Sunday, August 20, 2017

The Eclipse Edition of the Ohio Section Journal has been published

Hi Gang,

The latest Ohio Section Journal is now on-line and ready for you to read!

Here’s just a few items that you’ll find in this edition..

* New information about the New Fusion System from the Jeff, K8JTK our Technical Coordinator

* Having fun activities to do in your club from Tom, WB8LCD the Affiliated Club Coordinator

* Stan, N8BHL our Section Emergency Coordinator reports on being ready with emergency communications

* Our Public Information Coordinator, John, KD8IDJ recaps our recent Newsletter Contest and McGan Silver Antenna winner

* Dave, WA3EZN our Section Traffic Manager reports on the most recent OSSBN Garlock Award Winner, and a few other interesting topics

* Assistant Section Manager Lyn, N8IMW reports on her activities around the state

* Important Updates from the ARRL

And, much, much more inside..  Go take a look!!   
>> http://arrl-ohio.org/news/OSJ-August-17.pdf


73,


Scott, N8SY..

Monday, August 14, 2017

The Ohio Section News Update - August 14th Edition is now on-line..

Hi Gang,

The latest Ohio Section News Update is now on-line and ready for you to read!

Here’s some things that you’ll find in this edition..

* Handbook Give Away
* Amateur Radio During Solar Eclipse
* 2017 Scholarship Award Winners
* Highland Amateur Radio Association Honored
* Fun Things To Do

Go take a look!!    >> http://arrl-ohio.org/news/ps-08-14-17.pdf


73,


Scott, N8SY..

Saturday, August 12, 2017

The Section Traffic Manager's July Report has just been published..

Hi Gang,

Just wanted to let you all know that the July edition of the Section Traffic Manager's Report has been published..


Go take a look..                         >> Click Here <<


73,

Scott, N8SY..

Friday, August 11, 2017

The Section Emergency Coordinator's July Report..

Hi Gang,

I just wanted to let you all know that I just published the July Section Emergency Coordinator's reports..


Go take a look..              >>  Click Here <<


73,

Scott, N8SY..

Monday, August 7, 2017

Ohio Section News Update - August 7th Edition

Hi Gang,

The latest Ohio Section News Update is now on-line and ready for you to read!

Here's some things that you'll find in this edition..

 * Ohio Section Newsletter Contest Winners Announced

 * 2017 Phillip J. McGan Award

 * Handbook Give Away

 * 2017 Allan Severson Award Recipient Announced

 * FT8 Mode is latest bright shiny object

 * Fun things to do..

Go take a look!!  >> http://arrl-ohio.org/news/ps-08-07-17.pdf


73,

Scott, N8SY..

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Dale's Tales for August have just been published!!

Hey Gang,

Dale's Tales for August have just been published..

You really need to go take a look..

>>  Click Here <<


73,

Scott, N8SY..

Monday, July 31, 2017

The Ohio Section News Update - July 31st Edition

Hi Gang,

The latest Ohio Section News Update is now on-line and ready for you to read!

Go take a look!!    >> http://arrl-ohio.org/news/ps-07-31-17.pdf


73,


Scott, N8SY..

Monday, July 24, 2017

The Ohio Section News Update - July 24th Edition

Hi Gang,

The latest Ohio Section News Update is now on-line and ready for you to read!

Go take a look!!    >> http://arrl-ohio.org/news/ps-07-24-17.pdf 


73,

Scott, N8SY..


Monday, July 17, 2017

July Edition of the Ohio Section Journal has now been posted!!



Hi Gang,

The latest edition of the Ohio Section Journal is now on-line and ready for you to read!

The OSJ is a very comprehensive look at all of the programs reporting for July in the Ohio Section. I’m sure that you’ll find a lot of great, useful information contained within. It’s even formatted so that you can quickly and easily print it off and take it with you!

Go take a look!!    >> http://arrl-ohio.org/news/OSJ-July-17.pdf

Want to see back editions?  >> Click Here <<


73,


Scott, N8SY..

Monday, July 10, 2017

Ohio Section Traffic Manager's report for June has been posted..

Hi Everyone,

Just wanted to let you all know that the June Report from the Section Traffic Manager has been posted..


Go take a look..              >>  Click Here <<



73,

Scott, N8SY..

The newest edition of PostScript has been posted..

Hi Gang,

The newest edition of PostScript is now on-line and ready for you to read!

Go take a look!!    >> Click Here <<


73,

Scott, N8SY..

Sunday, July 9, 2017

The June Section Emergency Coordinator's report as been posted..

Hey Gang,

Just wanted to let you all know that I just posted the June Section Emergency Coordinator's report on the website..


