In this issue:
-> FROM THE SECTION EMERGENCY COORDINATOR
-> AFFILIATED CLUB COORDINATOR REPORT
-> SOUTHWEST OHIO HAPPENINGS
-> FROM THE TECHINCAL COORDINATOR
-> OUT AND ABOUT IN SOUTHEAST OHIO
-> FROM THE PUBLIC INFORMATION COORDINATOR
-> FROM THE STATE GOVERNMENT LIAISON
-> 22nd ANNUAL OHIO SECTION NEWSLETTER CONTEST RULES
-> SCOTT YACKS
-> SPECIAL PRESENTATION
-> SPECIAL EVENT STATIONS IN OHIO
-> OHIO HAMFEST CALENDAR
FROM THE SECTION EMERGENCY COORDINATOR..----------------------------------------------------------------------
Happy New Year! Welcome to 2014! Greetings and salutations from the Northeast corner of the Buckeye State where it's a blustery 33 degrees with snow falling at the time of this writing!
I am beginning my first monthly article of the new year by introducing my staff. I have selected three Assistant Section Emergency Coordinators since I was appointed in January 2012. The Assistant Section Emergency Coordinators are available for consultation and to answer your questions. Feel free to email them at any time and they'll respond back in a timely manner.
Scott Phillips N8SX is the Assistant SEC appointed for Northern Ohio.
He is responsible for maintaining the Ohio Section Training Database and his collateral duty is the development and implementation of Ohio's first ARESMAT Team. His email address is email@example.com.
Mark Griggs KB8YMN is the Assistant SEC appointed for Central Ohio.
He has been assigned the collateral duty of recruiting. He is the primary source of recruiting new volunteers and seasoned veterans into ARES as well as retaining them in the program. His email is firstname.lastname@example.org.
Gary Stephenson WW8O is the Assistant SEC appointed for Southern Ohio.
He has been assigned the collateral duty of training. He is the primary source of training new ARES volunteers and seasoned veterans alike. His email is email@example.com.
Attention all ARES volunteers...
Please contact your Emergency Coordinator and verify your contact information, especially email address and telephone number. There will be times throughout the year where you will be called upon. Wrong contact info could lead to delays in staffing important assignments. I recommend verifying your contact information on a quarterly basis or when anything changes.
If you are not an ARES member, but would like to be, or at least thinking about it...
Please contact your County Emergency Coordinator. They will get your started in ARES and guide you in the right direction. You can find their contact information on the Ohio Section website www.arrl-ohio.org.
What if I do not have an Emergency Coordinator in my county?
Excellent question. All 88 counties are grouped into 10 ARES districts. Every district has an appointed District Emergency Coordinator. Their contact information is also located at www.arrl-ohio.org.
Just a friendly reminder about the Intro to Emcomm Class (EC-001) starting in March at the Center of Hope in Ravenna. Contact Jim Aylward KC8PD at firstname.lastname@example.org for details.
Be sure to follow and bookmark the Ohio Section ARES Blog.
http://ohiosectionares.blogspot.com/ I post announcements, information about upcoming events, and other miscellaneous items of importance on that blog.
Saturday, January 25th and Sunday the 26th is Winter Field Day sponsored by the Society for the Preservation of Amateur Radio (SPAR).
The event starts at Noon on Saturday and concludes at Noon on Sunday. It's very similar to Field Day held in June but with the premise that emergencies and disasters don't always happen in warm weather. In 2013, there were only 47 Winter Field Day logs submitted to SPAR. I'd really like to see Ohio contribute to that. So here's my challenge to you...I'd like to see as many stations from Ohio participate in Winter Field Day. I can tell you several of us from the Geauga Amateur Radio Association will be on the air that weekend and I hope to hear you on the air. Check out their website http://www.spar-hams.org/contests/winterfd/index.php for more details.
March 15th is the Ohio ARES Leadership Meeting at the State of Ohio Emergency Operations Center in Columbus. The meeting starts at 10am and will conclude at 3pm. All volunteers that hold an ARES appointment including Official Emergency Stations and Assistant Emergency Coordinators are encouraged to attend. We have quite the agenda to get through and your participation is greatly appreciated. All counties and districts are expected to be represented at this meeting.
Auxiliary Communications (AUXCOM) course is coming to Hamvention again this year. Many of us completed this course and let me tell you the instructors were great. I highly recommend taking this course. Registration for the 2014 course opens February 1st. See details at www.hamvention.org.
Ladies and gentlemen, that's all I have for this month. Thank you very much for all you do for amateur radio.
73, de Matt W8DEC
Section Emergency Coordinator
AFFILIATED CLUBS COORDINATOR REPORT..
