PSE: WOBA 19-26 June
  May 12th, 2021

June 19, 2021toJune 26, 2021

The Western Ohio Bicycle Adventure (WOBA)  (which replaces GOBA this year) will be held 19-26 June in several of District 3’s counties. Actual dates of bike rides and location are listed below:

Saturday June 19th – Sunday June 20th: Sidney, Shelby County (District 3)

Monday June 21st – Tuesday June 22nd: Wapakoneta, Auglaize County (District 2)

Wednesday June 23rd : Versailles, Darke County (District 3)

Thursday June 24th – Saturday June 26th: Troy, Miami County (District 3).  Miami County will be running informal (and possibly formal) nets on the 145.230(-) PL 100.0Hz Repeater during this period.

Each day will consist of riders biking a 40 or 50 mile course, returning to their start point.  Movement between the bike camps will be by vehicle.

More details for amateur radio support as they become available.  In the meantime, contact you County EC to see if they have any information for support in your county.

June 19, 2021
8:00 am

The West Milton Triathlon will be held  on Saturday, 19 June 2021

Details on amateur radio support forthcoming

Point of contact is Paul Simmons, WA1EIB,

The Preble Co. VHF repeater is down, a transmitter problem. All SKYWARN/ARES operation will be on the Preble UHF repeater (442.900mhz PL 100hz) or repeater simplex (145.470mhz) PL100HZ) effective immediately.
Dayton Skywarn has been notified. Were working on a temporary solution to restore communications.

This stays in effect until further notice.




September 18, 2021

The US Air Force Marathon is scheduled for Saturday,  18 Sept. 2021.

Volunteer registration opened on 1 May 2021

Per 2021 Volunteer Lead for Ham Radio Bob, N8ADO:

Most of what we will do this year is mostly the same as in previous years, but there are a few changes planned that I will share with you as we get closer to the event. We will need a lot of volunteers to do this well and I encourage you to pass along this information to your ham friends and I ask that you encourage them to join us.
When you register, select “Race Day” as the category to which you want to volunteer. You will be presented with a list of jobs. You want to select “Amateur Radio Operator”.
The rest of the form should be fairly self-explanatory, but I note that the boxes where you fill in your info are often hard to see.
The form includes a number of places for optional info, for example, what position did you fill before. I have all this info, so do not worry about those details. If you wish to repeat a previous assignment or if you wish to try something different, the best way to communicate that desire is to email Generally, you will be considered first for a position which you have held before. For other requests, they will be considered in the order they are received.
The website to register is
Select the box:  “Volunteer Here”
You will be presented with a couple options, but I hope that you select the box “Go to Volunteer…”
If you have any issues with the process, drop me a note.
I know that many of you are not happy with having to go to your assigned spot before dawn and sit for a few hours waiting for the runners to arrive. This is a consequence of safety and security issues with having the event on an Air Force Base and there is little that we do to fix this. But there are a few assignments that are not on the base that might be more suitable. Also, if you cannot participate in race day events, consider volunteering to help with some of the preparation. For example, I could use a team to check out prospects for the repeaters that we will use to conduct communications during the event.
Bob Baker N8ADO  AFM Volunteer Lead for Ham Radio

More details as the event gets closer.

ARRL Field Day 26-27 June 21
  April 28th, 2021

June 26, 2021 2:00 pmtoJune 27, 2021 2:00 pm

The annual ARRL Field Day will be held Saturday 26 June through Sunday 27 June 2021.

August 15, 2021
7:30 am

The Miamisburg Triathlon will be held on Sunday,  15 Aug. 2021 from 0730-1200.

The Mound Amateur Radio Association (MARA) will be supporting this event. For more information about this event check the MARA website or contact Jack Melke, KM8N by E-mail, Phone:937-212-9838 or via Winlink at KM8N.

From the ARRL Website:


On April 20, the FCC’s Enforcement Bureau issued a new Enforcement Advisory, repeating the admonishments contained in a January Advisory that no licensee or user of the Amateur or Personal Radio Services may use any radio equipment in connection with unlawful activities of any nature.

The Commission specifically cautioned that individuals found to have used radios in connection with any illegal activity are “subject to severe penalties, including significant fines, seizure of the offending equipment, and in some cases, criminal prosecution.”

In addition, licensees should be aware that illegal operation in any service or band, including completely outside the amateur allocations, could potentially disqualify a person from holding any FCC license in any service, not just the Amateur Service.

Any amateur observing a suspicious infraction that might be of illegal or criminal nature should report it to their local law enforcement office or the FBI.

The ARRL released ARLB011 reminding amateurs that updated Radio Frequency Exposure rules become effective on 3 May 2021.

These are the same rules that have been in effect since 1997. The primary change is that amateur radio stations are no longer categorically exempt from performing an evaluation. The RF Exposure limits have not changed.

More details on the ARRL RF Exposure website.  Resources available on that page are links to an ARRL FAQ their RF Exposure and You document, an extract from the chapter on conducting a station evaluationforms you can use, and an online RF Exposure Calculator

Here’s another RF Exposure calculator by VP9KF that displays the info in a different way including discussion of duty cycle of different modes.

You do not have to submit any information with the FCC.  Simply complete the documentation and file it with your license documents. 

The ARRL states that they will be updating their site with any applicable changes as they are identified.

PSE: River Blast 4 Sept. 21
  March 31st, 2021

September 4, 2021
4:00 pmto10:00 pm

The Miamisburg River Blast will be held on Saturday,  4 Sept. 2021 from 1600-2200

The Mound Amateur Radio Association (MARA) will be supporting this event. For more information about this event check the MARA website or contact Jack Melke, KM8N by E-mail, Phone:937-212-9838 or via Winlink at KM8N.

September 6, 2021
7:00 amto12:00 pm

Kettering has announced that it will be holding it’s Holiday at Home event this year, which traditionally includes a parade on Labor Day that requires extensive amateur radio support.

More details as they come available.