Wednesday, July 24, 2013

New Updates..

Hi Gang,

I just posted the latest news from the Section Manager from what has just been announced at the ARRL Headquarters..

I also corrected the web address for the Ohio QSO Party that appeared in the Section Managers comments..   For the updates follow this link..

73, Scott, N8SY..

Monday, July 22, 2013

Postings for Monday, July 22nd..

Hi Gang,

I just got done posting the Section News on the website..  You'll find it at:

73, Scott, N8SY..

Friday, July 19, 2013

Website updates..

Hi Gang,

Just got done updating the latest information on the 2nd annual ARES Membership Drive..

If you are interested, go to the ARES main page.. You'll find a link that will take you there.

73, Scott..

Friday, July 12, 2013

Stuff for Friday July 12th..

Hi All,

The Notes from the SEC were uploaded this morning. When you get a chance, check them out.

That's it for now..

73, Scott..

Thursday, July 11, 2013

New Postings on the website..

Hi Everyone,

I've just posted the STM's June monthly report..

That's it for now.. Keep your feet dry

73, Scott, N8SY..

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Ohio Section Newsletter winners announced..

Thanks to all the clubs who sent their newsletters to Public Information Coordinator Jack Sovik, KB8WPZ. Jack submitted all of the newsletters received to independent judges shortly after the deadline of June 30th.

The results are in!

Before I announce the winners, please let me read a little note I prepared (now just don;t skip this and go straight to the winners...that would be cheating...)

The quality of the newsletters submitted made it difficult for the judges, which is a really good problem to have! Club newsletter editors put a LOT of time and energy into their publications, and take great pride in their work. I for one am proud of every newsletter in the Section! Newsletters are the lifeblood of a club, keeping the members up to date on information, and are also a great tool for informing the public on Amateur Radio activities. If not for the club newsletter, our hobby would be hidden in the shadows.

Club newsletters have come a long way, from the hard copies, printed by dot-matrix printers, and snail-mailed to every member, to sophisticated works of art, processed by publishing software, converted to PDF, and sent out across the internet. Many new Hams come to the hobby simply by visiting a club website, and reading the history of newsletters.

Since there is no Section Conference this year, I am announcing the winners in this Section E-Mail. The Winners will be contacted this week on how to receive their certificates.

So, without further delay (I really need a drum roll sound effect here...), here are the winners of the 2013 Ohio Section Newsletter Contest (in ascending order):

"CARA COMMUNICATOR" - Cambridge Amateur Radio Association - Editor: Lyn Aflman, N8IMW

"Q-FIVER" - OH-KY-IN Amateur Radio Society - Editor: Susie Scott, N8CGM


"THE RADIOGRAM" - Portage County Amateur Radio Service - Editor: Tom Parkinson, KB8UUZ

"THE RADIOGRAM" will be submitted as the official Ohio Section entry into the Joseph J. Phillips, K8QOE Newsletter Award for the ARRL Great Lakes Division. The winner will be announced at the ARRL Great Lakes Convention and Columbus Hamfest, being held August 3, 2013 in Columbus, Ohio. for more information on the Convention and Hamfest, visit

Congratulations to the winners, and a heartfelt thanks to each and every club newsletter editor who keeps the word of Amateur Radio spread across the world!

73, Frank J. Piper, KI8GW
ARRL Section Manager, Ohio

Latest Updates....

Hi Gang,

Published new DEC/EC listing for those in the ARES section. Also, updated the form FSD-212 for District reporting for those newly appointed as EC's and DEC's.

Stay tuned for the latest updates..

Scott, N8SY....

Sunday, July 7, 2013

Division Awards Nominations deadline is July 10th..

As mentioned in the Ohio Section News last month, nominations for Great Lakes Division awards close on Wednesday, July 10th. Please read the repeat of last months article for awards and nomination instructions below:

The Great Lakes Division may recognize licensed radio amateurs occasionally for exemplary performance as amateurs and citizens by issuing awards (e.g. Wilson, Amateur of the Year).  In selecting recipients for the awards the Director may appoint a Committee Chairman to manage the selection process or may lead the process him/herself.

When a Chairman is appointed, he/she will appoint with the concurrence of the Director a three-judge panel to review and recommend recipients for the awards,  If possible, one judge will be appointed from each the Kentucky, Michigan and Ohio Sections.  The Chairman will instruct the judges in the criteria for the awards.  The Chairman will also arrange to issue call(s) for nominations.  The calls may include notices published in Director's e-newsletters to the Division.

Information made available to potential nominators will include the:

-     name of, description of and requirements for each of the awards,

-     general recommendation for material that would be helpful to support a nomination,

-     manner in which nominations are to be submitted,

-     name and address of the person to whom nominations must be sent, and

-     deadline for receipt of nominations.

Nominations submitted in the designated manner will be reviewed by the Chairman to ensure they meet minimum requirements for the respective awards (e.g. age, ARRL membership and number of years as licensed amateurs).

