Sunday, May 15, 2016

May Edition of the Ohio Section Journal..

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Hey Gang,

I wanted to do something different and special for our Dayton Hamvention booth this year. Knowing just how popular the Handbook Give Away has become with all of you, I’ve decided to have a special drawing just for the Dayton Hamvention.

Yes, there will be a Handbook given away, but there will also be some other items too. In particular there will be a $50 and $25 ARRL Gift Certificate given away as well.

So, how do you get registered for this “GIVE AWAY”?  Easy, just stop by the Ohio Section Booth Friday, Saturday or Sunday during the Hamvention and sign up. We’ll have a registration form for you to fill out and drop in the box, that’s it. The drawing will be held after Hamvention, so you don’t have to be present to win.  

The Ohio Section Booth will be easy to find as that it will be located right across from the ARRL Membership and Store at the end of the isle in the ARRL area of Hamvention.

How will I know who won? Easy, the winners will be posted on the Ohio Section Website: on Monday, May 23rd..  The prizes will be mailed out to the winners immediately following them being posted on the website.

Everyone stopping by the booth and filling out the form is eligible to win. Please, only enter once to give everyone a chance to win.

Good Luck to everyone entering.



Emergency communications groups such as ARES, RACES, MARS, CERT, SALVATION ARMY, DHS, NATIONAL GUARD, CGAUX or any groups who have a sincere interest in emergency communications are invited to display their emergency communications TRAILERS, VANS, TRUCKS or other displays at Dayton Hamvention.

This is an opportunity to show off working units and their capabilities to the 25,000+ attendees at Hamvention. There are many groups that are thinking about building units and would get beneficial ideas from displayed units.

Set up is on Thursday May 19, 2016. The order of arrival and parking depends on the type of displays and their size.

General admission tickets are provided for 5 people and two parking passes included. The coordinator will require the names and calls of the display’s team to receive a ticket.

Please consider to have units fully manned, functional and demonstrate its capabilities throughout the show.  Organizers encourage teams to have flyers or handouts describing the unit its parent organization organization. Remember, this is also about sharing information and ideas!

Organizers hope to hear from interested parties as soon as possible as space is limited! Please contact NJ8BB, Gary Hollenbaugh to reserve a space at the EMComm Display!

NJ8BB, Gary Hollenbaugh
Ecomm display coordinator



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: 


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.


From the ARRL website..

Missouri Radio Amateur Petitions FCC to Designate “Symbol Communication” Subbands  (05/11/2016)

James E. Whedbee, N0ECN, of Gladstone, Missouri, has petitioned the FCC to designate Morse (radiotelegraphy) Amateur Radio band segments as “symbol communication” subbands. The FCC has invited comments on his Petition for Rule Making (RM-11769), filed on May 2. Arguing that retaining the current regime of “legacy” CW subbands has proven to be grossly inefficient, Whedbee said he’d like to see the FCC delete all privilege restrictions that limit any part of the Amateur Radio spectrum to Morse code to the exclusion of other modes.

“Nostalgia for retention of Morse code telegraphy-only subbands is also an insufficient reason to avoid moving forward to [the] elimination of such subbands, because nothing about this Petition suggests the elimination of the mode itself, only that it not be the sole authorized mode in the subject subbands,”  Whedbee told the FCC.

Whedbee characterized CW-only subbands as “an excessive regulatory constraint, as well as a poor use of the spectrum concerned.” He proposed that the FCC’s Part 97 rules reflect the “ultimate form of communication reproduced at the receiving end.” As he explained it, his regulatory scheme would break down modes into three categories — “symbol communication mode” — for CW, digital, and other emission modes that reproduce a discrete symbol on the receiving end — “voice mode,” and “image mode.”

“[C]ontinuing regulation by specific emission designator is proving to be onerous with changes to the state of the art,” Whedbee said. “Accordingly, to continue developing the state of the art in radiocommunications, Amateur Radio needs to clearly get away from regulating in that fashion and return to consideration of what the receiving end of the communication reproduces.”

He proposed that where the Part 97 rules refer to exclusive radiotelegraphy allocations — or subbands — privileges be changed to reflect symbol communication modes. Where the rules prohibit voice and image modes, he would revise the rules to reflect symbol communication modes. In situations where current rules prohibit symbol communication modes other than Morse, that voice and image modes would be permitted, “with an exception for manually keyed” radiotelegraphy.

For example, he would drop the distinction between 75 meters and 80 meters, authorizing symbol communication modes between 3.5 MHz and 3.65 MHz, and voice and image modes between 3.65 MHz and 4 MHz, with manual radiotelegraphy authorized throughout the band.

Whedbee told the FCC that, if his Petition is accepted for filing and put on public notice, he would submit an appendix spelling out proposed service rules as part of his Petition.

Commenters have 30 days to respond to Whedbee’s Petition.


Jeff Kopcak - TC

Hey Gang,

I’ve wanted to do this article for some time but kept putting it off due to more relevant and timely topics.  Ham Radio Podcasts.  With Dayton quickly approaching, you’re likely to see many of these hosts at Hamvention.  If you’re not, you may have seen them in the past and wondered “what’s a podcast?”

The word “podcast” is a mashup between the words “IPod” and “broadcast.”  There is some debate on this because the word predated the IPod portable media player.  Some say ‘POD’ means “portable on demand.”  Either way, they are both accurate.  “Net cast” is an Internet broadcast and synonymous with podcast but typically don’t make content available offline.

A podcast is a digital media file offering audio and/or video content.  PDFs or eBooks (books in electronic form) can be considered podcasts too.  In general, podcast refers to audio or video.  The content can be whatever the creator wants each file to contain.  Most are a series of episodes covering a topic of interest.  Some follow a news magazine format discussing recent news and developments.  Others could be clips from a longer radio show including interviews or bits made available for download.  Podcasts often serve niche interests where it might not be popular as a broadcast radio show to the general public.  The same content targeted toward special interests or hobbyists would do very well.

