Category: News

CCARA Applies for LPFM License

The Clinton County Amateur Radio Association has filed for an FCC low power FM (LPFM) license in Wilmington Ohio.  Low power FM licenses are specifically non-commercial and must serve an educational or public service need, focused on local community. The Clinton County Amateur Radio Association (CCARA) has been in existence since 1962 and is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. The group has provided trained radio operators, technical education, free FCC license exams and service to the local community since that early beginning. We look forward to adding this new chapter to our 60 years of service to the community.  We hope for a speedy grant of our FCC permit and will be operating on 95.9 on the FM dial. 

Clinton County ARA’s First Annual Parks on the Air Activation at Cowan Lake State Park

The Clinton County Amateur Radio Association (ARA) recently had an exciting and successful adventure activating Cowan Lake State Park for Parks on the Air (POTA). This event brought together the club for a day of outdoor activity, camaraderie, and engaging with the beautiful natural surroundings while showcasing their radio skills. To cap off the day, the group held a club picnic, adding an extra layer of enjoyment to the event.


DARA hamvention in Xenia is coming up in less than a week. I hope you all have had the opportunity to go in the past and again this year CCARA is sharing a space with HARA. K8IO (Me) will be providing the trailer to haul equipment for anyone wanting to sell. And if you wish to drop off equipment to sell either at a drop off site or at the table at hamvention, here are the ground rules.

Field Day 2022

Another Field Day in the books. This year was a little different than previous for CCARA. For the first time we ran our operation completely on solar and battery, the exception being the logging computers and the network equipment. It was a massive success and our goal for next year will be to run completely on solar/battery for all field day equipment. We would like to say a special thanks to Lee KC2VFX and his family for hosting Field Day this year and for being the chef! We would also like to thank Tom Breckel, Clinton County EMA Director and Steve Lewis N8TFD, Ohio ARES District 4 DEC for stopping by and visiting! This year we ended up with a total of 311 contacts. 106 of those were CW, 55 were phone and 150 were digital. Our furthest contact was New Zealand on digital. Below are some stats and some pictures of the event.

Parks on the Air

Recently club members K8DEG and W9AMA went out to Stonelick State Park to activate for Parks on the Air and also enjoy some unseasonably warm early March weather in Ohio.

Skywarn Recognition Day 2021

We had a great day participating in the 2021 Skywarn Recognition Day at the NWS office in Wilmington. While we weren’t able to be in the office, we were able to be on premise. Overall we made around 45 contacts on SSB and digital.

Field Day 2021

Field Day for CCARA has never (Almost never) been thought of as a “Contest” as we use it more for a teaching/learning opportunity. OK, I will be the first to tell you, we do watch the numbers, you can’t help it.

We operated on all band 160meter – 2Meter. We operated all modes (CW, Digital, Phone) with the exception of satellite. We had 495 contacts.By our calculations we ended up with 2650 points.


Our arrangement with Caesar Creek Flea Market has ended. With that, the Shack is being emptied and will no longer be used for CCARA operations. We still have all the parts, masts, equipment, and other things available to members.

We are looking at other options for a shack location. We are excited about a couple of ideas…

New phishing attack uses Morse code to hide malicious URLs

Full Article: A new targeted phishing campaign includes the novel obfuscation technique of using Morse code to hide malicious URLs in an email attachment. Samuel Morse and Alfred Vail invented morse code as a way of transmitting messages across telegraph wire. When using Morse code, each letter and number is encoded as a series of dots (short sound) and dashes (long sound). Last week, a threat actor began utilizing Morse code to hide malicious URLs in their phishing form to bypass secure mail gateways and mail filters. BleepingComputer could not find any references to Morse code being used in phishing attacks in the past, making this a novel obfuscation technique The novel Morse code phishing attack After first learning of this attack from a post on Reddit, BleepingComputer was able to find numerous samples of the targeted attack uploaded to VirusTotal since February 2nd, 2021.

Wilmington Weather Spotter Upcoming Training

Go to: NWS WILMINGTON OHIO2021 VIRTUAL SPOTTER TRAINING SCHEDULEClasses are free, open to the public, and require registration via the links provided in each course description. Each class lasts about 2 hours and is led by a National Weather Service meteorologistswho will discuss techniques and safety for severe weather spotting. Once you attend a class,you will receive instructions for filling out online registration forms to officially becomea trained spotter and can report severe weather to your NWS office. At this time, there are no in-person spotter training courses scheduled for the 2021 spring season. Spotter Webinar 1: Friday, February 19, 2021 (1 PM – 3 PM): Spotter Webinar 2: Wednesday, February 24, 2021 (7 PM – 9 PM):  Spotter Webinar 3: Thursday, March 4, 2021 (7 PM – 9 PM):  Spotter Webinar 4: Monday, March 8, 2021 (6 PM – 8 PM):  Spotter Webinar 5: Tuesday, March 23, 2021 (6 PM – 8 PM):  Spotter Webinar 6: Saturday, March 27, 2021 (12 PM – 2 PM):