SCARS News May 31, 2022


June VHF Contest is Coming — Menu

By Randy Wing N0LD

VHF Contesters!

Alex – KB9DUK, and Randy – N0LD would like to invite you to make contacts with us in this weekend’s VHF contest! Rules @ June VHF (arrl.org) The new rules allow for digital-only entries – we’ll be operating primarily digital and voice.

Please pass this information along to clubs, other VHF contesters, and other would-be VHF contesters!

This will NOT be a grid-circle intensive schedule – we are available.   Our single N0LD/r is equipped with FM, Digital, and USB equipment.  Find us both on FM on 52.525 FM, 146.52, 223.5, and 446.  On USB we will be on 50.125, 144.200, 222.1, and 432.1.  N0LD/R is also equipped on bands up through 1.2 GHz in this contest.  N0LD/r will be on the air while enroute despite several sizable stops along the way.

Randy, N0LD and Alex, KG9DUK will be operating N0LD/R as a CLASSIC Rover from 1 PM Saturday, June 2022 through 9 PM Sunday, June 12, 2022 CST.  Our route is graphically and tabularly provided in the attached N0LD Rover PDF file.   Randy’s number is 636-459-0964, I prefer to text.  If I don’t answer, that means I am really busy, so please understand.  Our route timing is more important than one more difficult QSO that we might not be able to work, so sometimes we have to make hard decisions!

We intend to operate one grid circle in a SE OK Grid square corner (EM13, EM14, EM23, EM24) with one other rover on Sunday morning between 9:30 and 11:30 am CST.  We will have a focus on the other rover during this time, we will be available before and after this time at the grid corner.  If you do try to squeeze a QSO in with us during this time, please do it on USB.

It is acceptable, per the ARRL rules, to coordinate skeds via phone and repeater, just not confirm the contacts over the phone.  Please honor the rules.  All contest contacts must take place without DMR, repeaters, and satellites (except the moon).  However, you can COORDINATE and SKED using these capabilities before the contact… just not during and after. 

We will be using the WSJT -> settings -> Advanced tab => “Special operating activity” of “NA VHF Contest”.  

We will also be using the new scheme of WSJT-X 2.5.4 messages that assist in moving people to other VHF bands using WSJT-X.  Please note the message you may see at the end of a QSO might look like this:

https://www.physics.princeton.edu/pulsar/K1JT/wsjtx-doc/wsjtx-main-2.5.3.html#TXMACROS

You may see a VHF Contest message that looks like the attached “QSY Info.jpg” come from me… it may look like this:

Yourcall B8 174

That means you are being requested to go the B band (2m) and 8 (FT8) and go to 144.174.

If you see:

Yourcall AV 135

That means you are being requested to qsy to the A band (6m) and V (voice or USB) and to qsy to 50.135.

If you see a AW, BW, CW, or DW – you guessed right that means QSY to a CW mode.

Randy Wing, N0LD & Alex Naas, KG9DUK Operating as N0LD/R during the June 2022 ARRL VHF Contest


Lewis & Clark Trail On The Air — Menu

Introduction

The Lewis and Clark Trail on the Air special event is an on-air activity that commemorates the historic Lewis and Clark Trail. The trail covers 4900 miles through 16 states. This includes the disembarkation from Camp Dubois and what is referred to as the Eastern Legacy. The event is sponsored by the Clark County Amateur Radio Club with support and participation from clubs in all 16 states along the historic trail.

Event Summary

Date: June 4th, 2022 to June 19th, 2022 (June 3rd, 5pm Pacific – June 19th, 5pm Pacific)

Time Start: 0000 UTC

Time Ends: 2400 UTC

Operating Hours: 24 hrs/day for the duration of the event

Simple Rules: Contact one club in each of the 16 states on the historic Lewis and Clark Trail. Operating modes include SSB Phone, FM Phone (for 2 meters only), CW, and FT8. Any combination of modes counts toward working all 16 states is allowed. A schedule for planned operations for each state will be posted on this website.

