Tuesday, November 15, 2016

November Edition of the Ohio Section Journal

In this issue:




















I am writing to you today because we are nearing the end of the 114th Congress and the efforts to obtain passage of The Amateur Radio Parity Act are at a critical juncture. With a few short weeks left to the year, we must get this bill passed NOW or we will need to start all over again come January 1, 2017.

As you know, thanks to your previous efforts, the legislative efforts scored a major victory in our campaign when the Amateur Radio Parity Act, H.R. 1301, passed in the House of Representatives on September 12th. The legislation is now in the Senate in two forms – as H.R. 1301 and alternately in the packaged bill S. 253.  We still need every Senator to approve the bill.

You are one of over 730,000 licensed Amateur Radio Operators living in the United States.  Many of you already live in deed-restricted communities, and that number grows daily.

We asked you for your help in September - and you responded in great numbers.  We collected over 63,000 emails that were distributed to every single U.S. Senator.  That is amazing. However, with the election hiatus over, each and every Senator must be reminded that their business is not complete until this important legislation affecting hams is passed and sent to the President.

Even if you wrote in the past, we need you to write again!


If you want to have effective outdoor antennas but are not currently allowed to do so by your Home Owner’s Association, PLEASE SEND THESE EMAILS TODAY! 

If you don’t live in a deed-restricted community but you care about the future of Amateur Radio, please support your avocation and your fellow hams and SEND THESE EMAILS TODAY!

We need you to reach out one more time to your Senators TODAY!  Right away Right now!

Help us in the effort.  Please go to this linked website and follow the prompts:

Thank you.

Rick Roderick, K5UR


Jeff Kopcak – TC

Hey gang,

It’s been a rater busy month.  End of the year projects and planning are in full swing.  I ran the electronic voting for the LEARA Trustee elections.  Voting ended in a never-before-seen tie between two candidates.  It was a great slate of candidates and noted in the results because the race was close.  There was a clear #1 and #2 winner.  The #3 spot was a tie.  All three candidates received more than 50% of the total vote.  At the Trustees meeting, we sat the two winners then had a run-off vote among the Trustees.  Since there were 10 Trustees, the run-off vote could end in a tie so a coin flip may have been the deciding factor.  However, the run-off vote did not end in a tie and the 3rd person was seated.

Been planning and getting the end-of-year door prize ready for our Holiday Dinner meeting.  Traditionally our club has given away a radio as a door prize at this meeting.  For the past two years we’ve given away Baofeng radios.  With the findings in the November 2015 issue of QST and similar tests run by other individuals (Dave KD8TWG being one) I encouraged the group to consider better alternatives.  We settled on a Yaesu FT-60 HT holiday door prize.

Just this past weekend (10/12), Bill K8SGX with help from KD8TWG (both Technical Specialists) and myself made significant forward progress on installing LEARA’s Fusion Repeater.  That project has taken a lot longer than I would like but hit significant road blocks in the original plan.  Even installing the repeater at the site caused problems because the handles on the DR1X wouldn’t allow the cabinet to close.  *Sigh.*  Had to take out the unit, the 16 some screws for the top cover, remove the screws for the handles, and put it all back together.  I think one more trip is required to drill some holes and install some jumper cables.  Then, finally, it will be on the air *knock on wood.*

If that wasn’t enough, I participated in a DXpedition the weekend of October 22nd.  Bob K8MD, Technical Specialist, wrote up an article.

K8JTK, WA8LIV, and myself: K8MD completed a “DXpedition” to South Bass Island to activate

Perry’s International Victory and Peace Memorial (NM20) for National Parks on the Air. After an arduous boat ride (wind and waves were high!) we landed on the island around 1045. We started setting up the HF station on Saturday at approximately 1130. We operated for approximately 2 hours on 40m. Operating was great! Once we got spotted, we were frequently piled up. We were averaging over 100 contacts per hour. While the day was relatively sunny, cooler temps and a brisk wind coming off the lake kept us bundled up. The National Park Service was extremely welcoming and hospitable. They offered us tables and chairs, which we declined due to bringing our own. They permitted us to operate on the “back porch” of the museum. So the wind was mostly breaking by the building, which was definitely appreciated by us! As long as we kept in the sun, we were comfortable.

The contacts rate never really slowed down much, but it was getting near the time they close the observation deck for the day. So we left the HF setup to head up to the observation deck at 317’ to try a few VHF/UHF contacts on 146.52 (didn’t have SSB capability). We made 7 contacts on FM and zero contacts on DMR. Zero contacts on DMR surprised us, as we had advertised the activation on social media and received responses that people would be out looking for us. We got on the DMR repeaters on the Ohio Talkgroup to try and set up simplex skeds. Even the repeaters were quiet. After coming back down from the observation deck, we operated HF for another 40 minutes until the park closed. At which point we packed up and got dinner. When the day was over, we made approximately 240 contacts on HF and 7 contacts on 146.52.

