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Winter Field Day 2019


Our entry has been submitted to the Winter Field Day folks. Before I bore you with the numbers, I want to share the soapbox that was submitted.

“Thanks to the aftermath of “Winter Storm Harper”, we were faced with finding a new operating location at the last moment. Thanks to KD8BBK (our chairman), and KE8HCY (our club president), we were able to set up in a church gymnasium here in Alliance. Our turnout was encouraging. “

“We are already scouting outdoor 24 hour locations for the 2020 event. “

“While scores are recorded, I believe that the takeaways from this event go way beyond the number of contacts that we made. It is a great social event for us. Our chili cook off was won by Tomas, KC8ZEH. He now has a target on his back for next year’s cook off. “

“We also learned a lot about what works, and more importantly, what does not work for on-the-fly portable operation. “

“Thanks to the WFDA for all the work, and all the grief they have to put up with to grow this event! “

“Thanks DE W8LKY!  “

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Winter Field Day Change of Location

Good morning everyone: there is an important change in location for 2019 AARC Winter field day.

Due to winter weather conditions, we have gone to plan B for the location of the event. We’ve secured the use of the gym at the First Christian Church, 1141 west Beech Street in alliance, OH. We have use of the gym from 8am-11pm on Saturday, January 26th. Tony Schillig KD8BBK is the chairperson of the event. any questions should be channeled to him or to Ron KE8HCY. Ron KE8HCY will talk anyone into the site on Saturday morning on 145.370 (110.9hz), via cell phone (330-614-1229). 

Please enter the facility through a set of twin doors on the west side of the church. Go to the largest parking lot of the church, the entrance doors are visible when you pull into the biggest parking lot area. There will be signs posted on the doors and signs just inside the door directing to the gym which is located just inside the entrance door system.

Directions: go south on rt.183 out of Mt. Union Square (Rt 62 & Rt.183), go to second light (Saint Paul lutheran church on corner). The church’s location is approximately 3/4 of a mile west on beech street ( St. Paul’s Lutheran church on west corner of intersection of route 183 and beech street),  we are the second church not the first that you will see on west beech street.

Coming from the west, into alliance, turn right at Beechwood and Sawburg (Wally Armour car dealership) go south on Beechwood to the four way stop, turn left onto west Beech St; the church is on the left about a half a mile from the intersection. Call Ron at home 330-821-5454 before the event if you have any questions.

The exercise runs from 2pm Saturday until 2 PM Sunday (We will NOT be set up overnight, or on Sunday). You can learn more at

We will be doing a chili cook off so bring out the hot stuff. Dinner is around 5-ish.

Hope to see you there!


ron rittenhouse

330-821-5454 land line

Ohio ARES VHF Simplex Contest

January 12 – 10AM through 4PM EDT.

The purpose of our annual simplex activity is to improve our station and antenna capabilities, and to test our coverage areas on simplex frequencies. These may be very important in times of emergency, when repeaters have failed and simplex is the only method of emergency communication. We are NOT giving any consideration for backup power- this exercise is aimed at testing antennas and determining coverage areas.

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December Meeting Minutes

AllianceAmateur Radio Club

December 12, 2018 Meeting Minutes

Meeting Called to order by: President Ron Rittenhouse(KE8HCY)

Devotion led by: ?

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November meeting minutes

Alliance Amateur Radio Club
November 14, 2018 Meeting Minutes
Meeting called to order by: President Ron Rittenhouse (KE8HCY)Devotion led by: Frank Sanor (WA8WHP)Pledge of Allegiance led by: Ben Davis (KE8KMQ) Read more

A Message From Ron

I just wanted to take a moment and repeat what Paul K2ASA said, We need
the membership of AARC to step up and take a moment an nominated a worthy
member of the club for Ham of the Year. All of you do such a great job as a
member of AARC.  We need to be involved in the process of this traditional
and yearly honor, Ham of The Year.

Moving on, your executive committee will meet shortly to set into motion
the basic schedule of events for the coming year and we are always open to
suggestions. We might have an interesting community project for the holiday
season and it would increase our ex poser in the greater Carnation City
Area. We will discuss the project on Nov. 14th.

SKYWARN  is conducting a spotter class for Winter and Spring observation
activity on October 24th, 6:30PM. The location is Mercy Medical Center 1320
Mercy Drive in Canton (just off I 77at 13th street Exit)  the  Free Seminar
is  being held in Mercy Hall Amphitheater.

My good friend Tomas KC8ZEH always says at the signing off of the Two(2)
meter net, “You make the net and without you, we have no Net” The same is
true with Alliance Amateur Radio club. We need every member to participate
and when we do, we will be OUTSTANDING, BEYOND BELIEF!!

