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CCARA Club News

Club Meeting April 3

The April CCARA club meeting will be held at the County Services Building on 7th St. at 7PM. An ARES meeting will preceed the regular meeting at 6:30PM. Come join us as we welcome Spring and the new opportunities we have in the coming months of activities (and antenna repairs:)

The Third Annual Ohio 2 Meter FM Simplex Squares Contest

Check out the info on this contest HERE >. This is held on the weekend of April 7th and 8th.

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.

Tuscarawas Skywarn Training 4/10/18

It is that time of year again. Skywarn Spotter Training!
The Tuscarawas County Emergency Management Agency will be hosting the National Weather Service for their Skywarn Spotter Training on Tuesday, April 10th at Tuscora Park. Registration will begin at 5:30pm with the program starting at 6:30pm. This year we have also invited some of our community partners to set up display tables around the room to give attendees an opportunity to meet with them during the hour before training begins. Please feel free to pass this information along to anyone you think might be interested.

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.

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.

aa8bn

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.

Stan

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.

KL7RF & KL7IUC
ARRL folks
N8SY, N8BHL,W8FHF, N8IMW, and AA8BN
Pictures provided by AA8UA, AA8BN, and KL7IUC.

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.

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

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: w5uhq@theohden.org


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.