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.

Amateur Extra Class

For all of you asking about an “Amateur Extra Class Class”, here’s your information! The class will begin on Tuesday, February 19th, 2019 and will run Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6:30 pm to 9:00 pm. This class will be held at the Newcastle Storm Shelter, 851 North Carr Street, Newcastle OK. This class will run until Tuesday, April 2nd, 2019. The final testing will be at the Norman Firestation 7, 2207 Goddard Avenue, Norman, OK on Thursday, April 4th, 2019 at 6:30 pm. Jon Tankersley WD5HCI and Joe Gunderson AF7GN will be your instructors. No registration required. Bring your Amateur Extra books and study guides. See you there!!!

Technician / General Class

Our annual Technician / General class will be starting on February 5th. This class will meet from 6:30 pm to 9:00 pm at the Norman RED CROSS building, 1205 Halley Avenue. This class will meet for 8 sessions, take one week off for spring break, and there will be VE test session April 4th! This is a location change from what was earlier announced. There will be signs on the Firehouse noting the change. For more information, contact Mark Kleine N5HZR.

April 4th: VE Testing

SCARS offers VE testing 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!

April 13th Meeting: Seasonal Readiness: ARES, Skywarn, NWS, and You

Cleveland County Emergency Coordinator Mark Kleine N5HZR will update us on the county, state, and national Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES) activities. This will include NWS, Skywarn, Weather-Ready Nation, and all of the nets, training, and practice events for our area. If you would like to be a part of the ARES group, make sure you visit the NWS training session on March 26th, listed below.

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.

Elmer Nights

SCARS offers Elmer Nights at the Norman Red Cross, 1205 Halley Dr, 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. 

March 26th: NWS Offers Storm Spotter Training

Each year the National Weather Service (NWS) offers storm spotter training for our area. The Norman session is scheduled for March 26th, 2019 at 6:30 pm. This will be held in the auditorium at the National Weather Center. There are a number of opportunities to obtain this training, including online webinar presentations, available on the spotter talk web page.

ARES storm spotters need this training either this year or last year to be a part of the storm spotter program for the upcoming season.

May 11th Meeting: Moore Emergency Communications Vehicle

The City of Moore has just received a new emergency communications vehicle. This truck is outfitted as a mobile communications office for Emergency Management Director Gayland Kitch WX5MOR, and the city ops commanders. Gayland will talk about the vehicle and have it available on-site for a tour.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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!