CCARA Club News
Club Dues are Due
Please remember to renew your club membership at your earliest convenience. Club dues are $20 for individual and $25 for family membership. If you cannot attend an upcoming meeting, please send your dues to the club at our new address (noted on home page).
February CCARA Meeting
We are changing our meeting date. We are going to meet on Tuesday February 7th. Please note on your calendar. We are also trying a new time slot (6PM) for starting the meeting, with the idea of getting out earlier in the evening. We meet at the County Services Building on 7th Street in Coshocton in the basement room.
We will also be having a door prize drawing for the attending members. We look forward to seeing you there.
We will begin using our new postal address C/O the EMA (see the main page).
Joining or renewing membership in the ARRL?
If you are joining or are renewing your membership in the ARRL please consider joining through our club. The club gets a small percentage of the renewal or joining fees. Please contact Wip (KE8WIP) to find out how to help yourself and the club.
New Spring Date for the Tusco Hamfest
Saturday, April 22, 2023 is the date for the Tusco Hamfest. They are moving the event to a Spring date, and moving the venue to the Tusco County Fairgrounds. This is going to be a big event with many dealers and lots of door prizes. Check out the PDF Flyer of the event HERE.
Club History File Found
Recently Will KC8PUW found a digital file which includes a detailed history of the CCARA. Check it out on our History page. Thanks Will for finding this info.
FIELD DAY SUCCESS
This year the club was at the Brown Farm as our location for the field day and our annual picnic. Field Day was held on June 25th and 26th. Antenna set up was accomplished on Friday morning and on Saturday morning the radio equipment was connected and ready to operate.
We had a picnic lunch and went to the airways at 2PM. Three stations were used to accumulate points for contacts; phone, cw, and digital. N8MXX set up an additional station on HF and VHF for the relay of radiogram messages which were sent out from our members to relatives, friends, and to our section emergency coordinator.
Many contacts were made on all three modes. In addition, N8VV made contacts on CW from his home station, then donating his points for the benefit of the club.
Will and Wip showed their cooking expertise for the grilling of our picnic supper and then for breakfast. We all ate well for sure.
Below are some pix of the beautiful set up and some of the activity at this year's CCARA Field Day taken by Steve AA8BN.
KC8PUW at the digital station
NF8U at the CW station
KC8YXY at the voice station
KE8WIP at the digital station
N8MXX at the radiogram station
A little rest
We might all want to make ourselves aware of potential disruption. During these stressing times we might want to be aware of possible problems online. The article refers to this link for information from the government's Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency. It is a good thing for hams to be aware of tech. vulnerabilities around us.
Video on the ICS-213 and Radiograms
Matt Curtin, KD8TTE, has prepared a very good youtube video on how to "encapsulate" a FEMA ICS-313 form into an NTS Radiogram form. It is a great step forward to be able to take a commonly used form for ARES served agencies and be able to send this form great distances if needed through the national traffic system in a format that is common to the NTS. Click on this link to view the presentation.
New RF Exposure Requirements
New FCC RF exposure requirements went into effect May 3, 2021. Have you performed your station evaluation?
There is a very good article in the Ohio Section Journal published on January 22. This is a new law and all amateur stations are required to perform calculations for their stations and have them available for inspection if required by the FCC.
ARES COCO Net
The Monday evening ARES net is meeting at 8PM. Please join us at 8:00PM. Thanks.
Club Repeater On Medium Power
We are operating at the 25 watt power level with no external amp connected. The results seem to be good.
Ham's Social Distancing
Ft8 & JS8CALL Article
Thanks to Heinz KB8VIP for writing and submitting a short article describing two neat operating modes for making use of poor propagation. You can find this article on the Digital modes page.
Icom Radio Repair
Check out the Links page if you are in need of an Icom repair. This repair facility is recommended by club member experience.
Solar/Terrestrial Weather and Propagation
Check out the website, Solarham.com for current propagation forcasts and solar activity as it relates to ham radio operations.
Don't forget that the club meeting minutes are available on the Meetings page. Check them out before the next meeting to keep up with current information.
The 147.045MHz CCARA Club Repeater Antenna and Equipment
KL7RF photo KB8HEA photo
Ohio Single Sideband Net
The OSSBN is a great introduction to the ARRL's National Traffic System. It meets three times a day: 10:30AM, 4:15PM, and currently 6:00PM to handle traffic in, out, and througout the state of Ohio, and the rest of the country. Check them out, and listen in on 75 meters on 3.9725MHz. This is a very active net and represents some of the best of amateur radio operating, as well as continuing the fine tradiotion of providing emergency communications in existance since the inception of ham radio iteslf. This was the foundation of the formation of the Amateur Radio RELAY League. This is where the "Relay" came from in the name.
Check out the OSSBN website at: Ohio Single Sideband Net
Net on 440
The KB9JSC repeater will be linked to the 145.230MHz for the Monday ARES net at 9PM local, so you can check in to the net on either band. The frequency of the UHF repeater is 443.5375+MHz.
Right after the ARES net, the 440 link will be brought down, and there will be a new net run on the 440 repeater alone. The purpose of this net is for folks to set up and test their equipment on the 440 band and get used to operating there. If you have 440 capability, you are welcome to check in to the net. You don't have to be a member of any group to join in.