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.

October 4th: 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!

October 13th SCARS Fall Picnic

9400 Banner Rd, Lexington, OK

Each fall, typically in October, SCARS holds a picnic for our members. This year the Fall picnic will be October 13th and will be at the WA6DKD ranch, located at 9400 Banner Rd. Just south of Norman, east of 84th and Banner Rd. Denny’s road is just east (really, about 3′) of the bridge, on the south side of the road. Park in the field out front, send us an email if you need a ride or more info. We start showing up at 4:00 pm, and dinner will be ready at 6:00 pm. SCARS will provide the hamburgers, hot dogs, hot-links and buns. Please bring a dish or two to share. Salads, side dishes, or desserts are always big favorites. Water and tea will be available, but feel free to bring any additional beverages

Bring your questions, radios, or ‘go-kits.’ There are plenty of trees to hang an antenna. Also, Denny’s station will be available for operating.

October 12-14: YL Weekend on the USS Batfish

Calling all YLs!!! October 12-14 will be a YL weekend on the USS Batfish. We will call CQ Friday evening to Sunday afternoon in remembrance of the 52 lost subs. Specifically, we will be honoring the USS Wahoo and USS Dorado. We are booked for Saturday evening to sleep on the USS Batfish for those that would like too! All YLs are welcome. If you have a YL friend that is not licensed and want to have them learn and spend some time on the air, bring them along! The cost is $10 person. We will be the guest of the Batfish Amateur Radio Club.

The USS Batfish is located at 3500 Batfish Road, Muskogee, Oklahoma. This is a working museum, so we will need to be mindful of visitors to the sub while we operate.

To register, and for more information, contact Michelle Carey W5MQC.

October 13th Meeting

Our own Bob Roberts WA5EEZ will be showing us the WinLink email protocol. This free system provides you with an amateur radio-themed email address, like n5hzr@winlink.org. And, they provide the infrastructure connections to deliver emails by amateur radio. This delivery method allows emails, attachments, and more to be passed in, and out of areas without standard data connections. Bob will talk about the system, demonstrate the software, and show real-time connections via the Internet, and a couple of amateur radio data paths. Sign up at WinLink.org, and join in on the fun.

We will perform more ‘stay after school’ seminars on using your new handheld radio, DMR radios or any other amateur radio. If you are new to the hobby or would like some help with a new radio, there are many of us to available to ask some questions. 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 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.

SCARS October 2018 meeting, featuring WinLink,
presented by Bob Roberts WA5EEZ.

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.

November 10th Meeting: Operating 630 Meters

John Langridge KB5NJD is one of the major players in the ‘new-to-hams’ 630-meter band. This operation takes place at 472 kHz, below the AM band. John and the 630 crew have been testing the waters on these bands for years using an experimental license. The rest of us finally got access to these bands at the end of 2017. John will be meeting with us via Skype, from his Dallas, TX area residence. Ken Robertson K5DNL, another 630 M tester, from Shawnee, OK will be joining us to answer any local operating questions. Check your radio to see if you can listen or transmit that low, and notify the UTC that you intend to use the 630-meter band from this website. This meeting should be a tremendous 630-meter learning opportunity.

Also, 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, 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 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.

Field Day 2018 Photos

Photos from Field Day 2018 are starting to appear. 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!

SCARS has an operating a fully functional amateur radio station inside this museum. Soon, the station will be available to work anytime the museum is open.

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.

Video from the September SCARS meeting,
Gerry Creager N5JXS talks about the Civil Air Patrol.

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!