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