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. 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 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

February 13: 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.

March 1st 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!

March 10th Meeting

Peter Laws N5UWY will be talking about Amateur Radio Satellite work. If you’ve never tried this part of the hobby, you’re in for a treat. This technology is by hams, for hams. There are a number of our ‘birds’ circling the earth, and Peter will help you try to listen to them with gear you probably already have. AMSAT is the first place to look, if you’re into this segment.

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!

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 years 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.

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.

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 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: 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 Michelle Carey W5MQC, 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.

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!