The South Canadian Amateur Radio Society is an American Radio Relay League (ARRL) Special Services Club. We serve the amateur radio operators in the Cleveland County, Oklahoma area. The club has been operating since the fall of 1977 and works hard to grow and support the amateur radio operators in the local area. We also work to help develop the amateur radio community in the region, state and beyond with our Facebook presence and weekly newsletter. We have 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. We are a group of people who are interested in communicating without accessing public infrastructure. SCARS members are interested in talking to our friends or family during severe weather conditions, or when power or communications systems are down. Hams are typical ‘makers,’ and are interested in building our radio communications equipment. Amateur radio provides many different project opportunities to design, create, and use our gear. Therefore, we live at the intersection of computers, the Internet, and radio. New, inexpensive devices allow us to communicate with neighbors using low power VHF or UHF systems. We can talk around the globe using the linked Digital Mobile Radio (DMR), or D-STAR technologies, or through space, with satellite links in a matter of minutes.
SCARS offers Elmer Nights at the Norman Red Cross, 1205 Halley Ave., Norman, OK. We meet every Tuesday at 6:30 pm to talk about radio and learn more about radio. Currently, there’s no agenda. Bring your problems, and your creative thinking, and we will help you solve your issues. Elmers, bring your skills and prepare to share them with the group.
December 3rd: Christmas Party
This annual event started in 1978 and brings about 50 hams together with for a great meal, and a ‘White Elephant’ Christmas gift exchange. Each gift should be a maximum of $10, and “No Free Harbor Freight items are allowed”. Bring your wrapped gift labeled as from/for either a “ham” or “non-ham.” This year this will be December 3, 2019, at 6:00 pm, at the Golden Corral, 123 N Interstate Dr., Norman, OK. More information is available at club meetings, or on the SCARS Facebook Group.
December 5th: VE Testing
SCARS offers VE test sessions on the first Thursday of the month at 6:30 pm at the Norman Firehouse #7, 2207 Goddard Ave, just west of the intersection of W. Rock Creek Rd. and N. Flood Ave. All of the location and time details are available on the license page of this website. Sign up here today!
December 14th: Meeting –
This month Dr. Thomas Hays KI5AIF will talk about using standard 18650 battery cells to build battery packs that can be used to power radios on the go. There are a lot of things to consider when building these, but a lot of hams are starting to build these packs into their go-boxes. Thomas will run through the theory and show some practical applications of these packs.
SCARS meetings happen on the second Saturday of the month (third in June) at 9:00 am at the Norman Firehouse #7, 2207 Goddard Ave, just west of the intersection of W. Rock Creek Rd. and N. Flood Ave. All of the location and time details are available on the Meetings/Nets page of this website.
Memorial Marathon Volunteer Registration is Open
This year we will need 110 amateur radio operators to provide public service communications for the OKC Memorial Marathon. The volunteer registration page is now open. Please register now for the April 26th event to join in on the fun. Be sure to use the registration code PSC2020 when you sign up. More info on the SCARS Marathon page, which you can reach by clicking here.
Tape Measure Antennas – VHF/UHF
Our first batch of 30 tape measure antennas sold out in minutes. Another batch is now available. These kits are only $10 and are available from Mark Kleine N5HZR. More information is available on the tape measure antenna page.
Homebrew – Pixie Radio 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.
National Weather Museum
Our own Doug Forsyth WX5DF is managing the National Weather Museum & Science Center located at 1200B West Rock Creek Road, Norman, OK 73019. 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.
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!
Future Meeting Topics
We’re still working out the 2019 presentation schedule. We’d love to have some more great topics, and hopefully, you can supply those ideas. Contact Mark Kleine N5HZR, or post it on our Facebook group, if you have an idea for a future meeting.
VHF Audio is On-The-Web
Are you ever out of town and 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.
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.
Did You Miss a Meeting?
Our monthly meetings are streamed via YouTube