Thursday, June 16, 2016

June Edition of the Ohio Section Journal

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Each year, hundreds of Field Day operations try and find every advantage to earn as many points as
possible. But many overlook bonus point categories that can add a reliable 300 points to your group score: the group participation NTS message to the ARRL Section Manager, the W1AW Field Day bulletin, and the NTS traffic handling bonus.

Each Field Day group should generate a formal NTS-style piece to their ARRL Section Manager and Section Emergency Coordinator. This message should include the group’s name, their location for Field Day, and the number of ARES members participating in the event. 

NOTE:.. Since I will be on the road visiting a number of sites for Field Day, please send these pieces of traffic to me via OSSBN –  for details about the net, or you can find them on (3.972.5MHz.) 

This may mean that your group may have to take one of your stations away from operating normal Field Day contacts, your group is awarded the 100-point bonus for taking the time to pass this piece of traffic. To claim this bonus, you must submit a copy of the formal message with your Field Day entry. Note: The Section Manager message does not count as one of the 10 NTS messages for bonus points.

For more details about how to handle these messages, please go to:  or


The 2016 Field Day has two new ways to earn extra points for your group's efforts. One is a new "Safety Officer" position and the other is related to promoting your Field Day via "Social Media."

Safety Officer..  is a critical concern during Field Day. Every year the Field Day packet contains a Safety Check List that all stations should follow. Beginning 2016, all Class A entries can earn an additional 100 points by designating a member of their group as "Safety Officer."  This person must verify that all safety concerns on the Safety Check List have been adequately met.

The Safety Officer position is to be taken seriously. Real oversight is required; appointing a Safety Officer, affirming that all items on the Safety Check List have been completed properly, must be included with a groups Field Day entry with all other supporting documentation.

Social Media..  There have been many PR and publicity bonus points available in Field Day for a very long time. The addition of a social media bonus makes promoting your Field Day event even easier than before.
Social Media refers to any online platform that promotes being connected with friends and family.. Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest and LinkedIn are five examples of allowed Social Media platforms.

The Social Media bonus points will only apply on recognized social media platforms and NOT your clubs website.

For more details on these two additional ways of earning bonus points please read the full details in the June 2016 edition of QST (page 72).



Hey Gang,

Just wanted to let you know, if you haven’t already found it, that you can view and print the governor’s Proclamation for the 2016 Field Day on-line. Go to: to get your copy for your Field Day site. You can also find a sample Press Release for your Field Day activities as well.

Thanks to Nick, K8NAP our State Government Liaison (SGL) for getting the governor to take time out of his busy schedule and getting this Proclamation for us.



I received an email today from the HacDC amateur radio club in Washington DC inviting me to their kids day activity at the White House. They are going to be at the White House Visitors Center according to their email.

I contacted the club earlier this year when I was going to DC for a few days asking about repeaters I could use with a HT at the hotel I was going to be at. They emailed me repeater information and also invited me to check into their Monday night net, which I did, and also invited me to their club meeting, which I want able to make. I was surprised by the email they sent me tonight.

I thought their Kids Day event would be worth mentioning if you were going to send out an email about arrl kids day June 18th, to see if it was something you wanted to include with it. I think it would be a neat contact to make with kids and one that could be made from Ohio.

Below is the information from the email I received about it.


DC’s ham radio club is transmitting from the White House on June 18th 2016 starting at 2 p.m. in honor of ARRL’s Kids Day.  The frequencies will be 14270, 7270, 14042, and 7042.  But we would much prefer if you were there on site.  We are meeting at the White House Visitor’s Center located south of the White House at 2 p.m.

We would really like to see you there!  Let me know if you can make it.



Jeff Kopcak - TC

Hey Gang,

You're reading this so you survived another Dayton.  My dad N8ETP and I went down on Thursday.  We stopped at MCM Electronics.  It was actually on the way because we stayed south of Dayton this year.  My dad was looking for some parts.  I ended up buying another Raspberry Pi 3 on a Dayton weekend special and an Arduino Uno board.  The Arduino was cheap and a lot smaller than I expected.  Don't have much lined up for it but I did want to try a project I saw on AmateurLogic.TV some time ago.

The difference between the Raspberry Pi and
Arduino Uno boards is the Pi can run a full operating system (usually Linux) while the Arduino Uno runs instruction sets uploaded to memory.  Variants of the Arduino can run entire operating systems.  Both have General Purpose Input/Output (GPIO) pins for interfacing.  I haven't mentioned it in this space - Raspberry Pi 3 is the latest addition to the line of cheap micro-computer devices.  The Pi 3 has all the features of the Pi 2 with an upgraded CPU to 1.2 GHz 64 bit, built in Wireless N LAN, Bluetooth 4.1 and Low Energy (LE).  All of this goodness (still) at $35 in the same form factor.  I ran a compile of Fldigi/Flmsg for comparison.  The Pi 2 compiled the programs in about 22 minutes, the Pi 3 compiled in about 13 minutes.

