Thursday, September 1, 2016

Ohio Section Handbook winner has been announced .. Plus more..

And the WINNER IS..

WOW.. we had such another great month for the Handbook Give Away. Again we had over 1,000 entries! 

AND..  the winner this month is:

>> James Haffner, KD8ZEW << He will be receiving a Handbook from me very shortly..

Congratulations go out to everyone that participated. There will be another drawing very soon.. Keep watching the Ohio Section website..   for when the next drawing will start!!

Good luck to you all..!!


Ninth Annual Ohio State Parks On The Air – Amateur Radio Contest

Make sure to mark your calendar for the 2016 Ohio State Parks On The Air (OSPOTA) contest – September 10, 2016. The contest is always held on the first Saturday following the Labor Day holiday. Each year this event has grown and we anticipate another year of growth with even more participating Amateur Radio Operators.

Let me remind you that the OSPOTA contest was conceived with three main goals in mind:

1. To promote public awareness of amateur radio and Ohio’s beautiful state parks system
2. To contribute to the recognition that Ohio has a very diverse and wonderful ecology
3. To promote camaraderie within the ranks of Ohio’s Amateur Radio Operators

Your participation has allowed these goals to be achieved. We agree it is a lot of fun to get out in a natural setting with your radio and see how well you can do at working operators in the beautiful Ohio State Parks.

The 2016 files are now updated and with your help, we’re looking for a fun event again this year. Make your plans now. PLEASE check out the new files – some things have changed.

Don’t forget we have an OSPOTA Yahoo Group located at:
The OSPOTA Yahoo Group page is used for messaging and sharing of information about OSPOTA for all the fans and participants in the OSPOTA contest.

As the contest draws near, we’ll be posting on the OSPOTA Yahoo Group page the anticipated ‘who’s going to be at what Ohio State Park’ or ‘Planned Park’ list as we have in past years. Send your planned park activation information to . Please, include the call sign that will be used and the Ohio State Park you plan to be at. If your plans change, just let us know and we’ll update the list.Hello OSPOTA Fans & Participants –

Note: Lake White State Park will NOT be used for OSPOTA 2016.
This is from the ODNR web site (15 Dec 2015): “Dam Repair Major improvements are now taking place to address structural deficiencies and bring the dam into compliance with safety standards. The improvements are expected to be completed in time for the start of the Spring-Summer 2017 boating season. Please note that during construction, the parking lot and lake access are closed. We appreciate your patience and cooperation during this time.” Hopefully all will be okay for 2017.

Additionally some Ohio State Parks are now being managed by local park systems, but they are still listed and considered to be Ohio State Parks according to ODNR (Quail Hollow & Tinkers Creek).

So – pick a park and make your plans now for OSPOTA 2016 !!!!!!

Take care & 73 from the entire OSPOTA contest Committee,

OSPOTA Chairman

OSPOTA Questions? Email:

When the OSPOTA contest is over, send Logs and Summary Sheets to:


The Ohio Section ARES Statewide Conference is being held on Saturday - September 24th at the Marion Technical College (shared with Ohio State Marion Campus)  1467 Mt Vernon Ave in Marion..   We would like to see anyone that is interested in Ohio’s ARES programs to come to this event.. We are asking for everyone to register so we have some idea of just how many folks will be attending.. The registration form is located

Let’s get a great turnout for this!!


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 at:
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..

* 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

>> Pennsylvania Hamfest.. <<
The Uniontown Amateur Radio Club will conduct the 67th Annual GABFEST
on the Saturday of Labor Day Weekend -- Saturday, September 3, 2016!
The gates open 8:00 AM with vendors welcome at any time prior to 8:00 AM!

The GABFEST will be held at the Radio Club Grounds located on Old Pittsburgh Road
just off RT 51 and US RT 119 in Uniontown, PA

Talk in will be provided on 147.045 + (PL 131.8). 
Just call for W3PIE Gabfest Talk-In. 
This talk-in is provided for directions and Gabfest information. 
No check in is needed if you know how to get here!

As always, free admission with free parking available! 
The World renowned W3PIE Breakfast & Lunch and other refreshments will be available! 
Free Swap-N-Shop Set-up with registration!

For more information contact:
Contact Tony Alviar 724-430-1277 (M-F 8-4) email to:


Got questions, concerns or would just like to sit and chat awhile?
Give me a call at (419) 512-4445 or email me at:   

Want to sit and have a cup of coffee? I’m available.. Heck, I’ll even buy the coffee!!