Monday, May 15, 2017

The Ohio Section Journal - Hamvention Edition

In this issue:



Hamvention® Promoting Use of Off-Site Parking Areas
(from ARRL Bulletins)

Hamvention® General Chairman Ron Cramer, KD8ENJ, is suggesting that visitors to the May 19-21 event at the Greene County Fairgrounds and Expo Center in Xenia, Ohio, use off-site parking in order to avoid traffic problems. Hamvention will offer free on-site and off-site parking during the event. 

“We are now promoting using off-site parking as a means to avoid traffic congestion around the Fairgrounds and possible lack of sufficient parking if there is heavy rain and the soccer fields are not available to us,” Cramer said today.

Maps of the four off-site parking areas are on the Hamvention website ( ), and free transportation will be provided to and from all off-site parking areas.

Kramer said that all four lots are within 15 minutes of the new Hamvention venue and will allow bus access to the Fairgrounds. Talk-In ( )will advise guests about available or filled parking areas and help direct guests to a better location, Cramer said.

According to the City of Xenia website, Hamvention’s principal effects on Xenia will be temporary traffic congestion and potentially heavier restaurant patronage.  The most congested streets in Xenia during Hamvention are expected to be Detroit Street, Purcell Avenue, Northwest Street, Galloway Street, King Street, and Hollywood Avenue.


Jeff Kopcak – TC

Hey gang,

DMR: you're hearing a ton about it from the Ohio Section and the number of repeaters has exploded with nearly 60 in the state.  DMR saw growth due to inexpensive offerings of quality radios at last year’s show.  I suspect this year will be no different with new offerings from vendors, possibility of dual band radios around the corner, and many more groups supporting DMR.

How many of you know the terminology and could program a DMR radio from scratch?  Passing around a code plug makes the mode seem plug-and-play and it’s a great way to get started.  Relying on existing code plugs leaves most of us unable to change the configuration of our own radios or even know how it works.  What happens if you need to change programming, add a repeater, the code plug information is old, or wrong?

When I started last year, I found there was very little information available on DMR in ham radio.  I learned DMR by doing a couple things.  First, I looked at the code plug I downloaded for my TYT MD-380.  I got a lot of knowledge playing around with that.  There were a couple things I wasn’t quite sure about.  When I got together with a buddy who was interested in DMR, we further played around with the software, tried different settings, and I filled in those gaps.
With the continued support from the Ohio Section, one of our Technical Specialists, Dave – KD8TWG has been giving training presentations on radio programming and he created a DMR Learning Series explaining terminology and etiquette:

I put together a paper with the goal of explaining DMR to the person just starting out and include some more technical descriptions.  It started as an idea to write an article or two for the OSJ around Dayton time so anyone jumping in would have good information.  After starting the project, it quickly became much bigger.

The first writing talks about the DMR standard and compares it to other made-for-ham-radio modes like D-STAR and Fusion.  One topic that might be of interest is the section on 'is it legal?'  I've heard this question come up frequently and even clubs in the section are questioning the legality.  Radios, CPS, code plugs, registering for a DMR ID are all discussed.  I talk about repeaters, c-Bridges, networks, and some of the issues one might encounter.  Terminology covered includes time slots, talk groups, reflectors, contacts, RX Group Lists, channels, zones, scan lists, and hotspots:

The second will deal with creating a sample code plug for a factitious repeater, tying all the terminology together.  Afterwards, you will be able to create and update your own code plugs!  Stay tuned to next month.  DMR repeaters in Ohio:

At the request of Cuyahoga County Skywarn, Technical Specialist Dave – KD8TWG has installed a Sage EAS ENDEC device on the 146.76 repeater in Cleveland.  146.76 is the primary Skywarn repeater for Cuyahoga County.  The device is the same used by radio and television stations to broadcast Emergency Alert System messages.  It monitors NOAA weather radio frequencies and broadcasts tornado watches/warnings, thunderstorm watches/warnings – for Cuyahoga County, and the weekly EAS test.  It’s been performing flawlessly!

The data and attention tones are the same everyone is familiar with.  These are the same one would hear tuning to a broadcast radio or TV station during an event.  In order to not clobber an existing QSO, the device will delay playing the alert until the repeater is free.  DTMF tones are available to Skywarn NCS’s to disable the alerts if it begins to interfere with the net.  Some innovative working being done here.  Thanks for the hard work Dave.

