Welcome to SCARS
The South Canadian Amateur Radio Society is an American Radio Relay League (ARRL) Special Services Club that serves the Amateur Radio Operators in the Norman, Oklahoma area. The club has been operating since the fall of 1977, and works hard to support the amateur radio operators in Cleveland County area. In addition, we also work to help grow the amateur radio community in the region. We've also documented the past by collecting, scanning, and displaying the 28 years worth 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. A growing group of people are interested in communicating without accessing the public infrastructure. These people are interested in communicating with their friends or family during severe weather conditions, or when power, or communications systems have been damaged. Others are 'makers', and are interested in building their own radio communications equipment. Amateur Radio provides so many different project opportunites to design, build, and use your own equipment, that it would keep a maker busy for decades. And finally, the intersection of computers, the Internet, and radio provides even the most advanced technicians with opportunities to connect all three of these to communicate with neighbors next door with low power VHF systems, across the globe using the Digital Mobile Radio (DMR), or DStar technologies, or through space, in a matter of minutes.
The American Radio Relay League, (ARRL) sponsors an Annual Field Day competition. Each year, SCARS participates in these activites, 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 24, 2017 through June 25, 2017 at Reaves Park, in Norman. We're going to be near the small pavillion, south of the ball field, and east of the playground. Contact any SCARS officer if you'd like to be a part of the fun, or just show up. More information is available at club meetings, and on the ARRL website at: http://www.arrl.org/field-day. Each year we set up an operating tent, and a number of antennas to let us communicate with the thousands of other Field Day stations. In addition, the contacts are logged, and we compete for bragging rights for the upcoming year.
At this event we'll have our annual Field Day picnic. Drinks, hamburgers, hot dogs, and hot links will be provided. Club members, and others, are asked to bring side dishes and desserts. This will happen at about 6:00 pm local time, on Saturday, June 24th. If you'd like to get more involved in Amateur Radio, this is a great place to make that happen. There will be plenty of operating stations that you can watch, or actually operate. No license required. For more info, check out the W5NOR Field Day page.
Our own Bobby Duncan KF5GTX will be talking about the HF digital mode of JT65. This mode sends keyboard to keyboard messages in one minute bursts. In addition, we'll perform another 'stay after school' seminar on using your new handheld radio. If you're new to the hobby, or would like some help with a new radio, simply stay after the meeting, and Ed Hatch AG5DV, and others will help you through the first setup, and guide you through those first transmissions! SCARS meetings are held on the second Saturday of the month at 9:00 am. All of the location and time details are available on the Meetings/Nets page of this website. Don't forget to bring a chair, if you can, as space is getting limited!
Our own Doug Forsyth WX5DF is managing a brand new museum in town, the National Weather Museum & Science Center. The museum is 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 museum is now open for business. Current hours are Thursday and Friday from 10am to 4pm, and Saturday from 10am to 5pm. More information is available at: http://NationalWeatherMuseum.com Make plans to come, and see you there!
SCARS has been given an opportunity to design, build, and operate a fully functional amateur radio station inside this museum. We've figured out a cable path to the roof, and we'll be running coax, and building antennas shortly. Soon, the station will be available to operate anytime the museum is open. Contact us by email at firstname.lastname@example.org if you'd like to help with this project.
We're still working out the 2017 presentation schedule, but current plans are to include presentations on: Amateur Packet Radio Service (APRS), Field Day 2017 Prep, and Solar Propagation by OKC's own Longwave Communications and their ACE-HF Pro software. We'd love to have some more great topics, and hopefully you can supply those ideas. Contact Ed Hatch AG5DV, or post it on our Facebook group, if you have an topic, or an idea, for a future meeting.
Are you ever out of town and just want to tap into the local net back home but your 2 meter 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 goes 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 know that the SCARS uses a Cleveland County tower for the VHF and UHF antenna repeaters?
"So what can I do if I want to talk to someone over the radio and I really would like to stay local but not use a repeater?"
Easy! Just program your radio to simplex and talk on 147.060 MHz and see how far you can talk to your fellow hams. You can also do this on 443.700 MHz. This is also a great time to test your ability to communicate in simplex mode during times of emergency if the repeater does fail. And did you know that you can also talk on our OU friend's (Oklahoma Student Amateur Radio Club) repeater on 146.88 MHz (-600 kHz input; No tone) Give it a try!