The South Canadian Amateur Radio Society is an American Radio Relay League (ARRL) Special Services Club that serves the Amateur Radio Operators in the Norman, Oklahoma area. The club has been operating since the fall of 1977, and works hard to support the amateur radio operators in the Cleveland County area. In addition, we also work to help grow the amateur radio community in the region. We’ve also documented the past by collecting, scanning, and displaying the 28 years worth of Central Oklahoma amateur radio newsletters in our CORA Collector and Emitter display gallery.
The Amateur Radio community is strong, and growing, both at the national level, and here at SCARS. A growing group of people are interested in communicating without accessing the public infrastructure. These people are interested in communicating with their friends or family during severe weather conditions, or when power, or communications systems have been damaged. Others are ‘makers’, and are interested in building their own radio communications equipment. Amateur Radio provides so many different project opportunities to design, build, and use your own equipment, that it would keep a maker busy for decades. And finally, the intersection of computers, the Internet, and radio provides even the most advanced technicians with opportunities to connect all three of these to communicate with neighbors next door with low power VHF systems, across the globe using the Digital Mobile Radio (DMR), or DStar technologies, or through space, in a matter of minutes.
December 5th SCARS Annual Christmas Party
This annual event started in 1978, and brings tens of hams together with for a great meal, and a ‘White Elephant’ Christmas gift exchange. A maximum $10 spend on each gift, and “No Free Harbor Freight items were allowed”. Bring your wrapped gift labeled as from/for either a “male”, or “female”. This year this will be December 5, 2017 at 6:00 pm, at the Golden Corral, in Norman, OK. More information is available at club meetings, or on the SCARS Facebook Group.
December 9th Meeting – Weak Signal Propagation Reporter
Due to popular request, we’ll be talking in a WSPR at the next SCARS meeting. The Weak Signal Propagation Reporter (WSPR) Network is a group of amateur radio operators using K1JT’s MEPT_JT digital mode to probe radio frequency propagation conditions using very low power (QRP/QRPp) transmissions. There’s a couple of ways that you can get involved in this mode. WSPRlite is a small inexpensive transmitter that can be used to send signals on antennas to test the antenna, or propagation. Normal WSPR uses your transmitter, your computer, and a free piece of software to send and listen for weak signals from all over. Ed Hatch AG5DV, Peter Khor AG5DB, and Mark Kleine N5HZR will be talking about this mode, and have live demonstrations of WSPR and WSPRlite. The software is open source, and the data collected are available to the public.
In addition, we’ll perform more ‘stay after school’ seminars on using your new handheld radio, DMR radios or any other amateur radio. If you’re new to the hobby, or would like some help with a new radio, simply stay after the meeting, and Ed Hatch AG5DV, and others will help you through the first setup, and guide you through those first transmissions! If you’ve got a DMR question, Mark Kleine N5HZR, will help you with any setup, or operational issues. Have any other questions? Just ask someone at the meetings, they’re experts on everything in our group, and we’ll help you find the right person.
SCARS meetings are held on the second Saturday of the month (third in June) at 9:00 am at the Norman Firehouse #7, just west of Rock Creek, and Flood. All of the location and time details are available on the Meetings/Nets page of this website. Don’t forget to bring a chair, if you can, as space is getting limited!
January 27/28: Field Day – Winter
Winter Field Day Association (WFDA) is a dedicated group of Amateur Radio Operators who believe that emergency communications in a winter environment is just as important as the preparations and practice that is done each summer but with some additional unique operational concerns. This years event will be held on January 27/28, 2018, and the SCARS group will attempt to build our first Winter Field Day. Jon Tankersley WD5HCI will be managing this effort, that will be held in a Newcastle Park, just east of the Police / Fire center. More details will be available as they are available, or contact Jon.
If you are serious about emergency communications as we are; we welcome you to join us for our yearly event. We are sure you will find this event a cooler change and challenge to that of a normal summer time field day.
February 6: 2018 Technician / General License Class
SCARS will offered a combined Tech / General class that started on February 6th, 2018. We will use the ARRL Technician and General study guides. These books were be available for about $22.50. The class roster was the same as the 2016 version, as updated, and is available on the class page. The online signup for this class will be available soon.
National Weather Museum – Open for Business
Our own Doug Forsyth WX5DF is managing a brand new museum in town, the National Weather Museum & Science Center. The museum is located at 1200B West Rock Creek Road, Norman, OK 73019, and recently celebrated its first anniversary in this location. This facility houses the historical weather equipment that was either developed, or used to promote the management of weather for the nation. Here you’ll find the world’s first Doppler radar console, a T-28 Trojan Weather Research airplane, a car that survived one of the Moore tornadoes, replicas of the largest hailstones, phased radar systems and a whole lot more.
The museum is now open for business. Current hours are Thursday and Friday from 10am to 4pm, and Saturday from 10am to 5pm. More information is available at: http://NationalWeatherMuseum.com Make plans to come, and see you there!
SCARS has been given an opportunity to design, build, and operate a fully functional amateur radio station inside this museum. We’ve figured out a cable path to the roof, and we’ll be running coax, and building antennas shortly. Soon, the station will be available to operate anytime the museum is open. Contact us by email at firstname.lastname@example.org if you’d like to help with this project.
Future Meeting Topics
We’re still working out the 2017 presentation schedule, but current plans are to include presentations on: Grounding Bonding and Counterpoise, Amateur Packet Radio Service (APRS). We’d love to have some more great topics, and hopefully you can supply those ideas. Contact Ed Hatch AG5DV, or post it on our Facebook group, if you have an topic, or an idea, for a future meeting.
VHF Audio is On-The-Web
Are you ever out of town and just want to tap into the local net back home but your 2 meter can’t reach that far? You can now take advantage of technology and the World Wide Web by listening to the SCARS and OU 2 meter repeaters online. Do what? Yes! It’s real and it sounds great! Give it a try by clicking here.
Just because the holiday season is over doesn’t mean your shopping comes to an end! You can still help SCARS raise money by shopping at Amazon. A percentage of the sales goes directly to SCARS general funds to help operate great events such as Field Day, radio nets, and keeps the SCARS repeater equipment operational. Click here to help SCARS out.
Try VHF Direct
Did you know that the SCARS uses a Cleveland County tower for the VHF and UHF antenna repeaters?
“So what can I do if I want to talk to someone over the radio and I really would like to stay local but not use a repeater?”
Easy! Just program your radio to simplex and talk on 147.060 MHz and see how far you can talk to your fellow hams. You can also do this on 443.700 MHz. This is also a great time to test your ability to communicate in simplex mode during times of emergency if the repeater does fail. And did you know that you can also talk on our OU friend’s (Oklahoma Student Amateur Radio Club) repeater on 146.88 MHz (-600 kHz input; No tone) Give it a try!