The creator or distributor maintains a list of episodes known as a “web feed” which provides users with updates.  RSS (Really Simple Syndication) is used to publish frequently updated information.  The RSS rippling signal icon with headphones or microphone signifies a podcast feed.  An app known as a “podcatcher” monitors the web feed for new content.  The app then notifies the user or downloads the episode automatically.  Once the file is downloaded, it’s available offline where you don’t need to be connected to the Internet.  In this way someone can download a number of episodes and listen to them at a remote camping site with no Internet.  This is different than YouTube or Netflix where a connection to the internet is required to view content on demand.

The first podcast was believed to be released around 2003.  This technology really became popular with the growth of the internet and portable media devices like the IPod.  Podcasts cover a vast range of topics including: movies, news, science, comedy, interviews, storytelling, health, love, self-improvement, music, food, business, sports, pop culture, and farming.  The list… goes on.  There really is something for everyone.  Podcast technology is considered disruptive because the radio business spends a lot to provide content to wide-ranging audiences.  Podcasts have shown that preconceptions of audiences, production, and consumption are no longer traditional.  Sure some podcasts are produced in studios with professional equipment.  The majority are recorded using similar pieces of gear found in your ham shack: professional microphone, mixer, computer, internet connection to bring in guests, and maybe a video camera or webcam thrown in there too.  Anyone can do it!

On the flip side, since anyone can do it, episodes depend on schedules of the host(s).  Some release on a weekly schedule, some monthly, others “as time permits.”  Some podcasters have been around awhile.  While others try it out and decide it’s too much effort.

I consume podcasts using my phone.  If you do the same, know the limits of your phone’s data plan and use Wi-Fi when possible.  Video files in particular can be very large depending on quality (hundreds of megabytes to a gigabyte).  Podcatcher apps are available on every platform.  Check the ‘app store’ for your device. 

PocketCasts is my favorite.  It’s available on Apple and Android devices for about $4.  I think it’s the nicest looking app and it’s easy to discover podcasts.  Stitcher is another popular app, and free.  Apple ITunes, Google Play, and TuneIn have podcast directories.  Poddirectory ( is great for desktop users.  Also devices like the Roku, Chromecast, and Apple TV allow for viewing on a TV.

Podcasts are free.  Many are supported through sponsors.  In the same way that podcasts are targeted for special interests, the ads typically are too.  Some ask for support and donations in lieu of advertisements.  Others don’t ask for any support.  If you find any podcast useful or you regularly listen, show your support for the work they are doing by throwing them a couple bucks or visiting their sponsors.  It does cost money for equipment, bandwidth, storage, projects demonstrated, and services needed to bring you a wonderful podcast.

For content and podcast creators, gain lots of exposure for your work.  Post new episodes and show notes on places where likeminded people hang out (  Even though ITunes is a terrible experience all around, nearly all podcatcher applications get their directories from ITunes.  Get listed there so all the podcatcher apps pick up the show!

Below is a list of ham radio podcasts I’ve found.  It includes the ARRL!  I’m sure this list is not complete because I’m constantly finding new ham radio podcasts.  This list mainly came from headline posts on or I discovered them in my podcatcher app.

100 Watts and a Wire ( – Experiences of a new ham operator hosted by Christian K0STH.

Amateur Logic and Ham College ( – Ham Radio and technology show hosted by George W5JDX, Tommy N5ZNO, and Peter VK3PB.  They do a second podcast covering theory, history, and topics that appear on the Technician exam.

Amateur Radio Newsline ( – News for Radio Amateurs.  You’re probably heard this newscast on a local repeater.

ARRL Audio News ( – News of the week from the ARRL hosted by Sean KX9X. Everything Hamradio ( – Ham radio topics hosted by Curtis K5CLM.

Ham Nation ( – Ham Radio topics covered by Bob K9EID, Gordon WB6NOA, George W5JDX, Don AE5DW, Amanda K1DDN, Val NV9L, and Dale K0HYD.  I host the D-STAR After Show Net for this podcast.

Ham Radio Now ( – Covers ham radio topics, forums, and seminars with Gary KN4AQ.

Ham Talk Live ( – Call-in ham radio show with Neil WB9VPG.

HamRadio 360 ( – Ham Radio topics hosted by Cale K4CDN.

ICQ Podcast ( – Talk-radio style podcast.

Linux in the Ham Shack ( – Covers Linux, Open Source, music, and food for the shack hosted by Russ K5TUX (get it?) and his YL Cheryl.

PARP  [Practical Amateur Radio Podcast] ( – Operating with Jerry KD0BIK.

QSO Radio Show ( – Ham Radio talk show on WTWW shortwave hosted by Ted Randall WB8PUM.

QSO Today ( – Interviews with Eric 4Z1UG.

SolderSmoke ( – Radio-electronic homebrewers.
TX Factor ( – Professionally produced programs dedicated to ham radio.

Net casts (typically online only):
DX Engineering Interviews ( – Tim K3LR interviews guests.
Ham Sandwich ( – “Off beat” show about Amateur Radio with Steve KD0PXX and Greg OH2FFY.

Ham Sunday ( –then search “Ham Sunday”) – “Lady Ada” Limor AC2SN of Ada Fruit learning ham radio.

K6UDA ( – Bob K6UDA, the Elmer with an attitude.  This one can be NSFW (not safe for work).

W5KUB ( – Tom W5KUB, you know him as the guy who documents his trip to Dayton Hamvention using the “Helmet cam.”  He hosts roundtable events on Tuesday nights.

YHAMRADIO ( – Interviews “Y” hams got into ham radio with Mark W5MHG.

I will see you at Dayton!  Stop by the ARRL Ohio Section table at the ARRL Expo late afternoon on Friday and early afternoon on Saturday.  Hope you stop by and say ‘hi.’

