Friday, March 21, 2014

Ohio Section Journal - March 2014 Edition


















The ARES Forum at the 2014 Dayton Hamvention is confirmed for Sunday, May 18th from 10:30AM in Room 3. I am pleased to announce this year's presenter will be ARRL Emergency Preparedness Manager Mike Corey KI1U. His presentation topic will be The Served Community - A whole community approach to Amateur Radio public service.

This forum is for all past, present, and future amateur radio volunteers interested in emergency, disaster, public service, and digital communications. All are welcome regardless of ARRL membership, club membership, or license class. This forum is usually "standing room only" so please come early.

While I have your attention...
I'd also like to direct your attention to the Emcomm Vehicle Display at Hamvention. If you have an emcomm vehicle / trailer, or know someone who does, Dayton Hamvention is one of the best times to show it off and share ideas amongst others who share the same passion. The coordinator for the display is Gary Hollenbaugh NJ8BB. His contact information is located on the emcomm vehicle display website   

Check out the website for details on free admission tickets and parking passes for those who bring a trailer or emcomm vehicle.

If you hold an ARRL appointment, please remember to bring your ARRL name badge to wear at Hamvention. If you happen to forget yours, no worries. There are vendors at the show that will make one for you for a nominal cost.

For those who would like to meet & greet me, I will be at the ARRL Field Service Organization booth on Friday from 10AM to 11AM and on Saturday from 11AM to 1PM.

Thank you for your time and I look forward to seeing you at the 2014 Dayton Hamvention.

73, de Matt W8DEC

Section Emergency Coordinator



It's been a busy end of winter here in Delaware County, we've had a tornado and a train derailment, within two weeks of each other. Luckily, there were no injuries reported from either incident. The tornado took down a barn and did other structural damage, and fortunately, no hazardous chemicals were on the train, just grain...... lots of grain. The reason I mentioned these incidents is that if they were large scale disastrous events Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES) may have been asked by local EMA to activate and assist. If you are a licensed amateur radio operator and have an interest in helping your community, I encourage you contact your local ARES Emergency Coordinator (EC) to learn more about ARES and how to join.

What does your club have planned for spring? Do you participate in community events, Skywarn training, a Hamfest, or maybe have a spring foxhunt? If there is an event, (including club dinners, award ceremonies, events, etc.) that you would like to share with everyone, then write a short "blurb" about it and email it to me (pictures too, if you have them!) and I will share it on my ACC blog ( ).

Don't forget to enter your club newsletter in the 2014 Newsletter Contest – Send entries to Ohio Section PIO John Ross, KD8IDJ – E-mail: john.ross3(at)  2014 Newsletter Contest info and rules can be found at


The Delaware Amateur Radio Association has the latest edition of The DELARA News available online. I enjoyed reading "Hurry up and Wait" by DELARA member Craig, W8CR. DELARA has a host of club members that write columns for the newsletter. DELARA can also be found on the web:

20/9 Radio Club

The 20/9 Radio Club is hosting a Spring Craft Show – this email was sent out by club officers:
“The 20/9 Radio Club is hosting a Spring Craft Show and Vendor Expo on Saturday April 12, 2014. We are advertising on TV, Radio, Newspapers etc. Cost is $10.00 per table (electricity is $5.00 extra per vendor – not space) plus a donation to our silent auction. Great way to get Easter, Mother's Day, First Communion, Wedding or Graduation Gifts. We keep the cost inexpensive to allow the vendors the ability to showcase their talents in their communities. Food will be provided on site by the cooks at the Austintown Senior Center. All handcrafts are welcome.

Vendors are accepted on a first-come, first-serve basis and only one per style, example only one Avon, Party-lite, etc. Come out and join us for a FUN day! We will also have the Easter Bunny there for FREE pictures with the families and children!"

