July 2009 Official Newsletter of the Portage County

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In This Issue of the RADIOGRAM,A Very Special VE Session 14 Paper Chase 5. Charlie the Tuner s HF High Lites 21 Patches Stickers Mugs 18. Club Site and Communications Trailer Renovations 8 PCARS Meetings 25. Club Site Power Washing 15 PCARS Web Site 17,Contest Calendar 12 President From the 1. EmComm 6 Public Service Headwaters Adventure Race 3. Flag for Streetsboro Elementary School 5 Shack Shots KD8DFL W8PT KD8JCY 24. Ham License Plates Wanted 14 Skywarn Update 10, Hamfest Schedule 9 Solar Cycle 24 New Sunspot Group Emerges 25. Hamfests 19 Swap N Shop 16,Happy Birthday PCARS Members 10 Thanks 73 26. Headwaters Adventure Race Public Service 15 The Fraternity of Hams 9. How People Signed Up for Field Day 7 Time 25, June Meeting Pictures from the 26 VE Test Sessions 14.
KD8FPP Receives Award 8 Vice President From the 3,Mark Your Calendars 23 What s Your EPC Number 17. Net Thursday Information NCS Schedule 13 Word Search 18. Ohio Section Manager Joe Phillips K8QOE SK 4 Yahoo Site 10. From the President continued from Page 1, improving it Club vice president Dave WB2DFC is assembling a schedule of meeting topics and club. activities that run into 2010, And we have a lot of activities to keep you busy for the rest of the year. Make sure you have your calendars marked for the PCARS Picnic on Saturday July 18th at WB9LCD s. QTH aka the Black Squirrel Oasis Watch for information from Tom about the festivities. On Saturday August 8th PCARS will host a Mobile Workshop at the club site in the morning followed by. the Fourth Annual Two Meter Simplex Sprint The workshop will be an opportunity for members who are. having problems with their mobile installation to get some help fixing them Then at noon everyone can hit the. road for the contest Let s see a really good turnout for mobile stations in 2009. The Ohio QSO Party is on August 22nd and our goal is to have stations up and running at the club site for. this event Then on September 12th PCARS will be hosting the Second Annual Ohio State Parks On The Air. Interest has been growing in OSPOTA since the 2008 contest and this year we have prizes and other awards for. top finishers Check out the details at http parks portcars org. Add in the workshops for the Fall and the PCARS Christmas Party and you can t help but have a ton of. Portage County Amateur Radio Service Inc PCARS the RADIOGRAM July 2009 Page 2 of 27. From the Vice President, I hope everyone is enjoying this great weather I am told it rained quite. a bit here in the last few weeks but not where I was Yah sunny. Florida A great motorcycle ride to the Keys riding only back roads for. the most part I packed the FT817 QRP station but never opened the bag. I had to limit my radio ing to my HT and there was not much of that. either The ride about 3300 miles took us down the Gulf coast across the. Everglades to Homestead then to Key West Most of each day was spent. behind the handlebars moving from town to town After two days in the. Keys see photo of me on rented hotrod scooter we returned on US 1. and A1A All fantastic except Miami what a ZOO,installed on.
the bike see photo came in handy several times,especially using it as a weather radio The FTM. 10R is weather proof and has a wide band receiver, It also has an AM FM broadcast radio built in and a. line input for your MP3 player It can really be used. as the main media system for any type of boat,ATV motorcycle etc anywhere you have a need. for radio comms in an outdoor environment It can,even interface with most helmet mic systems. I m really looking forward to Field Day That one weekend a year where you can get your fill of radio be. with great people learn all kinds of operating styles and techniques look at radio installations I hope you take. full advantage of this terrific event I hope to see you all there. And don t forget the presentation for the July meeting Monitoring DC to Daylight by yours truly I am. still looking for any of your input even a favorite monitoring memory or a photo of your favorite monitoring. equipment any frequency any mode And any of your own audio intercept recordings would be great. Looking forward to hearing from you,73 for now see you at Field Day.
