SCARS News May 3, 2022


K5DNL Eight Band DXCC — Menu

Ken Roberson K5DNL recently received this DXCC eight-band award from the ARRL. This document certifies that Ken has confirmed QSO’s from at least 100 different entities across the globe on eight different amateur radio bands. Congratulations Ken! If you would like to know how he made all of these contacts feel free to visit with him on the SCARS virtual Elmer Nights. Ken usually joins us from his QTH in the Shawnee area.

His certificate is stored on the new SCARS Wall of Fame webpage at https://w5nor.org/fame/. On this page, we will track the accomplishments of our members. If you have a certificate, award, or accomplishment please send a copy of it, with a description to n5hzr@arrl.org and we’ll get it tacked on the wall.


Winlink Hamword Game — Menu

Today I’m announcing a Winlink version of the wildly popular Wordle game; Hamword.

Hamword is a Winlink-based game that mimics the wildly popular five-letter word guessing game, Wordle. If you don’t know this game, ask your spouse, kids, grandkids, neighbor, or someone who is addicted to this game. This game aims to give hams a way to practice their Winlink skills while having some fun guessing an unknown five-letter word.

The only thing you need to play the game is an amateur radio license and an active Winlink account. You can learn more about setting up Winlink at http://ok.arrl.org/nts/ntsoksoftware/.

How to Play
Once you have Winlink up and running, send a five-letter word via Winlink to the tactical call sign HAMWORD. The subject line can be anything you wish, and the message body should contain just your five-letter guess. Your messages will be graded and returned via a Winlink message at 0, 15, 30, and 45 minutes past the hour.

Response Key
The original game displays different colors for each letter, and since Winlink doesn’t allow text colors, you will receive a five-number “response key.” This key will tell you how close your guess is to the secret word. The numbers 0, 1, and 2 are displayed according to the following definitions:

0 means that the letter above the key is not seen in the word that you are guessing. (Similar to gray.)
1 means that the letter above the key is in the word you guessed, but it is in the wrong location. (Similar to yellow.)
2 means that the letter above the key is in the word you guessed, in the correct location. (Similar to green.)
More Information and Leaderboard
The game details, more information, and a couple of leaderboards and statistics are available at https://hambooks.org/hamword/.

Weekly Reset
The guessed word resets weekly at 00:00Z on Monday (Sunday evening in the United States). So, make your guesses throughout the week and make sure you solve the puzzle before the word resets. You have six chances to solve the puzzle each week.

Join the fun, good luck, enjoy Winlink and Hamword, and tell your friends!


31408 DMR WX Talkgroup — Menu

This week will be a great week to keep track of the severe weather in the area. One new way for you to keep up with the news would be to listen to the Oklahoma DMR Weather talkgroup, number 31408. On this channel, you will hear weather reports from across the state. This group meets every Saturday at 8:00 am to talk about the upcoming weather of the week, and there are usually updates at 8:00 am and 8:00 pm to discuss the weather. If you have a DMR radio, program it up to talkgroup 31408 using time slice 1 and you will be able to join along.

You can also listen to this talkgroup using your computer and web browser by clicking on this link.

And, if you have an Android phone, you can download the “Hoseline” app from the Google Play Store and listen to the 31408 talkgroup on your phone.

Keep your head on a swivel and keep listening to your local weather sources. Monday was a close call for a lot of us. Wednesday it’s all coming back!


mPING WX Reporting — Menu

Are raindrops falling on your head?

Are you getting hassled by hail? Is snow glistening in your treetops? The weather service needs your weather reports for our research!

GET THE mPING APP!

Download on the AppStore
Get it on Google play

The NOAA National Severe Storms Laboratory is collecting public weather reports through a free app available for smart phones or mobile devices. The app is called “mPING,” for Meteorological Phenomena Identification Near the Ground.

Download an mPING fact sheet (.pdf, 458 kB)

mPING reports are immediately archived into a database at The University of Oklahoma and are displayed on a map accessible to anyone.

To use the app, reporters select the type of weather that is occurring, and tap “submit.” The anonymous reports can be submitted as often as every minute.

