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

ARRL Division News

Dale Williams, WA8EFK, Great Lakes Division Director Congratulations to the Dayton Amateur Radio Association® for their selection as the host club for the 2019 ARRL National Convention!!  The ARRL National will be held in conjunction with Hamvention® at Xenia next year. Here is the official announcement: NEWINGTON, CONNECTICUT – ARRL, the national association for Amateur Radio®, has announced that Hamvention® will host the 2019 ARRL National Convention in Xenia, Ohio, May 17-19, 2019. Hamvention is the largest annual Amateur Radio gathering in the US. Hamvention and the ARRL National Convention will share a joint theme, “Mentoring the Next Generation” of Amateur Radio operators. As host of the 2019 ARRL National Convention, Hamvention will feature dozens of forums covering a variety of topics in Amateur Radio, such as technology, public service, on-air operating, training, and learning. A track of presentations will be organized to build on the convention theme, encouraging more individuals and radio clubs to serve in mentoring roles, leading new and inexperienced radio amateurs to become more active, involved, and engaged. A special event Amateur Radio station, call sign W8BI, will be set up and operating from the fairgrounds—inviting attendees to join in for some on-air fun. The National Convention will also feature ARRL EXPO—a large assembly of ARRL-sponsored exhibits, activities, and representatives for ARRL programs and services. Several ARRL-sponsored presentations and forums will be given. Information will be posted to as it becomes available. 2019 will be the third Hamvention to be held at the Greene County Fairgrounds and Expo Center in Xenia, Ohio since the event relocated from Dayton. At 28,417 visitors, Hamvention recorded its third-largest attendance ever in 2018. It attracts many international attendees. Since 1952, Hamvention has been sponsored by the Dayton Amateur Radio Association® (DARA), an ARRL- affiliated radio club, and is supported by volunteers from radio clubs throughout the country. In past years, Hamvention has received regular sanctioning as the ARRL Great Lakes Division Convention. Hamvention® hosted the ARRL National Convention most recently in 2005 and 2009. Hamvention features multiple buildings of indoor vendor exhibits, an outdoor flea market, and many food trucks and concession stands. There is free parking onsite and at nearby remote parking lots served by free shuttles. The Hamvention website will include details for convention tickets and information about forums, exhibits (including information for vendors and flea market), travel, and preferred hotels with special rates. Convention tickets are $22 in advance; or $27 at the gate. Each ticket includes convention admission for all three days. Electric scooter rental information can be found at the Hamvention website. Onsite RV camping is managed by the Greene County Fairgrounds. Ham radio operators are encouraged to bring family and friends, and extend their convention trip by visiting nearby popular attractions. The National Museum of the US Air Force, the oldest and largest military aviation museum in the world, is located at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton, Ohio. The Dayton region also boasts many parks, museums, shopping, entertainment, and dining options. All major airlines serve the minutes-away Dayton International Airport (DAY), and some travelers use the airports in Columbus and Cincinnati, Ohio, driving the final 60 to 90 minutes to Dayton/Xenia. Plan your trip to Hamvention at and Interested parties will find complete details for the 2019 ARRL National Convention at (coming soon). For information about ARRL and Amateur Radio, visit and IN OTHER NEWS:, "Well how did that work out for you Dale?"  Oh yeah, that was for my commitment to make contact with several of the local hams in my community that seem to be inactive.  That is my personal effort to get involved in mentoring inactive hams and help in any way to get them active and on the air.  This did turn out to be a bit tougher than I had expected, so it is still a work in process.  First, one has moved from the area according to his dad. And then it seems most have no listed phone so that puts a limit on accessibility right from the start.  Now, it my effort is to try to locate an e-mail address and go on from there.  That has met with limited success and a couple of contacts are in the works. One chap even found me!  He is new to the area and was not yet on the local list, but has already participated in the local Saturday lunch.  So, I'll keep at this and report again next month. Hopefully November will be a little less busy and more time can be devoted to the effort.  How about you?  Did you give this effort a shot? A SPECIAL NOTE from AC8W:   Fellow Great Lakes Division DXers Given the evident popularity of the new FT8 mode of communication demonstrated by the data collected in LoTW showing a seven figure increase in the number of monthly QSOs year over year resulting from the explosive adoption of the mode by hams worldwide, and the extremely high percentage (approximating 40%) of all QSOs being made with this mode at the current sunspot minimum The DXAC is investigating the advisability, feasibility and desirability of creating or modifying one or more digital mode awards in the DXCC program to accommodate encourage and reward new modes of amateur radio activity on the bands. How do you feel?  Should we: a.) Create endorsement stickers for the existing Digital DXCC (i.e. RTTY-100; PSK31-100, JT65-100, FT8-100, etc with incremental stickers 125, 150, 200 and so on) b.) Create a separate DXCC award for each mode c.) Do nothing at all and leave new digital modes under the existing Digital DXCC. Are there other options? Your opinion is important so let me know at Deadline for responses is Wednesday, November 14. Thanks Stan Arnett II AC8W DXAC Representative Great Lakes Division TOM'S COMMENTS:  Comments from our Vice Director Tom Delaney W8WTD Excitement was in the air as the students at Tallmadge Elementary School in Lancaster (Ohio) filed into the auditorium for their much- anticipated contact with the International Space Station.  There are many ways to introduce people to amateur radio, but this has to be the best.  Only problem is that there are so few opportunities for contacting the ISS. Congratulations to the Lancaster & Fairfield County Amateur Radio Club. They worked more than a year on the project, and that hard work paid off with a great contact! Another activity that seems to have a lot of promise for interesting young people is a balloon launch with tracking.  Kids get interested in weather and other science experiments that they can observe and/or participate in. Dale and I have talked a lot about recruiting new hams and getting people of all ages interested in ham radio.  We all have opportunities to show off ham radio, ranging from the dramatic (the ARISS contact) to the everyday.  What works for your community, and your club?  It’s important for all of us to remember that what got us interested in ham radio is not necessarily of interest to new people.  Maybe they will eventually get interested in whatever you like, whether it is DX, weak-signal, traffic handling, public service, or any of the numerous other things we do.  But reaching out to them requires finding out where their current interests in science and technology are, and showing them how ham radio can be a part of that.  Let’s all follow the example of the club in Lancaster by planning an activity and carrying it out with great results! --73, Tom W8WTD Vice Director, Great Lakes Division HAMFESTING:  Here is the current Great Lakes Division ARRL Sanctioned Hamfest Schedule covering the next few months.  These swaps have received their sanctioning approval from ARRL HQ at the time of this publication.  If you plan to request ARRL Sanctioning, please be sure to do it well in advance of your Hamfest date, as this allows adequate time for QST Listings.   Be sure to invite your ARRL Officials as soon as your date is set.  With 52 weeks and 65+ hamfests, things do double up a little.  Plan ahead for requesting your ARRL Officials to attend. 11/3/18 Grant ARC Hamfest Georgetown, OH 12/1/18 Fulton Co. Winterfest Delta, Oh 12/2/18 Lanse Creuse Hamfest Madison Hts, MI 1/20/19 S.C.A.R.F. Hamfest Nelsonville, OH 1/27/19 Hazel Park Hamfest Hazel Park, MI 1/27/19 Tusco ARS Hamfest Strasburg, OH 2/17/19 Livonia Hamfest Livonia, MI 2/17/19 Mansfield Hamfest Mansfield, OH