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ARES JOTA Planning

Seneca County ARES Members
Thursday, September 28, 2017

Seneca County ARES members will support the Boy Scouts of America annual JOTA, Jamboree On the Air during the weekend of October 20 -22, Friday, Saturday and Sunday. This will be an all-day event each day to provide an Amateur Radio experience for the Scouts. Jeff WB8REI initiated a net on Thursday, September 28 at 8 PM on the KB8EOC Repeater to discuss planning and operational issues. All Amateurs are welcome and encouraged to participate in this upcoming event. The Scouts will be eager to learn all we can teach and show them about our hobby. JOTA will culminate with Scouts earning their Radio badge.

We will get together next on Thursday, October 5, 6:30 PM at the EOC to assemble and test our proposed HF remote controlled station. This will be a dry run under controlled circumstances to test and modify equipment in preparation for the event. We will also make preparations for locating antennas and a supporting AREDN MESH network. We will need plenty of help on Thursday evening.

The Scouts will be given an opportunity to see firsthand our HF radio remote setup and to operate alongside our ARES Licensed Hams. We will be using an HF radio remotely located in the fairgrounds and operating from the EOC. The control function will utilize an AREDN MESH network between these locations. Several additional amateur related functions will also be utilized via this MESH network including, video links between the remote and control locations, Voice Over Internet Protocol, VOIP, Telephony, and Chat. All of this will use the network for connectivity. The AREDN MESH Network is a wireless network especially designed for Amateur use.

We will be having regular net sessions for those interested in assisting during JOTA. All Amateurs are again encouraged to join us as we put together and complete this exciting project supporting the Scouts and their annual JOTA exercise. The preparation prior to the start of the event will require a good amount of setup in addition to the actual JOTA exercise. Please come join us as we support our local Scouts and give them a great Amateur Radio experience. You will also see some great technology in action.

Additional details will be provided via email and on the website.

Thanks & 73,


Heritage Festival Parade Communications

Our next public service event is the Heritage Festival Parade Communications, Saturday, September 16

Amateur Radio assists with communications for the lineup.

At 8:00 am we’ll begin the day with breakfast at GW’s, on Washington St, Downtown Tiffin.

Then at 9:00 am, we’ll move to St Joe’s, at the point, to organize positions for the parade setup.

The actual parade begins at 10:30 am and our portion should be complete by 10:45 am or so.

Please contact Dan, KC8PBU to sign up.

Thanks, everybody.

W3BWW DMR Repeater Online

At last nights ARES Meeting, much discussion was held in reference to the new W3BWW DMR Repeater.

It was decided to begin a new “DMR NET” to be held 7:00 PM each Wednesday on this new repeater and you are invited to participate.

Here’s the info for the “Channel” for the net.

Freq: 444.825/449.825

Channel Name: TIF LOCAL

Contact Name: Group 2

Group List: 2

Color Code: 1

Repeater Slot: 2

Hope to here you on the net.


Daniel L Stahl, Emergency Manager

KC8PBU – Amateur Radio Operator

The Great Ohio Bicycle Adventure (GOBA)

We will have an on the air meeting Saturday morning at 9:00am on the KB8EOC repeater 145.150MHz PL 107.2.

GOBA 29, June 17-24, 2017
Findlay–> Tiffin (Sunday)
Tiffin –> Bellevue Optional Layover Day(Monday)
Tiffin–>Upper Sandusky (Tuesday)
Upper Sandusky–>Bellefontaine
Bellefontaine to West Liberty/Urbana–> Optional 50/100 mile rides -( Thursday)
Bllefontaine –>Kenton (Friday)
Kenton–>Findlay (Saturday)
The Great Ohio Bicycle Adventure (GOBA) is a week-long event for bicyclists who travel to a different part of Ohio each year to bicycle, eat, camp out, and have fun with 1500 of their closest friends.  GOBA bicyclists travel 50-60 miles each day, from one host community to the next.   This small bicycle mobile town needs all of the same services that would be needed in any small town, including an above average amount of bicycle and flat-tire repair service.

GOBA is also the largest bicycle ride in the world with emergency and health & welfare communications provided exclusively by amateur radio.

Become a ham

Amateur Radio Operations on GOBA

Amateur Radio provides GOBA’s 3000 bicyclists with quick access to emergency services provided by GOBA’s organizers.  Volunteer amateur radio operators from local county Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES) groups and amateur radio clubs in GOBA’s host communities work hard each year to help keep GOBA riders safe.  For these amateur radio operators, all of whom have passed tests to earn their radio licenses from the Federal Communications Commission, volunteering on GOBA is both a community service and an important emergency preparedness exercise.  Using their technical communications skills and thousands of dollars of privately owned radio equipment, these critical volunteers use GOBA to refine their skills and improve their equipment to ensure their ability to provide emergency communications services to Ohio citizens in the case of a local, state, or national emergency.