Thanks for reading and 73… de Jeff – K8JTK


John Myers, KD8MQ - ACC

Hi everyone..

This first section of my column is directed to the folks who are going to Dayton.

Since this is my final column before Dayton (for sure, this time), I’d like to challenge you to push your boundaries a bit. Do something you’ve never done before. Maybe attend a forum, sit in on Contest University (if you can find a ticket, that is), get interested in a new mode or stop & talk with folks at the ARRL Expo.

Here are some other things that are going on this year (This is just a small list). There’s just so much to see & do in the area, that you can never see everything.

* The W8BI open house is on my list of do not miss items this year. They are holding an open house  on Friday & Saturday from 6 – 8 PM (6619 Bellefontaine Rd, Dayton, OH)

* Another not to be missed event is the Tour of the old VOA Transmitter site. Hosted by the West Chester ARA, the site will be open ($5 admission). It is held on Saturday from 6:30 – 9PM. You can learn more about this at

* The contest Super Suites at the Crowne Plaza downtown go on each night. Note that on Friday, the Spurious Emissions Band performs at 10 PM. I’ve never heard them live, but look them up on You Tube. You might just be inspired to attend. You can learn more at

* Upgrade, or get your Ham License.

* Visit the Air Force Museum

* Stop by the Dayton Aviation Heritage Site, and get on the air with NPOTA. (More about this one elsewhere in the OSJ)

NVIS Antenna Test – So, did your club participate in the ARES NVIS Antenna Test? Wow, what a day that was! You’ll read more about it elsewhere in the OSJ, but I everyone got out, and played. My local club learned a lot about how to deal with Mr. Murphy. They did finally get on the air, but were not prepared for the switch to 75 Meters. That won’t happen to them next year.

I was able to make a contact or two from the mobile while I was on my way to Chillicothe. Conditions on 40 were not great from my location.  Next year will be much better. I didn’t know about the switch to 80 until later that evening.

Jackson & Athens Hamfests – This was also the time of year for my annual trip to Southern Ohio for the Jackson & Athens Hamfests. It’s always a great trip. This was my second trip to Jackson, and it was again enjoyable. They have a very friendly crowd.  There. I had a good time rag-chewing, and talking with some of the NPOTA Peeps who were in attendance.

Athens was a bit smaller than last year, but still well worth the trip. We had a full house at the ARRL Table with a section Manager, two assistant section Managers, and me. We even had a visit from Frank Piper, the former section Manager. What a day!

NPOTA – If your club is planning to do any activating for National Parks On The air, don’t forget to register your Callsign with LoTW (Assuming that you haven’t already). A couple of local clubs are already planning to activate nearby NPS Units.

Field Day – It’s coming up quickly folks. If you haven’t read the rules, please do so. There are a couple of new bonus points categories this year. (1) Social Media and (2) Safety Officer.

Speaking of Field Day, here’s an idea I filed away from last year. The Clallam County ARC ( out in Western Washington offers the following ticket to folks who get on the air at the Get On The Air station.

I think it’s a cool idea! Give some kind of incentive to get willing participants at Field Day.

One of my greatest memories of Field Day was the year that we hosted a pig roast at the Field Day site. The local mayor came out and presented our proclamation in person, and a good time was had by all.

One last thing – to all you Field day Chair people, please don’t forget to get your site registered on the ARRL Field Day station Locator page. You can find it at This is one way (hopefully not the only way) that folks find you.

So anyway, that wraps it up for this month. Have fun at Dayton! .

73, DE KD8MQ


John Myers, KD8MQ - ACC

Hi everyone! NPOTA seems to keep getting more & more popular with each passing month. As of Friday Morning (May 13), the number of contacts reported on the NPOTA statistics page is just shy of 335,000. The number of activations is at 5181. In this writer’s opinion, we are headed for 1.5 Million contacts by December 31st.
NPOTA Forum – The ARRL NPOTA forum at Hamvention will be on Saturday morning in Room 5. It begins at 9:15, and runs till 11. Make sure to where your NPOTA shirts. Let’s have a “Sea of Green” in Room 5!
Dayton On the Air – Are you travelling to Dayton, and want to participate in NPOTA, but don’t want to mess with setting up a station? Well, have we got a deal for you! The ARRL is sponsoring activation at HP11 (Dayton Aviation Heritage). We’ll be set up at the Wright brothers Bicycle shop (22 S. Williams St). We are encouraging any Hams who would like to get on the air from HP 11 to stop by. We are also scheduling time on the stations in 15 minute slots. Just e-mail me ( to get on the schedule.
There is parking behind the site, or you can take the bus. That’s right, if you bought a bus pass so that you could park at the Salem Mall, I have a surprise for you.  That bus pass is good anywhere on the Dayton RTA system.
Getting there - Both the Hara Arena and the bicycle shop are on the same bus route. According to the Dayton RTA trip planner page (, the trip by bus takes around 25 minutes either way.
We will be open at the bike shop from 9 – 5 on Friday & Saturday, and 9 – 12 on Sunday.  We have a pretty good group of volunteers scheduled, but can always use more. If you can spare some time during the weekend, please contact me (, and I’ll put you on the schedule.
Our job consists of assisting Hams who are coming to use the stations, and also to talk to the public about the National Parks On The Air Program.
It’s going to be an awesome few days. I hope you can make it!
Newsletter for park folks – This month, the league began publishing a newsletter aimed at the National Park Service personnel. You can read the inaugural issue at
WWFF – KFF Program expands!

