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CCARA Club News

October Club Meeting Date Change to the 9th

As is normally the case, the Coshocton County Fair disrupts our normal meeting date. Our club meeting for October will be on 9th instead of the 2nd.

October SET

Please set aside the date of October 6th (Saturday) as the Coshocton ARES group will be participating in the ARRL Simulated Emergency Test. This is the second year that we will be coordinating with the Ohio ARES, Air Force Mars, and other stations across the country in the BLACK SWAN event. The purpose of the SET is to prepare amateur radio operators for emergency operations within the county. AA8BN, the Coshocton Emergency Coordinator is looking for as many hams as can spend some time during the morning or afternoon hours on Saturday Oct. 6th being deployed to a county served agency or other location.

School Club Roundup October 15-19th

If you can, please help give some contacts to our local Dresden School club during this contest. (see below)

D.E.A.R.S School Club

D.E.A.R.S. stands for the Dresden Elementary Amateur Radio Sation. This is a very active school amateur radio group in our neighboring town of Dresden.

If you would like to work some of the students there, they will be active on the local two meter repeaters surrounding Dresdon every other Tuesday afternoon, with the club call of KD8NOM, starting around 2:30PM local. In the last school club roundup in February,they came in at second place in the country. In the roundup before that, the came in first place. They would love to work stations in our area.

If you would like to volunteer some time mentoring these young folks, you can contact KE8HEC, and he would be happy to get you information on how to do that. Let's all encourage these young hams in our area.

D.E.A.R.S. also has a facebook page which is:Here.

Safety City Operations

2018 Newcomerstown Gateway to Fall Festival
NF8U August 18th Safety City at the Newcomerstown Gateway to Fall Festival
Thanks also to KC8PUW, KB8VIP, and KC8SXL (KC8PUW photo)

West Lafayette Homecomming

WX8OH, NF8U, and KC8PUW manning the CCARA display at the W. Lafayette Homecoming (AA8BN photos) 2018 West Lafayette Homecomming 2018 West Lafayette Homecomming

New 440 Repeater in County

Here’s some info on the new WX8OH UHF Repeater. The Repeater went officially On Air on 5/24/18. It’s installed on my old tower and a 27 ft mast extension. The Vertical Antenna is a Hustler G6 440, 6 dB Gain. The Repeater is old EFJ commercial gear. Two radios. The Duplexer temporarily is a 6 Cavity Chinese Mobile Notch Duplexer. I have a Commercial DB Products 6 Cavity Pass/Reject Duplexer currently in Clermont Florida getting retuned. The Mobile Duplexer is breaking down under power causing Desense and blocking weak signals. Due to the Duplexer issue, I’m running only 15 Watts to the antenna at this time. We have Range tested out to 19 Air Miles, hilltopping from Millersburg to Sugarcreek. We’ve Tested to I-77 with a good Mobile Signal. An HT inside a vehicle in Warsaw was full Quieting. Once I get the Commercial Duplexer back I should be able to take it up to at least 50 watts. For now while in the OARC Testing Period, the Repeater is running Open, No PL. The Repeater is on a Timer, 7 AM - 11:15 PM while in the Test Period. 443.325 TX Output 448.325 RX Input Warren WX8OH

Library Display

Pix of the July library display at Coshocton by KC8PUW.

Flag and antennas

N8VV IARU World Championship Certificate

Dan was awarded this neat certificate for his very successful efforts in last year's IARU World Championship contest. Congrats to N8VV.

N8VV Award

Has N8VV been doing a little 160 contesting as well?

N8VV 160 Award

How about a little CW DX?

N8VV cq worldwide DX

And just for good measure.....

N8VV HF World Chapionship

Field Day and Picnic 2018

Field Day was held at the Canal Lewisville United Methodist Church’s facility, the Brown Farm. We had a great time operating and the picnic was superb. Thanks again to the culinary expertise of Will, KC8PUW, who kept us well fed.

Thanks to all who came, helped set up and tear down, enjoyed the picnic, and to all the operators that make up a great field day.

Pictures provided by AA8BN and WB8VIP.

Flag and antennas AA8BN and N8MXX
N8VV and N8MXX at the CW & 6 Meter Station
Four heads are better than one
Four heads better than one
Food and Signs
Great Food
KC8YXY, NF8U, and KC8ZWR at the SSB Station
KC8ZWR at the SSB station
KL7RF and KE8WIP manning the Digital Station
N8MXX Digital
N8MXX with a DMR setup
VHF & UHF Station
VHF & UHF & FLDIGI Station
Good fellowship
N8MXX KB8PXM KB8YUL KC8SXL KB8VIP (good fellowship)
Sundown on Saturday Evening with KC8PUW by the Grill

440 Repeater On the Air

The 440 repeater is back on the air still with some "crackling". The club is continuing the construction of Rod's new antenna for the 440. We are hoping to have it up in the air in early Spring.

November CCARA Meeting - Special November 14th

The November CCARA and Coshocton ARES meeting was well attended as the club welcomed several guests from the ARRL-Ohio cabinet. This meeting was a joint meeting of CCARA and ARES coordinated by NF8U and AA8BN. Scott Yonally N8SY Section Manager, Stan Broadway N8BHL Section Emergency Coordinator, Lyn Alfman N8IMW Assistant Section Manager, and Sonny Alfman w8fhf District Emergency Coordinator. Refreshments were provided by AA8UA and AA8BN. Thanks to all for a great meeting.

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.

n8sy kl7rf kl7iuc

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 AA8UA and AA8BN, and there was time for fellowship following the meeting.

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

Solar/Terrestrial Weather and Propagation

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

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 75 meters (around 3.902MHz). 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 OHDEN Digital Emergency Net is held every Tuesday at 7:45 PM on 3.585MHz using Olivia 8/500. Anyone with questions or comments should send Net Manager Eldon, W5UHQ an email at:

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.