SCARS News September 13, 2022

Chatham DXpedition — Menu

By Jeff Martin K5WE - OK DX Association President

Jeff, K5WE, will be active as ZL7/K5WE from Kaingaroa, Chatham Island beginning 9 September through 21 September, 2022. He will operate all bands 160 through 10 meters using the CW, FT8, FT4, SSB, and RTTY modes. The settlement of Kaingaroa is on the NE coast of the island. The Grid Square is AE16UG, IOTA # is OC-038, CQ Zone is 32, and the ITU Zone is 60. Depending upon a reliable internet connection, logs will be uploaded to Clublog daily and Clublog Livestream will be active. Logs will be uploaded to LoTW upon returning home. Periodic updates will occur on this webpage. At the time of this writing, the Chatham Islands entity was number 81 on the Clublog most needed list…

News & Updates

13Sept22 @ 0710Z – The Hexbeam 20 meter element had a broken string between the wires. Also, the support string that holds up one of the spreaders blew away, couldn’t find it. Repaired the 20 meter element and built a new spreader support string. Also repaired a couple of things on the Crank-IR. So, the antenna farm is back at full strength. WX better today, sun came out this afternoon, still windy.

12Sept22 @16:35 – Gale force winds overnight. Hexbeam is damaged, 20 meter wire is hanging down. Will investigate and attempt to repair after the sun comes up… Will continue to do a daily log update to clublog… 73, Jeff – ZL7/K5WE…

10Sept22 @ 22:50Z – Consolidated the logs and uploaded to Clublog. All QSOs made prior to 22:50Z should be in Clublog. Working on a different method for real time upload so that we can have livestream. If unsuccessful we will do a periodic manual upload, maybe daily…

10Sept22 – Good Morning from Chatham Island… It’s 4AM local time. It’s been a busy last few days. First, I am aware of the logging issues from the FT8 programs. The FT8 program is the front end. It exports the log data to DXKeeper, then DXKeeper sends it to Clublog. It is not working correctly some of the time. For example, when I send RR73 to two stations at the same time, only one gets exported. The data is there in the front end FT8 program, so in time it will be merged into the primary log. Another issue is in exporting from DXKeeper to Clublog I often get error messages saying the export failed. I have to click OK on that message for DXKeeper to continue and that popup message is often hidden behind other stuff on the desktop. DXKeeper pauses until the message is cleared. There are other software issues we are looking at, but our priority is making QSOs. So, if you need assurance that you are in the log, work us again.
Got the Crank-IR and the 160 dipole installed yesterday. Like I said before, we have been very busy… Hopefully things will settle down now… CU on the bands… 73, Jeff – ZL7/K5WE

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VHF Meeting Follow-Up — Menu

ASM Randy Wing N0LD gave a presentation to the South Canadian Amateur Radio Society (SCARS) at the September 2022 meeting. He has a special offer for those that are interested in getting into VHF and beyond. If you contact him at he would work to get you involved with the activities in the central Oklahoma area.

Randy has an OK Rover page at that details more actions in the state.

His presentation had a ton of details and links and you’ll be able to find them with the following resources that he provided. The video of this presentation is available at this link. A copy of Randy’s presentation PDF slides “Expanding into VHF… and Beyond” is available at this link. Randy’s PowerPoint presentation is available at this link.

Thanks, Randy!

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 (

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 Trunk N Tailgate Event — 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!

New/Upgraded Hams

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

William, KI5YAC

who earned a General class license as well as:

Jordan, KI5HRY

who upgraded to General.

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 – October 8, 2022, presentation starts at 9:30 am – Duane Angles AA5KD will talk about the Oklahoma AREDN project – 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

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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.

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
9/10-11/2022 | Arkansas State Convention | Location: Mena, AR

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

ARLD036 DX news

QST de W1AW  
DX Bulletin 36  ARLD036
From ARRL Headquarters  
Newington CT  September 8, 2022
To all radio amateurs   

ARLD036 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.

MADAGASCAR, 5R.  Operators Ron, PA3EWP, Guenter, DL2AWG, Erno,
DK2AMM and Gerben, PG5M will be active as 5R8WP, 5R8WG, 5R8MM and
5R8CG, respectively, from October 11 to 22.  They will operate two
stations simultaneously on CW, SSB, RTTY and FT8.  QSL 5R8WP, 5R8WG
and 5R8MM via DL2AWG, ClubLog and LoTW.  QSL 5R8CG via PG5M, ClubLog
and LoTW.

WALLIS AND FUTUNA ISLANDS, FW.  Jean, F4CIX continues to be active
as FW1JG.  Look for him on 40, 30, 20, 17, 15, 12, 10 and 6 meters
using SSB and FT8/FT4.  QSL via LoTW, ClubLog or direct.

REUNION, FR.  Michal, OK1WMR will be QRV as FR/OK1M until September
12.  Activity will be on 20, 15 and 10 meters using SSB, RTTY and
possibly FT8.  QSL via OK1M.

MAYOTTE, FH.  Michal, OK1WMR then moves on to Mayotte as FH/OK1M
from September 13 to 25.  Activity will be on 20, 15 and 10 meters
using SSB, RTTY and possibly FT8.  He will also be in the CQWW DX
RTTY Contest.  QSL via OK1M.

