SCARS meets on the 2nd Saturday of each month (3rd Saturday in June) at Fire Station #7. The location is near the Max Westheimer Airport at 2207 Goddard Avenue, Norman, OK 73069. You will find the firehouse just west of the traffic signal at Rock Creek Rd and Flood Ave. Coffee and donuts start at 09:00 local time and the club meeting begins at 09:30. Don’t forget to bring a dollar or two to cover the donuts and coffee. If you are a new ham, an old ham, or just interested in getting involved in amateur radio, don’t hesitate to come to these meetings. Guests are always welcome! If you are a What 3 Words user, the Firehouse is at yardstick.highlights.tweezers
Weekly Elmer Nights – Tuesday
SCARS offers Elmer Nights at the Norman Red Cross, 1205 Halley Ave, Norman, OK. Every Tuesday at 6:30 pm we meet to talk about radio. Currently, there’s no agenda. Bring your problems, and your creative thinking, and we will help you solve your issues. Elmers, bring your skills and prepare to share them with the group. Guests are always welcome! If you are a What 3 Words user, the Red Cross is at swooping.scavengers.bolt
In the future, we will offer targeted classes to help you do things like solder, learn Morse Code, load the Linux operating system, and build antennas. Come by and tell us what you’d like to see.
Informal Meetings – McDonald’s
A good meeting place is the McDonalds at 1720 W Lindsey St. Every day but Sunday ans the Saturday of the General Meeting, a cast of about a dozen or more meets for coffee and breakfast between about 09:00 and 11:00 local time. This group typically assembles along the west wall windows, and are easy to spot. Guests are always welcome! Come to listen to the stories, or bring your favorite amateur radio questions or problems. If you are a What 3 Words user, this McDonald’s is at alignment.provokes.quibble
Weekly 6 Meter Net – KD5JSD Memorial – Monday
SCARS hosts the KD5JSD Memorial Net (In memory of KD5JSD John Sauer) every Monday evening at 20:00 local time. This net meets on 50.200 MHz USB. Everybody is encouraged to join this rag-chew net. Depending on propagation, occasionally some DX stations check-in. Join the fun if you have a Technician license or higher!
Weekly Oklahoma ARES DMR Night Net – Monday
Every Monday night there is an ARES DMR net on the Oklahoma Statewide DMR Talk Group (3140) at 20:15 Central Time to communicate statewide ARES information. This net is used to test the statewide talk group for emergency purposes. Typically, you will hear check-ins from across the state on this net, learn something about DMR, and hear any ARES updates. Frequently we have some out-of-state
Weekly ARES VHF Net – Tuesday
Each Tuesday, at 20:00 CT, SCARS hosts the Cleveland County ARES traffic net on the SCARS repeater at 147.060 MHz +600 kHz offset, and a 141.3 Hz CTCSS tone required. Feel free to listen in, and join the net. This is a directed net, and check-ins are required for participation in the net. The main purpose of this net is to transfer any ARES information and to provide practice in using a controlled net. Emergency communications nets will follow the procedures and protocols used in this net. The backup repeater for this net is the W5OU repeater at 146.880 MHz -600 kHz offset, and no CTCSS tone is required.
Weekly VHF Gossip Net – Tuesday
Each Tuesday, at 20:30 CT, the SCARS club hosts the Weekly Gossip Net on 147.060 MHz +600 kHz offset, 141.3 Hz CTCSS tone, repeater. Feel free to listen in, and join the net. This is a rag-chew net, and general discussions are encouraged.
Weekly 10 Meter Net – N5HZX Memorial – Wednesday
SCARS hosts the N5HZX Memorial Net (In memory of N5HZX Fred Goodwin) every Wednesday evening at 20:00 CT on 28.445 MHz USB. Everybody is encouraged to join this rag chew net. Depending on propagation, occasionally some DX stations check-in. The 10 meter net was chosen in that it is suitable for local, close-in contacts and allows some Technician licensees to get their feet wet on HF. Old or new, everybody with a Technician license or higher is encouraged to check-in!
SCARS Norman/Moore Saturday Noon Siren Net
As part of SCARS’ commitment to the Amateur Radio Emergency Service, the club conducts a siren test net on most Saturdays immediately after the City of Norman and City of Moore noon outdoor warning siren test. Our members are stationed at some of the 100+ outdoor weather sirens in the Norman and Moore areas and report on the actions of the operation test. This gives the City Emergency Coordinators of Norman and Moore an audible confirmation of the sirens’ successful or failed operation. The field spotters make their report on the SCARS 70cm repeater at 443.700 MHz +5 MHz, CTCSS tone 141.3 Hz required, immediately following the sirens’ sounding.
