delara news Delaware Amateur Radio Association, Delaware OH   VOL 36 NUMBER 3

Ohio Section News

Scott Yonaly, N8SY Ohio Section Manager Are you going to Dayton this year? Just wanted you to know that if you do look for the Ohio Section Booth within the ARRL Field Services Section in building 2. Yes, the Ohio Section will be there once again!! I wasn’t too hopeful at the end of last year when it looked like there just wouldn’t be enough space for us.. But, lo and behold they found room. So, I’ll have the NEW Ohio Section Banner on display and we’re going to celebrate too.. Since the Special Dayton Giveaway was such a huge success last year, we’re going to repeat it.. I have a number of ARRL Gift Certificates, Handbooks and a few other items that we will be giving away. All that you have to do is stop by our booth and sign up! That’s it.. The winners will be announce on Monday, May 22nd and the prizes will be shipped out then. I’m looking forward to seeing everyone and good luck to all of you!! Are you a member of the ARRL?? If you aren’t a League member, this is a great opportunity to become one. Want more information on how to join? Here’s the link: http://www.arrl.org/membership-levels. There’s even a 90 day FREE trial that you can apply for if you’ve never been a member.. Got questions about being a member or what the League is all about? Send me an email  n8sy@n8sy.com   I’ll be happy to call or write to you. We can even meet and have coffee if you’d like, and I’ll buy!! I’m sure all of you have heard me say that I’m always available for you, whether you’re an ARRL member or not. It’s true, and you can feel free to write or call me anytime. If you have any questions, concerns, or would just like to sit and chat awhile over a cup of coffee or something cold to drink, feel free to call or write me    (419) 512-4445 or  n8sy@n8sy.com  The numbers are growing! Ohio ARES folks realize that they need to be properly trained, and you don’t get that by just being a bystander or having an HT in your hand! It takes some additional effort on your part! Having these numbers grow every day proves that we are doing this for the right reasons. We need these courses, and we need to continue our education. It doesn’t stop just because we got our Amateur Radio license. In fact, it just starts there! Stan and I have added a new wrinkle to all of this just this past week. We have joined with Ohio Responds. Now by doing this we have an obligation to fulfil a requirement of theirs, which is to have these 4 courses in. Now, what is Ohio Responds you ask? And how does this affect me? Stan and I will dive into that subject a little later. But know this, it will definitely have a great benefit for the Ohio Section, and YOU!! Here’s the latest count we have on everyone.. Total amount of active members in the database is 711. The total amount of members completing all 4 required NIMS courses 511 and the total Number of the Courses taken by everyone in the database is 4777. We’re now over the 500 mark, but that’s only about a third of the Ohio ARES membership. Now the push is on to get all the others to join in as well. Here’s the link so that you can find out if your name is on the list. This list is being updated pretty regular, so if you don’t see you name on it, and you have just submitted your certificates, please be patient.   http://arrl-ohio.org/SEC/special/nims_roster.html   Now, I want to talk to the folks in border counties of Ohio, you may be registered in our other surrounding Section ARES programs (Kentucky, West Virginia, Indiana, Pennsylvania or Michigan) and that’s ok.. They may, or may not  require the 4 basic courses for ARES membership, BUT Ohio does! Please send me, and your EC, copies of your certificates, regardless of another Section’s requirements. Also, for those outside of Ohio in the bordering states, if you have these 4 courses in, please feel free to send me copies of your 4 certificates and we’ll be very happy to get them entered into our database as well. Please make sure that you have your call sign either in the email or as part of the file name on the certificate.   For those just starting out, 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! Now here’s a link that Ed, KE8ANU found that breaks it all down for you as to what the classes are: https://training.fema.gov/emiweb/is/icsresource/trainingmateria ls.htm   Thanks Ed..!! And here’s an additional link to the FEMA First Responder Catalog www.firstrespondertraining.gov  Thanks Michael, N8QHV  

