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.
Field Day 2020 Plans
SCARS will be participating in the June 27-28, 2020 ARRL Field Day event. This year there is an easy way for you to participate from home. All of the details are on the Field Day page.
July 2: 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, COVID-19 information, and time details are available on the license page of this website. Sign up here today, and you will be ready for the test.
Each Tuesday evening, a group of hams and potential hams meet on the SCARS Zoom channel. For all of the connection information, visit the SCARS Elmer Nights page.
July 13th: Meeting – Using an SDR Dongle
Jorge Duarte W3JDG / HK3JDG will talk about using software-defined radios (SDR). There are a number of these devices that can run from $20 to $200 (and more). He’ll talk about the setup and show you how one of his systems operates. He will be demonstrating is SDR use via Zoom from his radio ranch.
This event is not an attempt to lure people out for the first time, it’s meant to be a slow start to managing in a new world. Weigh the risks, follow the guidelines, and feel free to sit at home and enjoy the show. Since we are using a city facility, we must abide by city, state, and federal guidelines and we will have to modify our normal meeting in the following ways. Any non-compliance with these guidelines will result in us losing our meeting access, or our license testing location.
- The July meeting will be limited to 50 people.
- Since we will exceed social distance limitations, all attendees will need to wear a mask. Please bring your favorite mask, or one will be provided for your use.
- No food or drink will be offered. No coffee. No donuts. Take care of your coffee and breakfast needs before you arrive.
- If you meet the CDC higher risk categories of older adults; or have serious chronic medical conditions like; heart disease, diabetes, or lung disease, connect via the Zoom/YouTube/telephone method and stay home.
- If you have any COVID19 symptoms, cough, fever, or shortness of breath, connect via the Zoom/YouTube/telephone method, and stay home.
- If you have been around anyone who has had COVID19 in the past 14 days, connect via the Zoom/YouTube/telephone method and stay home.
SCARS meetings happen on the second Saturday of the month (third in June) at 9:30 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.
YL Batfish Crew
The USS Batfish is a Balao-class submarine that is named for the fish that is 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.
Each October some of the YLs (Young Ladies) from Kansas, Texas, and Oklahoma are guests of the USS Batfish Radio Club. They participate in honoring some of the 52 submarines that were lost by operating special event stations from the facility. They are hoping to make the trip again this year, but the flooding and pandemic may change how the trip is handled. For more information, take a look at the YL 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.
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.
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.