Anthony - K8ZT, our ASM for Educational Outreach, shared some links with me from his site.  He has put together lists of great resources for doing projects, ideas for the class room, training classes, and build projects a group my want to coordinate:

After my write up of podcasts last May
(, I try to catch ones that feature a ham in the Ohio section.  QSO Today episode 144 featured John Ackermann - N8UR.  John was a past president of TAPR (which I'm a member) and is a big proponent of open source hardware and software (openly sharing designs that make the community better).  Eric and John talked about his usage of SDR radios and this collection of test equipment.  He's done alot of experimenting with APRS and shares some of his lessons learned.  I especially liked his idea that hams can achieve much greater data transfer speeds in the 3 GHz portion of our spectrum.  Maybe others in the section will develop technology to utilize that spectrum more than we are currently.  The podcast is available on your favorite podcast app by searching for “QSO Today” or by going to:

Don't forget #HamNation300 special event is starting the Wednesday following Dayton.  There will be stations operating D-STAR, DMR, Echolink, possibly Fusion, P25 and anything else we can get our hands on – in addition to SSB.  I will be doing D-STAR, JT65, and maybe PSK too for some HF digital contacts.  Points challenge is available for those who enjoy the social aspect of a special event.  Tune in to Ham Nation ( every Wednesday evening.  Details can be found on our event page:  I will also be participating in the Ham Nation forum at Hamvention on Saturday, 10:30a in Room 1.

The show featured the digital net controllers this past Wednesday (5/10).  My ugly mug was featured along with my good friend Andrew- WA8LIV from the DMR net and Dave – N3NTV from the Echolink net.  You can watch the segment if you dare: or download it at:  There’s a reason (more than one?) I stayed behind the camera when I worked TV production.  I kid, check it out and join in the fun of #HamNation300.

That's about it for this month.  I'm looking forward to meeting all of you at Dayton (er, Xenia) this year.  I've heard there were a record number of ticket pre-orders which I hope means a successful year for Hamvention.  One thing I can guarantee for this year: it will be different for all of us.  I'm excited to see what's in store at this new venue. 

Get your shopping lists ready…. and see you at Dayton!

Thanks for reading and

73… de Jeff – K8JTK


John Myers, KD8MQ - ACC

Hi everyone, we’ve gotten to the end of my run. This column will be my last, and my tenure as your Affiliated Club Coordinator ends in a couple weeks. I’d like for you to welcome Tom Sly, WB8LCD as your new ACC effective June 1st. You’ll read more from Tom in this issue.

When I took this job 2014, I knew it would not be forever; that the time would come when new things & new challenges would entice me. With some big stuff happening at church this year, that time is at hand. I feel that trying to do justice to those commitments while being ACC just isn’t going to work.

So with that out of the way, let’s move on to the subject on everyone’s minds; Hamvention. Will you be heading to Xenia this year? Despite all that you may have read online, there are a LOT of folks working hard to make this first year go off flawlessly. Will there be room for improvement? Sure there will. But, if you go to the big show, have fun, and give it a chance! I’ll be doing a single day bus trip this year, but hope to return next year for the entire show.

Also, I thought I’d hammer on this subject one last time. Let’s keep those club records up to date with the league. It really is that important. Even if there are no changes, they need to be updated at least once per year. There’s more information on how to update your club record at While the hammer is out, let’s talk about the Special Service Club status. If your club is a SSC, there is no way to pull up your expiration date online at this time. The best way for now, is to contact your Affiliated Club Coordinator, or Section Manager for this information.

So, let’s have some fun this summer. In the next few months, we have ARRL Field Day, the Ohio QSO Party, and the Ohio State Parks On The Air contest coming up. All of these are an awesome chance for you, or your club to be sought after on the HF bands. Get out there and have some fun.

Other opportunities abound; I’ve been beating the drum for a while now about clubs doing Special Event Stations. But there are other options. Just pick a day, and do a “Park-Pedition” set up a portable station, invite friends with their gear, bring a grill, etc. Don’t Plan; Just Do!

On that note; Ideas tend to get discussed, and planned to death in club meetings. Sometimes, you just need take that leap of faith, step out, and do things, letting the details fall into place on their own. One thing I’ve learned from my Awesome Wife, Lyn, is that sometimes you can spend too much time planning, and not enough time doing.

I’ve had a lot of fun being your ACC. I’ve spoken to a lot of you, by e-mail, phone, and in person. My almost three years in this job have been a real eye-opener, and I continue to be impressed by the caliber of clubs in the Ohio Section. This has been one wild ride that I would not trade for anything.

