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FRED WITH ONE OF HIS MANY CERTIFICATES

THE GREATEST HAM RADIO OPERATOR -- FRED JONES, WA4SWF

Fred Jones knew the International Morse Code Alphabet before he graduated from high school. Today, he's 74 and still finds the system of dots and dashes quite entertaining for communication as a licensed HAM Radio operator in Louisa, Kentucky. As a teenager, he developed an interest in the hobby when he began hanging out at Compton's Fix It Shop in Louisa.

"Mr. Compton always seemed busy fixing things in his shop," said Jones. "He could weld anything back together; he repaired appliances, fixed lawnmowers and even built HAM Radios. More than that, he was a great individual who taught me how to build radio receivers and transmitters; he even showed me how to construct antennas. He had quite an elaborate HAM Radio setup in his house and my first visit to his well-equipped radio room had me committed to be a licensed HAM Radio operator with my own station."

Jones was born in Riverview Hospital, Louisa, Kentucky, in 1944. He had two brothers and a sister. His sister Anna was 12 years older; his brother Charles was ten years older. There was only about one year's difference in age between him and his brother Bill.

"Dad worked for the C&O Railway on a construction gang that traveled," said Jones. "He was gone during the week, that left a lot of work for Bill and I."

Some of the things these two brothers were expected to take care of were: mowing the lawn, taking care of the big garden out back, helping their mom make deliveries of clothes that were washed and ironed for other families, visits to the grocery store and above all - staying up with all homework assignments.

"Our garden was a lot bigger before the by-pass came through out back and nearly cut our garden in half," said Jones. "Bill and I received a quarter for our weekly allowance. On Saturdays we'd go to the Louisa Movie house for the kid's matinee. Fifteen cents admission, for a dime you got a box of candy and a coke. Because we were colored Bill and I sat in the balcony to watch the movie. The irony of it all was the visibility was better up there and most of our white friends would come sit with us. The projectionist was George Hardwick and you could sometimes hear his frustration when he had to change the hot carbon lighting rods in the projectors."

Making clothing deliveries to families that his mother washed and ironed for was no easy process for Fred and his brother Bill. They each pulled a wagon stacked with clothing where they'd place paper between orders. The slightest fragment of dirt or stain that occurred on the way to delivery met everything had to be done over.

"Colored kids were allowed visits to Camden Park one day a year," said Jones. "If dad was working that day or for some reason we couldn't make it, we'd wait until next year. Swimming pools weren't a problem for me because I never cared for swimming. We did have different neighborhood baseball teams that played during the summer, there was never any color barriers with us kids. The only fuss about color was with the adults.

Between their mother doing house work for families and dad's job at the railway, they managed well. Dad drove an old 1940 two door Chrysler Royal. Their mother got the most out of the boys clothing by patching jeans on the sewing machine.

"There was an African-American Church on Boone Street that we attended once a month," said Jones. "The preacher would arrive on the train with his wife who played the organ. Each visit a different family would invite the preacher and his wife for dinner after service."

Halloween met trick or treat in the rich neighborhood where chocolate bars were passed out. Thanksgiving was always across town to Grandmother Jones who was the absolute best cook in town.

"Granny Jones had two cook stoves in her kitchen," said Jones. "Her meals were so terrific she even cooked for several families around town. She even raised and prepared chickens for dinner right in her back yard."

Jones says his best Christmas present ever was an American Flyer passenger train set that he enjoyed for several years.

"Our mother home-schooled Bill and me for the first and second grade," said Jones. "By the time we were ready for the third grade the city had fixed up a building that bill and I attended for two years. A colored lady came from Ashland to teach us. By the fifth grade we attended Louisa Elementary, on the first day all our white friends wondered why we didn't attend sooner.

"The only problem was lunch on the first day. The lady in the serving line was afraid to serve us for fear of losing her job. Bill and I went back to our room and the principal brought us lunch with the assurance that by tomorrow things would be normal. After that there was never a problem."

