2018 Young’s Dairy Charity Bike Tour asks for your help.

It’s time again to seek volunteers for the Young’s Dairy Charity Bike Tour that will be on Saturday, July 14th and Sunday, July 15th.  The two day tour covers several  Ohio counties, comprising up to 100 miles, so a large number of ham radio operators will be needed.  The tour starts at 8:00 AM on Saturday from Young’s Dairy, which is on Highway 68, north of Yellow Springs, and extends north to Ada Ohio.  There is a bike path route for a portion of the return trip on day 2.  We are not responsible for tracking riders on the bike path, but we may cover a few key intersections.

For any operators wanting to stay overnight in the dorm rooms at Ohio Northern University in Ada, where the riders stay, I WILL NEED TO KNOW THAT ASAP.  For those not familiar with that option, I highly recommend it.  The dorms are extremely nice and the organizers graciously provide them to at no cost to us.  However, the organizers do have to pay for the rooms, and this is a charity event, so donations to offset the cost of the rooms are appreciated if you can manage it.  Dinner and breakfast are included if you stay overnight, and these guys have an absolute blast up there.  It’s really a great and entertaining time.

We are in need of very many operators for this event. Please consider coming out, if only for a portion of the day.

For the southern part of the course we will be using the Springfield 145.310 Repeater with a 82.5hz tone.
For the northern part of the course we will be using the Bellefontaine 147.000 Repeater with 100hz tone.

Please contact Mike Crawford kc8gle@earthlink.net, if you have any questions or are interested in volunteering for this event.


Echolink on 147.000!

The Main club repeater is once again connected to echo link!

Thanks to Tom W8WTD the W8FTV 147.000 repeater is now connected to Echo link. Tom has taken control of the club echo link equipment. Tom has remote control of this link should any issues arise. He will need some help with the audio levels but it sounds good to him now.

To use the node you need to search for W8WTD-L with the notation Bellefontaine link. (update)The node is set up internet to repeater. You cannot connect by DTMF to other repeaters through this node. You can how ever connect with your smart phone or computer while away from the coverage area. Also in an emergency where we might need to link two Echolink-enabled repeaters,  A control operator could take care of it in a couple of minutes, should the need ever arise.

We are using Toms call and link because we have had some issues with the club callsign on echolink and are unable to access it.

Watch for further updates on the use of this node and share with your friends.

Thank You Tom for all your work on this!


Memorial Day Parade in Bellefontaine

Once again The CLARC is assisting in the Memorial Day parade. This year it is Monday May 28th.  The club conducts the parade line up and audio equipment at the cemetery after the parade.

If you are interested in helping out please meet with Gary N8GJK at the American Legion on Colton Ave at 0800. Please bring your HT.  Please use the contact form for any questions.


  • for some reason I am currently unable to get the upcoming events to show the correct date for Memorial Day.

Bikes For Tikes

This appears to be an event that is affiliated with both ARES & EMA groups through multiple areas.

The map ( as far as I can determine) is missing two pages because it appears to me to only cover the day one route.  The word document has (I believe) some errors in it but if read, one can “get the gist” of the route.  I’ve made inquiries to obtain more complete information.  I don’t yet have any updates.  We can discuss the event at the April Meeting on the 5th.

At this time We do not have a date in any of the current information.

BGSU BikeRoute 2018

Bike For Tikes 180 mile/ Three Day Route

Bike For Tikes – Day 1 Route (update 1-31-18)


Great Miami River Recreational Trail/Ohio Bicycle Rt. 25

1. From Franklin City High School parking lot, exit onto E. 4th Street

2. Go left (west) onto E. 4th Street.

3. Go 1.0 mile

4. Cross over Riley Blvd. (stop light)

5. Cross over S. main Street (stop light)

6. Crossover S. River Street

7. Enter Great Miami River Recreational Trail/Ohio Bicycle Rte 25 *

8. Go 15 miles. 1st rest stop- Carillon Historical Park

                      END PHASE #1- Carillon Historical Park

1. Continue on Great Miami River Recreational Trail

2. Go 3.9 miles. Go left on walkway bridge, across Mad River, then continue on Great Miami River Recreational Trail

3. Go 1.2 miles. Island Park- Restroom stop- (alternate lunch stop)

4. Go 8.6 miles to Taylorsville stop

                     END PHASE #2 Lunch stop at Taylorsville

1. Go 13.8 miles. Exit Great Miami River Recreational Trail at Miami Shore golf course (go right, through black gate to East Staunton Road /Hwy 55)

                    END PHASE #3 – Miami Shore golf course

1. go right, through black gate to East Staunton Road /Hwy 55)

