In this issue:
-> CONNIE HAMILTON, N8IO IS RETIRING
-> FROM THE SECTION GOVERNMENT LIAISON
-> FROM THE EDUCATIONAL OUTREACH - SCOUTING ASM
-> AFFILIATED CLUB COORDINATOR REPORT
-> FROM THE SECTION EMERGENCY COORDINATOR
-> OHIO SLOW CW NET CHANGING MANAGERS
-> FROM THE PIC
-> SOUTHWEST OHIO HAPPENINGS
-> FROM THE TECHNICAL COORDINATOR
-> FROM THE SECTION TRAFFIC MANAGER
-> LET'S TALK
-> HELP WANTED!!
-> CARBON MONOXIDE (CO) POISONING
-> SPECIAL EVENT STATIONS IN OHIO
-> OHIO HAMFEST CALENDAR
-> RED BADGES ON THE AIR
CONNIE HAMILTON, N8IO IS RETIRING
Some months ago Connie approached me about retiring from the Ohio Section as its Assistant Section Manager. Just recently she formally requested that she be allowed to retire effective 01 January 2015 and I have very reluctantly accepted her resignation after many discussions with her about it.
Connie recently reminisced to me about how she originally accepted the position of ASM back in 1999, when then Section Manager Joe Phillips, K8QOE was forming his Cabinet after he was elected Section Manager. As she described it, he approached her numerous times about serving in the capacity of ASM before she finally accepted. She told me that Joe was very persistent as she didn’t think that she was ASM material at first. I’m sure that all of you will agree with me that Connie was very wrong about that, and she has been one of the most outgoing ASM’s that the Ohio Section has ever had.
I know that Connie loves the job of ASM very much, and this was a very difficult decision for her to make. I do applaud her for all of the years of service that she has done, not only for the Ohio Section Cabinet, but for ALL the hams in Ohio as well. Connie, we ALL solute you!! And, we ALL have a very special “HUG” just for you. You are one grand lady that none of us will ever forget.
“Hugs and Teddy Bears” to you and yours Connie.
FROM THE SECTION GOVERNMENT LIAISON
Nick Pittner, K8NAP - SGL
On October 27 Gary Wodtke, WW8N’s attorney, Cary Rodman Cooper of Toledo filed a reply Memorandum in the Ohio Supreme Court opposing the Village of Swanton’s request for appeal.
By way of background, Mr. Wodtke sought approval from the Village of Swanton to erect an antenna tower. The Village denied his request, and he appealed to Common Pleas Court. The case proceeded through a number of preliminary hearings and several amendments to the complaint. But on August 20, 2013, after passage of Ohio’s new amateur radio antenna legislation, the Court ruled in favor of Mr. Wodtke’s request and granted judgment in his favor. But, the Court at the same time set a hearing on the question believing that issue was part of the case, which at that point it was not. An earlier version of the complaint had included a request for attorney fees, but the amended complaint in effect at the time of the Court’s decision did not include that request.
The attorney fee question is critical to this appeal because the Court of Appeals ruled that the Village was required to file its appeal within 30 days after the August 20 decision. However, only “final orders” are appealable in Ohio and if a valid issue regarding the award of attorney fees remained valid the Court’s order was not “final” and the appeal clock didn’t begin to run until much later.
In cases such as this there is no guaranteed right to have a decision reviewed by the Ohio Supreme Court. The appeal process includes a the filing of a Notice of Appeal and a Memorandum in Support of Jurisdiction, the purpose of which is to convince the Court why it should accept the appeal for review. The standard applicable to cases such as this is whether the case is of “public or great general interest” to warrant additional review. Even if the decision from which appeal is sought is wrong, there is no guarantee that an appeal will be heard by the Supreme Court.
Here, Mr. Wodtke’s attorney made three points in his reply to the arguments raised by the Village. First, the Village now claims that the Common Pleas Court never had jurisdiction over the case in the first place because the Village’s zoning decision wasn’t properly appealed. In response, Mr. Wodtke’s attorney points out that there were potentially two ways the zoning decision could have been challenged, and that the method employed by Mr. Wodtke’s then attorney was proper.
-1) Federal courts have ruled that attorney fees are not recoverable in suits such as this, and that may be the reason the request was withdrawn.
The second argument relates to the timing of the Village’s Notice of Appeal and asserts that the Village knew, or should have known on August 20, 2013 that its appeal clock was running but failed to file its notice of appeal until January 17, 2014. Thus, the Court of Appeals properly dismissed the Village’s appeal as untimely.
The third argument relates to the Village’s claim that the Common Pleas Court’s act scheduling a hearing on the attorney fee issue in August of 2013 was such an egregious error as to warrant review by the Supreme Court. Interestingly, the Village never did identify why, even if such an error were made, it should benefit from it.
The Village does not have an opportunity to reply to Mr. Wodtke’s brief and the matter is now in the hands of the Court for decision. Decisions on the question of whether to accept a case for review often take a few months, so it’s unlikely the we will know the disposition of this issue until after the first of the Year. If the Court denies the request for appeal, the matter will be concluded, with the final decision in Mr. Wodtke’s favor. If the appeal is accepted an additional round of briefs and argument will begin. However, the sole issue before the Ohio Supreme Court will be whether the Court of Appeals properly dismissed the Village’s appeal.
For those following online, the case number is 14-1670 and the Court’s URL is http://www.supremecourt.ohio.gov/Clerk/ecms/.
-2) Mr. Wodtke is currently represented by Cary Rodman Cooper and Fred Hopengarten, K1VR.
