Friday, April 28, 2017

The Ohio Section News Update – April 28th Edition


- Handbook Give Away
- NVIS Day
- Winlink Net
- Getting this Newsletter
- Field Day
- Upcoming Hamfests
- Contests this Weekend
- New Survey Question
- My Final    


NIMS / ICS Training

The numbers are growing! 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 additional effort on your part! Having these numbers grow every day proves that we are doing this 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. In fact, it just starts there! Stan and I have added a new wrinkle to all of this just this past week. We have joined with Ohio Responds. Now by doing this we have an obligation to fulfil a requirement of theirs, which is to have these 4 courses in. Now, what is Ohio Responds you ask? And how does this affect me? Stan and I will dive into that subject a little later. But know this, it will definitely have a great benefit for the Ohio Section, and YOU!!

Here’s the latest count we have on everyone.. Total amount of active members in the database is 711. The total amount of members completing all 4 required NIMS courses 511 and the total Number of the Courses taken by everyone in the database is 4777. We’re now over the 500 mark, but that’s only about a third of the Ohio ARES membership. Now the push is on to get all the others to join in as well.

Here’s the link so that you can find out if your name is on the list. This list is being updated pretty regular, so if you don’t see you name on it, and you have just submitted your certificates, please be patient.   

Now, I want to talk to 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!

Now here’s a link that Ed, KE8ANU found that breaks it all down for you as to what the classes are:

And here’s an additional link to the FEMA First Responder Catalog  Thanks Michael, N8QHV


Handbook Give Away
Have you seen that the NEWEST “Handbook Giveaway” drawing on the website yet? Time is running short. The contest ends at the end of the month, so if you haven’t entered yet, you don’t have much time!

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 2017 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 get registered..



Hey Gang,
Did your club or group do NIVS Day this past weekend? If so, did anyone take pictures of your setup? Please, send all the pictures you can to me so that I can get them added to our growing collection of “Hams In Action”. Also.. it’s time to start looking for a photographer for Field Day as well. Yes folks, I want all the pictures that you can send me from Field Day as well.  Send them to: 


Winlink Net

Every week operators in Hamilton Co are encouraged to send a message via Winlink to each other. Now, we would like to encourage Winlink use state-wide.

I would like to start by creating a list of ARES Winlink users in Ohio. Send a Winlink message to KC8EGV and I'll add you to the list. At least once a week I'll send a general message out to the list to give everyone practice. We'll start with plain text formatted messages and hopefully move up to forms.

So if you use Winlink (or want to give it a try) send a message to me via Winlink. It does not matter if you use a local gateway, HF or telnet to get started. Actually, Telnet is a good way to get used to the software without having to interface with a radio.

I hope to get a message from you soon. For more information, please contact me at:

Bryan - KC8EGV
Hamilton Co EC


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.


Field Day

Hey Gang,

I know that a lot of you are already deep into planning your Field Day activities as well as getting everything ready for that big weekend, well I have some additional goodies for you.. I have the Ohio Governor’s Proclamation posted on the website.. Thanks to our State Government Liaison, Bob Winston, W2THU we have it and it’s posted on the website.

There’s also a suggested Press Release there as well as a lot of other information about Field Day too.  Go take a look:


Upcoming Hamfests

04/29/2017 | Jackson County Amateur Radio Club Hamfest
Location: Jackson, OH
Sponsor: Jackson County Amateur Radio Club

04/30/2017 | Athens Hamfest
Location: Athens, OH
Sponsor: Athens County Amateur Radio Association

05/19/2017 | Ohio State Convention (2017 Dayton Hamvention)
Location: Xenia, OH
Sponsor: Dayton Amateur Radio Association

By the way..  Did you know that you can see all of the upcoming hamfests by just a click of a link?


Contests this weekend

Feld Hell Sprint         
10-10 Int. Spring Contest, Digital     
Helvetia Contest        
Florida QSO Party     

Want more information on the above contests, or any that are coming up? You can find it all on the Ohio Section website:   Just scroll down to Contest & DX area.


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..!!


My Final..    

Today is April 28th and it’s FRIDAY!!! And, it’s National Arbor Day. Go and plant a tree!! That way you can hang your dipole from it in about 20 years from now!!

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..