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 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.

Technician / General Class

Each year SCARS offers a combined Technician / General licensing class to help locals get ready for their Technician and General tests. We typically have people that are new to amateur radio, and some people that have had some experience with our hobby. If you know someone that would like to get involved with amateur radio, this is a good place to bring them.

Our classes start on Tuesday, February 4th and will run until March 31st. We will take the March 17th week off for Spring Break. Class members will be ready to take our April 2nd license test. Each class will run from 6:30 pm to 9:00 pm and we will meet at the Norman Firehouse Number 7, 2207 Goddard Ave, Norman, OK 73069.

There is no cost for the class or the licensing test. We will use the ARRL Technician or General training manuals. Feel free to bring your own manuals, or we can obtain books for about $23. While there’s no need to read all of the material before the first class, you will be expected to do some reading outside of the classes to keep up with the material. The classes cover different areas of the material each evening, but we will definitely be able to help you make up any missed sessions.

More information is available at https://w5nor.org/class and we hope to see you there.

February 8th: Meeting – Digital Modes with the Raspberry Pi

This Saturday, February 8th is the SCARS February meeting. This month Duane Angles AA5KD will be talking to us about using Raspberry Pi computers to provide digital modes for your ham shack.

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. Firehouse #7 is 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.

Elmer Nights

SCARS offers Elmer Nights at the Norman Fire Station #7 during the Technician / General class. We meet every Tuesday at 6:30 pm to talk about amateur radio and learn more about it. 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. 

February 6th: License Testing

SCARS offers amateur radio license test sessions on the first Thursday of the month at 6:30 pm at the Norman Firehouse #7, 2207 Goddard Ave. Firehouse #7 is 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!

Memorial Marathon Volunteer Registration is Open

This year the Oklahoma City amateur radio community will need 110 amateur radio operators to provide public service communications for the OKC Memorial Marathon. We typically start working from 6 AM and end before 2:00 pm. 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.

The 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 2020 presentation schedule. We’d love to have some more great topics, and hopefully, you can supply those ideas. Contact Gayland Kitch WX5MOR, 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 go 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 meeting presentations are archived on the Internet. Visit our YouTube channel to see previous events.