Field Day June 24-25 2023

2023 ARRL Field Day

Field Day is ham radio's open house. Every June, more than 35,000 hams throughout North America set up temporary transmitting stations in public places to demonstrate ham radio's science, skill and service to our communities and our nation. It combines public service, emergency preparedness, community outreach, and technical skills all in a single event. Field Day has been an annual event since 1933, and remains the most popular event in ham radio.

We welcome the public to come learn more about ham radio!

Come join us for Amateur Radio Field Day on June 24 at 2pm to  2pm June 25  at

Keckley Rural Life Center
Bear Swamp Rd.
Raymond, OH 43067

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ARRL Field Day is the single most popular on-the-air event held annually in the US and Canada. On the fourth weekend of June of each year, more than 35,000 radio amateurs gather with their clubs, groups or simply with friends to operate from remote locations.

Field Day is a picnic, a campout, practice for emergencies, an informal contest and, most of all, FUN!

It is a time where many aspects of amateur radio come together to highlight our many roles. While some will treat it as a contest, other groups use the opportunity to practice their emergency response capabilities. It is an excellent opportunity to demonstrate amateur radio to the organizations that amateur radio might serve in an emergency, as well as the general public. For many radio clubs, ARRL Field Day is one of the highlights of their annual calendar.

The contest part is simply to contact as many other stations as possible and to learn to operate our radio gear in abnormal situations and less than optimal conditions.

We use these same skills when we help with events such as marathons and bike-a-thons; fund-raisers such as walk-a-thons; celebrations such as parades; and exhibits at fairs, malls and museums — these are all large, preplanned, non-emergency activities.

But despite the development of very complex, modern communications systems — or maybe because they ARE so complex — ham radio has been called into action again and again to provide communications in crises when it really matters. Amateur radio people (also called “hams”) are well known for our communications support in real disaster and post-disaster situations.

What is the ARRL?
Founded as The American Radio Relay League in 1914, ARRL is the national association for Amateur Radio ® in the USA, representing over 170,000 FCC-licensed amateurs. ARRL is the primary source of information about what is going on in ham radio. It provides books, news, support and information for individuals and clubs, special events, continuing education classes and other benefits for its members.

What is Amateur Radio
Often called “ham radio,” the Amateur Radio Service has been around for a century. In that time, it’s grown into a worldwide community of licensed operators using the airwaves with every conceivable means of communications technology. Its people range in age from youngsters to grandparents. Even rocket scientists and a rock star or two are in the ham ranks. Most, however, are just normal folks like you and me who enjoy learning and being able to transmit voice, data and pictures through the air to unusual places, both near and far, without depending on commercial systems. The Amateur Radio Service frequencies are the last remaining place in the usable radio spectrum where you as an individual can develop and experiment with wireless communications. Hams not only can make and modify their equipment but can create whole new ways to do things.

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June 6th Meeting at 7pm (6:30pm for Pizza)

Tuesday June 6 club meeting will be at 7pm
EMA Station 720
20900 North West Parkway
Marysville, OH 43040

Ed will bring pizza at 6:30pm
The meeting will be a "dry run" for Field Day. We will be loading up some of the field day equipment, taking it out to Keckley Rural Life Center on
Bear Swamp Rd to finalize locations where everything will be setup for field day. Please dress for the weather and bring water to stay hydrated while we are at Keckley Rural Life Center.

I look forward to seeing everyone  

June 10 - BYOB (Bring Your Own Breakfast)

The club breakfast on June 10 will be a "Bring Your Own Breakfast". 
It will start at 8:30am at EMA Station 720, located at 20900 North West Parkway in Marysville.

We hope to see everyone there !


Field Day Layout Meeting

We recently held a meeting at Keckley Park where we did a walkthrough and discuss antenna locations.  Here is our general proposal.  Click article title to see pic.


Beam Antenna Testing Pics (Click to see)

The beam is ready to go back up! Here are some pictures of testing the day before install.  We tried to tune in front of the building and got bad results.  We then moved it away from the building, but still got bad results.  The manufacturer suggest tuning with the beam pointing straight up.  We had a spare rope on one of the power poles for the loop, so we strung it up and raised the antenna.  We got great readings!




