In This Issue…
- Meeting Saturday: John Stratton N5AUS – ARRL Updates
- Operate as W1AW/5 Jan 25 – Jan 31
- Technician Study Session 1/28
- Dues are Due For 2023
- 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 / Ham Radio Workbench
Meeting Saturday: John Stratton N5AUS – ARRL Update — Menu
ARRL West Gulf Division Director John Stratton N5AUS will make his annual appearance for a 2023 ARRL Update. John is on the ARRL Executive Committee and the ARRL board member representing Oklahoma and Texas. John will have an update on your favorite ARRL programs and projects and will be happy to answer any questions you might have. This is a great way to get inside information on the activities of the ARRL.
Join us in person at Norman Firehouse #7 – 2207 Goddard – Norman, OK 73069 and on Zoom at https://w5nor.org/zoom/ or 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 meets on the 2nd Saturday of each month (the 3rd during April for the Green Country hamfest) at Norman’s Firehouse 7, 2207 Goddard Ave, Norman, OK, and online via 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 click this link at https://w5nor.org/zoom. You can join using 893 9952 6291 password w5nor. Or, watch the fun at https://w5nor.org/stream …
Operate as W1AW/5 Jan 25 – Jan 31 — Menu
As a part of the Year of the Volunteer celebration, the mystical callsign W1AW will be traveling to the corners of ARRL-land. ARRL members in each state/territory will be asked to operate their stations for two different weeks using the callsign W1AW/x where x is one of the local regions: 0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, KL, KH0, KH2, KH6, KH7, KH8, KP2, KP3, or KP4.
For example, Oklahoma’s first week starts January 25, 2023, at 0000z and will run through January 31, 2023, at 2359z, using the callsign W1AW/5.Each state will coordinate the time/band/mode slots throughout the week, and hams can operate their stations using W1AW/5.
Traveling W1AW rules include:
- Remember that each operator must follow the rules for their own license class. Stay in the sub-bands that you’re legally allowed to operate in.
- Operators do not need to be at the same site.
- Members that contact the Traveling W1AW stations will receive 5 points.
- Each band/mode combination can be activated simultaneously. For example, N5OP could be working on 20 M SSB, N5OK could be working on 20 M CW, N5AZQ could be working on 20 M FT8, and N5HZR could be on 40 M SSB, all at the same time.
- State operations start at 0000z each Wednesday.
- State operations stop at 2359z the following Tuesday.
- Operations should not happen on the 12 M, 17 M, 30 M, or 630 M bands.
- All logs for the week should be consolidated into one ADIF file so the folks at ARRL HQ can load them into LoTW and email to N5HZR@ARRLORG as soon as possible after your operation.
- Schedule your .
Many slots are available.
When you sign up for a two-hour slot, you are also selecting a band and a mode. Signing up for CW on 20m is one slot. Phone and digital modes are two other slots, and CW on 40m is another slot.
Taking a Slot on 40m CW does not mean you may use any Mode on 40m, the only the Band and Mode you have been allocated, for the time period you requested. You may request multiple slots.
Want to run another two-hour slot? Simply request that slot here before you start operating.
We are only allowed one operator per band and mode at a time. Two operators can not share a slot. ie. W1AW/5 running CW on 7.022 and another station running W1AW/5 CW on 7.42 would violate our agreements in the use of W1AW/5.
If you have any questions, please contact Mark Kleine N5HZR at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Technician Study Session 1/28 — 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 https://w5nor.org/vereg/. 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.
Dues are Due – Renew Now For 2023 — Menu
Becoming or renewing your membership in the South Canadian Amateur Radio Society (SCARS) is fast and painless. Visit our membership page to join or renew online, or print out an application to bring to a SCARS meeting. SCARS members work directly with the local leadership in Cleveland County and the surrounding area during times of emergency. We work closely with the Office of Emergency Management for Norman, Moore, and Newcastle. We also work with the National Weather Service Forecast Office in Norman. Not only during times of emergency but also during public campaigns.