Certificate: Certificates can be requested for two classes of participation:

  • Expedition Partner Certificate: Any station working all 16 states is eligible for the Expedition Partner Certificate. Example
  • Trail Companion Certificate: Any station working 1-15 states is eligible for a Trail Companion Certificate. Example

Participants making contact with activating stations from one or more states will be able to purchase a certificate after the event. Certificates can be delivered either as an emailed PDF, or printed on high-quality paper and shipped. The certificates will cost $5 and the paper version will have an additional $3.50 printing and shipping charge, bringing its cost to $8.50.

On the Air Exchange: The on-air exchange will include: Call sign and the name of the operator. Additional information such as a signal report or a Parks on the Air park designation may also be logged but is not required.

Logs: Only the activating stations in each of the 16 states along the trail will submit logs. Logs are not required from hunting stations. However, it is courteous to submit your personal log to Logbook of the World or another logging entity. Please submit your request for a certificate by August 31st of the activation year.

History: 2022 is the inaugural event for this activity.

Information: For more information, please send us a message at lctota.info@w7aia.org.


Repeater Etiquette — Menu

To encourage proper operating guidelines, we provide members a guide to repeater etiquette and operating guidelines. Our on-the-air guidelines are listed here and are available on the SCARS website at https://w5nor.org/repeateretiquette/ Following these will help new members and not-so-new members get up to speed with the protocols, language, topics, and operations on shared radio systems.

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has created rules and regulations that govern amateur radio. These rules and regulations are listed in Title 47, Chapter I, Subchapter D,  Part 97 of the Code of Federal Regulations. Hams usually call these the “Part 97” rules. Those rules discuss what hams are legally allowed to do.

However, just because you can do it doesn’t mean that you should do it. Learning what you should do usually takes many years and involves a lot of hard lessons. In an attempt to help learn these lessons quicker, we have created this repeater etiquette guide.

Repeaters allow us to amplify our signal to allow others to hear our voices. SCARS repeaters, and all others, typically have hundreds of people listening at all times. This could be hams, family members of hams, people listening to scanners, city officials, or people listening on the Internet rebroadcast or recording, anywhere on the planet. When you are heard on a repeater, your performance should be representative of the host club.

Follow these guidelines and you will quickly become a better operator.

Protocol

  • Take time to listen to the repeater for a while before you transmit. If you are new to the area, listen to get a feel for the operation of the locals. Otherwise, listen for at least 30 seconds to make sure you aren’t barging into a conversation.
  • To transmit, key your microphone, wait for a second, and then start talking. Repeaters and receivers have a built-in delay that may chop off the first few syllables of your statement. Hold the button firmly while you are talking. Be sure to let go of the button when you are finished.
  • Transmit your callsign when you start talking. This lets the other people listening know who you are. While the person you are talking to may know your voice, others listening may not.
  • If you wish to announce that you are listening to the repeater and are willing to converse, give your callsign and the words “listening” or “monitoring.” Stay on the channel for at least a minute because others may take a while to respond. CQ is not used on repeaters.
  • To call another station, transmit their callsign and then your callsign. Be sure to pause before you start talking. If you get no response, make this call again. If you still get no response, simply transmit your callsign and the words “clear”, or “listening”, or “monitoring”.
  • Resist the urge to quickly key to respond to a transmission. Provide a brief pause between transmissions to allow others to join in. People breaking into a conversation will transmit their call sign when the current operator unkeys.
  • Promptly acknowledge any stations that transmit their call and permit them to either join the conversation or make a quick call.
  • You do not need to wait for the repeater transmitter to drop. There are about four seconds between the courtesy tone and the repeater transmitter dropping. Let two of them go by and then key the microphone.
  • Commuting hours are popular for many mobile stations. Repeaters exist to help extend the range of mobiles and portables. Be courteous and give them priority during commuting hours.
  • Do not “kerchunk” a repeater by clicking the microphone button to see if you are in range. If you need to range check your radio, key the microphone, transmit your callsign, and then wait for the repeater to respond.
  • To ask for a radio check, key your microphone, transmit your callsign, and then the words “radio check”. More often than not, you’ll get someone to respond.
  • If you are in an emergency situation, use the word “emergency”. You will get a much better response than if you use other codewords. When someone responds, keep them informed of your situation until you announce that the emergency is over.

