(Dec 16, 2019) - - The MARC will once again sponsor
amateur radio license classes starting on Friday, February 14,
2020 at the Massillon Senior Citizens Center. Class will start
at 6:00 PM lasting for 2 hours. Classes will continue for
approximately 10 weeks.
classes will use the ARRL Technician Study guide. Additional
details will be announced in January. The Technician Class
instructor will be Terry Russ, N8ATZ. Contact Terry at (330)
837-3091 or by email to
firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in taking the class.
Class may also be conducted if an instructor is available.
Annual Holiday Parade
(Dec 16, 2019) - -
On Saturday Afternoon,
November 23rd the club completed our last public service event
for the year by assisting with the annual Massillon Holiday
Parade, an event we have participated in for the last 44 years
making it one of the longest public service events handled by
Our volunteers assisted with parade staging, cable
TV interface, logistical support, parade safety and general
communications for the 70 plus units that generally make up this
annual Massillon Holiday tradition.
Roan, Massillon Holiday Parade Parade Chairman provided a
special thank you to the club in a letter to the editor noting “Massillon’s
Amateur Radio Club, with Perry Ballinger (W8AU) as it’s leader
provided 22 parade marshals who organized the line-up. To have a
successful Holiday Parade we needed the complete support of the
citizens of Massillon and surrounding areas—which we definitely
Thank you to everyone who made our Holiday Parade 2019 a huge
special Thank You to all of our club members who helped our with
this years parade, we couldn’t have done it without you !
A Final Farewell to Russ, N8PII (SK)
(Sept 13, 2019) - - It has taken
awhile to get all the legal work out of the way plus the attempt
to find out Russ' history so an adequate service could be
The funeral home tasked with
handling the remains and the Coroner's office both refused to
allow viewing of his "DD-214" service record, as if it was Top
Secret! (which tis not). However with the help of a few friends
we have enough info to do a short goodbye to our old friend.
The service will be held on
Friday, September 20th at 2:30 PM at Western Reserve National
Cemetery located at 10175 Rawiga Road, Seville, Ohio 44273.
All club members and friends are welcome to attend this short
service that will be presented by club President Perry
Ballinger, W8AU. Please plan to arrive about 15 minutes
before the ceremony.
Stark County Safety Expo
(Oct 6, 2019) - - The MARC participated in the
2019 Stark County Association of Realtors Safety and
Preparedness Expo on Saturday, September 28th from 11:00 AM
until 3:00 PM.
The club EComm Trailer was
on display as we provided information to the public on how we
provide community service in the event of a local or wide based
emergency that could impact our community.
We will be setup at the
Champion Event Center located at 340 Mississippi Street NE, N.
Canton, OH 44720.
Thanks to the following
club members who assisted with this event. Terry - N8ATZ, Jim -
WA8GXM, Bud - WA8KWD, Don - W8DEA and Vern - KE8VS.
Field Day Summary
2019) - -
for the club
as over 40
part in this
Mother Nature blessed us with near perfect weather and decent
operating conditions making for a solid Field Day event.
Our stations performed well and thanks to multiple club
members who participated we also enjoyed a great summer Field
Day Feast !
Everyone enjoyed operating the club's new Yaesu FT-991A HF
Rig now a permanent addition to the EComm Trailer. While Six
Meter conditions were poor, our phone and CW stations produced
super results. Stay tuned for some pictures from this
years event !
Time for setup !
Raise the Mast !
Our Public Information Table
Let's Begin !
Igor - K8INN (L) Starts Us Off at 2:00 PM
Evan - KD8IDH at The Phone Station
The Six Meter Station With Dave - KB8AKD
Our HF Beams & Long Wires
The Club Trailer On Display !
Ohio Section Manager
(Apr 28, 2019) - - The club program for our May meeting
is our annual ARRL Night featuring our Ohio Section Manager
Scott Yonally, N8SY.
Scott will update us with the current
happenings at the ARRL including the new ARES Connect System and
the League programs expected at Dayton Hamvention.
