Meetings & Net Information Page
The Massillon Amateur Radio Club
meets on the first Friday of every month at
the Grace Fellowship Church, 6282 Nave Street SW, Canton, OH
44706. Doors open at 7:00 PM , meeting starts at 7:30 PM. Club meetings are open to all
visitors and you are welcome to attend. We conduct a short business meeting followed by a
break and if we're lucky a dynamite program!
listen to the club's 147.18 + Repeater prior to meetings if you
need additional assistance or directions.
Scheduled Programs for
January - No Program, Annual
February - Open
Annual Ice Cream Social
August - No
September - Hombrew Night - Tech Time ?
November - Open
December - Annual Elections
All programs are subject to last minute
revisions and or changes.
Stark Information Net
West Stark Information Net takes place every Friday evening
(except the first Friday of the month club meeting night) on the
club's 147.18 Mhz Repeater beginning at 8:00 PM. This is a general
information net that includes general club news and other
announcements concerning Amateur Radio.
All check ins are
encouraged and accepted from the local amateur community.
Current net manager
is Tony Casebolt - KD8UXK is seeking extra net control operators for
our net. This is a great way to increase you public service
skills, Tony will provide you with all the training and resources
needed. Please consider volunteering you time to our net. Contact
Tony with any questions by email to
The Massillon CW Net convenes every Sunday, Tuesday &
Thursday evenings on 3599.5 Khz at 7:30 PM.
This net is designed to provide code practice to all
participants regardless of skill level.
Please join us by participating in either or both of our weekly
NE Ohio General Net Information
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Stark County ARES Net
Millersburg 2 Meter Net
Ashland ARC Net
Wayne Co WARTS Net
Richland Co ARES Net
Massillon ARC Info Net
Meter Net N8XPK
Ohio SSB Net
Ohio SSB Net
Ohio SSB Net
Buckeye Early Net
W8NP The Club Station of the MARC
The club station of the MARC is fully equipped
for all bands and modes of operation. Current station equipment
includes a Ten Tec Trition 4 for HF plus a Kenwood 2 Meter
all-mode transceiver. The club recently added a IBM class 500 Mhz
computer system that runs a packet station. Antennas include an HF
log periodic plus a 100 foot long wire and a
multiband vertical. Other equipment is
available when needed.
Executive Board for 2018
The MARC Club Library
The MARC Club Library is a new service available
exclusively to club members. Available during club meetings, amateur magazines,
as well as amateur books, CD's and various club newsletters (including both
current and back issues of our own "FEEDBACK") maybe signed out for a
two month period or articles & stories may be photocopied at no charge.
Periodicals are constantly being added & updated to better serve our
members. Contributions to add missing
issues are always welcome, contact us if you have something to add to our
to download the current inventory as an Excel Spreadsheet.
We also have the
following ARRL Publications
The Antenna Compendium
- Volume 3
The Radio Buyers
Sourcebook - 1991 Edition
Techniques for Low Bank Dxing
PREVIOUS MEETING PROGRAMS
October Club Program on 3-D
(Oct 19, 2015) - - The October club program was presented by
Mr Tom Hammond of the University of Akron - Wayne College. The
program was a presentation of the science of 3-D Printing and
included an informative powerpoint as well as a working 3-D
Tom explained that 3-D printing has
actually been around since the mid 1980's and only recently has
affordable technology been made available to the general public.
Wayne College has a fully functional 3-D
Lab and the club has been invited to take a field trip that
would include a full hands-on experience. Sounds like a great
field trip in the near future !
A special thank-you to Tom for this
fastinating club program into this new science !
Guest Tom Hammond (R)
setting up the printer.
A model rocket created
completely by 3-D printing.
Thanks to Ralph Bugg, K8HSQ for the
MARC Awarded Place in ARRL
Ohio Section Newsletter Contest
(Oct 6, 2012) -- Congratulations to MARC Newsletter Editor
Gary Kline, WC8W on being recognized by the Ohio Section of the
ARRL Annual Newsletter Contest.
Our entry was awarded second place in the
annual newsletter contest. The ceremony took place at the ARRL
Ohio State Convention held this year in conjunction with the
Columbus Hamfest on Saturday, August 11th.
The award was presented during the ARRL
Forum by Ohio Section Manager Frank Piper, KI8GW. ARRL President
Kay Craigie, N3KN was also in attendance and congratulated the
club on this accomplishment. MARC member Terry Russ, N8ATZ and
Ralph Bugg, K8HSQ accepted the award on the clubs behalf.
The certificate was presented to club
newsletter editor Gary Kline, WC8W during a short ceremony held
at the club's October meeting.
