Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Handbook Giveaway Continues - Plus Lots More!!

What’s Inside..

- Handbook Giveaway
- Straight Key Night – Plus More
- Getting this Newsletter
- One Question Survey
- Upcoming Hamfests
- Got Questions
- Final - Final



Hey Gang..

Just wanted to remind you all that I am giving away another 2017 ARRL Handbook on New Years Day!!

If you entered anytime in December, you'll have a second chance at the Handbook! If you haven’t entered yet, why not? What have you got to lose? It’s FREE and you can’t get anything better than that!!

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.

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 Year’s 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.

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.

Here’s a link to help you…

73, and good luck to all..


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.. NEW..    The Ohio Talkgroup Net is changing from having a net on the 1st and 3rd Wednesday to EVERY Wednesday night at 8:30pm EST, starting January 4th.  Don’t forget, there will be an Ohio Statewide DMR Net every Wednesday night starting in the new year.

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 link:


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: 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.

You can always  “Opt-Out”  at any time if you feel this is not what you were expecting.


One Question Survey. Have you seen that there is a NEW question on the website? There is, please take just a few seconds and answer the survey. It is important, and it’s also fun to see how your answer stacks up with all the other folks.


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 you noticed that there is now an Index for each article at the top of the newsletter? Just another improvement to this newsletter update! 


73, and have a Fantastic New Year..!!