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




  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!!

2021 Dayton Hamvention Cancelled

The Dayton Hamvention Executive Committee has announced that "several setbacks in the recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic make necessary the difficult decision to cancel Hamvention 2021.""Vaccine distribution both in the United States and around the world is lagging behind what was planned," said today's committee announcement. "In addition, the emergence of a more communicable form of the COVID-19 virus increases the potential for further public health problems in the next few months. We make this difficult decision for the safety of our guests and vendors. Those who had their tickets deferred last year will be deferred again."

The announcement concluded, "Stay tuned for information about a QSO party for the Hamvention weekend. We'll be back next year!!!"


CQ Amateur Radio


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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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 Larry - N8OWS at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Additional information on to get started amateur Radio or upgrading your Amateur License are available by reading below.


Congratulations to Dave Szymanski, N8UUC for attaining his Extra Class license upgrade at the Woodchuck VE session on October 22 in the Cement Tent.

Prior to the session, the tent experienced a loss of power due to an outage in the area. 

There always seems to be a development when the Woodchucks get together.

Rich, KD8KBO fired up his generator so the tent  had light for Dave to complete his license examination. That little shot of starter  fluid didn't hurt either eh Rich.

Generators are standard equipment in Cement tents these days.

Congratulation to Dave for the upgrade and a big “Thank You” to Rich for his timely participation  with the generator.