Last month, I gave a shout to the WWFF-KFF program. They assign designators to parks, preserves, and natural areas around the globe, and encourage Hams to activate them. Sound similar to NPOTA, doesn’t it?
Well, in the last 30 days, I found that the program in the US had been expanded to include a lot more of the NPOTA sites.
These sites in Ohio are now listed.
Cuyahoga Valley, Ohio KFF-0020 NP14
Dayton Aviation Heritage, Ohio KFF-0732 HP11
Hopewell Culture, Ohio KFF-0737 HP16
First Ladies, Canton, Ohio KFF-0813 NS16
James A. Garfield, Ohio KFF-0836 NS39
William Howard Taft, Ohio KFF-0875 NS78
Perry's Victory and International Peace Memorial, Ohio KFF-0787 NM20
Charles Young Buffalo Soldiers, Ohio MN18
There are also three more sites in Ohio which qualify for the WWFF-KFF program. You can learn more about the program at

Light Up The Trail – This event is still planned for the weekend of June 4 -5. Look for the North Country Scenic Trail (TR04) to be on the air that weekend from several (hopefully all) of the seven states that the trail passes through.
You can learn more about the event at  Information about the trail itself can be found at
NPOTA Upcoming Events Page – Are you a chaser, but would like a heads up on planned activations? Did you know that the league has an events page where activators can post their plans? You can find the page at

And that does it for this month. I hope to see a bunch of you at the big show.

73 all, DE John, KD8MQ


Stan Broadway, N8BHL


We don’t have the statistics done for NVIS Day 2016, but we have collected logs and reports from everyone, so it won’t be long.  In a “Bad is good” report, I remember being told by a respected EMA Director once, “It’s better to blow up in a drill and fix it, than to think it works until the real thing.”  So it was.

As I reported earlier, I missed the memo which directed that ~every~ licensed station in North America should be on the air that same day, all working 40 meters. That’s exactly how it sounded with odd band conditions bringing every “Good ol’ boy” net from 4-land across the band, every NPOTA station running pileups, and every local station within Ohio completely erased from being heard. Even The Sarge couldn’t find an empty hole to squeeze in!   Well- that brought some rapid changes and scrambling into the picture. Interesting that – just as we might expect to see in a real emergency situation! Something will ALWAYS go wrong.

So it was that only a couple hours in, we passed around word that we were moving the whole thing to 75 meters.  Most stations actually got the word! So that worked fairly well, and it was exactly the kind of thing we might anticipate. After the move, a lot of stations were heard!

We had over 50 counties (53 at last count) represented in the logs and that is very respectable. We’ll wait on Marion County to tally up the information that should help guide us to the best emergency antennas for Ohio!  This was an ARRL special operating event this year, and we had an encouraging participation. A group in Texas worked within a 400 mile circle. We had stations in Michigan, Pennsylvania and Indiana working with us. We also heard contacts from Maryland/Virginia. Our push: make this a national operating event next year!

And of course, the best reports so far have included the secret ingredient!


Our Ohio DEC/EC training program is well underway. This is some basic information that will help you do your job in the ARES management team, whether an ‘old guy’ or new. We staged a full day for District 7 in Central Ohio, and we’ve contributed to the District 3 (Dayton) and District 5 (Akron) meetings this month. We’re well on our way toward finalizing our ‘volunteer operator’ training session as well. Once the District sessions are done, we’ll start building up our volunteers!  We don’t get wildfires, hurricanes, even large-scale tornadoes here in Ohio- so it requires more effort on all our parts to stay engaged with our agencies, and stay trained and ready!


You all know there’s a little gathering coming up in Cleveland this July. This is our chance to let Amateur Radio really shine!  EOC stations will be operational, the Red Cross will have a shelter and several chapter offices open for the event, and the Sarge will be running at OHEOC. In Cuyahoga County, the feds require FEMA 100, 200, 700, 800 and additionally 701, 706 and 802 just to get into the EOC.  We are looking for qualified volunteers to reinforce the manpower requirements.  Cuyahoga EC Matt Nickoson has an online volunteer application if you’re interested in helping:   and Summit County EC Ken Dorsey has an online application:

Please consider if you have the time and the interest to help out. This is going to be BIG!

Most groups I’ve talked with are gearing up for some big events this spring! No matter where in Ohio we look, we’re going to need all the radio operators we can get…so get engaged! It’s fun!

73, Stan, N8BHL


John Ross, KD8IDJ


There is still time, but the deadline for the 2016 Ohio Section Newsletter Contest is getting more month...June 30th!

All entries need to be in by the end of need two...but everything that gets to me by midnight June 30th will be in.

I've alerted the judges that again this year they have a tough job ahead. Each year the newsletters keep getting better (I knew they would!) and it will be tough to pick the best. But they are ready and we will begin the process right before the 4th of July.

Call or email with any last minute questions or concerns...and good luck to everyone. We'll present the awards in August.


WOW! Last month I asked for amateur radio operators who were also Veterans to shoot me a quick email. My mail box almost instantly blew up!

Here's what I received almost as soon as the Ohio Section newsletter hit the air. THANKS for your service!

WB5CVA Army 1968-70
K8VCE Navy 
K8AOK, U. S. Air Force
KD8YZC USMC; 1984 to 1989
KC8SBB ARMY/Army Reserve 22 1/2 Years
W8HGW Army
WD8RIF Ohio Air National Guard, retired 
WB8TCB United States Air Force
KB8DNA U.S. Air Force
K8AZW Herb also MARS AFA5DY 
WN8IIJ-Air Force
KE8DRH (K8GEH applied for) Air Force
W8VFP Army

Things I Didn't Know...Morse Code Club

Just when I thought I knew it all, I got a wakeup call when I read an article in the West Park Radiops Amateur Radio Club May newsletter.

There is an official Morse Telegraph Club!  It was founded in 1943 to perpetuate the history of telegraphy. Its membership consists of retired railroad and commercial telegraphers, former telegraph industry employees, radio operators and others with an interest in the history of telegraphy.

Their newsletter is "Dots and Dashes" and they have website:

Check it out...very interesting...and my membership application is already in.

If you're keeping up with my personal life. You might remember my Great Grandfather was a railroad telegrapher and one of the first graduates of a special school in Ohio that taught Morse Code.

