SCARS News September 21, 2021


KJ7EFF/R is QRV — Menu

By Jeff Wyke KJ7EFF

KJ7EFF/R is on the air.

Antenna:  Comet GP-6 (center antenna in picture).  Base of antenna is 30 feet AAT. 

Repeater:  OPEN REPEATER.  Everyone is welcome.  Location is south-central Norman, in the area south of Highway 9 at SE 12th Avenue. 

Output of Repeater is 145.2500.  Use (minus 600 KHz) Offset to transmit into Repeater at 144.6500.  Transmit into the Repeater with PL 162.2.  Receive from the Repeater on PL 162.2 is OPTIONAL.  This Repeater is coordinated with ORSI as a SNPP (Shared-Non-Protected-Pair) Repeater.  That requires low power and low antenna height.  SNPP Repeaters are frequently known as “Garage Repeaters.”  This Repeater will not provide the coverage of the main SCARS Repeater on 147.060, but has surprisingly good coverage considering the required limitations… especially closer into Norman. For best results, use Base or Mobile radios/antennas to access this Repeater.  Handheld use has limited range. Remember… handheld radios are CONVENIENT….. but NOT EFFICIENT!!!

Repeater Stats: Surplus Motorola VHF MTR-2000 (in background), running 40 watts into surplus 6-cavity Duplexer (bottom of picture).  The Main Controller and UHF/Control Link assemblies are all HOME BREW (only for use by KJ7EFF).  Power output from Duplexer is approximately 25 watts. (the duplexer introduces some loss in power – a normal condition).

The Repeater is available most of the time.  I will not always be available on the air, but you are welcome to contact me at JLWyke@gmail.com  or phone 405-905-9227.

Enjoy!! — Jeff 


Mall / Westheimer Airport Demos — Menu

SCARS has a couple of opportunities to do some public demonstrations of amateur radio.The first one is at the Norman Sooner Mall (36th NW and Main St), on September 24th, 2021. This will be part of the Norman Emergency Response Team display focusing on Emergency Management. Setup starts at 10:00 am and the event will run until 6:00 pm. We will be setting us up in the east end. It is in the next to the last sitting area. If you know where the mall office is, this location is right as you enter the walkway in the mall, just down from American Outfitters and by a store called GENTLEMAN. If you are available to staff the SCARS table that day, please send a message to N5HZR@arrl.org. Note: Masks will be a requirement, and you can use your own or David Grizzle KD5ZLG will have some for you. We’ll talk about this setup at the 9/21 Elmer Night.

The second opportunity is our display at the Max Westheimer Airport Open House / Fly-In happening on October 2nd, 2021. This event will run from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm and we will be located on the tarmac, in front of the terminal. David Grizzle KD5ZLG will have his 26′ trailer, generator, and air conditioners to provide first aid, and cooling for the event. We will set up with his trailer and pop-up tents. We have had great response to this effort, and the following ideas have been discussed. We have a dozen folks already signed up, and would love to have more people show up.

  • SCARS Brochures
  • Siren Reporter Documents
  • AREDN demonstration to supply Internet to the site via Amateur Radio
  • AREDN telephone demonstration
  • Flight Aware Receiver live display supplied via AREDN
  • FT8 live operation with a waterfall and grid tracker displays
  • Flying Amateurs podcast recording with Daniel Hileman WX5WX
  • Airport scanner audio
  • 40′ tower trailer with 15/20/40/58/80 M fan dipole
  • Use 119.55 MHz ATIS as a direction finder demonstration
  • 40/80 meter Winlink live demonstration
  • 146.52 MHz simplex on the airport grounds
  • Mach 1.15 model rocket with UHF amateur radio tracking system
  • Non directional beacon morse code chart
  • Display the 350 KHz NDB — RG —
  • Display the 341 KHz NDB — DNI —
  • Phonetic alphabet chart
  • Morse code chart
  • Sectional map with radio frequency data and morse code demarcations

If you are interested in working on this project, please contact N5HZR@arrl.org or come to the September 21st Elmer Night. We will be detailing out the event during the Elmer Night. This will be at Firehouse #7, 2207 Goddard Ave, Norman, OK from 6:30 pm to 9:00 pm. Or, join us on Zoom at https://w5nor.org/zoom/ or join us on YouTube https://w5nor.org/stream/


Ed Fong Antennas Are Here — Menu

Our August presenter was Ed Fong, of Ed’s Antennas. Ed offered us a 20% discount and SCARS ordered place a huge order. Today, everything but the TBJ-1 triband antennas have arrived. This equipment can be picked up at Elmer Night or Mark will be contacting you for arrangements. The bad news is that shortly after Ed dropped off our order at the US Post Office, he started feeling bad. Saturday he was admitted to the hospital suffering a heart attack. He is now doing well and back at home, recovering.

