Sunday, November 24, 2013

Ohio Section Journal - November 2013

In this issue:










Amateur radio volunteers converged on Reynoldsburg, Ohio on Saturday, November 9th to attend the 2013 All Ohio ARES Conference at the Ohio Fire Academy. Below is just a glimpse of what took place. There is no way I can put everything in the email. It would be like writing a book.

Many thanks to Steve Ewald WX1X from ARRL HQ for being our guest speaker and staying with us for the entire conference. Many thanks to Jim Weaver, Frank Piper, and ARRL for all your help and support.

This year's recipient of the Ross T. Stillsano KB8JTZ Memorial Award went to David Rickon NF8O, of Medina, Ohio in ARES District 6. Please join me in congratulating Dave by sending him an email to

I handed out awards to Stan Broadway N8BHL and Tim Price K8WFL for all their hard work on the Ohio ARES Resource System OARS. I also handed out a certificate of appreciation to Carl Gedeon KB8VXE, of Middleburg Heights, Ohio, for his continued strive for excellence not only in Cuyahoga County ARES but also the Ohio Section.

Many thanks to everyone who brought a go box or go kit! They were all impressive and I could tell right away how much time and effort was put into them. Speaking of go kits, I know there were not enough hard copies of Frank Sole's KB8YHD go kit list. I also know he had a sign up sheet for anyone who wanted one emailed to them. Well, I attached the sheet to this email for the benefit of everyone.

Many thanks to the Dayton Amateur Radio Association, Preble County ARES, Massillon Amateur Radio Club, Medina M2M, Stan Broadway and his Canned Ham, and Marion County ARES for bringing and setting up your communications truck and/or trailer. That is the first time I have seen so many setup at one time in the Ohio Section other than Hamvention.

Many thanks to what I call the Beverage Establishment Strike Team or BEST for providing all the coffee, hot apple cider, hot cocoa, and all the necessary supplies throughout the day. I thank you very much for making sure the people were taken care of.

VE Testing results...6 new Technicians! 3 more upgraded to General Class. Congratulations everyone. Many thanks to Muskingum County EC Kathleen KB3RDR and her team of VE's for making this happen again this year!

I have reviewed all 68 evaluation forms received. Many thanks for the feedback. I appreciate everyone for taking the time to complete the evaluation form. If you attended the conference and did not complete an evaluation form, please email me at and I will send one out to you.

As I mentioned at the conference, the Ohio Fire Academy is a great facility. But considering we were imminently close of maxing out capacity, I am exploring alternate venues such as Ohio State University. I have a lead in that direction which will be pursued after the first of the year.

Ladies and gentlemen, I cannot thank you enough for your participation and support in the best All Ohio ARES Conference I have ever attended.

After going through the cancellations, 139 volunteers registered online. Drum roll please...we had 145 people sign in! That's an approximate 40% increase over last year!

This conference made history. History that I am glad to be a part of.

I am so looking forward to next year.

73 de Matt Welch, W8DEC

Section Emergency Coordinator



As I write this, we have just recently had our first trackable snow.

Yesterday and today were in the high 60s and we just came out from under a Tornado Warning here in Knox county. So I guess that was out Indian Summer. Now it feels like winter is descending on us fast. As we prepare for club elections and holiday gatherings and events, don't forget to assign someone in your club to update your ARRL club listing in the next few weeks. This is what is frequently referred to as your annual report. Note that you can and should update this information anytime you club has a change as appropriate. Things like new officers, new meeting place and new club contact information is only as good as it appears on the ARRL site. This holds true for local site maintained by clubs. Information these days is considered dynamic and not having accurate updated information on your site may just cost you membership, new interest in people who want to earn a license, etc. So now is a great time to see what needs updated. This also includes your status as a Special Service Club. Remember SSC status is only good for two years and needs to be renewed. When was you club's status last renewed?

Speaking of elections. The hardest job in any club isn't being an officer its being chair of the the election committee. With that in mind hears a shout out to club members statewide. Are you running? Why not? No club anywhere deserves to have a member say, "What YOU need to do is...", or "I don't understand why THEY don't..." Hey, club officers are volunteers, voted help US get things done. There is no YOU or THEY in a club - it is either WE or US or nothing gets done. My hat is off to everyone who takes their turn. Is this the year WE get involved!

As I have often reported, I am always asked how can we get more youth involved? Well what about putting together a good Youth Day program in your area. ARRL Kids Day is always the first Sunday of January and the third Saturday of June, from 1800UTC – 2359 UTC. Now is the time to start promoting and planning follow up activities and Tech Classes to accommodate those you encounter. Get together a press release arrange with local scouts, schools or youth groups and do special presentations just for them. And here is what is key - Get Them On The Air!. Make it hands on friendly and get them hooked. Then be ready to reel them in with a good follow-up activity.

Club reports from Around the Ohio Section..



Year Two of the PAQP from central Ohio using COOKEN ARC club call WW8OH showed a score increase over last year, but it appears they came up 23 CW QSO's and one county short of catching their nemesis N4PN, the outstanding SOHP station in GA, for Top Score.