ARES Information Page ARRL Homepage


Owens Community College – Student Health and Activity Center (SHAC)
30335 Oregon Road, Perrysburg, OH 43551
March 19, 2017
8:00 AM – 2:00 PM

Registration is at 8:45 AM.
Testing starts at 9:00 AM.
Bring a photo ID and $15.
Bring a copy of your license if you are upgrading.
A sign upon entering the building
will give the test room location.

10:00AM – DMR, D-Star and Fusion – Which One Is Right For You? Confused by all the different digital modes? Unsure of which new radio to buy? This will expose new and seasoned hams to various digital technologies and explain the pros/cons of each. These exciting new technologies allow for world-wide communication for the Technician Class ham and up.
Presented by Zack, N8ZAK

11:00AM – JT-65A, a unique digital mode. Have you ever wondered how much of the noise you hear on the HF bands is actually comprised of signals too weak to be copied? JT65A is a weak-signal digital mode that allows you to pull great DX out from under the noise on the high frequency spectrum. Designed for EME (Earth-Moon-Earth) HF and VHF work, this is an ideal digital mode for the bottom of the sunspot cycle.
Presented by Rob, KV8P

12:00PM – Search for the Super Battery, A Nova PBS Presentation.

Link to Flyer

Mid❄Winter Hamfest & Computer Show Mansfield, Ohio

Sunday, February 19, 2017 
Richland County Fairgrounds
750 North Home Road

Gates Open at 7am

Forums and VE Test Session
9:00 am—Ohio Army MARS Forum
10:00 am—ARRL Forum
11:00 am—OSSBN Forum
12:00 noon Digital Forum
12:00 noon VE Test Session (Pre-registration for test is required, e-mail to register)
Sponsored by the Intercity Amateur Radio Club, Inc.

Tickets: $5 Tables, Advance Only: $15 Ticket and Table Deadline- January 22
Online ordering-
Advance orders (must include SASE) to:
Danny Bailey, W8DLB 70 Euclid Street Shiloh, OH 44878
419-896-2165 (After 3 P.M. Please)
Volume 1 Issue 1 Published Once A Year by IARC, Inc.

Pizza Party

The Seneca Radio Club would like to invite the ARES members and all Amateur Radio Operators to their annual pizza party get together.

Fort Ball Pizza Palace 91 N Washington St, Tiffin, Oh.
The party will be Dec. 12, 2016
Start time is 6:30 PM.
You pay for your own meal.
Scott Yonley N8SY the ARRL Ohio Section Manager plans to attend.
All are welcome, amateur radio operators, spouses, kids, and friends.

MARS Information Release COMEX 16-4 Information

TO:  Region AF MARS Directors

RE:  MARS Information Release  COMEX 16-4 Information


Please disseminate to all AF MARS Members and to Amateur Radio lists and service organizations


Subject:  Military Auxiliary Radio System to Conduct Interoperability Exercise with Amateur Radio Community, COMEX 16-4


From 30 October through 1 November, members of the Military Auxiliary Radio System (both branches)will be conducting a quarterly Department of Defense Contingency Communications exercise. The purpose of this quarterly exercise is train on our ability to provide communications following a “very bad day” scenario when traditional forms of communications will likely be unavailable. While the simultaneous loss of all communications nation-wide is not likely, for training purposes, we are assuming there has been a massive nation-wide outage.

One of the objectives of this exercise is to continue the partnership with the amateur radio community to help provide information about local conditions and send this information to the Department of Defense to help understand what is happening around the United States.  During this exercise, we will use 60 meters, local VHF and UHF repeaters as well as HF NVIS amateur radio bands. Our goal is to have a conversation about the local conditions in and around your county. During the conversation, our operators will be asking basic questions such as the status of commercial power, public water systems, and road conditions. These will be person to person conversations…you don’t need to use any digital modes or know any special messaging formats.

To kick off this exercise, we are encouraging the amateur radio community to monitor 5,330.5KHz from 0300-0400 Hrs Zulu on 31 October. During this hour, we will be doing a high power voice broadcast from a military station on the east coast and alternate with a voice broadcast from the west coast. Amateur radio operators are encouraged to submit a reception report as indicated in the voice broadcast.


For the remainder of the exercise, MARS personnel will be calling for amateur radio operators on the 60 meter channels as well as using already established amateur radio nets on HF NVIS and VHF/UHF repeaters.  Amateur radio operators are also invited to attend the ARRL webinar scheduled for 25 Oct at 2000 hrs eastern time where Dave Stapchuk, Chief AF MARS, and the Army MARS Program Manager will give a presentation about the MARS program. Please register for the webinar at:…/4300481724544982273


If you have further questions about this exercise, please email: .


Jodie Rouse

Region Seven Public Affairs Officer

Missouri State Director