We returned to the park on Sunday and operated for an additional 3 hours. From approximately 1200 to 1500. The weather on Sunday was a significant improvement to Saturday afternoon. Sunny skies, calm winds, and temperature around 65. Operating during these three hours however, proved to be more of a duress then the previous day. Both operating and logging proved more difficult due to the lingering effects of the festive activities from the previous evening. When visiting foreign lands, I think it’s important to assimilate into the local culture. We found ourselves in a bar that was both red and round, consuming a strange carbonated gold colored drink, that was dispensed from a tap. Thinking this was just an unusual tasting local water, we consumed a great deal. We wanted to make sure we were properly hydrated and also remain assimilated with the natives.  This was Halloween weekend on Put-In-Bay, and everyone was dressed up in costumes.  The costumes were quite amazing!  Despite the self-imposed adverse conditions from our Saturday night activities, we were able to log an additional 100 contacts on Sunday, including DX: Croatia, France, Belgium, Mexico, and Canada.  Again the National Park Staff was very warm and welcoming to us.  This was the last day the monument and museum would be open this year.  The park staff gave us free candy and free popcorn balls at no charge due to the expiration date happening before they reopen in Spring.

A few different antennas were utilized, as well as a few different methods to get the antennas off the ground. I learned that 40m and 80m dipoles fed with LMR-400 is a lot of weight for my Jackite pole. I need to cut a piece of RG-8X that’s the exact length to get to the base. Then use a connector to connect feed line to get back to the operating position. That should lighten the load on the mast. Despite being stressed, the Jackite pole performed excellent. So much easier to cart around then the military masts I had been using previously!

I fabricated an aluminum ground spike for the Jackite pole. Not a good idea: the aluminum ground spike bent under the weight. I guess aluminum was too soft. The point of the ground spike was to hold up the mast while I set the guy wires when operating by myself. We had three people, so it was easy enough for one person to hold up the mast, while the other two set up guy wires. I’m glad I tried the spike for the first time when I had other people around to help me, rather than trying the spike when I was by myself! My portable dipole is a 40m / 80m crossed dipole. The dipole legs are resonant ¼ wavelength and also act as the guys for the mast. Perhaps I need to try a 40m vertical on the Jackite pole next? A single antenna wire might be more suited to the light weight jackite pole. We used the mast and dipoles on Saturday. Then we used LNR end fedz on Sunday. We used a slingshot / fishing reel to put the end fed into trees. The 40m end fed was up an impressive height. The single band end feds into trees was definitely more simple to set up then setting up the mast and dipoles, and I believe the end fed was just as effective. Both Saturday and Sunday a 20m LNR End Fed was set up vertically in one tree. Since it’s a half wave with match box, it does not require any ground radials. It performed very well with 59 reports into California and Oregon. It’s this antenna where we worked DX stations in Belgium, France, and Croatia.

A fun time was had by all, and we all look forward to similar opportunities in the future.
Bob Mueller, K8MD

This was a phenomenal experience for me as I’ve never done anything close to a DXpedition.  Huge thanks to Bob – K8MD as he did much of the planning and most of the equipment used was his.  Andrew brought his go box setup for the contacts on Perry’s Monument.  We made a total of 350 contacts.  Bob worked out the numbers for NM20.  We made 3x the average number of contacts for all previous activations.  Our contacts accounted for about ¼ of the total number of Q’s through our activation.  Thanks to the National Parks Service for their gracious hospitality and putting up with us slinging wires and running coax around the park.

“All your lightbulbs are belong to us”
A pun on the ‘90s meme “All your base are belong to us” has been used to describe what happened to the Internet on October 21.  There as a massive DDoS attack on one of the companies that provides core services to the Internet.  Dyn, formally DynDNS, was the target of this attack.  They were known for providing the previously free, now paid, service of allowing automatic updating of DNS records without manual intervention.  It was used by tech savvy people to access devices on their home network.  I used this service when I ran my website on a server in my house.  The Dynamic DNS service would update my URL when the IP address of the DSL modem changed.  The company has rebranded to “Dyn” and shifted their focus to more commercial infrastructure products such as domain registration and email services.

Dyn provides DNS services to some of the largest companies on the internet: Twitter (social media), Reddit (social news aggregation), GitHub (code repository), Amazon (shopping), Netflix (movies), Spotify (music), Runescape (game), and its own website.

DDoS (Distributed Denial of Service) happens when criminals use a large number of hacked, ill-configured, or poorly secured systems to flood a target site with so much junk traffic that it can no longer serve legitimate visitors.

DNS refers to Domain Name System services. DNS is an essential component of the Internet.  It’s responsible for translating human-friendly website names like http://arrl-ohio.org/ into numeric, machine-readable Internet addresses ( Anytime you send an e-mail or browse the web, your machine is sending a DNS look-up request to your Internet service provider (ISP) to help route the traffic.

A DDoS attack effectively makes a site or service disappear from the Internet.  Users cannot access the site because it is busy handling (what it believes to be) legitimate traffic but in reality, is junk.

With more and more multi-megabit connections into our homes and more consumer devices on the Internet, the amount of junk traffic generated in recent attacks has been some of the largest seen on the Internet.  The availability of tools for compromising and leveraging the collective firepower of Internet of Things devices (IoT) has made these large-scale types of attacks possible.  IoT being Internet-based security cameras, digital video recorders, baby monitors, lightbulbs, refrigerators, toasters, and Internet routers - to name a very few.  Many of these devices are unpatched, not updated, poorly secured, and essentially unfixable.  They’re rushed to market, made as cheaply as possible (which lends little credence to security), and not supported due to lack of resources or the company went out of business.  On the flipside, it’s also applicable that users don’t know they need to secure their devices.

