Tuesday, May 20, 2014

May 2014 Edition of the Ohio Section Journal

In this issue:














By: Sandy Macke, N8YS - ACC

Field Day is a Club Event!

Last month I wrote about how field day was my very favorite amateur radio club event. Well, that is absolutely a true statement! I am the field day coordinator for the Delaware Amateur Radio Association aka DELARA, K8ES in Delaware County. I’ve held this position since 2006 with a 2 year hiatus in 2009/2010. DELARA has become a terrific field day group and continually ranks in the top three (3) in the 4-Alpha category. You can operate field day solo or as a duo, small team or as a group. However you do it, it is a great time. I would encourage all of our clubs to have a club field day in a public location and invite everybody to come and watch their local amateur radio operators in action. You would be surprised at how many families, new hams, first responders, jurisdiction officials, scout troops and others will come to see what amateur radio is all about.

Field Day is an exercise in emergency communication preparedness. Local amateur radio operators will be at a field location, setting up equipment which may consists of radios, antennas, cables, generators, solar panels and anything necessary to generate enough power to run the stations on. The purpose of this exercise is to test the endurance of a club, and in the case of a disaster (natural, terrorist or other) where we are without the normal forms of communications; to still be able to communicate our needs with others. It is also an opportunity for your club to ‘show off’ and do what we do best as amateur radio operators.

I would like to share a few tips to help your field day be a successful field day:

• Work as a Team - Consider incorporating your club picnic into field day which brings families, friends, other hams, and partner agencies such as EMA, law and fire to visit the sight.

Send out invites, have everyone bring a dish to pass. You will be surprised what having families and friends show up can do for the event. But NEVER leave your stations unattended, no matter how good Aunt Fanny’s potato salad is! Those few missed points can cost you! Trust me on that one….. (Ask me about that when you see me!) Find something for everyone to do, whether it me club photographers, welcome committee, tour guides, or food and water delivery to the stations. Not everyone wants to operate, they may just want to be a part of the excitement, and that is great!

• Education – also a bonus point! Add a little education to your field day, maybe show off an antenna launcher, or give a demonstration on Morse code, even a display board with QSL cards can be interesting. Find something to show visitors what amateur radio is all about, tell them why we do this, and show them how much they can achieve from being part of a great hobby.

  • Media/Community awareness – When I mentioned about sending out invites, this is what I am talking about. Let the public know the Who, What, Where, When, and Why of field day, and amateur radio for that matter! Create a media release (if you need help creating one, let me know), and send it off to all the local media sources. Then create a flyer that can be sent to the local schools, scout troops, or pinned-up on bulletin boards throughout the community. We want to get the word out, and show our community how this is a hobby that can save lives.

There is something for everyone at field day. If your club doesn't participate in field day, go to the ARRL website and look up a field day site near you. If you have any questions about field day or other club events, please don’t hesitate to contact me!

73, and let me know how YOUR field day works out!
Sandy, N8YS



From: Kitty Hevener, W8TDA - Assistant Section Manager (SW)


Brian Hoffman, KC8EGV, reports that the Hamilton County Health Department, along with Hamilton County ARES, conducted a Department Operations Center (DOC) exercise. The goals of this April 16 drill were to test the skills of the staff in the DOC along with the radio operators capabilities in the event of a Point Of Dispense (POD) activation. Injects were created by the emergency preparedness team for the hams to call into the net control station (NCS) at the DOC. Once received, the traffic was passed to the DOC staff for a response.

Hamilton County Public Health Department was very satisfied with the performance of the ARES members and their professionalism. Proving once again the value of amateur radio to a served agency.


Mike, KC8GLE reports that five Dayton area hams provided communications for the March of Dimes "March for Babies" walk. Approximately 2500 to 3000 walkers participated in this event. The walk was held on April 26 at the University of Dayton River Campus.

On that same day, Montgomery County ARES provided communication support for the Dayton Autism Society 5K Run/Walk held in Moraine.

Mike, KC8GLE, reports that 18 hams provided communication support for the Calvin’s challenge 12 hour bike race held on May 3. The 50 mile course went through Clark, Greene, and Madison counties. The bikers had to contend with strong winds. Fortunately, no major injuries were reported. Hams in the greater Cincinnati area provided communication support for several “flying Pig” events on May 2-4. These included a “Little King” 1 mile run on Friday evening, 10 and 5 K races on Saturday morning, and the full and half marathons on Sunday. News reports indicate that approximately 36,000 runners participated in the marathon, making it the biggest “pig” ever to hit the streets of Cincinnati. Fortunately, no major injuries were reported.


