Wednesday, May 24, 2017

The Ohio Section News Update – May 24th Edition


- Case Western Honors AD8Y
- One Question Survey
- Ohio Responds
- NIMS / ICS Training
- New Possibility for to the Ohio Section
- In Memoriam
- My Final


Case Western Honors David Kazdan, AD8Y, for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching
(from ARRL Bulletins)

At its May 21 commencement ceremonies, Ohio’s Case Western Reserve University (CWRU) honored ARRL member David Kazdan, AD8Y, with the Carl F. Wittke Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching. A retired anesthesiologist and virtual renaissance man, Kazdan has leveraged his passion for Amateur Radio in his Seminar Approach to General Education and Scholarship (SAGES) course. SAGES classes stress critical thinking, written and oral communication, the use of information, quantitative reasoning, engagement with ethical issues and diversity, and exposure to experimental and theoretical approaches to understanding human culture and behavior, scientific knowledge, and methods of research.

As part of Kazdan’s course, all students must earn an Amateur Radio license and use the Case Amateur Radio Club’s W8EDU, where he’s a club advisor. Examination sessions can include 100 students at a time. Kazdan encourages his students “to pursue virtually anything that interests them within and beyond the requirements of his course,” said an article posted in The Daily, CWRU’s e-newsletter and website.

“The curricular material is the accreditation requirement for the degree, but it’s going to be the application of that material to life that matters,” Kazdan said. “Extracurriculars, including research, are that application.” Kazdan — who’s been licensed since 1970 — and his students use Amateur Radio to frame his SAGES course, exploring distance communication and how it has shrunk the world, The Daily article recounted. Students nominated him for the award.

Kazdan holds a doctorate in biomedical engineering from CWRU as well as another degree in electrical engineering, and is a musician, birder, cyclist, photographer, licensed pilot, and drone enthusiast. He said he was “honored and proud” to be recognized.

Looking ahead, Kazdan will teach a new electrical engineering course on issues of radio communication. On his profile, Kazdan said he enjoys CW and traffic handling as well as some digital operation and occasional phone work.


One Question Survey

Hey Gang,

Have you checked out the NEW Survey question on the website yet?. There is a new question up there for you to answer! You’ll find it on the left side of the main page.. !!


Ohio Responds is now LIVE

Ok.. So far we’ve had 58 of you sign up and get approved on the Ohio Responds website. Yes, there were some sticking points that we all had to work out at the beginning, and I know that a few of you just gave up. Please DONT.. I’ve got a lot of bugs in their system worked out and we want as many of you to be registered with Ohio Responds as possible. Signing up with Ohio Responds will give you liability protection under the State of Ohio. This is a real big things folks.. Where else can you get liability insurance for FREE.

Now, admittedly their system was designed for another purpose, so in some places it doesn’t match up well with Amateur Radio Operators and what we do. I have created a webpage where you’ll find all the pertinent information for getting registered on Ohio Responds website with as little issues as possible. You really do need to read this information BEFORE you attempt to register, and you will need to have all 4 of your NIMS courses completed and in our statewide database first! There’s some very specific information up there that you’ll need to know to correctly complete the registration process since it doesn’t match up well in some places with what we do.  Here’s a link to that webpage…   You can also find this link on the main page of the Ohio Section website as well.

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!


NIMS / ICS Training
The numbers are continuing to grow!  Here’s what we have on file as of Monday, May 22.  Members in database: 747; Active Members: 734; Members NIMS complete: 534 and for the biggie..  Total Courses Taken: 4,943. These numbers just keep growing, and that’s a really GREAT thing to be able to tell you!

We need to be prepared to help in a professional and TRAINED manor now days, and the only way of getting that training is to start taking these courses. We have a lot to be proud of, and a lot more work to do. Every ARES member in Ohio now MUST have these courses to be a part of the Ohio ARES program and to be registered in the Ohio Responds database!

How do I know if I’m on the list or not? Here’s the link to the list.  If you 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!


New Possibility for to the Ohio Section

Hey Gang,

I’m really excited to announce that Anthony, K8ZT has been working on getting the Ohio Section into the Ohio State Fair!! We are looking at the possibility of having a display there and having it manned on Friday, July 28; Saturday, July 29 and Sunday, July 30th.

Would you be interested in helping out? It’s fun, and it really wouldn’t take that much of your time. The best thing is that you’ll get to answer questions about what Amateur Radio is all about..!!  

Please, if we are going to do this we will need a sufficient amount of Amateurs to help out. The more the merrier for sure!  Contact Anthony at:  right away.. If we are going to do this, we need to get moving on it now!


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.

New repeater..  Hey gang, just wanted to let you all know that the Marysville Repeater went on the air over this past weekend!  Andrew has them in the newest code plug already, so if you don’t have it yet, go to the website and get it downloaded. You’ll also find just about anything concerning DMR on the website too. Here’s a link.

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

Here’s another DMR net that you may not have known about. I got this information from Dave, KD8BQN. Dave runs the TAC310 net every Sunday on DMR at 0000Z. So be looking to check into that net as well, if you can.

(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

I also got notified of a Sunday night net on 6-meters, from Fred, KD8GYS in Sterling, Ohio.

The Net is on every Sunday Evening at 19:00 Hrs. on 53.170 with a input of 52.170 and Pl’s of 107.2 Akron, 110.9 Loudonville, 123.0 Stone Creek and 136.5 Richfield as well as Echo link, All Star and 440 W8WKY Doylestown, Oh.

It’s also linked with N2KEJ in New Jersey. As of now we cover 27 counties in Ohio, 3 counties in Pa. My goal when I was asked to run the net, was to get 50 check ins 4 years ago.

We have a Trivia question each week as well, to keep the mind sharpened (lol).

The repeater also has the NWS weather alert system connected to advise all listeners of Alerts from Ashland, Wayne, Holmes, Medina, Stark and Summit counties.

Keep 6 Meters going strong check in join the net when possible.

Here is another net that you may want to add to your list of nets. It’s the South Eastern Ohio Ragchew Net 28.485 MHz, 2100 every Sunday -  we thank Lyn, N8IMW for that information…


In Memoriam

Many of us were saddened recently at the news of the passing of George Henzler, WB8HHZ. George was a really good friend to all, and a great District Emergency Coordinator and traffic handler for many years here in the Ohio Section. All of us who knew George will miss his big smile and great sense of humor.

For anyone wanting information about George’s funeral arrangements, here is a link..


My Final..   

Today is Wednesday, May 24th, it’s Scavenger Hunt Day! It’s also National Escargot Day and National Asparagus Day! Guess what I’m NOT having for supper tonight! In 1915 Thomas Edison invents telescribe to record telephone conversations. Wow.. ol’ Tom was a party line snoop!

Amateur Radio has its serious side, but it can also have a FUN side too. I hope that this News Update has been informative and fun for you to read.  So, as we go through our training and exercises, learning from the past and 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..