FROM THE EDUCATIONAL OUTREACH - SCOUTING ASM
By: Scott Hixon, KC8ITN - ASM - Educational Outreach- Scouting
With the winter season quickly approaching, you would think that scout camping would be on hiatus until warmer weather comes back next spring. Nothing could be farther from the truth!
Most Boy Scout troops camp out all year long, in all types of weather. For scouts, it doesn’t matter if it warm, rainy, cold or snowy. The fact that they are outside using their scout skills and having fun in the process is what it’s about.
As a scout leader, one of the things we try to instill in the minds of our scouts in the scout motto: “Be Prepared”. Nearly 100 years ago, a young British Boy Scout asked Sir Robert Baden-Powell, the founder of Scouting, what exactly it was he should be prepared for. Baden-Powell’s famous answer was, “Why, for any old thing, of course!” A lot of hams try to “Be Prepared”, especially if they are involved with emergency communications. And if you’re prepared for it, cold weather operating at a scout campout or Winter Klondike can be a whole lot of fun! And if you are involved in your local ARES group, it’s a good way to practice operating in “not-so-perfect” weather conditions.
A Winter Klondike is a Boy Scout Camporee that is held during the winter time. Scouts compete in competitions ranging from knot tying and fire building, to first aid and scout knowledge to name a few. I recently read an article about a Boy Scout troop in Florida that is hosting a camporee for their district. One of the things they are including in the competition is amateur radio. They will be sending a Morse code message and another scout will have to copy the message in the quickest time possible.
Going to camporees and summer camps over the years, I have had the pleasure of meeting other scouts that were licensed ham operators. Once they realize that I am a ham, they are quick to introduce themselves (and their call signs) to me. They are always excited to tell me about some of the contacts they have made and the fun they’ve had in our wonderful hobby. At the Ohio Valley Fall Camporee earlier this month, there were three ham scouts there that covered all three license classes. KD8QLS, K5ETH, and KD8VNK (Extra, General and Technician, respectively). With scouts like this being in the scouting program, it really helps to show the other scouts that amateur radio is not just an “old person’s hobby”.
I encourage you to look into getting involved with the scouting program. If it’s taking amateur radio to a scout campout, becoming a “Radio Merit Badge” counselor, or putting on a radio demonstration at a scout meeting, the rewards will be paid back ten-fold! Boy Scout and Cub Scout leaders are always looking for people that are willing to come to a meeting and talk to the boys.
If you would like to help, but not sure how to get started, feel free to contact me and I will help you get started any way I can! My email address is: email@example.com.
By the way, there is another event coming up that is a lot of fun. It’s not scout related but I want to share it with you. January 4th, 2015, is “Kid’s Day”!! This is an event where kids can get on the air and talk to other kids. It is held from 1800 UTC to 2359 UTC Sunday January 4th. The exchange is simple: favorite color! This helps break the ice (and mic fright!) then they can talk about anything they want! My kids use to participate in Kid’s Day years ago before they were licensed and now my oldest son, KD8QLS, pays it forward by participating as a licensed ham. Additional information about Kid’s Day can be found in the December 2014 issue of QST (pg. 88) or at: www.arrl.org/kids-day.
Until next time: Take care, stay safe, and make a difference is someone’s life!
73, Scott, KC8ITN
AFFILIATED CLUBS COORDINATOR REPORT
By: John Myers, KD8MQ - ACC
Winter is just about upon us. I know, the calendar says different, but we’ve already seen snowflakes here in NE Ohio. I’m not in the Snow Belt, but we can almost see it from here.
I’d like to thank the folks at the Cambridge ARC for their warm welcome last month. I had fun addressing their group. It was a beautiful Saturday for a drive, as well.
As this is being written, the ARRL SS Phone is almost upon us. I’ve one more antenna to put up, and I can call myself ready. How about you? Are ready for winter? How about for the coming year? How about your club?
This is the time of year when a lot of clubs prepare for the winter operating season, as well as the coming year. They hold elections, have Christmas Parties & awards banquets, and line up club programs & activities for the coming year. Especially at election time, I’d like to remind you to update your club report info with the league. This way we have the most current info for those who want to contact your club leadership. This includes prospective members (or prospective Hams for that matter). It also makes things a lot easier on your Affiliated Club Coordinator. The updates are done easily from the ARRL website. If you have any questions concerning the process, please feel free to contact me. Also, don’t forget those club websites. Get your new contact info out there in cyberspace. It can be frustrating to drop an e-mail to someone based on info on a club website, only to be left wondering whether your e-mail made it to its recipient, or is languishing in some cyber dead-letter office.
It’s also time to make plans for club programs and activities for the coming year. Some clubs, such as the Delaware-Lehigh ARC in PA set up their program schedule a year ahead, while others go month by month. I’m in charge of programs for our local club, and try not to go more than about 6 months out. I feel that this gives a little more flexibility if a new program opportunity arises. Speaking of new opportunities, Skype is becoming more popular for club programs lately. Earlier this year, Bob Heil, K9EID spoke at the meeting of the Portage County ARS. Then, Just a couple weeks ago, Ward Silver, N0AX presented a program to a meeting of Mahoning County ARES. All via Skype! The West park Radio ops will be hosting Bob Heil via Skype on November 21st.
The more I visit clubs in the Ohio Section, the more amazed I am at the talent we have right here. I’m learning a lot from reading your newsletters, and meeting you in person.