As the new Ohio Section Affiliated Clubs Coordinator (ACC), I have been receiving newsletters from clubs around the state. I want to thank the editors for there their hard work. I know first-hand the joys of being a newsletter editor, so I appreciate the effort. If I am not on your club newsletter distribution list, please add me so I can report to everyone the accomplishments, events and other happenings from your club. I would like to extend congratulations to the new club officers around the state, it can be a tough job, but it can also be very rewarding. I wish all the new and returning club officers the best this year and I hope to get around the state and visit as many clubs as time allows during the year. While I am always happy to speak at club meetings, I also enjoy sitting with the club members and having a “round table” type of discussion about what direction you would like to see your club move in.
If your club is not an ARRL Special Service Club, this may be the year to do it! Go to < http://www.arrl.org/ssc-application > for information and the Special Service Club application. If you think your club is ready to take this step, and you would like assistance filling out the form or discussing what you need to do, contact me. If your club is not ready to take this step, contact me and we can discuss how we can turn your club into a SSC.
* Morrow County Amateur Radio Association held election in November. The new Officers of the club are listed below.
President: Len Robinson, W8ULT
Vice-president: Matt Strimmel, KD8VIB
Secretary/Treasured: David Franklin, WW9DF
West Park Radiops (Cleveland) – On their list for 2014 meeting programs; SKYWARN, antenna tuners, SKYPE with Bob Heil, shack videos, possibly a fox hunt, and Field Day planning.
Mount Vernon ARC – They are have a Technician Class Course scheduled to begin on Thursday, January 16. Information can be found on their website at www.mvarc.net. They also have a Member Profile that spotlights a different club member each month, what an excellent idea!
Marion ARC – The 2nd annual New Years Eve ball drop happened in Marion thanks to MARC. The lighted ball was lowered down from a mobile tower to the delight of the crowd. Great public relations MARC! The MARC newsletter also has a fantastic “Tech Page” article, this months article by Larry, K8BU is about Crimp-On Connectors.
Buckeye Belles -The Buckeye Burr -– Many great articles including a “Century of Memories” about 100 year old Pete Wessel, K0CM who has been on talking on the radio for 75 years.
Alliance ARC -Zero Beat – Article on their Ham of The Year Ben, KD8KMQ (- congratulations Ben!), and their January meeting will be a series on computer logging.
Western Reserve ARC - The Wave Bender - Results from their December testing session showed that everyone who came walked away with a license, or an upgrade. They also encourage folks to “challenge the Elmer’s with questions”.
Thank you for sending me your newsletters, I enjoyed reading through them especially during the Polar Vortex while it was -10 degrees. I look forward to getting around the state and meeting as many of you as I can!
I have been fortunate to follow in the footsteps of E. Mike McCardel, KC8YLD who along with Scott, N8SY (in the future, see how many times I give Scott my call of N8YS without realizing it) has been a great help to me in my first few weeks of being the ACC.
Remember to include me on your club newsletter distribution list and if you are a social media person, follow me on Twitter, Facebook.
73, Sandy, N8YS
Affiliated Clubs Coordinator
SOUTHWEST OHIO HAPPENINGS..
Say it ain’t so, but southwest happenings took a break. Smile! Seriously, this is a slow month as I have nothing to report, other than perhaps my encounter with Santa. I knew my visions of towers and beams popping up in my backyard weren’t going to happen when he gave me a 5-9-9 on 40 CW. Smile!!
While I couldn’t make out all the details, I did hear him having an honest to goodness QSO with a kid on 40 meter sideband. His signal was so weak it was apparent that he needed the beam more than me. Smile!!
73, Kitty Hevener, W8TDA
Assistant Section Manager (SW)
FROM THE TECHNICAL COORDINATOR..
The New Year is here and the Ohio Hamfest season will start shortly. Perhaps I will see some of you at Mansfield for the Mid-Winter Hamfest, Sunday, February 16th. The IARC folks do a great job each year and Ohio’s first Hamfest of the season is a great opportunity to renew old friendships. We anticipate a new Technical Associate will be joining out team shortly. I had hoped to make that announcement in this edition of the Section News. With all the snow and cold weather we have had recently, I imagine things have gotten slower in Newington as they have here in Ohio. As I have mentioned, we are always looking for talent and welcome those who wish to volunteer their time and expertise assisting fellow amateurs in Ohio.
