The South Canadian Amateur Radio Society (SCARS) holds a number of annual events. Use this page to watch for your favorite activity.
The American 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 24, 2017 through June 25, 2017. 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
2017 Technician / General License Class
SCARS offered a combined Tech / General class that started on February 7th, 2017. We used 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, and is available on the class page.
SCARS Spring Picnic
Each spring, after the Technician / General class, SCARS holds a picnic. Details will be available on the w5nor.org home page.
Central Oklahoma Radio Amateurs’ Ham Holiday
This annual event started in 1974, and brings thousands of hams together with vendors, classes, and a giant flea market. This is generally the fourth weekend in July. This year, that will be July 21, 2017 – July 22, 2017. More information is available at club meetings, and on the web at: HamHoliday.com or on Facebook at Facebook.com/HamHoliday
NWS Offers Storm Spotter Training
Each year the National Weather Service (NWS) offers storm spotter training for our area. There are a number of opportunities to obtain this training, including online webinar presentations, available on the spotter talk web page.
ARES storm spotters need this training either this year, or last year to be a part of the storm spotter program for the upcoming season.
OKC Memorial Marathon
Each year the Oklahoma City Amateur Radio community provides communication assistance to the annual OKC Memorial Marathon. This year is no exception, and 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 30th, 2017, and typically the hams work the whole day, from about 06:00 am to 03:00 pm. Please visit the registration page at https://www.cuetoems.com/ocmm_2017/Volunteer.aspx to sign up. Use PSC17 as your registration code. These events are great ways to put your radio skills to good use, they’re always great fun, and they provide great stories for future use.
Elk City Hamfest
This annual event started in 1989. Last years event was Saturday, March 4, 2017 from 8:00 am to ??:?? pm. This was held at the Elk City Community Civic Center, 1016 E Airport Industrial Rd., Elk City, Oklahoma.
ARRL VE testing was at 1:00 pm, and a Hamburger Supper was held on Friday night at 6:30 pm. Set up times were available on Friday Afternoon, from 1:30 pm until 9:00 pm. $5.00 registration fee, and $5.00 tables.
Green Country Hamfest
This annual event was again billed as the BIGGEST and the BEST in Oklahoma! This year, this event was on April 8th and 9th, 2016. Doors will be open from 4:00 pm to 9:00 pm on Friday, and from 8:00 am to 3:00 pm on Saturday
There will be ARRL VE testing, keynote speakers, vendors, and flea markets tables. Tons more information is available on the Green Country Hamfest website.
Dallas, TX – Ham-Com
This annual event started in 1977, and brings thousands of hams together with vendors, classes, and a giant flea market. This is generally the second weekend in June. This year, that will be June 9, 2017 – June 10, 2017. More information is available at club meetings, and on the web at: http://www.hamcom.org/
Xenia (Dayton), OH – Hamvention
This annual event started in 1952, and brings tens of thousands of hams together with vendors, classes, and a giant flea market. This year the HamVention has a new home in Xenia, OH. This is generally the second weekend in May. This year, that will be May 19, 2016 – May 21, 2016. More information is available at club meetings, and on the web at: http://www.hamvention.org/
Bike MS Event Communications
This annual event is usually held in the third weekend in September. In 2016, this was September 24th & September 25th. About a dozen amateur radio operators provide communiction between the race leadership, and the vehicles on the 160 mile course. This is a two day event that runs from Norman to Guthrie on day 1, and from Guthrie to Stillwater on day 2. For more information about the Bike MS program, visit this SCARS Bike MS site.
Jamboree On The Air (JOTA)
This annual event is usually held in the middle weekend in October. In 2016, this was October 15th, at Andrews Park, here in Norman, OK. In this event the Boy Scouts will meet to learn about radio, talk on the radio, communicate with other Boy Scouts at similar events across the globe. Here in Norman, they typically meet at a local park, and various SCARS members bring radios, antennas, and other systems for the scouts to set up, and use. There’s also a training opportunity that will allow scouts to obtain their radio merit badge. For more information about the JOTA program, visit this Scouting site. More information is available at club meetings, and from the Boy Scout Troops.
SCARS Fall Picnic
Each fall, typically in October, after the Technician / General class, SCARS holds a picnic. Details will be available on the w5nor.org home page.
This year’s event was held Saturday, October 21 & 22, 2016. Friday from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm and Saturday from 8:00 am to 1:00 pm. This was held at the Ardmore Convention Center, in Ardmore, OK. More information is available on the Texoma Hamarama website.
ARRL VE testing is available, and there’s lunch available on site. $8.00 registration fee, and $15.00 tables.
This year’s event is Saturday, November 5, 2016 from 8:00 am to ??:?? pm. This is at the Hoover Building on the Garfield County Fairgrounds, at 305 E Oxford Ave., Enid, OK. More information on the Enid club website.
