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NWS Wilmington Ohio Online Spotter Training

The National Weather Service forecast office in Wilmington Ohio will be hosting online spotter training. Please be aware that our virtual spotter talks only have so many slots for registration. If you register and decide at a later point that you can no longer attend, please be sure to cancel your registration (link for cancellation is in email you will receive upon registering). We want to open the virtual class to as many people as possible. Thank you!   DATE:Tuesday, May 26  TIME:6:00 PM – 8:00 PMREGISTRATION:Click Here to Register Our online spotter classes will be held via webinar format. We will go through the spotter presentation using slides and live narration. During the class, you will learn about the different kinds of severe weather that can affect our area, and how to identify cloud features and other signs of hazardous conditions. You’ll also learn our spotting and reporting procedures, so that you can get your reports to us when the time comes. Thank you for your interest in our online spotter class!

A Message From Club President Dave G. K8DEG

Just to keep everyone up to date. We are planning on having a Tech class. The class will be either online using Webex or ZOOM, or after all of this is over and we feel we can do it safely, in person. If you or anyone you know would be interested in an online training class, please reply to this or send us a message. We are also looking into doing some videos and posting them to our own YouTube channel. There are a few subjects we want to cover, but if you have suggestions please again let us know. We are having a Thursday night Net at 7:30 pm on our 147.120 repeater. Informal Net just to keep the radio busy 🙂. Andrew is working on a rewrite of the CCARA webpage and it looks great! That all I have right now, more to come. 73 K8DEG Dave

Leap into Digital

We had a great day on leap day at the shack playing around with digital.

Winter Field Day Results

Winter Field Day this year was an overwhelming success. We would like to say a special thank you to Caesar Creek Flea Market for being such great hosts for this year’s event.  Additionally we would also like to thank all those CCARA members who came out to help get the “shack” fixed up and setup to operate.  It was very much a team effort.  Thanks to all those who showed up to participate or just say hi! We operated 3 stations for the event connected to 3 antennas including a G5RV and a MFJ2012 OCFD.  Icom 7300s were used throughout the entire event and an Icom 7200 was used for day 1. Country Total USA 102 Canada 7 Alaska 2 Northern Ireland 1 Slovenia 1 Band CW Phone Dig 160 0 1 0 80 0 39 0 40 0 55 0 20 0 18 0 Total 0 113 0

Winter Field Day Shack Prep

Here is some of the work we did to prepare the “Shack” for the Winter Field Day Event.  Thanks to all that participated.  Not pictured, we added carpet to the step landing and an outside light above the door.

Winter Field Day Preparations

The Winter Field Day “shack” at the Caesar Creek Flea Market is coming together.  A big thank you to those who came out to help, including Dave K8DEG, Mark KD8DGH, Mike WF8B, Andrew W9AMA, Dave KE8GII, Bill WD8BHV and Dana KB8FOW.  There will be another work day to add some finishing touches on January 18th at 9:30a.

CCARA Receives Friend Of HARA Certificate

CCARA incoming President Dave Gordley (K8DEG) was presented with an award for the CCARA from the Highland ARA.  CCARA has had  along standing friendship with HARA and many members are Co-Members in both clubs.

CCARA Members Participate in SKYWARN Recognition Day

WB8ZZR (Paul, KD8DGH (Mark) and K8DEG (Dave) participated in the 20th Celebration of SKYWARN Recognition Day.  The special event started Friday December 6th at 7PM and continued until 7 PM the following day.  Paul (WB8ZZR) and Mark (KD8DGH) are primary operators and Dave (K8DEG) was a secondary operator for the 2019 season of weather incidents

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.