Thursday, April 21, 2016

Hey Gang.. Listen up!!! We have a full weekend of FUN for you..

Hey Gang,

Just wanted to pop into your emails quickly today to remind all of you that we have a very busy weekend coming up.. There’s lots to do with 4 special events going on throughout the state as well as 2 hamfests..

So there’s no excuse for you not to be involved with Amateur Radio this weekend. With this much going on around the state, there’s no excuse for not having FUN for sure..!!

We start the weekend off with Ohio’s own..

04/23/2016 | Ohio ARES NVIS Antenna Day
1000Z-1800Z, Varies, Marion, OH. Ohio ARES.
7.244 7.240 3.910 3.850.
Certificate. Marion County OH ARES
c/o W8MRN, 655 Richland Rd, Marion, OH 43302.

A day to compare and test NVIS antennas with anchor stations located around Ohio. No contest scores, but we compile documentation of which NVIS antenna worked the best for you. Not limited to any frequencies, make as many contacts with other stations in Ohio and surrounding states as possible to test your antenna ideas! This year's sponsor: Marion County ARES.


The Second Annual Ohio 2 Meter FM Simplex Squares Contest

Mark your calendars and reserve the last full weekend in April to participate in a fun and exciting 2 Meter Contest that offers both awards and prizes of value.

The contest web site,  has all the details including rules, a grid square overview, antenna construction plans, winning tips, the current list of prizes, FAQs, and more. Look it over and if you still have any unanswered questions, e-mail


04/23/2016 | 4th Annual Celebration of Earth Day
1400Z-2000Z, W8PRC, Cleveland, OH. Parma Radio Club.
14.250 7.200.
QSL. Parma Radio Club
7811 Dogwood Ln, Cleveland, OH 44130.

Our 4th annual Earth Day event to remind everyone of the fragility of our planet and it's valuable resources. We will be operating entirely of energy from the sun.  


04/23-24/2016 | Portage County (Ohio) ARS 10 Year ARRL Affiliation
1500Z-0100Z, K8BF, Ravenna, OH.
Portage County Amateur Radio Service.
28.310 14.310 7.210 3.810.
Tom Parkinson, KB8UUZ,
9992 State Route 700, Mantua, OH 44255.
Send QSL card with large SASE for certificate.  

K8BF Special Event celebrating the 10th anniversary of PCARS being an ARRL Affiliated Club station.
Festivities will start at 10AM and go until 9PM. We will be operating 80, 40, 20, 15 and 10 meters.  The idea will be to pick a frequency and then call CQ Special Event.


04/23/2016 | Jackson County ARC Hamfest
Location: Jackson, OH
Sponsor: Jackson County Amateur Radio Club

04/24/2016 | Athens Hamfest
Location: Athens, OH
Sponsor: Athens County Amateur Radio Association


Are you getting those emails from me? If not, all you have to do is to “Opt-In” to receive them. Heck, just send me an email, I’ll get you added to the mailing list. There’s a link to do this on the Ohio Section website, it’s on the bottom left corner.. For your convenience, here’s a direct link to it:

I urge all of you to make sure that everyone, regardless of whether they are a League member or not, get signed up for one of these options. You can always “Opt-Out” at any time if you feel this is not what you were expecting. 


Have you seen the NEWEST “Handbook Giveaway” drawing on the website yet (

It’s there..!!  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!!


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


Are you a member of the ARRL?? If you aren’t a League member, this is a great opportunity to become one. Want more information on how to join? Here’s the link: There’s even a 90 day FREE trial that you can apply for if you’ve never been a member.. Got questions about being a member or what the League is all about? Send me an email..  I’ll be happy to call or write to you. We can even have coffee if you’d like.. and I’ll buy!!

That’s going to do it for now..

73, and have FUN this weekend!!!

Scott, N8SY..

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