Buckeye Belles

From the Buckeye Burr newsletter: “News of Belles & Associates Marsha Fleming N8FE has agreed to run for Disbursing Treasurer of YLRL! This ought become completely official come April 15, unless another YL enters this race. YLRL candidates for 2014-15 offices were listed in Jan-Feb YL Harmonics which arrived recently. New Associate Belle member declared - Ann M Nutter VE3HAI is recently retired President of CLARA, Canadian Ladies ARA.” The Belles can also be found on the web: | YLRL:

Massillon Amateur Radio Club, W8NP - The Massillon ARC announced the following club members that were bestowed awards:

The William J North W8NP Amateur Radio Operator of the Year – Carol KB8IMH, MARC Member of the Year – Shirley Treacle (no call), the Bob Rodgers Field Day Award – Chris KD8TNF, Public Service Award – Don W8DEA, Technical Merit Award – Fred KD8SMO, Faithful Service Award – Robert (AC8GE) and Beverly Keller, Radio Amateur Callbook Award 2013 – Chris KD8TNF, Perils of Parking Award – Mike WA8MKH, and the distinguished Massillon Old Buzzard Award – Russ N8PII. - Congratulations to all those receiving awards, way to go! - Sandy, N8YS

The Massillon ARC can also be found on the web:

Include me on your club newsletter distribution list and if you are a social media person, follow me on Twitter, Facebook and on my ACC blog.

73, Sandy, N8YS

Affiliated Clubs Coordinator



New hamfest coming to greater Cincinnati. On September 21, 2014, OH-KY-IN will be hosting its first hamfest in nine years! More details to come. If you are looking for an earlier hamfest, check out Mid-Ohio Valley Hamfest at te Gallipolis Christian Church, 4486 SR 588, Gallipolis. This event will take place on mar 22 from 9-2. Testing will be offered at 10. Portsmouth ARC and Jackson RC will have their hamfests on April 5 and 26 respectively.


Is your club looking for a program? Bob, K8TQK, would like to put on a weak signal program for your club and let your members know about what can be accomplished on the 50 mhz. band and above. W8TDA, Assistant Section Manager - Southwest Ohio is also available to put on a program for clubs in the southwest area. Speaking of programs, OH-KY-IN extends an invitation to all interested hams to join them on April 1 for an informative program by Section Emergency Coordinator, W8DEC. For more information, visit


AK3Q, class coordinator, credits the teamwork of OH-KY-IN members for the club’s success with the recent licensing classes. Seven participants earned their technician license and seven upgraded to general. The Extra class, which is still running, has eight hams. Seven club members taught the classes and six members served as volunteer examiners. Still others took care of publicity.


Hams provided communications for the Xenia “spring has sprung healthy families” 5K run/walk On Saturday March 15th. Due to the high volume of cross streets on the route, 15 to 20 hams were asked to pitch in. The Monday Morning Memo reports that the annual bicycle Tour of the Scioto River Valley, a two day round trip between Columbus and Portsmouth, will be May 10 and 11. Normally amateurs are needed to assist along the route. More information to follow.


The annual severe weather spotter training sponsored by WARN is scheduled for Friday March 28, 2014, beginning at 7:00pm at Bethesda North hospital in greater Cincinnati.

For full information, please visit Dayton section Skywarn was recently featured on WKEF Ch-22. To watch the clip, visit

73, Kitty Hevener, W8TDA

Assistant Section Manager (SW)



As I sit here contemplating the effects of this rough winter while anxiously waiting for signs of springtime, I wonder if this is the pattern we are to expect in years to come. I am sure there would be no argument if winter suddenly departed, we had flowers sprouting all over and the gas meter stopped spinning like it was a gyroscope while feeding the furnace that tries to keep us warm.

The sunspot cycle has failed to materialize the excellent HF propagation that we had hoped for as well. Sunspots bring the HF bands to life, it hasn’t been good for quite a while and those who make predictions on the subject are suggesting that this may be one of those cycles that never makes it, something they also say just happens occasionally. I was lucky when I first earned my call back in 1990. The cycle was at the peak and propagation was amazing. It also spoiled my expectations as we have not seen a cycle as productive since.

Complaining doesn’t help much and I should not be doing so. This winter brought me two new grandsons who are doing well. That is a wonderful consolation for the long season of cold and snow we have endured. Going to see Kellan and Greyson have kept me out of the shack on several occasions as well and I count those as blessings. One of these days before I realize it, I may have all four of my grandkids in the shack with a flurry of questions. That indeed would make the worst of winter and less than ideal propagation seem a small matter. The curiosity of a child along with the innocence that goes with it are what a grandparent lives for and it is part of the balance we must strive for. Amateur Radio is a hobby after all and it should be fun and add to the value of family and the other responsibilities that we all have in our lives.

