SCARS News April 26, 2022


Update Your FCC Contact Info — Menu

Now is a good time to make sure that your contact information is up-to-date on your FCC license data. Last June the FCC required that all amateur radio license holders have a valid email address listed on their FCC records. The FCC uses two systems to keep track of hams and last year when I verified my information, one of those systems was horribly out of date! The SCARS website has a page dedicated to FCC contact information at https://w5nor.org/fcc/ and you will be able to find BOTH database change places listed there and here.

Update Your FCC FRN Data

You can update your FRN information at this link if you have your FRN and the password.

Update Your CORES Data

You can update your CORES information at this link if you have your email address and the password you used to create the CORES account.

Have Trouble?

As always, if you have trouble updating this information, feel free to visit our Tuesday Elmer Nights from 6:30 pm to 9:00 pm at Firehouse #7, or online via Zoom. More details on Elmer Nights are at https://w5nor.org/elmernights/.


Field Day is Coming — Menu

Every year the amateur radio operators from across North America join in the ARRL’s June Field Day. SCARS will be operating three main stations, a voice transmitter, a CW transmitter, and a digital transmitter at Firehouse #7. This year the activities will be on June 25 and 26th. Put this on your calendar and join us for 24 hours of fun. This is a great place to learn more about radio operations and practice any skills that you need to polish. In addition, we will be serving lunch, dinner, and breakfast, testing for amateur radio licenses, and performing a VHF fox hunt.

If you want to be involved, please contact Mark Clayton N5AZQ at hamsat2959@gmail.com.

More details will be available at https://w5nor.org/fd/.

Clear your schedule and see you there.


Marathon Success — Menu

It was cold, it was dreary, and it was rainy, but the 2021 Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon was a big success. 13,000 runners pounded the streets of OKC and made their attempt at the 26.2-mile course. This year the winner made it through in two hours, 24 minutes, and 54 seconds. You can’t even watch a decent movie in that amount of time. I applaud their efforts and look for a return to “full capacity” next year of 24,000 runners.

There were about 90 Oklahoma amateur radio operators in attendance working the medical tents, relay stations, EOC’s, backup EOC’s, net control stations, SAG wagons, and water/ice trucks. While there was constant traffic all day long, the event went smoothly and we didn’t encounter any difficulties. If you were one of those hams, I’m sure you have great stories to tell for the next year and THANK YOU very much for your participation. If you didn’t make the trip this year, please join us for the OKC 2022 Memorial Marathon. More details are available at: https://w5nor.org/marathon/.

See you there next April!!!


QRZ: Q. R. Zedd SK??? Menu

The ongoing Q. R. Zedd 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.

Over the past two years, we have republished each of these articles for you to see a snapshot of time through the pen of Jack Bickham. If you would like to read them again, I have assembled them on the web at https://w5nor.org/zedd/.

As avid fans of the great one, A5A, already know, Q. R. Zedd left for Neptune in 1990 and had planned to return in 2012. The crack newsletter staff and the assembled SCARS faithful have still not been able to hear his signal. We’ll still keep listening, and so should you. Turn on those radios, tune in all of the bands, listen, and respond to those weak signals. He may still be out there working QRPP or some mode that we have yet to discover…


New/Upgraded Hams

James, KI5UQN
Garret, KI5UQO
Roger, KI5UQQ
Martin, KI5UQR
Jeremy, KI5UQV
Kevin, KI5UQW
Jon, KI5URJ

each of whom earned Technician-class licenses as well as:
David, KI5UQP
Belinda, KI5UQS
Diana, KI5UQT
David, KI5UQU

each of whom earned General-class licenses as well as:
James, KG5LXV
Kevin, KI5TZS
each of whom upgraded to General-class licenses as well as:
Thomas, K5TLH
Randall, AI5GP (ex-KI5HCT)

each of whom upgraded to Amateur Extra.

Congratulations!

Next Exam Session: May 5


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 May 14, 2022, meeting starts at 9:30 am – Ken Sanborn KA5HFE will be presenting in person about building your own vertical portable and permanent antennas. – 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 May 5, 2022, 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 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 w5nor@w5nor.org. These don’t have to be polished articles; we’ll edit as required. Don’t forget a picture or two. Those pictures are 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.

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
11/5/2022 | Enid Hamfest | Location: Enid, OK
3/4/2023 | Elk City Hamfest | Location: Elk City, OK
4/7-8/2023 | Green Country Hamfest | Location: Claremore, OK
4/8/2023 | Ozark Con4 States QRP | Location: Branson, 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.


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 27

Relax and take an audio tour of the 10-meter band.

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


ARRL DX Bulletin — Menu

SB DX @ ARL $ARLD016
ARLD016 DX news

ZCZC AE16
QST de W1AW  
DX Bulletin 16  ARLD016
From ARRL Headquarters  
Newington CT  April 21, 2022
To all radio amateurs   

SB DX ARL ARLD016
ARLD016 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.

CYPRUS, 5B.  Philipp, DK6SP is QRV as 5B4AQC until May 2.  He is
emphasizing operations on the 30, 17, and 12 meter bands, as well as
6 meters, and Satellite QO-100, using CW and various digital modes.
QSL via LoTW.

MALDIVES, 8Q.  Braco, OE1EMS is QRV as 8Q7DX from Baa Atoll, IOTA
AS-013, until April 27.  Activity is holiday style on 80 to 6 meters
using CW and SSB.  QSL direct to E73Y.

UNITED ARAB EMIRATES, A6.  In honor of Zayed Humanitarian Day,
special event stations A60ZHD, and A60ZHD/0 to A60ZHD/15, are QRV
until April 24.  Activity is on the HF bands.  QSL via operators'
instructions.

