SCARS News January 3, 2023

In This Issue

SCARS One Day Technician Study Session — Menu

On January 28, 2023, SCARS will offer our first amateur radio technician in a day self-study class. The day will end with a test at 3:30 pm. This class will be held on the third floor of the Norman Public Library, 103 West Acres St, Norman, Oklahoma, 73069. This session will start at 9:00 am. If you know someone who wants to get their technician license, this session will help them get going. Class seating is limited, so please sign up early at this link! Flyers are available online at this link, and printed brochures are available from Mark Kleine N5HZR at any Tuesday night Elmer Night or at the SCARS meeting, or by special delivery. Feel free to place these all over town.

The self-study session starts at 9:00 am, and the students will work at their own pace on a guided self-study of the amateur radio technician test questions. Students need a study guide containing all technician questions and correct answers before the session. If they already have one, they are welcome to use it. Copies of this guide for $5 before the session at a club meeting, or at any Elmer Night. When you register, you will receive information on how to obtain a study guide.

Lunch will be provided by the South Canadian Amateur Radio Society (SCARS), or they may bring their own, or go out on their own.

There will be a live demonstration of a working HF long-distance radio system to view/operate during the day, thanks to Lea Greenleaf W5HLG.

The FCC amateur radio test session will start at 3:30 pm. There is no charge for the self-study session, lunch, or amateur radio test session. They must also create a Federal Registration Number (FRN) and preregister for the test session at Questions, feel free to respond to the emails you receive. When they have successfully passed their technician test, there is a $35 fee that will be collected by the FCC online a day or so after the test. The technician license is valid for ten years.

Tulsa Zoom Amateur Extra Class — Menu

TARC, by Roland Anders K3RA

A free, weekly, live, Amateur Radio Extra Class Licensing course on Zoom will begin on Thursday, January 12, 2023, and will run through Thursday, March 23. There will be 11 sessions. The three-hour sessions will start at 6:30 PM Eastern Time. Sessions will be recorded. Those attending should hold (or be studying for) the General Class Amateur Radio License. These are the classes that we have been holding for years sponsored by the National Electronics Museum. Please publicize this with anyone that you think would be interested. Those wishing to sign up should email



Rol Anders, K3RA

Pott and McCurtain Classes — Menu

In addition to the SCARS One-Day Study Session, two nearby clubs have Technician classes coming up.

Pottawatomie County Amateur Radio Club

The Pottawatomie County Amateur Radio Club will be offering the Amateur Radio Technician Class. the classes will be held at the Wesley United Methodist Church at 302 E. Independence St, Shawnee, OK 74804. The class is free to everyone, however there is a $15 testing fee and a $35 license fee to get your Technician License upon completion. Books can be purchased through the local club for a cost of $20 or you can buy your own at the class schedule is listed below and the test will be at the end of the last class.

February 4, 2023 9am-1pm

February 11, 2023 9am-1pm

February 18, 2022 9am until everyone tests


McCurtain County Amateur Radio Club

The McCurtain County Amateur Radio Club is interested in helping new hams get started in this exciting and rewarding hobby.

We are looking at sponsoring a series of classes to help you get your Technician license and get started in ham radio. The classes would likely be held on three consecutive Saturday’s with a testing session at the end. The classes would be free, but there is a fee for the tests.

If you have any interest in taking these classes, please contact Larry Thompson, W8LAT, by email at Dates, times, and other details will be determined based on interest.

SCARS 2023 Officers — Menu

The start of the new year means it’s time to look at the 2023 SCARS officers. Our 2023 President, Mark Clayton N5AZQ, started his new role as president early Sunday morning, and it’s been a pretty smooth 48 hours<g>. Rodney Barrett KF5UZA stepped up as the 2023 VP/President-Elect and will become the 2024 President. Larry Goodwin W5LHG will continue as our treasurer, and Chris Pape KE5JZN will continue as the SCARS secretary.

And, we take this time to thank all of the SCARS officers and volunteers that pulled the load during 2022. Special thanks go to Wayne Dutton KK5IO, for a great year at the helm!

