Events…

The South Canadian Amateur Radio Society (SCARS) holds, or hosts, many annual events. Use this page to find your favorite activity and plan your Amateur Radio year.

January: Field Day 2021 – Winter

The Winter Field Day Association (WFDA) is a dedicated group of Amateur Radio Operators who believe that testing emergency communication in a winter environment is essential. This year will be our fourth attempt at Winter Field Day is scheduled for January 23/24, 2021.

If you are as serious about emergency communications as we are, we welcome you to join us for our yearly event. We hope you will find this event a pleasant change and has different challenges than the summer field day.

January: All Ham Dinner

Many years ago, the amateur radio clubs in the Oklahoma City area started an event known as the “All Ham Dinner.” This dinner allows about 70 hams to get together, eat dinner, and communicate with each other. This dinner is held on the third Thursday of January, May, and September at 6:30 pm. No RSVP is needed, show up and join the fun. The next January dinner is January 21, 2021. This dinner will probably be at the Hibachi Supreme Buffet (South side of the South I-240 service road) in south Oklahoma City. The location and more information are available at this link.

To spread the load and fun of hosting these dinners, the member clubs of the Central Oklahoma Radio Amateurs (CORA) take turns organizing the event. This means that each club sponsors one of the dinners every two years. The hosting club selects the location and arranges a restaurant to host the folks who show up. The host club also makes a presentation and then facilitates a round-robin discussion by all of the clubs. This allows each club to present their recent activities or ask for assistance at a future event.

February: 2021 Technician / General License Class

SCARS will offer a combined Technician / General License class that started on February 1st, 2021. This class is held at the Firehouse #7, 2207 Goddard Ave, Norman, OK 73069.  We use the Technician and General study guides. These books are available for about $15. The class syllabus is available on the class page.

March: Elk City Hamfest 2021

This annual event started in 1989. The 2021 event will be Saturday, March 6, 2021, from 8:00 am to ??:?? pm. It’s a great little hamfest, and it is neat to see some new and old friends.

ARRL VE testing will be 1:00 pm and a Hamburger Supper will be held on Friday night at 6:30 pm. Set up times are available on Friday Afternoon from 1:30 pm until 9:00 pm. $5.00 registration fee, and $5.00 tables.

March 13 & 14: Oklahoma QSO Party

The Oklahoma QSO Party happens on the second weekend in March. This year that will be March 13th and 14th, 2021. State QSO parties are a great way for Okies to talk to each other, and to the rest of the country.  County hunters use this event to increase their Oklahoma county contacts. Hams working on their Worked All States (WAS) award will use this to confirm an Oklahoma contact.

Operating times are 9:00 am through 8:00 pm on Saturday, and 9:00 am through 4:00 pm on Sunday local time. Note that Daylight Saving Time usually starts Sunday morning, so spring forward Sunday morning. For more details, see the K5CM web page, with all of the information. If you are an Oklahoma station please consider going mobile this year. Help us get all 77 counties on the air in a big way!

March: NWS Offers Storm Spotter Training

Each year the National Weather Service (NWS) offers storm spotter training for our area. There will be other 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.

April: SCARS Spring Picnic 2021

Each spring, after the Technician / General class, SCARS holds a picnic. This year the spring picnic will be April 17th, 2021, and will be at the WA6DKD ranch. Details will be available on the w5nor.org homepage.

April: Green Country Hamfest 2021

This annual event is again billed as the BIGGEST and the BEST in Oklahoma! This year, this event is on April 9th and 10th, 2021. The doors will be open from 4:00 pm to 9:00 pm on Friday, and from 8:00 am to 3:00 pm on Saturday.

There will be ARRL VE testing, keynote speakers, vendors, and flea markets tables. Tons more information is available on the Green Country Hamfest website.

April: OKC Memorial Marathon 2021

Each year the Oklahoma City Amateur Radio community provides communication assistance to the annual OKC Memorial Marathon. This year is no exception, and the Public Service Committee chair, Mike Rockey KE5EQC, is providing an opportunity for about 110 hams again this year. The 2020 event was virtualized, the 2021 event should be April 25th, and typically the hams work the whole day, from about 6:00 am to 2:00 pm. More information and registration is available on the SCARS Memorial Marathon page.

