Congratulation to the Woodchuck Amateur Radio Club on the ARRL DX Contest Award.
The event was held on March 3-4, 2018 in the Cement Tent, High on a Windy Hill in North Royalton.

WA8Q was awarded 2nd Place in the Ohio Section and 4th Place in the Great Lake Region.


2018 Woodchuck ARC Elections Information



The Woodchuck Elections were held on Friday Nov 24 2018

The Woodchuck ARC Officers for 2019 are:

President - Shimerka, Larry       N8OWS

Vice-President - Mehozonek, Chuck K8CVM

Secretary - Heidenreich, Kelly  KE8AXL 

Treasurer - Tommer, James       W8MIJ




Balata, Rich             KD8KBO

Bonus, MaryAnn     K8BLY

Semanik, Dave        K8WRS




The Woodchucks are now offering Amateur Radio License Testing.

The Woodchucks are offer limited Ham Radio testing on an appointment only basis.  Arrangements can be made contacting Larry N8OWS at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Please see the Woodchuck Calendar for information.

  2020 a new year and a new decade.


With the new year the Woodchuck ARC has many programs and activities planned.
Please check the calender for activities and any announcments that will be posted to the website and in the Club Newsletter.

Dues are Due for those that have not yest paid them, lets keep the club growing by passing the club info on to other Hams or non Hams.

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!!



Please cut the Ballot section off, make your choice and mail to:


Rich Balata                                            
11694 State Road                                
N. Royalton, OH   44133 


                                              You may cut and tape the above address on your envelope.

Ballots will not be opened until the November meeting by three members who are not running for office and placed in a box without opening the Ballot to insure your privacy. Or bring your envelope to the Nov. meeting.



The following offices have only one candidate which is as follows:

 *President: Larry Shimerka                         *Vice President: Chuck Mehozonek (K8CVM)                       

*Secretary: MaryAnn Bonus (K8BLY)          *Treasurer: James Tommer (W8MIJ)              

*These candidates will be considered elected by acclimation!


As Chairman of the Nominating Committee I have asked competing candidates to write a presentation of their qualifications and why they believe they should be elected to office.

These have been forwarded to you as I received them without any editing on my part.

Each is listed below please read to make an informed decision!

It is important you read these as the club is only as strong as its’ leadership!


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Woodchuck Official BALLOT 2020

Vote by circling your choice and mail!

                                                                        Trustees: (Vote for 3 only)  

                                                     Rich Balata (KD8KBO)             Mark Huber (NO8J)

                                                     David Semanik (K8WRS)         William Guttliep (KE8HJN)

                                                     Bill Savage (WA8GEO)                                           


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Resumes from candidates for the contested elected positions posted below.  PLEASE READ!


For Trustee:

Rich Balata: (KD8KBO)

                    I have been a long time Woodchuck Member.

                    Also a Trustee for the Woodchuck ARC.

                    I am the Net Manager for 2 meter and 10 Meter Nets and schedule Net Control

                     Operators for both Nets.

                    I am a Net Control Operator on both the 2 meter and 10 meter Nets and participate in all our Nets.

                    Help new Amateurs set up their equipment and help them run the Net when needed.

                    Help set-up and provide whatever I can for all Field Events.

                    Have hosted the picnic and provide space for all other events at my QTH.

                    I have made numerous suggestions about additional club activities.

                   I hope to continue as an active member and hope for your vote as a Trustee!

                   Rich Balata (KD8KBO), High on a windy hill!


For Trustee:

David Semanik (K8WRS)

                          I served as Vice President of the Woodchuck Amateur Radio Club for 11 years, 1992 to 1996;

 I again served as Vice President and Parliamentarian of the Woodchuck Amateur Radio Club from 2012 until 2017, I had to resign from the office of Vice President due to a stroke, although I remained club Parliamentarian to this day.

 The following year, 2018 I was elected Trustee and have remained in that position ever since.

 I have been the author of the Club Newsletter and an ARRL and W5YI Volunteer Examiner.

  I am also the sole author of the Addendum to the Bylaws which clearly defined each officer’s responsibilities of office.

  I believe the Trustees should not only be the representatives of the membership but also the foundation of the club due to their past experience and deep understanding of how the club operates to keep the club moving forward in a steady direction as it has done.

 I thank everyone for your continuing support,

 Dave, (K8WRS)  “Current Trustee and Parliamentarian”.


For Trustee:

MaryAnn Bonus, (KB8BLY)

I would like to be a trustee for the Woodchucks because they have given so much to me and I would like to give back. Participation is important to our growth and longevity. Our club is an important part of the community.  The more active we are; the more new people will become interested.

Well, the transformation of the Concrete Tent from a garage to a Ham Shack has started....
With the suggestion and permission of Rich, KD8KBO the Concrete is getting a Radio Station position.
On Saturday March 30, 2019 a few souls came out to the Tent to begin the clean out, demolation and construction of a Radio Station position for the Club.
We moved several storage cabinets and other items to install a counter are where the Club can hold events from.
While construction is still ongoing, this was the firsts days work...
And Larry N8OWS says "NO ONE" sits on the Table.......

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Progress on Day 3 of the new Radio Station table.

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