ARRL: Hurricane Watch Net, VoIP Hurricane Net, WX4NHC Stand Down from Maria Activations

From the ARRL:

09/21/2017The Hurricane Watch Net (HWN) stood down on September 20 after 60 hours of activation for Hurricane Maria as did the VoIP Hurricane Net and WX4NHC at the National Hurricane Center. The International Salvation Army Team Emergency Radio Network (SATERN) SSB Net will be in extended monitoring mode through Friday.

“The latest storm track is very good news for the Bahamas and the Dominican Republic,” the Assistant HWN Manager Mike Webb, KC0YHM, said on Wednesday. “We will watch the storm as it progresses…just in case.” The net wrapped up its activation by gathering damage reports and offering health-and-welfare guidance.

The VoIP Hurricane Net stood down as of Wednesday night after activating on September 19 as Hurricane Maria affected Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands. The VoIP Hurricane Net also was active on Monday, September 18, gathering numerous reports of severe and catastrophic damage from the island nation of Dominica. A recorded summary of reports received and a complete list of reports received from all media available to the net are available.

SATERN was active on Wednesday as stations from the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico began to check in following Hurricane Maria’s passage.

“Although the US Virgin Islands were heavily damaged, it was apparent that they had some limited communications capabilities and other resources,” said SATERN National Liaison Bill Feist, WB8BZH. “All of the Puerto Rican operators reported that there was an island-wide power and communications blackout. It was reported that Amateur Radio seemed to be the only communications that were operational, and that was somewhat limited as many 2-meter repeater systems were still not operational. There is no operational public water system and many local roads are impassable although some major roads have been cleared.”

International SATERN SSB Net Manager Ken Gilliland, AG6SV, relayed a report from N8PR in Florida that Amateur Radio operators on Dominica have set up an e-mail link to handle individually identified health-and-welfare messages. Feist said SATERN will continue to be in Delta II (extended monitoring) status from 1400 until 2300 UTC, continuing this schedule at least through Friday, September 22.

The American Red Cross Safe and Well website is a free public reunification tool that allows individuals and organizations to register and post messages to indicate that they are safe, or to search for loved ones. The site is always available and open to the public and available in English and Spanish. Registrations and searches can be done directly on the website.

DIAL Amateur Radio License Exams – Sept 27, 2017

The Dial Radio Club will offer amateur radio operator’s license examinations, beginning at 6 pm, on Wednesday, September 27, 2017 in Verity Lodge on the campus of Miami University-Middletown, Middletown, OH.

Applicants must furnish the original and one photocopy of their current license (if any), original of any certificates of successful completion of examination (CSCE) they may hold, positive (photo) identification, and license ID number (FRN) or social security (SSN) number.

If you are applying for your first license, please go to and obtain a FRN. This web site is self explanatory and the FRN registration is free.

Walk-ins welcome – Preregistration not required.

Exams are free … No test fees will be collected.

Additional information may be obtained from Dave Williamson, KD8W, (513-424-5819 or or Carl Morgan, K8CM, (513-422-9384 or

Talk-in will be available on W8BLV/R; 146..61 -600, 77 Hz PL or 444.825 +5MHz, 77 Hz PL

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Free Amateur Radio Exams – August 19, 2017

Germantown Amateur Radio Society
Free Technician, General, and Extra Exams

Saturday, August 19th
Starting at 6pm

German Township Complex
12102 State Route 725
West Germantown, Ohio

Pre-Registration is Preferred
Walk-in’s welcomed

To Register or for more Information
Contact: Phil Thomas W8RMJ

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DARA License Exams – July 26, 2017

July 26, 2017 at 7:00 PM Dayton Amateur Radio Association (DARA) will host a Laurel VEC NO COST test session at the DARA clubhouse.
DARA Clubhouse address
6619 Belefontaine Rd
Huber Heights, OH 45424
Walk-ins always accepted. Testing will be in DARA Clubhouse Classrooms 1 & 2.
Please ensure the following:

1) If upgrading please bring your current amateur radio license or a copy; any applicable CSCE(s) or other paperwork; that can be used for verification, credit, and grandfathering.
2) A government issued photo ID (i.e. driver’s license).
3) WE DO NOT USE SSANs!  Please obtain a Federal Registration Number (FRN) from  
4)  Also no cell phones can be used.  If you need a calculator we can supply one.

