- NIMS / ICS
- Weekly Wednesday Nets
- World Amateur Radio Day
- Getting this Newsletter
- NVIS Day
- My Final
NIMS / ICS Training
The numbers just keep growing! WHY? Well, the answer is simple, our Ohio ARES folks realize that they need to be properly trained, and you don’t get that by just being a bystander or having an HT in your hand! It takes some effort on your end and our folks are showing very clearly that they will make that effort count! Just having these numbers grow every day proves that we are doing the right thing for the right reasons. We need these courses, and we need to continue our education. It doesn’t stop just because we got our Amateur Radio license.
Here’s the latest count we have on everyone.. Total amount of members in the database is 719. The total amount of members completing all 4 required NIMS courses 500. We’re getting very close to the 500 mark, let’s keep it going folks!! The total Number of the Courses taken by everyone in the database is 4738, Here’s the link so that you can find out if your name is on the list..
Now, for the folks in border counties of Ohio, you may be registered in our other surrounding Section ARES programs (Kentucky, West Virginia, Indiana, Pennsylvania or Michigan) and that’s ok.. They may, or may not require the 4 basic courses for ARES membership, BUT Ohio does! Please send me, and your EC, copies of your certificates, regardless of another Section’s requirements.
Also, for those outside of Ohio in the bordering states, if you have these 4 courses in, please feel free to send me copies of your 4 certificates and we’ll be very happy to get them entered into our database as well. Please make sure that you have your call sign either in the email or as part of the file name on the certificate.
For those just starting out, we have a webpage with all the information about how to get started.. http://arrl-ohio.org/SEC/training.html. 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!
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.
There’s also the North American Tech Net that meets Wednesday 9pm EST TG: 3 and of course there’s the After HamNation Net following the HamNation program on Wednesday’s on TG: 311
Want to know more about DMR? Here’s a link.
I’ve also got some new information about some 6-meter nets too..
>> LOCAL 6 METER NETS <<
(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
World Amateur Radio Day on April 18 Marks IARU’s 92nd Anniversary
(from ARRL Bulletins)
World Amateur Radio Day (WARD) on Tuesday, April 18, will mark the 92nd anniversary of the International Amateur Radio Union (IARU), and radio amateurs around the world will take to the airwaves to celebrate the day in 1925 that the IARU was formed in Paris. “Celebrating Amateur Radio’s Contribution to Society” in the WARD theme.
Amateur Radio experimenters were the first to discover that the shortwave spectrum — far from being a wasteland — could support worldwide propagation. In the rush to use these shorter wavelengths, Amateur Radio was “in grave danger of being pushed aside,” IARU’s history notes. Amateur Radio pioneers, including ARRL co-founder Hiram Percy Maxim, 1AW, met in Paris in 1925 and created the IARU to support Amateur Radio worldwide.
Just 2 years later, at the International Radiotelegraph Conference, Amateur Radio gained the allocations still recognized today — 160, 80, 40, 20, and 10 meters. Since its founding, the IARU has worked tirelessly to defend and expand the frequency allocations for Amateur Radio. Thanks to the support of enlightened administrations in every part of the globe, radio amateurs are now able to experiment and communicate in frequency bands strategically located throughout the radio spectrum.
From the 25 countries that formed the IARU in 1925, the IARU has grown to include 160 member-societies in three regions. IARU Region 1 includes Europe, Africa, the Middle East, and Northern Asia. Region 2 covers the Americas, and Region 3 is comprised of Australia, New Zealand, the Pacific island nations, and most of Asia. The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) has recognized the IARU as representing the interests of Amateur Radio.
Today, Amateur Radio is more popular than ever, with more than 3 million licensees! World Amateur Radio Day is the day when IARU member-societies can demonstrate the capabilities of Amateur Radio to the public and enjoy global friendship with other radio amateurs around the globe.
IARU provides a poster for World Amateur Radio Day to download and use to promote WARD [61cm x 91cm] and [small (A4) flyer].
Groups promoting WARD activity on social media should use #WorldAmateurRadioDay on Twitter and Facebook. IARU will list all WARD activities on its World Amateur Radio Day page.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org 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. http://arrlohio.org
Ohio’s NVIS antenna day is scheduled for April 22. In addition to 40 and 80 meters, we want to add 160 and 60 meters (a good 160 antenna should also operate on 60). With the band conditions in the trash, we need to work up alternative bands and plans to maintain communications across the state! These new bands should make for some interesting antenna construction projects, so get your teams busy!!
Want more information on how to make a NVIS Antenna?
Here’s a link.. http://arrl-ohio.org/SEC/nvis.html
April 12th is National Grilled Cheese Sandwich Day. It’s also National Licorice Day as well as National Big Wind Day.. Now be nice with that last one!! Anyway, you get the idea.
Oh, by the way, it’s today is also Hump Day!!
Amateur Radio has its serious side, but it can also have a FUN side too.. So, as we go through our training and exercises learning from our past and learning from those who are willing to take the time to teach us, let’s remember to have FUN too.. It’s what keeps us alive and vibrant..!!