Mark Your Calendars: ARRL Field Day, June 25-26, 2022

ARRL Field Day is nearly upon us! The ACARA will be participating in Field Day at the Athens County Fairgrounds. We will be competing Class 1A, meaning “One Transmitter, Club or Non-Club Group”, with one HF station and one 6m VHF station. Anyone who visits the site may operate either station, regardless of license class, and even unlicensed individuals may operate. Experienced mentors will be on-hand to help inexperienced operators. Set-up for Field Day will begin at 10am on Saturday . . .

Report: Winter Field Day 2022

On the weekend of January 29-30, 2022, members of the ACARA met at the Jim Crouse Memorial Radio Station in the Red Cross of Southeastern Ohio to participate in the annual Winter Field Day (https://www.winterfieldday.com/) event in class “1H” (one transmitter, “home”). (While no one actually lives at the Red Cross of Southeastern Ohio chapterhouse, it meets the event’s definition of a “home” since it includes a permanent amateur radio station.) Operating under the club callsign W8UKE, ACARA members Nick . . .

Mark your Calendar: Winter Field Day 2022, January 29-30, 2022

The ACARA will participate in the annual Winter Field Day (WFD) event on Saturday, January 29 and Sunday, January 30, 2022, at the Jim Crouse Memorial Radio Station at the Red Crouse of Southeastern Ohio, 100 South May Avenue, Athens. WFD runs for 24 hours from 1900 UTC Saturday, January 29 through 1900 UTC Sunday, January 30. That is, from 2pm Saturday to 2pm Sunday local time. The ACARA will limit participation to two smaller windows during this 24 hour . . .

ARRL 10-Meter Contest + NC8V Memorial Trophy – December 11 & 12, 2021 (Updated 2021-12-21)

The ARRL 10-Meter Contest is the weekend of  December 11-12, 2021. Full rules for the ARRL 10-Meter Contest can be found at http://www.arrl.org/10-meter. The ARRL 10-Meter Contest is important to Athens County Amateur Radio Association (ACARA) members for two reasons: The club participates in the ARRL 10-Meter Contest as a club, in the Affiliated Club Competition. When you prepare your 10-Meter Contest entry, simply list “Athens County ARA” in the “Club Name” field and your score will count toward the ACARA’s . . .

Report: Ohio State Parks on the Air 2021 (Updated 2021-11-20)

On Saturday, September 11, 2021, members of the ACARA participated in the 14th annual PCARS “Ohio State Parks on the Air” (link), activating Strouds Run State Park at the Bulldog Picnic Shelter and operating under the club’s callsign, W8UKE. Participants:Bob Curtis, KD8FRQJohn McCutcheon, N8XWOEric McFadden, WD8RIFMiles McFadden, KD8KNCBob Moore, KC8KSM The station consisted of the ACARA’s Elecraft K3 transceiver; an LDG AT100 Pro II automatic antenna tuner provided by Jeff Slattery, N8SUZ; and an 80m/40m fan-dipole and a 24′ military . . .

Save the Date: Ohio State Parks on the Air, Saturday, September 11, 2021

Save the date! On Saturday, September 11, the ACARA will be participating in the annual “Ohio State Parks on the Air” (http://ospota.org/) field event at Strouds Run State Park. We’ll be at the Bulldog shelter on Strouds Run Road. (Here’s a Google map: https://goo.gl/maps/5RCa2Q2D9i5x5FgE6.) Ohio State Parks on the Air (OSPOTA) runs from 1400 UTC to 2200 UTC, which is 10am to 6pm local time. The event takes place on HF and is SSB only. We will be using the . . .

Report: Field Day 2021 (Updated 2021-11-20)

The ACARA participated in the largest operating event in the Amateur Radio calendar, ARRL Field Day, on Saturday and Sunday, June 26-27, 2021, at the Athens County Fairgrounds. The club succeeded in making 585 contacts on HF, 6 meters, 2m, and satellite, using CW, SSB, and FM. For a full report with photos visit http://wd8rif.com/fd_2021.htm. ACARA President and Field Day 2021 Chairman wishes to thank everyone who helped make Field Day a fun, instructional, and safe event! Eric McFadden, WD8RIFPresident, Athens . . .

Field Day, June 26-27, 2021

The ACARA will return to the Athens County Fairgrounds the weekend of June 26 and 27, 2021 for a group operation in the ARRL Field Day event. The club will participate in Class 1A with one HF SSB/CW station and one VHF SSB/FM/CW station using temporary antennas and emergency power. Set-up will begin at 10am on Saturday. The Field Day event begins at 2pm on Saturday runs for 24 hours. Tear-down will begin at 2pm on Sunday. We need operators! . . .

Winter Field Day 2021

The ACARA participated in Winter Field Day 2021 as a group in the Jim Crouse Memorial Radio Station at the Red Cross of Southeastern Ohio on Saturday, January 30, 2021. This was the first day of the two-day, 24-hour, event. On the Wednesday prior to the event, several members of the ACARA had gathered at the Red Cross to repair and redeploy the club’s Hustler 5-BTV 10/15/20/40/80m roof-mounted vertical antenna and to reinstall the club’s Elecraft K3 transceiver at the . . .

ACARA Virtual Holiday Party, Tuesday, December 15, 2020

The ACARA’s Holiday Party will be on Tuesday, December 15, 2020. Due to the continuing COVID-19 situation, the dinner will be held virtually via Zoom, instead of being held in-person at a local restaurant. The Holiday Party will begin at 7:00pm. Click here for instructions and link for joining the virtual Holiday Dinner. During the holiday party, we will announce the winner of the NC8V Memorial Trophy. The current trophy-holder is Josh Cash, KE8EAS. Who will win the trophy this . . .