Friday, November 18, 2016

Skywarn Recognition Day.. Plus Lot's More..


Cleveland National Weather Service to participate in Skywarn Recognition Day December 3rd

SKYWARN Recognition Day was developed in 1999 by the National Weather Service and the American Radio Relay League. It celebrates the contributions that SKYWARN volunteers make to the NWS mission, the protection of life and property. Amateur radio operators comprise a large percentage of the SKYWARN volunteers across the country. The Amateur radio operators also provide vital communication between the NWS and emergency management if normal communications become inoperative. During the SKYWARN Special Event operators will visit NWS offices and contact other radio operators across the world.

If you would like to come operate at the NWS Cleveland office, please contact Mat, KC8NZJ

Skywarn Recognition Day 2016 is from 7PM Friday, December 2, until 7PM Saturday, December 3. Please note, the Cleveland Office will only be participating Saturday, December 3, 10 AM to 7 PM.

For more information about Skywarn Recognition Day, visit


Preparedness Partner Webinar Coming Up

The next PrepPartners Webinar is scheduled for December 14, 2016, at 2:30pm EST and will feature presenter Stephen Turner, assistant director of Cybersecurity at the Florida Center for Cybersecurity. Please pass this information along to your networks and anyone who is interested in this topic. It’s FREE and you can register at: 

Be sure to spread the word! Hope you can join the webinar!



Last weekend there was a really neat celebration for the Hiram Percy Maxim Award winner,
Christopher Brault, KD8YVJ. The celebration was very well attended and there is a video of the celebration. Everyone there had a great time and we even have a video of the day..  Here’s the link..  


Work Continues to Strengthen Relationship between Amateur Auxiliary, FCC

Work continues to promote the visibility of Amateur Radio enforcement within the FCC. ARRL General Counsel Chris Imlay, W3KD, reported that meetings have been held with the FCC concerning more effective FCC use of the volunteer resources of the Amateur Auxiliary (Official Observers) program, the current FCC-ARRL Amateur Auxiliary Agreement, and the development of a new Memorandum of Understanding that better incorporates the Amateur Auxiliary program — especially in light of the FCC’s recent closing of field offices and reduction of Spectrum Enforcement Division staff.

The Executive Committee directed Second Vice President Brian Mileshosky, N5ZGT, to continue work on the review and revitalization of the Amateur Auxiliary, in cooperation with the FCC, to ensure active use of the Amateur Auxiliary program.


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.


NEW.. One Question Survey has been posted.. Have you taken the survey yet? If you haven’t go to: 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.


Hey Gang..  Are you ready to enter the NEWEST Handbook Giveaway” drawing? 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. 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, talk to Gregg Gary, WB8YYS. He used to say the same thing until last month. Now he’s the proud owner of a Handbook.  

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. My wife Janie and I wish each of you a very Happy and SAFE, Thanksgiving!