Gary, WC8W (R) receives the
Club Program Report
4, 2012) -- February
is ARRL month at the club and our special guest for our meeting
was Ohio Section Affiliated Club Coordinator (ACC) E. Mike
Mike's presentation which included an informative
powerpoint covered several areas including why membership in the
ARRL is so important as well as being active in your local radio
Mike included several way's we could improve our
club and our status in the community. Mike had high praise for our
radio club as we are both an ARRL Special Service Club and based
on our website, very active within our community.
Everyone enjoyed Mikes visit as we had one of the
largest crowds in recent months.
July Meeting Program
(July 2, 2011) -- The July meeting program was
presented by Gene, W8KXR who spoke on his favorite part of
Amateur Radio - HEAVY METAL ! As told by Gene ....
I will bring some examples of "HEAVY
METAL" that range from smaller to heaver... and that are
either partially done and finished or are in the "Q"
waiting their turn on the bench.
I will chat about parts, tools, how to bits and
pieces of what we've learned about rehab and operating the Big
Iron on the air.
Gene talk covered the tools and techniques on
restoring Heavy Metal equipment and had several examples of
equipment currently on the bench. Thanks Gene for an interesting
and informative program !
7, 2010) -- HAM RADIO ON THE HIGH
SEAS ! Amateur Radio owes
it's beginnings to early Wireless experiments and Marconi's
practical adaptation of these to commercial marine shipping, which
the Navy also adopted. The Navy Department, being the most
important early user, originally controlled Radio Communications
in the USA.
The program for March was
presented by club member Perry Ballinger, W8AU, himself a Navy
veteran, it included a great account of Naval communications
history and followed Perry's journey aboard the USS Myles C. Fox -
DD829 Destroyer and his recent involvement with the LST Landing
Crafts that were used to ferry soldiers from the big ships to the
beach during wartime.
Perry served in the Navy
from 1958-1961 aboard two Destroyers (2nd Fleet and 6th Fleet) as
Electronics Technician 2nd Class. Saw service in Meditteranean,
Arctic Circle, Atlantic, St. Lawrence River,
. Two homeports:
My uncle (Army National Guard) was transported aboard LSTs in
during 1951-1953. Joined Navy Reserves after college time (1965)
and later on had ten more years of Navy duty as
Electronics-Communications Chief (ETCS) at a Naval detachment at
) through the auspices of the Ohio National Guard.
The USS Myles C. Fox,
Perry's account of his
involvement with the LST program is covered on the LST Memorial
website available by clicking
here. The USS Myles C. Fox ship history is available by clicking
The ARRL also covered
Perry's travels with the LST's in a great story available by clicking
A special thanks to Perry
for this very interesting program!
(May 2, 2009) -- The
program originally scheduled for May had to be postponed but we
were fortunate to have club life member Don Wade, W8DEA who
currently works for FEMA back in town for a family visit attend
the meeting who caught us all up-to-date on his activities since
relocating nearly two years ago.
Now living in Marshal, Texas, Don is kept very busy these days
as a FEMA Response Manager. Most recently, Don was active in
disaster response during Hurricane Ike providing assistance to
those displaced by the hurricane. Don actually holds various
positions at FEMA from Communications to managing Recovery Centers
which are active around the clock. He also leads a group that does
damage assessment when requested by the State. This activity keeps
Don on the move all over the Southeastern US.
When he does have some free time, Don is also an active member
of the Marshal Texas Amateur Radio Club which supports several
repeaters that are used for public service quite often.
It was great to have our short visit with Don during the
meeting and we hope to see him again soon. Safe travels Don and
keep up the great work you're doning at FEMA !
Program on Safety
(Sep 6, 2008) -- The September club meeting program on High
Voltage Safety was presented by AEP Employees Bill Oles, WB8UAE
and Carl Mani, K7CE.
Bill's program was very informative and included a simulated
demonstration of the extreme hazardous situations that occur with
downed power lines and the danger that exists when working around
high voltage. The program also covered the means by which power
plants deliver electricity to our homes.
Our thanks to both Bill and Carl for taking time to give us
this program. As we approach Fall and antenna projects are on your
agenda, take a moment and remember the valuable lessons and safety
suggestions given during this program.
Bill Oles, WB8UAE from AEP
Program on R/C Modeling
(May 4, 2008) -- The
May club meeting featured a program on Radio Controlled Airplanes
and Boats presented by club member Richard Ross - KA8ZQH.
Rich has been an active Radio Controlled model builder and
flyer for many years and brought an assortment of his airplanes,
boats and even a helicopter for a show and tell program. Rich
covered the basics of the hobby from equipment to batteries for
both electric and gas powered models.