Thanks everyone, but especially to Scott, N8SY. He is the kind of Hard working Section Manager who makes my job a breeze!

And, as Porky Pig would say, “Ble, ble, ble, that’s all folks!”.



Stan Broadway, N8BHL - SEC

Technology and Reliability

These two concepts, each desirable in its own right, can become confusing when applied to planning for emergencies.  Each county Emergency Coordinator (EC) is responsible for creating plans to carry his ARES unit through an emergency: Alerting and activating the group, organizing a communications network that will be responsive and comprehensive for their agencies, managing the ARES volunteers, maintaining their operation, and successfully demobilizing and reporting both internally and to the Section or League.  It’s impossible to create a uniform approach- each county’s potential emergencies differ, each county’s agencies operate somewhat differently, and each county’s politics can vary widely. The EC must navigate all those different waters while keeping volunteers interested and trained and avoiding the pitfalls of personalities of ‘grumpy old men’. 

While each county does vary, we can put up a framework that can be modeled and adapted to each county, and that’s what we tried to do with the Ohio Section Emergency Response Plan (OSERP).  Because amateur radio must be ready to perform under the harshest of conditions – the loss of all other means of communication- we have to make our plans using the ‘lowest common denominator’ approach: HF and VHF/UHF simplex, no power and no fancy stuff.  Ohio has a fairly well thought out plan in that regard, with an eye toward directing messages from our agencies (typically an EMA) to the Ohio EOC in Columbus.  But that doesn’t mean it is the ~only~ plan we can have.

ARES advertises that we can be a dependable communications ally in many different circumstances. For the RNC and related events last July, there was no communications emergency. We were in place as a ‘standing backup’ to reinforce existing communication paths. With that in mind, we have the option of trying many of the new modes available to us. We’ve been using fldigi to send IS-213 messages reliably on HF and VHF/UHF, and each county needs to practice that regularly. The use of DMR, Fusion and D-star all can create a dependable, wide-area network!  There are two big issues with digital: First, the inability to send digital messages (IS-213 and others) through fldigi or other software. Second, the variety of modes creates the situation faced by car makers trying to introduce AM stereo- the inability to reach a common standard brought a hasty demise to the whole idea. Will that happen in amateur radio?  Into which pot do we toss our money?  My answer is: as many as you can get. 

We anticipate adding DMR at the Sarge, where there is a D-star radio already (it gets only light use if at all).  We had good luck with the DMR “Ohio Channel” during RNC, and the inexpensive radios seem to generate the potential of more repeaters and more radios in the field.  Consider a statewide blizzard, or a flood event such as several states to our south are currently battling. A linked network of DMR repeaters would conceivably offer handheld coverage across the wide operations field. That would be pretty cool.  So my advice is to cultivate the new stuff- perhaps find an expert in DMR, another in Fusion and Wires-x who might be AEC’s in their specific field. Let’s all work together and cooperate to put all available tools into use.

Another ‘new – not new’ service we should be encouraging is Winlink. It’s been a proven performer for years both serving sea going vessels with position and email support, and providing ‘last mile’ email for large disasters. Previously constrained to expensive packet modems, we can now use Winmore and a sound card!  The best thing here is we can originate a normal email from, say, a PC in a vehicle through VHF or even HF onto the Internet. These emails are delivered to anyone, who can respond using their own email system.  What a great way to link everyone! Hamilton County is pioneering ARES involvement with Winlink, and I urge you all to pick up on their lead! 

I have found it a bit incongruous that the new national traffic organization was launched with the attitude (in their early publications and newsletters) that while ARES was distracted and enraptured by new technology they, with their old-fashioned message handling would ‘save the world’.  Indeed, they are trying to move into the neighborhood proclaiming the ability to move IS-213’s… in an aldulterated form.  In Ohio, our plan is that ARES will handle inter-agency messaging. With that, there is a wide and inviting table for traffic handling organizations to step in and offer messages home and other ‘health and welfare’ traffic to victims of disasters. What a great partnership that forms with amateur radio service both agencies and the public.

We are cultivating a new relationship with “Ohio Responds” – a database registering volunteers which helps assure our liability protection under Ohio law. We’ll have more on that soon!  