Dave WB2DFC,Public Service Headwaters Adventure Race. Come one come all Saturday July 11th We ll be working on the 146 895 repeater Most will need to be. there at 7 AM event step off at 8 AM Need 1 person with an HT to ride in a canoe I need a few high powered. mobiles with good antennas and I need a few shadows. If you have a emergency type light for the top of your car let me know. Due to popular demand I will be using tactical call signs for some positions And I will send a map with. locations and calls when I send out assignments and other information. As usual I will need t shirt sizes yes you will get a FREE T Shirt For more information and to sign up. contact me As Soon As Possible WB8VNO portcars org. Gay WB8VNO, Portage County Amateur Radio Service Inc PCARS the RADIOGRAM July 2009 Page 3 of 27. Ohio Section Manager Joe Phillips K8QOE SK, ARRL Ohio Section Manager Joe Phillips K8QOE SK Joe Phillips K8QOE who served as ARRL. Ohio Section Manager since 1998 passed away suddenly at his home on Saturday June 20 He was 68. Licensed in 1959 as KN9SYL Phillips first joined the ARRL Field Organization as an Official. Emergency Station OES in 1986 He became a Public Information. Officer in 1989 and has served as an Official Observer OO since. 1997 He was elected Ohio Section Manager in 1998, A graduate of Youngstown University Phillips had a career as. a journalist and a teacher He edited six separate ham radio. newsletters in Cincinnati before becoming Newsletter Editor for. the Ohio Area Repeater Council in 1984 a position he held for. five years In 1986 Phillips organized the first Ohio Repeater. Directory and in 1992 organized the Ohio Section Ham Radio. Newsletter Contest He authored a weekly ham radio newspaper. column in the Sunday edition of the Cincinnati Enquirer called. Ham Call and hosted a similarly named program for cable. television in the Cincinnati area, In 1994 Phillips was elected to the Greater Cincinnati Amateur Radio Hall of Fame and in 1995 he.
was the recipient of the ARRL s McGan Silver Antenna Award This award is given annually to a League. member who demonstrates outstanding public relations success on behalf Amateur Radio at the local. state or national level Phillips was excited about having his photo on. the cover of the May 2009 issue of QST featuring the annual Dayton. Hamvention, Throughout a 40 year friendship Joe and I worked closely. together on many occasions said ARRL Great Lakes Division. Director Jim Weaver K8JE From his early days of supporting the. county ARES RACES unit and the Ohio Repeater Council Joe has. always provided energetic and effective leadership with a friendly. personal touch The magnetism of his style of leadership drew the. best from others who soon became solid friends not mere. associates, ARRL Membership and Volunteer Programs Manager Dave Patton NN1N remembered Phillips. fondly If you have been to Dayton you have met and laughed with Joe He was the master of the Wouff. Hong ceremony His red jacket is the stuff of legend in Ohio Joe was more than a Section Manager he. really gave all of himself to ARRL for 20 plus years With him dies the last paper newsletter sent to. section membership When I answered his phone calls he announced his call with Here s your Ohio. Nightmare He loved baseball maybe more than I did He was a good man and he is really going to be. From the ARRL, Editor s Note The pictures were taken when Joe visited PCARS in March of 2006. Portage County Amateur Radio Service Inc PCARS the RADIOGRAM July 2009 Page 4 of 27. Paper Chase, You will recall each year I mention the Route 66 Special Event This year we have a new special event that. follows the same pattern It is an event to contact all the states that made up the original 13 Colonies. Starting on July 1st to July 5th all thirteen 1776 original colonies will be on the air One to several Special. Event stations per Colony A magnificent full color. certificate printed on heavy card stock with a map and. the state flags of all the 1776 colony states adorn this. award You can work one state or all 13 and be, eligible for the certificate Each colony state worked.
will be marked by the shield of the United States, Also a special recognition logo will be affixed if. you worked all 13 stations,Special event call signs will be K2A through K2M. All modes of operation should be represented SSB,CW RTTY Etc The mode of operation is up to the. individual colony state station All bands will be used. except the WARC bands and 60 meters The Colony, stations will be operating on or near the 13 of each. band Example 14 213 14 013 14 313 7 213 7 013, etc 2 meters and 6 meters are encouraged Why the special event stations are on the east coast and are very.
