In This Issue…
- Westheimer Airport Demo
- Memorial Marathon Sunday
- Ardmore Hamfest Canceled
- QRZ076: Christmas At Honor Roll
- 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
Westheimer Airport Demo — Menu
This Saturday we will display a bunch of amateur radio equipment 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. 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, rain cover, and cooling for the event. We will set up with his trailer and pop-up tents. We have a dozen folks already signed up, and would love to have more people show up. We have had great response to this effort, and the following ideas have been discussed.
- 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 28th 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/
Memorial Marathon Sunday — Menu
This Sunday, October 3rd is the OKC Memorial Marathon and about 100 local hams will be working to provide communications for the event. By now everyone will know where their show up location is, and this is just a reminder to be “on station” by 06:00 am on Sunday morning.
BIG Note… Keep checking the weather forecasts. The weather dudes and dudettes are talking about the possibility of lots of rain. Bring your ponchos, rain gear, hip waders, rubber ducks, and rain boots!!!! (At least have them available.)
See you there!
Ardmore Hamfest Canceled — Menu
Hamfests have been on hold for most of the pandemic, and on September 26th (shortly after my Section Manager News was posted), the Ardmore Hamarama Board of Directors voted to cancel Hamarama 2021.
They said that refunds will be processed for the preregistered folks, “momentarily.”
QRZ076: Christmas At Honor Roll — 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 1987 issue of the Collector and Emitter.
Christmas was celebrated a little early at Honor Roll Ranch this year.
Honor Roll, home of Q.R. Zedd, A5A, world’s greatest DXer and all-around great person, was cloaked in snow for the event. Zedd had most of it flown in from Montana, but some of it was created on the spot by a curious phenomenon in the upper atmosphere that sometimes takes place when Zedd runs the big linear and the electrons act sort of like cloud-seeding devices at high altitude.
What a scene it was There was Tondelayo, blond, nubile, precious bride of the great man, wearing a demure black creation specially crafted for family occasions by Frederick’s of Hollywood, with little Zepp Zedd, her infant son, drooling on her knee and messing around with an electronic keyer.
And there was Momma Zedd, her nose like a cherry from just blasting in from her home in Mena, Ark., on her new, specially supercharged Honda Interceptor. Momma has done her bouffant hair in greenglo for the season, and she looked real nice in her festive orange minidress, with the black fingernails.
Bill Buckeye, ace Ohio DXer and carp farmer from Ashtabula, was, also visiting. Buckeye, 5 feet, 5, and a trim 365 pounds, was wearing his Impeach Earl Bruce sweat shirt and old Rose Bowl cap with his BY QSL card in the sweatband.
And of course your reporter was privileged to be on the scene.
The big Christmas tree in the corner was aglow with flashing red and green diodes, old Ills, and burned-out RG214 for tinsel. The MI; quadraphonic disk system was playing Montovani classics, and the Icom 761 built into the arm of Zedd’s easy chair softly crooned the holiday love and kisses of a pileup for XU.
Zedd himself, the great man, reclined in the easy chair, the smoke of his pipe encircling his head like a wreath and the Coors empties gathering about his feet like buttercups. He wore a royal purple robe and Vietnam jungle boots, and his DXCC badge with his number of confirmed countries — 876 — blinked regularly from the brim of his pith helmet.
It was a wonderful moment, and it brought tears to me eyes.
“Oh, I swan!” quoth Tondelayo. “Isn’t this just the GREATEST, Q.??? To be here with kith and kin, in the bosom of family, oh silent night, oh holy night! Jiminey!”
Zedd whipped off a fast CW contact with the XU station and reached for another Colorado KoolAid. “This is what it’s all about, Tondelayo. Ain’t that right, Momma?”
“Are we going to the SCARS Christmas party?” Momma asked, putting down her nail file. “I want to see what Natasha saw in that fellow… what was his call?.. WB5RZX.”
“We’ll go, never fear,” Zedd told her. “
Momma turned to Bill Buckeye. “Have you finished your Christmas shopping, Bill?”
“Well, no,” Buckeye said. “But there is a lot of time left, I mean, only an IDIOT would be worried about delivering Christmas presents this early, right?”
When out on the lawn there arose such a clatter, we all sprang to the window to see what was the matter.
When what to our wondering eyes should appear, but our own Homer Klott, with his mouth in high gear.
WHAM! WHAM! WHAM! came his hammering at the front door.
