Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Push On For Parity Act.. Plus Lot's More..

Dear Great Lakes Division ham,
We are getting close and there are only three weeks left in this congressional session.  

We need your help in making this happen now. NOW!!  The Amateur Radio Parity Act needs to pass in the Senate.


This is sooooo easy:   Help us in the effort.  Please go to this linked website and follow the prompts:

You are one of over 730,000 licensed Amateur Radio Operators living in the United States.  Many of you already live in deed-restricted communities and that number grows daily. If you want to have
effective outdoor antennas but are not currently allowed to do so by your Home Owner’s Association, SEND THESE EMAILS TODAY!!

If you want to preserve your ability to install effective outdoor antennas on property that you own, SEND THESE EMAILS TODAY!! Even if you already have outdoor antennas, but want to support your fellow hams, SEND THESE EMAILS TODAY!!

Let me put it this way:  Current rules require HOAs to allow TV receive antennas and TVRO satellite dishes while a ham cannot even install a tiny UHF ground plane antenna. We are simply asking for some PARITY, to allow an effective amateur radio antenna.

We need you to reach out to your Senators TODAY!  Right away.

Thank you.


Dale Williams WA8EFK


Ohio Amateurs in Action..

Hey Gang, I’ve gotten some pictures, but I want more..  Send me pictures of our Ohio Amateurs in action.  

You can find the photo gallery 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.

C’mon gang.. send me those action pictures! I’m sure that there are a lot of them out there and I want them ALL!!  Don’t be bashful.  


Are you getting those emails from me? If not, all you have to do is to 
“Opt-In” to receive them. Just send me an email at: and let me know that you want to be added.. It’s really that easy.

I urge all of you to make sure that everyone, regardless of whether they are a League member or not, get signed up to receive these emails. You can always  “Opt-Out”  at any time if you feel this is not what you were expecting.


Hey Gang..  Have you entered the NEWEST Handbook Giveaway” drawing yet? This month is Thanksgiving and to show our “Thanks”  and we’re giving away a special Thanksgiving Give Away in addition to the regular drawing. That’s right, there will be two drawings this month. The drawing is already on the website, so don’t delay!!  

To get entered into both drawings you have to register no later than 11:59pm on November 23rd – THAT’s TONIGHT!!!. Once you’ve entered, you will be entered to have two changes at the Handbook. That’s right, TWO.. After the Thanksgiving drawing is complete we will go on to the end of the month with another drawing, if you’ve registered early you’ll have two changes automatically!!  So, for those of you who have told me that you just never win anything get signed up NOW!!  

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 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. Best of luck to you, and get registered early so that you don’t miss out on the two chances to win!

Here's the link to get your registered..


Upcoming Hamfests in Ohio..

12/03/2016 | Fulton County Winter Fest
Location: Delta, OH 
Sponsor: Fulton County Amateur Radio Club Website:

>> 2017 <<

01/15/2017 | Sunday Creek Amateur Radio Federation Hamfest
Location: Nelsonville, OH
Sponsor: Sunday Creek Amateur Radio Federation

01/29/2017 | TUSCO Amateur Radio Club Hamfest
Location: Strasburg, OH
Sponsor: Tusco Amateur Radio Club


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!!


Finally..  As you go to sit down and stuff your faces with every kind of food imaginable, give THANKS to all of those who have served, and those now serving. Remember what this very special day is all about, Giving Thanks, and being grateful for being a part of this wonderful country of ours. Janie and I wish each of you a very HAPPY and SAFE, Thanksgiving!  And GO BUCKS!!!!!