Friday, April 14, 2017

April Edition of the Ohio Section Journal

In this issue:



Hey Gang, it’s time to start thinking of either renewing, or obtaining your Skywarn training for 2017. Do you know where the training is being made available?

Here’s are links to all weather offices that cover Ohio. Depending on where you live will depend on which weather office you’ll want to look at. It’s your choice as to which area you want to go to, but just be sure to get that training in!

You can also find these links on the Ohio Section ARES webpage under Skywarn too 

Hey speaking of getting that all so important weather information... Did you know that all the National Weather Service Bulletins for Ohio are posted on the Ohio Section Website? They are, here’s a link to that page..    

This page lists all weather bulletins that effect Ohio and are posted directly by the National Weather Service.

Jeff Kopcak – TC

Hey gang,

Since the last couple months have been feature articles, this month will be odds-n-ends.

Maker Spaces & Faires
I got positive comments on last month’s article about Makerspaces and Maker Faires.  I hope it gave clubs and groups ideas to get younger makers into our hobby.  Not only did the January edition of QST have the article on Maker Faires but it was the focus of ARRL CEO Tom Gallagher - NY2RF’s note in April.  I’m happy to say these types of things are on the radar of the League and they’re focusing efforts on this new generation of Ham Radio operators.  According to Tom, the ARRL plans to be at the three national maker events this year.

I learned the creator of AllStar Link, Jim Dixon - WB6NIL, passed away at the end of last year.  Jim is the creator of “app_rpt” which allowed the open source PBX system, Asterisk, to function as a repeater controller.  In doing so, created one of the most impressive and versatile solutions for VoIP (Voice over Internet Protocol) in ham radio.  Having played around with AllStar on my own node, nodes can be linked together directly through the public Internet, private network, point-to-point network, or really any combination of methods.  Hubs are systems with greater bandwidth allowing for multiple simultaneous connections – like “reflectors” on IRLP or “conferences” on Echolink.  One of my buddies who spoke with Jim commented that he was the smartest, nicest guy you’d meet and [he] would be doing well if he retained even half of what they talked about.  Jim will be missed but the AllStar project will live on.  AllStar Link:, Raspberry Pi & BeagleBone image:

Fldigi & Flmsg
W1HKJ and the contributors to the Fldigi project have been busy (  A new major release of Fldigi was made available at the end of March.  This brings both Fldigi & Flmsg up to version 4.0.1.  Technical Specialist Bob – K8MD messaged me about the update.  My response: ‘crap, I just updated the screen shots from the previous changes the weekend before’ (3.22.x).  I was hoping there were no new changes.  Of course there were!  Now my newly updated instructions are dated again!  Those instructions were getting stale because of significant program option changes since I made them available about two years ago.  They are on my site (up to Fldigi v3.23.21 and Flmsg 4.0.1) at  Written for the LEARA Digital Net, they do focus on NBEMS operation.

Check them out and do some practice nets.  From experience, it’s best if ALL participating stations are using the same program versions.  There are fewer issues with forms because newer forms are included in later Flmsg versions that were not in earlier ones and everyone can be on the same page when going through settings.
Over that same weekend, I wrote up tutorials and hacks you can do with Flmsg.  We’ve all been there.  You missed receiving part of an Flmsg message because of being off frequency (radio or waterfall), in the wrong mode, or not paying attention.  The issue is quickly corrected and most of the message is still received.  However, Fldigi doesn’t know what to do with the form because some of the headers are missing.  When headers are missed, Fldigi can’t open the form because the message won’t checksum.  The checksum is used to verify the entire message was received.  I wrote up a tutorial how to recover a partially missed message:

The last is more of an Flmsg hack.  When an Flmsg form is received, NBEMS standard is to have the ‘open in browser’ option enabled.  As expected, this will open the received form in the default browser.  Many don’t realize that any web programming code (HTML, CSS, JavaScript) sent as part of the form will be interpreted by the browser.  This means you can send clickable links, link to an image, redirect to websites, and change background colors.  Just about anything that can be done on a webpage can be sent as part of an Flmsg form and rendered when opened in the browser.  Find out how at  Standard squid disclaimer for both: this is for fun and not NBEMS compliant.

