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Meeting Schedule for 2018

January 30 - Planning Meeting.

February 27 - General Meeting. Presentation on FLDIGI and associated programs.

March 27 -  Planning Meeting.

April 24 - General Meeting. Presentation on APRS.

May - No meeting due to HamVention.

June 26 -  General Meeting. Presentation on Digital Mobile Radio

July 31 - Planning Meeting.

August 28 - General Meeting. Presentation on Winlink.

September 25 - Planning Meeting.

October 23 - General Membership Meeting (Moved up one week due to Halloween). Presentation on antennas.

November 27 - Planning Meeting.

December - No Meeting.


All amateur radio operators are welcome to attend the general meetings.  Membership in Montgomery County ARES is not a requirement.



Revised Documents

From Brian KG8UT

Two revised documents have been posted to the Members page. The first is the Montgomery County ARES Band Plan. Revisions include moving the 443.750 and 147.360 repeaters to the Digital section as they are now DMR repeaters, the addition of the 442.875 DMR repeater,  the addition of 145.010 as a packet/Winlink frequency, a revised 80m frequency and the addition of a 60m frequency.


The second document is the Montgomery County ARES Operations Manual.  The revisions are all in section 3 - Membership, specifically section 3.2 - Membership Classifications.  The revisions reflect the new structure of ARES based on training requirements.  I think the changes are timely and well planned.  The new structure of ARES will allow members to be fully trained and able to be integrated into emergency communications at any level yet still provides an important place for other members who may desire a different role in the Emcomm community.



Programs for 2017 and 2018

From Brian KG8UT

During 2017 we enjoyed training programs on a wide variety of topics including CPR, the Red Cross Reunification Program, MARS and its recent changes, Terrorism Awareness, CERT and APRS.  I think these programs helped to make us well-rounded in both the Emcomm community and the world in which we live.


In the coming year we will return to a more technical variety of programs.  We have grown significantly as an organization in the digital arena.  Our weekly nets have enjoyed consistent participation and most of the regulars are demonstrating a lot of proficiency in the use of FLDIGI.  In February we are going to go deeper into FLDIGI by learning to employ some of the related programs such as FLMSG, FLWRAP, etc.  We encourage as many as possible to bring their equipment for practice, trouble shooting or demonstration.


In April we are going to go deeper into APRS and learn the specifics of hardware options and software set up, Again, we encourage as many as possible to bring their equipment for practice, trouble shooting or demonstration.


In June we will build upon on our digital voice knowledge with a detailed presentation on Digital Mobile Radio. This may be a timely subject as I read this morning that W8SGT is now equipped with DMR. As we continue to explore the DV options out there I hope that we can learn where our interest is, how we are already equipped and what direction we may wish to expand as an ARES community


In August we will take a first look at Winlink. In the December issue of the Ohio Section Journal, Stan Broadway (Ohio SEC) encouraged everyone to look at this program. Seems like we are staying in-sync with what the overall ARES community is thinking. 


We will wrap up the year in October with a study of antennas. We will look at options for field deployments, small lots, attics and NVIS designs.



National Weather Service Online Weather School and Jetstream

From Ohio District 3 ARES Program for Wednesday, December 13, 2017


Most of the training opportunities I've mentioned over the past few years have involved a registration process with some governmental or non-governmental entity. Today's featured site has no such requirement.


JetStream is the National Weather Service Online Weather School. There is no cost to use the training materials, and registration is not required. The site is designed for anyone interested in weather related subjects.


I found well over a hundred choices in the site's topic matrix, and you can pick and choose without taking all of the preceding topics in your particular area of interest. To look over the choices or get started on a topic, visit



Ohio ARES VHF Simplex Contest

January 12 – 10AM through 4PM EDT.


The purpose of our annual simplex activity is to improve our station and antenna capabilities, and to test our coverage areas on simplex frequencies.  These may be very important in times of emergency, when repeaters have failed and simplex is the only method of emergency communication.  We are NOT giving any consideration for backup power- this exercise is aimed at testing antennas and determining coverage areas.



All bands from 50 MHz up

We anticipate primary activity to occur on the 2 meter band. We recommend the following frequencies:

                50 MHz – Standard simplex calling frequencies

                146.52 – Only after making sure you will not be interfering with existing conversation

                146.46 through 146.49

                UHF and above -  Standard simplex calling frequencies



                ALL MODES are acceptable-  it’s your choice

                Digital- using any mode generally accepted by NBEMS/ARES in fldigi.  (Default = Mt63 2K)


Entry Categories

FIXED: Any fixed station can operate. Single or Multiple Operators, no restrictions.

FIXED EOC:  Any station using equipment and antennas permanently installed at an EOC. An EOC is recognized under the same provisions as a Field Day category “F”. 

PORTABLE:  Any station established under portable conditions in a temporary location.

