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CCARA Club News

Club Officers

At the club meeting on the air, the nominating committee proposed the slate of candites for voting of officers and trustees for 2022. KC8PUW, will send out emails to members for voting. The emails should be returned to him by 12/8/21 for counting.

New 20 Meter ARMSG Net

There is a new net operating as an ARRL registered Wide Area Emergency, traffic and weather net. It is called the "Amateur Radio Mutual Service Group" They meet Monday through Friday 1400Z-1600Z at 14.277MHz (alt.14.282MHz). Our own Warren WX8OH is the net manager.

Their message is,"Friendship Fellowship Service to Ohters over the airwaves". They also operate as a social net during normal operations, collecting station weather reports. You can find their website at: armsg.org. Warren updates the website multiple times per day/nite, especially during Solar Alerts and any tropical threats. This is a good place to check on geo-solar events. Give the net a try.

ARES COCO Net

The Monday evening ARES net is meeting at 8PM, for a trial period. 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.

December Club Meeting

The December club meeting was held on the air this month on Dec. 1st. We met on the 147.045 MHz repeater at 7PM instead of an in person meeting at the County Services Building. There was just barely enough members checking in to constitute a quarrum. We discussed the possabilities of resuming in-person meetings. Also, the nominating committee presented their slate of candidates for voting (see above). We also discussed the possibility of meeting in person again in January. Be looking for information on this site and on local nets just prior to the January 5th meeting for details.

FCC Fees Not in Effect Yet

In an article recently released, the ARRL made a statement about the proposed fees. You can read the article here.

Field Day at the Brown Farm

The club has resumed an actual field day even at the Brown farm, and we had excellent weather for it. We set up an amateur radio club display and had our usual 3A (voice, cw, digital) stations set up for operation. We had some good scores considering the poor radio propagation. We still had lots of fun, fellowship, and very good eats. Thanks to Will KC8PUW and his family, Wip KE8WIP for handling breakfast duty on Sunday, and all who brought covered dishes to augment what the club provided.

Thanks to all who came out to operate, feast, or just to catch up on how each of us have been fairing during the long period of forced separation. It should be mentioned that Dan N8VV, although at home, supported the group with his more than 300 CW contacts to add to the club totals.

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.

g5rv antenna
one of the G5RV antennas
digital station
KE8WIP on the digital station
VHF station
N8MXX at the VHF station with his portable station
CW Station
Mike NF8U and Chad AB8SV at the CW station
club signs
Ham radio info. and club signs
sunset at field day
Beautiful sunset beyond antenna

Ham's Social Distancing

hams 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.

antenna moving

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.

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.

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.