This year I really didn't have a lot on the Dayton shopping list.  I wanted to take a look at the new ICOM IC-7300.  That is a very nice radio and a huge improvement over my IC-7000.  I didn't pull the trigger on that for some reason.  I'm reluctantly holding off.  The newer radios are coming with built in USB.  For someone looking to get into HF digital check out the newer radios.  You won't need a SignaLink type device because the sound card is built in!

I did attend Dayton with the intent of purchasing a DMR radio.  From the amount of people I heard on DMR repeaters and podcasts afterwards, it sounds like they were the popular item this year.  For good reason, I picked up a Tytera MD-380 for a little over $100.  It included the radio, battery, charging base, 2 antennas, programming cable, and software.

DMR stands for Digital Mobile Radio and is a standard published in 2005 that came from our friends in Europe.  It is an open standard (publically available for adoption and modification) and widely adopted for commercial use.  In practice manufactures have introduced proprietary features into DMR and created marketing buzzwords like MotoTRBO.  With enough surplus hardware available in the market, the price dropped low enough for hams to adopt the standard and setup DMR repeaters.  I have a lot to learn about how all this works.  There aren't DMR repeaters in range of my QTH.  Couple on the opposite side of town and to the south.  There are some repeaters in Toledo and Columbus.  The greatest concentration is between Dayton and Cincinnati.  Thanks to the folks at the Dial Radio Club in Middleton, Ohio, I had a DMR repeater easily accessible from my hotel room during the show.

New things I saw include scanners from Whistler with DMR (expected June 2016).  Following quickly behind was Uniden with the same announcement (no release dates set).  If you have a public service agency utilizing a DMR system, you'll soon have scanner options available.  Kenwood showed off their 2m/220/440 radio with APRS and D-STAR (and hopefully DPRS).  My dad and I both noticed how incredibly crisp and clear the color display was.  Standing about 5-6 feet away we could easily read it.  Wireless Holdings showed off a new digital all-in-one radio, the DV4mobile.  This thing has ALL the features: 2m/220/440, DSTAR/DMR/Fusion – with P25/NXDN/NEXEDGE coming next year, LTE (as in cellular connectivity), remote programming, remote operation, Ethernet/WiFi, SMS (text messages).  Will this thing do my dishes too?  Wow.  Both Kenwood and Wireless Holdings are expecting release dates in about 6 months.

Thanks to everyone who stopped by the Field Services table at the ARRL Expo.  I had a great time chatting with hams from England and exchanging ideas.  It was fun meeting those in Newington who administer the programs we know and love.  A lot goes into these programs and there’s a lot of technical research happening.  The table was staffed by representatives from the Ohio Section including moi.  Scott and his wife Jane spent most of the show at the table making sure everything went smoothly.  Huge thanks to them for getting everything organized.  It was nice to meet all of you.  I picked up a couple books in the store on the way out.  More stuff to do!

Reminder about Windows 10: Don't forget the free upgrade offer to Windows 10 is set to expire July 29th. You still have about a month to decide on the upgrade.  If you missed my April article, I went into great detail about Windows 10 and the push to upgrade users.  Check it out on my site or on the Ohio Section Journal site.  There is no indication from Microsoft if the upgrade will become a premium option or if they will extend the offer.  Some analysts think it will become a pay upgrade others think the upgrade offer will be extended indefinitely.  One change, Microsoft is becoming even more aggressive in forcing the upgrade.  Didn't know this was possible but they’ve succeeded.  I mentioned in April that clicking the red “X” to close the upgrade pop-up will delay the upgrade.  This is no longer true.  Microsoft's new interpretation of clicking the red “X” is an AGREEMENT to the upgrade.  This whole upgrade thing is ridiculous.  I have no defense for this behavior.  If you want to disable the Windows 10 upgrade, run Never10 (  Many users are disabling Windows Update to prevent the upgrade.  Please don't.  If you have, run Never10 and disable the upgrade.  Reboot.  Check it's still disabled by running Never10 again.  Run Windows Updates and let it do its thing.  Then run Never10 again to verify the upgrade is still disabled.  I've been upgrading my machines to Windows 10.  It takes some finessing to disable the junk.  I do keep coming back to a single question: “why?”  Not 'why did I upgrade' but 'why is this useful setting now burred and takes fifteen clicks when it used to be three' or 'why would you change things (color schemes, color contrasts, move things around for the seventh time) just to change things?'  Haven't yet taken the plunge to wipe-out my machine in the shack.

