their stations comply. ARRL Laboratory Manager Ed Hare, W1RFI, who helped prepare ARRL’s RF Exposure and You book, explained it this way. “The FCC did not change any of the underlying rules applicable to amateur station evaluations,” he said. “The sections of the book on how to perform routine station evaluations are still valid and usable, especially the many charts of common antennas at different heights.” Hare said ARRL Lab staff also would be available to help amateurs understand the rules and evaluate their stations.

RF Exposure and You is available for free download from ARRL. ARRL also has an RF Safety page on its website.

The ARRL RF Safety Committee is working with the FCC to update the FCC’s aids for following human exposure rules — OET Bulletin 65 and OET Bulletin 65 Supplement B for Radio Amateurs. In addition, ARRL is developing tools that all hams can use to perform exposure assessments.


New Member Credit — Menu

To help our new local SCARS members get into the hobby, we offer either a $25 Baofeng handheld radio or a $25 credit on the $75 GD-77 DMR radio. More information is available on the New Radio Credit page, or contact the treasurer for more details if you are a new SCARS member.

This program has just reached its five year anniversary and we are just about to distribute our two hundredth radio.


QRZ054: Zedd Makes Atlantis Famous — 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 February 1986 issue of the C&E.

SOMEWHERE IN THE ATLANTIC — The fabled, eagerly-awaited Dxpedition from the lost continent of Atlantis began right on schedule on January 9, and ham radio history was made.

Conceived and carried out by Q. R. Zedd, A5A, world’s greatest DXer and all-around nice person, the Atlantis Dxpedition achieved many memorable things, including the following:

FIRST UNDERWATER OPERATION BY A DXPEDITION. Zedd and his fellow operators made 21,211 valid logbook contacts in their six days of operation, all from a site more than 700 feet below the surface of the South Atlantic.

FIRST LOST CONTINENT ACCEPTED FOR DXCC. Atlantis, lost for thousands of years, was accepted for DXCC credit by the American Radio Relay League in a special emergency meeting on January 9, only hours before A5A/ATL went QRZ.

FIRST SPECIAL UNDERWATER COMMEMORATIVE STAMP OFFERING. Zedd took with him several hundred special first-day stamps and envelopes, and sent them off for early delivery of QSL cards by shooting them out of a torpedo tube of the U.S.S. Yagi, a United States nuclear submarine which served as underwater headquarters for the amateur radio group.

Atlantis, as faithful readers already know, was discovered late in 1985 by the famed Jacques Cousteau. In his nightly QSO with Zedd on 75 meters, Cousteau mentioned his discovery of the continent fabled since the time of classical Greece. Zedd, seeing the true significance of the event, immediately laid on the DXpedition.

The amateur radio group led by Zedd departed Portsmouth, England, around Christmas, and after storm delays reached the secret Atlantis site on January 7. Further storms delayed operations for two days.

With Cousteau’s deepsea submersible charting the route, the Yagi stood by off a vast and antique city on the shore of the lost continent in 665 feet of water on January 9. Zedd, his constant companion Tonde 1 ayo Schwartz, and a reporter for the Oklahoma Collector & Emitter left the submarine the following afternoon and, in full scuba gear, explored the fabled central city of Atlantis.

Crumbling silver towers, some more than two hundred meters high, looked down upon golden streets and avenues now tarnished and broken by centuries of undersea storms. In an eerie half-light, Zedd swam among the ruins of pagan castles and monuments of untold antiquity. After lengthy exploration, he radioed back his first message to those waiting on the Yagi, and the other ships on the surface:

“Okay, guys,–send us out a bunch of copperclad, that antenna buoy, the 930 in its plastic bag, a big battery, a couple of logbooks, a weighted cardtable, and some of that Coors. We’re going QRZ.

“Oh, and you might send out another tank, too. Tondelayo just ran out of air and she don’t look too good.”

Zedd, of course, was first on the air as soon as his feedline, draped over the shoulder of a large statue of some ancient Hellenistic warrior, was all hooked up with the capacitive couplings through the plastic bags.

First contacts were made with southern Europeans, and by the time the other operators were out of the sub and nicely weighted down at their respective operating positions, the pileups were hot and heavy on all bands. The U.S. started coming in nicely on 20 right after Zedd got the first homebrew linear going.

Underwater currents prevented an ecological disaster. Cousteau had worried that heating from the linears would harm local sealife. But with the currents providing adequate cooling., curious dolphins and sharks appeared unharmed as they circled the operating site, occasionally taking a playful nibble of somebody’s elbow.

There were, however, minor technical problems. W5NUT’s special canned ice tea sipping device failed during the first hour of operation, and only inspired improvisation by technical adviser N5MS saved the Shawnee legend’s powerful tonsils. Tondelayo’s bikini top fell off and despite intense attention to the problem by all the other OXers, the broken snap never did get repaired properly, with the result that there were constant repetitions. Momma Zedd’s Bencher sprang a leak and sent bubbly noises for hours, and the baggie around the No. 2 linear got a hole in it, resulting in QRP operation from that operating position.

The DXpedition went QRT late on the afternoon of January 14. The last station worked was W5LFK, but it was his sixth contact and Zedd thought that was too greedy even for a DXer, so he took his out of the log.

Exhausted by their hard work deep under the sea, all members of the DXpedition returned to the Yagi, where a message awaited them from the president. A few hours later, under a balmy tropical moon, the submarine surfaced beside Cousteau’s Calypso, and Zedd and his pals went aboard the surface ship for a debriefing and good old fashioned country hoedown. Willie flew in to entertain, and said he was real proud to be invited.

Tondelayo never did get her thingamajig fixed.

