Amateur Radio “Field Day” June 23 – 24 Demonstrates Science, Skill, and Service

Members of the Seneca Radio Club (W8ID) will be participating in the national Amateur Radio Field Day exercise, June 23 – 24 at the Seneca County Fairgrounds in Tiffin, OH. Since 1933, ham radio operators across North America have established temporary ham radio stations in public locations during Field Day to showcase the science and skill of Amateur Radio. This event is open to the public and all are encouraged to attend. [codepeople-post-map]Field Day begins at 2:00pm Saturday and runs until 2:00pm Sunday.

For over 100 years, Amateur Radio – sometimes called ham radio – has allowed people from all walks of life to experiment with electronics and communications techniques, as well as provide a free public service to their communities during a disaster, all without needing a cell phone or the Internet. Field Day demonstrates ham radio’s ability to work reliably under any conditions from almost any location and create an independent communications network. Over 35,000 people from thousands of locations participated in Field Day in 2017.

“It’s easy for anyone to pick up a computer or smartphone, connect to the Internet and communicate, with no knowledge of how the devices function or connect to each other,” said Dave Isgur of the American Radio Relay League, the national association for Amateur Radio. “But if there’s an interruption of service or you’re out of range of a cell tower, you have no way to communicate. Ham radio functions completely independent of the Internet or cell phone infrastructure, can interface with tablets, or smartphones,, and can be set up almost anywhere in minutes. That’s the beauty of Amateur Radio during a communications outage.”

“Hams can literally throw a wire in a tree for an antenna, connect it to a battery-powered transmitter and communicate halfway around the world,” Kutzko added. “Hams do this by using a layer of the Earth’s atmosphere as a sort of mirror for radio waves. In today’s electronic do-it-yourself (DIY) environment, ham radio remains on of the best ways for people to learn about electronics, physics, meteorology, and numerous other scientific disciplines, and is a huge asset to any community during disasters if the standard communication infrastructure goes down.”

Anyone may become a licensed Amateur Radio operator. There are over 725,000 licensed hams in the United States, as young as 5 and as old as 100. And with clubs such as the Seneca Radio Club (W8ID), it’s easy for anybody to get involved right here in Tiffin and Seneca County.

For more information about Field Day, contact Dan Stahl, KC8PBU – President or visit

    Memorial Day Parade                Cancelled

               May 25, 2020 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am

All amateur radio operators wishing to help with this event will meet at GW’s for breakfast at 8:00am. The parade will form at St. Joseph Church and begin at 10:00am. Visit link below for more information.

Congratulations To The Newly Licensed Hams

2018 Technician Class        2019 VE Exam

KE8IXJ General Dana Eblin                                     W8IES   Extra Class Scott E. Edmondson

KE8JJB Technician Glyn Kidd                              KE8ODJ Technician Joy Bunting

KE8JJC Technician Paul J. Blohm                      KE8EKG  Extra Class  Beth Souder

KE8JJD Technician Jenny L. Ryman                 KE8EKH General Jeff Michel

KE8JJG Technician Kyle  L. Frazier

KE8JJH Technician Don  W. Barrett

W8IES Technician Scott E.  Edmondson

KE8JJJ Technician Andrew T. Duffy

KE8JJK General Caleb D. Jones

KE8JNM Technician Nicholas D. Portentoso

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 2020

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



(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 2020

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 [codepeople-post-map]
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.