SCARS News July 26, 2022


Moore National Night Out – Aug 2 — Menu

SCARS members will be attending the Moore National Night Out on Tuesday, August 2nd. We will be demonstrating some amateur radio goodies and meeting and greeting the public. Bring your favorite demo and enjoy a night out at the Warren Theater parking lot. Tonight, (July 26) our Elmer Night will be used to plan for the event. Bring your thoughts and ideas on how we can make this a special event for those that attend. These demos have been very popular at the Norman Airport Open House, Sooner Fashion Mall, and Norman National Night Out. We will be in a 12′ x 18′ tent next to the Moore Mobile Command Post truck.

NNO enhances the relationship between neighbors and law enforcement while bringing back a true sense of community. Furthermore, it provides a great opportunity to bring police and neighbors together under positive circumstances. Together, we are making communities safer, more caring places to live.

We are to arrive between 5:45p-6:30p. Please check out the attached map for the reporting area indicated by the orange arrow. A marked MPD unit will be positioned there and direct you to an area.  Please DO NOT enter anywhere else without express direction by an MPD officer.

The weather will be a concern.  Hydrate hydrate hydrate.  There will be plenty of water throughout the lot along with a cooling station.  Luckily, we begin at 7:00 pm as the sun is leaving us for the day.

Since this happens on a Tuesday evening, we will NOT have Elmer Night at the Firehouse on August 2nd. Zoom will still be operational, but join us in Moore, if you want to meet in person.


Ham Holiday Follow Up — Menu

Ham Holiday 2022 is “in-the-books” and it was another great event. This year the Oklahoma City hamfest was held in person at Oklahoma City Community College after a two-year hiatus. The OKC hamfest has been held since 1974 in the Oklahoma City area. A hamfest is a place for amateur radio operators to meet and greet their fellow hams, buy and sell their radio equipment, learn some new operating modes or upcoming activities, and just have fun.

On Friday, the hamfest operated from 3:00 pm to 7:00 pm and was followed by a banquet that featured our ARRL West Gulf Division Director John Stratton N5AUS. John gave us an update on the information from the most recent ARRL board of directors meeting, HOA legislation, congressional involvement, current issues in the amateur radio community, and future plans of the ARRL,

The flea market tables were filled with goodies of all sizes and shapes. Everything from microphones, to radios and amplifiers, were displayed and were available for sale. Associated Radio, Derby Radio Shack, and Lee Rhode had their commercial wares available for sale.

Educational forums were offered on ARRL/ARES activities, Winlink, AREDN Mesh Network, Parks On the Air (POTA), AUXCOM, YLs, antenna building kits, and the Oklahoma DX Association were mostly standing room only.

Raffles offered attendees many prize-winning opportunities throughout the weekend. The winner of the grand prize Yaesu FTDX10 radio was Coy Day N5OK. This year there was an extra raffle that gave us a chance, for $20, to win a deluxe ICOM 705 package that included the automatic antenna tuner, external case parts, an external display, and other goodies. Steve Duskin NE5SD walked away with that great radio package with a HUGE smile on his face.

The SCARS VE Team held an exam session that netted new technicians and a new general.

This year the Fox 25 television station showed up to provide local news coverage, the Oklahoma News Network ran some stories on their network of 50 radio stations, and our friend Jason Johnson KC5HWB, from Ham Radio 2.0 stopped by on Saturday to get a view of the hamfest.

So, if you missed it, our next local hamfest will be the Texoma Hamarama on October 21/22, 2022, and the next OKC Ham Holiday will be July 28/29, 2023.

See you there!


Elmer Night In-Person Moved to Moore – Aug 2 — Menu

Due to the Moore National Night Out event, we will NOT have Elmer Night at the Firehouse on August 2nd. Zoom will still be operational, but join us in Moore, if you want to meet in person.

Each Tuesday evening from 6:30 pm to 9:00 pm, about 25 hams and potential hams meet at the Norman Firehouse #7, 2207 Goddard Ave, Norman, OK, and on the SCARS Zoom channel. In the amateur radio verbiage, an Elmer is a person who mentors or teaches another. This is the place to visit if you have any amateur radio questions. Feel free to bring the equipment you need help with. All are welcome, license, or membership is not required. More detailed information is on the SCARS Elmer Nights page. See you Tuesday!