For more information call my cell or email.  Please leave a message or text since if I do not recognize the number or its unavailable I will not answer.

David A. Crawford, KF4KWW 

Cell (937) six eight nine-six eight nine four  


Free Amateur Radio Exams – June 4 – Germantown, OH

Looking to upgrade your license? The Germantown Amateur Radio Club (GARS) is offering free licensing exams for all levels on Sunday, June 4th.

Doors open at 6:00 PM. Walkin’s are welcome, but pre-registration is preferred.

Exams will be at:

German Township Complex
12102 State Route 725 West
Germantown, OH 45327

Talkin on the 444.1875 + PL 123.0 Repeater

For More information or to register, contact Phil Thomas, W8RMJ at 937-902-6738 or by email at


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27th Annual Milford Hamfest June 17, 2017

The 27th Annual Milford Hamfest is coming up:

Saturday June 17, 2017
8:00 AM TO 2:00 PM

Gates open at 6:00 AM for setup

Admission: $5.00
(Children under 12 admitted free)

!!!Same Location as Last Year!!!

Eastside Christian Church
5874 Montclair Blvd, Milford, Ohio 45150

***Open to the public. Discover the world of Amateur Radio***

* Tailgating = $1.00 regardless of spaces needed and lots of free parking
* Inside Tables $5.00 (Requires an admission ticket)
* For information call Jim WB8RRR at 513-831-6255 or

* VE Exams – 9:00 AM – Walk-ins Welcome. Bring ID
* ARRL Card Checking for DXCC, WAS, WAC, VUCC

* Good food available from */Renegade Street Eats /*food truck Grand prize drawing at the END of the Hamfest!

/*1st Yaesu FT-891 * 2nd Yaesu FTM-100DR * 3rd Alinco DJ-500T*/

(Do not have to be present to win a Grand Prize) Lots of hourly prizes starting at 9:00AM Special Drawing at NOON for $100 DX Engineering Gift Card

Directions: TAKE I-275 TO EXIT 57. GO EAST ON ST. RT. 28. TURN LEFT AT THE 1ST LEFT TURN TRAFFIC LIGHT (opposite direction than LOWE’S and IHOP). TURN LEFT ON MONTCLAIR (which is along side Milford Self Storage)

FOLLOW ¼ MILE TO HAMFEST.   Talk In: 147.345 + tone 123.0

Milford Amateur Radio Club, P.O. Box 100, Milford, OH 45150

Amateur Radio License Exams, May 3, 2017

An examination session in Technician, General and Extra Class Amateur Radio Operator’s License will be available on Wednesday evening, May 3, 2017 in Verity Lodge, Miami University-Middletown, Middletown, OH,

Doors will open for registration at 6 P.M. and exams will commence shortly thereafter. Please plan to arrive early as all registration activities are to be  completed by 7 P.M.

Applicants must furnish the original and one photocopy of their current license (if any), original and one photocopy of any certificates of successful completion of examination (CSCE) they may hold, positive (photo) identification, and  Licensee ID (FRN) or social security (SSN) number.

License exams are free, walk-ins welcome and preregistration is not required.

If you are applying for your first license, please go to and obtain a FRN. This web site is self-explanatory and the FRN registration is free.

Special examination accommodations must be requested at least two weeks prior to the test date.

Additional information may be obtained from Dave Williamson, KD8W (513-424-5819) or Carl Morgan, K8CM (513-422-9384).

Talk-in on W8BLV/R  146.61 (-600)  77 Hz PL