Massillon ARC

MARC Elected officers during their November meeting and held their Hamfest the following weekend and will be supporting the Massillon Holiday Parade November 23.

Portage County ARS

PCARS donated it's portion of the 50/50 sales to the Center of Hope in Ravenna during their November meeting. Their guest speaker was Rod Ehrhart, WN8R, from DX Engineering. Kudos to PCARS VP Bill, WB9LBI for the best election recruiting article I have seen "Get Rid of Me...Please" Well done.


Kitty Hevener W8TDA, Asst. Section Manager, represented the Ohio Section during ARRL night at the October meeting.

Western Reserve ARC

A club that gets involved with their community the sponsor a Highway Cleanup and supported their local Diabetes Walk. There General class began November 6 and their Extra class in January if they get enough interest. SEC Matt Welch W8DEC joined them during their November meeting. In December their program will be Alternative Energy with Roy Scharf KB3ZTO.

Cambridge ARC

Wow, Cambridge is celebrating their 100th year as a radio club Saturday, December 14 in the main floor banquet room of Theo's Restaurant. I am planning to attend. To my knowledge this is the first club to actually reach 100 years, in the NATION. Congratulations!

Portsmouth Radio Club

Portsmouth received some great press when they arranged for the American Red Cross to get their Amateur Emergency Communications established at their headquarters on Robinson Avenue. You can read the story here

Alliance ARC

Alliance held their 2nd Annual Fundraiser For Fire Department Toy Drive at their November meeting. Proceeds from their 50/50 will be donated to the drive. VP John Meyers KD8MQ warmed my heart when he states in the Zero Beat referring to next year's programs, "It’s liable to be a busy (but fun) year, as we strive to stay out of 'Meeting Mode'."

Mount Vernon ARC

MVARC will hold its annual meeting, election of officers and holiday dinner at Parkside Restaurant, 108 Mount Vernon Ave, Mount Vernon, OH on Sunday, December 8th, 2013. They will conduct Technician classes beginning in January.

Greater Cincinnati ARA

GCARA will hold their Christmas Party 6pm December 8 at The Manor House Restaurant - Maple Knoll Village 11200 Springfield Pike, Springdale, Ohio. Their next meeting is 7:30pm January 22 at the Breeze Manor.

Delaware ARA

Congrats to DELARA for being 2nd in class 4A Nationally (1st in OH) during Field Day. Their 15,458 points were just 18 shy of 1st place.

They did however manage to have 44 more QSO's than the 1st place club.Their score ranked 15th overall in all classes. About 8 months ago DELARA donated several ARRL books to 10 libraries including several school libraries. They recently followed up to see few of these are circulating. I want to encourage them to get into the schools with demos and programs and use the opportunity to point out the resources they donated. Don't be discouraged folks, you made the right first move.

Lake Erie ARA

Lake Erie celebrates their Holiday Tuesday November 26 at Massimo da Milano. At their October meeting W8DEC, Matt and KD8TWG, Dave, brought many facts and trivia to the LEARA meeting in the form of “Ham Radio Jeopardy”.

Until next month, Say it with me, "Get out of meeting mode!"

73, E. Mike McCardel, KC8YLD
Affiliated Club Coordinator / ARRL Ohio Section V.P. Educational Relations, AMSAT-NA




Congratulations to Brian DeYoung (k4bri), Marji Garrett (kj4zkc), and Dick Arnett (wb4suv). These members of the OHKYIN amateur radio club won medals in the IARU region 2 amateur radio direction finding competition. 


QCEN has expanded its repeater coverage for emergencies by providing a link between its VHF repeater and its UHF repeater, so that together they cover from Northern Kentucky up into the Dayton area.  And the club recently put in a remote base VHF radio which should be capable of reaching repeaters farther east and north, to cover a great deal of southwestern Ohio.

OHKYIN will be providing communications for the Price Hill Thanksgiving day parade on November 28th. Two days later, (November 30), HARA will be SUPPLYING communications for the annual Hillsboro holiday parade. DARA members provided communications for the Mid east Cross Country Regionals at Indian Riffle Park on Stroop Road and the honeysuckle blitz at the Clifton Gorge state Nature Preserve. Members of QCEN and UC amateur radio club joined forces in handling communications for the cystic fibrosis “Run like Hell” benefit in Cincinnati on October 26. 


Want to get a license or upgrade the one you have? If so, November 20 is your lucky day!  Free technician, general and amateur Extra class exams will be held at Verity Lodge Miami University-Middletown and at the DARA clubhouse in Huber Heights, Ohio. Additional information about the Miami University Middletown branch exams may be obtained from Dave Williamson, KD8W
(513-424-5819) or Carl Morgan, K8CM (513-422-9384.

For more information on the testing session hosted by DARA, email Dave

Crawford,  KF4KWW@ARRL.NET   OHKYIN will be offering Technician,

General and Amateur Extra licensing classes in early 2014. See for details.

