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What other clubs are doing

Tom Sly, WB8LCD Affiliated Clubs Coordinator Every year on New Year’s Day, multitudes of people move into the new year, armed with a list of “resolutions”. These resolutions have the common intention of making their lives better. Why is it then that so many of us give up on them so quickly? I'm betting that by the time this article gets read, multitudes of resolutions have already been broken. That's sad. The distance between failure and success is really only about 5 to 8 inches! That's right, about the distance between your ears. This entire battle is fought in your mind. It's a simple error in judgment that causes us to not have the 10- 20 minutes we need to spend on the exercise bike. It's a simple error in judgment that leads us to start the diet “tomorrow”. It's a simple error in judgment that says I'll upgrade my license next time, I'll try that new mode later on, I'll work that contest / DX / Special Event station next year. Ask yourself this question: Which is the greater pain? The pain of discipline, or the pain of regret? When you get to the end of your days, and all you can say is “I wish I would have...”, you'll know the answer to that question. A number of years ago I read an article in the QRPARCI  magazine about a ham that was not happy with his performance as a ham radio operator. He made it his goal to have at least 1 QRP / CW QSO per day. He started working at it, and keeping meticulous records. While I don't remember exactly, at the time I read that article he had 15+ years  completed, and very few days missed! He set a goal (resolution), stuck to it, and kept the necessary records to verify it. He was a ham in the UK and was widely known as a successful operator. Have you ever thought about setting goals (resolutions) for your participation in Ham Radio? Why not? We do it all the time in business, and other aspects of our lives. Lots of times we get stuck on the “hardware” of the hobby. If I only had that new wiz/bang radio, antenna, mic, morse key, power supply, or whatever...... Maybe all you need to motivate yourself to “Ham Radio Greatness” is some goals, and a plan to accomplish those goals! Setting big goals is good, but remember, attaining your goals is a process, not an event. You wouldn't set the goal of going to San Francisco, and then just sit back and wait for it to happen. It doesn't work that way. You've got to determine your mode of transportation, plot a course, make arrangements for lodging, pack all the right stuff. Let's presume you want to be known as a “successful” ham radio operator. First you need to define what you mean by “successful”. What exactly would make you successful? DXCC?  when you've got to start doing the things that will get you the Q's you need. More knowledgeable about the art and science of radio? Then you'll need to plan your studies accordingly. Just have fun talking to interesting people on the air? Then you'll need to set up a functional station and get your butt in the operating chair! It's all really pretty simple, yet most of us don't set goals, and lots of times really don't feel like we're getting anywhere! If you're serious about Ham Radio (and I really hope you are) here are a few things that should not be your goals! 1) Never missing an episode of a certain TV show. Ouch. Do I sit down to watch that show, or do I go down to the shack and see which bands are open? Do I sit down to watch that show, or do I go to the club meeting to see what other hams are doing and helping them to enjoy the hobby **** 2) Never help anyone else when they put out the call. Are you kidding me? What could be better than learning while helping someone? Not mention helping yourself! Be that guy that's always there to help out. 3) Never try new things that come about in the hobby. Right now, sunspot cycle near the bottom, do you sit there looking for SSB Q's, only to be disappointed, or are you on the air with all the new digital modes that have sprung up? Modes where Q's are being made, despite the conditions. I've heard an old guy with a handi-talkie and a Tech license talk about his 40+ years of experience as a ham. NO WAY! He's had 1 year of experience, and then just done it over and over again for 40 years. Never learning, never growing! You know what they say about getting stuck in a rut – once it gets 6 ft deep, put a wall to the front and the rear, all you need is a top and you're in a coffin! 4) Don't support or be a part of the ARRL. I've said it before – I'm a total shill for the ARRL. No, I don't think they're perfect – neither am I. But, and this is a BIG BUT: They are what we've got and despite some of the little things that affect us as individuals that we all gripe about, they have done a FANTASTIC job through the years protecting our interests against government, military and business interests that would just as soon see us gone. They are vital to our continued existence. 5) Don't promote the hobby. Don't talk to your kids or  grandkids. Don't offer to talk at their schools, scout meetings, churches, or anyplace else you could get into. We talk about the average age of a ham being 60 years +. If we don't get new blood into our ranks, our numbers will start dwindling. Right now, we see a surge in numbers, I'm guessing mostly from middle aged guys who now have time and money and want to do the things they missed out on as a youth. Based on our ages, that growth is not sustainable. We have to do something to bring a younger generation in. 6) Don't be friendly to new hams both on the air and in our clubs! Self-explanatory! So, there you go. I've saved you the trouble of figuring out some of the things you shouldn't be doing or setting as your goals for 2018. So, what are you going to do? How about setting some realistic ham radio goals for 2018, and then sending the list (even if it's just one thing). I'll include them in next month’s update. Hint: You've got to send me some to include – I can't just put in cricket chirps! . What about me you ask? I will spend more time on the air, and experiment with the newer digital modes. I will continue my involvement with my local club and all of its activities and events. I will make a point of getting to meet and many of you as possible, both in person and on the air. I will attend more hamfests and club meetings (other than my own) this year. Look for me – I'll be out there. It's a new year. It can be a new beginning for a ham radio experience that will be the best ever!