Technical Specialist report:

With summer and projects gearing up, requests have been coming in.  Bob K8MD and a good friend of his Dave NF8O traveled to the Ohio Veterans Home station, W8OVH, in Sandusky.  They have a sideband station and wanted an upgrade to run digital modes.  Bob and Dave spent a few hours working with them to get the station up and running.  They trained the club members how to use Fldigi and helped them make their first PSK31 contact!  The guys reported it was a humbling experience talking to Vets who served in major conflicts from WWII to Grenada.

Dave KD8TWG has been busy with presentations for ARES groups.  First was a presentation on APRS for Cuyahoga ARES.  The presentation touched on history, uses, settings and what they mean, and systems built on the APRS network.  There is a lot to APRS and I learned a lot.  Soon after he did a “program your radio without a computer” for Geauga ARES.  Interesting concept.  Most groups bring computer programming in to help newbies program their radio.  Knowing how to program a radio without a computer is useful during an event or public service activity where improvisation is likely needed.  Could you change PL tone on your radio and save it in memory though the front of your radio?  Programming a temporary repeater that has a 1 MHz split?  DCS, anyone?  It's good to know and practice changing transmit, receive, PL frequencies, and power settings on-the-fly through the front of your radio.

PCARS (Portage County) club members contacted me about a moon bounce (EME) presentation.  This is an area I wasn’t familiar with or knew anyone who operated.  I reached out to the assembled mass of Technical Specialists.  Tracey - W8TWL came through with a couple contacts.  Got PCARS in touch with one of them and they are working out the details for the July 11th meeting.  I’m hoping to make this meeting and see a great presentation on Earth-Moon-Earth.

Thanks for reading and 73… de Jeff – K8JTK


John Myers, KD8MQ - ACC

Hi everyone..

Well, we made it through the week of Dayton. What a ride! According to the Monday Morning Memo, preliminary reports from the Dayton ARA indicate that numbers may have been up slightly this year.  While I wasn’t there for much of the big show, my perception was that the crowds were as big as ever.

My Dayton experience revolved around the National Parks On The Air (NPOTA) event at the Dayton Aviation Heritage site (That’s HP11 for us NPOTA Junkies). You can read more about this in this month’s NPOTA Column.

Let’s talk about ARRL Field Day. Unless you’ve been off-world for a while, you know that Field Day is coming up fast. Its part Emergency Preparedness exercise, part contest, and part social gathering. These proportions can vary from club to club. While folks can, and do participate in Field Day on their own, or with a small group of friends, it’s so much better as a club activity.

If you are fortunate enough to have a Field Day chairperson, make sure to treat them right. In fact, put down this issue of the Ohio Section Journal, and call your chairperson right now. At the very least, thank them for taking on this job. Maybe they have a job you can help them with?

Moving on, several years ago, I heard of one club in eastern Ohio that had a band come in for Field Day. They had so much fun with the social aspect of the weekend that they didn’t get around to actually getting on the air until Sunday morning.

One of my first Field Days, back in the 80s featured a Hog roast. Let me tell you, it was no trouble getting the local mayor out to the Field Day site for that one.

So, how are your plans coming for Field Day 2016? Did you notice the most recent bonus point categories for 2016? That’s right; the league has added two new ones; Social Media, and Safety Officer. Social Media isn’t hard. Safety officer is a position each Field Day should have anyway. The Safety Officer checklist is included in the ARRL Field Day Packet. 

Be warned, if you just go to, and download the rules, you are missing out! There’s a lot of extra info in the complete Field Day packet. It’s not just sample press releases any more. You can download it from the ARRL Field Day Page at

Also, and this is important, Get your Field Day location submitted to the ARRL Field Day Station Locator. The locator can actually drive “customers” to your Field Day site (For customers, read Prospective Hams, and club members). It’s also the best way for your section ARRL officials to find you as we visit Field Day sites.
And the most important thing is don’t get so wrapped up in the planning for your Field Day effort that you forget to have fun!

That’s why we join clubs in the first place, right? To have fun! Some of my best Ham Radio Memories, and I hope yours too, include Field Day.

With that, I’ll tie the ribbons on it. Have fun! .

