Friday, October 21, 2016

Dressing For Success, Plus More for sure..

Dress for Public Service Success
Portions edited from the ARRL ARES E-Newsletter October 19, 2016 edition

“Visiting this year's ARRL New England Convention in Boxboro, Massachusetts, I was delightfully
surprised at the level of care most attendees, and in particular exhibitors, speakers and volunteers, exercised in their choice of attire. Snazzy uniform shirts worn by vendors were in abundance. Business attire infused the exhibit hall. It was as if I were attending a professional conference.

As a leader of public service teams, and an advocate for better leadership, innovation and national unity in our public service communications role, I make sure every volunteer has the opportunity and support that encourages their personal success. Not only are my teams well trained and fully integrated into the organization or agency we serve, they also look (and smell) good. That's because expectations for attire are part of the pre-event preparations. I urge volunteers to be "smartly dressed with a clean shirt and pants" I also caution that we must not be confused with public safety or law enforcement personnel. "Professional" does not mean that we have license to impersonate, however innocent our first intention!” 

From ME – My comments on this..

I’m sure that most everyone will agree with this article, being neat and clean is just something that your mother taught you.. (“Make sure that you have clean underwear on in case you get hit by a bus..”) The important item to take away from this article is that you do need to be neat and clean when presenting yourself to the general public during any event. This simply means that you dress appropriately -  clean shirt and pants, and don’t overdo it. Coming on like you’re a paramilitary group will NOT show well with most government officials here in Ohio. Having a clean appearance without all the hub-bub is all that is needed.

Now I know that there are some folks out there that have acquired a badge that appears similar to a law enforcement or fire-fighter badge. I’ve seen it worn by several persons recently at hamfests.. PLEASE leave this at home.. It is NOT needed at ANY of Ohio’s events and it can really be misinterpreted, and could lead to serious trouble for you.

Now something that Stan, N8BHL and I have been kicking around is having some patches made up of the Ohio Section Logo. This way you could choose what shirt design you’d like and have the Ohio Section Logo on without all the muss and fuss of having to get a shirt embroidered. It’s costly to have shirts embroidered today trust me on that one.. I’ve been checking around and have some rough costs for the patch that could be made up for you to sew on. The cost per patch would be around $6. Would you be interested in purchasing a patch?  Please let me know with an email to:

If we get a big enough response it will be worth going ahead with.


Hey everyone!

First, I hope you were watching the denial of service attacks which did serious damage to the Internet today. This is the kind of thing that can easily be ramped up under the right circumstances to clobber connections all over our area!  The key word for us during these events is “ready!”

Thank you all for everything you do!  Now- let’s get TRAINING!!!


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


Tom Sly, WB8LCD is continuing to collect information on club presentations and is always on the look-out for speakers that are willing to help out and do their presentations for clubs around the Ohio Section.

You don't necessarily have to travel. With the technology of today, you could easily do a webinar, Google Hangouts, or Skype presentation right from the comforts of your own shack. Bob Heil, K9EID does this all the time! You might be surprised just how easy this really is now days.

If you've had or conducted an interesting presentation at a club meeting in the last 12 months, please send an email to Tom.  He would like to know:

1) The topic or the name of the presentation,

2) The name and call sign of the presenter,

3) The name and location of the club,

4) Do clubs usually have interesting presentations (Y/N),

5) Has your club ever had a presentation done over Skype or some other internet service?

Tom stresses that he would like this information from all club members - not just club officers!  You can email Tom at:  

Your participation in this program will benefit all the clubs in the Ohio Section.

Our goal is to see this list grow. The more presenters we have on the list, the more interesting your club meetings will be.


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 all 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!!


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 and several other events..  

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.


>> 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

Are you getting those emails from me? If not, all you have to do is to 
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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..

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

12/03/2016 | Fulton County Winter Fest
Location: Delta, OH
Sponsor: Fulton County 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!!