The Massillon ARC is starting an Elmer Program, where they’ll meet one Saturday morning a month, and do an in-depth program of interest to all, but especially to new Hams. The program begins in January with a presentation on grounding, by James, KD8VT. We’ll be watching to see how this goes. Wade, WD8MIU is in charge of the program.
The Highland ARA is raffling two handhelds, with the winning tickets to be drawn at their Christmas Party.
Portage County ARS recently hosted E. Mike McCardel, KC8YLD, who presented a program on Satellites. E. Mike is a former Ohio Affiliated Club Coordinator, and is currently VP of educational relations at AMSAT©.
My home club, the Alliance ARC just held their annual Homebrew Night, and also raised $100 for the local fire department’s toy drive.
Don’t forget to add me to your newsletter mailing list. I know there’s a lot more newsletters out there than what I’m seeing. BTW, it’s that time again; the Field Day results are in the latest issue of QST, as well as on the league’s website. How did your club do? Are you planning for next year already? I don’t blame you. Another club oriented operating event; the Ohio State Parks On The Air Contest has posted the 2014 results online at ospota.org.
Well, that’s about it for this month. Here’s wishing everyone a Happy Thanksgiving. See you on the bands. 73 DE John, KD8MQ
Till next time, 73 DE KD8MQ
FROM THE SECTION EMERGENCY COORDINATOR
By Stan Broadway, N8BHL
ARES in Ohio – time to do our homework!
Now that the majority of our public service events have wound down, we need to get into “business mode” through the winter months.
First of all, and probably most important, is ~TRAINING~! Our EC’s need to work with EMA Directors, public safety chiefs, Health Department heads as well as Red Cross to develop some interesting and relevant training for the winter months! (Actually, this should already be set up, but I know what it’s like to procrastinate!) Your monthly meetings should contain information that makes you glad to attend! It should make you better prepared for service if activated for an emergency!
But that training isn’t all up to your EC! If you have not completed the four FEMA online courses, you need to get busy! This isn’t a torturous punishment, it’s actually information you can take away and use. And, it’s IMPORTANT that you get your certificates to our state database and your EC. We’re still striving for complete saturation with this, and it’s up to you to spend a couple hours online and get ‘r’ done!
Second, I’ve given the District gang some homework. I am trying to put together a better picture of our communications plan across the whole state- district level nets, county nets, their times and frequencies. I want to mesh all the district information together so we can see whether, given a statewide emergency that would have everybody talking, there would be any conflicts. So slip me an email with your county information and your district information!
Third, I am working to update the Ohio Section Emergency Plan- yeah, the one we just tested for SET. I am not changing the specifics, the plan is solid and it works! But there are some redundancies that repeatedly restate themselves again and there are some new additions to include such as a statewide digital net and new modes. And we just have to come up with a better 80 meter frequency! I will be hammering away on that over the winter.
Fourth, as some of you have discovered, the Red Cross has re-structured its districts for Ohio. Basically, there’s Cleveland metro, Cincinnati metro, and ‘everything else’ from Toledo to Athens which falls under Columbus’ control. The Red Cross Communications Director in Columbus is Jim Sage, AC8FR. I had a chance to sit down with Jim to hear that Red Cross is remounting an effort to involve ARES and amateur radio! Some counties such as Muskingum and Delaware have already met with Jim. He can bring their communications truck along for display, and has a lot to say about using amateur radio. This is a great place to renew old friends and regenerate interest! I will be working on the state level with that goal as well! Yeah, there was a rift some years ago about background checks. That’s over, get over it- this is exciting!
Fifth, we can all hit the books, the Internet, and the hardware stores to begin preparation for the great “Ohio NVIS Day” at the end of April (date TBD). Figure out what antennas your county wants to try, have them ready to go by April. When that date comes around, get some hamburgers, a grill, and make it a picnic event! More to come- but it will be a good time!
In other business, as they say, the ARESMAT team is hard at work putting that program together for Ohio. If you recall, we hope to create three ARES “Mutual Assistance Teams” together to provide assistance on “the big one.” We have a charter, are pretty much wrapped on the S.O.G., and are working on attachments with specifics. Next step is to create a staffing model, and put together one team as a trial. If you consider yourself among the ‘best of the best’ operators in our section, or if you’re a repeater, antenna, computer, or digital guru, get an email off to ASEC Mark Griggs, KB8YMN, with a radio resume! Paired with the OARES database (oh- have YOU sent us your equipment list yet???) this will make the Ohio Section much more able to handle ‘the big one’ which ~will~ come.
This has been an exciting fall so far, and I’ve been humbled to be invited to speak at many meetings. I am constantly impressed with the quality and professionalism (not to mention emergency ‘chops’) that our people exhibit across Ohio! One of our most capable emergency people is Bob Rhoades, KC8WHK. He went in for routine surgery, and wound up in a brief stay in the ICU. Good words to those in District 3 who stepped in to cover for Bob; please join me with prayers as he continues to recover! We work as a team, we cover each other’s backs, and we help when help is required.
73, Stan, N8BHL
OHIO SLOW CW NET CHANGING MANAGERS
From Henry Koenig, WD8Q
I have decided to step down as manager of the Ohio Slow CW net. I've been doing this for 10 and a half years now, and have found a willing replacement. Bob Zimmerman W8OLO of Reynoldsburg has been doing the end of month administrative duties since July and is comfortable in doing so. Bob is a regular on OSN, BNE and weekend 8RN (CW) duties, as well as afternoon regular on OSSBN. So W8OLO will replace me, as of January 1, 2015.
