Welcome to SCARS

2020 Hamvention® Club of the Year


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 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.

If you want to get licensed, visit our “Be a Ham” web page, join our Facebook page, or visit with us on our online Tuesday Elmer Nights.

Online Technician Class

SCARS is running an online technician class on Wednesday evenings at 6:30 pm. More information is available on the Technician Class page. Join us online.

Elmer Nights

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, and the connection information is on the SCARS Elmer Nights page. See you Tuesday!

December 12: Monthly Meeting – D-Rats

Duane Angels AA5KD and Dave Downing WD5G will present a program on D-Rats at the December meeting. D-Rats is a communications tool that allows stations to communicate via D-STAR radios using low-speed data (DV data mode), Packet Radio, and the Internet. D-RATS also provides for transferring of files and forwarding of messages from one user to another, automatically. You can use D-Rats with, or without a radio, and on HF, VHF, or UHF. This works with a D-Star radio or APRS packet radios.

Join us at 9:30 am on Saturday, December 12th, and load up the Zoom software client. Then click this the link at https://w5nor.org/zoom/ Or, you can join using meeting number 893 9952 6291 password w5nor. Or, to watch the fun, click the YouTube play button here, or at https://w5nor.org/stream/

You can also join by telephone by calling 346-248-7799. This is a TOLL call, long-distance charges to Houston will apply (unless your phone plan covers long-distance calls). Use meeting number 893 9952 6291#, press # for participant number, and password 806721#.

SCARS meetings happen on the second Saturday of the month (third in June) at 9:30 am. This will be an online meeting and the connection information is listed above.

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.

National Weather Festival – 2020

The 2020 National Weather Festival was amazing and the videos are still available at https://ou.edu/nwc/nwf

December 3: 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.

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.

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

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.

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 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.