The Prez’s Shack
One of the things that made this club attractive to me is that we have
a lot of people who get on the air and use their radios. After all, one
does not need a license to listen to the ham bands, but if one has
earned an amateur radio license, then one can transmit so why not
Field Day is our Number 1 activity where we put that into practice.
This month, we have another opportunity to exercise our privileges
with the Ohio QSO Party. This will be August 26, from noon until
midnight, local time.
Our club has done well in this event, both as a group and
individually. We invite you to join in. You don’t have to be a big-time
contester nor spend the entire 12 hours at it. If you have not done
much contesting, this is a good introduction. It is somewhat low-key
and is not as intense as the big DX contests. We’ll talk about the
Ohio QP, briefly, at our regular meeting.
In other August news, the New Moon is August 21. So, what, you say
– there is a new moon every month. Ah, but this time, the Moon will
block out the Sun for a rare solar eclipse. Here, in central Ohio, the
Sun will be 85% covered by the Moon (caution: you’ll need solar
filters for your eyes). The path of totality will pass through
Tennessee, among other states. There is even an amateur radio
connection as groups will try to study propagation on that day.
And you thought August was just about going back to school!
Our next meeting is August 16, 7:30 p.m. at the Delaware Red Cross,
380 Hills-Miller Road. The dinner crew will meet at the Corner Café,
535 Sunbury Road. Both events are open to everyone; you don’t
even need a license. See you there!
73 de Joe, AA8TA
New Callsign will be heard
During exercises and ARES-oriented events, you’ll be hearing a new
callsign on the air: W8DCE. This new callsign has been given to the
Delaware County HS/EMA! Director Sean Miller, KD8RBM, tells Donn
that this will allow us to readily recognize the EOC station!