2023 Training Archive

1.Ohio Distracted Driving Law: Ham Radio Exception

2. 27th Annual Weather, Water and Climate Symposium

 

1.Ohio Amateur Radio organizations have an unusual opportunity to increase their memberships this year. On Tuesday Governor DeWine signed a new, strengthened distracted driving law. In April Ohio drivers caught just holding a cellphone or other electronic device may be pulled over for a warning by law enforcement, and six months later may be ticketed and lose 2 driving points for doing so.

There are a few exceptions under the new law, one of which is by being a licensed Amateur Radio operator. CB, FRS and GMRS operators do not seem to have any such protections, which should thrill truckers and RV operators to pieces.

Anyway, those conducting ham classes should publicize this exception to the new law, as it gives non-hams in Ohio a stronger incentive to get their license. For the cost of one $150 ticket for violating the new law, a person could purchase their FCC Technician textbook, a starting handheld and have money left over!

Any thoughts?

Submitted by Michael Schulsinger, N8QHV

2. 27th Annual Weather, Water and Climate Symposium

Every winter I plug The Ohio State University Meteorology Club’s symposium. This year there is a slight change in name and orientation from Severe Weather only to the 27th Annual Weather, Water and Climate Symposium.

The symposium will again be held at the U.S. Bank Conference Theater, Ohio Union, 1739 N. High St., Columbus, Ohio 43210. The date is Friday, February 10th from 9AM to 5PM. You may register to attend in person or participate through a Zoom Webinar at this internet address: https://forms.gle/TfGMhr4LomS1cDH67 .

The event is free, but parking at the adjoining South Garage is now $17 per day, and lunch is on you. Still, I have attended for over 20 years. Join me?

Submitted by Michael Schulsinger, N8QHV