At the conclusion of the program Rich fired up the helicopter
and flew it around the Senior Center for a live demo. A Special
Thanks to Rich for giving us a glimpse into this fascinating hobby
Program on D-Star
! (Apr 5, 2008) -- D-STAR
is a new ham radio system which offers digital voice and data
communication. It connects repeater sites over microwave links and
the Internet and forms a wide area ham radio network. The DSTAR
system provides a new capability and functionality to the ham
radio world and increases the efficiency of emergency
The April program on D-Star presented by Local D-Star system operator Eric
was well attended and included a very interesting PowerPoint
presentation covering the basic D-Star System and was followed by
an actual on-air contact with several stations from both Atlanta,
Georgia and near Dallas, Texas.
This was yet another great program for the club
courtesy of our new Vice-President Rodger Trompower, KA8FTS.
22, 2008) -- Military Aircraft Preservation
Society. (MAPS) is a museum for all military aircraft including a
Russian Mig, F-14 fighter, several recon aircraft, open bi-wing
and many others from the F.W. Martin Airfield right here in Stark
County. The museum is located on the West side of the Akron-Canton
Airport just off State Route 241.
Representatives from MAPS gave a program to the club during our
rescheduled meeting on Friday, March 21st.
This program included a powerpoint presentation that covered
the history of the museum and a sneak peep of the many vintage
aircraft currently on display and the several currently undergoing
restoration at the facility.
The Museum is also planning on establishing a Ham Station
sometime this year with the assistance of MARC member Rick Welaman,
K8RIC who is an active member of the museum restoration committee
and works on restoring the original radio equipment used in the
The club is also been invited to participate in this summers
Collings Foundation Weekend which will be held the weekend of
August 15 - 18. The MARC will operate a Special Event Station from
the Museum grounds using the club EComm Trailer. We will issue a
Special Certificate commemorating the weekend event. More details
will follow later.
A special thanks to the folks at MAPS for this terrific program
and also to our program manager and V-P Rodger, KA8FTS for yet
another great club program.
Want to learn a bit more
about MAPS ? Click Here to visit their website
Program on QRP
(Feb 6, 2008) -- The MARC played host to several members of
the Portage County Amateur Radio Service (PCARS) for our February
club meeting program. Tom Sly, WB8LCD, President of PCARS
presented a great program on the world of QRP Operation. QRP in
Ham Speak means Low Power, typically around 5 watts output. Tom's
program which included a powerpoint program and a selection of QRP
Radios and several antenna types covered nearly every aspect of
QRP Operation from basic home stations to remote station
QRP operation does require good technique and sometimes a lot
of patience but as Tom pointed out gives great rewards. Tom noted
that there are many contests just for QRP operators and many clubs
dedicated to this facet of Amateur Radio. This was a terrific
program to start off the new year and we really appreciated PCARS
sharing this with us. It also looks like we may have several more
great programs coming up in the next few months. Watch the club
newsletter and this website for updates on future programs.
We had a packed house for our February club program on QRP
Operation. Thanks again to the PCARS folks !
Finding The Easy Way
(Sep 19, 2007) -- The September meeting program was
presented by Tom Gill, KC8QOD and was on a homemade ARDF Antenna
called the Tape Measure Yagi. Tom's version was based on the
design from Joe Leggio, WB2HOL and is a significant improvement
over earlier designs. Notable upgrades include the use of Velcro
on the ends to both protect it from damage and as an aid to
storage. It also used pop rivets to hold the tape measure securely
in place. Tom has used this antenna during several club
sponsored Fox Hunts with good results.
Joe Leggio's website contains a complete description, assembly
and tuning instructions for this simple yet effective antenna. Click
Here to see Joe's website.
Tom also showed a simple Offset Attenuator that is an essential
part of ARDF work. The attenuator is available as either a kit for
$15.00 or fully assembled for $18.00. Complete details are
available on K0oV's website at http://www.west.net/~marvin/K0oV.htm.
Meeting Program From Coast Guard Auxiliary
(Aug 9, 2005) -- The August program of the MARC was
presented by Mr Larry Gowin from the United States Coast Guard
Auxiliary (USGC Aux). The USCG Aux was established by Congress in
1939 to assist the Coast Guard in promoting boating safety. It
includes more than 30,000 members who assist the Coast Guard in
non-law enforcement programs such as public education, vessel
safety checks, safety patrols, search & rescue missions plus
many other duties.
The program included a video "Eyes on the Water",
which explains the USCG Aux current mission of assisting with
Homeland Security by patrolling the nations waterways. The
Cleveland Flotilla routinely patrols the the coastline of Lake
Erie checking areas at high risk such as major bridges, overpasses
and around the restricted areas of nuclear power plants. Larry
also explained what local citizens are doing to assist in this
An all volunteer service, the auxiliary currently has a need
for experienced radio operators, a need that could be easily
filled by licensed amateur radio operators. Larry discussed the
Cleveland Flotilla and what we as radio operators can do in
support of this service. "Ordinary citizens can sign up as
volunteers with no experience", explained Larry. He also
explained that local Flotilla's currently exist in Canton, Akron
as well as the Cleveland group. He also noted that the Cleveland
Flotilla is currently establishing a communications trailer to
further assist the role of the USCG Auxiliary.