73, DE KD8MQ


John Myers, KD8MQ - ACC

Hi everyone, we have a few things to cover this month, so I’ll get right to it.
Dayton On The Air - Have you worked HP11, the Dayton Aviation Heritage Site? After the weekend of the Dayton Hamvention, more folks will be able to say yes to that question.
During the weekend of the Hamvention, the ARRL, with the support of Vibroplex provided the equipment for a weekend activation at the Wright Brothers Bicycle Shop, in Dayton. We had a great run of operators, in spite of some challenging weather on Saturday. Without a doubt, Sunday was our best time, with non-stop operators from 8:30 AM until Noon, when we were forced to pull the plug, for the trip home.
But, the high point of the whole weekend was Scott, N8SY & I crashed the NPOTA forum at the Hamvention to present plaques to Sean, KX9X, and Norm, W3IZ on behalf of the Ohio section. Lemme tell you, these guys were surprised, and very appreciative.
I’m sending along some pictures from Dayton. These will be visible only if you are viewing the Section Journal via the website.
Unfortunately, 20 meters never quite worked for us, but 40 was awesome. A total of 11 Hams ran 12 different callsigns from our HP11 activation during the weekend. That did not count the folks who stopped by to activate their own setups after we were done. Most notable, was Bill, AB4BJ who stopped by with the new Icom IC-7300.
Pushing the envelope – You know what I like best about NPOTA? The number of folks, myself included, who are trying something new. Be it portable operating, building antennas, or just getting involved with logbook Of The World for the first time, folks are out there expanding their horizons. I find this awesome!
Light up the Trail – The Light up the trail event is in the books. I’ve not seen the final wrap-up yet, but it looks like Ohio was the most active state in this “event within an event”. Good job to everyone involved with Light Up The Trail.
Also in the last month, the number of NPOTA contacts which have been uploaded to LOTW surpassed the 400,000 mark. Will we break a million this year? I bet we will!
This just in – There will be a NPOTA Forum at this year’s ARRL Ohio Section Convention. The moderator will be Eric, WD8RIF. Further information will be available in next month’s Section Journal.
And that’s it for this month. Have fun out there!

John, KD8MQ


Stan Broadway, N8BHL

It Gets Real – Real Fast!

We practice, hopefully we train and exercise. But “When’s the last time we were needed?”

In one week, actually just a couple days, amateur radio was activated for two short-fuse incidents in areas close by. These were quick-response incidents and presented the opportunity for amateur radio to be right in the middle of things.  It also reinforced our attention to working together.

My friend Cecil Dennis, K4TCD is SEC for Kentucky.  Because we have a very close working relationship especially around Cincinnati, he included us in an alert:

“I have be called and advised by Glenn Allen WA4YPQ ASEC Region 2 that communicators are need for a Search and Rescue of a down plane btw Falls of Rough in Grayson County and Owensboro Regional Airport. Anyone that can assist in this please contact Glenn Allen.  Search will begin at 8AM CST”

A police statement says pilot Dr. Robert C. Dalzell Jr. left the Owensboro Regional Airport on Monday morning and landed at Falls of Rough in Grayson County about 35 minutes later. The statement says he departed later from the Falls of Rough, but never returned to the Owensboro airport.

Robert Dalzell, Jr. (Photo Courtesy: Kentucky State Police)
Kentucky State Police say his last cellphone activity showed him within 5 miles of the Falls of Rough airport. Police are asking those near Falls of Rough to keep an eye out.

Police say the 70-year-old Dalzell of Owensboro was flying a 2012 Green Aero Criquit Bogota fixed wing plane with a tail number of N429BB.

Unfortunately, the search ended the next day when a private helicopter spotted debris from the crashed and burned aircraft in a densely wooded area.

Just a day later, Ohio ARES volunteers in Warren County were heated up for a missing person search:

Warren County EMA looking for civilian volunteers for critical missing person search in Franklin. Command post is at 230 Industrial Rd. Search will run till dark then reassess. Please poll your groups and email: with headcount.

This search fortunately was a quick success, the missing person was found later that day at the University of Dayton campus. I don’t have more details on the nature of the case.

Here are my take-away points from these:

  • Amateur Radio emergency Service should be an integral part of responding to real emergencies.  If you are focused on “spandex” events, you’re missing the whole purpose.

  • ARES members must be READY at all times!   When ARES is activated for real emergencies, we will most likely be needed immediately!  We can’t plan ahead, we can’t make several rounds of phone calls trying to convince lethargic members to actually get involved. We all need to be ready – and yes – WILLING to get involved.

  • For large-scale emergencies, this area of the country is b-o-r-i-n-g.  As a resident, that’s a good thing. But as ARES, it’s a problem because we too easily fall into the “It’ll never happen here” syndrome.  Yes, it’s a shock but MARCS and other public service systems, telephone and internet WILL fail. When ARES is activated, that lethargy leaves us unprepared, untrained, and embarrassed.

