Come out and learn all about the exciting world of ham radio!


Amateur Radio is the original social networking technology!

A hundred years ago – long before computers, ipads, cell phones, the Internet, wifi, or other communications technologies existed – Amateur Radio operators (hams) were talking with each other across town and around the world.

Hams today use a variety of the latest technologies to communicate wirelessly by Morse code, voice, and computer – completely independent of any commercial infrastructure such as telephone lines or cell towers.

Once you have the radio it is all free. There are no subscriptions or connection charges; and unlike cell phones, ipads, and wifi, you can do it from anywhere. You can get started for around $100, and for less than the cost of a good computer, you can have a complete Amateur Radio station that allows you to communicate with other hams around town or thousands of miles away – literally around the world when radio wave propagation is right.

Amateur Radio is the most powerful and versatile personal communications available to anyone who makes the effort to get a license. You must pass a test, but the entry level (Technician) is not hard. Once you get involved, it is also not that hard to upgrade to the General license.

There are many aspects to Amateur Radio. Aside from being just plain fun, it provides you with the ability to communicate in an emergency or from a remote location when telephones, cell phones, the Internet are not available. It is an excellent way to learn about math, science, and technology and can help you on the way to an exciting and well-paying engineering and technical career. You will be able to have very interesting conversations with people from all over the world, in a way that is very different from the telephone or Internet instant messaging, chat rooms, and social networking sites.

We encourage anyone interested in technology and/or in talking with people in different places to explore Amateur radio. At any given time, depending on radio propagation and other factors, we may make contacts with stations across the country and around the world. The “magic” of ham radio is that we can do this without relying on telephone lines, cell towers, the Internet, or anything else.

You do need a license to transmit on Amateur Radio frequencies by yourself, however you do not need a license to get on the air under the supervision of a licensed operator.

It does help if you have a general idea of what ham radio is, how it works, and most importantly the basics of how to talk on the radio. Like any other hobby – and especially any other form of electronic communication, there are certain procedures and words used. The exam classes that this club teaches as well as other activities will help you learn about ham radio so that you can have fun at any one of a multitude of events. See Wanna be a Ham?

All of our business meetings and activities are free and open to the public. You do not need to be a member of the club, or have a ham license, to attend. We often go to Frisch’s restaurant after the meeting.

Next Business/Activity Meeting will be at the Clubhouse:
Monday, November 26, 2018 @ 7 PM


The Officer Election for 2019 will be held.

Tom (WB8LDW) nominated a slate of officers.  The club will be voting on the officers for 2019 during the next Business Meeting.
  • President: Scott (KB8JOY) (it’s not like he doesn’t have experience, right?)
  • Vice-President: Tim (AA8TI)
  • Secretary: Paul (WA1EIB) (Whaddaya know? They *love* the newsletter!!)
  • Treasurer: Pam (KC8PAM)


The Christmas Social (Party!) will be Monday, December 17, at the Troy Youth Center, as it was last year.

The December Business Meeting has been cancelled.



We were very fortunate to have Bill Curtice and Chuck Gelm come out from the Miami Valley Mesh Alliance (MVMA), to give a presentation on how to set up a node for the MESH net. The presentation was excellent, and very informative. Some of our members have already been in touch with these gentlemen,
to talk about establishing nodes in our area for the ARED network. If any of you work in a local hospital, or know a fellow ham operator who works in a local hospital (W8DWW, are you listening?) please let us know – if the local authorities and facilities are willing to set up nodes for emergency connectivity via MESH net, we will need people in those facilities who are willing to act as liaison with the network.
Tom received two requests from the folks @ MVMA:
  • Get a portable hot-spot (or nano-spot) that they can loan us, and try to connect to the wi-fi @Treasure Island
  • Set up a tour to see the MESH net in operation, as an activity.



We had a great crew out on the 27th, keeping tabs on the runners, volunteers and spectators at the Regional Cross-Country Meet. All of the runners were safe. One medical incident was reported, when a spectator forgot about the effect moisture has on the co-efficient of gravity and friction, when combined with the viscosity of soil in a semi-liquefied state (i.e., mud) holding closely-groomed foliage (i.e., grass) in a tightly bound root structure. In any event, the spectator’s lack of awareness resulted in a faster-than-usual excursion to the bottom of a hill, with a fractured ankle to show for it.
Many thanks to our volunteers, who showed up in the cold and wet conditions.
Items for sale!
Hustler 6BTV 10-80 vertical HF, Drake TR3 Transceiver, unit comes with matching Drake MS4 Spkr/Power Supply.
If you have equipment (limited amount) for sale or if you need things, group is heading to Ft. Wayne for the ham fest there Nov. 17 & 18. Contact KB8JOY.
We have some desks from Bob Roth estate that are in the north building, and they need to go.
If anyone has a 440 mobile that they’re not using KB8JOY is in the market for one.


Covered Bridge Day Special Event

18 operators came out to the Eldean Covered Bridge for some fun and friendship. It is my understanding the team made 80 – 81 contacts from around the country and some from Canada, so well done everyone.

I also want to pass along my thanks to those who helped to get the alum mast poles setup and antennas installed. We had two stations setup, one using a radio KC8YTV brought out and one loaned to us by ICOM (thanks to KD8GEH and KE8CPJ for working this out)

David Stein, KC9NVP
Miami County ARRL Emergency Coordinator



A huge THANK YOU to all who came out in the rain and helped with the directed net for the Winans-to-Winans Half Marathon yesterday!! It was a lot of fun, even if we wound up running the net from the front of my truck

Paul Simmons


We had an excellent turn out for the Run For the Rails, in Bradford. Tom (WB8LDW) did a great job filling in for Rob (KD8GEB), who was injured the week prior, and was unable to run the net. Given several changes to the race course and other pertinent information, our net control did a fantastic job getting stations placed and keeping all participants involved with our group in the loop!