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Compete in local foxhunts, contests and educational activities with Venturing Crew 73. Continue with Radio Merit Badge assistance at BSA camp for 7 weeks this summer. Participate in contests, especially those which lend themselves to outdoor participation with Scouts.

Previous Activities

May 2012: Travel to Dayton Hamvention, staff Scouting booth within ARRL Expo. Side trip to VOA Museum near West Chester.

April 2012: Stark County VHF QSO Party, competed as mobile rover, activating entities within the county. First place in category. Three members participated.

March 2012: ARRL DX SSB contest from north transmitter site.

March 2012: Campout at Camp Tuscazoar, five Crew members attending.

December 2011: Operate station W8CLE at Cleveland NWS office as part of SKYWARN recognition day. Three Crew members attended.

October 2011: Visit small coal-fired power plant in conjunction with IEEE tour. Three Crew members attended.

October 2011: Participate in 54th annual JOTA at Camp Buckeye.

September 2011: Another Crew 73 visit to the USS Cod in Cleveland. Thank you KA8VIT!

July 2011: Travel with several Crew 73 members to the contesting station operated by K3LR for a tour. Tim needs no introduction in ham circles. He was a most gracious host and an inspiration for our entire group.

June 2011: Advise and assist Crew 73 with construction of amateur shack and broadcast studio at BSA summer camp, to be used to teach Radio Merit Badge. See KT8BSA's page for info.

May 2011: Help staff the Amateur Radio outreach booth within the ARRL exhibit at Dayton Hamvention. Seven Scouts from Crew 73 attended.

April 2011: Participate with Crew 73 in the county's VHF QSO Party using our unit's call KD8PTR (now KT8BSA).

March 2011: Operate portable from Cleveland BSA Council camp, establishing amateur radio linkup with Canton BSA Council's camp.

January 2011: Experimental operations with Crew 73 members using series fed 400 foot tower on HF.

October-November 2010: Participate in CQ WW DX, ARRL Phone Sweepstakes and ARRL 10 Meter contest with Crew 73 members.

October 2010: 53rd annual JOTA station at Seven Ranges with Crew 73 during a special 100th anniversary Camporall. Build two meter antennas at local shop for use by Crew members and Crenshaw school station.

September 2010: Return to highest point in Carroll county to participate in ARRL VHF QSO party with Crew 73.

August 2010: Ham radio outreach and demo station at Order of the Arrow's annual Ox Roast.

July 2010: Operate N7R in conjunction with 100th anniversary of Scouting in the USA.

June-August 2010: Merit badge counsellor for the limited-time return of the Signaling merit badge at Council summer camp for seven weeks. Approx 100 Scouts earned the badge.

June 2010: Worked the ARRL VHF QSO party from the highest point on Council's Scout Reservation with Crew 73 members. Outstanding 2M and 6M contacts. We used club call W8AL.

Worked the ARRL expo area at 2010 Dayton Hamvention with two Crew 73 members and adult Scouters from other Councils.

April 2010: Crew 73 participated in Stark County VHF QSO party from a portable field station. Crew also participated in KP4AO EME experiments.

February 2010: Operate portable from Camp Manatoc in Ohio.

October 2009: Crew 73 participated in the 52nd annual JOTA from Camp McKinley during Sandy Beaver's Fall Camporee.

August 2009: Set up and operate amateur radio demonstrations and outreach at BSA Order of the Arrow Ox Roast.

June-July 2009:Weekly visits to SevenRanges Scout Reservation for amateur radio demonstrations. Conduct radio merit badge sessions. QRV on HF.

Dayton Hamvention 2009: With other ham Scouters, staffed a booth at Hamvention within the ARRL section. Promoted positive outcomes of providing services to Scouts. W5KWQ stopped by for a visit and our group made a video interview. See http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Un-3p3a65XI

Venturing Crew 73 participated in Alliance ARCFoxhunts. QRV at Camp McKinley near Lisbon, Ohio at a BSA event.JOTA 2008 (Jamboree On The Air) at Seven Ranges Scout Reservation usingCrew 73's chartering organization call W8AL.

