SCARS News May 25, 2021


Two Meter Propagation Anomaly — Menu

Is it me or is anyone else experiencing a constant barrage of static on 147.060? I catch it as low as 147.055 to 147.065. This has been going on for at least the half hour I’ve been in my shop. I walked out the door to see if my antenna was still standing, yup it is.…

That was one of the first messages that signaled some issues in the two meter ham band last Friday (May 21, 2021) night. The rest of this story is transcribed loosely from the Facebook thread that helped to diagnose the activities of the evening. There are a lot of nuggets in this stream to show how much remote diagnosis can be performed with just your ears, and your brain... TL:DR; There's nothing wrong with the repeater, and a propagation anomaly caused temporary havoc all over central Oklahoma, and beyond...
  • Check your setting my radio did that and I had to turn my squelch to get it to stop
  • LOL, of course that one of the first things I tried. No matter where my squelch was set it was blasting its way in. Even did the ol’ IT trick of turning it of and back on again.…
  • Noise shouldn’t be breaking thru Tone Squelch – it’s probably intentional interference (someone transmitting audio noise thru an FM transmitter with the proper Tone Squelch setting) Repeater manager just needs to shut down the repeater for a while
  • Also an opportunity for folks to start doing some fox hunting
  • I don’t think it was intentional. More of a local interference.
  • Not sure it’s related but I noticed random bursts of static on the 650 yesterday, too.
  • Elevated Kp index day before, and we had geomagnetic disturbance around the time you’d posted ~8pm (dip in magnetic field)

  • That makes sense, and might explain a similar noise on 462.650 (GMRS 19) yesterday evening. It seemed every few minutes there was a bit of static. Today it’s not there.
  • Fri evening dip.
  • Thur/Fri
  • Thur G1 hit
  • There has been lots of openings (skip) the last week or so. Our machine in Elk City has been keying up to a Stillwater machine with same pl about the last week and a half!
  • Get on 146.52 and see how far you can talk!!
  • I’ve heard of that on 146.985. The PL tone on the Delaware County repeater is 110, I think. Don’t ask me what it is on the Aeronautical Center one… I’ve forgotten.
  • This is unlikely related to the latest solar outburst because, if it were, it would be heard regardless of frequency. If it’s heard over a wide area, it’s likely being *transmitted by the repeater*. VHF RFI rarely covers a large area. If, on the other hand you grab an HT and walk a couple of blocks. If the noise vanishes it’s *definitely* local to *you* and you’d best go hunt it down and kill it. Concerning CTCSS: If *you* need to transmit one, then the repeater *receiver* must hear the proper CTCSS tone in order to open the repeater squelch and transmit (repeat) the received audio.
  • The OKC650 (GMRS UHF repeater) had random bursts of static yesterday also. I finally just shut the radio off. This evening the signal is clear and several folks are rag chewing.
  • I got a couple calls last night about this and here’s what I was able to see/hear. I wasn’t near the spectrum analyzer, we just had a talkie, a couple reports, and the Internet.
    The first observation was that a caller had reported the noise, and they stated that there was no signal present on the input frequency of 147.66 MHz.
    The second observation used the HT receiving on 147.06 at the Service Station, near campus. We heard ‘white noise’ audio on 147.06. The repeater is set for a 180-second time-out-timer. If an input signal exists for more than 3 minutes, the repeater will “Time Out”, inform the listeners, and drop the transmitter until the input signal disappears. We listened for over 3 minutes, and did not hear the repeater courtesy tone beep, or say “Repeater Time Out.” We listened for 10 minutes and did not hear the repeater ID via voice, or CWID. That ID will appear on the repeater output, as required by the FCC. So, no input signal, no timeout timer, and no IDer meant that this wasn’t coming from our local repeater.
    The third observation was to use the Broadcastify feed that we provide at https://w5nor.org/listen/. That receiver is 2.5 miles from the repeater and it has a small antenna to make sure it only hears the repeater. Flipping a phone to the online feed, we don’t hear any signal received on that receiver.
    While listening, we heard an amateur radio operator finally be able to key the repeater and it provides the CW initial ID. (which means it hadn’t transmitted in the previous 10 minutes). Proper repeater operations were observed after that.
  • So, what did we learn from that?
    1. This wasn’t a very powerful signal, or it was localized, because we heard it in Norman, but not 7 miles east of Norman.
    2. This wasn’t coming from the W5NOR repeater.
    3. The transmitted signal was full of white noise, with no ‘intelligent modulation’.
  • And, what do we think it was?
    1. The great propagation research and the other comments on this stream indicate that there were some radio oddities in the air. That could have raised the noise floor triggering the local receivers and made the receiver on the repeater ‘deaf’ to incoming signals
    2. It could have been someone ‘near the campus’ that had an incorrectly set up crossbanded radio. It was not moving, as the signal was constant. Pretend that the radio was set up to transmit on 147.06, and receive on any other frequency without any signals. If that radio received enough ‘noise signal’ (from the propagation oddity) to trip the receiver, but that signal was only noise, the output of the transmitter would be the white noise heard. So, if you have a cross banding radio, please take some time to learn its operation. No CWid was received, which is required. However, since people were unable to key the 147.06 repeater, it had to be broadband noise.
  • It was on 462.650 MHz also. I picked it up on my DMR 6×2. I thought I was crazy till I re read the original post and saw the comment about having it on 440. I’d go with #1 in above, but I’m not an expert. What I learned here is not all the stuff that sounds out of place really is. I had the feeling to stay quiet, so I did. Solar activity doesn’t need a license to transmit. 🙂
  • I was hearing it also in SE OKC.
  • I was hearing it in OKC at 149th/Western, approximately 10-15 miles from the repeater site (At least using directions from Google Maps, as the crow flies maybe not more than 10 miles) So what ever it was it was strong enough to blanket many of us in the area. I did tune to internet feed and all was quiet there. Which led me to walk outside and check to see if my antenna wasn’t on the ground. Hopefully it was just an isolated incident, maybe a new HAM with an improper setup, or even an old HAM making a boo boo. (Done that myself, hehe).
    But all is well in SCARS-land at the moment.
    73 y’all!


