PRC mtg Aug. 15th

W8PRC to participate in Ohio QSO Party

August 27th the PRC will participate in the very popular Ohio QSO Party.  Operation will be from Stearns Homestead. We’ll discuss the topic further at the coming August 15th meeting.  Please be with us to make your suggestions as to how we can make this event a success.  While the Ohio QSO Party is a long standing event, to my recollection this is the first time the PRC has participated.  You can review the rules here:  Ohio QSO Party Rules 

Stearns Homestead Farmers’ Market in full swing

A reminder that  our friends at Parma Historical Society operate a wonderful Farmers’ Market at Stearns Farm every Saturday June 25th through October 1st, 9 am to 1 pm.  Great place to stock up on locally grown vegetables, honey, eggs, home baked goodies and more at really good prices. 

Last meeting a little loopy

At our last meeting Rich Nagle, W8KU showed his impressive magnetic circular loop, made from old 75 ohm coax. We were all impressed with its very low SWR.  I used the opportunity to show the “guts” of a 10 meter vertical delta loop supported on two vintage cane poles my 4:1 homebrew balun. 

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My Little Field Day

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I had had one QSO on the 10 meter delta loop with Mike, KD8ZMN but it was time to see if I could be heard out of town. During a brief 10 meter opening I was able to work a Texas station. Success. I was using an FT-817nd set up as a portable. Flying high on that success, I then put up a portable 40 meter dipole and worked 40 meters QRP, phone and CW.  ’til the bugs got unbearable and daylight was long gone, I enjoyed what I call “my little field day.” What fun!

Correspondence From Larry Shimerka, KC8VZZ

From: David Andrzejewski <>
Date: July 6, 2016 at 16:08:16 EDT
Subject: [Geauga Fair] Signup Form is Live!


Again, thanks for your interest in volunteering with Geauga County ARES for the 194th Great Geauga County Fair.  The fair is taking place September 1st through the 5th, and we are asking for volunteers from 9:00AM until 9:00PM each day.  We have a number of roles to fill:  Golf cart dispatch, dispatch logger, golf cart drivers, golf cart passengers/navigators, and walking around the fair.

To give you an idea of how many volunteers we need – we will likely have 3 golf carts again this year. Each golf cart requires two people – a driver and a navigator.  That’s 12 hours per day for 5 days. That’s 120 man hours for just the golf carts!!

I also want to assure everyone that we expect things to go smoothly this year as far as the fair board is concerned.  Last year went really well, and since then, we have only further improved our relationship with the fair board since then.

When you sign up, you’ll be asked for some basic info, and you’ll see a huge list of “spots” that are open. Each “spot” is a two hour shift in a particular position. Please click every spot you’d like to volunteer for, but don’t double-book yourself and volunteer for two positions on the same shift.  Also, please do not sign up for a shift unless you are 100% committed to working it!

The signup form  is located here: – we also have a link on the front page of  Please share those links to anyone that might be interested!

Please let us know if you have any questions, concerns, or pithy comments.  And again – thank you very much!


– Dave/KD8TWG

Larry, KC8VZZ  also informs me that the Fox Hunt has been postponed until around September 1st. We’ll try to keep you posted.

Hal Rogers, K8CMD

President, Communications Director