The SCARS officers, their contact information, and more are on the SCARS website at

New/Upgraded Hams

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

Michael, KI5YYU

who earned a Technician-class license, as well as:

Dale, KI5UGV

who upgraded to General

Congratulations to all!

Upcoming Exam Sessions: January 5, February 2, and March 2.

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 – January 14, 2023, presentation starts at 9:30 am – ARRL West Gulf Division Director John Stratton N5AUS will present his annual state of the ARRL talk. We’ll learn about all of the projects up and running and in the works at ARRL. 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 January 5, 2023, 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 And each newsletter announcement is posted on the Facebook group at And, if you like to search for this yourself, you can go to the newsletter at Any way, you found the newsletter, and 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, or a member spotlight, or if you’d like to help produce the newsletter, please email at 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.

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
9/9-10/2023 | Arkansas State Convention | Location: Mena, AR
9/16/2023 | Ponca City Tailgate | Location: Ponca City, OK
9/16-18/2023 | Duke City Hamfiesta | Location: Albuquerque, NM
9/24/2023 | Springfield MO Hamfest | Location: Springfield, MO
10/01/2023 | Wichita Area Hamfest | Location: Wichita, KS
10/27-28/2023 | Hamarama Hamfest | Location: Ardmore, OK
11/4/2023 | Enid Hamfest | Location: Enid, 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 Becky Schoenfeld, W1BXY offers additional resources, techniques, and hints to help you get the most from the magazine’s content.

Audio Link

Running an Amateur Radio Net

For many new operators, nets are one of the easiest and best ways to connect with other hams. Some nets are focused solely on emergency communications, others provide the opportunity to pass formal traffic throughout a region, while others are purely social occasions where you can get to know other active hams. Scheduled nets can take place monthly, weekly, or daily, and no matter their frequency (see what we did there!), nets are a great way to practice using your radio and get comfortable with the conventions of communicating on the air.

The success of any net is due, at least in part, to the Net Control operator. Net Control actually runs the net, keeping everything — and everyone — organized. What’s it like running a net? What skills do you need? Are there common pitfalls? Best practices? In this episode, Ginger Wilder, KI5TJE, discusses her first time running the McKinney Amateur Radio Club (MARC) net and how she prepared to take on the challenge. She talks about her preparation and some of the unexpected things she learned from running the net. As a bonus, you can read a copy of MARC’s Net Control script on the On the Air blog at

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

ARRL DX Bulletin — Menu

ARLD052 DX news

QST de W1AW  
DX Bulletin 52  ARLD052
From ARRL Headquarters  
Newington CT  December 29, 2022
To all radio amateurs   

ARLD052 DX news

This week's bulletin was made possible with information provided by
The Daily DX, 425 DX News, DXNL, Contest Corral from QST and the
ARRL Contest Calendar and WA7BNM web sites.  Thanks to all.

OMAN, A4.  Members of the Royal Omani Amateur Radio Society are QRV
with special call sign A450RS to celebrate the Society's 50th
anniversary.  QSL via EC6DX.

CAPE VERDE, D4.  Harald, DF2WO will be QRV as D44TWO from January 3
to 21, 2023.  Activity will be on 160 to 6 meters using CW, SSB,
FT8, and FT4, as well as on Satellite QO-100.  QSL via M0OXO.

NORTH COOK ISLANDS, E5.  Warwick, E51WL will be back on Penrhyn
Atoll, IOTA OC-082, after January 1, 2023 and expects to be active
shortly afterwards.  This may include being active on 6 meters.  QSL
via operator's instructions.

CROZET ISLAND, FT/W.  Station FT8WW is QRV and expects to be here
until March 2023.  QSL via OQRS.

FRENCH GUIANA, FY.  Pierre-Jean, F4GPK is QRV as FY/F4GPK from
Kourou until January 8, 2023.  QSL direct to home call.

ECUADOR, HC.  Members of the Ecuador DX Club plan to be QRV with
special call HD1DX on January 1, 2023 from 0000 to 2359z.  Activity
will be on all bands.  QSL via operators' instructions.