Before Jones graduated from Louisa High School in 1963 he had already passed the examination for his HAM Radio License. His father helped him get started but the majority of his expenses for this hobby were paid by working as an evening radio police dispatcher for the Louisa police department on Saturdays. He also delivered groceries for Louisa Cut Rate Supermarket using his bicycle. After he passed his driver's exam, he drove the 1951 Chevrolet store delivery truck.

"Louisa, Kentucky is a beautiful friendly town," said Jones. "I still live in the house I was raised in. I retired from Armco Steel after 31 years and I'm still active with my HAM Radio operation. I wouldn't think of living anywhere else."

Jones has radio call sign cards from fellow HAM Operators in every continent, most countries and every state. He maintains membership in radio clubs in Ironton, Paintsville and Louisa. He was director of Louisa's Civil Defense for twelve years during the 1960s and 70s. Now day's breakfast is followed by checking around the country to see how many of his friends are still signing on. Evenings he has a network of friends who communicate strictly by using the language of the International Morse Code. It's a language that Jones says in falling by the wayside in lieu of cell phones. But within his circle of friends it's still a great way to share time with those in faraway places.

Note from SOARA Editor: Clyde Beal does such a great job of doing this type of stories. Find his stories in the Herald - Dispatch each Sunday.

Clyde Beal seeks out interesting stories from folks around the Tri-State. Email archie350@frontier.com.

Fred Jones, WA4SWF has been one of my best friends for close to 60 years. We both were CB operators when CBers had to have a FCC License before we became hams.

He has held positions in many ham radio clubs. Fred has a record of receiving more certificates and plaques for his good deeds in ham radio.

Fred is also a member of the ARRL and an Assistant Great Lakes Division Manager. Fred is known by amateur radio operators across the tri-state area and beyond. He has been and continues to be a friend, mentor, elmer, supporter, to the hobby of Amateur Radio. Fred has been instrumental in developing HAM clubs in Kentucky and Amateur Radio Emergency Service groups. Fred has served on countless committees in support of amateur radio. Additionally, he has served local government in many capacities in particular working closely with the Emergency Management Agency. Fred is truly an ambassador for Amateur Radio in all capacities.

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BELOW IS THE LAST EVENT SOARA PARTICIPATED IN:

SOUTHERN OHIO AMATEUR RADIO ASSOCIATION (SOARA) AMATEUR RADIO EMERGENCY SERVICE (ARES)

SOARA SPECIAL EVENT AUG 18, 2018 ------------ BEFORE AND AFTER

Hams to broadcast from the Scottown Covered Bridge during special event

SCOTTOWN, Ohio — People who appreciate the engineering of days of old should mark Aug. 18 on their calendars. That's when the Southern Ohio Amateur Radio Association will set up their gear on the historical covered bridge at Scottown, Ohio, and contact other hams around Ohio and the world, all without using any electricity. "The special event station will mimic emergency conditions which would be used when there is a total communications failure of commercial power, telephone, commercial radio, television, cell phone, and web access," Eddie Jenkins, the Lawrence County Ohio Amateur Radio Emergency Service Coordinator, said in a news release. "This represents the conditions that Puerto Rico incurred during last year's hurricane. They only had amateur radio to provide critical lifesaving communications." When all else fails, there is amateur radio, Jenkins said. And what better location for this event than the last remaining covered bridge in Lawrence County? The Scottown Covered Bridge, which sits over Indian Guyan Creek on Pleasant Ridge Road, just south of Ohio 217, was built in 1874 and is on the National Register of Historic Places. It is now closed to traffic. Several other amateur radio groups from across Ohio will also be celebrating their own counties' covered bridges at the same time.

From 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. on Aug. 18, amateurs will be operating radio equipment that will allow contacts to be made not only in Ohio but throughout the United States and countries around the world. All radios will be operated on solar, batteries and generators. No commercial power will be used. The radio station will use the SOARA's club FCC call sign, W8SOE. "This a fun event that is open to the public and encourages everyone who is interested in amateur radio to come out and experience and see firsthand what happens during a communications emergency," SOARA President James Rowe said in the news release. "You will be allowed to talk on the radios under the direct supervision of an FCC licensed amateur. Brochures and handouts will be available about amateur radio. This is a free event.

