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?

For more Info: 

Quick and Easy Cheat Sheet to Learn How to Operate a Ham Radio

Amateur radio

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 business meeting.


Next Regular Business Meeting will be at the Clubhouse:

Monday, March 25, 2019 @ 7 PM

See Contact Us / Map for directions.



On Saturday, May 18, 2019, I will once again be teaching my One-Day Tech Class at the DAYTON HAMVENTION. This is a great way to get your friends and family licensed, and I’d really love it if you could mention this at your club meetings or put a notice in your club newsletter.

The class will start promptly at 9:30 am and run until 4:00 pm, at which time the license exam will be given. The class costs $80 and includes a copy of KB6NU’s No-Nonsense Technician Class License Study Guide. It’s available as an e-book (PDF, Kindle, or ePub formats) or as a print book.

To register for the class, go to One Day Tech Class Registration. For more information, contact Dan, KB6NU at cwgeek@kb6nu.com.




CW Geek, Ham Radio Instructor

Author of the “No Nonsense” amateur radio license study guides

Read my ham radio blog at KB6NU’s Ham Radio Blog



Hold out your hand: in the nothing that’s there
All the world’s voices are filling the air
Making from many lands one.

Reach for a signal, see who it might bring:
Actors or astronauts, children, a king,
Daring adventure, about anything
It’s all ham radio. Let your voice spring
Out to the world, and have fun.

NOTE: The fifth line of the poem is quite true. The actors include Marlon Brando (FO5GJ) and Priscilla Presley (N6YOS – not verified), the kings include King Juan Carlos of Spain (EA0JC) and King Bhumiphol of Thailand (HS1A). There are over 150 astronaut and cosmonaut hams.

From QRZ.com – Abd Rahman Shamsuddin  9W2MPM –  West Malaysia


Actor Marlon Brando, KE6PZH/FO5GJ, SK

from QRZ.com

One of the best-known names in cinematic as well as Amateur Radio circles, actor Marlon Brando, died in Los Angeles on July 1st 2004 at 22:20 UTC at age 80. Known to hams worldwide as KE6PZH and FO5GJ, Brando is listed on the FCC database as Martin Brandeaux. He was on the air occasionally through the years with his FO5 call sign from his private island in French Polynesia.

In an interview with Larry King on CNN in 1994, Brando confirmed his continued interest in Amateur Radio. In response to a caller’s question, he said ham radio provided him with the opportunity to just be himself.

The iconoclastic actor was best known for his roles as Stanley Kowalski in “A Streetcar Named Desire,” a dockworker in “On the Waterfront,” and Vito Corleone in “The Godfather.” He was nominated for eight Academy Awards and won twice.




Chet Atkins  W4CGP/WA4CZD,  SK

From QRZ.com: 

Chet Atkins – ex-WA4CZD, whose guitar virtuosity and style set the standard for many years and inspired many young guitarists (sk)

He is mentioned in a You Tube video concerning Amateur Radio:  https://youtu.be/PPg-D33RnS8

From  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chet_Atkins

Chet Atkins was a ham radio general class licensee. Formerly using the call sign WA4CZD, he obtained the vanity call sign W4CGP in 1998 to include the CGP designation. He was a member of the American Radio Relay League.



Barry M. Goldwater – K7UGA,  SK

From QRZ.com: 

During his time in Congress, Senator Goldwater supported the right to vote for people 18 years or older, repealed the Military Selective Service Act, and was responsible for the “Goldwater Amateur Radio” legislation that established the VEC program, the Amateur Auxiliary, and exempted Ham Radio from the secrecy provisions in the Communications Act of 1934. This important legislation also permitted the FCC to set RFI susceptibility standards for home electronic equipment. Barry was the President of QCWA in 1972-1973. He was a Life Member of ARRL, and Life Member of the Central Arizona DX Association. While living in Washington D.C., Barry maintained the call sign K3UIG.  Barry received his first Amateur radio license in 1922 with the call 6BPI.  In 1964 Barry was the Republican nominee for President of the United States. Barry Goldwater died on May 29, 1998.

From  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Barry_Goldwater

Goldwater was an avid amateur radio operator from the early 1920s onwards, with the call signs 6BPI, K3UIG and K7UGA. The last is now used by an Arizona club honoring him as a commemorative call. During the Vietnam War he was a Military Affiliate Radio System (MARS) operator.

Goldwater was a prominent spokesman for amateur radio and its enthusiasts. Beginning in 1969 up to his death he appeared in numerous educational and promotional films (and later videos) about the hobby that were produced for the American Radio Relay League (the United States national society representing the interests of radio amateurs) by such producers as Dave Bell (W6AQ), ARRL Southwest Director John R. Griggs (W6KW), Alan Kaul (W6RCL), Forrest Oden (N6ENV), and the late Roy Neal (K6DUE). His first appearance was in Dave Bell’s The World of Amateur Radio where Goldwater discussed the history of the hobby and demonstrated a live contact with Antarctica. His last on-screen appearance dealing with “ham radio” was in 1994, explaining a then-upcoming, Earth-orbiting ham radio relay satellite.

Electronics was a hobby for Goldwater beyond amateur radio. He enjoyed assembling Heathkits, completing more than 100 and often visiting their maker in Benton Harbor, Michigan, to buy more, before the company exited the kit business in 1992.