The Ohio Section is well equipped to handle any questions you may have relative to issues that may arise in pursuit of our hobby. I encourage all amateurs to make use of the wealth of knowledge and expertise our Section Manager has assembled to serve your needs. While on the subject, let’s all welcome our new SM Scott Yonally N8SY Scott has assumed the SM position with the resignation of Frank Piper KI8GW effective January 1. Scott brings a lot of experience to the leadership role of SM and all of us on the Ohio Section Cabinet are pleased with his selection to fill the remainder of Frank’s term. Welcome aboard Scott.
New additions to the Ohio Cabinet include John Perone W8RXX as Official Observer Coordinator replacing Rick Swain KK8O, Sandy Mackey N8YS replacing E. Mike McCardel KC8YLD as Affiliated Club Coordinator and John Ross KD8IDJ who picks up the responsibilities of Public Information Coordinator while Scott Yonally N8SY moves to SM. Welcome to these very capable new members of the Ohio Cabinet.
So what are we doing this year? Without a doubt it will be busy in Ohio as well as the country with the ARRL Centennial Celebration in full swing. I won’t list all the activities in store, but there are many including contests and the gathering in Connecticut later this year. Several regional gatherings are also scheduled. If you have not yet taken the opportunity to visit one of the ARRL conventions, this year will certainly be a great time to do so. They are a great opportunity to meet and talk to the ARRL officials who work very hard to support your interests in Congress, the FCC and internationally to insure we have access to spectrum and are not unreasonably restricted in the practice of our hobby.
Writing from Sunny Florida this week after the frigid week past in Ohio along with some challenging driving conditions including a level 3 snow emergency being called in Seneca County, is a welcome change. It was 86 here near Ocala the day after I arrived and I can tell you that it certainly feels good. My only regret is that I didn’t pack the portable station this time since I opted for the cheap flight including charges for every piece of baggage. However, although I was not aware of it, the oranges and tangerines are ripe here and I have been taking advantage of the trees in the back yard daily. What a huge difference there is between what can be found at the local grocery back in Ohio. I wish I could bring back some of this for everyone to enjoy.
We are working on a training session in Seneca County to assist our ARES members with assembling Power Pole connections. The group did this about two years ago and it was a great success. For those of you who might be interested in applying the Power Pole connectors to your station environment, there is a wealth of information available on the web regarding the proper methods to make those connections and all the appropriate wire gauge specifications to insure the best possible results. I will report next month including reference to many of the information sources that I have discovered. Power Poles are the official ARES standard for DC power connections. They are both robust and well suited to amateur needs.
As always, your Ohio Section Cabinet welcomes your questions and your comments. We are here to serve your needs and enjoy the opportunity to speak with you regarding any of those issues that may interest you or present difficulty in your station operation.
73, Jim Yoder W8ERW
I made a run up to Cambridge and they asked me for help on their VE testing on 1/11/14. They had 2 Extra Class passed, 8 Tech/General passages and one that failed.
The upcoming Hamfests are SCARF in Nelsonville on Jan. 19, TUSCO in Strasburg on Jan. 26 and The Mansfield Hamfest at the Richland County Fairgrounds the last two are the ones I will be attending. Mansfield also has several forums, MARS, ARRL & OSSBN as well as VE testing.
I’ll be glad when Spring gets here!
73/88, Connie Hamilton, N8IO
Assistant Section Manager - Southeast Ohio
FROM THE PUBLIC INFORMATION COORDINATOR..
Hi everyone...I thought you might want hear from your new Public Information Coordinator even if it's only a short blast!
It's great to be involved and a part of this organization for a lot reasons. I'm looking forward to meeting as many as I can, going to as many hamfests as I can, and getting as involved as I can. Amateur Radio has been a driving force my whole life and from that many good things have happened.
I have spent the last two weeks reading the newsletters from clubs around the state and I'm more convinced than ever that we have a lot of talented, dedicated and experienced hams. I'm envious at the depth of knowledge and your willingness to share with other hams and club members. I'm sure you can teach me many things and, believe me, I have many questions!
I hope I can use my background in the broadcast media and public relations to spread the word about what we do, who's doing it and how important our hobby is to everyone including non-hams. I'll do whatever I can to help...please ask for anything you need, questions you have or, more important...ideas! Together I know we turn all of the suggestions and ideas into something positive.
Just a little bit about me in case you missed some of the earlier information, I've been a ham since I was about 10 years old. My dad and I built a couple of walkie-talkies when I was about 8 years old. I took them down the street to a ham operator to tune them up and as soon as walked into his shack...I was hooked! All of the equipment peaked my interest in electronics and electricity and before you know it was building stuff from old TV's I would rescue from the trash.
Fast forward ahead a few years and I got involved in public address systems, radio announcing, part-time work at a local TV station...and eventually ended up as a news reporter, TV anchor and News Director for several Ohio radio stations. One thing led to another and I moved to public relations for several local and state agencies.