ROVER:  Any mobile operator may join as a “Rover”.   A rover vehicle may transport only one station using a single call sign.  It may be in motion or stopped.Rover vehicles must transport all the equipment, power supplies, and antennas used at each operating site. Rovers MUST sign "rover" on Phone and /R on CW and digital modes after their call sign.



The exchange will include your station callsign and your county.  In the case of stations outside Ohio, please include your state.   

If you are operating from an EOC, please include that in your exchange. ( +5 for them)

If you are an ARES official (AEC and above) Identify yourself as such. ( +5 for them)

You are encouraged to announce your station details if you wish, so that other stations can judge the performance of their equipment. This is NOT a part of the required exchange.



No duplicate contacts per band / per mode.  Rover/mobiles can be contacted one time in each county.


QSO Points

                Each contact is worth 1 point.  

                Each contact with an EOC station is an additional 5 points per QSO. That would score as 6 points.

                Each contact with an AEC or above is +5 points. That would score as 6 points.



                Multiply your QSO points (calculated above) by the total number of counties you’ve reached.

                Make sure you include your own county.

                Rover/mobile station DOUBLE the number of counties you’ve contacted.

                Rover/mobile add 25 to your final score.   

                EOC stations add 50 to your final score.

Portable stations add 100 points to your final score.


All entrants, regardless of category, are permitted to use spotting assistance or nets including but not limited to DX-alerting nets, internet chat rooms, APRS and other packet, reverse beacon networks and repeaters to identify stations available for contacts and to announce (self-spot) their availability for contacts. Announcements shall be limited to call sign, location, band or frequency. These methods of spotting assistance may also be used to coordinate antenna peaking prior to initiation of the contact and to explain contest rules, such as the exchange required, for those who need clarification.

Scores should be emailed to  before February 15.


Ohio ARES Simplex VHF contest, January 12, 2018.

My station call:  

Number of hours operated  

QSO Points (Include all bands, all +5 points)                                 

Multiply QSO points above by total counties worked                       

EOC Operation: Add 50 points                                                                   

Portable Operation:  Add 100 points                                                        


TOTAL SCORE     QSO pts X Counties =   (+50 +100)                             


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Upcoming Events 2018

(Under Construction)

Montgomery County COAD Meeting

January 17, 2018 at 3 PM at the Food Bank at 156 Amor Place.


German Twp. CERT

February 6, 2018 at 7:00 PM.


Montgomery Greene Local Emergency Response Council Quarterly Meeting

TBS at 9 AM. Go to for more information.



Montgomery County Skywarn Training

March 10, 2018 from 9:00 am to noon at Miami Valley Hospital in the Berry Women's Health Pavilion auditorium. Go to for more information.



District 3 ARES Meeting




Spring Severe Weather Awareness Week

March 18 - 24, 2018.  For more information go to



Statewide Tornado Drill

March 21, 2018 at 9:50 AM. For more information go to



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

TBS. Dayton VA Center. This event has not yet been confirmed.



ThinkTV Great TV Auction

April 16-21, 2018 at WPTD/WPTO Studio. Volunteers are needed to escort phone workers to the parking garage. Montgomery County ARES typically covers Wednesday, April 18. 



Montgomery County COAD Meeting

April 18, 2018 at the Food Bank at 156 Amor Place.



Ohio NVIS Antenna Day




Montgomery Greene Local Emergency Response Council Quarterly Meeting

TBS. Go to for more information.



German Twp. CERT

May 10, 2018 at 7:00 PM.



5k Walk/Run for Autism Awareness

 TBS.  Montgomery County ARES is supporting this event again this year at the Moraine Civic Center.  Times will be posted ASAP.



Dayton Hamvention

May 18-20, 2018. For more information go to



ARRL Field Day

June 23 - 24, 2018. For more information go to  



Montgomery County COAD Meeting

July 18, 2018 at 3 PM at the Food Bank at 156 Amor Place.



Montgomery Greene Local Emergency Response Council Quarterly Meeting

TBS. Go to for more information. 



District 3 ARES Meeting



German Twp. CERT

August 9, 2018 at 7:00 PM.



Ohio QSO Party

August 25, 2018. For more information go to  Ohio QSO Party



Kettering Holiday at Home 5K Race and Parade




Market To Market Relay




United States Air Force Marathon




Mound Amateur Radio Association Swap Meet



OH-KY-IN Amateur Radio Society Hamfest



Simulated Emergency Test




Montgomery County COAD Meeting

October 17, 2018 at 3 PM at the Food Bank at 156 Amor Place.



Montgomery Greene Local Emergency Response Council Quarterly Meeting

TBS. Go to for more information. 



Veterans Day 5K Walk/Run/Roll



German Twp. CERT

November 8, 2018 at 7:00 PM.



Miamisburg Turkey Trot

November 22, 2018



Skywarn Recognition Day