New/Upgraded Hams

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

Steve, KI5WHA

who earned a Technician-class license as well as:

Luke, KG5AQA
Gary, KI5VFL

each of whom upgraded to a General-class license and also:

JD “Deano”, KK6IPL

 who upgraded to Amateur Extra.

Congratulations to all!

Upcoming Exam Sessions: August 4th, September 1, and October 6.


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/.
  • SCARS Meeting – August 13, 2022, presentation starts at 9:30 am – Mark Kleine N5HZR will talk on the Weak Signal Propagation Reporter (WSPR) (pronounced “whisper”) mode of operation. – 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 July 7, 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 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.

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
7/28-29/2023 | Ham Holiday | Location: OCCC – Oklahoma City, 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.


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 31

Is 222 MHz really a “forgotten” frequency band?

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


ARRL DX Bulletin — Menu

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ZCZC AE29
QST de W1AW  
DX Bulletin 29  ARLD029
From ARRL Headquarters  
Newington CT  July 21, 2022
To all radio amateurs   

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ARLD029 DX news

This week's bulletin was made possible with information provided by
EA1M, KI1U, 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.

TIMOR-LESTE, 4W.  Alan, VK1AO will be QRV as 4W/VK1AO from July 25
to August 4, and again at least two more times over the next three
years.  Activity will be on 40, 30, 20, 17, 15, and 12 meters SSB,
FT8, JS8, and possibly some CW.  This may include some POTA activity
as well.  QSL via LoTW.

CROATIA, 9A.  Operators S50O, S50X, S53Z, S54ZO and S58U will be QRV
as 9A/home calls from Vis Island, IOTA EU-016, from July 25 to
August 2.  They will be joined by 9A7YY.  Activity will be on 80 to
6 meters using CW, SSB, and FT-modes.  This includes being active in
the upcoming RSGB IOTA contest.  QSL to home calls.
           
EAST MALAYSIA, 9M6.  Special event station 9M59SD is QRV until July
23 from Kuching in celebration of Sarawak Day.  QSL via 9W8KIF.

TAIWAN, BV.  Ken, BW2/JP1RIW is QRV as BX0QSL from New Taipei City
until November 30.  Activity is on the HF bands using mainly digital
modes.  QSL via BM2JCC.

BAHAMAS, C6.  Operators Joe, W8GEX and Janet, W8CAA are QRV as C6ADX
and C6AYL, respectively, from Exuma Island, IOTA NA-001, until July
26.  Activity is on 60 to 6 meters using mainly FT8.  QSL direct to
home calls.

ANGOLA, D2.  Mikalai, UT6UY is QRV as D2UY.  Activity is mainly on
20 to 6 meters using FT8.  His length of stay is unknown.  QSL to
home call.

SPAIN, EA.  Special event stations AO1XCF, AO1XFM, AO1XVP, AO1XCI,
AO1XCP, AO1XCN, AO1XAU, AO1XCV, AO1XCU, AO1XPC, and AO2022XAC are
QRV until July 25 to commemorate the 2022 Jubilee of the Way of
Saint James.  QSL via bureau.

FRENCH POLYNESIA, FO.  Georg, DJ6GI will be QRV as FO/DJ6GI from
Moorea Island, IOTA OC-046, from July 24 to 29.  Activity will be
holiday style on various HF bands using mostly FT8, FT4, and CW
between 0400 to 0630z.  QSL via LoTW.

DJIBOUTI, J2.  James, KI7MGY plans to be QRV as J28HJ while
stationed here until June 2023.  Activity will be in his spare time
80 to 10 meters using SSB and FT8.  QSL via LoTW.

MARKET REEF, OJ0.  Operators DG5CST, DL3DXX, DL6FBL and SM0W will be
QRV as OJ0DX from July 25 to August 1.  They are here mainly for the
upcoming RSGB IOTA contest.  Outside the contest they will be QRV on
80 to 6 meters with a focus on 6 meters, and EME.  QSL via DL3DXX.

