Welcome to SCARS

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. Also, 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 who are interested in communicating without accessing the public infrastructure. These people are interested in talking 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 radio communications equipment. Amateur Radio provides so many different project opportunities to design, build, and use your equipment, that it would keep a maker busy for decades. And finally, the intersection of computers, the Internet, and radios provides even the most advanced technicians with opportunities to connect all three of these. These radios allow them to communicate with their neighbors with low power VHF systems, across the globe using the Digital Mobile Radio (DMR), or D-STAR technologies, or through space, in a matter of minutes.

Welcome to the world of Amateur Radio, come in, take a look, listen, or join us for your next adventure

April 28th: SCARS Spring Picnic – Rain Date

Each spring, after the Technician / General class, SCARS holds a picnic. This year the Spring picnic will be April 28th and will be at the WA6DKD ranch. Click this link for a map. This is located just south of Norman, east of 84th and Banner Rd. 3′ east of the bridge, on the south side of the road. This will start at 4:00 pm. The club will provide burgers, hot dogs, buns, and something to drink. You can bring chips, a side dish, or some dessert to share with the group. Feel free to bring something to drink if you have any special requests. There’s tons of room for people, parking, and temporary antennas. Feel free to bring any radio or antenna that you’d like to test, or have help assembling. This is a rain date, and we’re hoping the weather will cooperate. We hope to see you there!

April 29th: OKC Memorial Marathon

Each year the Oklahoma City Amateur Radio community provides communication assistance to the annual OKC Memorial Marathon. SCARS will be working to bring a larger group to this event in 2018, and Norbert Suchanek WE5Z will be leading the charge. The Public Service Committee chair, Mike Rockey KE5EQC, is providing an opportunity for about 100 hams again this year. This year’s event is scheduled for April 29th, 2018, and typically the hams work the whole day, from about 6:00 am to 3:00 pm. More information is available on the Marathon web page.

Homebrew – Pixie Kits

The Pixie 1/2 watt 40 meter CW kits have arrived. “Get ’em while they’re hot” for $10. To get started, take a look at the SCARS Pixie page for circuit descriptions and build instructions. Also, you can visit the refresher information on soldering, visit the SCARS soldering page.

May 3rd: VE Testing

SCARS offers VE testing sessions on the first Thursday of the month at 6:30 pm at the Norman Firehouse #7, just west of Rock Creek, and Flood. All of the location and time details are available on the license page of this website. Sign up today!

May 5th: YL Operational Training – 10 am

Attention Women of SCARS, on May 5th the YL’s will be gathering at the Norman Firehouse #7, just west of Rock Creek, and Flood to trade operating experiences. For more information, feel free to contact Michelle Carey W5MQC. They will have an operational portable HF station, VHF/UHF operations, digital modes, and more. Swing on by and learn some skills, or trade some stories.

May 12th Meeting: Amplifiers from another Mother, and Field Day

Another homebrewing success will be shared by our own Bill Baker WG5T. Bill has been working on cigar box guitars that you’ll have to see to believe.  We’ll also run through the plans for Field Day 2018 with SCARS FD Manager Chris Pape KE5JZN.

Also, 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!

June 12th Meeting: RF Direction Finding – Foxhunt – Build a Yagi

So you’ve always wanted to do some direction finding with you VHF radios? Here’s the place to learn. Phil Sinnett KD5UGO will talk about how to locate hidden transmitters for fun. He’ll have some fancy differential antennas, and some low tech yagi antennas, and he’ll teach you to locate a hidden transmitter that may be a ‘bad guy’ trying to break into a repeater or a ham that’s fallen asleep on the mic button! After the meeting, you’ll be able to build your own direction-finding three element yagi measuring tape antenna, as seen on the SCARS antenna page.

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!

Operation: GENERAL

The SCARS Volunteer Examiner Team has created a program called Operation: GENERAL. The purpose of this action is twofold. The first part is that they’d like to help all of the technician level hams in the club ‘upgraded’ to General or Extra. The second part is the VE Team will be testing out a new VEC system. This system lets them offer the tests for FREE! If you need some additional study help, the CRAAM study guide is available from Mark Kleine N5HZR for $5; all of the questions, with only the correct answers.

On Saturday, during the Annual Field Day competition, probably at 2:00 pm, you’ll be able to take a test. This year, that will be June 23, 2018. You can sign up on the VE registration page, select the June 23rd date, start your studying, and Good Luck!

June 23rd – 24th: Field Day – Summer

The American Radio Relay League, (ARRL) sponsors an Annual Field Day competition. Each year, SCARS participates in these activities 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 23, 2018, through June 24, 2018. 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://w5nor.org/fd

July 14th Meeting: Building a T Antenna

One of our own, Conrad Warren W7WLM will talk about building a better HF antenna. He’s been building some T antennas that have been working well for him. These antennas pack a pretty good signal into a small back-yard. He’ll have some examples, and these will be easy to build. Come learn what he’s been up to, and how you can build one of these for your own backyard.

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!

August 11th Meeting: Operating Tube Radios

You may have grown up with a tube type radio, or you may have no idea how they work. Denny WA6DKD will give you a glimpse into the past. For those of us that are of the digital general, this will be a neat way to see how these high voltage devices paved the way for what we’re doing today. For those of us that grew up with the hot, temperamental great sounding radios of our past. We’re sure there will be some great stories, and you may learn a whole new way to operate in the amateur radio hobby.

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!

National Weather Service 2018 Training Schedule

Each year the National Weather Service creates a severe weather training program that is a ‘must have’ for amateurs doing weather service. Their online schedule is almost complete, Rick Smith says they’ll be adding 3 more sessions soon… But, take a look here and you’ll find the 2018 training schedule for the Norman Forecast area. Also, if you’re in the Tulsa area, you can check their schedule here.

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 10 am to 4 pm, and Saturday from 10 am to 5 pm. 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 w5nor@w5nor.org if you’d like to help with this project.

Future Meeting Topics

We’re still working out the 2018 presentation schedule, but current plans are to include presentations on counterpoise, and Amateur Packet Radio Service (APRS). We’d love to have some more great topics, and hopefully, you can supply those ideas. Contact Michelle Carey W5MQC, or post it on our Facebook group, if you have a 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 radio 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!