Monday, May 15, 2017

The Ohio Section News Update – May 15th


- Hamvention Talk-in Frequencies
- Ohio Responds


Ohio Section NEWS FLASH!!!!!

Hi Gang,

Sorry for sending out another News Update on all of you so fast, but this just came in and it's really important information for anyone going to the Dayton Hamvention...

My name is Gary Mullins K8UW and I am the chair of the Talk-In committee for Hamvention this year.  As you can probably imagine, the change of venue is going to make Talk-In very busy and very important to our visitors this time.  In an effort to be able to help as many hams as possible, and reduce traffic and repetitive questions on our primary Talk-In frequency of 146.94- 123.0, Back up:  146.985 - PL 123.0   

We will be utilizing an informational bulletin system this year that will provide answers to many of the frequently asked questions and provide important general information to those approaching the area.  The bulletin system will be transmitting on 145.525 where attendees and vendors can listen to get the information they need.

Of course we will still be operating our usual Talk-In operation to address questions or problems that aren't answered on the bulletin system.
The system will begin operation at approximately 0700 hours EDT on Thursday the 18th and will continue during Talk-In operation hours throughout the weekend.  The more people that are aware of the availability of this service, the better things can run for us and those attending. 

Thank you,


Gary Mullins K8UW
Committee Chairman

Hamvention 2017


Ohio Responds is now LIVE

I have created a webpage where you’ll find all the pertinent information for getting registered for Ohio Responds. You WILL need to read this information BEFORE you attempt to register for Ohio Responds and you will need to have all 4 of your NIMS courses completed and in our statewide database! There’s some very specific information up there that you’ll need to know in order to correctly complete the registration process.

Now.. for those of you who still have a funny feeling about all of this, Rhonda Meggitt, our Ohio Responds System Administrator will be at the Hamvention this year. She will have a booth in building 6. She’s all primed up and ready to take your questions for sure.  Here’s a link to the information:

How do I know if I’m on the list or not? Here’s the link to the list.  Don’t see your name on the list, and you’ve submitted your certificates? Contact me immediately!

For those of you just starting out now that you have a real incentive, 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

I want to announce that our database guru Jim, W8ERW will be at the Ohio Section Booth at Hamvention with his computer. He’ll be able to look up you NIMS records right from there. Also, if you want to load up a disk or flash drive with your certificates on it, Jim will be able to upload that into the system right from there. You’ll need to scan your certificates either as a picture or as a .pdf and put them on a flash drive or disk. Jim will not be able to do any scanning from there, so please have that done before you get to the Hamvention.



Scott, N8SY..