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delara news Delaware Amateur Radio Association, Delaware OH   VOL 35  NUMBER 5

Ohio Section News

Scott Yonaly, N8SY Ohio Section Manager I wanted to do something different and special for our Dayton Hamvention booth this year. Knowing just how popular the Handbook Give Away has become with all of you, I decided to have a special drawing just for the Dayton Hamvention. Yes, there was a Handbook given away, but there were also some other items too. In particular a $50 and $25 ARRL Gift Certificate given away as well. The Ohio Section Booth was located right across from the ARRL Membership and Store at the end of the isle in the ARRL area of Hamvention. 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.) This may mean that your group may 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 NEW FIELD DAY BONUS POINTS OPPORTUNITIES The 2016 Field Day has two new ways to earn extra points for your group's efforts. One is a new "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. Beginning 2016, 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. For more details on these two additional ways of earning bonus points please read the full details in the June 2016 edition of QST (page 72). 2016 OHIO FIELD DAY PROCLAMATION NOW 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 2016 Field Day on-line. 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 Nick, K8NAP our State Government Liaison (SGL) for getting the governor to take time out of his busy schedule and getting this Proclamation for us.
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News from the Ohio Single Sideband Net says that we have some changes in the leadership of the net.  Mike Hayward KC8WH has been reelected to be the net manager.  Dave Krutsch, KD8MSZ will be the new Assistant Net Manager. Don,WB8SIQ will move from Assistant Net Manager to training officer. Stan Sutton, KD8KBX will replace Henry Koenig, WD8Q on the Advisory Board for a three year term. The other two members of the Advisory Board are Tony Baker, KC8PZ and Don Buehrer, K8OVO. I would like to take this time to thank these men and all the members who check into the OSSBN for their support of the net and handling traffic so efficiently. You can check into the Ohio Single Sideband Net on 3.9725 starting at 10:30 AM , 4:15 PM and 6:45 PM daily More information and useful links can be found on the OSSBN website www.ossbn.org. While on the subject check into some of these Ohio nets: HF CW NETS             NET TIMES          FREQUENCY        NET MANAGERS Buckeye Early            6:45 PM                      3.580                           WB8YLO Buckeye Late              10:00 PM                    3.590                           WB9LBI Ohio Slow Net            6:00 PM                      3.53535                       W8OLO The next big ham event after Dayton will be Field day the last full weekend in June. Field Day not only will test and challenge an individual operator’s communication skills but it also will test and challenge the participant’s ability and flexibility in mounting a major effort on the magnitude that would be encountered in a major disaster. Field day logistics and location is another area where good planning really pays off. If you have not reserved your favorite room, shelter or spot for operating it should be done soon before someone reserves you spot for a birthday party.  I know this happened to one club last year so get cracking. Antenna selection and location is another area where good planning really pays off. The three most important considerations in antenna selection are: 1. Locate antennas far enough from each other to avoid station to station interference 2. Which direction to point the antenna’s peak radiation and 3. determining where the vast majority of contacts will come from. Strongly consider using simple wire antenna such as dipoles, which are light and easy to put up and take down. Dipoles work out very well even at QRP power levels. Field Day is also a time to demonstrate new technologies to ourselves and to the general public. Bonus points are earned by presenting these public demonstrations of new technologies such as satellite communications, APRS, ATV, digital communications and solar power sources. Furthermore we are encouraged (with additional bonus points) to invite community leaders and the media. We might find ourselves on the front page of tomorrow’s paper. Here are some of the potential benefits from your Field Day operation: Find out what works in the field and who can bring it on short notice. Practice operating with field conditions and emergency power. Organized planning and execution of a sustained effort -- good for Public Service Events planning & coordination and possibly for fitting into Served Agency emergency planning. Invite ARRL Section / Division officers to visit your FD site. Invite (potential) Served Agency & or Government officials to visit your FD site, good for ARES and bonus points. Invite the media to promote amateur radio. Additional suggestions for a successful Field Day: Appoint someone to be in charge to make sure things get done. A point to consider is location, location, location. Make sure you have it secured at least a month before Field Day. Have a plan in place for the person in charged to follow. The plan should cover operating techniques and modes, antennas, number of transmitters, media presentation and maximizing bonus points Don't forget to go over the exchange with the operators. Stress keeping the exchange short, quick and effective, not being chatty and give examples of Dos and Don'ts. Plan ahead by arranging who is bringing what equipment – have back- up equipment available if possible. In considering equipment, the simplicity of its operation is important. Most new radios have a learning curve to operate efficiently. Don’t forget the little things like short jumpers, barrel connectors, adapters, headphones etc. Document everything. Next year’s Field Day coordinator needs to have a starting place. Try to secure operators for a 24 hour operation. This can be the key to a big score if that is your thing. Check the Field Day Rules for the chances to make extra points. Finish and follow-up. Record and discuss next years Field Day while everything is fresh in your minds. Finally, don't forget to plan for Saturday’s dinner menu, good food makes for happy operators. And most important is to HAVE FUN and enjoy the friendship and fellowship of Field Day.

From the Section Traffic Manager

Dave Maynard, WA3EZN Section Traffic Manager

 

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