“Oh, no,” Tondelayo moaned. “Not tonight! Should we answer?”
“Turn out all the lights,” Zedd suggested.
“Too late,” Buckeye said. “He’s seen us through the window.”
“Burn the house down,” Zedd amended.
“We can’t do that,” Mamma replied. “The ice cream would melt.”
“Where’s my sixshooter?”
Tondelayo sprang to the door and threw it open. “Why, Homer!” she trilled with more insincerity than two sessions at the UN. “How nice to see you! Please come in!”
Homer, staggering under a sack of packages flung over his back, staggered into the middle of the living room and dumped his load. He was wearing his brown macinaw, brown corduroys, brown sweat shirt and brown boots. He was leaving brown footprints.
“Wow!” he gasped. “Shazam! That snow are really slick out there!”
“That,” Zedd told him through gritted teeth, “is not snow you walked through.”
“It ain’t? Golleeee!” Homer brightened. “Hey! brang presents for Christmas!”
“Why, Homer,” Tondelayo cooed, “that’s very sweet of you.”
“Aw,” Homer blushed, “I’m something else. I know that,”
“I wish,” Momma murmured, “we could figure out what it is.”
Homer ignored that. He pulled out his packages. “I got something for everybody! Hey! Momma Zedd! Here’s yours!” And he handed over a package.
For the next few minutes it was a lot of fun. Homer had gotten everyone just what they always wanted and needed:
For Momma — A copy of the Better Homes and Gardens Cookbook.
For Tondelayo — A Jane Fonda workout tape.
For Bill Buckeye — An autographed picture of Earl Bruce.
For little Zepp — A bottle of Brut.
For Zedd himself — A copy of Tune in the World, the ARRL’s package for beginners.
And for your reporter — a new Big Chief tablet. Zedd bought Honor a gift certificate for Norman Regional Hospital, for a free EEG, to see if there’s any activity up there.
Please join the SCARS Exam Team in welcoming the following new amateur to the air:
who earned a General class license at the September 2nd 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 October 9, 2021, meeting starts at 9:30 am – Tim Duffy K3LR – Contesting/Contest University – 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.
10/02/2021 | Wichita Area Hamfest | Location: Wichita, KS — On Schedule —
10/22-23/2021 | Hamarama Hamfest | Location: Ardmore, OK — Canceled —
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
8/13/2022 | Reno County KS Hamfest | Location: Hutchinson, KS
8/26-27/2022 | Joplin Hamfest | Location: Joplin, MO
9/10-11/2022 | Arkansas State Convention | Location: Mena, AR
9/16-18/2022 | Duke City Hamfiesta | Location: Albuquerque, NM
9/24/2022 | Springfield MO Hamfest | Location: Springfield, MO
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 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.
ARRL Letter — Menu
- ARRL, RSGB Announce Joint Events to Celebrate Centenary of Ham Radio Transatlantic Success
- Clear Frequencies Requested for Possible Nicaragua Earthquake Traffic
- Radio Amateurs on Standby Following Volcanic Eruption in the Canaries
- ARRL Podcasts Schedule
- Registration Opens for US Amateur Radio Direction Finding Championships
- ARRL Learning Network Webinars
- Open-Source Amateur Satellite Work Not Subject to Export Administration Regulation
- Amateur Radio in the News
- IARU Region 3 Considers Significant Expansion of HF Digital Segments
- AWA Video: SSB was Slow to Catch On as a Ham Radio Mode
- The K7RA Solar Update
- Just Ahead in Radiosport
- Upcoming ARRL Section, State, and Division Conventions
ARRL DX Bulletin — Menu
