2022 Training Archive

  1. Ohio State University Meteorology Club’s Severe Weather Symposium
  2. Nuclear Preparation 
  3. FCC License Fees
  4. Hamvention 2022
  1. Ohio State University Meteorology Club’s Severe Weather Symposium

Registration is now open for the 26th Annual Ohio State University Meteorology Club’s Severe Weather Symposium. This free learning activity will be held on Friday, March 11, 2022 from 9AM to 5PM at OSU’s Ohio Union, 1739 North High Street, Columbus, Ohio. You may register to attend in person or via a Zoom meeting.

Nine speakers are scheduled from National Weather Service offices, broadcast meteorology and academia. Parking at the adjoining South Garage is $12.50 for the day, and you should also make financial arrangements for lunch, snacks and any OSU souvenirs.

To register for this event, visit https://u.osu.edu/metclub/2022-symposium/ .

Submitted by Michael Schulsinger, N8QHV

2. Nuclear Preparation

Several times in my life I have experienced periods of heightened risk of nuclear warfare. I regret to share with all of you that the war in Ukraine has all of the earmarks of just such an event.

One unfortunate aspect of nuclear exchanges is that anyone who intends to survive must begin planning long before the detonation of the first bomb. You need a supply of potable water that doesn’t depend on electric pumps, a supply of food that doesn’t require regular trips to the grocery and a place to stay while the radioactive fallout decays to a relatively safe level. And if you happen to be too close to any of the detonations none of this will help.

I don’t have all of the answers to ensure your survival, but I can suggest a place to begin. Go to https://www.ready.gov/nuclear-explosion .

Submitted by Michael Schulsinger, N8QHV

3. FCC License Fees

On Tuesday, April 19, 2022 the Federal Communications Commission will begin collecting a $35 license fee for new licenses, renewals and vanity callsigns. License class upgrades are exempt. This new fee is in addition to any fees associated with license tests.

If your license has recently expired, or comes up for renewal within ninety days of Monday, April 18th it would be to your advantage to renew before April 19th. That $35 would be better spent on a Hamvention ticket and some fairground snacks.

By coincidence my Extra Class license was due to expire on May 15th, so I filed for renewal earlier today. I suggest that each of you examine your license to see if renewal would be appropriate before the new fee structure kicks in.

If you need help with the FCC website, I found the ARRL web pages quite useful. Go to: www.arrl.org . Type renewals into the website search at upper right.

Submitted by Michael Schulsinger, N8QHV 

4. Hamvention 2022

I’ll start by wishing you all a happy Star Wars Day! May the 4th be with you! Now back to our program.

Hamvention 2022 is now just over two weeks away. We are all a little out of practice when it comes to preparing for the show, so here’s a refresher. First, if you don’t have your tickets yet, get them before you arrive, if possible. Midwest Surplus in Fairborn, Ohio and R&L Electronics in Hamilton, Ohio may still sell them over the counter, but I would call first to confirm. At $26, advance tickets are $5 cheaper than at the show.

If you need emergency antennas or backup power sources, Hamvention has often been a good place to look around for them. Take time to make a shopping list of the items you seek. If you don’t you’ll certainly forget something. I man an inside booth and have perhaps two hours off out of the twenty hour show so I must shop efficiently.

Too many Hamvention attendees forget to check out the emergency communications forums. The Homeland Security and SHARES forums are on Friday, and SATURN is on Sunday. Several blocks of time are reserved for the ARRL, and one may possibly be for ARES.

And while attending Hamvention 2022, don’t forget to have a little fun as well!

Submitted by Michael Schulsinger, N8QHV