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The Woodchuck Amateur Radio Club is based in Parma, Ohio.
We are an Amateur Radio organization the offers training, monthly presentation and other activities.
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|Woodchuck Amateur Radio Club
Winter Field Day 2022
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LOCATION: Toledo, OH
Saturday Jan 29, 2022-Sunday Jan 30,2022
At Rich Balata’s (KD8KBO) Cement Tent
11694 State Road, North Royalton, Ohio 44133
Setup will start at 10:00 EST on Saturday and WFD will begin at 14:00pm EST and end at 20:00(for us).
We are going to operate in the following…
- Only operate for 8 hours of the allowed 24 hour maximum
- Run as Class ‘2H’ 2 Transmitter Home Station.
- Anyone is free to bring their rigs or antennas and take a turn operating.
- Anyone that would like to do some CW, stop on by. You would need to bring your own keyer/paddle.
- We will also be trying some PSK31.
- We will have computers setup with the N3FJP logging software to make things easy.
- We will run on batteries/solar to get the alternate power credit.
- Cement tent will be heated as always.
- If anyone would like to operate overnight, they are more than welcome, please contact Kevin K8DNQ in advance.
- In honor of Larry, N8OWS SK and Jim, N8FND SK, Let’s have a record turnout!
We will have coffee and water. We may go for a pizza run later if anyone interest. As always, bring a chair.
Come on over to Rich’s, have some fun and make it a great Winter Field Day!
It is with deep sorrow that I announce the loss of a pivotal member of the Woodchuck ARC.
Larry Shimerka (N8OWS) passed away on December 17, 2021. Larry had been in the Hospital for a week.
Larry has been the President of the Woodchuck ARC since 2018 he also served the Club as Secretary and Vice President before becoming President.
He Was instrumental in developing the "Cement Tent" and the Antenna Farm at Rich Balata's (KD8KBO) house.
Larry chaired many Radio and social events for the club over the years.
Larry was active in the Amateur Community and belonged to several other Clubs.
Larry was an active Net Control Operator for several Radio clubs in the area.
Larry headed up the Woodchuck’s VE program for the testing and licensing of many Amateur Radio operators.
Larry N8OWS will be greatly missed by the Woodchuck’s and the Amateur Radio community in general.
Rest in Peace my Dear Friend
The Woodchucks are now offering Amateur Radio License Testing.
The Woodchucks are offering Ham Radio testing on an appointment only basis.
Arrangements can be made by contacting Chuck K8CVM - k8cvm(at)mehoz.net
Additional information on to get started amateur Radio or upgrading your Amateur License are available by reading below.
The Woodchucks have lost another members of the club.
Jim Bis N8FND passed away last week.
Jim Bis N8FND was a member who came to almost all the events at the “Cement Tent”. He would usually show with a box of Donte's wonderful Pizza.
Jim was one of the members who helped with the installation of the Tower at the Cement Tent.
Jim was also a personal friend of mine every Wednesday Jim, myself and a few other Woodchucks were at Lunas’ Restaurant for breakfast.
Discussion ranged from amateur radio to B52 bombers, Jim worked on them while he was in the Airforce, thank you for your Service Jim.
Tips and tricks to pass your FCC Amateur Radio Exam.
Thank you to Quicksilver Radio for this information.
Some will complain that my approach does not teach anything – that its only purpose lies in memorizing answers in order to pass the test. My answer is “you are 100% correct”. My experience has shown that sometimes our best and most enthusiastic operators – those who give back to the hobby – may not know which end of the soldering iron to hold. And conversely, some of the most technically adept Hams are notably hard to find when there is work to be done or Public Service events to staff. Most Hams, I think fall somewhere in between these extremes. A good friend of mine likes to say that there are 28 different kinds of Ham Radio, and that there’s something there for just about anybody. My goal here is to make (or upgrade) more Hams so that they can find out what kinds of Radio they’re going to enjoy. And if you follow my suggestions, YOU WILL PASS!! So here we go:
A very good article from DX Engineering On All Bands (https://www.onallbands.com/)
Mother Nature must like Ham operators. We’ve been provided with an abundance of tall, non-conductive antenna supports—aka trees—which grow and flourish on their own. When it comes to wire antennas, all many of us have to do is step outside and decide which trees can be easily pressed into service.
Hams who don’t have suitable trees can still build their antenna farm from the ground up. A relatively small open area can host a vertical antenna with great DX potential.
Once you’ve decided which antenna is most suitable for your location, the next step is getting it in the air with the least amount of time and frustration. Here are some tips for getting your end-fed, dipole, or vertical in and on the air.
One, Two, Tree
Dipoles are the most economical antennas and deliver the most bang for the buck. However, getting them in the air is the challenge. My personal preference is to do installations in the spring or fall when the leaves are gone and you can actually see your installation clearly. I’m an inverted V advocate, preferring to use a single support at the center of the antenna as opposed to suspending each end from a different tree. We could spend hours arguing about the merits of the inverted V versus the horizontal dipole, but the installation process is basically the same.
The Woodchuck ARC is looking for any photos you might have of past Woodchuck activities, events of meetings get togethers or whatever.
We wouild like to put togetner a photo ablum highlighting the Woodchuck ARC history.