Criminals need to build and maintain a large robot network of these devices (known as a ‘botnet’) which is time intensive, risky, and a very technical endeavor.  Botnet owners make their services available to anyone willing to pay a couple bucks for a subscription.  With a few commands, they can leverage all devices under their control to attack a target.  In general, with very few exceptions, owners of compromised devices have no idea their device is part of a botnet.

DDoS attacks are typically: retaliatory in nature - criminals get offended or upset at some comment, story, or statement and, in response, knock their service offline.  Attempts at extortion - flood a service with so much traffic it’s unavailable to legitimate users and demand a ransom to stop the attack.  Diversion - ‘hey look at this massive attack while we secretly do something else over here.’

It is believed the attack on Dyn was retaliatory in nature using compromised digital video recorders (DVRs) by XiongMai Technologies. The components that XiongMai makes are sold downstream to vendors who then use it in their own products.

A DDoS can happen to anyone or anything connected to the Internet.
I bring up this attack because our Section Manager Scott mentioned it in one of his mailings and I was discussing it with Bob – K8MD on our DXpedition.  Bob indicated he was seeing a lot of posts online how something similar could disrupt ham radio digital modes and hams must stick to analog only modes.  His response was: a digital repeater will still function without the Internet, which is true.  D-STAR, DMR, Fusion, and probably any other up-and-coming mode repeaters will still continue to operate without an Internet link.  Additionally, all of these modes will operate simplex without a repeater and without infrastructure.  The Internet is for linking or sending your message to another endpoint.  Then you have resources like PSK31 or Olivia that do not have any Internet infrastructure component.  Digital modes, in particular on the HF bands, can reach out further than analog modes.

I think it would be possible to make a backup IP link over another transport (like Mesh) for those modes or use AllStar - which is great for linking over non-Internet based networks.  To go even further with the dooms-day scenario: if anyone else can get access to your resources, they have the potential to disturb them.  Analog repeaters too can be jammed, brought offline with a power outage, or sabotaged by a determined actor.

How can we fix DDoS attacks?  We can’t.  The Internet and the protocols in use today are not much different than originally designed.  The protocols were not designed to handle this type of abuse.  Strides are being made by ISPs so secure their networks as best they can.  There is even dissent between providers as to what steps should be taken.  Another suggestion is to create some kind of IP security association with published standards, auditing, and a certification process similar to an Underwriters Laboratory “UL” sticker on a product.  Another (less likely) is to hold companies financially responsible for attacks using their devices.  Less likely to happen because it could put legitimate companies out of business quickly and would not hold fly-by-night companies responsible.  Until then, these devices will remain a danger to others until they are completely unplugged from the Internet.  That’s not going to happen.  We like our stuff.

That's about it for this month. 

Coverage of the DDoS and resources used for my write-up:

Map is of the outages caused by the attack.

Thanks for reading and 73… de Jeff – K8JTK


John Myers, KD8MQ - ACC

Hi everyone,

Hi everyone, How are you enjoying this beautiful fall weather? Hopefully, it’ll hold out till at least Thanksgiving! There’s always a lot to be thankful for here at the home QTH. One thing is that the number of Ohio Amateur Radio clubs just keeps growing. A year ago, we had 99 affiliated clubs in the Ohio section. 20 of them were Special Service Clubs. Now, let’s fast forward a year. As of November 13th, we have 108 clubs, and 27 of them are Special Service Clubs. That is awesome!

I’m still tossing ideas around for December, but In January’s column, I’m going to re-visit the advantages of ARRL affiliation, and why your club should become a Special Service Club. Remember, most clubs are already qualified for Special Service Status. The only thing missing is the paperwork. And, since I mentioned paperwork, since a lot of clubs hold elections at this time of year please don’t forget to update your clubs contact info at www.ARRL.org
So, let’s talk about Field Day. This is one of the biggest club activities that I know of. The results are out; let’s have a look. First of all, you can find the results at

Overall, there were 2,696 stations listed in the results. That’s down a bit from last year’s number of  2,719. Now, let’s filter out all but Ohio section entries. Congratulations this year goes to Delaware ARA, the overall top scorer in the section. Second place went to the Portage County ARS. There’s a lot more info to be found in the results database, so I invite you to pour a cup of coffee, and spend some time with the results. The next Summer Field Day is only about 7 months away, so time to begin making plans. Your competitors are.

I said Summer Field Day, because I wanted a lead-in to Winter Field Day (WFD). WFD occurs on the final weekend of January and is under the management of the Winter Field Day Association. Complete information can be found at http://www.winterfieldday.com/.

I know that operating in January in the outdoors isn’t many peoples cup of tea. But, you don’t have to operate outdoors to have fun in this one. Operate from your club shack, or the shack of one of your members. Or, consider renting a cabin at one of your local City, or State parks. In other words, you don’t have to operate outside to have fun! However you choose to do it, it’s a cool way to get your members together outside of meeting night. Let’s not forget your new Hams, either. Operating HF under the guidance of an Elmer might motivate them to upgrade.

With that, I’m going to tie the ribbons on it. I’d like to wish everyone a wonderful Thanksgiving, and maybe will hear you on the air this weekend in the ARRL Sweepstakes.

73, until next month.



