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October CCARA Meeting Date Moved

The October meeting of CCARA will be at the county services building on 7th St. in the lower floor on October 10th at 7PM. Our regular meeting date of the first Tuesday of the month has been moved to avoid conflict with the Coshocton County Fair.

The program for the evening will be information regarding ham radio response to the recent hurricane events in Texas and Florida. Input from all members will be welcome as a joint presentation. Let's see what we can find out about the event.

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.

Monthly Digi Net Time Change

The Coshocton monthly Digital net will meet at 8PM (new time) starting on the October 4th net. We look forward to anyone who would like to learn or experiment with the digital modes to come join us on the 145.230MHz repeater.

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

Linear Amp for sale

Check out our Swap & Shop page as there is a good deal available locally on a Kenwood TL-922A Amp.

Solar/Terrestrial Weather and Propagation

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

Solar Eclipse in Coshocton

Our own amateur astronomer Steve AA8BN set up his photographic equipment in downtown Coshocton take some photos of the Solar Eclipse today August 21st. Here are a couple of his images. The first is just as the eclipse started and the second at the maximum elcipse of about 84% at about 2:34PM.

Start of Eclipse Maximum Eclipse

This is how he did it!

AA8BN Astronomer

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 West Lafayette Homecoming

Through the efforts of Warren KC8WX a way was made to introduce ham radio to the crowd at the 2017 West Lafayette Homecoming on July 29th. Assisting Warren were Steve AA8BN, Mike NF8U, and Larry KE8HEC at the West Lafayette park which was the center of activities. The guys had an HF voice and digital, VHF/UHF, and DMR stations running for the demonstration. KC8WX was able to send radiogram message traffic onto the OSSBN during the event.

Homecoming set up 1 Homecoming set up 2 KC8WX sending taffic photos by KC8WX and AA8BN

440 Repeater Still Crackling

The 440 repeater is still having "crackling" issues. The original antenna is back up and running again. It seems to be susceptible to crackling noises especially during times of increased winds. Bear with us until a suitable replacement antenna can be obtained and installed.

045 Repeater Tower Change

Good news to report....On September 9th the final connections were made and the 045 repeater is now on its new antenna atop of the new tower. Preliminary reports show a good increase in performance. Check it out and see how it is working for you.

New 045 repeater tower construction comparing old and new towers comparing the old and new towers (pix by AA8BN)

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 21 & September 3.

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.