Monday, April 17, 2017

The Ohio Section News Update – April 17th Edition


- ISS Packet System
- 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 502. 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 4751,  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..  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!


ISS Packet System is Back on VHF
(arrl bulletins)

The Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) packet digipeater system is again operating on VHF — 145.825 MHz. The failure of an Ericsson handheld VHF transceiver on board the ISS last fall had caused ARISS to shift packet operation to 70 centimeters. A cargo resupply mission in February delivered a new Ericsson 2 meter handheld, to replace the one that had failed, which had been used in the Columbus module for school group contacts and for Amateur Radio packet.

While the VHF transceiver was offline, ARISS shifted school contacts from NA1SS to the Kenwood TM-D710 transceiver in the Russian Service Module. NASA ISS Ham Project Coordinator Kenneth Ransom, N5VHO, said the VHF capability now back in Columbus can be used in conjunction with passes involving the HamTV digital amateur television (DATV) system, which operates on 2.4 GHz.

ARISS International Chair Frank Bauer, KA3HDO, said recently that ARISS continues to make progress on the development of the new interoperable radio system on the ISS “that we hope to use to replace our aging radio infrastructure in the Columbus module and the Service module.”

Packets digipeated in a valid APRS format via the ISS system and picked up by an Internet gateway station are documented on the “Amateur Radio Stations heard via ISS” page. — Thanks to Kenneth Ransom, N5VHO, ISS Ham Project Coordinator


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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.



Ohio’s NVIS antenna day is scheduled for April 22, that’s this coming Saturday folks. 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? 


ARRL EXPO will Anchor League's Hamvention Presence
(arrl bulletins)

At Hamvention® 2017 in Xenia, Ohio, on May 19, 20, and 21, ARRL EXPO will provide a spacious area focusing on ARRL activities. The ARRL Store will be the central focus of ARRL EXPO in Building 2 of the Greene County Fairgrounds and Expo Center, where visitors will be able to peruse and purchase a wide array of ARRL publications, supplies, and official League merchandise. They'll also be able to join, renew, or extend their ARRL memberships. A limited supply of complimentary ARRL EXPO 2017 pins will be available. With ARRL Field Day (FD) looming on June 24-25, ARRL will offer an inventory of official ARRL FD gear, including T-shirts, pins, hats, mugs, and posters. 

ARRL EXPO exhibits will include:
 * ARRL Laboratory: Get Your Handheld Radio Tested!

 * ARRL Collegiate Amateur Radio Initiative

 * Amateur Radio and Education -- Meet ARRL Education & Technology Program (ETP) instructors and explore the resources available for introducing radio science and wireless technology into classrooms.

 * Radiosport and DXCC -- DXCC card checking, ARRL contests and awards, Logbook of The World (LoTW), and QSL Bureau

 * RFinder -- The Worldwide Repeater Directory

 * ARRL Public Service

 * ARRL Field Organization Volunteers -- Network with ARRL Field Organization volunteers, hosted by the ARRL Ohio Section.

 * HamSCI: The Ham Radio Science Citizen Investigation

 * ARRL Visa® card -- U.S. Bank
Representatives of the International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) will be on hand to meet and greet visitors.

Heading the ARRL delegation will be ARRL President Rick Roderick, K5UR. On hand to represent ARRL will be Great Lakes Division Director Dale Williams, WA8EFK; Vice Director Thomas Delaney, W8WTD, and Ohio Section Manager Scott Yonally, N8SY.


My Final..    

April 17th and in 1929 baseball player Babe Ruth and Claire Hodgson, a former member of the Ziegfeld Follies, get married. In 1937 Daffy Duck made his debut in Porky's Duck Hunt and in 1970, Apollo 13--originally scheduled to land on the moon--lands back safely on Earth after an accident.

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..!!


Scott, N8SY..