John Myers, KD8MQ - ACC

Hi NPOTA Peeps, It’s another month, but not winding down at all. The group goal is to wind up this year with 1 Million QSOs. Can we do it? Yes, we can. There’s been some increased activities on the bands and it looks like activity will continue to run strong until the end of the year. Don’t expect a lot of activity on Thanksgiving, or Christmas Days, though.

Mary, N0TRK has been tracking the numbers on a daily basis, and posted the following report to the NPOTA group on Sunday, November 13th:

Okay.. as of about 8:00 am CST we had made 839,669 Contacts for NPOTA (per the NPOTA Stats page)! That leaves us a mere 160,331 to go!

To make that 1 Million QSOs we need to have 23,879 per week and in the last 7 days we made 24,586 - Our daily average for the last 7 days is 3512 and we need to average 3472 per day- Keep up the good work!

So, there you have it. What can you do to help? Simple, get on and operate, work those activations. Even if it isn’t a new park in your log, you may be a new contact for some activator. Better yet, get out and activate. Here in Ohio, we are fortunate to have so many National Park units within easy driving distance.

I’d like to give a tip of the hat to all the activators. Here in Ohio, Eric, WD8RIF continues to dominate the top of the Activator Leader Board. Dennis, AI8P is closing the gap, though, followed by Mark, WN8U, and Jeff, KE8BKP. I’d like to single out Jeff, though. He is not only a Activator, but a chaser as well, and has now entered the 400 club. Very Impressive, Jeff!

So, it's November, and it's cold, so I may as well forget about activating for the rest of the year, right? Not at all! Don't tell that to Bob, K8MD, who recently made yet another trip to NM20, Perry's monument.  Or, to members of the Alliance ARC who will be at First Ladies Library (NS16) this weekend.

So make your plans to get out there, and activate. This is an event which won't be repeated in our lifetimes, so let's make the best of it.

With that, I'll say 73 for this month. Happy Thanksgiving to all

John, KD8MQ


Stan Broadway, N8BHL

What’s Important

You know, I may sound like a broken record to some of you.  And the reality is, most of you will actually know what that means! 

You can be proud of all that Ohio ARES has accomplished. I say “You” because you are the ones doing it! We met the challenge in July (hope you read the CQ article in October!) with flying colors. Those events, and the more regular events such as the marathons, rides, and even the smaller level emergency responses we do over the course of a year all go together to keep amateur radio as a viable communications resource…just the way we advertise.  

I assume you have all heard me admonish that this is a very important season of the year for us- with most of the activities done, it’s time to get to some very serious training. We can’t shoot from the hip any more. We MUST be familiar with NIMS and ICS, we MUST be in a first-name relationship with our EMA and Red Cross directors. We MUST constantly work at presenting ourselves professionally.  One good idea we’ve been talking over is the possibility of something like a golf/polo shirt that would help identify us and help us look more professional.  Not in writing yet, but it sounds good on the surface.  And there’s the constant effort to keep up with technology. Do you buy that new DMR radio? Or do you branch out with a newer digital HF rig?

I am all of that, of course.  But you might be surprised to hear me say just as forcefully, “That’s not the most important thing.”   And in order to keep our entire life in proper perspective, one prime directive applies:  Keep the most important thing, the most important thing.  Without reservation I tell you that amateur radio is not the most important thing.  The old adage, “God, Family, Work, Hobbies” pretty much sums it up. You can apply that however you like, but if you haven’t yet achieved that grand status of being retired or if you’re on a second career you are completely guiltless if you have to miss an event or two. If you have a family gathering it towers over anything we do.  I recently had to miss a local event because we had scheduled a photo session with all the kids and grandkids. Didn’t bat an eye. My wife KE8BKR is ~very~ understanding; she married into the volunteer and professional firefighting lifestyle (holidays? What’s that?) She is also very forgiving during those, “I’ll call- not sure when it’s going to be over” events.  But she’s number one. You who have lost your spouse understand that looking back, right? We have lost several really big figures in ARES this year- people who have devoted themselves to all that we do.  I recently attended a memorial for a retired Delaware County EC, who retired because his ailing wife needed his full attention. Good call – a much more important thing. Their last years together were sweetened because he kept his priorities.

Look, ARES is not much different from any volunteer organization. The 80/20 rule applies.  80% of the work is done by 20% of the people. I’m preaching at the 20%. I love you for all you do, and don’t give up! But keep the important stuff at the top of the list.

As for the 80%. Let’s try a different approach.

Plainly stated- if you’re going to commit to be a part of ARES, then for Pete’s sake be a part of it!!  You must be aware that in order to participate you will need to devote some time to train, some time to serve your community, and yes, some (OK- lots!) of money to be ready for “The Big One.”  The volunteer fire service has a question, “What if they had a fire and nobody showed up?”  Pretty glum results, right?  In some cases, we’re going to ask you to put more time into the program- be a part of ARESMAT, or do something above and beyond. If you want to carry the card, you should be ready to do the work…it’s that simple. EC’s shouldn’t have to pull their (remaining) hair out trying to get members to respond.  My advice to you is figure out ahead of time how much time you have, and how much you can devote.  But even with this call to action, the prime directive still applies.

For the latest Section Emergency Coordinator’s monthly report go to:  http://arrl-ohio.org/SEC/notes.html

73, Stan, N8BHL


John Ross, KD8IDJ

Historic Award – Historic Venue
The Voice of America Museum, just outside of Cincinnati,  served as the perfect backdrop on Saturday November 12th for the presentation of the Hiram Percy Maxim award to Ohio’s Chris Brault KD8YUJ.

