Welcome to SCARS

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 the public infrastructure. We are interested in talking to our friends or family during severe weather conditions, or when power or communications systems are down. We are ‘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.

Welcome to the world of Cleveland County amateur radio, come in, take a look, listen, or join us for your next, or first, adventure.

December 4th: Christmas Party

This annual event started in 1978, and each year it brings about 50 hams together with for a great meal, and a ‘White Elephant’ Christmas gift exchange. There is a maximum $10 value on each gift, and “No Free Harbor Freight items are allowed.” Bring your wrapped gift labeled as from/for either a “ham”, “spouse-female”, or “spouse-male.” This year we will meet on December 4, 2018, at 6:00 pm, at the Golden Corral, in Norman, OK. More information is available at club meetings, or on the SCARS Facebook Group. See you there!

December 6th: 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 here today!

Elmer Nights

SCARS offers Elmer Nights at the Norman Red Cross, 1205 Halley Dr, Norman, OK. Every Tuesday at 6:30 pm we meet to talk 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. 

We’re currently running a Morse Code study session at Elmer nights. Come learn some code, practice some code, and have some fun.

Future sessions will offer targeted classes to help you do things like solder, load the Linux operating system, and build antennas. Come by and tell us what you’d like to see.

December 8th Meeting: AREDN

Oklahoma City’s Autopatch royalty, Duane Angeles AA5KD, and Dave Downing WD5G will be showing us the Amateur Radio Emergency Data Network (AREDN) setup. This microwave radio system lets you connect commercially available, inexpensive devices to provide high-speed Internet connectivity. They will talk about the data connection that SCARS and OCAPA are building to link our two cities. With this mode of operation, we’ll be able to pass data, voice, and video during emergencies and on blue sky days. This emerging system will let us connect our radios, our licensed spectrum, and our computers faster than ever. Duane & Dave will talk about the system, demonstrate the system, and show real-time connections. See you in December.

SCARS meetings happen 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.

Batfish 2018 YL Outing

2018 YL outing to operate WW2SUB

The YLs activated WW2SUB on the USS Batfish. Learn more about that (now annual) adventure on the SCARS Batfish page.

January 12th Meeting:

SCARS meetings happen 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.

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.

Field Day 2018 Photos

Photos from Field Day 2018 are here. Here are the ones that have been collected so far. If you would like to upload some pictures, send Mark N5HZR a message to get an account to upload your photos here.

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 Michelle Carey W5MQC, 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.

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.

Did You Miss a Meeting?

Our monthly meetings are streamed via YouTube Live, and are archived on the Internet. You can click on the image below and see the most recent meeting, or visit our YouTube channel to see previous events.

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!