delara news Delaware Amateur Radio Association, Delaware OH   VOL 37 NUMBER 8

Educational Outreach

Anthony Luscre, K8ZT

From the Mailbag

This month I am going to dip into the mailbag (my email bag) to share a recent note from John Merkel, AJ1DM. I have add a few web links for you: I just wanted to thank you for the idea of making clothespin cw keys. I heard you talk about it on the dit dit podcast with Bruce Pea and I knew it would be the perfect project idea for my upcoming trip to volunteer on the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe reservation in South Dakota. My daughters and I volunteer there for a week every summer and this year they asked us to provide STEM activities for their kids’ summer camp program. I had to modify your design in that I was unable to make thumbtacks work, so switched to screws. The project was a big, big hit. The kids love anything they can do with their hands – where I thought little fingers might not have the dexterity to do some of the work I was dead wrong – they did great. Also we had plenty of volunteers to help them along. I took materials to make 20 keys, thinking maybe we’d make 10, but we ended up making every single one. I also wondered if the keys might end up being used more as annoying noise-makers, but the kids really embraced cw. For kids I thought their fists were pretty solid right out of the gate. And I had a couple of kids sit next to each other for 5 or 10 minutes sending words back and forth. It was great! The project worked so well I made up another 20 kits of parts and took them to Field Day in western Maryland. Due to the weather we had hardly any visitors until Sunday afternoon, but then a whole Boy Scout troop descended on us. They also embraced both the building and the cw aspects of the project. So thanks for helping me spread the joy of ham radio to kids from Maryland to South Dakota! 73 de John AJ1DM I was at Killens Pond State Park, Felton, Delaware where I had operate ARRL Field Day when I received John’s email. How did your FD go? If you have any stories, especially with photos, of youth activities at your FD please email them to me and I would like to share them with readers of the OSJ. At the Cuyahoga Falls ARC FD in Stow, OH they provided a Fox Hunt Activity for visitors again this year and Frank Tompkins, I would like to close this month’s column with news of YOTA: “Youngsters On The Air (YOTA) is a group of young radio amateurs from IARU Region 1. Most of us are under the age of 26. Each year we get together in different European countries to spend some quality time. Not only just having fun and playing games, we come up with new ideas, new projects, plans for the future, etc. During the other months of the year we gather on the bands and have some fun together, take part in contests or just make some YOTA-skeds. The goal of YOTA is to welcome new and young amateur radio operators to our beautiful hobby. We live in a world where communication is being digitized in a way that we almost can’t keep up with. In times like this it’s important to convince people about the importance of our hobby. Together with other youngsters all around the world, we can make the difference and give our hobby the future it deserves! In August this year 80 youngsters from 23 teams in IARU R1 will meet up in the central region of Gauteng in South Africa for the 8th edition of the summer camp Youngsters On The Air. We have planned a wonderful week full of diverse activities concentrated both on practical and theoretical knowledge, but also many fun games. We’ll explore different cultures and share the hobby that always brings us closer together. This year we will also dedicate some time to what we like to refer to as our “train-thetrainer” initiative, which means we will try and communicate our knowledge to the participants in the best way possible so as to assure they are able to share it further and they themselves become able to educate others in the matters of HAM radio. If you’re interested in what’s coming up for our participants and any additional information, catch up with the latest news here!”

From the Public Information


John Ross, KD8IDJ Winners of the 26th Annual Ohio Section Newsletter Contest Announced It’s days like today that I’m glad to be a journalist and proud to be Amateur Radio operator! Just over three hours of excitement, frustration, fascination and finally we have the winners of the 2018 Ohio Section Newsletter contest. Believe me, it was an experience to witness as accomplished journalists and public relations professionals began to look through our newsletters…and realize just how difficult you have made it to pick the best. Really, the more difficult the process, the better it is and it confirms what I see every day… quality, effectiveness and just great newsletters doing what they are supposed to be doing… communicating all there is to know about your clubs and Amateur Radio. It's why the Ohio Section is the best and why we have the best editors and writers hands down. Our judges have been with us for five years now and are in a unique position to watch how we’ve grown and improved. They were impressed and know why we take our hobby seriously and put forth great efforts to communicate both on the air, on line and in print. It’s a trifecta of perfection. Congratulations to all of the clubs that entered and here are the 2018 Ohio Section Newsletter Contest winners. First Place The RADIOGRAM…Portage County Amateur Radio Service – Tom Parkinson, KB8UUZ editor Second Place-Tie (first time a printed newsletter and on-line newsletter have shared an award) The Spirit of ’76 & ’88…Lake Erie Amateur Radio Association – Ken Kane, KG8DN editor DELARA News…Delaware Amateur Radio Association – Stan Broadway, N8BHL editor Third Place Quarter Century Wireless Association…Cleveland Chapter Newsletter – Bob Winston, W2THU editor Fourth Place The Exchange…SouthWest Ohio DX Association – Bill Salyers, AJ8B editor Honorable Mention – Tie CARA COMMUNICATOR…Cambridge Amateur Radio Association – Lyn Alfman, N8IMW editor The Voice Coil…Mahoning Valley Amateur Radio Association – Mark Haverstock, K8MSH editor TO THE REAR…CQ  Last month I wrote a little ditty about putting a bumper sticker on your car indicating that you’re a ham and the frequency you’re monitoring. Well, Tom KB8UUZ, sent me a handful of CQ stickers and so I slapped on the rear of my Jeep…and I’m good to go! I’ve got a few left…shoot me an email if you need one. If you see a great ham bumper sticker send me a picture. Hope to bump into you sometime…on the air… not into the car in front of me! RTTY The more new modes of communications there are…the more I want to keep using some of the old methods…including RTTY. I just acquired my 5th RTTY machine…just like one in the picture above. It’s a Teletype Model 33, the first to use ASCII instead of the old BAUDOT code. You can still receive RTTY signals and using your computer can decode them to run a real Teletype machine. Some companies still make terminal units to drive the old machines so you can experience the atmosphere of the old newsrooms and the familiar smell of ozone and oil! Every newsroom I worked in had at least four teletype machines that constantly banged out news stories from all over the world. These machines are equipped with bells and the bigger the story the more bells! The ARRL website has some great information on amateur RTTY. OST also has a lot of information including frequencies with the most RTTY activity. I wax nostalgic every year after the newsletter contest for some real RTTY news while I’m printing the newsletters for the judges! Maybe next year I can get one club to send me their newsletter via RTTY!!! I know I’ve said this before but we need to continue to use the technology we have so we don’t lose it. Now, back to my DMR radio! 2018 FIELD DAY Field Day is just one of the great events we have to help, not only us, but Amateur Radio overall. I saw a lot of great pictures from field day and listened as much as I could while working but I was impressed with everything I heard. I received several radiograms via cell phone while out to dinner with family and friends. After they asked me what language I was using while on the phone, I calmly explained field day, how it works and why we do it. Everyone stopped eating for minute and seemed pretty imp