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Affiliated Club News

What other clubs are doing

Tom Sly, WB8LCD Affiliated Clubs Coordinator Let me start this month with my congratulations to the Portage County Amateur Radio Service, Inc. (PCARS). PCARS has been awarded the Dayton Hamvention “Club of the Year” award for 2018! As a PCARS member I can tell you how thrilled and honored we all are to receive this recognition. I can tell you that building a successful club is a TEAM effort – not the result of the efforts of one, or just a few people. It’s not just the club officers, or certain “favorite” club members. Everyone has a part in it. And everyone’s part is important to the success of the club. Congratulations to every member, past and present of PCARS! Let me move on to HAMVENTION! Think about this for a minute: how lucky are we in the Ohio Section to have one of the world’s largest hamfests, right in our own back yards? Hamvention is like “Mecca” for hams. Yet I do know hams, right here in Ohio, who have never been to Hamvention! YOU need to get to Hamvention. I’m going to check with Scott (N8SY) and, if in my position of ACC I have the power invested in me, I will command it that every member of the Ohio Section come out to Hamvention! I promise, it will be an Amateur Radio Experience like no other. Thank you to DARA for all the work they’ve done since 1952 to bring Hamvention to life. How much work did it take to make the move last year? A lesser club would have shrugged it off and said “all good things must come to an end.” DARA pushed forward, and the worldwide Amateur Radio community will now be blessed with a fantastic venue that should support Hamvention for decades to come! This kind of attitude is what makes for a truly great Amateur Radio Club! Now, if you’re a club leader, officer, or just an interested member who helps make things happen, here’s a few things you should be looking for at Hamvention: 1. Neat stuff you can bring back to show off to those who couldn’t make it this year. Even if it’s just “trinkets” for the 50/50, the other club members will appreciate getting a chance to see some of what they missed. 2. Contacts. What an opportunity to meet fellow hams from across the world. But, it’s up to you to step outside of your comfort zone. Welcome our international visitors to the US. Welcome every attendee to Hamvention. Make it a point that everyone you have an opportunity to come into contact with goes home thinking that the Dayton Hamvention is one of the friendliest places they’ve ever been! The people you meet this year may be coming back next year – ask if they might be willing to come a couple days early, or, stay a couple days longer in order to meet with your club for a special event! Even if they aren’t coming back, they might be willing to Skype a  presentation to your club. 3. How about making your own Hamvention video? Not everyone makes it to Hamvention (despite my command!) and the folks in your club would probably enjoy your guided tour through the flea market, in the forums, your individual conversations with other attendees. Get everyone in your club to take along their still camera, or video recorder, then take parts from everyone’s Hamvention experience to make a montage of the Hamvention. Put it up on YoutTube. 4. Spend some time at the ARRL exhibit. Lots of ARRL staff will be present. Get to know them. Once again, they should be more than willing to find a way to be involved with your club. Hamvention is a treasure trove of inspiration for any ham or Amateur Radio club! Not far behind Hamvention is summertime in OHIO! Now is the time to start planning and promoting activities for the summer. How about some group building projects? Field Day? State QSO parties – operate them as a club. Field Day? Fox hunting? Public service events? Field Day? Ham Radio promotions such as demo’s for scouts, 4-H, RV groups? Did I mention Field Day? Make up your own operating events! Add some food, beverage and invite hams from another club to participate with yours. Ohio State Parks on the Air. The point is, if you want to have a fantastically fun summer you’ve got to start planning for it now! And promoting for it. But, if you can figure out a way to get people out to an event on the spur of the moment – let me know about it! I guess my point here is that every club can be a GREAT club for it’s members. Activities are an important part of club building. Getting together as friends, enjoying our common interests and having fun while we do it. What could be better than that? (Ed – K8IV says “winning”) Next time we’re going to start talking about promoting your club.

From the Public

Information Coordinator

John Ross, KD8IDJ Time is flying by fast to enter the 2018 Ohio Section Newsletter Contest. The deadline is June 30th…just about three months away! My email and snail mail again tells me this year will be another great contest. Everyday more entries arrive. You’ll need two editions of your club’s newsletter…either printed or a notice that your on-line newsletter is  ready…to be entered. The award presentation will be in August at the annual Voice of Aladdin Hamfest in Grove City. Email me with any questions…the official rules are on the arrl-0hio website under MY HOMEPAGE. Good Luck! Climbing Higher One of the many attributes that we share as amateur radio operators is the ability to be self sufficient. That includes a lot of things like building our own equipment, experimenting with different circuits and installing our own antennas. I remember, when I was young, a lot of climbing on roofs, ladders, walls and even small towers. Could I do that now? Maybe. Should I do that now and should I have done it then? No!!! I was in Chicago a couple of weeks ago for a training class on climbing…safely. I won’t bore you with all of details but the main takeaway was…if you don’t know how to do it safely…don’t do it!!! There are really good methods, reasons and procedures for climbing anything safely…and what you don’t know could really hurt or make you an SK! Sometimes we never think about the right clothing or shoes to wear…the wrong outwear can be dangerous. The proper clothing may make you a bad fashion statement but it can also keep you safe. There are other accruements like safety belts, straps, rope and special ditty bags that make climbing even safer….things we forget in the rush to get up the antenna and get on the air. So, if you have to climb…take the high road! Ask yourself is it really safe, do you really know what you’re doing, and should you take the risk. The answers are all pretty easy to  determine…asking an experienced climber to help is even easier. I hope all of this makes you think twice about your next aerial adventure. While it all applies to ham radio stuff…it may come in handy the next time you’re asked to clean the gutter or do a high wire act putting up holiday lights!!! On The Air…Keep Talking A couple of months ago I received a picture of a sign posted at the city limits giving motorists the call sign and repeater frequency of the area. What a great idea…if anyone is listening!!! There has been a lot of concern over the last few years about the dwindling activity on our repeaters big and small. I can remember a time sitting on the porch with my Heathkit “portable” radio listening to our area repeaters and you could not get a word in edgewise. There was a constant stream of hams taking about everything amateur radio…from auto patches to link  frequencies and generator noise. Everyone was talking and contributing and it was great! I probably learned more from those conversations than any study guide. The other night I went down to the shack to do some paperwork, turned on the rig, and for the next two hours heard nothing but a “ker-chunk”. No talking, no one listening, no activity. I was more than concerned until last night when I repeated the same routine and to my amazement…hams talking ham radio! WOW! An older ham was helping a newer ham by giving a pretty good rundown of how it used to be with all of details…and how the old technology auto-patch worked! I could not let this opportunity pass so I jumped on and told both operators how great it was to hear actual conversations about ham radio! I shared some of old experiences and before I could say 73…yet another ham, one I knew, jumped to say hello and joined the group!! Just like the old days and, even after I quit talking, they continued. We need more of this…talking even though it may analog…and we’re not holding a 3-ounce piece of plastic our ear. In today’s world bandwidth and frequencies and in great demand. We’ve been granted permission to use a lot of them pretty much just for the asking and with a promise to use them correctly and when help is needed. But that could change at any second and we might be asked to share or give up our bands entirely. So, whether it’s only an hour a day or maybe just one night at week…try to check into your local repeater and talk it up. Hopefully we can again fill our air with information, opportunity, inspiration and all things amateur radio. If it comes down to use it or lose it…I would rather keep it!!