Meeting Minutes May Club Meeting

Meeting Attendance:

Ed Liddle, KE8ANU
Armand Arabian, KC8DAG
Chris Hallock, W8RNO
AJ Loferski, KJ4SYN
Nick Kymakis, KE8VIX
Paul Fowler, N8IG
Dean Grinch, WA8OMQ
Sherley Crowder, W8SLC
Frank Reed, KD8UFE
Roger Shaull, W8KSH
Bryan McGeary, KD8ZWI

Meeting Discussion:  Still having the noise issue at the station.  Culprit is still presumed to be the power lines out front by the road.  Dean did some directional testing, and all signs point to the power pole.  Field day planning still in progress, Memorial Day Parade activity was cancelled.  Talked about status of the beam antenna.  The beam is ready to go up, Joe is going to determine and order the correct length of coax.  A bigger mast will be installed so the elements don't droop below the tower.  It was decided that we will hold our field day event at Keckley park.



MUD QSO Party 2023 Results

Congratulations DELARA for a very narrow points total victory in this year's Madison / Union / Delaware County MUD QSO Party.  The results were announced at the DELARA club meeting last night.
The score analysis is attached.
Also, congratulations to Larry N8CWU and AJ KJ4SYN of Madison and Union counties respectively for winning both the Master Operator and Most Points awards!
All who submitted a log will receive a lovely participation certificate suitable for framing.  Larry and AJ will receive their additional award certificates as well.
I hope you enjoyed the event.  Special thanks to Will N8HDM and AJ KJ4SYN for their help in planning this year's event.
- Mike W8MDC

Thursday Night Net NCS Schedule

Thursday 25 May 2023
Category: NCS Schedule
UCARC Net -145.35MHz  CTCSS 127.3Hz

Thursday 1 June 2023
Category: NCS Schedule
UCARC Net -145.35MHz  CTCSS 127.3Hz

Thursday 8 June 2023
Category: NCS Schedule
UCARC Net -145.35MHz  CTCSS 127.3Hz

Welcome to the Union County Amateur Radio Club

This site was created for other Union County/neighbouring county hams or people who are interested in Amateur Radio.

The Union County Amateur Radio Club meets at 7pm on the first Tuesday of each month.
Meetings are held at:

Marvin C. Gilbert EMA Operations Building - EMA Station 720
20900 Northwest Parkway.
Marysville, OH 43040

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Union County Amateur Radio Club Breakfast will be at 8:30am on the second Saturday of the month. Breakfast is open to anyone with an interest in amateur radio, you do not have to be a club member to attend.

We will be meeting at

Marvin C. Gilbert EMA Operations Building - EMA Station 720
20900 Northwest Parkway.
Marysville, OH 43040

Google Maps Link:

The Union County Amateur Radio Club meets for breakfast virtually the other Saturdays at 8:30am.The zoom breakfast is open to anyone with an interest in amateur radio, you do not have to be a club member to attend.

The Zoom Breakfast information is below:

Meeting ID: 839 5441 1765
Password: 145350

One tap mobile (Conference Call using phone)
+13126266799,,83954411765#,,1#,145350# US (Chicago)
+19292056099,,83954411765#,,1#,145350# US (New York)

Dial by your location
+1 312 626 6799 US (Chicago)
+1 929 205 6099 US (New York)
+1 301 715 8592 US (Germantown)
+1 346 248 7799 US (Houston)
+1 669 900 6833 US (San Jose)
+1 253 215 8782 US (Tacoma)

The Club also helps maintain the repeater in Marysville that is sponsored by the Union County EMA.

The N8IG repeater frequency is 145.350 (-) MHz with a Tone of 127.3 Hz  It is open for use with a Technician Class or higher Amateur Radio License, you do not have to be a member of the Union County EMA or the club to use it. Please join us for our weekly net that starts at 8pm on Thursdays on the repeater. Everyone is welcome to check in and take part in the net.
Not in range of the repeater? EchoLink or AllstarLink can be used to listen to and talk on the repeater
Allstar node 467300 KE8ANU
Echolink node 794012 KE8ANU-R Marysville OH

The club has a 70cm DMR  Repeater is a 70cm DMR repeater on the Brandmeister network. It is currently set to mixed mode so it will work with both analog and DMR radios. It operates on 443.45MHz with a PL Tone of 136.5Hz with a +5 MHz offset.

Discord ( ) offers voice/video and text channels that can be used for communication. It can be used with a web browser or the computer/mobile discord app. There are several ham radio related discord servers that are used with youtube channels and a lot of online gamers use disccord for voice and video chatiing while playing games.
We have a discord server setup that can be used by the Radio Club and ARES group. (or anyone else that is interested in amateur radio) . It is free to join and will always be available for use.

The link to join the club's discord server is

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