Now this is all exciting- but the whole thing depends on one person: the ARES volunteer. If apathy, disinterest and unwillingness to invest time and energy remove our volunteers from being active the whole thing falls apart.  You wouldn’t join a basketball team without expecting to practice, or a band without spending practice time at home. Likewise, ARES membership involves our time, and energy.  We this year have said every member needs to have the four ‘magic’ NIMS courses. You’re all to be encouraged- the numbers look very good!  I am extremely grateful for your work!

You can view the SEC’s monthly reports on the website..

73, Stan, N8BHL


John Ross, KD8IDJ - PIC

T-Minus Six weeks!

The deadline for the 2017 Ohio Section Newsletter Contest is just 6 weeks away…June 30th.

Remember, you need two copies of your newsletter from different months, to be entered.  So far I think everyone has done that but check your list just to be sure.

The judges are ready and the awards will be presented in August at our meeting and hamfest.

Please call or email me with any questions.


We have a family member, who is a Battalion Chief for the local fire department, and he has always been in interested in Amateur Radio. He’s more interested now that I showed him my DMR radio!

Fire fighters and law enforcement officers are always looking for better ways to communicate and I explained to our friend that the new FirstNet system, which is in development for a partial nationwide turn-up later this year, is a lot like our DMR system. As I keyed my handheld radio and talked to operators in Northern Ohio, Missouri, and several other areas with ease, his interest grew and now he’s on his way to getting his amateur license!!

I still marvel at our analog repeater systems…how well they work and their reliability…but DMR is a pretty cutting edge technology and we’ve been using it for a couple of years now!

So, if you want to “reel in” a new ham…demonstrations are great way to do that. The technology which Amateur Radio has helped pioneer and develop for over a century has left a lasting impression and DMR has now joined our family of accomplishments.

Amateur Radio TV Shows Cancelled

Amateur Radio has lost its guest starring roles on two network television shows.

ABC’s Last Man Standing was cancelled last week. The Tim Allen show often used Amateur Radio and Tim’s shack was seen in many shots. Allen is actually a licensed ham, so maybe there is hope he will use it again in a new show.

The show Frequency was also cancelled. That show was about a police detective who communicated with her departed father using “the ham”. The show played pretty fast and loose with the rules and technology but still gave Amateur Radio a little boost.

So, I guess the networks are ready now for a real show about Amateur Radio.  I have plenty of unused channels on my Direct TV so I’ll talk to AT&T this week about a pilot!!!!!


I did a little reconordering  a few weeks ago and took a drive to the new location of the Dayton Hamvention…. in Xenia! Yes it will be different but hams are pretty good at making things work. I’m looking forward the event. I’ve been going since I was 15 years old and I don’t want to break the tradition.

I’ll be at the Ohio Section Booth on Saturday afternoon. Stop by and talk about ham radio, public information, or just say hello.

See you at the Hamvention!

73, John, KD8IDJ


David Maynard, WA3EZN - STM

By the time you will read this the “Dayton Hamvention” will be just days away.  The Dayton Hamvention is generally considered to be the world's largest hamfest. Hamvention will be held May 19, 20 and 21, 2017 at the Greene County Fairgrounds and Expo Center near Xenia and not Dayton. The Hamvention offers forums, exhibit space and a flea market and usually claims to have over 20,000 visitors. Many amateur radio enthusiasts go out of their way to attend the Dayton Hamvention, traveling from all over the United States, Canada, Mexico and various parts of the world and even as far as Australia, Japan and Russia.

The entire staff of Hamvention volunteers is working hard behind the scenes to make 2017 a year to remember as they complete the transition from the old Hara Arena location to Hamvention’s new home at the Greene County Fairgrounds and Exposition Center.  For more information, please select the tab below to visit pages of interest.

You never know what you’ll find at the Dayton Hamvention. Chances are you’ll find equipment ranging from radios made in the 1950s with vacuum tubes to modern computer-controlled transceivers. If nothing else, you’ll get an education on the wide range of amateur radio equipment that’s out there.

You’ll find more than used equipment at a Dayton, though. Many dealers will bring new equipment to Dayton and have inside booths to show off their radios. This is your chance to look at a number of different radios that you may have only been able to look at in catalogs and compare different models. In addition, dealers often offer “hamfest prices,” so you may be able to get that radio at a slight discount.

Hamfests are also good places to connect with other hams. Quite often, you’ll meet guys that you’ve only talked to on the air. It’s a lot of fun to connect a name and call sign with a face. Sometimes, different ham groups, such as NTS groups, FISTS, ARES/RACES groups or QRP clubs, will set up a table to promote their group. You can use this opportunity to find out more about these groups and their activities.

