SCARS News May 18, 2021

Dayton Hamvention 2021 Free Online — Menu

Typically this is the weekend that 35,000 of the amateur radio faithful would make the pilgrimage to Xenia, OH for the annual Dayton Hamvention Hamfest. This is the largest hamfest in the United States and has the newest, biggest, and baddest equipment, people, and forums in the ham world. This year the good folks at the Dayton Area Radio Association will be holding the event online, for free. Sign up at the registration link below, or visit the Hamvention page for all of the current details.

Friday May 21 Starting at 11 AM EDT 1500Z

We will have the 2021 Virtual Hamvention Forums.

The Hamvention Virtual Forums celebrates the 2021 Hamvention Award winners. Each awardee will give a 45 minute presentation followed by Q&A.

The Hamvention Forums will be presented via Zoom Webinar. Registration for the Zoom Webinar will start 30 days before the event – look for the registration information on the Hamvention Website. Several Icom radios will be given away during the 2021 Hamvention Forums. The winners will be selected at random.

The winner must have registered on Zoom for Hamvention Forums and be present during the drawing to win. Drawing times are random throughout the Virtual Forums event. Thanks to Hamvention, Icom and DX Engineering for their support of the 2021 Hamvention Virtual Forums.


Our presenters are:

Technical Achievement: WX6SWW – Tamitha Mulligan Skov is well known as the “Space Weather Woman”. Folks that have seen her space weather forecasting show will freely admit that she is full of energy and excited about her work. She is a real space pioneer.

Special Achievement: W3WL – Wesley Lamboley was nominated by his peers for his lifetime, high energy support for the science and art of amateur radio. Not only has Wesley supported youth coaching, membership recruiting and technical problem assistance, he always does it with a smile and great humor.

Amateur of the Year: WP3R – Angel M. Vazquez is known for being one of the principal support engineers for what was one of the greatest antennas in the world – the National Science Foundation’s Arecibo parabolic dish antenna. Angel’s award stems from his unswerving and diligent support of amateur radio throughout the entire territory of Puerto Rico and extends worldwide.

Club of the Year: K4HTA — The Vienna Wireless society was chosen this year for its 58 years of service to the amateur radio community. K4HTA with its 280 members focus on youth education, public service and promoting the overall growth of radio through the DC area and around the world.

Saturday May 22

Participate in the Hamvention QSO Party  8 AM to 8 PM EDST  (1200 May 22 to 0000 May 23 UTC)
W8BI, the club call of the Dayton Amateur Radio Association, will be a bonus station scored at 10 points per band and mode.

Bands:  10M, 15M, 20M, 40M, 80M.  Typical call will be: CQ CQ HVQP (HamVention QSO Party) W8XX (Your call)

Typical exchange will be signal report and first year you attended Hamvention; eg on CW: KB8XXX 599 1998 W4XX

If you have never attended Hamvention, please send 2021 in place of the year.

Send your score (number of QSOs including bonus points) to within 5 days of the event.

You will be able to print a certificate after the contest.

Please check the “QSO Party 2021” page for further details and updates.

Dayton Contest University 2021 Free Online — Menu

Typically, the day before the mighty Dayton hamfest, a full day of contest education, called Contest University would be provided for those wishing to attend. This year, the Contest University folks will be providing this training for free, online via Zoom. Sign up today at the registration link below and watch this on Thursday.

Thursday May 20. 2021

The Virtual Contest University will be held starting at 9 AM EDT 1300Z. The course outline will be available soon. This will be a free event!

Even if you are not a contester you will learn so much about Amateur Radio and hear the techniques and critiques of many of the world’s foremost Hams.

Hamvention is a proud sponsor along with Icom and DxEngineering. Plan on attending this amazing free event!

Several Icom radios will be given away during the all-day event. You must be registered on Zoom and present online at the time of the drawing to win the radios.


All Ham Dinner Thursday — Menu

Many years ago, the amateur radio clubs in the Oklahoma City area started an event that is now known as the “All Ham Dinner.” This dinner allows about 70 hams to get together, eat dinner, and communicate with each other. This dinner happens on the third Thursday of January, May, and September at 6:30 pm.

Next Dinner

The next All Ham Dinner will be held on May 20, 2021, at 6:30 pm. This dinner will be at the Hibachi Supreme Buffet at 1012 W I 240 Service Rd, Oklahoma City, OK (405) 632-5888. The Hibachi is on the south side of I-240, between Western and Pennsylvania. No RSVP is needed, show up, get your meal, and join the fun in their banquet rooms.