After the bridge event -- comments

Mark Bradshaw shared a post.

Had a lot of fun today while i joined this wonderful group of folks today. These men an women including myself an a number of others may be the only communication that there is to the outside world in a disaster or a need for help when the cell phones,computers an landlines are down this is it folks the only way to communicate.. so i encourage everyone to support there local amateur radio groups, clubs.. its a lot of fun an very interesting to know the basics of operations heaven forbid that it was to every happen but i can say the men an women of the Soara Club are ready to handle it..

From Mike Boster, LAW CO OH EMA DIRECTOR:

Each day, in some location around the world, Amateur Radio Operators, a.k.a. Ham Radio Operators provide emergency communications from one point to another. During disasters, when established communications have failed, these men and women are often the ONLY source of communications available. During these times they bridge the communications gap using non-commercial power sources (batteries, generators, etc.) and radios that they can take almost anyplace.

Today, at the historic Scottown Covered Bridge, Lawrence County’s last remaining covered bridge, the County’s Ham Radio Club, Southeast Ohio Amateur Radio Association - S.O.A.R.A. - set up several radios to demonstrate their capability to talk back and forth with other Hams across Ohio and in other states who had also set up on historic covered bridges to do the same. The event was a tremendous success, with Hams and citizens participating and enjoying a great cookout and learning about Amateur Radio.

As the county’s Director Of Emergency Management, I am proud of the dedicated women and men of SOARA who stand ready to assist in times of need. Beth and I were honored to be invited to join the event today and to watch our Ham Operators do what they do best...bridging the communications gap whenever and wherever they are needed. Thank you for all you do, SOARA members. You’re pretty awesome folks!

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DIRECTION FINDING CALLED FOX HUNTING BY HAM RADIO OPERATORS.

If you are a typical ham radio operator, all you need to get started quickly and find foxes successfully is your VHF/UHF handi-talkie (HT) or scanner and some simple accessories. The most elementary way is called the "body fade" or "body shield" technique. Hold your HT tight against your chest and turn around slowly, looking for the direction at which your body blocks the signal most effectively (the signal null). At this point, the signal is coming from behind you. Walk in the direction of the null, taking bearings at regular intervals, and observe the signal strength get stronger.

When the signal is so strong that you can't find the null, tune 5 or 10 KHz off frequency to put the signal into the skirts of the receivers IF passband. If your hand-held is dual-band (144/440 MHz) and you are hunting on two meters, try tuning to the much weaker third harmonic of the signal in the 70 cm band while performing the "body shield."

Disconnecting the HT's "rubber duck" antenna will knock down the signal even more. Hearing the signal with antenna off is usually a "You are here!" indicator. Some foxtailers wrap aluminum foil around their HTs to attenuate the signal even more. If you do this, be sure to put insulating tape over the battery charging terminals on the bottom of the set first. You might damage the radio by shorting these terminals with the foil.

The "body fade" null, which is rather shallow, to begin with, can be filled in by signal reflections (multipath), nearby objects, etc. When using this method, stay away from large buildings, chain-link fences, metal signs, and the like. If you do not get a good null, move to a clearer location and try again.


HAVE YOU FOUND THE FOX?