ARRL VE testing is at 1:00 pm, and there’s a free hot dog lunch from 11:30 am to 1 pm. Set up times were available on Friday evening, from 6:30 pm until 9:00 pm, and on Saturday morning from 6:30 am to 8:00 am. $3.00 registration fee, and $3.00 tables.
National Weather Festival
The annual National Weather Festival highlights the many weather related organizations and activities in central Oklahoma. Visitors can view the National Weather Center’s premier facilities at 120 David L Boren Blvd, in South Norman, including National Weather Service forecast operation areas. The Festival is usually held on the first Saturday in November, from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm.
Last year SCARS was a part of the National Weather Museum’s display, and talked with hundreds of local folks that were interested in amateur radio. We had operating demonstrations of HF, VHF, UHF, DStar, and DMR radios. Operating as WX5NWM we were also able to make a handful of contacts with people all over the continent. Next year we plan to operate a special event station from the top of the building. We need your help to make this happen!
This unique event features hourly weather balloon launches with local TV meteorologists, emergency response vehicle and equipment displays, children’s activities, weather superheroes the “Weather Friends”, and weather-related information and products. For more information, contact the National Weather Festival web site.
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. Last year there was a maximum $10 spend on each gift, and “No Free Harbor Freight items were allowed”. This is generally the first Tuesday in December. Bring your wrapped gift labeled as from/for either a “male”, or “female”. Last year this was December 6, 2016 at 6:00 pm, at the Golden Corral, in Norman, OK. More information is available at club meetings, or on the SCARS Facebook Group.
OKC Memorial Marathon
Detailed signup instructions are available on the Aeronautical Center club’s website at W5PAA.org
Each year the Oklahoma City Amateur Radio community provides communication assistance to the annual OKC Memorial Marathon. This year was no exception, and the Public Service Committee chair, Mike Rockey KE5EQC, provided an opportunity for about 100 hams again this year. This years event was scheduled for April 24th, 2016. Typically the hams work the whole day, from about 06:00 am to 03:00 pm. These events are great ways to put your radio skills to good use, they’re always great fun. They also provide great stories for future use.
2017 SCARS Past Meeting Topics
- 2017 – January – Meeting canceled due to potential Ice Storm.
- 2017 – February – DXKeeper. By Peter Laws N5UWY presented information on the DX Labs Software Suite. Peter has provided his presentation slides for your later review, and they are available here. Here are two additional links to presentations from DX Lab Suite that may also be of some assistance to your pursuit of this software. http://www.dxlabsuite.com/Presentations/DXLab%20Suite%202012-03-19.pdf and http://www.dxlabsuite.com/Presentations/DXing%20with%20DXLab%202016-05-05.pdf
- 2017 – March – PSK31 and ARRL Membership. This month our own Bill Baker WG5T presented information about the digital mode of operating PSK31. That Powerpoint presentation is available here on the W5NOR website. More info on PSK31 is available on the W5NOR PSK31 page.
And, our own ARES Technical Specialist Gary Skaggs WB5ULK presented the ARRL, and the benefits of membership. More info on the ARRL is available on the ARRL web page.
- 2017 – April – Denny WA6DKD presented a great presentation about building your own antennas with whatever you have around the shack. For more information, please see the W5NOR Antenna page, or search the web to build your own antennas.
- 2017 – May – Field Day 2017 Setup By Chris Pape KE5JZN
2016 SCARS Past Meeting Topics
- 2016 – January – Drones, drones, drones. By PDC Productions
- 2016 – February – ARES Oklahoma. By Gayland Kitch WX5MOR
- 2016 – March – How Far Can Your Talkie Talk? By Harold Black W5IFN
- 2016 – April – DMR, D-Star, and System Fusion By Mark Kleine N5NZR – Presentation slides are available here: – More info on DMR, on D-star…
- 2016 – May – Field Day 2016 Setup By Chris Pape KE5JZN
- 2016 – June – Collector & Emitter Online Archives and Q.R. Zedd Archives By Mark Kleine N5HZR and Gary Skaggs WB5ULK.
- 2016 – July – Planning Your Tower Work By Phil Sinnett KD5UGO Also auction of spare club goodies.
- 2016 – August – Logbook of the World By Peter Laws N5UWY
- 2016 – September – Cheap Handhelds and Their Effect on Amateur Radio Gordon Hudson WX5GOR
- 2016 – October – Homebrewing From Scratch Presentation – Kenn Goodson KA5KXW
- 2016 – November – Young Ladies Radio League – Michelle Carey W5MQC District 5 Representative and Learn Morse Code – Mark Kleine N5HZR
- 2016 – December – James Tittle, AR-OK Regional Disaster Director for the American Red Cross. James talked the with the members of SCARS and talked about the role of the contemporary Red Cross, and how Amateur Radio can be involved in getting the message through “when all else fails”. A number of volunteer opportunities were discussed, and will be posted on the CC ARES page.