Hamfests are basically swap meets/flea markets geared towards ham radio, electronic, and computer enthusiasts and almost anything else electronic. There are a lot of reasons to go to a hamfest, including:
* You get to see a lot of ham radio gear in one place.
* You might be able to get a good deal on some used (or new) equipment.
* You might find something that will be fun to play with.
* You get to meet hams face-to-face that you’ve only talked to on the air.
* You can learn something new at one of the programs or forums

If you plan on attending a hamfest for the first time, try to go with a group or someone who has experience.  In either case, alone or with experienced hams, the following will be helpful.

Bring lots of cash - most sellers will only take cash, and you don't want to miss out on something because you don't have enough money on you.  Make sure the cash is in small bills, not 50’s and 100’s which may scare off the seller.

Try to haggle - many sellers price stuff above what they expect to get for it because they know most buyers will haggle. So don't be afraid to offer a lower price for something. However, don't be a jerk. Most prices are negotiable; more so after lunch, but a good deal goes quickly. Most vendors are not interested in trades, but you do no harm by offering.
Don't spend money you can’t afford to lose – Most hams are honest about what they sell, and try to test used items and describe them accurately. Still, sometimes stuff is defective or worked when it was tested but got knocked around in transit.

Also keep in mind that not every seller knows that much about what they are selling - there are a lot of resellers who just buy lots of stuff at auctions or the like and drag it to the hamfest.

BUYER BEWARE.  If you are going to buy used equipment at a high cost, ask to test it to make sure it works. Ask the seller for contact information.  If a vendor refuses to demonstrate a supposedly functional piece of gear, or won’t open up a used piece of equipment for inspection, you may want to move along.  Be familiar with the smell of burnt or overheated electronics, especially transformers and sealed components. Direct replacements may be difficult to obtain.

If you are looking for something specific, know what you are looking before you go.  You can’t ask for a widget for your radio and not even know what model radio you have. If you need a part, research the part number or specs before you go. If you know exactly what you are looking for, check the auction Web sites and radio swap sites, such as, and, before you attend the hamfest. You can get an idea of the going price and average condition, so you’re less likely to get taken.

Remember if you buy it some one has to carry it to the car.  The vender is not expected to help in this carrying endeavor.

Now to the Hamfest itself, those that get there early can get the really good stuff, which will sell really fast. Those that stay late will get the deals where people hate to lug stuff home, so you can sometimes get some great deals to just take merchandise off the seller's hands.

Take a pen and pad of paper. At the Dayton flee market, it's almost impossible to remember where something was you saw 30 minutes ago. Keep track of that item by writing down where it is when you see it. Then you can easily find it again later. Writing down the price is also a good idea for comparison bargain hunting.

Dress appropriately - comfortable shoes, layers in case it's warm or cold, rain gear if there is a chance of rain. Some people find a backpack useful if they are buying a lot of small items

Don’t count on smaller hamfests having food available, but the larger hamfests like Dayton almost always have a hamburger stand. Expect the same level of quality as that of the concession stands. Taking along several bottles of water is a good idea, especially if it is going to be hot and sunny.

In conclusion, hamfests are a great place to pick up interesting pieces of equipment, both new and used, and also picked up a lot of unique items you may never find anywhere else. If going to a hamfest, carry cash and give yourself a budget. Don’t be afraid to walk away if you don’t see something in your price range. Buyers remorse for spending too much is worse than the feeling of letting something get away. There’s always the next hamfest.  And most importantly, Have fun.

That all for is month,

You can view the STM’s monthly report on the website..


David WA3EZN


Lyn Alfman, N8IMW - ASM

I attended the Coshocton County Amateur Radio Association meeting, the Cambridge Amateur Radio Association meeting, and the Guernsey County Amateur Radio Emergency Service meeting and training session.

I also attended a Guernsey County Emergency Management Agency training session on how to use the state WEBEOC program for the county in a disaster.  Four other Guernsey County ARES members attended as well.

I did not attend any hamfests this month due to family obligations.  However, I will be attending the Dayton Hanvemtion at the Green County Fairgrounds in Xenia, so stop by the Ohio Section booth and say, “Hi!”

I also attended several committee meetings and amateur radio meals.

Remember to be “Radio Active”!