close to each other It will be harder for these states to contact each other also 40m 160m is encouraged. because of this The Special Event will begin July 1st at 1300 and end July 5th at 0400 UTC. Each operator is to send a contact log stating the Date UTC Band and call sign of each contact along with. your QSL card and 4 00 US PLEASE NO STAMPS NO SASE required We will furnish postage certificate. and 9 x12 envelope via 1st class mail The certificate will NOT be folded. K2A NY KU2US will issue a special event QSL card for a QSO with K2A for those Operators that. request one in lieu of the certificate SASE Please for QSL card only. All award requests and payment are to be sent and made out to the award manager Ken Villone KU2US. P O Box 185 Conesus NY 14435, It is hoped this special event will become annual event This is going to be fun and hopefully the. propagation gods will be co operative and I will hear you in the pile ups. Flag for Streetsboro Elementary School, This is a picture from Balad Iraq The man on the left is. PCARS member Ray KD8DFL and next to him Carl Fischer. both Streetsboro residents The flag seen in this picture was. flown over Joint Base Balad and is being sent back to the USA. to fly over Streetsboro Elementary School,Bill WB9LBI. Portage County Amateur Radio Service Inc PCARS the RADIOGRAM July 2009 Page 5 of 27. One of the best ways to develop and maintain emergency communication skills is to participate in public. service events You may be deployed to a service site in the field to set up and operate a portable station What. better way to find out whether your go kit has the necessary gear and supplies How often do you get that. equipment out and actually make sure that it is functioning properly. Plus the events can be a lot of fun You will likely get to meet and work with hams that you would not have. otherwise known The operating conditions are usually not that bad and there is certainly less pressure than you. will find during disaster relief activities And hey what the heck you may end up with a free t shirt too. Locally we have had a couple of good recent examples of well run public service events and those include. the 2009 CVS Cleveland Marathon and the American Diabetes Association s Tour de Cure. Gay Wands WB8VNO does a great job of independently organizing ham radio communications for public. service events including the Cleveland Marathon The team that organizes the marathon has turned to Gay for. assistance with other events such as the upcoming Headwaters Adventure Race on July 11th and the Black. Squirrel Adventure Triathlon, For the marathon which also included a half marathon and separate 10K race Gay pulled together around. two dozen hams who were assigned to water stops and strategic locations on the course as well as to the lead. and SAG vehicles and as shadows to race officials Around a half dozen or so PCARS members volunteered. for the marathon, Gay kept busy as the net control station operating stationary mobile from a.
spot near the start finish line Since the race route was kept open for seven. hours for the last stragglers that makes a long day for her. Closer to home Walt Heeney N8LJM the recently appointed EC for. Summit County ARES recruited over fifty hams from five counties to assist. with communications for the Tour de Cure The TDC is a bicycling event that. had five different routes 100K 50K difficult 50K moderate 25K and a. family fun ride All of the rides began and finished at Blossom Music Center. with the family ride take entirely on the Blossom grounds Bob K8AAB. Communications were required for the first four routes which overlapped in some locations The one. hundred kilometer ride also known as a century and is 62 miles long was no bargain for the riders Neither. was the 50K difficult Nothing like having to ride out of the Cuyahoga Valley. There were two parallel nets one on a two meter repeater and the other on a 70. cm repeater each with its own net control All, participants were assigned to one or the other of the. nets as their primary with the other as a secondary. The NCS s were located at the Akron General, Medical Facility just east of State Route 8 Like the. marathon communication volunteers were, strategically placed on the courses as well as with. medical units SAG and supply vehicles plus two,on motorcycles two on scooters and one on a. bicycle who kept track of the riders on the course. On June 20th Joe Phillips K8QOE the ARRL Ohio Section Manager passed away after a brief illness Many PCARS members had contact with Joe over the years whether at local events and meetings area hamfests section meetings in Columbus or at the Dayton Hamvention You could usually spot Joe wearing his bright red blazer Joe could be as colorful as his jacket and was a ham who had given

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