In early 2003, I listened in on the Ohio Slow Net (OSN) for several days before checking in. I found the net folks friendly and willing to help and answer questions. Later in the year Chuck, KX8B suggested that I might try a training net. I signed on with the Maryland Slow Net (MSN) and took their traffic handler's course. In April 2004 I assumed the net manager post of OSN after Ken WB8KQJ decided to step down after 10 years in the post. I soon started checking into Buckeye Net (BN) both early and late, Eighth Region Net (8RN) both early and late, and Eastern Area Net (EAN). Now after 10 and a half years in this post, I'm stepping down. Bob W8OLO will be assuming the post of net manager. I'm hoping to try a Transcontinental Corps (TCC) representative slot one day a week next year.
OSN is a beginners net and we've adapted the MSN course (with permission) to interested amateurs. The course consists of 5 categories: BASIC; ADVANCED; LIAISON; INSTRUCTOR; and NET CONTROL. The course consists of about 188 total radiograms in NTS format. The course has no time limit. Mine was finished in about 3 months. We start out at 10 WPM and increase the speed as the trainee is able.
We have a Buckeye Net Liaison (BNTX) representative who carries through traffic to Buckeye net.
OSN runs at a code speed of about 10-12 WPM so newbies can copy. We are part of the ARRL National Traffic System (NTS) and meet daily on 3535.35 kHz at 6 PM EST. Please join us and check in (QNI) when you feel comfortable.
Thanks everyone for your support, and I'm sure that you'll all find Bob really easy to work with as well.
73, Henry, WD8Q
FROM THE PIC
By John Ross, KD8IDJ
This has been an incredible year for me as the Public Information Coordinator. I have met hundreds of great people all who have confirmed what I have known all along...hams represent the best hobby in the world!
Hams individually and as a group are experienced, knowledgeable and not afraid to experiment to open new avenues of technology.
You need look no further than the newsletters of each club. I know I have said this before but the breadth and depth of experience is second to none and jumps off every page of every newsletter. I was overwhelmed when I started to read the newsletters for the first time last year. But the more I read the more I couldn't wait to have another newsletter arrive. We communicate effectively on the air and among ourselves. Not many other organizations have that high degree of dedication.
So, as we wind down this year, we get ready to wind up for the 2015 Ohio Section Newsletter Contest. Last year we had great winners and every newsletter was in a class all its own.
Here the rules for the 2015 entries:
A.) An eligible newsletter must be regularly published at least four (4) times per year by an Ohio Amateur Radio organization. The Ohio Section Journal and the newsletter for any club that the current PIC is affiliated with are not eligible.
B.) Each organization submitting a newsletter for the contest must enter at least two (2) issues starting with January 2015 for judging. All Amateur organizations that have regularly been sending newsletters to the Ohio PIC are automatically entered (as long as these publications qualify under rule A, or C if applicable). Unless you are automatically entered, the deadline for entries is Tuesday, June 30, 2015, and all entries must be in the hands of the Ohio PIC by that date.
C.) Electronic (Web based) produced newsletters may also enter. Non-amateurs, in the Public Relations industry will do the judging. They will be judging on style (15%), content (35%), service to membership (35%), and clarity of presentation (15%). Style means newsletter design of all pages. Content means amount of useful information contained in the newsletter. Service to members means amount of information using individual members' names. Clarity of presentation means readability of the newsletter including accuracy of English grammar.
D.) No entries can be returned and all decisions of the judges on content and eligibility are final. The Ohio PIC only serves to certify entries, to provide the judges with entries, and to announce their decisions only.
E.) The decision of the judges is final.
Like last year we are keeping our Honorable Mention categories. It allows the judges to award special and unique efforts.
Speaking of the judges, last year the judges were blown away by what they saw and read. All will be back this year and I've even had a couple of other PR professionals want to get involved! Word travels fast when newsletters are as good as ours!
I'm ready and I know you are, too. I can't wait to see those newsletters begin arriving in January.
Finally, I'm working on couple of great stories for next month. A ham radio club for Veterans right here in Ohio that's helping keep our senior hams involved and on the air. And a story about ham radio clubs at two major Ohio universities. From old to new hams, we seem to have it all covered in Ohio!
See you in December.
73, John, KD8IDJ
From: Kitty Hevener, W8TDA - Assistant Section Manager (SW)
According to the Monday Morning Memo, JOSIAH BURCHETT, KD8ZTS, is the newest ham in Highland county. At age 10, he is perhaps the youngest too. His father is Michael, KB8NCP.
OH-KY-IN has a nine year old student preparing to take the Technician exam. Based on what I saw when I taught a section of the class last week, I have no doubt he too will soon be sporting a call sign. His mother is taking the class along with him and his father is studying for the general exam. Hats off to the parents of these children for encouraging their interest in ham radio. After all, they are our future!
CONGRATULATIONS TO OHIO STATE PARKS ON THE AIR WINNERS
The Monday Morning Memo reports that KC8OKJ and K8HO placed first and third respectively in this year’s OSPOTA operating event in the multi operator, single transmitter, high power category. The KC8OKJ team operated from Pike Lake State Park. The K8HO team was active from Rocky Fork state park.
Hams are needed to help with communications for the annual Hillsboro Christmas parade. If you can help, contact Bob McFarland, N8ZDL. Hams recently provided communications for the following public service events: Cincinnati area “run like hell” to benefit cystic fibrosis; Annual Dayton District Cross Country Meet; and the Cross Country Mid East Regionals at Indian Riffle Park in the Beaver Creek area.