WHAT DOES NOAA DO WITH THE REPORT I SEND?

Animation showing icons on the mPING report display

Weather radars cannot “see” at the ground, so mPING reports are used by the NOAA National Weather Service to fine-tune their forecasts. NSSL uses the data in a variety of ways, including to develop new radar and forecasting technologies and techniques.

Read about Dual Pol Radar research at NSSL→

The apps are available on iTunes and Google Play for use on both phones and tablets. Follow this project and others on the NSSL Facebook page.

The mPING app was developed through a partnership between NSSL, the University of Oklahoma, and the Cooperative Institute for Mesoscale Meteorological Studies and was included in Scientific American‘s list of 8 Apps That Turn Citizens into Scientists.


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 28

Should you invest in a Digital Multimeter (DMM)? As it turns out, a DMM doesn’t have to be expensive and it is more useful than you might imagine.

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


ARRL DX Bulletin — Menu

SB DX @ ARL $ARLD017
ARLD017 DX news

ZCZC AE17
QST de W1AW  
DX Bulletin 17  ARLD017
From ARRL Headquarters  
Newington CT  April 28, 2022
To all radio amateurs   

SB DX ARL ARLD017
ARLD017 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.

MAURITIUS, 3B8.  Lubo, OM5ZW is QRV as 3B8/OM5ZW until May 6.
Activity is holiday style on 80 to 10 meters using CW, SSB, RTTY,
and FT8.  QSL via LoTW.

MONTENEGRO, 4O.  Alex, YU0W is QRV as 4O/YU0W/p until May 1 during
various SOTA activations.  Activity is on 40, 30, and 20 meters
using mostly CW with some SSB.  QSL via bureau.

NEPAL, 9N.  Janusz, SP9FIH and Leszek, SP6CIK are QRV as 9N7WE and
9N7CI, respectively, until May 19.  Activity is on 40, 30, 17, 15,
12, 10, and 6 meters.  QSL to home calls.

BOTSWANA, A2.  Dave, VE7VR is QRV as A25VR until May 26 while on a
safari trip.  Activity is holiday style on 80 to 10 meters.  QSL to
home call.

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.

PORTUGAL, CT.   Members of the Coimbra Amateur Radio Association are
QRV with special call CS5ARC to celebrate their 24th anniversary.
Activity is on the HF bands.  QSL via CS5ARC.

URUGUAY, CX.  Members of the Radio Club CX1UA are QRV with special
call CW27U until May 8 to celebrate their 27th anniversary.  QSL via
IK2DUW.

PHILIPPINES, DU.  Michael, W6QT is QRV as DU3/W6QT from Subic Bay
during the month of May.  Activity is on 80 to 6 meters using SSB
and FT8.  An extension of his stay until mid-September is possible.
QSL to home call.

REPUBLIC OF KOREA, HL.  Buck, AC3IM is QRV as HL5/AC3IM until March
2023.  He plans to be QRV on 160 to 10 meters.  QSL via LoTW.

SVALBARD, JW.  A large group of operators will be QRV as JW4D from
May 3 to 8.  Activity will be on 80 to 10 meters using CW, SSB, and
various digital modes.  QSL via LA4D.

BULGARIA, LZ.  Members of the Bulgarian Radio Club Blagovestnik are
QRV as LZ330AL during the month of May to honor the memory of
Orthodox saints.  QSL via bureau.

FAROE ISLANDS, OY.  Luke, PD4L is QRV as OY/PD4L until May 1.
Activity is on the HF bands using mainly SSB, FT8, and FT4.  He may
be active using other modes as well.  QSL to home call.

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

GREECE, SV.  Members of the Western Peloponnes Amateur Radio
Association are QRV as SX335T during the month of May in recognition
of NATO Tiger Meet 2022.  QSL via LoTW.

CRETE, SV9.  Piotr, SQ6DX is QRV as SV9/SQ6DX until May 4.  Activity
is on 40 to 10 meters using SSB.  QSL to home call.