Language

  • Watch what you say when you key your microphone. Speak as if your mother is in the room. Avoid ‘mild’ obscenities, including suggestive phrases and innuendos.
  • Speak as if you were talking to someone face-to-face.
  • Don’t use the word “break” to join a conversation. If you want to be involved, simply transmit your callsign. Some regions reserve the word “break” for announcing an emergency.
  • Use plain language and avoid jargon or acronyms that may be prominent in your ‘day-job’, or on HF. Others may not fully understand what your acronym means.

Topics

  • Do not monopolize the repeater. If others turn off their radios because they can hardly talk to someone except you, something is wrong.
  • Be upbeat and courteous. Don’t be the guy that’s always complaining about other hams, the repeater, or some aspect of the hobby.
  • Do not discuss the topics of politics, religion, or make disparaging remarks. While you and the person you are talking to may share certain beliefs, there are hundreds of other listeners that probably have differing opinions. Typically this results in hams turning off their radios and reduces group participation.
  • If you frequently receive jamming interference, it may be a sign that you may need to adjust your use of the repeater. This isn’t always the case, but history has shown that jammers respond to those that have caused the most friction.

Operation

  • Don’t cough, sneeze, or clear your throat on-the-air. Unkey the microphone as you feel these coming on.
  • If you hear someone trying to “jam” a transmission, or disrupt the normal repeater operation, ignore them. These people are looking for attention and typically go away if ignored. “Please don’t feed the trolls.”
  • If you feel that you need to interrupt an existing conversation, remember it is no more polite to do so on the air than if you did it face-to-face.
  • Follow a roundtable, or rotation format to allow 3 or more hams to participate in a conversation. Don’t ignore people by not passing to them for several turns.
  • Perform your legally required station identifications every 10 minutes. Use the repeater timer, or the other station as your guide. When you hear the controller identify the repeater, you should give your callsign on the next transmission.
  • Using the phrase “for ID” with your callsign is not required, or encouraged.
  • Perform your legally required station identification at the end of your conversation. Simply give your callsign. You do not need to repeat the callsign of the other operators.
  • Don’t use any CB phrases, slang, or verbiage. Use plain language.
  • Respond to calls that you aren’t familiar with. It’s a great way to meet new people and hear new stories. They may be a new ham, or new to the area, and are looking for a conversation.

Have fun and enjoy the machines. Should you have a question or would like to add to this list, please send a message to w5nor@w5nor.org.


Stressful Situations — Menu

We’re working on a project to help train radio communicators to manage the stress they see, and generate, during amateur radio operations. To help produce more real-world training scenarios, it would be nice to have some examples that have occurred or may occur when we are deployed as radio communicators, or when we are listening to nets, communications, or group activities.

These can be situations:

  • you heard on the radio,
  • times when you interacted with another agency (NOAA, FEMA, Red Cross, Salvation Army, EOC) and a situation frustrated you,
  • times when you interacted with the general public and you inadvertently caused some stress when relaying a message,
  • times when you interacted with the general public and they caused some stress in you,
  • and a whole lot more…

So, if you have some examples, keep names out of the stories, and please send them to me at n5hzr@arrl.org. I will anonymize the stories to keep any personalities out of the scenes. Thanks for your help!


New/Upgraded Hams

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

Robert KI5VEC
Amanda KI5VFK
Gary KI5VFL

each of whom earned Technician-class licenses as well as:

Scott KI5OLN

who upgraded to a General-class license.

Congratulations to all!

Upcoming Exam Sessions: June 2nd, Field Day (June 25th), July 7th, August 4th

Next Exam Session: June 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 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 June 11, 2022, meeting starts at 9:30 am – Jon Jeitz W5JWZ will be presenting about Parks On The Air (POTA) activations. After the meeting, we will be heading to the East Sentinal Park at Lake Thunderbird so you can operate a POTA station. Bring your radio/antenna or just operate ours. – 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 June 2, 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.

