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February 2015


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DELARA News is published on the web as the monthly newsletter of the Delaware Amateur Radio Association in Delaware, Ohio. 
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delara news Delaware Amateur Radio Association, Delaware OH   VOL 34  NUMBER 2

Scouting - the next ham radio operators?

Everyone agrees that we need to involve more young people in ham radio. But how and where do we find them? Our own Bob, W8ERD, launched a program to place ham radio books into all libraries in Delaware County, including school libraries.  There’s no way other than by watching our own testing sessions but we can surmise that there has not been a flood of students into the radio sport. There is one activity which incorporates ham radio as part of their curriculum, offering badges and pins for different element of the radio art- that is the scouting program. At the last DELARA meeting, Steve Champa of the Boy Scouts talked about many activities they offer that could involve ham radio. There are two camporees in May and November in our district which offer the chance to demonstrate ham radio. There are day camps at Camp Lazarus.  There are several merit badges related to radio and electricity which apply. And, there is an emergency communications badge. So how can we involve these young people?  Obviously, there is Field Day and in April the NVIS day might be of interest. Can you spare the time it takes to invite a group in to watch what you’re doing?  It might be more fun that you expect, for both the young people and you!  Tim, K8TAT, has done some activities with the Scouts. You might tap him for some ideas. Contact Dave, WB2CWJ with your ideas to further the best hobby in the world!

Special! Check out the newest column- History in Ohio! by Will, N8TQU 

The “Monday Night Net”

After I joined DELARA, I became a part of the fabled “Monday Night Net” held weekly on the .17 repeater. You know, at first I didn’t quite know what to make of this. A lot of my activities are “hurry-hurry” type things, and the Monday Night Net was definitely not one of those things. It honestly took me a little time to get used to this laid-back, conversational event that might or might not have anything to do with actual ham radio stuff. The more I participated, the more I grew to really like it. I understand that the basis of DELARA is of course, our mutual interest in the ham radio hobby. But what keeps DELARA important is our mutual interest in each other.  The net has become an important way of just gathering with no other purpose than to just be together. It’s a good way to keep tabs on our friends, to make sure they’re doing well. And it’s a good way to get to know each other on a little wider scale than just turning knobs. In my view, the net is one of the most important features of DELARA- open to all, it continues the ham radio tradition of being the first social network! -Stan, N8BHL

Special Tech Edition:

The Ultimate SDR Article!  If you’re among the growing crowd interested in this new technique in the radio art, you have to read this!   Click here or make sure to read through the “TECH” column this month!
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