ST. KITTS AND NEVIS, V4.  Members of the St. Kitts and Nevis, and
Anguilla Amateur Radio Society are QRV as V49WARD until May 5.
Activity is on 80, 40, 20, and 17 meters using SSB from 0900 to
1300z, and then 2000 to 0000z.  QSL via operators' instructions.

NAMIBIA, V5.  Paul, ZS2PS is QRV as V5/ZS2PS from May to mid July.
Activity will be on 80, 60, 40, 30, 20, and 10 meters.  QSL via
LoTW.

CANADA, VE.  Special event station VB3Q70 is QRV in celebration of
Queen Elizabeth's II Platinum Jubilee.  Activity is on all bands and
modes.  QSL via VA3CX.

ANDAMAN AND NICOBAR ISLANDS, VU4.  Yuris, YL2GM, Deepak, VU2CDP and
Monoj, VU2CPL will be QRV as VU4W from Andaman Island, IOTA AS-001,
from May 3 to 16.  Activity will be on all HF bands.  QSL via YL2GN.

THIS WEEKEND ON THE RADIO.  NCCC RTTY Sprint, NCCC CW Sprint, K1USN
Slow Speed CW Test, Feld Hell Sprint, SBMS 2.3 GHz and Up Contest
and Club Challenge, Russian World Wide MultiMode Contest, UK/EI DX
CW Contest, Florida QSO Party and the AGCW QRP/QRP CW Party are all
on tap for this upcoming weekend.

The K1USN Slow Speed CW Test, ICWC Medium Speed CW Test, OK1WC
Memorial CW, ARS Spartan CW Sprint, Worldwide Sideband Activity
Contest, RTTYOPS Weeksprint, Phone Weekly Test, A1Club AWT CW, CWops
Test, VHF-UHF FT8 Activity Contest, Mini-Test 40 CW, Mini-Test 80 CW
and MIE 33 Contest are scheduled for May 2 to 5.
     
Please see April QST, page 74, May QST, page 71, and the ARRL and
WA7BNM Contest web sites for details.
NNNN
/EX

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Amateur Radio Newsline — Menu

– BOSNIA’S EARTHQUAKE BRINGS RAPID RADIO RESPONSE
– FCC SEEKS COMMENT ON IMPROVING RECEIVERS’ REJECTION OF RFI
– FCC CRACKS DOWN ON ‘HAZARDOUS’ DRONE TRANSMITTERS
– US GOVERNMENT TO STUDY PROPAGATION USING SATELLITE-BASED SENSORS
– ARRL, RSGB MAKING CHANGES AT HELM OF NEWS MEDIA
– HAM RADIO WORKSHOP FROM HURRICANE CONFERENCE NOW ON YOUTUBE
– HAMS PREP FOR ARMED FORCES DAY CROSS-BAND EXERCISE
– MAINE AMATEURS RECEIVE TRAINING TO ASSIST DISASTER RESPONDERS
– FCC FILING SYSTEM SHUTS DOWN ON FIRST DAY OF NEW FEE
– INDIAN ENGINEERING SCHOOL HOSTS 2-DAY INTRO TO AMATEUR RADIO
– NOMINATE NEXT ‘YOUNG HAM OF THE YEAR’
– WORLD OF DX
– KICKER: TURNING ‘CHILDREN’S DAY’ INTO ‘RADIO DAY’

SCRIPT

AUDIO

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


W5KUB – Amateur Radio Roundtable Video

Tonight: an update on w5kub-110 on its third lap around the world. Martin Jue founder of MFJ enterprises joins us.

The W5KUB YouTube channel link is here: W5KUB YouTube.


Ham Nation — Menu

Support the stream: https://streamlabs.com/hoshnasi The ARRL Field Services Manager Mike Walters W8ZY joins us to talk about the ARRL Foundation. Jocelyn Brault KD8VRX and Lee Hite K8CLI tell about the extended hours at the Voice Of America for Hamvention, Gordo brings us a short on NOISE, Don brings us Amateur Radio Newsline and Joe rounds out the show with his new kits!

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


73 de Mark N5HZR

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