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Radio Merit Badge and Jamboree On The Air (JOTA)
October 15- 7:00 AM to 4:00 PM
6066 Boy Scout Rd
Dover, OH 44622
It is time again for our annual Merit Badge and Jamboree on the Air Event. We expect to have over 100 eager youth interested in learning more about our great hobby and we need your help to put on an event this large!
Area ham radio operator Dale Lamm, NX8J, will be organizing the classroom Radio Merit Badge portion, and Jeff Voltz, KE8BKP, will be organizing the Jamboree On The Air portion of the event.
This event is so large that we are asking for volunteers from all local Amateur Radio Clubs.
Our intention is to set up stations throughout the camp and expose the Scouts to as big of a variety of the hobby as possible, while making contacts with other Scouts and radio amateurs throughout the world.
We plan to have the following stations set up if possible:
DX HF Station
North American HF Station
UHF/VHF Repeater Station
Digital Mode Station
Fox Hunting Activity
Parks On The Air (POTA North Country Trail) Station
A Satellite station
I have volunteers for DMR, Digital already. I am looking for volunteers to head up or assist with each station (or groups of stations) for each activity. We are also open to whatever other concepts you would like to demonstrate, the sky (or ionosphere) is the limit!
This is a great opportunity for you club to show off yourclub's communications truck or trailer to the youth!
Contact: Jeff Voltz-
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MARC is recognized by the ARRL as a Special Service Club (SSC). You may be wondering, “What is an SSC, and how does this affect me?”
What is a Special Service Club?
A club that exists to go above and beyond for their communities and for Amateur Radio is what defines a Special Service Club (SSC). They are the leaders in their Amateur Radio communities who provide active training classes, publicity programs, and actively pursue technical projects and operating activities.
What about MARC?
As an ARRL Special Service Club, we have met our agreement to develop our skills in specified areas during the past two years in accordance with the guidelines in the ARRL SSC Active Club On-Line Primer.
We have worked closely with our Affiliated Club Coordinator throughout the year to develop these skills. We schedule regular, active training classes to help prospective hams study to pass their required FCC license testing. We have a recently improved publicity program to educate the community with regards to our function.
We have club members who actively pursue technical projects and operating activities. We sponsor and participate in important ARRL and hobby related events such as Field Day.
How can MARC assist you in your ham radio journey? Let us know by sending us a note at:
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Update on Don- Don left Mercy hospital recently and is rehabbing at Laurels on Hills and Dales, east of Wales Rd. Don is receiving visitors.
Hi all! I am writing this from rehab but am hopefully heading home soon. Thank you to everyone who helped with the Sugarcreek Swiss Festival. I was sorry I wasn't able to help this year.
I have some thoughts on our upcoming Hamfest at MAPS...
MAPS is probably the most unique location of any Hamfest in America. I feel we are very fortunate, as a club, to have an association there. MAPS provides a look back at aviation history. This includes several local Northeastern Ohio companies to include Goodyear Aerospace.
Again- every hamfest has its charm, but you can't beat us on location!
I'm told over two full rows of tables have already been sold and that interest is high. This is great! We are lucky here in Ohio to have a number of great regional Hamfests which have managed to survive COVID. You will remember when many clubs changed to a “Trunkfest” format in response to the pandemic, including ours at MAPS outdoors.
On a different topic, most hams believe the bulk of our storm spotting activity occurs during the summer months. I actually think the winter months can be worse. Now is the time to be preparing your automobile(s) and your home for the upcoming winter season (are your outdoor antennas ready for snow and ice?). See the list of items to keep in your car during the winter I have added below.
Time is closing quick on the upcoming holidays. It will be time to elect new officers for the next club year. I feel my health has really let me down this year, but I believe the club is still moving in the right direction. Just think of some of the great things we have done as a club this year, and some of the things yet to do-- the Hamfest, POTA, Christmas Parade. All these things help the ham radio community and the community around us.
I hope to see you all soon, and at the Hamfest at MAPS!
MARC Club President
Winter Automobile Emergency Kit
Nighttime or near-blizzard conditions can decrease visibility to near-zero. A bright flashlight can provide much-needed light to either work on getting back on the road or signal to others for help. It’s smart to keep extra batteries in your emergency survival kit.
2. Bag of cat litter
For those new to winter weather, icy conditions greatly reduce your tire traction. To get your car unstuck, pour non-clumping kitty litter in the path of your tires. Other alternatives include sand or road salt.
3. Snow shovel
If snow starts piling up around your car on the side of the road, you’ll need a shovel to help you clear a path or uncover your car. Keep your car visible to rescue teams by limiting the amount of snow surrounding it or covering your tail lights.
4. First aid kit
A basic first aid kit can come in handy in the event of minor scrapes or pains, but even more so if you’re stranded. If you take daily medications, you should also pack extras away in your kit.
5. Ice scraper
People familiar with winter weather know how vital a windshield scraper is for getting ice and snow off of a windshield. During a deep freeze or emergency situation, you don’t want to waste time — or your car’s battery — waiting to defrost a thick sheet of ice on your windshield.
6. Jumper cables
Speaking of batteries, you’ll need to be able to jump-start your car if the battery goes dead. While jumping a car is common, it can be dangerous if you don’t do it correctly. Most importantly, reduce the risk of sparking by never touching the clamps end to end and avoid any moisture near the cables.
Dehydration is a serious threat when you’re stranded. Keep a large jug of water—preferably glass—in your car for emergencies. Replace the water every few months since it may go through extreme temperature changes inside your car.
Pack a large, thick blanket away in your car to keep you warm in winter weather or to use as padding in case you need to work on your car. Consider adding a reflective emergency blanket or sleeping bag to your kit too.
9. Cell phone charger
This is essential for most drivers already but it won’t hurt to add an extra charger with a lighter adapter to your kit. Of course, this assumes you have enough gas and battery to keep your car running to get a charge so consider packing a portable phone charger too.
Print out an emergency contact sheet to keep in your car just in case your phone dies and you don’t have access to a charger. You may be able to borrow someone else’s phone to call for help or contact your loved ones to let them know you’re safe.
10. Reflective triangles
Breaking down on the side of the road can put you at risk for passing drivers, especially in low visibility conditions. Put out reflective triangles to make your car more visible and protect from any hazards.
11. Non-perishable snacks
Granola bars, nuts, crackers, dried fruit, and jerky are a few examples of snacks you can keep on hand in case you get stranded. Like the water, you should replace these every few months or sooner so they don’t expire.
Waterproof matches or a lighter can provide some light and warmth in case of emergency. These small items hardly take up any space in your kit too.
Similar to the first aid kit, a basic toolkit can be useful year-round in your car. From small repairs to changing a tire, keep these on hand in case you need them.
Other recommended items
For those who like to always be prepared, consider adding a few more items to your winter car emergency kit. Stock up with plenty of winter clothing like a hat, large coat, socks, and gloves to stay warm and dry.
Pack these additional supplies if you have space in your car:
Extra winter clothes
Empty gas can