May: Hamvention 2021 – Xenia (Dayton), OH

This annual event started in 1952, and tens of thousands of hams come together with vendors, classes, and a giant flea market. Generally, this happens on the second weekend in May, this year, that will be May 21 – May 23, 2021. More information is available at club meetings, and on the web at http://www.hamvention.org/

May: All Ham Dinner

Many years ago, the amateur radio clubs in the Oklahoma City area started an event that is now known as the “All Ham Dinner”. This dinner allows about 70 hams to get together, eat dinner, and communicate with each other. This dinner is held on the third Thursday of January, May, and September at 6:30 pm. No RSVP is needed, simply show up and join the fun. The next May dinner is May 21, 2021. (Corona virus permitting,) This dinner will probably be at the Hibachi Buffet in South OKC. The location and more information are available at this link.

In order to spread the load, and fun, of hosting these dinners, the member clubs of the Central Oklahoma Radio Amateurs (CORA) take turns organizing the event. This means that each club sponsors one of the dinners every two years. The hosting club selects the location and makes the arrangments with a restaurant to host the folks that show up. In addition, the host club makes a presentation and then facilitates a round-robin discussion by all of the clubs. This gives each club the opportunity to present their recent activities or ask for assistance at a future event.

June: Ham-Com 2021 – Plano, TX

This annual event started in 1977 and brings thousands of hams together with vendors, classes, and a giant flea market. This is generally the second weekend in June which, this year, will be held on June 12, 2021 – June 13, 2021 at the Plano Event Center in Plano, TX. More information is available at club meetings, and on the web at http://www.hamcom.org/

June: Field Day 2021 – Summer

The American Radio Relay League, (ARRL) sponsors an Annual Field Day exercise. Each year, SCARS participates in these activities and operates emergency radios for 24 hours straight. Each year this is held on the fourth full weekend in June which, this year, will be June 27 – June 28, 2021, COVID permitting. Contact any SCARS officer if you’d like to be a part of the fun. More information is available at club meetings, and on the web at w5nor.org/fd

July: Central Oklahoma Radio Amateurs Ham Holiday 2021

This annual event, sponsored by the Central Oklahoma Radio Amateurs (CORA), started in 1974 and has brought thousands of Hams together with vendors, classes, and a giant flea market. Ham Holiday is generally the fourth weekend in July and will be held this year on July 23 – July 24, 2021, COVID permitting, at Oklahoma City Community College, 7777 S. May, in Oklahoma City, OK. More information is available at club meetings, and on the web at HamHoliday.com or on Facebook at Facebook.com/HamHoliday. See you there!

September: Bike MS Event Communications

About a dozen amateur radio operators provide communication between the race leadership and the vehicles on the 120-mile course. This year the BikeMS ride was scheduled for September 26th and 27th, 2020, but it was canceled. Bike MS is a two-day event that will run from Tulsa to Bartlesville on Day 1, and from Bartlesville back to Tulsa on Day 2. This will be our last year to manage this event, due to its move to Bartlesville. For more information about the Bike MS program, visit this SCARS Bike MS site.

September: Route 66 On-The-Air

This event celebrates the “Mother Road”, Route 66, by activating special event stations along the route. This event started in 1998 and lets hams relive their own memories of Route 66, and celebrate the highway’s rich history in making the U.S. what it is today.

Amateur radio clubs use special 1×1 callsigns to operate from cities on or near Route 66 from coast to coast. Each year the Oklahoma City Autopatch club activates a station at the Pops Soda Ranch in Arcadia, OK. SCARS members are always invited to help work the station or can look for these stations on-the-air, to collect beautiful QSL cards. More information is available on the W6JBT website.

