Monday, March 20, 2017

The Ohio Section News Update – March 20th Edition

Happy First Day of SPRING!!


- It’s Spring
- Handbook GiveAway
- Survey Question
- Getting this Newsletter
- Maritime Radio Day
- My Final    



Spring begins on the March or vernal equinox, which is when the amount of sunshine is approximately 12 hours long.  The amount of sunlight will incrementally increase until the first day of Summer.

The vernal equinox marks the moment the Sun crosses the celestial equator.  This is the imaginary line in the sky above the Earth’s equator, from south to north. This happens on March 19, 20 or 21 every year. 

The time the sun crosses the equator marking the Vernal Equinox is different for each time zone.  For those in the Pacific, Mountain and Central time zones, this will occur on March 19th.  For those in the Eastern time zone, spring begins on March 20th at 12:30 a.m.


NIMS / ICS Training

Hey Gang, I’ve got new numbers to show off to all of you..  Here’s the latest count we have on everyone.. Members in the database 688. Members completing all 4 required NIMS courses 471. Total Number of the Courses taken by everyone in the database 4550,  Here’s the link so that you can find out if your name is on the list.. 

Why are these courses so important? The simple answer is this - without these courses, you are not trained! Without the training, you can’t be used! 

Now, get those oh – so important ICS certificates in to me and to your Emergency Coordinator, and don’t forget to include your call sign!!

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!

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


Handbook GiveAway

Have you seen that the NEWEST “Handbook Giveaway” drawing on the website? 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 to it..


Survey Question

Hey Gang,

Have you checked out the Survey question on the website yet?. I think you’ll find this question really interesting. You’ll find it on the left side of the main page..  Don’t forget, once you’ve voted to go back and take a look at how your answer stacks up with everyone elses..!!


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.


Maritime Radio Day Event Set for April
(from ARRL Bulletins)

Maritime Radio Day will take place in mid-April, with activity — all on CW — centering on International Naval Frequencies, 1,824; 3,520; 7,020; 10,118; 14,052; 21,052, and 28,052 kHz. Maritime Radio Day is held annually to commemorate nearly 100 years of CW maritime wireless service. Register online.

The event gets under way at 1200 UTC on April 14 and concludes at 2200 UTC on April 15. Participants exchange QSA (signal strength, 1-5), QRK (readability, 1-5), name, call sign of last or favorite ship/aircraft/maintenance company and “additionally a tr, msg and/or a QTC, if you like.” SWLs are welcome to take part. A newly designed certificate of participation will be available.

Submit logs by May 1 via e-mail to Rolf Marschner, DL9CM, or Narzissenweg 10, 53359 Rheinbach, Germany. — Thanks to David Ring, N1EA

(ed note.. as some of you might know.. April 15, 1912 is the date of the sinking of the Titanic..  That’s what makes this event date so special.. Especially since they did use the International distress CQD, and it was all in CW..)


My Final..    Today in history.. 

In 1934 Rudolf Kuhnold demonstrates radar in Kiel Germany. In 1958 50" snow across the Mason-Dixon line, and in 2005 A magnitude 6.6 earthquake hits Fukuoka, Japan, its first major quake in over 100 years. One person is killed, hundreds are injured and evacuated.

It’s Monday once again..!! Now, let’s think on the bright side.. it’s only 4 more days until the weekend!!   Go have FUN..!!


Scott, N8SY..

PS.. Don't forget to get registered for the Handbook Give Away!!