Clinton County Ohio Amateur Radio Association

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In support of our General Class students, we have a little fun by playing radio.  Whatever we can think of doing, from antennas to antenna launchers have been made and utilized..  Please stop by during the class to visit....

General License Class

Next Class: Sunday September 22 at 2pm at the Foster J Boyd Regional Cancer Center, 31 Farquhar Ave, Wilmington, OH 45177.  Not too late to join us!!

For all of those Technician licensees out there (or those who are interested in getting their Technician and General), CCARA will offer a license class starting Sunday September 8 at 2pm.  The location will be the Foster J Boyd Regional Cancer Center, 31 Farquhar Ave, Wilmington, OH 45177.  The classes will run every Sunday through October 20.  There will be a test session October 27 at the cancer center at 2pm.  Those interested in participating in the class will need to purchase The ARRL General Class License Manual by ARRL from Amazon, R&L Electronics or directly from ARRL (links below).  Please note that it MUST be the 9th Edition of the manual.

http://www.randl.com/shop/catalog/product_info.php?cPath=3000&products_id=74882

https://www.amazon.com/dp/162595106X 

http://www.arrl.org/shop/ARRL-General-Class-License-Manual-9th-Edition

10 Meter Net Wednesdays At 9PM

we changed the time to 9 PM for the summer, please join us for this informal net.

 


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Fun was had by all at Courthouses on the Air!

This past Saturday CCARA setup on the lawn of the Clinton County Courthouse in Wilmington for the Courthouses on the Air special event in addition to the Ohio QSO Party.  The group was able to make 45 contacts throughout the US and Canada including 19 counties in Ohio.

13 Colonies Special Event.

I know several of the clubs members participated in the 13 Colonies Special Event the July 4th week.  The hams I know who made contacts of all 13 stations are: W8SBL (Steve), KB8UAW (Dave 4 using QRP) and also getting all 13 plus a bonus station KS8P (Sara). Mike WF8B reports that he got all 13 colonies plus 2 bonus stations!  If you made all 13 contacts, please drop us a note and we will get you on here.

Want to be in the 1% Club, how about the .25% Club!

According to Wikipedia, Ham radio operators are a unique bunch!  So what state has the most Ham Radio Operators... California (Come on Ohio, we can take them).  Ask us about training and testing in the About Us page

Country Number of amateur
radio operators
% population Year of
Report
 United States 822,768 0.251 2019
State Novices Tech General Advanced Extra Total
Ohio 411 12988 7058 1511 5986 27954

Clinton Memorial Hospital donates surplus laptops to Local Amateur Radio Groups!

Mark Atwell, From Clinton memorial hospital donated laptops to the Clinton County Amateur radio Association, The Laurel Volunteer Examination Team, And the Highland Amateur radio Association at the regular monthly meeting of the Clinton County Amateur radio Association. These will be used for various amateur radio activities in communications exercises and emergency preparedness training. The Volunteer Examiner Team leaders laptop will be used in administering FCC examinations which are free to the public. The Picture from left to right is Mike Boyle WF8B Laurel VE Team Leader, Paul Jellison K8IO President of CCARA, Mark Atwell KD8DGH representing CMH, Jim Hause K8CUH President of HARA.

10 Meter Net, Wednesdays 9 PM 28.421

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2 Meter WeatherNet Sundays 9:00 PM  147.120

 

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Ham radio is whatever you want to make of it.  It is the one hobby that I have found that covers the widest variety of my interests, plus a few things that I never knew I was interested in.  How about talking to an astronaut at the International Space Station.

Here are just a few things that Ham Radio covers:

Computers - From hooking your radio up to the computer, to writing applications.

Science - No matter what kind of science you are interested in there are parts of ham radio that is covered.  From Space to ground planes, it is a never ending opportunity to learn.

Maker Spaces - If you are into the Maker Space hobby, you would really like ham radio, where there is a will, there's a way.

Public Service - Weather Spotters, helping with communications at events, providing communications for all those in need.

Emergency Services - Ares and Races, help with communications during emergencies.

Learning new Cultures - Meet people from all over the world.

Chit Chat and All That - If you just want to talk, that is great also.

Computers:

Almost all ham radio "Shacks" are populated with one or more (Mine currently has three) computers.  Not only are some radios now Software Defined Radios (SDR), but computers are used for many other things.  I'm a computer programmer by trade, and I have written a few things to help with my ham operations but I use many more programs to help with other functions.

Logging software is used to records and track all my contacts. Satellite tracking software so I can talk using satellites.  Programming software to program my handheld Radios. This website, and much much more.

Science:
Did you ever wonder why cell phone towers are the size they are or located where they are.  Ever wonder why the antenna on your car is vertical. You can design and build your own antennas at a very low price and use modeling software to know how it is going to perform before building it. Did you know that the angle of which you send out a radio signal determines how far a signal will go?  did you know that the length of your wire antenna will determine which band will work better on your setup... We could go on and on.
Here is something you might not have thought of, your cell phone is just like a Ham Radio.  It sends a signal to a repeater (Cell phone tower) that sends the signal to other repeaters and so on.  Something you can do with a Ham Radio, you can’t do with a Cell Phone?  actually talk to an astronaut on the International Space Station.

Maker Spaces:
I truly believe that the Maker movement was born from Ham Radio.  Anyone who has been a ham for a while has built something that was needed.  Electronics are a large factor in Ham Radio, from building filters to keep noise down, to lights that go on when transmitting to even building their own transmitters.  3D printing is being used to print cases and mounts and switches (Oh My, sorry a little wizard of Oz humor there).

Public Service:
If you were ever involved in organizing or working with a group of people and thought communications were an issue?  Ham Radio can help with things like Bike Races and Marathons, help organize Parades and assist at any kind of public event.  Even if you are not able to get out and about, there are need of Net Operators who can organize and direct activities.

Emergency Services:
Ares is a great way to assist in an emergency.  In events of Floods, tornados and storms many times cell connections are not available, Ham Radio still works and is needed.  Recently many Hams went to Puerto Rico to help after the hurricanes.  HF Nets were setup to track the hurricanes in Florida, and help relay emergency information, keep track of downed trees, electric issues and send messages to friends and relatives of people’s safety.  When all other forms of communications are down, ham radio STILL WORKS.

Learning new Cultures and Hearing Real History:
I have had several opportunities to learn new things about people and places.  I listened to a ham in Russia who was telling what it was like to be a ham radio operator during communist rule.  I listened and talked to hams who were in the Korean War and Vietnam Wars who shared their experiences.  Recently I talked to Nambia, I had to look it up and see where it was (about 8000 miles away).  The gentleman was very friendly and answered many questions.

Chit Chat and All That;
If you just want to talk, you can do that also, there are Nets on HF that cover just about any subject you can think of.  If you just want to hold conversations, we call that rag-chewing, that is greatly encouraged.  If you would rather Text that is covered too.  You can text to people all over the world.

People who are in Ham Radio are in it for several different things.  The people I have met are some of the friendliest and helpful people in the world.  We share a great hobby and would like to see you join us.

73’s (Ham Radio speak for “Good Will” and thanks)

KB8UAW (Dave)

  

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