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Welcome to SCARS

The South Canadian Amateur Radio Society is an ARRL Special Services Club that serves the Amateur Radio Operators in the Norman, Oklahoma area. The club has been operating since the late seventies, and works hard to help grow the amateur radio community in the region.


May Meeting: Field Day Setup

The program for the May meeting will be SCARS Secretary, and Field Day Chair, Chris Pape KE5JZN. Chris will talk about the planning, setup, operation, and tear down of this years' Field Day operation. In addition, we'll be testing all of the club antennas and gear. Phil Sinnett KG5UGO will be bringing test gear to verify everything. If you have a radio, feedline, or an antenna that you'd like to test, bring it along and we'll check it out. So, come and learn how you can be part of this annual event. SCARS meetings are held on the second Saturday of the month at 9:00 am. All of the location and time details are available on the Meetings/Nets page of this website.


Field Day 2016

The Amateur Radio Relay League, (ARRL) sponsors an Annual Field Day competition. Each year, SCARS participates in these activites, and operates emergency radios for 24 hours straight. Each year this is on the fourth full weekend in June. This year, that will be June 25, 2016 through June 26, 2016. Contact any SCARS officer if you'd like to be a part of the fun. More information is available at club meetings, and on the web at: http://www.arrl.org/field-day Each year we set up an operating tent, and a number of antennas to let us communicate with the thousands of other Field Day stations. In addition, the contacts are logged, and we compete for bragging rights for he upcoming year.

At this event we'll have our annual Field Day picnic. Drinks, hamburgers, hot dogs, and hot links will be provided. Club members, and others, are asked to bring side dishes and desserts. This will happen at about 6:00pm local time, on Saturday, June 25th. If you'd like to get more involved in Amateur Radio, this is a great place to make that happen. There will be plenty of operating stations that you can watch, or actually operate. No license required.


ARRL National Parks On The Air

Parks on the air

The ARRL National Parks on the Air (NPOTA) event runs in parallel with the National Park Service’s centennial. The program runs now, through 2359 UTC December 31, 2016. The goals of this program are to promote Amateur Radio, promote the National Park Services' Centennial and the heritage of the National Park System and finally, to encourage portable Amateur Radio operation from as many of the officially listed National Park Service units as possibly. The Oklahoma City National Memorial is part of this project. Want more information? View the ARRL's Powerpoint Presentation.


June Meeting: Collector & Emitter Online Archives

The program for the June meeting will be SCARS Newsletter Editor, Gary Skaggs and ARES Emergency Coordinator, Mark Kleine N5HZR will talk about their efforts to obtain, classify, scan, index, and present the 28 years worth of Central Oklahoma Radio Amateur's Collector & Emitter newsletter. Come and learn how you can get the most out of these issues, and there's even still a great opportunity for you to help finish this project. SCARS meetings are held on the second Saturday of the month at 9:00 am. All of the location and time details are available on the Meetings/Nets page of this website.


July Meeting: Tower Work

The program for the July meeting will be presented by Phil Sinnett KD5UGO. Phil will talk about a recent project to repair/replace a tower based antenna system. This presentation will help you plan your own antenna installations and upgrades, no matter what height above average terrain you might choose. SCARS meetings are held on the second Saturday of the month at 9:00 am. All of the location and time details are available on the Meetings/Nets page of this website.


August Meeting: Logbook Of The World

The program for the August meeting will be given by Peter Laws N5UWY. Peter will talk about ARRL's electronic logbook project, called Logbook Of The World. This set of software lets an amateur radio operator log their contacts electronically. SCARS meetings are held on the second Saturday of the month at 9:00 am. All of the location and time details are available on the Meetings/Nets page of this website.


September Meeting: Topic Open

This meeting topic hasn't yet been determined. Contact Rodney Barrett KF5UZA if you have an topic, or an idea. SCARS meetings are held on the second Saturday of the month at 9:00 am. All of the location and time details are available on the Meetings/Nets page of this website.


October Meeting: Build Your Own Equipment

The program for the October meeting will be provided by Kenn Goodson KA5KXW. Kenn will talk about the process of building your own radio gear, and bring examples of the receivers, transmitters, and amplifiers that he's made, and operates daily. A number of different techniques will be discussed, including Manhattan-style construction. See if you can learn some tricks to get started building your own systems. SCARS meetings are held on the second Saturday of the month at 9:00 am. All of the location and time details are available on the Meetings/Nets page of this website.


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.


Amazon Smile

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!

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