Saturday, October 1, 2016

AND THE WINNER FOR THE HANDBOOK IS.. Plus lots more for sure..!!


We've had another fantastic response this month with more than 1,000 entries.. But this month the winner is..

>> Stephen Huges, KD8ACS <<

It got mailed out this morning and should be in Stephen’s hands very soon.. Be sure to congratulate him when you see him!!

Keep watching for a new drawing coming soon. It's just around the corner.


>>  Ohio SET <<

Hey everyone!  We had a really big number of participants this morning as the Ohio SET kicked off!  Thanks to all who did participate for your energy! 

Starting around noon, most of the counties had completed their own missions and were signing off the nets, so we are closing down W8SGT.

Traffic can continue to flow across the traffic nets as you will, and again thanks so much!

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


Ohio Amateurs in Action..

Hey Gang..  It was suggested that we have a photo gallery of our Ohio Amateurs in action. So, we now have a photo gallery just for this.. You can find it at:  as well as there is a link to this page right from the main page of the Ohio Section website..

These pictures can include any special event, activity and so forth that your ARES or Club has done.. I’m sure you get the idea. Send your pictures to me at:  and include a brief explanation of the event and I’ll get the pictures added to the gallery.. I’ve already got the pictures from “Convention Week” and the Mahoning Disaster Drill..  I’m looking for great new pictures that I might be able to use in the next Ohio Section Banner, so make sure that you get your pictures to me.. I want a great representation of ALL of 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!!


More than 200 US Stations Signed Up for Scouting’s Jamboree on the Air

So far, 219 US stations have registered to take part in Scouting’s 2016 Jamboree on the Air (JOTA), which will take place October 14-16. Registration remains open for the 59th annual event. Last year, 400 US stations registered. JOTA officials are asking JOTA 2016 participants not only to register for this year’s event, but to follow up with a post-JOTA report.

“We expect to have several thousand stations around the world signed up by JOTA weekend,” JOTA Coordinator Jim Wilson, K5ND, said in a JOTA-JOTI (Jamboree on the Internet) update. “Make sure you register your station.” Designated Scouting frequencies are on the “Guidelines for Amateur Radio Operators“ page. “Twenty meters is probably the go-to band during the daytime. Try moving off the calling frequency and spreading out while making those QSOs.” Wilson said that in addition to the DX spotting websites, there’s a Scout stationspotting cluster.

He also suggested taking advantage of other communication modes, including the dedicated D-Star Scouting reflector 033A, as well as DMR, IRLP with topic channel 9091, and Echolink, with conference node JOTA-365. Doug Crompton, WA3DSP, and Elliott Liggett, W7QED, have set up Allstar node 41760 for JOTA/Scouting conversations, Wilson added. In addition to social media, ScoutLink is an excellent way to connect to Scouts around the world with only an Internet connection, he said.

“Dave Edwards, KD2E, and Andy O’Brien, K3UK, have developed a Scout scheduling page,” Wilson said. “You can use this to post your frequency and to pick up on other stations as well.”
More than 1 million Scouts in 150+ countries — at nearly 18,000 stations — are expected to take part in JOTA 2016, engaging with other Scouts to talk about Amateur Radio and their Scouting experiences. “JOTA is about conversations across town and around the world, rather than about contacts,” Wilson said.

Got questions about this year’s Jamboree on the Air?  Contact:

Educational Outreach - Scouting
Scott Hixon, KC8ITN
22581 E. Ringgold Southern Road
Stoutsville, OH 43154
Phone: 740-474-5293


>> Traffic Nets Serving Ohio << 

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

** Ohio HF Digital **

OHDEN will meet 3585 USB

OLIVIA 8/500/PSK31 alternate, with MT63 1K for bulletins. Frequency: 3585Khz, 7072KHz alternate.

MT63 2K on VHF/UHF with PSK as an alternate (Assigned locally)

HF Digital Net Manager:
Eldon E. Peterson, W5UHQ


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Heck, just send me an email at:
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>> Amazon Smile <<

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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!!