73, Kitty Hevener, W8TDA

Assistant Section Manager (SW)



Hi Gang,

Wow.. I believe that says it all. By now all of you have either heard through official channels or by word of mouth that Frank, KI8GW has decided to step down as Section Manager. I know that he and his family gave this a tremendous amount of thought before announcing this. I am saddened that he has decided to step down, but as life, jobs and family change, grow and require more time than they used to, it forces us to make these very difficult choices. Have no doubt that this decision came with a lot of thought and consideration for not only Frank and his family, but also the Ohio Section as well. I’m sure that I speak for everyone in the Ohio Section when I say that we do understand your decision Frank. Thank you so much for the years of dedication and leadership that you have provided. I will try to live up to your (and the Ohio Section’s) expectations when I take the reins over at the first of the year.

Have you been watching my RSS feeds for all the updates to the website..??  Please tell me you have? As I stated a few months ago, anytime I make changes to the website instead of trying to fit in some sort of funky “update” or “new” flashing arrow or sign I’ve chosen to put the change, or link to it, on the RSS feed. This way you have a history of the updates, and if you want to go back to one you can, but it also keeps the main page clean and without all the clutter of a Used Car Lot. By using RSS feeds you can also set your browser / email programs to “watch” for updates coming through on this RSS feed as well. This way you won’t have to keep going to the website to see if there’s any updates listed, although going to the website on a regular basis is a very good idea ( I have my browser set to open up to it..) !!

On another note..  Please, please watch out for spam messages. There seems to be a new one out now that the holidays are upon us. It is mimicking a notice that you have a package coming. They have made it look like the FedEx and/or the UPS tracking sites to try to fool you.

They then put a “zip” file in this email and direct you to open it up to see the tracking. Once you open the “zip” file a worm/virus takes over control of your computer and uploads every file in your computer to a mystery location. You can’t stop it once it starts.

What you can do however is to immediately cut the internet connection. Yank out the cord as quickly as possible. The faster you do this, the less information that actually gets uploaded. There’s no stopping the program from dumping all your files, but at least it won’t be out on the internet if you cut the cord.

Now, as soon as that is completed, these folks send you an email demanding money to now unlock your computer. DON’T GIVE IN TO THEM.

This is how they actually get a working credit card / debit card (yes, they will even take a debit card) and off they go shopping around the world at your expense, and you are left with absolutely nothing. Not even a working computer, as it’s now all locked up.

What’s the recourse? None, once you open up that “zip” file. If you did give them a credit card / debit card they now have the ability to spend at will, and they have been doing just that around Northeastern Ohio! Please be very careful when opening up ANY emails, especially those that you do not recognize the address of. And yes, please be on guard for any emails telling or directing you to open up any attachments. This is how the worm/virus takes control. You actually get it started for them when you open that attached file. If in doubt of the person sending the email, delete it.

Always have your virus protection up-to-date to help prevent getting emails like this. But, even though you may have the best virus protection available to you, there is still a possibility that you will get a virus/worm in your computer, I did. Always have your computer backed up so in case you do get something that you don’t want, you at least have a chance to survive it.

Do the “In the Clouds” backup programs work? I believe they do. I feel they are a great investment and I would (and do) highly recommend getting a subscription to one, if not right now, how’s about for a Christmas present!!

Some folks will undoubtedly say I don’t have anything in my computer that I have to worry about, and for those folks let me ask just this one question. How much money do you have saved up for a new computer right now? I say it that way because I only have a few hundred dollars in mine, but it is invaluable to me and the data that is stored on it would take a lot of hours and a tremendous amount of frustration to recover from losing it.

And now another thought.. Changes were made for those of you who signed up for the “Opt-In” service with us to receive important news from the Ohio Section. Due to some actions from my buddies at my ISP ( I won’t mention them by name – but they’re the ones with the cartoon bird for a logo..), I had to make some changes in how I send out these important news articles to you.

So, from this point forward I have changed from using those folks mentioned above to our own website server service. This might cause a few of you to not get the news, as not all email services like getting emails from web servers. It has something to do with the headers and stuff and how webservers handle these items.

So, if you are one of those few that are now NOT getting the email blasts that you’ve opted in for, there is still hope for you. If you re-apply to “Opt-In” with a different email address you will most likely start receiving it once again. I will be working very diligently on being able for this email blast to get to everyone, but like everything in life, there IS always a few bumps along the way. I just don’t want you to think you’ve been cut off for some unknown reason.. You haven’t, I just had to find a new way of distributing the news to you.

And, on to another note..  Due to our recent outbreak of storms that rolled through just recently, it became clear to me that it would be a good idea to have a webpage devoted to nothing but the National Weather Service Bulletins for all of Ohio. So, with that in mind, we now have such a page. You can find it by clicking on the link from the main page that states NWS latest bulletins or at:  <> which will take you directly to the bulletins.

This is just the perfect example of how a person’s idea can translate into an action that will have many benefits to all over the years to come. Please, if you have an idea for something like this, let me know. If we can do it, we will!

That’s going to do it for this month..

73, Scott Yonally, N8SY

Assistant Section Manager



RFI can ruin your reception as many of us have experienced. It can also be difficult to locate and resolve. Often the source is remote and identification may require diligence and some assistance from another Ham or knowledgeable person. When it’s right on your own property things are much different.