Throughout communications for the “flying Pig” marathon, I heard numerous unidentified transmissions. Perhaps, like these hams, you are only using your assigned tactical call during public service and/or emergency communications. To refresh your memory, Section 97.119(a) says that each amateur station, except a space station or telecommand station, must transmit its assigned call sign on its transmitting channel at the end of each communication, and at least every 10 minutes during a communication, for the purpose of clearly making the source of the transmissions from the station known to those receiving the transmissions. No station may transmit unidentified communications or signals, or transmit as the station call sign, any call sign not authorized to the station. Tactical call signs do not substitute for the FCC-assigned call. Page 156 of the ARRL Public Service Handbook covers this topic in greater detail.


The Milford hamfest will be held on June 21. I’ll be there and hope you will too. What better place to exchange your treasures from Dayton for different ones! For more information, visit www.w8mrc.com

73, Kitty, W8TDA



By: Jim Yoder W8ERW - TC

Dayton is here. I’ve been busy packing and getting ready for the greatest Amateur Radio event of the year. Mark WD8KQX and plan on arriving late Thursday afternoon and anticipate a really great Hamvention this year. The ARRL Centennial official date is Sunday and the League will be there this year to celebrate in style. Hamvention 2014 promises to be a spectacular event this year.

Field Day is also right around the corner and local groups all over Ohio are making their plans to participate. Here in Seneca County, The ARES Group will again team up with the Seneca Radio Club for Field Day just South of Tiffin where we will set up at the Chaplains Corps facility near State Route 100 at 3484 Infirmary Road. Jeff WB8REI has been working on a Broadband Hamnet Mesh network to support our logging this year and has the application up and running. We will deploy several MESH nodes using Linksys WRT54GL routers flashed with the latest MESH Firmware. Each logging station will be provided with a Router and connected laptop running the N3FJP Field Day logging program. Jeff and I will be testing our setup between now and Field day and anticipate some additional features including video links and messaging to run on the MESH network. Thanks Jeff for your efforts to bring this technology forward for us this year.

The latest Broadband Hamnet firmware (formerly HSMM-MESH) is V1.0 and is available on their website, http://www.broadband-hamnet.org/. Several Routers from Linksys and now Ubiquity are capable of supporting this firmware and you will find lots of useful information on the website to assist you if you choose to work with this very functional implementation of IP networking. The site has an active forum where all sorts of information is being discussed relative to the hardware, firmware and applications being developed and deployed by Hams all over the world.

The Mesh network, once the routers are flashed with the latest firmware, will automatically initiate the Mesh without additional setup or configuration. Access to the WWW is also quick and easy with one of the Mesh routers connecting to an existing internet access point and checking the gateway option in the router setup. Port forwarding is also available for those applications that require it. Once you are set up, each Mesh router becomes an access point for users or applications, servers and additional network hardware. All of the 4 wired ports at each Mesh node are available for connection. The MESH uses the wireless side of the router to form the Mesh network and wireless connections are not directly available. This provides a good level of security by allowing connections to the network only on the wired side at each Mesh node/router. Wireless connections can be established by connecting a wireless access point(s) to one or more of the wired ports at any of the nodes.

Administration of the Broadband Hamnet MESH is simple from any of the nodes. Access to each node is provided as well as setup and control functions. Nodes are identified by call sign and additional designators. Our implementation assigns W8ERW-1, 2, 3 etc. to each node for identification. The Mesh automatically assigns additional features including routing tables, IP assignments, DNS and DHCP services. The Mesh is established as a peer to peer network with One SSID used throughout, (BroadbandHamnet-v1). Broadband Hamnet is an IP network and is totally transparent allowing anything normally provided over an IP network to operate with minimal if any additional configuration. The network is self healing and each of the nodes establishes routing by the best available path between all other nodes.

I hope to see you all at Dayton this year. Please take a moment to stop by the Ohio Section booth in the ARRL exhibit area. Several of your section leadership team will be there to answer any of your questions and of course, have a good eyeball QSO with you.

73, Jim, W8ERW



By: David Maynard, WA3EZN - STM

Let’s talk more about Pactor and NTS Digital DISCLAIMER: In this article I am talking exclusively about how to set up a Digital Relay Station using a modem and not the general use of Pactor by individual ham radio stations.

Last month I told about the NTSD system and what it is and what it is used for. I tried to explain the difference between the different levels of Pactor, the program that is used in conjunction with Airmail to send and received NTSD radiograms to and from the MBO.