Things I Did Know…RTTY club

I found a great RTTY club the other day:   RTTY.COM

This club is out of Auburn, Washington and they have a nice website and some YouTube videos. Take a look if you interested in the RTTY's an address if you want contact them:

George B. Hutchison, W7KSJ 11224 S. E. 320th Street Auburn, Washington  98092-4832

Jim Leonard WD8MRT SK

Sad and difficult news to report this month....the unexpected passing of Jim Leonard, WD8MRT on May 1st.

Jim as a good personal friend and a great supporter and advocate of amateur radio. I worked with him when he was Executive Director of Disaster Services for the Red Cross here in Columbus and we shared may great ham radio moments and stories.

If you've ever been to the Columbus Hamfest at the old Aladdin Shrine on Steltzer Road, Jim the guy manning the prize drum. He was also an important part of helping the Ohio Section get ready for our yearly meetings.

I looked forward to seeing every year and catching up. Jim once told me his call sign was easy to remember, "MRT...Mister T...just like the character on the A-Team TV show."

Jim was laid to rest on Monday May 9th in New Knoxville following a Masonic Ceremony at the Springfield Masonic Home.

73 Jim.


If this makes it to you before the Dayton Hamfest, stop by our booth in the ARRL section.

I'll be there Friday morning until about noon and would like to meet as many of you as I can.

I'll also be back on Saturday just to "shop" the flea market. I'll be the one hauling out all of the old boat anchor gear!! On Sunday the XYL will have it all in our front yard for sale!!!

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

73, John, KD8IDJ


David Maynard, WA3EZN - STM

News from the Ohio Single Sideband Net says that we have some changes in the leadership of the net.  Mike Hayward KC8WH has been reelected to be the net manager.  Dave Krutsch, KD8MSZ will be the new Assistant Net Manager. Don,WB8SIQ will move from Assistant Net Manager to training officer. Stan Sutton, KD8KBX will replace Henry Koenig, WD8Q on the Advisory Board for a three year term. The other two members of the Advisory Board are Tony Baker, KC8PZ and Don Buehrer, K8OVO. I would like to take this time to thank these men and all the members who check into the OSSBN for their support of the net and handling traffic so efficiently. You can check into the Ohio Single Sideband Net on 3.9725 starting at 10:30 AM , 4:15 PM and 6:45 PM daily More information and useful links can be found on the OSSBN website

While on the subject check into some of these Ohio nets:

Buckeye Early            6:45 PM                      3.580                           WB8YLO
Buckeye Late              10:00 PM                    3.590                           WB9LBI
Ohio Slow Net            6:00 PM                      3.53535                       W8OLO

Now, to the Dayton Hamvention. The general focus for many hams this month is the Dayton Hamvention. This is the largest Hamvention in the county and draws participants from all over the world. Hamvention will be held the 20-22 May at the Hara Arena Complex at 1001 Shiloh Springs Road in Dayton, Ohio. There will be many commercial vendors and hundreds of individual selling equipment and supplies in the flea market. Inside the buildings you will also find a major presence of the ARRL with many individuals from headquarters and many booths. There will also be many presentations, forums and VE testing during this three day event. There is just too much going on the cover it all adequately  in this forum. For more information go to this link..

The Dayton Hamvention hours are as follows:

Flea Market

Friday: 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM
Saturday: 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Sunday: 8:00 AM to 1:00 PM

Inside Exhibitors

Friday: 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM
Saturday: 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Sunday: 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM

The next big ham event after Dayton will be Field day the last full weekend in June. 

Field Day not only will test and challenge an individual operator’s communication skills but it also will test and challenge the participant’s ability and flexibility in mounting a major effort on the magnitude that would be encountered in a major disaster.

Field day logistics and location is another area where good planning really pays off. If you have not reserved your favorite room, shelter or spot for operating it should be done soon before someone reserves you spot for a birthday party.  I know this happened to one club last year so get cracking.

Antenna selection and location is another area where good planning really pays off. The three most important considerations in antenna selection are:

1. Locate antennas far enough from each other to avoid station to station interference 

2. Which direction to point the antenna’s peak radiation and

3. determining where the vast majority of contacts will come from. Strongly consider using simple wire antenna such as dipoles, which are light and easy to put up and take down. Dipoles work out very well even at QRP power levels.

Field Day is also a time to demonstrate new technologies to ourselves and to the general public. Bonus points are earned by presenting these public demonstrations of new technologies such as satellite communications, APRS, ATV, digital communications and solar power sources. Furthermore we are encouraged (with additional bonus points) to invite community leaders and the media. We might find ourselves on the front page of tomorrow’s paper.

Here are some of the potential benefits from your Field Day operation:

Find out what works in the field and who can bring it on short notice. Practice operating with field conditions and emergency power. Organized planning and execution of a sustained effort -- good for Public Service Events planning & coordination and possibly for fitting into Served Agency emergency planning.

Invite ARRL Section / Division officers to visit your FD site. Invite (potential) Served Agency & or Government officials to visit your FD site, good for ARES and bonus points. Invite the media to promote amateur radio.

Additional suggestions for a successful Field Day:

Appoint someone to be in charge to make sure things get done. A point to consider is location, location, location. Make sure you have it secured at least a month before Field Day. Have a plan in place for the person in charged to follow. The plan should cover operating techniques and modes, antennas, number of transmitters, media presentation and maximizing bonus points

Don't forget to go over the exchange with the operators. Stress keeping the exchange short, quick and effective, not being chatty and give examples of Dos and Don'ts. Plan ahead by arranging who is bringing what equipment – have back-up equipment available if possible. In considering equipment, the simplicity of its operation is important. Most new radios have a learning curve to operate efficiently.

Don’t forget the little things like short jumpers, barrel connectors, adapters, headphones etc. Document everything. Next year’s Field Day coordinator needs to have a starting place. Try to secure operators for a 24 hour operation. This can be the key to a big score if that is your thing.