Late in the fall Mark WD8KQX and I erected the supports for my OCF dipole and hung the antenna once the concrete had time to fully cure. It is one of the few things that have gone through this winter without requiring my attention. I must also report my results are impressive. I have managed to work some interesting DX over the last 3-4 months along with several of the W1AW centennial stations. I also had hoped to have some pictures to share with you describing how we managed to put together the supporting structures and antenna. The weather just has not been cooperative. It seems to snow, blow, freeze and thaw with a frequency that makes that effort not the priority that I would like it to be. I will get to it soon I trust as things are improving every day and spring is surely around the corner for all of us.

Yesterday, Mark and I along with many others from Seneca County were able to take in the TMRA Hamfest at Owens Community College on Oregon Rd. As usual, the event was well attended and we had a great time looking over the tables full of interesting hardware etc. The Ohio Section was there in force as well with the ARRL forum hosted by Great Lakes vice Director Dale Williams WA8EFK, the ARES forum with Matt Welch W8DEC our Section Emergency Coordinator and finally the digital forum with a lot of great information on FLdigi. The TMRA group always does a fine job of hosting their Hamfest and Amateurs from the surrounding states are eager to attend which makes it a great opportunity to meet a lot of familiar faces and renew old friendships.

Your Ohio Section is here to serve you. Please feel free to contact any member of the Ohio Section Cabinet with questions or concerns. The ARRL Ohio web page is an excellent resource for news, help and contact information. SM Scott Yonally N8SY as webmaster maintains up to date information as well as current news items on the site which can be found at

Effective immediately, I will be maintaining the database of ARES training records for the section. Everyone who has completed FEMA or ARRL training course work is encouraged to submit your certificates to me for inclusion in the database. This will help us to accurately assess our readiness and evaluate the future needs of the Ohio Section regarding ARES training and our capabilities. Please contact me if you have any questions,

73, Jim Yoder W8ERW

Technical Coordinator



Badges, Buckeyes and Bad Weather..

Not necessarily in the order of the headline, but I had a few things to pass along that I thought might be of interest.

First…bad weather. Your really don’t have to tell a ham radio operator about bad weather. We all seem to gravitate to the radios when the season changes. Reading over the newsletters, I can see every club is already thinking about spring and getting ready for when things churn up. On March 1st, I attended the NWS training session here in Columbus…something I’ve done every year for the past 6 or 7 years. I go to learn about any changes in the spotting criteria and to check in with old friends. If you haven’t attended one of these training sessions…try to get to one if you can. There is a lot of valuable information passed along and it helps to “reprogram” yourself every year to get the right mind set for the upcoming storm season. For those of you who have been around for a while, you’ll also remember this is the 40th anniversary of the Xenia tornado. If you lived though that disaster you know just how important ham radio can be and it’s one reason we do what we do to help.
Now to the Buckeyes…and not the football team! The Ohio State University Amateur Radio Club, call sign W8LT, has always been of interest to me. I didn’t belong when I was a student back in the 70’s but I remember the big antennas on the Southeast tower in Ohio Stadium. I’m working a story about the club and finding out a lot of history. The club began forming in 1924…so that would make them about 90 years old!!!! The first club license was issued in 1926 as 8LT. A lot has changed over the years and you’ll be able to read more about the club in the months ahead.

If you have information about W8LT you want to share…send me an email. If you know about any other Ohio universities that have amateur radio clubs…pass that info along as well.

About the badges. I was happy to get my new ARRL/PIC Ohio Section badge just before the Mansfield ham fest. I had intended to wear it proudly but when I reached into my pocket…it wasn’t there. I checked every pocket, my car and just about every location where badges go to hide. Well, two weeks later, my wife asked if I would take the clothes out of the dryer. When I opened the door…there was the badge, still wrapped in a neat little plastic sack. It was almost like an episode of the Twilight Zone…I swear I could hear the music playing! Somehow, the badge had survived several rise and spin cycles and about 55 minutes of drying! So, if there is a moral to this story…and you’ve lost your badge or ID…check the dryer first. Or, if you badge gets dirty…just toss it in with the daily laundry!! But whatever you do, DON’T tell my wife when I found mind!!!