Go take a look..                          >>  Click Here <<


73,

Scott, N8SY..

Monday, July 3, 2017

New - PostScript 07-03-2017

Hi Gang,

The new edition of PostScript is now on-line and ready for you to read!

Go take a look!!    >> Click Here <<


73,

Scott, N8SY..

Saturday, July 1, 2017

Dale's Tales has been posted!!

Hey Gang,

Just wanted to let you all know that I just posted the July Edition of Dale's Tales..

Go take a look!!                               >> Click Here <<


73,

Scott, N8SY..

Monday, June 26, 2017

The Ohio Section News Update – June 26th Edition


Inside..

- National News
- One Question Survey
- Handbook Give-Away
- Field Day Pictures
- NIMS / ICS Training / Ohio Responds
- My Final

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FCC Chairman to Appoint New Enforcement Bureau Chief
(from ARRL Bulletins)

FCC Chairman Ajit Pai has announced that he intends to appoint Rosemary C. Harold to serve as chief of the Enforcement Bureau. Michael Carowitz, who has been serving as acting bureau chief, will become the Bureau’s deputy chief. Harold is an attorney with experience within the FCC agency and in private practice; she’s also a former journalist.

“This agency has a critical role to play in enforcing the law to protect consumers and support competition in the communications marketplace,” Pai said “Our Enforcement Bureau has been getting back on track in recent months, and I am confident in Rosemary’s ability to continue this progress.”

Pai also praised Carowitz’s work as acting chief. “Michael’s steady hand at the helm of this important Bureau has helped us stay on task in protecting consumers and enforcing the law,” he said.

The Enforcement Bureau is charged with enforcing the Communications Act, FCC rules, and various licensing terms and conditions. It also investigates instances of possible unlawful conduct involving the regulated RF spectrum.

-…  -.- 

Expect some FirstNet builds by the end of the year, but pace will pick up in 2018
(from RCR Wireless News and John Ross, KD8IDJ - Ohio Public Information Coordinator)

Earlier this week, AT&T and the First Responders Network Authority released state plans for the multi-billion build of a nationwide LTE network for first responders. Later in the week, during the Wells Fargo 5G Forum, AT&T Senior Vice President of Technology Planning and Engineering Scott Mair shared details of the FirstNet timeline, as well as the opportunity presented by the new allocation of 60 megahertz of 700 MHz spectrum.

Mair explained AT&T would leverage the FirstNet build to further bolster its commercial business as a function of not only spectrum sharing, but also deployment logistics.

“We’re going to use the FirstNet build, and as we touch the towers to build FirstNet, we’re going to put that other spectrum to use. That’s going to put a lot of capacity into the network. When you touch the tower, you’re not just touching it for FirstNet, but you’re touching it to put other bands of spectrum…in service as well.”

Friday, June 23, 2017

The Ohio Section News Update – June 23rd Edition


Inside..

- Can You Hear Me Now
- One Question Survey
- Handbook Give-Away
- Field Day Pictures – plus more
- NIMS / ICS Training / Ohio Responds
- Upcoming Hamfests
- My Final

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Can You Hear Me Now with DMR?

When folks talk about distances of radio communication systems or networks, people find it difficult to translate descriptions into mental pictures, so this writer set out to bridge the gap between numbers and meaningful graphics.

I wanted to view coverage maps as I have seen by the National Weather Services’ NOAA Weather Radio, and commercial radio and TV station plots, but Digital Mobile Radio coverage maps are rare, so I decided to make my own thanks to the technology and the internet.

While researching, I found that the Mansfield DMR repeater antenna is MOAA (Mother of All Antennas) in the state of Ohio. This antenna has a reported height of 984.2 feet AGL. No other DMR antenna comes close to this reported height in the state.

The Mansfield coverage area alone extends to just north of Columbus, west to Findlay, north to Lake Erie, and west of Wooster, Massillon and Medina. East of this area, signal strength is weak and would not provide reliable or consistent communications.

Mansfield’s main coverage area is impressive; encompassing 6,783.04 square miles with signal strength of 1.55 microvolts or better. Foliage, valleys, hills, structures, etcetera, should be taken into consideration if operating.

When factoring the extended and/or fringe areas, the Mansfield area grows to 9,594.253 square miles of 0.5 microvolts of signal strength or better, reaching 2.55 million Ohioans and many thousands of amateur radio operators.

According to the U.S. Geological Survey, Ohio is the 35th largest state in the U.S. and the Mansfield DMR repeater covers 23.43 percent of the state.  

Mansfield DMR “MOAA” covering 23.43 percent of Ohio.

