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. 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. 

Click the Read More link below for photos.



Join the Elmers at DX Engineering and a host of Ham Radio luminaries on Saturday, July 25, 2020, for the first DXE Virtual Hamfest and DX Academy—two online events combined into a full day of fun, learning, and drawings for DX Engineering gift cards.

Both events are free and open to all. Click here to register. Once signed up, you will receive a link to access the events in real-time on the Zoom webinar platform, or you can watch live on the DX Engineering YouTube channel.


Further information and registration can be found on the DE Engineering Web Site   CLICK HERE 



NRA Birthday Event


NRA Birthday Special Event November 17, 2018

The Yavapai Amateur Radio Club (YARC) of Prescott, AZ, is planning to operate a special event station November 17, 2018, in celebration of the NRA’s 147th birthday. The special event station will operate from Gunsite Academy’s 2,000-acre campus in Paulden, AZ, north of Prescott.
The special event call sign will be K7NRA. Operations will be conducted on the following frequencies: 7.040, 7.250, 14.040, 14.250, 21.040 and 21.335 MHz. The hours of operation will be from 1500 to 2400 UTC. KL7R will again be operating a satellite station.

Due to logistics and equipment availability issues, the CW operation will take place between 1800 and 2400 UTC.


Additional Info can be found at 


Many individuals and groups organizing events for Field Day 2020 have been contacting ARRL for guidance on how to adapt their planned activities in this unprecedented time of social distancing and uncertainty.

“Due to the unique situation presented this year, this can be an opportunity for you, your club, and/or group to try something new,” ARRL Contest Manager Paul Bourque, N1SFE, said. “Field Day isn’t about doing things the same way year after year. Use this year to develop and employ a new approach that is in line with the current circumstances.”

Social distancing and state and local requirements very likely will impact just how — and even whether — you are able to participate in Field Day this year. ARRL continues monitoring the coronavirus situation, paying close attention to information and guidance offered by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).


The July 4th weekend ushered in another contest for Ham Radio enthusiasts. The 13 Colonies Special Event runs from July 1 to July 7th.

The state in which an original colony was located has a radio station. There was also a station in Philadelphia as well as a station originating in Great Britain.

The object is simple, contact all 13 plus the 2 bonus.

For the third year in a row the Woodchucks completed a "Clean Sweep" making contacts with all 13 colony stations plus the bonus station In Philadelphia.

Chuck, K8CVM also achieved a "Clean Sweep"

The  station in Great Britain is difficult to contact however one of my Ham friends in Munson, Ohio accomplished it a few year back.

The colony stations operate in the phone portion as well as the digital portions of the bands during the event. The Woodchuck contacts were made in the phone portion of the band on 20 and 40 meters. We also made a contact on 80 meters as well

I would like to operate in the digital portions not just for this event but Field Day as well. During Field Day, digital contacts get double points for each contact.

The colony stations can be located by simply dialing around the bands or if you are lazy then look them up on a spotter program. I used DX Summit this weekend which is a website devoted to station spotting.

Stations who have previously worked the contest stations post their frequency on the spotter page.

Participants receive a certificate from the sponsors after their contacts are verified. The Woodchuck contacts were made with the equipment in the cement tent. The club radio, Kenwood 440S along with the Cobra Multiband wire antenna and the Cushcraft 10, 15 and 20 meter beam were used.

It was an enjoyable contest and hopefully some new people will give it a try next year. 



Field Day 2020 came and went for the Woodchuck Amateure Radio Club.
Several members braved the lockdown and came out to the Cement Tent.

WA8Q ran the full 24 hours andt those that stopped out had a good time.
Full results will be posted as soon as we get them compiled, so make sure you check back.
For now please enjoy the photos.
We even had a BTO(Big Time Operator) at the event, see if you can find him.....


Saturday September 14th from 6pm till 10pm.

  This Saturday the Woodchuck ARC is having a “LY” (Young Ladies) night!
  “YL” is a term that has been used to in amateur radio for centuries.

  Woman have been part of Amateur Radio for many years so this is nothing new.

  It is just that we do not remember any club dedicating a night for woman only operators.

  We are the first club in the area to attempt to try this for all the woman that wish to try making     Amateur  Radio contacts for our club from the Club Station.