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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.


July Meeting: Tower Work

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The program for the July meeting will be presented by Phil Sinnett KD5UGO. Phil will talk about a recent project to repair/replace a tower based antenna system. This presentation will help you plan your own antenna installations and upgrades, no matter what height above average terrain you might choose. 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.


Field Day 2016

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NOTE: Field Day 2016 is in the books! By all measures it was a great success. THANKS to all who helped, and start planning now for Field Day 2017!

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 25, 2016 through June 26, 2016 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 web at: http://www.w5nor.org/fd/ 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 6:00pm local time, on Saturday, June 25th. 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.


Central Oklahoma Radio Amateurs' Ham Holiday

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SCARS will have 2 flea market tables for club member use, if you only have a small item for the cause. Tickets will be available at the June and July club meetings. Flyers are available by clicking here. This flyer has an order form where you can order tickets, flea market tables, and banquet tickets by mail. Earlybird cutoff is July 11, 2016. Contact CORA Rep Mark Kleine N5HZR if you have any questions, or need tickets.

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 22, 2016 - July 23, 2016. More information is available at club meetings, and on the web at: http://w5nor.org/hamholiday/


ARRL National Parks On The Air

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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.


August Meeting: Logbook Of The World

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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.


September Meeting: Topic Open

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.


October Meeting: Build Your Own Equipment

Kenn's Homebrew Shack

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.


November Meeting: Topic Open

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.


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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