In This Issue…
- Meeting Saturday: Contester Tim Duffy K3LR – DX Engineering
- SCARS Picnic This Saturday 10/9
- Westheimer and Marathon Follow-up
- QRZ077: Homer Takes A Test
- 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: Contester Tim Duffy K3LR – DX Engineering — Menu
Our October meeting presenter will be Tim Duffy K3LR. Tim has connections to Oklahoma as he spent a number of years in the Edmond area before moving to Pennsylvania. There he runs DX Engineering, the K3LR super contesting station, video podcasts, and maintains his great guy status.
Tim will be talking about the contesting part of amateur radio. If you want to get more into the gamification of ham radio, this will be the place to start. If you are starting to collect contacts for Worked All States (WAS), Worked All Counties (WAC), Worked All US Grid Squares (Fred Fish), or Worked All Amateurs (WAA) contests are a great way to obtain those elusive areas.
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 link here https://w5nor.org/stream …
SCARS Picnic This Saturday 10/9 — Menu
It’s October picnic time for the SCARS faithful! Each spring and fall SCARS members meet for a picnic at the Denny Ranch. Bring your favorite lawn chair, a side dish, or dessert, and join us for dinner at Denny’s. Typically folks start to arrive at about 4:00 pm and dinner is served at about 6:00 pm. SCARS provides burgers, hot dogs, hot links, buns, and lemonade.
Bring your favorite portable radio, and feel free to operate from the park-like location.
Denny’s Ranch is at 9400 Banner Rd in Lexington. If you’re coming from the north, head south on Highway 77. About a mile south of Noble, turn left (east) on Cemetary Rd for 2 1/2 miles. Turn right (south) on 84th for 1 mile. Turn left (east) on Banner Rd for about 3/4 mile. Pay attention because Denny’s driveway is about 3′ east of the bridge. Turn right (south) and park by the treeline.
See you there!
Westheimer and Marathon Follow-up — Menu
On Saturday, October 2nd, 2021, about 30 SCARS hams staffed a combination Norman Emergency Management and Amateur Radio booth at the 15th Westheimer Open House. The rain stopped at 7:00 am and we started loading in at 8:00 am. The rest of the day was just gorgeous. It was a lot of fun meeting with the folks that stopped by. There were a lot of families among the thousands in attendance.
We had HF, VHF, UHF, and microwave systems to demonstrate. We were able to pass Winlink email messages over HF to Austin, Illinois, and Colorado. In addition, Phone, WSPR, AREDN, FT8, AM, FM, DMR, and Hamshack Hotline were all in operation. These systems were powered by a generator, battery, or solar systems.
We have already reserved the same spot for next year and hope to show some more amateur radio. Thanks to all that came out.
On Sunday, October 3rd, 2021, the 21st Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon went off very smooth, with 80 amateur radio operators as the major communication backbone.
At the ‘hot wash’ after the OKC Memorial Marathon it was so neat to see so many first-time operators and so many SCARS folks. Our role as communicators is valued in excess of $50,000 to the marathon operators.
All of the operators that we talked with are all ready to do this again in April, so get ready to sign up in a couple of months!
QRZ077: Homer Takes A Test — 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 January 1988 issue of the Collector and Emitter.
The Christmas season marked an important anniversary at Honor Roll Ranch. It has now been one year since Q.R. Zedd, world’s greatest DXer, started tutoring Homer Klott for his ham ticket.
Homer, faithful readers will recall, appeared out of an icy mist a year ago on the night of the SCARS Christmas party. Zedd had just boasted that he could make anyone a licensed amateur with his skilled teaching. Then came Homer, CB antenna waggling, to say he was Zedd’s man, he wanted to be a radio armature, and ten-four good buddy.
Since that fateful night, Zedd has worked hard with Homer, far more than decency and the space limitations of this column have allowed us to report. Alas, Homer has proven to be that rarest bird, a man whose brain cells do not communicate with one another.
It has been hard on Zedd. His hair is grayer now, and the Coors truck comes twice a week. But progress has been made, and only a few days ago, Zedd gave Homer a practice written examination in hopes of having him ready soon for the VEs.
We secured the text of the toot, with Homer’s answers, and here it is, just as we found it on the floor of the Zedd shack:
- — Emission type F3 refers to:
One of them beam, with the three things sticking out of it. Reflector and Emitter.
