Report: Athens Hamfest 2023

Athens Hamfest 2023 took place on Sunday, April 30, 2023, and it was a success! The early morning rain and cool temperatures helped fill the indoor-sales area but clearing skies after 8am kept the outdoor flea-market area busy. Twenty volunteers helped make this a successful event: Gary Carter, KD8MSRMike Cooper, KC8WMYBob Curtis, KD8FRQCarl Denbow, N8VZCurt Duncan, KC8QDPConstantine Faller, KC8JXAScott Green, KD8KZGKirk Groeneveld, KC8JRVLance Groeneveld, KD8KMZDrew McDaniel, W8MHVEric McFadden, WD8RIFMiles McFadden, KD8KNCRob Rose, KE8JDARobin Rose, KE8JDBPaul Schulz, WD8SCVBrian Shapiro, KC8ZUFJeff Slattery, . . .

Athens Marathon Committee Makes $30,000 Donation to ACARA

In an unexpected and extremely generous gesture, on April 15, 2023, the outgoing Athens Marathon Committee made a donation of $30,000 to the ACARA. This amount was chosen based, in part, on the ACARA’s two recent failed attempts to win an ARRL Foundation Club Grant for slightly less than $25,000 to make significant improvements to the Jim Crouse Memorial Radio Station at the Red Cross of Southeastern Ohio. At the ACARA’s April 18, 2023 meeting, the members present voted to . . .

End-Fed Halfwave Antenna Build: Sunday, March 26

The ACARA club-build of the 40m End-Fed Halfwave (EFHW) antenna has been scheduled for 2pm on March 26, 2023, at the Red Cross of Southeastern Ohio, 100 South May Ave., Athens. The build is being led by Paul Schulz, WD8SCV. Paul will be making available ten kits, of which seven are spoken for. The EFHW antenna will be approximately 67′ long and is coaxial fed at one end. The antenna should provide no-tuner-needed coverage of 40, 20, 15, and 10m, . . .

ACARA February Potluck: Saturday, February 18, 2023

The ACARA’s annual February Potluck will be at 5pm on Saturday, February 18, 2023 at the Red Cross of Southeastern Ohio, 100 South May Ave., Athens. Members and guests are asked to bring a dish to share and their own table-service and beverage. For entertainment, I will be screening two episodes of The Twilight Zone during the potluck. Eric McFadden, WD8RIFPresident, Athens County Amateur Radio Association

Report: Winter Field Day 2023

On the weekend of January 28-29, 2023, 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 Drew McDaniel, and using Drew’s callsign W8MHV, ACARA members Drew McDaniel, W8MHV; Eric McFadden, WD8RIF; Miles McFadden, KD8KNC; Paul Schulz, WD8SCV; and Jeff Slattery, N8SUZ, operated the . . .

Mark Your Calendar: Winter Field Day 2023, January 28-29, 2023

The ACARA will participate in the annual Winter Field Day (WFD) event on Saturday, January 28 and Sunday, January 29, 2023, at the Jim Crouse Memorial Radio Station at the Red Cross of Southeastern Ohio, 100 South May Avenue, Athens. WFD runs for 24 hours from 1900 UTC Saturday, January 28 through 1859 UTC Sunday, January 29. That is, from 2pm Saturday to 1:59pm Sunday local time. Full WFD rules can be found here: https://www.winterfieldday.com/ The ACARA’s WFD Captain this . . .

ACARA Holiday Dinner, Tuesday, December 20, 2022

The ACARA’s annual Holiday Dinner will be on Tuesday, December 20, 2022, at Applebee’s in Athens. We will meet at 5:30pm 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 score . . .

ARRL 10-Meter Contest + NC8V Memorial Trophy – December 10 & 11, 2022 (Updated 2022-12-20)

The ARRL 10-Meter Contest is the weekend of  December 10-11, 2022 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 December 20 ACARA Annual Holiday Dinner so please send me the number of stations you worked and your submitted score prior to the evening of Monday, December 19. I . . .

Report: Ohio State Parks on the Air 2022 (Updated 2022-11-03)

On Saturday, September 10, 2022, members of the ACARA participated in the 15th annual PCARS “Ohio State Parks on the Air” (link), activating Strouds Run State Park at the Bulldog Shelter and operating under the club’s callsign, W8UKE. Participants:Nick Arnold, KD8FKBBob Curtis, KD8FRQJohn McCutcheon, N8XWOEric McFadden, WD8RIFBob Moore, KC8KSMPaul Schulz, WD8SCVJeff Slattery, N8SUZJoe Weber, KE8LRZ The station consisted of the ACARA’s Elecraft K3 transceiver; an LDG antenna tuner provided by Paul Schulz, WD8SCV; a 10-40m trap dipole and coax provided . . .

Save the Date: Ohio State Parks on the Air, Saturday, September 10, 2022

Save the date! On Saturday, September 10, 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 . . .