Wednesday, March 1, 2017

The Ohio Section News Update – March 01, 2017 Edition


- And the Winner Is..
- Ohio ARES Important Dates
- Dressing for Success
- Getting this Newsletter
- DMR Net Information
- Xenia High School Closing on May 19
- My Final

And The Winner Is..

We had another fantastic response this month with again well over 2,000 entries, but I’m sure you’re more interested in knowing just who won the Handbook this month.. Well,  it’s Dave Kersten, N8AUH  !

I do want to thank everyone that participated this month. There will be another drawing coming soon so keep a sharp eye out for it on the Ohio Section Website. Look for the big RED arrow on the left side of the page.


NIMS / ICS Training

Hey Gang, by now I’m sure that you’re sick of seeing this article.. and asking why in the world are these courses so dog gone important. The simple answer is this - without these courses, you are not trained! Without the training, you can’t be used!  I couldn’t have said it better myself! Thanks Jerry, KC5WLA for that great way of phrasing it!!

Now, get those oh – so important ICS certificates in to me and to your Emergency Coordinator!!

Here’s where you can get all of this information This page contains a lot of information about what is needed. Each course takes about an hour or so to take, that’s really not much to ask now is it? You spent way more than that to get your Amateur Radio operators license!

Here’s the latest count we have on everyone.. Members in the database 641. Members completing all 4 required NIMS courses 429. Total Number of the Courses taken by everyone in the database 4,222  Want to know if you are one of the 429? Here’s the link.. 

I also highly recommend that you get used to looking at the Ohio Section Website.. as it changes all the time. You’ll also want to visit the Ohio Section Emergency Coordinators page frequently too


Ohio ARES Important Dates
Ohio ARES Conference
April 01 – Nope, this isn’t an April fool-- mark your calendars for Saturday, April 01 at Marion Tech/OSU for this year's All Ohio ARES Conference! More to come but we have a really solid lineup on tap for this year!

EC's, AEC's, and general members are all welcomed! Hope to see YOU there! We would ask that you register for the Conference so that we have a clear idea as to just how many folks will be attending.. Here’s a link.. 

Ohio NVIS Day
April 22 – There will be more discussion about NVIS Day at the ARES Conference and on the website soon.


Dressing For Success
(Portions edited from the ARRL ARES E-Newsletter October 19, 2016 edition)

“Visiting this year's ARRL New England Convention in Boxboro, Massachusetts, I was delightfully surprised at the level of care most attendees, and in particular exhibitors, speakers and volunteers, exercised in their choice of attire. Snazzy uniform shirts worn by vendors were in abundance. Business attire infused the exhibit hall. It was as if I were attending a professional conference.

As a leader of public service teams, and an advocate for better leadership, innovation and national unity in our public service communications role, I make sure every volunteer has the opportunity and support that encourages their personal success. Not only are my teams well trained and fully integrated into the organization or agency we serve, they also look (and smell) good. That's because expectations for attire are part of the pre-event preparations. I urge volunteers to be "smartly dressed with a clean shirt and pants" I also caution that we must not be confused with public safety or law enforcement personnel. "Professional" does not mean that we have license to impersonate, however innocent our first intention!” 

From ME – My comments on this..
I’m sure that most everyone will agree with this article, being neat and clean is just something that your mother taught you.. (“Make sure that you have clean underwear on in case you get hit by a bus..”) The important item to take away from this article is that you do need to be neat and clean when presenting yourself to the general public during any event. This simply means that you dress appropriately -  clean shirt and pants, and don’t overdo it. Coming on like you’re a paramilitary group will NOT show well with most government officials here in Ohio. Having a clean appearance without all the hub-bub is all that is needed.

Now, I know that there are some folks out there that have acquired a badge that appears similar to a law enforcement or fire-fighter badge. I’ve seen it worn by several persons recently at hamfests.. PLEASE, leave this at home.. It is NOT needed at ANY of Ohio’s events, and it can really be misinterpreted, and could lead to serious trouble for you. When credentials are needed, the Ohio Section has them, and will issue them.


Weekly DMR Nets

Hey gang, don’t forget to check-in on the weekly Wednesday night DMR net tonight, there are 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.

The North American Tech Net is also on Wednesday night at 9pm EST on Talkgroup 3, as well as  The After HamNation Net, following the HamNation program on Talkgroup 311 as well.. Lot’s of good nets to check in to on Wednesday’s for sure..

Want to know more about DMR? Here’s a link.


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. 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.

Also.. are you viewing the Ohio Section Website on a regular basis? You should, it changes all the time. Here’s a link to it.


Xenia High School Closing on May 19 to Let Students Attend Hamvention
(from ARRL Bulletin)

Xenia High School has announced that it will cancel classes on Friday, May 19, so students there can attend the opening day of Hamvention. The largest Amateur Radio gathering in the US will take place in Xenia for the first time this spring after being forced to relocate when long-time venue, Hara Arena, closed.

A message on the high school’s website says, “Xenia will welcome Hamvention to our community for the first time ever this year. Hamvention will be taking place May 19-21. Since this is the first year of Xenia hosting it, we want our students to have the opportunity to take advantage of all of the sessions associated with this program.

"We also anticipate a large number of people from outside the city coming to Xenia for the convention. Thus, the Board of Education has decided to cancel school on Friday, May 19th. Teachers will be involved in professional development programs on this day. We are excited about what Hamvention can mean to our city. Additional information will come regarding student tickets to the convention and any other opportunities that may be available.”

Looks like we’re gonna’ have company!!


My Final.. 

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


Scott, N8SY..