Category: Event News

CCARA Trunk Sale/Tailgate

This is a buy, sell or trade event for ham radio related equipment. If you have things sitting around just collecting dust, bring it out! Saturday October 3, 20209a – 5p (Setup starts at 7:30a) CCARA Ham Shack @ Caesar Creek Flea Market(The red barn next to building 1)7763 State Route 73Wilmington, OH 45177 $5 per car for sellers$1 per car for buyers 50/50 Raffle!

2020 Ohio ARES SET

See the note below from Stan Broadway Hey gang!  This year’s SET will be October 3 and 4, and it’s going to be a big one!!   As you know, we have been working on Matt’s curriculum of traffic management to take ARES in Ohio up to the next level- by making us much more proficient in sending messages….the one main thing we’re tasked with doing! Matt’s plans this year will make this a LOCAL exercise for your county, and counties around you.  Yes, there’s a broader umbrella program involved, that actually involves FEMA, Washington DC, but the focus is on YOUR county, and the effort has been to put together a realistic exercise that you might easily face in real life. So let’s get warmed up!  Take a look at this video:  https://youtu.be/gPYvqfGARm4   and see if that helps get you excited. We are creating a “message handling” curriculum for ALL ARES members, we think you’ll like it! So far, viewer testing has been really positive! So take a look and get ready for the SET October 3 and 4th!  It’s getting closer. -Stan

Clinton County Hamfest 2020

Unfortunately due to recent developments and mandates related to COVID-19, we have decided to cancel the hamfest for this year. Look for us next year!

2020 ARRL Field Day

Wow! What a fun and different Field Day for 2020. Myself and K8DSC operated out of my garage in Blanchester to at least get some fresh air and stay out of the rain. The bands were alive and people all over the world were operating from their homes instead of at their usual FD hangout. It provided a different atmosphere on the radio, there were a lot of 1D and 1E stations doing exactly what K8DSC and I were doing. Everyone on the air sounded genuinely happy to be there! How could you not enjoy yourself? With CCARA not doing its usual joint Field Day due to COVID-19, we setup a Live Contest Results page to help us stay connected from our QTHs. What I found myself doing was engaging in was a little spirited competition with the others by refreshing that page as I racked up more QSOs. What place was I in (even though there were no places to be had)? It was neat, it was fun. I look forward to getting together as a group for next year’s Field Day, but will certainly remember this one fondly and know that we can still meet the objective of Field Day, and that is resourcefulness and creativity. 73,-Andrew W9AMA

Something Big Is Coming

Something big is coming August 15, 2020! Stay tuned to this page for more details.

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

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.