We send our best thoughts and wishes to Ed as he recovers.


QRZ075: A Great Moment Remembered — 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 1987 Collector and Emitter.

Q.R. Zedd, A5A, world’s greatest DXer and holder of the nation’s only 1×1 callsign, was named last month to chair a special department in the University of Oklahoma’s school of electrical engineering.

Zedd, who has worked all stations on all bands, all modes, will henceforth be known in academic circles as Dr. Zedd, chairman of the new Miraculous Discoveries Dept. at OU. The university immediately announced that it will build a new engineering center annex to house the Zedd project just as soon as Campus Corner can be condemned and the necessary $88 million can be raised from private donors.

Norman’s South Canadian Amateur Radio Society started the ball rolling with a contribution of $15. OU President Frank Horton used the funds to make a down-payment on a shovel for the ground-breaking, tentatively scheduled some time in 1996.

“Boys,” assembled members at a conference h Honor Roll Ranch, and a holler south of town, “this is going greatest thing for Oklahoma since Ringling announced the was going to bring his circus here. I predict a lot of great stuff, and I plan to have lots of long hallways in the new building so we can hire a lot of football players to sweep them out and thus also help Barry some with his recruiting.”

“But let me explain why research into superconductors is going to be one of our top priorities in the new department. “I,” Zedd told the reporters, “discovered superconductors, of course.”

The great one’s announcement caused a certain degree of shock and consternation, because, while Zedd is well known as the inventor of radar, SSB and the plastic milk carton, it is not as well known that he discovered the principle of the superconductor.

Because not everyone understands how superconductors work, we asked Zedd’s protoge, Homer Klott, to explain.

“Superconductors,” Homer told us, “are called superconductors because they conduct real super. There used to be more superconductors than they are now, but that is only because there ain’t as many streetcars as they used to was. You see, the conductor stood on one end and the other guy, I forget his name, stood at the other. When the streetcar was going north, the conductor stood on that end, or maybe the other way around. He drove. The other guy collected the money and shoved you in the back door if it was crowded or if you wanted out he shoved you out.

“Superconductors could make your streetcar go so fast it swayed back and forth a whole lot and sometimes almost hit your cars in your track, and he made sand squish out in front of them steel wheels when he wanted to stop, for making the wheels grip, don’t you know. On a real good day, a superconductor could go so fast around them corner that the trolley was flang clean off, and while the other feller clumb down to go hook it on the wire again, you could if you was lucky slip into the back seat and whang your foot on the metal pedal and make the bell clingclang, which excited people no end.”

At this point, Zedd, wearing a Eureka Springs tee shirt, Levi’s and cowboy boots with the rowels on the spurs painted red, had somebody take Homer off someplace.

“Superconductors,” Zedd explained, “conduct current Without appreciable resistance. They work at super-cold temperatures. How all this happens is beyond the scope of your small minds, but here is the point: if you get enough superconductors going just right, you have computers that compute a jillion times faster, and you can shove enough power into a circuit to make magnetic trains and such work.

“Take my word for it.”

Zedd paused to shove some latakia tobacco into his oom-Paul. “I discovered superconductors on my DXpedition to the arctic some ten years ago. That was the year they still refer to up north as the year even the sunshine froze.

That was the year it was so cold in the arctic, and even around Ardmore, that people sold snowballs for handwarmers. That was the year that in the arctic the polar bears all bought tickets for Miami Beach, with the result that the Bears and the Dolphins played in the Super Bowl.

“It had been a slow winter for me up until about this time of year that memorable year about a decade ago, and so I decided to mount me a little DXpedition to the North Pole. I couldn’t find anybody to go with me, so I fired up my Cessna 172 and set out by myself.

“I will not bore you with details about how I got there, but a few days later I found myself flying through freezing fog and snow somewhere near the North Pole. When my engine quit, I just set her down on an ice floe and pulled out my tent and other stuff and prepared to start working some stations.

“Well, the first few hours it went just fine, and I was clicking off about 3K contacts an hour, CW, when the weather began to get a lot worse. Within two, three hours, the thermometer went clean off the bottom of the scale and my batteries all froze solid, and so did the gasoline for my generator. It was so cold that the rf from my last twenty contacts just hung there in the air, frozen solid around the Yagi.

“Frozen rf is real pretty. It’s sort of red, with blue edges to it.

“But the world was waiting for more contacts, and I had a reputation to uphold, and this was serious.

