In This Issue…
- 100th Year of Trans-Atlantic TX
- Stockyards City Parade Communications
- Happy Thanksgiving
- QRZ083: Eat Your Heart Out, Boris
- 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
100th Year of Trans-Atlantic TX — Menu
From the 1BCG.org website.
In 1921, on December 9, 10, 11, radio amateurs who were members of both the Radio Club of America (RCA) and the American Radio Relay League (ARRL) successfully spanned the Atlantic Ocean for the first time, from the United States to Ardrossan Scotland, with Morse code signals. Not only were the signals heard in Scotland, but also in Amsterdam Holland (3,600 miles), England, Germany, Puerto Rico, Vancouver British Columbia in Canada, Catalina island California (2,470 mi.), and the State of Washington.
The transmitter on the U.S. side, station 1BCG, was located in a 10 ft. x 14 ft. wooden hut in a farmer’s field in Greenwich Connecticut. The transmitter had an input power of 990 watts, a T cage antenna, 100 feet long and 70 feet high with a radial counterpoise, and the wavelength used was 230 meters (1.3 MHz).
This Transatlantic Test Project, which was conceived of by radio amateurs, proved that even with modest equipment, the Atlantic Ocean could be spanned with shortwave signals, opening up improved communications for many more purposes. These “short” wavelengths below 200 meters had been considered useless by commercial and governmental interests, resulting in the Radio Act of 1912 banning amateur activity in the wavelengths longer than 200 meters. As a result of the successful efforts of radio amateurs in the Transatlantic Test Project, over the last 100 years, many experimenters and inventors became focused on continually improving wireless technologies and devices. The direct results of that invention are smartphones, smartwatches, smart TVs, wireless Internet routers, GPS tracking devices, and Bluetooth headsets. All of which depend on wireless technologies. Those pioneers 100 years ago could never have envisioned the way society has been enabled and transformed by wireless!
How Can You Listen To This History on 1.821 MHz (+-)
2021 marks the 100th year anniversary of the historic Transatlantic Tests. On December 11, 2021, the 1BCG replica transmitter will be operating as W2AN/1BCG on 1.821 MHz, plus or minus, using CW, from the Vintage Radio and Communications Museum of Connecticut. Transmissions from W2AN/1BCG will be one-way, just like the original transatlantic tests in 1921. You can get an SWL certificate for this Special Event by sending a copy of the transmitted message to 1BCG@AntiqueWireless.org
Schedule: Transmissions start on December 11, 2021, on 1.820 mhz, +/-, at 1800 EST or 2300 UTC, then every 15 minutes thereafter for a total of five hours thusly; 1815, 1830, 1845, 1900, 1915, 1930, 1945, 2000, 2015, 2030, 2045, 2100, 2115, 2130, 2145, 2200, 2215, 2230 and the last transmission at 2245 EST.
This special event is your opportunity to relive a historic moment in amateur radio history.
The ARRL activities are explained here http://www.arrl.org/transatlantic
The Antique Wireless Association activities are explained here https://www.antiquewireless.org/homepage/history-1921-12-11/
The Radio Club of America’s activities are explained here https://www.radioclubofamerica.org/content.aspx?page_id=22&club_id=500767&module_id=475160
The Radio Society of Great Britain’s activities are explained here https://rsgb.org/main/activity/transatlantic-tests/
Stockyards City Parade Communications — Menu
Each year the Cowboy Christmas Parade in Historic Stockyards City brings Santa to the local community! Each year amateur radio operators provide communications to help stage and operate the parade. The festivities kick off at 10:00 a.m. with the Longhorns leading the parade. They also have antique cars, tractors, community groups, equestrian clubs, law enforcement, pageant royalty, and the famous Cowboy Santa! Following the parade, there will be pictures with Cowboy Santa.
The Edmond Amateur Radio Society (EARS) is coordinating this effort and they need some additional amateur radio operators to help with the communications. If you are looking for a way to use your amateur radio gear and skills to help the community, please sign up at https://k5eok.org/stockyards-city-cowboy-christmas-parade/.
Happy Thanksgiving — Menu
Each year we stop and give thanks for lots of things in our own world. Whether you stop and celebrate with family, friends, others, by yourself, with catered food, pot-lucks, restaurants, or a ham sandwich, join me to be thankful for the amateur radio community. I am often asked what’s the best thing about amateur radio, and my answer is all of the people. Our radio gear is often built by people we know, supported by people we know, and enjoyed by people we know. We learn with people we know, from people we know, and are tested by people we know. The hobby is so vast that each of us relies on the others to make things happen.