When the RFI source is your own doing, letting loose of the preconceived ideas and not easily accepting that you could be causing your own issues is never easy and not likely to be your first thought in finding resolution. Here in my shack I began to experience some really broad spectrum noise recently. It was all over the HF bands appearing at random without any defined pattern. The noise was quite loud and running as high as 30 over 9 on the S Meter on 40 meters. I could not identify anything that I had either changed or added to the QTH that may be the source.

I thought perhaps there was some industrial noise causing my RFI as there are several businesses nearby that are using some exotic apparatus to manufacture metal products etc. The noise didn’t appear to have a time of day element however and I knew none of these businesses operated a third shift. My primary HF antenna had been a Cushcraft R8 vertical. With no offense to Cushcraft intended, verticals are however often much more noisy and prone to picking up unwanted RFI from locations close to the shack.

WD8KQX and I just finished erecting some supports in my back yard and raising an Off Center Fed Dipole which I had hoped would give me better service than the vertical. I also thought it may resolve the noise if it were indeed coming from a source in the neighborhood and not my own property.  Once we finished the installation, I quickly fired up the Kenwood HF rig and found not only was the noise still there, it was far worse. The only change I noticed was that I no longer sequenced the touch light in the china cabinet every time I keyed the transmitter.

That was a small and insignificant improvement in light of the RFI that had gotten worse.

It soon became evident that this may well be something in my own environment and I needed to begin isolating AC circuits to determine if the RFI was something I had connected and was running in the house.  How does one do this without some help? My Cell phone finally has a real Amateur application. I fired p the rig and tuned to one of the more offensive spots on 40 meters where the noise was 30 over 9 and placed my cell phone nearby which I had called from a portable phone. I then quickly went to the breaker panel in the basement and started to kill circuits one at a time. When I operated the breaker that controlled the outlets in my garage, I heard instant silence from the rig upstairs. Now there isn’t just a whole lot in my garage connected to the AC outlets and after taking a look around, I unplugged the Battery Tender that I had maintaining the battery on my Cushman Truckster. Again, the noise was gone immediately.

I am in real trouble now. I have three of these Battery Tenders, one on the Cushman, another in the shed on the tractor battery and still another in the basement keeping the go box batteries on the ready. Once I pulled the plug on the unit in the garage, I again checked the RFI noise. It was gone and I thought my problem was resolved. Checking the bands further, I again heard the RFI in a different part of 40 meters this time.

I pulled the plug on the unit in the shed and that killed the RFI once again. Checking one more time, I found additional RFI elsewhere on 40 meters. After disconnecting the unit in the basement, I now have nothing to complain about other than background noise.

RFI can be an ugly frustration when it appears in your shack. Mine was especially so in that the noise was a relatively recent problem and those Battery Tenders had been working for almost two years now. I never would have suspected my FRI was these great little battery maintainers that do a wonderful job of keeping batteries peaked and ready without over charging or damaging the batteries.

When looking for the cause of your RFI, it’s best to keep things simple. Never rule out anything without logically and carefully eliminating it as a source. Always start with the easiest things first.

You may find the problem where you never thought it might be. It’s important not to overlook those things that you might think could not be a problem. When your are the cause of your RFI problem, it’s much easier than trying to convince a neighbor, a business or the electric utility that they have a problem that needs to be resolved. 

Unfortunately, when you can fix your own RFI issue, you will need to also find an alternative to the offending device. I my case, I will not keep the devices on continuously as I had been doing. I will manage my battery enabled devices when the shack is not being used and I am off the air until I can clean them up and kill the RFI they are generating.


73, Jim Yoder W8ERW 

Technical Coordinator



12/07/2013  Cambridge Amateur Radio Association's 100th Birthday Celebration
Dec 7, 1300Z-2100Z, W8VP, Cambridge, OH.
Cambridge Amateur Radio Association.
14.260 7.235. Certificate & QSL.
Cambridge Amateur Radio Association
PO Box 1804, Cambridge, OH 43725.

100th Birthday Celebration of Cambridge Amateur Radio Association Founded December 4, 1913. 12th and final Special Event in CARA's year-long 100th Birthday Celebration. QSL. Certificate available for anyone who works ALL 12 of CARA's monthly Special Events of 2013

12/14/2013 | Wheeling Light Fest
Dec 14-Dec 15, 1010Z-1000Z, W8ZQ, Blaine, OH.
Northern Panhandle Amateur Radio Club.
14.250 7.232. Certificate.
Joe Mccready, PO Box 192 , Blaine, OH 43909.



01/19/2014 SCARF Hamfest
Nelsonville, OH
Sunday Creek Amateur Radio Federation
Wallick Auction House

01/26/2014 | Tusco ARC Hamfest
Strasburg, OH
Tusco Amateur Radio Club


In Special Memoriam..

Jerry Hamilton, N8GRH - Now Silent Key
Best friend, life long friend and husband
of Assistant Section Manager
Connie Hamilton, N8IO..

