SCARS News June 29, 2021


Field Day Follow Up — Menu

SCARS Field Day 2021 is “in the books!” And, by all reports it was a great success. Last year’s ‘minimal version’ really looked pale compared to all of the activity over the weekend. The statistics still need to be crunched, but all three transmitters, the voice, cw, and digital modes were able to make lots of contacts. The early reports are that the bands weren’t as kind as last year, but we were able to make contacts on 80M, 40M, 20M, 15M, 10M, and 6M. It’s good to see that sun cycle 25 is starting to make its presence known.

This year we had over 100 folks take part in the effort. Some, like Field Day Chief Wayne Dutton KK5IO stayed throughout the entire event. Some, like Eric Singleton KC5KLD showed up for only a few minutes, but he arrived just in the nick of time. Our digital processing computer wouldn’t boot after it made the trip in. Eric was able to diagnose the problem, reseat the RAM chips, remove an inoperative video card, and save the day!

We started by setting up the three antennas. An 80/40/20 dipole antenna, shown above, was installed 15′ above the top deck of the 55′ tall Norman Fire Training Tower. The ends were drooped down to two 30′ tower trailers to make a monster Vee antenna. The voice station used Ken Sanburn KA5HFE’s DXCommander vertical antenna. He had the pole set up with 40M, 20M, 15M, and 10M wires. Ken said that with the wet ground, the radials didn’t really make much of a difference, the SWR only increased by .5 when he removed the ground radial wires. (He hooked ’em back up.) The digital system used the Moore Mobile Command Center’s Tilted Terminated Folded Dipole from the 40′ tall pneumatic mast.

Setup started at 9:00 am on Saturday. Rodney Barrett KF5UZA had the coffee rollin’ and the donuts started showing up shortly thereafter. The setup went smooth, and the antenna crew of Steve Smith KI5HFN, Michael Wood KE5ASN, Johnaton Jeitz W5JWZ, Jarrod Manning KI5HFT, Wayne Dutton KK5IO, Mark Clayton N5AZQ, and Ken Sanburn KA5HFE got everything up, connected, and operating in no time.

The CW folks operated out of David Grizzle KD5ZLG’s Norman EOC trailer parked at the Norman Fire Training Tower. This group used a generator from Larry Goodwin W5LHG, and another from David Grizzle KD5ZLG. The voice and data groups operated from Gayland Kitch WX5MOR’s Moore Mobile Command Center. This vehicle is fully self contained with power, operating positions, and a pneumatic antenna tower.

Lunch showed up early, and Phil Sinnett KD5UGO and Dean Burch KK6IPL prepared a great sandwich bar that powered the crew through the rest of the setup. 1:00 pm showed up quickly and Mark Clayton N5AZQ, Beth Pearce KC5RWW, Jarrod Manning KI5FHT, and Bob Gibson W5RG started keying the transmitters.

The SCARS Licensing Team, led by Chief Peter Laws N5UWY ran an exam session that netted a brand new Technician, David, KI5QMF!

After the testing session, Lea Greenleaf W5HLG ran a build your own J-Pole session that got a lot of people interested in building these great antennas. Next month’s presenter is Ed Fong who makes these commercially. I’m sure he will get a lot of questions when he shows up via Zoom on the 10th. Lea had so much interest in soldering that he plans to follow this up with some soldering classes at future Elmer Nights. Let him know if you’re interested in learning how to solder! Peter Khor AG5DB talked about a future project that involves building some 300 ohm J-Poles.

Phil Sinnett KD5UGO, Ed Hatch AG5DV, and Wayne Dutton KK5IO operated a hidden transmitter (fox hunt). Nathan Lis KD3ZCC was the first to find the transmitter.

Dinner came quickly, and Phil Sinnett KD5UGO and Dean Burch KK6IPL and the gang put on quite a feast. Burgers, hot dogs, brats, and hot links disappeared quickly and only left a few for yours truly N5HZR and KK5IO to have for a 1:30 am snack! Shortly after that we had to shut down for the incoming lightning storms. About 5:30 am it all cleared up and the crew was back transmitting.

David Grizzle KD5ZLG fashioned “Ham”, eggs, omelets, biscuits, sausage, onions, peppers, gravy, potatoes, pancakes, and more into the best breakfast brunch in all of amateur radio. No telling how many folks went through the line. Omelettes, special requests, and all kept the group satisfied for the rest of the event.