Happy Thanksgivin’ ya’ll!
QRZ083: Eat Your Heart Out, Boris — 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 July 1988 issue of the Collector and Emitter.
(Special to C&E)
NORTH POLE — (Second of 2 reports) Q. R. Zedd, MA, made history here recently with his epic North Pole DXpedition.
Zedd, whose home is at Honor Roll Ranch, just a hoot and a holler south of town, is the world’s greatest DXer a’ title he cemented forever with his exploits at this frigid outpost beyond the ken of civilization.
Zedd was accompanied on his trip by his bride, the blond, nubile Tondelayo; his son Zepp, age 1; Momma Zedd of Mena, Ark.; nerdly Homer Klott, and a reporter from Collector & Emitter.
In our last report we told how Zedd outsmarted a Russian team led by Boris Badenov, Soviet DXer, to find the pole. The remainder of the story follows:
2030Z — Zedd, Momma and Tondelayo have now been operating more than one hour. Zedd has racked up 13K QSOs, Momma 11K and Tondelayo 10.5K.
Homer Klott is still screaming, but more faintly, in the latrine pit.
“QRZ?” says Zedd, thumbing his mike as he logs the last 15 contacts.
A voice booms over the pileup:
“Zapp, you capitalist swine! We made one little mistake and you take advantage of it you don’t play fair you pig! Us great Russian radio sportsmen demand you get out of North Pole camp, let us good guys operate there!”
“QSY, Badenov,” Zedd says. “You bore me.”
A shrill female voice comes back:
“Ziff, this is Natasha, and you don’t get out of North Pole, I will stick you with my knife! You are oink! You never even send me home address that cute hunk, WB5RZX!”
Zedd had been listening to the signals down under. “I QSL the 5 and 9 from W5MCN, W5OU, KD5IT, W5NUT, WB5RZX and WA5MLT,” he says. “You also are all 5 and 9, QSL?”
“You got that cute WB5RZX on frequency? I want talk to that cute boy! You tell him QSY up five, QSL? Or you get stuck my my knife two times!”
Zedd kept on logging.
2036Z — The rigs all go dead at once. Zedd bounds out of his chair. Runs outside. Homer has finally gotten out of the pit and fallen over the power cords running from the generator. He has unplugged everything.
2038Z — Power is on again. Homer has been thrown back into the latrine pit.
2325Z — The QSO total is now over 35K. Young Zepp has been given a turn at the keyer on 75 meter CW, and he sends pretty nicely, but his handwriting in the logbook is atrocious. Tondelayo takes over from him. He cries and dirties his pants. They freeze. He will just have to tough it out until morning. This is serious.
1956Z – The sounds of aircraft engines and trucks come distantly across the ice floes. The C&E reporter runs outside and verifies that the Soviet DXpedition is de-camping and heading back toward Siberia. There is some final language from Boris Badenov that should not be allowed on the airwaves.
“Sounds as bad as a Clipperton pileup,” Zedd notes.
0230Z — Homer gets out of the latrine pit again. He comes into the tent. He looks real blue.
“I wanna talk,” he whimpers.
Zedd pauses, thinking about it. “Maybe,” he decides grimly, “it will make a man out of you.”
He hands Homer the mike. “You remember your radio manners and lingo?” Zedd asks.
“Ten four!” Homer cries.
Zedd gets out a snowball to use as a handwarmer and lets Homer have at it.
Homer keys the mike.
“Hey, good buddies, you got the Big Red Road Runner here, how copy, come on back?”
Zedd whops Homer up alongside of the head with the snowball and takes over again.
1600Z — It is nearing the time when this historic DXpedition must close its 24-hour run. The temperature inside the tent is minus 74 degrees. Breath has frozen into a sheet-ice layer four inches thick inside the nylon walls. We are almost out of gas. Homer has stopped crying from the latrine pit. Young Zepps’s pants are so stiff he can’t kick. Momma, Tondelayo and the C&E reporter are exhausted and near death from the cold.
Zedd, now on CW, presses on, making about 65 contacts a minute with each hand.
It is dark and cold at the pole.
But all of us bask in the radiance of the great one’s greatness.
1704Z — A5A goes QRT.
