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Amateur Radio Technician License Class 2018

Free Training – The only cost is materials & test fee.
Presented by Seneca Radio Club W8ID
To be held at the Public Safety Building at the Seneca County Fair Grounds
Starting January 10, 2018 from 6:30pm to 9:30pm
The class will be 12 weeks, meeting one night each week.

Seneca Radio Club will be offering an introductory Technician License class this January. Classes will run on Wednesday evenings beginning January 10th and end with the License Exam on March 28th. Classes normally run from 6:30 PM till 9:00 or 9:30 PM.
We use the ARRL materials for the class, available from and other sources. The ARRL materials we typically use in class including a PowerPoint presentation (which matches the manual) as our lecture basis. We will provide “color commentary” with the slideshow, hands-on experience and demonstrations, and discussions with a number of local hams with extensive experience in various aspects of Amateur Radio.
Although there is no charge for the instruction, students are expected to provide their own study guides, and there is a nominal fee required for the licensing exam at the end. The ARRL does offer other training materials as well. These can enhance your learning but are not required. If you are interested, please Email Dan AC8NP at W8ID@W8ID. We look forward to seeing you this January
All of us are excited about the opportunity to present another class in Seneca County and our response to the initial class was just super. There are plenty of opportunities to enjoy Amateur Radio, from contesting to using our local repeaters, HF DX’ing, digital and data modes, amateur television and of course Morse code or CW as we call it. Amateur Radio works when all else fails.
Hams are all about helping each other and we’d love to have you with us in January. More information is available on the Seneca Radio Club Website

Course books will be about $25.00 and the FCC test is $15.00
Contact Dan AC8NP at for more information. Mail this form to Ham Class 55 Longfellow Dr., Tiffin, OH 44883 or register online at

Name_____________________________ Phone_____________ ______Email_____________________

Code Plug Download Work Around

I have uploaded the newest Ohio Codeplug with local add on Sen EOC and the analog KB8EOC repeater.
I also added local members KD8LLS, KD8RSS, W8IJL, N8OHO, KC8BUI and W8ERW.

There is a bug with the download when using MS Edge. MS Edge tries to display the file as a webpage. I found a work around by compressing the file to .zip, MS Edge will now download the file.
If you are using a Microsoft browser click on the “Tiffin DMR Codeplug 1.4 zip” You can then unzip the file for use.

Chrome and Firefox user can download the “Tiffin DMR Codeplug 1.4” file.
I have not tried any other browsers.

If you have any questions just give me a shout.

Daniel Rinaman

Seneca Fair Days Special Event Station

The Seneca Radio Club will be operating the Seneca Fair Days Special Event Station at the fairgrounds. The Seneca County Fair will be celebrating their 175th anniversary July 24-July 30! Our fair theme this year is “175 years and still going strong”.

Please send QSL card and SASE for return card to:
Seneca Radio Club W8ID
Dan Rinaman AC8NP
55 Longfellow Dr.
Tiffin, OH 44883


2017 Seneca County Fair

Hi Everybody,

Looking to get help for the Amateur Radio coverage at the Public Safety Building during the fair.

Please look over the schedule, let me know if there are days and times that you would like to sign up for.

I will keep a calendar and publish it back out to all on a daily basis (or so) so all can see what’s going on scheduling wise.

Setup will be 1:00 Sunday the 23rd

I will have admission tickets available, please contact me in advance of your shift.

Signing up for part of a shift is fine.

Sign up for a many as you would like to cover.

I’m using the ARES database for this, if there are others that need notified please advise.


Dan Stahl – KC8PBU


(13 MAY 2017)
The Army, Air Force, Navy and Coast Guard are sponsoring the annual military/amateur radio communications tests in celebration of the 66th Anniversary of Armed Forces Day (AFD). The AFD Military/Amateur Crossband Communications Test is conducted 13 May 2017.

The annual celebration is a unique opportunity to test two way communications between Amateurs and military communicators authorized in 47 CFR 97.111, and features traditional military to amateur cross band SSB voice, Morse Code, practice using legacy interoperability waveforms, as well as an opportunity for Amateurs to utilize more modern military communications modes such as MIL-STD Serial PSK and Automatic Link Establishment (ALE).

These tests give Amateur Radio operators and Short Wave Listeners (SWL) an opportunity and a challenge to demonstrate their individual technical skills, and to receive recognition from the appropriate military radio station for their proven expertise. QSL cards will be provided to those stations making contact with the military stations.

Download the following pdf file for full details.


AM Rally

Operating Event and Contest

On the HF+6M Amateur Bands *

0000Z Sat April 1 – 0000Z Monday April 3

About the AM Rally:
* The purpose of this event is to encourage the use of Amplitude Modulation on the 160, 80, 40, 20, 15, 10 , and 6 meter Amateur Radio Bands, and to highlight various types of AM equipment in use today. This event is open to any and all radio amateurs who are running full carrier amplitude modulation (standard AM), using any type of radio equipment. Modern, Vintage, Tube, Transistor, Software Defined, Military, Boat Anchor, Broadcast, Home Brew or Commercially available radio are all welcomed to join in on the AM fun.

For more information:


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

Sunday, February 19, 2017

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.

Annual Pizza Party

The Seneca Radio Club and ARES would like to invite 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. 9, 2018
Start time is 6:30 PM.
You pay for your own meal.
All are welcome, amateur radio operators, spouses, kids, and friends.