News from the Ohio Single Sideband Net

The net reports that we had an election of the leadership of the net.  Mike Hayward KC8WH has been reelected to be the net manager.  Dave Krutsch KD8MSZ will be the Assistant Net Manager pending later deployment. Ted Morris NC8V was elected to the Advisory Board for a three-year term to serve with Dick Fletcher N8CJS and Stan Sutton KD8KBX. I would like to take this time to thank these men and all the members who check into the OSSBN and the local traffic nets for their support of the nets 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 HF traffic 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 Now to the Ohio State Conference Dayton Hamvention. The general focus for many hams next month is the Dayton Hamvention.  The Ohio State Conference will be held at the Hamvention® this year. This is the largest Hamvention in the county and draws participants from all over the world. Unless you have been living under a rock you should know by now about the changes to the 2017 Dayton Hamvention.  This year the Hamvention will not be at held at the Hara Arena location. The Hamvention has been moved to the Green County Fairgrounds located at 120 Fairgrounds Road, Xenia Ohio 45385.  Hamvention will be held May 19, 20 and 21, 2017 at the Greene County Fairgrounds and Expo Center opening at 9 am each day. For more information check these websites: Hamvention 2017 website: http://hamvention.org/ The Official Greene County Fairgrounds website with map: 120 Fairgrounds Road, Xenia, OH 45385 There will be many commercial vendors and hundreds of individual selling equipment and supplies in the flee  market. Inside the buildings you will also find a presence of the ARRL with many individuals from headquarters at their booth.  There will also be many presentations, forums and VE testing during this three-day event.  There is just too much going on the cover it all adequately in this forum. For more information go to the link above. The next big ham event after Dayton will be Field Day the last full weekend in June. It is not too early to be thinking and planning for this event.  If you have a favorite location for Field Day, you need to have it reserved NOW! I hope to have more about field day next month. Now some information on personal protection.  Tornadoes, fires and carbon monoxide are three of the things that are important for you to consider when thinking about your personal and family safety. One of the easiest and most effective ways to protect yourself and your family from fire is to install smoke alarms in your home. Smoke alarms can warn you of a fire when you are asleep, busy or in a different part of the house from where the fire is. They provide you extra warning time when you are awake, and they will wake you if a fire occurs while you are asleep.  Smoke alarms are inexpensive. Battery-operated residential smoke alarms are available for less than $10. Alkaline batteries that can last for a year are available for a few dollars. Some alarms are now available with long-life lithium batteries. These alarms, which typically sell for about $20, have lithium batteries that can last for up to ten years. Carbon monoxide (CO) has been called the "silent" and "invisible killer" because it's a scentless, colorless, and tasteless toxic gas. It's the number one cause of death due to poisoning in America. Any time you burn something—like gasoline, natural gas, wood, oil, propane, or charcoal—carbon monoxide is released into the air. In outdoor spaces, this usually isn't a health hazard because there is enough area to dissipate and particles never amount to a toxic level. The danger comes when carbon monoxide is released in a contained area like your home, RV, or garage.  It can be released with car exhaust or a leaky furnace flue.  A gas or charcoal grill should never be used inside a house, garage or other structure. If you do not have a smoke detector and a carbon monoxide detector on each floor of your home, you run a safety risk.  The detectors are not expensive and are easy to install.  If you contact your fire department you may be able to get installation assistance. Another important safety device is a NOAA weather alert radio. NWR transmitters broadcast on one of seven VHF frequencies from 162.400 MHz to 162.550 MHz. The broadcasts cannot be heard on a simple AM/FM radio receiver. There are many receiver options, however, ranging from handheld portable units that just pick up Weather Radio broadcasts, to desktop and console models which receive Weather Radio as well as other broadcasts. Since power outages often occur during storms, having a receiver with battery backup can be crucial. However, unless you have a portable unit which you will use away from other power sources, an AC power connection is recommended to preserve battery life. For more information on weather radio use visit the NOAA weather radio website: http://www.nws.noaa.gov/nwr/info/nwrrcvr.html

From the Section Traffic Manager

Dave Maynard, WA3EZN Section Traffic Manager
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