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Field Day June 26-27, 2021

Members of the Seneca Radio Club (W8ID) will be participating in the national Amateur Radio Field Day exercise, June 26 – 27 at the Hedges Boyer Park 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 Rinaman – President AC8NP@ac8np.com.

New Years Day Net

Friday January 1st beginning at 8:00 AM local time. The Net runs until we get to everyone that checked in. We will use the KB8EOC 145.15 repeater. The Net is very casual. We will take check-ins and give everyone a chance to pass along their New Years Day wishes and if they want, to talk about what they liked or disliked this past year with regard to amateur radio. Then to talk about some of the things that they might look forward to in the new year with regard to amateur radio!

It’s always a good time! So everyone grab a cup of your favorite brew and kick back and enjoy the Net! 

Amateur Radio Technician License Class 2021

Free Training – The only cost is materials & test fee.

Presented by Seneca Radio Club W8ID

Location Buffalo Wild Wings 100 S Shaffer Park Dr. Tiffin Ohio

Starting January 20, 2021 from 6:00pm to 8:30pm

The class will be 10 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 20th, and end with the License Exam on March, 24th. Classes normally run from 6:00 PM till 08:30 or 9:00 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 slide show, 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 AC8NP@AC8NP.COM 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 $30.00 and the FCC test is $15.00 Contact Dan AC8NP at AC8NP@AC8NP.COM for more information. Register online at http://w8id.org/technician-class-2021-registration-link/

Military Auxiliary Radio System (MARS) Interoperability Exercise

Hello members,

The Military Auxiliary Radio System (MARS) will be conducting interoperability exercises during October. If you operate a HF station you could join in.

I have provided some information below that I received concerning the exercises.

73,Dan AC8NP

ASSIGNMENTS THAT CAN BE MADE ON THE NET BCSTN, RELAY STN, ANC STN

ALL TRAFFIC RECEIVED ON MARS COMEX 20-4 60 METER CHANNEL 1 5330.5 kHz,

INTEROPERABILITY NETS WILL BE COLLECTED, CONSOLIDATED, AND PASSED ON UP

THE CHAIN FROM A MARS OPERATOR THROUGH OUR NORMAL MARS CIRCUITS

( MILSTD M110A / ALE / MARS NETS ) MARS STATIONS TO TAKE CARE OF THIS TASK MUST BE ASKED / NOTIFIED ON THE NET, OR, THE NCS CAN TAKE CARE OF THIS TASK, IF CAPABLE.    ***OPERATIONS***

    DoD MARS COMEX 20-4 INTEROP NET SCHEDULE: OCT 4, 7, 10, 13, 16, 19, 22, AND 25
    FOR RJMOG 20-4 SET EASTERN TIME ZONE 1200 NOON AND MIDWEST TIME ZONE 1200 NOON

    FORMAL MARS NET CALL-UP WITH THE ADDITION OF, AND INCLUDING, A CALL FOR
    GOV, AMATEUR, SHARES, RED CROSS, SATERN STATIONS, WITH OR WITHOUT TRAFFIC.
   GIVE A DESCRIPTION OF REQUESTED INFORMATION **RI** THAT WE ARE LOOKING FOR.

    EXAMPLE: ALL STATIONS THIS NETWORK, ALL STATIONS THIS NETWORK, THIS IS XXXXXX
    THIS IS A DoD MARS /RJMOG 5 MARS DoD COMEX 20-4 INTEROPERABILTY NET. WE ARE LOOKING
    FOR “RI” XXXXX.
    NOW CALLING FOR ANY MARS, GOV, AMATEUR, SHARES, RED CROSS, OR SATERN STATIONS,
    WITH OR WITHOUT TRAFFIC FOR THIS NET, OVER.

    ASSIGNING AN ALTERNATE NET CONTROL, BCSTN, RELAY STN.
    CALLS FOR ADDITIONAL MARS / GOV, AMATEUR, SHARES, RED CROSS,
    OR SATERN STATION CHECK-INS WITH OR WITHOUT TRAFFIC.
    NCS RECORDS ALL CHECK-INS AND GENERATES A ROSTER
    ( INCLUDING **ALL** CALLSIGNS THAT CHECKED IN ) TO BE PASSED
    ON THE NETWORK USING FLDIGI MT63-1KL
    PROMOTES TRUE MARS / AMATEUR INTEROPERABILITY

    ***TRAFFIC***

    USING FLDIGI MT63-1KL PLAINTEXT TEMPLATE, STRIPS, OR VOICE TO PASS COLLECTED OR SINGLE, METAR, COUNTY STATUS
    OR ANY OTHER “RI” THAT COMES DOWN THAT REQUEST AMATEUR, OR “OTHER”, PARTICIPATION.

Great Lakes Division Vice-Director

Greetings Seneca Radio Club Members,
As the Executive Board of the Seneca Radio Club, W8ID would like to offer our endorsement supporting the candidacy of ARRL Section Manager Scott Yonally N8SY for the office of Great Lakes Division Vice-Director.  Scott has demonstrated a deep commitment to Amateur Radio and the members of the Ohio Section.  Scott travels widely around the Ohio Section and routinely visits club meetings and other events where Ohio Hams are active.  He is responsive and always available to assist in any situation.  Scott is committed to enhancing Amateur Radio by encouraging the participation of our youth and was a key player in supporting ARES as the prominent Emergency Communications organization that it is today.

We render our endorsement now as Scott offers his energy and dedication to the Great Lakes Division.

73,

Jeff WB8REI Past President

Mike KC8WH W8ID Trustee

Dan AC8NP V. President

Mike KD8QDL Sec/Treas

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