At 1:00 pm Sunday the transmitter operations ceased and the tear down activities began. Small groups formed up to simultaneously clear up all of the locations and put it all back into them into their original condition.

There were many more involved in the process, and we appreciated every person’s assistance. We had a large group of folks that celebrated their first Field Day here, and it appears the ‘FD bug’ bit them all. If you showed up, we hope you had a great time. Put June 25th and 26th, 2022 on your calendar and we’ll do this again. For those of you hearty souls, we’ll do this again January 22nd and 23rd for Winter Field Day. See you then!


Hoseline is Back!!! — Menu

New Hoseline available with stunning new features! Oliver F4BWG

The BrandMeister DMR development team has been working on a new web-based talkgroups audio streaming platform, known as “Hoseline”. It has been re-programmed from scratch and packs a lot of new jaw-dropping features. See and hear for yourself:

New interface

The Hoseline homepage shows a list of “blocks”. Each block represents a talkgroup, along with the current or last transmission information. New blocks will appear as new traffic comes up. If you want to listen to a talkgroup, simply click on the corresponding block.

To avoid clutter, only talkgroups between 90 and 9999 are showing up. You can listen to talkgroups above this limit by using the “Multiple Talkgroup Listening” option (see below).

Single Talkgroup Listening

When you click on one block from the homepage, you will register to this talkgroup, and any QSO will play on your speakers. If you click on another block, you will be unregistered from the previous talkgroup and registered to listen to the talkgroup matching the new block you clicked on.

Multiple Talkgroup Listening

If you click on the “Player” link at the top right of the page, you will have the ability to select multiple talkgroups (using the drop-down list, or typing the talkgroup number directly). You will see the list of talkgroups showing up in Talkgroup traffic will start playing right away in a list of bubbles. Audio will start playing right away for talkgroups in your list. You can remove a talkgroup by clicking on the “X” after the number.

Solo Mode

When you are in the player, looking at multiple talkgroups you registered to; you may click on a bubble’s talkgroup number to enable Solo Mode. This will mute all other talkgroups while keeping this one active. You can click again this talkgroup number to exit Solo Mode and listen to traffic on all groups listed. Clicking on another bubble number moves the Solo Mode to this new group.

New features

As you use the new Hoseline, you will notice these new awesome features only available on the Brandmeister DMR network:

Improved Audio Quality

BM’s developer’s secret sauce is bringing a stunning and unmatched audio quality. You won’t believe your ears!

Real-Time Vu Meter

A brand new VU-Meter was added inside the player, just below the talkgroup number(s). It measures the audio before AGC. It is done within the BrandMeister platform and reported independently from the supplied audio. The color coding is as follow:
– Yellow: less than -30 dBm
– Green: between -30 and 0 dBm
– Red: between 0 and +8 dBm

Multi-browser support

Most modern browsers are compatible. Whether you like Chrome, Firefox, or Safari, the new Hoseline will work for you on desktop or mobile devices!

Volume Normalizing

Are you tired of turning the volume up and down because people are coming in louder or quieter than others? So were we, and now the volume on Hoseline is automatically normalized. Everyone’s audio is at the same level!

Auto-Reconnect

Are you having you internet connection hiccups? No problem, Hoseline will seamlessly reconnect you as soon as your internet connection is back.

Instant play on subscribe and unsubscribe

If you click a talkgroup block or add a talkgroup in the player where there is current traffic, the audio will play instantly. You will not need to wait for the next transmission. Likewise, if you are subscribed to several talkgroups and two of them become active around the same time, you will hear audio from the talkgroup that started a transmission first. If you decide to unregister from this talkgroup while its audio is playing, the second talkgroup audio will begin right away without waiting for the next transmission. It’s that fast!

Subscriptions list auto-save

You closed your browser, or Windows restarted your computer without asking ? No problem, your talkgroups subscription list is saved and will be in the player when you go back to the new hoseline page. Just click on play and you’re back where you were!

