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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 . . .

UPDATE: ARRL 10-Meter Contest + NC8V Memorial Trophy December 12-13, 2020

The ARRL 10-Meter Contest is the weekend of  December 12-13, 2020. 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 Copper J-Pole Build

Members of the ACARA met at the Red Cross of Southeastern Ohio on Saturday, October 26, 2020 to build 2m/70cm collapsible copper J-Pole antennas. The group-build was led by Jeff Slattery, N8SUZ, who also gathered and prepared all the supplies necessary to construct the antennas. Several ACARA members took advantage of the group build:Michael Baxla, KE8ICPMarc Richards, KC8MCWNick Arnold, KD8FKBJoe Weber, KE8LRZ In addition, Kirk Groeneveld, KC8JRV, brought the copper J-Pole he had previously built at home for assistance in . . .

Ohio State Parks on the Air 2020 (Updated Nov 2)

On Saturday, September 12, 2020, members of the ACARA participated in the 13th 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:Stephanie ArcherNick Arnold, KD8FKBTiffany ArnoldJohn McCutcheon, N8XWODrew McDaniel, W8MHVEric McFadden, WD8RIFBob Moore, KC8KSMBrynn Riordan, KB8JDHRobert Riordan, KA4VNKEdie PostRich Post, KB8TADJeff Slattery, N8SUZBob WeberJoe Weber, KE8LRZAndy Young, KD8WVX Because of the ongoing coronavirus crisis, the ODNR is not allowing reservations of group . . .

ACARA Field Day 2020 (Updated November 20, 2020)

2020-11-20: Scroll to bottom for update. The ACARA’s big operating event of the year, ARRL’s Field Day, is to be held this year on the weekend of June 27 and 28. Unfortunately, this year, due to the continuing coronavirus situation, the ACARA will not be participating in ARRL Field Day as a group. Instead, ACARA members are encouraged to perform their own, individual, Field Day operations, either at home or in the field. I’ve prepared a document which, I hope, . . .

Until Further Notice, ACARA Meetings Will Be Held Only via Teleconference

Due to an abundance of caution during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Executive Committee of the ACARA has decided to cancel face-to-face (in-person) meetings of the ACARA until further notice. Instead, meetings will be held via teleconference at the scheduled meeting date and time. Here is the information you need to join the ACARA meeting teleconference:Time: Tuesday, January 19, 2021 7:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada) Join Zoom Meetinghttps://us02web.zoom.us/j/82643842702?pwd=MUFZOEE0eVJmbDR4VTltWWVIOHIydz09 Meeting ID: 826 4384 2702Passcode: 620771One tap mobile+16465588656,,82643842702#,,,,,,0#,,620771# US (New York)+13017158592,,82643842702#,,,,,,0#,,620771# . . .

145.15 MHz Repeater In-Service on New Tower

The ACARA’s 145.15 MHz repeater has been moved from the ATC-owned tower to the 9-1-1 Center’s tower co-located at the same site. The antenna is lower on the new tower than it had been on the old tower and is “shadowed” by the tower differently than it had been, so it’s likely the repeater’s coverage has changed a bit. As you use the repeater, try to be aware of where you’re able to successfully hit the repeater. Keep in mind . . .

Report: Winter Field Day 2020

On Saturday, February 25, 2020, members of the ACARA participated in the 2020 running of the Winter Field Day Association’s Winter Field Day (link) in the Jim Crouse Memorial Radio Station at the Red Cross of Southeastern Ohio. While the Winter Field Day event ran for 24 hours starting at 2pm local time on Saturday, the ACARA limited their participation to about six hours on Saturday. The ACARA competed in class 1I (“One India”), meaning “one transmitter, indoors”, and operated . . .

ACARA February Potluck: Saturday, February 22, 2020

The ACARA’s annual February Potluck will be held on Saturday, February 22, 2020 at the Red Cross of Southeastern Ohio, 100 South May Avenue, Athens. We’ll gather at 5pm and eat at 5:30pm. All ACARA members, their families, and their guests are cordially invited! Members, their families, and guests are asked to bring a dish to share and their own beverage and table service. For entertainment, John McCutcheon, N8XWO, will bring two animated shorts on 16mm film and I will . . .