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*SOUTHERN OHIO AMATEUR RADIO ASSOCIATION, INC. CHRISTMAS DINNER AND MEETING

*SIMULATED EMERGENCY TEST (SET) 2017

*DO YOU WANT TO BE A HAM RADIO OPERATOR - HOW TO GET A LICENSE

*GREAT HAM RADIO OPERATING PROCEDURES

*NET PREAMBLE AND MORE

*FOX HUNTING -- DIRECTION FINDING

*HOW SOARA -ARES WAS STARTED

*AMERICAN LEGION HAM RADIO CLUB

*OPERATING YOUR HAM RADIO DURING AN EMERGENCY PLUS MORE INFORMATION

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Ohio Valley ARES/RACES Net Every Thursday at 8:30 P.M. Repeater 146.610, alternate repeater is 146.715 both repeaters have tones of 103.5. Check both repeaters to find the net.


NEXT SOARA -- ARES MEETING WILL BE NOVEMBER 20, 2017. AT 7:00 P.M. AT THE GOLDEN CORRAL -- NO VE TESTING FOR NOV AND DEC.

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Tri-State two meter net meets daily Mon - Fri at 7:30 P.M. on repeater 146.940 tone 107.2



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SOARA -- ARES MEMBERS

PIO & Webmaster WN8F OK to e-mai me l from here:
Ken Massie
N8TVO:
James Rowe
K8UHN:
Eric Kuhn
N8LRO:
Arthur J. Pierson
W8AFX:
Steve Sheers
N8LCA:
Bill Parsons
KC8WDR:
Harry Rice
KC8VYE:
Chad Thompson
KD8FPX:
Joseph Thompson
KD8FPW:
Mary Thompson
WA4SWF:
Fred Jones
KI4AGR:
Don Canterberry
WW8O:
Gary Stephenson
WM8O:
Wanda Stephenson
W8GMS:
Georgia Sheers
KC8WDS:
Catherine Rice
WN8H:
Mike Nimmo
W8DUQ:
Gregory Hendry
KB9ORD:
Ralph Tuley
WB8YKS:
Mike Love
KB8GWL:
Larry Jewell
N8YN:
Jerry Huffman
KD8LEQ:
Pat Little
KB8RZP:
Gregory Priddy
KE4US:
Bud Preece
KD8NYN:
David Bruce
KD8OMC:
Angie Little
W8HIC:
Jerry Lockhart
KD8RRZ:
Kenny Fields, Jr.
AC8JV:
Matthew Delong
AC8RS:
Matt Marks
AC8VQ:
Tim Nicely
KD8VRU:
Randy Franz
KK4PPJ:
James Miller
KD8WFP:
James (Jay) Boggs
KD8WMV:
Richard (Corey) Watson
KB8LWZ:
Mike (David) Barber
KB8LSR:
Jim Perry
WD8AGH:
Fred Herr
N8URU:
Eddie Jenkins
KB8TGI:
Annabelle Jenkins
N4REN:
James (REN) Reneau
KB8AAK:
RUSSELL JETT
KE8DYD:
LARRY MURRAY, JR
KE8EON:
JIM CURLEY
KC4GST:
Darrell Short
N8DKB:
Keith Brooks
KK4SPW:
Larry Jackson
KE8FSY:
Richard Russell
KM4ZXC:
Christopher Wilson
N8PSA:
Randy Friend

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WELCOME TO OUR SOARA -- ARES HOME PAGE


Our Club is the Southern Ohio Amateur Radio Association, Inc, ARRL Affiliated Club also a non-profit ham radio club. The official abbreviation is SOARA. We are also Amateur Radio Emergency Service, (ARES) We have monthly meetings on the third Monday of every month at 7:00 P. M. VE testing is at 6:00 P.M. The location of the meetings is in the rear room of 911/EMA Building, 515 Park Ave., Ironton, Ohio. Except the November meeting. It will be our Christmas Dinner/Meeting at one of the local restaurants.


NEXT SOARA - ARES MEETING WILL BE OUR CHRISTMAS DINNER/MEETING AT 7:00 P.M. MONDAY, NOVEMBER 20, 2017 -- NO VE TESTING FOR NOV AND DEC.


ON THE LEFT SIDE FIND 10 LINKS TO OTHER PAGES. CHECK TOP LEFT, "DO YOU WANT TO BE A HAM, ALSO ABOUT VE TESTING", "HOW TO BE A GREAT HAM."

GO TO SOARA -- ARES FACE BOOK AT http://www.facebook.com/hamwn8f

 
YOU ARE INVITED 

All amateur radio operators and interested folks are welcome to attend our meetings. There are no restrictions as to sex, race, color, age, religion, or national origin. We have members from Lawrence and Scioto Counties in Ohio, Boyd, Greenup, Carter, Lawrence, and Magoffin Counties in Kentucky, Wayne and Cabell Counties in West Virginia.
Anyone interested in becoming a ham and needing help and info, please attend our meetings. Dues are discounted 100 percent, no dues. Please be advised that their are now only three classes of FCC license for ham radio, the Technician, General, and Extra Class. Morse code is no longer required, Ham Volunteer examiners will give you the test, you no longer have to go before an FCC examiner. Come to one of our meetings, we can help you get a license.