Check the Field Day Rules for the chances to make extra points. Finish and follow-up. Record and discuss next years Field Day while everything is fresh in your minds.

Finally, don't forget to plan for Saturday’s dinner menu, good food makes for happy operators.
And most important is to HAVE FUN and enjoy the friendship and fellowship of Field Day.

73, David, WA3EZN


From: Nick Pittner, K8NAP – SGL

What if…

…the Amateur Radio Parity Act, now pending before congress were to become law? 

Background.  The Amateur Radio Parity Act, S. 1685 and HR 1301 is legislation sponsored by the ARRL and currently pending in Congress.  The legislation is “like” PRB-1 (the FCC regulation that requires local zoning authorities to afford “reasonable accommodation” for amateur radio antennas) in that if passed, it would require the FCC to extend the “reasonable accommodation” requirements of PRB-1 to land use restrictions created by contract, such as homeowner’s association (HOA) regulations and deed restrictions (CC&Rs).  In the House, the legislation has been assigned to House Energy and Commerce Committee, which, according to ARRL reports, will soon vote on moving the legislation forward. 

Challenges. Unlike many of the state-law versions of PRB-1 which, like Ohio’s antenna law, passed virtually without opposition, the federal legislation has been met with strong opposition from various lobbying groups and it appears that ultimate passage is by no means certain.  The ARRL has essentially run a “grass roots” campaign, while the opposition appears to be well-funded and vocal in their opposition to the legislation.  In response, the League distributed a memorandum to the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee members on November 11, 2015 in an effort to respond to some of the primary objections.  That memo can be viewed on the ARRL web site.

Being Prepared. Other than our personal support by communications to legislators and funds to the League, there is little that we, in Ohio can do the advance the effort.  My personal experience in working on Ohio’s antenna legislation is that legislators don’t like discord and look for consensus and compromise among their constituents.  But, it’s hard to find a compromise between antennas and no antennas.

However, our discussion here is directed at making the Ohio Section, which is always on the cutting edge, ready for the myriad of new issues that Ohio hams will face if, and when the federal legislation passes.  To this end, I have in other articles, suggested that we need now, more than ever, an Ohio version of the League’s “volunteer counsel” program -- whether or not the Parity Act becomes law.

The volunteer counsel program as sponsored by the ARRL simply makes available the name and address of attorneys willing to consult with hams in need of guidance about antenna issues.  While formal engagement of the attorney is possible, it is not required.  Under the ARRL program, the only commitment is that the volunteer counsel be willing to do an initial conference, without charge.  The plan I’m suggesting for Ohio would include participants being listed as Volunteer Counsel under the ARRL program but would also include the compilation and exchange of information unique to Ohio.  For example, the specific timelines and processes for appealing an adverse zoning decision are unique to Ohio law.  Unless the attorney specifically works in that area he or she would be required to do a fair amount of research before advising a client. 

The passage of the Parity Act will add numerous potential challenges to hams seeking to enforce the
“reasonable accommodation” provisions of the act and the amended FCC regulations that will follow. For example, we know how to appeal zoning decisions, but enforcing antenna rights against deed restrictions or HOAs is going to be an entirely different animal.  Hams will need the benefit of counsel who have considered these issues.

In order to try to move forward with an Ohio Volunteer Counsel Program, sign-in sheet at the Ohio Section booth at Dayton.  Those of you who are attorneys and hams are encouraged to sign up. Those of you who know attorneys who are hams, please encourage them to sign up. If you can’t sign up at Dayton, please drop me an email at K8NAP@ARRL.NET   with your contact information.  See you at Dayton?

73, Nick, K8NAP


Lyn Alfman, N8IMW - Assistant Section Manager

Here is a list of the amateur radio related activities I participated in for the month of April:

April 1—Updated Cambridge Amateur Radio Association’s (CARA) web site calendar for April events
April 2--helped get Scouts on the air to earn their Radio Badges at the Merit Badge College in Dresden
April 2--helped with an amateur radio test session in Zanesville
April 3—submitted CARA club notes to the newspaper
April 4—attended the preliminary Scoutfest meeting in Zanesville
April 5—attended the Zanesville Amateur Radio Club (ZARC) meeting in Zanesville
April 5—checked into the CARA Weather and ARES/NTS nets
April 6—placed CARA and Guernsey County ARES (GCARES) meeting announcements on newspaper’s web site
April 6—placed CARA and GCARES meeting announcements on local radio stations’ web site
April 7—attended the CARA lunch in Cambridge
April 7—attended the Cambridge Parade Committee meeting (We provide lineup and communications.)
April 12—atended the Muskingum County ARES meeting
April 14—attended the CARA lunch in Cambridge
April 14—attended the Waller-McMunn Museum signage meeting
April 17—helped CARA members with first Adopt-A-Highway cleanup of the year
April 17—helped spring clean the future Waller-McMunn radio museum building
April 18—submitted article on CARA’s Earth Day Adopt-A-Highway cleanup (in paper on April 21)
April 19—was net control station for CARA Weather and ARES/NTS nets
April 21—attended the Guernsey County EMA Drill orientation—we will handle all radio and phone messages
April 21—attended the CARA lunch
April 22—sent CARA and GCARES meeting announcements to contact at newspaper
April 24—attended the Athens County Amateur Radio Association Hamfest (where my husband District 9
                 Emergency Coordinator Sonny, W8FHF, and I presented Section Manager Scott Yonally, N8SY,
                 With CARA’s history: A Century of Radio: W8VP Cambridge Amateur Radio Association
                 1913-2013) **
April 25—attended the CARA Officers’ meeting
April 26—checked into the CARA Weather and ARES/NTS nets
April 28—attended the CARA lunch
April 28—CARA and GCARES meeting announcements aired on local radio stations
April 29—CARA and GCARES meeting announcements aired on local radio stations
April 30—CARA and GCARES meeting announcements aired on local radio stations
April 30—attended the Guernsey County ARES (GCARES) meeting
April 30—attended the CARA monthly business meeting

**There is a link on the home page of the CARA web site ( to order a copy of the CARA history book mentioned above.

If you attend the Dayton Hamvention, and I hope you will, be sure to stop by the Ohio Section booth in ARRL area.

