W5NOR - SCARS: Jump to Nav Buttons Field Day 2016

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.

September 17: Grand Opening National Weather Museum

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 either developed, or used to promote the management of weather. 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 Grand Opening of this facility will be this Saturday, September 17th, from 10am to 2pm. There will be weather balloon launches at 11:00 am, noon, and 1:00 pm. There will be live music by Maggie McClure & Shane Henry. Food items including burgers, shaved ice, and items from the Waving Wheat bakery will be available for purchase. Free facepainting for the kids, and a whole lot more. See you there!

SCARS has been given an opportunity to design, build, and operate a fully functional amateur radio station inside this museum. Contact us by email at w5nor@w5nor.org if you'd like to help with this project.

Communications for Bike MS Cycling Event

Bike MS

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 this event. This event is held on an annual basis, and is expected to raise $375,000 to help fight Multiple sclerosis.

Our efforts are documented on the Bike MS page, click here to take a look. Put these dates on your calendar, and contact Mark Kleine N5HZR via email at n5hzr@arrl.net to get your name on the list of volunteers.

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.

October 8 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 12 Meeting: Learn Morse Code Now

Morse Audio

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.

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.

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 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.

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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