  • Emergencies that require amateur radio CAN happen here, in any of our counties at any time. Missing people, storms and related damage, flooding, wind events, power and communications outages - these can all be opportunities to show that amateur radio is a viable communication and volunteer backup for our communities. But this will only work out well if you are ready!
It’s getting “really real” in Ohio! We brace for July, which included the NAACP National Conference in Cincinnati (with the Prez, Hillary, and a cast of others invited). At the same time Pan Ohio Hope Ride gets underway from downtown Cincy moving through the state to Cleveland.  EC Bryan Hoffman and all the district folks will have their hands full!!  (And they’ll need help!) 

That weekend, Toledo and Northwest Ohio hams get a workout with the Toledo Air Show – and 100,000 of their closest fans – at the same time as the Lucas County Fair.

Later that week, the “Big One”…the Republican National Convention in Cleveland. Planning at the highest Federal security levels has been going on for months. And amateur radio (because operators there are solid with the required FEMA courses including a couple extras) is going to be there. The station at the Cuyahoga County EOC, and several other county EOC’s will be active for the duration. Red Cross activity in the area also portends to use several ham operators and stations.

Through these activities, the Sarge will be manned with the Ohio EOC in full swing.

….and who was it said this part of the country was boring??

There is time for you to get involved in most of these- contact your EC or the various county EC’s involved and let them know you’re 1) trained 2) available and 3) willing! 

We’re way past “Let someone else do it!” It’s time for YOU to get involved, or re-involved with amateur radio’s service to our state and our community.

73, Stan, N8BHL


John Ross, KD8IDJ

Time is just about up to enter the 2016 Ohio Section Newsletter Contest. The deadline is June 30th...midnight...and I have my alarm clock set to check and log in all entries that arrive that day.

I have all of the current entries cataloged, organized and ready to go.  I know I've said this before but each year you folks surprise me and the newsletters keep getting better!   

The judges will meet just after the July 4th holiday and "burn the midnight oil" to pick a winner. It's not an easy task with all of the talent we have...and that's a good problem to have.

Good luck to everyone. We'll present the awards in August at the annual meeting and hamfest.


This years' Dayton hamfest was, as always, great! I worked our booth in the ARRL section on Friday and met a lot hams. I'm always impressed at the sheer number of hams that attend. We must be doing something right to have thousands of folks enjoying this hobby.

I was fortunate enough to meet the ham that is the head of the Greece Amateur Radio system.  He was quite an interesting guy who traveled thousands of miles just to stop and say hello.  It says a lot when hams like that take the time to travel the world and get "face time" with the people they usually talk to on the radio.

I'm checking now to see if I can visit their version of the Dayton Hamfest next year!

Thanks to all that stopped by the booth and actually said they read this PIC column!! One very nice lady (I'll leave off the call sign) said she like my column but sometimes I was a little long winded!!!

Well, Pat, next month I'll try to do better and hold it to 20 paragraphs!!


Field Day will be here and gone sooner than you think! Most every club is Ohio has an event planned and I believe the Governor has proclaimed the week of June 19th to June 26 as Amateur Radio week.

Field Day is a great time for hams to show their resourcefulness and their readiness for any kind of situation.

So charge up the batteries, string up the longwires and have a great field day!

2016 Ohio State Fair

You'll be hearing more soon about the Ohio Section's booth at the Ohio State Fair. I know Scott is busy working out the details but having a presence at the Ohio State Fair is monumental. I've been involved over the years with several state agencies and the opportunity to talk to many different kinds of people is tremendous. The fair will be a great forum to talk about amateur radio and maybe recruit a few new hams! How about that!!!

Left Off The Vets List

One final thanks to all of the Veterans that responded a couple of months ago. It was good hear from all of you and, again, thanks for your service.

I left off one Veteran off the list...our own Stan Broadway N8BHL...Ohio National Guard. Thanks, Stan for your service.

That's all for now...73 until next month. 

John, KD8IDJ


David Maynard, WA3EZN - STM

By the time you read this ARRL Field Day will be just a few days away. Hopefully you have secured your Field Day site, got your plans all set and have equipment lined up for you Field Day. Of course you do not have to be in a club to be involved. Many individuals operate Field Day from their home station and use commercial power.

Field Day is always the fourth full weekend in June., beginning at 1800 UTC Saturday and ending at 2100 UTC Sunday. Field Day 2016 will be held June 25 – 25, 2016

Field Day is officially an operating event not a contest. The purpose remains today as it did in the beginning: to demonstrate the communications ability of the amateur radio community in simulated emergency situations.

What is ARRL Field Day?

Many “old timers” are familiar with Field Day. But new hams may not have the same familiarity. ARRL Field Day is the single most popular on-the-air event held annually in the US and Canada. On the fourth weekend of June each year, more than 35,000 radio amateurs gather with their clubs, groups or simply with friends to operate from remote locations.

