Sunday, November 6, 2016

Special Event Happening - Plus lots more..

SPECIAL EVENT HAPPENING – and you’re invited..

A few months ago, the winner of the Hiram Percy Maxim award for 2015 was announced. The honor went to Chris Brault, KD8YVJ, of Liberty Township, Ohio, a member of the Great Lakes Division. The Division would like to formally recognize Chris for this national honor and will be holding an awards ceremony at the Voice of America Museum of Broadcasting in West Chester, Ohio, on Saturday, November 12th at 1 p.m. Hams throughout the division, but particularly those from the Greater Cincinnati area, are invited to this celebration. We invite all ham radio operators to come and meet Chris and congratulate him on his accomplishment.

The VOA Museum will be open from 1 – 4 p.m., with free admission. However, donations are always greatly appreciated. The facility houses three museums, one featuring the Voice of America transmitting facility (the Bethany Relay Station) which is the original purpose of the building; another the Media Heritage Museum, showcasing the history of broadcasting in the Cincinnati area; and finally the Grey History of Wireless Museum, with many old-time radios of all sorts. The VOA is  located at 8070 Tylersville Rd in West Chester, Ohio.

In addition to the ceremony and reception, where hams can congratulate Chris in person, we hope to get him on the air from the West Chester Amateur Radio Association shack in the museum, so that hams throughout the Division can make contact with Chris. Details to be announced later, but we’ll probably try forty meter SSB after 2 p.m. He’d appreciate making many contacts with hams in the Division.

To make sure that the VOA is properly prepared for all of us, please click on this link to RSVP..

For more details, please contact Vice Director Tom Delaney, W8WTD, at


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:  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.


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:
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.

NEW.. One Question Survey has now been posted.. Have you taken the survey yet? If you    haven’t please.. 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.



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.


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!!


One final note…   GO CAVS!!