ARRL Ohio Section

Section Manager: Frank Piper, KI8GW



Monday, November 18, 2013

Ohio Section News for October - 2013

In this issue:














The All Ohio ARES Conference will be held on Saturday, November 9th, 2013. It will be held at the Ohio Fire Academy, 8895 E. Main St. in Reynoldsburg. The conference begins at 8:00am with an ARRL VE test session, and will then proceed into speakers, forums, a Go-Box display, and an EmComm vehicle show.

They Keynote Speaker for the Conference is Steve Ewald, WV1X, ARRL Field Service Organization Supervisor. Steve oversees and manages the many programs under the Field Service Organization. We welcome Steve to Central Ohio, and look forward to having Steve spend his Saturday with us.

This conference is open to those who are interested in public service communications, emergency/disaster communications, and digital communications.

The conference agenda is filling up.  But there's still room for more.

This year will feature the ever-popular Go Box Display and Emcomm Vehicle/trailer display.  There were 20 some go boxes and portable antennas on display last year.  It was a smash hit amongst the participants.  This is a wonderful opportunity to share ideas and show-off all your hard work.

Here's the Emcomm Vehicle / Trailer line up so far...

Dayton Amateur Radio Association

Delaware County ARES (N8BHL)

Marion County ARES

Medina County M2M (K8FH)

Shelby County ARES

Stay tuned for further updates.

In addition to the training presentations, we'll also be presenting the

2013 ARES Membership Drive winners and 2013 winner of the Ross Stillisano KB8JTZ Memorial Award.  We'll hear an update from the Digital Communications Committee.  Statewide Simulated Emergency Test results will be announced.

Time to upgrade or take your Technician License Exam?  No problem!

There will be a volunteer exam session at the All Ohio ARES Conference this year.  Check out

All participants are asked to register online at  Scroll down the page to the registration link.  The online registration is important for accountability and proper food procurement.

For those who are traveling from afar, there are several hotels and motels in the area to choose from.  More than likely, I'll be staying at a hotel Friday night near the Fire Academy. 

Participants at the 2012 All Ohio ARES Conference set quite a few benchmarks.  With your help, we can exceed those bench marks to make

2013 AOAC the best one yet. 


Matt Welch, W8DEC

ARRL Section Emergency Coordinator - Ohio



The ARRL Ohio Section Statewide Simulated Emergency Test took place on Saturday, October 12th.  Although reports are still coming in, preliminary results reveal excellent participation.  I cannot thank the volunteers enough for their support and participation in the 2013 Statewide Simulated Emergency Test.  All participants are asked to send an After-Action Report (AAR) to your ARES Team Leader (Emergency Coordinator or Assistant Emergency Coordinator).  The proper format for an AAR is simple...

What was expected to happen?

What actually happened?

What went well and why?

What needs improvement?

Following this format will help you organize your thoughts and help you put them down on paper.  Please complete your AAR at your earliest convenience while the event is fresh in your mind.

The All Ohio ARES Conference will be held on Saturday, November 9th at the Ohio Fire Academy in Reynoldsburg, Ohio.  The address is 8895 East Main Street, Reynoldsburg, OH 46068.  There are several hot topics this year.  First and foremost, the ARRL Board of Directors approved the All Ohio ARES Conference as a specialty convention.  Many thanks to Ohio SM Frank KI8GW and Great Lakes Division Director Jim K8JE for their support in this effort.  So the conference became eligible for a guest speaker from ARRL HQ.  With the hard work and determination of our illustrious Ohio Section Manager Frank KI8GW, our keynote speaker is Steve Ewald WV1X who is the Field Organization Supervisor at ARRL HQ in Newington, CT.  I have seen Steve's presentation at other conferences and I think you will enjoy it.

There will be one of the largest go box displays this section has ever seen!  There will be emcomm vehicles / trailers on display including the new Dayton Amateur Radio Association Communications Truck!  Didn't see it or tour it at Hamvention 2013?  No worries, it will be at the All Ohio ARES Conference!  There is a full agenda of programs and presentations.  What are they, you ask?  The schedule is in the midst of being finalized and will be posted on the ARES page on the Ohio Section website.  An announcement will be made when that happens.  All participants are asked to register online at There is a link on the right hand side of the page.  Click on it to register.

Online registration is important so the proper amount of food can be purchased.  It also tells me if you're bringing a go box and/or communications vehicle/trailer.

Volunteer Exam Session at 0800 (8AM) at the All Ohio ARES Conference.

Interested in upgrading or taking your technician license exam?  Many thanks to Muskingum EC Kathy KB3RDR and her team for making this happen again this year!

Last but not least, I have four ARRL gift certificates to give away at the All Ohio ARES Conference.  Register online, come to the conference, have a great time, and you might just be the winner of one of the gift certificates.  You can't possibly win if you do not attend!

Training.  The State of Ohio Emergency Management Agency has a great list of training available throughout the State.  There is a course catalog and a course calendar.  Check out their website at

That's all for this month.  Thank you for everything you do for amateur radio.