I obtained as much reported antenna height information as I could pertaining to the other 64 Ohio DMR repeater antenna heights, and then interpolated heights where no information was found. I used a 100-foot height for those DMR repeaters. I wanted to see the overall coverage area for all of Ohio.

When processing and merging all known and unreported DMR antenna heights for analysis, a statewide map emerged. 

False color DMR coverage map for Ohio.

This map reveals about 70 percent of Ohio has some DMR coverage. False colors were introduced to emphasize signal coverage. The color pink is good to strong coverage while the blue is marginal to good coverage. The black, as seen in the lower right corner has no discernable coverage, and extends into West Virginia and western Pennsylvania.

Extreme eastern and most of southeast Ohio are in dire need of some kind of coverage. Interstate highway coverage, west of I-77 has ample coverage, but more overlapping coverage is desirable.

This link is a Google map that displays reported DMR repeaters in a five-state region including Kentucky, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, and is of interest if one is traveling in the Midwest:  http://hoosierdmr.net/dmr-repeater-map.html

In the near future, Coshocton and Tuscarawas County may see DMR repeaters as those respective areas have plans to install equipment. With patience, Ohio amateur radio operators may have complete, statewide access to DMR.

Update note:  It was announced on or about June 17 that Richmond, Ind., is planning to install a DMR repeater that will help increase coverage along I-70 in west central Ohio.
 
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One Question Survey

Hey Gang,

Have you checked out the NEW Survey question on the website yet?. There is a brand new question up there for you to answer! I really would like to know, so please, just take a couple of seconds to answer it.  You’ll find it on the left side of the main page..  http://arrlohio.org !!

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Handbook Give Away

Have you seen that the NEWEST “Handbook Giveaway” drawing on the website yet? 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 the drawing to get a chance to win a 2017 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. This is being offered just to see how many folks are checking in on the website. Got the idea? Best of luck to you!!

Here's a link to get registered..  http://arrl-ohio.org/handbook.html

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FIELD DAY PICTURES

This is a great time for taking pictures of your Field Day participation for sure. I will be out and about with my camera, but I need your help too. I need you to take pictures and send them to me. I will have a gallery setup on the website to display everyone’s Field Day pictures as I get them. Please, take a lot of pictures of not only the equipment and food, but also of everyone having fun at Field Day too. Send those pictures to:  n8sy@n8sy.com

I will be taking some of those pictures and placing them on the next Ohio Section Banner...  Showing all of us having fun and participating is what makes this banner so great!

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FIELD DAY MESSAGES – AN EASY 300 POINTS FOR SURE – PLUS MORE

Each year, hundreds of Field Day operations try and find every advantage to earn as many points as possible. But many overlook bonus point categories that can add a reliable 300 points to your group score: the group participation NTS message to the ARRL Section Manager, the W1AW Field Day bulletin, and the NTS traffic handling bonus.

Each Field Day group should generate a formal NTS-style piece to their ARRL Section Manager and Section Emergency Coordinator. This message should include the group’s name, their location for Field Day, and the number of ARES members participating in the event. 

NOTE:.. Since I will be on the road visiting a number of sites for Field Day, please send these pieces of traffic to me via OSSBN – www.ossbn.org  for details about the net, or you can find them on (3.972.5MHz.) 

SPECIAL NOTES:  Mike, KC8WH the Net Manager for the OSSBN has informed me that members of the OSSBN will be listening throughout Field Day, so if you just can’t get it passed during their normal net times, you’ll be able to do it during off times instead. This will help you and them in being able to get your message through in a timely manner.

NOTE, NOTE:  Make sure that your Radiogram has the date and time filled in when you generate the message. This way no matter how late it may be in getting to the end destination, you’ll still be able to count it since it was originally generated and passed DURING Field Day.

Now, by generating and passing a few radiograms may mean that your group might have to take one of your stations away from operating normal Field Day contacts, your group is awarded the 100-point bonus for taking the time to pass this piece of traffic. To claim this bonus, you must submit a copy of the formal message with your Field Day entry. Note: The Section Manager message does not count as one of the 10 NTS messages for bonus points.

For more details about how to handle these messages, please go to:  www.arrl-ohio.org/FD_Message.html  or www.ossbn.org/FD_Message.html

FIELD DAY BONUS POINTS OPPORTUNITIES

Don’t forget that there are two additional ways to earn extra points for your group's efforts. One is the "Safety Officer" position and the other is related to promoting your Field Day via "Social Media."