HAM RADIO FOX HUNTING/RDF

Amateur radio direction finding (ARDF, also known as radio orienteering and radiosport) is an amateur racing sport that combines radio direction finding with the map and compass skills of orienteering. It is a timed race in which individual competitors use a topographic map, a magnetic compass and radio direction finding apparatus to navigate through diverse wooded terrain while searching for radio transmitters. The rules of the sport and international competitions are organized by the International Amateur Radio Union. The sport has been most popular in Eastern Europe, Russia, and China, where it was often used in the physical education programs in schools. ARDF events use radio frequencies on either the two-meter or eighty-meter amateur radio bands. These two bands were chosen because of their universal availability to amateur radio licensees in all countries. In the UK events with somewhat different rules are also run on 160 meters. The radio equipment carried by competitors on a course must be capable of receiving the signal being transmitted by the five transmitters and useful for radio direction finding, including a radio receiver, attenuator, and directional antenna. Most equipment designs integrate all three components into one handheld device. Radio direction finding or may be called Fox Hunting by ham radio operators. To go Fox hunting you don't need a gun or ammo. You need some ham to hide a small low power transmitter in a small town, in the forest, maybe by permission in one of our National Forest. For our group, we would prefer the transmitter to transmit on 2 meter simplex. Then the hams go fox hunting using their radio direction finding equipment, looking to pick up the transmitted signal and find the fox. The direction finder can be as simple as your two-meter handheld tuned to the frequency of the Fox. You would hold your transmitter to your chest and use your body as a rotator, turning in different directions. Your body helps make your handheld directional. Also, a small homebrew beam for 2 meters can be used. A beam is more proficient than a vertical antenna as it is looking in only one direction at one time. You'll get much more accurate bearings, plus more sensitivity when hunting weak signals if you use an antenna with forwarding gain and directivity such as a beam.

Fox hunting is a lot of fun for ham radio clubs, it is done all over the world and some hams use expensive, elaborate equipment. There is a worldwide contest in RFD/fox hunting. The useful part of this "radio sport" is it can be used in finding a lost hiker or tracking down nuisance (interference), and downed airplanes.

Radio direction finding (RFD) is used to find sources of interference to any form of wireless electronic communications, including broadcast and two-way radio, television, and telephones. It is also used to track missing or stolen cars and other property. Search and rescue workers use it to find persons in distress. Emergency Locator Transmitters in downed aircraft are tracked with RDF techniques. Hams use RDF to track jamming stations and stolen equipment, but more often, they use it just for fun. Hidden transmitter hunting has been done by hams for about fifty years and it is a growing activity.

Many years ago our SOARA - ARES club was into RFD/fox hunting, we practiced several times. One time we were called to help find a small plane that had been reported down in the forest near Hanging Rock, OH. Neighbors had called in reporting hearing a small plane having engine trouble and possibly crashed. Our group was called out and responded to the area. There were Highway Patrol, Sheriff, Fire Fighters, CAP, and ATV riders. We called Scott Air Force Base, they do tracking of satellites and can scan the earth. They told us when the next satellite would be over our area soon. A report came back that the searchers were looking on the wrong side of the hills. Our radio group responded to the general location given by Scott and the satellite. Tuning to the frequency of the planes transponder's signal and walking with their handhelds against their chest they started picking up the planes transponder's signal. Walking and turning in different directions they found the plane but it was too late, the pilot was deceased. John Stewart, WW8O, and J. P. N8LRO were the first hams to find and get to the plane crash.

The mounting box can be a small black tote box (black so as not so noticeable), a small radio cabinet, a ammmo box, a small plastic cabinet, something that is water proof and you can mount a small antenna on top. Some hams bury them and mount something on top that looks like a water sprinkler to hide the RDF. Make it look like something else. Some use a continous recorder. Some use radio control to turn the transmitter on and off. At our January 2012 monthly meeting it was agreed that we should start again to have fox hunts. We need the practice and it will be fun plus get us trained once again for emergencies.

Dave Spears, KD8CRX, one of our dedicated members researched and did purchase and donate to SOARA - ARES a small RDF transmitter. Jim Rowe, N8TVO donated a rubber duck antenna and a new battery for this RDF. Hopefully, the club can agree on a time and location and with permission for a site to use for Spring and warm weather.

If you would like to home-brew a small portable 2-meter beam for fox hunting go to this site.

http://home.comcast.net/~n3jnc/antproj/foxyagi.htm


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