W8T Special Event Station To Be On The Air July 11th (New Location)

This Saturday is the W8T special event. This year, due to the cancellation of the annual Taylorcraft Fly-in, we’ll be setting up at the KD8MQ QTH (910 W. Mill St).

There was a mis-print on the league website; likely my mistake, not theirs. The callsign to be used is incorrectly listed as KD8MQ. This is incorrect, as we’ve secured W8T for the weekend.

We’ll be operating SSB on 28.260, 21.260, 14.260, 7.260 +/- QRM. Other modes & frequencies may be tried as circumstances warrant. We’ll be on the air from 10 AM to 4 PM EDT.

For a certificate & QSL, send a large SASE to John Myers, 910 W Mill St, Alliance, OH 44601. We will be operating SSB, on these frequencies. Other bands, & modes may be attempted.

The Zero Beat Is Back!

Well, the title of this post says it all. The Zero Beat is back in a format which is a lot more “Editor Friendly”. You can read the latest issue on our newsletter page.

Alliance ARC to Hold Picnic At June Meeting

Well, it’s time once again for the Alliance ARC’s traditional “Pre-Field Day Picnic” at Silver park, and all local hams are invited. Instead of their normal meeting on Wednesday, June 10th, there will be a cookout at the park, with the club meeting afterwards.
Cooking will start at 6 PM. The meeting will begin around 7:30.
Meat will be provided. We are asking for everyone to bring a covered dish to share. In addition, we need volunteers to bring:

  • Hot dog, & hamburger Buns
  • Pop / water
  • condiments
  • Cheese

If you can supply any of these, contact John, KD8MQ, at 330-936-5021.
The picnic will be at the log cabin in Silver Park (click here for map). We’re the 2nd drive on the left, as you are coming down the hill from Union ave. If you come to the lake, you’ve come too far.
Hope you can come!

April meeting minutes are posted

The minutes from the April meeting have been posted to the minutes page.

March Meeting Minutes Have Been Posted

The minutes from the March meeting have been posted to the minutes page.

CFARC FM Squares Contest Coming Up

Here’s a contest you can win with just an HT . . . and by making only one contact!

Imagine a contest based on the first mode that most Hams use, 2 Meter FM simplex. Add an emphasis on mobile and portable operation, throw in some antenna building, introduce Maidenhead grid squares, encourage Elmering, include club recognition, and add an element of chance and you’ve got it: The Northeast Ohio 2 Meter FM Simplex Squares contest.

Mark your calendar now, reserve the weekend of April 25th and 26th, 2015, and plan on working the First Annual 2 Meter FM Simplex Squares contest.

Complete rules, and infromation can be found at http://www.cfarc.org/contest15.php

Wacky Key Night is Coming Up!

OK folks, the Second annual Alliance ARC Wacky Key Night is coming up soon. Bring your wacky key to the April 8th meeting. Use your imagination. Just don’t scratch the floor of the meeting room.
Build a device which will key a code oscillator (provided). Simulated straight keys, iambic paddles, sideswipers; whatever! Any and all are welcome. The more elaborate or ridiculous, the better! We will provide several connector configurations for you to attach to your “Wacky Key,” even alligator clips to your terminals if that’s all you have.
The WACKIEST KEY WINS!! Put your silly alter ego to work and construct a Rube Goldberg device. Carry, drag, or wheel it in if you have to. No limits; just don’t scratch the floor!
Imagination, originality, and HUMOR are going to rule the outcome!

There are 3 simple rules:
1) Real, manufactured keys are prohibited.
2) It has to actually function by closing a circuit that will trigger oscillator audio.
3) It must be able to send your Callsign legibly, or just a simple “CQ.”

Need ideas? Here’s a link:

HT To Be Raffled Off at March Meeting

HT To Be Raffled Off at March Meeting


Here’s another reason to attend the March meeting of the Alliance ARC. A Yaesu FT-252 5W HT has been donated to the club by Herb, KD8YPE. It  will be raffled off at Wednesday night’s meeting!

January & February Minutes Are Posted

The minutes of the January & February meetings are now posted on the Minutes page. Feel free to check them out.

2015 Skywarn Spotter Training

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(The following comes from Terry, N8ATZ, our stark County EC concerning the 2015 Skywarn spotter training.)
The Stark County EMA And Stark County Amateur Radio Emergency Service Present 2015 Skywarn Spotter Training
This year’s training will be held on Monday, March 23rd and again on Thursday, March 26th at the Stark County EMA Office located at 4500 Atlantic Blvd (Lower Level), Canton, OH 44705.
Training will begin at 6:30 PM and will consist of a webinar by National Weather Service trainers.
There is room for 25 persons at each training session. All are welcome to attend including Amateur Radio Operators, Public Safety, School & Hospital Staff and the General Public.
Pre-Registration is required to insure seating is available for all participants. Ham Radio Operators should contact Terry Russ, N8ATZ at (330) 837 – 3091 or email to truss@sssnet.com to register for the training. All others should contact the Stark County EMA Office at (330) 451–3900 or email to starkema@co.stark.oh.us The training will last approximately 2 hours with one break.This year’s training will again discuss what severe weather is; identifying potentially serious weather patterns; and reporting this information to the Cleveland NWS office.