SCARS News June 7, 2022

Meeting Saturday: Parks On The Air (POTA) — Menu

The program for this Saturday, June 11, 2022, meeting will be on the Parks On The Air (POTA) operating procedures. This popular program encourages amateur radio operators to operate their radios in state, tribal, and national parks around the world. You can either activate a park or hunt one of the activated parks. Learn how to set up your account, operate an activation, or hunt down the activated parks from around the world. More information is available at

After this event, we will head out to the East Sentinal area of Lake Thunderbird (east edge of the “Twin Bridges on Alameda” at 9700 E Alameda, Norman, OK). We will have computers to get you signed up on the POTA website, and radios and antennas to let you operate as a POTA activator. You can also bring your own portable radios and antennas to test them out for your own activations. We will have Elmers available to help you get on-the-air.

SCARS meets on the 2nd Saturday of each month (3rd during April for the Green Country hamfest) at Norman’s Firehouse 7, 2207 Goddard Ave, Norman, OK, and online Zoom / YouTube / Telephone. The monthly presentation starts at 9:30 am. The club meeting begins at 10:30 am. Guests are always welcome! Join us Saturday, at 9:00 am for coffee and donuts. To join 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, click the YouTube play button here, or at …

See you there!

June VHF Contest Reminder — Menu

As a reminder, this weekend is the June ARRL VHF contest. All of the information, including the OK Rover team plans, is available in last week’s newsletter, at

Catch the N0LD team as they go through town and see you on the air.

Oklahoma Parks On The Air (OKPOTA) — Menu

As a follow-up to this week’s presentation put August 20th, 2022, on your calendar for the Oklahoma Parks On The Air (OKPOTA) day. The POTA concept has taken the country by storm, and hams of all types are getting interested in the program. While every day can be a POTA day, we’re going to try to get Oklahoma on the map by activating as many parks as we can on a single day, and by getting as many POTA Hunters on the bands as possible.

So, if you want to stay home and be a ‘hunter’ of POTA activations, get your home station antennas and radios tuned up and plan to make some great contacts throughout the day.

If you want to go mobile and activate a park, start working on your portable radio/antenna combinations, sign up to activate your favorite park, and make plans to ‘hit the road.’

Park activations typically happen during daylight hours, so plan accordingly. More details will be available as they develop and the current information will be available at HTTP://

If you need help with radios, antennas, connections, operation rules, creating a POTA account, or anything else, join us on a Tuesday Elmer Night between now and then.

Lewis Clark Trail On The Air Still Running — Menu

As a reminder, this ‘contest opportunity’ is still up and running and you’ll have two more weeks to make contacts with the 16 states up north! There are lots of activations on SSB, CW, and FT8 from lots of states that are tough to get confirmed. From Illinois to Western Washington, all along the Canadian border! Good luck, see you on the air!


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

New/Upgraded Hams

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

Robert KI5VEC
Amanda KI5VFK

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 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 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 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 June 2, 2022, License Test – 6:30 pm – Norman Firehouse #7 – 2207 Goddard – Norman, OK 73069

Newsletter News — Menu

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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. 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

ARLD022 DX news

QST de W1AW  
DX Bulletin 22  ARLD022
From ARRL Headquarters  
Newington CT  June 2, 2022
To all radio amateurs   

ARLD022 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.

SOMALIA, 6O.  Ali, EP3CQ is active as 6O1OO using FT8 and CW on 80
to 15 meters, until June 5.  He will then resume operations on June
16 for a one month stay.

GHANA, 9G.  Alan, G3XAQ is currently operating as 9G5XA with a QRP
rig, mostly on 17 and 15 meter CW.  QSL direct via G3SWH or LoTW.

WEST MALAYSIA, 9M2.  A large group of operators will be QRV from the
SOTA location Bukit Perangin as 9M22DX from June 3 to 5.  QSL direct
via 9M2CDX or OQRS.

