SCARS News November 9, 2021

Meeting Saturday: Railroad Communications — Menu

We may not be workin’ on the railroad, but that doesn’t mean we couldn’t. While the trains may run on rails, the train companies run on their radio communications. And it seems that radio people are mostly train people. 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. Phil will have all of the FM audio monitoring methods, Ken Brown will have all of the automatic train control (ATC) stories, and Ken Sanborn will talk about the Oklahoma Model Train Museum and their online “Live Rail Cam”. Learn about ways you can listen in via UHF/VHF and watch what’s happening on the Internet.

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 You can join using 893 9952 6291 password w5nor. Or, to watch the fun, join us at …

Enid Hamfest Followup — Menu

Last Saturday was the first full-blown hamfest in Oklahoma since November 2019. The W5HTK Enid Amateur Radio Club put on a great event that included vendors from Kansas, Oklahoma, and Texas. About 300 hams walked through the doors and saw all of the flea market tables filled with gear to sell.

There were forums all day long, donuts, coffee, prizes, and a great food truck to keep people busy all day. ARRL West Gulf Division Director John Stratton N5AUS made the trip up and had a stack of good news coming out of Newington. The SCARS group was well represented and took home some great prizes.

The 2022 hamfest cycle starts in March out west with the good folks in Elk City. They managed to keep their hamfest up and running during the past two years and will be ready to roll when March comes around.

Cycle 66 – Big Success — Menu

From Cycle 66 Ride Communications Director Clay Mayrose WA6LB

This message was received from the Cycle 66 Race Director. Thank you to all of the hams that helped in this effort.

Friends – We did it.

Our first meeting was in January of 2020 – a meeting that envisioned a bicycle event along Route 66 that seemed like an impossible long shot.  We came together shortly after with a task to design 3 routes and keep all of our riders safe, having fun, and wanting to come back for more.

Over those two years, we logged hundreds of emails, meetings, text messages, and phone calls.  We organized nearly 100 volunteers.  We designed and redesigned three routes multiple times. We dealt with construction and closed sections. We hosted 6 rest stops. We put out and picked up 100 signs.  We hired more than 37 law enforcement officials and recruited 10ish SAG drivers. We had 6 bike mechanics. We had message boards on the roads. We had the best communications team on the planet sitting next to our SAG point of contacts in command central. Hell, we had a COMMAND CENTRAL! 

You guys. We sent 300 riders down a stretch of an Edmond road that people were telling us for months was too dangerous and not worth riding and we did it with ZERO issues. I met with the husband of the lady that went down in Fink Park this afternoon and he was so gracious about the way we responded, supported, and attended to his wife.  She is beat up but already talking about next year because of the care she received from the Rest Stop Staff, communications and sag, and all that were around her.

Our little 200 rider event we thought we were planning on turned into nearly 600 in its first year and the feedback, buzz, and comment is all about YOU.  These riders have never ridden in an event that felt as good as this one and I hope you know they are talking about the work YOU DID.  My phone was blowing up with texts about how great this whole day was. 

Jan, Henry, Randy, Darrell, Clay, Bill and Aaron – Thank you.

This was the best team I have ever had the opportunity of being a part of and I wish this email could really do that justice. 

Rest up and be proud of the work you did and the people that were able to have a great day on the bike because of it. That was our job and, friends, we did it.

Jason Duncan

Cycle 66 | 2021 Ride Director

QRZ081: A5A Wings to North Pole! — 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 May 1988 issue of the Collector and Emitter.

(Special to C&E)

CALGARY — Moving with dazzling speed, Q. R. Zodd, AGA, the eatest DXer of all time flew out of Calgary this week on the way to the North Pole, site of his latest DX feat.

Zedd, who lives just a hoot and holler south of town, announced his plans recently in a press conference at home, Honor Roll Ranch. Official announcement was delayed by government censors.

Both the Defense Department and the CIA explained that Zedd’s DXpedition would use new equipment of his own design, and cited national security reasons for delaying announcement of his expedition until it was under way.

What a thrill it was for those of no lucky enough to be invited to Honor Roll for Zedd’s press conference.

There was the great man himself, perched in his rocking chair at the No. 1 operating position, Colorado Kool-Aid in one hand and mike in the other, the smoke from his Oom-Paul curling his head like a wreath. There was the darling Tondolayo, his blond, nubile bride, holding tiny son Zepp and working CW to Afghanistan. There was Momma Zedd, who had just blown in from Mena, Ark., her home, on her brand new Honda Interceptor, the red one with the after-burners. And there, even, was Homer Klott, the nerd whose insurmountable stupidity has thwarted the great man’s attempts to Elmer him into the greatest hobby of them all.