HAITI, HH.  Members of the Radio Club d'Haiti will be QRV as HH75RCH
from January 1 to May 1, 2023 to celebrate the club's 75th
anniversary.  QSL via N2OO.

THAILAND, HS.  Rong, E23IBS is QRV from Lan Sang National Park, POTA
HS-0060, until December 31.  Activity is on 40, 20, 15, and 10
meters using FT8.  QSL via bureau.

Chichijima Island, IOTA AS-031, until January 2, 2023.  Activity is
on 40 to 10 meters using CW, SSB, and RTTY.  QSL direct to home

BONAIRE, PJ4.  Heli, DD0VR and Bigi, DE3BWR will be QRV as PJ4/DD0VR
from January 1 to 13, 2023.  QSL via DD0VR.
POLAND, SP.   Special event stations SP90ENIGMA and SP90ENG are QRV
until January 15, 2023 to commemorate the 90th anniversary since
Polish cryptologists first broke the Enigma cipher.  QSL via SP3PGR
and SP3PDO, respectively.

GABON, TR.  Roland, F8EN is QRV as TR8CR from Libreville until March
15, 2023.  Activity is on 30 to 10 meters using CW.  QSL via F6AJA.

ANTARCTICA.  A group of operators are QRV as RI1ANC from Vostok
Station, IOTA AN-016, until March 2024, and as RI30ANT from January
1 to March 31, 2023.  Activity is in their spare time on various
bands using CW, SSB, and various digital modes.  QSL RI1ANC via
RN1ON, and RI30ANT via RZ3EC.

EUROPEAN RUSSIA, UA.  Special call signs R2023NY and UE23NY are QRV
until January 8, 2023 for the annual Russian New Year radio marathon
organized by the Miller DX Club.  QSL via RQ7L.

NORFOLK ISLAND, VK9N.  Marcelo, ZL1MTO is QRV as VK9MTO until
January 5, 2023.  Activity is holiday style on 20, 15, and 10 meters
using SSB, FT8, and FT4, generally between 0600 to 1100z.  QSL to
home call.

MONTSERRAT, VP2M.  Thaire, W2APF will be QRV as VP2MDX from January
2 to 31, 2023.  QSL to home call.

INDIA, VU.  Members of the West Bengal Radio Club will be QRV as
AT2WBRC from Sagar Island, IOTA AS-153, from January 5 to 17, 2023.
CAYMAN ISLANDS, ZF.  Edmondo, VA3ITA is QRV as ZF2IT from Grand
Cayman, IOTA NA-016, until January 5, 2023.  Activity is holiday
style on 40 to 10 meters using SSB and various digital modes.  QSL
via LoTW.

Sprint, QRP 80-Meter CW Fox Hunt, NCCC CW Sprint, YOTA Contest,
K1USN Slow Speed CW Test, Bogor Old and New SSB Contest, AGB New
Year Snowball 80-Meter Contest, SARTG New Year RTTY Contest, AGCW
Happy New Year CW Contest and the AGCW VHF/UHF Contest are all on
tap for this New Year's weekend.

The K1USN Slow Speed Test, ICWC Medium Speed CW Test, OK1WC CW
Memorial, Worldwide Sideband Activity Contest, ARS Spartan CW
Sprint, QRP 40-Meter CW Fox Hunt, 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 scheduled for January 2 to 4.

Please see December 2022 QST, page 59, January 2023 QST, page 74,
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

Its the holidays and everyone is out so tonight is a rerun of a show from Dec of last year. The entire gang is here, Riley, Glen, Alan, Katie, Rich, Bill and Tom.

The W5KUB YouTube channel link is here: W5KUB YouTube.

Ham Nation / Ham Radio Workbench — Menu

These two podcasts are published bi-weekly, so we alternate them in this space.

The recent Ham Nation episodes are linked right here Ham Nation.
The most recent Ham Radio Workbench episodes are linked right here Ham Radio Workbench.

73 de Mark N5HZR

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