August 2008: Media flight on a B-17G, operated 2 meter aero mobile. See http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tag4XMy7mSM for my flight video.

June-July 2008:Amateur radio demonstrations at Seven Ranges Scout Reservation in Ohio during the summer camp season. QRV on HF.

June 2008 Venturing Crew 73 was a guest once more on the USS Cod, WW-2 diesel sub in Cleveland. QRV from the boat's radio room. Host KA8VIT was gracious as usual.

Assisted at booth 631 during the 2008 Dayton Hamvention. Scout leaders were encourging amateur radio groups to provide mentoring opportunities to their local Boy Scout groups.

Venturing Crew 73 active using QRP HF from atop Pioneer Point at Camp Tuscazoar near Zoarville, Ohio. Campout at Beaumont Scout Reservation in Ashtabula, OH. QRV on HF. Seneca district Camporee at Camp McKinley near Lisbon, Ohio.

50th JOTA at Seven Ranges Scout Reservation. Venturing Crew 73 was present, using chartering organization's call W8AL.

Taught radio merit badge at BSA workshop. Five Scouts earned the badge. In each case, it was the first radio badge earned in their respective unit.

June-July 2007: Was QRV from Seven Ranges BSA camp in Ohio, afternoons local time on HF. Amateur radio demos for Scouts.

Venturing Crew 73 were guests onboard the USS Cod, WW-2 diesel sub in Cleveland. QRV from the boat's radio room, many ham contacts. Our guide KA8VIT was a real gentleman! Annual cabin campout with Troop 127 in the snow belt near Ashtabula, Ohio at Beaumont Scout Reservation. QRV on HF.

Participated in district fall 2006 camporee at Seven Ranges Scout Reservation.Venturing Crew 73 of Canton, Ohio was active from BSA Camp McKinley on 2006 JOTA weekend. We used the crew advisor's callsign, NX8J.

July-August 2006: Active at Seven Ranges Scout Reservation for six weeks on Thursday afternoons. Demonstrated amateur radio to Scouts at summer camp.

Was GOTA coach for Canton ARC using my call during FD-2012 (and others).


I use my middle name for non-formal communications. If you have heard me introduce myself on the air as "Dale", that's correct. It's simply my second name.

Interested in radio-electronics since age six. It began by studying a toy electric motor constructed with a clear plastic housing. Earned a commercial radiotelephone license (first class with radar endorsement) at age 17. Worked my way up from cameraman to chief engineer at a small UHF TV station. Next career was software engineering from 1982-2007 with two Fortune-500 corporations. Now in my third career as Director of Engineering for market leading AM/FM commercial station. Short video at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ypntHQgAQx0. Amateur license came in 2005 after both sons raised through childhood.

Active in Boy Scouts and Venturing. Camping is wonderful, but only in the winter, spring, summer or fall. I do as many visits to Scout events as time permits, taking along a 100 watt HF station. Today's youth lead very active lives, I'm glad to help make ham radio a part of their activities.

Former newsletter editor for Canton Amateur Radio Club (www.w8al.org), am now the club's Vice President. I really value the friends I've made in our club and on the air. It amazes me how a tenuous electromagnetic wave can bring people together and help to create strong friendships.

Favorite parts of ham radio are outdoor operations at Boy Scout camps, Field Day and on hikes.

In the shack, am using a Kenwood TS-480SAT, with a Kenwood TS-820S as backup. Transceiver feeds a Heath SB-221 amplifier, then into a Heath SA-2060 tuner. A homebrew HF vertical and a few commercial VHF-UHF antennas complete the shack.

Hope to work you on the HF bands, especially SSB, SSTV, PSK31, CW, RTTY. On VHF, let's try meteor scatter or sporadic-E.

If you work me from a Scout activity, mention this on your QSL card, and I'll return a small BSA memento with my card.

73 de Dale

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