- — Willful interference can be defined as:
That is when you have interference of the nearest kind, such as when your rubber duckies is crost.
- — The three elements used in Ohm’s law are:
Pie, R and Square.
- — The characteristic impedance of RG58 coax is:
Ten meters below 28.3?
- — Antennas should be grounded during thunderstorms because: Otherwise if they is not on the ground, they will fly away somewheres.
- — Calculate the length of a dipole antenna to be resonant at 7.1 MHz.
6.6 inches or 6.6 meters, one, try both.
- — In Single Sideband transmission, one of the sidebands is:
- — An amateur radio operating license must be renewed every:
Time you move, or if the ARRL tells you to or several years, whichever comes first.
- — Every well-run station should have a dummy load because:
Otherwise the owner of the radio would have to load things hisselfi_ and then that would make him the dummy instead of the dummy he hired to load for him.
- — In order to initiate a contact with any station which may be listening, the amateur radio operator sends a general call signified by the letters:
10-4 you got a copy, come on back?
- — A novice station operating in its assigned frequency range in the 40-meter band may operate with a maximum power of:
Just enough so when you put down your key the house lights don’t go too dim.
- — To operate most effectively, a dipole antenna should be at least how high above ground?
Well you have finally found one I do not know the answer o, sorry.
- — There are two kinds of simple circuits: series and _____.
- — The two parts of a diode are the cathode and the
- — Most amateurs keep a careful logbook because:
Otherwise how would they know when they was going to run out of firewood?
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 Fall Picnic at Denny’s QTH, 9400 Banner Rd. (Between 84th and 96th on Banner Rd. Just 3′ east of the bridge, on the south side of the road.) This Saturday, October 9 @ 16:00. Feel free to bring a side dish and adult beverage of your choice. The club is providing hamburgers, hotdogs, hot links, tea, water, and soft drinks.
- 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
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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.
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
10/01/2022 | Wichita Area Hamfest | Location: Wichita, KS
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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
- Deaf Pupils Set to Speak with ISS Crew Member in a World-First Event
- Amateur Radio Volunteers Assist in Major US Cycling Event
- ARRL Podcasts Schedule
- Past AMSAT President and Director, and Amateur Satellite Pioneer Tom Clark, K3IO, SK
- Georgia Gets a New Section Manager; Re-Elected SMs Begin New Terms on October 1
- ARRL Learning Network Webinars
- ARISS Seeks Hosts for Ham Radio Contacts with Space Station Crew
- Amateur Radio in the News
- Many Ham Radio Organizations Represented at 2021 ARRL New England Division Convention
- In Brief…
- The K7RA Solar Update
- Just Ahead in Radiosport
- Upcoming ARRL Section, State, and Division Conventions
ARRL DX Bulletin — Menu
SB DX @ ARL $ARLD039 ARLD039 DX news ZCZC AE39 QST de W1AW DX Bulletin 39 ARLD039 From ARRL Headquarters Newington CT September 30, 2021 To all radio amateurs SB DX ARL ARLD039 ARLD039 DX news This week's bulletin was made possible with information provided by LU2BB, 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. MALDIVES, 8Q. Nobby, G0VJG is QRV as 8Q7CQ from Innahura Island, IOTA AS-013, until October 13. Activity is on 80 to 10 meters, including 60 meters, using SSB and various digital modes. QSL via M0OXO. MOZAMBIQUE, C9. Elvira, IV3FSG plans to be QRV as C92R beginning sometime in October. Activity will be in her spare time on 80 to 10 meters using SSB and various digital modes. QSL direct to IK2DUW. 