delara news Delaware Amateur Radio Association, Delaware OH   VOL 37 NUMBER 11

Section Youth Coordinator

Anthony Luscre, K8ZT Outreach to Maker & DIY Groups ARRL School Roundup Contest & Getting Ready for Contesting Season In General Mark your calendars for the week of October 15th through 19th for the Fall Term of the ARRL School Roundup Contest. The objective is to exchange QSO information with club stations that are part of an elementary, middle, high school or college. Nonschool clubs and individuals are encouraged to participate. It is sponsored by the ARRL, its Hudson Division Education Task Force and and the Long Island Mobile Amateur Radio Club (LIMARC) to foster contacts with and among school radio clubs. School Clubs may operate no more than 6 hours in a 24-hour period, and a maximum of 24 hours of the 107-hour event. I would love to share a list of School Radio Clubs in your area, but I do not have a definitive list, so please if you know of a K-12 School Radio Club in your area please submit your information via this form. Also please forward the link to this form to anyone else you know that has information on school clubs. Additional information about the Roundup.. W8EDU will be on the air most days plus Thursday evening, and many other school stations in the state will be on. The School Club Roundup software package has its own chat room, and most active stations log in there to indicate that they are on the air and on what frequency. Local stations wishing to make 2-meter, or 70- centimeter contacts may call us in 216-368-3579 or email me on ad8y@arrl.net. The Case Amateur Radio Club has won two out of the last three SCRs in Collegiate categories, but the elementary, middle, and high school winners have beaten us soundly every time. Perhaps we can invite the 6th graders to give us some lessons.  73,  David, AD8Y Autumn is traditionally the beginning of the Amateur Radio Contesting Season.  There are many articles on preparing your antennas and radios for the contest. You definitely should follow this advice, but I wanted to add a few other things for you to consider: 1. Read a good article: a. Contest University Files. Contest University has generously shared presentation files. If you have never attended Contest University, held the Thursday before Dayton Hamvention®, you should! For details and to register visit www.contestuniversity.com. b. Monthly ARRL Contest Newsletter. ARRL members may subscribe at no cost or unsubscribe by editing their Member Data Page as described at www.arrl.org/contests/update. c. Visit K8ZT.com contesting page- www.k8zt.com/contesting for a wide variety of articles from many contesting gurus 2. Install, configure, interface and learn how to use a contest logging software program. a. For Windows users I suggest the excellent, free N1MM+ software b. For a list of other logging options visit www.k8zt.com/contesting c. Be sure to take advantage of the ability to interface your rig and even your antenna rotator to your computer to get maximum benefit from your logging software. 3. In addition to logging software there are a number of other software programs and websites that can provide useful contesting tools a. Contesting Calendars are a must have to know times and rules. You can also use these to find a new contest to try. b. Propagation and space weather sites help let you know band conditionswww.k8zt.com/propagation c. Spotting lets you see who is on the air. Realtime Online Contest Score Reporting is a great way to see and compare current scores of contest competitors. CQ Contest.net and Contest Online Scoreboard are two sites. You can view the information during the contest or even better yet you can participate by having your scores show up. It is very easy with many contest logging programs to automate this process. This automation means you lose no valuable contesting time to post your information. Robert Tuttle, N8YXR from the Mad River Radio Club has put together an excellent Contest Online Scoreboard How-To to assist you (just remember to adjust your club affiliation listing if you are not a member of the Mad River Radio Club). Hopefully you might find some ideas for your group. If you have any ideas to add, please feel free to drop me an email (k8zt@arrl.net).

From the Public Information Coordinator

John Ross, KD8IDJ Across America…Hams on the Air In the past month I have traveled from the Rocky Mountains, across the desert southwest, through the fields of Texas and Oklahoma, under the arch in St. Louis, and across the Mississippi back to home. Without exception EVERYWHERE there were hams on the air! In Arizona and New Mexico, the open, flat desert allows signals to travel for miles. There was always a ham at the other end of my CQ. In the upper reaches of Texas and the rolling hills of Oklahoma signals so strong you hear the cattle in the background. Missouri sure showed me that hams are chatty folks. Of course, in the Midwest the air was full of hams just waiting to help anyone who asked for it. I’ve been worried for a few years that we were not using our great hobby enough. Well, I’m proud to say we are, and we are everywhere! Really, whenever I turned on the radio or my handheld I heard traffic. All kinds of good talk beyond the signal strength reports and the “do I sound Ok” replies. It’s impressive and encouraging that amateur is alive and well. Locally, we may have some work to do to ramp up the conversations, but it’s good just to know hams are doing what they need to do…communicate. In the last couple of months hams have been at the forefront of the recovery efforts for Hurricane Florence and now Hurricane Michael. The Hurricane net is still buzzing this week. Pretty soon the Scouts will be on the air and we’ve had a great couple of months with ARES training and exercises. Keep up the good work and keep talking. From Tech To General My friend Dan just got his ham license this past August and already he’s studying for his General! I told him that’s great news and asked if had done much on air work on 2 meters. He hemmed and hawed and said not really...didn’t know anyone to talk too!! HELLO…CQ…call me and I’ll jump on the air or better yet, I monitor the local repeater…just press the button and talk! I’ve now arranged for a landline “signal” when’s he’s going to be on the air. The words of Tom Delaney, W8WTD, Vice Director echoed in my head. Tom told us in August that if you study alone, learn alone you would not have anyone to talk too. Truer words have never been spoken. Most of our clubs are great at running license classes. If you know someone who wants to be a ham or a known ham who wants to upgrade…lead them to the classes, introduce yourself as Elmer and watch what happens. PIO Stuff If you use electronic applications like Face Book, Twitter, texting or Tweeting to communicate with your members…be careful. Face Book just got hacked…millions of user’s data compromised. Yes, it’s nice to have that instant feedback but be careful what you post…it may come back to haunt you. Today in world of modern journalism there are many new ways to communicate but that doesn’t mean the old methods are not good and cannot be used. And…speaking of the “old” methods…in just a couple of months you can start sending entries for the 2019 Ohio Section Newsletter Contest!!! January newsletters can be sent in December and you’ll need two different months of entries to entered. There is nothing like our section’s newsletters…all great and a tribute the editors and writers who spend a lot of putting them together. Next month I’ll review the rules for you and open up a new folder on the computer for the submissions. I can’t wait. The Great Pumpkin QSL Card…Almost Last month I promised a story on how to turn your pumpkin into a QSL card. Well, I tried. Cutting your call sign into a pumpkin is not easy task…and what I ended with up looked scarier than the standard triangle eyes and mouth!!! Writing on it with a felt tip marker looked bad too….so I gave up. Make next year. In the meantime… have a Happy Halloween and next month…how to turn your turkey int a QSL card!!!