In This Issue…
- Route 66 On The Air
- End-Fed Halfwave Kit
- Morse Code Key Kit
- Radio Tests This Thursday
- New/Upgraded Hams
- Newsletter News
- Local Hamfests
- Dates To Remember
- Odds and Ends
- SCARS Is On The Web
- Podcast: On The Air
- This Week’s ARRL Letter
- ARRL DX Bulletin
- Podcast: Amateur Radio Newsline
- Podcast: W5KUB Amateur Radio Roundtable
- Podcast: Ham Radio Workbench
Route 66 On The Air — Menu
By Steve Duskin NE5SD
Mark your calendars for 10-18 September for Route 66 On The Air. Once again, we’ll celebrate the legend and lore of Route 66, “The Mother Road”.
‘Route 66 On The Air (R66OTA) is organized and sponsored by the Citrus Belt Amateur Radio Club of San Bernardino, California (http://w6jbt.org/?page_id=15).
In Oklahoma, amateur radio clubs in Tulsa, Oklahoma City, and Elk City will be participating. Oklahoma City has always been well represented in R66OTA.
Oklahoma City will again use the special event call sign W6K; Steve Duskin, NE5SD is the trustee for the call sign. Use of W6K must be authorized by the trustee through the R66OTA Registration Page. All W6K operations should be conducted in the Oklahoma City Metro area and in the spirit of the event, as close to Route 66 as practical. (SCARS operators are deemed to be within the area.)
Operations from Oklahoma City area landmarks associated with Route 66 are encouraged, i.e. Cowboy Hall of Fame, the ‘round barn’ and “Pop’s” in Arcadia, Oklahoma History Center, Oklahoma State Capitol, the Route 66 Bridges west of Bethany, etc.
R66OTA begins at 0000Z/10 September and continues to 2359Z/18 September.
Radio operators may use phone, CW, or digital modes. Radio operators may also consider operating mobile on “The Mother Road”.
Registration will open in late August.
To sign up as an R66OTA Radio Operator for Oklahoma City, contact Steve Duskin, NE5SD (email@example.com) or Tom Webb, WA9AFM/5 (firstname.lastname@example.org). You will be assigned a username (your call sign) and password to access the R66OTA registration page. Besides your name and call sign, please provide a phone and email address in case we need to get in touch with you.
Operating slot reservation instructions will be sent to you after you have been registered as an R66OTA radio operator.
You can ‘reserve’ two-hour operating slots by day/time/band/mode. Sign up for as many slots as you can operate. If you sign up to operate, please honor your commitment and operate for the time slots for which you register.
End-Fed Halfwave Kit — Menu
By Duane Angles AA5KD
For those of you that want to join in with the end-fed halfwave or end-fed antenna crowd, SCARS member Duane Angles AA5KD has a kit for you. This $30 49:1 balun kit will let you connect your own length of wire to create an antenna that you can use at home, or portable throughout your travels. This kit comes with all of the pieces you see here, plus the inductors, capacitors, and connective wire to create the innards of the box. Add your own 1/4 wavelength piece of wire for the band(s) of your choice and operate this setup vertically, horizontally, or slanted, depending on your installation.
Duane can be reached at email@example.com or at a future SCARS meeting.
Morse Code Key Kit — Menu
And, for those of you that need a tiny, portable CW keyer, SCARS member Duane Angles AA5KD has some 3D printed keys that will help you get on the bands. This $15 keyer has a 1/8″ audio jack that you can connect to your radio and you are ready to operate.
Duane can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or at a future SCARS meeting.
Radio Tests This Thursday — Menu
As a reminder, the SCARS Volunteer Examiner team will be offering a free amateur license test session this Thursday, September 1, 2022. If you need to upgrade your license or take your first test, this is the time to do it. These tests will be held at 6:30 pm at the Norman Firehouse #7, 2207 Goddard Ave, Norman, OK.
You can sign up for a test slot online at https://w5nor.org/license/ and we’ll see you there.
Please join the SCARS Exam Team in welcoming the following new amateurs to the air:
each of whom earned a Technician-class license as well as:
who earned an Amateur Extra class license, and
who upgraded to General and
who upgraded to Amateur Extra
each of whom earned a Technician-class license as well as:
who upgraded to a General-class license.
