The Prez’s Shack

All right – who is playing tricks on me?  The calendar says November, but that can’t be right!  It seems like it should only be March, April at the latest.  Wow, where did the time go? We had a pretty good turn-out for our October meeting.  The featured speaker was George Reidel, N1EZZ, who described and showed pictures of the devastation in the U.S. Virgin Islands caused by the recent hurricanes.  Hard to believe that something like that could happen. On a brighter note, before George’s presentation, we honored two of our members who won awards recently.  The ARRL Great Lakes Division does awards every two years.  This year, five awards were made and one of them went to Bob, W8ERD, for the Technical Achievement Award and another went to Stan, N8BHL, for Amateur of the Year. Before those honors were handed out, our club successfully renewed our ARRL Special Services Club designation.  What does all this mean?  It means we have a tremendous group of people in our club.  Certainly, Bob and Stan were singled out for well-deserved recognition, but we have many people who contribute to making this a great club.  It’s hard to keep track of all that everybody does. My thanks go out to Bob and Stan and everybody who contributes to the success of this club in whatever way you do.  The little things do matter and they all add up.  Please keep it up! This month we have two big attractions: our annual business meeting and our annual give-away night.  The only real business is officer elections; we have a secretary/treasurer, vice-president and president to elect.  Any current member of DELARA may hold one of these offices.  Please consider carefully who you like to see at the club’s leadership helm. The give-away, or boat anchor, night will be the same as we have done in the past.  Bring amateur radio related stuff that you don’t use or need for somebody else to carry away.  Maybe you’ll find a treasure to replace what you brought.  It is not necessary to bring something to claim something.  Watch the email reflector for more details. Hope to see you at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, November 15, at the Delaware Red Cross, 380 Hills-Miller Rd.

Another Success for Field Day!

A national first place in our new category Judging from the many emails in response to President Joe’s announcement, our biggest victory at Field Day 2017 was (once again) the hog roast courtesy of Chef Tim! While we made the jump to the EOC category in order to use the DELARA station at the Red Cross, we hardly imagined the noise issue that would crop up!  By all accounts, we left Field Day with low expectations for our score. ARRL scores were released around the first of November (which traditionally delays our DELARA News release) and lo, here’s K8ES at the TOP of the EOC scoring list. Our position overall nationally took a big hit because of the noise issues and lower overall score.   We have more details on our score and performance on the “Field Day” page.  Read on!


Two DELARA members recently received significant awards from the Great Lakes Region ARRL for 2017. Bob Dixon, W8ERD, received the “Technical Achievement Award” for his continuous work to advance the hobby technically. Stan Broadway, N8BHL Ohio SEC, received the “Great Lakes Amateur Operator of the Year” award. Section Manager Scott Yonally, N8SY, presented the awards at the October DELARA meeting.

November 2017


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