If you have an OpenSpot hotspot, there was a major firmware update for the device in February and subsequent update in March to bring the current version to 108.  The changelog has – in the neighborhood of – 80 (yes, eighty) fixes and enhancements.  Previously, I wasn’t using this device to run the Ham Nation D-STAR After Show net.  However, since they added a nice web interface with call log and export feature, it’s now my device for running the net.  If you’re looking for a ham radio digital mode hotspot, check out the SharkRF OpenSpot:

One of the SharkRF connector options is their own IP Connector Protocol Server (  The Connector Server is used to create a network of OpenSpot devices and it can be implemented in other hardware/software as it is open source.  Like AllStar, it can accept public internet connections, run on a private network, or mesh network.  I haven’t tried but it may even compile and run on a Raspberry Pi.

The Connector Server repeats any digital transmission sent to it.  All modes can even be simultaneously connected.  D-STAR connected clients will only hear D-STAR transmissions because there is no transcoding of D-STAR data streams.  DMR and Fusion streams can be transcoded.  DMR streams are transmitted to modems set to DMR and converted by the OpenSpot to Fusion for Fusion modems.  Similarly, a Fusion stream is transmitted to modems sent to Fusion and converted to DMR for DMR modems.

I’ve setup a Connector Server that is open and there to mess around with.  In the OpenSpot configuration:
 * In Connectors: under Edit Connector, select “SharkRF IP Connector Client.”
 * Click “Switch to selected.”
 * Once changed, enter your TX/RX frequencies.
 * Server address:
 * Port number is in ‘Advanced mode’ but is the default, 65100.
 * ID, use your CCS7 DMR ID.
 * No password.
 * Enter your Callsign.
 * Click “Save.”
 * In the Modem options, select the desired mode.

The dashboard is:  The server will remain online if it continues to see use.  Otherwise, it could disappear at any time without use :)

Ham Nation 300 (#HamNation300)
Last but certainly not least, yours truly has been on the planning committee for the Ham Nation 300th special event.  Ham Nation is an audio and video podcast recorded live and available at   The program records at 9:00 p.m. eastern time every Wednesday evening.  Following each episode are the “after show nets” which are round tables discussing the show or ham radio.  These nets include: 20m, 40m, D-STAR, DMR, and Echolink.

After each 100 episodes, a special event is planned to commemorate another 100 episodes.  In the past, these have been geared around HF.  The show is not only for the General/Extra class licensees and not everyone has the ability or desire to operate HF.  This year’s festivities have something for everyone including the chance to make digital contacts for the special event and a summer long challenge.

Ham Nation 300th special event runs the week following Dayton, May 24-31, 2017.  Full details can be found on any of the 1x1 special event callsigns on QRZ or at  Please join in and help make this event successful.  Follow it on social media: and

That's about it for this month. 

Thanks for reading and

73… de Jeff – K8JTK


John Myers, KD8MQ - ACC

Hi everyone, welcome to springtime <Crossing fingers>. As I’m writing this on the 10th, the week ahead looks much better than the snow that we all woke up to just a few days ago.

I spent Saturday morning at the Cuyahoga Falls Hamfest. I was happy to see a great turnout this time. I’ve heard that Hamfests are dying, and some I’ve been to on the last couple years do seem to be on the decline. But, Cuyahoga Falls appears to be bucking that trend.

I got to see a lot of friends there this year; one was Ken, KA8OAD. Ken is the Summit County EC, and has been keeping busy with DMR. He’s been doing club programs about this mode; most recently at the PCARS group (Portage County ARS).

I ran into Ken at the Silvercreek meeting about a month ago and was telling me about a project that he and Rick, N8NOQ had completed. I’ll let Ken tell you about that.