Facebook – 24 x 7 x 365
Every minute, of every day, it appears that there’s someone meeting on the SCARS Facebook page. This is turning out to be a great place to share information, and get answers to all kinds of questions in real-time. Stop by and join us at: w5nor.org/facebook.
Emergency Communications Nets
During times of severe weather threats, Cleveland County SkyWarn also uses the VHF repeater to communicate with the National Weather Service, the City of Norman emergency services, and the City of Moore emergency services.
During times of severe weather or other community-related emergencies, the Norman Emergency Operations Center is located in the same building where SCARS meets for monthly meetings. SCARS works closely with the City of Norman Emergency Operations Coordinator and the City of Moore Emergency Operations Coordinator on communications during this time. Oh, both coordinators are hams, too!
Email is the preferred method to notify SCARS Members and Friends of Newsletters, SCARS Club business, and occasional general news of interest to all Amateurs.
We operate a mailing list that you can join. This list sends out messages about once a week, announcing the newsletter, and a few additional random messages. Our online email signup page will let you subscribe right away.
Obtaining Your License
If you would like to learn more about ham radio and how to obtain your amateur radio license, please refer to the License Testing link.
W5NOR 10-10 Number
SCARS has a 10-10 Number issued to the club call W5NOR. We are #73500 in 10-10 International, which was created years ago to help promote activity on 10 meters when the solar cycle drops off.
Other Nets of Interest
Oklahoma ARES VoIP Net – Thursday
Every Thursday night there’s a VoIP ARES net on the Echolink Conference “WX_Talk” at 2115 CT. The purpose of this net is to communicate statewide ARES information and to test the use of the VoIP service for emergency purposes. Typically you’ll hear check-ins from across the state on this net. D-STAR reflector REF052B, Echolink, VHF repeaters, and even 3.900 MHz SSB stations can connect on this net. Take a listen, and check in to join the fun.
PAPA DMR Roundtable – Monday
Every Monday night at 2200 CT, the Pocket AutoPatch Association (PAPA) runs a roundtable on TG 3106. Take a listen, and check in to join the fun.
Night SNARS DMR Net – Tuesday
Every Monday night at 2200 CT, the Southern Nevada Amateur Radio Society (SNARS) runs a net on TG 31286. Take a listen, and check in to join the fun.
DMR Texas Tech Net – Tuesday
Tuesday nights, on DMR Talkgroup 3148 at 1900 CT is a Texas statewide net.
Ventura Co Radio Club DMR Net – Tuesday
Every Tuesday night at 2130 CT, the Ventura Co Radio Club runs a net on TG 31070. Take a listen, and check in to join the fun.
Brandmeister DMR Talk Group – Tuesday
Every Tuesday night at 1900 CT, the Brandmeister Talk Group happens on TG 3148. Take a listen, and check in to join the fun.
QCWA Sponsors: “Elmering” Net on 2 Meters – K5DLE Memorial – Tuesday
The Quarter Century Wireless Association, chapter 63, hosts the K5DLE Memorial Net (In memory of Gene Nailon K5DLE) every Tuesday evening at 1900 CT on 146.790 MHz -600 kHz offset, 100.0 Hz CTCSS tone. The Net Manager is Mike W5KSU, and this is a great place for new operators to ask questions and learn from those that have done this before.
This net is run by the Oklahoma City, Chapter 63 of the Quarter Century Wireless Association.
North America DMR Tech Net – Wednesday
Every Wednesday night at 1900 CT is the North America Tech Net on TG 93. Take a listen, and check in to join the fun.
Texas Statewide Net – Wednesday
Every Wednesday night at 1930 CT is the Texas Statewide Net on TG 3148. Take a listen, and check in to join the fun.
Hytera DMR North America Net – Thursday
Every Thursday night at 1530 CT is the Hytera North America Net on TG 31089. Take a listen, and check in to join the fun.
Norcal DMR Net – Thursday
Every Thursday night at 2100 CT is the Norcal DMR Net on TG 31063. Take a listen, and check in to join the fun.
Ventura Digital Radio Club DMR Net – Thursday
Every Thursday night at 2130 CT is the Ventura Digital Radio Club DMR Net on TG 31065. Take a listen, and check in to join the fun.
Brandmeister DMR TG 31089 – Thursday
TG 31089 Thursday 2130 CT.
Brandmeister Worldwide DMR Net – Saturday
Every Saturday there’s a Worldwide DMR net on Talkgroup 91, commonly called the Worldwide channel. This net operates at 1600 UTC (0900 CST/1000 CDT).
Brandmeister DMR TAC 310 net – Sunday
Sunday nights at 2100 CT is the TAC310 net.
All Canada DMR Net – Sunday
Sunday nights at 2000 CT is the All Canada Net on Talk Group 302.