Members of QCEN, a red cross affiliated club in the greater Cincinnati area, along with N8JE from Dayton Red Cross held a communication exercise on October 18 to test their ability to provide amateur radio communication throughout the chapter’s new coverage area. This area encompasses approximately 1/3 of Ohio as well as parts of Indiana and Kentucky. A combination of relays from fellow hams not directly involved in the exercise and DMR, along with more traditional voice modes proved quite beneficial in reaching the outlying areas.
If you are chasing ARRL centennial points, contact me to set up a short QSO for 35 points. I can work you on 2 meter simplex, as well as CW or SSB on the HF bands.
73, Kitty, W8TDA
NOTES FROM THE TECHNICAL COORDINATOR
By: Jim Yoder W8ERW - TC
The holidays will soon be here and we are winding down a year that has been quite busy. Another Hamfest and we will have to wait until wait until next year to walk the isles in search of that illusive piece of gear we would like to add to our shacks. Thankfully, Ohio is well blessed with Hamfests and they are always busy with plenty to see and the opportunity to renew old friendships. We all laugh at some of the stuff we see for sale, but we go anyway. A pilgrimage they are perhaps, hard to resist and one never knows what might be found among the many offerings sitting on tables ready to be snatched up.
Hams here in Seneca County have been busy with the annual Heritage Festival Parade and the Cross Country Regional event. Both are well organized and fun events to work. We usually include testing and exercising various forms of communicating and often uncover some anomaly in our own gear or a part of the local infrastructure. We have been doing both of these events and others for a number of years and we see a lot of familiar faces each time we participate in them. We often get questions from the public and others who are involved regarding what we are doing which opens the possibility of recruiting new Hams. Many of our local CERT Team members have taken our classes and have become licensed and when we are called to provide communications support for an event, they are also there assisting. These public service events along with ARES sponsored license classes have helped to increase our numbers and add 25 new Hams to the area. They are great opportunities to promote Amateur Radio including the service we provide to the public.
Computers and Amateur Radio are nearly inseparable and I think often require more of our attention than the rest of our radio gear. When Microsoft announced the end of Windows XP, I knew I had to begin a transition. I have several older laptops that we use for various events including Field Day and all of them including all but one of the other PCs here were using XP. Windows XP had become an old friend and I was very comfortable with staying right there and had no intention to move forward. "If it isn't broke, don't fix it" was certainly my mantra. However, without ongoing support in a world being awash in all manner of serious viral, malware and cyber mischief, it would be foolish not to let go and begin migrating to something else.
Like many others, I have not been at all impressed with Windows 8. My desktop came with Windows 7 and like XP before it, I have gotten at relative ease with using this version of Microsoft's offerings. I have upgraded several now to Windows 7 and have yet to decide where to go with the 3 laptops. To complicate things even further, I am reading about Microsoft possibly providing a free upgrade from Windows 8 to their recently announced Windows 10 when it becomes available later next year. They have rolled out a beta version as a "Technical Preview" intended to garner input from the masses in order to insure this next release is what we really want in our OS for the future. I have not installed it yet and it is not intended as a production environment. Perhaps as they continue to work out any bugs and respond to the user community, I will take a leap of faith here and install it. In the meantime, I have loaded the latest version of Linux Mint and have been navigating the wonders of this Unix like familiar territory.
One of my concerns is how either of the options available after Windows XP will play with the software that I use frequently including Ham Radio Deluxe, several Linksys utilities and the software running my Packet Radio station. Overall, I think we as Hams enjoy technology and the chance to explore new areas and ideas. But this change is one that I imagine has many of us wondering where to go.
I am getting a regular stream of email from those of you who are pursuing the FEMA courses and forwarding me the completion certificates for inclusion in the ARES Training Database. There has been a tremendous effort from all over the state to complete these courses and the ARRL Emergency Communications series. I am amazed at the numbers that have been completed and turned in. I hope that none of us are ever called to use this training, but I am confident that Ohio Hams will be well trained and capable when that need does arise. Thank you all for the great effort being applied.
Best wishes for a Happy Thanksgiving,
73, Jim, W8ERW
FROM THE SECTION TRAFFIC MANAGER
By: David Maynard, WA3EZN - STM
20141110 November News FCC 97.11 and 97.119(a)..
Do these numbers mean anything to you as an Amateur Radio Licensee? They better because not knowing what they refer you to and what they mean to you can cost you an FCC fine.
Special Counsel Laura Smith of the FCC Enforcement Bureau could be writing a Notice of Violation (NOV) or a letter of forfeiture (LOF) to you if you do not comply with the FCC Rules. 97.11 and 97.119(a) are section of Part 97 of the FCC Rules for Amateur Radio Operation and 97.11(a) and 97.119(a) refer specifically to station identification. Every Amateur Radio licensee should maintain a current copy of FCC Part 97 rules and become familiar with them. I don’t mean that you should be able to recite them from memory but they should be read and obeyed. You should be able to find a current copy on the internet, on the FCC website or possibly at you favorite candy (radio) store.
Smith pointed out that Section 97.119(a) of the Amateur Service Rules requires each amateur station to “transmit its assigned call sign on its transmitting channel at the end of each communication, and at least every 10 minutes during a communication.” The FCC has High Frequency Direction Finding Center (HFDFC) around the country. These HFDFC use direction-finding equipment to confirm where transmissions are coming from and the centers also record the transmissions of offenders.
