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Meeting Schedule for 2018

January 30 - Planning Meeting.

February 27 - ARES Community Meeting. Presentation on FLDIGI and associated programs by Glenn Gombert KB8TSR

March 27 -  Planning Meeting.

April 24 - ARES Community Meeting. Presentation on APRS by Randy Allen KA0AZS

May - No meeting due to HamVention.

June 26 -  ARES Community Meeting. Presentation on Digital Mobile Radio by Jack Gerbs WB8SCT

July 31 - Planning Meeting.

August 28 - ARES Community Meeting. Presentation on Winlink.

September 25 - Planning Meeting.

October 23 - ARES Community Meeting. (Moved up one week due to Halloween). Presentation on NVIS and portable antennas.

November 27 - Planning Meeting.

December - No Meeting.


All amateur radio operators are welcome to attend the ARES Community Meetings


From Shawna Collins, N2TUJ

Kettering Holiday at Home is Monday, September 3, 2018 at 7 AM. Registration for the event is now open. Please use the link below to sign up online. Contact Shawna Collins via email with any questions.

See the info tab on the sign up sheet for time and location details:

We will use the MoCo ARES repeater (146.640-,123 Hz PL tone). The DARA repeater (146.940-, 123 Hz PL) will be the backup.

Breakfast for the volunteers will be served at Kroger at 5:30 AM. Thank you!



From Phil Verret, KA8ZKR

The 2018 AF Marathon is September 15, 2018 at 5 AM.Vol unteer registration is now open. Please go to to register for supporting this event.

1.   Hit the Volunteer Now button, a new web page will open

2.   Scroll down until you see the Event Jobs list. Amateur Radio Operators will be at the top of the list.

3.   Click on the Amateur Radio Operators link

4.   On the next page you can enter all your information. If you have an assignment preference, I will do my best to accommodate you.

There will be a training meeting on Saturday, September 8, 2018 at 6:00PM at Beavercreek FD Station 61 on Dayton Xenia Road

(851 Orchard Ct A, Dayton, OH 45434)

Thanks in advance to all the hams who support this really big and important event for the Miami Valley area!

Phil Verret, KA8ZKR

Lead Amateur Radio Coordinator for the 2018 USAF Marathon



From Phil, W8RMJ

The Twisted Pretzel Tours is scheduled for Saturday September 22, 2018 at 6:45 AM. This event involves 4 mapped out bicycle tours traversing the the streets and roads in Germantown, German Township, Farmersville, and Jackson Township. Amateur radio operators are needed to support this event. Riders leave between 8 and 9 AM. Amateurs need to meet at the Germantown Senior Center.  We will use the Germantown Amateur Radio Society (GARS) 443.1875 repeater,PL tone 123.0 Hz. Contact Phil, W8RMJ,, for more information



From Laurie Rohrbach

The German Twp. Police Department will be sponsoring another CERT course in October!! This Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) course will help prepare you and your family for disasters, large and small. Sign up with a spouse, a friend, or an older child to really have fun. The course is a lot of hands-on, but can be adapted to any physical situation. Learn about preparedness, fire safety, first aid, and how to be prepared to care for you and your family in a variety of situations.

This 20 hour course is free. You will receive a manual and a CERT kit. The classes are on 5 nights, each 4 hours long. The instructors are Laurie Rohrbach, Ken Evanchuck, and Jean Evanchuck. The last night is a mock disaster which is great fun and a real learning experience. The dates are Wed. 10/3, Wed. 1010, Wed. 10/17, Mon. 10/22, and Wed. 24, from 6pm to 10pm each evening. This course is open to anyone, but if the course fills up, German Twp. residents will be given first preference.

If you would like to sign up, please send an email to or give me a call in the office at 937-855-7215. The deadline to sign up is September 26th. If you have any questions, just let me know.

Laurie Rohrbach
German Twp. Police Department
12102 State Route 725 W
German Twp., Ohio 45327
Ph: 937-855-7215



From Rob Flory, KA5RUC

Per the SEC we now have three levels of ARES membership.

Level 1:  This is an “Entry Level”  (not just for beginners) for volunteers who have not completed NIMS.  (It was our old Ohio level 2.) Your time and energy is very much appreciated, and you are encouraged to complete the four NIMS courses to advance to the new Level 2. 


Level 2: (Our former Tier 1) This is the general activation level for ARES members. Having completed the four NIMS courses, you will be available for activation either locally or as an ARESMAT service to another location. You will also be considered qualified to operate in an EOC environment.


