2m Tape Measure Yagi & Copper J-Pole Build Session: Sunday, April 21, 2024

We have picked Sunday, April 21st as the date for the ACARA build of TWO Antenna projects. Start time is 1 p.m. and the build will take place at the Red Cross of Southeastern Ohio, 100 South May Ave., Athens. Kirk Groeneveld, KC8JRV, will lead the build of a two meter tape measure Yagi which is suitable for foxhunting, public service or ARES events, or for permanent installation. Kirk has three kits available via RSVP for $20 each. Contact Kirk . . .

Report: Winter Field Day 2024

On the weekend of January 27-28, 2024, members of the ACARA met at the Jim Crouse Memorial Radio Station in the Red Cross of Southeastern Ohio chapter house to participate in the annual Winter Field Day (https://www.winterfieldday.com/) event in class “1I” (one transmitter, “indoors”). Operating under the direction of Winter Field Day Captain Paul Schulz, and using the club’s callsign, W8UKE, ACARA members and guests operated the station around-the-clock for twenty-four hours and succeeded in making 518 QSOs using CW and SSB on the . . .

Save the Date: Winter Field Day, Saturday-Sunday, January 27-28, 2024

Winter Field Day is nearly upon us! ACARA will be participating in Winter Field Day on Saturday, January 27 and Sunday, January 28 at the Jim Crouse Memorial Radio Station at the Red Cross of Southeastern Ohio in Athens. The club will operate the full 24-hour period of the event, in the single transmitter class and the category “Indoors”, using SSB, CW, and digital modes. Set-up will begin at 12:30pm on Saturday and the event starts at 2pm on Saturday. . . .

ARRL 10-Meter Contest + NC8V Memorial Trophy – December 9 & 10, 2023 (Updated 2023-12-20)

The ARRL 10-Meter Contest is the weekend of  December 9-10, 2023 UTC. 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: I will be announcing the winner of the NC8V Memorial Trophy at the Annual Holiday Dinner on December 19, so please send me the number of stations you worked and your submitted score prior to the evening of Monday, December 18. I . . .

ACARA Holiday Dinner, Tuesday, December 19, 2023

The ACARA’s annual Holiday Dinner will be on Tuesday, December 19, 2023, at Applebee’s in Athens. We will meet at 5:30 pm for hors d’oeuvres and we’ll order our dinners from the menu at 6pm. As has become our tradition, the club will pay for hors d’oeuvres. Applebee’s is located at 547 East State Street in Athens and the menu is available online: https://restaurants.applebees.com/en-us/oh/athens/547-e-state-st-75062 During the holiday party, we will announce the winner of the NC8V Memorial Trophy for the highest . . .

Report: November 5, 2023 Foxhunt

Gathering on a bright, sunny, mild day in November, the Athens County Amateur Radio Club (ACARA) foxhunters held a slightly postponed fox hunt. The fox, Carl Denbow, N8VZ, prepared more than fifteen clues to his location, which was just 300′ outside Athens County. This both narrowed and expanded the search in all directions except for across the Ohio River into West Virginia, which had been ruled out. The fox was found by veteran fox hunter Eric McFadden, WD8RIF, and his . . .

Report: ARRL Field Day 2023

The Athens County Amateur Radio Association (ACARA) participated in the 2023 ARRL Field Day as W8MHV with 100-watt stations at the Athens County Fairgrounds. Under the direction of Field Day Chairman Paul Schulz, WD8SCV, the club participated as W8MHV in class 2A, meaning two transmitters, club or non-club group, power output of 100 watts or less. A total of 716 QSOs and 1,150 of bonus points resulted in a score of 3,518 points. A breakdown of QSOs per band can . . .

Report: Ohio State Parks on the Air 2023 (Updated 2023-10-31)

On Saturday, September 9, 2023, members of the ACARA participated in the 16th annual PCARS “Ohio State Parks on the Air” (link), activating Strouds Run State Park at the Bobcat Shelter and operating under the club’s callsign, W8UKE. Participants:Bob Curtis, KD8FRQKirk Groeneveld, KC8JRVJohn McCutcheon, N8XWOEric McFadden, WD8RIFKate McFadden, KD8KNB + ArcherVickie McFadden, KC8MAJRich Post, KB8TAD + EdieCade Saugier, KC3EKEPaul Schulz, WD8SCV The station consisted of the ACARA’s Elecraft K3 transceiver; an 80m end-fed half-wave (EFHW) antenna provided by Paul Schulz, . . .

Save the Date: Ohio State Parks on the Air, Saturday, September 9, 2023

On Saturday, September 9, the ACARA will be participating in the annual “Ohio State Parks on the Air” (http://ospota.org/) field event at Strouds Run State Park. Note the new location: we’ll be at the Bobcat Shelter on State Park Road near the swim-beach and boat-rental office. (Here’s a Google map: https://goo.gl/maps/aXDbUcdk5qRPETZ18.) 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 . . .

Results: Athens Foxhunt, September 3, 2023

The Athens County Amateur Radio Association held a foxhunt on Sunday, Sept. 3rd. Despite it being Labor Day weekend, Eric McFadden, WD8RIF, hid carefully as the fox and provided transmissions and clues on the ACARA simplex frequency. Despite getting off on the wrong foot, both Carl Denbow, N8VZ, and Kirk Groeneveld, KC8JRV, eventually zeroed in on the fox location, and it became a race to see who would arrive at the Waterloo Wildlife Area first. Due to the distance of . . .