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 have been 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 join using 893 9952 6291 password w5nor. Or, to watch the fun, click the link at https://w5nor.org/stream.

If you have a question and you can’t, won’t, or are too polite<G> to ask it, feel free to drop it in the chat. We’ll ask it for you! You don’t have to be licensed and there are no bad questions. No matter how long you’ve been licensed, you’ll learn something.

And, these online events are stored for later viewing on the SCARS YouTube channel, at https://w5nor.org/youtube.


HamStudy.org — Menu

You’ve heard the news that congress will be getting $35 for new and renewed licenses in the near future. If you or a friend have ever wanted to get your Technician, General, or Amateur Extra licenses, you still have time to get them for free.

SCARS has a great set of training videos for the Technician license available at https://w5nor.org/tech/ and you can take free online sample tests using the great HamStudy.org platform. All of the questions are randomly presented to you in a way that you can either learn the material, or be tested on the material. All of this is free and the HamStudy.org folks offer all three tests, Technician, General, and Amateur Extra.

Once you consistently score 82% and above, you are ready to take your actual license test. The SCARS exam team runs free license tests on the first Thursday of the month. (That’s next week.) You can sign up online and learn everything you need to know at https://w5nor.org/license/.

Start your studying today and get those licenses before the $35 fee gets enacted.


QRZ058: Zedd Ready For Ham Holiday — 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 June 1986 issue of the Collector & Emitter.

The world’s premiere DXer, Q. R. Zedd, A5A, made an appearance at the town of Noble’s Rose Rock Festival early in May, and took time out from signing autographs to reveal his plans for Ham Holiday in Oklahoma City later this summer.

Zedd, whose Honor Roll Ranch is just a hoot and a holler north of Noble, said he plans to mosey around the flea market and tell the faithful a few secrets of DX and life in general.

The legendary amateur radio operator who has worked all stations on all bands was married not long ago to his long-time companion and QSL secretary, Tondelayo Schwartz, W5FPN. “Once I had activated Atlantis from underwater stations, I figured I might as well relax a while and give Tondelayo her chance for happiness,” Zedd said modestly. “Besides, the way the bands are most days at this point in the sunspot cycle, I had some spare time.”

At Ham Holiday, Zedd said, he will try to address some of the following bothersome questions concerning DX:

ONE — Why is it that most of the good stuff seems to go QRT just when you’ve found him and gotten tuned up?

TWO — How come W7PHO calls some operators “loverboy,” but never calls you that?