The national ARRL award is presented to a young amateur radio operator who exemplifies the many great attributes of amateur radio.

I got the chance to talk to Chis and at 13 years old he’s a lot smarter that I was at his age. He’s a very nice young man. I asked him about his plans for college but he’s pretty focused right now on getting to High School!
Chris got a chance to work some 40 meter contacts after the ceremony and his first contact was…W1AW!! He’s real pro on the air and if you get chance listen for his CQ. We certainly need more young amateur enthusiasts like Chris and I can’t think of a better example. Congratulations Chris!

By the way, if you ever get a chance, check out the Voice of America Museum in West Chester. It’s the site of the former Bethany Relay Station for the VOA and it’s full of historic equipment and memories!

They are open once a month for tours and I guarantee you’ll want your basement to look just like the inside of this mega transmission facility. The West Chester Amateur Radio Association also as their club shack at the VOA Museum.

Amateur Radio on TV
Amateur Radio is showing up again on a network television show appropriately called FREQUENCY!
The show is about a police detective that solves her cases by talking to her deceased father on amateur radio…although they call it “the ham”!

They play pretty fast and loose with the operating procedures and, apparently, it’s all duplex as they wander around the room talking without a push-to-talk switch in sight. There’s plenty of vintage amateur radio equipment on the screen but the microphones look like they were bought a couple of years ago.

While I appreciate seeing “the ham” on TV I just wish they would consult a real amateur for some real world advice…or advice from whatever world they are portraying. I think we could help.

Tim Allen’s show, Last Man Standing is doing a pretty good job with presenting amateur radio correctly. There are lots of camera shots with Tim’s Ham Shacks (he has two) in the background. Occasionally Tim will get on the air, he actually holds a valid license, but sometimes his daughter will take to the air without any ID or license. However, she does us the push-to-talk switch!!!!

There are over 1000 cable and satellite channels now. There should be room for all Amateur Radio network. I’ll work on that let you know!

Cloud Cover
If you store your ham radio computer data on a “CLOUD” you could be in for some stormy weather. Last month my CLOUD got lost…along with all of the files. After a few days of panic…it was found and restored. However, before I could make the changes for a local storage the second storm hit…Windows 10 is now locked up with very little hope of retrieving what I have stored on my computer’s hard drive.

I’m the not the only this is affecting so just plan accordingly if you have a lot of stuff you don’t what to lose. Stand along hard drives are less expensive than recreating the last six years of your life in data!!! And, yes, if you missed my column last month…this why. I owe you another column and I guarantee if won’t get lost or rained on!!

2017 Newsletter Contest
Just about two months left before the 2017 Newsletter Contest gets underway… and I can’t wait.

Remember you need to submit two newsletters of your choice to be entered or you can do what a lot of folks do… send them every month. I read them all and thanks, in advance, for making me the most intelligent ham radio guy on the planet!!

I bought the judges dinner last week and they are ready go for another year.

Good Luck! You guys are the best when it comes to promoting our great hobby.

That's  all for this month...73

John, KD8IDJ
Public Information Coordinator


David Maynard, WA3EZN - STM

These are the Ohio NTS HF daily nets, frequencies, times and net managers.  All licensed hams are welcome to check in with or without radiogram traffic.

BN(E)             Buckeye Net Early – CW –  WB8YLO NET MANAGER – 3580 at 6:45 PM

BN(L)             Buckeye Net Late  – CW –  WB9LBI NET MANAGER –   3590 at 10:00 PM

OSN                Ohio Slow Net        – CW –  W8OLO NET MANAGER –   3.53535 at 6 PM

OSSBN           Ohio Single Sideband Net – Phone – KC8WH NET MANAGER –
                        3972.5 at 10:30 AM, 4:15 PM AND 6:45 PM

Last month I introduced you to CW with my article Why Morse Code? I will continue with this theme for this month.  I you missed the information from last month it provided these links to use for learning Morse code.  Remember that you are not going to count dot and dashes a 5 WPM but you are going to want to start at a higher speed and learn the sounds.

K6RAU Code Course

If you start now you can be ready for Straight Key Night in January.  You could also be ready for that next CW DX contest. Check back next month for more information.

Depending on how far along you are, you may need code to copy to use to increase your speed and confidence.  W1AW has code practice assessable via the internet at this link:

Listed at this link are W1AW code practice transmissions for the dates and speeds indicated. The files are in MP3 format, playable using Windows Media Player, RealPlayer or your favorite MP3 player.  The files are updated every other week.

W1AW also has on air code transmissions. You will find this information at this link:

Frequencies are 1.8025, 3.5815, 7.0475, 14.0475, 18.0975, 21.0675, 28.0675 and 147.555 MHz.

Slow Code = practice sent at 5, 7-1/2, 10, 13 and 15 words per minute (wpm).

Fast Code = practice sent at 35, 30, 25, 20, 15, 13 and 10 wpm.

Code practice text is from the pages of QST magazine. The source is given at the beginning of each practice session and alternate speeds within each session. For example, "Text is from November 2010 QST, pages 9 and 81," indicates that the practice session's plain text is from the article on page 9 and its mixed number/letter groups are from page 81.