We hope that you will enjoy this new version of Hoseline. While it is currently hosted on a separate URL, it become part of the new version of Brandmeister DMR Dashboard when it is released. If you have questions or comments, contact us on Telegram or drop a note on the support portal


Memorial Marathon Signup! — Menu

By Mike Rockey KE5EQC

I’m sending this appeal for OKC Memorial Volunteer registration to all of the OKC MM 2020 PSC volunteer list and to the ACARC club email list.  Some may receive it twice. These in other clubs, please forward it to your membership.

Some of you have already registered and we appreciate your registering early.  The list of those already in the PSC database is at the bottom.

I thank those who have already registered and am appealing to all others to consider registering again this year.  I have 34 signed up as of today and will be needing at least 100 radio operators to adequately fill all the assignments.  The URL to register is:

https://www.cuetoems.com/ocmm_2021/Volunteer.aspx?code=PSC2021

If you need to type it, there is an underscore at “ocmm_2021 …”. May not show if the URL is underlined.

As you are probably aware of by now, the OKC MM will be a two day event this year – Oct 2 and Oct 3. In the heat today, it may not be too inviting to consider volunteering, but remember that  the date is in OCTOBER. It should be MUCH cooler at that time. THINK COOL!!! Maybe even jacket weather.

It would be a HUGE help if most – or all of you could go ahead and get registered (using code PSC2021) so I can get as much done now as possible.

Maybe I need some gimmick line to persuade you …-.. Sign up now before the cost increase …. That won’t work since it is free. Or THE LAST ONE TO VOLUNTEER GETS TO DO MY JOB NEXT YEAR.  Sign up now just to be safe.

Just a side note:  My wife would appreciate it greatly if all of you would sign up now so I can sleep at night instead of staying awake worrying how we are going to get the possible 25,000 plus runners covered all the way through the 26.2 mile course as well as at the start, finish, MASH tent, all 3 net controls, 3 relay locations, SAG wagons, water and ice vehicles, etc.  A few will be needed on Sat.  Probably under 10.

AS WITH THE LAST COUPLE YEARS THERE IS A NO WEAPONS POLICY FOR ALL VOLUNTEERS ANYWHERE ON THE COURSE, MM LOCATIONS, AND ON OKC MM PROPERTIES, INCLUDING THE HOTWASH AFTER THE RACE. IF YOU DO NOT WANT TO ABIDE WITH THIS RULE, PLEASE DO NOT SIGN UP.

Please encourage your Ham friends to sign up and help too.

We will be having Jimmy John’s subs at the Hot Wash immediately after the race this year.  Bring your own drinks.  They are really good sandwiches.

We are also GIVING AWAY, a tri band HT radio at the Hot Wash after the race.

The pre-brief is scheduled for Sept 21 at Integris BAPTIST hospital on NW expressway and Portland.. Make up Sat Sept 25.  More info and directions will follow.

I will be sending out more information to the registered volunteers as more things are finalized.

Those already registered as of 5/17/21 are:

CarlAbrahamson
Lavone    Anderson
DennisByrne
JohnCraig
ChadCunningham
RandyDonalson
JamesGlenn
LeaGreenleaf
HankHamner
MarkKleine
DanKnous
RonLaSpisa
BeverlyLindsay
Nathan    *Lis
MarkLong
Ron        *Lozano
RichardMontgomery
JBNelson
PaulaNelson
MikeRockey
CarlRod
RichardSharp
terrysmith
IlanaSteinhorn
GaryStillman
VictorStillman
PaulThompson
MonteTull
WilliamUnderwood
Clarence     Warstler
Aubrey    Washington
RAYMONDWATKINS
ThomasWebb
LesterWheeler
MichaelWood

We’re only about a third of the way there.

Mike Rockey, OKC MM PSC Chairman

GJNMEROCK1@COX.NET


QRZ063: Words That Zedd Lives By — 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 November 1986 issue of Collector and Emitter.

The words are not original with him, and have even… we think… appeared in C&E some time in the past. But during this early holiday season it seems fitting to share with our devoted readers a bit of philosophy that is displayed prominently, in needlepoint, in the living room of the greatest DXer of them all, Mr. Q. R. Zedd, A5A.

It was Momma Zedd, the darling of Mena, Ark., who prepared the wall hanging for the living room of the great man’s ranch, which is just a hoot and a holler south of town.

“I don’t know who first came up with them words,” Momma told us on 40 meter phone the other night. “But whoever it was, fie was great. it might have been my late husband, Zepp.”