73, John Ross, KD8IDJ

Public Information Coordinator



Public Service Honor Roll

Each month in Field Organization Reports column of QST, the Public Service Honor Roll (PSHR) recognizes the efforts of Amateur Radio operators who are active in many aspects of public service. This includes net operations, traffic handling, emergency operations and public service communication support. There are chances that you're already involved with some aspect of Amateur Radio that would apply to the Public Service Honor Roll (PSHR). Your participation in an ARES net, event or supporting role to a served organization should be reported.

Take a look at these categories and descriptions to see where your Amateur Radio activities fit in. At the end of each calendar month, just add up your qualifying points. If it reaches the 70-point level (or more), you've qualified for the Public Service Honor Roll! Report the good news with your call sign and monthly PSHR point total to your ARRL Section Traffic Manager.

This ARRL section leader, in turn, would forward the report onto ARRL Headquarters so that Headquarters staff may prepare these for listing in the Field Organization Reports segment of QST'. Your Ohio Section Manager is WA3EZN and you can send your report in a radiogram to WA3EZN Hilliard OH or to my email address: wa3ezn at arrl dot net.

1) Participation in a public service net -- 1 point, maximum 40.

One example of a public service net is one that is regularly scheduled and handles Amateur Radio formal messages. There are many such public-service nets: local and section nets that are affiliated with the National Traffic System (NTS); NTS region, NTS area, and independent nets that handle messages. ARES, RACES, SKYWARN nets that meet on a regular basis would also qualify.

Another example is when an NTS Digital Relay Station manually logs onto an automated digital system. This action, too, qualifies under the intent of PSHR Category 1.

Public service or emergency nets that are activated to support an actual emergency or potential emergency or public-service event would be part of this first category. How about the net that has been established for training radio amateurs in public service and emergency communications? Why sure!

2) Handling formal messages (radiograms) via any mode -- 1 point for each message handled; maximum 40.

The ARRL's Public Service Communications Manual explains how to count your individual messages. Here is a reference from Section 2, NTS Chapter 10.2. (You may find the entire manual at this Web page: .)

Originated--One point for each message from a third party for sending via your station. This "extra" credit is given for an off-the-air function because of the value of contact with the general public.

Sent--Every message sent over the air from your station to another amateur receives a point in this category. Thus, a message that is eligible for an Originated point as above receives another point when it is sent on the air.

Likewise, a message that is received on the air conveys a sent point when it is relayed to another station. A message that you initiate yourself, while it gets no originated point, gets a sent point when cleared. All Sent points require on-the-air sending.

Received--A message received over the air gets a Received point, whether received for relaying (sending) or for delivery to the addressee. Any message received which is not eligible for a Delivery point (such as one addressed to yourself) is nevertheless eligible for a Received point.

Delivered--The act of delivery of a message to a third party receives a point in this category, in addition to a Received point. This is strictly an off-the-air function and must be coupled with receipt of the message at your station. Thus you can't get a Delivered point unless you first get a Received point.

3) Serving in an ARRL-sponsored volunteer position: ARRL Field Organization appointee or Section Manager, NTS Net Manager, TCC Director, TCC member, NTS official or appointee above the Section level. -- 10 points for each position; maximum 30.

ARRL Field Organization appointees (in alphabetical order) include the following: Assistant District Emergency Coordinator, Assistant Section Emergency Coordinator, Assistant Section Manager, District Emergency Coordinator, Emergency Coordinator, Local Government Liaison, Net Manager, Official Emergency Station, Official Observer, Official Observer Coordinator, Official Relay Station, Public Information Coordinator, Public Information Officer, Section Emergency Coordinator, Section Manager, Section Traffic Manager, State Government Liaison, Technical Coordinator and Technical Specialist.

The Section Manager is the ARRL-member elected League official in the section. An NTS official or appointee above the Section level would include Region and Area Net Managers, and TCC (Transcontinental Corps) Directors who are in charge of organizing TCC membership rosters of operators that comprise the corps. TCC members are those operators that are assigned to relay traffic from one NTS area to another, conducting liaison with NTS nets to do so. NTS Members at Large, NTS Area Staff Chairs, NTS Area Digital Coordinators and Digital Relay Stations would also be included in this category.

4) Participation in scheduled, short-term public service events such as walk-a-thons, bike-a-thons, parades, simulated emergency tests and related practice events. This includes off-the-air meetings and coordination efforts with related emergency groups and served agencies.

