DELARANEWS

Public Info Coordinator

John Ross, KD8IDJ

MORE UPDATES ON THE 2022 NEWSLETTER CONTEST…AND BEYOND As September comes to a close the entry date for the Ohio Section 2022 Newsletter Contest gets closer! IF you publish your newsletter in December for January 2022 you can also send an entry for next year’s contest. That means in just two months we begin the kickoff for the best and biggest newsletter in the country…and maybe the world!!!! The rules remain the same…you’ll need two different copies of your newsletters to be officially be entered but if the last few years are any indication that won’t be a problem. Entering as always been smooth and usually ahead of the June 30th deadline we have for the newsletters from all of the clubs. The winners will be announced in August next year. In case you’re wondering which newsletter took First Place in the Great Lakes Section…so am I!!! The winner was supposed to be announced at our combined convention in Kentucky which was cancelled. As I understand it we should know the who, where and when the regional winner will be announced very soon. So keep an eye on your emails and get the presses warned up for another great year of newsletters! QST and Young Hams on the Air You might want to check out the October edition of QST. They have a great story about Young Hams on the Air and the Youth on the Air summer camp. There has been emphasis in the past couple of years to bring more youth to the Amateur Radio ranks...and that’s important to help keep the hobby growing and the flow of new ideas and to keep the technology moving forward. While we want and welcome hams of any age the youth bring with them a different look, a different perspective that can open many new doors and opportunities. Believe me this is critical. I have belonged to a couple of other hobby related groups that saw their membership decline and their interest fade because they became stagnant and would not open their discussions and the hobby to younger members. I have witnessed several well respected hobby magazines fold, not only because the circulation dwindled, but no one was offering new stories , new ideas, new approaches to keep things fresh and alive. Remember, investing in a hobby means not only money, it means investing in people and welcoming their participation, their ideas and their interest. A good equation to follow and one that will keep us moving and growing so we can continue to pass along the history, the contributions and the importance of Amateur Radio! Football and Amateur Radio I spent this past week and weekend at Ohio State University in Columbus practicing and marching with TBDBITL Alumni Marching Band. It’s an opportunity to help 70 year old musicians feel like they are 20 years old again…until Sunday after the game. But I was surprised at how any hams I heard…on many different repeaters …talking a little football , a little ham radio traffic, and a lot traffic about…well…traffic!! It’s hard to find traffic info on a cell phone…just a couple of one sided conversations. However, dial up the area repeaters and you have a whole community sharing their frustrations about traffic, accidents, parking and everyone can hear!!!. I was amazed…so TAKE THAT WIRELESS COMPANIES! Not only are hams using the technology that helped invent cell phones we are using it better! ( insert cheering crowd noise here) So, along with your regular gameday paraphernalia and refreshments remember to take along a ham radio...maybe even a handheld with belt clip…because there is always the trip home after the game!! That’s it for this month…enjoy the Fall!
DELARANews

Public Info

Coordinator

John Ross, KD8IDJ

MORE UPDATES ON THE 2022 NEWSLETTER CONTEST…AND BEYOND As September comes to a close the entry date for the Ohio Section 2022 Newsletter Contest gets closer! IF you publish your newsletter in December for January 2022 you can also send an entry for next year’s contest. That means in just two months we begin the kickoff for the best and biggest newsletter in the country…and maybe the world!!!! The rules remain the same…you’ll need two different copies of your newsletters to be officially be entered but if the last few years are any indication that won’t be a problem. Entering as always been smooth and usually ahead of the June 30th deadline we have for the newsletters from all of the clubs. The winners will be announced in August next year. In case you’re wondering which newsletter took First Place in the Great Lakes Section…so am I!!! The winner was supposed to be announced at our combined convention in Kentucky which was cancelled. As I understand it we should know the who, where and when the regional winner will be announced very soon. So keep an eye on your emails and get the presses warned up for another great year of newsletters! QST and Young Hams on the Air You might want to check out the October edition of QST. They have a great story about Young Hams on the Air and the Youth on the Air summer camp. There has been emphasis in the past couple of years to bring more youth to the Amateur Radio ranks...and that’s important to help keep the hobby growing and the flow of new ideas and to keep the technology moving forward. While we want and welcome hams of any age the youth bring with them a different look, a different perspective that can open many new doors and opportunities. Believe me this is critical. I have belonged to a couple of other hobby related groups that saw their membership decline and their interest fade because they became stagnant and would not open their discussions and the hobby to younger members. I have witnessed several well respected hobby magazines fold, not only because the circulation dwindled, but no one was offering new stories , new ideas, new approaches to keep things fresh and alive. Remember, investing in a hobby means not only money, it means investing in people and welcoming their participation, their ideas and their interest. A good equation to follow and one that will keep us moving and growing so we can continue to pass along the history, the contributions and the importance of Amateur Radio! Football and Amateur Radio I spent this past week and weekend at Ohio State University in Columbus practicing and marching with TBDBITL Alumni Marching Band. It’s an opportunity to help 70 year old musicians feel like they are 20 years old again…until Sunday after the game. But I was surprised at how any hams I heard…on many different repeaters …talking a little football , a little ham radio traffic, and a lot traffic about…well…traffic!! It’s hard to find traffic info on a cell phone…just a couple of one sided conversations. However, dial up the area repeaters and you have a whole community sharing their frustrations about traffic, accidents, parking and everyone can hear!!!. I was amazed…so TAKE THAT WIRELESS COMPANIES! Not only are hams using the technology that helped invent cell phones we are using it better! ( insert cheering crowd noise here) So, along with your regular gameday paraphernalia and refreshments remember to take along a ham radio...maybe even a handheld with belt clip…because there is always the trip home after the game!! That’s it for this month…enjoy the Fall!