“My new feat of greatness,” Zedd announced, refiring his pipe, “will be a 24-hour DXpedition to the North Pole.”

There was a brief delay while both the Associated Press and Reuters fought over a telephone in order to call in bulletins. Your humble reporter attempted a “Stop the Presses!” call to WA5ZNF on two meters. FBI agents stopped all three attempted calls by beating up on the press, then issuing handouts explaining that everything was under news embargo until the DXpedition was actually under way.

The president, the FBI added, had suspended all constitutional guarantees in order to preserve the American Way of Life.

While we pondered that one, Zedd got his pipe going real nicely, filling the hamshack at Honor Roll with the redolent aroma of his prized latakia tobacco, which, as aficianados know, is roasted over camel dung in Arabian tents.

“We are going to try to work 100 K in our 24-hour stay at the North Pole,” Zedd told us. “Momma will work CW, and so will Tondelayo. I will work mostly 20-meter phone, in order to give more people the thrill of hearing: my voice.

“We will work with minimum equipment.

“We’re taking young Zepp (age 1) along for his experience. We are also taking Homer, who ought to be a real help setting up tents, digging a latrine, and so forth.”

At this point, Homer Klott, wearing his 10-4 Good Buddy tee shirt and nifty cap with the rotating propellor, started yelling something about “Home’s Law.” An FBI man knocked him down and beat him severely.

“We figure,’ add added, that nobody has ever made so many contacts from the North Pole, with the possible exception of Santy Claus, and nobody else on the globe is qualified to do it. So like some of my other exploits, I owe it to the little people of the world to do this.” Everybody was thrilled, and there were a lot of questions, but most of it remains classified.

Two days later, while Zedd was out in the hangar tuning up a special small jet aircraft of his own design for the journey northward, an old DX rival dropped a veritable bombshell halfway around the world.

In Moscow, Tass announced that Boris Badenov, ace Soviet DXer, would also mount a North Pol DXpedition. Badenov is to be accompanied by his QSL secretary from Box 88, Natasha Bullwinkle, and a “small team of experts from the Russian Army station in Stalingrad,” the announcement said.

It was unclear then – and Is unclear at this writing if Badenov’s challenge is a relatively friendly attempt to compete with Zedd, head-to-head. If Badenov’a party attempts to take the North Pole site away from Zedd’s party, it may be dirty pool.

Zedd flew his team to Calgary only days ago. The trip and outfitting in Calgary were routine except that Homer fell out of the airplane once while it was taxiing, fell down in the motel, fell in the bathtub and destroyed his rubber duck, and got run over by a truck on one of the city’s busier streets.

Asked how he felt, Homer told the assembled world press: “1 feel 10-4 and over, good buddy! I feel shazam! I are thrilled outta my britches! Wow and golly, I are going on a DXpedition with my hero, Q! How do you copy, over and out?”

Zedd confided to this reporter that he hoped the expedition would do Homer a world of good.

“It might be the making of him,” said the great man. And after all, how much damage can one man do at the North Pole?”

We wondered if the ozone layer was in danger.

Meanwhile, we worried, too, about Badenov and the Russians.

Clearly this was going to be a serious expedition.

By the luck of the draw, and a large bribe to certain persons in power, this reporter won the right to accompany the expedition right to the the Pole, and record events for history.

Thus it was, that on a cold day last week, our little party boarded the special arctic-design jet, trundled onto the runway, and rocketed into the chill dawn sky.

We were on our way!

— KU5B

New/Upgraded Hams

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

Kevin, KI5SJL
  who earned a Technician class license.


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 December 2, 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.

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
10/21-22/2021 | Hamarama Hamfest | Location: Ardmore, OK
11/5/2021 | Enid Hamfest | Location: Enid, 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

ARLD044 DX news

QST de W1AW  
DX Bulletin 44  ARLD044
From ARRL Headquarters  
Newington CT  November 4, 2021
To all radio amateurs   

ARLD044 DX news

This week's bulletin was made possible with information provided by
LU4AAO, 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.

GUINEA, 3X.  Jean Philippe, F1TMY is now QRV as 3X2021 from Conakry.
Activity is on 160 to 6 meters using SSB, and on Satellite QO-100.
This includes some portable operations from the Los Islands, IOTA
AF-051.  QSL to home call.

