delara news Delaware Amateur Radio Association, Delaware OH   VOL 36 NUMBER 11

Affiliated Club News

What other clubs are doing

Tom Sly, WB8LCD Affiliated Clubs Coordinator

They say that “old habits are hard to break.”

 Having gotten a few things behind me that required a lot of my attention, I am now starting to make plans to visit with as many clubs in the Ohio Section as possible. Since my job, my wife, my kids, grandkids and two chihuahuas all require my attention on a pretty regular basis, I won't be able to keep up the pace that my predecessor maintained, but I will do as much traveling as possible. Hope to see you soon. I would also like to suggest that YOU do some traveling too! There really are some fantastic clubs in the Ohio Section. But don't stop there, going somewhere for a vacation, or even on business? Use the ARRL website to find out what clubs are in whatever area of the country you're headed for and try to work a visit in while you're there. Look at what that club is doing, or not doing. Look at their meeting and all of their other activities. You might find an idea or two that would work for your club. I guarantee that you will meet some interesting people and probably some very talented people. October, November and December are the months when most clubs elect their officers for the coming year. Before you get all excited about all the Glory, Glamor and Prestige that goes along with being an officer in an Amateur Radio Club, I want you to consider a few things. First off, what kind of a club do you want to be the officer of? Sure, anyone can be the successful officer of a mediocre club, but, that's really not what most clubs are looking forward to in electing you. Now, if you want to be an officer of a truly OUTSTANDING club, then you better plan on spending quite a bit of time and effort on it. I've heard it said that running a successful Amateur Radio Club program is pretty much about the same task as “herding cats”. The first thing to remember is that “clubs” are usually all volunteer organizations. As a club officer, you have absolutely no authority to make any demands on any other member of the club. It's your job to motivate the other officers and the membership to want to work for and assist you in the running of the club. You can't get there by demeaning and demoralizing the other officers and the membership of the club. In the beginning, you might have to do it ALL by yourself. Please, do it with a smile on your face! Make it look like you're having fun and you're doing it because you want to. Once others start having fun, they'll want to be involved in the planning and implementation of all the things a club has to do. Here's a secrete phrase you can use: “I need your help”. It's not that often that an honorable man will refuse to help another. Once again, it can't be all on the officers of a club. If you're a member, you need to do the things that are required of the membership – most notably – participate! That's about the best way that you can thank the officers for all the work that they put into the club program. A verbal “thank you” would also be appreciated by most. There's a whole bunch of other stuff that needs to be done in any club operation – please, do your part. Back to the herding cat’s analogy, one of the things that is most important with a club is regular communications. If you've got an activity, a meeting, a net or any other item of interest to the club, you've got to keep it on the top of their minds via emails, net announcements, whatever you've got going. You need to get things planned in advance. Get it announced as early and often as possible! In today's world people need to get it on their calendar as soon as possible, and then they need to be constantly reminded so they don't forget. If you can get people talking about it, it will create a “buzz” and that will be the best way to build interest and participation. To make my long story just a bit shorter, taking any club and making it a better club is not all that complicated, but it's not easy. Thomas Edison said that “most people miss a good opportunity because it usually shows up in coveralls and work boots, and looks like a lot of work”. If you want to be the officer of a club and do a great service to all the other members, be prepared to do whatever it takes to make it happen. It may take a lot of time and commitment, but it really is worth it. Hope to hear you on the air!

