VK0EK is not at risk

Some of you might have heard on the news or elsewhere that the volcano that they call Big Ben on Heard Island erupted. Here is a very, very brief news update.

“VK0EK is NOT in risk. Big Ben erupts often – this is a totally normal event. The fact that the weather was clear enough for a research vessel to film it is what is rare.

We are one month away from the team starting to leave for Cape Town . . .”

See also: http://www.dxcoffee.com/eng/2016/big-ben-heard-islands-volcano-has-erupted-is-vk0ek-at-risk/

KY6R Shack with Best Communication Award

KY6R Shack with Best Communication Award


 73 – Chuck Patellis  W8PT

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2016 Skywarn Schedule is posted

Here's a note that the 2016 NWS Skywarn schedule is posted at http://www.weather.gov/cle/SKYWARN_schedule
The closest to us so far, seems to be Akron, on March 23rd.

John Myers, KD8MQ




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Amateur Radio Roundtable


Gerald Youngblood, K5SDR, founder of FlexRadio Systems

Amateur Radio Roundtable 

Subject: FlexRadio – Gerald Youngblood

Our guest on Tuesday, February 2nd, will be Gerald Youngblood, K5SDR, founder of FlexRadio Systems. It’s going to be a great discussion – live chat will be available and the telephone lines will be open for your phone calls. Here is your chance to talk with the man responsible for this great radio and learn about future products. Please spread the word to all your friends. 

Also this week Frank Howell, K4FMH, will join our show as a new co-host.  Frank brings a wealth of ham radio experience, in addition a TV production background. He will have a monthly segment on our show and will be busy working behind the scenes.  Frank is a former professor who now works on myriad projects in science, technology, computers and amateur radio. He’s also very involved in his community and philanthropic endeavors.  Frank‘s blog can be found at http://k4fmh.com/.         

Next week (Feb 9) our guest will be the Heard Island DXpedition group with an update on their March/April event.

CQ Magazine has become a sponsor of our show!  A representative will appear on a monthly basis, providing a sneak-peak of the information in their next issue.

Our show is also simulcast on international shortwave radio station WBCQ out of Monticello, Maine on 5110 KHz.  Please send a signal report to tom@w5kub.com?subject=Shortwave%20Radio%20Report” target=_blank>tom@w5kub.com.

Amateur Radio Roundtable is a live weekly amateur radio webcast, every Tuesday night at 8 PM CT (0200 UTC Wednesday) at  W5KUB.com.  The show covers a wide range of topics for ham radio operators and electronic hobbyists; including balloon launches, satellite, go-kits, emergency communications, SDR, digital modes, DXing, home brewing, hamfest updates, and more. We also want to grow our shortwave listener base and will be including programs that interest those listeners as well.  Viewers will have the opportunity to ask questions via the chat room or telephone. 

If you missed last weeks show, you can click HERE to watch it on W5KUB’s YouTube channel.  If you have a specific subject idea for a future show, send an email to tom@w5kub.com?subject=Idea%20for%20future%20show” target=_blank>tom@w5kub.com.

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Join us for fun and interesting discussions!

Tom Medlin, W5KUB



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Parky reminded me that I should point out that you can show up at Freeze Your Acorns Off and set up a station and operate WITHOUT prior notice to me.  In other words, there is no registration requirement.  I'm just trying to get a count of ops.

 73 – Chuck Patellis  W8PT

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Quick Notes from our Ohio Section Manager

Hey Gang..

Just wanted to “POP” into your emails quickly to let you in on just a couple of important items..

First, and probably the one most on everyone’s mind in the Ohio Section right now..  Who was chosen to receive the 2016 ARRL Handbook for January. Well, if you haven’t already heard, it’s none other than.. Tom Williams, K9DAC..  Congratulations Tom..

Now, don’t fret if you didn’t win this time around, there’s going to be another drawing very soon. How will you know? Easy, it will be on the website.. Just look for the “NEW” beside the “Handbook Give Away” link.. That will let you know instantly that there is a new drawing going on. es, I’ll still let you all know that it is underway via this method as well, but it just might not be the same day. I may take a few days before I send anything out just to see who’s paying attention to the website. So, I would highly recommend that you become a regular viewer of the Ohio Section Website – http://arrl-ohio.org As you can see, it pays to get logged on!!


Hey, did you notice that there is a NEW, one question poll on the website? There is, go check it out..


Have you paid attention to the latest from our Section Emergency Coordinator (SEC) Stan,  N8BHL?? He’s made the ARRL Media Page once again. This actually is the second time just this past week he’s done this!! He’s really become a regular on the ARRL site lately. This time he’s promoting NVIS Day. Haven’t heard that Ohio is doing that again this year? Well, you’ll definitely want to click on this link: http://www.arrl.org/news/ohio-sec-hoping-to-expand-nvis-antenna-day-activity-this-year
 to get all the details.. I’ll give you one hint, it’s being held
April 23rd. Don’t miss out on the FUN.


Are you getting those emails from me? If not, all you have to do is to
“Opt-In” to receive them. Heck, just send me an email to:
n8sy@n8sy.com   I’ll get you added to the Email Listing.

There’s a link to do this on the Ohio Section website, it’s on the
bottom left corner.. For your convenience, here’s a direct link to
it:  http://arrl-ohio.org/forwarder/forwarding.html

I urge all of you to make sure that everyone, regardless of whether they are a League member or not, get signed up for one of these options. You can always “Opt-Out” at any time if you feel this is not what you were expecting.


The 11th Annual PCARS Freeze Your Acorns Off QRP event will take place on Saturday, February 13, 2016, at our favorite freezer, Fred Fuller Park in Kent at the Roy Smith Shelter House.

