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[w8lky] CARNATION PARADE OPERATORS

  Good morning everyone, We may need a backup Operator for the Carnation Parade on August 10th. One of our operators said he might have to work during the time of the Parade. So to be on the safe side, we need at least one more operator for the Carnation Grand Parade August 10th. If you can spare the time, call me or Email me because it is more than likely we will need a replacement operator.
73's
Ron KE8HCY
330-821-5454 Leave a message after the announcement
Email: rtritt25775@gmail.com

[w8lky] PRESIDENT’S UPDATES

GOOD DAY EVERYONE:  WE HAVE GOOD NEWS, ALL THE POSITIONS ALONG THE CARNATION FESTIVAL PARADE ROUTE ARE NOW COVERED. BUT IF YOU STILL WANT TO PARTICIPATE ON THE PROJECT WE HAVE ANYWHERE FROM 2-3 MORE LOCATIONS THAT WOULD REALLY COMPLETE THE COVERAGE ON THE AUGUST 10TH CARNATION GRAND PARADE. WE ARE GOING TO USE 440 REPEATER  THIS YEAR. THIS PROJECT WOULD ALSO HELP YOU TO BECOME MORE FAMILIAR WITH THE LAYOUT OF ALLIANCE. LET ME KNOW BY EMAIL OR CALL ME AT HOME, MY NUMBER IS LISTED ON OUR WEB PAGE. REMEMBER,  IF YOU HAVE NOT SIGNED UP TO WORK ON THIS PROJECT YET,  THEIR IS STILL TIME AND YOU WILL REALLY ENJOY WORKING THIS COMMUNITY SERVICE PROJECT.
73’S
RON KE8HCY
2019 CARNATION FESTIVAL GRAND PARADE PROJECT CHAIRPERSON

[w8lky] PRESIDENT’S NOTES

           Good afternoon everyone, I trust you are well and your July 4th Holiday went well. I just wanted to touch base on a few things:
 1. Club breakfast at Poncho’s on West State Saturday July 6th, 8:30AM
 2. Training Classes for new Amateur Radio Operators Starting  July 6th from 5PM-7PM in the conference
     room where we meet each month. Frank (WA8WHP will be the instructor. I plan on being at each of the
     Twelve (12) sessions to help out. I know Frank would appreciate  your attendance at any one of the
     sessions.
 3. Our next club meeting will be this coming Wednesday, July 10, 2019 at 7:30 PM in the conference room at Aultman Alliance Community Hospital. We will be passing along a sign up sheet for Operators for the  2019 Greater Carnation Festival Grand Parade to be held on August 10th in Alliance. Your time commitment will be from 9AM to approximately 1:30 PM
 4. Volunteer Operators are still needed for the Pro Football Hall of Fame Grand Parade ;
     WADE (WD8MIU) is in charge of the HOF Grand Parade: Email: wd8miu@gmail.com or (330) 704-2100.
      I was told they normally use about 35 Operators on the Parade.
73’s
Ron (KE8HCY)

[w8lky] W8LKY FD Results

HI everyone,
Well, we didn’t set the world on fire from a operating perspective, but I had fun, and I think a lot of folks did as well.
If I do this next year, I’ll need to rely more on everyone for loading/unloading. I am not one who asks for help easily, but I have 360-some days to work on that, right?
SO on to the results. We made 139 contacts; all phone.
The top operator this year is Shawn, KD8ZEZ, with Doug, KB8DNQ following close behind.
Rick, KC8SUI, with help from Shawn’s son Ian keep t the fire going for the entire weekend.
Kudos to Ian, and Shawn who stayed up all night defending the site from hoards of Killer Raccoons.
Thanks to Heath, KE8KAV, for orchestrating the food. Special mention to Paul, K2ASA for preparing the pulled pork.
We got 1150 bonus points this year; only missing a few. In talking last night to Brian, AC8RV who called with some traffic for me, we now know how to kill it in the traffic handling categories next year.
The results have been checked, and submitted to the ARRL.
Many thanks to all who came out to the site.
John Myers, KD8MQ kd8mq1@gmail.com

[w8lky] FD Update- Friday morning

I hope we get a lot of people out to operate tomorrow, but more importantly, even if you don’t want to operate still come out. 
Field day is one of the biggest social events on the calendar for most amateur radio clubs. 
Come on out and see what we’re all about. Make some new friends, or renew some old friendships.
We are set up this year at the Sebring holiness camp. It is at the corner of Johnson Road and Texas Avenue.
I’ll be putting some caution tape up today to help people figure out where not to park. We have a dry day scheduled for today so by tomorrow hopefully the ground will be a lot firmer.
Also, we will be meeting at McDonald’s on East State Street in Alliance at 9 AM tomorrow for breakfast. Everyone is welcome.