Bring your questions for Scott to the
meeting. As a courtesy to Scott, his program will be first on
the agenda after member roll call with our normal business
meeting after the program.
Scott always has a great program for us as
we always look forward to his annual visit to the MARC. Please
join us this Friday, May 3rd at 7:30 PM !
New DMR Weekly
(Mar 6, 2019) - - A new DMR Net sponsored by the
Massillon Amateur Radio Club is held every Monday night at 7:30
PM on the KG8DQ Repeater System.
If you are using the KG8DQ code plug set
your radio for the Massillon Zone, Channel 1. To access the
Canton System go to the Canton Zone, Channel 1. Both systems are
tied together and have nearly countywide range and can be used
using either a handheld or mobile.
Net Control is currently Jim Farriss,
WA8GXM who accepts all check-ins. Some local news items are
covered as well as comments.
(Jan 27, 2019) - -
The club annual awards banquet was another great evening as we presented
several awards recognizing several member achievements over the
We also had a great dinner prepared by the
K of C Hall. A few pictures are shown below of several major
award recipients. Click the link below to see all the
pictures thanks to new Vice-President Don Rankl, N8IVJ.
Click Here to see the
Attendance was great at
this years dinner.
Evan, KE8IDH (R) receives
an award from Club President Perry, W8AU.
Annual Holiday Parade !
(Nov 2, 2018) - -
The MARC just finished assisting with the
64th Annual Massillon Holiday Parade sponsored by Massillon Main
Street and the Downtown Massillon Association. This continues to
remain the oldest public service event that is handled by the
club and our responsibilities have grown over recent years to
include many aspects of parade operation. The parade was
rebroadcast over Massillon Cable TV and I hope some of you had a
chance to view it. The club trailer looked great on the route
with our new decorations and special thanks to Jim Farriss -
WA8GXM for pulling the trailer in the parade.
In the early years of the parade, we provided only
communications support to the Massillon JC’s organization who
handled the staging of all the parade units. When they
disbanded, the city struggled to find volunteers willing to take
on this task. Since the MARC handled communications support,
somehow we got nominated to take on this responsibility as well.
A few years later, Massillon Cable began filming the parade
in conjunction with the Massillon High School Communications
Department and again the club was called upon to assist with
this part of the parade also. Last minute omissions or changes
to the parade line up are passed on to the production crew so
that the announcers can follow along with the parade units. We
had experience with this as well as amateurs routinely handle
staging activities including TV production control relay duties
at the Hall of Fame Festival Community Parade. The Holiday
Parade has depended on this ever since.
Over the past several years the parade has been sponsored by
the Downtown Merchants Association with President Donald Harwig
serving as Parade Chairman. During this time and before the club
has always been there to make sure the parade is properly staged
and starts on time down the parade route. We have become an
integral part of the parade and I wonder if they could pull it
off without us.
I’m glad to report another successful public service event
with very few problems thanks to our communications and parade
skills. Over 50 years and counting Santa has arrived in the city
in no small part thanks to the MARC.
Parade Organizers and Communications Coordinator Perry
Ballinger, W8AU express their appreciation to the MARC for their
continued support of this annual holiday parade. The following
club members assisted with this years event.
Perry Ballinger - W8AU, Steve Hall - KD8ACF, Igor Nikishin -
K8INN, Dan Anastis - N8DZM, Jim Farriss -
WA8GXM, Evan Rankl - KE8IDH, Tom Gill - KC8QOD, Terry Russ -
N8ATZ, Bob Ballinger - N8KXO, Robin - N8EBS, Vern Sproat -
KE8VS, Fred Reed - KD8SMO, Mike Daughenbaugh
- KE8EHG, Wade Huthmacher - WD8MIU, Russ McMahen - N8PII, Don
Rankl - N8IVJ and Anne Ballinger - N8GAF. This event provided
over 60 hours of community
MARC Visits Touch-A-Truck
(June 18, 2018) - - On
Saturday, June 17th the club
participated in the Annual Touch-A-Truck
Day at Buhler's Market parking lot in
Jackson Township. This event allows
children of all ages the opportunity to
experience first hand cars and trucks of
all kinds. Everything from Police and
Fire vehicles to a helicopter and many
more were on display.