Congratulations to all!
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 – September 10, 2022, presentation starts at 9:30 am – ASM Randy Wing N0LD will talk with us about VHF and world above 30 MHz – 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 September 1, 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 email@example.com. 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.
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 Con – 4 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
8/12/2023 | Reno County KS Hamfest | Location: Hutchinson, KS
8/25-26/2023 | Joplin Hamfest | Location: Joplin, 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.
Odds and Ends — Menu
- All those links
- SignalServer.Okiefrog.net – RF Path prediction
- ARES Memory Settings (Red Box at the bottom of the page)
- Collector and Emitter Archive
- YLRL (Young Ladies Radio League)
- Real-time Solar Weather
- SCARS Officers / Minutes
- HF Net List
- Norman VHF Repeaters audio stream
- ARRL Outgoing QSL Service
- Announced DX Operations
- D-Star stuff
- Real-time lightning data
- Oklahoma ARES Voice Over IP Net
SCARS Is On The Web — Menu
- Homepage: W5NOR.ORG
- Hamvention Club of the Year: W5NOR.org/hvclub
- News and Updates: SCARS Newsletter
- Repeater Resources: SCARS Repeater
- Oklahoma DMR Resources: OKDMR
- Facebook: SCARS Facebook
- Twitter: W5NOR
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
ARRL’s On The Air – Episode 32
ARRL Letter & Audio News — Menu
- ARRL 2021 Annual Report Now Available to Download
- Races for Director and Vice Director Set in ARRL Southeastern Division
- Masonic Lodges on the Air Event to Take Place on September 24
- Amateur Radio in the News
- ARRL Podcasts Schedule
- In Brief…
- The K7RA Solar Update
- Just Ahead in Radiosport
- Upcoming Section, State, and Division Conventions
ARRL DX Bulletin — Menu
SB DX @ ARL $ARLD034 ARLD034 DX news ZCZC AE34 QST de W1AW DX Bulletin 34 ARLD034 From ARRL Headquarters Newington CT August 25, 2022 To all radio amateurs SB DX ARL ARLD034 ARLD034 DX news This week's bulletin was made possible with information provided by IK5WWA, 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. WEST MALAYSIA, 9M2. Members of the Taiping Amateur Radio Club and Malaysian Amateur Radio Transmitter Society will be QRV with special callsign 9M65MA from Jalan Istana, Taiping between August 30 and September 1 to commemorate the 65th anniversary of the Independence of Malaysia. Operations will be on various HF bands using CW, SSB, FM and various digital modes. QSL direct to 9M2OHM. EAST MALAYSIA, 9M6. Special event stations 9M65MQ and 9M65MS will be QRV from Sarawak and Sabah, respectively, between August 30 and September 1 to commemorate the 65th anniversary of the Independence of Malaysia. QSL via operators' instructions. TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO, 9Y. Members of the Trinidad and Tobago Amateur Radio Society are QRV with special callsign 9Y60TT until September 2 to celebrate the 60th anniversary since Trinidad and Tobago gained its independence from the United Kingdom. Activity is on all bands and modes with multiple operators active. QSL via LoTW. TONGA, A3. Masa, JA0RQV will be QRV as A35JP from Nuku'alofa, Tongatapu Island, IOTA OC-049, from August 27 to September 30. Activity is in his spare time on 40 to 6 meters using CW, SSB, FT8, and FT4. QSL to home call. MOROCCO, CN. Moroccan amateur radio operators may use the prefix 5E9 until August 29 to celebrate the 59th birthday of King Mohammed VI, and Youth Day. ESTONIA, ES. Ed, ES2TT is QRV from Aegna Island, IOTA EU-149, until