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Bike for Tikes event

To all Miami County Amateur Radio Club members, over the last couple of club meetings you may have heard some comments regarding the Bike for Tikes event that we supported the last two years, although last year was rained out.  Well, the attached file is the latest information I have (received it this morning). 

April 12th

What we are being asked to support is their travel thru Miami County from entering into Miami County south of Tipp City along the bike path, thru Tipp City to Troy and then from Troy out to Miami East High School. 

April 13th

Support the riders as they leave Miami East High School, ride north and east into Champaign County at which point we are done.

For Friday afternoon, I’m looking for 4 to 6 operators to help with coverage as they ride the bike path and pass thru Tipp City and Troy.

For Saturday morning, I’m looking for 3 to 4 operators to help with coverage as they ride from Miami East High School to the Miami-Champaign county line.

As you read thru their route plan, understand I do not have any information on time frame as this will be a group of college students and some younger and older riders mixed in, I suspect since they plan for lunch at Taylorsville Metropark and pass experience, they will most likely enter Miami County sometime between 1 and 2 pm, but not sure.  I do understand that our counter parts in Montgomery County will be supporting the riders as well, so on Friday morning it may be best to listen in on the 146.64 [(-), PL 123 Hz] repeater for progress reports.

Plan on using the Miami County 145.23 repeater for this event with the 147.21 as back up.  For those operators stationed south of Tipp City along the bike path, if operating from an HT, it is recommended that you bring a push up pole, coax and pole mounted antenna to get some height (10 – 15 ft) from your location into the repeater.  The 2 meter tape measure beam antenna that several of you made and mounted on a 12 ft painters pole would work well for this.  If the repeaters does not work out for us south of Tipp City along the bike path, then plan on using the simplex frequency of 145.56.

As some of you have done in support of this event, walking the bike path that runs along the Miami River collecting information regarding flooding or other issues would be helpful the evening before o=r the morning of April 12 so we can pass along the information to the riders and help them figure out ways around the issues.

Since we will be in April, plan for changing weather and dress accordingly.  Although they will have a support vehicle, plan on bring your own snacks and drinks.

Please respond to this email if you are able to help out and where you would like to be stationed.

David Stein, KC9NVP
Miami County ARRL Emergency Coordinator



The 2019 classes for SKYWARN are coming up. For those who are unfamiliar with SKYWARN, the National Weather Service trains weather spotters who are willing to voluntarily report certain weather anomalies. The basic classes are 2 hours in length, and the advanced class is 3 hours in length. Both will provide you with a wealth of information (i.e. Fujita scale goes with tornado, Fajita scale goes with Taco Bell) and make you a more valuable asset to not just this hobby, but the community in general!

The current schedule that I have is:

Monday, April 1
6:30PM – 8:30PM – Miami/Shelby County

(David-KC9NVP announced that the annual Weather/Severe Storms spotting class will be on
Monday, April 1, at the Miami County CTC, at 7PM.)

Saturday, May 4
8AM – 2PM Advanced Class – Anderson Center
7859 Five Mile Rd

Contact for more info.



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




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