MALAWI, 7Q.  Don, K6ZO is QRV as 7Q6M while on work assignment.
Activity is on the HF bands.  This includes some possible SOTA
activity from Mount Mulanje.  QSL via operator's instructions.

NEPAL, 9N.  Robert, S53R has been issued 9N7AA and plans to soon be
QRV on 40 to 6 meters with limited activity.  QSL direct to S57DX.

THE GAMBIA, C5.  Members of the C5C team are QRV from Kololi until
November 19.  Activity is on 80 to 10 meters, depending on
propagation, using CW, SSB, FT8 and FT4, and on Satellite QO-100.
QSL direct to F5RAV.

MADEIRA ISLAND, CT3.  Rosel, DL3KWR and Hardy, DL3KWF are QRV as
CT9/home calls from Canico de Baixo, IOTA AF-014, until November 24.
Activity is on the HF bands, and possibly 60 meters, using CW and
FT8.  QSL to home calls.

THAILAND, HS.  Lars, SM6NT will be QRV as HS0ZME from Hua Hin from
November 9 to April 5, 2022.  Activity will be on 40 to 10 meters
using only CW.  QSL to home call.

JAPAN, JA.  Tashi, JR2TER is QRV as JR2TER/p from Yonaguni Island,
IOTA AS-024, until March 2022.  Activity is on the HF bands using
FT8.  QSL via LoTW.

ARGENTINA, LU.  Members of the Radio Club QRM Belgrano will be QRV
as LU4AAO, LU4AAO/A and LU4AAO/D from November 6 to 14 to
commemorate Dia de la Tradicion, which celebrates the birthday of
Argentina poet Jose Hernandez.  Activity will be on the HF and V/UHF
bands using CW, SSB, SSTV, FT8, and on the FM Satellites.  QSL
direct to LU4AAO.

BELGIUM, ON.  Special event station OT5IDPD is QRV until December 3
to commemorate International Day of Persons with Disabilities that
takes place on December 3.  Activity is on the HF bands.  QSL via

BRAZIL, PY.  Special event station PV60CRASC is QRV until November
30 to celebrate 60 years of the Clube dos Radioamadores de Sao
Carlos.  QSL direct to PT2OP.

TURKEY, TA.  Special event call sign TC83ATA is QRV until November
11 to commemorate Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, who founded the Turkish
Republic and was the first President.  Activity is on all bands
using CW, SSB, and various digital modes.  QSL via operators'

Bangui until November 15.  Activity is on the HF bands using CW and
FT8.  QSL direct to M0OXO.

NAMIBIA, V5.  Gunter, DK2WH is QRV as V51WH until March 2022.
Activity is on the HF bands.  During contests, he will be active as
V55Y.  QSL to home call.

NORFOLK ISLAND, VK9N.  Nick, VK2DX is QRV as VK9DX and has been
active on 15 meters using CW around 1800z.  QSL direct to home call.

INDIA, VU.  Abie, AB1F will be QRV as VU2ABE from Shillong in the
Meghalaya State from November 6 to December 18.  Activity will be on
40, 20, 15, and 10 meters.  This includes participating in various
upcoming contests.  QSL direct to home call.

80-Meter CW Fox Hunt, NCCC RTTY Sprint, NCCC CW Sprint, K1USN Slow
Speed CW Test, IPARC Contest, Ukrainian DX Contest, Two-Meter
Classic Sprint, EANET Sprint and the High Speed Club CW Contest will
certainly keep contesters busy this upcoming weekend.
The Worldwide Sideband Activity Contest and RTTYOPS Weeksprint are
scheduled for November 9.
The CWops Mini-CWT Test, VHF-UHF FT8 Activity Contest, RSGB 80-Meter
Autumn Series, QRP 40-Meter CW Fox Hunt and Phone Fray are scheduled
for November 10.

Please see 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 Tom Talks about building ana 7 port coax switch. He gives an update on balloons w5kub-100 and 101. w5kub-102 will be launched by this weekend. Join Katie, Glen, Bill, and Tom for the show.

The W5KUB YouTube channel link is here: W5KUB YouTube.

Ham Nation — Menu

This week, Dan Romanchik KB6NU ARDC Communications Manager & John Hays K7VE Outreach Manager join us to talk about their Amateur Radio Digital Communication foundation which provides grants, scholarships and other financial support toward technical innovation for amateur radio. Joe will talk about new things he is working on and Don brings up Amateur Radio Newsline!

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

73 de Mark N5HZR

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