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BSA JOTA event at Tuscazoar

Good afternoon! Again this year I’m coordinating with Tusco and Canton clubs to help B.S.A J.O.T.A  event at Tuscazoar. If you have the time please feel free to come out! We will be setting up a few stations for the troops to visit and learn communications.  Jon Meyers will be operating a POTA station,  I will be setting up a hf, maybe qrp station. No, I do not know code but will have a station setup for a volunteer to use if anyone would like run it! If you have an idea for a demonstration or exercise,  or even want to come setup your own station please feel free to let me know! Our involvement will be Saturday only and lunch is provided. Please contact me if you may be interested in helping out.


Earn Signs, Signals & Codes Merit Badge

Scouts of all levels are invited to earn Signs, Signals & Codes Merit Badge. Most of the requirements of the badge will be available during the day.

October 21, 2023 – 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

This merit badge covers several nonverbal ways we communicate: emergency signaling, Morse code, American Sign Language, braille, trail signs, sports officiating hand signals, traffic signs, secret codes and more.

Many of the same people who brought the Radio Merit Badge to camp in 2022 will be back to help with SS&C and the day will be structured as it was for Radio Merit Badge. Some groups will observe a guided presentation in Hoover Lodge while other groups will demonstrate their mastery of requirements in an outdoor setting.

Some requirements can’t be done in a classroom (What did you expect? This is Scouting!). For example, use trail signs and markers to create a one-mile trail for fellow Scouts to follow. Also, the following requirements must be completed prior:

  • 5A & 5B (One Scout does 5B, the next Scout uses that work to accomplish 5A. Then they switch roles and repeat)
  • 7 (Moderately difficult. Best done during a campout or one-day outing)
  • 9 Partial – Only the part where you “Design your own symbol”

This weekend coincides with the Jamboree-on-the-Air, or JOTA, the largest Scouting event in the world. JOTA uses amateur radio to link Scouts and hams around the world, around the nation, and in your own community. Our instructors will have amateur radio stations set up to assist with requirement 3A.

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KE8VZE Antenna party

During the Independence Day weekend of 2023, a group of dedicated members from the Alliance ARC generously volunteered their Sunday morning to assist a fellow Ham operator.

You may already be familiar with Jimmy, KE8VZE. He is known for his friendly nature, always ready to lend a hand and deeply passionate about the hobby. When Jimmy needed help with setting up his home station, 14 club members eagerly came forward to offer their support.

After a productive morning’s work, the team enjoyed a delicious lunch from Old Carolina. With everything in place, Jimmy is now able to get on the airwaves. This heartwarming display truly exemplifies the spirit of “Hams Help Each Other!

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Butler Hamfest Wrap-Up

Today, was the Butler Hamfest’s return to it’s longtime home at the Butler Farm Show grounds. It had moved to the Butler county fairgrounds about 6 years back. 

Todays crowd was decent; not bad for a Post-COVID, New-ish venue hamfest. I was kind of tied to the club table, and didn’t get to do any exploring, but did see that a new food building has been opened. 

I took all of our left-overs from previous estates, added in some recent donations (along with some of my own gear), and filled up the truck bed for today’s trip to western PA. The day was a definite success! Club members will see the sales numbers in next Sundays Treasurer report. 

The next Hamfest on my radar is the Mansfield Trunkfest on July 8th (July 9th rain date). You can learn more at https://iarc.club/hamfest/index.html. No sales this time, just browsing. DE WG8X

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NEO Amateur Radio Roundup

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