the end of August. Activity is on 40 and 30 meters using CW and SSB. QSL to home call. JERSEY, GJ. Keith, GU6EFB will be QRV as GJ6EFB from August 29 to 31. Activity will be on Satellite QO-100. QSL to home call. REPUBLIC OF KOREA, HL. Members of the Gwangju DX Club are QRV as D73G from Nohwa Island, IOTA AS-085, until August 28. Activity is on 160 to 6 meters using CW, SSB, and various digital modes. QSL via HL4CCM. THAILAND, HS. Brad, VK2BY is QRV as HS0ZNR from Nam Yuen in the Province of Ubon Ratchathani until September 2. Activity is on 160 to 10 meters. QSL direct to home call. SARDINIA, IS0. Giuseppe, IK5WWA will be QRV as IM0M from La Maddalena Island, IOTA EU-041, from September 1 to 13. Activity will be on 80 to 2 meters. QSL to home call. BELGIUM, ON. Special event station OR1050HERZ will be QRV from September 1 to October 31 to mark the 1050th anniversary since the foundation of the town of Herzele in the Belgian province of East Flanders. Activity will be on all bands and modes. QSL via bureau. NETHERLANDS, PA. Special event station PA22VUELTA is QRV until September 11 to draw attention to the 77th Vuelta a Espana bicycle race. QSL via PI4UTR. MACQUARIE ISLAND, VK0. Matt, VK0MQ has been QRV on 30 meters using FT8 around 0900z. He is active until October 1. QSL via M0OXO. MYANMAR, XZ. Simon, HS0ZIB plans to be QRV as XZ2A from Naypyitaw while working as a teacher in an orphanage. Activity will be in his spare time on all HF bands, excluding 60 meters. QSL via EA5GL. INDONESIA, YB. Special event station 8A400KJN is QRV until August 28 to celebrate the 400th anniversary of the Pekalongan Regency. Activity is on 80 and 40 meters using SSB, and FT8 on 40 to 15 meters. QSL via operators' instructions. In addition, look for station 7G1RL to be QRV from Liwungan Island, IOTA OC-237, on August 27 and 28. Activity will be on the HF bands, as well as Satellites IO-86 and QO-100. QSL via HA3JB. ALBANIA, ZA. Nikolas, DG7PX is QRV as ZA/DG7PX. Activity of late has been on 20 and 15 meters using SSB. His length of stay is unknown. QSL to home call. THIS WEEKEND ON THE RADIO. The ARRL EME Contest, QRP 20-Meter CW Fox Hunt, NCCC RTTY Sprint, NCCC CW Sprint, K1USN Slow Speed CW Test, RTTYOps WW DX RTTY Contest, Hawaii QSO Party, ALARA Contest, YO DX HF Contest, W/VE Islands QSO Party, World Wide Digi DX Contest, Kansas QSO Party, Ohio QSO Party, CVA DX SSB Contest and the SARL HF CW Contest are all scheduled for this upcoming weekend. The QCX CW Challenge, ICWC Medium Speed Test, OK1WC CW Memorial, Worldwide Sideband Activity Contest, RTTYOPS Weeksprint, Phone Weekly Test, A1Club CW AWT, CWops CW Test, Mini-Test 40 and Mini-Test 80 are on tap for August 29 to 31. Please see August 2022 QST, page 70 and the ARRL and WA7BNM contest websites for details. NNNN /EX
The latest ARRL DX Bulletin is always at the top here — ARRL DX Bulletin
Amateur Radio Newsline — Menu
– US EMERGENCY BROADCAST NETWORK DEEMED VULNERABLE TO HACKERS
– NEWSLINE PRESENTS YOUNG HAM OF THE YEAR AWARD IN HUNTSVILLE
– ROMANIAN STUDENTS RETURN FROM 4-DAY SOTA EXPEDITION
– TOP HONORS FOR CALIFORNIA AMATEUR’S DOCUMENTARY AT LOS ANGELES FILM FEST
– INDIAN AMATEURS MARK NATION’S 75 YEARS OF INDEPENDENCE
– ITCHING TO WORK THE SCRATCHIN’ POST QSO PARTY
– VOLUNTEER MONITORS SEND HAMS COMMENDATIONS, NOTICES
– SPECIAL 9/11 EVENT MARKS TERROR ATTACKS’ 21st ANNIVERSARY
– WORLD OF DX
– KICKER: ONE ANTENNA THAT’S A-MAIZE-ING
The Amateur Radio Newsline can be found at ARNewsline.org.
Ham Radio Workbench — Menu
Starting a Ham Radio Business
Past episodes are linked right here: Ham Radio Workbench
73 de Mark N5HZR