Friday, February 10, 2017

The Ohio Section News Update – February 10, 2017 Edition


- Red Cross Month
- Possible New Entry Level License
- Getting this Newsletter
- Special Events
- Hamfests
- Final

March is Red Cross Month
(from Jim Ebner, N8JE)

The American Red Cross is recognizing the country’s everyday volunteers during Red Cross Month.

March has been recognized as Red Cross Month for more than 70 years. All of our presidents have designated March as Red Cross Month to recognize how the American Red Cross helps people across the country and around the world. This year there is nothing different except many of the local Red Cross Chapters will be celebrating their 100th year of serving their community.

Red Cross Amateur Radio volunteers would like to help celebrate by having a special event station operating from various chapters throughout the country. Amateur Radio has played a large part in communications during large and small disaster relief operations.  As in the recent flooding in Louisiana, when the cell service was disrupted, the Amateur Radio Community along with the Red Cross Ham’s chipped in and filled the communications gap between shelters, chapters and the disaster relief operations headquarters.

Many chapters in various locations all across the US will be participating in this special events station operations in various times throughout the month of March. Keep an eye on the cluster for chapter location and frequency. Basic QSL information to the chapter contacted by SASE. The chapter will inform you of the type of envelope needed for their QSL (card, certificate).

“It’s easy to become a Red Cross community volunteer,” said Jim Ebner, N8JE (Volunteer and trustee of the Dayton Chapter call sign K8DRC). “Be ready for an emergency by creating a preparedness plan for your home and family. Test your smoke detectors and tell your neighbors to do the same. Sign up to be a Red Cross volunteer or make a financial donation.”

Information about how you can support the organization is available on The Red Cross is not a government agency and relies on donations of time, money and blood to do its work. An average of 91 cents of every dollar donated is invested in humanitarian services and programs.


ARRL Seeks Opinions Concerning Possible New Entry Level License
(from ARRL Bulletins)

An Entry Level License Committee was established by the ARRL Board of Directors and appointed in September 2016. As part of its ongoing work, the committee is gathering member input and will make recommendations to the Board for possible rules changes to submit to the FCC.

The result could mean changes to the Technician license, but it could also be an additional, but simpler, license with privileges that would give a newcomer a taste of most facets of ham radio from HF to VHF and UHF.

The committee has created an online member survey. Please complete and submit the survey no later than April 7, 2017. Survey results will be published.


NIMS / ICS Training
Hey Gang, get those oh – so important ICS certificates in to me and to your Emergency Coordinator!!

Every Ohio ARES member needs to have at least these 4 basic courses completed. 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!


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.

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.


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.


Upcoming Hamfests

02/19/2017 | Mansfield Mid Winter Hamfest
Location: Mansfield, OH
Sponsor: Intercity Amateur Radio Club
Website: http://W8WE.ORG

03/05/2017 | WinterHamFest
Location: Elyria, OH
Sponsor: Northern Ohio Amateur Radio Society
 *Free pancake breakfast with paid admission
 *Free Vibroplex Clinic

 03/18/2017 | MOVARC HAMFEST
 Location: Gallipolis, OH
 Sponsor: MOVARC Club 

 03/19/2017 | Toledo Mobile Radio Association
 Hamfest and Computer Fair
 Location: Perrysburg, OH
 Sponsor: Toledo Mobile Radio Association


Finally..  ?

On This Day..  The Boston Molasses Disaster happened in 1919 in the United States. A large molasses storage tank burst, and a wave of molasses rushed through the streets, killing 21 and injuring 150. The event has entered local folklore, and for decades afterward residents claimed that on hot summer days the area still smelled of molasses.

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


Scott, N8SY..