SCARS News September 6, 2022

Meeting Saturday: VHF and Above – Randy Wing N0LD — Menu

Award-winning VHF contester Randy Wing N0LD will talk with us at our September 10th SCARS monthly meeting. Randy designs, builds, and operates VHF rover vehicles that are used for the ARRL VHF contests. The six-meter band is up and running. The 2-meter band and 440 MHz have lots of modes to operate, and the fun continues all the way up to 10 GHz. Find out how you can get involved, and see what you might need to work DX on some of the higher frequencies.

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!

Route 66 On The Air Starts This Weekend — 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 (

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 ( or Tom Webb, WA9AFM/5 ( 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.

Ponca City Tailgate Coming Up — Menu

The Kay County Amateur Radio Club will be holding a Trunk-N-Tailgate event on September 17, 2022, from 8 AM to 2 PM. This will be held at the VFW Post 1201, at 2821 E Prospect, Ponca City, OK. The entrance fee will be $10 per vehicle.

Coffee, donuts, biscuits & gravy will be available for breakfast.

Hamburgers, hot dogs, chips, and sodas will be available for lunch.

There will be an amateur radio testing session at 9 AM. There will be a presentation at 11 AM.

This is a “leave no trace” event. Leave nothing but footprints. Please take any leftovers and your trash home with you!

See you there!

SCARS Public Demonstrations — Menu

This time of year we have a number of demonstrations that let us be in front of the general public. Last month we started with the Moore National Night Out, and this month we have the following opportunities to show off what we do. Feel free to bring something to display at any of these events. If you want to have more involvement, visit one of the Elmer Nights (Tuesdays from 6:30 pm to 9:00 pm at Firehouse #7, 2207 Goddard Ave, Norman)

The rest of the schedule is as follows:

New/Upgraded Hams

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

Nicalas, KI5WNZ
Glenn, KI5WNY
Randall, KI5WOA

each of whom earned a Technician-class license as well as:

Ricky, AI5IJ

who earned an Amateur Extra class license, and

Matthew, KI5WJX

who upgraded to General and

Christopher, WA5REL

who upgraded to Amateur Extra

each of whom earned a Technician-class license as well as:

David, KI5FSO

who upgraded to a General-class license.

Congratulations to all!

Upcoming Exam Sessions: October 6, November 3, and December 1.

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
  • SCARS Meeting – September 10, 2022, presentation starts at 9:30 am – ASM Randy Wing N0LD will talk with us about VHF and the world above 30 MHz – 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 October 6, 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 If you’re a Twitter person, visit us at And each newsletter announcement is posted on the Facebook group at And, if you like to search this yourself, you can go straight to the newsletter at 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 to These don’t have to be polished articles; we’ll edit them 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
9/17/2022 | Ponca City Tailgate | Location: Ponca City, OK
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
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.

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 32

Getting the most out of your transceiver’s scanning functions.

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

ARRL DX Bulletin — Menu

ARLD035 DX news

QST de W1AW  
DX Bulletin 35  ARLD035
From ARRL Headquarters  
Newington CT  September 1, 2022
To all radio amateurs   

ARLD035 DX news

This week's bulletin was made possible with information provided by
IK1QBT, K5KG, PY2KP, 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.

TONGA, A3.  Masa, JA0RQV is QRV as A35JP from Tongatapu, IOTA
OC-049, until September 30.  Activity is on 40 to 6 meters using CW,
SSB, FT8, and FT4.  QSL to home call.

TAIWAN, BV.  Special event station BV0SC will be QRV on September 3
and 4 during the Sun Moon Lake International Swimming Carnival.
Activity will be on 20 and 17 meters using SSB and FT8,
respectively.  QSL via BX5ABA.

MAYOTTE, FH.  Lance, W7GJ will be QRV as TO7GJ from September 6 to
8.  Activity is on 6 meters EME.  QSL direct to home call.

ITALY, I.  Operators Claudio, I1NVU, Gab, IK1NEG, Tony, IK1QBT and
Mauri, IU1JCZ will be QRV as IP1X from Gallinara Island, IOTA
EU-083, on September 10 and 11.  Activity will be on the HF bands
using CW, SSB, and various digital modes with two stations.  QSL via

OGASAWARA, JD1.  Nobuaki, JA0JHQ will be QRV as JD1BOW from
September 3 to 5.  Activity will be on the HF bands using CW and
FT8.  This may include some SOTA activations as well.  QSL to home

BELGIUM, ON.  Special event station OQ100MBS is QRV until September
30 to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Royal Carillon School
in Mechelen.  QSL direct.