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
5/19-21/2023 | Dayton Hamvention | Location: Xenia, OH

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 29

Discover what “FM” really means, and how it is different from “AM.”

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


ARRL DX Bulletin — Menu

SB DX @ ARL $ARLD021
ARLD021 DX news

ZCZC AE21
QST de W1AW  
DX Bulletin 21  ARLD021
From ARRL Headquarters  
Newington CT  May 26, 2022
To all radio amateurs   

SB DX ARL ARLD021
ARLD021 DX news

This week's bulletin was made possible with information provided by
HA7VK, W2GD, LNDX, 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.

TUNISIA, 3V.  Ash, 3V9A will be QRV as 3V8SS in the CQ World Wide
WPX CW contest as a Single Op/All Band/Low Power entry.  QSL via
LX1NO.

GUINEA, 3X.  Jean-Philippe, F1TMY is now QRV as 3X1A from Conakry.
This may include being active from Los Island, IOTA AF-051.  QSL via
Clublog.

GEORGIA, 4L.  Vaho, 4L8A will be active in the CQ World Wide WPX CW
contest as a Single Op/Single Band on 15 meters entry.  QSL via
M0OXO.

KUWAIT, 9K.  Look for Abdallah, 9K2K to be QRV in the CQ World Wide
WPX CW contest.  QSL via EC6DX.
     
THE GAMBIA, C5.  Gerard, F5NVF, Abdel, M0NPT and Luc, F5RAV are QRV
as C5B from Bijol Island, IOTA AF-060, until June 7.  Activity is on
80 to 10 meters using CW, SSB, FT8, FT4, and on Satellite QO-100.
QSL via LoTW.

CHILE, CE.  Luis, CX1EK is QRV as CE2ML.  He will be active as XR2K
in the CQ World Wide WPX CW contest as a Single Op/Single Band entry
on 10 meters.  QSL to home call.

CAPE VERDE, D4.  Pierre, HB9AMO, Philippe, HB9ARF and Marco, HB9CAT
will be QRV as D4Z from Sao Vicente, IOTA AF-086, in the CQ World
Wide WPX CW contest.  QSL via IK2NCJ.

GUADELOUPE, FG.  Reiner, DL2AAZ is QRV as TO2AZ from Basseterre
Island, IOTA NA-102, until June 10.  Activity is on 40 to 10 meters
using CW and SSB.  QSL to home call.

MARTINIQUE, FM.  Mar, ON4RU will be QRV as TO3F in the CQ World Wide
WPX CW contest.  QSL direct to home call.

HUNGARY, HA.  Operators HA0NAR, HA0HV, and HA7VK are QRV with
special call HG22TISZA as part of the Tisza Cup contest.  They will
also be active in the CQ World Wide WPX CW contest as a Multi Op
entry.  QSL via LoTW.

MINAMI TORISHIMA, JD1.  Take, JG8NQJ is QRV as JG8NQJ/JD1 until June
16.  He has been active on 17 and 15 meters using CW.  QSL via
JA8CJY.

OGASAWARA, JD1.  Nobu, JA0JHQ is QRV as JD1BOW from Komagari,
Chichijima until June 5.  Activity is on 40 to 10 meters using CW
and SSB.  This includes being active in the upcoming All Asian CW DX
contest.  QSL to home call.

HAWAII, KH6.  A group of operators will be QRV as NH7T in the CQ
World Wide WPX CW contest as a Multi/Multi entry.  QSL via NH7T.

US VIRGIN ISLANDS, KP2.  Mariano, LU8EOT will be QRV as KP2B from
St. Croix, IOTA NA-106, in the CQ World Wide WPX CW contest.  QSL
via EB7DX.

GABON, TR.  Roland, F8EN is QRV as TR8CR until the end of July.
Activity is on 40, 30, 20, and 17 meters using CW.  QSL via F6AJA.

