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

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 to register for the training. All others should contact the Stark County EMA Office at (330) 451–3900 or email to 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

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

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.