SCARS News November 2, 2021

Enid Hamfest Saturday — Menu

Enid Hamfest

Hamfests are just starting to open back up after a year off, and next Saturday, November 6, 2021, from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm, is the Enid hamfest. This hamfest has vendors from Oklahoma and Kansas and usually has lots of folks with small pieces, parts, and radio/building goodies. This year there are many great forums to visit, as well. In addition, ARRL Division Director John Stratton N5AUS will be here, and Bob Heil K9EID will be joining the OK DX forum via Zoom. Current information is available at


Hoover Building, 300 E. Oxford Ave., Enid, OK, Garfield County Fairgrounds


145.290 (-) No PL W5HTK

444.825 (+) No PL N5LWT (Echolink N5UBY)

ADMISSION is $5. This also enters you into the drawing and a free hot dog lunch.


Kenwood TM-V71A, Baofeng Handhelds, and more

Extra tickets, $3 each, or five for $10.

Hourly drawings of HAM radio things starting at 09:00

Grand prize drawings at 14:00L.

Club members and non-members are eligible winners

  • No restriction on winnings per person


09:00 – ARRL Information and Update

09:30 – Sandy Evans, N5JRT, OK Rehab. Services: Services for the Blind and Visually Impaired

10:00 – David Locke, KC5SII, Raspberry Pi and Digital Radio usage

10:30 – Bob Heil, K9EID, ‘Sound Talk’ via Zoom

Lunch from 11:00 through 13:00. there will be no programs from Noon until 1300

13:00 – License Testing – ($14) VEs available for FCC Technician, General, and Amateur Extra testing. Technicians will be entered into a drawing. Only Techs who test during this VE session and pass will be entered into BaoFeng drawing.

14:00 – Grand Prize Drawing – Kenwood TM-V71A VHF/UHF Dual Band mobile radio will be announced.

14:30 – Tyler Flaherty, KI5BUS, Rocketry launch, recovery, and Amateur Radio

15:00 – Jeff Worth, N5UBY , EchoLink and Amateur Radio

Current Vendors and Contributors:

Radio Shack – Derby, Kansas

The Wireman – Oklahoma City, OK

The Quilt Lady – Liz Barker

D&L Antennas – Les – Fort Scott, KS


Tables are $5.00 per table. To reserve tables, call Bill Nokes, W5EIY, at 580-716-4788 or email him at

Pre-reserved vendor rooms are not refundable if not used.


Mr. B’s Rolling Grill – Hotdogs, chips, & a drink come free with Paid Admission. Also available are many items like hamburgers, tacos, and pulled pork, etc., which are available for purchase.

Free Coffee Bar and Donuts tips and donations appreciated

ARRL SANCTIONED EVENT Oklahoma Section Convention

Lost Hiker — Menu

This story falls into the category of “what else can go wrong on an emergency event.”

According to the Sacramento Bee, a hiker had been missing for more than a day on Colorado’s highest mountain. The Lake County Search and Rescue group’s response was slowed due to the victim’s inability to tolerate spam phone calls.

A hiker had left at 9:00 am but had not returned by 8:00 pm that evening. After many attempts to contact the hiker by phone, the first team of rescuers deployed at 10:00 pm and returned to their camp at 3:00 am. The second group of rescuers headed out at 7:00 am. At 9:30 am, the rescuers got word that the man had returned to their lodging. The man told the searchers that he had lost the trail at dark and spent hours looking for it before he finally reached his car.

When the man returned, he had a number of unanswered calls on his phone, but since he had no idea a search and rescue operation had been launched, he thought they were all spam calls and ignored them. “One notable take-away is that the subject ignored repeated phone calls from us because they didn’t recognize the number,” Lake County Search and Rescue said.

Over 32 man-hours were expended in the search efforts, but the rescue team had some defense for the hiker’s actions and this is what us amateur radio operators need to remember from this situation, “Please remember that what seems like common sense in hindsight is not obvious to a subject in the moment when they are lost and panicking.” “In Colorado, most folks who spend time outdoors have a good understanding of the search and rescue infrastructure that is there to help them, but this is not the case nationwide.”

