Friday, August 19, 2016

Spreading the word about the upcoming FEMA sponsored webinar, plust more..

FEMA Teaming with Amateur Radio Clubs to Present Preparedness Information....

September is National Preparedness Month. As part of its focus on community education and preparation, FEMA offers a “Family Emergency Communications Plan” to help families work out their communication strategies in the event of an emergency. ARRL is partnering with FEMA to offer this material to interested Amateur Radio clubs that are willing to present it in their localities during National Preparedness Month. While the FEMA presentation focuses on the Family Communications Plan and doesn’t specifically mention ham radio, the material offers Amateur Radio clubs a great opportunity to raise their visibility in their communities.

A webinar with FEMA Region 1 Preparedness Liaison Sara Varela will take place on Tuesday, August 23, at 8 PM EDT (Wednesday, August 24, at 0000 UTC), to offer background and training for any club wishing to present FEMA’s Family Emergency Communications Plan material in September.

Registration is requested. The presentation of the FEMA material to local communities should take approximately 1 hour. It will include a PowerPoint presentation and links to worksheets that families can discuss and fill out together.

Clubs are free to offer additional presentations on their activities following presentation of the FEMA material. 

This is coming up very quickly, so get registered now, don’t wait..!!


Hey Gang..  Have you gotten registered for the NEWEST “Handbook Giveaway” drawing on the website yet? It’s there, and there’s not much time left to get entered for this month.. Time is clicking away very fast and you have until this Sunday night to enter.

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!!  Go to

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.


Upcoming Hamfests in Ohio..

* 08/21/2016 | Cuyahoga Falls ARC's Eighth    
    Annual Tailgate Hamfest
    Location: Stow, OH
    Sponsor: Cuyahoga Falls Amateur Radio Club

* 08/21/2016 | Warren ARA Tailgate/Swap Meet
    Location: Cortland, OH
    Sponsor: Warren Amateur Radio Association

* 09/11/2016 | Findlay Hamfest
   Location: Findlay, OH
   Sponsor: Findlay Radio Club

 * 09/17/2016 | OH-KY-IN Hamfest
   Location: Cincinnati, OH
   Sponsor: OH-KY-IN Amateur Radio Society

 * 09/25/2016 | Cleveland Hamfest and Computer Show
   Location: Berea, OH
   Sponsor: Hamfest Association of Cleveland


Lastly..  I’m always available for you if you have any questions, concerns or would just like to sit and chat awhile.  Call or write me Scott Yonally, N8SY at (419) 512-4445 or   Many of you have already called and sat down to chat with me over coffee. It’s definitely been fun and informative for sure!! Hey.. I’ll even buy the coffee!!