Events…

The South Canadian Amateur Radio Society (SCARS) holds a number of annual events. Use this page to find your favorite activity.

January: Field Day – Winter

Winter Field Day Association (WFDA) is a dedicated group of Amateur Radio Operators who believe that emergency communications in a winter environment is just as important as the preparations and practice that is done each summer but with some additional unique operational concerns. This years event will be held on January 26/27, 2019, and the SCARS group will attempt to build our second Winter Field Day.

If you are serious about emergency communications as we are; we welcome you to join us for our yearly event. We are sure you will find this event a pleasant change and challenge to that of a normal summer field day.

January: 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 50 hams get together, eat a 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 January dinner is January 17, 2019. Location 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 with 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 50 or so people 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.

February: 2019 Technician / General License Class

SCARS will offer a combined Tech / General class that started on February 5th, 2019. This class will be held at Fire Station #7 near Westheimer Airport / Field at 2207 Goddard Avenue, Norman, OK 73069.  We use the ARRL Technician and General study guides. These books are available for about $22.50. The class syllabus is available on the class page.

March: Elk City Hamfest

This annual event started in 1989. This years event will be Saturday, March 3, 2018, from 8:00 am to ??:?? pm. This will be held at the Elk City Community Civic Center, 1016 E Airport Industrial Rd., Elk City, Oklahoma. It’s a great little hamfest, and 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: NWS Offers Storm Spotter Training

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

April: SCARS Spring Picnic

Each spring, after the Technician / General class, SCARS holds a picnic. This year the spring picnic will be April 28th and will be at the WA6DKD ranch. Details are available on the w5nor.org homepage.

April: Green Country Hamfest

This annual event is again billed as the BIGGEST and the BEST in Oklahoma! This year, this event was on April 13th and 14th, 2018. 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

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 100 hams again this year. This year’s event was held April 29th, 2018, and typically the hams work the whole day, from about 6:00 am to 3:00 pm. Registration and more information is available on the SCARS Memorial Marathon page.

May: Xenia (Dayton), OH – Hamvention

This annual event started in 1952, and brings tens of thousands of hams together with vendors, classes, and a giant flea market. This is generally the second weekend in May. This year, that will be May 18, 2018 – May 20, 2018. 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 50 hams get together, eat a 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 January dinner is May 16, 2019. Location 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 with 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 50 or so people 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: Dallas, TX – Ham-Com

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. This year, that will be June 9, 2019 – June 10, 2019. More information is available at club meetings, and on the web at http://www.hamcom.org/

June: Field Day – Summer

The American Radio Relay League, (ARRL) sponsors an Annual Field Day competition. Each year, SCARS participates in these activities and operates emergency radios for 24 hours straight. Each year this is on the fourth full weekend in June. This year, that will be June 23, 2018, through June 24, 2018. 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

This annual event started in 1974 and brings thousands of hams together with vendors, classes, and a giant flea market. This is generally the fourth weekend in July. This year, that will be July 26, 2019 – July 27, 2019. More information is available at club meetings, and on the web at HamHoliday.com or on Facebook at Facebook.com/HamHoliday

September: Bike MS Event Communications

In 2018, this will be held September 15th & 16th. About a dozen amateur radio operators provide communication between the race leadership, and the vehicles on the 160 mile course. This is a two-day event that will run from Norman to Guthrie on day 1, and from Guthrie to back to Norman on day 2. For more information about the Bike MS program, visit this SCARS Bike MS site.

September: 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 50 hams get together, eat dinner, and communicate with each other. This dinner happens 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 dinner is January 17, 2019. Location information is 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 with organizing the event. Each club sponsors one of the meals every two years. The hosting club selects the location and makes the arrangments with a restaurant to host the 50 or so people that show up. Also, the host club makes a presentation and then facilitates a round-robin discussion by all of the clubs. Each club presents their recent activities or asks for assistance at a future event.

October: Jamboree On The Air (JOTA)

This annual event is usually held in the middle weekend in October. In this event, the Boy Scouts will meet to learn about radio, talk on the radio, 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’s also a training opportunity that will allow 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 is October 20, 2018, and will be at the WA6DKD ranch. Details are available on the w5nor.org homepage.

October: National Weather Museum Run

In 2019 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 or Norbert Suchanek WE5Z if you’d like to be involved.

October: Texoma Hamarama

This year’s event is Saturday, October 27 & 28, 2018. Friday from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm and Saturday from 8:00 am to 1:00 pm. 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

This year’s event is Saturday, November 3, 2018, 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

This annual event started in 1978 and brings tens of hams together with for a great meal, and a ‘White Elephant’ Christmas gift exchange. Last year there was a maximum $10 spend on each gift, and “No Free Harbor Freight items were allowed”. This is generally the first Tuesday in December. Bring your wrapped gift labeled as from/for either a “male”, or “female”. This year this will be December 4, 2018, at 6:00 pm, at the Golden Corral, in Norman, OK. More information is available at club meetings, or on the SCARS Facebook Group.

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