DELARANEWS

Public Info Coordinator

John Ross, KD8IDJ

THE 2022 OHIO SECTION NEWSLETTER CONTEST

Just four months from now you can begin sending entries for the 2022 Ohio Section Newsletter Contest!! If you publish your January newsletter in December you can enter the contest then. To be “officially” entered you’ll need two copies of newsletters from different months. The deadline is June 30 2022 and the judging will start just after the July 4th Holiday. We have the BEST contest in the country and the BEST newsletters anywhere. Also, another round of congratulations to our 2021 winners who received their certificates at the Columbus Voice of Aladdin Hamfest last month. 1st Place…The RADIOGRAM Portage County Amateur Radio Service (PCARS) 2nd Place…DELARANEWS Delaware County Amateur Radio Association 3rd Place…NEWS BEACON Media County Amateur Radio Club 4th Place…The WAVEBNDER Western Reserve Amateur Radio Club Honorable Mention…the exchange Southwest Ohio DX Association Thanks to our judges who have been with us for eight years. We have a new cadre of judges for 2022…all PR, Journalism, and design professionals. NEW HAMS ON THE AIR One advantage to working from home is that I have ham radio right beside me and I get to talk to a lot of hams. The good news….make that GREAT NEWS…is many of those contacts lately have been with newly licensed Amateur Radio Operators!!!! The folks I’ve talked with are mostly middle aged adults who are just now making some changes or returning home form military duty. All of them got the ticket on their own, bought an inexpensive radio and are trying out the repeaters and making contacts. Many are just going for the first contact and trying figure out the multi-function buttons. It’s great to hear these folks, listen to their stories and help if I can. I still remember Dale Williams a few years ago telling a group of would-be amateur radio operators…”get your license in a class…that way you’ll have someone to talk to on the air!” Still good words today but we all need to be listening for the new folks and do all we can to welcome them, encourage them and…just plain talk to them. Their questions are many…where can you pick up a better radio, is there a club I can join and what other repeaters are operating in the area. The last two years not many clubs have been able to have face-to face meetings due to COVID and those meetings are a great place to welcome new hams. You might have heard that the cost of being a ham will increase next year due to a new fee schedule from the FCC….that alone can discourage new hams from continuing. The onus is really on us older operators to help the “newbies” and keep them interested, engaged and encouraged. So listen carefully, offer to help when you and keep them talking and you’ll help keep all of us on the air! PIO ZOOM Work is continuing to get our PIO ZOOM meetings up and running. I’m going to test the software in a few days and maybe try a trial run in late September. Stay tuned for the info and I’ll send all of the PIO’s the link. If you don’t have ZOOM you download a copy for free…and it will work for any ZOOM meeting you want to join. This is a BIG DEAL…at least for me. Getting all of us together I think will open new doors, new ideas and just be fun. STAY TUNED!!!
DELARANews

Public Info

Coordinator

John Ross, KD8IDJ

THE 2022 OHIO SECTION NEWSLETTER

CONTEST

Just four months from now you can begin sending entries for the 2022 Ohio Section Newsletter Contest!! If you publish your January newsletter in December you can enter the contest then. To be “officially” entered you’ll need two copies of newsletters from different months. The deadline is June 30 2022 and the judging will start just after the July 4th Holiday. We have the BEST contest in the country and the BEST newsletters anywhere. Also, another round of congratulations to our 2021 winners who received their certificates at the Columbus Voice of Aladdin Hamfest last month. 1st Place…The RADIOGRAM Portage County Amateur Radio Service (PCARS) 2nd Place…DELARANEWS Delaware County Amateur Radio Association 3rd Place…NEWS BEACON Media County Amateur Radio Club 4th Place…The WAVEBNDER Western Reserve Amateur Radio Club Honorable Mention…the exchange Southwest Ohio DX Association Thanks to our judges who have been with us for eight years. We have a new cadre of judges for 2022…all PR, Journalism, and design professionals. NEW HAMS ON THE AIR One advantage to working from home is that I have ham radio right beside me and I get to talk to a lot of hams. The good news….make that GREAT NEWS…is many of those contacts lately have been with newly licensed Amateur Radio Operators!!!! The folks I’ve talked with are mostly middle aged adults who are just now making some changes or returning home form military duty. All of them got the ticket on their own, bought an inexpensive radio and are trying out the repeaters and making contacts. Many are just going for the first contact and trying figure out the multi-function buttons. It’s great to hear these folks, listen to their stories and help if I can. I still remember Dale Williams a few years ago telling a group of would-be amateur radio operators…”get your license in a class…that way you’ll have someone to talk to on the air!” Still good words today but we all need to be listening for the new folks and do all we can to welcome them, encourage them and…just plain talk to them. Their questions are many…where can you pick up a better radio, is there a club I can join and what other repeaters are operating in the area. The last two years not many clubs have been able to have face-to face meetings due to COVID and those meetings are a great place to welcome new hams. You might have heard that the cost of being a ham will increase next year due to a new fee schedule from the FCC….that alone can discourage new hams from continuing. The onus is really on us older operators to help the “newbies” and keep them interested, engaged and encouraged. So listen carefully, offer to help when you and keep them talking and you’ll help keep all of us on the air! PIO ZOOM Work is continuing to get our PIO ZOOM meetings up and running. I’m going to test the software in a few days and maybe try a trial run in late September. Stay tuned for the info and I’ll send all of the PIO’s the link. If you don’t have ZOOM you download a copy for free…and it will work for any ZOOM meeting you want to join. This is a BIG DEAL…at least for me. Getting all of us together I think will open new doors, new ideas and just be fun. STAY TUNED!!!