“The University of Akron had an analog UHF repeater system that was barely used. I purchased a new UHF DMR repeater and with the help of Rick Nemer (N8NOQ), we replaced the clubs UHF analog machine with the new UHF DMR repeater. Rick then purchased some of the “inexpensive” Tytera MD-380 DMR HT’s for the students to use with the new repeater. Having new digital technology at their disposal and the ability to contact other operators around the country, and around the world for that matter, on nothing more than a low power, inexpensive HT helped the students get excited about using this “new” technology and now the repeater is seeing increased use both by the students as well as the local amateur radio community here in Akron. “ – Ken, KA8OAD

The MD-380 that Ken mentions can be had for a little over a hundred bucks at Universal. Granted, “inexpensive” depends upon your budget, but it’s a heck of a deal.
One of my favorite things at a Hamfest is wandering around talking to folks. You never know just who you’ll run into. At Cuyahoga Falls, I saw Dave, KD8NZF, and his wife, Nancy, KD8QNY. I didn’t get to stop and talk to them, as they were on their way out for an appointment. But, I received some E-mails from Dave recently.
If you read my column last month, you saw that the Red Cross “Lake to River” chapter was doing a special event to celebrate Red Cross Month. Dave was one of the team that brought that together.

He told me that on one of the days that the station was running, they had a visit from a local Girl Scout troop. As luck would have it, they happened across Jim, K1GND in Rhode Island while the girls were there, and Dave put them on the air with Jim. Of course, Jim being the gracious Elmer that he is, talked to not one or two of the girls, but every one of them. You can bet they left with a positive impression of Amateur Radio that day!

Lastly, I’d like to congratulate the Massillon ARC for reaching their 90th Year. Since this this is their anniversary year, they are building a replica of a 1927 Amateur station. Watch for more from Massillon as well.
With that, I’ll say 73.



Stan Broadway, N8BHL

Ohio Conference

If you missed the Ohio ARES Conference, you missed something!  The room was full, the speakers were knowledgeable and interesting, and the stage was set for ARES to continue to build on the success we’ve had.   Many thanks to our presenters for their time, and knowledge:

 * Matt Curtin, KD8TTE  (ARESMAT and the changing face of traffic in amateur radio)

 * Bryan Hoffman, KC8EGV (A new mode for Ohio? Winlink)

 * Dick Miller, Field Operations Manager, MARCS, and Steven Garwood, Infrastructure Spec. III,
    MARCS (What’s on the other side of the MARCS radio?)

 * Sean Miller, KD8RBM, Delaware County HS/EMA Director, President Ohio EMA Director’s
    Association  (How can we work together?)
I think it would be fun for everyone to examine the potential of Winlink as a viable communications tool in Ohio. It has a lot of potential, and it’s a proven mode. 

We did talk about training and NIMS during the conference. I slipped a cog in my presentation about getting credentialed…I’m sorry to introduce confusion.  We are this year setting the standard that every ARES member needs to have completed the four NIMS courses. We’re doing a * great * job in getting to that goal, I thank you very much for taking this to heart.

Want to view the presentations?  Here’s a link to them:


Our next fun event is April 22, Ohio ARES NVIS Day!  The concept is the same: see how many stations we can contact in Ohio and neighboring states, and determine which antenna works the best for you in close-range communication.  Obviously a key component of that is the ability to reach The Sarge at Ohio EOC from your location.   We will be emailing log and antenna forms to each EC, and they will be available on the ARRL-Ohio website for any interested people or groups. You do NOT have to be an official ARES group to participate, we want this to be a fun operating event for all amateurs.

Because the band conditions are, shall we say questionable, we are adding additional bands to our operating event: 160 and 60 meters.  So you have your choice: 160,80, 60, 40 meters are all up for consideration.  We will have anchor stations for comparative reports.

Here’s a link to the NVIS Day Scoresheets:

Keep things going!

We all have an individual responsibility to make good our commitment to ARES.  You wouldn’t sign up for a basketball team without being willing to practice. Likewise, we all have the responsibility to practice our radio art, and that involves attending meetings, participating in drills and public service events, and staying trained in weather and other emergencies. We got an early start on severe weather in Ohio this year.  Please stay in the habit of turning on your radio to listen to a Skywarn net near you any time there is a watch or warning. 

Remember the necessities of a directed net:
  Net control decided who talks when. 
  Rule 1: Listen- you’ll hear much of what you want to know by listening.
  Rule 2: refer to rule 1.

