About the Milford Amateur Radio Club
The Milford Amateur Radio 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
The Milford Amateur Radio Club is organized according to the Code of Regulations.
- President: Ron Brooks, AC8MA
- Vice President: Jack Purdum, W8TEE
- Treasurer: Chris Spiess, AE8TT
- Secretary: Al Peter, AC8GY
A Short History of MARC
The Milford Amateur Radio Club (MARC) was formed in 1974 by a handful of Milford hams. While they were active in other clubs in the Cincinnati area, they felt one in Clermont County would provide a service to the community.
Back then there were an estimated 100 hams in the surrounding area. On a cold February night, it was decided a local amateur club was needed. Since then, our club has been an asset to the region.
During our early years, the club 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. MARC 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, like today, had a wide coverage area. It both increased and enhanced the activities of the club. The club also provided 2M repeater communications for the Clermont County RACES (Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Service) while it existed.
Our Hamfest, an annual event in June since 1990, is one of the largest in the greater Cincinnati area.
Throughout the late 70’s to present day, MARC has been involved in many local and special events. We were critical in providing communications during the 1978 Blizzard.
Today, MARC’s activities are instrumental in increasing the awareness of amateur radio within the community. We provide communications for area bicycle rides, marathons, and community events.
We operate both VHF and UHF repeaters 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.