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November CCARA Meeting - Special November 14th

The November CCARA meeting was well attended as the club welcomed several guests from the ARRL-Ohio cabinet. Scott Yonally N8SY Section Manager, Stan Broadway N8BHL Section Emergency Coordinator, Lyn Alfman N8IMW Assistant Section Manager, and Sonny Alfman w8fhf District Emergency Coordinator.

Large Gathering
Right side Left side

First up: Steve AA8BN reviewed our recent ARES activities with the SET, MARS Test, and local events including assisting the board of elections with communications to two outlying poling places, and a hospital table top exercise.


Next, Scott Yonally N8SY presented Randy Fisher KL7RF an Ohio Section Manager's "Special Recognition Award" for his work as a Coshocton County Assistant Emergency Coordinator.

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Scott then spoke on some statistics relating to radio amateurs in Ohio, including the fact that the Ohio ARRL section has the largest membership of any section in the country.

n8sy talking n8sy and group

Stan Broadway N8BHL then spoke on ARES and the need for all ARES to complete the 4 FEMA courses in order to assist with real emergencies. He also spoke on the recent tornado outbreak in western Ohio.


Both Stan and Scott were open to questions from the club. Mike NF8U asked our guests about the pros and cons of registering the club as a charitable orgaization for tax purposes, and for being able to receive grant money.

Refreshments were provided by the club and there was time for fellowship following the meeting.

ARRL folks
Pictures provided by AA8UA, AA8BN, and KL7IUC.

Note to Members on Dues Change

Starting with the new year of 2018 the Dues for CCARA club membership will change to $20/year for individual membership and $25/year for family membership. Check out the Join or Update page for details and for upgrading your iformation for our records.

Club Picnic

Good food and good fellowship at the club picnic on September 16th. Thanks to all who brought the goodies, and thanks to Will KC8PUW for manning the grill.

Club picnic
Pix by KL7RF

Solar/Terrestrial Weather and Propagation

Check out the website, for current propagation forcasts and solar activity as it relates to ham radio operations.

Newcomerstown Gateway to Fall Festival

CCARA and ARES from Coshocton set up a demo display of ham radio at the Newcomerstown Fall Festival. Will KC8PUW, Mike NF8U, Steve AA8BN, and Tom KB8HEA helped make the event a success. Here are a couple of pix of the event supplied by KC8PUW. Thanks Will and the guys for your efforts.

Gateway Demo Gateway Demo 2

2017 Field Day

What a wonderful field day this year at the Brown farm. Conditions and arrangements could not have been better.

A few pix submitted by Steve AA8BN

N8VV at CW N8VV at the CW postion

Charlie KB8PXM Charlie KB8PXM

KL7RF sending traffic KL7RF sending traffic

KC8PUW KC8PUW at the phone station

NF8U NF8U at CW position

KE8WIP KE8WIP at the digital station

the grill and how about the good eats - Thanks Will KC8PUW and Amanda KD8ZBR

Sunset and antennas A beautiful sunset and a beautiful day

These pix from KC8PUW

Set up of equipment Set up of equipment

Antenna Construction Antenna Fabrication

Location Fine location

Chow Down Good Food

New Version of Fldigi and Flmsg is Available

Check out the information on our Digital Modes page to find out where to get the latest free version of the popular digital program. A new version of these apps dated July 19 & October 28.

Meeting Minutes

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.

Ohio HF Net and Digital Net Information

The HF Net run by the Team W8SGT at the State of Ohio Emergency Operations Center in Columbus Ohio. A voice net is conducted every Tuesday at 7:15 pm on 40 meters and then on 75 meters. For net frequencies check with your EC. All are welcome to check in. You do not have to be an ARES volunteer to check in. Check in often and put Coshocton Co. in their log.

The Ohio ARES/OES Digital Emergency Net is held every Tuesday at 7:45 PM. Anyone with questions or comments should send Net Manager Gary NJ8BB an email to

The 147.045MHz CCARA Club Repeater Antenna and Equipment

Temporary Tower New repeater Fusion

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.