SCARS News January 17, 2023

In This Issue


GridTracker Update — Menu

By Sam Smith KI5SAM

GridTracker Users Alert:

For those of you that use GridTracker to log to LoTW and are using version 1.22.1204 (very recent issue), please note the following statement in the changelog for the newest version 1.23.0110:

GENERAL INFORMATION

An oversight in Logbook of the World handling can cause GT to callback to LoTW repeatedly every 1⁄2 second. Please update as soon as possible if you are a LoTW member.

CHANGELOG
  • Emergency LoTW fix

———————–

Please upgrade immediately at https://gridtracker.org/index.php/downloads/gridtracker/gridtracker-releases/v1-23-0110/files


All Ham Dinner Thursday — Menu

Many years ago, the amateur radio clubs in the Oklahoma City area started an event that is now known as the “All Ham Dinner.” This dinner allows about 70 hams to get together, eat dinner, and communicate with each other. This dinner happens on the third Thursday of January, May, and September at 6:30 pm.

Next Dinner

The next All Ham Dinner will be held on January 19, 2023, at 6:30 pm. This dinner will be at the Golden Palace Buffet at 1224 South Air Depot Boulevard, Oklahoma City. (405) 737-7118. The Golden Palace is on the east side of Air Depot Blvd, just north of SE 15th St. No RSVP is needed; show up, get your meal, and join the fun in their banquet rooms.

Sponsoring Clubs

To spread the load, and fun, of hosting these dinners, the member clubs of CORA take turns organizing the event. Each club sponsors one about every two years. The hosting club selects the location and makes the arrangements with a restaurant to host the 70 or so people that show up. Also, the host club makes a presentation and then facilitates a round-robin discussion by all clubs. Each club presents its recent activities or asks for assistance at a future event.

This meeting is sponsored by the South Canadian Amateur Radio Society (SCARS). The sponsoring club sets up the logistics for the evening and emcees the event. Activities from each club in attendance are discussed to provide information exchange among groups.

Future Dinner Dates

  • January 19, 2023 – SCARS
  • May 18, 2023 – ACARC
  • September 21, 2023 – OCAPA
  • January 18, 2024 – Mid-Del
  • May 16, 2024 – EARS


Portable W1AW/5 — 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 operating slots TODAY at https://ok.arrl.org/w1awok/.

When you sign up for a two-hour slot, you also select 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.

Taking a Slot on 40m CW does not mean you may use any mode on 40m. Use 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 using W1AW/5.

If you have any questions, please contact Mark Kleine N5HZR at n5hzr@arrl.org.


Winter Field Day 1/28 — Menu

The Winter Field Day Association (WFD) sponsors an Annual Winter Field Day competition. This year it will be January 28 and 29. Rules, submission guidelines, and past results are available at https://www.winterfieldday.com/. This year we will be operating as a group from the Norman Fire Station #7 (2207 Goddard Ave, Norman, OK). Mark Clayton N5AZQ will be coordinating this year’s efforts. So contact him if you want to be involved.

The current plan is to use a three-station setup. One for CW, one for SSB, and one for data. WFD rules don’t allow us to use the popular FT8 or FT4 protocols, so we will be working on some new ones. Come on out to learn them with us. This year we also intend to make Winlink VARA HF contacts with some of the other Winlink stations in the country.

Field Day is a great place to learn how HF equipment works and to see it in action. This is a great place to come and make your first contact. This year we will be operating as the ARRL flagship station using the callsign W1AW/5. Technicians, Generals, and even unlicensed folks can operate and try their hand at making contacts. Winter Field Day is more laid back than Summer Field Day, so you can ask questions and learn how to operate. Join us this year at Winter Field Day 2023 and help us plan the event by visiting a Tuesday Elmer Night (tonight) until 1/24!


New/Upgraded Hams

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

Mark, KI5ZHC

who earned a General-class license

Congratulations!

Upcoming Exam Sessions: January 28 (at the Norman Library, February 2 (Firehous #7), and March 2 (Firehouse #7).


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 – February 11, 2023, presentation starts at 9:30 am – ARRL Central Division Director Carl Luetzelschwab K9LA. Carl will talk about what solar activity we should expect for 2023 as we go through solar cycle 25. 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 w5nor@w5nor.org. 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.

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 lists all US hamfests if you want 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 www.arrl.org/ota-blog.

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


ARRL DX Bulletin — Menu

SB DX @ ARL $ARLD002
ARLD002 DX news

ZCZC AE02
QST de W1AW  
DX Bulletin 2  ARLD002
From ARRL Headquarters  
Newington CT  January 12, 2023
To all radio amateurs   

SB DX ARL ARLD002
ARLD002 DX news

This week's bulletin was made possible with information provided by
W2APF, The Daily DX, 425 DX News, DXNL, Contest Corral from QST and
the ARRL Contest Calendar and WA7BNM web sites.  Thanks to all.

UGANDA, 5X.  Anders, SM0HPL is QRV as 5X7W from Kampala until
January 23.  Activity is on the HF bands using QRP power.  QSL via
M0OXO.

ALGERIA, 7X.  Members of radio club 7X2VFK are QRV with special
event call sign 7U7C during the Africa Cup of Nations football
tournament.  QSL direct.

QATAR, A7.  Tony, RN1B is QRV as A75GC from Doha until the end of
January.  QSL via RW3RN.

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 station DR100XRAY is
QRV until June 30 to commemorate the 100th anniversary since the
death of Wilhelm C. Roentgen, the physicist whose discovery of
X-rays revolutionized diagnostic medicine.  QSL via bureau.