 * When you have something, or are checking in, say your callsign and WAIT to be recognized!
 * Make sure you say your call at the end of your message, to keep legal. NCS should allow for that.
 * Be ready to talk about our great hobby to a friend!  Share the fun!

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

73, Stan, N8BHL

John Ross, KD8IDJ

2017 Ohio Section Newsletter Contest

In case you’re counting…or wondering…about the deadline for the 2017 Newsletter Contest…it’s just  two and a half months away!

Remember, to be included, we need two copies of your club’s newsletter by June 30th or notification when your web page is updated.

I’m printing and organizing the newsletters now but please keep sending them. The judges will pick two to review for each club.

I know I’ve said this before but each year it just keeps getting better. What I’ve seen so far this year is outstanding and I know the judges will be impressed.

If you have any questions, please call or email me anytime.


With the help of our Section Manager Scott Yonally, I am finally up and running on DMR…Digital Mobile Radio. Believe me it’s an exciting new “mode” and pretty inexpensive to get started.

A couple of hours after my radio was programmed I was able to check into a nationwide net with my handheld radio all from the comfort of our four seasons room!

The audio quality was great and the operating procedures are really no different than any analog contract.

Trying, or experimenting, with new and different ways to communicate is what amateur radio is all about. We have been the test bed for most all forms of radio communications that have used is the past and are still in use today. DMR should be no different. I would venture to say we are ahead of the curve right now for DMR.

There is more info about DMR on this website and I hope you take some time to dig in.


A big announcement about week ago came from AT&T ( my employer) that, finally, a nationwide communication system would be built exclusively  for first responders…FirstNet

This is a big deal. The whole concept began right after 911. Communications during that crisis were, to say the least, difficult. Many repeaters were on top of the World Trade Center buildings. The internet of the day was mainly dialup and our cell phone weren’t as smart, or as well connected, as what they are today.

Here are some quick points about FIRSTNET and why it’s important:

 * 70,000 emergency personnel need communications everyday
 * Over 10,000 networks are currently in use
 * FirstNet will provide 20 MHz of secure spectrum that will link all first responders with voice, 
    data, and video
 * Rural villages and townships will benefit by having instant access to nationwide help
 * Total cost for FirstNet is $46.5 billion dollars.

The actual build-out of FirstNet will start later this year.

A lot more information about this project can be found on the internet at:


And while we’re on the subject of nets, I was reminded that about two years ago I wanted to have statewide PIO Net.

Well, logistics got in the way but now, maybe, I can start to put together the PIO Net.

I’m open for ideas but my first thought is trying to use DMR. I know not every area has DMR but I’ll do some research to see where we are covered…or don’t have coverage… and put together a plan.

There may come a time when it’s necessary to have all of the PIO’s involved in an emergency. It would good for us to start now to make that work. A net would also give us a great platform the talk about what we do, how we do it and pass along any “frustrations” we have about media coverage.

So, light me up…let me know what you think!

That’s it for this month…remember the Dayton HAMFEST is just about a month away. I’ll be at the Ohio Section booth inside the ARRL area. Stop by and say hello.


John, KD8IDJ

David Maynard, WA3EZN - STM

News from the Ohio Single Sideband Net says that we had an election of the leadership of the net.  Mike Hayward KC8WH has been reelected to be the net manager.  Dave Krutsch KD8MSZ will be the Assistant Net Manager pending later deployment. Ted Morris NC8V was elected to the Advisory Board for a three-year term to serve with Dick Fletcher N8CJS and Stan Sutton KD8KBX.

I would like to take this time to thank these men and all the members who check into the OSSBN and the local traffic nets for their support of the nets 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 HF traffic nets:

HF CW NETS             NET TIMES               FREQUENCY             NET MANAGERS
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 Ohio State Conference Dayton Hamvention. The general focus for many hams next month is the Dayton Hamvention.  The Ohio State Conference will be held at the Hamvention® this year.

This is the largest Hamvention in the county and draws participants from all over the world. Unless you have been living under a rock you should know by now about the changes to the 2017 Dayton Hamvention.  This year the Hamvention will not be at held at the Hara Arena location.