1705Z — We take one more contact. It is the president, from the White House. The President weeps out of pride to be an American, like Zedd. He asks Zedd to come to Washington and teach him how to become an amateur radio operator.
Zedd is gracious, naturally.
1735Z – Camp is struck. We fly out of there.
1744Z — “Good grief!” cries Tondelayo.
“What?” we all chorus, still doing the Hardy Boys number.
“We forgot Homer!”
A vote is scheduled on whether to go back and get him.
We decide to vote tomorrow.
We wing on southward toward distant Calgary. Behind us, it sounds like our camp is still on the air. It has been so cold that some of our signal reports are just thawing out enough to get transmitted out of the immediate area of the antenna.
“Wonderman,” Tondelayo tells Zedd, revealing a new (and accurate) pet name for him, “you should write up this phenomenon for QST!”
The great one says he’ll think about it. We are silently respectful.
Please join the SCARS Exam Team in welcoming the following new amateurs to the air:
who earned a Technician class license.
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 December 11, 2021, meeting starts at 9:30 am – “More Arduino for Ham Radio” author Glen Popiel KW5GP will be our guest presenter. – 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 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 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 email@example.com. 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.
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 23
Q-Signals are as old as amateur radio itself and they are still in use today. Although originally intended for CW use, you’ll hear them in voice communication as well.
ARRL Letter — Menu
- Registration Opens for the 2022 ARRL National Convention in Orlando
- Russia’s Destruction of an Orbiting Satellite Raises Space Debris Concerns
- ARRL Podcasts Schedule
- Ham Radio Volunteers Support Communication for Tour de Lincoln Bicycle Event
- ARRL Learning Network Webinars
- Amateur Radio in the News
- AREx Says Artemis 2 Proposal Process was Instructive
- In Brief…
- The K7RA Solar Update
- Just Ahead in Radiosport
- Upcoming Section, State, and Division Conventions
ARRL DX Bulletin — Menu
SB DX @ ARL $ARLD046 ARLD046 DX news ZCZC AE46 QST de W1AW DX Bulletin 46 ARLD046 From ARRL Headquarters Newington CT November 18, 2021 To all radio amateurs SB DX ARL ARLD046 ARLD046 DX news This week's bulletin was made possible with information provided by AA3B, 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. MAURITIUS, 3B8. Operators G0CKV, KX7M, M0CFW, M0SDV and W6NV will be QRV as 3B8/home calls, and 3B8HA, from November 22 to December 1. Activity will be on the HF bands. They will be active as 3B8M in the upcoming CQ World Wide DX CW contest. QSL 3B8M and 3B8HA via M0OXO, and all others via operators' instructions. UGANDA, 5X. John Paul, KN6NNF is QRV as 5X3Z from Kubamitwe. Activity is on 80 to 10 meters using FT8. QSL via LoTW. SOMALIA, 6O. Ali, EP3CQ is QRV as 6O1OO from Mogadishu until the first week in December while on work assignment. Activity is mostly on 40, 30 and 20 meters using FT8 and FT4, but also CW and SSB. QSL direct to home call. BAHRAIN, A9. Members of the Bahrain Amateur Radio Society are QRV with special event call sign A91WTVD until November 21 to commemorate World Television Day. QSL via EC6DX. BAHAMAS, C6. Brian, ND3F will be QRV as C6AQQ from New Providence Island, IOTA NA-001, from November 24 to December 7. Activity is on the HF bands. He plans to be active in the upcoming CQ World Wide DX CW contest as a Single Op/All Band/Low Power entry. QSL via EA5GL. COMOROS, D6. Don, K6ZO will be QRV as D60AB from November 22 to 29. Activity will be on the HF bands using CW and SSB. This includes being an entry in the upcoming CQ World Wide DX CW contest. QSL direct to home call. SOUTH SHETLAND ISLANDS. Lee, DS4NMJ is QRV as DT8A as part of a scientific team on the King Se-Jong Korean Antarctic Base on King George Island, IOTA AN-010, until December 