Safety Officer..  is a critical concern during Field Day. Every year the Field Day packet contains a Safety Check List that all stations should follow. All Class A entries can earn an additional 100 points by designating a member of their group as "Safety Officer."  This person must verify that all safety concerns on the Safety Check List have been adequately met.

The Safety Officer position is to be taken seriously. Real oversight is required; appointing a Safety Officer, affirming that all items on the Safety Check List have been completed properly, must be included with a groups Field Day entry with all other supporting documentation.

Social Media..  There have been many PR and publicity bonus points available in Field Day for a very long time. The addition of a social media bonus makes promoting your Field Day event even easier than before.
Social Media refers to any online platform that promotes being connected with friends and family.. Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest and LinkedIn are five examples of allowed Social Media platforms.

The Social Media bonus points will only apply on recognized social media platforms and NOT your clubs website.
 
2017 OHIO FIELD DAY PROCLAMATION ON-LINE

Just wanted to let you know, if you haven’t already found it, that you can view and print the governor’s Proclamation for the 2017 Field Day. Go to:  www.arrl-ohio.org/SGL/sgl.html to get your copy for your Field Day site. You can also find a sample Press Release for your Field Day activities as well.

Thanks to Bob Winston, W2THU our State Government Liaison (SGL) for getting the governor to take time out of his busy schedule and getting this Proclamation for us.

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NIMS / ICS Training Update
 
The numbers are growing!  Here’s what we have on file as of today:   Members in database: 764; Active Members: 751; Members NIMS complete: 554 and for the biggie..  Total Courses Taken: 5,034. Here’s the link to the list:  http://arrl-ohio.org/SEC/special/nims_roster.html 

We need to be prepared to help in a professional and TRAINED manor now days, and the only way of getting that training is to start taking these courses. We have a lot to be proud of, and a lot more work to do. Every ARES member in Ohio now MUST have these courses to be a part of the Ohio ARES program and to be registered in the Ohio Responds database!

OHIO RESPONDS
Hey.. Don’t forget, once you’ve got all 4 of your required NIMS courses completed and we have copies of your certificates, get registered on the Ohio Responds Now, admittedly their system was designed for another purpose, so in some places it doesn’t match up well with Amateur Radio Operators and what we do. I have created a webpage where you’ll find all the pertinent information for getting registered on Ohio Responds website with as little issues as possible. You need to read this information BEFORE you attempt to register, and you will need to have all 4 of your NIMS courses completed and in our statewide database first! There’s some very specific information up there that you’ll need to know to correctly complete the registration process. Here’s a link to that webpage… http://arrl-ohio.org/ohio-responds-page.html   You can also find this link on the main page of the Ohio Section website as well.

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Upcoming Hamfests


07/08/2017 | GARS Germantown Hamfest
Location: Germantown, OH
Type: ARRL Hamfest
Sponsor: Germantown Amateur Radio Society (GARS)
Website: 
http://GARSohio.org

07/09/2017 | 20/9 Radio Club Hamfest, Computer & Electronics Show
Location: Austintown, OH
Type: ARRL Hamfest
Sponsor: 20/9 Radio Club, Inc.
Website: 
http://20over9.org

07/15/2017 | NOARSFEST
Location: Elyria, OH
Sponsor: Northern Ohio Amateur Radio Society
Website: 
http://noars.net

07/16/2017 | Van Wert Hamfest
Location: Van Wert, OH
Sponsor: Van Wert Amateur Radio Club
Website: 
http://w8fy.org

07/30/2017 | Portage Hamfair '17
Location: Ravenna, OH
Sponsor: Portage Amateur Radio Club, Inc.
Website: 
http://hamfair.com 

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My Final..   

Amateur Radio has a serious side, but it can also have a FUN side too. I hope that this News Update has been informative and fun for you to read.  So, as we go through our training and exercises, learning from the past and from those who are willing to take the time to teach us, let’s remember to have FUN too! It’s what keeps us alive and vibrant!

Got questions, concerns or would just like to sit and chat awhile, give me a call at (419) 512-4445 or email me at:  n8sy@n8sy.com   Want to sit and just chat awhile? I’m available, Heck, I’ll even buy!!


73,

Scott, N8SY..


eof..


Wednesday, June 21, 2017

The Ohio Section News Update – June 21st Edition


Inside..

- Handbook Give-Away
- Field Day Pictures – plus more
- Nets
- NIMS / ICS Training / Ohio Responds
- Nets
- Getting This Newsletter
- My Final

************
 
Handbook Give Away

Have you seen that the NEWEST “Handbook Giveaway” drawing on the website yet? 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 the drawing to get a chance to win a 2017 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. This is being offered just to see how many folks are checking in on the website. Got the idea? Best of luck to you!!