From the Public

Information Coordinator

John Ross, KD8IDJ The newsletters have been rolling in for the 2018 Ohio Section Newsletter Contest. I can tell already it’s going to be another great year! The work the editors and writers do all year long keeps their clubs informed and helps moves Amateur Radio to new levels. So, about five and half months left to get your newsletters submitted. Remember you’ll need two different newsletters sent by the end of June to be entered. Thanks for all of the great efforts. I’ve talked about FirstNet, the new nationwide cellular based network for first responders…a cooperative effort between AT&T and FirstNet. Well, all 50 states, including Ohio, have now signed on to be a part of the new system and construction is already underway. When it’s complete emergency and disaster agencies, police and fire crews will be able to communicate across the country using a common frequency, or channel, and get the extra help they need instantly. AT&T has said it will spend $40 billion on the FirstNet project, which is expected to create 10,000 jobs in the U.S. Amateur Radio is represented in the process and will be an important partner. This is really an exciting new system and a new way to more effectively communicate. I’ll keep you updated and you go to FirstNet’s website……to read more. Amateur Radio and The Bell System As you know I’ve been working on a story for the last few years about how amateur radio influenced the growth of The Bell System…affectionally know as MA Bell. If you look at the growth of the telephone system alongside the growth amateur radio over the past 100 years…their paths are almost identical and intertwined. It was amateur radio operators who brought their ideas, knowledge and skills to the table and laid the groundwork for the systems we have today. Yes, I’m a little biased but I was a ham before I began my career at AT&T. Today there still are hundreds of amateurs what who work for AT&T and are still doing what they did a century ago…driving the technology forward. I know we have a lot of Ohio hams who are former Bell employees and today I learned about a group of hams called the Telephone Employees Amateur Radio Club” AKA as the “TelEm ARC”. Their callsign… KØATT! Established November 1976, six employees of the "Bell System" came together to form the club that is now known as the "TelEm ARC". In 1978, the first club repeater which was passed around from one member's home to another until it was ultimately relocated to Kirkwood Missouri (St Louis County) and has operated there since. The club repeater operated under a variety of call letters over the years, and now operates under the call letters KØATT. The main repeater is OPEN and operates on 147.150 MHz (+) and requires 141.3 PL. This main site is now augmented with a 443.775 MHz (+ and requires PL 141.3) downtown St Louis site and is also an OPEN repeater. Both repeaters support the digital mode C4FM/FM System Fusion modes and both operate on WIRES-X. The 2 meter repeater system is their primary site and club members are able to change WIRES-X nodes, and the 440 machine is open for all local hams to use and change the WIRES-X node. Generally speaking the 440 repeater is left on "America's Link" as a community service to promote digital communications and provide an open node for the community. In addition to the repeater system, the "TelEm ARC" operates an Internet Gateway (IGate) in downtown St Louis under the club call letters KØATT. TelEm ARC membership is limited to Legacy "Bell System" employees and retirees including AT&T, SBC, Southwestern Bell, Western Electric, and etc. Members can "sponsor" others so they can join the club if they don't meet the "Bell System" requirement, and membership isn't required to use the local repeaters. A few days ago, I talked to Dave Bostelmann – KGØHP Associate Director- Technology AT&T Labs and he’s excited to know that many Ohio hams were, or still are, AT&T employees. I also told him about Ohio's great DMR network and we going to try to set up a nationwide check-in sometime in the future for anyone interested. If you’re interested let me know. I ‘ll he happy to “sponsor” anyone who wants to be a part of this unique network. That’s all for this month…keep warm, safe and keep talking!


Scott Hixon, KC8ITN I have asked N8SY to run this HELP WANTED ad once more because I am still looking for someone that would be willing to take on a large, yet rewarding, endeavor. May 4-5-6, 2018, there is a large Boy Scout event going on at the Ross County, Ohio fairgrounds. The event is "Thunder Base 2018". Thunder Base is a Simon Kenton Council Jamboree that will be attended by a few thousand boy scouts and scout leaders. We have been asked to set up an amateur radio demonstration for the scouts. At the 2014 Thunder Base event, amateur radio was set up in a 40ft X 170ft building. We had multiple ham radio groups that set up all different modes of communications, we were administering amateur license testing, and even put on BSA Radio Merit Badge classes. I am looking for someone who would like to coordinate and head up the amateur radio side of jamboree. The only day that amateur radio would be needed is on Saturday, May 5th, of the event from 9am until around 6pm. If you or your group would be interested in coordinating this event, please contact me. My home phone number is 740-474-5293.
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