SB DX @ ARL $ARLD038 ARLD038 DX news ZCZC AE38 QST de W1AW DX Bulletin 38 ARLD038 From ARRL Headquarters Newington CT September 23, 2021 To all radio amateurs SB DX ARL ARLD038 ARLD038 DX news This week's bulletin was made possible with information provided by HB9COG, 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. TANZANIA, 5H. Maurizio, IK2GZU is QRV as 5H3MB until November 20. Activity is on the HF bands using CW, SSB, and various digital modes. QSL to home call. MALDIVES, 8Q. Nobby, G0VJG plans to be QRV as 8Q7CQ from Innahura Island, IOTA AS-013, from September 28 to October 13. Activity will be on 80 to 10 meters, including 60 meters, using SSB and various digital modes. QSL via M0OXO. MADEIRA ISLANDS, CT3. Operators DK4QT, DM2RM, DL2AWG, DL6TK, DF8XC, DJ9RR and DJ8NK will be QRV as CR3W in the CQ World Wide DX RTTY contest. QSL via DL5AXX. ANGOLA, D2. Mikalai, UT6UY is QRV as D2UY from Cabinda for a few months. Activity is on 20, 15, and 10 meters using mostly CW, generally between 1600 to 2300z. QSL via operator's instructions. COMOROS, D6. Operators Janusz, SP9FIH and Leszek, SP6CIK are QRV as D60AC and D60AD, respectively, from Moroni, IOTA AF-007, until October 2. Activity is on 80 to 10 meters using CW, SSB, RTTY and FT8. QSL to home calls. WALES, GW. Paul, G4PVM will be QRV as GW4PVM from Holy Island, IOTA EU-124, from September 26 and October 1. Activity will be holiday style on 40 to 10 meters using CW and SSB. QSL via LoTW. JAPAN, JA. Take, JI3DST will be QRV as JI3DST/5 from Shodo Island, IOTA AS-200, from September 25 to 28. Activity will be on the HF bands and 6 meters using CW and SSB, and will be active as JR8YLY/p when running FT8. QSL to home call. BULGARIA, LZ. Special event station LZ1340BG is QRV until the end of 2021 to support the Thracian Rose Club and the TRC DX Contest. QSL via LZ2VP. POLAND, SP. Members of club station SP4PZM are QRV with special event call sign SO39SYBIR until February 2022 to mark the opening of the Sybir Memorial Museum in Bialystok. Activity is on the HF bands using CW, SSB, and various digital modes. QSL via SP4PZM. DODECANES, SV5. A group of operators will be QRV as SV5/HB9COG from Rhodes, IOTA EU-001, from September 28 to October 5. Activity is EME on 70, 23, 13, 9, 6, and 3 centimeters, at various times, using JT65C, Q65C, Q65D, and CW. QSL direct to HB9Q. AUSTRALIA, VK. Mike, VK4DX is QRV as VK4DX/p from Russell Island, IOTA OC-137, until September 26. Activity is on 40 to 10 meters using mainly CW, with some SSB and FT8. QSL to home call. ALBANIA, ZA. Operators HA8PX, HA8BJ, HA8QW, YO5OED and HA8LLH are QRV as ZA/home calls from Qerret until September 26. This includes a possible one day side trip to Sazan Island, IOTA EU-169. Activity is on 40, 30, 20, and 17 meters using CW and SSB. QSL via LoTW. THIS WEEKEND ON THE RADIO. The CQ Worldwide RTTY DX Contest, Railways On The Air, NCCC RTTY Sprint, NCCC Sprint, K1USN Slow Speed Test, Maine QSO Party, AGCW VHF/UHF Contest, Masonic Lodges on the Air and UBA ON 6-Meter Contest are on tap for this upcoming weekend. The K1USN Slow Speed Test, QCX Challenge, and RSGB FT4 Contest Series are all scheduled for September 27. Worldwide Sideband Activity Contest and RTTYOPS Weeksprint are scheduled for September 28. The Phone Fray, CWops Mini-CWT Test, and UKEICC 80-Meter Contest are all scheduled for September 29. 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 here — ARRL DX Bulletin
Amateur Radio Newsline — Menu
– HOSPITALIZED CHILDREN CONTACT ISS VIA HAM RADIO
– RESEARCHER BLAMES SATELLITES FOR NIGHT SKY ‘POLLUTION’
– ESSEX HAM SPECIAL EVENT SUPPORTS NEW HACKSPACE
– NEW MICROCONTROLLER EDITOR AT CQ MAGAZINE
– SILENT KEY: EAST COAST REFLECTOR’S RICK BEUTNAGEL, N3RRB
– BOUVET 3Y0J TRIP GETS ARRL GRANT
– NATIONAL HURRICANE CONFERENCE POSTED ON YOUTUBE
– IARU REGION 1 HONORS SIX FOR CONTRIBUTIONS
– POPULAR HAMFESTS HOSTED AGAIN WITH CAUTION
– WORLD OF DX
– KICKER: FOR YOUNG HAMS, A MOUNTAIN MEETING WITH THE METEORS
The Amateur Radio Newsline can be found at ARNewsline.org.
W5KUB – Amateur Radio Roundtable Video
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