Newark Amateur Radio Association

NARA Information => NARA History => Topic started by: Admin on April 25, 2018, 07:33:26 PM

Title: History of the Newark Amateur Radio Association
Post by: Admin on April 25, 2018, 07:33:26 PM
Some of our historians are collecting records and documenting some of our history, until then we will provide a few highlights.

1960s ...

The Newark Amateur Radio Association was formed prior to October 1969 and became affiliated with the American Radio Relay League on 31 October 1969.  Reference:

1970s ... 1980s ...

Sometime in these years, repeaters were developed to serve the Licking County area.  Laverne Pabian, N8HLP, indicates that sometime in the 1970-1971 time-frame the W8WRP repeater was operational and a secondary receiver site was operational in about 1972.  For many years NARA has had 2 meter and 70 centimeter repeaters operating under the W8WRP call sign.  NARA has since actively supported the operation of these repeaters and other capabilities.  Reference:

The Newark Amateur Radio Association was incorporated as a 501c7 Not-For-Profit corporation on 13 November 1978.  Reference:

1990s ...

The January 1990 club newsletter provides a glimpse into the activities of the club at that time.  One such activity was Transmitter (Fox) Hunting.  Instructions for such an event were provided in that issue.  Here's an excerpt:;attach=110

In the early 90s, NARA had a membership list, at or near 150 members.  A great deal of activity is reflected in a January 1992, Hamchatter Newsletter available for viewing here:

A relatively robust NARA Repeater Manual March 1991 Edition is available for viewing here:

An excerpt form the 1992 Hamchatter Newsletter stated: "November [1991] NARA program on packet produced a packet BBS in Newark.  Thanks to KB8GVW for taking the bait and getting this going for us.  Last report was 25 people regularly using BBS."  This may have marked the time when NARA had it's first Bulletin Board System -- an early version of an online digital instance.

2000s ...

At the turn of the decade, the organization slowed down.  There was difficulty in finding willing volunteers to take on the roles associated with being Officers of the Association.  As documented by Rob Gartner, KB8OBQ,  on 9 December 2000 it was decided by the few 'to put the club into hibernation' and only have one (1) business meeting in December of the year.  This went on until the 9 November 2002 meeting, when NARA came out of 'hibernation'.

It's not certain when NARA had joined the Internet age with a public web site.  A couple of early web pages were available prior to 2003 including a web page at Geocities in early 2003.  NARA asked for a volunteer to take on developing a new web page.  Earl Paazig, N8KBR, took on that challenge.  In February 2003, NARA began developing a web site with dynamic features like a message board and photo album.  The web site has evolved with time.  Pictorial history of Field Days started being collected on the NARA web site starting with the June 2003 Field Day along with other selected activities of NARA.  Reference:

In April to May 2003, Marc Pohm, KB8TMG, offered amateur radio classes and then again in September to October 2003.

On 14 April 2005, the By-laws of the Association were amended to include a Club Call Sign Trustee for a newly acquired call sign, KC8ZJJ, issued on 30 March 2004 and the subsequent vanity call sign, N8ARA, issued on 30 April 2004.

In August and September of 2006, Scott Long, K8SM, and Earl Paazig, N8KBR, conducted amateur radio classes for Element 1 and Element 2.  Scott provided his expertise in Morse Code and Earl provided the instruction on Element 2, Technician Class.  Successful students were Vanessa Evans, KD8EIH, Bethany Evans, K8EII, Teresa Long, KD8EIJ, Douglas Wright, KD8EIK, Charles Daniels, KD8EIL, John Garber, KD8EIM, Brett Mowery, KD8EIN, Dick Boorn, KD8EIO.and Lindsay Long, KD8EIP. Additionally, Dave Crase, N2KNC participated in the Element 1 Morse Code portion.

2010s ...

Effective 26 January 2015, the Articles of Incorporation were amended to indicate desire for 501c3 IRS status.  An application to the IRS was submitted by Fred Nickerson, NL7CF, and the effective date of exemption began on 12 July 2016 and the application was approved on 23 September 2016.

Beginning in early 2019, the NARA By-laws were revised by a committee lead by LaVergne Pabian, N8HLP, and included, Mike Neal, WD8JLP, and Earl Paazig, W8BR, with input from the membership.  These By-Laws were approved by greater than two-thirds affirmative vote of the active members present at the meeting on 15 June 2019.

Throughout the many years, the Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES) has been integral to NARA.  NARA has been an active supporter of ARES activities ( and events such as the annual Field Day event held in June of each year.  Reference:

2020s ...

A Technician Class Amateur Radio Course began on March 14, 2020 taught by Earl Paazig, W8BR, but was disrupted by a Pandemic commonly referred to as the Corona Virus or COVID-19.  The course continued meeting by using teleconferencing technology and a specially designed web site. An exam session was conducted on 13 June 2020 applying protocols like social distancing and face masks.  Call-signs issued were KE8OXP through KE8OXV.

NARA meetings during this time period were conducted via teleconference, as well.  The nature of the Pandemic caused schools and many businesses to be closed for months.   Circumstances were so dire that the Dayton Hamvention was cancelled in May 2020 and May 2021 along with many other events to ensure social distancing.

An exam session was conducted on 13 Feb 2021 with 16 participants in attendance at St. Leonard Catholic Church.  The facility was coordinated by WE8V, NARA President Ron Jones, and the participating Volunteer Examiners were Earl Paazig W8BR (Session Manager), Dwight Bonifield W8TJT, Ken Hagan K8DQ, John Lala KC8MIS, Weldon Mathews K8NQ, Thom Thorpe AD8AG, and Tim Reed KA8PCP. A total of 19 exams were administered in less than 3.5 hours.  One (1) upgrade to Extra and one (1) upgrade to General, two (2) new General and 11 new Technician class licenses were earned.  New callsigns were issued from KE8QYB through KE8QYM and KE8RDN with upgrades for W8KOU and KE8QOL.  The callsigns were assigned in four (4) calendar days and that included a Sunday and a President's Day.

A Technician Class Amateur Radio Course began on March 13, 2021 taught by Earl Paazig, W8BR.  The course was taught using teleconferencing technology and a specially designed web site. An exam session will be conducted on 15 May 2021 applying protocols like social distancing and face masks.

In May 2021, the Newark Amateur Radio Association Volunteer Examiner team became an ARRL-VEC Stocked team allowing the team of over 12 volunteer examiners to become more agile for providing exams on a more frequent basis. 

More history will be outlined here soon ... stay tuned ...

 ... The future hasn't been written yet.

The American Radio Relay League has nice write-up for the history of Amateur Radio located at the following web site: