The National Weather Service Office in Wilmington has posted the 2018 Spotter Training Schedule

Classes are free and open to the public, but some may require advanced registration.  You do not need to be a resident of the county in which a talk is being held in order to attend. Each class lasts about 2 hours and is led by a National Weather Service meteorologist who will discuss techniques and safety for severe weather spotting and Amateur Radio Personnel who will give a brief overview of HAM Radio Operation during activation. Once you attend a class, you are an officially trained spotter. Questions? Contact: Gary Clark,

Montgomery County OH Spotter Training
When: Sat, March 10, 9am – 12pm
Where: Berry Women’s Pavilion, Bieser Auditorium. Miami Valley Hospital, One Wyoming Street, Dayton, Ohio 45409

Darke County OH Spotter Training
When: Wed, March 14, 6:30pm – 8:30pm
Where: Greenville Township Emergency Services – 1401 Sater St, Greenville, OH 45331

Ohio Statewide Tornado Drill
When: Wed, March 21, 9:50am
Where: All of Ohio
Additional: County Weather Nets are encouraged to participate and report to their Section Net Control (Dayton Skywarn) on 146.64 or 146.835

Miami/Shelby County OH Spotter Training
When: Mon, March 26, 6:30pm – 9:00pm
Where: Hartzell Lecture Hall at the Upper Valley Career Center, 8811 Career Drive, Piqua, OH 45356.
Additional: Registration at 6:00 pm. Class begins at 6:30 pm.

Logan County OH Spotter Training
When: Tue, March 27, 6pm – 8pm
Where: Ohio Hi-Point Career Center. 2280 OH-540, Bellefontaine, OH 43311

Champaign County OH Spotter Training
When: Mon, April 9, 6pm – 8pm
Where: County Services Center, 1512 US-68, Urbana, OH 43078

Advanced Spotter Training Class
When: Sat, April 21, 9am – 1pm
Where: Mount Carmel Hospital, Siegel Center, 6001 East Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio 43213
Additional: Advanced Registration Required.

Representatives of Dayton SKYWARN will be providing information and updates about upcoming courses in District 3 during the weekly District 3 ARES Net (Wednesdays at 8:00PM on the 146.820 MHz (77.0 Hz Tone) WA8PLZ repeater system)

The Greene County Amateur Radio License Courses, jointly sponsored by the three Greene County amateur radio clubs (Bellbrook, Fairborn and Xenia) and Greene County ARES, will be held concurrently on Sunday evenings from 7:00 to 9:00 PM beginning February 11th and continuing through April 15th.  There will be no class on April 1st (Easter Sunday).  A Greene County VE Test Session is scheduled for Sunday, April 22nd at 6:00 PM.

The entry level Technician Class Course will be held in the Training Center at the Bellbrook Amateur Radio Club Clubhouse, Room 1 Sugarcreek Elementary School, 51 South East Street in Bellbrook.  No prior experience is required and there is no minimum age required to earn a Technician Class license.  Morse Code no longer is required for any amateur radio license.

The General Class Course (and the Test Session) will be held in the Training Room at Beavercreek Township Fire Station 61 located at 2195 Dayton-Xenia Road (just west of Orchard Lane).

The Extra Class Course will be held in the Training Room at Fairborn Fire Station 2 located at 2200 Commerce Center Blvd just south of Dayton-Yellow Springs Rd (just east of I-675).

Detailed directions to the respective sites will be provided to students upon request.

There is no charge for the courses or for the test session but all students are encouraged to have a copy of the respective ARRL License Manual.  Please see note below about purchasing options for a license manual—now also available in Kindle e-book format for computers and mobile devices.

Please pass this information along to anyone you know who may be interested in earning an amateur radio license or upgrading.  All current Technician Class hams are encouraged to consider upgrading to General Class and the Greene County General Class Course provides an ideal opportunity.

To register for one of the courses or for more information, please contact Henry Ruminski W8HJR by email at or by phone (between 10:00 AM and 9:00 PM) at (937) 232-9272 (leave message if no answer).

73, Henry Ruminski W8HJR

Coordinator, Greene County License Courses

Ohio ARES Tier I Certificates
  December 20th, 2017

From the Ohio Section News

I’ve gotten a lot questions from all of you about our Tiered system and those that have completed your 4 NIMS courses (IS 100, 200, 700 & 800), is there a certificate for getting these courses in and completed and entered in to our statewide database.

I now can say YES, there is.

Go to: and fill in your name and call sign and I’ll email you back a really neat looking certificate that shows you are an Ohio ARES TIER I member. It’s frameable and, since it will come to you electronically, if you have a smartphone you can  download it into your smartphone and keep it with you wherever you go.

Now I do want to tell you all that this is for the Tier I membership only. Your application for the certificate will be checked against the statewide database. I hope that this will help entice all of you Tier II members to get those courses completed and the certificates to me and to your Emergency Coordinator.

Since we have well over 600 members that are Tier I, I’m sure that there will be a big rush to get your certificate. Please be patient, I’ll make sure that you get your certificate, but it may take a couple of days to get through the rush. Also, like most of our forms that you fill out, you will get a copy of the form emailed back to you as a receipt that it did get into the system, so PLEASE make sure that you type your email correctly so that
it won’t go to cyberspace!

Oh, just one more thing, I know that we set 625 as the next goal, and we are getting real close to that mark. So,if you haven’t given me your certificates yet, you could be that person that receives the ARRL ARES Vest!!

Are you sure that you are on the list? Make sure, here’s the link to the listing:

Scott Yonally, N8SY
Ohio Section Manager

(Note: ARES Tier I members are those who have all 4 of their required NIMS Courses (IS 100, 200, 700 & 800) certificates in the Ohio ARES database.)

ARES E-Letter 20 December 2017
  December 20th, 2017

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.

ARES Net Back Up Repeater
  June 15th, 2016

If the 145.110 is not available, the designated backup repeater is the Montgomery County ARES 146.640 MHz with a 123.0 Hz tone.

If Dayton SKYWARN is active and the 146.640 is in use, the net will be moved as determined by the DEC or NM  and Net Control operators.

As a final option, listen on 145.11 simplex for any announcements as to where the net has moved.