The South Canadian Amateur Radio Society is an American Radio Relay League (ARRL) Special Services Club in the Cleveland County, Oklahoma area. We help develop the amateur radio community in the region, state, and beyond with our Facebook presence and weekly newsletter.
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. 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.
Each Tuesday evening from 6:30 pm to 9:00 pm, about 25 hams and potential hams meet on the SCARS Zoom channel. All are welcome, license, or membership is not required. The connection information is on the SCARS Elmer Nights page. See you Tuesday!
April 10: SCARS Online Meeting – Gordon West WB6NOA on Tropospheric Ducting
Gordon West WB6NOA, host of the popular podcast Ham Nation talked with us about Tropospheric Ducting. This relatively unknown freak of nature is a great way to make your signals travel through a ‘wormhole’ to spots unknown. Learn what causes this condition, how you can predict it, how you can recognize it, how you can take advantage of it, and what frequencies are affected by it.
May 6: 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 W. Rock Creek Rd. and N. Flood Ave. All of the locations, COVID-19 information, and time details are available on this website’s license page. Sign up here today, and you will be ready for the test.
SCARS Dues are Due
As a reminder, SCARS membership dues start each January 1st. Join/renew today online, or through the mail, at https://w5nor.org/membership/
May 8: SCARS Online Meeting – Beginner DX Operations
Dx’ers Jeff Martin K5WE, Kim Elmore N5OP, and Bill Roberson N5AQ will help us get started making our first distant (DX) contact (QSO). We will get you from 1 country to 100+ WITHOUT an 80’ tower and 1,500 watts of power. With solar-cycle 25 starting up, it is a great time to use your 100 watts and a wire to hone your skills and get in on the fun of working foreign countries. You’ll learn about spotter networks, operating techniques, and the Oklahoma DX Association. Think up your best DX operation questions and join us on May 8th at 9:30 am at https://w5nor.org/zoom/
SCARS meets on the 2nd Saturday of each month on Zoom / YouTube / Telephone. The club meeting begins at 09:30. Guests are always welcome! Join us Saturday, at 9:00 am, using the Zoom conference system. Load up the Zoom software, and then click this link at https://w5nor.org/zoom. You can join using 893 9952 6291 password w5nor. Or, to watch the fun, click the YouTube play button here, or at https://w5nor.org/stream …
June 12: SCARS Online Meeting Field Day Skills
The Amateur Radio Field Day means many things to many people. It takes planning, equipment negotiations, power systems, equipment repair, creature comforts, setup, testing, food, license testing, fox hunts, more food, teardown, and cleanup. This happens to support 24 hours of operators operating three different radio systems, voice, morse code, and digital, to over 700 stations across the country. At the June meeting, we will talk about how to operate the radio during Field Day and other contest events.
August 14: Ed Fong – How Does That J-Pole Antenna Work?
J-pole antennas work well and are easy to buy, build, and set up. However, their operation defies common logic and can be hard to understand. A lot of have these antennas, but do you really know how they work? Ed Fong WB6IQN he is currently on the faculty of UC Santa Cruz-Silicon Valley, teaching the RF Wireless Communications course and I/O Design Fundamentals. At our August meeting, he will help us understand how Denny’s favorite antenna performs.
Ed is the inventor of the Ed Fong TBJ-1 (US patent 9,608,336), DBJ-1, DBJ-2 and DBJ-UHF (US patent 8,947,313) antennas which are extremely popular among the ham and commercial communications community. He, and his students, have built over 30,000 of these antennas. He has published numerous articles on these antennas in QST and CQ (QST March 2017. QST February 2003 and QST March 2007, CQ Summer 2012). They also appear in the ARRL VHF/UHF Antenna Classics, ARRL Vol 8 Antenna Compendium, ARRL Vol. 3 Antenna Compendium. These are great antennas for VHF/UHF, and the proceeds of these antennas go to support his RF Wireless group at UC Santa Cruz -Santa Clara Valley.
Join us for the August meeting to learn more about the J-pole antenna.
October 2020: YL Batfish Crew
The USS Batfish is a Balao-class submarine named for the fish found off the coast of Peru. During WW2, the Batfish sunk three Japanese Navy submarines in a 76-hour timeframe, and now it is in the Muskogee War Memorial Park, at the Port of Muskogee, OK.
October 9th to the 11th, 2020, some of the YLs (Young Ladies) from Kansas, Texas, and Oklahoma were guests of the USS Batfish Radio Club. They operated a special event station from the facility. For more information, you can visit the newsletter article or take a look at the YL Batfish page.
SMD / SMT Learning Kits
During a recent SCARS Elmer Night, someone asked about using surface mount technology (SMT) and soldering surface mount devices (SMD). Needless to say, this resulting in many questions, concerns, complaints about these components being too small to see, and soldering techniques that were unfamiliar to most.
We found the kit shown here. On the left half of this image is the kit as it arrived today. The right half shows the other side of the board, and all of the components in place, powered up and operating. This little kit has a double-sided circuit board, is pre-tinned, and is ready to start assembly. If you get this properly assembled, applying 3 to 12 VDC will start the blinking lights.
Mark Kleine N5HZR bought a couple dozen of these and they are available for $2 each. Contact him for your own kit.
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, or on the play button below.
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
The National Weather Museum & Science Center is 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 weather management 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 museum is currently shut down due to COVID 19 concerns. 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 2021 presentation schedule. We’d love to have some more great topics, and hopefully, you can supply those ideas. Contact Wayne Dutton KK5IO, or post it on our Facebook group, if you have an idea for a future meeting.
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 and radio nets and keep 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.