’73 Lyn, N8IMW  


Jim Yoder, W8ERW – ARES Data Manager

The month of May has not started out on such a fine note.  I drove up from Texas and did miss all the rain that had fallen earlier although high water and serious flooding was everywhere in parts of Missouri and Illinois.  I saw one home that was completely leveled by a tornado.  The temperature was certainly more to my liking along the way which has changed since I arrived to find two days of rain and low temperatures.  I have been accused of bringing it from Texas and that could be true.  It wasn’t warm when I left and I drove into much nicer weather along my way to Ohio.  I apologize and I have one more trip to make in a couple of weeks which will be in time to see the new Dayton Hamvention venue in Xenia this year.

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OSJ articles are being submitted early this month so they can be published prior to Hamvention.  By the time this edition of the OSJ reaches your desks, we should be looking at upwards of 750 members included in the database, 535 who have completed the four required NIMS courses and approaching 5,000 courses taken.  If you know our Section Manager, you will recognize his comment on your achievements, “Amazing”.  I echo his sentiments and commend each of you for your diligent work and commitment to this critical effort.  Training continues to be sent in daily and it is my pleasure to update the ARES Training Database with each of those new additions.

Speaking of pleasure, there are a few things you can do to make this much easier for me.  I receive emails via the Section Manager, Section Emergency Coordinator and directly from those submitting training.  Often there are typos in name and Callsign.  I do verify everything with QRZ which can also have some errors.  Everyone should check QRZ to insure the information they have on you is accurate. The errors are usually found in your address information including your county.  Please do include your residence county and the county of your ARES activity when you submit training.  Certificates should be sent as .PDF documents.  Most any editor can read them in .PDF format and this saves a lot of work later when the certificates are stored and need to be retrieved at a later date.  The format I use is like this:  W8ERW-IS-00100.b.pdf. I understand not everyone will be able to do this, but if you can and will, this also saves a lot of time and potential errors. 

Training can be submitted to either SM Scott Yonally, SEC Stan Broadway N8BHL or me, Jim Yoder .  Ideally, sending to all three of us will insure that your information is recorded in the database and is known to the Ohio Section officials who will be using the data.  So to recap, please include your callsign, tell us your residence and serving county (most are the same and a few are not) and if you can, format the file names for your certificates as follows, W8ERW-is-00100.b.pdf.  You will save us a lot of work and help prevent errors as your information is logged.

Thanks again for your effort.  You are ahead of the curve and giving us all a lot to be proud of in Ohio.

73 and see you in Xenia for Hamvention,

As always, your questions and concerns are welcome.  Drop me an email at any time,

73 and Thank you,



Ohio Repsonds

Stan and I have finalized all the little details with the State of Ohio in preparation for all of you to get registered in the Ohio Responds database. I still have a few minor details to get out to you BEFORE you start registering, so be aware that this will very soon start up.

For those of you who still have a funny feeling about all of this, Rhonda Meggitt, our Ohio Responds System Administrator, will be at Hamvention this year. She will have a booth in building 6. She’s all primed up and ready to take your questions about what all of this can mean to you, and the benefits that you gain by becoming partners with Ohio Responds.

Ok, now that I’ve brought the subject up..  I want you to understand that you MUST be registered with your 4 completed NIMS courses in our statewide database BEFORE you attempt to register on the Ohio Responds website. So, for those of you who have been dragging your feet on getting your courses completed, I hope this will be the incentive for you to get started. How do I know if I’m on the list or not? Here’s the link to the list.  Don’t see your name on the list, and you’ve submitted your certificates? Contact me immediately!

I also want you to know that we’ll be asking if you’ve had a federal or state background check within the last 5 years. Now don’t get all shook about this..!!  We are only asking this question to know who we could place in sensitive areas where this would be a requirement. It WILL NOT affect your ability to be a part of our Section of Ohio Responds. We will accept valid and current CCW licenses from Ohio as a background check. Most churches and schools do them if you are going to be exposed directly to children. Now, that’s just a few of the ways that you could have already had a background check done and maybe not realized it. There are many more.

For those of you just starting out now that you have a real incentive, we have a webpage with all the information about how to get started.. This page contains a lot of information about what is needed. Each course takes about an hour or so to take, that’s really not much to ask now is it? You spent way more than that to get your Amateur Radio operators license!

