PRC mtg August 7

Special program for new hams August 7th

It’s a real pleasure to hear new hams and new members jumping in and participating on the FM net while their new call sign is still wet! With these folks in mind I thought it would be good to postpone our original program on SDR radio and instead discuss  topics that would of value to the new ham.  So at the August 7th meeting we’ll talk about: net protocol, how to use repeaters and understanding those funny sounds you hear, tips on getting the best results from your handheld and some very helpful accessories for your new handheld. In addition I encourage everyone not to hesitate to ask a question of interest. We’ll have a lot of experience in the room, so someone will be able to help you.

West Park QRP Fun Day

You should have received the email informing us of the West Park RadioOps QRP Fun Day on August 12th.  I plan to participate and try my luck with a portable HF radio.  I encourage our new hams and others to stop by and check it out even if you don’t have a portable HF station of your own to set up.  It will be a great learning experience for everyone and you get to meet a lot of good people!  I’m sure you can also give others a hand with set up and tear down. Again, part of learning about this great hobby.

If you missed the West Park RadioOps flier, click here. WP QRP-To-The-Field 2017

Ohio QSO Party

The Ohio QSO party is being held on August 26 from 1600Z to 0400Z and your club is invited to participate! Every year many hams in Ohio participate from their home stations, as rovers or as mobiles. Their is also a category for EOC stations and multi operator stations-a great way to get together and have fun with a few friends. Our goal is to have lots of fun making all 88 Ohio counties available on the air for that 12 hour period. The OHQP is a fun way to generate activity and help county hunters get confirmation for Ohio counties.

You are receiving this email because your club is listed as an ARRL affliated radio club in Ohio.

Here’s how you and your club can help.

1) Announce the Ohio QSO party at your next club meeting and talk it up. Even getting on for an hour or two will help activity greatly.

2) Place an announcement on your web page and in your newsletter with a link to the Ohio QSO Party web page.(

3) If your club has a reflector or hangout on 2 meters announce the Ohio QSO Party and generate some interest.

Please feel free to pass this on to anyone you think may be interested in participating. Between now and the OHQP I will be available to give a brief talk about the OHQP if you’d like.

Thanks for your help in making the Ohio QSO Party for 2017 a great success!

Dan Kovatch
Activity Whip OHQP
Interested? Let’s discuss this event at the meeting. —  Hal


ARRL Great Lakes Division Director, Dale R Williams, WA8EFK writes:

Greetings all,

Our Great Lakes Division Section Managers have already alerted everyone about the need to send an e-mail to their Senators in Washington to support the Amateur Radio Parity Act. This note is a friendly reminder that if you have not yet sent your e-mail, the attached link will allow you to do that with a very minimal effort. ctas/urge-us-senate-to-support-amateur-radio-parity-act This is truly important that we get this passed so the FCC will be directed to create a set of guidelines implementing PRB-1-style rules that allow those hams living in areas governed by homeowners’ associations to install effective antennas. The above link is also available at the top of the ARRL Web Page. Thanks for your help and 73,


ARRL Great Lakes Division Director:

Dale R Williams, WA8EFK

Also Dale writes: here are some updates and corrections to our recent listing Great Lakes Division ARRL Sanctioned Hamfests: Aug 5 – Columbus Hamfest – Columbus, OH

Aug 5 – UP Hamfest – Escanaba, MI

Aug 12 – Central KY – Lexington, KY

Aug 12 – Midland Hamfest – Midland, MI

Aug 13- Seaway Trunk Swap – Port Huron, MI

Aug 19 – Thunder Bay ARC Swap – Alpena, MI

Aug 20 – Warren Tailgate Swap – Cortland, OH

Aug 27 – Cuyahoga Falls Tailgate Swap – Stow, OH

Sep 9 – GRAHamfest – Wyoming, MI

Sep 9 – Greater Louisville Hamfest – Sheperdsville, KY

Sep 10 – Findlay Hamfest – Findlay, OH

Sep 16 – Richmond Fall Hamfest – Richmond, KY

Sep 17 – Adrian Hamfest – Adrian, MI

Sep 23 – GMARC Trunk swap – Shelby Twp., MI

Sep 23 – OHKYIN ARS Hamfest – Cincinnati, OH

Sep 30 – Paintsville Hamfest – Paintsville, KY

Oct 7 – Vette City Hamfest – Bowling Green, KY

Oct 7-8- GLD HamCon and Convention – Brooklyn, MI

Oct 21 – Muskegon Color Tour Hamfest – Muskegon, MI

Oct 22 – Kalamazoo Hamfest – Kalamazoo, MI

Oct 28 – Hazard Hamfest – Hazard, KY

Oct 29 – Massillon Hamfest – Massillon, OH

Oct 29 – USECA Hamfest – Madison Heights, MI

ARRL Great Lakes Division Director: Dale R Williams, WA8EFK

Hal Rogers, K8CMD
President, Communications Director