I want to wish everyone a safe Memorial Day weekend with family and friends.

’73 Lyn, N8IMW  
Remember to be Radio Active!


From: Fritz Tender, WD8E - Assistant Section Manager

April brings the Athens Hamfest, one of my favorite Hamfest in Ohio.  This year was no exception.  I tip my hat to Eric WD8RIF and crew for doing a great job.  The weather could not have been better, the venue clean and well-kept and as always the workers are more than helpful.
Spending a little time at the ARRL table did afford me the opportunity to visit many friends that I don't get to see often enough.  Although I did not make any purchases, I did enjoy browsing the tables, trunks and truck beds. 

The next event is Dayton.  Stop by the Ohio booth in the ARRL Expo area, I look forward to seeing many of you then.
I hope to see you there.

73, Fritz, WD8E


From: Kitty Hevener, W8TDA - Assistant Section Manager

Why contest?

If you are not a contester, that thought has probably crossed your mind, especially when you just want to chat with other hams.  Perhaps you have even been bold enough to speak your mind about freeing up the air waves by banning contesting.  Like many other facets of our diverse hobby, contesting is a tool you can use to build and enhance skills you will need to provide emergency communications, the reason for our existence.  In an emergency, you will likely be asked to send and receive accurate information about conditions at the same time that your adrenalin is pumping and controlled chaos is erupting all around you.  Under these trying conditions, How long will you be able to stay on you’re a game?  How tuned in to the little nuances of your equipment are you?  And, last but not least, what’s the best way to get the information to its destination?

I think that contesting is one of the best simulators of emergency operating conditions amateur radio has to offer.  It can help you learn the ins and outs of your equipment and propagation.  Through repetition and practice copying contest exchanges on crowded bands under less than ideal propagation, you will gain skill and confidence to provide effective communications during an emergency.  Working contests for as long as you can without stopping will help you build the physical and mental endurance you will need when the real call comes.  Best of all, it’s fun, especially if you like competing against yourself or your friends for bragging rights! 

So, with all that contesting has to offer, perhaps the real question should be “why not contest”?

73, Kitty, W8TDA


Scott Hixon, KC8ITN

A couple years back, some of you may remember me writing about a Boy Scout Jamboree that was held just outside of Chillicothe (in Ross County) called Thunderbase 2014. It was a large event that was attended by over 5,500 scouts.

A team of amateur radio operators from around central and southern Ohio got together and set up multiple ham radio displays in a 40’ X 175’ building. Once the scouts entered the building, they were treated to a variety of communication modes such as; voice, Morse code, ATV, PSK-31, MESH network, and other assorted modes. Along with the demonstrations the team also put on free license testing for scouts interested in getting their license, and we had multiple Radio Merit Badge classes for scouts wanting to earn a merit badge.

The reason I am bringing up an event that happened two years ago is because the Boy Scouts of America, Simon Kenton Council, is in the planning stages of putting on another Jamboree called “Thunderbase 2018”. The date for this event is May 4-6, 2018 and it is being held at the Ross County Fairgrounds.

I have been asked to head up the amateur radio side of the event. Over the next year or so, I will be looking for any amateur radio groups that would like to participate and show scouts what amateur radio is about. This would be a good opportunity to show how amateur radio can be a fun hobby, and how it can help the community during times of emergency. At Thunderbase 2014 we had ARES groups, ham clubs, and individual hams all there showcasing their favorite modes of communicating!

Thunderbase 2018 is our chance to shine and do it again. If you or your club/group would be interested in helping out, drop me a line. We are two years away, but it’s never too early to start planning. As I know from helping at the last one, the time will catch up to us before we know it!

Speaking of helping scouts get interested in amateur radio, have you been keeping track of your hours for the Radio Scout “contest”? For those who don’t know what this is, it is a contest I came up with (see 2/16 OSJ) for amateur radio operators in the Ohio Section. . If you are an individual, a ham club or an ARES/RACES group and you set up ham radio at scouting events, keep track of your hours. The individual and group with the most hours accumulated at the end of 2016 will be the winner and receive an award (one award for individual class and one award for group class)! You will also get the bragging rights and the warm, fuzzy feeling that comes from giving back to an organization that has given so much over the last 106 years. This would also be a good time to operate your portable station and make sure it still works in case you would ever need it during an emergency (ahem…ARES??).

Don’t forget, BSA summer camp season starts next month! If you or your group is interested in getting involved and setting up for a day or more, contact your local Boy Scout council to see where a summer camp is in your area. I will have amateur radio with me when my troop from Circleville goes to summer camp this year! It’s more fun than a barrel of monkeys! I will be live tweeting the times that the scouts and I will be on the radio on my Twitter account: @KC8ITN. So look me up, listen for me and maybe talk to some scouts!

Until next time, remember: Take care, stay safe and make a difference is someone’s life!

73, Scott, KC8ITN



Tom Sly, WB8LCD is collecting information on club meetings. If you've had an interesting presentation at a club meeting in the last 12 months, please send an email to Tom.  He would like to know:  1) The topic or the name of the presentation, 2) the name and call sign of the presenter, 3) the name and location of the club, 4) do clubs usually have interesting presentations (Y/N), 5) has your club ever had a presentation done over Skype or some other internet service?

Tom stresses that he would like this information from all club members - not just club officers!  You can email Tom at:   All responses will be confidential.  This will greatly help Tom with a project he's working on for the benefit of clubs in the Ohio Section.

