Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Ohio S.E.T. - Plus Lots More..

** Ohio SET October 1 **

October 1st will be the Ohio SET - an emergency exercise that is supposed to test all our abilities to activate, manage an emergency event, then demobilize.  Last year’s “extended power outage” was a great test...but ~this~ year’s! Oboy!  NOT your Mama’s little exercise. Our ARES leadership team went into overdrive for this one.

This year’s theme is “The total collapse of society. Preppers call it TEOTWAWKI – the end of the world as we know it.”  This is going to test our abilities to message, react and manage many situations. And we won’t be alone- the Ohio Military Reserve has become a partner for our exercise, and they’ll be doing a military exercise based on our situation.  You won’t want to miss this!

For the latest Section Emergency Coordinator’s monthly report go to:


New State Government Liaison Appointed

I want you all to meet our newest State Government Liaison, Bob Winston, W2THU..  As you all read in the last edition of the Ohio Section Journal, Nick Pittner, K8NAP had decided to retire. This then prompted me to put on my thinking cap and start looking for someone that could carry the ball on for us in this program, and then it hit me.. Who better qualified than Bob!!  He’s litigated numerous antenna law suits over the years so he was my choice above all others, and he has accepted.

Please congratulate Bob in his newest adventure for the Ohio Section!!  


Ohio ARES Conference..
Did you miss the Ohio ARES Conference this past weekend??  Boy, do I ever have a deal for you.. I videoed all of the presentations and they are available on-line for you to view at your leisure..  Here’s the link to get you started on viewing the fantastic conference that we had this past weekend…

Now I gotta’ tell ya’.. Having all of the presentations on video to view at your leisure is something that we’ve never done before.. It was a true experiment that I think worked out well, even the sound came out decent. If you agree with me, we’ll continue to do this so that everyone can benefit from our conferences, and not just the ones who were lucky enough to be present.

So, with that said, connect to the presentations and then sit back with your popcorn and drink and have a great time!!


** Jamboree on the Air (JOTA) **
Jamboree on the Air is the largest Scouting event in the world. In a typical year over 1 million Scouts participate with over 11,000 stations operated by 20,000+ amateur radio operators in operation from 150+ countries around the world.

The National Radio Scouting Committee develops and maintains a great deal of JOTA supporting information online at Jamboree-on-the-Air in addition to all the information and USA Reports posted on this site.  You can see video reports of past year's activities below.

The official dates for 2016 are October 14, 15, 16. Note that JOTA officially begins on Friday evening at the start of the weekend.

So, if you haven’t gotten with your local Boy Scout group on this already, I would strongly suggest that you do it quickly.. You don’t want to miss out on an opportunity to have our younger folks missing the great adventures of Amateur Radio do you??


** Traffic Nets Serving Ohio **  UPDATED..
It seems that there were a few errors in my first attempt at posting these nets. So, after getting some additional updates from all of you, here we go with what I hope is an accurate listed of some of the nets around the state..

** Ohio Local Nets **

Burning River Traffic Net (BRTN), 9:30 PM daily, 147.150 MHz, W8DJG manager

Central Ohio Traffic Net (COTN), 7:15 PM (19:15), daily,  146.970 MHz (Columbus RPTR), KD8TTE manager

Miami Valley Traffic Net (MVTN), 7:00 PM Mon, Thurs, Sat, 146.640 MHz,  KC8HTP manager 

Northwest Ohio ARES Net (NWOHARES), 6:30 PM, daily, 146.610 MHz, PL 103.5, N8TNV manager  

Tri-County Traffic Training Net (TCTTN), 9:00 PM Sun, Tues, Fri, 147.015 MHz, KI8U manager

Tri-State Amateur Traffic Net (TATN), 8:00 PM daily, 146.670 MHz, PL 123.0, WG8Z manager

** Ohio Section Nets **

Ohio Single Sideband Net (OSSBN), 10:30 AM, 4:15 PM and 6:45 PM daily, 3.972.50 MHz, KC8WH manager

Buckeye Net (Early), BN-E, 6:45 PM daily, 3.580 MHz, WB8YLO manager

Buckeye Net (Late), BN-L, 10:00 PM daily, 3.590 MHz, WB9LBI manager
Ohio Slow Net (OSN), 6:00 PM daily, 3.53535 MHz, W8OLO manager

For the latest Section Traffic Monthly Report go to:

** DMR NET **

Ohio Statewide Net meets on the 1st and 3rd Wednesday night at 8:30pm local on the Ohio Talk Group

Kentucky Statewide Net meets every Thursday night at 8pm local on the Kentucky Talk Group


** Have you seen the NEWEST “Handbook Giveaway” drawing on the website yet?  It’s there, and it’s fast drawing to an end for this month.. You only have until midnight Friday to enter the drawing. All you need to do is fill in a couple of boxes on the form.. (your name and email). Where do you find this at?  Go to:  and look for the big RED arrow on the left side..   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!!


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..

10/16/2016 | Conneaut ARC Hamfest
Location: Conneaut, OH
Sponsor: Conneaut Amateur Radio Club

10/23/2016 | Massillon ARC Hamfest
Location: Massillon, OH
Sponsor: Massillon Amateur Radio Club
11/05/2016 | GARC Hamfest
Location: Georgetown, OH
Sponsor: Grant Amateur Radio Club


** RNC / NAACP Conventions **

Want to read about what we did during the July “Conventions” week? Grab the October issue of CQ MAGAZINE!  We have a big report coming out in the October edition of the Ohio ARES activities during RNC / NAACP Conventions!  The editors of CQ were very impressed with your work and grabbed the story and photos we contributed!  Nice work, again, everybody!!


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 just chat awhile? I’m available.. Heck, I’ll even buy!!