Amateur Radio Field Day weekend is here!

Amateur Radio Field Day goes from 2pm Saturady until 2pm Sunday (for a 24 hour period). Setup can begin today on Friday.  Please get on the air and  make some contacts! Due to the Covid-19 pandemic the club will not be participating like we have in years past. We encourage everyone to operate from home using their call sign and stay within their operating privileges. 

We want to :
  • Encourage all club members (that are able) to operate from their homes or other portable site.
  • Encourage all club members to erect FD type antennas and operate with emergency power (if possible) simulating emergency situations in the spirit of Field Day.
  • Encourage all club members to make at least one FD QSO on HF or VHF bands.
  • Encourage all cluib members monitor VHF Simplex frequencies 146.46 MHz, 146.49 MHz, 146.55 MHz, 146.52 (National Simplex FM Calling Frequency), 147.48 Mhz for 2 meter FM Field Day contacts.
  • Encourage all club members to submit their logged contacts to the ARRL and to use "Union County Amateur Radio Club" to contribute to our club's aggregate Field Day Score

Technician class operators have full privileges on 6 meters and up.  10 meter privileges are as follows:

10 Meters

Novice and Technician classes:

28.000-28.300 MHz: CW, RTTY/Data--Maximum power 200 watts PEP
28.300-28.500 MHz: CW, Phone--Maximum power 200 watts PEP

http://www.arrl.org/frequency-allocations

The ARRL has made some rule changes this year to better accommodate home stations participating in Field Day. They are as follows:
ARRL Field Day, June 27-28, the ARRL Programs and Services Committee (PSC) has adopted two temporary rule waivers for the event:

     1) For Field Day 2020 only, Class D stations may work all other Field Day stations, including other Class D stations, for points.

     Field Day rule 4.6 defines Class D stations as “Home stations,” including stations operating from permanent or licensed station locations using commercial power. Class D stations ordinarily may only count contacts made with Class A, B, C, E, and F Field Day stations, but the temporary rule waiver for 2020 allows Class D stations to count contacts with other Class D stations for QSO credit.

     2) In addition, for 2020 only, an aggregate club score will be published, which will be the sum of all individual entries indicating a specific club (similar to the aggregate score totals used in ARRL affiliated club competitions).
**Please use "Union County Amateur Radio Club" to contribute to our club's aggregate Field Day Score

     Ordinarily, club names are only published in the results for Class A and Class F entries, but the temporary rule waiver for 2020 allows participants from any Class to optionally include a single club name with their submitted results following Field Day.

     For example, if Podunk Hollow Radio Club members Becky, W1BXY, and Hiram, W1AW, both participate in 2020 Field Day — Hiram from his Class D home station, and Becky from her Class C mobile station — both can include the radio club’s name when reporting their individual results. The published results listing will include individual scores for Hiram and Becky, plus a combined score for all entries identified as Podunk Hollow Radio Club.

The temporary rule waivers were adopted by the PSC on May 27, 2020.

 More information about Field Day Rules can be found on the ARRL page http://www.arrl.org/field-day

 

Video Breakfast Get-Together

Please join us for our Saturday Video Breakfast get togethers using Zoom! You can attend using your computer, smart phone, tablet. or plain old telephone by dialing in one of the access numbers.

The details are below:

Topic: UCARC Saturday

Time: Jun 20, 2020 08:30 AM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

        Every week on Sat, until Dec 26, 2020

Please download and import the following iCalendar (.ics) files to your calendar system.

Weekly: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/tZckcu2srzotHNGcNT8lImWzUjVyCiq_B8t4/ics?icsToken=98tyKuGrpz4uHtWUtx-CRpwqHY_4LOjzmH5ago16nzHRWyx6bzTsA-h0K5F2Aefy

Join Zoom Meeting

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83954411765?pwd=WDlHSXViNVJRMGRVUTV3eWw1SmVFUT09

Meeting ID: 839 5441 1765
Password: 145350

One tap mobile

+13126266799,,83954411765#,,1#,145350# US (Chicago)
+19292056099,,83954411765#,,1#,145350# US (New York)

Dial by your location

        +1 312 626 6799 US (Chicago)

        +1 929 205 6099 US (New York)

        +1 301 715 8592 US (Germantown)

        +1 346 248 7799 US (Houston)

        +1 669 900 6833 US (San Jose)

        +1 253 215 8782 US (Tacoma)

 

Union County Ohio Amateur Radio Information

Welcome to the Union County Amateur Radio Club website. This site was created for other Union County/neighbouring county hams or people who are interested in Amateur Radio.

The Union County Amateur Radio Club meets the first Tuesday of each month at the Marvin C. Gilbert EMA Operations Building - EMA Station 720 located at
20900 Northwest Parkway.
Marysville, OH 43040

Google Maps Link:
https://goo.gl/maps/9hT7PZfubpR2

  unless other wise noted.