The Hamvention has been moved to the Green County Fairgrounds located at 120 Fairgrounds Road, Xenia Ohio 45385.  Hamvention will be held May 19, 20 and 21, 2017 at the Greene County Fairgrounds and Expo Center opening at 9 am each day. For more information check these websites:
Hamvention 2017 website:

The Official Greene County Fairgrounds website with map: 120 Fairgrounds Road, Xenia, OH 45385

There will be many commercial vendors and hundreds of individual selling equipment and supplies in the flee  market. Inside the buildings you will also find a presence of the ARRL with many individuals from headquarters at their booth.  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 the link above.

The next big ham event after Dayton will be Field Day the last full weekend in June. It is not too early to be thinking and planning for this event.  If you have a favorite location for Field Day, you need to have it reserved NOW! I hope to have more about field day next month.

Now some information on personal protection.  Tornadoes, fires and carbon monoxide are three of the things that are important for you to consider when thinking about your personal and family safety.

One of the easiest and most effective ways to protect yourself and your family from fire is to install smoke alarms in your home. Smoke alarms can warn you of a fire when you are asleep, busy or in a different part of the house from where the fire is. They provide you extra warning time when you are awake, and they will wake you if a fire occurs while you are asleep.  Smoke alarms are inexpensive. Battery-operated residential smoke alarms are available for less than $10. Alkaline batteries that can last for a year are available for a few dollars. Some alarms are now available with long-life lithium batteries. These alarms, which typically sell for about $20, have lithium batteries that can last for up to ten years.

Carbon monoxide (CO) has been called the "silent" and "invisible killer" because it's a scentless, colorless, and tasteless toxic gas. It's the number one cause of death due to poisoning in America. Any time you burn something—like gasoline, natural gas, wood, oil, propane, or charcoal—carbon monoxide is released into the air. In outdoor spaces, this usually isn't a health hazard because there is enough area to dissipate and particles never amount to a toxic level. The danger comes when carbon monoxide is released in a contained area like your home, RV, or garage.  It can be released with car exhaust or a leaky furnace flue.  A gas or charcoal grill should never be used inside a house, garage or other structure.

You won't know from taste, smell, or sight that carbon monoxide is poisoning you, but your body will. If you have carbon monoxide poisoning, you may feel dizzy, become nauseous or throw up, develop a headache, get confused, and/or pass out. Death can be prevented by having a carbon monoxide detector.

If you do not have a smoke detector and a carbon monoxide detector on each floor of your home, you run a safety risk.  The detectors are not expensive and are easy to install.  If you contact your fire department you may be able to get installation assistance.

Another important safety device is a NOAA weather alert radio. NWR transmitters broadcast on one of seven VHF frequencies from 162.400 MHz to 162.550 MHz. The broadcasts cannot be heard on a simple AM/FM radio receiver. There are many receiver options, however, ranging from handheld portable units that just pick up Weather Radio broadcasts, to desktop and console models which receive Weather Radio as well as other broadcasts.

SAME, or Specific Alert Message Encoding allows you to specify the particular area for which you wish to receive alerts. Most warnings and watches broadcast over NOAA Weather Radio are county-based or independent city-based (parish-based in Louisiana), although in a few areas of the country the alerts are issued for portions of counties. Since most NWR transmitters are broadcasting for a number of counties, SAME receivers will respond only to alerts issued for the area (or areas) you have selected. This minimizes the number of “false alarms” for events which might be a few counties away from where you live.

Since power outages often occur during storms, having a receiver with battery backup can be crucial. However, unless you have a portable unit which you will use away from other power sources, an AC power connection is recommended to preserve battery life. For more information on weather radio use visit the NOAA weather radio website:

As to why you should have a weather radio available here are a few facts.  We have already had tornadoes this year in Ohio.  Our friends to the west and south have had multiple outbreaks of damaging storms and tornadoes.  It would behoove us all to prepare now for what could be an active storm season here in Ohio.

Tornadoes develop from severe thunderstorms. They are usually preceded by very heavy rain and/or large hail. A thunderstorm accompanied by hail indicates that the storm has large amounts of energy and may be severe. In general, the larger the hailstones, the more potential there is for damaging winds and/or tornadoes.

Peak tornado season in Ohio is generally April through July, and they usually occur between 2 pm and 10 pm. Tornadoes have also happened in Ohio in the months of January and December so it is apparent that they can happen at any time of the year in Ohio.

Ohio has already held its tornado awareness drill and many areas have had or have scheduled their weather spotters classes.  For those that need reminding of the dangers of sever weather and tornadoes I bring you some valuable information.

Another good source of useful information during severe weather is you area Skywarn VHF radio net.  Ask other operators in your area for the frequency that is used in you area.  Many of the Skywarn nets are held on your local two-meter repeater.

That all for is month,

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


David WA3EZN

Lyn Alfman, N8IMW - Assistant Section Manager

I attended two Cambridge Amateur Radio Association (CARA), two Guernsey County ARES (GCARES), and one Belle Valley American Legion Amateur Radio Club meetings.  I gave a brief talk to GCARES on the duties and obligations of a PIO for the County and/or ARES during a disaster as well as everyday duties of an amateur radio club PIO.

The February 25 CARA and GCARES meetings were postponed until March 4, so members could take advantage of State of Ohio Department of Public Safety Emergency Management Agency Individual Assistance Damage Assessment 2-hour workshop offered at the Muskingum County EMA.

CARA had 12 members (including me) attended a SKYWARN training session on March 8.

I published the CARA Communicator newsletter and placed a monthly safety tip article in the local newspaper for the Guernsey and Noble Counties Long Term Recovery Committee (GNCLTRC). And as the GNCLTRC PIO, I attended its quarterly meeting along with the Guernsey County Emergency Coordinator Dick Wayt, WD8SDH.

Remember to be “Radio Active”!

’73 Lyn, N8IMW  


Anthony Luscre, K8ZT

Educational Outreach
This month I have a project for you. It is something you can build. It is easy and cheap. But there is one catch— I want you to give it away to a young person or teacher! Even better yet build it with them. I would also encourage your local Amateur Radio Club take this own as a club project.

The project- The Clothespin Key.
Even though proficiency with Morse Code is no longer required for getting an Amateur Radio license, young students often find code a fun activity. Fancy Code Keys can run in the hundreds of dollars and even a cheap plastic based “bargain” key is $12 to $20 each and I want you to give it away! So enter the Clothespin Key costing less than $2.00

The Clothespin Key was designed with price and durability in mind. In addition, it can allow the young person to assemble their own key.

Here's a picture of the original prototype

Here's a pictorial diagram

I have prepared a complete detailed list of steps, with pictures, on how to build the key. For purposes of brevity and to not fill up this month’s Section News here is a link to the complete project -

To go along with the key here are a few links for online resources on Morse Code- (look in the left column for the Morse info, but please feel free to browse the whole page when you have time), oh and by the way share the page with youngster you give the key to!

73, Anthony, K8ZT


Jim Yoder, W8ERW/5

ARES Training Update
We are now at last feeling the warmer weather of spring and I am enjoying that a bunch.  As many of you may know, I left Ohio for Texas late in 2015.  Hopefully I will be back here in the great state of Ohio in time to take in the Dayton Hamvention in Xenia this year.  I have been looking at real estate here in Fremont for the last month or so and as soon as I find the place I want, I will finish moving and with any luck, start putting my station and equipment back together.  Texas, at least in the HOA area I have been in, is just is not conducive to any HF activity.  The noise floor is awful and those HOA restrictions make it nearly impossible to erect a decent antenna for HF work.  I am also anxious to return to my roots and the many relationships that I left behind in Ohio.  Ohio and the Ohio Section make a wonderful combination to return to and all of you make that possible. 

I am also pleased to report your ARES training efforts are showing outstanding results and the numbers have continued to grow daily.  We are now are over 700 members who have reported their NIMS courses and others to the database.  Over 500 of those have completed all of the required courses.  The total number of classes reported is now over 4,700.  These are outstanding results and as I continue daily the logging of your training, I am amazed by the dedication and effort this represents.  Keep up the good work.  You are making Ohio look like the biggest and the best ARRL Section. 

