Saturday, January 7, 2017

The Ohio Section News Update – January 07, 2017 Edition


- Ohio Section ARES Announcements
- Winter Field Day
- Getting this Newsletter
- Upcoming Hamfests
- Got Questions
- Final - Final



Hey Everyone on DMR –  Are you looking for some help with your new DMR radio or how to write
a code plug?

Here is an upcoming meeting on those topics!

Some reminders and notes about the January ARES Meeting:
Date: Sunday January 8
Time: 1:30 PM (earlier than normal start for this month only)
Location: Maple Heights Branch Cuyahoga Public Library 
5225 Library Lane 
Maple Heights, OH 44127

We will be handing out ARES shirts and then having the DMR workshop. Anyone not interested in the DMR workshop is welcome to leave after getting their shirt. We won’t be conducting any ARES business other than handing out shirts and some ID cards I made for those who took pictures at the November meeting.

DMR Workshop Info - If you don’t already have a DMR ID, please register for one at the following link:

Please bring your radio, laptop, programming Software, and programming cable with you to the workshop

Please make sure your software is installed and working prior to the workshop. Due to time constraints, we will NOT be able to assist with any sort of software/computer issues during the workshop. Your computer MUST already be working and your software must be able to read and write to your radio.

Mathew Nickoson KC8NZJ

Want more information about DMR? Here’s a link to get you started..   and also located there is Andy, K4AWC’s newest Ohio Codeplug. You can download it while you’re on this same page.


NIMS / ICS Training

Hey Gang, our numbers are growing, we now have 540 members contributing a total of 3,517 classes including 340 who have completed the 4 NIMS required courses!

I’m pushing hard on all of you to not only get this training, but to get those so valuable certificates turned in to me so that we can get you added to the database as well. Yes, we have a lot of folks in there, but we know that we don’t have yours. How do we know that? Everyone that has the 4 basic courses (IS 100, 200, 700 & 800) and has shared those certificates with us are now listed on the Ohio Section NIMS Roster.

If you don’t see your name on the list we don’t have all 4 of your needed certificates, and we definitely need and want them! This list shows those who have all 4 certificates turned in. If you don’t see your name on the list, send them to me   Now even if you haven’t gotten all 4 of these courses in, we still need you to get what you do have turned in to us so that we can get you started on your way.

I’ve had a lot of folks ask me why this training is so important. The answer is easy. In 2014 the ARRL signed a MOU with FEMA to help them when needed. This puts ARES in direct contact with FEMA now, this is a relationship that we didn’t have before. The agreement indicates that we are to be a TRAINED corps of communicators. With that stated, FEMA’s expectations are that we have the 4 basic courses – ICS 100, 200, 700 and 800 completed so that we can properly operate within their Incident Command System that ALL emergencies now operate under. So you see, we’ve now agreed to get this training, and that’s why we need to fulfil our part of this MOU as best as we can.

The Ohio Section has taken a lead in the country with this and really dug its heals in and has done a great job of completing this training. Let’s keep it going for 2017!!   


Ohio Section ARES Announcements

Hey Gang..  Mark your calendars for the following dates.

The Second Annual Ohio ARES VHF Simplex Contest! January 14 – Just about a week away on this one.

The Ohio ARES Conference is now scheduled for April 01 at Marion Technical College/ OSU Marion Campus. Anyone and everyone that is interested in ARES is invited. This is always well attended, and it’s theater seating! Easy for everyone to see and hear the speakers. Yes, I’m planning on video recording this as well, for those who just can’t make it, but you’d better have a really good excuse. More details will be forth coming on this as well.

NVIS Day will be April 22 – This has always been a really big hit with everyone, and it’s so easy to participate. More news on this event will be forth coming.

As you can see, 2017 is going to be a really busy year for sure!


Winter Field Day is Just Ahead

Field Day is not just for summertime anymore. Winter Field Day, sponsored by the Winter Field Day Association (WFDA), will take place over the January 28-29 weekend, and it can be a terrific time to prep for ARRL Field Day in June. The annual event’s stated purpose is to encourage emergency operating preparedness in the winter, but it’s also an excuse to get out of the house and enjoy the great outdoors. According to the WFDA, getting ready for emergency communication in a winter environment is just as important as the preparations and practice that take place each June during ARRL Field Day, and — let’s face it — it’s not cold and snowy everywhere during the winter months. Your local climate could be quite the opposite.

“Don’t let those winter doldrums keep you locked up in the house,” the WFDA says. “Get out and play some radio!” The WFDA said it believes that maintaining operating skills should not be limited to fair-weather scenarios.

The event, which got its start in 2007, is not restricted to North America. All Amateur Radio operators around the world are invited to participate, and there are three entry categories — indoor, outdoor, and home. The rules are similar to those for ARRL Field Day. Operation will take place on all HF bands except 12, 17, 30, and 60 meters, as well as on VHF, UHF, and satellite. The event runs 24 hours. US and Canadian stations exchange call sign, operating category, and ARRL or RAC section.

The WFDA encourages both group and solo operation, and if you’re not up for an outdoor winter adventure involving Amateur Radio, you can operate from the comfort of your shack. As the WFDA says on its Facebook page, “The object is winter fun!”


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 and growing.

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.


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..  As Phil Esterhouse of the acclaimed Hill Street Blues used to say..  “Hey, let’s be careful out there..”  this holds true for all of us as well, but have FUN doing it!!


Scott, N8SY..