- Handbook Give-Away
- Field Day Pictures – plus more
- NIMS / ICS Training / Ohio Responds
- Getting This Newsletter
- My Final
Handbook Give Away
Have you seen that the NEWEST “Handbook Giveaway” drawing on the website yet? 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 the drawing to get a chance 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 checking in on the website. Got the idea? Best of luck to you!!
Here's a link to get registered.. http://arrl-ohio.org/handbook.html
This is a great time for taking pictures of your Field Day participation for sure. I will be out and about with my camera, but I need your help too. I need you to take pictures and send them to me. I will have a gallery setup on the website to display everyone’s Field Day pictures as I get them. Please, take a lot of pictures of not only the equipment and food, but also of everyone having fun at Field Day too. Send those pictures to: firstname.lastname@example.org
I will be taking some of those pictures and placing them on the next Ohio Section Banner... Showing all of us having fun and participating is what makes this banner so great!
FIELD DAY MESSAGES – AN EASY 300 POINTS FOR SURE – PLUS MORE
Each year, hundreds of Field Day operations try and find every advantage to earn as many points as possible. But many overlook bonus point categories that can add a reliable 300 points to your group score: the group participation NTS message to the ARRL Section Manager, the W1AW Field Day bulletin, and the NTS traffic handling bonus.
Each Field Day group should generate a formal NTS-style piece to their ARRL Section Manager and Section Emergency Coordinator. This message should include the group’s name, their location for Field Day, and the number of ARES members participating in the event.
NOTE:.. Since I will be on the road visiting a number of sites for Field Day, please send these pieces of traffic to me via OSSBN – www.ossbn.org for details about the net, or you can find them on (3.972.5MHz.)
SPECIAL NOTES: Mike, KC8WH the Net Manager for the OSSBN has informed me that members of the OSSBN will be listening throughout Field Day, so if you just can’t get it passed during their normal net times, you’ll be able to do it during off times instead. This will help you and them in being able to get your message through in a timely manner.
NOTE, NOTE: Make sure that your Radiogram has the date and time filled in when you generate the message. This way no matter how late it may be in getting to the end destination, you’ll still be able to count it since it was originally generated and passed DURING Field Day.
Now, by generating and passing a few radiograms may mean that your group might have to take one of your stations away from operating normal Field Day contacts, your group is awarded the 100-point bonus for taking the time to pass this piece of traffic. To claim this bonus, you must submit a copy of the formal message with your Field Day entry. Note: The Section Manager message does not count as one of the 10 NTS messages for bonus points.
For more details about how to handle these messages, please go to: www.arrl-ohio.org/FD_Message.html or www.ossbn.org/FD_Message.html
FIELD DAY BONUS POINTS OPPORTUNITIES
Don’t forget that there are two additional ways to earn extra points for your group's efforts. One is the "Safety Officer" position and the other is related to promoting your Field Day via "Social Media."
Safety Officer.. is a critical concern during Field Day. Every year the Field Day packet contains a Safety Check List that all stations should follow. All Class A entries can earn an additional 100 points by designating a member of their group as "Safety Officer." This person must verify that all safety concerns on the Safety Check List have been adequately met.
The Safety Officer position is to be taken seriously. Real oversight is required; appointing a Safety Officer, affirming that all items on the Safety Check List have been completed properly, must be included with a groups Field Day entry with all other supporting documentation.
Social Media.. There have been many PR and publicity bonus points available in Field Day for a very long time. The addition of a social media bonus makes promoting your Field Day event even easier than before.
Social Media refers to any online platform that promotes being connected with friends and family.. Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest and LinkedIn are five examples of allowed Social Media platforms.
The Social Media bonus points will only apply on recognized social media platforms and NOT your clubs website.
2017 OHIO FIELD DAY PROCLAMATION ON-LINE
Just wanted to let you know, if you haven’t already found it, that you can view and print the governor’s Proclamation for the 2017 Field Day. Go to: www.arrl-ohio.org/SGL/sgl.html to get your copy for your Field Day site. You can also find a sample Press Release for your Field Day activities as well.
Thanks to Bob Winston, W2THU our State Government Liaison (SGL) for getting the governor to take time out of his busy schedule and getting this Proclamation for us.
Hey gang, don’t forget to check-in on the weekly Wednesday night DMR net tonight, there are averaging over 60 check-ins each week, and it’s growing!! Come join in on the fun, Wednesday nights at 8:30p local on the 3139 Ohio statewide Talkgroup.
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.
>> LOCAL 6 METER NETS <<
(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…
NIMS / ICS Training Update
The numbers are continuing to grow! Here’s what we have on file as of today : Members in database: 763; Active Members: 750; Members NIMS complete: 553 and for the biggie.. Total Courses Taken: 5,030. These numbers just keep growing, and that’s really the best news of all 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.
http://arrl-ohio.org/SEC/special/nims_roster.html 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.. http://arrl-ohio.org/SEC/training.html. 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!
Hey.. Don’t forget, once you’ve got all 4 of your required NIMS courses completed and we have copies of your certificates, get registered on the Ohio Responds 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 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… http://arrl-ohio.org/ohio-responds-page.html You can also find this link on the main page of the Ohio Section website as well.
Are you getting those emails from me?
If not, all you need to do is to “Opt-In” to receive them. Heck, just send me an email: email@example.com and let me know that you want to be added. It’s 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. I want every ham and interested person in Ohio and beyond, to get 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. http://arrlohio.org
Amateur Radio has a 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!
Got questions, concerns or would just like to sit and chat awhile, give me a call at (419) 512-4445 or email me at: firstname.lastname@example.org Want to sit and just chat awhile? I’m available, Heck, I’ll even buy!!