Wednesday, January 25, 2017

The Ohio Section News Update – January 25th Edition


- HR 555
- Handbook Giveaway
- Constructing a tower
- Zane Grey's birthday – Special Event
- Upcoming Hamfests
- Getting this Newsletter
- Got Questions
- Final – Some Interesting Facts


Amateur Radio Parity Act Speeds to U.S. House Passage, Heads to U.S. Senate
(ARRL Blogger)

Just 10 days after being introduced, the 2017 Amateur Radio Parity Act legislation, H.R. 555, passed the U.S. House of Representatives this week on unanimous consent under a suspension of House rules. The bill’s language is identical to that of the 2015 measure, H.R. 1301, which won House approval late last summer after attracting 126 co-sponsors, but failed to clear the U.S. Senate last fall as the 114th Congress wound down. The new bill, again sponsored by Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-IL), was introduced on January 13 with initial co-sponsorship by Rep. Joe Courtney (D-CT) and Rep. Greg Walden, W7EQI (R-OR), who chairs the influential House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

“The grassroots effort of Amateur Radio operators across this nation in support of the Amateur Radio Parity Act has been remarkable, nothing like we have ever seen before,” ARRL President Rick Roderick, K5UR, said. “To all hams, keep going! Now is the time to charge forward with that same momentum to the Senate. We can to do it!” The bill arrives in the U.S. Senate with ample time in which to garner its approval through an education campaign.

“We’re very encouraged by the speed with which this bill made it through the House. It’s amazing that this happened,” said ARRL Hudson Division Director Mike Lisenco, N2YBB, who has been at the forefront of the legislative initiative. “With the help of ARRL members, we believe we can get this done,” Lisenco continued. “We came within a hair’s breadth last time, with 110,000 e-mails to members of both houses of Congress, as well as letters and telephone calls. Member participation in this final push is critical.”

H.R. 555 calls on the FCC to establish rules prohibiting the application of deed restrictions that preclude Amateur Radio communications on their face or as applied. Deed restrictions would have to impose the minimum practicable restriction on Amateur Radio communications to accomplish the lawful purposes of homeowners association seeking to enforce the restriction.


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.. 



If you're thinking about putting up your first tower this spring or summer, it's definitely not too early to begin the project.

It can be a large station investment, but the first steps should definitely include deciding what your goals are, and having a good idea of what type of antennas you'll be putting up. This will determine ahead of time what the tower ratings will need to be. Remember, the bigger the antenna’s, the bigger and beefier the tower will need to be as well. And, like most things in life, bigger usually means more expensive.

Now, depending on where you live, Amateur Radio towers might be regulated by building codes, municipal codes, homeowner associations, or CC&Rs (Covenants, Conditions, and Restrictions). It's best to understand what you can and can't do BEFORE you start.

The best way is to talk with other Amateurs in your local radio club. You can also visit your local codes and permits department.

It’s always best to verify that it’s permitted before you start any construction. The old adage of “asking for forgiveness after it’s up” does not always work out well for you, or your pocketbook.


NIMS / ICS Training

Hey Gang, our numbers are growing steadily, as of January 22nd we have 591 ARES Members with various certs turned in. We can also brag on the fact that we have 390 that have completed all 4 of the needed classes and  3,872 total classes registered in the statewide database. Here’s a link to the database 

I am finding that some of you still 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 those certificates 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.

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.


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?

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!!



Murphy’s Law..

If there is a possibility of several things going wrong, the one that will cause the most damage will be the FIRST to go wrong!!

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


Scott, N8SY..