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Fall 2016 Picnic

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.

Welcome to the world of Amateur Radio, come in, take a look, listen, or join us for your next adventure.


December Dinner: 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. This year there is a maximum $10 spend on each gift, and "No Free Harbor Freight items are allowed". This is generally the first week in December. Bring your wrapped gift labled as from/for either a "male", or "female". This year this will be December 6, 2016 at 6:00 pm, at the Golden Corral, in Norman, OK. More information is available at club meetings, or on the SCARS Facebook Group.


December 10 Meeting: American Red Cross Emergency Communications

Red Cross Logo

James Tittle, the American Red Cross Regional Disaster Officer, will present at the December meeting. James will talk about the role of Amateur Radio Operators in the American Red Cross Disaster Plan. If you've ever had any interest in emergency response radio work, this would be a meeting you should attend. In part of his role, he is responsible for the emergency communications in all of the facilities in the region, including Emergency Response Vehicles (ERVs) and an 18 wheel semi equiped with a mobile radio room. 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.

Oh, and one more 'after school special'. After the December meeting, we'll have another DMR session on the NEW Brandmeister DMR networking. Mark Kleine N5HZR, et. al. will give an overview of the new Brandmeister software, talk about the differences from the old system, show off, and program some new code plugs. David Hickman KB0FHF will bring his DV4MINI hot spot device to show you how you can build your own DMR repeater for under $200, plus your own PC. Bring your DMR radio, and your questions, and STAY AFTER SCHOOL!


National Weather Museum - Open for Business

Wx Museum

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 w5nor@w5nor.org if you'd like to help with this project.


ARRL National Parks On The Air

Parks on the air

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.


Future Meeting Topics

We're still working out the 2017 presentation schedule, but current plans are to include presentations on: Antenna Construction, Amateur Packet Radio Service (APRS), introduction to computer software for logging, spotting, and contesting from the DXLab software suite, 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.


January 14 Meeting: Topic Open

This meeting topic hasn't yet been determined. Contact Ed Hatch AG5DV 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.


Technician / General Class

SCARS will again be offering a combined Technician / General class starting on February 7, 2017. This 3 hour class will start at 6:30 pm, will run on 8 Tuesday evenings, and will culminate with the Volunteer Examiner led test on April 6, 2017. Contact Mark Kleine N5HZR if you have any questions. We'll be using the ARRL study guides, and they will be available from the club for $22.50. If you just want the CRAAM question and answer book, it's available for $5.00. The class information outline is shown on the class information page of this website.

Registration for the class is now available online by clicking here.

This class is free, and open to all. Anyone looking for to pass their Technician or General amateur radio license tests should obtain that goal. Also, if you're licensed, but would like to know more about the theory and background of the test information, you'll gain some of that, as well. This will also be a great refresher for those starting their trip to become an Extra class operator. See you there.


February 11 Meeting: Topic Open

This meeting topic hasn't yet been determined. Contact Ed Hatch AG5DV 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.


March 11 Meeting: Topic Open

This meeting topic hasn't yet been determined. Contact Ed Hatch AG5DV 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.


VHF Audio is On-The-Web

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.


Amazon Smile

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.


Try VHF Direct

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!

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