November 17, 2018
9:00 amto12:00 pm

Saturday, November 17 is the Mideast Invitational Cross Country Meet. The very best cross country runners from several states will be competing. It is held at Indian Riffle Park in Kettering.

A number of us meet for breakfast before the event — 9:00 AM at Frisch’s on Fairfield Rd in Beavercreek and then head over to the event.

The starting gun for the first race is at 11:00 and the fast pace of the runners means that we’ll be done before noon.

We collect the runner numbers and times for 1 mile, 2 mile, and finish lines and radio them to the announcer.

We can use quite a few volunteers as we will double or triple the mile mark spotters since it is hard to get the numbers from runners moving so fast. Contact if you can volunteer.

November 17, 2018
4:30 pmto9:00 pm


I am extending an invitation collectively to the district to come and help with and enjoy the festivities associated with the Greenville Lighted Horse Parade.

This event happens every year the Saturday prior to Thanksgiving.

This year the date is Saturday Nov. 17th.

There will be live music and pony rides as well as other activities starting at 5PM

The Parade kicks off at 7PM.

There is usually about 100 entries in the parade all of which are lit up decorated with LEDs

The Darke County ARES supports this event with radio operators on the street and thru out all the venues starting at 5PM when the streets in downtown are shut off thru the close of the parade.

We need operators to help with this.

We will gather at 4:30pm at the firehouse off the west side of the square to receive instructions an assignments from law enforcement and then disperse to our assigned locations.

If you or any of your group would like to bring their families and help support this event, please contact me for more info.

Thank you,

Jeff Yantis

Darke County EC

PSE: Resolution Run 31 December
  November 5th, 2018

December 31, 2018
7:00 pmto10:00 pm

Monday evening, December 31 is the Resolution Run. The start and finish are at Beavercreek High School and the course winds through the neighborhood to the North of the school.

We provide safety support and course logistics. The streets used by the course are not equipped with lighting, so we provide some using our vehicle headlights. We also place several generator lights out on the course.

We need a few volunteers to help tow the lights out before the event and to return them to the school afterward. The lights are not too heavy and can be towed by almost any vehicle equipped with a 2 inch ball. (contact if you can help tow lights).

It is traditional to have punch and a snack buffet before the event, so come out early and bring a snack to share. If you can help with course coverage, come to the DARA Truck behind the school by 7:00 PM for an assignment. The run is a 5k, so expect it to take about an hour from the starting gun at 8:00 PM.

Contact if you would like a particular advance assignment or if you have questions.

Please note that the DARA VE team will have a special test session at the school starting at 5:00 PM. Come out and upgrade your license and stay for the Res Run.

ARES E-Letter 17 October 18
  October 31st, 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

New District 3 DEC: Fred Stone W8LLY
  December 21st, 2016

Fred Stone, W8LLY,  has been appointed as the District Emergency Coordinator (DEC) of Ohio District 3.

Fred has many years of ARES experience, having served as the Greene County EC and a Deputy DEC for District 3.

Fred’s contact information is listed on the DEC page.

Edited to Add: The following was published in the Xenia Daily Gazette on 20 Dec 16.

BELLBROOK — Bellbrook resident Fred Stone has been appointed the district emergency coordinator (DEC) for District 3 of the Ohio Section of the Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES).

Stone, whose amateur radio call sign is W8LLY, will coordinate ARES activities in Champaign, Clark, Darke, Greene, Logan, Miami, Montgomery and Preble counties.

Stone had served as an assistant district emergency coordinator under Bob Rhoades, whom he replaces. Rhoades, who had served in a variety of local, district and state emergency service positions, died in an automobile accident in November.

ARES consists of licensed amateurs who have voluntarily registered their qualifications and equipment, with their local ARES leadership, for auxiliary communication support in the public service when disaster strikes. District 3 has more than 300 active amateur radio operators participating in ARES. All ARES positions are strictly voluntary, complying with the FCC requirement that amateur radio operators not receive any pay for their services.

The DEC has responsibility for coordinating the training, organization and emergency participation of emergency coordinators in the nine county West Central Ohio district and the deployment of available amateurs radio personnel and equipment resources during a disaster or communication emergency.

Stone, who has served as Greene County ARES (GCARES) emergency coordinator, will resign on Feb. 1 after completing 20 years in the position. During that time, he has overseen the development of county-wide emergency communication plans and networks with assistance from the three county amateur radio clubs, Bellbrook Amateur Radio Club, Upper Valley (Fairborn) Amateur Radio Club and the Xenia Weather Amateur Radio Network. He also serves as EC for Bellbrook and Sugarcreek Township.

He helped to establish memorandums of understanding with a number of Greene County public service agencies including police and fire departments, hospitals and the health department, the emergency management agency and served on the Greene County Emergency Preparedness Committee. A ham for 64 years, he was involved in several disaster incidents including the 1974 and 2000 Xenia tornadoes.

Content provided by Greene County Amateur Radio Emergency Service.

Bob Rhoades KC8WHK, SK

Robert E. “Bob” Rhoades, age 71, of Piqua, Ohio, and formerly of Greenville, Ohio, passed away on Saturday, November 19, 2016 at 3:47 PM in Darke County, Ohio, due to an automobile accident.

He was born on February 3, 1945 in Greenville, Ohio, to the late Eugene Franklin Rhoades and Clara Florence & Robert (Mannix) Stauffer. Bob is survived by his wife of 45 years, Margaret “Peggy” (Sedam) Rhoades whom he married on February 6, 1971; sons, Rob & Jeff Mullins of Dallas, TX, and Chris Rhoades of Greenville; sisters and brother in law, Sandra Hoying of Greenville and Debbie & Steve Brandt of Greenville; brother and sister in law, Tom & Angela Stauffer of Oldsmar, FL; brothers in law and sisters in law, Carol & Mike Gray of Houston, Ohio, Kay & George O’Neill of Hollywood, FL, and Rick & Karen Sedam of Piqua, OH; special friends, Corbin & Skylan Robison; as well as numerous nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents he is preceded in death by his father and mother in law, George & Joan Sedam.

Bob was a firefighter retiring from the Greenville Fire Department. He also was a former employee with the Ohio Department of Health working within the Hazmat Department. He was an amateur ham radio operator and loved all aspects of trains. He attended St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Greenville and St. Boniface Catholic Church in Piqua.

It is the wishes of the family that memorial contributions be given to National Fallen Firefighter Association at <> Condolences for the family may be sent to

MVPT Issue 24 August
  August 24th, 2016

Dayton SKYWARN issued an MVPT page when it was activated Thursday afternoon, the 24th at 1633.

There were a large number of bounce backs from users with AOL accounts.

It appears to be an issue with AOL.  I would suggest you check your mail settings and ensure your spam filters are not rejecting the messages.

One suggestion to ensure that the address that issues the MVPT messages is entered into your AOL contacts list:

If you have any questions on how  to take these steps please contact AOL.