-- 5 points per hour (or any portion thereof) of time spent in either coordinating and/or operating in the public service event; no limit. This category recognizes the value of public safety communication events that Amateur Radio is often called to participate in. Simulated emergency tests, exercises, and drills are covered by this category. Points are gained by the amount of time that an Amateur Radio operator spends directly involved in operating the event. This also recognizes the value of off-the-air time it takes to meet with the organization or public service agency to plan and coordinate Amateur Radio involvement.

5) Participation in an unplanned emergency response when the Amateur Radio operator is on the scene. This also includes unplanned incident requests by public or served agencies for Amateur Radio participation.

--5 points per hour (or any portion thereof) of time spent directly involved in the emergency operation; no limit.

This category recognizes an Amateur Radio operator who is directly involved in an actual emergency operation. This includes the operator who is on the scene or out in the field, in the shelter, at the emergency operations center, at the hospital, or other served agency's headquarters or their temporary command center.

If you are an active participant in an unplanned incident -- or in other words, an emergency operation--you may take credit for this participation even though you may not be physically at the emergency scene.

Category 5 covers all the Amateur Radio operator participants such as net controllers, net liaison stations and other radio amateurs that support communications in unplanned incidents. Even if you are not actually on the emergency scene or at the shelter, etc, but are spending time and efforts for supporting the same emergency communication effort, then this time would count for points in Category 5.

As an example, if the National Weather Service activates SKYWARN, Amateur Radio operators serve as weather spotters from their home (or car, or work, or other locations) during the weather event. Then, a tornado strikes and the American Red Cross calls out the ARES members to serve in shelters and to provide support for damage assessment communications. These operators would be able to qualify for Category 5 points.

There would likely be several net control operators, net liaison operators, traffic handlers, etc, who are away from the disaster scene, but are spending time to support the Amateur Radio emergency communication effort on behalf of the served agencies (American Red Cross and National Weather Service, in this example). They, too, would qualify for points under Category 5.

6.) Providing and maintaining a) an automated digital system that handles ARRL radiogram-formatted messages; b) a Web page e-mail list server oriented toward Amateur Radio public service -- 10 points per item.

Category 6 (a) recognizes the efforts it takes to provide and maintain an automated digital system (like a packet bulletin board or a PACTOR system) that handles ARRL radiogram-formatted messages.

Category 6 (b) recognizes the Web pages and e-mail list servers have become popular and effective ways to communicate news and information to the community of radio amateurs that are involved in emergency and public service communication operations and preparedness.

If you are involved in any of these activities, keep track of your efforts and the time involved and report your results accordingly.

This information is from the ARRL Website.

73, David, WA3EZN

Section Traffic Manger



Opportunities abound at Summer Camp..

When June arrives each year thoughts of family vacations, gardening and warm weather fills the air. But, if you are a Boy Scout your thoughts turn to....SUMMER CAMP!!!

June kicks off the summer camp season. Summer camp is the perfect venue to introduce amateur radio to the youth of your area. State wide, thousands of Boy Scouts attend summer camp each year. They are there learning new skills, making new friends and earning some of the 135 different merit badges that are currently available to them.

There is one merit badge that should be of particular interest to the amateur radio community, and that is the Radio Merit Badge. One of the 9 requirements for this badge is to " Carry on a 10-minute real or simulated ham radio contact using voice or Morse code; use proper callsigns, Q signals, and abbreviations." Imagine the thrill the scout would get if a ham operator were to set up a radio at summer camp and he was able to make a REAL 10-minute QSO and earn his Radio Merit Badge!
I have taken amateur radio with me the last two years that the Boy Scout Troop I am involved with has gone to Camp Falling Rock, outside Newark, Ohio. After getting permission from the camp director, I set up a simple wire antenna in the trees, and the boys have talked all over the world from summer camp. The camp director was amazed that his camp was in direct contact with someone in Serbia and Switzerland. He even asked me if I planned on bringing amateur radio with me to camp this year. Talk about making an impression!

There are numerous Boy Scout Summer Camps going on around the state each summer. From Portsmouth to Newark, Columbus to Cleveland to Chillicothe. With 16 Scout Councils in Ohio, there is sure to be one near you!

