August 19, 2018
7:30 amto12:00 pm

The Miamisburg Triathlon will take place on Sunday August 19.

The event involves a canoe start on the Great Miami River  from West side of Linden Street Bridge down stream to Rice Field.

This is followed by a run on the levy bike/pedestrian path ending at the River Front Park for the start of the bike event.

The bike ride makes a loop down to the Rte 123 bridge and return. MARA provides support primarily for the bike portion of the Triathlon. The event also receives support from police and fire departments.

Anyone interested in helping should email Bill W8WFP at or text him at 847-644-3550.

If anyone would like to provide bike support that would be tremendous as well.

Volunteers need to commit from 0730 until event concludes, no later than noon.

August 18, 2018
7:00 amto4:00 pm
August 19, 2018
7:00 amto1:00 pm

The Abi Khan Horse Challenge  at Caesar Creek State Park is an endurance trail ride which we have supported for a number of years. It takes place on Saturday, August 18 and Sunday August 19.

The Saturday event starts at 7:00 AM and could take up to 9 hours (depending on horse stamina and rider skill). Being such a long event, we can use multiple shifts to cover it, so indicate your choice of early or late when signing up.

Sunday’s event also starts at 7:00, but typically is done around 11:00, but could take until 1:00 if there is a slow horse.

What we do is keep track of the horses by recording their times at six checkpoints. When is is obvious that a horse is overdue, we launch an SAR operation. This is a fun event that is distinctly different from the usual 5k run. The riders are very friendly and they are VERY appreciative that we are out keeping tabs on things as the cell phone coverage is poor along the horse trails.

This event is a good exercise for disaster preparation as we use a directed net to collect the special traffic used to do the tracking.

Bob, N8ADO needs to be out of town on Saturday, so in addition to regular volunteers, so he is seeking someone to coordinate and act as net control that day. He will provide the necessary logging forms and other information.

Please consider coming out for this event as we’ll need a good number of volunteers to cover the long day Saturday and to repeat part of it on Sunday.

Please contact Bob, N8ADO, to sign up.

PSE: Tour De Donut 25 August
  August 6th, 2018

August 25, 2018
7:00 amto1:00 pm

The Miami County Amateur Radio Club will be supporting the 2018 Tour De Donut on 25 August with operators located around the routes to provide health and well fare on the riders and to call for help if needed.

They will be covering three routes thru the east side of Miami County, 18, 30 and 60 miles with some overlap of all three.  Riders will be making stops where they get points for the number of donuts they eat and keep down.  So it is a timed race as well.

The start time  is 7am with everyone off the routes by 1 pm.
More information can be found at:

Contact David, KC9NVP,   for more information or to volunteer

September 3, 2018
7:00 amto12:00 pm

Registration for Kettering Holiday at Home is now open. Please use the link to sign up online. Contact Shawna Collins via email with any questions.

Date Monday September 3, 2018

See the info tab on the sign up sheet for time and location details:

We will use the MoCo ARES repeater (146.640- (123 MHz PL tone)) as the primary frequency this year with DARA (146.940- (123 MHz PL tone)) as backup.

Thank you!

Shawna Collins, N2TUJ

September 15, 2018
5:00 amto4:00 pm

The USAF Marathon wants you! — to sign up as amateur radio support!

Volunteer registration ends on 31 Aug (less than a month away) and we still need 30 more volunteers to fill all the spots!

Please go to to register for supporting this event

Hit the Volunteer Now button, a new web page will open, scroll down until you see the Event Jobs list.

Amateur Radio Operators will be at the top of the list.

Click on the Amateur Radio Operators link on the next page you can enter all your information.

If you have an assignment preference, I will do my best to accommodate you.

Thanks in advance to all the hams who support this really big and important event for the Miami Valley area!

Phil Verret, KA8ZKR

Lead Amateur Radio Coordinator for the 2018 USAF Marathon

Training meeting on Saturday, 8 September 6:00PM, Fire Station 61 on Dayton Xenia road(851 Orchard Ct A, Dayton, OH 45434)

September 22, 2018
6:45 amto1:00 pm

The Twisted Pretzel Tours are 4 mapped out bicycle tours traversing the the streets and roads in Germantown, German Township, Farmersville, and Jackson Township.

Riders leave between 8 and 9 am, although, amateurs need to be at the Germantown Senior Center by 6:45 am. The Event should be over between Noon and 1 pm.

We use the Germantown Amateur Radio Society (GARS) 443.1875 repeater. You need to use a PL tone of 123.0 Hz to access the repeater.

Contact Phil, W8RMJ,, for more information

ARES E-Letter 18 July 18
  July 20th, 2018

The American Radio Relay League (ARRL) suspended registrations for Introduction to Emergency Communications (EC-001).


For more details, see the 2 May Net Training article in the Training Archive

The International Radio Amateur Union (IARU)  Emergency Telecommunications Guide (1 September 2016) is available online.

You can download it as a PDF here.

Thanks to Fred, W8LLY and Jim, W8TSN for pointing out this link on the CQ Magazine website.

As authorized by Fred Stone, W8LLY, the Ohio District 3 ARES DEC, the 26 April 2017 Ohio District 3 ARES Net, will be held on the Miamisburg Wireless Association, WA8PLZ, 146.820 MHz (PL 77.0) repeater.  Furthermore, the Ohio District 3 ARES Net will continue to be held on this frequency, each Wednesday evening, at 8:00pm, until you are notified of a change back to the WCOARA, WC8OH, 145110/224.160 MHz repeater system.

For your information, the Ohio District 3 ARES has been informed, by Butch Kovacs, WD8EOL, the Vice-President of the Miamisburg Wireless Association, that, by a vote of their membership, on Saturday, 8 April 2017, they have agreed to allow the Ohio District 3 ARES, the use their repeater in the future, as the primary backup frequency for conducting the Ohio District 3 ARES Net.

On behalf of Fred, the Ohio District 3 ARES, and myself, I would like to accept and express our gratitude to the members of the Miamisburg Wireless Association, for their gracious offer.

Keith, KB8GYB
Ohio District 3 ARES Net Co-Manager