SCARS News September 7, 2021

Meeting Saturday: Bob Heil K9EID – Amateur Audio — Menu

Our September meeting presenter will be Bob Heil K9EID, one of the most well-known hams in the world. Bob has been a ham since his youth and has been in the audio business since the ’70s. Currently, he’s well known for his work on the podcast HamNation.

Bob will talk about how to improve your amateur radio audio, including the use of his revolutionary Parametric Receive Audio System Equalizer (PRASE) that really cleans up the received audio that you hear. And, knowing Bob, he will round out his talk with tons of stories, facts, tips, hints, and answers to your questions.

Bob additionally performs his organ music on Lebanon, Tennessee-based international shortwave station WTWW‘s 100,000 watt 5085 kHz shortwave frequency each Saturday at 8 PM central time (192 kbit/s stereo internet stream also available).

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 am. Guests are always welcome! Join us Saturday, at 9:00 am for coffee and donuts. To join on Zoom, load up the Zoom software, and then click this link at You can join using 893 9952 6291 password w5nor. Or, to watch the fun, click the YouTube play button here, or at …

Route 66 On-The-Air — Menu

Each year hundreds of hams make thousands of contacts during the Route 66 On The Air event! It is a yearly contest that is run by the Citrus Belt Amateur Radio Club of San Bernardino, California Its goal is to connect radio operators everywhere with stations along the original RT66 stretch. This year they will have 20 fixed stations and two teams roving the famous route using the callsigns W6A through W6V. Oklahoma has over 400 miles of the Mother Road, more than any other state along the route. Oklahoma City is the center point of the journey, and the state has dozens of historic places along the route.

This year Oklahoma will again have three stations operating along the route, at OKC, W6K, at Stroud, W6J, and at Tulsa, W6L  

Route 66 On-The-Air begins at 0000Z/11 September and continues to 2359Z/19 September.

Radio operators may use phone, CW, or digital.

The Route 66 On The Air Special Event participating stations are likely to be found somewhere in the vicinity of the following frequencies.


ALL frequencies shown above can be +/-  due to QRM and other in-use conditions

To sign up as a R66OTA Radio Operator for Oklahoma City, contact Steve Duskin, NE5SD ( ) or Tom Webb, WA9AFM/5 ( ). Operating sites are available throughout the metro area, including home stations.

To operate as a R66OTA Radio Operator for Stroud, contact Cameron McAntire KC5ZHU ( ). They will be operating from the Stroud City Park that is next to the historic Rock Café, from about 10 am to about 10 pm.

To operate as a R66OTA Radio Operator for Tulsa, you can coordinate your activities with the Tulsa Amateur Radio Club, W5IAS, using the 145.110 repeater.

Good luck and see if you can work ’em all!

AM Anyone? — Menu

A number of new and older radios that are appearing in the club have amplitude modulation (AM) capabilities. Is anyone interested in putting together an AM net? Want to just try that radio on AM? If so, send a message to and we’ll see if we can get something set up…

QRZ073: Boris Badenov’s Weird Impulse — 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 September 1987 issue of the Collector and Emitter.

It one only recently that Boris Bedenov, ace Soviet DXer and holder of the world record for both moon pies and RC Cola, visited Honor Roll Ranch, just a hoot and a holler south of town, to visit the great Q. R. Zedd, truly the world’s greatest DX operator, on the occasion of the birth of his firstborn son, Zepp.

Tondleyo, Zedd’s spouse, was recovering nicely at the time, and busy painting one of the south antenna towers, when Badenov appeared. He was accompanied by the brunette, nubile, dagger-laden Natasha Bullwinkle, Boris’s QSL aide from Box 88.

It was all real interesting and we would have told you all about it last month if our space hadn’t been so limited because N5MS takes up so many pages every month. But in the true spirit of amateur radio fraternity, we won’t mention that, and how unfair it all is.