–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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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 — ONLINE – Sign Up For Free Now
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 — CANCELED
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
5/20-22/2022 | Dayton Hamvention | Location: Xenia, OH
9/16-18/2022 | Duke City Hamfiesta | Location: Albuquerque, NM

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 $ARLD016
ARLD016 DX news

ZCZC AE16
QST de W1AW  
DX Bulletin 16  ARLD016
From ARRL Headquarters  
Newington CT  April 22, 2021
To all radio amateurs   

SB DX ARL ARLD016
ARLD016 DX news

This week's bulletin was made possible with information provided by
I0IJ, 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.

IRELAND, EI.  Members of the South Eastern Amateur Radio Group will
be QRV as EI2IMD on April 24 during International Marconi Day.  QSL
direct to EI3HDB.

BELARUS, EW.  Special event station EV76F is QRV as part of the
Brest Hero-Fortress memorial station in honor of the 76th
anniversary of the end of World War II.  QSL via EW3W.

VATICAN, HV.  Special event station HV9SMG will be QRV April 24 from
the Vatican Radio Broadcasting Centre at Santa Maria di Galeria.
Activity will be on 40, 20 and 10 meters using CW, SSB and various
digital modes.  QSL via IK0CNA.

ITALY, I.  Tony, I0IJ will be QRV as IY0TC and IY0M on April 24
during International Marconi Day.  Activity will be on 160, 80, and
40 meters, and possibly 20 and 17 meters, using SSB.  QSL via
operator's instructions.
  
JAPAN, JA.  Members of the A1 and Denpaken clubs are QRV with
special event call sign 8N1MORSE until the end of 2022 to celebrate
Samuel Morse's 230th birthday and the 120th anniversary of Marconi's
first transatlantic transmission.  QSL via bureau.

MONGOLIA, JT.  Members of the JTDXA Team are QRV with special event
call sign JU100DX to commemorate the 100 years since the Mongolian
People's Revolution.  QSL via JT1CH.

SVALBARD, JW.  Tom, LA6VDA will be QRV as JW6VDA from Spitsbergen
Island, IOTA EU-026, from April 26 to May 9.  Activity will be on
the HF bands using SSB.  QSL via LoTW.

AUSTRIA, OE.  Special event station OE21M will be QRV on
International Marconi Day.  QSL via OE1WHC.

POLAND, SP.  Members of the Niepolomice Radio Club are QRV with
special event call sign SN0IMED from the European Bison Breeding
Center in Puszcza Niepolomicka until April 25 to celebrate Earth
Day.  QSL via bureau.

GREECE, SV.  Special event station SZ200P is QRV until the end of
2021 to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the Greek Revolution of
1821.  QSL via LoTW.
         
SOMALIA, T5.  Ali, EP3CQ will be QRV as 6O1OO from Mogadishu for two
months beginning on April 25.  Activity will be in his spare time on
the HF bands using mostly FT8.  QSL direct.

KALININGRAD, UA2.  Special call signs RK75AK, RK75FF, and RK75FU are
QRV until July 31 to commemorate the 75th anniversary of
Kaliningrad.  QSL via UA2FAK, UF2F, and RA2FU, respectively.
         
MEXICO, XE.  Members of the Asociacion de Radio Aficionados de la
Republica Mexicana are QRV with special event calls 6D1A, 6D2A, and
6D3A until May 16 to celebrate the club's 61st anniversary.  QSL via
LoTW.

THIS WEEKEND ON THE RADIO. The NCCC RTTY Sprint, NCCC CW Sprint,
K1USN Slow Speed Test, 10-10 International Spring Digital Contest,
QRP to the Field, SP DX RTTY Contest, International Marconi Day,
Helvetia Contest, VHF SSB/CW 2-Meter Sprint Classic, Florida QSO
Party, UA1DZ Memorial Cup and BARTG Sprint 75 are all on tap for
this upcoming weekend.

The OK1WC Memorial, QCX CW Challenge and K1USN Slow Speed Test are
scheduled for April 26.

The RTTYOPS Weeksprint and Worldwide Sideband Activity Contest are
scheduled for April 27.
           
The CWops Mini-CWT Test, UKEICC 80-Meter CW Contest, Phone Fray and
SKCC Sprint are scheduled for April 28.

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

– DRONE MAKES 1ST POWERED FLIGHT ON MARS
– REGION 1 YOUTH AMATEUR RADIO CAMP POSTPONED
– EXPERIMENTAL SENSOR SHOWS NOISE-REDUCTION POTENTIAL
– CALIFORNIA AMATEUR HAILED AS ‘GPS SLEUTH’
– OREGON UTILITY FUNDS PURCHASE OF SOLAR-POWERED RADIOS
– NEW DISCOVERY FOUND IN FAST-RADIO BURSTS
– SEEKING NOMINATIONS FOR YOUNG HAM OF THE YEAR
– DISCOVERING SIMPLEX IN ‘LIGHT UP 2 METERS’ EVENT
– STRAIGHT KEY CENTURY CLUB PREPS FOR SPRINTATHON
– SWISS AMATEUR SOCIETY SEEKING MENTORS
– AMATEUR RADIO CENSUS PROBES RELEVANT ISSUES
– PRESENTATIONS NEEDED FOR SOUTH AFRICAN SYMPOSIUM
– WORLD OF DX
– KICKER: A VANISHING FRATERNITY OF RADIO REPAIRMEN

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


W5KUB – Amateur Radio Roundtable Video

Tonight Alan talks about the new guidelines regarding RF exposure. We have the two search and rescue teams that recovered w5kub-11, Martin F. Jue is with us tonight. LMS certificates, use a tree as an antenna and more.

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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