 

CLUB OFFICERS FOR 2017
President Jim Rowe, N8TVO
Vice President TIM NICELY, AC8VQ
Secretary JAMES RENEAV, N4REN
Treasurer David Bruce, KD8NYN
Trustee Tim Nicely, AC8VQ
Trustee Randy Franz, KD8VRU

ARES OFFICERS

Emergency Coordinator Eddie Jenkins, N8URU
Assistant Emergency Coordinator Jim Rowe, N8TVO
Assistant Emergency Coordinator Arthur J. Pierson, N8LRO
Assistant Emergency Coordinator Corey Watson, KD8WMV
Assistant Emergency Coordinator James Miller, KK4PPJ


Michael Love, WB8YKS

Public Information Officer Michael Love, WB8YKS

 

OTHER VERY IMPORTANT POSITIONS

Official Emergency Station (OES) by SOARA - ARES Arthur J. Pierson, N8LRO

Memorial Day Parade Communications Coordinator, Jim Rowe, N8TVO

Net Manager on Repeaters 146.610 and 146.715 Jim Rowe, N8TVO

Volunteer Examiner Testing Team Leader, Jerry Lockhart, W8HIC

Assistant Volunteer Examiner Testing Team Leader, Eddie Jenkins, N8URU

Grant Officer, Matt Delong, AC8JV

Repeater Coordinator 146.715, 146.610, 444.625 COREY WATSON, KD8WMV

Official Relay Station (ORS) OSSBN -- vacant

 
WE TRY


Ken Massie, WN8F

SOARA -- ARES WEBMASTER


WORKING ON WEBSITE


I didn't say I know what I am doing.

If you find mistakes on this web site, please consider that they may be there for a purpose. We try to write something for everyone and some people are always looking for mistakes.

Pictures and name listing policy.

For over 27 years in one or more of the following positions, PIO, Hello Radio Newsletter Editor, and SOARA -- ARES Webmaster, I have posted pictures and names for everyone to view. I have not been made aware of any problems with this. If you do not want your picture or name posted or it already is and you want it removed please e-mail me at wn8f@arrl.net

Thanks es 73, Ken, WN8F, Webmaster

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LISTING OF SOARA -- ARES MEMBERS

SOARA - ARES charge no dues, we do ask that you help us in our activities and emergencies. When you sign the SOARA - ARES application for membership you are then a SOARA and an ARES MEMBER. Members listed on the left side of this page may have helped provide communications for Memorial Day parades, Christmas Parade, walk a thons, attend SOARA meetings, CAPS DAY, ham activities at county fair, Christmas Dinner/Meetings, drills, child search -- missing persons, donations of any kind to SOARA - ARES, field day, repeater work or any other SOARA activities during the last several years.

Since 1990 we have had over 118 SOARA - ARES members. Some have moved, several are deceased, some have burn out or lost interest, several have medical problems.

We now show 49 plus members. Some of these have medical problems and unable to do some of our activities.

 EMERGENCY HAM RADIO STATION FOR SOARA -- ARES USE NOW AT BELLEFONTE HOSPITAL

Through the efforts of our SOARA - ARES member Eric Kuhn, K8UHN, and SOARA - ARES member Arthur J. Pierson, N8LRO, Our Lady Of Bellefonte Hospital, St. Christopher Drive, Russell, KY agreed to purchase a ham radio station for emergency and disaster communication use. Nick Kuhn, KD8CSN and Justin Drummond, KD8EAD did the installation, they have been doing the excellent work on our repeaters.

The station consist of a Yaesu FT 8800R dual band mobile rig with an Astron 20 amp switching power supply. The antenna is a fiberglass Comet GP 3 (4.5 db gain) mounted on a non-penetrating roof mount on the overhang roof at the ER. 100 feet of Belden 9913 connects it to the radio. It has a Polyphaser lightning protector connected in the antenna line and grounded above the drop ceiling. The Yaesu is programmed on the left side with 15 ham frequencies (common area repeaters plus a couple of simplex channels). The right side has the majority of the public safety frequencies (15 of them) so they can be monitored as well. A programming list is posted at the radio's location.

The radio is located in the ER Director's office (Bob Varney) behind ER registration and across the hall from the ER. For SOARA -- ARES members to access the radio, contact Robert Varney at Bellefonte, ER Director or David Hall, Vice-President of Operations.

In an emergency when phones including cell phones, and other emergency radios become overloaded and inoperative, this will be a very useful station. In emergencies like Katrina, it is a known fact that ham radio was the only reliable communications. The location near the ER is where a lot of activity would be in an emergency and communications will be needed.


SOARA -- ARES REPEATER COORDINATOR

Richard (Corey)Watson, KD8WMV has agreed to be our SOARA - ARES repeater coordinator.

Cory brings a huge amount of repeater expertise to our group. Repeaters are part of his private working job. We really appreciate his offer to be our repeater coordinator.