Daily Morse Code Practice QST Source

Eastern time zone code transmissions are at 9 AM (1300 UTC), 4 PM (2000 UTC), 7 PM (2300 UTC) and 10 PM (0200 UTC) Tuesday through Friday and alternate between slow speed one day and fast code next.   Code bulletins are also sent but at 18 wpm only.  You can check this out at http://www.arrl.org/w1aw-operating-schedule
If you would like to try a slow speed traffic net here is what the preamble for the Ohio Slow Speed Net is like. (3.53535 at 6 PM)


There are other slow nets that you may want to check out.  These are from lists on the internet so I cannot guarantee their accuracy.
Hit and Bounce Slow Net       3.576              7:30 AM         Daily
Empire Slow Speed                3.576               6:00 PM          Daily
Maryland CW Slow Net         3.563               7:30 PM          Daily
Indiana Slow Net                    3.535               7:00 PM          Daily
PA CW Training Net              3.537               6:30 PM          Daily

Moving on now is the time to start thinking what Ham radio items you want for Christmas.  Its time to collect catalogs and clipping of the new HF rig you want someone to buy for you.

Until next time remember without training you are not a part of the solution, you are part of the problem.

Have a happy and pleasant Thanksgiving

For the latest Section Traffic Monthly Report go to:   http://arrl-ohio.org/stm/stm.html

73, David, WA3EZN
Ohio Section Traffic Manager



Bob Winston, W2THU

I want to thank Scott for appointing me your State Government Liaison (SGL) for our Ohio Section. As they say, I have some big shoes to fill because our outgoing SGL, Nick Pittner, K8NAP did so much for Ohio hams when he spearheaded passage of the Ohio PRB-1. Further, Nick wrote the pamphlet Ohio’s Amateur Radio Antenna Law, which is distributed throughout the state at hamfests and other amateur radio gatherings. You can also find it on our Ohio Section website

So, what are my duties? The League requires that I collect and promulgate information on state legislation and regulation affecting amateur radio with the goal of making sure that these laws work to the mutual benefit of society and the amateur radio service. I will be working with you both individually and through your clubs as I report to Scott and the League.

Therefore, I will need your assistance in alerting me as to any proposed legislation that you feel might affect our hobby. For example, over the years hams who monitor their local government legislative bodies have alerted me to proposed ordinances concerning cell phone towers that were overly broad and could have impacted ham towers. Another example is a suburban city that elected to ban cell phone usage while driving unless it was hands free. Such a law, if written too broadly, could prevent you from operating your mobile rig.

There is a whole list of key words to watch for if you are a government watchdog such as: antenna, mobile radio, scanners, antenna radiation, biological effects of radio signals, radio interference, headphones in automobiles, etc. If you are aware of any proposed legislation in your township, village, city, county or our state government, please let me know so that I may carry out my duties and help all amateurs in Ohio to enjoy our great hobby.

The preferred way to reach me is via email, w2thu@arrl.net

73, Bob  W2THU


Scott Hixon, KC8ITN

A few weekends ago (Oct. 28-30) I had the privilege of attending the Simon Kenton Council, Ohio Valley District Fall Camporee not only as a Scout Master with my troop, but also as a ham radio operator. The camporee was held at Mount Oval, just outside of Circleville, Ohio.  Phil Freeman, who was heading up the camporee, asked me to set up a ham radio and teach the scouts that attended a little about amateur radio and also to go over some of the requirements for the Radio Merit Badge. Needless to say, they didn’t have to ask me twice!

As the sun came up Saturday morning, the entire camp (about 80 in all) met for the flag raising. There is something about watching the American Flag going up the flagpole against the back drop of a rising sun that definitely puts a lump in your throat! After the flag was up and announcements were made, it was time to get the ham station set up. As I’ve told you in the past, setting up a station for a group of scouts doesn’t have to be complicated. As you can see in the picture, mine was just a simple setup.

The first part of the morning consisted of a couple timed events. The event I did was giving each group a copy of the morse code characters and after they looked at it, each scout in the group had to send their name in morse code. When the group was finished, I took their overall time and got an average time for the group. The group with the quickest average time won. Even though they didn’t know morse code, each scout had their hand on a key and they all did pretty well.

After the timed events were over, it was time for the merit badge part of the camporee. At my area, I had a good size group of scouts doing the Radio Merit Badge. The scouts were really impressed as we tuned thru the bands and they were able to hear people from other countries. When we would find a morse code signal, they would listen for a character then look it up to see what the letter was. I had a great time talking with the scouts and working with them on the merit badge.  Sometimes with scouts it can be like trying to herd cats, but there is no funnier group to be with!

With a limited amount of time before lunch (did I mention that scouts LOVE meal times?) and other activities, we weren’t planning on the scouts being able to walk away with merit badges. But the scouts did get a lot of the requirements done. One of the things I did was to do the requirements that involved ham radio. That way they could work on the rest of the requirements at home and once they have all the requirements completed the can contact me or another Radio Merit Badge councilor to sign off that they completed it.

It is interesting to note that as the boys were coming around to my station, so were the adult leaders. Quite a few adults were asking a lot of questions and showed a lot of interest in becoming hams. So by setting up at a scout event, I was able to plant the seed of amateur radio in the young and old alike!  And all it took was a couple hours of my time.