When responding to a similar situation, keep this in mind!

ARES OK Followup — Menu

Last Saturday, 11/23/2021, the Fall Oklahoma ARES Leadership Summit was held at Firehouse #7 in Norman, OK. Section Emergency Coordinator Mark Conklin N7XYO led a group of 30 Region, District, County Emergency Coordinators, and volunteers that were gathered in person, and another 20 that joined the event online through Zoom or YouTube.

Leaders from Tulsa Metro to OKC Metro to the Lawton Metro, and beyond, were all present. If you are interested in watching the event, you can see it on YouTube at this link.

Topics That Were Covered Included:

  • ARES-OK Overview (Who and What is ARES).
  • EC/DEC responsibilities – “So you’re the EC/DEC… now what?”
  • Volunteer & Leader Recruitment
  • It’s up to you!
  • NTS/Winlink
  • SET Planning
  • Q/A – suggestions

There was a lot of good discussion throughout the day and the positive comments just keep coming in.

QRZ080: A5A Gets Things Done — 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 website. We are reprinting this series to provide you with a glimpse of the past.

Originally published in the April 1988 issue of the Collector and Emitter.

These rumors you heard — the ones saying Q. R. Zedd was retiring from amateur radio – were false.

They were either an April Fool’s joke (probably perpetrated by Homer Klott, who really likes April Fool’s Day since he’s the biggest fool of them all), or else they were the latest in a long line of duty tricks pulled by Boris Badenov, Soviet DXer who has never learned to live with the fact that he’s No. 2, at best, behind our own greatest DXer of them all.

No, I’m happy to report, fans, that A5A is not only committed to amateur radio as always, but recently finished total re-installation of his antenna farm at Honor Roll Ranch, just a hoot and a holler south of town.

Zedd, you’ll remember, lost a couple of tons of sky aluminum early in January when ice and snow storms rolled through the area. But within two hours he was operating split on a wet noodle, and the next day he had his bride, the blond, nubile, captivating Tondolayo, atop a 3,000-foot tower installing a new multi-bander.

Tondolayo worked day and night, and so did a special crew of steeplejacks the great man brought in from the state of New York. We are thrilled to report that the ranch was fully operational again by February 1, and the sleet and ice of later that month did nothing to harm Zedd’s new antenna farm.

Patent restrictions and official U.S. government secrecy laws prevent a detailed discussion of the new antennas, all of Zedd’s original design. We can reveal, however, that most have a gain of at least 66 dbd, with a front-to-back you wouldn’t believe.

Want an example? We are allowed to reveal that, running a kilowatt, Zedd aimed one of the new antennas at a certain neighborhood in Perth, where some friends of his had reported they were without power due to failure to pay the light bill. Zedd helped that family have breakfast by beaming in his rf and toasting bread for their morning meal.

“GREAT TOAST ES MANY TNKS,” his Perth pal radioed via CW, using a battery-powered rig.

Zedd nodded satisfaction, then hammered back at 82 WPM:


It was even all the way across.

“I think,” the great man told us, “I am back in business except for my longwire.”

We hadn’t thought of the longwire antenna. We asked how badly it had been damaged.

“I had just extended the north leg from Woodward on to Liberal, Kan.,” Zedd told us. “That end, being so new and all, held up fine business. But the leg from Oklahoma City to Denton, Texas, took a hell of a beating. I lost the whole Arbuckle Mountain section.”

Zedd appeared momentarily disconsolate. “That’s my best receiving antenna. But it is really messed up right now. I heard a feller in Rangoon tuning his quartz watch last night, and with the longwire messed up I couldn’t even read him solid.

Zedd fans can take heart, however. Even as we spoke with the man who is inspiration to us all, a red van and two trucks roared out of the barns and headed south out of the ranch. As we watched, a window of the van rolled down and long blond hair streamed out into the cold wind, along with a pale and beautiful female arm, which waved farewell.

Tonedelayo was on her way to work on the long-wire.