Right now, I've just started my 20th year at A&TT Ohio as a Network Analyst...how I ended up working for MA Bell is a whole different story!!
I'm working a couple of ham-related articles. One story is about the hams at AT&T, past and present, who laid the foundation for telephone and radio communications as we know it today. The other is about a ham I've known since I was 10...who at 92 years old...is still on the air!
I look forward to meeting all you and working with you...it's an honor to be a part of the Ohio Section. Please call me, email me, talk to me on the air and tell me how I can help...or what I should be doing!!!
73, John Ross, KD8IDJ
Public Information Coordinator
FROM THE STATE GOVERNMENT LIAISON..
There is very little legislative action of interest to the amateur radio community to report at this time. As we gaze out at the snow and cold, thoughts inevitably turn to our next antenna project, awaiting – Spring. Some of those projects may invoke the jurisdiction of local zoning authorities.
Ohio is a diverse place, and the ability of local subdivisions (cities, townships and counties) to each enact zoning regulations has led to a wide variety of regulations. Because of this, it’s difficult to make across-the-board statements about what is, or is not regulated in any given location. But, it is clear that many of those regulations may present impediments to the antenna projects that you wish to pursue.
In earlier articles we talked about how H.B. 158 and PRB-1 afford the protection of both State and federal law to amateur radio antennas and entitle you to relief from many restrictive zoning regulations. While those laws are valuable assets, they don’t eliminate the “paperwork” task of complying with local regulatory authorities if the project is subject to their jurisdiction.
Ideally, this should involve nothing more than an application and the payment of a modest fee. However, some localities have made the process far more difficult – the fees may be so large as to be prohibitive for some of us, and the application process daunting. Additionally, to the extent that your project conflicts with local zoning regulations it may be necessary to seek a variance. While, the rights of radio amateurs to receive such variances should make the process routine, the lack of understanding on the part of local zoning authorities can make it very difficult.
Faced with these circumstances, some of us will seek the assistance of legal counsel to help guide us through the bureaucratic maze. But, as the volume of Yellow Pages ads demonstrates, there are a lot of lawyers out there. The selection process, one of the most important decisions you can make with regard to an antenna zoning issue, should be guided by an understanding that not all lawyers are experienced in zoning matters. It is my personal view that the best choice involves someone with experience in dealing with those authorities. That experience, if it includes a track record of successful variance applications, can be well worth the price you may be asked to pay. While hourly rates may be a consideration, keep in mind that an hour from experienced counsel may be worth far more than an hour from a beginner who is forced to learn the process anew, often at your expense.
Because of the importance of selecting counsel, don’t hesitate to interview. Ask questions, such as (of course) the rates, but also extent of zoning experience. You may also want to know if there separate charges for legal research services such as Lexis or WestLaw. In the case of a firm, you should also identify the individual who will represent you in front of the board or commission, whether there are lower-cost associates or paralegals to perform more routine tasks, and the extent to which they will keep you updated on the progress of your matter.
As the coming year proceeds we hope to compile a body of legal resources that will be available to you and your legal counsel that may be of help in dealing with local zoning issues. The hope is that access to those materials will not only save time and reduce legal costs but also promote the ultimate success of your antenna projects.
73, Nick, K8NAP
State Government Liaison
22nd ANNUAL OHIO SECTION NEWSLETTER CONTEST RULES..
It is time again for the Annual ARRL Ohio Section Amateur (Ham) Radio Newsletter Contest. This contest has become very popular and there have been obvious improvements to the newsletters over the years. This was the objective of the Ohio Section PIC (Joe Phillips, K8QOE) when he created it back in 1992..."
Now the rules:
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 2014 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 Monday, June 30, 2014, 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.
January has really come in like a Lion.. Wow.. some weather we’re having! Update on my ankle. The cast came off and I’m now just hobbling on both feet. I’m getting stronger every day, so I hope it won’t be too long before I can just walk normal once again. I’ve graduated from the crutches to a cane now and I don’t use that all the time.
Ok, enough of that and on to business..
I do want to announce and say congratulations to Kay Craigie, N3KN for her re-election as the President of the ARRL. I’ve spoken with Kay on a number of occasions over the years and really admire her common sense approach to many of the problems in today’s Amateur world.
The League is inviting nominations for awards that recognize educational and technological pursuits in Amateur Radio. Anyone interested in nominating anyone for the following?
The Hiram Percy Maxim Award; the Herb S. Brier Instructor of the Year Award; the ARRL Microwave Development Award; Technical Service Award; Technical Innovation Award or the Knight Distinguished Service Award please send me a bio on the person you want to nominate and I’ll get it into the League.. Please see the ARRL website for full details and requirements for each of the awards.
