We operate our “Elmer Nights” in the American Red Cross building at 1205 Haley Avenue, near the Norman, OK Westheimer Airport. This building is just Northwest of the Robinson and Berry intersection. Enter through the door on the south end of the building. We meet every Tuesday evening from 6:30 pm to 9:00 pm. If you’ve ever wanted to get your amateur radio license or you’ve had your license for years, this is the place to visit.
The Cleveland County ARES and the SCARS Gossip nets operate during this time and you can check-in from the building. Here you can get-on-the-air with some help from our Elmers. If you suffer from mic-fright, we can help you to make that first contact.
Program Your Radios
Do you have issues programming or operating your radio? Bring it, and your laptop computer along, and the Elmers will help you learn more about your device. These new digital radios require a lot of new skills before you can even receive your first transmission. We’ve helped program all kinds of radios and can get you on-the-air before you leave the building.
Operate Our Radios
Elmer nights are a great place to make your first, or next, HF contact. Trying out a new operating mode will let you learn quickly. This station currently has three radios, and antennas for 70 cm, 2 m, 6 m, 10 m, 15 m, 20 m, 40 m, and 80 m up and running. Bring your own radio and we’ll help you set it up and get you on the air. Test equipment is available and we can make sure your gear is working properly. Station details are available on the Radio Room page.
Want to be an Elmer?
We need Elmers. You don’t need to be an expert. You only need to enjoy amateur radio and be willing to share your skills with new hams while you learn some more skills in the process. This is a great place to operate the Red Cross station and share your knowledge with the growing local amateur community. Most of our Elmers end up learning more than the newbies! Show up next Tuesday night, or contact Ed Hatch AG5DV or Mark Kleine N5HZR to get involved.
As we continue, classes will be available so groups can learn specific skills. Here are a few of the suggested topics:
- Antenna construction
- Building radios
- Digital Hotspots
- Micro BitX Kit Radio
- Morse Code
- Raspberry Pi for Amateur Radio
- RTL-SDR hacking (GNU Radio Companion)
Fall 2019: First Anniversary
Our official SCARS / Red Cross Anniversary is September 25th. In our first year we’ve had 50 meetings that average 25 folks per night.
Thanks to all that have helped, and those that will continue to make this a great success.
Special thanks to N5AZQ, AG5DB, K0DKR, AG5DV, AE5F, W5HLG, N5HZR, KK5IO, KE5JZN, W6KPR, N5KUK, KA5KXW, W5LHG, WA5LTM, AG5PQ, N5SOF, WG5T, W5UBI, KD5UGO, WB5ULK, N5UWY, K8WGE, KD5ZLG, and KD5ZYD.