The club had our EComm Trailer on site
with our mast extended and equipment on display and operating to
demonstrate our hobby to the public. Perry, W8AU also brought
his military jeep to show. Lots of children toured our trailer
and the Jeep many having their picture taken operating our main
station. Eleven club members assisted with this event.
It was a great time and we received many
comments about our equipment and how we serve as a backup
communications service to public safety forces and our
community. Many thanks to the several club members who helped
out or stopped by to have a look including Terry - N8ATZ, Perry
- W8AU, Wade - WD8MIU, Jim - WA8GXM, Wade - W8DEA, Chris -
KD8TNF, Ted - K8TWA, Mike - KB8OTK, Mike - KE8EHG, Don - W8DEF,
Tony - KD8UXK and Ralph - K8HSQ. Also thanks to Jim for some
great aerial drone shots.
Jim acts a tour guide for
our many visitors !
Our Drone shot, that's our
mast on the right !
We even had a shady spot to
handle the very hot day !
MARC Participates in Memorial
(May 28, 2017) - - The MARC will participate in this years
Memorial Day Parade in Massillon on Monday, May 29th. The club
EComm Trailer will be decorated in full colors with flags
denoting all branches of our armed services and will be part of
the parade starting at 9:30 AM Monday morning.
Club members are encouraged to attend the
ceremonies to recognize our members who have served in the
military and to reflect on the true meaning of this important
W8AU ready to join the parade units !
EComm One Shows Off the Colors !
Perry Twp PD Honors WB8HHP
(Feb 11, 2017) - - We would like to take
this opportunity to introduce and honor Officer Timothy J.
France. Officer France has been serving the community of Perry
Township for the last 35 years and will be retiring from our
department February 9, 2017.
Officer France obtained his bachelors degree from Kent State
University in 1979 and continued his education by completing the
Lawrence Township Police Academy in 1980. He began his career as
an Auxiliary Officer for Lawrence Township and Jackson Township.
Officer France started as a full-time police officer with the
Perry Township Police Department on June 2, 1981 and was one of
the original nine full-time police officers when the department
first began operations.
During Officer France's career he was a Road Patrol Officer,
Detective, Union Representative and Evidence Officer. Officer
France has had many highlights in his career and has helped
tremendously with multiple large projects within the police
department. Officer France was one of several employees to
assist in the creation and implementation of the “Special
Response Unit,” as well as the radio/communication system and
the organization of the evidence room by applying advanced
professional standards. Officer France not only has great
attendance for his regular shifts but in times of significant
and critical investigations he responds to calls for service at
all times of the day or night with no questions asked.
The Board of Trustees will be honoring Officer France at the
Board meeting on Tuesday, February 7, 2017 at 7:00pm at the
Perry Township Administration Office- 3111 Hilton St. NW,
Massillon, Ohio 44646. As always the public is welcome to
attend. It has been a privilege to work with Officer France. His
kindness and sense of humor will be greatly missed! We wish you
the best of luck, Timmy!
Retiring Officer and Lifetime MARC Club
Member Tim France, WB8HHP (R).
Congratulations Tim on a fine career of
public service to our community !
New Repeater Antenna Installed
(Oct 12, 2016) - - On Saturday, October 8th members of the
MARC Technical Committee completed the final phase of the 147.18
Mhz upgrade project. With the help of Marty Baker, N8XPK and
Committee lead Jim - WA8GXM along with helpers Terry - N8ATZ,
Mike - KB8OTK, and Vern - KE8VS, the new commercial 4 bay
antenna was replaced along with a new section of feedline to the
Tower Site. We noted that when the old antenna was lowered to
ground level it was clear that the antenna had been damaged by
lightning multiple times certainly affecting it's performance.
