DELARANEWS

Section news

Tom Sly, WB8LCD

This weekend had been a very busy “Ham Radio” weekend! And, except for a couple of 2-meter q’s on the road and the PCARS net on Thursday evening, it was all done at audio frequencies – and in person. Friday I was up to Parma, OH where the Woodchuck Amateur Radio Club meets. Although a smaller club, they are BIG on Amateur Radio Fun. They are involved in a whole bunch of activities that keep them both on the air and in the public eye. An important part of being a successful club. Well done! Unfortunately, I was unable to participate in NVIS day operations on Saturday. Near Vertical Incidence Skywave (NVIS) antennas are an interesting study in Radio Wave propagation. Very important in emergency operations and also a useful tool for other operations such as Ohio State Parks On The Air (OSPOTA). Hopefully by next week I’ll have some results to share with you on this year’s event. Saturday, my daughter Jenny (KD8LIR) and I were off to Athens, OH for the Athens hamfest. From the Holiday Inn it was less than a ½ mile to the Hamfest, so I didn’t have to get up too early. I’ve said this many times and it keeps being proven true every time I go out to an event, the Ohio Section has some of the friendliest Hams anywhere in the country! Get out and enjoy their good company. I came home from Athens with a Benton Harbor Lunchbox – the Sixer! I’ll give it a quick “go-over” and let you know how it plays. Just so you’ll know, while I wish I could be at every Hamfest, it’s just not possible with family and business commitments. At this point, these are the fests I have on my agenda (so far) for the rest of the year: May 20th – Hamvention! July 9th - Mansfield August 6th – Columbus August 13th – Cincinnati September 25th – Cleveland October 38 – Massillon Also, in the category of “no surprises” I will not be sending out a “PostScript” on the weekend of Hamvention (self-explanatory) nor the first two weekends in June (family vacation). I want to encourage you to send me your articles and/or announcements for PostScript. The publication date is always Monday, but they usually come out sometime over the prior Saturday/Sunday. If you have news, especially if you need something that is date sensitive, please, get it to me no later than the Friday before the Monday publish date. If you send something on Saturday or Sunday, I cannot guarantee it will be in that Monday’s issue. Please send me your article / announcement exactly as you would like to see it published in a MSWord file (.docx) with a Times New Roman Font, font size 12. It just saves me a lot of time if I don’t have to convert everything to match the PostScript style. And if you want any photos please submit in a .jpg format. Ohio Section Youth Net I want to keep this at the forefront. The next net will be held on Sunday May 8th (Mother’s Day) at 7:30 PM. If you’re an Ohio Youth Ham Radio Operator in NE OH and can hit the K8IVrepeater (146.895Mhz PL 118.8) please check-in via RF. If not, please check in via the K8BF-L Echolink node. If you need help getting set up for Echolink, send me an email and we can help you along with that! Last weekend I was at the Athens Hamfest. In all my years as a Ham in NE Ohio, that’s one I had never been to before. The venue was really nice. There was a pretty good crowd and money was changing hands. On an impulse buy, I am now the proud owner of a 6 meter “Benton Harbor Lunchbox” complete with the 50.4 Mhz crystal! Once again, and I can’t say this enough, I had a chance to meet and talk to a lot of really nice folks. As SM in my second year, I’ve noticed a difference of going to the fests with the purpose of meeting and getting to know the other hams in the section. In the past, most of my time at fests has been spent looking over the “stuff” that was there. The stuff is good, but as your out and about this summer be sure to participate in the “social” side of the hobby. Get to know some new and interesting people. You’ll be glad you did!
DELARANews

Section news

Tom Sly, WB8LCD

This weekend had been a very busy “Ham Radio” weekend! And, except for a couple of 2-meter q’s on the road and the PCARS net on Thursday evening, it was all done at audio frequencies – and in person. Friday I was up to Parma, OH where the Woodchuck Amateur Radio Club meets. Although a smaller club, they are BIG on Amateur Radio Fun. They are involved in a whole bunch of activities that keep them both on the air and in the public eye. An important part of being a successful club. Well done! Unfortunately, I was unable to participate in NVIS day operations on Saturday. Near Vertical Incidence Skywave (NVIS) antennas are an interesting study in Radio Wave propagation. Very important in emergency operations and also a useful tool for other operations such as Ohio State Parks On The Air (OSPOTA). Hopefully by next week I’ll have some results to share with you on this year’s event. Saturday, my daughter Jenny (KD8LIR) and I were off to Athens, OH for the Athens hamfest. From the Holiday Inn it was less than a ½ mile to the Hamfest, so I didn’t have to get up too early. I’ve said this many times and it keeps being proven true every time I go out to an event, the Ohio Section has some of the friendliest Hams anywhere in the country! Get out and enjoy their good company. I came home from Athens with a Benton Harbor Lunchbox – the Sixer! I’ll give it a quick “go-over” and let you know how it plays. Just so you’ll know, while I wish I could be at every Hamfest, it’s just not possible with family and business commitments. At this point, these are the fests I have on my agenda (so far) for the rest of the year: May 20th – Hamvention! July 9th - Mansfield August 6th – Columbus August 13th – Cincinnati September 25th – Cleveland October 38 – Massillon Also, in the category of “no surprises” I will not be sending out a “PostScript” on the weekend of Hamvention (self-explanatory) nor the first two weekends in June (family vacation). I want to encourage you to send me your articles and/or announcements for PostScript. The publication date is always Monday, but they usually come out sometime over the prior Saturday/Sunday. If you have news, especially if you need something that is date sensitive, please, get it to me no later than the Friday before the Monday publish date. If you send something on Saturday or Sunday, I cannot guarantee it will be in that Monday’s issue. Please send me your article / announcement exactly as you would like to see it published in a MSWord file (.docx) with a Times New Roman Font, font size 12. It just saves me a lot of time if I don’t have to convert everything to match the PostScript style. And if you want any photos please submit in a .jpg format. Ohio Section Youth Net I want to keep this at the forefront. The next net will be held on Sunday May 8th (Mother’s Day) at 7:30 PM. If you’re an Ohio Youth Ham Radio Operator in NE OH and can hit the K8IVrepeater (146.895Mhz PL 118.8) please check-in via RF. If not, please check in via the K8BF-L Echolink node. If you need help getting set up for Echolink, send me an email and we can help you along with that! Last weekend I was at the Athens Hamfest. In all my years as a Ham in NE Ohio, that’s one I had never been to before. The venue was really nice. There was a pretty good crowd and money was changing hands. On an impulse buy, I am now the proud owner of a 6 meter “Benton Harbor Lunchbox” complete with the 50.4 Mhz crystal! Once again, and I can’t say this enough, I had a chance to meet and talk to a lot of really nice folks. As SM in my second year, I’ve noticed a difference of going to the fests with the purpose of meeting and getting to know the other hams in the section. In the past, most of my time at fests has been spent looking over the “stuff” that was there. The stuff is good, but as your out and about this summer be sure to participate in the “social” side of the hobby. Get to know some new and interesting people. You’ll be glad you did!