The Union County Amateur Radio Club meets for breakfast the second Saturday of each month at 8:30am at Frich's Big Boy loacted at 15700 Delaware Ave Marysville, OH 43040  
Check into the N8IG repeater in the morning between 8:00 and 8:30 to be added to the head count for seating! The breakfast is open to anyone with an interest in amateur radio, you do not have to be a club member to attend.
Some people in this club also help maintain the repeater in Marysville that is sponsored by the Union County EMA.

The N8IG repeater frequency is 145.350 (-) MHz with a Tone of 127.3 Hz It is open for use with a Technician Class or higher Amateur Radio License, you do not have to be a member of the Union County EMA to use it. There is also a weekly net that starts at 8pm on Thursdays on the repeater. Anyone is welcome to check in and take part in the net.

UCARC Note

Union County Amateur Radio Club (UCARC) Net

Thursday nights at 2000 hrs. ET, 145.350 MHz FM,

input “down 6” (-600 kHz) @144.750 MHz, encode 127.3 Hz CTCSS.

 
This Weekend is Amateur Radio Field Day. Please get on the air and  make some contacts! Due to the Covid-19 pandemic the club will not be participating like we have in years past. We encourage everyone to operate from home using their call sign and stay within their operating privileges. 

Please monitor VHF Simplex frequencies 146.46 MHz, 146.49 MHz, 146.55 MHz, 146.52 (National Simplex FM Calling Frequency), 147.48 Mhz for 2 meter FM Field Day contacts.

Technician class operators have full privileges on 6 meters and up.  10 meter privileges are as follows:

10 Meters

Novice and Technician classes:

28.000-28.300 MHz: CW, RTTY/Data--Maximum power 200 watts PEP
28.300-28.500 MHz: CW, Phone--Maximum power 200 watts PEP

http://www.arrl.org/frequency-allocations

The ARRL has made some rule changes this year to better accommodate home stations participating in Field Day. They are as follows:
ARRL Field Day, June 27-28, the ARRL Programs and Services Committee (PSC) has adopted two temporary rule waivers for the event:

     1) For Field Day 2020 only, Class D stations may work all other Field Day stations, including other Class D stations, for points.

     Field Day rule 4.6 defines Class D stations as “Home stations,” including stations operating from permanent or licensed station locations using commercial power. Class D stations ordinarily may only count contacts made with Class A, B, C, E, and F Field Day stations, but the temporary rule waiver for 2020 allows Class D stations to count contacts with other Class D stations for QSO credit.

     2) In addition, for 2020 only, an aggregate club score will be published, which will be the sum of all individual entries indicating a specific club (similar to the aggregate score totals used in ARRL affiliated club competitions).
**Please use "Union County Amateur Radio Club" to contribute to our club's aggregate Field Day Score

     Ordinarily, club names are only published in the results for Class A and Class F entries, but the temporary rule waiver for 2020 allows participants from any Class to optionally include a single club name with their submitted results following Field Day.

     For example, if Podunk Hollow Radio Club members Becky, W1BXY, and Hiram, W1AW, both participate in 2020 Field Day — Hiram from his Class D home station, and Becky from her Class C mobile station — both can include the radio club’s name when reporting their individual results. The published results listing will include individual scores for Hiram and Becky, plus a combined score for all entries identified as Podunk Hollow Radio Club.

The temporary rule waivers were adopted by the PSC on May 27, 2020.

 More information about Field Day Rules can be found on the ARRL page http://www.arrl.org/field-day

- UCARC Meetings are the first Tuesday of each month. 

Next UCARC Meeting is 7/7, at 7pm Topic is mobile installation show and tell. Come and show off your mobile radio installation or ask questions to get ideas for your own mobile radio installation. Bring your own Chair, drinks and food. We will have the meeting in the garage bays so there will be plenty of space for social distancing.
EMA Station 720, at 20900 NW Parkway, Marysville, 43040. Google Maps Link:
https://goo.gl/maps/9hT7PZfubpR2

 

- There is also an ARES Net on most Monday nights at 2100 hrs.

- ARES Meeting is the third Monday of each month (Cancelled until further notice).

- Both Meetings are at the EMA Station 720, at 20900 NW Parkway, Marysville, 43040.

 

The Net Control Schedule has been added to the club website. It can be found here and is subject to change as needed. This week, since Bill, KE8IXQ is not available, Grant, KE8JOU is the backup NCS (Net Control Station)
http://ohiohams.net/?q=node/304