Anyway, when Boris and his entourage reached Honor Roll, he comes charging out of the limousine along with the CIA guys and Natasha and everybody, and the boys from the South Canadian Amateur Radio Society and their elected spokesman, WB5RZX. And old Boris, his Russian-mode transceiver bolted to his belt, strides up on the porch of the ranch house, looking for a confrontation with Zedd, and out comes Zedd, but he doesn’t even have a radio on him, but in his arms he has this little bundle of blanket-wrapped joy, the baby its own self: Zepp.

“Zapp! Where is your inferior American radio?” Boris demanded. “I have work three new countries on way over here from lousy, rotten, disgusting, capitalist Goldsby Airdrome!”

“Well, Boris, old bud,” Zedd drawled, sort of rocking the baby in his arms, “I been taking a few days off.”

“What?” Boris choked. “Is got sick from some lowlife imperialist disease?”

“No, Boris, I ain’t the one that glows in the dark from visiting Chernobyl. Come on in, son, and we’ll talk about it.”

Well, Badenov was stunned, as you can imagine. But he followed Zedd into the house and some of us followed, while Natasha, murmuring something about WB5RZX, went off looking for same. (We knew she wouldn’t find him; he was hiding under the pickup.)

Inside, Zedd gave Badenov a sixpack and a cigar, and sat down in the rocker with the baby. “Now’s DX, old son?”

“DX,” Badenov thundered, “is great as always for great Russian radio sportsman! I have work all stations this week alone, using new antenna with Lithuania for groundplane! Last week –”

Zedd stifled a yawn.

“What is coming over you, Zedd?” Badenov cried. “Where has got your spirit of compete? How come for you to yawn when greatest DXer in world talk of DX? In not like corrupt, dishonest, lying capitalist Zapp!”

“Doris, old man,” Zedd said with a smile, “you need to enperience the joys of fatherhood.”

“Fatherhood?” Badenov echoed, shocked. “In name of new linear amplifier?”

“Fatherhood,” Zedd said, “is fatherhood. — Now don’t get me wrong, son. I still plan to have time to work everybody all the time, and be the greatest. But becoming a father is great. It is a noble experience. It makes me remind myself of my own father, Zepp, of whom there was none greater with the possible exception of me. You ought to try it, son. You ought to be a father, too.”

Badenov was so surprised that he lost the rhythm of empty Coors cans hitting the floor. “Is good, huh?”

Zedd launched into a monologue about the joys of having a son. With the possible exception of one speech in Hamlet or an evening when Johnny Carson talked about Bo Derek, it was probably the greatest monologue in the history of mankind. We did not get a lot of it down verbatim, but he said things like “Being a father is a greater thrill than working Clipperton,” and “No man is a man until he has known this kind of thrill.”

Boris Badenov sat listening, totally unprepared, and after a while you could see some of his medals sort of wilting.

“You think I should do this, hah?” he asked finally.

“You and that lil Natasha need to start you a sprout,” Zedd told him.

“Ah! But what if Natasha don’t want no sprout, hah?”

“Well,” Zedd sighed, looking end. “If you ain’t man enough….”

“Man enough?” Badenov roared. “In not Boris man enough? I guess we see who is man enough, imperialist lackey swine, huh? You just wait a darn minute, big boy! I go find Natasha, I tell her I am going assert my manhood and we going to have baby!”

So saying, Boris charged out of the ranch house.

“Boys,” said the great one in a tone that could only be described as pregnant with meaning, “this may be interesting.”

We waited.

Minutes passed.

Then we heard, distantly, a few screams, and a hoarse shout, and, soon afterward, the distant wail of ambulances drawing nearer.

Knowing his journalistic reponsibilities, your reporter rushed outside and chased the ambulances.

It was not a pretty scene down there by the No. 1 fishing hole. They were just loading Boris Badenov into an emergency vehicle.

Natasha, it seems, had stuck him with her knife.

“Natasha,” we asked carefully, getting as close to her as we dared, “do you have statement to make for the press?”

“Press make me a statement, boy, eh?” she shot back, her wide green eyes never more fierce. “I innocent of all charges, demand imperialist pig lawyer! Also –” She sidled nearer, lowering her tone most fetchingly.