73 de Matt W8DEC

ARRL Section Emergency Coordinator - Ohio



Hi Gang,

This time around I’m reporting from home. I’ve been traveling around a bit these past several months and it is definitely good to be able to stay at home for a change. Winter is fast approaching and I have to tell ya’ that we put the boat up for the winter just last weekend. In about a month the motorcycle will be next. If this isn’t the first signs of winter approaching, I don’t know what is.

Have you been watching my RSS feeds for all the updates to the website..??  No? Shame on you..  That can only mean that you really don’t know what’s been updated on the website. As I stated a few months ago, when I make changes to the website I’ll be sure to have what changed listed on my RSS feed. A link to it is on the right side of the main page of the website. Click on this link to get the latest changes throughout the website. I think you’ll find this much more informative than just a flashing “Update” indicator next to a link..

Now some of you are probably saying to yourselves, “just what the heck is a RSS feed and why should I be interested..” I can relate, so with that in mind here’s what a RSS feed is. As Wikipedia describes it, it stands for Really Simple Syndication (RSS). RSS feeds enable publishers to syndicate data automatically. RSS feeds also benefit users who want to receive timely updates from their favorite websites.

Now what does this all mean to you? Simple, by having the really important stuff on a RSS feed it allows the person writing the news to publish it to a website without having to have all the special software for a website. It also (now this is where you get involved..) allows those readers who want to be updated without having to do it themselves the latest updates.

Yes, our website has several of these RSS feeds. One of them is right on the front page. It comes directly from the League. They actually update their news and our website gets it as soon as it’s published.

Our SEC also has such a feed, as well as me. My feed is to let you all know of what and when I have updated something on the website. Now if you have Microsoft Outlook for example, you can set it to seek out these feeds and monitor them on a regular basis. This way you can receive the latest news as soon as it hits the website. Neat..  You no longer have to keep reminding yourself to go look for updates. It’s presented to you right in your email program. Outlook is one of many software packages available out there that will do this. Most browsers will do this as well. 

Now shifting to a different topic..  Did you know that there was a very short 3 question survey posted on the website? Please take just a couple of minutes to take the survey. It’s fun and I think the 3 questions being asked are important to know just what you are thinking. I promise, it won’t take over 3 minutes of your time.

Shifting once again to another topic.. Have you considered a back-up program for your computer? With Christmas coming up in a couple of months from now, you might want to consider asking for a subscription to one then. How important is this? Let’s look at this this way, do you really want to spend hours and hours trying to recover from a virus and maybe never fully recover? If you aren’t successful, are you willing to shell out the hundreds of bucks for a new computer? That’s how important this really is. Now having some actual experience with a “cloud based” backup program I can tell you I’m totally sold.

Yes, I got a virus several months ago. I didn’t panic, but I have to tell you, my gut was churning a bit until everything was fully recovered. This particular backup worked just as it was advertised. I was up and running again in a matter of a few short hours. Nothing lost.

That’s going to do it for this month..

73, Scott, N8SY

Assistant Section Manager / Webmaster



Autumn is a wonderful time of year. A lot of contesting, festivals, foxhunts, cook-offs, swap meets, clean-ups and hamfests. Clubs are gearing of for elections and transitions and planning for a new year as they wrap up this year with celebrations and good eats. Hmmm, I just described every month in Ohio. Regardless remember to update your ARRL listings after your transitions. Special Service Clubs, check on your status to see if it is time to renew (every two years). If you aren't a Special Service Club consider applying.

Mount Vernon ARC held a walking fox hunt September 15 at the farm of Frank, KC8EVS. According to Frank they used "...4 micro-foxes. These are 60 milliwatt, carrier only, transmitters small enough to hide in the osage orange, multiflora rose and poison ivy that cover the back of my farm."

OH-KY-IN ARS had Ohio SM Frank Piper KI8GW as their speaker during their ARRL night October 1. Frank shared his experiences of The League in action at a more local level.

The InterCity Amateur Radio Clun of Mansfield sponsored yours truly, in a dual speaking role. I was invited to speak as the ACC as well as give a presentation on Cubesats, specifically Fox-1. I took along a CubeSat Simulator for demonstration. Attendance was good and I appreciated the fine reception while meeting with people I have worked with before.

The Dayton ARC will be holding their Annual Harvest Party & Chili Cook Off October 25.The school systems of America, under the assistance of Mark Spencer, WA8SME, ARRL's Director of Education and Technical Program sponsored the TI-1 (Teachers' Institute) Conference geared to assisting teachers with developing STEM education tools and resources for classroom use. They plan to sponsor a TI-2a Conference in the future. I work closely with Mark in my role as AMSAT’s V.P. for Educational Relations. Mark is dynamic individual. I can't thank Dayton enough for their continued support of both the ARRL and AMSAT.

Lake Erie ARA sponsored Dennis Conklin, AI8P, and his presentation, "The Dark Side of a DXpedition." His talk recounted his experiences as part of the team at the Virgin Islands ARC, KP2D.

Massillon ARC would like to remind everyone that their Hamfest 2013 will be on November 3rd, 2013 at the Boys & Girls Club located at 730 Duncan St SW, Massillon, Ohio. I am unable to attend this one for the first time in several years. It is a nice Hamfest and growing. I encourage your attendance. At their last meeting they heard a "short" presentation by Wade WD8MIU and Brooker KD8JNX on the Kelly Island expedition. The month before was their Heathkit Show and Tell program.