Level 3: This is a new, higher level envisioned for ARES leadership. Current structure calls for the additional completion of IS 300/400. We realize that is usually a two-day, weekday course so there will be latitude given on when this will be fully required. You’re encouraged to pursue upper level training suc h as COML, COMT but we understand they are not currently required.

This change is effective immediately.


From Kroger Community Rewards
Dear Montgomery County Amateur Radio Emergency Service,
Your supporters (13 households) who shopped at Kroger between 2-1-2018 and 4-30-2018 (Cycle 6, Qtr 4) have contributed to your $56.88 total donation. Your organization will be receiving a Kroger check in this amount within 30 days from 5-24-2018. If you have any questions, please email or visit our website at Thank you for your continued support of your local Kroger store.

Upcoming Events 2018


Montgomery County COAD Meeting

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



Montgomery Greene Local Emergency Response Council Quarterly Meeting

January 26, 2018 at 9 AM at Dayton Red Cross, 370 W. Second Street Dayton, Ohio. For more information go to



German Twp. CERT

February 6, 2018 at 7:00 PM.



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. For more information go to

 dayton skywarn welcome



Spring Severe Weather Awareness Week

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



Indiana Statewide Tornado Drill 

March 20, 2018 at 10:10 AM and 7:35 PM. Check in on 146.64



Ohio Statewide Tornado Drill

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



District 3 ARES Meeting

March 24, 2018 at 9:00 AM at Clark County EMA in the Springfield Government Center at 3130 E. Main Street Suite 1E.



Bikes for Tikes

April 6, 2018. Riders will be in Montgomery County from 7:00 AM to approximately 4:00 PM with stops in Miamisburg, Carillon Park, Triangle Park (lunch) and Taylorsville Metropark. Contact person is Rob Flory KA5RUC at



Ohio ARES Conference

April 7, 2018.  Marion Tech / OSU Marion Campus.  Registration is 8:00 AM. Conference begins at 9:00 AM.



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

April 7, 2018. Dayton VA Center. We need 13 operators for this event.  Meet at 8:45 AM.  For more information go to 20th Annual Make A Difference...Save A Life 5K in Dayton, OH - Details, Registration, and Results | ITS YOUR RACE.  Contact person is Rob Flory KA5RUC at



ThinkTV Great TV Auction

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



Montgomery County COAD Meeting

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



Montgomery Greene Local Emergency Response Council Quarterly Meeting

April 27, 2018 at Dayton Red Cross, 370 W. Second Street Dayton, Ohio. For more information go to



Ohio NVIS Antenna Day

April 28, 2018. Details coming soon.



5k Walk/Run for Autism Awareness

April 28, 2018 at the Moraine Civic Center.  Meet at Family Market,  3351 Main Street at 8:00 AM. For more information go to 5K Walk / Run / Fair - Autism Society of Dayton,



German Twp. CERT

May 10, 2018 at 7:00 PM.



Dayton Hamvention

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



Great Ohio Bicycle Adventure

June 16-23, 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.



Germantown Amateur Radio Society Hamfest

July 21, 2018 from 8:00 to noon at Triangle Station, 100 Triangle Court. Talk in on 443.1875 (123 Hz). For more information go to



Montgomery Greene Local Response Council Quarterly Meeting

July 27, 2018 at the Greene County Jobs and Family Services Center, 541 Ledbetter Road Xenia, Ohio. For more information go to



Mound ARA Swapmeet

August 4, 2018. For more information go to W8DYY | Mound Amateur Radio Association Miamisburg, Ohio



German Twp. CERT

August 9, 2018 at 7:00 PM. Search and Rescue Exercise.



Ohio QSO Party

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



Kettering Holiday at Home 5K Race and Parade

September 3, 2018



AF Marathon Volunteer Training Meeting

September 8, 2018



Bike MS Dayton

September 9, 2018. For more information go to Bike MS: Dayton 2018 - National MS Society



United States Air Force Marathon

September 15, 2018



Twisted Pretzel Tours

September 22, 2018


Simulated Emergency Test

October 6, 2018



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

October 26, 2018 at Dayton Red Cross, 370 W. Second Street Dayton, Ohio . For more information go to  



Veteran's Day 5K Run/Walk//Roll

Dayton VA



German Twp. CERT

November 8, 2018 at 7:00 PM.



Miamisburg Turkey Trot

November 22, 2018



Skywarn Recognition Day

December 2, 2018