Become a Member
There are about 250 amateurs and other related members of SCARS. Our interests cover a wide range of Amateur Radio activities. This variety is one of the things that makes our hobby/service so much fun. Someone in the club will be able to help you to answer any questions you might have. Our members are active in analog and digital voice, CW, digital data, computers, antennas, homebrewing, DX’ing, or just local communications.
If you are new to amateur radio, you may be hesitant to get on the radio and talk. Our patient elmers can get you up-to-speed in any segment of amateur radio. SCARS has a great group of people to help you get your feet wet. We will get you on the airwaves. Feel free to visit the meetings page for more information on club meetings and radio nets that the club supports. Visit the events page to see what special events are in the works. The club’s Facebook page is a great place to connect with members virtually.
Please join the SCARS Exam Team in welcoming the following new amateurs to the air:
who earned a Technician-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 – 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 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 February 2, 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 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 for this yourself, you can go to the newsletter at https://w5nor.org/newsletter. 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 email@example.com. 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 great places to meet local hams and learn new tricks.
1/14/2023 | Checotah Hamfest | Location: Checotah, 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
9/9-10/2023 | 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 lists all US hamfests if you want 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 Becky Schoenfeld, W1BXY offers additional resources, techniques, and hints to help you get the most from the magazine’s content.
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 www.arrl.org/ota-blog.
ARRL Letter & Audio News — Menu
- ARRL Volunteers On the Air Event is Underway
- More Amateur Radio Astronauts Head for the International Space Station
- Bud Kozloff, W1NSK, Appointed as ARRL Connecticut Section Manager
- Service Academies Radio Group Now in Operation
- 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 $ARLD001 ARLD001 DX news ZCZC AE01 QST de W1AW DX Bulletin 1 ARLD001 From ARRL Headquarters Newington CT January 5, 2023 To all radio amateurs SB DX ARL ARLD001 ARLD001 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. KENYA, 5Z. Scott, WA5A is QRV as 5Z4/WA5A and is active on 40, 20, 17, and 10 meters. QSL to home call. QATAR, A7. Anton, RN1B is QRV as A75GC from Doha until the end of the month. Activity is in his spare time on the HF bands using CW and SSB. QSL direct to RW3RN. CHINA, BY. Special event station BY1CRA/WRTC is QRV during the January 2023 WRTC 2023 special event. CAPE VERDE, D4. Harald, DF2WO is QRV as D44TWO from Sao Tiago, IOTA AF-005, until January 21. Activity is on 160 to 6 meters using CW, SSB, FT8, and FT4, as well as on Satellite QO-100. QSL via M0OXO. FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF GERMANY, DA. Special event call sign DB100RDF is QRV during all of 2023 to celebrate the 100 years of radio broadcasting in Germany. QSL via bureau. PHILIPPINES, DU. Marc, ON5SM is QRV as DU9/ON5SM from Mindanao, IOTA OC-130, until January 21. Activity is on the HF bands using SSB, SSTV, and FT8. QSL to home call. KYRGYZSTAN, EX. Bob, WT3A is QRV as EX0ET from Bishkek. Activity is on 20 to 10 meters. QSL direct to home call. FRANCE, F. Special event station TM80NT is QRV until January 15 to commemorate the 80th anniversary of the death of inventor, engineer, and futurist Nikola Tesla. QSL via F8GGZ. CROZET ISLAND, FT/W. Station FT8WW is QRV until January 26. QSL via