Monday, January 9, 2017

The Ohio Section News Update – January 09, 2017 Edition


- Ohio Section ARES Announcements
- January VHF Contest
- Getting this Newsletter
- Upcoming Hamfests
- Got Questions
- Final - Final



Hey Everyone on DMR – There’s a lot of neat things on DMR in Ohio going on. Check out the website for nets, updates on Codeplugs as well as updates on the “How to’s..”  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.

Did you know one of the really unique features of the Brandmeister DMR System is that it records all of the activity? It does, which means that even if you’ve missed checking in on the weekly statewide net, you can still hear it. Here’s a link for you..  Now if you noticed 3139 is the Ohio statewide Talkgroup. You can change that to any of the Talkgroups and listen to the archived files.

Now I didn’t mean to leave the guys out that are on the K4USD C-Bridge.. You too can see who’s on and where the activity is.. Just go to

There’s lots more information about DMR on the Ohio Section DMR webpage. Go take a look.


NIMS / ICS Training

Hey Gang, our numbers are growing, we now have more than 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 – this is only a few days away now.

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!


ARRL January VHF Contest

If you’re feeling a chill in the air, it must be time for the January VHF Contest! Those in the northern tier of the US (or in a good part of the US this winter) are experiencing brisk winds, temperatures dipping southward, piles of snow or ice, or heavy rain. This means the  ARRL January VHF Contest is near.

What a great way to warm up for the 2017 VHF+ contest season, even if it's already warm where you live. This annual event begins at 1900 UTC on Saturday, January 21, and it wraps up at 0359 UTC on Monday, January 23.

The objective for amateurs in the US and Canada (and territories) to work as many stations in as many different Maidenhead grid squares as possible, using frequencies above 50 MHz. Contest contacts may be made using SSB, CW, digital modes, and even FM simplex.

The January VHF Contest offers Single-Operator and Multioperator categories. What’s really cool about this contest are the three Single-Operator categories, inviting to newcomers and seasoned VHFers alike: FM-only, 3-Band (50 MHz, 144 MHz, and 440 MHz), and Portable.

Getting on the VHF/UHF bands is not hard. Technician licensees have access to all amateur bands
above 50 MHz. Antennas for VHF/UHF frequencies are available new or used, and you can even roll your own. Kent Britain, WA5VJB, offers useful information on his website on how to make your own “cheap Yagis.” Another approach is the Quagi antenna. Wayne Overbeck, N6NB, provides an overview on his website. For UHF+, loop Yagis are relatively simple to build, and designs are readily available. Even some HF antennas will work on 6 meters, and most modern transceivers offer 6-meter capability. A modest number of HF+50/144/432 MHz transceivers also are available, and transverters are available for all VHF and UHF bands.

All contest entries must be uploaded via the web app or e-mailed to the contest Robot. Logs must be submitted or postmarked no later than 0359 UTC on Wednesday, February 22, 2017. Mail paper logs to ARRL January VHF Contest, 225 Main St., Newington, CT 06111.

Contact the ARRL Contest Branch for more information.


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..  Hey Everyone, Amateur Radio is a lot of FUN.. and it’s a learning experience for everyone! Share your enjoyment and learning experiences with those just coming into Amateur Radio!!  


Scott, N8SY..