At any rate, with apologies to those who have read the original in Zedd’s living room, or somewhere else, here are the immortal words of advice.

BEWARE of the lightning that lurketh in an undischarged capacitor, lest it cause thee to be bounced on thy buttocks in a most ungentlemanly manner.

CAUSE thou the switch that supplies large quantities of juice to be opened and thusly tagged, so thy days may belong on this earthly vale of tears.

PROVE to thyself that all circuits that radiateth and upon which thou worketh are grounded, lest they lift thee tp high frequency potential and cause thee to radiateth also.

TAKE care that thou useth the proper method when thou taketh the measure of high-voltage circuits so that thou dost not incinerate both thee and the meter; for verily, though thou bath no account number and can easily be replaced, the meter doth have one, and as a consequence, bringeth such woe to the supply department.

TARRY not among those who engage in intentional shocks, for they are surely non-believers and are not long for this world.

TAKE care thou tampereth not with interlocks and safety devices, for this will incur the wrath of thy seniors and bringeth the fury of the safety officer down about thy head and shoulders.

WORK thou not on energized equipment, for if thou doeth, they buddies surely will be buying beers for thy widow and consoling her in other ways not generally acceptable to thee.

VERILY, verily I say unto thee, never service high-voltage equipment alone, for electric cooking is a slothful process, and thou might sizzle in thy own fat for hours before thy Maker sees fit to drag thee into His fold.

TRIFLE not with radioactive tubes and substances lest thou commence to glow in the dark like a lightning bug, and thy wife be frustrated nightly and have no further use for thee except as a nightlight.

COMMIT thou to memory the works of the prophets, which are written in the instruction books, which giveth the straight poop and which consoleth thee, and thou canst not make mistakes, all the days of thy life.

— KU5B


New/Upgraded Hams

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

Chris, KI5QEC
who earned his Technician class license on June 3rd.

And, David, KI5QMF
who earned his Technician class license at Field Day, June 26th.

Congratulations Chris and David!

Next Exam Session:  July 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.

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 — On Schedule
9/16-17/2021 | Duke City Hamfiesta | Location: Albuquerque, NM — CANCELED
8/14/2021 | Reno County KS Hamfest | Location: Hutchinson, KS — On Schedule
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

ARRL Field Day is just weeks away. Fred Kemmerer, AB1OC, the president of the Nashua New Hampshire Area Radio Society, offers advice about how to enjoy one of the largest ham radio operating events of the year!

ARRL On the Air – Episode 18

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


ARRL DX Bulletin — Menu

SB DX @ ARL $ARLD025
ARLD025 DX news

ZCZC AE25
QST de W1AW  
DX Bulletin 25  ARLD025
From ARRL Headquarters  
Newington CT  June 24, 2021
To all radio amateurs   

SB DX ARL ARLD025
ARLD025 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.

KINGDOM OF ESWATINI, 3DA0.  Hans, 3DA0AQ is QRV on 20 to 6 meters
using CW.  QSL via EA5GL.

CYPRUS, 5B.  Phil, G0FVM will be QRV as 5B4APP starting the end of
June.  He plans to start being active on 20 meters.  QSL via
operator's instructions.

KENYA, 5Z.  Sila, AK0SK is QRV as 5Z4/AK0SK from Nairobi.  Activity
is on 40 to 10 meters using mostly FT8.  His length of stay is
unknown.  QSL via LoTW.

CANARY ISLANDS, EA8.  Special event station EG8VCAN is QRV until
July 18 to support the Volcanes de Canarias award.  QSL via EA8URA.

NEW CALEDONIA, FK.  Yannick, FK4TK is QRV from Mont Dore and is
active on the HF bands.  QSL to home call.

SCOTLAND, GM.  Paul, G4PVM will be QRV as GM4PVM from the Isle of
Lismore, IOTA EU-008, from June 29 to July 4.  Activity will be on
40 to 10 meters using CW and SSB.  QSL via LoTW.

LIECHTENSTEIN, HB0.  Leuk, HB9HBY will be QRV as HB0/HB9HBY from
June 30 to July 4.  Activity will be on the HF bands using CW, SSB,
FT8 and FT4.  QSL via EB7DX.

