Members of the Seneca Radio Club (W8ID) will be participating in the national Amateur Radio Field Day exercise, June 23 – 24 at the Seneca County Fairgrounds in Tiffin, OH. Since 1933, ham radio operators across North America have established temporary ham radio stations in public locations during Field Day to showcase the science and skill of Amateur Radio. This event is open to the public and all are encouraged to attend.Field Day begins at 2:00pm Saturday and runs until 2:00pm Sunday.
For over 100 years, Amateur Radio – sometimes called ham radio – has allowed people from all walks of life to experiment with electronics and communications techniques, as well as provide a free public service to their communities during a disaster, all without needing a cell phone or the Internet. Field Day demonstrates ham radio’s ability to work reliably under any conditions from almost any location and create an independent communications network. Over 35,000 people from thousands of locations participated in Field Day in 2017.
“It’s easy for anyone to pick up a computer or smartphone, connect to the Internet and communicate, with no knowledge of how the devices function or connect to each other,” said Dave Isgur of the American Radio Relay League, the national association for Amateur Radio. “But if there’s an interruption of service or you’re out of range of a cell tower, you have no way to communicate. Ham radio functions completely independent of the Internet or cell phone infrastructure, can interface with tablets, or smartphones,, and can be set up almost anywhere in minutes. That’s the beauty of Amateur Radio during a communications outage.”
“Hams can literally throw a wire in a tree for an antenna, connect it to a battery-powered transmitter and communicate halfway around the world,” Kutzko added. “Hams do this by using a layer of the Earth’s atmosphere as a sort of mirror for radio waves. In today’s electronic do-it-yourself (DIY) environment, ham radio remains on of the best ways for people to learn about electronics, physics, meteorology, and numerous other scientific disciplines, and is a huge asset to any community during disasters if the standard communication infrastructure goes down.”
Anyone may become a licensed Amateur Radio operator. There are over 725,000 licensed hams in the United States, as young as 5 and as old as 100. And with clubs such as the Seneca Radio Club (W8ID), it’s easy for anybody to get involved right here in Tiffin and Seneca County.
For more information about Field Day, contact Dan Stahl, KC8PBU – President KC8PBU@gmail.com or visit www.arrl.org/what-is-ham-radio.
(12 May 2018)
The Military Auxiliary Radio System will host this year’s Armed Forces Day Crossband Test, scheduled for May 12, 2018. This annual event is open to all radio operators, and will not impact any public or private communications. For more than 50 years, military and amateur stations have taken part in this event, which is only an exercise scenario, designed to include hobbyist and government radio operators alike.
The AFD Crossband Test is a unique opportunity to test two-way communications between military communicators and radio stations in the Amateur Radio Service (ARS), as authorized in 47 CFR 97.111. These tests provide opportunities and challenges for radio operators to demonstrate individual technical skills in a tightly-controlled exercise scenario that does not impact any public or private communications.
Military stations will transmit on selected military frequencies and will announce the specific ARS frequencies monitored. All times are ZULU (Z), and all frequencies are Upper Side Band (USB) unless otherwise noted. The frequencies used for the test will not impact any public or private communications, and will not stray outside the confines of the exercise.
The following stations will be making two way radiotelephone contacts with stations in the ARS between the time periods listed on the frequencies listed in Kilohertz below.
AAZ / FT HUACHUCA, AZ
1500Z – 2359Z 5,330.5 14,438.5 18,211.0
AAC / BARROW ARMY RESERVE CENTER, KY
1300Z – 0100Z 5,346.5 7,542.0 13,963.5 20,920.0
ABH / SCHOFIELD BARRACKS, HI
1600Z – 2300Z 5,357.0 14,438.5 18,272.0 20,997.0
WAR / PENTAGON WASHINGTON, DC
1200Z – 2400Z 5,357.0 13,963.5 18,211.0 24,760.0 USB + CW
WUG-2 / ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS, TN
1300Z – 0200Z 5,403.5 13,910.5 18,293.0 20,973.5 USB + CW
AIR / ANDREWS AFB
1200Z – 2400Z 4,517.0 7,305.0 15,807.0 20,740.0
AGA2SY / HANCOCK FIELD, NY
1200Z – 2400Z 4,575.0 7,540.0 13,993.0
AGA5SC / SCOTT AFB, IL
1600Z – 2300Z 3,308.0 4,872.0 7,545.0
AGA9TR / TRAVIS AFB, CA
1600Z – 0100Z 5,346.5 7,329.0 13,996.0
ABM1 / CAMP ZAMA, JAPAN
1500Z – 0100Z 14,487.0 20,994
ADB / CAMP FOSTER, OKINAWA
1500Z – 0100Z 14,487.0 20,994 14,411.0
AFM4AF / NAVAL SUPPORT ACTIVITY MID-SOUTH MILLINGTON, TN
1200Z – 0300Z 7,375.5 13,498.0
NMC1 / COAST GUARD ISLAND, ALAMEDA, CA
1700Z – 2359Z 7,542.0 15,740.5 22,924.5
NIIW / USS MIDWAY CV-41 SAN DIEGO, CA
1400Z – 0400Z 4,013.5 5371.5 7,493.5 14,383.5 18,211.0
NWKJ / USS YORKTOWN CV-10 CHARLESTON, SC
1200Z – 2200Z 4,000.0 7,360.0 14,663.5
NEPM / USS IOWA BB 61 LOS ANGELES, CA
1500Z – 2359Z 4,043.5 6,903.5 14,463.5 18,293.0
NWVC / LST-325 EVANSVILLE, IN
1200Z – 0400Z 4,007.0 9988.5 13,974.0 7,533.5 9,447.0 6,913.0
NSS / US NAVAL ACADEMY ANNAPOLIS, MD
1300Z – 0200Z 4,038.5 5330.5 14,487.0 17,545.0 USB + CW
An AFD test message will be transmitted utilizing the Military Standard (MIL-STD) Serial PSK waveform (M110) followed by MIL-STD Wide Shift FSK (850 Hz RTTY) as described in MIL-STD 188-110A/B.