From the Public Information


John Ross, KD8IDJ And The Winner is…THE OHIO Section! In case you haven’t heard…the Ohio Section brought home every award from the Great Lakes Division Convention! First, near and dear to my heart, the PCARS Newsletter (Radiogram) from Portage County, the winner of the Ohio Section Newsletter Contest, took first place at the Great Lakes Division competition! Congratulations to the Portage County Amateur Radio Society. If you’re keeping track, this is the second time in four years that the Ohio Section winner has taken First Place in the Division! I told the judges and they all agree...WE ARE GOOD!! And speaking of newsletter contests…just two months before the start of the Ohio Section 2018 Newsletter Contest. I’m looking over the rules but I don’t expect much change. Remember, you need to submit two newsletters (from different months) to be considered entered. If you issue your January newsletter in December…send it then and it will count. You can send entries via snail mail or email. If your newsletter is online send me the link so I can access it and mark it for the judges review. Second, our own Stan Broadway N8BHL was named Great Lakes Division Amateur of the Year. More on Stan later. Third, the Young Radio Amateur of the Year – Chis Brault, KD8YVJ – Liberty Township, OH Fourth… Bob Dixon, W8ERD, Delaware, OH, received he Technical Achievement Award And last, but not least, the George S. Wilson III, W4OYI Lifetime Achievement Award – to none other than Jim Weaver, K8JE – Mason, OH – our past Great Lakes Director! The awards are a reflection of the tremendous amount of talent and commitment in the Ohio Section. Also, the willingness to share and get involved to help keep Amateur Radio growing and moving forward. What a great time to be in the Ohio Section. What a great time to be an Amateur Radio Operator. Judging Inspiration You need to know about one of our newsletter judges, Donna Wilson, who has been with us for the past four years. Donna showed up for this year’s judging as planned in early July ready to go. Just before we began she told me she was recovering from breast cancer surgery and headed for radiation. I was stunned but realized that she was here and willing to keep her commitment to the Ohio Section despite probably the most difficult time in her life. She wrote a very moving article for the Columbus Dispatch’s First-Person column on September 23rd about her life after the diagnosis. if you get a chance take a look. It’s still available on the Dispatch website. If you can’t find it…shoot me an email. There are no words to express my appreciation for her willingness to continue to help the Ohio Section except to say I’m glad we have her and she is really an inspiration. Thanks Donna! ON BROADWAY Now more on our Amateur of the Year Stan Broadway. I’ve known Stan for a lot of years and have a lot of great stories…some I’ll hold for ransom …but I was with Stan when he got his ham license nearly 40 years ago. We  upgraded at the old Howard Johnson’s in North Columbus back in 1979 and Stan came out of that session looking like a kid who had just been handed the key to the candy store! Even before there were vanity call signs the FCC was kind enough to give him N8BHL...which he immediately took as Broadway’s Ham License!!! What a day! You may not know this but Stan was a great radio news reporter and News Director in Columbus for many years. Right after getting his ham license he started thinking “outside of the box” for ways to use ham radio -on the radio- to help keep listeners informed of severe weather….and he did. We managed to infuse our newscasts with the latest from the weather net and Stan would anchor the live coverage with the ham rig chattering in the background. Even then he was working to make ham radio better and help it grow. CONGRATUALTIONS Stan! By the way, two things to take away from this story. First, ask Stan about a chain link fence, a Blazer, and a blizzard. Second, if you know me and receive an award…you’ll end up in this column! The YL’s Among Us It’s hard to open any Amateur Radio magazine or newsletter and not notice the stories about, and written by, female ham radio operators. Their numbers are growing…the FCC estimates about 15% of all licensed amateur radio operators are female…I think it’s higher, more like 25%. It’s clear that female amateur radio operators are a having a great impact on the hobby and are an important part of the growth of Amateur Radio worldwide. 50 years ago, I only knew of one female ham, today I know dozens. First known as YL’s (young ladies) and XYL’s (unlicensed but married to a male ham) they have been around longer than you might know. The first was thought to be Gladys Parkin 6S0 who was first licensed in 1910 at the age of 9! By the 1930’s there were a dozen female hams and they even had their own signoff moniker, YL33. YL33 was created by Clara Reger and used to end a QSO between two YL’s. There is an international organization of female ham radio operators, the Young Ladies Radio League (YLRL). Their membership is around 800 with chapters in many counties including the United States. I kicked up some dust a few days ago asking the FCC, ARRL HQ and the YLRL for better numbers. It seems no one has really paid attention to the demographics of female ham radio operators. I thought it was time to change that. The numbers will come and I’m sure they will show what we already know…they are important to us….and generally under noticed! The old adage “behind every good man is a woman” almost applies here…except the ladies now stand beside us and among us and have earned their place in Amateur Radio. It’s never too late to say THANKS and we are glad you are part of Amateur Radio. Short Circuits I’ve noticed a lot of classes being offered to help license new hams… Keep up the good work! Congratulations to Mile Love WB8YKS Lawrence County, Ohio the new Public Information Officer for ARES and SOARA. Last month I told you about an encounter I had at the barber shop with a ham and his YEASU hat. Well, I received this note from Kurt W8IQ: John I just read your “barbershop story” and your suggestion that we hams wear identifying caps. A week ago I went to the Findlay Hamfest. It was automatic for me that I pull down off the shelf my cap which says “Kurt” and “W8IQ”. There’s a small pin attached DXpedition to St. Pierre & Miquelon twelve years ago. After walking around the hamfest for a while, I noticed that I was the ONLY one wearing an identifying cap. A little later I ran into a 9 who had a cap on. I approached him. He was from Fort Wayne, Indiana. Like me, he just automatically puts his cap on when he goes to a hamfest. I recall when exhibitors at the Hamvention made caps right on the spot. You dropped off your order. A half hours later, your cap was ready. Somehow…The times have changed. Ham caps are out. THANKS Kurt…my hat is off to you!
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