“I tried everything to get them batteries thawed. I breathed on them. I packed them with ice because the ice was so much warmer than the air was that night. But nothing would work.

“It was at that time that I noticed my battery wristwatch was still working fine. That was because my bodyheat was keeping it comparatively warm. Well, boys, that was when I got my inspiration.

“What I did was, I strung me out some wire and other substances which are still secret, and I hooked them up to my body-warmed watch battery.

How cold were them conductors I hooked to my rig? They were so cold, they not only conducted that little current from my watch, they amplified it. Before I knew what was happening, almost, my rig was working again, my high-speed CW had melted the air all around the antenna and let the rf go out again, and I had to open the flap of my tent because it was getting so warm all around me.

“I did 77K the rest of my stay there, and generated so much heat that the polar ice cap melted some, which is why the Great Lakes are a lot higher than normal to this very day. I had so much hot air left over that I sewed up my tent and made a balloon, and sawed me off a chunk of the trusty old 172, just before it sank beneath the waves, and made me a gondola. And after eating my last can of beans and Spam, I took off for the south, and that was how I saved myself and my logbooks.

“One bad thing I learned on the trip south about ballooning was that beans and Spam make you sort of uh flatulent, and when you’re in a hot air balloon, you are drifting along at the same speed as the surrounding air mass, so when the inevitable thing happened out of me along about Edmonton, it just stayed right there with me until I had smelled it all up near Hays, Kansas. But other than that it was a great DXpedition, one of my more memorable ones.

“And of course I kept researching superconductors when I got back here to Honor Roll, on the theory that anything that is super just must be ordained by the almighty to have something to do with me. And as soon as I have everything perfected, I will let you know.

“In the meantime, just remember: when you hear the word “super,” think of Zedd. And when you hear the word “Zedd,” just think of super. And when you are going to go riding in a hot air balloon, never eat beans and Spam. I thank you.”

— KU5B


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 September 2nd exam session.

Congratulations!

Next Exam Session:  October 7


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.

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
8/13/2021 | Reno County KS Hamfest | Location: Hutchinson, KS
8/26-27/2021 | Joplin Hamfest | Location: Joplin, MO
9/10-11/2021 | Arkansas State Convention | Location: Mena, AR
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 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 21

The ARRL Handbook has been published for nearly 100 years and it remains one of the top sources for information about ham radio technology and much more. Steve Goodgame, K5ATA, explains why even beginners will find the Handbook to be indispensable.

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


ARRL DX Bulletin — Menu

SB DX @ ARL $ARLD037
ARLD037 DX news

ZCZC AE37
QST de W1AW  
DX Bulletin 37  ARLD037
From ARRL Headquarters  
Newington CT  September 16, 2021
To all radio amateurs   

SB DX ARL ARLD037
ARLD037 DX news

This week's bulletin was made possible with information provided by
IK2DUW, 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.

CONWAY REEF, 3D2.  Dom, 3D2USU is QRV as 3D2CR and active until the
end of September.  Look for activity on 160 to 6 meters using FT8.
QSL via operator's instructions.

TANZANIA, 5H.  Gab, HA3JB is QRV as 5H1IP from Zanzibar Island, IOTA
AF-032, until September 29.  Activity is on 160 to 6 meters using
CW, SSB, RTTY, and FT8.  This includes being an entry in the
upcoming CQ World Wide DX RTTY contest.  QSL direct to home call.

TONGA, A3.  Masa, JA0RQV is QRV as A35JP from Tongatapu Island, IOTA
OC-049, until October 31.  Activity is on 80 to 6 meters using CW,
SSB, and FT8.  QSL to home call.

UNITED ARAB EMIRATES, A6.  Members of the Emirates Amateur Radio
Society are QRV with special callsign A60EXPO until October 1 during
the Special Event Expo 2020 being held in Dubai.  QSL via EA7FTR.

BAHRAIN, A9.  Members of the Bahrain Amateur Radio Society are QRV
as A91ARS until September 23 to celebrate the Saudi National Day.
QSL via EC6DX.

COMOROS, D6.  Janusz, SP9FIH and Leszek, SP6CIK will be QRV as D60AC
and D60AD, respectively, from September 18 to October 2.  Activity
will be on the HF bands using CW, SSB, RTTY, and FT8.  QSL to home
calls.

SPAIN, EA.  Special event station AM500EMV will be QRV from
September 18 to 25 to celebrate the 500th anniversary of the first
circumnavigation of the Earth and memorialize Juan Sebastian
Elcano's taking on the command of the carrack Victoria.  QSL via
EA7URF.

