Stan, N8BHL


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Section Emergency Coordinator



Stan Broadway, N8BHL

3677 Peel Road

Radnor, OH 43066

Phone: (614) 562-3130



Announcing the


"Ohio NVIS Antenna Day"


April 23, 2016


Working with antennas has been an integral part of the Amateur Radio hobby since the first hams went to the airwaves. Having the ‘right’ antenna becomes even more important when we’re acting in the interest of public safety!  The Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES) organization in Ohio will put these two concepts together in another “NVIS Antenna Day” activity April 23, 2016.

Last year, numerous operators, teams, and EOC’s participated to find the best NVIS antenna to use across the Ohio Section.  The differences weren’t as dramatic as one might expect; those fashioned after the military AS-2259 cross-dipole configuration appeared to be the best but other designs worked nearly as well. 

This is not really a contest- there is no score.  The purpose is to have teams (counties, groups within counties, friends, even individuals) research and determine the NVIS antenna designs they think will work the best- then actually get together to build and try them! 

Starting at 10AM Saturday, April 23 teams begin making contacts to compare their antennas. They do not have to be at portable locations, but there should be room for several antennas. This year, we’re offering the concept of “anchor” stations around the state which will be in place to provide consistent signal reports to all who contact them. For example, Team A puts together a low-altitude G5RV. They contact Anchor A in Toledo, Anchor B in Dayton, and the Ohio EOC station (“The Sarge”) for signal reports. They then either adjust their design, or try antenna number 2 contacting the same anchors. From their signal reports, they can determine right away which antenna is better and by how much!  We don’t have an “end time” set- because some stations had so much fun (and so many pile-ups) that they went on for quite a while past dark.

Our anchor stations’ frequencies will be published, but stations can contact as many other stations as they can find for more fun. Like our VHF contest, this will allow stations to plot their coverage “footprint” to get a good idea of their capabilities for a real emergency.

After the contest, all teams file reports with their call and location, operators, number of contacts and most important, all antenna details- antenna design, height, specific comments, and pictures. Each station then can rank its top (3) antenna performers with comments and ideas. Pictures are very much encouraged!  Our Marion County ARES team is sponsoring the event this year. They will compile the documentation, and narrow down the best performing antennas across the region – antennas we might all want to put in our ‘go bags’ as proven performers.

In something like a grid-down situation, our emergency communicating would not be limited within the boundaries of Ohio, so I’m asking our neighboring states to get involved with us! We would really like to make this a regional event with stations in their state EOC’s and around the Ohio border to test their own capabilities.

We’re hoping to make this a regional event in 2016!


2015 Ohio ARES Leadership Meeting Information

Main Presentation Slides

Mesh Radio Slides

Ohio Red Cross Buckeye Region DST Slides

Introduction to the Ohio ARESMAT Slides

OHDEN Presentation Slides

Pictures from the Ohio Section ARES Conference

Reference Materials Links for Training 

Ohio Coordinated Repeaters - Repeater Directory


The Anderson Power pole - connector standard

Ohio EMA
DEC/EC Monthly Report Form FSD-212 Ohio Citizen Corps
PSHR Monthly Report Form FSD-210 Ohio Single Sideband Net (OSSBN)
SEC Monthly Report Form FSD-96 Skywarn
Ohio Counties & Local Net Frequencies  Real Time Ohio Traffic (OHGO)
Ohio ARES District Map American Red Cross
Ohio DEC/EC listing


Ohio Section Emergency Response Plan FEMA on-line courses


DEC / EC Application Form  FSD-156  Ohio ARES / OES HF Digital Net
 ARES Membership Application  

 Regional FEMA Map

OSHP District Map  
About the ARES  
Net Directory from the ARRL  
Software   Documents
Main Winlink2000 Site Public Service (Basic Skills)

Winlink2000 Setup and Configuration

Ground Plane Antenna
Echolink J-Pole Antenna
Internet Radio Linking Project (IRLP) FSD-157 - Public Service Activity Form

FLDIGI Downloads

FSD-187   (Application for Station Appointment)
Messaging System (NBEMS) ICS 205 Form

NVIS Information

Website Links


NVIS website Portable 75_40 meter NVIS Antenna
  Basic Antennas
  Modified AS-2259 NVIS Antenna
  NVIS DX Engineering

NVIS for Roadside



  USMC-Antenna-hb -  (large file: 5mb)

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