2. Turn right onto East Staunton Road/Hwy 55.

3. Go 0.5 miles turn left on Maplecrest Drive.

4. Go 1.5 miles turn right onto Troy-Urbana Road. Go 5.5 miles

5. Go 5.5 miles. Cross over 589, through stop sign, arrive at Miami East High School, Casstown, Ohio


Miami East High School

Bike For Tikes – Day 2 route (Saturday)

1. Left out of Miami East High School onto Troy Urbana Road

2. Go 5.5 miles turn left onto South Elm Tree Road

3. Go 2.5 miles turn right onto Wolcott Road

4. Go 1.5 miles turn left onto 235

5. Go 7 miles and turn right into Kiser Lake State Park 6.5 miles

END OF PHASE #1. Kiser Lake State Park

1. Turn right out of Kiser Lake State Park

2. Turn left onto 235

3. Go 6.5 miles to Quincy

4. Turn right into FLOYD PARK-Quincy, OH


1. Continue Right on OH-235 (12.4 miles)


1. Continue on OH-235 (.9 miles)

2. Turn left to continue onto OH-235 (6 miles)

3. Follow signs for OH-235 through town. (1 miles)

4. Turn right into the Campground

5. Head for the Indian Lake State Park multipurpose room

6. 0.5 miles past the Administration office


     1. When leaving, turn Right on Hwy 235 (3 miles)

2. Turn Left on 251/ Rd 39 (2.4 miles)

3. Once into Roundhead, OH, continue on High St. / OH- 235. (450 ft./ .2 miles)

4. Turn left onto Water Street to continue on OH- 235 (4.2 miles)


1. Continue on OH- 235 for (6.4 miles)

2. Turn right on Lee St. to continue on OH- 235. (0.2 miles)

3. Turn Left on N. Fourth St to continue on OH- 235. (1.8 miles)

4. Turn right for Hwy 235, then turn left for OH- 235 shortly after (4.2 miles)

5. Turn Left on Montfold Ave.

6. Straight to Ada High School

END DAY #2 Ada High SchoolBike For Tikes – Day 3 Route


1. Exit Ada High School, turn left on OH-235 (11.6 miles)

2. Arrive at Mt. Cory Community Park.


1. Continue on OH-235 (3.5 miles)

2. Turn right to stay on OH-235 (2.3 miles)

3. Turn Left to follow OH-235 (6.3 miles)

4. Turn Right to OH-235 (0.4 miles)

5. Turn Left to follow OH-235 (0.9 miles) to the McComb Park.


1. Continue north on OH-235 (6 miles)

2. Turn right onto Highway 18/ Deshler Road

3. Go 4 miles, then turn left onto Business 18

4. Go 1.4 miles, turn left onto Main Street

5. Go 100 yards, turn right onto East Broadway Street

6. Go 100 yards, turn left into Slippery Elm Trail

END PHASE #3 at Slippery Elm Trail parking lot

1. Go 12.5 miles on Slippery Elm Trail

2. Turn right onto Slippery Elm Boardwalk at the Black Swamp Preserve.

3. Go 1/4 mile to Kenwood Elementary School, corner of Kenwood Avenue and West Napoleon Road.

END PHASE #4 at Kenwood Elementary School parking lot Continue to Police escort to Bowling Green State University


April meeting Presentation Lightning

K7DN and N8GJK have worked back & forth with Mr. Bacher of JB consulting to prepare a presentation for the April Meeting.  Mr. Bacher is the JB of JB consulting who works as a Product Regulatory Compliance Consultant.  He’s a life member of the IEEE and has about an hour long presentation for us regarding principles of electrical protection, bonding and grounding.   He plans to start at 6:30.

February 2018 Club meeting program

Februarys meeting program will be a presentation on a computer platform known as Raspberry Pi.  This is Essentially a “build as you go” system gaining in popularity with those wanting to stream their favorite TV
shows from the internet as it allows the user to get it for free.  However, there are many more uses for the Raspberry Pi format.  A
“Picoscope” a camera being but one example.  There are a great many other capabilities.  A visit to the following link may be helpful or attend our meeting Thursday February 1 and see what KD5PDB Mr. Paul Breneman has to show us.

links to the information presented are:



Ohio State Parks on the Air

Congratulations to all the members of the AB8DD team who won the Multi Op-Multi-Radio-High Power-In a Park again this year with 14,360 points.  Also to Dick N8OZB who operated in several parks in the Single Op Single Radio-High Power-In a Park, operating Indian Lake with 74 points and Kiser Lake with 61 points.

If you have never operated the contest or any other OSPOTA is a good place to start.