THREE — What weird effect of propagation lets W5LFK give some DX station a 5-9 when the same DX station is 2-2 Cat best) at your station eight, miles away?

FOUR — How do you explain it when you spend $16,000 on the best towers and beams in your quest for DX, and finally work about 35 countries, and then visit a great DXer in Shawnee or someplace and find that he’s got a busted Yagi on a rusty old windmill tower, and the rotor last rotated in 1966, and the beam is tied to, the north with a piece of clothesline, and he’s worked about 360 DX counters, including three or four last week when you couldn’t even hear the colorburst crystal in your own TV set?

FIVE — What do you do with those 99 memories in some of the newest hf rigs?

SIX — Why is it that every time you get some time off to chase DX, either the band is dead or a gopher just ate through your coax?

SEVEN — After you’ve tried to QSL a new one in the Indian Ocean or somewhere, and you’ve already guessed that your report was 5-5, 4-4, 5-4, 4-5, 3-4 and 4-3, which way should you guess next, to make the master of ceremonies think it was a good contact? Should you yell, “QSL the 5-9!” (the LFK approach), or yell, “QSL the (cough)”? Or maybe start with 5-6 and work up? Or what?

EIGHT — How come the ones you’ve already worked are always a legitimate 5-9, while the ones you still need are four S-units below the powerline racket?

NINE — By what magic does the good DX always come on just after you went QRT? Or go QRT just after you found him?

TEN — Why does the ARRL get your callsign wrong when it ‘ lists DXCC credits?

ELEVEN — Why does it take fifteen seconds to tune the linear when nothing is on and you’re just messing around, but you need five minutes to get the damned thing to dip when the pileup is just beginning to get ferocious around a rare one?

TWELVE — How come a new rig is always more fun than an old one even though you knew how to work the old one, and you always made contacts with it, and operating the new one is a little like trying to fill your own teeth?

THIRTEEN — Why do you always hear that the big bass are hitting just when something like Clipperton comes on?

FOURTEEN — What medicine will best relieve the pain after you’ve bashed your top front teeth against the metal grid on your microphone?

FIFTEEN — Why do wives complain during contest weekends? What’s wrong with making them deal with the neighbors who want to watch TV? What’s so bad aboUt having three or four guys sleeping on your kitchen table? only for a weekend.

Zedd said he’ll also do a high-speed CW demonstration. Tondelayo will bring cookies, and dance.

— KU5B


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


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.

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

SB DX @ ARL $ARLD020
ARLD020 DX news

ZCZC AE20
QST de W1AW  
DX Bulletin 20  ARLD020
From ARRL Headquarters  
Newington CT  May 20, 2021
To all radio amateurs   

SB DX ARL ARLD020
ARLD020 DX news

This week's bulletin was made possible with information provided by
KK9A, 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.

MONACO, 3A.  Ennio, IW1RBI and other operators will be QRV as
3A/IW1RBI from May 27 to 30.  Activity will be on 30 to 6 meters
around the clock using CW, SSB and FT8 in DX-pedition mode.  QSL
direct to IW1RBI.

AZERBAIJAN, 4K.  Boris, 4K4K and members of the 4J0SFR Safari club
are QRV with event call sign 4K880NZM to commemorate the 880 years
since the birth of poet Nizami Ganjavi.  QSL via 4K4K.

NIGERIA, 5N.  Jean-Louis, ZS6AAG is QRV as 5N7MSF while working with
Doctors Without Borders in Abuja until September 2021.  Activity is
in his spare time currently on 20 and 15 meters using SSB.  QSL via
operator's instructions.

NIGER, 5U.  Adrien, F4IHM is now QRV as 5UAIHM until June 27 while
on work assignment.  Activity is in his spare time on 40 and 20
meters using CW and SSB.  QSL to home call.
  
MADAGASCAR, 5R.  Daniel, 6W7RP is QRV as 5R8RP from Nosy Be, IOTA
AF-057.  Activity is on 40 to 6 meters.  QSL to 5R8RP.

FRANCE, F.  Special event station TM0BEE is QRV until May 23 to
bring attention to World Bee Day.  Activity is on 80 to 6 meters
using CW, SSB, PSK and FT8.  QSL via F6KUQ.

MARTINIQUE, FM.  Marius, ON4RU plans to be QRV as FM/OQ3R from May
23 to June 5.  Activity will be on 160 to 10 meters using CW.  This
includes being active as TO3F in the upcoming CQ World Wide WPX CW
contest.  QSL direct to home call.