I would imagine there are ham radio operators who think that they can not afford NTSD operation because they think the equipment is excessively expensive or too complicated to set up and enjoy. This may be true of the top of the line expensive Pactor modems that can do Pactor II and Pactor III but it does not have to be true to operate Pactor I. Some older TNCs can be set up very inexpensively to operate Pactor I and used to access the MBOs to send and receive radiogram traffic.

The Modem

Those who want to try Pactor I without a lot expense may be able to find a Pactor I TNC (modem) in Amateur Radio classifieds, on Ebay, QRZ, Craig’s List or at a hamfest. I know one such modem is the Kam-plus which works HF and VHF Pactor I plus Packet. The AEA PK232MBX can be upgraded to work Pactor I also but it required a change of the chip set to work Pactor if it has not already been upgraded. There may be other such modems that can be used.

The Computer

A computer will be needed and this can be a problem, or is it? You will not need the latest and greatest computer to control the modem and work Pactor. There are many older computers that will work well with the modem. These older computers can use Windows programs from Windows 95 thru Vista. There is even a Linux program that can be used. I have actually loaded the Airmail program into an old Dell Latitude Laptop with one of these old Windows program to connect through the modem and download radiogram from the MBO. The cost of the laptop was $5. If you check around I am sure you to can find an expensive computer to dedicate to Pactor or any other digital program use.

The Station Layout

Add an HF rig to the modem and computer setup and you have a Digital/Pactor station. The setup of the HF rig will depend on which radio model you own.

Getting the Airmail Software

Like I have already mentioned Airmail software is utilized for NTSD. Airmail version 3.4 is a single installation file that includes everything needed. The download page for the ham version of the Airmail program is http://siriuscyber.net/ham. I have been advised by those in the know that this is the best version to use for ham radio and works fine with all versions of Windows mentioned above. I would suggest that you download the software to a CD or thumb drive and then copy onto your computer. This will give you a clean copy to refer back to if you have problems in the future. The program is self extracting and has a setup program to get you started.

In Summary

I was pleased with how easy it was to setup the Airmail program for NTSD. Once the equipment was secured and setup it was a simple matter to connect via HF to the MBO and send and receive radiograms. The Airmail program works automatically for appointed Digital Relay Station to receive radiograms after connection with the MBO. I am even able to do keyboard to keyboard contacts using the Airmail program and Pactor. There is a lot of information on the internet to help one get started.

Here are some useful links to save you search time:





Eighth Region Digital Report for April
Station     Received  Sent  TOTAL  Function
W8DJG      33             7         40       8RN DRS
WA3EZN   76            9          85       8RN DRS
WB9JSR    29         108        137       MI DRS
N8FVM      66          12          78       MI DRS
WD8USA   28            0          28       MI DRS

No reports from West Virginia

That’s all I have for now. If you have any questions or comments send me an email

73, David, WA3EZN



By: Scott Hixon, KC8ITN - ASM - Educational Outreach- Scouting

Ohio Radio Scouting ( "OHradioscouting" on Twitter) is for all scouts! This includes Cub Scouts, Girl Scouts, and Brownies, along with Boy Scouts.

Being appointed to the position of Assistant Section Manager- Scouting, within the Educational Outreach Program for the Ohio Section one year ago, the plan was to take the first year and get it "off the ground" with boy Scouts. The reason I started it off with Boy Scouts was simple; I have been involved with Boy Scouts since my oldest son Nicholas, KD8QLS, was a Tiger Cub in Cub Scouts. That was nine years ago and Nicholas is now a Star Scout and my youngest son Tyler is currently a First Class Scout with troop 5055 in Circleville, Ohio.

Now, with the first year of the ASM-Scouting position behind me, it's time to take the next step; involving Girl Scouts of America from the Ohio Section in Ohio radio scouting.

My daughter Nicole, KD8GEX, was in a Brownie Troop back in the late 1990's and she had a lot of fun with Girl Scouts. It was really a good program. At the time I never thought to introduce the troop to amateur radio and put on a demonstration. Looking back, I wish I would have brought ham radio along to some of the girl scout events like I do now with Boy Scouts.

If you have a family member or friend involved with Girl Scouts, you should consider offering your ham radio "services" to them. It could be as simple as supplying them with some ham radio brochures while putting on a radio demonstration at a meeting, or as involved as setting up some equipment at a Girl Scout camp. How involved you get is completely up to you. Any involvement is better than NO involvement!! Let them see how fun our hobby can be!