I want to continue to encourage you to watch the RSS feeds for all the updates to the website. You can set your browser / email programs to “watch” for updates coming through on these RSS feeds as well. This way you’ll be notified quicker that something has been added.
I’ve added to the Quick Links section of the main webpage a section were you can quickly see all the upcoming ARRL Approved hamfests. I’ve also linked them to their respective websites so if you need more information about a particular hamfest, you can just click on the link and go there without all the muss and fuss..
I also added a link to a new video from the ARRL. It’s called ARRL at 100. It’s about a 25 minute video all about the first 100 years of not only ARRL, but Amateur Radio. It’s really a good video and I do encourage all of you to take the time to watch it. It’s worth it, believe you me.
I want to thank all of you that have invited me to your functions. I enjoy going and visiting with all of you. Please don’t forget that 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, please feel free to give any of us a call.
Hamfest season is once again starting to heat up. Please don’t forget to register your hamfest with the League to be an Approved ARRL Hamfest. There’s lots of advantages to registering..
Have you noticed that we have a new survey? I would like you to spend just 2 minutes of your time to complete this survey. It only has 3 (Yes/No) questions on it, but it will mean so much to all of us if you complete it.
Incoming QSL Bureau note..
Bureau Manager John (Jack) Shirley, N8DX has asked me to remind all of you to follow the guidelines for sending envelopes to the bureau. It seems that they are getting a lot of #10 envelopes instead of the ones that they recommend. It is important to follow their guidelines in order to speed up the process and to get your cards properly mailed to you.. So, here’s the Do’s and Don’ts that is listed on the Great Lakes website.
DO keep self-addressed 5X7 or 6X9 envelopes on file with your call in the upper left corner. Affix at least one ounce of postage to each. After checking the Letter Manager list above, you may send your SASE directly to your Letter Manager.
DO put your Call Sign on the outside of all envelopes containing SASEs or requests for information, sent to the Bureau or your Letter Manager. This will keep your envelope from having to be opened by Bureau Staff to determine where it should be forwarded.
DO put your Call Sign on the outside of all envelopes containing SASEs or requests for information, sent to the Bureau or your Letter Manager. This will keep your envelope from having to be opened by Bureau Staff to determine where it should be forwarded.
DO keep envelopes at all Letters and Bureaus where you expect to receive Cards. If you have had a call sign change, we have no way of forwarding your old cards to your new Letter Manager, so please have an SASE waiting at both the old and new call sign Letter Managers Bureau.
DO include your E-Mail address with all correspondence to the Bureau or your Letter Manager.
DO send the bureau enough postage to cover the SASE on file and enough to cover postal rate increases.
DO respond quickly to any bureau request for more SASE or additional postage. Remember, unclaimed cards are the bureau's single biggest problem.
DO include an SASE with any information request to the bureau.
DO notify the bureau in writing if you don't want your cards.
DON'T expect DX cards to arrive for at least a year after contact. Overseas delivery is very slow. Most cards are over a year old when received by the Bureau.
DON'T send your outgoing cards to this bureau. Click on the link to find out about the ARRL outgoing bureau service. Outbound Cards
That’s going to do it this month from here.. I hope to see all of you at the various hamfests or meetings soon.
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
73, Scott, N8SY
SPECIAL EVENTS STATIONS IN OHIO..
Celebrating the Birth and Birthplace of Thomas Edison
Feb 8-Feb 9, 1500Z-2100Z, NI8G, Milan, OH.
The Thomas Edison Memorial Radio Club.
28.370 21.270 14.270 7.270.
Certificate & QSL. Jack Hubbard, 13113 River Rd, Milan, OH 44846.
SASE required; e-QSL available.
Freeze Your Acorns Off
Feb 15, 1500Z-2100Z, K8BF/FYAO, Kent, OH.
Portage County Amateur Radio Service.
28.350 21.300 14.250 3.875 EchoLink thru the K8SRR Node.
Certificate. Robert Hewett , K8FEY, 3670 Sea Ray Cv, Reminderville, OH 44202.
FYAO Stations will use their own call/FYAO.
For 8x10 color Certificate, send appropriate sized SASE.
OHIO HAMFEST CALENDAR..
01/26/2014 | Tusco ARC Hamfest
Tusco Amateur Radio Club
02/02/2014 | WinterHamFest
Northern Ohio Amateur Radio Society
02/16/2014 | MID-WINTER HAMFEST & COMPUTER SHOW
InterCity Amateur Radio Club