This completes a nearly year long upgrade
process that included the installation of the new Yaesu Fusion
Repeater, a GE Power Amp, and a newly refurbished duplexer and
many other minor upgrades in our effort to eliminate
intermittent repeater noise and poor performance to our main two
During this time we also upgraded our UHF
System on 442.85 Mhz with a new Yaesu Fusion repeater, new
feedline and in September a new commercial grade 2 bay antenna.
Over the next few months, we will be
closely monitoring the main club repeater performance to make
sure we have cured several problems and will once again have a
great sounding solid repeater system for our membership. Our
thanks to Marty and the repeater committee for completing this
project before winter weather arrived.
A few pictures are posted below from the
The Ground Crew prepares
the hard line
The feedline is ready to be
hoisted up the tower
Marty, N8XPK makes his way
to the top of the tower
Marty's assistant working
his way to the top
The new antenna ready to
hoist up the tower
The new antenna set at
approx 200 feet atop the tower
The existing repeater
This is tough and dangerous
work nearly 200 feet in
the air with a 15 to 20 mph wind !
The new antenna as seen
from a drone at the top of the
tower. Thanks to WA8GXM for the pix !
A job well done by everyone
and Thanks !
March Program Details UPDATED
(Feb 21, 2016) - - Our scheduled March program was to
have been presented by club member Don Wade, W8DEA on his recent
FEMA assignment. Due to scheduling difficulties, this program
will have to be postponed until later this year.
Fear not however, we have a very nice backup program that we
will have for you at the March meeting. Several months back an
interesting article appeared in either QST or CQ Magazine that
covered how well the new series of handhelds performed up
against the current big three manufacturer's (Icom, Yaesu and
Kenwood). The results were a bit of a surprise as many of the
current crop of very low priced HT's did not fair well during
compliance testing. How about yours ?
Club President Ralph Bugg, K8HSQ will bring along his
portable spectrum analyzer to the meeting and will be happy to
run a simple test on your HT to see how clean your output signal
is. It is simple and quick to test. Just make sure you bring
your HT and it's antenna. I know we all have at least one
handheld, I have one for every day of the week !
So make sure you bring it along to the meeting and let us put
it to the test !
......THE RESULTS OF
Our fill-in program on HT Purity testing yielded some very
interesting results as we expected it to. The two pictures below
show the results of testing on two common manufacturers of
current HT's. One was the new infusion of a China made
model BAOFENG - UV-5RA and the current Yeasu FT2D Digital HT.
Several HT types were tested along with a few commercial models.
Have a look and make up your own mind !
This shot is from the Yeasu FT2D. The tall
vertical trace on the left shows a nice signal with only a few
spurious emissions shown by shorter vertical lines to the right.
This shot is from the China made Baofeng
UV-5RA. While the signals are similar you can easily see
multiple spurious emissions on the right. A slightly "dirty"
In all, about 15 handhelds were tested with
various results. Not scientific but it would appear that you do
indeed get what you pay for !
February Program on NPOTA
(Feb 6, 2016) - - The February club program was given by
our Affiliated Club Coordinator John Meyer, KD8MQ who gave us a
great introduction to this years major ARRL operating event,
National Parks On The Air.
John's powerpoint presentation gave us the
full details of this nationwide operating event that promises to
be very exciting and give plenty of fun operating for everyone.
This event will help the NPS celebrate their 100th Anniversary.
Hams from across the country will activate
NPS units, and promote the National Parks Service and showcase
Amateur Radio to the public. The club may even explore the
possibility of operating from one of the nearby NPS units.
John had a great
presentation at the meeting
Steve Hall, KD8ACF Merit Award
(Feb 6, 2016) - - In recognition of his continuing
service to the club in many areas throughout 2015 and before,
member Steve Hall, KD8ACF was presented a Special Recognition
Award at the February meeting. A special thanks to Steve for his
dedication to the club year after year !