IS HAM RADIO CB RADIO?

Ham Radio was started over 100 years ago as a great way for communications both as a hobby and as help in emergency communications. Hams are licensed by the FCC, they must pass a test to receive a license and their call.

Many hams started as a CBer many years ago when CBers were issued a license to operate. This was done away with and now no license is required to operate on the CB frequencies. There is as much diference as day and night between ham radio and CB. Any CBers who would like a ham radio license should attend the SOARA - ARES meetings for help.

 

PUBLIC SERVICE


AMATEUR RADIO EMERGENCY SERVICE



Through Amateur Radio Emergency Service

The American Radio Relay League

OHIO VALLEY ARES - RACES NET IS EVERY THURSDAY AT 8:30 P.M. ON REPEATER 146.715 OR 146.610 TONES 103.5 This is a quote from a book on amateur radio written nearly half a century ago.

But the sentiment is still correct. Amateur radio offers everyone a great technical hobby, with opportunities for growing your own technical capability, and having fun at the same time.

Amateur radio also provides valuable public service at times of emergency, by providing communication facilities when all else fails.

We are a volunteer group of ham radio operators dedicated to providing communications to our communities during emergencies and disasters. When cell phones and the communications of other agencies become overloaded and fail, Amateur Radio Communications can get the message through locally or to practically any place on earth. Our volunteer group also provides communications for the Ironton - Lawrence County Memorial Day Parade, (every year since 1989) walk-a-thons, runs, and other worthy events.

SOARA -- ARES ham radio operators participate in drills with the local Emergency Management Agency and have a very good working relationship with EMA Director Michael Boster. They also can work with other agencies such as law enforcement, fire, and Red Cross. SOARA -- ARES has a child search program and have been trained by a deputy from the Sheriffs department. In the event of a child abduction or a missing person, hams can be dispatched to areas like the riverbanks, strip mine area, lake areas etc. Their mobile and portable stations operating through their repeaters would allow them to communicate their findings back to the Emergency Operations Center.

Our ham radio operators provide their own equipment, such as mobile radios, base stations, hand-held radio, and antennas. These can amount to thousands of dollars. On our base stations we can talk all over the world but for local communications, the frequencies we must use for local operations, repeaters are needed to provide close-by communications in our hilly regions. Once a signal is sent to a repeater, the repeater amplifies this signal and sends it back out, thus giving much greater range.

In checking the coverage of our latest purchased repeater, we have had stations as far North as Columbus, OH and as far South as Salyersville, KY, and Logan, WV. Check in to the Ohio Valley ARES/RACES Net on Thursdays at 8:30 P.M.,on repeater 146.610, we also have a repeater on 146.715 and is usually linked with 146.610, both repeaters may have tones of 103.5 please see if you can make it in. Hams talk all over the world on HF frequencies but this is great for 2 meter operation.

What is a Repeater and Why is it Needed, and How Does It Work? What: It's a two-way radio system that receives on one frequency, then re-transmits what it receives on another frequency; at exactly the same time. It's nothing more than a "dumb electronic machine" with some smart people behind it. Why it's needed: Your mobile or hand held transceiver, has a limited range due to it's antenna height with respect to the radio horizon and rf attenuating surroundings. Repeater systems are used to "transfer" your transmitted and received signals to much higher levels electronically using large, very efficient high gain antennas, low loss feedlines and a transmitter and receiver that is rated for heavy or continuous duty. A repeater "gets out" your signal and receives the station you are talking to with a far greater range and coverage area! You take advantage of the repeater's higher elevation to increase your effective transmitting and receiving coverage versus your mobile or hand held transceiver!

Repeaters are very expensive, over $7,200 is invested in these repeaters, antennas, other radio gear, and necessary associated electronics. We now have three repeaters in Lawrence County, Ohio. Repeater 146.715 is in the Chesapeake, OH area, repeaters 146.610 and repeater 444.625 are in the Northern section of Lawrence County. All repeaters have the call of W8SOE. These repeaters have linking capability and are sometimes linked for even greater coverage. To provide emergency communications or other community projects locally, our radios that we use for this purpose are limited in range. By going through one of our repeaters the range is increased greatly. To talk all over the world we use our other radio, antennas, and other frequencies. The purchase and maintance of these repeaters is possible by the donations from merchants, agencies, members, individuals, industries, and others. We wish to THANK EVERYONE who contributed to our repeater fund, your help is greatly appreciated. If you would like to make a donation make your check to SOARA and mail to SOARA P.O. BOX 4684 IRONTON, OH 45638.

We also have an emergency ham radio station located in the rear room of the 911/EMA building. The portable rig can be taken in the field and used for communications in emergencies

After you read this home page please go to top of this page, look on the top left under the picture of Miss Liberty where you will find links to other pages on this website. Click on one of these subjects and it will take you to another page.

Thanks for your visit to our website, please come back again.

SOUTHERN OHIO AMATEUR RADIO ASSOCIATION INC. -- AMATEUR RADIO EMERGENCY SERVICE.


 
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