JAN MAYEN, JX.  Operators LA7GIA, RA9USU, DL5EBE, LB1QI and EA3HSO
are QRV as JX0X from Kvalrossbukta, IOTA EU-022, until October 5.
Activity is on the HF bands using all bands and modes and with four
stations active.  QSL direct to UA3DX.

LITHUANIA, LY.  Special event calls LY785A, LY785QT and LY785SUN are
QRV until September 30 to celebrate the founding 785 years ago of
the town of Siauliai.  QSL LY785SUN via LoTW, LY785QT via LY2QT, and
LY785A via LY5A.

FAROE ISLANDS, OY.  Stian, LB5SH is QRV as OY/LB5SH from Torshavn
until September 20.  Activity is on 160 to 6 meters using CW, SSB,
and FT8.  This includes being an entry in the Scandinavian Activity
CW contest.  QSL to home call.

SEYCHELLES, S7.  Fred, DH5FS is QRV as S79/DH5FS from La Digue and
Praslin Islands, IOTA AF-024.  Activity is in his spare time on the
HF bands using CW and FT8.  QSL to home call.

POLAND, SP.  Special event station 3Z20UR is QRV until October 15 to
celebrate 20 years of the University of Rzeszow.  QSL via SP8POP.

CRETE, SV9.  Flavio, IW2NEF will be QRV as SV9/IW2NEF from September
19 to 24.  Activity will be on 40 to 10 meters using SSB and FT8.
QSL via IK2DUW.

ANTIGUA AND BARBUDA, V2.  Bud, AA3B and Brian, N3OC are QRV as V26K
and V26OC, respectively, until September 20.  Activity is holiday
style on the HF bands using all modes.  QSL both calls vis LoTW.

UK SOVEREIGN BASE AREAS ON CYPRUS, ZC4.  Garry, 2M1DHG is QRV as
ZC4GR until December 31.  Activity is on the HF bands using SSB and
various digital modes.  QSL via EB7DX.
  
THIS WEEKEND ON THE RADIO. The ARRL 10 GHz and Up Contest, North
American RTTY Sprint, NCCC RTTY Sprint, NCCC CW Sprint, K1USN Slow
Speed CW Test, AGB NEMIGA Contest, Collegiate QSO Party, SARL
VHF/UHF Digital Contest, Scandinavian Activity CW Contest, Texas QSO
Party, Iowa QSO Party, QRP Afield, New Jersey QSO Party, Washington
State Salmon Run, Wisconsin Parks on the Air, Feld Hell Sprint,
BARTG Sprint PSK63 Contest and Run for the Bacon QRP CW Contest will
certainly keep contesters busy this upcoming weekend.

The Worldwide Sideband Activity Contest and RTTYOPS Weeksprint are
scheduled for September 21.
           
The SKCC CW Sprint, Phone Fray, and CWops Mini-CWT Test are
scheduled for September 22.

Please see September QST, page 94, 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

– COVID SPURS CANCELLATION OF TOKYO HAM FAIR
– IARU REGION 3 OPTS FOR VIRTUAL CONFERENCE
– AMSAT SYMPOSIUM MOVES FROM HOTEL INTO VIRTUAL MODE
– SPACEX RECOVERY VESSELS NAMED FOR ‘BOB AND DOUG’
– SPECIAL EVENT CELEBRATES BIRTHDAY OF VOA RELAY STATION
– ULTRA-TINY BATTERY SHOWS POWER AND PROMISE
– SILENT KEY: CHARLIE BYARS, W5GPO, LONGTIME WEATHER SPOTTER
– REPLICA TRANSMITTER BEING PREPPED FOR DECEMBER EVENT
– US, UK STATIONS ALSO MARK TRANSATLANTIC ANNIVERSARY
– POTA ADDS MORE THAN 1,000 PARKS TO ITS SYSTEM
– WORLD OF DX
– KICKER: WITH CW, IT’S NO SPEED? NO PROBLEM!

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AUDIO

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


W5KUB – Amateur Radio Roundtable Video

Tonight we talk about random lengths for antennas and what lengths to avoid, we discuss our new web broadcast system, and Alan talks about RF monitors. CQ magazine also gave and update of what is coming up in next months magazine.

The W5KUB YouTube channel link is here: W5KUB YouTube.


Ham Nation — Menu

This week, we welcome Ben Kuo to talk about how a cellphone image and his knowledge of GPS helped search a rescue find a lost hiker, Gordo is back with short shots, Amateur Radio Newsline and Josh talks about his love of computer connected antenna analyzers.

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


73 de Mark N5HZR

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