The Western Reserve ARC held their last scheduled event of this year, the Diabetes Walk on October 20th at the Fairgrounds. They have also adopted a piece of Route 446 and held their clean-up event October 19.

Alliance ARC will sponsor Homebrew Night during their November meeting on the 13th. They will also have a fund raiser for the Fire Department Toy Drive that night. This club does a lot to stay out of meeting mode and I have always enjoyed the creativity of their activities.

At the Delaware ARA, October is BOATANCHOR SWAP MONTH. At the October 16 meeting they also had an award presentation by Jim Weaver K8JE – the ARRL Great Lakes Division director.

Portage County ARS heard Jim WB8AZP talk on Official Observers at their October meeting. They will hear Rod, WN8R speak on Vertical Antennas at their November 11 meeting. This is also election night. Kudos to Jim, KC8PD, for never missing a Thursday Night PCARS net. He has checked in over 400 times, consecutively, and still going.

As announced earlier this month, I am leaving my post as Ohio Section's Affiliated Club Coordinator to accept the position of Vice President for Educational Relations for AMSTA-NA. Whereas my duties for AMSAT have already started I am easing out of my role as ACC more slowly. I will be around in that capacity until the end of the year. I cannot over exaggerate what a wonderful experience serving as ACC has been. For the past three years I have visited more Hamfests and Club meetings than I can count. I have always been buoyed up by everyone’s enthusiasm and after every encounter I have ridden adrenalin high into the next event.

The people and clubs in Ohio are wonderful. I have learned more than I expected and have been personally challenged to become more than I even thought possible. I have honed many skills in this position and have planted many seeds of thought and watched as they germinated, sprouted and grew.

Around the state I have listened and clarified many great ideas suggested by numerous people. Encouraged by this I allowed myself to become involved with more and more while enjoying every minute of the journey. With great respect for all I have met and worked with, thank you all for help making me the man I am today.

You have encouraged me, allowed me to grow in confidence and depth. I owe you all. I hope to continue to monitor all that is going on in Ohio so continue to send me your newsletters and ideas. I will continue to be available for speaking engagements. I intend to keep close ties with Anthony and Scott and with the Ohio Sections Educational Initiative and youth outreach, I think we can be mutual advocates. Frank Piper KI8GW and his Ohio Section Cabinet have been good to me and continue to support my efforts. It’s good to name them among my friends.

The Section Cabinet truly have the best interests for amateur radio in Ohio as their priority. I ask that you engage them, challenge them, they want to listen and be of service to you. 

Lastly I appreciate the kind words of encouragement and well wishes from everyone as I start this new adventure. Let's keep in touch. And remember always... Get Out of Meeting Mode!!!


E. Michael McCardel, KC8YLD

V.P. Educational Relations, AMSAT-NA



Ground Loops – Some time ago Charlie KS8L called to relate an experience that he had encountered with connecting some of his equipment to a surge suppression outlet.  He had attempted to connect two identical pieces of equipment in his shack with some strange results including the complete disabling of one unit and the refusal of a remote to work on the other.  This appeared at random between the two units.  A classic problem of ground loops interfering with electronics was at work.   Charlie inadvertently discovered that connecting his two units to separate power outlets, resolved the problem.  This begs the question why?

A couple of years ago, I too experienced the same problem after connecting my Kenwood TS-830 and the VFO-230 to the same surge suppressor.  The VFO acted like it was totally out of sorts and would not do much other than light up momentarily.  The Rig would not respond to the VFO-230 dial and would display random frequencies on the display with its own VFO.  I remembered Charlie’s situation and unplugged the VFO from the surge suppressor.  Problem solved, but why did this happen?

I hadn’t seen the surge suppressor that caused the problem for Charlie, and I had initially suspected some issue with an inexpensive unit.  When it came to my own situation, I had just taken a new ISOBAR surge suppressor out of the box and installed it.  These are supposedly top of the line units sold with a lifetime guarantee covering any equipment protected by them.  How could this be? 

After doing some reading, I discovered there was an issue with ground loops.  So whatever is that and why does it affect something as simple as a surge suppressor.   Surge suppressors often provide isolation to defeat transient currents and noise that may enter through the power line. This isolation unfortunately can also mess with the current return path when more than one device is connected to them.  This causes the devices to grab any return path available and they begin to work through each other rather than the desired path.  This explains the random results Charlie and I observed.  Something similar often happens with the lights on trailers towed from a vehicle.  A substandard ground will cause the lights to seek ground through one of the other lights.  The light will glow dimly and others will glow without normal activation.  Illogical on the surface and until you see it happening, often it can be hard to accept or understand.  A good solid ground will correct it.

Charlie’s units had no ground connection and the solution required using separate outlets to cure.  My own situation was ultimately resolved once I connected both the TS-830 and it’s VFO-230 to station ground effectively bonding together and providing a good ground.

