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We had a great field day this year at the Brown Farm again. Much thanks to the field day committee for their efforts in coordinating and setting up the event; KC8PUW, NF8U, and KC8YXY. As always, Will KC8PUW was expert at the grill and made sure we all ate well. AB8SV was not only our safety officer, but was our club photographer. Chad offers these great pics below to remember the fun.

antenna set up morning
Friday morning set up (early to beat the heat)
kc8yxy at voice station
A view of the three operating positions
voice ops
KC8ZWR & KC8YXY operating phone
digital station
KL7RF and KC8PUW operating psk-31 digital station
ke8wip at digital station
KE8WIP working the digital station
solar panel
the digital station was totally solar powered this year
cw station
NF8U and visiter at the CW station
NTS traffic station
KA8BJA and N8MXX sending out field day radiograms
Good Eats
the grill
KC8PUW at the grill
antenna at night
A quiet evening

July Club Meeting

THe July meeting was held at the County Services Building on 7th St. on the basement floor at 6PM on July 2nd. We discussed the results of the Field Day event on June 22-23. We also discussed the equipment gifts made to the club by the family of Craig Afolter. There was a door prize of a coax patch cord won by AA8BN.

August Club Meeting

The August meeting will be held held at the County Services Building on 7th St. on the basement floor at 6PM on August 6th. We hope to see all the members that can attend. Make your club strong.

CW Certificate for AB8SV

Congrats to Chad for his score in the World Wide WPX Contest on QRP!!

ab8sv CQ WPX Award

AB8SV Certificate

Chad has shared a certificate he earned in the 2023 New England QSO Party. Congrats Chad.

ab8sv New
	England QSO Party Certificate

In Memory of K8CAA

In memory of CCARA member Craig Affolter K8CAA, his brother Steve and family have donated Craig's radio equipment to the club. The club appreciates the generousity of the family and will put the equipment to good use. We will miss our good friend.

Memorial Pic of Craig K8CAA

KE8XM Lifetime Club Membership Awarded

Bruce KE8XM was awarded a lifetime membership certificate by president Jamie Hoy KC8PUW and ARES SEC Steve AA8BN in late 2023. Over the years, Bruce has been such a key member and benefactor for ARES and for the Coshocton club. Congratulations Bruce.

KE8XM Certificate

Cool Recipe

As a cool side note to field day, Wendy KL7IUC made some very nice energy no-bake cookie balls. They seemed to be a hit so we thought to make the recipe available for any who would like to try it. Click HERE

N8VV 2023 Achievements

Dan has been operating overtime on these state QSO parties

N8VV QSO Party Certificate

Impressive Operating throughout 2023

N8VV  IARU Certificate

Recognition for longstanding membership

N8VV  QCWA Certificate

Library Display - November

KC8PUW, AA8BN, KE8WIP set up a cool display at the Coshocton Public Library to increase public knowledge of ham radio and to hopefully encourage interest in becoming a ham radio operator.

Library Display
There are some that think that a "live" display may be more exciting, but we would have to provide our "stand-in" model with a supply of lobster grilled cheese sandwiches which would be a little beyond our club budget. Thanks Will.
Library Display with stand-in

Practice Your CW Skills

Anyone wishing to practice their cw and learn a little bit about traffic handling, can check into the Ohio Slow Net, on weekdays at 2200Z on 3.3535.35MHz (6PM local time). Check in to enjoy a no pressure traffic net experience. This is a training net. All are welcome and the net runs about 8wpm. I would like to see you there.
Frank KA8BJA

Joining or renewing membership in the ARRL?

If you are joining or are renewing your membership in the ARRL please consider joining through our club. The club gets a small percentage of the renewal or joining fees. Please contact Wip (KE8WIP) to find out how to help yourself and the club.

Cyber Security

We might all want to make ourselves aware of potential disruption. During these stressing times we might want to be aware of possible problems online. The article refers to this link for information from the government's Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency. It is a good thing for hams to be aware of tech. vulnerabilities around us.

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, 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 8PM 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.