Mike Rockey KE5EQC will talk about the Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon communications needs. Each year 110 amateur radio operators help on this race. More information and an online registration is available at

Sponsoring Clubs

To spread the load, and fun, of hosting these dinners, the member clubs of CORA take turns organizing the event. Each club sponsors one about every two years. The hosting club selects the location and makes the arrangements with a restaurant to host the 70 or so people that show up. Also, the host club makes a presentation and then facilitates a round-robin discussion by all of the clubs. Each club presents its recent activities or asks for assistance at a future event.

This meeting is sponsored by the South Canadian Amateur Radio Society (SCARS). The sponsoring club sets up the logistics for the evening and emcees the event. Activities from each club in attendance are discussed to provide information exchange among groups.

Future Dinner Dates

  • May 20, 2021 – SCARS
  • September 16, 2021 – ACARA
  • January 20, 2022 – OCAPA
  • May 19, 2022 – Mid-Del
  • September 15, 2022 – EARS

QRZ057: Rumors on Zedd, Tondelayo True! — 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 May 1986 issue of the Collector & Emitter.

Rumors about a possible wedding that would unite Q. R. Zedd, the world’s greatest DXer, and Tondelayo Schwartz, his blonde, nubile QSL secretary, were confirmed last week.

The world was agog.

Zedd, A5A, flew into Oklahoma City’s Will Rogers Airport in a private jet of his own design, Tondelayo at his side. When the happy pair disembarked, the great man looked sheepish and Tondelayo was wearing a rock the size of a 40-meter crystal and a slender wedding band on the third finger of her left hand.

“It’s true, boys,” Zedd told the assembled world press. “I have been but by the love bug at last. Two can live as cheaply as one. She lights up my life. She is my bridge over troubled waters. Ah, sweet mystery of life, at last I’ve found thee.’

“Zowie,’ said Tondelayo. “Darlin’, go fetch the luggage and bring the car around,” Zedd ordered fondly. ‘I got to fill the boys in on this deal. Oh, and buy me some RoiTans at the counter on your way out, that’s my good girl.”

Tondelayo clattered off in her gold Candies, and Zedd, holder of all DX records for this planet, settled down with representative from the AP, UPI, Reuters, Women’s Wear Daily, The New York Times, USA Today, the Wall Street Journal, and C&E. The great man looked tanned and fit, LEDs on his multiple-band scanning transceiver, chest-mounted, twinkling constantly. He said he would take all questions.

“Sir,” said AP, “could you please tell us when and where you married Tondelayo?”

“Sure, boy,” Zedd smiled. “We got married a week ago in the Vatican. That’s an outfit over there in Rome that runs a one-operator station barefoot on the low bands.”

“And is it true,” asked USA Today, “that you married the darling girl because — after activating the lost continent of Atlantis in January — you felt there were no more DX worlds to conquer, and you might as well settle down?”

“Nothing could be farther from the dadburned truth,” Zedd answered. “There is always new DX to conquer. Now I admit that putting Atlantis on the air, all bands, all modes, was the greatest feat ever. But they are creating new countries out there all the time, and changing prefixes and all. And if I am to stay No. 1, I got to work them all, all the time. There will always be new challenges in DX. Believe me.

“No,” Zedd went on, stuffing fragrant latakia tobacco in his oom-paul, “I married Tondelayo for two reasons. First, she’s been a loyal little thang and I think she’s earned a break. Second, everybody agrees the solar flux is going to bottom out about next December, which means hf communications are going to be in the pits for the next three years or so. I figger, if you’re going to get married at all, now is the time when there ain’t a lot else to do anyways.”

“How about children?” asked UPI. “If they got a callsign, I’ll work ’em,” Zedd shot back.

“No, no, I mean are you and Tondelayo going to have any?”

“Children?” Zedd said, looking blank. “Children. Children. You know. Goo goo. Da-da. Ma-ma.”

“You ought to take something for that stomach gas. Well, as to children, probably I ought to sire some. I owe it to the gene pool of humanity, don’t you think? Well, I’d better go down and let the old lady pick me up now, boys. She’s got a lot of laundry and cleaning to do down there at Honor Roll before she fixes my supper, and then at nine o’clock she’s gotta climb the south tower and check out why a couple of the strobes ain’t working.”

The press corps trailed Zedd downstairs and then outside, where Tondelayo was waiting in the Ferrari. With a jaunty wave and a hi ho silver, she gunned the racecar out of there, heading for Norman, from where Honor Roll Ranch is just a hoot and a holler south.

Contacted for comment in Mena, Arkansas, Zedd’s momma chortled, “Goodie, goodie!” and was reporting the grand news on all ham bands.

In Hollywood, Joan Collins was reported seeing her shrink in a fit of depression about having lost out.

And in Moscow, Russian DX ace Boris Badenov was quoted as saying marriage was about what he would have expected from a decadent capitalist pig like Zedd.

Badenov said, “I will never marry Natasha Bullwinkle, my brunette, nubile companion from Box 88!”

