Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Handbook Give Away Winner Plus A Lot More..


We've had another fantastic response this month with more than 1,300 entries.. But this month the winner is..

>> Gregg Gary, WB8YYS <<

It will be in Gregg’s hands very soon.. Be sure to congratulate him when you see him!!

Keep watching for the next drawing coming very soon. Oh.. I’m thinking about doing a special drawing just for Thanksgiving..  Gobble.. Gobble.. Gobble..


ICS (NIMS) statewide database..

Did you know that we have over 455 members in the statewide database now? We also have right around 3,100 certificates on file. That’s absolutely fantastic.. Do you have your ICS (NIMS) certificates on file with us? If you don’t I strongly encourage you to send them to me or Scott so that they can be entered into our database. We want everybody that has taken these course to be in there so that if they would be needed, they can quickly and easily be pulled up by me to show proof that you do have what is needed for training in an emergency situation. 

For those of you who have also taken the EC-001, 002 or 003 courses in the past, please send copies of those certificates too. You never know when they might be requested.

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:
http://arrl-ohio.org/action_pics/action.html  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:  n8sy@n8sy.com  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.


The very popular ARRL November Sweepstakes (SS) operating events take place in November on separate weekends for CW (November 5-7) and SSB (November 19-21). The contest period for each contest begins at 2100 UTC on Saturday and continues through 0259 UTC on Monday. Stations may operate for 24 hours out of the 30 hours available. Logs are due 15 days after each event. SS is a "domestic" contest that not only has broad appeal, but is within the reach of stations with modest equipment and antennas. Many stations enjoy operating in the QRP category each fall (5 W or less output).

The challenge of Sweepstakes is the lengthy exchange, as compared with other operating events. In SS, stations exchange:

* A consecutive serial number (leading zeros are not required).

* Operating category -- Q for Single Op QRP; A for Single Op, Low Power (up to 150 W output); B for Single Op, High Power (greater than 150 W output); U for Single Op, Unlimited, regardless of power; M for Multi-Op, regardless of power, and S for School Club.

* Your call sign.

* Check -- the last two digits of the year of first license for either operator or station.

Many, if not most, Sweeps operators try for a "clean sweep" by working all 83 ARRL/RAC Sections, which count as multipliers for Sweepstakes, and earning a(nother) coffee mug for the shack shelf.
The SS Operating Guide package, available for download, explains how to participate. It includes all rules, plus examples of log formatting. Clubs or public service teams thinking about giving Sweepstakes a try this year will find the guide a valuable resource.

A new system for submitting club eligibility lists has been undergoing testing and is available online. Club secretaries can submit a list of eligible members by uploading a file or by copying and pasting from a list. Uploaded lists must include the club's full name; the club territory (center of the club's circle as a 6-digit grid locator or ARRL Section for medium and unlimited category clubs); the club's call sign, the eligible member's call sign, and a 6-digit grid locator of each eligible member living in and operating from the club territory.

The deadline to submit an eligibility list is now the start of each contest -- November 5 at 2100 UTC in the case of SS CW, and November 19 at 2100 UTC in the case of SS phone. There's more information on how to do so.

Complete sets of ARRL November Sweepstakes (SS) records for both modes are now available. Direct questions to ARRL Contest Branch Manager Bart Jahnke, W9JJ.


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    http://www.qsl.net/brtn/

Central Ohio Traffic Net (COTN), 7:15 PM (19:15), daily,  146.970 MHz (Columbus RPTR), KD8TTEmanager   http://www.cotn.us/

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, KI8Umanager    http://tricountytraffic.net/

Tri-State Amateur Traffic Net (TATN), 8:00 PM daily, 146.670 MHz, PL 123.0, WG8Z manager        http://www.tatn.org/

** 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    http://ossbn.org/

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:  http://arrl-ohio.org/stm/stm.html

** 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 “Opt-In” to receive them. Heck, just send me an email at:  n8sy@n8sy.com
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:
http://arrl-ohio.org/forwarder/forwarding.html  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.


NEW.. One Question Survey has now been posted.. Have you taken the survey yet? If you haven’t http://arrlohio.org and answer it..  You’ll find it on the left side about half way down. It’s only one question and after submitting your answer, it will show you how you stack up with all the others who have answered.
please.. go to 


Upcoming Hamfests in Ohio..

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 Website: http://k8bxq.org/hamfest

01/15/2017 | Sunday Creek Amateur Radio Federation Hamfest
Location: Nelsonville, OH
Sponsor: Sunday Creek Amateur Radio Federation
Website: http://www.scarfarc.com   

01/29/2017 | TUSCO Amateur Radio Club Hamfest
Location: Strasburg, OH
Sponsor: Tusco Amateur Radio Club
Website: http://tuscoarc.org   


Got questions, concerns or would just like to sit and chat awhile?

Give me a call at (419) 512-4445 or email me at:  n8sy@n8sy.com   

Want to sit and just chat awhile? I’m available..  Heck, I’ll even buy!!


One final note…   GO TRIBE!!