On Saturday, September 7, 2019, members of the ACARA participated in the 12th 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:Josh Cash, KE8EASBob Curtis, KD8FRQChalisa Magpanthong, E23RFMJohn McCutcheon, N8XWODrew McDaniel, W8MHVEric McFadden, WD8RIFMiles McFadden, KD8KNCBob Moore, KC8KSMPaul Schulz, WD8SCVJeff Slattery, N8SUZ Unlike last year (link), when there was lots of rain, for this year’s event, the weather was just about perfect–not . . .
Save the date! On Saturday, September 7, 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 take place on HF and is SSB only. We will be using the . . .
The ACARA participated in the largest operating event in the Amateur Radio calendar, ARRL Field Day, on Saturday and Sunday, June 22-23, 2019, at the Athens County Fairgrounds. The club succeeded in making 631 contacts on HF and 6 meters, CW and SSB. For a full report with photos visit http://wd8rif.com/fd_2019.htm. ACARA President and Field Day 2019 Chairman wishes to thank everyone who helped make Field Day a fun, instructional, and safe event! Eric McFadden, WD8RIFPresident, Athens County Amateur Radio . . .
The biggest operating event in the amateur radio calendar is almost upon us! The ARRL Field Day is Saturday & Sunday, June 22-23, 2019. The ACARA will be participating in Class 1A at the Athens County Fairgrounds (map) with one HF station and one 6m VHF station. Complete information about Field Day can be found here: http://www.arrl.org/field-day. The ACARA will begin setting up for the event at 10am on Saturday, June 22. Radio operations will begin at 2pm on Saturday . . .
Five ACARA members participated in Winter Field Day 2019 at the recently updated amateur radio station at the Red Cross of Southeastern Ohio chapterhouse in Athens on Saturday, January 26. Over a period of about seven hours, a total of 61 contacts were made by Josh Cash, KE8EAS; Eric McFadden, WD8RIF; and Jeff Slattery, N8SUZ. Josh and Eric operated CW and Jeff operated SSB. Using the recently installed Hustler 5-BTV 10/15/20/40/80m rooftop-mounted vertical antenna and a 40m end-fed Zepp wire . . .
The NC8V Memorial Trophy is presented annually to the ACARA member with the highest score in the ARRL 10-Meter Contest in recognition of the life and accomplishments of past-member John Cornwell, NC8V (SK). Four ACARA members participated in the 2018 ARRL 10-Meter Contest and were, therefore, in the running for the coveted NC8V Memorial Trophy: Carl Denbow, N8VZ, was time-limited but made 15 QSOs for a score of 270 points; Eric McFadden, WD8RIF, managed 25 QSOs for a score of 900 points; . . .
The ACARA Holiday Dinner is Tuesday, December 18! The ACARA’s Holiday Dinner is this coming Tuesday, December 18, 2018, at Lui Lui Restaurant. We will meet at 5:30pm for punch and hors d’oeuvres and we’ll order our dinners at 6pm. As has become our tradition, the club will pay for the punch and hors d’oeuvres. Lui Lui is located at 8 Station Street in Athens and their website address is http://luiluirestaurant.com/. During the holiday party, we will announce the winner of the NC8V . . .
Congratulations are due to ACARA’s very own Jeff Slattery, N8SUZ. Jeff is the ARRL Ohio Section ARES District 8 Emergency Coordinator and on November 19, 2018, he was honored by the Southern Ohio Amateur Radio Association (SOARA) with a certificate of Special Recognition for his outstanding service. A photo of the presentation can be seen on page 11 of the November 26, 2018, edition of the ARRL Ohio Section newsletter: http://arrl-ohio.org/news/2018/ps-11-26-18.pdf Congratulations, Jeff! Eric McFadden, WD8RIF President, Athens County Amateur . . .
The ARRL 10-Meter Contest is the weekend of December 8-9, 2018. 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: 1. 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 . . .