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 program for the August meeting will be given by Peter Laws N5UWY. Peter will talk about ARRL's electronic logbook project, called Logbook Of The World. This set of software lets an amateur radio operator log their contacts electronically. 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.
Ham Holiday 2016 is in the books. Thanks to all that helped to put this event on, and to those that came out in great numbers. The numbers haven't been tabulated yet, but it appears that the attendance is up 25% over last year!
Bike MS: The Road Divided is a two-day fundraising cycling event scheduled for September 24 & 25, 2016, that takes riders on a journey from Norman to Stillwater. Bike MS: The Road Divided begins Saturday morning in Norman, at the National Center for Employee Develpment (NCED), or the 'Postal Training Center' on Hwy 9. Cyclists will travel north through Central Oklahoma and finish Day 1 for an overnight stay in historic Guthrie. On Day 2, the journey continues from Guthrie to the Bike MS: The Road Divided Finish Line in Stillwater. Participants will experience routes with fully-stocked rest stops every 10-12 miles, a great lunch stop each day and support provided by volunteer nurses, HAM radio operators and law enforcement.
Cleveland County ARES and SCARS have agreed to organize the communications effort for the 2016 Bike MS cycling event. This event is held on an annual basis, and is expected to raise $375,000 to help fight Multiple sclerosis.
Our efforts will be to provide three operators at the daily command post, an operator for each of the four Support and Gear (SAG) wagons that will follow the riders on the course, and about seven operators, one for each of the rest points along the way. More details will be available soon, but if you are looking to be involved in Emergency Communications, bicycle events are always a good place to start. If you have experience in emergency communications, we'd really like to get you involved. Put these dates on your calendar, and contact Mark Kleine N5HZR via email at email@example.com to get your name on the list of volunteers.
The ARRL National Parks on the Air (NPOTA) event runs in parallel with the National Park Service’s centennial. The program runs now, through 2359 UTC December 31, 2016. The goals of this program are to promote Amateur Radio, promote the National Park Services' Centennial and the heritage of the National Park System and finally, to encourage portable Amateur Radio operation from as many of the officially listed National Park Service units as possibly. The Oklahoma City National Memorial is part of this project. Want more information? View the ARRL's Powerpoint Presentation.
Our own Gordon Hudson WX5GOR spends his days designing and building antennas for a number of projects. Gordon will be talking about a wide variety of antennas, and reporting on his testing of a number of amateur radio stock antennas. Feel free to bring your antennas and Gordon will help to test out the antennas you use in your daily radio activity. 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.
The program for the October meeting will be provided by Kenn Goodson KA5KXW. Kenn will talk about the process of building your own radio gear, and bring examples of the receivers, transmitters, and amplifiers that he's made, and operates daily. These radios are shown here, and are up and running. A number of different techniques will be discussed, including Manhattan-style construction. See if you can learn some tricks to get started building your own systems. 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.
Jerry Turner AG5OK, Kim Elmore N5OP, and Bill Robertson, will talk about a program to help you learn morse code. You'll learn how to learn, and how to use morse code on the air, and how you'll get help to make this happen. 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.
This meeting topic hasn't yet been determined. Contact Rodney Barrett KF5UZA if you have an topic, or an idea. 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.
This annual event started in 1978, and brings tens of hams together with for a great meal, and a 'White Elephant' Christmas gift exchange. This is generally the second Monday in December. Last year, this was December 7, 2015 at the Golden Corral, in Norman, OK. This year will probably be December 12th, 2016, but that date will become firm as we move toward the end of the year. More information is available at club meetings.
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!