“Also, she repeated, cooing, “you tell as one thing, so I don’t stick you with my knife too, heh? Where Is that WB5RZX?”


New/Upgraded Hams

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

William, KI5RMQ

who earned a General class license at the firehouse September 2nd.


Next Exam Session:  October 7

Dates to Remember — Menu

Newsletter News — 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.

9/11/2021 | Tulsa Tailgate | Location: Tulsa, OK — On Schedule
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
9/25/2021 | Springfield MO Hamfest | Location: Springfield, MO — On Schedule —
10/02/2021 | Wichita Area Hamfest | Location: Wichita, KS — On Schedule
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
4/1/2022 | 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
7/22-23/2022 | Ham Holiday | Location: OCCC – Oklahoma City, OK
9/16-18/2022 | Duke City Hamfiesta | Location: Albuquerque, NM
8/27-28/2021 | Joplin Hamfest | Location: Joplin, MO — CANCELED

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 Steve Ford, WB8IMY offers additional resources, techniques, and hints to help you get the most from the magazine’s content.

Audio Link

ARRL’s On The Air – Episode 20

Here’s an introduction to Winlink, courtesy of Oliver Dully, K6OLI.

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

ARRL DX Bulletin — Menu

ARLD035 DX news

QST de W1AW  
DX Bulletin 35  ARLD035
From ARRL Headquarters  
Newington CT  September 2, 2021
To all radio amateurs   

ARLD035 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.

NIGER, 5U.  Adrien, F4IHM will be QRV as 5UAIHM from September 11 to
October 22.  Look for him on 40 and 20 meter CW.  QSL via F4IHM,
direct or via the Bureau.

MALAWI, 7Q.  Vasco, 7Q7CT is active on 40, 20 and 15 meters.  QSL
via JH1AJT.

MONGOLIA, JU1.  Jaeseok, HL1WP is active as JU1WP from Ulanbator.
Activity has been mainly on the LEO satellites.  QSL only via LoTW.

THE GAMBIA, C5.  Operators Luc, F5RAV, Gerard, F5NVF and Abdel,
M0NPT will be active as C5C from October 24 to November 19.
Activity will be on various HF bands using CW, SSB, digital modes
and the QO-100 satellite.  QSL via F5RAV.

COLOMBIA, HK.  Lothar, DK8LRF be QRV as HK3JCL until end of May
2022.  Activity will be mainly on 20 meter SSB.  QSL via his home
call sign via the Bureau.

GUINEA, 3X.  Jean-Philippe, F1TMY will be QRV as 3X2021 starting in
mid-September.  He plans to be active on 160 to 6 meters and on the
QO-100 satellite.  He will also operate portable from the Los
Islands (AF-051).  QSL via ClubLog.

LITHUANIA, LY785.  Valerijus, LY2QT will be active as LY785QT during
the month of September to celebrate 785th anniversary of the City of
Siaulai.  Activity will be on various HF bands and modes.  QSL via

BULGARIA, LZ23.  Members of the Bulgarian Federation of Radio
Amateurs (BFRA) will be hosting the 23rd IARU R1/European ARDF Cham-
pionships and the 18th European Youth ARDF Championships from August
28 to September 3.  They be signing LZ23ARDF.  QSL via the LZ QSL

UNITED STATES, N7.  Members of the American Legion Post 10 Amateur
Radio Club (N7ALA) will be active using special event call sign N7F
(Never7Forget) from September 9 to 12 to commemorate the 20th
anniversary of the 9/11 attacks.  Activity will be on 40 and 20
meters using SSB, PSK-31 and CW.  QSL with SASE to N7F Never Forget,
c/o American Legion Post 10, 1215 Pacific Blvd SE, Albany, OR 97321.

EUROPEAN RUSSIA, R.  Special event station R875GE will be active
from Yelets, Lipetskaya oblast, from September 1 to 5, to
commemorate the 875th anniversary of Elets City.  Activity will be
on various HF bands.  QSL via the Bureau.