FRENCH POLYNESIA, FO.  Vincent, K6VVK will be QRV as FO/K6VVK from
September 27 to October 5.  Activity will be holiday style on 160 to
6 meters using CW, SSB and FT8/FT4.  QSL only via LoTW, ClubLog,
eQSL and's Log Book.  No direct or Bureau QSLs.

PAPUA NEW GUINEA, P2.  Operators Ron, DG2RON, Olaf, DJ7TO, Werner,
DJ9KH, Heye, DJ9RR, Rudolf, DK3CG, Frank, DL1KWK, Norbert, DL2RNS,
Georg, DL4SVA, Christian, DL6KAC, Olaf, DL7JOM and Rolf, DL7VEE will
be active as P29RO from October 25 to November 10.  Operations will
be on 160 to 6 meters using CW, SSB, RTTY and FT8 (F/H).  QSL via
DL4SVA, direct, by the Bureau, Club's OQRS and LoTW.

CURACAO, PJ2.  Frank, PH2M will be QRV as PJ2/PH2M from September 10
to 25.  Activity will be holiday style on the HF bands using mainly
FT8.  QSL via PH2M, by the Bureau, direct, ClubLog or LoTW.

ICELAND, TF.  Operators George, K5KG, Steve, K4EU and Tom, K4NMR
will be active as TF/K5KG, TF/K4EU and TF/K4NMR from September 6 to

BENIN, TY.  Operators Tapani, OH5BM, Pekka, OH2TA and Timo, OH5LLR
will be active as TY5AF from November 22 to 29.  Activity will be on
all HF bands and modes.  They will also focus on the CQWW DX CW
Contest as a Multi-Op entry.

TURKS AND CAICOS ISLANDS, VP5.  Look for Jim, NU4Y and Ron, N4KE as
VP5DX from October 20 to November 2.  Activity will be on 160 to 10
meters, as well as participating in the CQWW DX SSB Contest as a
Multi-Single/ Low-Power entry.  QSL via NU4Y, LoTW or ClubLog.

TIMOR LESTE, 4W.  Satoshi, JH2EUV will be active as 4W/JH2EUV until
September 20.  Activity has been mainly using FT8 on 20, 15, 12 and
10 meters.  QSL via JH2EUV, by the Bureau, direct or LoTW.

MOROCCO, 5C40.  Operators Abderrahmane, CN8QR, Hafid, CN8GFH and
Mustapha, CN8GC are QRV with special call signs 5C40QR, 5C40GFH and
5C40GC, respectively, until September 12, in memory of Kharbouch,
CN8KD, who became a Silent Key on August 3.  Activity will be on
various HF bands.  QSL 5C40QR via CN8WW, 5C40GFH via CN8GFH and
5C40GC via CN8WW.

BERMUDA, VP9.  Janusz, SP9FIH will be active as SP9FIH/VP9 from
September 23 to October 2.  Look for him on 30, 17, 15 and 12 meters
using SSB, RTTY and FT8.  QSL via ClubLog's OQRS or LoTW.

UNITED STATES, WA2.  Station WA2NYC is a remembrance of the 21st
anniversary on the attack on the World Trade Center in New York
City.  The station will operate from 0000z, September 11 to 0300z,
September 12.  QSL via LoTW.  If you would like a QSL card, please
send an SASE to the club address:  Wireless Association Of New York
City, 233 Wolverine St, Staten Island, NY 10306-1746, USA.

SAUDI ARABIA, HZ.  The Saudi Amateur Radio Society (SARS) announced
the 92nd Saudi National Day celebration will take place from
September 7 to 25 with special event stations HZ92ND, 7Z92ND and
8Z92ND.  QSL all via HZ1SAR.

LIECHTENSTEIN, HB0.  Tina, DL5YL and Fred, DL5YM are QRV holiday
style as HB0/home calls on 160 to 6 meters using CW and some SSB and
RTTY.  QSL via home calls (d/B).

ITU GENEVA, 4U.  Look for 4U1ITU with operators PA2CHR and PA3CMC
from September 13 to 16 from the club station at ITU Headquarters.
QSL via LoTW, Club Log OQRS or direct.

SAN ANDRES AND PROVIDENCIA, 5J01/5K0.  Operators Francisco, HK3EA
and Gabriel, HK3MKQ will be active as 5J01EA and 5K0VT,
respectively, from February 28 to March 5, 2023.  Activity will be
on various HF bands and modes.  QSL via LoTW and eQSL.

SKCC Weekend Sprintathon, Ohio State Parks on the Air, Alabama QSO
Party, Russian Cup Digital Contest, 50 and up ARRL September VHF
Contest and the North American Sprint will keep contesters busy this
weekend.  The 4 States QRP Group Second Sunday Sprint is on
September 12 and the VHF-UHF FT8 Activity Contest is on September
14.  Please see September QST, page 72 and the 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 Jon Hudson G4ABQ founder of SDRPLY will be with us from the UK. Update on w5kub-112 flying over Russia, plus much more.

The W5KUB YouTube channel link is here: W5KUB YouTube.

73 de Mark N5HZR

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