ETHIOPIA, ET.  Ken, K4ZW, Bob, W9XY, and Nodir, EY8MM plan to be QRV
from the Ethiopian Amateur Radio Society's club station ET3AA from
January 14 to 21.  As part of their activity, they will also try to
mentor newcomers to amateur radio.  QSL via N2OO.

GUADELOUPE, FG.  Herve, F5HRY will be QRV as FG/F5HRY from Marie
Galante Island from January 19 to February 2.  Activity is holiday
style on 80 to 10 meters, including 30, 17, and 12 meters, using CW,
with SSB on request.  QSL direct to home call.

SAINT BARTHELEMY, FJ.  Phil, K2LIO is QRV as FJ4WEB until August 15.
Activity is on 40 to 10 meters using SSB.  QSL to home call.

CROZET ISLAND, FT/W.  Station FT8WW is QRV until January 26.  QSL
via OQRS.

THAILAND, HS.  Jack, F5LIT will be QRV as HS0ZPU from January 17 to
February 6.  From January 17 to 20, he will be active from Krabi
Island, IOTA AS-053.  QSL direct to home call.

PAPUA NEW GUINEA, P2.  David, VK4FABN is QRV as P29DT from Tabubil
in the Star Mounts in the North Fly District of the Western
Province.  Activity is holiday style on 40, 20, 15, and 10 meters
using CW and SSB.  QSL via LoTW.

ARUBA, P4.  Jeff, VA3QSL is QRV as P4/VA3QSL until February 8.
Activity is holiday style on 40 to 6 meters using CW, SSB, and
various digital modes.  QSL via LoTW.

PALAU, T8.  Operators Mike, JA6EGL, Kuzo, JH6WDG, and Mune, JR6DRH
are QRV as T88SM, T88AQ, and T88RH, respectively, from Koror Island,
IOTA OC-009, until January 19.  Activity is on 160 to 6 meters using
CW, SSB, and various digital modes.  QSL to home calls.

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.

MONTSERRAT, VP2M.  Thaire, W2APF is QRV as VP2MDX until March 28.
Activity is on 80, 40, and 30 meters using CW and SSB.  QSL direct
to home call.

UK SOVEREIGN BASE AREAS on CYPRUS, ZC4.  Garry, 2M1DHG is QRV as
ZC4GR.  Activity is on 40, 30, and 10 meters using FT8.  QSL via
EB7DX.

THIS WEEKEND ON THE RADIO.  The North American CW QSO Party, NCCC
RTTY Sprint, QRP 80-Meter CW Fox Hunt, NCCC CW Sprint, K1USN Slow
Speed CW Test, YB SSB DX Contest, UBA PSK63 Prefix Contest, WAB 1.8
MHz Phone, NRAU-Baltic SSB Contest, NRAU-Baltic CW Contest, RSGB AFS
Data Contest and the Run for the Bacon QRP CW Contest are scheduled
for this upcoming weekend.

The K1USN Slow Speed CW Test, ICWC Medium Speed CW Test, OK1WC
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 40 and the Mini-Test 80 are on tap for
January 16 to 18.

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 hereARRL DX Bulletin


Amateur Radio Newsline — Menu

– INDONESIAN SATELLITE IS NATION’S FIRST BY STUDENTS
– FCC EYES 5GHz BAND FOR AERIAL VEHICLES
– LEND YOUR VOICE TO THE AM RALLY
– AUSTRALIAN AMATEURS FACING HIGHER FEES
– TECH CLASS OPERATORS WELCOME IN WINTERHEAT EVENT
– SILENT KEY: CONTEST HALL OF FAMER FRED LAUN, K3ZO
– SILENT KEY: CUBAN JOURNALIST, BROADCASTER ARNIE ANTIC, CO2KK
– ARDC HOLDING COMMUNITY MEETING ON JAN. 21
– INTERNATIONAL ATTENDANCE AT HAM RADIO UNIVERSITY
– POTA REPORTS A ROBUST YEAR FOR 2022 ACTIVATORS
– KING’S CORONATION INSPIRES OPERATOR AWARD IN BRITAIN
– ACTIVATORS PLAN SUMMIT CAMPING TRIPS
– WORLD OF DX
– KICKER: A RIVER RUNS THROUGH IT

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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 Our guest tonight is Todd Mckinney KN4TPG who just returned from Antarctica and launched our pico balloons there. Also a big surprise tonight but you will have to tune in to see it.

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.

SHOW NOTES

New Digilent discount code is
hamradioworkbench2023

Wera Insulated screwdrivers
https://www.kctool.com/wera-059291-kk-vde-15-piece-1-2-3-0-nm-adjustable-insulated-torque-screwdriver-set/
VE6LK POTA Planning tools are now available from front page of
www.ve6lk.com


Raspberry Pi alternative: Libre Computer, Le Potato 
https://www.loverpi.com/collections/le-potato


Rotor-EZ Controller board 
https://www.hamsupply.com/rotor-ez-hy-gain-rotor-control/
 

Headless radio: QYT KT-WP12 
https://www.aliexpress.us/item/3256804544735625.html


Bench shelves  
https://www.globalindustrial.com/c/work-benches/bench_tops_accessories/workbench_shelves_risers_uprights


Wera torque driver
https://products.wera.de/en/tools_for_electricians_kraftform_kompakt_vde_7400_vde.html 
EchoStation windows-based repeater controller software
http://www.synergenics.com/sc/ 

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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