ECUADOR, HC.  Special event station HD1ECU will be QRV May 22 to 24
to commemorate Ecuador Independence Day.  QSL via LoTW.

ITALY, I.  Special event call sign II6RI is QRV until June 30 to
celebrate the 75th anniversary of the Italian Republic.  QSL direct
to IK6IHU.

ARUBA, P4.  John, KK9A will be QRV as P40A from May 25 to June 1.
Activity will be on 160 to 10 meters using CW and SSB.  This
includes being an entry in the upcoming CQ World Wide WPX CW
contest.  QSL via WD9DZV.

NETHERLANDS, PA.  Special event station PA21ARDF is QRV until May 30
to support Amateur Radio Direction Finding.  QSL via bureau.

SEYCHELLES, S7.  Ros, 4Z5LA is QRV as S79LA until May 27.  QSL to
home call.

BENIN, TY.  Ian, ZS6JSI is now QRV as TY5AB from Parakou and here
until June.  Activity is in his spare time on 80, 40 and 20 meters
using SSB and FT8.  QSL via EC6DX.

EUROPEAN RUSSIA, UA.  Special event station R800ANL is QRV to
commemorate the 800th anniversary of the birth of Grand Prince
Alexander Nevsky, who lived from 1221 to 1263.  QSL via RV1AQ.

AUSTRALIA, VK.  John, VK6NU plans to be QRV from Rottnest Island,
IOTA OC-164, from May 25 to 28.  Activity will be holiday style on
40 to 10 meters using CW and SSB.  QSL to home call.

TURKS AND CAICOS ISLANDS, VP5.  Operators K4BAI, K4QPL, KR4R and
K2SX will be QRV as VP5/home calls from May 25 to June 1.  They will
be active as VP5M as a multi op entry in the upcoming CQ World Wide
WPX CW contest.  QSL via operators' instructions.

LATVIA, YL.  Special event station YL21ICE is QRV until June 6 for
the Ice Hockey World Championship to be held in Riga.  Activity is
from various locations and on 160 to 10 meters, including 30, 17 and
12 meters, and V/UHF bands, using CW, SSB, RTTY, FT8/4.  QSL via
LoTW.

ZIMBABWE, Z2.  Peter, PA3CPI is now QRV as Z21DX and has been active
on 20 meters using SSB between 1740 and 1800z.  QSL to home call.

THIS WEEKEND ON THE RADIO.  The NCCC RTTY Sprint, NCCC CW Sprint,
K1USN Slow Speed CW Test, YOTA Contest, EU PSK DX Contest,
Hamvention QSO Party and Baltic Contest are all on tap for this
weekend.

The OK1WC Memorial, QRP ARCI Hootowl CW Sprint and K1USN Slow Speed
CW Test are scheduled for May 24.

The Worldwide Sideband Activity Contest and RTTYOPS Weeksprint are
scheduled for May 25.

The CWops Mini CWT Test, SKCC CW Sprint and Phone Fray are scheduled
for May 26.

Please see May QST, page 71, 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

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– SILENT KEY: MILE SEKULOVSKI Z31JY, MACEDONIA’S OLDEST HAM
– BATTERY DEVELOPED IN AUSTRALIA PROMISES IMPROVED ENERGY
– BRIDGING THE GAP: HAM CAM INTERNATIONAL
– ARISS SELECTS 9 US GROUPS FOR 2022 CONTACTS
– ISS RADIO OPERATING IN CROSS-BAND REPEATER MODE
– VIRGINIA EMCOMM STARTUP TO COVER 4-COUNTY REGION
– ICELAND OFFERING NEXT LICENSE TEST ON JUNE 5
– AMATEUR RADIO OPERATORS SUPPORT INDIANAPOLIS 500 RACE
– QSO TODAY VIRTUAL EXPO NEEDS PRESENTERS
– TRANS-ATLANTIC BEACON ON THE AIR IN IRELAND
– WORLD OF DX
– KICKER: MINNESOTA BIRTHDAY PARTY, HAM RADIO STYLE

SCRIPT

AUDIO

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


W5KUB – Amateur Radio Roundtable Video

Tonight an update about Huntsville AL hamfest, Jason talks about the upcoming youtubers virtual hamfest, Tom gives and update about our around the world ham radio balloon plus much more

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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