SLOVENIA, S5030.  Alex, S50DX is active as S5030DX until December 31
to celebrate 30th anniversary of the independence of the Republic of
Slovenia.  QSL via LoTW or eQSL.

GREECE, SX021.  Operators Manos, SV1IW and Miroslav, YT7MPB will be
active as SX021IEEE until September 15 to promote the 26th IEEE
Symposium on Computers and Communications.  All contacts will be
confirmed via LoTW.  For a paper QSL please send your QSL card to
the SV Bureau via SV1IW.

BRAZIL, ZW16.  Mor, PT7ZT is active as ZW16ZT to celebrate the 16th
Paralympic Games until September 5.  Activity will be on various HF
bands using SSB and the digital modes.  QSL via PT7ZT, direct or

IRELAND, EI.  Charlie, EI8JB plans to operate from Bere Island
(EU-121) as EJ8JB from September 16 to 19.  He will be using SSB,
CW, RTTY and PSK on the HF bands and possibly on FM satellites.  QSL
via LoTW and OQRS.

SAUDI ARABIA, HZ.  Francisco, EA5VD is signing 7Z1VD on 20 meter CW
and SSB.  QSL via EA5GL.

LEICHTENSTEIN, HB0.  Tina, DL5YL and Fred, DL5YM will be on the air
from September 5 to 28.  They will operate holiday style signing
HB0/home calls on 160 to 6 meters using mostly CW and RTTY, and some
SSB.  QSL via home calls (d/B).

THAILAND and DENMARK, HS and OZ.  During September and October,
special event stations HS400OZ and OZ400HS celebrate 400 years of
friendly relations between Thailand and Denmark.  Operators are
Lars, OZ1FJB, Carsten, OZ4CG, Allis, OZ1ACB, Henning, OZ2I, Jack,
HS1FVL, and Champ, E21EIC.  QSL to HS400OZ via E21EIC, LoTW,
ClubLog.  QSL to OZ400HS via ClubLog OQRS, LoTW, eQSL.

UNITED STATES, K.  Members of the Alabama Contest Group (ACG)
commemorate the attacks of 9/11 with the call sign K4A from
September 5 to 12.  They will be QRV on 160 to 6 meters on CW, SSB,
RTTY and FT8.  QSL via WA1FCN direct.

TANZANIA, 5H.  Maurizio, IK2GZU will be active from September 25 to
November 20 as 5H3MB on various HF bands using CW, SSB, RTTY and
FT8.  QSL to IK2GZU direct, via the Bureau and ClubLog.  Also, QSL
via LoTW, after his return home, and eQSL.

NETHERLANDS, PA.  PD2021GP supports the Dutch Grand Prix 2021 from
September 3 to 5 with operations on 40, 20 and 10 meters.  QSL via
PD1HPB (d/B).

CENTRAL AFRICA, TL.  The Italian DX Team plans to have seven
operators working as TL8AA using CW, SSB, RTTY and TL8ZZ using FT8
on 160 to 6 meters during the Spring of 2022.

Contest, All Asian DX Contest, Wake-Up. QRP Sprint, CWOps CW Open,
144 Two-Meter Classic Sprint, AGCW Straight Key Party, Colorado QSO
Party, IARU Region 1 Field Day, RSGB SSB Field Day, IARU Region 1
145 MHz Contest, CWOps CW Open, PODXS 070 Club Jay Hudak Memorial,
144 WAB 144 MHz QRO Phone, Tennessee QSO Party are all on tap for
this weekend. Please see September QST, page 70 and the ARRL and
WA7BNM Contest websites 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

With us tonight Katie, Dwayne, Glen, Bill, Tom. We talk about the new chat room for the show, lighting tips for your work bench, review Shack in a Box, the Geochron Clock, and much more.

The W5KUB YouTube channel link is here: W5KUB YouTube.

Ham Nation — Menu

This week, we catch up with the Ham Nation hosts on Hurricane Ida, Huntsville Hamfest, and we remember Bob Sudock WB6FDF.

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

73 de Mark N5HZR

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