MOZAMBIQUE, C9.  Pedro, CT7AHV is QRV as C91AHV from Chinonanquila,
Matola Rio until May 4, and only during weekdays.  Activity is on 40
to 10 meters using CW, SSB, and FT8.  QSL to home call.

FRANCE, F.  Special event station TM15SOTA will be QRV on April 23
and 24 to celebrate the 15 years of the Summits On The Air event.
QSL via operator's instructions.

AUSTRAL ISLANDS, FO.  Rob, N7QT, Walt, N6XG, Heye, DJ9RR, Gene,
K5GS, Steve, W1SRD, Melanie, N7BX and Doris, K0BEE are QRV as TX5N
from Raivavae Island, IOTA OC 144, until April 28.  Activity is on
160 to 10 meters using CW, SSB, and various digital modes.  QSL via
M0URX.

SAINT MARTIN, FS.  Marco, KC9FFV is QRV as FS/KC9FFV until the end
of 2022.  Activity is in his spare time on 40 to 6 meters.  QSL via
IZ1MHY.
       
VATICAN, HV.  Stations HV0A and HV1CN will be QRV on April 23 from
0500 to 1100z to mark International Marconi Day.  QSL direct to
IK0FVC.

MINAMI TORISHIMA, JD1.  Take, JG8NQJ/JD1 has been QRV using CW on 15
meters between 0800 and 1100z.  QSL via JA8CJY.
     
SVALBARD, JW.  A large group of operators are QRV as JW0X and
JW100QO from Longyearbyen until April 26.  Activity is on 160 to 6
meters using CW, SSB, RTTY, FT8 and FT8 in DXpedition mode, with
five stations active.  This includes being active on Satellite
QO-100.  QSL via M0URX.

ALAND ISLANDS, OH0.  Operators SP1EG, SP1QY and SQ3PMX are QRV as
OH0EG until April 29.  Activity is on 30 to 12 meters using CW, SSB,
and various digital modes.  QSL via LoTW.

DENMARK, OZ.  A group of operators are QRV as 5P5BI/p from Bornholm
Island, IOTA EU-030, until May 1.  Activity is on the HF bands with
three stations.  QSL via ON6EF.

PAPUA NEW GUINEA, P2.  Alberto, EA4PL is QRV as P29LL from Port
Moresby.  Activity is on the HF bands.  QSL via EA7FTR.

ST. KITTS AND NEVIS, V4.  John, W5JON is QRV as V47JA from Calypso
Bay, IOTA NA-104, until April 28.  Activity is on 160 to 6 meters
using SSB and FT8.  QSL direct to home call.

NORFOLK ISLAND, VK9N.  A group of operators are QRV as VK9NT until
April 25.  Activity is on 160 to 10 meters using CW, SSB, and FT8 in
DXpedition mode.  QSL via M0OXO.

ROMANIA, YO.  Special event station YO22WARD is QRV until April 25
as part of World Amateur Radio Day activity.  QSL via LoTW.

SERBIA, YU.  Special event station YU75ACR is QRV from the city of
Zajecar until December 31 to mark the jubilee of the foundation of
the Amateur Radio Union.  QSL via operators' instructions.

THIS WEEKEND ON THE RADIO.  The NCCC RTTY Sprint, NCCC Sprint, K1USN
Slow Speed CW Test, 10-10 International Spring Digital Contest, QRP
to the Field, SP DX RTTY Contest, Helvetia Contest, North American
SSB Sprint Contest, ANZAC Day Contest, UA1DZ Memorial Cup and BARTG
Sprint 75 are all on tap for this upcoming weekend.
    
The K1USN Slow Speed CW Test, QCX CW Challenge, OK1WC Memorial,
Worldwide Sideband Activity Contest, RTTYOPS Weeksprint, SKCC CW
Sprint, Phone Weekly Test, A1Club AWT, CWops Test, Mini-Test 40,
Mini-Test 80, 432 MHz Spring Sprint, CWops Test and UKEICC 80-Meter
contest are scheduled from April 25 to 27.
     
Please see April QST, page 74, and the ARRL and WA7BNM Contest web
sites for details.
NNNN
/EX

The latest ARRL DX Bulletin is always at the top hereARRL DX Bulletin


Amateur Radio Newsline — Menu

– HAM RADIO GOES SOLO ON THE HIGH SEAS OF THE PACIFIC
– TESLA CENTER HOSTS WORLD AMATEUR RADIO DAY FORUM
– VOA MUSEUM TO EXTEND HOURS DURING HAMVENTION
– GERMANY’S HAM RADIO FRIEDRICHSHAFEN TO BE A REUNION
– WIRELESS INSTITUTE OF AUSTRALIA PREPS FOR TASMANIA
– NOMINATE YOUNG AMATEURS FOR NEWSLINE AWARD
– ONLINE COURSE GETS UNDER WAY FOR CANADIAN LICENSE
– TEEN EMERGENCY RESPONSE TEAM GETS HIGH GOVERNMENT HONORS
– NASA SPECIAL EVENT STATIONS HONOR APOLLO 16 ANNIVERSARY
– WORLD OF DX
– KICKER: REMOTE POSSIBILITIES BRING THEM CLOSER TOGETHER

SCRIPT

AUDIO

The Amateur Radio Newsline can be found at ARNewsline.org.


W5KUB – Amateur Radio Roundtable Video

Tonight update on w5kub-110 on its second lap around the world. Open mic night for our viewers to join in by zoom or phone.

The W5KUB YouTube channel link is here: W5KUB YouTube.


Ham Nation — Menu

Tim Duffy joins us to talk about Contest University this year at HamVention. Ray Novak shares his adventures, Randy is back to talk about his new antenna project, Gordo brings us HamVention short shorts and we round things out with Amateur Radio Newsline.

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


73 de Mark N5HZR

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