Scott Yonally, N8SY - Section Manager

Hey Gang,

As the old adage goes.. “each year the flamingo’s return to San Juan, Capistrano, the Buzzards return to Hinckley and the Hams from around the world return to Dayton.” There’s now just a few days until Dayton Hamvention® begins and already the repeaters all over our state are welcoming folks to join with the folks from the Ohio Section in this annual ritual.. !!

The Ohio Section has been asked to man a National Parks on the Air station during the Hamvention.. I can tell you for sure that we are going to need some help. Please, if you can give just an hour or two to volunteer to help us out with this huge project it would be great! A number of you have already volunteered, and that’s fantastic! You don’t have to be an expert or anything like that, just have a friendly face and willingness to help others for an hour or so. All of the equipment is being provided by the League, so you know that it’s going to be first class stuff all the way.. It’s going to be a lot of fun for sure and I’m sure that it’s also an event that is going to get a lot of exposure with the press as well.. How’s about it.. Got an hour or so on Friday, Saturday or Sunday to help out?? (Daytime hours only) We’d sure love to have ya’.. Contact John Myers, KD8MQ at for more details on this fantastic adventure!!

Now, switching bands to another subject..
As July gets closer I am seeing more and more of you in ARES being trained and certified in ICS-100, 200, 700 & 800, and some even going on with other ICS training as well. This is great news, as that we’ve set a target date for the end of June for everyone that’s going to be involved with FMEA, or any government run event, to have your training completed by then. I really would love to see everyone in Ohio have these 4 basic courses under their belts!!

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. Probably the most import item to remember, you most likely will not be asked to participate in any activity within the FEMA organization or most government run operations. But, there are other things, like bike races, parades and the like that won’t require this extra training – unless something really breaks out.. Remember the Boston Marathon started out just being another one of those typical foot races that we’ve done so many times, then all of a sudden it changed. This can happen at any time and anywhere.

Now let’s switch bands..

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 email..  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..

Well, I think that’s going to do it for me this month.. If you are going to Dayton please be sure to drop in at the Ohio Section Booth and say “HEY” -  and get registered for the “SPECIAL” give away that we will be doing. I also have some cool items that you’ll definitely want to pick-up and take home with you while you’re at the table as well.. And now to spill the beans a bit, I will also have a very special banner that is going to be rolled out for the first time at Dayton, I’ve been keeping it a secret, but I will give you this hint.. It’s full of pictures from around the state. Yup.. You could be a star!! So, with all of that going on, you’ll definitely want to stop by the booth for sure!!

Speaking about being a star… Did you notice the article in this month’s QST about the ARRL Badges? If you haven’t seen it, you’re going to want to take a look, one of the badges shown is one of our own.. John, KD8MQ.

That’s going to do it for now…  Make sure that you stop by the Ohio Section Booth and say “Hey”..

73, Scott, N8SY


John Perone, W8RXX

Instituted over 85 years ago, the Official Observer program is sponsored by American Radio Relay League (ARRL) and is intended to help amateurs help each other. Official Observer appointees assist fellow hams maintain their transmitting equipment and correct operating procedures in accordance with FCC regulations.  The object of the OO program is to notify amateurs, by mail, of operating and technical irregularities before they come to the attention of the FCC. Some say that it is better to receive notification from an Official Observer than to receive a letter from the FCC's Enforcement Division.

The OO performs their function by listening rather than transmitting, keeping an ear out for such things as frequency instability, harmonics, hum, key clicks, broad signals, distorted audio, over deviation, out-of-band operation, etc.  If detected the OO completes a notification card, mailing it to the station licensee. Although sometimes viewed as "big brother" or the law enforcement of Amateur Radio, the Official Observers duty is to bring attention to their fellow ham problems that could draw the attention of the FCC which could result in a fine or other legal action against the offending station.

In substantive rule violations cases, OOs refer problems to ARRL HQ.  After review by HQ staff, the OO may be requested to provide additional information that may be forwarded to the FCC for possible enforcement action.

During the month of April the Ohio OOs spent a total of 947 hours monitoring and sent 2 OO cards and 2 Good Operator cards.

73, John, W8RXX



Want to have some fun at your next club meeting? Try this.. At the last Central Ohio Repeater Club (CORC) meeting they held a DF antenna building class. Then, after they got everyone finished building the antennas, they held a Fox Hunt to put these newly constructed DF antenna’s to good use.

It was really great fun, and even rewarding to the first person to find the FOX. It was hidden pretty good - inside a traffic cone that was on the grounds.

DF antennas are really easy to build and take very little materials, so it can be done with minimal expense to all participating.

Want more information on what they did?? Contact John, W8RXX at   I think you’ll be surprised how many people will want to do this at your next meeting.



April 2016

3.32  GB


06/04/2016 | Gilmour Academy Reunion 2016
1400Z-1800Z, ND8GA, Gates Mills, OH.
Gilmour Academy Amateur Radio Club.
146.52 14.270 7.270.
QSL. Ken Kane, KG8DN
Gilmour Academy
34001 Cedar Rd
Gates Mills, OH 44040

Having opened its doors in September of 1946 by welcoming
students to Francis Drury's "Cedar Hill Farm" in Gates Mills, Ohio,
Gilmour Academy celebrates completion of its seventieth year as
the Class of 2016 graduates. Alumni from classes ending in 1 and 6
are welcomed back, especially the class of 1966 which observes the
fiftieth anniversary of graduation this year.


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



05/20-22/2016 | Dayton Hamvention
Location: Dayton, OH
Sponsor: Dayton Amateur Radio Association

06/04/2016 | Fulton County ARC Outdoor Flea Market and Hamfest
Location: Tedrow, OH
Sponsor: Fulton County Amateur Radio Club

06/05/2016 | Portage Hamfair ** NEW Date and Location..
Location: Ravenna, OH
Sponsor: Portage Amateur Radio Club

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