Monday, January 23, 2017

The Ohio Section News Update – January 23rd Edition


- Handbook Giveaway
- OHDEN Recognized in QST
- Zane Grey's birthday – Special Event
- Bulletins from National Weather
- Upcoming Hamfests
- Getting this Newsletter
- Got Questions
- Final – Some Interesting Facts


Handbook Giveaway

Have you seen the NEWEST “Handbook Giveaway” drawing on the website yet? It’s there..!! Time is quickly running out to get registered for the this months drawing.. If you haven’t done it yet, you better get going!

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 a drawing to win a 2016 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 really checking in on the website. Got the idea? Best of luck to you!! 

Here’s a link.. 


OHDEN Gets Recognized In QST

Hey Gang,

Did you see the OHDEN article in the latest edition of QST? It’s titled “Buckeye Digital” and appears on page 52. Eldon, W5UHQ, Net Manager of OHDEN, OHio Digital Emergency Net, worked with Steve Ford throughout the summer on this article. I do want to mention that the website listed is no longer available. You can find them on Facebook page instead, here’s the link:


NIMS / ICS Training

Hey Gang, our numbers are growing steadily, as of January 22nd we have 578 ARES Members with various certs turned in. We can also brag on the fact that we have 380 that have completed all 4 of the needed classes and  3,808 total classes registered in the statewide database. Here’s a link to the database 

I am finding that some of you haven’t forwarded your certificates to us yet. Please, get them to me. I want every ARES member to have at least these 4 basic courses completed, and copies of your certificates entered into our database. Want to take more? Fantastic!! Remember, this training is FREE, and you do most of it from the comforts of your home!

The 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.

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!!   


Special Event Station K7Z will commemorate Zane Grey's birthday on January 28-31, 2017

Payson, Arizona -- Sponsored by the Tonto Amateur Radio Association, Inc. and the Northern Gila County Historical Society that operates The Rim Country Museum and The Zane Grey Cabin.  Members of our amateur radio association will be active from January 28 - 31, 2017 using the call sign K7Z from their own QTHs as well as from the Zane Grey Cabin in Payson, AZ.

Preferred frequencies will be in the General band segments. Like Us? Spot Us!

A special QSL card will be available for the event:

Direct Only - Your Card and SASE, Sorry No eQSL, LOTW or Bureau Non-USA, Please enclose 2 US Dollars for return Postage.

Send a SASE (self-addressed stamped envelope) for a commemorative QSL card to:
Tonto Amateur Radio Assoc., Inc.
PO Box 765
Payson, AZ 85547

Hey Gang.. If you didn’t know, Zane Grey was an author and master of the American western novel and he was an Ohio born dentist. Pearl Zane Grey spent many years under the Mogollon Rim writing "To The Last Man" and a dozen other Westerns with Arizona settings and characters. His prolific writings popularized the American cowboy as a taciturn, romantic figure.


Bulletins From The National Weather Service..

Did you know that you can find all of issued bulletins from the National Weather Service for Ohio’s weather right from the Ohio Section website? You can, I have a direct feed from the National Weather Service to our website. Here’s a link to those bulletins…  You can also find this link right on the main page of the website. It’s on the left side.


Upcoming Hamfests in Ohio..

01/29/2017 | TUSCO Amateur Radio Club Hamfest
Location: Strasburg, OH
Sponsor: Tusco Amateur Radio Club

02/19/2017 | Mansfield Mid Winter Hamfest
Location: Mansfield, OH
Sponsor: Intercity Amateur Radio Club


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Got questions, concerns or would just like to sit and chat awhile?

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Want to sit and just chat awhile? I’m available, Heck, I’ll even buy!!



January 23rd - A Day Of History.. 

1909 - 1st radio rescue at sea

1996 - The first version of the Java programming language was released

2003 - Final communication between Earth and NASA space probe Pioneer 10

Remember, life is short, go have FUN..!!


Scott, N8SY..