Steve Hall, KD8ACF (R)
receives his Special Recognition Award
In Memoriam to our dear friend
and member Ed Clinger, WA8DRT
(Jul 5, 2015) - - At age 86, Ed passed away
on Tuesday June 23, 2015. Born in Harpster, Ohio the son of the
late Clifford and Orel (Swihart) Clinger, he had been a resident
of East Sparta and the Canton area since 1940. Ed was a 1947
graduate of East Sparta High School. He retired from Ashland Oil
Refinery in 1989 after 36 years of service where he was an area
supervisor. He was a member of the Ashland Oil Retirees Club,
Otterbein United Methodist Church—Navarre, The Canton Amateur
Radio Club and the Massillon Amateur Radio Club and Quarter
Century Wireless Association Chapter # 21; Ed’s Call sign was
WA8DRT, Ed’s humorous phonetics
were “ Whiskey
Delta 8 Dirty Rotten Tomato” Ed was also a member of Caldwell
Lodge #330, F.A.& M. in Bolivar, A.A.S.R. Valley of Canton, the
Mercy Medical Center Ostomy Club, Wilderness Center Nature Photo
Club and he served in the U.S. Naval Reserve.
Proceeded in death by his son, Jay Clinger. Survived by his
wife, Doris Clinger; two daughters and sons-in—law Jamie Sue and
Steve Voican, of Massillon, and Robyn and Roy Adkins of Lake
Butler, Fla.: two sons and daughters –in-law Stanton and Lois
Clinger of Broomfield, Colo, and Stephen and /Karen Clinger of
Boalsburg, Pa; one sister, Lois Armington, of Willoughby, Ohio;
and ten grandchildren and 14
As per Ed’s wishes he was cremated. A memorial will be held
at a later date at the Otterbein United Methodist Church–
Navarre. Service information will appear in the Repository and
on the Funeral Home website closer to the Service date. Instead
of sending flowers, contributions in Ed’s memory may be made to
the Otterbein Methodist Church –Navarre, 6025 Shepler Church Ave
SW, Navarre, Ohio 44662 or the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box
22718 , Oklahoma City, OK 73123-1718. The Finefrock—Gordon
Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Condolences may be
Our Most Sincere Condolences to the Family of Ed Clinger.
73’s good friend we wily surely miss you!
Our dear friend and member Ed, WA8DRT (R)
April Meeting - ARRL Night
(Apr 4, 2015) - - Our April meeting was our annual ARRL
Night as our Special Guest was Ohio Section Manager Scott
Yonally, N8SY. Also attending was our Affiliated Club
Coordinator John Myers, KD8MQ. Scott's annual visit included
current happenings within the Ohio Section and the renewed
importance of public service and active club participation in
His visit also included a presentation of
our active renewal for our ARRL Special Club Status. This elite
ARRL status recognizes a affiliated club that goes above and
beyond for their community and for Amateur Radio is what defines
a Special Service Club. They are leaders in their Amateur Radio
community who provide active training classes, publicity
programs, and actively pursue technical projects and operating
Thanks to the clubs strong belief in our
hobby and our community, we have been a Special Service Club for
the last ten years.
Affiliated Club Coordinator John Myers,
KD8MQ (L) presents President Ralph, K8HSQ with our renewed
Special Service Club Certificate.
March Mentoring Class
(UPDATED) (Mar 7, 2015) - - - Continuing on the current theme
of kit building and fox hunting, the March Mentoring Class
covered the construction of a Tape Measure Beam for Fox Hunting.
The class was held at the
Massillon Senior Center on Saturday, March 7th. This months Mentor
Dan Anastas, N8DZM our resident Fox Hunter. A kit of parts
needed to construct the Tape Measure Beam was provided for
Dan coached the builders on the
construction of the beam antenna providing some theory on its
design and operation.
This will continue in our April
Mentoring Class which will be on learning how to Fox Hunt and
will give you a chance to use both your Attenuator and Tape
Measure Beam. This class will be held on Saturday, April 11th
also at the Massillon Senior Center. Additional details will
follow. Our thanks to club member John, N8CD for the great
Mentor Dan, N8DZM oversees
our beam builders
Wade, WD8MIU put the final
touches on his new DF beam
Dan (R) checks the final DF
Beam for Thomas, KC8ZEH
Mentoring Session !