They will be operating from: 10am – 4pm EST and will be active on CW & Phone in the General areas of the 10, 15, 20, 40 and 80 meter bands (Repeater & Echolink on the K8SRR echo link node for a certificate) and anything else we can get working. Club Call Sign K8BF for a certificate.

Other participating stations will be using their own callsign/FYAO, or calling “CQ FYAO” (only stations at the Freeze Your Acorns Off event should use the /FYAO designator). Yes, they will be braving the cold snowy weather of North Eastern Ohio to set up QRP stations using portable power and antennas.

A beautiful color (suitable for framing) 8" x 10" certificate is available if you contact K8BF and send your QSL with a large SASE to the club call trustee:  Bob Hewett, K8FEY – 3670 Sea Ray Cove –
Reminderville, OH 44202

So, from the comfort of your warm radio shack – give them a contact while they're out freezing. They'll need all the contacts they can make to help keep them warm. Your support will be very much appreciated! Check PCARS out on the web at: www.portcars.org 
Questions? Contact Chuck, W8PT at W8PT@portcars.org


And my final..  It seems like some weeks I’m on the road almost every night. I do love it. As you know, the Ohio Section of the ARRL is the largest Section in the country. It’s even bigger than a Division or two. So, with that in mind, it’s only fair to say that Ohio also deserves to have a full time Section Manager, one that can freely travel all over the state.

So, don’t be surprised if I just “pop-in” at your meeting or function sometime. I really do love visiting with all of you at your hamfests, club meetings, picnics and breakfasts. It’s fantastic, and Ohio Amateurs are the greatest! 

73, for now
Scott, N8SY..

>>P.S.  Don’t forget, Groundhog Day is tomorrowFebruary 2nd.. It’s predicted that there will be sunshine for Tuesday.. If that happens it means that we will have 6 more weeks of winter.. Of course, if it is cloudy and he doesn’t see sunshine, it means that we have 6 more weeks of winter.. Either way, it looks like we will have SPRING in about 6 weeks!!!!  Just food for thought..

ARRL Ohio Section
Section Manager: Scott D Yonally, N8SY

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Freeze Your Acorns Off

Just 12 days to PCARS 2016 FYAO QRP event.  I only have three members who have mentioned that they will be operating.  Don't forget, you can operate from inside the shelter.  You don't have to brave the elements if you don't want to or can't for whatever reason. However, you will have to figure on setting up some type of antenna outside.
I also have not heard from anyone regarding bringing food.  So I am simply going to trust that some of you will and we won't have to fend for ourselves for lunch.
Anyway, I plan on being there and having fun.  I will have a pot of chili or some other comfort food dish for folks to sample.
I will also have operator packets ready for those planning to get a station on the air. So please let me know if you plan of operating.  I would rather not have too many extra packets to dispose of.
See you there.

 73 – Chuck Patellis  W8PT

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South Shetlands Is. AN-010

For those of you who need this DX entity, here is an announcement:

“The Radio Club Argentino (RCA) proudly announces to all radioamateurs that it will be operating from Carlini Base, South Shetland Islands (AN-010), during next February.

Our goal is to make as many contacts as possible with all hams worldwide. 

Departure is scheduled on February 14th from the city of Río Gallegos, in the province of Santa Cruz, in a two-step travel that will begin on an Argentinian Air Force flight to 25 de Mayo Island (a.k.a. King George Is.) and will continue by sea to Carlini Base. 

Activity will start next day and will last until early March, with two HF stations covering 80m to 10m SSB and CW.

A third rig will be in standby mode for band openings in 6m. Operators will be Marcelo LU1AET and Carlos LU1BCE. 

Carlini Base is an Argentine permanent Antarctic scientific research station located in Potter Cove, 25 de Mayo Is. (a.k.a. King George Is.), in the South Shetland Islands.

Follow us on Facebook (Radio Club Argentino) and in our website www.lu4aa.org to get the latest news. 

QSL via LU4AA.

See you on the air and thank you very much for your support!”

73 de LU1ZI



 73 – Chuck Patellis  W8PT

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VP8SGI South Georgia Is.

Hello DXers:

Today, VP8SGI team were running 6 stations at the same time. 
Paul, N6PSE describes South Georgia Is. as an amazing, very beautiful, 
windy and cold place. They are surrounded by Penguins and young Seal pups.
Check the website for additional photos.

First Top Band QSOs were not easy due to the CQWW Contest past night. Tonight they will be once again on 160 meters. Their phased verticals seems to
work very well. Special effort will be done on Low Bands.

20 SSB laptop was running out of time yesterday. Problem was located and 
they were working on this issue today.

N2OO, VP8STI manager, informs that any log inquires should be sent 
to vp8sti_logresearch@yahoo.com. Non-log issues can continue to go to 
his regular email address.

Today is day 3 as VP8SGI and they will depart from South Georgia 
on February 8th

The Intrepid DX Group VP8 team sends you their best wishes from 
Husvik Bay- South Georgia Islands.

EA5RM – VP8STI/VP8SGI Chief Pilot

 73 – Chuck Patellis  W8PT

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Digital Special Interest Group meeting

The monthly Digital Special Interest Group meeting will be held on Tuesday February 2nd at 7:00 PM at the PCARS club site in Ravenna. We will be discussing digital software as used in the Windows 10 operating system. As always, if you have any questions or issues with digital communications please bring them and we’ll do our best to help.
73, Rick K8CAV 

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PCARS Board Meeting

PCARS will be holding its monthly board meeting on Monday February 1st at 7:30 PM. Please note the time change from past meetings. All PCARS members are invited to attend.
73, Rick K8CAC 

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