Report: Field Day 2019

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 . . .

ARRL Field Day! Saturday-Sunday, June 22-23, 2019

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 . . .

Report: Winter Field Day 2019

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 . . .

2018 NC8V Memorial Trophy

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; . . .

Reminder: ACARA Holiday Dinner, Tuesday, December 18!

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, N8SUZ!

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 . . .

ARRL 10-Meter Contest + NC8V Memorial Trophy December 8-9, 2018

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 . . .

Report: 2018 Ohio State Parks on the Air — UPDATE 2018-12-05

On Saturday, September 8, 2018, members of the ACARA participated in the 11th annual PCARS “Ohio State Parks on the Air” (link), activating Strouds Run State Park at the Bulldog Shelter, operating under the club’s callsign, W8UKE. Participants: Josh Cash, KE8EAS Bob Curtis, KD8FRQ John McCutcheon, N8XWO Drew McDaniel, W8MHV Eric McFadden, WD8RIF Miles McFadden, KD8KNC Bob Moore, KC8KSM Steve Norris, AD8BD Andy Young, KD8WVX Taylor Young (not licensed) The weather forecast had called for rain and, boy, did it . . .

“Ohio State Parks on the Air”, Saturday, September 8

The eleventh running of the Ohio State Parks on the Air (OSPOTA) event is this Saturday, September 8. OSPOTA is a low-pressure, fun, field event, the goal of which is to work stations in as many Ohio State Parks as one can. This is a HF-only, SSB-only event and is a perfect opportunity for newer hams or those without much experience on HF to “get their feet wet”. Members of the ACARA will be activating three State Parks this year. . . .

Equipment Available — Updated (2019-02-18)

The following items are available to ACARA members. The proceeds from the sale of these items will be applied to the Repeater Relocation Fun and prices are negotiable. There are many items in this list. Please scroll down to see all the items. This equipment is available to look at or test. Anyone interested in any of this equipment should contact Eric McFadden, WD8RIF, at president@ac-ara.org. ICOM HM-46L speaker-mic This microphone is a donation from John McCutcheon, N8XWO. This speaker-mic . . .