Monday, December 26, 2016

Handbook Christmas Winners - Plus a lot more!!

What’s inside..




Hey Gang..
Here's the winners for the Christmas Drawing..
Handbook winner
Bradley F Ruhberg, N3CZP
NPOTA Knit Cap (2 winners)
Joe Morgan, WA8CPT
Bruce A Rahn, K0BAR
Ohio Section Logo Hat (2 winners)
Theodore Ryan, W8SAI
Joseph C Schulte, WA8UET

Ohio Section Logo Mug (2 winners)
Nancy Brett, KD8QNY
Jim Ashman, W8ASH
Ohio Section Logo Mouse Pad (2 winners)
Douglas Gardner, KB8PHJ
Thomas O’Brien, WU8E
Don't forget that I'm going to give another Handbook out on New Years Day!!
If you enter before December 24th at midnight, you'll have a second chance at a Handbook!

What's the catch? There isn't any.. If you live in Ohio, all you have to do to be entered is to fill out the form below..

You'll even be emailed a copy of the completed form back to you as your confirmation that you're entered. It won't cost you anything!! And no, you don't have to be an ARRL member to participate!  A new drawing is held each month, and in order to be eligible, you do have to enter each month. You can't win if you don't enter.. So what have you got to loose!!

The next drawing for the 2nd Handbook will be announced on New Years Day. Each winner will be notified by email, so PLEASE use a valid email when completing the form, this is the only way I have of contacting you if you win.

If you've entered the drawing BEFORE the December 24th deadline, you're automatically entered for the end of the month drawing too!!

Please only hit the submit button once.. It will take the server several seconds to process the form. Once completed and accepted you'll be directed back to the main page of the website.

73, and good luck to all.. and have a Fantastic New Year!!


Ring in the New Year with ARRL Straight Key Night and AMSAT CW Activity Day

Every day is a good day to operate on CW, but set some time aside on New Year’s Eve and Day to enjoy Straight Key Night (SKN) or to do some CW on the satellites during AMSAT CW Activity Day.

The annual SKN gets under way at 0000 UTC on January 1, 2017 (New Year’s Eve in US time zones). The 24-hour event is not a contest but a day dedicated to celebrating Amateur Radio’s CW heritage. Participants are encouraged to get on the air and simply enjoy conversational CW contacts, preferably using a straight (hand) key or a semi-automatic key (bug).

Activity traditionally centers on CW segments in the HF bands. There are no points or obligatory exchange. The only requirement is just to have fun! Send a SKN list of stations worked and your vote for “Best Fist” and “Most Interesting QSO” by January 31, 2017.

AMSAT CW Activity Day — formerly Satellite Straight Key Night — takes place on January 1, 2017 (UTC) and run for 24 hours. As with the old Straight Key Night, this is a fun event, not a contest, and there is no required exchange. All forms of CW are welcome, from straight keys, bugs, and keyers to keyboards and decoders. Working the same station on more than one satellite is permitted.

All participants are asked to post their results, including any “Soapbox” comments, to AMSAT-BB. Include the satellites you used and the number of CW contacts you make on each. Participants may post their full logs, although this is not required.


DMR.. Have we gotten you to look into this new (old) mode yet? I’ve been busy propagating the website with lots and lots of information about DMR. Please, go take a look at the website and see if it isn’t something that really is gonna’ be FUN for you to do.  Here’s the


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Heck, just send me an email: and let me know that you want to be added.. It’s really just that easy. We have over 2,500 persons on our Ohio Section Mailing List now.

Are you passing this newsletter on to others? Please, if you know of anyone that would be interested in this information, feel free to pass it on to them. You don’t have to be an ARRL member or even a ham to receive these emails.

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Upcoming Hamfests in Ohio..
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..  Have a Fantastic New Year..!!