Monthly Archives: March 2018

Mar 19 mtg

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

Hal cleverly shows how trees move in the wind.

Perhaps it was a veiled effort to “think Spring” but we took the opportunity at the recent meeting to discuss various methods of hanging wire antennas from our favorite antenna support – trees. While it seems like a simple task, there’s no shortage of failed attempt stories. To avoid duplicating past errors we first discussed safety issues then proven methods such as slingshots, potato launchers even drones. We also covered methods to run support ropes and counter balance devices such as bungi cords and weights.

Rich and Jim demo the bungi tensioner.

Tom checks out Hal’s modified slingshot.




Gary tests the drone approach to antenna hanging.  Hey, this could work!

Mikes new workbench!

Vice President Mike Marganski, KE8HBK, has shown himself to be quite a wood worker with this beautiful new production. The bench is constructed of standard 2×4 shaved down to make the bench surface nice and flat.  The well-designed sturdy bench was then finished with a clear protective coat.  Mike says he plans to use the new bench for his test equipment.


March 19th meeting

Following a brief business meeting on March 19th we’ll work on finalizing the 2018 program schedule. Thanks to all who have assisted with the project.  Afterward, it we’ll make plans for our Earth Day special event operation at Stearns Farm.

2018 ‘Breeze Shooters’ Hamfest is gearing up

The ‘Breeze Shooters’ will once again be having their Hamfest on June 2 and June 3, 2018 – This will be our 64th Annual Event. This year we are again pleased to have been chosen to host the ARRL – WPA Section Convention. Presenters from the ARRL will be there. As in the years past, we are offering to the local radio clubs in Pennsylvania,Ohio,Maryland,New York,District of Columbia and West Virginia: (2)- Free Admission Tickets to our Hamfest at our newest location: The BIG Butler Fairgrounds, on US Rt. 422 in Prospect,PA (north of Pittsburgh) These can be given as a ‘drawing prize’ at your April or May, 2018 club meeting. This is one way we advertise our Hamfest and welcome members from other clubs to attend. OFFER IS LIMITED TO (2) Tickets per club and request must be received by April 30, 2018.

(Editor: Be the first to request tickets and they’re yours.)

Contributor needed

With the hamfest season just ahead we’re looking for a someone to contribute a list of the 2018 events for publishing on this site.  Please contact me if you wish to help.

FM2M2– Ohio 2 Meter FM Simplex Squares Contest

 Sponsored by The Cuyahoga Fall Amateur Radio Club

A contest for all hams in Ohio!

●     All you need is a 2M FM HT or mobile radio and a simple antenna to compete for prizes and certificates; yes even a cheap HT will do.

●     The contest is 10 hours total, two 5 hour windows each on April 7th & 8th 2018.

●     Use 2 Meter FM Simplex communication to contact as many other stations and grid squares in Ohio as possible.

●     Anyone sending in a log with at least one valid contact is eligible to win prizes, but the more contacts you make the better your odds of winning. There will also be certificates for leaders in a variety of categories.

●     Full details and rules can be found at

Hal Rogers, K8CMD

President, Communications Director