ITALY, I.  Francesco, IK6QON is QRV as IA5/IK6QON from Giannutri
Island, IOTA EU-028, until June 27.  Activity is holiday style on
various HF bands using CW and SSB.  QSL to home call.

DJIBOUTI, J2.  Jeje, F8FKJ is QRV as J20EE from Djibouti City until
mid July.  Activity is on 20 and 17 meters using CW, SSB and FT8.
QSL via LoTW.

JAPAN, JA.  Taka, JA8COE is QRV as JA8COE/8 from Yagishiri Island,
IOTA AS-147, until June 27.  Activity is on various HF bands,
including 6 meters, using CW, SSB, RTTY and FT8.  QSL direct to home
call.

EUROPEAN RUSSIA, UA.  Special event station RG60ANT is QRV to
celebrate the 60th anniversary of the Antarctic Treaty Signature
that took place in 1961.  QSL via operators' instructions.

UKRAINE, UR.  Special event station EN30UKR is active to celebrate
the 30th anniversary of Ukraine's Independence.  QSL via UT4ULP.
     
TURKS AND CAICOS ISLANDS, VP5.  Mario, W4HBW is QRV as VP5MA from
Providenciales Island, IOTA NA-002, until October.  Activity is on
20 and 15 meters using FT8.  QSL direct to home call.

INDONESIA, YB.  Operators YB9BHJ, YB9BUD, YB9ELS, YF9DSW, YB9DE and
WQ2M are QRV as 7D9BA from Lembongan Island, IOTA OC-022, until June
27.  Activity is on 80, 20, 17, 15 and 10 meters using CW, SSB,
RTTY, FT8 and FT4.  QSL via EA7FTR.

ST. HELENA ISLAND, ZD7.  Gerry, G3WIP is QRV as ZD7GB until
September 30 while working here.  Activity is in his spare time.
QSL to home call.
     
THIS WEEKEND ON THE RADIO.  ARRL Field Day, QRP 20-Meter CW Fox
Hunt, NCCC RTTY Sprint, NCCC CW Sprint, K1USN Slow Speed CW Test,
UFT QRP CW Contest, Ukrainian DX DIGI Contest and His Majesty King
of Spain SSB Contest are all on tap for this upcoming weekend.

The RSGB FT4 Contest Series, K1USN Slow Speed CW Test and QCX CW
Challenge are scheduled for June 28.

The RTTYOPS Weeksprint, QCX CW Challenge and Worldwide Sideband
Activity Contest are scheduled for June 29.

The CWops Mini-CWT Test and Phone Fray are scheduled for June 30.

Please see June QST, page 72, 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

– AMATEUR RADIO BEACON ON RETURN TRANSATLANTIC VOYAGE
– SPACEWALKING HAMS INSTALL SOLAR PANELS ON ISS
– NEW FCC RULES ADDRESS EMERGENCY ALERT SYSTEM
– PETITION ASKS FOR FCC TO ADD FIFTH COMMISSIONER
– SILENT KEY: SUBHADEEP CHATTERJEE VU2CSB
– CHANGES MADE TO NETHERLANDS’ RADIO LICENSE
– POSTAL OFFICIALS SAY: HERE COMES THE SUN
– GET READY FOR VIRTUAL HAM EVENT IN FRIEDRICHSHAFEN
– AUSTRALIAN AMATEUR RECEIVES PRESTIGIOUS MEDAL
– FINDING RADIO WARMTH IN THE FROZEN ANTARCTIC
– WORLD OF DX
– KICKER: RADIO RETAILER HAS A FIELD DAY ON FIELD DAY

SCRIPT

AUDIO

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


W5KUB – Amateur Radio Roundtable Video

Tonight Steve Frazier KK4VPT , the President of the Delta Amateur Radio Club joins us and talks about the upcoming field day. Steve also is a volunteer that will be in the air chasing our near space balloon launch. Alan talks about filters, and Tom gives details of the planned near space launch for July 3

The W5KUB YouTube channel link is here: W5KUB YouTube.


Ham Nation — Menu

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

Thank you for watching Ham Nation Episode 497! On tonight’s show Tim Duffy joins us to talk about last minute Field Day preparations. Gordo reminds us about Field Day Safety. Joe brings some new CW transceiver kits and a fun general coverage receiver kit and Don rounds out the show with Amateur Radio Newsline!


73 de Mark N5HZR

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