Deadline for nominations is July 10, 2013.Nominations may be submitted by visiting the ARRL Great Lakes Division Website:

Copies of eligible nominations will be provided by the Chairman to the Director and to each of the judges to review as possible award recipients.  The panel of judges will determine which, if any nominee(s) it will recommend to the Director as the recipient(s) of each award.  If practical, the panel of judges is encouraged to confer with each other in reaching its decisions regarding award winners.

The Director will make the ARRL Conference Bridge teleconference system available to the judges for such conferences.

The Chairman will forward the judge's recommendations to the Director for final review and concurrence.

Awards Descriptions:


The Radio Amateur in the Great Lakes Division whose lifetime achievement record merits recognition for outstanding contribution to the Amateur Radio Service.  The nominee is active on the air and in Amateur Radio organizations. The Wilson recipient is an all-around Amateur whose lifetime activities, attitudes, and achievements might serve as an example to others. At the time of nomination, nominees must have been licensed Radio Amateurs for at least 30 years and be at least

50 years of age. Emphasis is placed on service to others rather than self, diversity of Amateur Radio interests and Activities, evidence of continuing self-challenge via Amateur Radio, and outstanding contributions to Amateur Radio. Devotion to Amateur Radio is balanced with attention to work responsibilities and family life.  This award is presented at the discretion of the Awards Committee and Director.  The recipient must be a current ARRL member.


The Radio Amateur in the Great Lakes Division whose outstanding record in the year preceding nomination merits recognition for contribution to the Amateur Radio Service.  The Amateur of the Year, is an all-around Amateur, whose activities, attitudes and achievements may serve as a guiding example to others.  Devotion to Amateur Radio is balanced with attention to work responsibilities and family life.  The Amateur of the Year exemplifies the "Amateur's Code."  In selecting the award recipient, emphasis is placed on service to others rather than self, diversity of Amateur Radio interest and activities, evidence of continuing self-challenge and outstanding contributions to Amateur Radio.  The recipient must be a current ARRL member.


The Radio Amateur(s) in the Great Lakes Division whose technical excellence exemplifies "continuation of the Amateur's proven ability to contribute to the advancement of the radio art" and whose attitude exemplifies the highest dedication to service to others and to science rather than self.  Particular value will be placed on evidence of continuing contributions to the Amateur Radio Service.  Groups of two or more Amateurs may be nominated for a joint award in this category.

Technical achievement may be demonstrated through activities such as the following:  publications, research and development, creativity in hardware, software and firmware systems design and implementation, technical instruction, application of advanced technology to public service communications.  This award is presented at the discretion of the Awards Committee and Director. 

The recipient(s) must be a current ARRL member.


The radio amateur(s) in the Great Lakes Division who has dedicated time, talent and service to DXing.  The award is given especially in recognition of an exemplary lifetime DX record.  Recipients are active o(n the air and in DX Amateur Radio organizations.  The DX achievement recipient is also an all-around Amateur whose lifetime, ethical DX activities, good operating practices and notable achievements of the recipient might be viewed as examples to follow by others.  At the time of nomination, nominees must have been licensed Radio Amateurs for at least 20 years and be at least 50 years of age.  Emphasis is placed on DX totals (Honor Roll, DXCC Challenge, etc), DXpeditions served on, Elmering/Mentoring other DXers plus other outstanding DX related accomplishments. Devotion to Amateur Radio is balanced with attention to work responsibilities, and to civic and family life. This award is presented at the discretion of the Awards Committee and Director.  The recipient(s) must be a current ARRL member.


Presented to a young radio amateur in the Great Lakes Division, 18 years of age or younger, in recognition of a record of outstanding contributions to the Amateur Radio Service.  This record consists of activities and achievements in Amateur Radio, which may include support of the community through Amateur Radio, ability to recruit fellow students into Amateur Radio, scholastic achievement and extracurricular activities.  The Young Amateur of the Year is enthusiastic and shows potential for leadership and further achievement.  This award is presented at the discretion of the Awards Committee and Director.
Please don't forget that the deadline is this coming Wednesday - July 10th.. 

Thursday, July 4, 2013

Fourth of July..

Hi Gang,

Whelp.. It's the Fourth of July already. Where I'm located the corn is knee high and I've already had sweet corn on the cob, fantastic.

As a reminder nominations for awards at the Great Lakes Convention is fast coming to a close (July 10th). Please, I you feel someone is worthy of one of the awards listed
(, get their nomination in quickly.

Now, since I've mentioned it...  The Great Lakes Convention is being held August 3rd at the Columbus hamfest. Be sure not to miss this great event. Our guest speaker this year is none other than David Sumner, K1ZZ.

Finally I leave you with this thought..  Freedom is not FREE. Many died for the rights that we now enjoy, please remember those who have fallen.

73, Scott, N8SY..

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

SEC Notes for this week now posted..

Hi Gang,

Just posted the SEC weekly notes on the ARES section of the website.
Have fun all and have a happy and safe 4th of July!!