Now here’s a link that Ed, KE8ANU found that breaks it all down for you as to what the classes are:

And here’s an additional link to the FEMA First Responder Catalog  Thanks Michael, N8QHV

I want to announce that our database guru Jim, W8ERW will be at the Ohio Section Booth at Hamvention with his computer. He’ll be able to look up you NIMS records right from there. Also, if you want to load up a disk or flash drive with your certificates on it, Jim will be able to upload that into the system right from there. You’ll need to scan your certificates either as a picture or as a .pdf and put them on a flash drive or disk. Jim will not be able to do any scanning from there, so please have that done before you get to the Hamvention.


Scott Yonally, N8SY - SM

Hey Gang,

It’s only a few days away from Dayton!  Since we have this very big venue going on, we’re going to celebrate with DARA and their new location with a special “Handbook Giveaway” drawing. You’ll have to attend the Hamvention to get signed up for this so, only those who are in attendance will be eligible this time around. Now let me assure you that we are going to do some celebrating, this drawing will be for lots more than just one Handbook, there’s going to be lots of other things too. I even have some ARRL Gift Certificates to “Give Away” as well!

Now, to enter the drawing you’ll need to stop by the Ohio Section Booth in Building 2 and fill out a simple registration form. There’s nothing else required (Oh.. this drawing is for EVERYONE, whether you live in Ohio or not!!)   The winners will be mailed their prizes at my cost after Hamvention. Make sure that you stop by the Ohio Section Booth and get registered. It’ll only take a couple of minutes to fill out the form!!

Next on my list of items to talk about this month is our Affiliated Clubs Coordinator, John, KD8MQ. I’m sure that you’ve read above where John has had a change in direction in his personal life and has asked to be allowed to retire from his duties as Affiliated Clubs Coordinator. We will miss John greatly, as that he’s brought a lot to the table as ACC, but we do understand his course change in life. John, thank you so very much for all that you’ve done for me, the clubs in Ohio and the ARRL. Our hats are off to you my friend!

John and I talked about his replacement and we both quickly came to one name, Tom Sly, WB8LCD. Tom’s had various duties with the Ohio Section for several years now. He’s very qualified to be the new Affiliated Clubs Coordinator for sure, as that he’s been one of the biggest driving forces in the Ohio Section to get clubs and club members involved once again!

Tom has spoken numerous times at Ohio Section functions about how to get the membership and clubs involved. Tom also spoke, and represented the Ohio Section, at the 100 year Celebration back in 2014 in Connecticut!  Tom’s Bio appears below and I’m very sure that you’ll agree with me, he’s going to make a really great ACC for the Ohio Section.

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, gets 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.  Did you know that the Ohio Section mailing list is almost 2,000 strong now? It is, and the ARRL emailing list for Ohio is over 3,600. We have 28,000 licensees’ in Ohio, let’s see if we can get this email out to all 28,000 by the end of the year!  Just let me know that you want added to the listing. I do get 8 – 10 new people every week! If you know of anyone that might be interested in getting my emails that isn’t already, please let them know!
On that same subject, 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. And, if you have a question that you’d like to see on our questionnaire, please send it to me! I have had several of you already do that and I would love to see more!!

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 email   I’ll be happy to call or write to you. We can even meet and have coffee if you’d like, and I’ll buy!!

I’m sure all of you have heard me say that I’m always available for you, whether you’re an ARRL member or not. It’s true, and you can feel free to write or call me anytime. If you have any questions, concerns, or would just like to sit and chat awhile over a cup of coffee or something cold to drink, feel free to call or write me
(419) 512-4445 or   

That’s going to do it for this month. I hope to see you all at your hamfests, club meetings or on the air!

73, Scott, N8SY


Our Newest Affiliated Clubs Coordinator
Tom Sly, WB8LCD

I was born in 1953 and grew up on the West side of Cleveland in a little town called Parkview 
(long since annexed into Fairview Park).  Somewhere around 1966 my folks moved to Aurora in Portage County – my first year of high school.  In that first year in Aurora I earned the rank of Eagle Scout and obtained my first ham radio license, as a novice WN8AAB.  My interest in ham radio was because of a neighbor in Fairview – Stan Hillman – W8FZS (SK).   Unfortunately, Aurora is a long way from Fairview for a 14-year-old kid, so my novice experience was pretty tough.  My license lapsed at the end of the second year.  Six months later I had a Tech ticket with the call WB8LCD.  My parents were 100% supportive of my hobby, but neither of them were involved or even interested in it, so they were not able to help me along too much.