I am sure many of you have experienced some sort of anomaly in your own radio room.  I’d like to hear your experiences.  Perhaps we can shed some additional light and save someone the frustration that we’ve all felt in dealing with various strange issues.


Jim Yoder W8ERW

ARRL Section Technical Coordinator - Ohio




At the last HARA meeting, Dave (KD8TUR) was recognized for making his first qso with an ARRL first contact award. The award was presented by the person with whom he had that special contact, WA8KIW. Cathy, K8IYO was presented an ARRL 2013 Field Day Pin by John and CCARA Vice President Paul, WB8ZZR for her first Field Day participation. Cathy operated the six meter Field Day station almost the entire weekend and promised to be back for more next year.

Congrats to Ozzie (KA8UGI) and his wife Betty on the observation of their 70th wedding anniversary. A celebration marking the event was held October 13 at the Hillsboro Methodist Church.


As part of a mentoring program being developed, Robert, AK3Q, recently launched an elmers and newcomers net. The purpose of this net is to pair new hams with folks that really are interested in helping them learn the ropes. The net meets every Sunday at 7:00 PM local time on the 146.67- OHKYIN repeater. Information on the topics covered can be found at


Lyle Lambert (KC8DDY) and his wife Jayne (KC8LUH) recently became silent keys as a result of a housefire. We extend our thoughts and prayers to their children, Karen (KC8LIA) and Marty (KC8ULW) during this difficult time. 


Our communication skills were in high demand this month. Hams provided communication for the cystic fibrosis bike ride, US air force marathon, Little Miami Triathlon, River Corridor Classic 1/2 Marathon and annual Dayton district cross country meet, to name just a few. 

Showcasing ham radio:  On October 12, hams showcased amateur radio at Beavercreek and Fairborn Fire Departments.  


73, Kitty, W8TDA

Assistant Section Manager SW /



Thank you for all the prayers and cards for Jerry and me. A special Thank you to the Athens Amateur Radio Club for the lovely planter. He will have his surgery on Monday Oct 21 if his strength has improved. He does look better and is having tests daily to check on the internal bleeding.
They have determined it is NOT from the Aorta.

I fell a week ago Sunday in his room and have a sprained wrist on my right hand.


73/88, Connie, N8IO

Assistant Section Manager SE /



10/26/2013  Moonville Tunnel Special Event Oct 26-Oct 27 1600Z-1600Z, K8LGN, Zaleski, OH.

Hocking Valley Amateur Radio Club.

28.405 14.225 7.275 3.810.

QSL. Richard Martin

1255 New York Ave

Logan, OH 43138

Celebrate Halloween at the haunted Moonville Tunnel in Zaleski Ohio.


11/03/2013  Extra Hour Special Event Station

Nov 3, 0000Z-0600Z, W8BAP, Chillicothe, OH.

Scioto Valley Amateur Radio Club.

28.445 14.280 7.250 3.860. Certificate.

JIm Boyce, KD8BWV, 604 W 5th St

Chillicothe, OH 45601.

This is the second annual special event station to celebrate the return to Standard Time.


11/09/2013  203rd Anniversary of Formation of Guernsey County, OH

Nov 9, 1300Z-2100Z, W8VP, Cambridge, OH.

Cambridge Amateur Radio Association.

14.260 7.235.

Certificate & QSL.


Cambridge Amateur Radio Association,

PO Box 1804,

Cambridge, OH 43725.

203rd Anniversary of the Formation of Guernsey County, OH.

11th Special Event in CARA's year-long 100th Birthday Celebration.

QSL. Certificate available for anyone who works ALL 12 of CARA's monthly Special Events of 2013



11/02/2013  Grant ARC Hamfest

Georgetown, OH

Grant Amateur Radio Club


11/03/2013 | Massillon Hamfest and Auction

Massillon Boy's & Girl's Club

Massillon, OH

ARRL Hamfest

Massillon Amateur Radio Club



This edition of the Ohio Section News was edited by Scott Yonally, N8SY.

Although I did the assembly, I cannot take credit for the actual news contained within. This credit has to be given to all of those on the Section Cabinet that work very hard each and every day not only to represent you, but also there to help you as well. Please, if we can be of assistance, don't hesitate to give anyone of us a call. The Cabinet is listed on our website at:

Would you like to have a guest speaker at your next club meeting? How's about one of the Cabinet. The Ohio Cabinet is always available to come and speak at your meetings.



Daylight Saving Time (DST) ends Sunday - November 03, 2013 at 2am


Food for thought..

As fall is getting colder out we start thinking of turning the furnace back on. And those of us with fireplaces start building fires in them.

We need to think of safety first. Birds, squirrels and all sorts of odd little animals have been busy during our down time build nests. And where better to build them, than in a chimney. This can cause a major problem for those of us that don't see the need to share with these little critters. Home fires increase greatly in the waning days of autumn and the beginning of winter. Please, before you start the furnace or build that great fire in the fire box, take a moment to check out your chimney/flu, or better yet, have it checked by a professional. This will keep you safe and could very possibly save your house and you from a fire or carbon monoxide poisoning. 




ARRL Ohio Section

Section Manager: Frank Piper, KI8GW