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. FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF GERMANY, DA. Members of the DARC club in Backnang are QRV with special call sign DP70BAC until the end of 2021 to celebrates the club's 70th anniversary. QSL via DH1OK. IRAN, EP. Mohammed, EP2MRK has been QRV on 20 meters using SSB between 1520 and 1800z. QSL via RW6HS. TAJIKISTAN, EY. Ken, K4ZW is QRV as EY8/K4ZW until October 7 while on work assignment. QSL to home call. HUNGARY, HA. Tamas, HA6LT is QRV as HA60ANT until the end of 2021 to commemorate the Antarctic Treaty celebrations. QSL to home call. ITALY, I. Station II6OANT is QRV until the end of 2021 to commemorate the Antarctic Treaty celebrations. QSL via I1HYW. ANTARCTICA. A group of operators are QRV as KC4USV from McMurdo Station on Ross Island, IOTA AN-011, until October 31. Activity is on 40 and 20 meters using SSB and FT8. QSL via K7MT. ARGENTINA, LU. A group of operators are QRV with special event station LU2BB on October 1 to commemorate the anniversary of Ana Beker, who, known as the Amazon Of The Americas, rode on horseback from Buenos Aires, Argentina to Ottawa, Canada. Activity is on the HF and V/UHF bands using CW, SSB, FM, SSTV, FT8, and Satellite. QSL direct to LU2BB. AUSTRIA, OE. Station OE60ANT is QRV until the end of 2021 to commemorate the Antarctic Treaty celebrations. QSL via OE3DMA. MARKET REEF, OJ0. Pasi, OH3WS will be QRV as OJ0WS from October 3 to 9. Activity will be on the HF bands, and on 160 meters using only CW. He plans on possibly being active in the upcoming Scandinavian Activity SSB contest. QSL to home call. SAO TOME AND PRINCIPE, S9. Members of the Czech DXpedition Group will be QRV as S9OK from Sao Tome, IOTA AF-023, from October 3 to 5. Activity will be on the HF bands using CW, SSB, RTTY, and FT8. QSL via OK6DJ. DODECANESE, SV5. A group of operators are QRV as SV5/HB9COG from Rhodes, IOTA EU-001, until 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. CRETE, SV9. John, SV9CJO is QRV with special event call SX200CJO until December 31 to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the Hellenic revolution against the Ottoman Empire. QSL via operator's instructions. TURKEY, TA. Vasily, R7AA is QRV as TA0/R7AA from Buyukada Island, IOTA AS-201. Activity of late has been on 20 meters using CW and FT8. His length of stay is unknown. QSL to home call. KOSOVO, Z6. Ben, DL7UCX is QRV as Z6/DL7UCX until October 3. Activity is on 80 to 10 meters using CW, FT8, and FT4. QSL to home call. THIS WEEKEND ON THE RADIO. The Oceania DX Phone Contest, NCCC RTTY Sprint, NCCC CW Sprint, K1USN Slow Speed CW Test, TRC DX Contest, German Telegraphy Contest, Russian World Wide Digital Contest, Two-Meter Classic Sprint, IARU Region 1 UHF/Microwaves Contest, California QSO Party, International HELL-Contest, SKCC CW QSO Party, RSGB DX Contest, UBA ON SSB Contest and Peanut Power QRP Sprint are all on tap for this upcoming weekend. The K1USN Slow Speed Test and RSGB 80-Meter Autumn CW Series are scheduled for October 4. The ARS Spartan Sprint, Worldwide Sideband Activity Contest, and RTTYOPS Weeksprint are on tap for October 5. The Phone Fray, CWops Mini-CWT Test, VHF-UHF FT8 Activity Contest, 432 MHz Fall Sprint, and UKEICC 80-Meter Contest are scheduled for October 6. Please see October QST, page 75, 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
– CALIFORNIA HAMS AT FOREFRONT OF PUBLIC-SAFETY INITIATIVE
– RADIO OPERATORS PREP FOR ARRL’S SIMULATED EMERGENCY TEST
– PROPOSAL EYES REMOVAL OF AMATEUR SATELLITE ALLOCATIONS
– CITIZEN SCIENTISTS MARK DECADE OF AURORA-WATCHING
– SILENT KEY: TOM CLARK K3IO, PIONEER IN HAM RADIO SATELLITES
– A DAY OF HERITAGE AND HAM RADIO FOR S. AFRICA’S VOORTREKKERS
– CELEBRATING THE WORLD’S LARGEST HORSESHOE CRAB
– ILLINOIS RADIO CLUB’S EMERGENCY TRAILER MAKES ITS DEBUT
– SATELLITES, ARCTIC DXPEDITION, HIGHLIGHT RSGB’S CONVENTION
– WORLD OF DX
– KICKER: SOTA SUMMITS BECOME A DOG’S BEST FRIEND
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, Gordo explains how to get a get mobile mount to your car, Joe bring us something fun from the world of kit building, Don has Amateur Radio Newsline with Dr. T and Amanda and Josh talk about the Ham Nation certificates being available.
The last half-dozen or so episodes are linked right here: Ham Nation
73 de Mark N5HZR