DELARANEWS

Public Info Coordinator

John Ross, KD8IDJ

“They’re comin' in hot” The entries for the 2021 Ohio Section Newsletter Contest are rolling in…a record number of entries so far in January! From what I’ve read it will another great year and even tougher for the judges to pick the winners…and that’s a good thing. The editors and writers are on their game already and with just 5 months left before the June 30th deadline this will be a special year. We have already made the decision to have the judges review and vote electronically like last year. It opened up a whole new dimension for the judges. There were able to access and see how the newsletters look in the “real world” just like club members are viewing them. The rules haven’t changed. You need to submit two editions of your newsletter…from different months…to be eligible. If you link your newsletter to your club’s webpage make sure there is a really visible, BIG, button so all the judges have to do is click and open. If you’re just sending a link…make sure it works! Sometimes links get corrupted during the email process. You can still send printed copies if you like. I will scan them as a PDF file so they can read electronically. One of the most important things we discovered last year was how different electronic newsletters look on different devices like tablets and smartphones. Take a look at your newsletter on something different and, if you can, make some layout or font changes to make if more readable. Again, the deadline is June 30th. We will announce the winners in late July or early August. You can email your entries to: webmaster@arrl-ohio.org or my home address either email will get it to me. If you prefer, you can email it to my home email address which is listed below if you prefer…send it to me any way you like. Good luck and keep the entries coming! 2021 DAYTON HAMVENTION CANCELLED By now you have probably heard the 2021 DAYTON HAMVENTION has been cancelled. In case you have any questions about tickets…here is the official announcement: Unfortunately, several setbacks in the recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic make necessary the difficult decision to cancel Hamvention 2021. Hundreds of volunteers have been working to do everything necessary to bring this Hamvention to the many amateur radio enthusiasts and vendors who support the Dayton Hamvention. Vaccine distribution both in the United States and around the world is lagging behind what was planned. In addition, the emergence of a more communicable form of the COVID-19 virus increases the potential for further public health problems in the next few months. We make this difficult decision for the safety of our guests and vendors. Those who had their tickets, inside booths or flea market spaces deferred last year will be deferred again. Those who purchased 2021 tickets, inside booths or flea market spaces will also be deferred. If you desire a refund instead please email tickets@hamvention.org and we will contact you. Stay tuned for information about a QSO party for the 2021 Hamvention weekend. We are looking forward to the 2022 Hamvention!!! Executive Committee, Dayton Hamvention 2021 Tough decision but the right call. I think we are looking forward to a return to normal which may not happen until 2022. Everyone really misses the DAYTON HAMVENTION and the local ones as well. Stand by for more news! WORK AT HOME…LISTEN AT HOME I can tell you that working from home for about a year now has had its advantages…good and bad. The refrigerator is a lot closer…need to social distance myself from that a little more. You can work in attire that is not acceptable at the office…or anywhere else near a window. But you CAN listen to amateur radio and even make a few QSO’s while you’re punching the time clock. My home office is my ham shack…complete with 5 monitors, three keyboards, four ham radios and a lot of other radio stuff. I listen all day and talk when I can…all great fun and more radio than I would normally do in a day at the office. If I only worked the radio at night, I would hear some of the same contacts but during the day it’s a different group of hams and many different topics. You don’t have to have a long conversation but it helps to keep using our frequencies when we can so we can keep them. Handheld or base…it doesn’t matter…hams will be hams and we need to talk.
DELARANews

Public Info

Coordinator

John Ross, KD8IDJ

“They’re comin' in hot” The entries for the 2021 Ohio Section Newsletter Contest are rolling in…a record number of entries so far in January! From what I’ve read it will another great year and even tougher for the judges to pick the winners…and that’s a good thing. The editors and writers are on their game already and with just 5 months left before the June 30th deadline this will be a special year. We have already made the decision to have the judges review and vote electronically like last year. It opened up a whole new dimension for the judges. There were able to access and see how the newsletters look in the “real world” just like club members are viewing them. The rules haven’t changed. You need to submit two editions of your newsletter…from different months…to be eligible. If you link your newsletter to your club’s webpage make sure there is a really visible, BIG, button so all the judges have to do is click and open. If you’re just sending a link…make sure it works! Sometimes links get corrupted during the email process. You can still send printed copies if you like. I will scan them as a PDF file so they can read electronically. One of the most important things we discovered last year was how different electronic newsletters look on different devices like tablets and smartphones. Take a look at your newsletter on something different and, if you can, make some layout or font changes to make if more readable. Again, the deadline is June 30th. We will announce the winners in late July or early August. You can email your entries to: webmaster@arrl- ohio.org or my home address either email will get it to me. If you prefer, you can email it to my home email address which is listed below if you prefer…send it to me any way you like. Good luck and keep the entries coming! 2021 DAYTON HAMVENTION CANCELLED By now you have probably heard the 2021 DAYTON HAMVENTION has been cancelled. In case you have any questions about tickets…here is the official announcement: Unfortunately, several setbacks in the recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic make necessary the difficult decision to cancel Hamvention 2021. Hundreds of volunteers have been working to do everything necessary to bring this Hamvention to the many amateur radio enthusiasts and vendors who support the Dayton Hamvention. Vaccine distribution both in the United States and around the world is lagging behind what was planned. In addition, the emergence of a more communicable form of the COVID-19 virus increases the potential for further public health problems in the next few months. We make this difficult decision for the safety of our guests and vendors. Those who had their tickets, inside booths or flea market spaces deferred last year will be deferred again. Those who purchased 2021 tickets, inside booths or flea market spaces will also be deferred. If you desire a refund instead please email tickets@hamvention.org and we will contact you. Stay tuned for information about a QSO party for the 2021 Hamvention weekend. We are looking forward to the 2022 Hamvention!!! Executive Committee, Dayton Hamvention 2021 Tough decision but the right call. I think we are looking forward to a return to normal which may not happen until 2022. Everyone really misses the DAYTON HAMVENTION and the local ones as well. Stand by for more news! WORK AT HOME…LISTEN AT HOME I can tell you that working from home for about a year now has had its advantages…good and bad. The refrigerator is a lot closer…need to social distance myself from that a little more. You can work in attire that is not acceptable at the office…or anywhere else near a window. But you CAN listen to amateur radio and even make a few QSO’s while you’re punching the time clock. My home office is my ham shack…complete with 5 monitors, three keyboards, four ham radios and a lot of other radio stuff. I listen all day and talk when I can…all great fun and more radio than I would normally do in a day at the office. If I only worked the radio at night, I would hear some of the same contacts but during the day it’s a different group of hams and many different topics. You don’t have to have a long conversation but it helps to keep using our frequencies when we can so we can keep them. Handheld or base…it doesn’t matter…hams will be hams and we need to talk.