Field Day June 25-26, 2022

Members of the Seneca Radio Club (W8ID) will be participating in the national Amateur Radio Field Day exercise, June 25 – 26 at the Meadowbrook Park in Bascom, 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.

WHAT IS ARRL FIELD DAY
ARRL Field Day is the single most popular on-the-air event held annually in the US and Canada. On the fourth weekend of June of each year, more than 35,000 radio amateurs gather with their clubs, groups or simply with friends to operate from remote locations.

Field Day is a picnic, a campout, practice for emergencies, an informal contest and, most of all, FUN!

It is a time where many aspects of amateur radio come together to highlight our many roles. While some will treat it as a contest, other groups use the opportunity to practice their emergency response capabilities. It is an excellent opportunity to demonstrate amateur radio to the organizations that amateur radio might serve in an emergency, as well as the general public. For many radio clubs, ARRL Field Day is one of the highlights of their annual calendar.

The contest part is simply to contact as many other stations as possible and to learn to operate our radio gear in abnormal situations and less than optimal conditions.

We use these same skills when we help with events such as marathons and bike-a-thons; fund-raisers such as walk-a-thons; celebrations such as parades; and exhibits at fairs, malls and museums — these are all large, preplanned, non-emergency activities.

But despite the development of very complex, modern communications systems — or maybe because they ARE so complex — ham radio has been called into action again and again to provide communications in crises when it really matters. Amateur radio people (also called “hams”) are well known for our communications support in real disaster and post-disaster situations.

What is the ARRL?
Founded as The American Radio Relay League in 1914, ARRL is the national association for Amateur Radio® in the USA, representing over 170,000 FCC-licensed amateurs. ARRL is the primary source of information about what is going on in ham radio. It provides books, news, support and information for individuals and clubs, special events, continuing education classes and other benefits for its members.

What is Amateur Radio
Often called “ham radio,” the Amateur Radio Service has been around for a century. In that time, it’s grown into a worldwide community of licensed operators using the airwaves with every conceivable means of communications technology. Its people range in age from youngsters to grandparents. Even rocket scientists and a rock star or two are in the ham ranks. Most, however, are just normal folks like you and me who enjoy learning and being able to transmit voice, data and pictures through the air to unusual places, both near and far, without depending on commercial systems.

The Amateur Radio Service frequencies are the last remaining place in the usable radio spectrum where you as an individual can develop and experiment with wireless communications. Hams not only can make and modify their equipment but can create whole new ways to do things.

For More Information visit: www.arrl.org

For more information about Field Day in Seneca County Ohio , contact Dan Rinaman – AC8NP@ac8np.com.

ANNUAL ARMED FORCES DAY CROSSBAND TEST

(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:
http://www.n2ckh.com/MARS_ALE_FORUM/MSDMT.html.
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
(kHz)
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.

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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