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!

100 Contacts Made During W8T Operation

Well, it’s all over. We’d like to thank everyone who came out to visit us, either on the air, or in person. It was a great day.
Remember, a special QSL, and certificate is available.
Just send a QSL, and large 9 X 12 SASE (or $2) to:
P.O. Box 3344
Alliance, OH 44601

We made 100 contacts, in 29 states, and 5 countries.

Here are the band breakdowns:

40 Meter Phone: 64

40 Meter CW: 1
20 Meter SSB: 28
20 Meter CW: 5
17 Meter SSB: 5


Have you ever wondered about RTTY? Does it keep you up nights? Well, while we aren’t able to fix your sleep habits, we may be able to give you some hands-on in the RTTY department.

The North American QSO Party-RTTY is coming up on July 19th. The actual contest period runs from 2 PM EDT to 2AM EDT.

I don’t consider myself an expert on RTTY Contesting, but I do have fun with it. So much so that I’ll be setting up the rig on the patio, and inviting you over to try your hand at RTTY contesting.

We’ll be lighting up the grill, and cooking out. So if you want to have some fun on the air, come on over. We’ll be cooking around 5, but early arrivals are welcome. Bring the spouse, or girlfriend (not both), and we’ll have an unofficial club picnic.

Bring a lawn chair, or two as well. Also, if you want to bring a covered dish, or munchies, that’ll be great.

Our QTH is located at 910 W. Mill St, in Alliance, on the SW corner of Mill, and Antram. Parking is available in the side, or front driveways. But, please, no parking on the grass. Antram is a narrow street, but If everyone parks on the same side, we should be OK.

Any questions, just give me a call. My number is 330-936-5021.And, of course, we will be monitoring the club two meter repeater (145.370).

We’ll be going rain or shine!

See you on the 19th!


W8T Special Event is scheduled for July 12th

Our next special event operation W8T is happening July 12th. It’s purpose is to commemorate Alliance as the home of Taylorcraft Aviation. Operation on 40, 20 , 15, 10 are planned.
Send a QSL, and large SASE (or $2 S+H) for a QSL & certificate.
For more information, check out the W8T QRZ.com page by clicking here.

Alliance ARC Returns To Sebring Campgrounds

It’s that time again. Field Day is almost here! We will be returning to the Sebring Camp Grounds.

Field Day is always on the 4th full weekend of June. This years dates are June 28/29.

The Sebring Camp Grounds are located just off of Johnson Rd, in Sebring. The drive is just North of Lake Park Blvd, at the corner of Texas Ave, and Johnson rd.

Feel free to stop out, and join the fun!