The Milford Amateur Radio Club (MARC) is an active group of ham radio operators serving the Greater Cincinnati area.
Our club is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit and registered Ohio charity organized exclusively for the following charitable purposes:
- To educate and increase the proficiency of its members in the science of radio communications
- To provide for the dissemination of information among its members concerning scientific advancement and progress in the field of radio communication
- To encourage and sponsor experimental activities in radio communication and electronics to the end that skills and experience gained in amateur radio will further the application of these sciences to benefit the public at large
- To promote the elevation of standards of practice and ethics in the conduct of amateur radio communications
How the Club is Organized and Managed
MARC is organized according to our Code of Regulations
- Ron Brooks, AC8MA, President
- Jack Purdum, W8TEE, Vice President
- Raleigh Sizemore, AB8KG, Secretary
- Mike Desmond, W8BEI, Treasurer
- Dave Vest, K8DV, Hamfest Chairman
A Short History of MARC
Our club was formed in 1974 by a handful of Milford hams. While they were active in other radio clubs in the Cincinnati area, they felt a local club in Clermont County would provide a service to the community.
During our early years, MARC provided communications for Milford’s annual Frontier Days. This included sending free greetings and messages to friends and relatives worldwide. Other services provided to the community were Novice Code and Theory classes. We also provided communications for the annual Ohio State Champion Canoe Races.
The late 1970’s saw the club’s first repeater go on the air. The repeater had a wide coverage area compared to others of the day. Its use both increased and enhanced the activities of the club. It also provided 2M repeater communications for the Clermont County RACES (Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Service) while it existed.
Our Hamfest, an annual event since 1990, is the largest in the greater Cincinnati area. The popularity and success of our hamfest keeps growing each year.
In the past, MARC was involved in many local and special events. Our club was especially helpful in providing local updates during the Blizzard of ’78.
Today, our activities are instrumental in increasing the awareness of amateur radio within the community. Today we provide communications for area bicycle rides, marathons, and other community events.
The club today operates VHF and UHF repeaters (FM or C4FM) in central Clermont County, Ohio. Their wide coverage areas provide support not only to the amateur community, but act as communication backups for the entire area during emergencies.