Wednesday, March 29, 2017

The Ohio Section News Update – March 29th Edition


- Weekly Wednesday Nets
- ARES Leadership Conference
- State Parks On the Air
- Handbook Give-Away
- Survey Question
- Getting this Newsletter
- My Final    


Weekly Wednesday Nets

Hey gang, don’t forget to check-in on the weekly Wednesday night DMR net tonight, there are averaging around 60 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.

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

I’ve also got some new information about some 6-meter nets too..

(from Steve, W8TER)

Wednesdays at 9:00 pm

1st Wednesday of the month is on 50.400 AM mode.

2nd Wednesday of the month is on 52.525 FM mode.

3rd Wednesday of the month is on 50.125 USB mode.

4th Wednesday of the month is on 52.525 FM mode.

5th Wednesday of the month is on 52.525 FM mode.

PLEASE JOIN US…on the air

There is also a 6 meter net on Thursday at 9pm on 50.255 USB


ARRL Ohio ARES Leadership Conference

The 2017 Ohio ARES Leadership Meeting is being held on April 01, 2017 at the Marion Technical College / OSU - Marion Campus, 1467 Mt. Vernon Avenue, Marion. Check-in is at 8am. Folks, that’s this coming Saturday!!. This conference is open to anyone and everyone that is interested in emergency communications and the Ohio ARES program. We do ask that you register so that we know just how many to plan for..  The conference room as electrical hookups for your laptop or tablets and there’s very comfortable seating provided as well.

You won’t be sorry that you came and spent the day!!  Here’s where to register.. 


NIMS / ICS Training

The numbers are growing for sure! Here’s the latest count we have on everyone.. Members in the database 699. Members completing all 4 required NIMS courses 488. Total Number of the Courses taken by everyone in the database 4620,  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, I’m not going to kid you.. These courses are just the beginning of your training. These 4 courses are the BASICS only, but they are extremely important 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!

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

By the way.. When submitting copies of your certificates to us, please don’t forget to include your call sign!!


State Parks on the Air
(from John, KD8MQ and PCARS)

There's some interesting stuff happening in the State Parks On the air world.

First of all, the inaugural Florida State Parks On The Air Operating Event is coming up this weekend. You can learn all about it on their website at

Next on the list is the Michigan State Parks On The Air; a 3 year operating event that kicks off on Saturday. You can read all about it at

And, finally, on April 8th & 9th, is Texas State Parks On The Air. You can learn more about it at (Ignore the annoying rotating globe on the page, HI HI) 

And there's more coming. Don't forget that this year is the 10th anniversary of the grand-daddy of them all; OSPOTA!

73 all, and have fun out there!


Handbook Give-Away

Have you gotten registered for the “Handbook Giveaway” drawing yet, you only have until Friday night! That’s right, April 1st is this coming Saturday!  

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 the form..


Survey Question

Hey Gang,

Have you checked out the Newest Survey question on the website?. There is another brand new question up there! 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 are always free to “Opt-Out”  at any time if you feel this is not what you were expecting. Just send me an email with the email address that you used to opt-in on, and you will be removed. It’s that simple.

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.


My Final..    

Today is March 29th, National Vietnam War Veterans Day, be sure to give thanks to a veteran for his service.

Now, go and have FUN today!!


Scott, N8SY..