OHIO STATE PARKS ON THE AIR 2019

Here we go again, it’s been another year and time for the 2019 Ohio State Parks On The Air (OSPOTA) operating event to grace us once again!

In the past, OVEC has activated Buckeye Lake State Park just east of Columbus Ohio. This year however, we have decided to make things a bit more interesting!

For 2019, OVEC will be activating Kellys Island State Park which is located up in Lake Erie north of Port Clinton Ohio. Everyone is excited to take on the challenge of doing something new, and enjoying the time to be spent with friends and family!

If you are in the area, feel free to hunt us down in the fairgrounds. We would love to meet you!

AC8VK | Ugly Prototypes – Learn to Love Them

I love prototyping electronics projects – really projects in general – and I hope you do (or will soon). One trap that many Makers, tinkerers and would be citizen scientists get caught in, is holding ourselves to high design and finish standards.

This post was inspired by “What’s All This Pease Prototype Stuff, Anyhow?” – check it out.

In my youth, I had the great fortune of living within walking distance of a library that had the “maker” publications of era: QST, 73 and CQ – in addition to other hobby magazines. Currently we have access to tremendous volumes of build and prototype content via Maker oriented magazines, electronics blogs galore and youtube.

One thing to keep in mind, is that very often we are not seeing raw, first-draft, or one-off project builds. Often these projects were built and then re-built for the magazine photos or for the video. This creates an interesting gap – where many folks are frustrated by their build skills and reluctant to share what they are working on. I myself fall into this trap all of time, especially when in comes to finishing a project with a case. read more

AC8VK | Hello World

Every technology adventure begins with a “Hello World” moment, whether it is getting that first computer program to run, or the first LED to blink, we always start small and build from there.

My friends at Ohio Valley Experimenters club have invited me to blog and video blog on www.kd8lbs.com and the invitation could not have come at a better time. Since getting reengaged with amateur radio and hobby electronics in 2016 I have been anxious to do some blogging about it. Why? Because I love the hobby, and I really enjoy connecting with people through it… and digital content is the new connections medium.

So, watch this space for a mix of blog postings and video…

73,
AC8VK / Erik

2019 ARRL Field Day

Well that time of the year is just around the corner once again, time to do what we created this club to do. The 2019 ARRL Field Day is going to kick off next weekend on 6/22 and 6/23, in the same great spot as last year.

If you are looking for a bit of a different club experience, you may consider visiting us! We are a great group of folks in the 20-50 year old range, who value having a good time while operating radio. Everything doesn’t have to be perfect to work, to us it’s more about having fun with good people, operating radio, and eating good food on Saturday night. Look us up!

2019 OVEC Field Day @ 4962 Beechwood Road, Cincinnati Ohio 45244

Come on out and visit us, we would love to meet you!

2019 XENIA HAMVENTION!

Dayton Hamvention 2019 is here folks, and we are back at our same spot in the flea market as years past! Come see us at Booth 9530 IN THE FLEA MARKET! We are straight across from Hertz Hall and the Administration Building!

Moving Pictures?! Blasphemy! It’l never catch on..

Well as previously reported, the 2019 OVEC Winter Field Day Festivities went well, and everyone had a fine time. Thanks to the aerial videos courtesy of KD8FYT and his DJI Spark, and all of the other footage supplied by KF7IJZ, Jeremy (KF7IJZ) was able to put together a very fine montage of our experiences.

Check back later when we should have another longer video put together to show off the event!

WFD2019, No Deaths Reported

N8BD, KD8RAP, K8HUB, KD8GQW, KD8FYT, KF7IJZ (Not necessarily in that order…)

And just like that the 2019 Winter Field Day event has come to a close. Hams all over the country (and perhaps world) have started thawing out from their operating stations, finished eating their sandwiches, and commenced the long trek back to their respective QTH’s and personal bathrooms.

This year the OVEC group decided to hold their event in two cabins out at Cowan Lake State Park, located near Wilmington Ohio, and it was a great success. With sleeping accommodations that were more in line with a 4 star hotel room than what the mind thinks of when you say “cabin”, everyone involved came away from the event feeling spoiled.

Our station included an Icom 7300, multiple OCF and CF dipoles, a dedicated Icom commercial radio with a home built collinear antenna on 440, and plenty of warm bodies to keep everything running between 95% and 98% of the time. Could we have been more strategic and planned out all of the best ways to earn multipliers, placed antennas at optimal heights for correct takeoff angles, and made up an operating roster? Yeah probably. Heck we could have even given everyone yellow vests and assigned important jobs for the event! But honestly, every member who participated in this year’s event had an absolute blast, and that is what we all consider most important for a successful event. Spending time with friends, cooking up good foods that you will regret eating later, losing your voice from belting out terrible 80’s songs, and maybe even squeezing in a little bit of ham radio for good measure. That’s what we all find most important to us during Winter Field Day. read more

Fast Radio Bursts and OVEC

So what is the deal with these fast radio bursts, or “FRBs” from space? It’s been reported that a repeating source of these signals has been discovered and identified by the CHIME observatory located at the University of British Columbia. (BBC Story Here) So what does that mean to the Ohio Valley Experimenters Club?

Well to be perfectly honest, aside from being a pretty neat story, it doesn’t mean a whole lot to us unless they can speak PSK31, CW, RTTY, or DMR (even though that’s “not really ham radio” so I hear..). And although it would be pretty great to have one of our members make contact with the source of these radio signals for the first time, I have a feeling that the people of earth could probably find another more suitable resident smart person to ask the good questions. And lets just be brutally honest here, would we REALLY want our first contact with extra-terrestrials to be made by a ham radio operator? Although imagine the irony if the first contact was between a local ham here on earth, and some random alien-ham doing his/her thing on their planet. What do you think they would discuss? Because I’m fairly certain it would go something like this:

Earth Ham – “The weather here is pretty nice. We had rain yesterday, but it has since cleared up. I was able to pick up my medication from the Walmarts yesterday between rain storms which is good, but the XYL was pretty unhappy that I couldn’t get those gutters cleaned. Back to you Alien Ham”
Alien Ham – “Yeah its been pretty nice here too. But it rained acid for a bit, which hurt. My XYL was also unhappy I couldn’t clean the florp from my florpkens, but I’ll just have to do that another day.. 73 Earth Ham, and keep doing that hammy thing you do…”
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