Here's a link to get registered..  http://arrl-ohio.org/handbook.html

************

FIELD DAY PICTURES

This is a great time for taking pictures of your Field Day participation for sure. I will be out and about with my camera, but I need your help too. I need you to take pictures and send them to me. I will have a gallery setup on the website to display everyone’s Field Day pictures as I get them. Please, take a lot of pictures of not only the equipment and food, but also of everyone having fun at Field Day too. Send those pictures to:  n8sy@n8sy.com

I will be taking some of those pictures and placing them on the next Ohio Section Banner...  Showing all of us having fun and participating is what makes this banner so great!

*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*

FIELD DAY MESSAGES – AN EASY 300 POINTS FOR SURE – PLUS MORE

Each year, hundreds of Field Day operations try and find every advantage to earn as many points as possible. But many overlook bonus point categories that can add a reliable 300 points to your group score: the group participation NTS message to the ARRL Section Manager, the W1AW Field Day bulletin, and the NTS traffic handling bonus.

Each Field Day group should generate a formal NTS-style piece to their ARRL Section Manager and Section Emergency Coordinator. This message should include the group’s name, their location for Field Day, and the number of ARES members participating in the event. 

NOTE:.. Since I will be on the road visiting a number of sites for Field Day, please send these pieces of traffic to me via OSSBN – www.ossbn.org  for details about the net, or you can find them on (3.972.5MHz.) 

SPECIAL NOTES:  Mike, KC8WH the Net Manager for the OSSBN has informed me that members of the OSSBN will be listening throughout Field Day, so if you just can’t get it passed during their normal net times, you’ll be able to do it during off times instead. This will help you and them in being able to get your message through in a timely manner.

NOTE, NOTE:  Make sure that your Radiogram has the date and time filled in when you generate the message. This way no matter how late it may be in getting to the end destination, you’ll still be able to count it since it was originally generated and passed DURING Field Day.

Now, by generating and passing a few radiograms may mean that your group might have to take one of your stations away from operating normal Field Day contacts, your group is awarded the 100-point bonus for taking the time to pass this piece of traffic. To claim this bonus, you must submit a copy of the formal message with your Field Day entry. Note: The Section Manager message does not count as one of the 10 NTS messages for bonus points.

For more details about how to handle these messages, please go to:  www.arrl-ohio.org/FD_Message.html  or www.ossbn.org/FD_Message.html

FIELD DAY BONUS POINTS OPPORTUNITIES

Don’t forget that there are two additional ways to earn extra points for your group's efforts. One is the "Safety Officer" position and the other is related to promoting your Field Day via "Social Media."

Safety Officer..  is a critical concern during Field Day. Every year the Field Day packet contains a Safety Check List that all stations should follow. All Class A entries can earn an additional 100 points by designating a member of their group as "Safety Officer."  This person must verify that all safety concerns on the Safety Check List have been adequately met.

The Safety Officer position is to be taken seriously. Real oversight is required; appointing a Safety Officer, affirming that all items on the Safety Check List have been completed properly, must be included with a groups Field Day entry with all other supporting documentation.

Social Media..  There have been many PR and publicity bonus points available in Field Day for a very long time. The addition of a social media bonus makes promoting your Field Day event even easier than before.
Social Media refers to any online platform that promotes being connected with friends and family.. Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest and LinkedIn are five examples of allowed Social Media platforms.

The Social Media bonus points will only apply on recognized social media platforms and NOT your clubs website.

2017 OHIO FIELD DAY PROCLAMATION ON-LINE

Just wanted to let you know, if you haven’t already found it, that you can view and print the governor’s Proclamation for the 2017 Field Day. Go to:  www.arrl-ohio.org/SGL/sgl.html to get your copy for your Field Day site. You can also find a sample Press Release for your Field Day activities as well.

Thanks to Bob Winston, W2THU our State Government Liaison (SGL) for getting the governor to take time out of his busy schedule and getting this Proclamation for us.

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Nets

Hey gang, don’t forget to check-in on the weekly Wednesday night DMR net tonight, there are averaging over 60 check-ins each week, and it’s growing!! Come join in on the fun, Wednesday nights at 8:30p local on the 3139 Ohio statewide Talkgroup.

The North American Tech Net that meets Wednesday 9pm EST TG: 3 and of course there’s the After HamNation Net following the HamNation program on Wednesday’s on TG: 311

Here’s another DMR net that you may not have known about. I got this information from Dave, KD8BQN. Dave runs the TAC310 net every Sunday on DMR at 0000Z. So be looking to check into that net as well, if you can.

