Monday, May 8, 2017

The Ohio Section News Update – May 8th


- Handbook Give Away
- QSL Wall
- Getting this Newsletter
- Field Day
- Armed Forces Day
- My Final    


NIMS / ICS Training

The numbers are continuing to grow!  Here’s the count to date.. Members in database:  732; Active members:  718; Members NIMS complete:  519 and finally the total courses taken:  4849  

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 by joining forces with Ohio Responds. Now by doing this we have an obligation to fulfil a requirement which is to have these 4 courses completed, and entered into our database. Now, what is Ohio Responds you ask? And how does this affect me? It will provide you with a Limited Liability Protection under the Ohio Revised Code. This is something that is really a big plus for all volunteers working in this field. More information will be coming as we spin it up.. Right now we are working with the folks from Ohio Responds to get the system up and working as WE need it to be. So, there’s still some tweaking going on, so please don’t try to register just yet.. I’ll make sure that you know when we are ready to go full tilt on this.

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.   

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

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.


Handbook Give Away

We love to celebrate special occasions, and with the Dayton Hamvention coming up in a few short weeks, I am planning a very special drawing just for Dayton this year!! Now, to get entered in this drawing you WILL have to attend the Dayton Hamvention. That’s right, all you need to do is stop by the Ohio Section Booth in building 2 and get signed up!!

This drawing will be for a lot more than a Handbook. I will have a bunch of other goodies to give away too! I even have some ARRL Gift Certificates as well!


QSL Wall to be Available at Hamvention
(from ARRL Bulletins)

Hamvention May 19-21 in Xenia, Ohio, will borrow a tradition from Friedrichshafen, Germany’s Ham Radio event — a QSL wall, where visitors can tack up their QSL cards for all to see.

“The big wall at Friedrichshafen is very popular and covered with hundreds and hundreds of cards by the end of the show,” said ARRL Marketing Manager Bob Inderbitzen, NQ1R.

The Hamvention QSL wall will be in Building 1 near the Hamvention prize booth; (ARRL EXPO will be in Building 2 of the Greene County Fairgrounds and Expo Center in Xenia, Ohio.)

Don’t forget your QSL for the wall!


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:

Now.. How do you find those Field Day Sites?  Easy, with the Field Day Locator. Clubs, make sure that you get your Field Day site location registered with the League, this way folks will be able to find you quickly and easily.  Here’s a link for the locator..

Oh, and don’t forget to have someone assigned as a photographer! You’ll want pictures and so do I.. Please, let’s have as many pictures of our Field Day sites as possible. Remember, I use a lot of these pictures for the Ohio Section Banner that’s displayed everywhere! So, get the dusty old Brownie Box Camera out of the closet and get it all tuned up and ready to take a mountain of pictures of your site and all the people at it having FUN!!

(from the Monday Morning Message)

An interesting operating event happens Saturday, May 13th with the 66th Annual Armed Forces Day Crossband Test.  This is a time when military stations will be listening on particular frequencies in the ham bands and hams will be listening on various military frequencies for stations representing our military branches. You can find more information about this test at


My Final..    

Today is Monday, May 8th ! This weekend was a killer for me.. First it was Friday, Cinco de Mayo and we celebrated with Margarita’s and Burritos. Then on Saturday it was Mint Julips and Kentucky Bourbon to celebrate the Kentucky Derby, by the way my horse won!!  Then on Sunday it was just good old fashion beer and chips to celebrate the Cav’s win over Toronto and now on to the Eastern Finals. Wow.. It’s gonna’ take the rest of the week just to recover from the weekend!! Of course I have to say this..  GO CAVS!!!!   

Today is also National Cream Pie Day, Victory in Europe (V E ) Day, as well as World Red Cross and Red Crescent Day.

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..