In This Issue…
- Meeting Saturday: Bob Heil K9EID – Amateur Audio
- Route 66 On-The-Air
- AM Anyone?
- QRZ073: Boris Badenov’s Weird Impulse
- 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: 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 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 …
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 https://w6jbt.org/?page_id=117. 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.
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 ( firstname.lastname@example.org ) or Tom Webb, WA9AFM/5 ( email@example.com ). Operating sites are available throughout the metro area, including home stations.
To operate as a R66OTA Radio Operator for Stroud, contact Cameron McAntire KC5ZHU ( firstname.lastname@example.org ). 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 email@example.com 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.”
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?”
Please join the SCARS Exam Team in welcoming the following new amateur to the air:
who earned a General class license at the firehouse September 2nd.
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 September 11, 2021, meeting starts at 9:30 am – Bob Heil K9EID – Ham Radio Audio with the PRASE – 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 October 7, 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.
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.
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 Steve Ford, WB8IMY offers additional resources, techniques, and hints to help you get the most from the magazine’s content.
ARRL’s On The Air – Episode 20
Here’s an introduction to Winlink, courtesy of Oliver Dully, K6OLI.
ARRL Letter — Menu
- Hurricane Watch Net, VoIP Hurricane Net Reports Valuable to Forecasters During Ida
- FEMA Announces HF Interoperability Activity on 60-Meter Channels 1 and 2
- FCC Grants 60-Day Waiver of Part 97 Data Rate Rules for Hurricane Relief Traffic
- ARRL Podcasts Schedule
- Katherine Forson, KT5KMF, Receives the 2021 ARRL Hiram Percy Maxim Memorial Award
- ARRL Board Establishes Program to Cover Initial FCC License Fee for Young Applicants
- Three-Way Races for Director Set in New England and Roanoke Divisions
- Amateur Radio in the News
- ARRL Learning Network Webinars
- In Brief…
- The K7RA Solar Update
- Just Ahead in Radiosport
- Upcoming ARRL Section, State, and Division Conventions
ARRL DX Bulletin — Menu
SB DX @ ARL $ARLD035 ARLD035 DX news ZCZC AE35 QST de W1AW DX Bulletin 35 ARLD035 From ARRL Headquarters Newington CT September 2, 2021 To all radio amateurs SB DX ARL ARLD035 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 LY2QT. 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 Bureau. 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 LoTW. 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. THIS WEEKEND ON THE RADIO. CWOps CW Open CW, Russian RTTY WW 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. NNNN /EX
The latest ARRL DX Bulletin is always at the top here — ARRL DX Bulletin
Amateur Radio Newsline — Menu
– US HAMS STEP IN AS HURRICANE SWEEPS GULF REGION
– SOLAR STORMS CALLED THREAT TO INTERNET
– AMATEUR RADIO TEAM EYES NASA’S GATEWAY PROJECT
– FATHER-DAUGHTER CYCLISTS CONCLUDE RADIO EXPEDITION
– BONAIRE AMATEURS FORM NEW AMATEUR RADIO CLUB
– SILENT KEY: NEWSLINE’S ROBERT SUDOCK WB6FDF
– NORTH CAROLINA RADIO MUSEUM MARKS 20 YEARS
– HAMS RAISE PROFILE OF GROUP THAT AIDS DISABLED VETERANS
– WORLD OF DX
– KICKER: SKY HIGH PRIDE FOR HIS COLLEGE-BOUND DAUGHTER
The Amateur Radio Newsline can be found at ARNewsline.org.
W5KUB – Amateur Radio Roundtable Video
The W5KUB YouTube channel link is here: W5KUB YouTube.
73 de Mark N5HZR