>>  LOCAL 6 METER NETS  <<
(from Steve, W8TER)

Wednesdays at 9:00 pm

1st Wednesday of the month is on 50.400 AM mode.
2nd Wednesday of the month is on 52.525 FM mode.
3rd Wednesday of the month is on 50.125 USB mode.
4th Wednesday of the month is on 52.525 FM mode.
5th Wednesday of the month is on 52.525 FM mode.

PLEASE JOIN US…on the air

There is also a 6-meter net on Thursday at 9pm on 50.255 USB

I also got notified of a Sunday night net on 6-meters, from Fred, KD8GYS in Sterling, Ohio.

The Net is on every Sunday Evening at 19:00 Hrs. on 53.170 with a input of 52.170 and Pl’s of 107.2 Akron, 110.9 Loudonville, 123.0 Stone Creek and 136.5 Richfield as well as Echo link, All Star and 440 W8WKY Doylestown, Oh.

It’s also linked with N2KEJ in New Jersey. As of now we cover 27 counties in Ohio, 3 counties in Pa. My goal when I was asked to run the net, was to get 50 check ins 4 years ago.

We have a Trivia question each week as well, to keep the mind sharpened (lol).

The repeater also has the NWS weather alert system connected to advise all listeners of Alerts from Ashland, Wayne, Holmes, Medina, Stark and Summit counties.

Keep 6 Meters going strong check in join the net when possible.

Here is another net that you may want to add to your list of nets. It’s the South Eastern Ohio Ragchew Net 28.485 MHz, 2100 every Sunday -  we thank Lyn, N8IMW for that information…

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NIMS / ICS Training Update

The numbers are continuing to grow!  Here’s what we have on file as of today :   Members in database: 763; Active Members: 750; Members NIMS complete: 553 and for the biggie..  Total Courses Taken: 5,030. These numbers just keep growing, and that’s really the best news of all to tell you!

We need to be prepared to help in a professional and TRAINED manor now days, and the only way of getting that training is to start taking these courses. We have a lot to be proud of, and a lot more work to do. Every ARES member in Ohio now MUST have these courses to be a part of the Ohio ARES program and to be registered in the Ohio Responds database!

How do I know if I’m on the list or not? Here’s the link to the list.  
http://arrl-ohio.org/SEC/special/nims_roster.html  If you don’t see your name on the list, and you’ve submitted your certificates? Contact me immediately!

For those of you just starting out now that you have a real incentive, we have a webpage with all the information about how to get started..  http://arrl-ohio.org/SEC/training.html. This page contains a lot of information about what is needed. Each course takes about an hour or so to take, that’s really not much to ask now is it? You spent way more than that to get your Amateur Radio operators license!

Hey.. Don’t forget, once you’ve got all 4 of your required NIMS courses completed and we have copies of your certificates, get registered on the Ohio Responds Now, admittedly their system was designed for another purpose, so in some places it doesn’t match up well with Amateur Radio Operators and what we do. I have created a webpage where you’ll find all the pertinent information for getting registered on Ohio Responds website with as little issues as possible. You really need to read this information BEFORE you attempt to register, and you will need to have all 4 of your NIMS courses completed and in our statewide database first! There’s some very specific information up there that you’ll need to know to correctly complete the registration process since it doesn’t match up well in some places with what we do.  Here’s a link to that webpage… http://arrl-ohio.org/ohio-responds-page.html   You can also find this link on the main page of the Ohio Section website as well.

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Are you getting those emails from me?

If not, all you need to do is to “Opt-In” to receive them. Heck, just send me an email:  n8sy@n8sy.com and let me know that you want to be added. It’s just that easy. 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. I want every ham and interested person in Ohio and beyond, to get these emails!!

You are always free to “Opt-Out” at any time if you feel this is not what you were expecting. Just send me an email with the email address that you used to opt-in on, and you will be removed. It’s that simple.

Also, are you viewing the Ohio Section Website on a regular basis? You should, it changes all the time. Here’s a link to it.  http://arrlohio.org

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My Final..   

Amateur Radio has a serious side, but it can also have a FUN side too. I hope that this News Update has been informative and fun for you to read.  So, as we go through our training and exercises, learning from the past and from those who are willing to take the time to teach us, let’s remember to have FUN too! It’s what keeps us alive and vibrant!

Got questions, concerns or would just like to sit and chat awhile, give me a call at (419) 512-4445 or email me at:  n8sy@n8sy.com   Want to sit and just chat awhile? I’m available, Heck, I’ll even buy!!


73,

Scott, N8SY..



eof..

Monday, June 19, 2017

The Ohio Section News Update – June 19th Edition


Inside..