FAROE ISLANDS, OY.  Col, MM0NDX and Jonathan, MM0OKG are QRV as
OY/home calls from Eysturoy until September 5.  Activity is on the
HF bands.  QSL OY/MM0NDX via EB7DX and OY/MM0OKG via LoTW.

BRAZIL, PY.  Members of LABRE HQ are QRV as PV200BR until September
30 in celebration of Brazil's 200 years of independence.  Activity
is on all bands and modes.  QSL via PY2KP.
DODECANESE, SV5.  Gerben, PG5M will be QRV as SV5/PG5M from
Karpathos Island, IOTA EU-001, from September 4 to 11.  Activity
will be holiday style on 40 to 10 meters using CW.  QSL to home

ICELAND, TF.  George, K5KG, Steve, K4EU and Tom, K4NMR will be QRV
as TF/home calls from September 6 to 20.  Activity will be on the HF
bands with three stations.  QSL direct to home calls.

INDIA, VU.  Rajesh, VU2CW is QRV with special call sign AT75CW until
October 2 to celebrates India's 75th anniversary of independence.
QSL to home call.
BURKINA FASO, XT.  Harald, DF2WO will be QRV as XT2AW from September
3 to 19.  Activity will be on the HF bands using CW, SSB, and FT8,
and on Satellite QO-100.  QSL via M0OXO.

VIET NAM, XV.  Greg, F4BPO will be QRV as XV9BPO in the All Asian DX
SSB contest.  QSL to home call.

KOSOVO, Z6.  Rene, DL2JRM will be QRV as Z68XX from Gjilan from
September 9 to 12.  Activity will be on the HF bands.  This includes
being an entry in the upcoming Worked All Europe DX SSB contest.
QSL to home call.

ALBANIA, ZA.  Nikolas, DG7PX is QRV as ZA/DG7PX.  Activity of late
has been on the HF bands using SSB.  His length of stay is unknown.
QSL to home call.

CHATHAM ISLANDS, ZL7.  Jeff, K5WE will be QRV as ZL7/K5WE from
Kaingaroa, IOTA OC-038, from September 9 to 21.  Activity will be on
160 to 10 meters using CW, SSB, RTTY, FT8, and FT4.  QSL to home

Field Day, SARL Field Day Contest, IARU Region 1 SSB Field Day,
Russian RTTY World Wide Contest, NCCC RTTY Sprint, NCCC Sprint CW
Ladder, K1USN Slow Speed CW Test, CWOps CW Open, Wake-Up. QRP
Sprint, Colorado QSO Party, AGCW Straight Key Party, IARU Region 1
145 MHz Contest, PODXS 070 Club Jay Hudak Memorial 80-Meter Sprint,
WAB 144 MHz QRO Phone and the Tennessee QSO Party will certainly
keep contesters busy this upcoming weekend.

The K1USN Slow Speed CW Test, ICWC Medium Speed CW Test, OK1WC CW
Memorial, RSGB 80-Meter Autumn SSB Series, MI QRP Labor Day CW
Sprint, ARS Spartan CW Sprint, Worldwide Sideband Activity Contest,
RTTYOPS Weeksprint, Phone Weekly Test, A1Club AWT, CWops Test,
VHF-UHF FT8 Activity Contest, Mini-Test 40, Mini-Test 80 and UKEICC
80-Meter SSB Contest are all on tap from September 5 to 7.

Please see September 2022 QST, page 72 and the ARRL and WA7BNM
contest websites 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 first ham in Papua New Guinea. Roly ZL1BQD from New Zealand our one-man DXpedition, Rich W2VU editor of CQ magazine, plus more.

The W5KUB YouTube channel link is here: W5KUB YouTube.

Ham Nation — Menu

What exactly is the Scratching Post and what does it have to do with ham radio? Well General Dailey KD4VVZ will fill us in. Also, we’re joined by Mike Walters W8ZY to discuss the ARRL Club Grants, Allan Batteiger, WB5QNG tells us the latest on online VE testing for ham radio licenses. Joe is back with his Huntsville Hamfest thoughts and NEW KITS! Gordo shares more Short Shots and Don brings us Amateur Radio Newsline.

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

73 de Mark N5HZR

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