Club News

NVIS Day 2018

posted by Gary Gifford, Jr.

The Ashtabula County Amateur Radio Club will be participating (conditions permitting) in the 2018 edition of NVIS Day on April 28, 2018. The club will have the trailer available at the Lampson Road staging area at 9am for setup and the event runs from 10am until 4pm Eastern. The weather for this event in our area has typically been on the windy and cold side, so please dress warmly. The only shelter from the wind is inside the trailer. There are restroom facilities at the site.
NVIS Day started right here in Ashtabula County with K8CY, lead by silent key, Bob Woodworth - WD8PVB, as way of experimenting with Near Vertical Incident Scattering antennas. Bob's interest led to a statewide event for other hams to learn more about this type of radio communication.
For more information on the event and NVIS, see the Ohio Section Ares site.

Lampson Rd Staging Area

Skywarn Training 2018

posted Feb 8, 2018, 5:22 PM by K8CY ACARC   [ updated Feb 8, 2018, 5:29 PM ]

The National Weather Service in Cleveland has released their training schedule for 2018. The closest one for most members in the Ashtabula County Amateur Radio Club will be March 12, 2018 6:30 PM at the County Engineer's office in Jefferson.

For details, see the National Weather Service site.

County Engineer's Office - 186 E Satin St

Solar Weather

posted Feb 8, 2018, 12:25 AM by Gary Gifford, Jr.   [ updated Feb 8, 2018, 12:26 AM ]

YouTube Video

A Ham’s “’Twas The Night Before Christmas”

posted Dec 21, 2017, 5:21 PM by Gary Gifford, Jr.

Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the shack, 
not a meter was stirring, not even on the rack; 
The finals were hung by the chimney with care, 
in hopes that St. Nick would tune them right there. 
The children were nestled all snug in their beds, 
while visions of moon-bounce danced in their heads; 
and Mama with her handheld, and I with a trap, 
had just settled our brains with a high voltage zap. 
When out on the tower there rose such a clatter, 
I sprang from the bench to see what was the matter. 
away to the window I flew like a high tension flash, 
tore open the shutters and threw up the sash.. 
The moon on the breast of the new fallen snow, 
gave the glow of tubes of days long ago. 
When what, to my wondering eyes should appear, 
but a miniature sleigh, with mobile amateur gear; 
with a little old ham, so lively and quick, 
I knew in a moment, it must be Saint Nick. 
More rapid than McElroy his keying it came, 
and he listened and he tuned and called them by name: 
“Now Dasher! Now Damper! Now Phasor and DX’en” 
“On Common! On Coupled! On Doner and Blitzen!” 
“To the top of the shack to the top of the wall” 
“Now Dash away, Dash away, dashaway all!” 
As dry days before Field Day do fly, 
when they meet with the forecast and never comply, 
so up on the shack top the signals they flew, 
with the sleigh full of gear, and St. Nickolas too. 
and then in a band opening, I heard on the roof, 
antenna work by a ham on the hoof. 
As I drew in my head and was tuning around, 
down the feedline came St. Nicholas with a bound. 
He was all tangled in coax, from his head to his foot, 
and his check sheets were all tarnished with ashes and soot. 
A bundle of gear he had flung on his back, 
and he looked like a contester opening a six-pack; 
His handheld – how it crackled! The signals did vary, 
his equipment made noises, his QSO was quite merry. 
His droll little mouth was drawn up like a Mho, 
and the beard of his chin was white as slow scan snow. 
The stump of a pipe he held tight in his teeth, 
and the smoke, it encircled his head like a wreath. 
He had a broad face and a round little belly, 
that shook when he laughed like the roll of a tele. 
He was chubby and plump, a right old elf, 
and I laughed when I saw him, in spite of myself. 
A wink of his eye and a twist of his head 
soon gave me to know I had not QR-zed. 
He spoke not a word, but went straight to his work, 
and tuned all the finals, then turned with a jerk, 
and keying his finger aside of his a nose, 
and giving a nod, up the feed line he rose. 
He sprang to his sleigh, his handheld gave a whistle, 
and away they all flew, like the down on a thistle’ 
But I heard him exclaim ‘Ere he faded out of sight’ 
“Happy Christmas to all and to all A good night!” 

There are a few of these around the web, this one from WC4DC.