Remember, it’s not difficult to show off our wonderful hobby. The main thing is to not over-think it. Keep it simple and not very technical. Though we have been in the hobby for many years and know all the jargon and model numbers and manufacturers, those outside of the hobby don’t. The simpler you make it, the better they will understand and remember. So get out there, set up a radio at a scout meeting or a scout campout and have fun! Setting at a radio table with a cup of coffee as you watch the sun rise is one of the best memories you will have!

And for all the hams that have helped out the scouting program and those that plan to help the next generation of scouts, WE SALUTE YOU!!

Take care and make a difference in someone’s life!

73,  Scott Hixon  KC8ITN


Lyn Alfman, N8IMW - Assistant Section Manager

I attended three amateur radio club meetings this month: Cambridge Amateur Radio Association (CARA-W8VP), Zanesville Amateur Radio Club (ZARC-W8ZZV), and Muskingum Valley Council (Boy Scout Leaders) Radio Club (MVCRC-W8MVC) meetings. This was the first annual meeting for W8MVC, which was led by its call sign trustee Matt Murphy, KC8BEW.  They held elections, discussed voting and non-voting memberships, dues, how often they will meet, whether or not to have a web site and/or Facebook presence, when the next meeting will occur and where.

I also attended the Guernsey County Amateur Radio Emergency Service (GCARES) meeting and participated as a GCARES member in the Simulated Emergency Test drill from home.  I, along with seven other ARES members from Guernsey and Muskingum Counties, took part in the Muskingum County Health Department’s Drive Thru Flu Clinic at the Muskingum County Fairgrounds, which lasted eleven hours.

I travelled to the Muskingum Valley Scout Reservation in Coshocton County on October 15 for Jamboree on the Air (JOTA) to help provide information and demonstrations of amateur radio capabilities to any of the hundreds of Cub Scouts in camp that day. Of the many years that I have helped with this activity, it was the BEST weather ever!

I ran two of CARA’s four weekly weather and ARES/NTS nets.  I was one of ten CARA members who helped with registration, lineup, and communications for the Byesville Halloween Parade.  I, also, attended seven amateur radio meals and participated in a Laurel exam session.

Remember to be “Radio Active”!

’73 Lyn, N8IMW  


From: Fritz Tender, WD8E - Assistant Section Manager

Good Morning All,
We are back to standard time.  Since I am working on 80M band fills I am looking forward to the winter propagation but, not the snow.   
On a more important note, November marks six years since Frank Piper (KI8GW) selected me to be the Central Ohio Assistant Section Manager.  Frank (KI8GW) I want to thank you for offering me the opportunity to represent the ARRL.  I had fun time.

Scott, I want to thank you for allowing me to continue as ASM - Central Ohio.  Delaware, Fairfield, Franklin, Knox, Licking, Madison, Marion, Morrow, Pickaway, and Union counties have a lot of clubs and even more Field Day operations.  I attended as many as I could and made many new friends along the way.

With that in mind I have informed Scott (N8SY) that I will step aside December 31st 2016 at 23:59 UTC.

If you want to give back to the hobby I encourage you to contact Scott (N8SY).

See you at an event near you.

That's all for this month.

73, Fritz, WD8E



Hi Gang,

I’m sure that a number of you are asking what the heck is the Section Manager writing about this stuff, it’s not Amateur Radio related!!  Well my friends, you are very mistaken. It’s not only Amateur Radio related, it’s something that as a HAM operator you may not ever have thought about. Where's your ham shack located? In the basement, garage or out building? Most generally ham shacks are not in the living room or main part of the house. As such, heating devices are usually some sort of a supplemental heater/furnace, and that’s why I’m writing about this.

First, let’s describe what Carbon Monoxide (CO) is. Carbon Monoxide (CO) is the poisonous gases emitted from carbon fueled heat sources (i.e.. gas or fuel oil furnaces, wood burning fire places or stoves, kerosene heaters, propane heaters). I could go on but I think you get the idea. It’s colorless, odorless and it will definitely kill you if you breathe very much of it in. How does this gas kill? It actually migrates into the blood stream and replaces the oxygen in your blood with the Carbon Monoxide. Once it invades your blood stream it will be with you for a very long time, in fact, most of your life! Just ask any firefighter about that. Going into burning buildings without a Self-Contained Breathing Apparatus (SCBA) on will definitely subject you to Carbon Monoxide poisoning, and it takes years and years to get it out of your system, if ever. Sometimes, if consumed in a large enough quantity, you may need a complete blood transfusion to just keep you alive. Yes Virginia, it is that deadly!!

Why am I writing about this? It’s very personal to me. A number of years ago a very close friend (and his entire family) died in their sleep because they consumed Carbon Monoxide (CO) without knowing it. They lived in an old house on the north side of Mansfield and because it was old, it was drafty with leaks around the doors, windows and the walls didn’t have any insulation in them. We had gotten a cold snap in early November, and back in the middle 1970’s kerosene heaters were all the rage to supplement heat in just this kind of house. Well, with the help of my co-workers we were able to purchase a big kerosene heater to help them through this cold snap. They got the heater all set up and running and all was fine for the first several days, then on the third day the dad came to work complaining of a very bad headache. None of us thought much about it that day and the dad continued his job on the assembly line with the rest of us. The next afternoon we all found out that the heater had been malfunctioning and every member of the family had died of this very dangerous gas.