In 1971 I left Aurora for the University of Tennessee – as a new student in their EE program.  Unfortunately, I didn't apply myself as I should have and in my second year met my future wife and moved back to OH. My wife, Mary, and I have been married 43 years, we have 3 children and 2 grandchildren.  My oldest daughter, Jenny, is the only one who has ever gotten a license – she is KD8LIR.   I did finish college with a BSBA majoring in Finance from the University of Akron.  While I was in my Junior year I had the opportunity to get involved in the insurance business, started my own Independent Agency and have not had a job since I got out of college. I'm still in the insurance agency business along with my business partner WB8VYW, who I met at the Akron U  ham radio club.

There are only two times in my life when I have not been an active ham – the 6 months when my novice ticket lapsed, and approximately 3 years while my son was in high school.  He was very active in the aquarium hobby and most of my spare time was spent cleaning fish tanks with him.  I think he was gone to college about 3 days when I had a new HF rig and got back on the air!  A few years later I had a group of ham “acquaintances” in Portage County and we decided to start a club that would be ACTIVE in the ham radio hobby and would concentrate on the FUN that ham radio has to offer. 

Since my involvement with PCARS for the past 10+ years I've probably had more ham radio fun than EVER and have totally embraced Ham Radio as a lifestyle!  All of my friends are hams (well, not all, but most!)  I'm probably not the best ham, not the most interesting ham, definitely not the smartest ham, but, my passion for the hobby will equal or surpass most!  I'm a strong supporter of the ARRL – in fact I truly believe that without them our hobby would not exist today.  I'm also a strong supporter of local clubs – that is where new hams can get connected with others and learn about all the diverse activities that ham radio entails. 

I'm excited for this opportunity to give back to the hobby that has been such a big part of my life.  I hope that together we can keep the hobby growing, and keep the hobby FUN!

Please help me welcome Tom as our newest Affiliated Clubs Coordinator!!


John Perone, W8RXX - OOC

The Ohio OO's monitored a total of 1,507 hours in April.

This is the largest number of hours in a long time.

Believe it or not NO cards were sent. Either all was well on the bands or they were listening at the wrong times?

Thanks to all the OO's that take their time to assist amateurs remain within the regulations.

73, John, W8RXX



06/03/2017 | Col. James M. Schoonmaker Museum Ships Weekend
Jun 3-Jun 4, 1400Z-2100Z, K8E, Toledo, OH. Toledo Mobile Radio Association. 14.260 14.039 7.260 7.039. QSL. K8E Col. James M. Schoonmaker Team, P. O. Box 9673, Toledo, OH 43697. Operating at the National Museum of the Great Lakes on board the Col. James M. Schoonmaker. Operating June 3, 1400Z - 2100Z Operating June 4, 1600Z - 2100Z.

06/09/2017 | 2017 Tigers On The Air
Jun 9-Jun 10, 1900Z-2000Z, K8TGR, Newton Falls, OH. Newton Falls Technology and Multimedia Club. 28.300 14.225 7.175 3.800. Certificate & QSL. NFHSTMC, 909 1/2 Milton Blvd., Newton Falls, OH 44444. Come on the air and help us celebrate the formation of the first Amateur Radio Club at Newton Falls Schools. We will be operating in a camp-out type environment for 24 hours. Local operators are invited to come and help us work the airwaves as well. As a club project, we plan on building a QRP repeater, with a 2m Frequency (146.6500) that we want to launch in a tethered weather balloon to see how many QSOs we can make that way as well. Find out more information on the website listed



05/19/2017 | Ohio State Convention (2017 Dayton Hamvention)
Location: Xenia, OH
Sponsor: Dayton Amateur Radio Association

06/03/2017 | Fulton County Amateur Radio Summer Swap
Location: Wauseon, OH
Sponsor: Fulton County Amateur Radio Club

06/10/2017 | Union County ARC TailGate & TrunkFest
Location: Marysville, OH
Sponsor: Union County Amateur Radio Club

06/17/2017 | Milford Hamfest 27th Annual
Location: Milford, OH
Sponsor: Milford Amateur Radio Club

We now have a complete listing of hamfests in Ohio on the website. Go to:  to see everything that is currently scheduled, including the Great Lakes Division Convention!


A final – final.. 

Today is May 15th, in 1905 Las Vegas Nevada was founded. In 1981 Len Barker of Cleveland pitches perfect game vs Toronto, and it’s National Chocolate Chip Day!!!

Now, on that note... Amateur Radio is exciting and a lot of FUN. It’s also a learning experience for everyone! Share your enjoyment and learning experiences with those just coming into Amateur Radio!!