ARUBA, P4.  John, W2GD is QRV as P44W from Santa Cruz until May 31.
He will be active in the CQ World Wide WPX CW contest as a Single
Op/All Band/Low Power entry.  QSL via N2MM.

ST. KITTS AND NEVIS, V4.  Bob, WX4G is QRV as V4/WX4G from Calypso
Bay, St. Kitts, until May 31.  Activity is on 160 to 6 meters using
CW, SSB, FT8, and FT4.  He plans to be QRV as V48A in the CQ World
Wide WPX CW contest.  QSL to home call.

NAMIBIA, V5.  Special call V55AF is QRV until May 29 to celebrate
the 8th anniversary of the AfDxNet.  Activity is on the HF bands
using SSB and FT8, and on Satellite QO-100.  QSL via V51MA.

TURKS AND CAICOS ISLANDS, VP5.  Operators K4BAI and K4QPL are QRV as
VP5/home calls from Providenciales, IOTA NA-002, until May 31.  They
will be active as VP5M in the CQ World Wide WPX CW contest.  QSL to
home calls, and VP5M to K4QPL.

INDONESIA, YB.  Operators YB8HZ, YB8DKL, YC8ES, YC8AQY and YC8BNZ
are QRV as home calls/p from the Sabalana and Tengah Islands, IOTA
OC-247, until May 29.  QSL to home calls.

KOSOVO, Z6.  Bodo, DF8DX and Rene, DL2JRM are QRV as Z68QQ from
Gjilan until May 30.  They will be active as Z66BCC in the CQ World
Wide WPX CW contest.  QSL Z68QQ via DF8DX and Z66BCC via DL2JRM.

CAYMAN ISLANDS, ZF.  William, KO7SS will be QRV as ZF2SS from Cayman
Brac, IOTA NA-016, in the CQ World Wide WPX CW contest.  QSL via
LoTW.

THIS WEEKEND ON THE RADIO.  The CQ World Wide WPX CW Contest, NCCC
RTTY Sprint, NCCC CW Sprint and the K1USN Slow Speed CW Test are
scheduled for this upcoming weekend.

The QCX CW Challenge, ICWC Medium Speed Test, OK1WC CW Memorial,
RSGB FT4 Contest, Worldwide Sideband Activity Contest, RTTYOPS
Weeksprint, Phone Weekly Test, A1Club AWT, CWops Test, VHF-UHF FT8
Activity Contest, Mini-Test 40 and the Mini-Test 80 are all on tap
from May 30 to June 1.
     
Please see May QST, page 71, 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

– HAMVENTION RETURNS TO XENIA AFTER TWO-YEAR ABSENCE
– CQ MAGAZINE INDUCTS 2022 HALL OF FAME MEMBERS
– A NEW CHAPTER FOR LIBRARIES ON THE AIR
– SILENT KEY: NOTED SELLER OF ELECTRONICS SURPLUS GOODS JOHN BIRKETT, G8OPP
– SILENT KEY: RICHARD MACKAY VK2HRM, HAM CLUB FOUNDING PRESIDENT
– HEIL REBRANDS AMATEUR RADIO DIVISION
– LAST CHANCE TO NOMINATE YOUNG HAM OF THE YEAR
– AMATEURS RECEIVE TRANSMISSIONS FROM CHINA’S MARS MISSION
– SOUTH AFRICAN RADIO LEAGUE HISTORY PROJECT NEEDS HELP
– PRIDE RADIO GROUP PREPS FOR INTERNATIONAL CONTEST
– WORLD OF DX
– KICKER: AT HAMVENTION, LOST AND FOUND AGAIN

SCRIPT

AUDIO

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


W5KUB – Amateur Radio Roundtable Video

Tonight ham radio and the Civil Air Patrol, recap of Hamvention 2022, and much more.

The W5KUB YouTube channel link is here: W5KUB YouTube.


Ham Nation — Menu

Randy, Gordo & Josh recount their Hamvention experience and maybe talk about their favorite pickups. Don catches up with last year’s YHTY winner, shares Amateur Radio Newsline and Amanda closes the show with a recent ARES activation.

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


73 de Mark N5HZR

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