- National News Update
- One Question Survey
- Field Day Pictures – plus more
- Ohio Responds
- NIMS / ICS Training
- Getting This Newsletter
- My Final

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President to Name Jessica Rosenworcel for New FCC Term
(from ARRL Bulletins)

In a low-key announcement on June 13, President Donald Trump indicated that he planned to nominate former FCC Commission member Jessica Rosenworcel to fill the open Democratic slot on the FCC. Rosenworcel served on the Commission from 2012 to 2016, leaving at the end of last year after the US Senate was unable to extend her term before time ran out on that session of Congress. Rosenworcel has been a vocal supporter of net neutrality and supported rules drafted by then-FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler that would treat Internet providers more like utilities. The FCC’s new Republican Chairman, Ajit Pai, has reversed course on that initiative.
“I congratulate Jessica Rosenworcel on the announcement that President Trump will nominate her to serve another term on the Federal Communications Commission.” Pai said in a prepared statement. “She has a distinguished record of public service, including the four-and-a-half years we worked together at this agency, and I look forward to working with her once again to advance the public interest.”

Rosenworcel also has advocated for FCC initiatives that seek to close what she calls “the homework gap” stemming from disparities in the availability of broadband service, especially in rural communities, which can hamper the ability of students in those areas to use the Internet for school assignments. Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer formally recommended Rosenworcel’s appointment to the open FCC slot.

The lone Democratic member on a now three-member FCC, Mignon Clyburn, also congratulated Rosenworcel. “Jessica has been a tireless advocate for bridging the ‘homework gap,’ a leader in the effort to modernize our 9-1-1 call centers, and a champion for freeing up more unlicensed spectrum,” Clyburn said. “I look forward to working with her in the fight for an open Internet, affordable broadband and strong consumer privacy protections.” Clyburn’s term expires this month, and it’s not yet clear that she will be renominated.

Republican Commissioner Michael O’Rielly, in a statement, said Rosenworcel would “bring her expertise, insight and thoughtfulness to communications issues,” if she achieves Senate confirmation. “I look forward to the prospect of returning to work with her on these matters,” O’Rielly added.

President Trump is expected to announce a Republican candidate to the FCC, to return the Commission to its full five-member complement.

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One Question Survey

Hey Gang,

Have you checked out the Survey question on the website yet?. There is a question up there for you to answer! I really would like to know, so please, just take a couple of seconds to answer it.  You’ll find it on the left side of the main page..  http://arrlohio.org !!

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FIELD DAY PICTURES

This is a great time for taking pictures of your Field Day participation for sure. I will be out and about with my camera, but I need your help too. I need you to take pictures and send them to me. I will have a gallery setup on the website to display everyone’s Field Day pictures as I get them. Please, take a lot of pictures of not only the equipment and food, but also of everyone having fun at Field Day too. Send those pictures to:  n8sy@n8sy.com

I will be taking some of those pictures and placing them on the next Ohio Section Banner..  Showing all of us having fun and participating is what makes this banner so great!

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FIELD DAY MESSAGES – AN EASY 300 POINTS FOR SURE – PLUS MORE

Each year, hundreds of Field Day operations try and find every advantage to earn as many points as possible. But many overlook bonus point categories that can add a reliable 300 points to your group score: the group participation NTS message to the ARRL Section Manager, the W1AW Field Day bulletin, and the NTS traffic handling bonus.

Each Field Day group should generate a formal NTS-style piece to their ARRL Section Manager and Section Emergency Coordinator. This message should include the group’s name, their location for Field Day, and the number of ARES members participating in the event. 

NOTE:.. Since I will be on the road visiting a number of sites for Field Day, please send these pieces of traffic to me via OSSBN – www.ossbn.org  for details about the net, or you can find them on (3.972.5MHz.) 

This may mean that your group may have to take one of your stations away from operating normal Field Day contacts, your group is awarded the 100-point bonus for taking the time to pass this piece of traffic. To claim this bonus, you must submit a copy of the formal message with your Field Day entry. Note: The Section Manager message does not count as one of the 10 NTS messages for bonus points.

For more details about how to handle these messages, please go to:  www.arrl-ohio.org/FD_Message.html  or www.ossbn.org/FD_Message.html

FIELD DAY BONUS POINTS OPPORTUNITIES

Don’t forget that there are two additional ways to earn extra points for your group's efforts. One is the "Safety Officer" position and the other is related to promoting your Field Day via "Social Media."

Safety Officer..  is a critical concern during Field Day. Every year the Field Day packet contains a Safety Check List that all stations should follow. All Class A entries can earn an additional 100 points by designating a member of their group as "Safety Officer."  This person must verify that all safety concerns on the Safety Check List have been adequately met.

