“Paperless” Amateur Radio License Policy
Beginning February 17, the FCC will no longer automatically mail a printed copy of your Amateur Radio License. The Commission has maintained for some time now that the official Amateur Radio license authorization is the electronic record that exists in its Universal Licensing System (ULS). However, they have continued to mail a hard copy of the license.
Read more about the new FCC policy on the ARRL Website - Paperless License
NVIS Antenna Day
We will try to get a group together and set up like a "mini Field Day".
Ohio ARES is sponsoring the NVIS Antenna Day, April 25, 2015. We are encouraging groups in every Ohio county to devise several portable NVIS antennas that they think will perform, and then test them on the air. The program grows out of an annual antenna party in Ashtabula County, which is both an operating event and a great time in early spring to break out the hamburgers and have some fun. They have found a vast difference in actual antenna performance, and have been able to narrow down their choices for a real emergency setup.
The NVIS Antenna Day will begin at 10 AM Eastern time. We will operate on both 40 and 80 meters, operating at 100 watts as you might during a real emergency. While a typical session might go through the afternoon, there is no official closing time. It is not necessary to set up a completely portable or remote station, although the location should have enough room for several antennas and be in a fairly quiet RF environment. This is not a contest for QSO rates and points; rather it's aimed specifically at determining the best of several NVIS antennas through signal reports, and through coverage. A group could make several contacts with the same station as they try different antennas. Stations at key locations such as the Ohio state EOC will be on the air.
Groups should compile a list of their top three antennas with descriptions and photos. Ohio ARES will see if any particular antenna design bubbles up as the top performer across the entire state.
Antenna experimentation is an integral part of the hobby and the outcome will benefit each ARES group or club by helping to create an arsenal that can be deployed during a real emergency. It could be a great time to test potential Field Day antennas, too. This is open to all hams as we hope they will become interested in joining their local ARES organization.
Stan Broadway, N8BHL
Downtown Receive Site
The antennas have been installed for the downtown K8RT receive site. There is still a lot more work to be done, but the outside work is complete.
Richland County Tornado Siren Locations
The Richland County EMA office has provided a listing of the tornado sirens located in Richland County.
Sirens are tested on the last Wednesday of each month at 4pm. Please report non-functioning sirens to Danny Bailey - KB8STK.
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