*MEET* 2DA3413 Joe

Dx Adventure Radio Club (DA-RC) member Joe Lyons has been a licensed ham radio operator in the United State of America since the early 1990’s.

His callsign is N8YSF is heard mostly on 50 MHz (6m) where his DXCC results have been impressive indeed.

Like many other DA-RC members, Joe also enjoys a passion for 11m radio operations.  His Delta-Alfa callsign since July 2016, is 2DA3413.

Joe resides in the city of Urbana, conveniently nestled in Champaign County in the heart of west central Ohio.  Approximately one hour west of Columbus and one hour northeast of Dayton, it’s population is 11,793 (2010).

Urbana is a place renowned for its pioneering spirit with all the charms of a small town blended with the amenities and services of a robust, developed region.

One of the major places of interest in Joe’s home town is ‘Grimes Field Airport’.  Apart from the famous Airport Cafe, services offered here include a flight school, fuel sales, hangars, and several annual events.

Another attraction is the Urbana University — a private liberal arts college with an enrollment of 1500 and a 128-acre campus.

Perhaps the most exciting of Urbana’s attractions though is the ‘Ohio Freshwater Shrimp Harvest’.

Locals and visitors by the thousands get their fill of mouth-watering seafood selections while enjoying a live music stage, multiple vendors, shrimp peeling and eating contests and activities for the whole family.

Here, there are live displays of fish, frogs, turtles and other native critters.

They can swing by the fish farm market for a taste of gourmet smoked trout products, participate in the Trout Feeding Frenzy, sand castle play zone and see the famous sturgeon pool, where they can pet Ohio’s largest native fish.

Joe combines his DA-RC membership with involvement in Smirk — the ‘Six Meter International Radio Klub’ devoted to promoting six meter activity throughout the world.

In the early days, he was also a member of the following citizens band radio clubs…American Sportsman (17AS198), Buckeye (B239), Golden nitwits (17GN1068) and Papa Whiskey (PA3417), a Wales UK based group.

“Back then I had a old Tempo One and a Ranger and Shakespeare Colinear working on 11m,” explains Joe.

When he’s not on the microphone of one of his Kenwood rigs, Joe throws himself into his gardens, growing a variety of different fruits and vegetables.  Whether it’s because his crop is fresher, more nutritious and more delicious than conventionally farmed fruit, vegetables and herbs or because it’s cheaper than the chemically enhanced commercial produce available in stores, only Joe can tell.

What’s guaranteed though is that gardening provides a gentle, relaxing and stress-lowering form of exercise which Joe no doubt finds the perfect distraction to the hustle and bustle of busy frequencies!

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