Thunder Base update: The amateur radio building at Thunder Base was a HUGE success!! The building was full of scouts all day. We had six different radio groups ( ham clubs and ARES ) demonstrating HF voice, Morse code, ATV, FLDIGI, PSK-31 VHF, and satellite. You would not believe all the scouts that were " hamming " it up in front of the ATV camera! We also had scouts that went thru the class and earned their Radio Merit Badge. We gave the scouts a chance to earn their " Morse Code Interpreter Strip" and some scouts took their amateur radio license test at the two VE sessions. I don't know what the success rate was, but I did see some smiles and hand shaking going on!

I would like to thank all the volunteers that helped out at Thunder Base ( close to 30 in all ) and a BIG thanks to Clyde Morrow, KE8DQ, for leading the group and giving all of us his vision of what we needed to make the radio part of Thunder Base a success. He made sure we all stayed in contact with each other so we could bounce ideas off one another, from the very first planning meeting in October 2013. I would also like to thank the ARRL for providing us with plenty of brochures and flyers to hand out to the scouts. That way they had something to take home with them to remind them about amateur radio.

That's all for this month. If you have any questions or comments, feel free to contact me!

Remember: Take care, stay safe, and make a difference in someone's life !!

73, Scott, KC8ITN



By: Matt Welch, W8DEC - SEC

ARRL FIELD DAY is just over a month away!!! ARRL Field Day is the most popular on-the-air event held annually in the US and Canada. On the fourth weekend of June, more than 35,000 radio amateurs gather with their clubs, groups or simply with friends to operate from remote locations. Field Day is part educational event, part operating event, part public relations event – and ALL about FUN! Check out the ARRL Field Day Locator at http://www.arrl.org/field-day-locator to find a Field Day site near you!

Please join me in welcoming Gary Hollenbaugh NJ8BB, of Eaton, Ohio to the appointment of Emergency Coordinator for Preble County (District 3). Gary will be leading the team after long time Emergency Coordinator Mike Jeffery KC8NZT. Mike has been the Emergency Coordinator for over 10 years and his service is certainly noted and greatly appreciated. I thank Gary and Mike for taking charge and leading the way for ARES volunteers in Preble County.

Change of leadership in the Ohio Digital Emergency Net (OHDEN). With Gary's new EC appointment, he has decided to step down as Net Manager. Gary has recommended Marshall Beveridge KD8LAV, of Waldo, Ohio as his successor. Please join me in welcoming Marshall to the appointment of Net Manager for OHDEN. Welcome aboard. OHDEN meets every Tuesday night at 8PM. Please note the net has begun meeting on 7072 kHz USB and will remain there until further notice. Remember, digital sound card modes are always upper sideband regardless of band.

Ottawa County (District 1) has been without an Emergency Coordinator since October 2012. I am pleased to announce that Ottawa County is getting a new (returning) Emergency Coordinator. Welcome back James Garber KB8TTR, of Graytown, OH to the position of Emergency Coordinator for Ottawa County.

Please note the online EC/DEC listing has been updated on the ARES page on the Ohio Section website www.arrl-ohio.org. This is where you'll find contact information for your Emergency Coordinator or District Emergency Coordinator.

There will be an organizational meeting for ARES in Lorain County (District 10) on Saturday, May 31, 2014 at 3:30PM at the Avon Branch of the Lorain County Public Library. This branch is located at 37485 Harvest Drive, Avon, OH 44011. Contact DEC Eric Jessen at n8auc@arrl.net for details.

Assistant SEC Mark Griggs KB8YMN is seeking volunteers for Ohio's first ARES Mutual Assistance Team (ARESMAT). Volunteers interested in joining the team are asked to please send an email to Mark at kb8ymn@arrl.net. The purpose of ARESMAT is to have one or several teams of communications specialists who are ready, willing, and able to deploy to a neighboring section or anywhere within the Ohio Section upon request.

The individual filling the role of ARESMAT member must have high performance standards, qualifications, experience, and the ability to work with a diverse group of team members that will be required to provide relief to the affected areas. He or she must be able to work efficiently in a disaster relief operation under the most adverse conditions.

Rumor Control. The Ohio ARES Mutual Assistance Team is not being established to "take over" your ARES operations. They are a well-trained resource available to come ASSIST with your ARES
operations upon request. The team will never deploy without being requested. Once requested, the team will prepare for deployment, bring training, skills, and equipment to help with tasks at hand under the direction of the requester.

