MARC – Cincinnati’s Club For Amateur Radio – 147.345+ (PL 123.0)

President’s Message to the Membership, July 2018

Dave Vest, K8DVHello fellow MARC members, welcome to hot steamy season here in the heartland. Hope everyone is taking the right precautions to survive the heat. As you know our hamfest was last month on June 16th and for the first year we moved to the Clermont County Fairgrounds. By all accounts it appears the hamfest was a success with lots of positive comments for those attending. Even now almost a month later Jim, WB8RRR is saying he is still get comments from the street. We have started gathering information on what we can improve for next year as we are already thinking about 2019.

Our next event will be in September for Ohio State Parks on the Air. There should be details about the operation at the July meeting. If you are interested in helping out or attending OSPOTA please let Al or Jack know. Also at our July meeting our guest speaker will be Bill, AJ8B and he will be giving us a entertaining look at DXCC, A Bite at a Time.

For those of you that chase DX such as myself, I hope you were able to put KH1/KH7Z in your log from Baker Island, the first this has been active in over 15 years and most likely will not be active again for similar length of time. I was lucky enough to make contact several times for a ATNO (All Time New One) for me. The week of the 4th also once again had activity for the annual 13 Colonies event, this is a fun and event with plenty of activity and offers a nice certificate for making contacts with one or all of the stations.

Dave, K8DV

President’s Message to the Membership, June 2018

Dave Vest, K8DVIt feels like only yesterday we were ringing in the new year with excitement and anticipation of what 2018 was going to bring us. We are now fast approaching the half way mark in 2018. For MARC meeting attendance has maintained at a good level and we have seen several interesting programs with more on the way for the rest of the year.

June has always been a busy month for MARC and this year is not as hectic as MARC has made the decision not to participate as a club in this year’s ARRL Field Day exercise on June 23 and 24. On the flip side our hamfest planning is well under way and as most have heard we will be moving our show to the Clermont County Fairgrounds in Owensville on June 16 th . Our event will be held in the 4-H exhibit hall which offers air conditioning and lots of indoor space for vendors. We have several tables spoken for already. We are looking for volunteers to help with running the show for parking, fleamarket and in door vendors and need help with testing as well as we already have at least half of dozen that I have heard from planning on taking the test at our hamfest. If you are able to help either on Friday for early setup, Saturday or both please reach out to Jim WB8RRR or myself.

We have lots of NICE prizes lined up again this year and tickets have been printed and flyers have been mailed. We are planning on doing an email blast the first week of June. Ron, AC8MA will once again be running a side raffle of an Yaesu FTM-3200DR 2 meter fusion radio.

Looking at Field Day and although MARC is not participating our club has been invited to participate with QCEN or OHKYIN if interested. QCEN will be hosting their Field Day activities at the Red Cross building and OHKYIN will be hosting a more traditional Field Day at Mitchell Memorial Forest. Please consult their websites for more information.

As Jack, W8TEE said at the May meeting he is looking for pictures with descriptions of member’s ham shack or operating position, this includes mobiles. Also video is OK. In either case show off your station, antenna, operation awards, ham radio collections. Maybe your latest project or latest QSL card. Maybe you have a radio or contact with an interesting story.

As always I hope to see many of you at the upcoming meeting as well the hamfest. Our club is what you make it. Hope you all have a safe and enjoyable summer.

Dave, K8DV

April Presentation: Arduino for the Terrified

Jack Purdum, W8TEE, will be presenting a talk titled “Arduino for the Terrified” at the Faith Church on April 12, 2018, at 7:30PM. Those attending may wish to bring a laptop with the Arduino IDE installed on it, which is a free download at:

You may also wish to bring an Arduino Uno/Nano/Mega to the talk so you can follow along on their own computer. The talk is aimed at people who have zero programming experience, but want to know more about how these devices work. Dr. Purdum is a retired professor from Purdue University’s College of Technology and has authored 18 programming texts, including Beginning C for Arduino and Arduino Projects for Amateur Radio. He has also had two recent articles published in QST on using Arduino microcontrollers in several ham radio projects and kit-building reviews in CQ magazine.

There is no charge for attending the presentation.

Recent publications by club member Jack Purdum

Jack Purdum, W8TEE and Vice President of the MARC, has an article scheduled for publication in the March, 2018, issue of RadCom, the Journal of the Radio Society of Great Britain. The article, titled “Adding a TFT Colour Display to Your Projects” was … [Continue reading]

President’s Message to the Membership, January 2018

Hello fellow MARC members and welcome to 2018, can you believe it has been almost 20 years since all the hype with Y-2- K? Seems like ancient history at this point. Now that we have gotten here the club needs to start planning its 2018 season. Our … [Continue reading]

President’s Message to the Membership, December 2017

Welcome to fall and the onset of winter as the temperatures are starting to fall and DX is starting to appear on our wireless apparatuses. Hope and trust that all of you had a wonderful Thanksgiving and had time to spend with family and friends … [Continue reading]

President’s Message to the Membership, October 2017

Hello fellow MARC members and welcome to fall, well that is what the calendar says but 90 degrees at the end of September says otherwise. As a reminder MARC has elections coming up in November and as president I have not decided if I will be … [Continue reading]

President’s Message to the Membership, September 2017

Welcome to the end of summer and the start of fall just a few weeks away. I realize I have been somewhat lax with getting a monthly message on the web the last few months. Not to make excuses but this has been a summer of challenges and forced to put … [Continue reading]

MARC Casual Contesters – Here’s What’s Coming Up In August

By: Denny KC8RPV These are some of the Contests scheduled during the month of August. It's an opportunity to make some new contacts, round out your Worked All States or just have fun getting on the air. The NAQP SSB contest has a team competition … [Continue reading]