Henry Feinberg  K2SSQ

Henry Robert Feinberg (born July 24, 1941 in Brooklyn, NY) is an interpreter of science and technology. Best known as the person who made it possible for E.T. to “phone home,” he created E.T.’s Communicator for Steven Spielberg’s classic film. Feinberg designed educational exhibits and science demonstrations for Walt Disney’s Epcot Center, Universal Studios theme parks in Florida and Los Angeles, and AT&T’s InfoQuest Center in New York City. A noted speaker, education and museum consultant, his work can be seen in science museums around the world. He retired from AT&T in 1998 as National Exhibitions Manager.

As a writer-director, Feinberg received eighteen international film awards for his documentaries, including two coveted CINE Golden Eagle awards. Earlier in his career he worked closely with Don Herbert, TV’s “Mr. Wizard,” devising innovative ways to demonstrate “the magic and mystery of science in everyday living.” At AT&T’s Bell Laboratories, he produced several films and live presentations to explain leading-edge technology to audiences of all ages.

An inventor, writer, photographer and avid amateur radio operator (call letters K2SSQ), Feinberg lives in West Orange, NJ with his wife Debbie, their daughter Shari, and son Michael.

Henry R. Feinberg – Designed “E.T.’s” communicator in Steven Spielberg’s 1982 movie “E.T.”; has had a long career as “interpreter of science and technology for the public.”


Larnelle S Harris  WD4LZC

From QRZ.com:  You’ll most likely find me on the CW bands. Please QSL via LOTW… Looking forward to the next QSO… Larnelle ‘Stu’ Harris  A-1 Operator Club

Taken from:  http://www.larnelle.com/biography.html

A concert critic described Larnelle Harris as having a “larger-than-life stage presence with impeccable vocal prowess.” Admired by fans and peers alike for his majestic tenor voice, Larnelle has become the personification of talent and integrity in a career that spans over five decades. He is the only person in history to be a member of three distinct hall of fame organizations– Gospel Music Hall of Fame, Kentucky Music Hall of Fame and the Amateur Radio Hall of Fame. He was twice inducted into the Gospel Music Hall of Fame, both as a solo artist and as part of the Gaither Vocal Band.

Larnelle has garnered numerous accolades for his music including five Grammy Awards, eleven Dove Awards (three of which were for Male Vocalist of the Year), and a Stellar Award for Best Solo Performance, among many other musical honors. Larnelle was recently recognized by his home state of Kentucky with the Governor’s Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Arts, making him the first Christian artist to receive the award. He has achieved nineteen #1 radio singles and countless top 10 hits. Songs such as “How Excellent Is Thy Name,” “I Miss My Time With You,” “I’ve Just Seen Jesus,” plus many others, including his signature song, “Amen,” are now considered modern gospel music classics.

From the White House to the danger zone of the 38th Parallel, Larnelle has impacted audiences across the globe with his music. He was the first Christian artist to perform inside the Kremlin after the fall of the Soviet Union. He is one of a handful of celebrities to receive the Ad Council’s Silver Bell Award for Distinguished Public Service in recognition of his song “Mighty Spirit” as the theme song for the longest-running Public Service Announcement in television history.

Larnelle recently released a compilation CD featuring two new songs. The title track, “Disturb Us, Lord,” was played on hundreds of stations nationwide and landed on the Christian Music Weekly’s National Inspirational radio chart. The music video for the song recently garnered the Gold Award for Best Music Video from the Christian Family Film Festival.

In 2018, Harris released his first memoir entitled “Shaped Notes: How Ordinary People with Extraordinary Gifts Influenced my Life and Career.” The book went to #1 on Amazon within three days of its release. Later this year, Larnelle will release his first Christmas musical, based on his original song “All Year Long” from his Grammy Award-winning Christmas album. The musical was co-written with Dave Clark and Nick Robertson, and will be exclusively available through Lifeway.

Married to wife Cynthia (a.k.a. Mitzy) for over 45 years, Larnelle has successfully combined the demanding lifestyle of a global music career with being a husband, father, and grandfather. Still a sought-after vocalist for tours, special events and ceremonies, Larnelle continues to perform solo concerts for churches and various organizations worldwide each year. He recently performed for the National Day of Prayer event in Washington D.C., at New York City’s famed Carnegie Hall, and sang for a gathering of U.N. Ambassadors in our nation’s capitol.



From  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ronnie_Milsap

Ronnie Lee Milsap (born January 16, 1943) is an American country music singer and pianist. He was one of country music’s most popular and influential performers of the 1970s and 1980s. He became one of the most successful and versatile country “crossover” singers of his time, appealing to both country and pop music markets with hit songs that incorporated pop, R&B, and rock and roll elements. His biggest crossover hits include “It Was Almost Like a Song”, “Smoky Mountain Rain”, “(There’s) No Gettin’ Over Me”, “I Wouldn’t Have Missed It for the World”, “Any Day Now”, and “Stranger in My House”. He is credited with six Grammy Awards and thirty-five No. 1 country hits, third to George Strait and Conway Twitty. He was selected for induction into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2014.

Milsap is an Advanced-class amateur radio operator. His call sign is WB4KCG.