ANNUAL ARMED FORCES DAY CROSSBAND MILITARY/AMATEUR RADIO COMMUNICATIONS TEST

(13 MAY 2017)
The Army, Air Force, Navy and Coast Guard are sponsoring the annual military/amateur radio communications tests in celebration of the 66th Anniversary of Armed Forces Day (AFD). The AFD Military/Amateur Crossband Communications Test is conducted 13 May 2017.

The annual celebration is a unique opportunity to test two way communications between Amateurs and military communicators authorized in 47 CFR 97.111, and features traditional military to amateur cross band SSB voice, Morse Code, practice using legacy interoperability waveforms, as well as an opportunity for Amateurs to utilize more modern military communications modes such as MIL-STD Serial PSK and Automatic Link Establishment (ALE).

These tests give Amateur Radio operators and Short Wave Listeners (SWL) an opportunity and a challenge to demonstrate their individual technical skills, and to receive recognition from the appropriate military radio station for their proven expertise. QSL cards will be provided to those stations making contact with the military stations.

Download the following pdf file for full details.

FINAL 2017 ANNUAL ARMED FORCES DAY v1.pdf

AM Rally

Operating Event and Contest

On the HF+6M Amateur Bands *

0000Z Sat April 1 – 0000Z Monday April 3

About the AM Rally:
* The purpose of this event is to encourage the use of Amplitude Modulation on the 160, 80, 40, 20, 15, 10 , and 6 meter Amateur Radio Bands, and to highlight various types of AM equipment in use today. This event is open to any and all radio amateurs who are running full carrier amplitude modulation (standard AM), using any type of radio equipment. Modern, Vintage, Tube, Transistor, Software Defined, Military, Boat Anchor, Broadcast, Home Brew or Commercially available radio are all welcomed to join in on the AM fun.

For more information:
http://www.arrl.org/news/am-rally-set-for-april-1-3-no-fooling
http://www.amrally.com/

St. Patrick’s 2017 Run

Please come out and help with the run by providing radio communication.

Race is in the 18th starts at 10 o’clock and registration at the Clover Club starts at 8:30. There is one water station on the route and will be placed most likely around the half way point. A good majority of the route is on the new trail so it is a really good route. Let me know if you need anything else from me. Thank you so much for helping us out for this great event.

TMRA HAMFEST

Owens Community College – Student Health and Activity Center (SHAC)
30335 Oregon Road, Perrysburg, OH 43551
March 19, 2017
8:00 AM – 2:00 PM

TESTING/LICENSING INFO:
Registration is at 8:45 AM.
Testing starts at 9:00 AM.
Bring a photo ID and $15.
Bring a copy of your license if you are upgrading.
A sign upon entering the building
will give the test room location.

FORUM INFO:
10:00AM – DMR, D-Star and Fusion – Which One Is Right For You? Confused by all the different digital modes? Unsure of which new radio to buy? This will expose new and seasoned hams to various digital technologies and explain the pros/cons of each. These exciting new technologies allow for world-wide communication for the Technician Class ham and up.
Presented by Zack, N8ZAK

11:00AM – JT-65A, a unique digital mode. Have you ever wondered how much of the noise you hear on the HF bands is actually comprised of signals too weak to be copied? JT65A is a weak-signal digital mode that allows you to pull great DX out from under the noise on the high frequency spectrum. Designed for EME (Earth-Moon-Earth) HF and VHF work, this is an ideal digital mode for the bottom of the sunspot cycle.
Presented by Rob, KV8P

12:00PM – Search for the Super Battery, A Nova PBS Presentation.

Link to Flyer

Mid-Winter Hamfest & Computer Show

Sunday, February 19, 2017


Gates Open at 7am
Forums and VE Test Session
9:00 am—Ohio Army MARS Forum
10:00 am—ARRL Forum
11:00 am—OSSBN Forum
12:00 noon Digital Forum
12:00 noon VE Test Session (Pre-registration for test is required, e-mail steve@n8smb.com to register)
Sponsored by the Intercity Amateur Radio Club, Inc.
Tickets: $5 Tables, Advance Only: $15 Ticket and Table Deadline- January 22
Online ordering-http://hamfest.w8we.org
Advance orders (must include SASE) to:
Danny Bailey, W8DLB 70 Euclid Street Shiloh, OH 44878
419-896-2165 (After 3 P.M. Please)
Volume 1 Issue 1 Published Once A Year by IARC, Inc.
w8dlb113@gmail.com

Annual Pizza Party

The Seneca Radio Club would like to invite the ARES members and all Amateur Radio Operators to their annual pizza party get together.

Fort Ball Pizza Palace 91 N Washington St, Tiffin, Oh.
The party will be Dec. 12, 2016
Start time is 6:30 PM.
You pay for your own meal.
Scott Yonley N8SY the ARRL Ohio Section Manager plans to attend.
All are welcome, amateur radio operators, spouses, kids, and friends.

MARS Information Release COMEX 16-4 Information

TO:  Region AF MARS Directors

RE:  MARS Information Release  COMEX 16-4 Information

Please disseminate to all AF MARS Members and to Amateur Radio lists and service organizations

Subject:  Military Auxiliary Radio System to Conduct Interoperability Exercise with Amateur Radio Community, COMEX 16-4

From 30 October through 1 November, members of the Military Auxiliary Radio System (both branches)will be conducting a quarterly Department of Defense Contingency Communications exercise. The purpose of this quarterly exercise is train on our ability to provide communications following a “very bad day” scenario when traditional forms of communications will likely be unavailable. While the simultaneous loss of all communications nation-wide is not likely, for training purposes, we are assuming there has been a massive nation-wide outage.

One of the objectives of this exercise is to continue the partnership with the amateur radio community to help provide information about local conditions and send this information to the Department of Defense to help understand what is happening around the United States.  During this exercise, we will use 60 meters, local VHF and UHF repeaters as well as HF NVIS amateur radio bands. Our goal is to have a conversation about the local conditions in and around your county. During the conversation, our operators will be asking basic questions such as the status of commercial power, public water systems, and road conditions. These will be person to person conversations…you don’t need to use any digital modes or know any special messaging formats.

To kick off this exercise, we are encouraging the amateur radio community to monitor 5,330.5KHz from 0300-0400 Hrs Zulu on 31 October. During this hour, we will be doing a high power voice broadcast from a military station on the east coast and alternate with a voice broadcast from the west coast. Amateur radio operators are encouraged to submit a reception report as indicated in the voice broadcast.

For the remainder of the exercise, MARS personnel will be calling for amateur radio operators on the 60 meter channels as well as using already established amateur radio nets on HF NVIS and VHF/UHF repeaters.  Amateur radio operators are also invited to attend the ARRL webinar scheduled for 25 Oct at 2000 hrs eastern time where Dave Stapchuk, Chief AF MARS, and the Army MARS Program Manager will give a presentation about the MARS program. Please register for the webinar at: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/regist…/4300481724544982273

If you have further questions about this exercise, please email: mars.exercises@gmail.com .

Jodie Rouse

Region Seven Public Affairs Officer

Missouri State Director

Army MARS