In This Issue…
- Meeting Saturday: Beginner DX
- Field Day Totals
- Marathon Signup
- QRZ064: Christmas Eve at Honor Roll Ranch
- New/Upgraded Hams
- Newsletter News
- Local Hamfests
- Dates To Remember
- Odds and Ends
- SCARS Is On The Web
- Podcast: On The Air
- This Week’s ARRL Letter
- ARRL DX Bulletin
- Podcast: Amateur Radio Newsline
- Podcast: W5KUB Amateur Radio Roundtable
- Podcast: Ham Nation
Meeting Saturday: Beginner DX — Menu
Hopefully Field Day stirred up your interest in working some distant (DX) stations, and since the HF bands are starting to perform, this is a great time to ‘up-your-game’. Dx’ers Jeff Martin K5WE and Kim Elmore N5OP will help us get started making our first distant (DX) contact (QSO). We will get you from 1 country to 100+ WITHOUT an 80’ tower and 1,500 watts of power. With solar-cycle 25 starting up, it is a great time to use your 100 watts and a wire to hone your skills and get in on the fun of working foreign countries. You’ll learn about spotter networks, operating techniques, and the Oklahoma DX Association. Think up your best DX operation questions and join us on July 10th at 9:30 am at https://w5nor.org/zoom/
Just like last month, we will be meeting live, in-person at the Firehouse, and we will offer both the Zoom and YouTube connections.
SCARS meets on the 2nd Saturday of each month at Norman’s Firehouse 7, 2207 Goddard Ave, Norman, OK, and online Zoom / YouTube / Telephone. The club meeting begins at 09:30. Guests are always welcome! Join us Saturday, at 9:00 am. To join on Zoom, 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 YouTube play button here, or at https://w5nor.org/stream …
See you there!
Field Day Totals — Menu
The SCARS 2021 Field Day effort is in the books. Most of the gear has made it home (a couple of items are ‘flooded in’ at the Firehouse, and hopefully we can gain access to them tonight!) Everyone should have caught up on their sleep, and things that got missed that weekend<G>. Field Day comes twice a year, and it’s a great place to learn, practice, ask questions, and have fun. If you missed this one, we’ll be doing this again in late January! Put January 22/23 on your calendar for the next Field Day effort.
This year the state’s Field Day stations were summarized and it’s available at https://aresok.org/2021-field-day/.
There’s always an argument, “Is Field Day a Contest?” My response is always “If we keep score, it’s a contest. However, I have no idea who we are competing against…” So, here are some metrics that we gathered over the weekend. Since we shut down for weather issues, the totals are down from last year. But, as always, team CW was on-the-ball and garnered 412 contacts. Since CW contacts count double points, that netted 824 of ’em. Team Digital (FT8) also gets double points and they made 166 contacts, netting 332 points. And, the single side band group got 199 contacts, including 8 on six meters. All of this totals to 1,355 QSO points.
Field Day also provides points for generator use, press releases, having elected officials show up, and a whole lot more. Those will be totaled and shown in the December issue of ARRL’s QST magazine.
And, to show where our connections landed, the N3FJP logging software shows the areas that we contacted in BLUE. Our only missing ARRL sections are Northern New York, Delaware, Virgin Islands, Pacific, and Alaska. And we were able to work 8 of the 12 Canadian sections.
And, the software shows a breakdown by mode and band that always gives some good information on how the bands were working. It’s great to see that 15, 10, and 6 were functional this year.
N3FJP software also produces a map of the sections worked. This is quite an impressive achievement on 100 watts and a wire!
And, due to the pandemic, home stations are allowed to aggregate their totals with the club’s effort. Last year we had 15 home stations submit scores. So far, the following stations have submitted a Field Day score under the South Canadian ARS moniker. If you have entered a score and it’s not listed here (as of 7/6/2021), let Mark Kleine N5HZR@arrl.org know and we’ll try to straighten it out.
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:
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.
QRZ064: Christmas Eve at Honor Roll Ranch — 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 December 1986 issue of the Collector and Emitter.
Twas the night before Christmas
And all through the shack
Not an eyelid was open —
Not even a crack.
And Zedd in his nightshirt
And Tondelayo so cool
Were all settled down
For a nap ere the Yule.
The rigs were scanning,
The Benchers were quiet,
And a station in Fuji
Was causing a riot
When out on the lawn
There arose such a clatter,
Zedd sprang from his bed
To see what was the matter.
The moon on the wires
Of the towers and beams
Gleamed like the best
Of a DXer’s dreams.
When what to Zedd’s
Wondering eyes did appear
But a Kawasaki 1000
And a bag of ham gear.
With a little old driver
So unfamiliar with trauma,
Zedd knew in a moment
It must be his Momma.
To save you some time
We’ll get right to the best,
And skip how she’d cycled
From Mena on west.