Natasha then stuck him with her knife.


New/Upgraded Hams

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

David, KI5PTZ
Joshua, KI5PUA
Steve, KI5PUB

each of whom earned Technician class licenses as well as

Michael, KI5PTY

who earned a General class license.

Please also congratulate:

Mark, N5AZQ
who upgraded to General class and

James, KG5TWV
Lee, AI5DN (ex-KI5OMD)
who upgraded to Amateur Extra.

All tested this evening at the firehouse under pandemic precautions.

Congratulations to all!

Next Exam Session:  June 3

Dates to Remember — 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 — 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
11/5-6/2021 | Enid Hamfest | Location: Enid, OK — 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

A discussion of the importance of grounding with Ward Silver, N0AX

ARRL On the Air – Episode 17

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

ARRL DX Bulletin — Menu

ARLD019 DX news

QST de W1AW  
DX Bulletin 19  ARLD019
From ARRL Headquarters  
Newington CT  May 13, 2021
To all radio amateurs   

ARLD019 DX news

This week's bulletin was made possible with information provided by
LU4AAO, 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.

MOROCCO, CN.  Special event station CN65FAR is QRV until May 16 to
celebrate the 65th anniversary of the creation of the Royal Moroccan
Armed Forces.  QSL via RW6HS.
NORTHERN IRELAND, GI.  Members of the North West Group ARC are QRV
with special event call sign GB0AEL until May 15 to commemorate
Amelia Earhart's 1932 solo flight across the Atlantic.  Activity is
on the HF bands using CW and SSB.  QSL via operators' instructions.

ARGENTINA, LU.  Members of the Radio Club QRM Belgrano will be QRV
as LU4AAO, LU4AAO/A and LU4AAO/D from May 18 to 25 to commemorate
the anniversary related to the independence of Argentina.  Activity
will be on the HF and V/UHF bands using CW, SSB, SSTV and FT8.  QSL
direct to LU4AAO.

AUSTRIA, OE.  Special event station OE60VHSC is QRV until June 7 to
commemorate the 60th anniversary of the Very High Speed Club.  QSL
via operators' instructions.

DENMARK, OZ.  Special event station OZ60VHSC is QRV until June 7 to
commemorate the 60th anniversary of the Very High Speed Club.  QSL
via OZ1JHM.

NETHERLANDS, PA.  Special call sign PD21EUROSONG is QRV until May 22
to celebrate the 65th edition of the Eurovision Song Contest being
held in Rotterdam.  QSL via bureau.  In addition, special event
stations PA60VHSC and PH60VHSC are QRV until June 7 to commemorate
the 60th anniversary of the Very High Speed Club.  QSL via PA5V and
PA0INA, respectively.
CRETE, SV9.  Station DD1GG will be QRV as SV9/DD1GG from May 15 to
24.  Activity will be holiday style on 40 to 10 meters using SSB and
FT8.  QSL to home call.

TURKEY, TA.  Special event station TC568FA is QRV until June 28 to
commemorate the anniversary of the Fall of Constantinople on May 29,
1453.  Activity is on all bands and modes.  QSL via bureau.

BENIN, TY.  Ian, ZS6JSI is QRV as TY5AB.  Activity has been on 20
meters using FT8.  QSL to home call.

AUSTRALIA, VK.  Special event station VI50SG is QRV until December
31 to commemorate the 50 years of the St. George Amateur Radio
Society.  QSL via bureau.

VENEZUELA, YV.  Special event station YW200BC is QRV during 2021 to
commemorate the Battle of Carabobo 200 years ago, which paved the
way for Venezuela's independence.  Activity is on 80 to 10 meters
using CW, SSB and various digital modes.  QSL via YV4KW.

MACEDONIA, Z3.  Special event station Z360VHSC is QRV until June 7
to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the Very High Speed Club.
QSL via operators' instructions.
Sangster Shield Contest, His Majesty King of Spain CW Contest, NCCC
RTTY Sprint, NCCC CW Sprint, K1USN Slow Speed CW Test, Feld Hell
Sprint, FISTS Sunday Sprint and 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
May 17.

The RTTYOPS Weeksprint and Worldwide Sideband Activity Contest are
scheduled for May 18.

The RSGB 80-Meter Club Data Championship, Phone Fray and CWops
Mini-CWT Test are scheduled for May 19.

Please see May QST, page 71, 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

Amateur Radio roundtable 5/11/21

The W5KUB YouTube channel link is here: W5KUB YouTube.

Ham Nation — Menu

Thank you for watching Ham Nation Episode 494! Tonight we speak with Tim Duffy K3LR and Rick Allnutt WS8G about Contest University & Hamvention. Gordon brings us his Short Shots and Don closes things out with Amateur Radio Newsline.

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

73 de Mark N5HZR

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