Here are some of the violations cited in the last few months:
A Michigan ham failed to follow the rules and properly identify his station. The ham operator had been monitored and recorded while talking 20 minutes without identifying.
A Tennessee ham was cited for talk on HF to an individual who he identified only as “cowboy.” Despite being aware of the rule violation on the part of this other individual, he continued communicating with him for an extended period of time. This incident constituted “unauthorized transmissions” in violation of Commission rules that permit radio amateur to engage in two-way communications with “other stations in the Amateur Service.” Could you be doing the same when you address that unidentified signal, whistler or burper trashing your net or your conversations?
Talking about interfering stations a Michigan ham and a Pennsylvania ham have received Notices of Apparent Liability for Forfeiture (NALs) from the FCC for alleged deliberate interference to other Amateur Radio communications. These two station transmitted music and prerecorded audio on an amateur frequency with the apparently aimed at interfering with other radio amateurs. These operators’ NALs will cost them in excess of $11,000 and $20,000 because this was not the first time these two hams were contacted about this type of activity. Ask yourself the next time you get angry, is it really worth it to talk back to that unidentified station or should ignore him or just turn the dial and find someplace else to operate.
In other postings from the FCC the Enforcement Bureau wrote other hams from South Carolina, Delaware, Tennessee, Michigan, and Wisconsin about failing to identify properly. Smith advised all these recipients that any recurrence of the alleged violation after receipt of the warning letter could subject them to “severe penalties, including license revocation, monetary forfeiture (fines), or a modification proceeding to restrict the frequencies upon which they may operate.” “Fines normally range from $7500 to $10,000” Smith concluded.
Although you are less likely to be caught violating the ID rules on a repeater you should remember that the FCC has mobile monitoring systems that can still catch you. The best thing to do while operating on vhf is to identify you station at the end of each transmission or series of transmissions during a net and to be mindful that the repeater should be identifying every ten minutes and that you should do it then also. As to those interfering with your net or repeaters operation file a complaint with the repeater committee and if it persists have them complain to the FCC.
As to HF operation it is obvious that the FCC is listening and you must be sure you identify every 10 minutes and at the end of you last transmission. Also be advised that there is no penalty for identifying your station sooner than the required 10 minutes.
I think this is especially true on HF nets where everyone seems to be in a hurry to talk and you all talk over each other. I have notice of the OSSBN while passing or receiving traffic that the net control stations frequently do not give the proper amount of time for stations to identify after confirming reception of traffic. Repeatedly I have heard net controls talk over (double) with stations giving their identification.
As to the long winded QSOs and station identification this can be a tougher situation. Back when I started and the FCC was enforcing the rules more than today we used a ten minute timer that dinged or beeped every ten minutes. I don’t know if any companies sell ten minute times but I believe in today’s world it could not be hard to build one. If you have trouble keeping track of ten minutes this might not be a bad accessory for you ham shack.
The above information about violations was gleaned from the ARRL website and from these linked articles:
I don’t know everything I just like to make it look that way, HI! HI! Until next time,
73, David, WA3EZN
From: Scott Yonally, N8SY - Section Manager
Wow.. Winter is here! Thanksgiving is just a handful of days away and you know what that means, we'll consume everything that's in front of us. Now, at the Yonally house Thanksgiving is really a special time. It seems to be THE ONE day that all of the family gets together and just absolutely pigs out without any concerns for diets or overstuffing oneself. All that is left at the end of the day are the dirty dishes piled in the sink. Around here there's usually no leftovers, as that we have a growing family with lots of needs. So, the leftovers usually find their way to someone else's home that needs them just a little more than Janie or I.
I have an announcement to make to the Section.. This month I turned 62, and like many baby-boomers I am going to retire from my professional job at the end of the year. I am turning over my calipers, micrometers and statistical process control software to a younger Engineer and saying goodbye to that part of my life. This wasn't something I did in a snap decision, as that Janie and I have for many years planned for this. Some folks will think that this is sad, but as I have been taught when one door closes another one opens up. My plan now is since I no longer have a full time job getting in the way, I can serve the Ohio Section even more, and as such I will now be able to spend full time to the Section Manager position. I do plan on being even more active and visit more clubs and hamfests than I was doing before. The Ohio Section is the largest and best section in the country. You deserve a full time Section Manager, and I will do my best to fulfill that need.
Congrats on all of those Ohio Clubs that participated in Field Day this year. As most of you know (especially those of you high in points) know that the Field Day results have just been released. I'm so very proud of all the Ohio Clubs that are very high in the rankings. It's great. I did happen to notice that the "(A) category big guns" of Mahoning Valley, Delaware and Portage clubs really did themselves proud this year. I also noticed that a number of other Ohio Clubs ranked very high in the (B) category as well.. Congrats to ALL of you, you all have lots to be very proud of.
I know that I harp on this a lot, but please make sure that you’ve signed up to receive emails from the Section Manager and Great Lakes Director with the ARRL. It seems that no matter how much I mention this in this newsletter, I go to a meeting and someone asks me how come they aren't seeing any of the messages that I'm putting out. If you want to keep apprised of what’s going on in the state or within the Division you need to be registered with the League to receive these special emails. You’ll need to log onto your account with the League and mark the box that states “receive email from the Section Manager / Director” and that’s all there is to it. You’ll now get those special emailing’s.
