DELARANEWS

Public Info Coordinator

John Ross, KD8IDJ

ONE MONTH TO GO! The deadline to enter the Ohio Section 2021 Newsletter Contest is just a month away…June 30th! All of the entries need to be in by midnight…two different months of your clubs’ newsletter are needed…and you still have time to email, snail-mail or drone them in! Judging will start right after July 4th and the results should be available by July 12th. Again this year the judging will be electronic so the judges will be going right your link or clubs’ website to view the newsletters. We found out last year this method works well and the judges can access the newsletters just like your other readers! As soon as we have the results you’ll see them here. Thanks to all of the editors, writers and designers who put in many hours of hard work to make sure your club members are informed and up-to-date on the latest activities and news about Amateur Radio. This really is the best newsletter contest in the country. My phone numbers are below…call if you have ANY questions. Good Luck! 2021 AMATEUR RADIO FIELD DAY The 2021 ARRL field day will be in full swing on June 26th and 27th. It’s a great time to get out of the shack, work on your contact skills and HAVE FUN! It’s also a great time to invite your friends, family and potential new hams so they can see (and hear) what we do and how we do it! The ARRL website has some printable flyers and information you might want take along to pass around. You can also join the ARRL FIELD DAY FACEBOOK group for some up-to the minute info, Remember to take a few pictures and share them with your club and send them to me as well…always great to see HAMS in action in the great outdoors!!! FORGOTTEN TREASURE Cleaning out my dad’s shop these past few months has uncovered some of the forgotten pieces of ham radio we used as kids and a few surprises! Dad was the one that got me interested in electronics even though he never made the jump to ham radio. As an Aeronautical and Mechanical engineer he took some electronic courses at MIT and then passed along the books to me! I was reading schematics before I could spell!! But over they years, unknown to me, he was buying stuff he thought I might be able to use. Today we would call that stuff “junk” but as I peel back the layers I’m finding things he bought, placed carefully on a shelf, and just never had the time to give to me. All of the good stuff is there…tubes, wires, volt meters of all kinds, connecters, soldering irons so big you could weld tanks together, and some stuff I have never seen and still trying to figure out. I collect old telephones and found boxes of phones and parts, cable, cords and line test sets that generate hundreds of volts in one crank. Yes…I shocked myself trying them out! Also, TOOLS….all kind of tools I can use to cut wire and punch a 3 inch hole in a radio chassis!!!! It's been a wonderful, emotional and draining experience trying to figure it all out and I’ve got several more months to go! For the time being I won’t need to go to a hamfest…I have my own in my dad’s shop. Maybe he planned it that way knowing that for the past two years there wouldn’t be any opportunities to “get junk:. The good news in all of this…I now have stuff to leave my family from the their grandfather…not to mention the stuff I have to leave from MY shop! It should be great picking for generations to come…all because of Amateur Radio! That’s it for this month…talk it up on the air an enjoy Field Day!
DELARANews

Public Info

Coordinator

John Ross, KD8IDJ

ONE MONTH TO GO! The deadline to enter the Ohio Section 2021 Newsletter Contest is just a month away…June 30th! All of the entries need to be in by midnight…two different months of your clubs’ newsletter are needed…and you still have time to email, snail-mail or drone them in! Judging will start right after July 4th and the results should be available by July 12th. Again this year the judging will be electronic so the judges will be going right your link or clubs’ website to view the newsletters. We found out last year this method works well and the judges can access the newsletters just like your other readers! As soon as we have the results you’ll see them here. Thanks to all of the editors, writers and designers who put in many hours of hard work to make sure your club members are informed and up-to-date on the latest activities and news about Amateur Radio. This really is the best newsletter contest in the country. My phone numbers are below…call if you have ANY questions. Good Luck! 2021 AMATEUR RADIO FIELD DAY The 2021 ARRL field day will be in full swing on June 26th and 27th. It’s a great time to get out of the shack, work on your contact skills and HAVE FUN! It’s also a great time to invite your friends, family and potential new hams so they can see (and hear) what we do and how we do it! The ARRL website has some printable flyers and information you might want take along to pass around. You can also join the ARRL FIELD DAY FACEBOOK group for some up-to the minute info, Remember to take a few pictures and share them with your club and send them to me as well…always great to see HAMS in action in the great outdoors!!! FORGOTTEN TREASURE Cleaning out my dad’s shop these past few months has uncovered some of the forgotten pieces of ham radio we used as kids and a few surprises! Dad was the one that got me interested in electronics even though he never made the jump to ham radio. As an Aeronautical and Mechanical engineer he took some electronic courses at MIT and then passed along the books to me! I was reading schematics before I could spell!! But over they years, unknown to me, he was buying stuff he thought I might be able to use. Today we would call that stuff “junk” but as I peel back the layers I’m finding things he bought, placed carefully on a shelf, and just never had the time to give to me. All of the good stuff is there…tubes, wires, volt meters of all kinds, connecters, soldering irons so big you could weld tanks together, and some stuff I have never seen and still trying to figure out. I collect old telephones and found boxes of phones and parts, cable, cords and line test sets that generate hundreds of volts in one crank. Yes…I shocked myself trying them out! Also, TOOLS….all kind of tools I can use to cut wire and punch a 3 inch hole in a radio chassis!!!! It's been a wonderful, emotional and draining experience trying to figure it all out and I’ve got several more months to go! For the time being I won’t need to go to a hamfest…I have my own in my dad’s shop. Maybe he planned it that way knowing that for the past two years there wouldn’t be any opportunities to “get junk:. The good news in all of this…I now have stuff to leave my family from the their grandfather…not to mention the stuff I have to leave from MY shop! It should be great picking for generations to come…all because of Amateur Radio! That’s it for this month…talk it up on the air an enjoy Field Day!