Wednesday, June 7, 2017

The Ohio Section News Update – June 7th Edition


- Code Plug Video
- New Possibility
- One Question Survey
- Ohio Responds
- NIMS / ICS Training
- Nets
- Getting This Newsletter
- My Final


Code Plug Writing Video

Hey Gang,

Last week I told you about a Code Plug writing class that was going to take place. Well, I’m here to tell you that it did, and I have video of it. The class was hosted by none other than our own, Ken Dorsey, KA8OAD.

Those of us who attended learned a lot about how to properly write a code plug for these new fancy Digital Radios. Yes, the class primarily focused on how to do this for the very popular Tytera MD-380 radios, but it soon became apparent that once you got the basics down, it’s really just about the same for every DMR radio out there. Yes, there are some little nuances to each of the models, but as far as the information needed to write the Code Plug, it’s really all the same.

The class went through everything that you could do on programming, even things that the amateur side of DMR really doesn’t use, but it’s great to know what it all means and how it does apply in the commercial world.

The class was very well attended and it did last almost 3 hours, so there’s lots of video to watch. I do have it broken down to 4 shorter segments, this way you can take a break from it if you wish. I was fascinated with all the functionality that you can program into these small $80 radios. It’s really beyond belief what you can do with them. I’m sure that you’ll get a lot out of the video and I also have the PowerPoint slides for you to go through as well.

Here’s the link to all the FUN!!


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!


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 Update

Ok.. Here’s the latest update on Ohio Responds. We now have 108 persons approved!! Let’s keep this going. We have over 500 with all their certificates on file. Let’s get everyone to get moving and sign up for Ohio Responds.

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 Update
The numbers are continuing to grow!  Here’s what we have on file as of today :   Members in database: 756; Active Members: 743; Members NIMS complete: 546 and for the biggie..  Total Courses Taken: 4,998. 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.  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!


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.

(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…


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: 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.


My Final..   

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:   Want to sit and just chat awhile? I’m available, Heck, I’ll even buy!!


Scott, N8SY..

PS>>  I have to say this Go CAVS!!!  Beat Golden State tonight!!