Friday, January 27, 2017

The Ohio Section News Update – January 27th Edition


- Winter Field Day
- Handbook Giveaway
- Old Geezers
- Upcoming Hamfests
- Getting this Newsletter
- Got Questions
- Final    


Winter Field Day is Just Ahead
(from ARRL Blogger)

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.

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!”


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

Here’s a link.. 


(from Monday Morning Memo)

Mark Lewis, WO8A, informs us the daily 3.952 Old Geezers Net is routinely having 20+ stations check in each morning with a good number of these stations located in South Central Ohio. 

The Old Geezers meet daily at 8 am every morning except Sunday.  It’s also learned that long-time net control Dan Ludwick, WA8HGF, has returned to his Highland County home after being hospitalized during a Florida vacation.


NIMS / ICS Training

Hey Gang, 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!

Send those certificates to me   Now even if you haven’t gotten all 4 of these courses in, we still want 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!!   

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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Today is Friday..  It’s P.O.E.T.S.  Day!!

Now, I’m sure that most of you know what the acronym above usually means, or do you! Give it some thought and let me know what kinds of other meanings to this acronym you can come up with. Here’s my thought –  Pickles On Every Tossed Salad !! Anyway, you get the idea..

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


Scott, N8SY..