31. Activity is on the HF bands using CW, SSB and FT8. QSL via DS5TOS. BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA, E7. Special event call sign E7BOSNIA is QRV from the ancient royal cities of Bobovac, Visoko, and Jajce until November 28 to celebrate Statehood Day of Bosnia and Herzegovina. QSL via the bureau. SPAIN, EA. Special event station AM500ESP will be QRV from November 20 to 27 to commemorate Magellan's circumnavigation of the globe. Activity will be on the HF, and V/UHF bands using CW, SSB, SSTV and various digital modes. QSL via EA7URF. MAYOTTE, FH. Don, K6ZO is QRV as FH/K6ZO until November 22. Activity is on the HF bands using CW and SSB. QSL direct to home call. ST. BARTHELEMY, FJ. Dario, KP4DO is QRV as FJ/KP4DO until November 24. Activity is mainly on 20 meters, but also on 40, 17, and 10 meters as propagation permits. QSL direct to home call. ARUBA, P4. John, W2GD will be QRV as P44W from November 22 to 20. Activity will be on 30, 17 and 12 meters as time permits. He will be active in the upcoming CQ World Wide DX CW contest. QSL direct to N2MM. BONAIRE, PJ4. Operators K4BAI and KU8E will be QRV as PJ4/home calls from November 24 to December 1. Activity will be on the HF bands. They will be active as PJ4A in the upcoming CQ World Wide DX CW contest. QSL all calls to K4BAI. MALI, TZ. Ulmar, DK1CE is QRV as TZ1CE from Bamako until December 8. Activity is on 160 to 6 meters using CW, possibly SSB, and FT8. QSL to home call. ANTIGUA AND BARBUDA, V2. Bud, AA3B, will be QRV as V26K from Antigua, IOTA NA-100, from November 21 to 29. Activity will be on the HF bands using CW. This includes being active in the upcoming CQ World Wide DX CW contest as a Single Op/All Band/Low Power entry. QSL to home call. BELIZE, V3. Damian, G4LHT is QRV as V31HT from San Pedro Ambergris Caye until November 29. Activity is on 40 to 10 meters using SSB and FT8. QSL via G4LHT. ANTARCTICA. Sebastian, SQ1SGB is QRV as VP8/SQ1SGB while working on the Halley VIa Base until the end of January 2022. Activity is in his spare time on 40 meters using SSB. QSL via EB7DX. INDIA, VU. Special event station AU2JCB will be QRV from November 19 to December 14 to commemorate Jagadish Chandra Bose's birthday. Activity will be on 80, 40, 20, 15 and 10 meters using SSB, with FM on 10 meters and 6 meters. QSL direct to VU2DSI. THIS WEEKEND ON THE RADIO. The ARRL SSB Sweepstakes Contest, ARRL EME Contest, NCCC RTTY Sprint, QRP 80-Meter CW Fox Hunt, NCCC CW Sprint, YO International PSK31 Contest, K1USN Slow Speed CW Test, LZ DX Contest, All Austrian 160-Meter CW Contest, REF 160-Meter Contest, Feld Hell Sprint, RSGB 1.8 MHz CW Contest, Homebrew and Oldtime Equipment Party, FISTS Sunday CW Sprint and the Run for the Bacon QRP CW Contest will certainly keep contesters busy this upcoming weekend. Please see November QST, page 79, 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
– WELCOMING THE NEWEST HAMS IN SPACE
– ISS ASTRONAUTS DODGE DEBRIS
– SMALL ANTENNA, BIG POSSIBILITIES
– END OF AN ERA FOR HAM-OWNED BUSINESS IN NEW ZEALAND
– GRANT HELPS IRISH RADIO GROUP UPGRADE STORM-HIT STATION
– WYOMING AMATEURS HELP COUNTY TEST EMCOMM TRAILER
– TWO-DAY CELEBRATION OF INDIAN AMATEURS’ 100 YEARS
– FRANCE DROPS FEE FOR AMATEUR EXAM
– NETS OF NOTE: THE ILLINI NET’S BUSY WITH POSTGRADUATE ACTIVITIES
– WORLD OF DX
– KICKER: REMEMBERING RUDY HUBBARD WA4PUP SK
The Amateur Radio Newsline can be found at ARNewsline.org.
W5KUB – Amateur Radio Roundtable Video
Tonight we add a new member to the team. Raisa R1BIG from Russia joins us. Alan talk about oscilloscopes, Tom discusses backup power, Glen tells us about an Arduino project
The W5KUB YouTube channel link is here: W5KUB YouTube.
Ham Nation — Menu
This week, Gordo explains the finer points of setting up radios in vehicles. Randy talks about his experience on the #FT8off FT8 sprint, Dr. Tamitha Skov joins us live for space weather and Don wraps things up with Amateur Radio Newsline.
The last half-dozen or so episodes are linked right here: Ham Nation
73 de Mark N5HZR