Ohio NVIS Antenna Day
Hey gang! I want to let you in on the early details for this year’s Ohio NVIS Antenna Day! We hope to expand our operation this year, and you are invited! Our teams had a lot of fun doing this, even though we ran into major rain and weather last year!
This is not really a contest- there is no score. The purpose is to have teams (counties, groups within counties, friends, even individuals) research and determine the NVIS antenna designs they think will work the best- then actually get together to build and try them! Throughout the years, fiddling with antennas has always been fun for hams of any level- and the data we’ll get from these tests will help determine the most effective NVIS antenna designs out there! Last year, 40 and 80 were busy with stations doing tests and making contacts! This year, we hope for even more activity.
Starting at 10AM Saturday, April 23, teams can begin making contacts to compare their antennas. They do not have to be portable, but there should be room for several antennas. This year, we’re offering the concept of “anchor” stations- which will be in place to provide consistent signal reports to all stations who contact them. For example, Team A puts together a low-altitude G5RV. They contact Anchor A in Toledo, Anchor B in Dayton, and the Ohio EOC station (The Sarge) for signal reports. They then either adjust their design, or try antenna number 2, a 2259-design, contacting the same anchors. From their signal reports, they can determine right away which antenna is better and by how much! We don’t have an “end time” set- because some stations had so much fun (and so many pile-ups) that they went on for quite a while past dark.
Our anchor stations’ frequencies will be published, but stations can contact as many other stations as they can find for more fun. Like our VHF contest, this will allow stations to plot their coverage “footprint” to get a good idea of their capabilities for a real emergency.
After the contest, all teams file reports with their call and location, operators, number of contacts and most important, all antenna details- antenna design, height, specific comments, and pictures. Each station then can rank its top (3) antenna performers with comments and ideas. Pictures are very much encouraged! Our Marion County ARES team is sponsoring the event this year. They will compile the documentation, and narrow down the best performing antennas across the region – antennas we might all want to put in our ‘go bags’ as proven performers.
“Paperless” Amateur Radio License Policy
Beginning February 17, the FCC will no longer automatically mail a printed copy of your Amateur Radio License. The Commission has maintained for some time now that the official Amateur Radio license authorization is the electronic record that exists in its Universal Licensing System (ULS). However, they have continued to mail a hard copy of the license.
Read more about the new FCC policy on the ARRL Website - Paperless License
Downtown Receive Site
The antennas have been installed for the downtown K8RT receive site. There is still a lot more work to be done, but the outside work is complete.
Richland County Tornado Siren Locations
The Richland County EMA office has provided a listing of the tornado sirens located in Richland County.
Sirens are tested on the last Wednesday of each month at 4pm. Please report non-functioning sirens to Danny Bailey - KB8STK.
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