[w8lky] FD site walk around

I just made a visit to the field day site. It’s still a bit wet. But, I’m hopeful that it will be usable for This weekend.Granted we still have some rain in the forecast between now and tomorrow night. But, unless we get a reign of biblical proportions, I’m hoping we’ll be OK.As far as parking, your best bet is to park on Highground. Don’t try to park down near the pavilion, or you will not be happy. The best place I found to park was either on a camping space, or a little bit past the pavilion. park on the left side of the road up towards the dormitory. PS, if you’re coming to help set up tomorrow night bring your boots! John, KD8MQ

[w8lky] Field Day update

Hi everyone,
No doubt you are also wondering about the weather conditions at Sebring camp.
I’m going to do a walk-around tonight at the camp to make sure that we will be OK for this weekend. I’ll post more info as needed.
73,
John Myers, KD8MQ kd8mq1@gmail.com
330-936-5021

[w8lky] Sunday FD Update

June 16 Update
Here’s an update for next weekends ARRL Field Day.
WEATHER – That Is surely on everyone’s mind this weekend. Looking ahead to next Saturday, the weekend looks sort of dry. Unfortunately the days leading up to then have a almost daily chance of rain.
I’ll be walking the site Thursday, or Friday, and we have plans to stake off any overly muddy spots with caution tape. Please plan to exercise caution when choosing your parking spots to we don’t tear up the grass.
CHECK-IN STATION – Since the 2 Meter repeater will not be completed by Field day, we will be monitoring both the 2M & the 440 machine throughout the weekend. Plans are afoot to mount the check-in antenna a bit higher than in years past, in order to get a better shot at the machine.
STATIONS – we’ll be running the club rigs, plus Doug, KB8DNQ has offered use of his rig.
The laptops have been programmed with the latest version of the logging software.
SATURDAY BREAKFAST –We’ll be meeting at McDonalds on East State St (Across from Memorial Park) at 9 AM Saturday.
SATURDAY LUNCH – Around Noon – 1 PM, we’ll order pizza.
SATURDAY DINNER – Around 5 PM, we’ll have a carry in dinner. The menu this year includes Pulled pork, and hot dogs. Everyone should plan to bring something to share.
GOTA – No GOTA station has been planned. Since the intent of GOTA is for a new, or inactive Ham to handle this, I’ll leave that up to whoever wants to do it. No one has stepped up yet.
BONUS POINTS – We’ve had a couple folks offer to help with specific bonus point categories.
We can still use some volunteers in the following categories: – Message origination to the SM – Message Handling – Satellite QSO – Educational Activity – Site visitation by an elected official, or representative of an agency – Social Media
We’ll have two donation jars set out this year.
First, there’s the donation jar to help defray the cost of the Field Day weekend, secondly, we will be accepting donations towards the W8LKY Two Meter Repeater project.
DONATING TO EITHER OF THESE FUNDS ARE STRICTLY VOLUNTARY!
So, that is about it for now. I have a couple things I’d like to try this weekend, but we’ll see if time permits.
73 All,
John, KD8MQ FD Chairman John Myers, KD8MQ kd8mq1@gmail.com

[w8lky] HOF Grand Parade Radio Operators

  The Canton Amateur Radio Club is requesting  volunteers Radio Operators for this year's Pro Football Hall of Fame Grand Parade. The contact for the Grand Parade is Wade WD8MIU Email: wd8mu@gmail.com or (330) 704-2100. They also have a community parade for the same event. The contact for the community parade is Terry N8ATZ, email:truss@sssnet.com or (330) 802-0958
73's
Ron KE8HCY

[w8lky] Flyer for Licensing Classes

AARC Class Flier
AARC Members: We are asking each of you to help distribute the flyer posted on the email under attachments in your Church, Civic club newsletter or other sites. Many thanks to John KD8MQ for tweaking the flyer to it’s present  design.
73’s
Ron KE8HCY

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