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Meeting Schedule for 2017

January  31 - Planning Meeting

February 28 - General Membership Meeting. Hands Only CPR Training.

March 28 - Planning Meeting

April 25 -  General Membership Meeting. Presentations on Red Cross Reunification Program by Shawna Collins N2TUJ and

Military Affiliate Radio System by Les Dershem K9CAV.

May 23 - Planning Meeting. Moved from last Tuesday of the month due to the holiday.

June 27 - General Membership Meeting. Presentation on Terrorism Awareness by Don Parker KB8PSL

July 25 - Planning Meeting

August 29 - General Membership Meeting. Presentation on CERT by Laurie Rohrbach

September 26 - Planning Meeting

October 24 - General Membership  Meeting. Rescheduled due to Halloween. Presentation on APRS by Glenn Gombert KD8TSR

November 28 - Planning Meeting

December - No Meeting.



From Kroger

Dear Montgomery County Amateur Radio Emergency Service,


The Kroger Family of Stores is committed to bringing hope and help to local communities. We do this through a variety of activities, including charitable giving, sponsorships and the unique Community Rewards Program of Kroger. We are also committed to carefully protecting our customers' personal information. In order to meet their expectation of privacy, we have adopted a simple policy to never share a customer's personal information. Our privacy policy applies to Community Rewards participation as well. As your neighborhood food retailer, we deeply value our ability to support local organizations like yours.

Your supporters (12 households) who shopped at Kroger between 5-1-2017 and 7-31-2017 (Cycle 6, Qtr 1) have contributed to your $54.47 total donation. Your organization will be receiving a Kroger check in this amount within 30 days from 8-24-2017. If you have any questions, please email or visit our website at Thank you for your continued support of your local Kroger store.


From Stan Broadway, N8BHL, Ohio Section Emergency Coordinator

Hello all!  I hope you had a chance to listen or follow Hurricane Harvey. It, and the coming Hurricane Irma will put our nation’s ability to handle large disasters to a real test.  Even though commercial/public service communications has been hardened, amateur radio is still playing a large part in these responses.  Our job in Ohio, as elsewhere, is to be ~ready~.   In order to test ourselves, we need to participate in the ARRL Simulated Emergency Test (SET) this October.


The Ohio Section’s ASEC Matt Curtin, KD8TTE, has put hours into this year’s exercise, called “Black Swan”.  With it, we are setting new records for scope and participation- it is to my knowledge the first time multiple states and multiple agencies have been involved in an SET. Our involvement stretches all the way to Alaska and Europe!


Our scenario is something that could happen: a derecho type storm system sweeps across several Midwest states leaving destruction and loss of communication in its wake.   Much of amateur radio’s activity will involve sending messages, both sitreps to and from our players and H&W messaging from all over the world. Matt has designed this for multiple traffic organizations, the military and for every county that plays. In the Black Swan “Explan”, you will find a timetable which you can adapt to your county’s activity during that weekend.  You are encouraged to use this as a base, and build on it!  The job of the EC is to be familiar with the county, its potentials during disasters and its likely actions to cope. You are encouraged to deploy people to specific locations, to generate messages to and from critical points in your county, and generally keep people active. The Explan timetable will help.


Matt is managing a website to publish the Conops, Explan, news and FAQ’s as needed for Black Swan. PLEASE go here to download the documents and get the most up-to-date documentation for SET:    Under “2017” get CONOPS and INFO PACKET.


REGISTER as a  player in the exercise to make sure you’re included in message traffic and planning!!


I am very excited about this- you’ll see that the planning and documentation is thorough, and I expect that we will help you keep your people busy and interested and better prepared for “The Big One”.



From Laurie Rohrbach

Disaster Preparedness Training - Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) 

Sponsored by the German Twp. Police Department and the Montgomery County Office of Emergency Management


This course is designed to prepare you to help yourself, your family, and your neighbors in the event of a catastrophic disaster. Because emergency services personnel will not be able to help everyone immediately, you can make a difference by using this training to save lives and protect property.


Subjects covered include disaster preparedness, fire safety, disaster medical/first aid, light search and rescue, CERT organization, and disaster psychology, with a mock disaster on the final night.


This free 20 hour course will be taught by certified instructors and experienced emergency services personnel. The class will be held Wednesday-October 18th, Thursday-October 19th, Wednesday-October 25th, Thursday-October 26th, and Wednesday-November 1st, from 6:00pm-10:00pm each night at the German Twp. building, 12102 State Route 725 West, German Township. Most topics are hands-on. Those attending the training will be supplied with a free CERT kit.

For more information and to sign up for the class, contact Laurie Rohrbach at the German Twp. Police Dept. at 855-7215 or by email at



From Brian Dershem KG8UT

The Operations Manual has been revised. The changes are in sections 6.9 (Clothing/Uniforms) and 10.3 (Net Operations.)

Clothing/Uniforms has been changed to reflect the language and format of other recent revisions. The specific requirements of this section have not changed.  Net Operations has been changed to reflect a revision in the 80m frequency used by W8SGT and the addition of a 60m frequency used by W8SGT.



From Stan Broadway, Ohio ARES Section Coordinator

Hello all!  Our ARES numbers are crunched for July.  You all should be very proud to be part of an active group that makes a difference!

In Ohio, we had 796 training events in which you invested 4399 hours of work. We had 109 public service events, involving 3145 hours of volunteer work.  Many of those were larger events, some crossed the entire state. Ohio ARES functioned in 31 “actual” events, including severe weather, a river search, hazmat incident and flood damage, by providing 501 hours of service and communications trailers all on very short notice.  Total hours of amateur radio service to the Ohio Section and our communities just in July: 8045.

Thank you all!



