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Ohio State Parks On The Air

The Milford Amateur Radio Club will be operating from the Indian Mounds Shelter parking lot in East Fork State Park during Ohio State Parks On The Air (OSPOTA) on September 10, 2016.

Enter the park from SR 125, go past the park headquarters, and follow the signs to the beach. Indian Mounds is located on a loop road, on the right, just before you start down the hill to the beach.

We have permission to be at Indian Mounds from Friday through Sunday. We are planning a National Parks On The Air (NPOTA) activation of the North Country Scenic Trail (TR04) on Friday. This will require setting up a station and antenna near the shelter. The antenna will probably be used for OSPOTA.

We realize TR04 has been activated several times, however there are currently over 10,500 chasers and only 7,600 contacts made with TR04. Those using LoTW will operate using their own call sign and will be provided with a copy of their log for upload to LoTW. They will be listed on the NPOTA Activator Leader Board if they make 10 contacts.

Final antenna and station setup will start at 9:00 AM local time on Saturday. Operations start at noon and run until 8:00 PM.

Contact me if you plan to be there for setup, we have a lot of work to do in a short time. Knowing how many will be there will help with the planning.

We will be running three stations. One will be operating on 10/15/20 meters, the other two will be operating on 40 and 80 meters.

The club is not sponsoring a pot luck or picnic this year at OSPOTA and will not be providing burgers, metts or brats. If anyone is interested in planning a pot luck contact me.

Talk in will be on the MARC repeater, 147.345 +, PL 123.0

Bill WS6K

MARC Contest Coordinator

If you zoom in you will see the shelter image. The red arrow on the second below also indicates the shelter.

EastFork

Here is the link to the map of East Fork.

Important Message from the President

Mike KiefferOur club has received an important donation. Dr. James T. Lee has donated an Icom model 7700 transceiver to our club. This is significant and generous donation. Here is a little background on Dr. Lee.

Dr. James T. Lee is a retired surgeon from Saint Paul, MN. Jim has been a licensed ham operator since 1957. He got his start in a very small Texas town during the famous 1957 sunspot year, part of the most active 11-year cycle that’s ever been recorded. Dr. Lee recalls that, “we worked the world– literally– with only 65 watts on AM even using really crappy antennas”. He has had a number of different call signs over the past 58 years, with K5KKV being the one held for the longest interval. For the past year he has been enjoying his latest vanity call, N9KL. His favorite modes are CW and SSB and he typically operates three months in winter every year from Vermont where he maintains a station in the mountain home of long-time friends; that station features his K3 or Flex 6500 driving an Alpha 8410 linear. The antenna lineup in Vermont features mostly quarter-wave and half-wave verticals on various HF bands with hundreds of radials down on the dirt.

We all want to thank Dr. Lee for his significant contribution to Milford Amateur Radio Club and this donation was a direct result of our club’s 501c3 designation.

– Mike Kieffer,  KD8OUT

New web-based club chat service

The club now has a Slack channel for people to keep in touch, communicate and otherwise just chit chat during the day. Slack is a web-based and app-based team communication tool which is extremely simple and very popular. Slack can be accessed from any computer, smart phone or tablet. There is nothing required to install and no cost to use it. A handful of club members have been using it for the last month and it’s been a very enjoyable way to have discussions and ask questions during the day when using the repeater isn’t an option or convenient.

One of the very nice features is that all conversation history is saved. You can ask a question or read a comment, go away, and come back later to see who responded or what else is being discussed.

You will need an invitation to join the group. Email Mark Tannert (mark@tannert.net) for an invitation. We hope to see you there!

You can read more about Slack here: http://www.slack.com/

President’s Message to the Membership, July 2016

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President’s Message to the Membership, June 2016

We are still in the planning for 2016 Club activities at the present time. We have 2016 Hamfest and 2016 Field Day in the final planning stages. Jim Linn (WB8RRR at 513-831-6255 or wb8rrr@arrl.net) is planning Hamfest and Bill Schroeder … [Continue reading]

President’s Message to the Membership, May 2016

We are still in the planning for 2016 Club activities at the present time. We have 2016 Hamfest and 2016 Field Day in the final planning stages. Jim Linn is planning Hamfest and Bill Schroeder is planning Field Day. Please contact them if you wish to … [Continue reading]

President’s Message to the Membership, April 2016

We are deep in the planning for 2016 Club activities at the present time. We have 2016 Hamfest and 2016 Field Day in the planning stages. Jim Linn is planning Hamfest and Bill Schroeder is planning Field Day. Please contact them if you wish to … [Continue reading]