The Safety Officer position is to be taken seriously. Real oversight is required; appointing a Safety Officer, affirming that all items on the Safety Check List have been completed properly, must be included with a groups Field Day entry with all other supporting documentation.

Social Media..  There have been many PR and publicity bonus points available in Field Day for a very long time. The addition of a social media bonus makes promoting your Field Day event even easier than before.
Social Media refers to any online platform that promotes being connected with friends and family.. Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest and LinkedIn are five examples of allowed Social Media platforms.

The Social Media bonus points will only apply on recognized social media platforms and NOT your clubs website.

2017 OHIO FIELD DAY PROCLAMATION ON-LINE

Just wanted to let you know, if you haven’t already found it, that you can view and print the governor’s Proclamation for the 2017 Field Day. Go to:  www.arrl-ohio.org/SGL/sgl.html to get your copy for your Field Day site. You can also find a sample Press Release for your Field Day activities as well.

Thanks to Bob Winston, W2THU our State Government Liaison (SGL) for getting the governor to take time out of his busy schedule and getting this Proclamation for us.

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Ohio Responds Update

Ok.. Here’s the latest update on Ohio Responds. We now have 125 persons approved!! Let’s keep this going. We have over 500 with all their certificates on file. Let’s get everyone to get moving and sign up for Ohio Responds.

Signing up with Ohio Responds will give you liability protection under the State of Ohio. This is a real big things folks.. Where else can you get liability insurance for FREE.

Now, admittedly their system was designed for another purpose, so in some places it doesn’t match up well with Amateur Radio Operators and what we do. I have created a webpage where you’ll find all the pertinent information for getting registered on Ohio Responds website with as little issues as possible. You really do need to read this information BEFORE you attempt to register, and you will need to have all 4 of your NIMS courses completed and in our statewide database first! There’s some very specific information up there that you’ll need to know to correctly complete the registration process since it doesn’t match up well in some places with what we do.  Here’s a link to that webpage… http://arrl-ohio.org/ohio-responds-page.html   You can also find this link on the main page of the Ohio Section website as well.

How do I know if I’m on the list or not? Here’s the link to the list.   
http://arrl-ohio.org/SEC/special/nims_roster.html  Don’t see your name on the list, and you’ve submitted your certificates? Contact me immediately!

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NIMS / ICS Training Update

The numbers are continuing to grow!  Here’s what we have on file as of today :   Members in database: 761; Active Members: 748; Members NIMS complete: 551 and for the biggie..  Total Courses Taken: 5,022. These numbers just keep growing, and that’s really the best news of all to tell you!

We need to be prepared to help in a professional and TRAINED manor now days, and the only way of getting that training is to start taking these courses. We have a lot to be proud of, and a lot more work to do. Every ARES member in Ohio now MUST have these courses to be a part of the Ohio ARES program and to be registered in the Ohio Responds database!

How do I know if I’m on the list or not? Here’s the link to the list.  
http://arrl-ohio.org/SEC/special/nims_roster.html  If you don’t see your name on the list, and you’ve submitted your certificates? Contact me immediately!

For those of you just starting out now that you have a real incentive, we have a webpage with all the information about how to get started..  http://arrl-ohio.org/SEC/training.html. This page contains a lot of information about what is needed. Each course takes about an hour or so to take, that’s really not much to ask now is it? You spent way more than that to get your Amateur Radio operators license!

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Are you getting those emails from me?

If not, all you need to do is to “Opt-In” to receive them. Heck, just send me an email:  n8sy@n8sy.com and let me know that you want to be added. It’s just that easy. 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. I want every ham and interested person in Ohio and beyond, to get these emails!!

You are always free to “Opt-Out” at any time if you feel this is not what you were expecting. Just send me an email with the email address that you used to opt-in on, and you will be removed. It’s that simple.

Also, are you viewing the Ohio Section Website on a regular basis? You should, it changes all the time. Here’s a link to it.  http://arrlohio.org

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My Final..   

Amateur Radio has a serious side, but it can also have a FUN side too. I hope that this News Update has been informative and fun for you to read.  So, as we go through our training and exercises, learning from the past and from those who are willing to take the time to teach us, let’s remember to have FUN too! It’s what keeps us alive and vibrant!

Got questions, concerns or would just like to sit and chat awhile, give me a call at (419) 512-4445 or email me at:  n8sy@n8sy.com   Want to sit and just chat awhile? I’m available, Heck, I’ll even buy!!


73,

Scott, N8SY..



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