If you or your radio group would be interested in setting up an amateur radio demonstration at a summer camp, the first step is to contact your local BSA Scout Council. They will be able to answer any questions you may have and help you to " get the ball rolling". If you are not able to do that but still want to do something to help, the easiest thing to do is... get on the air and make a contact to a scout! You may end up being the contact that helps a scout earn his Radio Merit Badge!
As always, follow me on Twitter @ OHradioscouting for updates on Ohio Radio Scouting.
Remember: Take care, stay safe, and make a difference in someone's life !!

73, Scott, KC8ITN

Assistant Section Manger for Educational Outreach- Scouting



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.



Greetings Teachers!

As you probably have noted, ARRL has announced the 2014 schedule for our Teachers Institute on Wireless Technology. We’ve included an announcement in our recent newsletter, Radio Waves. If you missed it, you can access the recent issue here:

If you are a past participant of the Teachers Institute we hope that you have found many ways to use the ideas, training and resources you received and are interested in spreading the word to other teachers.

You are probably in the best position to know where to circulate information about this opportunity within your school district. A listing on your school or school district website? A newsletter? A web page for science and technology teachers? Word of mouth to teachers in your circle? We’d like to get the word out to reach teachers who can make use of this opportunity. 

If you would like to receive copies of our printed brochures please send your request and your mailing address to me or to 

Here’s some copy you can use to announce the opportunity in your school community: Integrate Science and Math with Engineering and Technology by Exploring Wireless Technology ARRL, the national association for amateur radio, has just announced the schedule for two sessions of its Introductory Teachers Institute on Wireless Technology (TI-1) to be offered during the summer of 2014. Now in its 11th year, the ARRL Teachers Institute is a four-day, expenses paid, intensive professional development opportunity for educators who want to receive training and resources to explore wireless technology in the classroom. Topics include basic electronics, radio science, microcontroller programming and basic robotics. ARRL will also offer an advanced Teachers Institute (TI-2) on Remote Sensing and Data Gathering. The linked article from the March issue of ARRL’s journal, QST, includes the schedule and description of offerings this summer.

Please visit the ARRL website at: for more details. Go to for information about applying and to download an application. Application deadline is May 1.




THE FOUNDATION FOR AMATEUR RADIO, INC., a non-profit organization with headquarters in Washington, D.C., plans to administer Fifty-two (52) scholarships for the academic year 2013 – 2014, to assist licensed Radio Amateurs in the pursuit of higher education.. The scholarships are worth $72,100 in aggregate. The Foundation fully funds two of these scholarships. The remainder are administered by the Foundation, without cost, for various donors.

Licensed Radio Amateurs may compete for these awards. They must be planning to pursue a full time course of studies beyond high school and be enrolled, or have been accepted for enrollment, at an accredited university, college or technical school.

Students pursuing a baccalaureate or graduate degree via on-line courses offered by an accredited university, college or technical school will also be considered.

The awards range from $500 to $5,000 with preference given, in some cases, to residents of specified geographical areas or the pursuit of certain study programs. Non-US residents are eligible to apply for some of the scholarships. To be considered, completed applications must be received by April 15, 2014.

Clubs, especially those in California, Delaware, Florida, Maryland, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas, Virginia and Wisconsin (areas of preferred residence for some of the scholarships), are encouraged to announce these opportunities at their meetings, in their club newsletters, during training classes, on their nets and on their club’s web pages.

Additional information and an application form may be requested by letter or QSL card, mailed to:

FAR Scholarships
Post Office Box 911
Columbia, MD 21044-0911
or, via email to

Applications are available, for download from the Foundation’s web site: The Foundation for Amateur Radio, incorporated in the District of Columbia, is an exempt organization under Section 501(C)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1954. It is devoted exclusively to promoting the interests of Amateur Radio and those scientific, literary and educational pursuits that advance the purposes of the Amateur Radio Service.




Have you had enough of winter yet? As I understand it, we are due for some more snow this next week or so! Let’s all hope that it’s just a tracking snow and then spring comes.. I don’t know about you but I’m ready for a nice warm spring and summer this year! I’m very anxious to get the motorcycle out and start riding!!

Ok, enough of that.. Now on to the business at hand..

I’ve found a great hit when I go to visit clubs and events around the state. As most of you know the Ohio Section has its own logo. I’m
sure that you’ve seen it on the website and even some “green” shirts at the different events around the state. Now, put that logo on a coffee mug and you have one fantastic cup of coffee going for yourself! Yup, I had a number of coffee mugs made up with our logo on them for gifts to give out, and WOW.. I never dreamed that they would be so popular!