February Mentoring Class Info
(UPDATE) (Feb 7, 2015) - -
Our February Mentoring Program was conducted on Saturday, Feb
7tg at the Senior Center. This training was conducted by John
Wagner, N8CD and was part of a series on Direction Finding. This
part was on the construction of a Variable Offset (Active)
Attenuator built from a kit.
John began with the basics of soldering, a
skill all radio operators should have. This included proper
safety techniques, the theory of how an attenuator works and
testing out the kit when completed.
Approximately 10 club members took part in
this session including builders and mentors. John's program
included an excellent powerpoint presentation following step by
step help and guidance in building the K0OV kit from Marvin
West, KE6HTS. The kit included a great looking case from the
famous Altoids Mint Tin.
Everyone had a fun time during this mentoring
session and learned a lot. We especially want to thank John,
N8CD for the time he spent preparing this training session
including the individual help he and his mentors provided the
members. Everyone's kit went together fine and all worked !
Our March and April Mentoring Sessions will
continue this theme as we build the famous Tape-Measure Beam
used for DX'ing and some actual field training during April.
John has made available the powerpoint
presentation for those who missed the training. You can view it
by clicking the following link.
Some pictures of the event are posted
members enjoyed a great presentation
station with lots of help provided !
Proper Station Grounding Class
(Jan 18, 2015) - - The clubs first Mentoring Program was
held on Saturday, Jan 17th with about 20 members and guests in
attendance. The class was held at the Massillon Senior Center.
This months Mentor was James Andrews,
KD8VT and the class covered proper station grounding for your
shack. The training included a very informative powerpoint
presentation and lecture from James. The attendees learned the
basics of station grounding including lightning protection for
your equipment and tower installations. James also included some
show & tell on various types of coax and hard line usage.
The club provided coffee and donuts for
the morning. Thanks also to James XYL who brought an assortment
of cookie's and cupcakes.
The presentation was excellent and well
received by everyone. James also will provide a copy of the
powerpoint that will be posted to the club's website for those
who couldn't attend.
Our first Mentoring Class was well
received by the attendee's
Bit of Repeater History !
clubs 147.18 Repeater is the high profile wide area
coverage repeater in Western Stark county and has been for quite
some time. But it wasn't always so, in fact at one time it was not
even a repeater at all ! Learn about the colorful history of
the repeater thanks to an early issue of the clubs newsletter that
I recently found.
here to read the full story.
is the MARC ?
Since 1927, the Massillon Amateur Radio Club has been a diverse
radio hobbyist club that is currently over 80 members strong.
Active within our community as well as an ARRL Special Service
Club, we are actively involved in many facets of Amateur Radio,
including Public Service, Membership,
Field Day, Repeaters, Amateur Television (ATV),
Skywarn plus many other interests.
You are welcome to join us at our monthly club
meetings held on the first Friday of each month at 8:00 PM
at the Massillon Senior Citizens Center, located at 39 Lincoln
Way West, Massillon, Ohio 44647. We usually monitor the club's
147.18 repeater, give us a call and we'll guide you in !
MARC owns and operates repeaters
in the 2 meter and 70 centimeter bands. Our annual Hamfest
is held at the Massillon Boy's & Girls Club in Massillon. We have a large indoor
hamfest area, as well as ample outdoor parking. The prizes are
some of the best you'll find at any area hamfest and the bargains
a club member, not only will you have access to the autopatches
on our 2m and 70 cm repeaters, but you will also receive a monthly
subscription to our newsletter, Feedback.
In each issue you will find published, the minutes of the previous
month's meeting, informative articles, and interesting narratives
by our club members.
club owns an emergency response communications
trailer that is stocked with radio equipment and back up batteries,
as well as a generator. With little notice, MARC can have an emergency
station on the air, ready to provide any help we can. Our club
station, located at the Senior Center, contains an HF station,
VHF and UHF gear, and a computer system. The station is open to
any club member, during the hours that the center is open.
The club also sponsors quarterly VE Exams
quarterly at the Emergency Operations Center located
at the Stark County Sheriff's office and
during our annual Hamfest. Please check the link for
times and specific dates.
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