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Our 2017 Special Event

On Saturday, August 12th, W8LKY will be on the air to commemorate Alliance, OH as the birthplace of the Ohio State Flower; the Scarlet Carnation.

We’ll be on the air from 1400Z-2000Z,  on or about 14.250 14.035 7.240 7.035 . A certificate can be downloaded here.


Club Field Day info has been posted

The clubs Field Day info including pictures are now posted here. You can find it on the Field Day page at

Louisville Alliance Relay for Life, June 10th

Winter Field Day Report

On January 28/29, members of the club participated in Winter Field Day. They set up indoors at the driving school location on Ely St.










According to club president, Paul, K2ASA, over 20 Amateurs and family visited the site, and 11 Hams operated. It sounds like they had a great time. Tomas, KC8ZEH sent along lots of pictures, which were in the February issue of the Zero Beat.

These pictures were “borrowed” from the club Facebook page, and came from Paul, K2ASA.

Here are the numbers for the weekend. The group made 108 contacts. The breakdown is as follows:

Band       CW   Phone     Dig     Total

—-            —      —–          —        —–

40          31     57              0        88

20          0       16              0        16

2           0       4                0        4

—      —–            —      —–

Total       31     77               0      108


What these numbers don’t tell us is how much fun was had. For that, you really had to be there. When I arrived at the very end, I found high spirits, and a lot of Happy Hams!

AARC First Ladies Library Activation

On November 19th, members of the Alliance ARC braved a mixed bag of conditions to activate the First Ladies Library National Historic Site in Canton, Ohio; better known as NS16. The day started off with rain, then falling temps, and snow squalls. Finally, around 11 AM, things cleared out, and we had a pretty decent day, except for the frigid temperatures. I say frigid, only because 32 degrees was quite a change from the 72 degree temps we enjoyed only hours before.
In around 4 hours of operating, our 4 stations managed 167 QSOs. In reviewing the logs, we contacted 36 states, and 6 countries. 40 Meters was again our money band (118 QSOs), followed by 20 (43 QSOs), 2 (5 QSOs), and 15 (1 QSO) Meters.
All QSOs have been entered into the club Callsign database, and uploaded to Logbook Of The World. If you worked us, and haven’t received credit, please e-mail John, KD8MQ at kd8mq[at], giving your call, and as much information about the contact as possible, and I’ll be glad to research it.
Thanks to the following operators who came out to this activation:
Paul, K2ASA
Dwight, KD8YFV
Bryan, N8WD
Loren, KD8WVE
Gary, KB8GAB
John, KD8MQ

2016 AARC Elections

Well, the 2016 annual Meeting is now history. While we had no contested offices, we did manage to find volunteers for each office presented, which is awesome!

The new officers for the 2017 year are:

President: Paul Richardson, K2ASA
Vice-president: Tomas St. George, KC8ZEH
Secretary: Mary Maendel, KD8RFZ
Treasurer: Tony Schillig, KD8BBK


Homebrew Night is scheduled for November

Again this year, we’ll be hosting Homebrew night at the November meeting. The rules are simple. Bring a homebrew project (or pictures) to our November meeting. You get a few moments to describe your project, and answer questions, then we all vote on the best of show.

See you on November 9th, in the Café Conference Room at Alliance Community

Hospital. We’ll be starting off the meeting at 7:30. Homebrew night begins immediately following a short business meeting.

Last year, we had a shortage of entries. You have my word that we will not have that problem this year!


AARC NPOTA Activation Nets 175 QSOs

On September 17th, the Alliance ARC descended upon the Ledges shelter off of Truxall Rd, at Cuyahoga Valley National Park. Two stations activated the park; designated NP14 under the National Parks On the Air (NPOTA) program, and continued until thunderstorms put an end to our fun.

In the afternoon, Tony, working 20 CW worked 4 guys in Belgium, all named Danny. Hence comes the reference to the Coveted “Worked all Danny” award. Maybe it’s a popular name in Belgium?


Alliance ARC DX Contest Is underway

How many countries can you work in six months? The third annual ARC DX Contest is now underway. Who will be the one to knock Rex, NX8G off of his perch? He has won the contest two years in a row.


Here are the rules for the 2016 contest:

Eligibility: Open to all current Alliance ARC Members

Object: To see who can work the most DXCC countries between 0000z October 1, 2016, and 2359z on March 31, 2017, Regardless of Band, or Mode.

Bands & Modes: All bands DC to Daylight are eligible. Any Mode

Paperwork: We are again putting you on the honor system. No LOTW, or EQSL required. No  stressing out over getting QSL cards. Just export your log for that period to an ADI file, and send it in.

The prize: The prize will be announced in the June, 2017 issue of the Zero Beat.


Logs will be judged according to ARRL DXCC Countries list, and scored electronically using the most recent version of N3FJP AC Log available on April 1, 2017.


Alliance ARC Meeting is coming up on June 8th

map Hi everyone,

Don’t forget tomorrows Alliance ARC meeting.
The night begins with dinner at 5:45 at Frank’s Alliance Family Restaurant (428 E. State St).
The club meeting will be at the usual conference room at the alliance Community Hospital, and begins at 7:30.
While there’s no formal program, we ask for your attendance as we’ll be finalizing plans for Field Day 2016. This years Field Day chairman is Shawn, KD8ZEZ.
See you there,


John Myers, KD8MQ