It is a time where many aspects of Amateur Radio come together to highlight our many roles. While some will treat it as a contest, other groups use the opportunity to practice their emergency response capabilities. It is an excellent opportunity to demonstrate Amateur Radio to the organizations that Amateur Radio might serve in an emergency, as well as the general public. For many clubs, ARRL Field Day is one of the highlights of their annual calendar.

The contest part is simply to contact as many other stations as possible and to learn to operate our radio gear in abnormal situations and less than optimal conditions.

We use these same skills when we help with events such as marathons and bike-a-thons; fund-raisers such as walk- a-thons; celebrations such as parades; and exhibits at fairs, malls and museums — these are all large, preplanned, non-emergency activities.

But despite the development of very complex, modern communications systems — or maybe because they ARE so complex — ham radio has been called into action again and again to provide communications in crises when it really matters. Amateur Radio is well known for communications support in real disaster and post-disaster situations.

Part of any real emergency will be handling formal traffic for the agencies we serve. Field Day incorporates this into the exercise in two ways. First, 100 points are earned by sending a formal message from the club to your ARRL Section Manager N8SY or Section Emergency Coordinator N8BHL. The message must be originated during the Field Day period. Why not have one of your club’s experienced traffic-handlers work with someone just learning how to handle traffic involved in this part of Field Day. You should also be ready to garner points for originating, relaying, or receiving and delivering formal messages during the Field Day operation. You can gain up to 100 points (10 points each for 10 messages) as well as incorporating another segment of your club into the operation. You can’t double dip – so don’t include the ARRL

As you plan Field Day, don’t overlook the wide range of bonus points that are available. Since 2005, all entry classes are eligible for some type of bonus points. Check the rules at .to see which bonus points you can earn. Some of these bonus point you can earn are listed here:
Bonus points for using emergency power

Bonus point for operating in a public place
Bonus points for preparing a media press release
Bonus points if elected or appointed local or state governmental official visits your site by invitation
Bonus points for use a GOTA station to help teach newly licensed amateurs
Bonus point for sing a digital station or satellite station

There are many other bonus points you can earn. Check the ARRL website for complete rules, log sheets and additional information on Field Day.

New this year

Something new this year is that OSSBN traffic handlers may be monitoring the frequency 3972.5 during Field Day to take your Field Day radiograms. The reason for this is to make it easier for you to get your radiograms passed. If you don't find one of them on the air check into the OSSBN on that frequency for their normal net at 10:30 AM, 4:15 PM and 6:45 PM to pass your radiograms.

With the proper planning the only thing that should stop your Field Day is the clock. However, the fun and adventure of Amateur Radio does not have to stop there. Here’s hoping that this year’s Field Day event is just the next springboard for Amateur Radio in your own lives, as well as in your club and in your community. Perhaps you can use it to discover that Amateur Radio really can be a perpetual motion machine. Enjoy your Field Day 2016 adventures.

For More Information on Field Day visit:

Most important is to HAVE FUN and enjoy the friendship and fellowship of Field Day.

73, David, WA3EZN


Lyn Alfman, N8IMW - Assistant Section Manager

On May 5, I participated in the Guernsey County Emergency Management Agency’s exercise of communications during their disaster and Hazmat drill. I kept a record of all incoming messages from Form 213s to telephone calls before passing them on to the appropriate department. 

On May 14, I was at Scout Fest in Mt. Vernon helping Boy Scouts build measuring-tape Yagi antennas for use in “fox hunting, “ which Sonny Alfman, W8FHF, and Billie Dickson, WB8TRK, conducted that afternoon in the rain.

On May 17, I had the privilege of attending an awards ceremony for the Dresden Elementary Amateur Radio Station (DEARS) members.  These students have had a great contest history.  They once again placed first in the February School Club Roundup.  This was their fourth first place finish.  They also have one second place finish—all since February 2014 under the club call sign KD8NOM. The student in attendance got to talk to retired ARRL President Kay Craigie, N3KN, on HF and ask questions with their families and the local TV station in attendance.  Mentor Jim Mayercak, WX8J, his two licensed students: Tyler Hammonds, KD8UAY (Extra Class) and Mason McDaniel, KE8BQL (Technician Class) were interviewed and featured on the 6 and 11 pm news segments of WHIZ TV.

On May 20 and 21, I attended the Dayton Hamvention and help to staff the Ohio Section booth in the ARRL Expo area.  I also took in some forums: Fox hunting/ARDF, ARRL Forum on National Parks on the Air (NPOTA), and the ARRL forum where we were introduced to our new leadership. Of course, I did some shopping as well; I bought a short-sleeve and a long-sleeve NPOTA shirt as well as two Field Day shirts-one in tan the other in brown.  I bought matching shirts for my husband as well. It didn’t rain all day long on Saturday, so we were not forced to move around inside like sardines!