For as Zedd barely saw her,
And was about to call,
Through the window she came
— Rigs, cycle and all.
She was dressed all in satin
From her head to her feet,
Red nails and spike heels
Helped make her more neat.
Her hair, it was frizzy,
And her eyes were so bright
That any cowboy would know
That this was the night.
Her dimples were laughing,
She was covered with wiggles,
And Zedd, just seeing her,
Was convulsed by his giggles.
She said not a word,
But gifted the DX hog
With new rigs and keyers
And a 1,000-page log.
Then, leaving Tondelayo
10K of Pampers and a computer,
She fired up the cycle
With a roar and a hooter.
And rolling the throttle
And popping the clutch,
She blasted on out of there
Doing wheelies and such.
But Zedd heard her exclaim
As she roared out of sight —
“Work ’em all again, honey!
And keep on being the best!
Happy Yuletide to you —
And cheers to all the rest!”
Please join the SCARS Exam Team in welcoming the following new amateur to the air:
who earned his Technician class license at Field Day, June 26th.
And, Cathy KI5QPA
who earned a Technician class license at the July 1st exam session.
And, Brenda KI5OLH
who upgraded to General at the July 1st exam session.
Dates to Remember — Menu
- SCARS Elmer Nights – Every Tuesday evening, 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm. Join us in-person at Norman Firehouse #7 –2207 Goddard – Norman, OK 73069 and on Zoom at https://w5nor.org/zoom/ or simply watch the fun on YouTube at https://w5nor.org/stream/. All meetings/presentations are recorded so you can stream them later from the SCARS YouTube channel.
- SCARS Meeting July 10, 2021, 9:30 am – Beginner DX Operation – Join us in-person at Norman Firehouse #7 –2207 Goddard – Norman, OK 73069 and on Zoom at https://w5nor.org/zoom/ or simply watch the fun on YouTube at https://w5nor.org/stream/. All meetings/presentations are recorded so you can stream them later from the SCARS YouTube channel.
- SCARS August 5, 2021, License Test – 6:30 pm – Norman Firehouse #7 – 2207 Goddard – Norman, OK 73069
Newsletter News — Menu
This newsletter is announced in several places. Feel free to subscribe to the way that suits you best. If you’re an email person, you can subscribe by visiting https://w5nor.org/email. If you’re a Twitter person, visit us at https://w5nor.org/twitter. And each newsletter announcement is posted on the Facebook group at https://w5nor.org/facebook. And, if you like to search this yourself, you can go straight to the newsletter at https://w5nor.org/newsletter. Any way you found the newsletter, we’re glad you made it.
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 firstname.lastname@example.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.
Odds and Ends — Menu
- All those links
- ARES Memory Settings (Red Box at the bottom of the page)
- Collector and Emitter Archive
- YLRL Nets and other info
- Real-time Solar Weather
- SCARS Officers
- HF Net List
- Norman VHF Repeaters audio stream
- ARRL Outgoing QSL Service
- Announced DX Operations
- D-Star stuff
- Real-time lightning data
- Oklahoma ARES Voice Over IP Net
SCARS Is On The Web — Menu
- Homepage: W5NOR.ORG
- Hamvention Club of the Year: W5NOR.org/hvclub
- News and Updates: SCARS Newsletter
- Repeater Resources: SCARS Repeater
- Oklahoma DMR Resources: OKDMR
- Facebook: SCARS Facebook
- Twitter: W5NOR
- Email: email@example.com
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.