Now, for those of you who may not want to go to all that bother, or you are not League members, you still have a chance to get these important emails. All you have to do is to “Opt-In” on the Ohio Section website.. Here’s the link:
http://arrl-ohio.org/forwarder/forwarding.html You can also find this link on the bottom left corner of the main page of the Ohio Section website. I urge you all to make sure that everyone, regardless of whether they are a League member or not, knows that they can always “Opt-In” at any time. Oh, didn’t know that the Ohio Section had a website?? We do.. You can find it at: http://arrlohio.org If you don’t have this website set as your home page, I urge you to do so. This website is one of the exceptions to the rules.. It changes all the time, it’s never stagnate and it’s forever changing. I would recommend that you check into the website at least 3 times per week.
U.S. House Bill - HR 4969 is still working its way around Congress. It's being reported that 16 more Congresspersons have promised to help sponsor this bill. Have you written to your Congressman yet? Many have. Let’s keep this campaign going strong. If you haven’t written your letter yet, there’s a lot of good ideas on how to compose it on the Leagues website. Just follow the HR-4969 link on their front page. It will take you to all the latest information and letter suggestions.
Ohio's Speaker Bureau.. Need a speaker for your club meeting? Don’t forget to invite one of the Ohio Section Cabinet members to your next club meeting. The entire Cabinet is Ohio’s Speaker’s Bureau. If you’d like any of us to come and be a speaker at your function for FREE, please feel free to give any of us a call, we'll do our very best to be at your function.
I'm still doing a lot of traveling to hamfests and club meetings and I do have to tell all of you, the Ohio Section is the greatest. Everywhere I go I'm greeted by fantastic folks. I want to thank all of you for your kind words and graciousness to not just provide a space for me at your hamfests, but in giving me a helping hand when needed, and being very pro-active in having things all ready to go and setup for me when I get to your hamfest or club meeting. It’s really great to know that you care that much. I and the entire Section Cabinet really do appreciate it.
Have you been noticing that the FCC is taking a more aggressive approach to those folks that do not want to follow the Rules or the law itself. As our Section Traffic Manager mentions in his article, a number of folks have chosen to "do as they please" when it comes to identifying their stations and just being jerks and deliberately interfering with other stations, just because they feel they can. If you haven't read the latest, now the FCC has reversed its previous decision and revoked an Amateur Radio License because the guy is a sex offender. The FCC said that given “known risks of Amateur Radios in the hands of sex offenders, such misconduct is prima facie disqualifying, and has resulted in the loss of licenses in past cases.”
In focusing on the impact of this particular hams misconduct on his qualifications to hold an Amateur Radio license, the FCC concluded, “we would be remiss in our responsibilities as a licensing authority if we continue to authorize this ham to hold an Amateur Radio license that could be used to put him in contact with children.” Folks, what this all boils down to is this, if you break the Rules, or law, you WILL lose your license, no doubt about it. Please keep one thing in mind with all of this, the ARRL is NOT in the licensing or policing business, that is the job of the FCC or law enforcement. We are Amateur Radio Operators, licensed by the federal government, nothing more, nothing less. And, as an OO I can tell you, OO's only exist as an "Auxiliary" function to the FCC. Not as an enforcement officer, but merely as the "eyes and ears" of the FCC. We as OO's cannot enforce, only report.
That’s going to do it this month from here.. I hope to see all of you at the various hamfests or meetings soon and who knows, maybe you’ll be one of the lucky ones to get a “mug” on me. Oh, by the way, the mugs are now filled with some extra surprises..
Have a question? Feel free to give me a call or write to me. My email and phone number are always listed on the Ohio Section Website http://arrlohio.org as well as on page 16 of QST..
73, Scott, N8SY
Wanted - energetic, outgoing, willing to travel, current ARRL member with at least a Technician Class license or higher. This person will be a “willing to serve - volunteer person” for the position of Assistant Section Manager in the Southeast Section (3) of Ohio. This person will serve as a general assistant to the Section Manager in many different ways of leadership. Pay is non-existent and the hours can be many, but the rewards of knowing that you’ve served your fellow hams in this capacity are all you could have ever asked for.
Connie Hamilton, N8IO – Assistant Section Manager for the Southeast Section of Ohio has requested to retire from her post effective 01 January 2015. I have reluctantly agreed and am now seeking her replacement.
The Southeast Section is the largest section and requires a person to be willing to travel around the southeast section (3) as its representative on a volunteer basis.
Interested? I will be taking applications from anyone interested in this position until 01 December 2014. Please send me a bio about yourself and your accomplishments within Amateur Radio (ie.. appointments, elected offices you’ve held, awards you’ve earned/won, etc..) to firstname.lastname@example.org
I would prefer a person that lives within the Southeast Quadrant (3), but would consider someone living in any of the adjacent counties. Please see the website:
http://arrl-ohio.org/sm/sec-info.html for the various counties that you will be representing.
CARBON MONOXIDE (CO) POISONING
I’m sure that a number of you are asking what the heck is the Section Manager writing about this stuff for.. It’s not Amateur Radio related!! Well my friends, you are very mistaken. It’s not only Amateur Radio related, it’s something that as a HAM operator you may not ever have thought about. Where's your ham shack located? In the basement, garage or out building? Most generally ham shacks are not in the living room or main part of the house. As such, heating devices are usually some sort of a supplemental heater/furnace.