73, de Matt W8DEC



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.



From: Scott Yonally, N8SY - Section Manager

Hi Everyone, Dayton has now come and gone. Wow, what a weekend it was. Did you come by and visit with the Ohio Section Cabinet? Most all of the Cabinet was there at one point or the other.

And, from what I've been told, everybody had a blast being there. If you missed Dayton you really missed out on a fantastic hamfest, and great fellowship!!

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

Nick Pittner, K8NAP did a fantastic job with the really impromptu "Amateur Radio and the Law" http://arrl-ohio.org/prb-1.html   forum. This was one that he and I had worked on to get and right until the eleventh hour, it looked like it wasn't going to happen, but, miracles do happen to those that have patience and wait, and sure enough, we did get the forum back into the schedule, and we did have a lot of interested folks there. We now have a website devoted to Ohio’s PRB-1 Law, please visit it. You can find it at:

Nick also got a signed Proclamation from the Governor and Lieutenant Governor for Field Day recently. The proclamation, along with a printable version is posted on the Ohio Section website.

Please be sure if you are holding a Field Day operation to print this off and have it posted for all to see. You can find it at: http://arrl-ohio.org/SGL/sgl.html

The Ohio Section promotional items still continue to be a big hit everywhere I go. I introduced a new item at Dayton, now I have letter openers too. We had a lot of fun giving out the openers, sticky note pads and bookmarks, and yes, I did give out a few of the now famous Ohio Section Mugs too. Becky Schoenfeld, W1BXY (she's the managing editor of QST) now has one of our famous Ohio Section mugs proudly on her desk at the ARRL. Now that's really something..

Have you read Mike Corey, KI1U's comments in the latest edition of QST? If you haven't, I would encourage everyone to read it. It's about "serving the community" in times of need. You can find his article on page 77 of the May edition of QST.

Ohio's Speaker Bureau.. I know that this has been said a million times before, but it’s always worth repeating, don’t forget to invite on 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, please feel free to give any of us a call.

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.. http://arrlohio.org

73, Scott, N8SY


Ohio QSO Party results..

The results of the 2013 Ohio QSO Party are now available at the OhQP website, http://www.ohqp.org 

Congratulations to the winners:
SOLP  K8AZ (W8WTS, opr)
Multiop  K8DV
Mobile  K9TM/R
Rover  K8MR/R
EOC  W8DES (N8ONI opr)
CW  K8Q (KV8Q opr)
Club  Delaware ARA

Outside Ohio:
SOHP  N6MA (and overall Out of State winner)

Eastern/Central Time Zones
Club  Frankford RC

And of course, thanks to all those who participated and had fun!

We hope to see many of you in Dayton at the Mad River Radio Club "Suite in the Sun", a.k.a. Flea Market spaces 3616-3619, on Friday & Saturday.

Also plan to be there for the 2014 Ohio QSO Party on Saturday, August 23, from noon to midnight EDT (1600Z to 0400Z Aug.24)

73 - Jim K8MR


05/25/2014 | WBCCI Region 4 Rally
May 25, 1400Z-2200Z, W4B, Lima, OH.
Wally Byam Caravan Club International Region 4.
14.320 7.225 3.860. Certificate.
David Brett, 40 Edgewater Dr, Youngstown, OH 44514.
Celebrating the 38th annual WBCCI Region 4 Rally,
a gathering of Airstream Trailer owners from
Miichigan, Ohio, and West Virginia.


07/12/2014 | Commemorating Alliance, OH
as the home of Taylorcraft Aviation

Jul 12, 1400Z-2000Z, W8T, Alliance, OH.
Alliance Amateur Radio Club.
28.260 21.260 14.260 7.260.
Certificate & QSL.
Alliance Amateur Radio Club,
PO Box 3344, Alliance, OH 44601.


07/26/2014 | German Ridge Jamboree
Jul 26-Jul 27, 1323Z-1320Z, W8GBH, Powhatan Point, OH.
Eastern Ohio Amateur Wireless Association.
17.140 14.225 7.225 3.880.
QSL. Rob Fish, 67689 Mills Rd, Saint Clairsville, OH 43950.



06/07/2014 | Fulton County ARC Hamfest
Location: Tedrow, OH
Sponsor: Fulton County Amateur Radio Club
Website: http://k8bxq.org


06/21/2014 | MILFORD HAMFEST
Location: Milford, OH
Sponsor: Milford Amateur Radio Club
Website: http://www.w8mrc.com