From Shawna Collins

Ham radio operators are needed to cover various positions for the Kettering Holiday at Home 5k Race and Parade.  You are invited to an optional free early morning breakfast and you receive a free t-shirt.  Pre-registration to volunteer for this event is helpful to ensure coverage for required positions.  Please read the info tab on the spreadsheet for additional information about the event.  Sign up on the 2017 tab.  If you do not have an assignment preference leave that field blank.  Indicate in the Comments and Notes field open for any assignment.  You may also use that field for anything you want to relay to Shawna Collins, the coordinator for hams working this event.  Since you volunteered once or more in the past few years those sheets are available to recall what position you previously held.


From Dave Crawford

Time is rapidly approaching and approximately sixty-five (65) amateur radio operators are needed to support the USAF Marathon at Wright Patterson Air Force Base on Saturday, September 16, 2017 to provide the USAF Marathon Staff with emergency and logistic communications. This world class event has over 20,000 participants, volunteers, and spectators in attendance every year.  This will also be the 70th Anniversary Celebration for the USAF, which was formed on September 18, 1947.

Amateur radio operators are indispensable in rapidly communicating information on runner’s locations and status, heat index settings, severe weather notifications, as well as emergencies and logistic issues.  Plus, APRS is utilized to track lead runners and “tail end Charlie’s”, thus allowing race officials and emergency services to more accurately manage the race progression.


According to Robert Aguiar, USAF Marathon Race Director,  the senior base leaders rely on the communication skills of our amateur radios operators and use them a as a vital resource.  According to Rob, “This race would be extremely difficult if not impossible to accomplish without their support and dedication.”


Multiple races are held on this day including:  10K, Half Marathon, Full Marathon, and Wheelchair. Now is the time to volunteer for the USAF Marathon.  If you will be in the Dayton, Ohio area on Saturday, September 16, 2017 and would like to take part in a world class event, please go to the USAF Marathon website at  and click the volunteer now link, scroll down to the amateur radio section to register. Training will be provided prior to the event.


Registration closes August 31, 2017.

If you have any questions please email:

Dave Crawford, KF4KWW

USAF Marathon Amateur Radio Lead Volunteer






2017 Calendar of Events



Montgomery County COAD Meeting

January 18, 2017 at 3 PM at the Food Bank at 156 Amor Place.



Montgomery Greene Local Emergency Response Council Quarterly Meeting

January 27, 2017 at 9 AM. Go to for more information.



Montgomery County Skywarn Training

March 11, 2017 at Miami Valley Hospital in the Berry Women's Health Pavilion auditorium. Basic Spotter training from 9 AM to noon and Advanced Spotter Training from 1 PM to 4:30 PM. Go to for more information.



District 3 ARES Meeting

March 18, 2017. 9 AM to noon at the Dayton Red Cross Building.



Spring Severe Weather Awareness Week

March 19-25, 2017.  For more information go to



Statewide Tornado Drill

March 22, 2017 at 9:50 AM. For more information go to



Ohio ARES Conference

April 1, 2017 at Marion Technical College, 1467 Mount Vernon Avenue. Go to www.arrl-ohio/SEC/ for more information.



ThinkTV Great TV Auction

April 3-8, 2017 at WPTD/WPTO Studio. Volunteers are needed to escort phone workers to the parking garage. Montgomery County ARES will cover both shifts on Wednesday, April 5.  Contact Fred Stone at to schedule a shift.



“Make A Difference…Save A Life” 5k Race/Walk”  

April 15, 2017. Dayton VA Center. Montgomery County ARES is providing on-site communication for this event.  Plan to arrive by 8:45 AM to receive your assignment. The race begins at 10:00 AM and should be finished no later than noon. We will be operating on the 444.25 repeater.  Please contact EC Rob Flory at if you can assist.



Montgomery County COAD Meeting

April 19, 2017 at 3 PM at the Food Bank at 156 Amor Place.



Ohio NVIS Antenna Day

 April 22, 2017



Montgomery Greene Local Emergency Response Council Quarterly Meeting

April 28, 2017. Go to for more information.



The Dayton Autism Society’s 5K Walk/Run and Resource Fair

April 29, 2017.  Payne Recreation Center, 3800 Main Street, Moraine, Ohio. Montgomery County ARES is supporting this event again this year.  Plan to report to the staging area by 8:00 AM. The race begins at 9:00 AM and should last no more than two hours. Please contact EC Rob Flory at if you can assist.  Tee shirts will be provided for the volunteers so sign up and give Rob your shirt size ASAP.   Go to for more information about the event.



Dayton Hamvention

May 19-21, 2017. Go to for more information



ARRL Field Day

June 24 - 25, 2017. Go to for more information.



Montgomery County COAD Meeting

July 19, 2017 at 3 PM at the Food Bank at 156 Amor Place.



Montgomery Greene Local Emergency Response Council Quarterly Meeting

July 28, 2017. Go to for more information. 



Mound Amateur Radio Association Swap Meet

August 5-6, 2017. Annual MARA swap meet



Bike MS, Oxford Ohio

Operators are needed to support this event. Contact person is Steve Lewis at Click here for for more information.



District 3 ARES Meeting

August  19, 2017.



Ohio QSO Party

August 26, 2017. Go to for more information.



Kettering Holiday at Home 5K Race and Parade

September 4, 2017.



United States Air Force Marathon

September 16, 2017.



District 3 ARES Meeting

September 23, 2017.  



Simulated Emergency Test

October 7, 2017.



Montgomery County COAD Meeting

October 18, 2017 at 3 PM at the Food Bank at 156 Amor Place.



Montgomery Greene Local Emergency Response Council Quarterly Meeting

October 27, 2017. Go to for more information. 



Miamisburg Turkey Trot

November 23, 2017



Skywarn Recognition Day

December 2, 2017.