OQRS. WALLIS AND FUTUNA ISLANDS, FW. Darren, VK4MAP is QRV as FW/VK4MAP until the middle of January. Activity is holiday style on 80, 40, 20, 15, and 10 meters using SSB. QSL direct to home call. SCOTLAND, GM. Special event station GB2KW is QRV until January 28 near Inverness using vintage equipment. QSL via LoTW. SAUDI ARABIA, HZ. Samir, HZ1SK plans to be QRV as HZ1WRTC during the January 2023 WRTC 2023 special event. NORWAY, LA. Special event station LA100K is QRV from Trondheim during all of 2023 to commemorate 100 years of the Akademisk Radioklubb, one of the oldest ham clubs in the country. QSL via bureau. LITHUANIA, LY. Special event station LY700VLN is QRV during all of January to celebrate 700 years of the capital city of Vilnius. QSL via bureau. BONAIRE, PJ4. Jeff, WA2BOT is QRV as PJ4/WA2BOT. He will also be active as PJ4JP during the ARRL RTTY Roundup. QSL both calls via LoTW. SWEDEN, SM. Special event station 8S80AA is QRV during all of 2023 to celebrate the 80th anniversary of the Vasteras Radio Klubb, SK5AA. QSL direct to SM5FUG. CONGO, TN. A group of operators are QRV as TN8K until January 21. Activity is on 160 to 6 meters using CW, SSB, RTTY, PSK, FT8, and FT4. This includes being active on Satellite QO-100. QSL via OK6DJ. 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. AUSTRALIA, VK. Special event station VI75G is QRV during all of 2023 to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the Geelong Amateur Radio Club. QSL via LoTW. INDIA, VU. Special event station AT18BSG is QRV until January 15 celebrating the 18th National Jamboree of the Bharat Scouts and Guides. QSL via VU2NRO. INDONESIA, YB. Special event station 8B0RARI is QRV during the January 2023 WRTC 2023 special event. NEW ZEALAND, ZL. Special event station ZL6WRTC is QRV during the January 2023 WRTC 2023 special event. THIS WEEKEND ON THE RADIO. The ARRL RTTY Roundup, ARRL Kids Day, NCCC RTTY Sprint, QRP 80-Meter CW Fox Hunt, NCCC CW Sprint, K1USN Slow Speed CW Test, PODXS 070 Club PSKFest, Marconi Club ARI Loano CW QSO Party Day, SKCC CW Weekend Sprintathon, World Wide PMC Contest, RSGB AFS CW Contest, Original QRP Contest, EUCW 160-Meter CW Contest and the DARC 10-Meter Contest are all scheduled for this upcoming weekend. K1USN Slow Speed CW Test, 4 States QRP Group Second Sunday Sprint, ICWC Medium Speed CW Test, OK1WC CW Memorial, Worldwide Sideband Activity Contest, QRP 40-Meter CW Fox Hunt, Phone Weekly Test, A1Club AWT, CWops Test, VHF-UHF FT8 Activity Contest, Mini-Test CW 40 and Mini-Test CW 80 are all on tap from January 9 to 11. Please see January 2023 QST, page 74, 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
– BOUVET DXPEDITION ADDS TWO MORE CALLSIGNS
– NEW SMARTPHONE MODELS GAIN SATELLITE ACCESS
– STRAIGHT KEY MONTH GETS GOING FOR SKCC
– AMSAT’S ANNUAL CW ACTIVITY DAY HONORS A PIONEER
– OHIO HAMS EXEMPT FROM DISTRACTED-DRIVER LAW
– NOMINATIONS OPEN FOR ‘YOUNG HAM LENDS A HAND’ CONTEST
– NEW LEADERSHIP AT AMPLITUDE MODULATION INTERNATIONAL
– NOMINATIONS NEEDED BY RADIO SOCIETY OF GREAT BRITAIN
– SPEAKERS NEEDED FOR QSO TODAY VIRTUAL EXPO
– INNOVATIVE ANTENNA DEVELOPER GETS LIFETIME MEMBERSHIP
– WORLD OF DX
– SAYING 73 TO THE OLD YEAR AROUND THE WORLD
The Amateur Radio Newsline can be found at ARNewsline.org.
W5KUB – Amateur Radio Roundtable Video
Big show tonight at 8:00 PM Central on W5KUB.COM Soldering iron trigger position for heat solved (well sort of), next month’s CQ magazine, build a retro VFO or signal generator with the esp32, a 240 volt 40 amp suicide shower head? (you tell me if it’s safe), Balloon updates, visitors in the backyard, and much more.
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.
Tonight we welcome Adam K6ARK to talk about how he develops his ham radio kits and the importance of 3D printing. Joe will have new tips on kit building, Gordo has a new short shots and Don introduced Amateur Radio Newsline.
73 de Mark N5HZR