RWANDA, 9X.  Harald, DF2WO is signing 9X2AW until June 22 on 160 to
10 meters using mainly digital modes with some CW and SSB, and
QO-100.  Following his stay in Rwanda, he plans to move on to
Burkina Faso and continue as XT2AW.  QSL via M0OXO.

BAHRAIN, A9.  Special call sign A91BFA is for the Bahrain Football
Association.  Operation is planned for June 3 to 15 during the FIFA
World Cup (soccer/football) and Asian Cup 2023 qualifiers.  QSL via

SPAIN, EA.  Members of the Radio Club Torrevieja will participate in
the Museum Ships on the Air event from the submarine S-61 Delfin on
June 4 and 5 with the call sign EH5SUB.  All contacts will be
confirmed with a special QSL card.

ENGLAND, G.  The following special event stations celebrate Queen
Elizabeth's Platinum Jubilee throughout June: GB70E from Windsor
Home Park, GB70I from Northern Ireland, GB70M from Scotland, GB70W
from Wales, GB70U from Guernsey, GB70J from Jersey, and GB70D from
the Isle of Man.  QSL via M0OXO (OQRS).

ST. LUCIA, J6.  Stations J68HZ and J68AG manned by ops K9HZ and
WA2LLN, will be QRV from June 4 to 24 using CW, SSB, RTTY, FT8 and
FT4.  QSL via LoTW, eQSL, Club Log or direct.

ASIATIC RUSSIA, R.  Look for RI0QQ from Brusneva Island, AS-082,
from July 17 to 31.  Operators are R7AA, UA6EX and RM0F.  QSL via

USA, K.  W5KID from the destroyer USS Kidd (DD-661) will take part
in the Museum Ships on the Air event on June 4 and 5.  See
for QSL information.

CANADA, VE.  Club station VE3CWM at the Cold War Museum celebrates
its 20th anniversary with the call sign VE3CWM20 during the month of
June on 80 to 10 meters.  QSL via VE3BX (d/B),, LoTW.

ST. KITTS AND NEVIS, V4.  John, W5JON will be QRV as V47JA from July
12 to 28.  QSL direct to W5JON or LoTW.

NICARAGUA, YN.  Rafael, NN3RP will be active as YN2RP in his spare
time from July 4 to August 4.  Activity will be on FT8, FT4, VarAC
digital, CW, RTTY and SSB using dipoles, and on the FM satellites.
Contacts will be uploaded to LoTW, eQSL and Club Log.  You can also
QSL direct to NN3RP.

JAPAN, JA.  Special call sign 8J1H90T is QRV until March 31, 2023 in
celebration of the 90th anniversary of the city of Hiratsuka, which
was established in 1932.  QSLs will be sent automatically via the

active June 5 to 15, using SSB, CW, and probably some FT8 as well as
the QO-100 satellite.

GUADELOUPE, FG.  Reiner, DL2AAZ is operating TO2AZ holiday style
until June 10.  He is using CW and SSB on 40 to 10 meters.  QSL
direct or via bureau to his home QTH in Germany.

ITALY, I.  Station IY4ELE from the Fidenza club will remember the
Elettra ship, a double-masted steam yacht that Marconi used as a
floating lab for his radio experiments.  The club will be QRV during
Museum Ships Weekend, June 4 and 5.  QSL to IQ4FE.

POLAND, SP.  Adam, SQ9S will be at the key of SN35FISTS to mark 35
years of the FISTS CW Club, the International Morse Preservation
Society, until June 30.  QSL via the bureau, LoTW and eQSL.

THIS WEEKEND ON THE RADIO.  The 10-10 International Open Season PSK
Contest, Wake-Up. QRP Sprint CW, KANHAM Contest, Tisza Cup CW
Contest, Kentucky QSO Party, UKSMG Summer Contest, IARU Region 1
Field Day, RSGB National Field Day, ARRL International Digital
Contest and the Cookie Crumble QRP Contest are all on tap for this
weekend.  Please see June 2022 QST, page 69, and 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 we look into next month’s CQ magazine, get an update on w8bi-11 off the coast of Japan, Glen talks to us about a new breadboard system, and Alan has a tektips topic, plus 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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