On May 25, I helped direct traffic while parking cars during the Guernsey County Senior Citizens Center’s picnic at the large pavilion in the Cambridge City Park.  There were 325+ in attendance.

I also attended a Zanesville Amateur Radio Club meeting on May 3, and a Cambridge Amateur Radio Association (CARA) officers’ meeting on May 23 as well as all four CARA Thursday luncheons.

Just remember Field Day is just around the corner, so many organizations are into Field Day planning, just like we are.  As a member of the Cambridge Amateur Radio Association’s Field Day committee, I found and reserved our Field Day site, printed the Field Day package off the ARRL web site and studied the rule and bonus points for changes/additions.  Two new opportunities for bonus points this year are having a Safety Officer and using digital media to promote and update events at your Field Day site.

Then as PIO for the CARA club, I have been busy composing and mailing our invitations to local served agencies and elected officials (from the governor down to the local township trustees), preparing a press release for the local media, putting together information press packets, gathering flyers to post in local community bulletin boards, labeling handouts with the club’s web site address, and asking local mayors and county commissioners for proclamations declaring June 20-26 as Amateur Radio Week. I said mayors and county commissioners because the club is based in Guernsey County, but our Field Day site it just over the county line in Muskingum County. And, of course, I placed our Field Day site on the ARRL Field Day locator using GPS coordinates because the park does not have an actual address.

So don’t forget to place your group on the Field Day locator on the ARRL web site:

’73 Lyn, N8IMW  

Remember to be Radio Active!


From: Fritz Tender, WD8E - Assistant Section Manager

The 2016 Dayton Hamvention is now history.  What can I say, the buses to and from Hara Arena worked great, the weather was good, a few showers but it is Hamvention.  For the first time in years I did not have a shopping list.  No going from vendor to vendor looking for the best deal.  My trip into the flea market was to visit friends.  This enabled me to do double duty between the Ohio booth in the ARRL Expo and the Old Old Timers Club booth.  I heard that, yes I more than qualify for OOTC!  I had fun!

A few personal observations.  I did not see the improvements promised last year.  And it appeared to me that the crowd was down a bit.  Perhaps that was because I was not standing in line at vendor booths price shopping.

Since this is last journal article prior to Field Day (FD) I encourage you to register your operation in the ARRL FD site locator.  I use the tool to find sites to visit. 

Last, listen for WE8DX Special Event (SE) station July 2nd & 3rd on 20 & 40 meters.  Current day Columbus has a unique connection to the Revolutionary War through The Refugee Land Tract.  A strip of land running from the Scioto river down town Columbus through current day Franklin, Fairfield, Licking, and Perry counties.  You can get more information at  If you would like to operate the event send an email to

That is it for now, have a safe and fun 4th.

73, Fritz, WD8E


From: Kitty Hevener, W8TDA - Assistant Section Manager

Happy birthday QCEN!!

One of my home clubs, QCEN (Queen City Emergency Net) is celebrating its 75th anniversary this month.

This club has provided communications support for the American Red Cross, Cincinnati region since 1941. 

That’s it from me..

73, Kitty, W8TDA


Scott Yonally, N8SY - Section Manager

Hey Gang,

Phew.. Dayton was a blast!! For me it started on that Wednesday getting things all packed up and out the door.. As usual, I made it about 20 miles down I-71 when I remembered that I had packed everything except my suitcase. So, back to home we went. After a thorough, did I get everything this time look around, back on the road we went. Luckily, that was the only glitch we had the entire weekend. Thursday was spent doing setup at Hamvention and then back to the hotel for the Annual Section Managers Conference. I’m on the organizing committee. It was a great time and I did get some “one on one” time with Rick, K5UR and Tom, NY2RF afterward. I will say that I had the most fun at the Ohio Section booth however. We had a great time meeting with all of you, and that’s what I really enjoy the most, talking and being with YOU.
Now, switching bands to another subject..

July is almost here and I’m happy to report that a great deal of you have taken the plunge and gotten certified in ICS-100, 200, 700 & 800. This is great news and I’m very proud that you have taken this step. It advances the Ohio Section’s ability greatly to participate with FEMA and your local government agencies.

Speaking of this training, I was at a drill yesterday where I was asked to be the PIO for Social Media. During the drill the evaluator came over several times to watch as I posted messages to the public. After several rounds of her looking over my shoulder she asked me how I was qualified to do this. That’s when I pulled out my certificates and showed her that I had the ICS training. Not only the 4 basics, but I’ve also had the training for PIO’s as well, including the one for Social Media. She quietly jotted it down and then moved on to other things that were going on in the EOC.