TURKEY, TA.  Berkin, TA3J is QRV as TA3J/0 from Yassica Island, IOTA
AS-099, every Saturday and Sunday until October 31.  Activity is on
80 to 10 meters using SSB, CW, RTTY, and FT8.  QSL via LoTW.

BRUNEI, V8.  Special event call sign V84SPU is QRV until July 26.
Activity is on all bands and modes.  QSL via QRZ.com.

CANADA, VE.  Mike, KI1U is QRV as VE9IU from Grand Manan Island,
IOTA NA-014, until July 23.  Activity is on 40 to 6 meters using CW
and FT8, and possibly on the FM Satellites.  QSL via LoTW.

AUSTRALIA, VK.  Special event call sign VK75FAA is QRV until the end
of October to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the formation of the
Fleet Air Arm, the Royal Australian Navy's aviation branch.
Activity is on various bands and modes.  QSL via VK2YVA.

CAYMAN ISLANDS, ZF.  Frank, K3TRM is QRV as ZF2RM from Cayman Brac,
IOTA NA-016, Grid Square FK09, until July 30.  Activity is mainly on
6 meters and various Satellites, with some HF.  QSL to home call.

CHATHAM ISLANDS, ZL7.  Volker, ZL1VV is QRV as ZL7/ZL1VV from Te
One.  Activity is in his spare time, and usually on 20, 15, and 10
meters using SSB.  QSL via LoTW.

THIS WEEKEND ON THE RADIO.  The QRP 20-Meter CW Fox Hunt, NCCC RTTY
Sprint, NCCC CW Sprint, K1USN Slow Speed CW Test, ARAM 50 MHz
Contest, Galicia For The World, and the YOTA Contest are all
scheduled for this upcoming weekend.

The QCX CW Challenge, ICWC Medium Speed CW Test, OK1WC CW Memorial,
Worldwide Sideband Activity Contest, RTTYOPS Weeksprint, SKCC CW
Sprint, Phone Weekly Test, A1Club AWT, CWops Test, Mini-Test 40 and
Mini-Test 80 are on tap for July 25 to 27.

Please July 2022 QST, page 78, and the ARRL and WA7BNM Contest web
sites for details.
NNNN
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The latest ARRL DX Bulletin is always at the top hereARRL DX Bulletin


Amateur Radio Newsline — Menu

– YOUTH DX ADVENTURE TEAM BREAKS RECORD
– WEBB TELESCOPE SUSTAINS UNCORRECTABLE DAMAGE
– GRANT SUPPORTS SATELLITE PROJECT IN SPAIN
– GRANT WILL HELP EXPAND NETWORK SERVING ALABAMA HEALTHCARE
– SILENT KEY: MENTOR, EDUCATOR HERB COLEMAN, W4AVX
– AMATEUR NUMBERS DECLINE IN AUSTRALIA
– HF PROPAGATION PROJECT GOING FORWARD
– RADIO SEIZED FOR INTERFERING WITH POLICE TRANSMISSIONS
– WISCONSIN EVENT CELEBRATES FLIGHT, HOSTS SPECIAL EVENT STATION
– STATIONS SIGNING UP FOR LIGHTHOUSE AND LIGHTSHIP WEEKEND
– PROS TO MENTOR TEEN RADIO ENTHUSIASTS
– KICKER: WHEN HOME-BREW GIVES A TASTE OF HISTORY

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AUDIO

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


W5KUB – Amateur Radio Roundtable Video

Tonight Mark Brown N4BCD chairman of Huntsville AL Hamfest will be with us. we explode a pico balloon, and Glen does SMD soldering

The W5KUB YouTube channel link is here: W5KUB YouTube.


Ham Nation — Menu

It’s almost time for Huntsville Hamfest and Mark Brown joins us to talk all about. Gordo tells about portable battery options for ham radio operations. Don updates us on Young Ham Of The Year and Amanda talks with the YOTA Camp attendees.

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


73 de Mark N5HZR

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