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
ARRL Letter — Menu
- FCC Reaffirms Nearly $3 Million Fine for Marketing Unauthorized Drone Transmitters
- New Section Managers Appointed in Orange and Eastern Washington
- ARRL Podcasts Schedule
- WISA Woodsat Successfully Completes Stratospheric Test Flight
- Russian Woodpecker Antenna Array Now a Cultural Heritage Site
- ARRL Learning Network Webinars
- Youth on the Air Camp 2021 to be On the Air and Streaming Selected Events Online
- The K7RA Solar Update
- Amateur Radio in the News
- In Brief…
- Just Ahead in Radiosport
- Upcoming ARRL Section, State, and Division Conventions
ARRL DX Bulletin — Menu
SB DX @ ARL $ARLD026 ARLD026 DX news ZCZC AE26 QST de W1AW DX Bulletin 26 ARLD026 From ARRL Headquarters Newington CT July 1, 2021 To all radio amateurs SB DX ARL ARLD026 ARLD026 DX news This week's bulletin was made possible with information provided by SP8HPW, W2GD, 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. SINGAPORE, 9V. Shuichi, JA0DKL is QRV as 9V1SH. Activity is on various HF bands. His length of stay is unknown. QSL via LoTW. URUGUAY, CX. Special event station CW60ATS is QRV until December 31 to mark the 60th anniversary of the enactment of the Antarctic Treaty System. QSL via LoTW. BELARUS, EU. Special event station EV29L is QRV until July 4 during the 29th annual hamfest taking place at the White Lake in the Brest region. QSL direct to EU4AC. ITALY, I. Special event station II0LXXV is QRV until December 31 to celebrate the 75th anniversary of ARI Roma. QSL via bureau. JAPAN, JA. Members of the Sendai Tuning DX Club are QRV with special call sign 8N7SPORT until October 31. QSL via bureau. ALASKA, KL7. Members of the North Pole Contest Group will be QRV as W1AW/KL7 from July 8 to 13. Activity will be on all bands and modes with four stations active. This includes being a HQ Station entry in the upcoming IARU HF World Championship. QSL via W1AW. AUSTRIA, OE. Alex, OE3DMA is QRV as OE60ANT to mark the 60th anniversary of the enactment of the Antarctic Treaty System. QSL to home call. ARUBA, P4. John, W2GD will be QRV as P44W from July 6 to 13. Activity will be as time permits on all bands. This includes being a CW only entry in the upcoming IARU HF World Championship contest. QSL via N2MM. POLAND, SP. Special event stations 3Z1980LL, HF1980LL, SN1980LL, SO1980LL, SP1980LL, SP1980LS and SQ1980LL are QRV until July 31 to commemorate the strike actions of 1980 in the Lublin region. Activity is on the HF bands. QSL via operators' instructions. EUROPEAN RUSSIA, UA. Special event call sign R100KOMI is QRV until September 30 to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Komi Republic, created on August 22, 1921, as an Autonomous Oblast. QSL via operators' instructions. UKRAINE, UR. Special event station EM60KTS is QRV until December 31 to mark the 60th anniversary of the enactment of the Antarctic Treaty System. QSL via IK2DUW. BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS, VP2V. Frank, K3TRM will be QRV as VP2V/K3TRM from Tortola, IOTA NA-023, from July 4 to 17. Activity will be on 40 to 6 meters, including some Satellite activity, using SSB, RTTY and FT8. QSL to home call. INDONESIA, YB. Members of ORARI Daerah Banten are QRV as 7I1S from Sangiang Island, IOTA OC-237, until July 4. Activity is on all HF bands and modes. QSL via HA3JB. ST. HELENA ISLAND, ZD7. Gerry, G3WIP is QRV as ZD7GB from Jamestown until September 6. Activity is in his spare time on 40 to 10 meters, including Satellite QO-100, using SSB, FT8 and FT4. QSL via operator's instructions. THIS WEEKEND ON THE RADIO. The 13 Colonies Special Event, the QRP 20-Meter CW Fox Hunt, NCCC RTTY Sprint, NCCC CW Sprint, K1USN Slow Speed CW Test, Venezuelan Independence Day Contest, DL-DX RTTY Contest, Two-Meter Classic Sprint, Marconi Memorial HF Contest, Original QRP Contest, TA VHF/UHF Contest and the PODXS 070 Club 40-Meter Firecracker PSK31 Sprint are on tap for this weekend. The K1USN Slow Speed CW Test and RSGB 80-Meter Club CW Championship, are scheduled for July 5. The RTTYOPS Weeksprint, ARS Spartan CW Sprint and Worldwide Sideband Activity Contest are scheduled for July 6. The VHF-UHF FT8 Activity Contest, Phone Fray and CWops Mini-CWT Test are scheduled for July 7. Please see July QST, page 73, and the ARRL and WA7BNM contest web sites for details. NNNN /EX
The latest ARRL DX Bulletin is always at the top here — ARRL DX Bulletin
Amateur Radio Newsline — Menu
– AUSTRALIAN AUTHORITY EXPECTS TO APPROVE 2 X 1 CALLSIGNS
– AMSAT-SOUTH AFRICA HOSTING SPACE SYMPOSIUM
– NEW OPPORTUNITIES NEXT YEAR FOR CUBESATS
– FIRST YOUTH ON THE AIR CAMP BEING HELD THIS MONTH
– STEM AND SATELLITES FILL KIDS’ CAMP AGENDA
– TAKING RADIO SCIENCE IN A NEW DIRECTION
– MAJOR CW CLUB ORGANIZING CANADIAN VERSION OF K3Y EVENT
– NETS OF NOTE: LADIES DIGITAL ROUNDTABLE
– FCC UPHOLDS $2.8M PENALTY OVER DRONES
– WORLD OF DX
– KICKER: HAM RADIO: THAT’S WHAT FRIENDS ARE FOR
The Amateur Radio Newsline can be found at ARNewsline.org.
W5KUB – Amateur Radio Roundtable Video
Tonight, Bob Heil joins us.
The W5KUB YouTube channel link is here: W5KUB YouTube.
Ham Nation — Menu
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!
The last half-dozen or so episodes are linked right here: Ham Nation
73 de Mark N5HZR