I wanted you to know about this just so you understand that you’ll never know when you might be asked to help out in a situation, just like me yesterday. I was supposed to be an observer. Having this training before you need it benefits YOU and your EMA Director.

For those of you who really aren’t seeing the reason for this I want you to take just 10 minutes of your time and read an article that was published in the March edition of QST. It’s by Rick Palm, K1CE. Now for those of you who don’t get QST, I have this article reprinted on our website   I know that once you read Rick’s views it will greatly help you better understand the in’s and outs to all of this, and why this is so very important to YOU.

I do want to assure you that if after reading all about why these ICS certifications are so very important you still decide not to go through with completing them, it’s ok. There will still be some things that you can do, just not as many of them.

Now let’s switch bands..

Have you seen the NEWEST “Handbook Giveaway” drawing on the website yet? It’s there..!! To enter the drawing all you need to do is fill in a couple of boxes on the form.. (your name and email). That’s you need to do to be entered into a drawing to win a 2016 ARRL softcover Handbook. There’s nothing else required (Oh.. You do need to be a resident of Ohio to win..)   The winner will be mailed the Handbook at my cost. This is being offered just to see how many folks are really checking in on the website. Got the idea? Best of luck to you!!

Are you getting those emails from me? If not, all you have to do is to “Opt-In” to receive them. Heck, just send me an email, I’ll get you added to the mailing list. There’s a link to do this on the Ohio Section website, it’s on the bottom left corner.. For your convenience, here’s a direct link to it:  I urge all of you to make sure that everyone, regardless of whether they are a League member or not, get signed up for one of these options. You can always “Opt-Out” at any time if you feel this is not what you were expecting. 

Let’s shift bands once again..

Let’s talk about the Ohio Section Website.. You can find the Ohio Section Website at:  If you don’t have this website set as your home page, I urge you to do so. It changes a lot and it’s so important for you to be kept up to date with the very latest information.

Switching bands once again.. HEY, there’s another NEW – one question – questionnaire on the Ohio Section Website! This question is really important for me to know.. It will only take about 2 seconds for you to answer it, and you can see how your answer stacks up with others instantly. If you haven’t done it yet, please do.. I really want to hear from you.

Are you a member of the ARRL?? If you aren’t a League member, this is a great opportunity to become one. Want more information on how to join? Here’s the link: There’s even a 90 day FREE trial that you can apply for if you’ve never been a member.. Got questions about being a member or what the League is all about? Send me an  I’ll be happy to call or write to you. We can even have coffee if you’d like.. and I’ll buy!!
One last spin of the dial..

Don’t forget Field Day is just around the corner, June 25 – 26.  Have fun, but please remember to be safe.

Oh, did you see that our very own ACC is mentioned in the July issue of QST? The article is on page 73. It’s about the picture of the rangers at Hopewell when John, KD8MQ was there to setup for the National Parks on the Air event. John has really become a star lately. My hat is off to you sir!!

Did you also see the S.E.T. results posted in that issue QST? It’s on page 70. The Ohio Section ranked 3rd in ARES activity and 5th in Section/Local Nets. That’s fantastic news!! Keep up the great efforts!!  

That’s going to do it for now…  Got questions about Amateur Radio or the League? I’ll be at your hamfests and club meetings to answer them, or just give me a call. I’m always happy to talk with you.

73, Scott, N8SY


John Perone, W8RXX

For the month of May there were:

OO cards sent 1

Good op cards sent 1

Total Hours Ohio OO's monitored 824

73, John, W8RXX



May 2016

1.86   GB



07/02/2016 | Open House on 40th birthday of Bellbrook Amateur Radio Club
1500Z-2100Z, W8DGN, Bellbrook, OH.
Bellbrook Amateur Radio Club (BARC).
28.400 21.400 7.240; 14.070 PSK-31.

Certificate. Bellbrook Amateur Radio Club,
PO Box 73,
Bellbrook, OH 45305.


07/02/2016 | The Refugee Tract
1400Z-1900Z, WE8DX, Hebron, OH.
Central Ohio Contest Association.
14.240 7.240. QSL.

Central Ohio Contest Association,
1010 Blacks Rd SE,
Hebron, OH 43025.

More Refugee Tract info can be seen at



06/18/2016 | MILFORD HAMFEST
Location: Milford, OH
Sponsor: Milford Amateur Radio Club

07/10/2016 | 20/9 Radio Club Hamfest 2016
Location: Austintown, OH
Sponsor: 20/9 Radio Club, Inc.

07/16/2016 | NOARSfest 2016
Location: Elyria, OH
Sponsor: Northern Ohio Amateur Radio Society

07/17/2016 | Van Wert Hamfest
Location: Van Wert, OH
Sponsor: Van Wert Amateur Radio Club