In This Issue…
- Chatham DXpedition
- VHF Meeting Follow-Up
- Route 66 On The Air
- Ponca City Trunk N Tailgate Event
- 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 Nation
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
For more info go to https://k5we.com/zl7-k5we/.
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 email@example.com he would work to get you involved with the activities in the central Oklahoma area.
Randy has an OK Rover page at https://okrover.info/ 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.
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Tom Webb, WA9AFM/5 (email@example.com). 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!
Please join the SCARS Exam Team in welcoming the following new amateurs to the air:
who earned a General class license as well as:
who upgraded to General.
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 – 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 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 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 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 firstname.lastname@example.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.
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 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
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.
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: email@example.com
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 Board Holds Second Annual Meeting
- Amateur Radio Makes the Connection to Save Lives in Wisconsin and Idaho
- Richard Tell, K5UJU, Receives IEEE SA Lifetime Achievement Award
- AMSAT Outlines Tracking for Artemis I Moon Mission using “Welcome” Beacons
- Amateur Radio in the News
- ARRL Podcasts
- In Brief…
- The K7RA Solar Update
- Just Ahead in Radiosport
- Upcoming Section, State, and Division Conventions
ARRL DX Bulletin — Menu
SB DX @ ARL $ARLD036 ARLD036 DX news ZCZC AE36 QST de W1AW DX Bulletin 36 ARLD036 From ARRL Headquarters Newington CT September 8, 2022 To all radio amateurs SB DX ARL ARLD036 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 QRZ.com'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 20. 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. THIS WEEKEND ON THE RADIO. The VHF FOC QSO Party, WAE DX Contest, 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. NNNN /EX
The latest ARRL DX Bulletin is always at the top here — ARRL DX Bulletin
Amateur Radio Newsline — Menu
– WEBB TELESCOPE TRANSMITS DIRECT IMAGES OF EXOPLANET
– SATELLITE WILL BE FIRST OF ITS KIND FOR ROMANIAN STUDENTS
– CONNECTICUT CW CLUB HOSTS FIRST CONTEST
– AMATEUR RADIO MENTORS TRAIN CANDIDATES ON INDIA’S ‘TEACHERS DAY’
– BRAZIL REPORTS HIGHEST NUMBER OF HAMS ON AIR
– W1AW MARKS ANNIVERSARY OF ITS SHACK’S DEDICATION
– YOUTH PLAQUES ENCOURAGE PARTICIPATION IN OCEANIA DX CONTEST
– OBSERVATORY EDUCATOR HONORED FOR WORK IN ASTRONOMY
– WORLD OF DX
– KICKER: THEY GOT ON THE AIR TO SAY FAREWELL AND THANKS
The Amateur Radio Newsline can be found at ARNewsline.org.
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.
Ham Radio Workbench — Menu
The last half-dozen or so episodes are linked right here: Ham Radio Workbench
73 de Mark N5HZR