Middle Bass Island Amateur Radio “Field Day” Demonstrates Science, Skill, and Service

Ham RadioThree central Ohio amateur radio operators will be participating in the national Amateur Radio Field Day exercise, June 23-24.  They will set up their stations at Middle Bass Island State Park Marina.  Since 1933, ham radio operators across North America have established temporary ham radio stations in public locations during Field Day to showcase the science and skill of Amateur Radio.  This event is open to the public and all are encouraged to attend.

For over 100 years, Amateur Radio — sometimes called ham radio — has allowed people from all walks of life to experiment with electronics and communications techniques, as well as provide a free public service to their communities during a disaster, all without needing a cell phone or the Internet.  Field Day demonstrates ham radio’s ability under any conditions from almost any location and create an independent communications network.  Over 350,000 people from thousands of location participated in Field Day 2016.

“It’s easy for anyone to pick up a computer or smart phone, connect to the Internet and communicate, with no knowledge of how the devices function or connect to each other,”  said Dave Isgur of the American Radio Relay League, the national association for Amateur Radio.  “But if there’s an interruption of service or you’re out of range of a cell tower, you have no way to communicate.  Ham radio functions completely independent of the Internet or cell phone infrastructure, can interface with tablets or smartphones, and can be set up almost anywhere in minutes.  That’s the beauty of Amateur Radio during a communications outage.”

Ham Radio

Photo by Powell River Amateur Radio Club

“Hams can literally throw a wire in a tree for an antenna, connect it to a battery-powered transmitter and communicate halfway around the world,” Kutzko added.  “Hams do this by using a layer of Earth’s atmosphere as a sort of mirror for radio waves.  In today’s electronic do-it-yourself (DIY) environment, ham radio remains one of the best ways for people to learn about electronics, physics, meteorology, and numerous other scientific disciplines, and is a huge asset to any community during disasters if the standard communication infrastructure goes down.”

Anyone may become a licensed Amateur Radio operator.  There are over 725,000 licensed hams in the United States, as young as 5 and as old as 100.  And with clubs throughout the United States and Canada, it’s easy for anybody to get involved.

For more information about Field Day, contact www.arrl.org/what-is-ham-radio.




Triathlon, 5k, and Family Races Return to Put-in-Bay for Sixth Year

Sports Events Timing6th Annual Perry’s Victory Triathlon, 5k and Family Races
Sunday, August 26, 2018
Put-in-Bay, Ohio

The 6th Annual Perry’s Victory Triathlon, 5k and Family Races will be held on Sunday, August 26, 2018 in Put-in-Bay, Ohio (South Bass Island).  This year’s race has been expanded not only to include the Triathlon, Duathlon, 5k and Kids FUN Run, but also the Aquathon (swimming and running) and the Aquabike (swimming and cycling) events.

Perry’s Victory Triathlon is a great opportunity to challenge yourself before the end of the summer season and enjoy a day on beautiful South Bass Island. The route has been designed to take you on a scenic tour of historic Put-in-Bay with the hub of the race being held on the lawn of the Peace Garden at Perry’s Victory and International Peace Memorial. This is a great event for first time du/triathletes, as well as seasoned veterans. This years events will offer a Sprint Triathlon, Sprint Duathlon, 5k Run/Walk, Kids FUN Run, and new this year a Sprint Aquabike and a Sprint Aquathon! The Triathlon even offers the option for two or three member relay teams. This event is organized by an All Sports Timing & Race Management Certified USA Triathlon Race Director.

The races will begin at 9:05 a.m. with the Kids FUN Run, followed by the start of the Triathlon, Duathlon, Aquabike and Aquathon at 9:15 a.m., and the 5k at 10:00 a.m.
For race registration, along with detailed information on the races and course maps, please go to www.allsportsraces.com.  For more information and questions, email: info “at” allsportfun.com.


Middle Bass Island Music Festival Calling for Participants

Middle Bass Island Music Festival

               14 July 2018

Middle Bass Island Music Festival will be held on 14 July 2018 from noon until 8:00 p.m. at the Middle Bass Island State Park Pavilion. The attached press release gives more details on this fun event. Proceeds benefit the Lake Erie Islands Conservancy.  We will need volunteers that day to man the entrance, sell tickets, serve beverages, help with games, etc.  If you wish to volunteer, please contact event manager Nancy Welter at 419-341-5806 or nkw23 “at” yahoo.com.

We will have space for artists to sell their work at the festival as well. Roman Sapecki is the contact there at 419-581-1919 or RomanQ1 “at” aol.com.  Attached is more information on the Middle Bass Island Music Fest Art Space. Deadline to sign up is July 7th.

Middle Bass Music Fest Artist Space

July 14 Noon -8:00 p.m.

Each artist can expect one 8′ foot table and 2 chairs per dedicated pavilion module. Please view attachments, 3 photos total, that detail the pavilion modules 1 through 8, with frontal and two side views.  Artists can choose which module they prefer on a first come basis. We will provide artists pavilion space per individual, up to the eight module limit.  Should modules be filled and there would be artist interest beyond the eight module limit, it is incumbent upon the artist to provide their own shelter, table, and chairs which will be configured adjacent to the visual artist area of the pavilion.  Electricity is available for use to be connected from outlets on posts of “module 1”,  between posts of “module 4 and module 5”, and last post of “module 8”.  Artists are to provide their own extension cord lines for connecting to outlets.  Artists can set up their displays starting at 9.00 a.m. on the day of the Music Festival.

Upon agreement, payment of $25.00  as check shall be made to:
Lake Erie Islands Conservancy, P. O. Box 461, Put-in-Bay, Ohio 43456.

Please reference MBI Music Fest Artist Space on memo line.  A confirmation email will be sent to follow. Please contact Roman Sapecki with any questions.

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