“I would go along and give orders,” Zedd told us. But I have to get back inside the ranch house and continue work on planning the new DXpedition.”

“DXpedition?” we cried. “New DXpedition? When? Where? Tell us everything! Can I use your phone to call Joe Harding? Egad! I’ve always wanted to yell to an editor to stop the presses and rip out the front page!

Zedd sighed and handed out towels so everyone present could wipe the excited slobbers off their face. “I’ll tell you boys about it,” he said sternly, “but everything ain’t worked out, so you can’t say anything about it until late April…maybe early May.”

Everyone agreed. We trooped into the ranch house. There Zedd told us his plans.

Unfortunately, this news – as absolutely fantastic, mind-boggling and incredibly wonderful as it is – is embargoed until the next issue. Stay tuned.

— KU5B

New/Upgraded Hams

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

Lacrisa, KI5SAD
Christian, KI5SAE 

who both earned Technician class licenses as well as  

Nathan, KI5PLL 

who upgraded to General class and 

Scott, AI5FB (ex-KE6WPP)

Who upgraded to Amateur Extra class.


Next Exam Session:  November 7 and December 2

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 or simply watch the fun on YouTube at All meetings/presentations are recorded so you can stream them later from the SCARS YouTube channel.
  • SCARS Meeting November 13, 2021, meeting starts at 9:30 am – Railroad Communications – Three of our own train aficionados, Phil Sinnett KD5UGO, Ken Brown N5KUK, and Ken Sanborn KA5HFE will be giving a presentation on the ways that the railroad communicates on multiple bands and multiple modes. – Join us in-person at Norman Firehouse #7 –2207 Goddard – Norman, OK 73069 and on Zoom at or simply watch the fun on YouTube at All meetings/presentations are recorded so you can stream them later from the SCARS YouTube channel.
  • SCARS November 4, 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 If you’re a Twitter person, visit us at And each newsletter announcement is posted on the Facebook group at And, if you like to search this yourself, you can go straight to the newsletter at 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 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.

11/6/2021 | 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
10/21-22/2022 | Hamarama Hamfest | Location: Ardmore, OK

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 22

Contest season is underway! Time for some tips from veteran competitor Chris Plumblee, W4WF.

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

ARRL DX Bulletin — Menu

ARLD043 DX news

QST de W1AW  
DX Bulletin 43  ARLD043
From ARRL Headquarters  
Newington CT  October 28, 2021
To all radio amateurs   

ARLD043 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.

KINGDOM OF ESWATINI, 3DA0.  Lionel, ZS6DPL will be QRV as 3DA0LP
from November 1 to 5.  QSL via operator's instructions.
MALDIVES, 8Q.  Remo, HB9SHD will be QRV as 8Q7RM from Kandolhu
Island, IOTA AS-013, during November.  Activity will be holiday
style on the HF bands using some CW, SSB and FT8.  QSL to home call.

KUWAIT, 9K.  Abdallah, 9K2GS will be QRV as a Single Op/15 Meter
entry during the CQ World Wide DX SSB contest.  QSL via EC6DX.

OMAN, A4.  Members of the ROARS Team will be QRV as A44M from
Masirah Island, IOTA AS-014, in the CQ World Wide DX SSB contest.
QSL via LoTW.

CHINA, BY.  A large group of operators will be QRV as B4T as a
Multi/2 entry in the CQ World Wide DX SSB contest.  QSL via BA4TB.

THE GAMBIA, C5.  Operators Jan Francois, F4AHV, Gerard, F5NVF, Luc,
F5RAV and Abdel, M0NPT are QRV as C5C from Kololi until November 19.
Activity is on 80 to 10 meters using CW, SSB, FT8, FT4, and
Satellite activity on QO 100.  QSL via F5RAV.

BAHAMAS, C6.  Richard, NN2T is QRV as C6AHB from Bimini Island, IOTA
NA 048, until to November 3.  This includes being active in the CQ
World Wide DX SSB contest.  QSL to home call.

