Friday, January 20, 2017

The Ohio Section News Update – Inauguration Day Edition


- Handbook Giveaway
- January VHF Contest
- Zane Grey's birthday – Special Event
- Weekly DMR Net
- Upcoming Hamfests
- Getting this Newsletter
- Got Questions
- Final – Ohio Presidents on this Inauguration Day


Handbook Giveaway

Have you seen the NEWEST “Handbook Giveaway” drawing on the website yet? It’s there..!!

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.. 


Warm Up with the January VHF Contest, January 21-23
(From ARRL)

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. 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 — often while trying to stay warm. 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 these three Single-Operator categories, inviting to newcomers and seasoned VHFers alike: FM-only, 3-Band (50 MHz, 144 MHz, and 440 MHz), and Portable. The rules spell out the details for these as well as for other Single-Operator, Rover, and Multioperator entry categories.

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.


NIMS / ICS Training

Hey Gang, our numbers are growing, as of January 18th we have 570 ARES Members with various certs turned in. We can also brag on the fact that we have 369 that have completed all 4 of the needed classes and 3,702 total classes registered in the statewide database. Here’s a link to the database 

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.

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.


Weekly DMR Net

Hey gang, did you check-in on the weekly Wednesday night DMR net on this week? We are now averaging around 50 check-ins each week and it’s really growing in popularity for sure. Come join in on the fun, Wednesday nights at 8:30p local on the 3139 Ohio statewide Talkgroup.

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


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.


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..  How Much Do You Know About Ohio’s Presidents?

Are you aware that no fewer than eight of America's presidents have been Ohioans themselves? The only other state that can claim that many presidents is Virginia, and Virginia and Ohio like to bicker back and forth over which one owns the nickname, "The Mother of Presidents."

Here's who they are..  

 #9   William Henry Harrison – Died just a month after taking office. Stood out in the freezing cold to deliver his inaugural speech. Died of pneumonia. First president to die in office.

#18   Ulysses S. Grant – Served 2 terms

#19   Rutherford B. Hayes – Served just 1 term

#20   James A. Garfield – Assassinated just 6 months after taking office

#23  Benjamin Harrison – Served just 1 term. His main claim to fame is being the only president to be the grandson of another president (William Henry Harrison)

#25   William McKinley – Assassinated during his 2nd term

#27   William Howard Taft – Served just 1 term, but he did get to later served as Chief Justice of the Supreme Court

#29   Warren G. Harding – Died in office

As you can see, it’s tough being a President from Ohio!!

I wrote this up just for this very special day! Ohio has had some very interesting Presidents for sure.

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


Scott, N8SY..