First, let’s describe what Carbon Monoxide (CO) is. Carbon Monoxide (CO) is the poisonous gases emitted from carbon fueled heat sources.. (i.e.. gas or fuel oil furnaces, wood burning fire places or stoves, kerosene heaters, propane heaters..) I could go on and on but I think you get the idea. It’s colorless, odorless and it will definitely kill if you breathe very much of it in. How does this gas kill? It actually migrates into the blood stream and replaces the oxygen in your blood with the Carbon Monoxide. Once it invades your blood stream it will be with you for a very long time. Just ask any firefighter about that. Going into burning buildings without an air tank on will definitely subject you to Carbon Monoxide poisoning and it takes years and years to get it out of your system. Sometimes, if consumed in a large enough quantity, you may need a complete blood transfusion to just keep you alive. Yes Virginia, it is that deadly!!
Why am I writing about this? It’s very personal to me. A number of years ago a very close friend (and his entire family) died in their sleep because they consumed Carbon Monoxide (CO) without knowing it. They lived in an old house on the north side of Mansfield and because it was old, it was drafty with leaks around the doors, windows and the walls didn’t have any insulation in them. We had gotten a cold snap in early November, and back in the middle 1970’s kerosene heaters were all the rage to supplement heat in just this kind of house. Well, with the help of my co-workers we were able to purchase a big kerosene heater to help them through this cold snap. They got the heater all set up and running and all was fine for the first several days, then on the third day the dad came to work complaining of a very bad headache. None of us thought much about it that day and the dad continued his job on the assembly line with the rest of us. The next afternoon we all found out that the heater had been malfunctioning and every member of the family had died of this very dangerous gas.
I was absolutely torn apart. I had been one of several people at work that help take up the collection to purchase the heater. It took me a long, long time to get over that. Don’t get me wrong, there’s nothing wrong with using these types of supplemental heating sources, but be very careful when you do. At that time CO detectors were truly non-existent for homes, and the ones that were available were for scientific and commercial use and cost hundreds and hundreds of dollars. That’s all changed now. CO detectors are almost as cheap now as smoke detectors. You can get one for as little as $20 now. That’s an extremely cheap form of protection from this deadly gas.
Winter is almost here. I don’t know about how it is at your house, but here in the little burg of Lexington, we’ve already had two tracking snows to report. That means that the temperature has dropped to below freezing. This is the point where the furnaces come on and people start thinking about lighting up the fireplaces and so forth. Now if these devices haven’t been recently serviced birds can make nests in the chimney’s and like your car, the heat source most likely needs a tune-up to make sure that it’s running efficiently and safely. Having the chimney stuffed up with bird nests or the heat source not burning correctly can cause Carbon Monoxide to accumulate in your house without you even knowing it. That’s where the detector comes into play.. Please, please buy one of these really inexpensive CO detectors for your safety and use it!
SPECIAL EVENTS STATIONS IN OHIO
01/24/2015 | Winter Field Day
Jan 24-Jan 25, 1700Z-1700Z, N8W, Mineral City, OH.
SPAR Society for the Preservation of Amateur Radio.
14.210 7.050. QSL. Tom Phelps, 235 Leonard Ave NW,
Massillon, OH 44646.
We practice emergency communications during the summer
with the June Field Day. What about emergency communications during the winter months? SPAR helps promote not only emergency communications in the winter months, but also interaction of Amateur Radio Operators worldwide. N8W will be operating near the town of Mineral Wells, Ohio.
Our team is KD8ENV(Mike), KD8BBK(Tony), N3JJT(Scott)
and WD8MBE(Tom). We will be operating phone, CW and PSK.
See URL for more info. www.spar-hams.org
OHIO HAMFEST CALENDAR
12/06/2014 | Fulton County ARC Winterfest
Location: Delta, OH
Sponsor: Fulton County Amateur Radio Club
01/18/2015 | S.C.A.R.F Hamfest
Location: Nelsonville, OH
Sponsor: Sunday Creek Amateur Radio Federation
RED BADGES ON THE AIR
The next ARRL “Red Badges on the Air” activity will take place on Saturday, November 22 UTC (starting the evening of Friday, November 21, in US time zones). That’s when holders of red ARRL name/call sign badges will once again be roaming the bands, offering yet another chance to boost your ARRL Centennial QSO Party total. There will be one more Red Badges on the Air activity on New Year's Eve, Wednesday, December 31. ARRL officers, elected officials such as Director or Section Manager, as well as Headquarters staffers and volunteers, and other members of the ARRL family will take to the air en masse for both occasions. Contacts with red badge wearers are worth as much as 300 points per contact for working ARRL President Kay Craigie, N3KN. Many of the 200 or so holders of red badges will be on the air on November 22 and December 31, along with other ARRL appointees, VEs, and members.
These events are considered activity days, not contests, and operation is permitted on all bands. Participants can call “CQ ARRL Centennial QSO Party” on phone or “CQ CENT” on CW or digital modes. While the focus is to encourage ARRL red badge holders to hand out Centennial QSO Party points, all activity is welcome, regardless of point value.
ARRL members are worth at least one point in the Centennial QSO Party. Participants get credit for each band/mode contact, regardless of point value. ARRL Centennial QSO Party participants can use the leader board to determine how many points they have accumulated.
Other high-value contacts include: President Emeritus (PE) or Past President (PP), 275 points; Honorary Vice President (HVP) or ARRL Vice President (VP), 250 points; Director (DIR), Director Emeritus (DE), or Past Vice President (PVP), 225 points; Vice Director (VD), 200 points; Section Manager (SM), 175 points; ARRL officer (OFF) or Past Director (PD), 150 points, and Past Vice Director (PV), 125 points. W100AW, Charter Life Member (CLM), or Past Section Manager (PSM) contacts are worth 100 points.