Club Meeting 7pm October 4

Club Meeting will be held 7PM Tuesday  October 4

The topic for this month's club meeting is "Amateur Radio Open Discussion".
The discussion will include how Ohio State Parks On The Air went, and the upcoming October event, Jamboree On The Air
If you have a project to share with the club, please bring it along.
Bring any questions you have about the hobby and we will help answer them.
Ed will be bringing Pizza.

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

Google Maps Link:

Ohio State Parks On The Air

We are at Alum Creek State Park for OSPOTA. Click on the title to see pictures. 

60m Loop Antenna Update (click to see pictures)

On August 24 the first largest loop went up and looks like the drawings.  

We just didn’t have enough daylight to install the second, smaller  loop but all of the materials are here and ready for Phase II.

After we stowed our gear,  Ed , Chris and I put my spiffy new RigExpert  antenna analyzer on the loop and it appeared to behave much as the EzNEC  simulations said that a single loop would behave.

We will want to trim about 8 ft off this loop to move the resonant freq up a smidge,  ( we cut it a little long initially), but so far, so good.

Ed and I hooked up my mobile ICom 706MKIIG to the antenna ( complete with the “final” 125 ft of RG213 coax attached to the 75ft coax coming down the tower) and gave a listen.

My automatic tuner didn’t seem to be working. Nevertheless we worked  WB2MLY in Port Huron , MI  and KB3LXZ in NW PA  on 1.871 MHz who both said we sounded pretty good for under 100 watts on 160 meters..

I am traveling for a few days  and will return First week of Sept  with the intent to get the second loop up. All the stuff is on-hand.

Since all the support hardware is in place, we need to measure out the wire and string it through the small loop insulators which are already in place.

To “finagle” the wire around the outback shed and other tower antenna takes a minimum of two guys (I think) and went smoothly with three ( thank you , Joe.)

For now, if anyone wants to use the loop , the coax is accessible from the North side of the tower, hanging on the outside of the fence.

 On 160 meters the best bet is for operation below 1.9 MHz, the lower the better.

On 80 meters, The lower end of the band is again better but should be under 10:1  for folks trying out 75 m phone  with a tuner.

The idea of the 2nd loop is to improve things on the high end of both 160 & 80 m bands, so things should get much better after that is installed.

This first, largest loop is intentionally sized toward the low end of the band(s).   

Nevertheless, Frank can go to town with his new tuner  and I’ll be curious to hear how it works for him. Including 40 meters?


I’ll report back in soon.




Field Day 6-25-2022 Pictures

Click on the title to view pictures from Field Day taken on Saturday..

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

Google Maps Link:

Sept 10th Breakfast will be at 7am
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

Wendy's in Marysville (in front of Lowes) .

15701 Us Highway 36,

Marysville, OH 43040

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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