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2 meter Net Wed. 8pm 145.310 PL110.9 W A 8 Q 10M Net Thur. 8pm 28.435
September 20, 2020
Again it is the duty of the leadership to protect the membership from the virus in the way the experts have told the public will help prevent it from spreading; no matter if we like or believe that they are correct in their assessment.
On a lighter note I would like to explain how our Member Voting takes place, Jim Tommer W8MIJ is the Election Chairman this year.
First he determines who is eligible to run for office according to the By-Laws.
He then asks these individuals if they wish to run for Office and if so what Office.
At the September Business Meeting any member may Nominate for Office any other member who may accept or reject the Nomination.
Following the Meeting he then makes out the Official Ballot which is sent to the Web Manager to post on the Woodchuck Web Site.
Voting is only available by mailing in your Ballot with your name and return address on the envelope or by filling out a Ballot in person at the November meeting, prior to the start of the meeting only, (should that meeting be able to occur this year). The mailing address is on the Ballot.
Your vote is private, only your name from your envelope is checked out on the membership list prior to opening the envelope and then only the Ballot is placed in a container with all the others without anyone reading it. After all the ballots are placed in the container only then is the count made by three members who’s results much match before a winner is announced.
The Ballot is available on the Web Site (www.woodchuckarc.com) .
Ohio State Parks on the Air WA8Q RECAP
The 13th Annual Ohio State Parks on the Air event took place on Saturday, September 12, 2020.
It is always the first Saturday after Labor Day and runs from 1400 UTC until 2200 hrs UTC.
This contest was for SSB contacts only with the 10,15,20,40 and 80 meter bands used.
There are 75 State parks in Ohio but not all of these were activated.
Chuck, K8CVM, Larry, N8OWS, Ai, KE8PAI, Jim, W8MIJ and Sue, W8DXW participated in the event.
The station was set up in Garrettsville, Ohio at Nelson-Kennedy Ledges State Park on Rt. 282. It was operated entirely on solar power. The Hamvan was in attendance and served as the operating station.
A NVIS antenna consisting of 40 and 80 meters was used for the contest. It was placed about 16’ in the air.
Chuck also placed a set of 20 meter ham sticks on the Hamvan mast at about 25’ and he worked some good DX in the morning on 20 meters before switching over to the contest.
Luxembourg, Russia and Bosnia were the DX stations he was able to work with a good signal report from those stations.
Ai arrived in the afternoon and made her first DX contact with a station in Germany as well as stations in Texas, Alabama and the Ukraine.
The weather was near perfect though the 80 meter band began to shrink during the early afternoon hours before rebounding.
The 40 meter band was not very active with most of the contest contacts made on the 80 meter band.
A nice contest with some good DX mixed in made Ohio State Parks on the Air a contest to try in the future.
Larry, N8OWS 73.
The 2020 edition of the Ohio QSO Party was held on August 22, 2020.
This annual event is sponsored by the Mad River Radio Club and is held on the 4th Saturday in August.
Simply......contact as many counties in Ohio and other stations as well.
A small group of Woodchucks attended with 5 members participating in the contest.
The Club amassed a score of 2,090 points with a total of 33 counties contacted. Larry, N8OWS and Mike, KE8OLR also worked a station in Brazil, PV8AL on 20 meters later on in the evening.
Jim, W8MIJ, MaryAnn, K8BLY and Ai, KE8PAI rounded out the Operators group.
The majority of contacts were made on 80 meters with a NVIS antenna and the club Kenwood TS 440S radio.
40 meters was virtually without stations due to questionable conditions. Propagation is not always your friend.
A couple of hearty souls even climbed a ladder in the dark to KD8KBO’s roof to attach chimney straps for a future antenna installation.
All in all a nice event. We are hoping to work a couple of out of state QSO parties in September and October.
73 for now.
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The contest is always held on the first Saturday following the Labor Day holiday. Each year this event has grown and we anticipate another year of growth with even more participating Amateur Radio Operators.
To promote public awareness of amateur radio and Ohio’s beautiful state parks system;
To contribute to the recognition that Ohio has a very diverse and wonderful ecology;
To promote camaraderie within the ranks of Ohio’s Amateur Radio Operators
Operation Hours are 10:00am to 6:00pm EST.
Chuck with the HamVan and myself will be at the Nelson- Kennedy State Park in Garrettsville, Ohio for the 2020 edition of Ohio State Parks on the air.
We will operate under the Woodchuck ARC call of WA8Q.
This event is open to all and all are welcome
In case a spot is not available at NKL we will move to Punderson State Park (PYM) and setup in one of the lower parking lots.
The Woodchuck ARC would like to welcome the following NEW members:
- Frank Richey, KN4AW
- Jerry Kuhn, W8KDG
- Frank Siedlack, WD8AEK
- Jeff Gilmer, K8ACF
- AI Nguyen-Kropp, KE8PAI
- Mike McCollum, KE8OLR
We're gonna need a bigger burrow!
On Monday August 31, 2020 Ai (KE8PAI) successfully passed the Extra Class Test getting only 1 incorrect answer.
For those of you that have met Ai this is an amazing venture for her.
Just before Field Day 2020 Ai contacted Larry (N8OWS) about becoming a HAM.
She visited the Club for the Field Day event and was given the information and introduced to the hobby. A week or so later she again contacted Larry about taking the Technicians test. Arrangements were made and the test was giving, she passed only missing 1 question becoming an official amateur radio operator KE8PAI and joined the Woodchucks.
Ai participated in several of the club and other nets getting her feet wet “On-the-Air”.
Several weeks later She contacted Larry again and requested to take the General test…..
Arrangements were made for this test. Ai passed that test with 1 incorrect answer. Ai was now KE8PAI/G.
Ai expressed an interest in learning code and becoming a Net Control Operator at that time.
She participated in several Woodchuck nets as well as other nets in the area.
Along came the Ohio QSO party and Ai was on the radio making contacts during the day.
On August 27th the Woodchuck 10 meter net was NCOed by Ai with 13 check-ins.
Ai was not done with her advancement in HAM Radio.
On August 31st Ai successfully passed the Extra Class exam and became KE8PAI/E, again missing only 1 question.
What is, in my opinion, amazing is Ai’s dedication to the hobby going from not knowing what amateur radio was to Extra class, and NCO all within 45 days.
Ai, thank you for contacting the Woodchuck’s and Welcome to the Wonderful World of Amateur Radio.
And on another little note, Ai has figured out why KBO is called the “Agitator”.
Congratulations to Ai, KE8PAI for obtaining her General Class license upgrade.
Ai obtained both her Technician and General Class License within the last 30 days.
Once again Congratulations!!
With all the Rain we have had lately at the Cement Tent, high on the Windy Hill,the Creek has risen to new levels.
This has made it very easy for the Creek "residents" to escape their normal areas.
Please be extra cautious when attempting to cross the Bridge to the "Windy Hill Antenna Farm".
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