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.

ARRL Field Day 2015 Field Day Packet Now Online

The complete 2015 ARRL Field Day packet is now online. There are no rule changes for 2015. Field Day 2015 takes place June 27-28.

The full story can be found at arrl.org.

Goodbye Zero Beat

Our clubs monthly newsletter, the Zero Beat has ceased publication after the February, 2015 issue. Any Alliance ARC member who would like to take over as editor is welcome to do so. Contact John, KD8MQ for details.

The weekly newsletter, the Monday Morning Message will fill in in conjunction with this website to help keep you informed of upcoming events.

To be added to the Monday Morning Message E-Mail distribution list, please e-mail John, KD8MQ

PARF Announces 2015 Dayton Bus Trip

We are pleased to announce that PARF (Pioneer Amateur Radio Fellowship, Inc.) is once again chartering a bus to the Dayton Hamvention for Saturday, May 16th.  Attached you will find fliers and applications (in 2 formats) with all the details.  We are pleased that the cost has remained the same as last year.
Please note:  April 15th is the deadline for the “Early Bird” discount, but don’t wait.  Last year we were at 92% capacity.  Several folks who couldn’t make it then indicated they would be riding this year!  Seats are available on a first come, first serve basis.
If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to give me a call at 330-745-5115.
Joy Spencer-DeZordo, KA8TDF


2015 Dayton Application (Word)
2015 Dayton Application (PDF)
2015 Dayton Flyer (Word)
2015 Dayton Flyer (PDF)

AARC Winter Field Day

This year, for the first time, the AARC sponsored a team for the SPAR Winter Field Day. You may be wondering “What is Winter Field Day, and how does it differ from ARRL Field Day“?

Well, of course, it’s held in the winter. The rules are a bit different, using the temperature as part of the exchange. Other than that, It’s a great opportunity for a social event, just like it’s counterpart in June.

Field Day is considered to be emergency preparation, right? So .  .  .  .  What happens not if, but rather when we have an emergency that requires to get on the air in the dead of winter?
Well, we can prepare for that. . Of course besides, putting a signal on the air, we have to be fed, so we had a carry in dinner as part of our operation.

We made over 200 contacts, using SSB, FM, and CW. Bands were activated from 80-10 & 2 Meters. All told, I think it’s fair to say that everyone had a good time.

Here’s some pictures of our event.

Alliance 440 Repeater is Back!

It’s with great pride, and relief that we can report that the Alliance 440 Repeater is back on the air.

Previously located at the Two Meter Repeater site, it was moved to the KD8MQ QTH. It took some time for your editor to get things in readiness, but the tower went up right on schedule, thanks to a lot of help from friends.

The tower was raised all in one piece, with the antenna & Feedline attached, using a bucket Lift.

Thanks to everyone who came out to help. This could not have happened without a lot of teamwork.

The repeater is on 442.350 (+) with no PL. Watch for more info coming soon.

Club Two Meter Repeater To Get New Antenna, and Amplifier

tower At the recent meeting of the Alliance ARC, it was voted to purchase
a new antenna, and amplifier for the 145.370 machine. This should
restore it to normal operation.

We are currently operating on a backup antenna, and feedline.
This works, but at reduced range.

Here’s the August Issue Of The Zero Beat

Here’s the August issue of the Zero Beat.

There’s a lot of good info in this months issue.

Download it here


John, KD8MQ

Editor, Zero Beat,

Alliance ARC


KC8YLD To Talk AMSAT At Next Meeting

At our August meeting, EMike McCardel, KC8YLD will be returning to the Alliance ARC, but wearing a different hat this time.

EMike visited us a couple of years ago as the ARRL Ohio Section Affiliated Club Coordinator, and reminded us to “Get Out Of Meeting Mode”.

Now, EMike is the V.P. Educational Relations for the Amateur Radio Satellite Corporation (AMSAT). He will be giving an overview of AMSAT and the Fox-1 series of satellites to be launched next summer and beyond. There are four Fox-1 class satellites being built. 3 have been accepted for launch two have been manifested.

He’ll also have information on  ARISS (Amateur radio on the ISS) and AMSAT’s Educational Mission.

It’s not every month that we get an AMSAT VP our to our meetings, so make sure to come out, and tell your friends; Heck, tell your enemies. This is a not to be missed night, folks!

This Months Meeting  will be on Wednesday, August 13th in the Café Conference Room at:
Alliance Community hospital
200 E. State St
Alliance, OH.
Our meeting will begin at 7:30PM

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Here’s the Club FD Results

The Alliance ARC 3A effort from the Sebring Campgrounds netted 1177 QSOs. The breakdown is as follows:

CW QSOs: 461
Digital QSOs: 77
SSB QSOs: 744

The GOTA station run by Tomas, KD8VVL, and coached by Tom, KD8JRK was good for an extra 200 bonus points. This brings our bonus point total to 1050.

40 Meters was again our bread & butter band, accounting for 669 QSOs.

This is our 7th best score since 1998, Our best score ever was 4810, posted in 2006.

The top three operators this year were:

Butch, WA8SHP: 311 QSOs
Tony, KD8BBK: 216 QSOs
Mike, KD8RUQ: 204 QSOs

Good Job everyone!