MOROCCO, CN.  Special event station CN46MS is QRV until November 10
to commemorate the 46th anniversary of the so-called Marche Verte,
or Green March.  QSL via CN8WW.

MARTINIQUE, FM.  Miguel, EA1BP is QRV as FM/EA1BP from October 27 to
November 5.  This includes being active as TO7O in the CQ World Wide
DX SSB contest.  QSL to home call.

GALAPAGOS ISLANDS, HC8.  Members of the Tifariti Gang/DX Friends are
QRV as HD8R until November 7.  Activity is with four active stations
on 160 to 6 meters, including 60 meters, using CW, SSB, various
digital modes, and on Low Earth orbit Satellites.  This includes
being an entry in the CQ World Wide DX SSB contest as either a
Multi/2 or Multi/Multi entry.  QSL via EA5RM.
SARDINIA, IS0.  Richard, OM2TW is QRV as IS0/OM2TW until November 1.
Activity is holiday style on the HF bands using CW, SSB, and various
digital modes.  This includes being an entry in the CQ World Wide DX
SSB contest.  QSL via OM2FY.

ST. LUCIA, J6.  Dan, W0CN, Bill, J68HZ, Lin, J69CU, Frans, J69DS and
Kyle, WA4PGM will be QRV as J68HZ in the CQ World Wide DX SSB
contest.  QSL direct to K9HZ.

ARUBA, P4.  John, W2GD is QRV as P40W until November 1.  Activity is
on all bands as time permits.  This includes being active in the CQ
World Wide DX SSB contest.  QSL via LoTW.

SABA, ST. EUSTATIUS, PJ5.  John, W5JON is QRV as PJ5/W5JON from St.
Eustatius, IOTA NA 145, until to November 1.  Activity is on 40 to 6
meters using SSB and FT8.  This includes being an entry in the CQ
World Wide DX SSB contest.  QSL direct to home call.

BRAZIL, PY.  Members of the Sao Carlos Amateur Radio Club are QRV
with special event call sign PV60CRASC during November to celebrate
the club's 60th anniversary.  QSL via PT2QP.

PY7RP and PU0FDN will be QRV as PY0F in the CQ World Wide DX SSB
contest.  QSL direct to PY7RP.

GREECE, SV.  Kostas, SV2HJW will be QRV with special call SX16V
during the CQ World Wide DX SSB contest.  QSL via operator's
BERMUDA, VP9.  Jeff, N6GQ is QRV as VP9/N6GQ until November 1.
Activity is on 160 to 6 meters using CW and SSB.  He plans to be
active as VP9I in the CQ World Wide DX SSB contest.  QSL via
operator's instructions.

INDONESIA, YB.  Special call 7A2A will be QRV in the CQ World Wide
DX SSB contest.  QSL direct to YB2DX.

KOSOVO, Z6.  Rene, DL2JRM is QRV as Z68XX from Gilan, Grid Square
KN02rn.  Activity includes being QRV in the CQ World Wide SSB DX
contest.  QSL to home call.
RTTY Sprint, NCCC CW Sprint, Zombie CW Shuffle and K1USN Slow Speed
CW Test will keep contesters busy this upcoming weekend.
The Silent Key Memorial CW Contest and RSGB 80-Meter Autumn Data
Series are scheduled for November 1.
The ARS Spartan Sprint, Worldwide Sideband Activity Contest and
RTTYOPS Weeksprint are scheduled for November 2.
The Phone Fray, CWops Mini-CWT Test, VHF-UHF FT8 Activity Contest
and the UKEICC 80-Meter Contest are on tap for November 3.

Please see October QST, page 75, November QST, page 79, and the ARRL
and WA7BNM Contest web sites 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

Tonight update on w5kub-101 balloon plus more.

The W5KUB YouTube channel link is here: W5KUB YouTube.

Ham Nation — Menu

This week, Tim Duffy Joins us to talk about preparing for winter and I have a special antenna question. Don bring us Amateur Radio Newsline and Dr. T for the space weather.

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

73 de Mark N5HZR

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