Christmas Party 2017

posted Nov 2, 2017, 3:21 PM by K8CY ACARC   [ updated Nov 30, 2017, 5:22 PM ]

The annual Ashtabula County Amateur Radio Club Christmas party will be held December 2, 2017 at 6:00 PM at Best Friends Restaurant in Geneva, Oh. 
Reservations are required. Please call or email Jack Scafuro, or Dick Madison (see roster) by November 25, so we can give the restaurant an accurate count. Each guest will be ordering off the restaurant's regular menu and taking care of their own tab.
We will have the HT drawing and other door prizes after the banquet.

Best Friends Family Restaurant

Jamboree on the Air 2017

posted Oct 19, 2017, 10:08 AM by K8CY ACARC   [ updated Oct 19, 2017, 10:11 AM ]

The Ashtabula County Amateur Radio Club will be providing our emergency communications trailer, radios, antennas, and licensed Amateur Radio operators to assist area Boy Scouts for the annual Boy Scouts Jamboree on the Air. The club will set up at Camp Beaumont and assist Scouts in learning about Amateur Radio and connecting with other Scouts around the country participating in the Jamboree. Club operations will be Saturday, October 21, 2017 from 10am until 4pm.
Camp Beaumont is located on State Route 45 in Rock Creek, Ohio.

Beaumont Scout Reservation

What is JOTA?
When Scouts want to meet young people from another country, they usually think of attending a World Jamboree. But few people realize that each year more than a million Scouts and Guides "get together" over the airwaves for the annual Jamboree-on-the-Air (JOTA). During the 2014 event, worldwide Scouting participation included 1.1 million Boy Scouts and 200,000 Girl Guides/Gils Scouts, for a total participation of over 1.3 million--the largest Scouting event in the world.
Modern technology offers Scouts the exciting opportunity to make friends in other countries without leaving home. JOTA is an annual event in which Boy and Girl Scouts and Guides from all over the world speak to each other by means of Amateur (ham) Radio. Scouting experiences are exchanged and ideas are shared via radio waves. Since 1958 when the first Jamboree-on-the-Air was held, millions of Scouts have met each other through this event. Many contacts made during JOTA have resulted in pen pals and links between Scout troops that have lasted many years. With no restrictions on age or on the number of participants, and at little or no expense, JOTA allows Scouts to contact each other by ham radio. The radio stations are operated by licensed amateur radio operators. Many Scouts and leaders hold licenses and have their own stations, but the majority participate in JOTA through stations operated by local radio clubs and individual radio amateurs. Some operators use television or computer-linked communications.


Ohio QSO Party 2017

posted Aug 16, 2017, 9:53 AM by K8CY ACARC

The Ashtabula County Amateur Radio Club is planning operations for the 2017 edition of the Ohio QSO Party. Operations will be on August 26, 2017 from noon until midnight.
For details on the Ohio QSO Party, take a look at their site

Plans are still being considered and have not been finalized. Stay tuned to the Thursday night nets, the club Facebook page, and this site for details.

Last year, the club earned a plaque for the Emergency Operations Center category for its operations at the Ashtabula County EMA.

Help Needed for Bridges & Vines Tour

posted Jul 27, 2017, 5:36 AM by K8CY ACARC

K8CY will again be providing communications for the 2017 Bridges and Vines Bicycle Tour. We need 8-10 mobile operators to be placed along the various courses to monitor the riders and call for the SAG vehicles in the event of an emergency.  
The date is August 12, 2017, and will go from 7 am until mid afternoon depending location.  The United Way puts on a luncheon for the riders and volunteers after the tour.  
Joan, N8YFF, will be serving as NCS for our operations.  Interested volunteers contact either Dick Madison or Paul Andrews to get on the list.

South River Vineyard

Summer Picnic 2017

posted Jul 6, 2017, 5:26 PM by Gary Gifford, Jr.

Just a reminder that the July monthly meeting is traditionally the club's summer picnic.
This year's edition will be July 18, 2017 at Austinburg Township Park picnic pavilion at 6:30 PM.

Please bring a dish (and maybe a dessert) to share and your own beverage.

Club business will be discussed, but will be brief. We'll save the time for some good fellowship.

Austinburg Township Park

License Exam Testing for June 2017

posted Jun 15, 2017, 7:41 AM by K8CY ACARC

K8CY will be holding two scheduled testing sessions in June.

Monthly Meeting
June 20, 2017 at 6:30PM at A-Tech Harbor Room before the club's monthly meeting. 
For details on the monthly meeting, take a look at our Events page.

Field Day
June 24, 2017 at 11:45AM at the Geneva Township Garage.
Get your ticket and get on the air for Field Day.
For details on Field Day 2017, see our Field Day 2017 post.

We look forward to seeing anyone interested in getting or upgrading their amateur radio license at either of these events.

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