Technical information regarding these waveforms is provided at:
The AFD test message will also be sent at 0300Z in Continuous Wave (CW) mode. The message will be transmitted on the following requencies in Kilohertz and at the listed times:
Frequency Time Station
13,506.5 1400Z AGA2SY
17,443.0 1400Z ACC
13,506.5 1420Z WAR
17,443.0 1420Z AGA2SY
13,506.5 1440Z ACC
17,443.0 1440Z WAR
13,506.5 1500Z AAZ
17,443.0 1500Z AAZ
13,506.5 2200Z ADB
17,443.0 2200Z AGA2SY
5,346.5 0300Z NWVC
For those who wish to document their contacts with a QSL card, go to http://www.usarmymars.org/events and
complete the request form.
2018 Technician Class
KE8IXJ General Dana Eblin
KE8JJB Technician Glyn Kidd
KE8JJC Technician Paul J. Blohm
KE8JJD Technician Jenny L. Ryman
KE8JJG Technician Kyle L. Frazier
KE8JJH Technician Don W. Barrett
W8IES Technician Scott E. Edmondson
KE8JJJ Technician Andrew T. Duffy
KE8JJK General Caleb D. Jones
KE8JNM Technician Nicholas D. Portentoso
St. Patrick’s Day 2018 Run
Please come out and help with the run by providing radio communication. All ham radio operators helping with this event will meet at 8:00am for breakfast at GW’s.
The race starts at 10 o’clock . Registration starts at 8:30 at The Renaissance. There is one water station on the route and will be placed most likely around the half way point. Thank you so much for helping us out for this great event.
Free Training – The only cost is materials & test fee.
Presented by Seneca Radio Club W8ID
To be held at the Public Safety Building at the Seneca County Fair Grounds
Starting January 10, 2018 from 6:30pm to 9:30pm
The class will be 12 weeks, meeting one night each week.
Seneca Radio Club will be offering an introductory Technician License class this January. Classes will run on Wednesday evenings beginning January 10th and end with the License Exam on March 28th. Classes normally run from 6:30 PM till 9:00 or 9:30 PM.
We use the ARRL materials for the class, available from ARRL.org and other sources. The ARRL materials we typically use in class including a PowerPoint presentation (which matches the manual) as our lecture basis. We will provide “color commentary” with the slideshow, hands-on experience and demonstrations, and discussions with a number of local hams with extensive experience in various aspects of Amateur Radio.
Although there is no charge for the instruction, students are expected to provide their own study guides, and there is a nominal fee required for the licensing exam at the end. The ARRL does offer other training materials as well. These can enhance your learning but are not required. If you are interested, please Email Dan AC8NP at W8ID@W8ID. We look forward to seeing you this January
All of us are excited about the opportunity to present another class in Seneca County and our response to the initial class was just super. There are plenty of opportunities to enjoy Amateur Radio, from contesting to using our local repeaters, HF DX’ing, digital and data modes, amateur television and of course Morse code or CW as we call it. Amateur Radio works when all else fails.
Hams are all about helping each other and we’d love to have you with us in January. More information is available on the Seneca Radio Club Website http://w8id.org
Course books will be about $25.00 and the FCC test is $15.00
Contact Dan AC8NP at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. Mail this form to Ham Class 55 Longfellow Dr., Tiffin, OH 44883 or register online at http://w8id.org/technician-class-2018-registration-link/
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I have uploaded the newest Ohio Codeplug with local add on Sen EOC and the analog KB8EOC repeater.
I also added local members KD8LLS, KD8RSS, W8IJL, N8OHO, KC8BUI and W8ERW.
There is a bug with the download when using MS Edge. MS Edge tries to display the file as a webpage. I found a work around by compressing the file to .zip, MS Edge will now download the file.
If you are using a Microsoft browser click on the “Tiffin DMR Codeplug 1.4 zip” You can then unzip the file for use.
Chrome and Firefox user can download the “Tiffin DMR Codeplug 1.4” file.
I have not tried any other browsers.
If you have any questions just give me a shout.
The Seneca Radio Club will be operating the Seneca Fair Days Special Event Station at the fairgrounds. The Seneca County Fair will be celebrating their 175th anniversary July 24-July 30! Our fair theme this year is “175 years and still going strong”.
Please send QSL card and SASE for return card to:
Seneca Radio Club W8ID
Dan Rinaman AC8NP
55 Longfellow Dr.
Tiffin, OH 44883
Looking to get help for the Amateur Radio coverage at the Public Safety Building during the fair.
Please look over the schedule, let me know if there are days and times that you would like to sign up for.
I will keep a calendar and publish it back out to all on a daily basis (or so) so all can see what’s going on scheduling wise.
Setup will be 1:00 Sunday the 23rd
I will have admission tickets available, please contact me in advance of your shift.
Signing up for part of a shift is fine.
Sign up for a many as you would like to cover.
I’m using the ARES database for this, if there are others that need notified please advise.
Dan Stahl – KC8PBU
It is with great sadness that I post this message. Dan will be missed.