Ron Rittenhouse KE8HCY
Incoming President AARC 2018-19

Around Town: Alliance Amateur Radio Club

For those who haven’t seen it, here’s the Around Town segment where Frank WA8WHP & Ron, KE8HCY were on.

Final Report: Great Carnation Festival 2018 Grand Parade Communications Project

Revised: September 12, 2018

The Alliance Amateur Radio Club provided Communications for the 2018 Greater Carnation Festival Grand Parade on Saturday August 11, 2018 in Alliance, Ohio. The club’s project received two (2) blessings, the club’s Two (2) Meter Repeater W8LKY worked flawlessly and the weather was magnificent

The logistics for the event include a parade route of 2.1 miles long, which included using a part of State Route 183 and US Route 62. AARC positioned Ten (10) radio operators in such a manner in which the entire parade route was visible at all times.  Incidents along the parade route could be relayed to W8LKY net control and passed on to a representative of the Grand Parade Committee.  A Tactical Call Sign System was created for the duration of the event, “Carnation Control” acted as net control for the event which was located at the beginning of the parade.  The radio operators used various Tactical Call Signs such as “Carnation Six (6)” which designated the location of the radio operator and occasionally the operators would add their own call letters to their parade status reports.  The parade itself, took approximately One and a Half Hours to reach the end of the parade route at Broadway and South Union Ave. where it dispersed on West Broadway.   The project was completed by 1:30PM with the sign off of the radio operator at Union and Broadway Streets, which signified the last unit, had entered the dispersement area. The Alliance (Ohio) Police Department also monitored the activity ofW8LKY’s 2018 Grand Parade Communication Project.

The Operations:  We started with a 9AM PR Parade briefing at Rockhill Elementary School. Each radio operator was given a packet containing a parade lineup and other project information. Each operator proceeds to their assigned locations and checked in at 9:30AM with “Carnation Control” the Tactical Control for the project.  Each location operator reported the first unit’s arrival and the last unit passing their assigned location and any incident that may have occurred during their time in the viewing area of their assigned location. After the last unit passed their location, they were dismissed.

The Ten(10) radio operators of the Alliance Amateur Radio Club who participated in this project included:

  • Frank Sanor WA8WHP
  • Loren Kleinhans KD8WVE
  • Paul Richardson K2ASA
  • Howard Miller JR. K8DXR
  • Ron Rittenhouse KE8HCY
  • Shawn Gentle KD8ZEZ
  • Dwight Turner KD8YFV
  • Dave Kleinhans KE8IYN
  • Dave Moreno KE8JLP
  • Mike Urban KE8CKL.

Frank Sanor WA8WHP served as “Carnation Control” or Net Control for W8LKY for the Greater Carnation Festival 2018 Grand Parade Communication Project.  Ron Rittenhouse KE8HCY served as coordinator for the event.

Contacts for the 2018 Greater Carnation Festival included: The Grand Parade Chairperson Eric Brown and General Festival Chairperson Becky Bondoni Fernandez.  Alliance (Ohio) Police: Officer Aaron Perkins K8AHP Member of AARC

Respectfully Submitted

Ron Rittenhouse KE8HCY

2018 Greater Carnation Festival Grand Parade Communication Project Chairperson

A print friendly version of this report can be found here.






AARC to Assist with the Carnation Parade

For the first time ever, the members of the Alliance ARC will be working the 2018 Carnation Festival Grand Parade.

The parade takes place on August 11th. Those working the parade will need to be on location and checked in with net control at 9:30 am. The parade will step off at 11am. Operators will be released as the end of the parade passes their position.

Primary communications will take place on the clubs 2 Meter repeater. Our 440 machine will serve as a backup and for overflow traffic. 147.510 simplex may be also employed if the need arises. So, please make sure before the 11th, that your radio is programmed for all club repeaters, as well as the club simplex frequency.

More information can be found by downloading the project overview, and maps. They can be found by clicking the links below.

For any questions, contact Ron, KE8HCY.

Parade overview –

Parade Map with Checkpoints listed –


PARF Again Sponsors Hamvention Bus Trip

The following arrived in my mailbox today. DE KD8MQ

Hi, Everyone!

PARF is once again hosting a bus trip to Hamvention 2018 (formerly known as the “Dayton” Hamvention). This year the event is again being held at the Greene County Fairgrounds in Xenia.

This year’s price is the same – $72 for the bus and entrance ticket (before April 15th). After April 15th, you will only be able to purchase the bus seat at a cost of $55 and buy your ticket at the door for $27. So, buy early and save up to $10.

The church (our regular departure point) is still up for sale. Should it sell before May, the bus company will again work with us to secure a nearby alternative departure location if necessary.

Please find attached both the flyer with complete details and an application for the trip (in 2 formats each) – Feel free to share with everyone you know so that we can once again fill the bus!!!

Any other questions, feel free to contact me –