Upkeep of the ARES Training Database is a frequent activity.  Not only are the daily addition of members and training, but call sign changes and license upgrades are also being entered as I receive them.  Each entry is verified with QRZ and I record an email address if one is available as well.  As you may imagine, although your call is unique, names not always are.  QRZ helps insure I get the right information.  It does help a great deal when name, county and call are included when you send your training documents. 

There are approximately 20 of you who have completed 3 out of the 4 required NIMS courses and close to 30 who have reported 2 of the 4 courses.  Now I will admit to being among these almost done it folks and I will finish up mine as soon as I get settled back in Ohio.  So, let’s all get busy and get all 4 required NIMS courses completed and entered into the database.  We have been fortunate for a long time now and have not had a widespread and devastating weather event.  Other things are possible also and when something does happen, we must be prepared to respond.  NIMS training will be required and it will give you the knowledge to provide communications support in the most effective manner.  NIMS provides the structure and organization that insure everyone knows what to do and how.  Past experiences show how important this becomes when the disaster overwhelms us. 

Again, I want to say Thank you for your effort.  Training and being prepared is a lot of work and is never finished.  The dedication of Ohio Amateurs through ARES is a significant part of what we as Hams can and often do to support our communities.  I am fortunate to be able to see all of this grow and it is a real pleasure to be able to do so.  Thanks to each of you.

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

73 and Thank you,


Scott Yonally, N8SY - Section Manager

Hey Gang,

Have you seen that the NEWEST “Handbook Giveaway” drawing on the website yet? 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 2017 ARRL softcover Handbook. There’s nothing else required (Oh.. You do need to be a resident of Ohio to win..)   The winner will be mailed the Handbook at my cost. This is being offered just to see how many folks are really checking in on the website. Got the idea? Best of luck to you!!

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

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

Are you going to Dayton this year? Just wanted you to know that if you do look for the Ohio Section Booth within the ARRL Field Services Section in building 2. I’ll have the NEW Ohio Section Banner on display and we’re going to celebrate too.. Since the Special Dayton Giveaway was such a huge success last year, we’re going to repeat it.. I have a number of ARRL Gift Certificates, Handbooks and a few other items that we will be giving away. All that you have to do is stop by our booth and sign up! That’s it.. The winners will be announce on Monday, May 22nd and the prizes will be shipped out then. I’m looking forward to seeing everyone and good luck to all of 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 meet and have coffee if you’d like, and I’ll buy!!

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

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

73, Scott, N8SY

John Perone, W8RXX

Here are the March numbers.

Total Hours 1332 monitored

1 - Good OO card sent

0 - OO cards sent

73, John, W8RXX


04/22/2017 | 5th Annual Earth Day Celebration
Apr 22, 1400Z-2000Z, W8PRC, Parma, OH.

Parma Radio Club. 14.245 7.195.
QSL. W8PRC, 7811 Dogwood Lane,
Cleveland, OH 44130.

Contact us to celebrate Earth Day.
We'll be operating solely on power from Ol' Sol.



04/29/2017 | Jackson County Amateur Radio Club Hamfest
Location: Jackson, OH
Sponsor: Jackson County Amateur Radio Club

04/30/2017 | Athens Hamfest
Location: Athens, OH
Sponsor: Athens County Amateur Radio Association

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

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

A final – final..  For those of you who haven’t filed your taxes yet..  Tax Day falls on April 18, 2017. That's the deadline for filing taxes on income earned in 2016. Usually, April 15 is the day taxes are due, but in 2017, that falls on a Saturday. And on Monday, the District of Columbia celebrates Emancipation Day, which is normally April 16, but that's a Sunday. Emancipation Day affects taxes the same way federal holidays do. Therefore, the tax deadline is pushed out to the following Tuesday, April 18, giving taxpayers three extra days to file their returns.

A little history if you please.. 
Today is April 14th and 1865 US President Abraham Lincoln is shot by John Wilkes Booth at Ford's Theater in Washington.

Today is also.. Lookup at the Sky Day, International Moment of Laughter Day and Reach as High as You Can Day..  Now, on that note... Amateur Radio is exciting and a lot of FUN. It’s also a learning experience for everyone! Share your enjoyment and learning experiences with those just coming into Amateur Radio!!