September 17th: All Ham Dinner

Many years ago, the amateur radio clubs in the Oklahoma City area started an event that is now known as the “All Ham Dinner.” This dinner allows about 70 hams to get together, eat dinner, and communicate with each other. This dinner is held on the third Thursday of January, May, and September at 6:30 pm. Due to Covid concerns, this event will probably be held via Zoom / YouTube. No RSVP is needed, simply show up and join the fun. The next September dinner is September 17, 2020. More information is available at this link.

In order to spread the load, and fun, of hosting these dinners, the member clubs of the Central Oklahoma Radio Amateurs (CORA) take turns organizing the event. This means that each club sponsors one of the dinners every two years. The hosting club selects the location and makes the arrangments with a restaurant to host the folks that show up. In addition, the host club makes a presentation and then facilitates a round-robin discussion by all of the clubs. This gives each club the opportunity to present their recent activities or ask for assistance at a future event.

October 10-11: South Dakota State QSO Party

OK, it may not make any sense that this is on the event calendar, however, SCARS’s W5NOR callsign is missing ONE state for 20 meters CW Worked All States. That state is South Dakota. So, this entry is here to remind folks that we need to work this state on 20 meters CW during the party. Here’s the link to the South Dakota QSO Party that will have all of the details.

October: BSA Jamboree On The Air (JOTA)

This annual event is usually held the middle weekend in October. In this event, the Boy Scouts will gather together to learn about radio, talk on the radio, and communicate with other Boy Scouts at similar events across the globe. Here in Norman, they typically meet at a local park, and various SCARS members bring radios, antennas, and other systems for the Scouts to set up and use. There is also a training opportunity that will allow the Scouts to obtain their Radio Merit Badge. For more information about the JOTA program, visit this Scouting site. More information is available at club meetings, and from the Boy Scout Troops.

October: SCARS Fall Picnic

Each fall, typically in October, SCARS holds a picnic. This year, the Fall picnic will probably be October 10, 2020, and will be at the WA6DKD ranch. Details will be available on the w5nor.org homepage.

October: National Weather Museum Run 2020

In 2020 the National Weather Museum will be operating a 5 km and 10 km run in northeast Norman. SCARS members will be providing emergency communications for this event. Please contact Mark Kleine N5HZR if you’d like to be involved.

October: Texoma Hamarama 2021

This year’s event will be held on Friday, October 22 and Saturday, October 23, 2021. Friday’s event starts at 5:00 pm and Saturday starts at 8:00 am. The Texoma Hamarama is held at the Ardmore Convention Center, in Ardmore, OK. More information is available on the Hamarama website.

ARRL VE testing is available, and there’s lunch available on site. $8.00 registration fee, and $15.00 tables.

November: Enid Hamfest 2021

This year’s event is Saturday, November 6, 2021, from 8:00 am to 2:00 pm. This happens at the Hoover Building on the Garfield County Fairgrounds, at 305 E Oxford Ave., Enid, OK. More information on the Enid club website.

ARRL VE testing is at 1:00 pm, and there’s a free hot dog lunch from 11:30 am to 1 pm. Set up times are available on Friday evening, from 6:30 pm until 9:00 pm, and on Saturday morning from 6:30 am to 8:00 am. $3.00 registration fee, and $3.00 tables.

December: SCARS Annual Christmas Party 2020

This annual event started in 1978 and brings about 50 hams together with for a great meal, and a ‘White Elephant’ Christmas gift exchange. Each gift should be a maximum of $10, and “No Free Harbor Freight items are allowed”. Bring your wrapped gift labeled as from/for either a “ham” or “non-ham.” This year this will be December 8, 2020, at 6:00 pm, at the Golden Corral, 123 N Interstate Dr., Norman, OK. More information is available at club meetings, or on the SCARS Facebook Group.

2019 SCARS Past Meeting Topics

  • 2019 – January
  • 2019 – February – Nancy from NASA.
  • 2019 – March
  • 2019 – April – ARES, SKYWARN, NWS and You. Presented by Mark Kleine N5HZR Cleveland County ARES Emergency Coordinator. Presentation available here.

2018 SCARS Past Meeting Topics

2017 SCARS Past Meeting Topics

2016 SCARS Past Meeting Topics