I was absolutely torn apart. I had been one of several people at work that help take up the collection to purchase the heater. It took me a long, long time to get over that. Don’t get me wrong, there’s nothing wrong with using these types of supplemental heating sources, but be very careful when you do. At that time CO detectors were truly non-existent for homes, and the ones that were available were for scientific and commercial use and cost hundreds and hundreds of dollars. That’s all changed now. CO detectors are as cheap now as smoke detectors. You can get one for as little as $10 now. That’s an extremely cheap form of protection from this deadly gas.

Winter is almost here. I don’t know about how it is at your house, but here in the little burg of Lexington, when it gets cold outside, you’ll see the smoke coming out of many chimneys around here. That means that the temperature has dropped to below where it is comfortable. This is the point where the furnaces come on and people start thinking about lighting up the fireplaces and so forth. Now if these devices haven’t been recently serviced, birds can make nests in the chimney’s and like your car, the heat source most likely needs a tune-up to make sure that it’s running efficiently and safely. Having the chimney stuffed up with bird nests or the heat source not burning correctly can cause Carbon Monoxide to accumulate in your house without you even knowing it. That’s where the CO detector comes into play.. Please, please buy one, or two of these really inexpensive CO detectors for your safety and use it! During my trips around the state.  

By the way, it’s not all about detection either. Do you have a properly rated fire extinguisher within your reach? If not, get one. Learn how to properly use it. It will save you from a lot of damage if you know how to use it properly. Don’t assume that all you do is pull the pin and squeeze the trigger. It’s about knowing how to sweep and aim at the base of the fire. Do yourself a HUGE favor, buy a cheap extinguisher and teach your entire family how to properly use the extinguisher! Yes, even the kids need to know how to use it!


Scott Yonally, N8SY - Section Manager

Hey Gang,

Wow..  Did someone leave the refrigerator door open?  It sure has gotten colder out.!!!  It’s with a very heavy heart that I have to report to you that this past week I put my motorcycle up for the winter. Yup, it’s no fun in Mudville for me until next spring when I get it back out and can just be free on two wheels once again!

** Now, switching bands to another subject.. **
I want to thank all the 122 entries from Ohio in the 2016 Field Day. I’m limited in space so I will just congratulate all who participated and took the time over that Saturday and Sunday in June instead of pointing out individuals. There’s been a lot of emails flying around these past several days with more statistics in them than a weather forecast, so for me it’s best to just say “thanks to all.”

The weather, for the most part cooperated, but unfortunately the bands didn’t. Scores were impressive however. It seemed to me that the big guns had the same changes of doing well as the little guys this year.

I can tell you with all honesty, I gained 5 pounds on my travels to all 14 Field Day Sites that I went to. One thing that stands out is the fact that we can operate under the worst conditions, AND we like to eat! I want to thank all of you for your graciousness and wonderful hospitality at each of your sites.
** Now, switching bands to another subject or two.. **
Have you seen the NEWEST “Handbook Giveaway” drawing on the website yet? It’s there..!! 

There will be 2 drawings this month, 1 for Thanksgiving and 1 at the end of the month. The first winner will be announced on Thanksgiving day - November 24th and the second one will be announced on December 1st.
Each winner will be notified by email, so PLEASE use a valid email when completing the form, this is the only way I have of contacting you if you win.

Hey.. Be sure to enter early. If you enter the drawing BEFORE the November 23rd deadline, you'll automatically be entered for both drawings!!

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


Are you getting those emails from me? If not, all you have to do is to “Opt-In” to receive them. Heck, just send me an email   n8sy@n8sy.com   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:
http://arrl-ohio.org/forwarder/forwarding.html  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: http://arrl-ohio.org  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.
** 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: http://www.arrl.org/membership-levels. 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  n8sy@n8sy.com   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!!

** One last spin of the dial.. **
Lastly..  I’m always available for you, whether you’re an ARRL member or not. 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  n8sy@n8sy.com   

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

John Perone, W8RXX

Here is the October totals...

Total hours = 805
Good OO cards sent = 6

73, John, W8RXX


WEBSITE STATS – ** arrl-ohio.org **

October 2016

2.37 GB



01/28/2017 | 2nd Annual Cabin Fever Special Event
Jan 28, 1700Z-2300Z, K8PRC
Loudonville, OH.

Pedestrian Amateur Radio Club.
14.250 14.050 7.250 7.050
QSL. K8PRC, 1661 Manor Ave NW
Canton, OH 44708



12/03/2016 | Fulton County Winter Fest
Location: Delta, OH
Sponsor: Fulton County Amateur Radio Club

01/15/2017 | Sunday Creek Amateur Radio Federation Hamfest
Location: Nelsonville, OH
Sponsor: Sunday Creek Amateur Radio Federation

01/29/2017 | TUSCO Amateur Radio Club Hamfest
Location: Strasburg, OH
Sponsor: Tusco Amateur Radio Club

A final – final..  Thanksgiving is just a week away and Janie and I do want to express our sincerest THANKS to YOU and YOURS for everything that you have done to make the Ohio Section great!

As you stuff your face with more food than you could possibly hope to digest in a day, remember those who have and are serving, for it is these folks that make our Thanksgiving possible! 

Also, please don't forget about those who have far less than what we have.