My wife Janie, KB8YPW gave me the idea to have some bookmarks made up with the Ohio Section logo and website address on them as well. So, not wanting to get on her bad side, I had some made up just to see if anyone would want them. Believe this or not, they’re even a bigger   hit! I guess that just settles it, the Section Manager will just have to continue with this great idea. So, with that in mind, I will do just that. I also have some other ideas for gifts that I will try out as the year goes on. You’ll never know what else I’ll come up with!! So stay tuned.

Yes I’m going to push the RSS feeds now.. I do want to continue to encourage all of you to watch the RSS feeds for 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. Why do I push this so hard? I want you to be informed. I want you to know when something is posted that can have an effect on how you operate, or just have fun with this great hobby of ours.

Along the lines of keeping updated.. You can access our website 24/7 and get the latest information on just about any topic you can think of. There is a number of RSS feeds that bring in information from all over the state and country. Take advantage of this FREE service. Whether you are a member or not, you are invited to view our website. You’ll find it at:   take advantage and check it often.

As you saw by Nick Pittner, K8NAP’s comments last month, our new antenna law - Ohio PRB-1 - is being challenged in the Appellate Court by the Village of Swanton. After losing the first round of court proceedings last year, the Village of Swanton is once again attempting to knock down our new law. You can rest assure that the Ohio Section and the ARRL will fight this with all that we have in our legal powers. Please stay tuned for more details.

Have you checked out the 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 the various clubs around for inviting me to speak. I love getting out and talking with all of you about the League and Amateur Radio. One warning about inviting me.. I take pictures!! I also post them on the Section website. I know that this has been said a million times before, but it’s always worth repeating, 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.
Were you in attendance at our SEC’s ARES Leadership meeting this last weekend? If not you were in the minority. There was a fantastic turn-out. More than 90 folks attended. The new Ohio Section Coffee Mugs were presented to each of the 10 DEC’s and ASEC’s in attendance from me for appreciation for all their hard work though-out the years. We also gave out several of these special mugs as door prizes as well. By the way everyone hung around after the meeting I’d say it was a big hit with all those attending.

Dayton Hamvention.. For those of you interested, the Ohio Section has been invited back to host the Field Services Organization booth at Dayton. Stop by and say hello. And, along that same thought.. Matt Welch, W8DEC has also been invited back to be the moderator of the ARES forum on Sunday morning. If you happen to be there on Sunday morning, drop in and support Matt.

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.

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..

73, Scott, N8SY

Section Manager



04/19/2014 | Our 2nd annual Earth Day event. Powered only by the sun.

Apr 19, 1500Z-2000Z

W8PRC, Cleveland, OH. Parma Radio Club.
21.285 14.235 7.185. QSL. Parma Radio Club,
7811 Dogwood Ln, Cleveland, OH 44130.

Beautiful QSL photo of the earth. Help us celebrate our marvelous


04/27/2014 | Two Modern Popes Now Saints

Apr 27, 1600Z-2000Z

ND8GA, Gates Mills, OH.
Gilmour Academy Amateur Radio.
146.55 21.255 14.255 7.255.

Certificate. Ken Kane, KG8DN, Gilmour Academy, 34001 Cedar Rd,
Gates Mills, OH 44040.

Gilmour Academy celebrates the dual canonization in Rome today
of Pope John 23rd and Pope John Paul 2nd. Each worked effectively
to serve the church and the world while "opening the doors" to
lay people and youth. Mail a hard-copy QSL card to Gilmour with
your email address to receive an emailed certificate.



03/22/2014 | MOVARC's Hamfest
Location: Gallipolis, OH
Mid-Ohio Valley Amateur Radio Club

04/05/2014 | Portsmouth Radio Club Hamfest
Location: Portsmouth, OH
Portsmouth Radio Club


04/12/2014 | Cuyahoga Falls ARC's 60th Annual Hamfest
Location: Cuyahoga Falls, OH
Cuyahoga Falls Amateur Radio Club


04/26/2014 | Jackson County ARC Hamfest
Location: Jackson, OH
Jackson County Amateur Radio Club


04/27/2014 | Athens Hamfest
Location: Athens, OH
Athens County Amateur Radio Association