Monday, February 6, 2017

The Ohio Section News Update – February 06, 2017 Edition


- ARRL Board of Directors
- New Net
- NEW 1 Question Survey
- Getting this Newsletter
- Special Events
- Final

ARRL Board of Directors Adopts Legislative Objectives for 115th Congress

(from ARRL Bulletins)

The ARRL Board of Directors has unanimously adopted five legislative objectives for the 115th US Congress. The Board took the action when it met in Connecticut January 20-21. ARRL President Rick Roderick, K5UR, chaired the session.

You’ll definitely want to click on the link above, it takes you to the Board of Directors Meeting Minutes. The report is quite lengthy, but it does give you great insight as to what the ARRL is working on for the future.

I do want to congratulate Dale Williams, WA8EFK, our Great Lakes Director for being re-elected to the Executive Committee for another term.



Northwest Ohio Regional Communications. The NORC NET is a voice net operating on 75 and 40 meters. The net will start on 3.915 +/-   Then, when the 75 meter net is completed it will go to 7.215 +/- and see how it goes there.

The first Saturday of the month, Amateur Radio Operators are needed. Tune in TIME: 11:00 am (Tune up or down from 3.915 MHz to find the net)

NORC Net is the backup communications system for all of the Northwest Ohio County Emergency Operation Centers. (EOC)


NIMS / ICS Training

Hey Gang, I want to thank everyone that has forwarded your certificates to us. Please, get them to me, and to your Emergency Coordinator too!! Every Ohio ARES member needs to have at least these 4 basic courses completed, and copies of your certificates entered into our database, and to your Emergency Coordinator for his records.

Want to take more? Fantastic!! Remember, this training is FREE, and you do most of it from the comforts of your home!

Why are these courses so important? The simple answer is this - we need these courses as part of our requirement for our state credentialing system. As you know, the State of Ohio has a credentialing system that we are a big part of, and to obtain your credential when the time is needed, means that you need to have these courses completed and turned in to the database. So, without these courses being completed, you won’t be able to get credentialed!

Let’s not let that happen. These courses are about 1 1/2 hours long each and YES, they are boring as all get out, but they do give you a lot of information about how Incident Command works, and that after all is what it’s all about.

Here’s what we have on file as of February 5th - Members logged - 619, Members ICS complete - 406, Courses logged - 4,052   I have to tell ya, this number is growing every day. Let’s keep it going for 2017!!   


1 Question Survey

There’s a BRAND NEW – one question – questionnaire on the Ohio Section Website! This question is just something that would be interesting and fun to know.. It will only take about 2 seconds for you to answer it, and you can see how your answer stacks up with others instantly. If you haven’t done it yet, please do..

Do you have a question that you’d like to see posted? This latest question actually comes from Robert, WD8NVN.

How’s about it, got a question that YOU would like to see asked? Send it to me,


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Special Events

02/11/2017 | The Portage County Amateur Radio Service's Twelfth Annual "Freeze Your Acorns Off"
(FYAO) Special QRP Event.

The event will start promptly at 10 AM and go until 4 PM EST. They will be active on CW, Digital &
Phone in the 10, 15, 20, 40 and 80 meter bands (Repeater & Echolink on the K8SRR echo link node for a certificate) and anything else that they can get working.

Yes, they'll be braving the cold snowy weather of North Eastern Ohio to set up QRP stations using portable power and antennas.


02/18/2017 | WRARC 7th Anniversary
Feb 18, 1500Z-2300Z, W8WRC, New Springfield, OH. Western Reserve Amateur Radio Club. 21.300 14.305 7.200. QSL. Western Reserve Amateur Radio Club, 2050 East South Range Road, New Springfield, OH 44443.


Finally..  Super Bowl – Did your team win?

Hey Gang,

I really thought that today I would have to be saying that I picked the losing team. But, with just a few minutes left in the 4th quarter, the Patriots pulled off the biggest upset in the history of the Super Bowl.. Wow.. what a game it was.

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


Scott, N8SY..