Thursday Night Net NCS Schedule
Date Call Name
06/25/20 KD8JBX Kris
07/02/20 KE8IXQ Bill
07/09/20 KE8JOU Grant
07/16/20 K8JWL Joe
07/16/20 W8KWH Ken
07/30/20 KD8TED Lance
08/06/20 KD8UFE Frank
08/13/20 NX8Y Ron
08/20/20 KE8ANU Ed
08/27/20 N8IG Paul
09/03/20 KD8JBX Kris
09/10/20 KE8IXQ Bill
09/17/20 KE8JOU Grant
09/24/20 K8JWL Joe
10/01/20 W8KWH Ken
10/08/20 KD8TED Lance
10/15/20 KD8UFE Frank
10/22/20 NX8Y Ron
10/29/20 KE8ANU Ed
11/05/20 N8IG Paul
11/12/20 KD8JBX Kris
11/19/20 KE8IXQ Bill
11/26/20 KE8JOU Grant
12/03/20 K8JWL Joe
12/10/20 W8KWH Ken
12/17/20 KD8TED Lance
12/24/20 KD8UFE Frank
12/31/20 NX8Y Ron
01/07/21 KE8ANU Ed
01/14/21 N8IG Paul

 

The Union County Amateur Radio Club held an executive meeting on June 23rd to discuss the UCARC note e-mail list.

We will be combining the UCARC note email list with website mailchimp list in the near future. This will make it less time consuming to manage one list compared to two lists.

We are asking for volunteers to take over a couple things that Arnal, N9ACC was doing for our group. They are as follows:

1) Manage the netcontrol station schedule for the Thursday night night

2) Email reminders about the weekly Thursday night net and other Club/amateur radio upcoming events continuing the UCARC note

Thursday Night Net NCS Schedule

Thursday Night Net NCS Schedule
Date Call Name
06/25/20 KD8JBX Kris
07/02/20 KE8IXQ

July 7th Club meeting

The July 7th club meeting will be an in person gethering at EMA Station 720 at 7pm.  
Please bring your own chair, food, and drinks. The topic for the meeting is Mobile Radio show and tell. Club members are encouraged to show off their mobile radio installations. This is a good opportunity to show off your handywork and/or  to ask questions and get ideas for your own mobile setup. 
Social distancing will be encouraged at this gathering. It will likely be held outside or in garage bays if it is rainy or super hot outside.

Marvin C. Gilbert EMA Operations Building - EMA Station 720 located at
20900 Northwest Parkway.
Marysville, OH 43040

Google Maps Link:
https://goo.gl/maps/9hT7PZfubpR2

 

 

July 11th Bike MS: Central Ohio Challenge 2020 is now a #VirtualBikeMS

The annual  Bike MS: Central Ohio Challenge bike ride from Dublin to Bellefontaine and back has been changed from an in person event to a virtual online event. With these changes they will not need any help with radio communications along the bike ride course this year. Please keep this event in mind to help out with in 2021.
Information about the virtual event can be found here;  See the Virtual Ride Details page for more information.  

Club Membership List

Union County Amateur Radio Club Members
Call Sign First Name Last Name
K4SEE Bradley Midkiff
K8JWL Joe Liszeski
K8LVZ (SK) John Lydic
KA8SJH Charles Kelly
KB8WNO Clifford Collins
KC8DAG

Looking to buy or sell used equipment?

I hope everyone is staying healthy. With the cancelation of many area hamfests it can be challenging to find used equipment to purchase or sell. The Ohio Section website has a swap & shop page that lists used equipment for sale. There are instructions on the page that tells how to lists items you want to sell.
The webpage address for it is http://arrl-ohio.org/sm/s-s.html

Union County Bicentennial Parade Update - Help Needed

From Pete: Pending clearance by state/local officials on large social gatherings, this is the current "work in progress plan:"

(We will know more after May 1st)

  • PARADE DATE: SATURDAY, AUGUST 29th (same timeframes)
  • PARADE STAGING POINT: FAIRGROUNDS (note: still Awaiting official approval from Fair Board of my proposal.....Discussion with Fair Secretary was very positive)
  • STAGING FROM THE ROUTE 4 ENTRANCE to the Fairgrounds and then straight into Uptown on Main ending at S. Main and 6th
  • PARADE ENTERTAINMENT ZONES: Same spots
  • REVIEW STAND AREA: Same
  • POST PARADE CELEBRATION: (TO BE DETERMINED)....highly probable that we will do on Court Street block between 5th and 6th...Farmers Market is in progress in Partners Park...

The Union County Amateur Radio Club has been asked to help with radio communications for the Union County Bicentennial Parade. It was scheduled to be on April 25th from 7am to 1:30pm but is postponed until sometime towards the end of August or September. The Union County EMA is helping with the parade. Many of our active club members are also EMA volunteers. This could stretch the volunteer pool thin for the club and EMA. Any extra help would be appreciated. The parade volunteers will be meeting at the staging area on March 28th at 9am at the Marysville High School parking lot. It would be good for anyone helping with the parade to be at this meeting.

If you can help out the Union County Amateur Radio Club with the parade or would like additional information please contact Ed, KE8ANU at ed.liddle at gmail.com or sign up for it using ARES Connect https://arrl.volunteerhub.com/admin/event/index/9187a2ea-789b-4a7b-b535-968b1e2a6332

General information about the parade can be found here https://www.200uc.org/parade

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