Our special thanks to Mr Larry Gowin for visiting our meeting.
If you would like to learn more about the Unites States Coast
Guard Auxiliary, please visit their website at http://www.cgaux.org.
Don Wade - W8DEA FEMA
(Jun 11, 2005) -- The
program for our June meeting was presented by club member Don Wade
- W8DEA who recounted his final days in Florida during last years
hurricane outbreak working for FEMA, the Federal Emergency
Now considered a Full/Part Time Disaster Specialist, Don's
final time was spent much the same as his full tour there, leading
special "teams" assessing the needs and conditions of
Florida's residents trying to recover from the after effects of
the three major hurricanes that caused millions of dollars in
damages and displaced thousands of families.
The teams proceeded county by county over several months
assessing damages and establishing the basic necessities of life
for displaced residents.
During this time the teams were subjected to very tough living
conditions themselves as both alligators and snakes posed a
constant threat in the area. As part of his responsibilities, Don
supervised the assembly of massive mobile home "cities"
to be used as temporary housing. These cities were composed from
as few as 35 single family units to as many as 200.
Don's presentation included a slide show that covered some of
his many duties and the incredible efforts made by FEMA to provide
assistance to area residents and help them recover.
Amateur Radio played a large role during Don's "tour of
duty". Much of the infrastructure was destroyed making both
conventional telephone and cellular service unreliable. Many FEMA
teams included amateur radio operators who utilized two meter
simplex to relay important safety and logistical communications.
Don is currently enjoying some much needed time off but with
the 2005 hurricane season right around the corner and forecasters
predicting another potential year of multiple hurricanes, Don may
once again be donning his FEMA ID for yet another tour of duty.
If you didn't get an opportunity to read our earlier story on
Don's involvement with FEMA, click
here to read the full account.
February Program Mel Vye, W8MV
The MARC officially began its 2001 season with Don Finley, W8DEF at the helm
and new Vice-President Gene Beckwith, W8KXR as second in command. Gene already
tested the waters by deciding that coffee should be ready before the meeting. He
must have needed a jolt to calm the nerves !
The new year also began with a super club
program. Mel Vye, W8MV long time friend of Perry Ballinger, W8AU and of the
Massillon Amateur Radio Club again captivated us with his most recent DXpedition
memories. You will remember last year at our February meeting Mel presented a
terrific program on his journey to St. Pierre & Miquelon Islands (FP land).
This year was just as exciting as Mel recounted his trip last July to Midway
Island in the South Pacific.
One of the world's last unspoiled, secluded
paradises, it was closed to the public for more than 50 years and just recently
opened to visitors. Midway Island is known primarily for World War II's decisive
"Battle of Midway". Serving as a United States Naval Base from before
the war until 1996, when Midway Phoenix Corporation and the United States Fish
& Wildlife Service entered into an agreement which opened the island as a
travel destination. Only 100 visitors are permitted at any one time as this
island is more of a quiet resort, lacking the traditional commercialism of most
other tourist sites.
The Naval Base is now used for tourist use
and this is where the modest ham shack is located, appropriately set in the old
communications shack on the base. Complete with a nice tri-band beam and several
other antennas, it also has several Kenwood radios left behind by the Navy.
Imagine the radio traffic that has passed through this tiny shack over 50 years
ago !. Talk about radio atmosphere !
It is from here that Mel spent a great
deal of his time, racking up over 3000 contacts during his week long stay. He
did take some time to enjoy the natural beauty of this paradise island, taking
many wonderful slides that detailed the true beauty of this island including the
famous Gooney bird (the Laysan Albatross).
It was a terrific program and many thanks
to Mel for allowing us to escape with him to this South Pacific Paradise if only
for a short time in the dead of winter ! What a great place for a Club Field Day
operation, I wonder if our meager treasury could swing it !!!!. I wonder what
far off exotic world Mel might be off to next ?. I hope Mel will share it with
us next year !
If you would like to learn more about this spectacular island
paradise go to www.midwayisland.com
for lots of great information.
March Meeting Program Jeff Covelli,
WA8SAJ Avid ATV'er
The club was honored to have Jeff Covelli, WA8SAJ of Willoughby,
Ohio as our guest speaker for the March club meeting. An avid Amateur Television
(ATV) operator for many years, Jeff captivated the crowd with his personal
experiences in this exciting aspect of amateur radio. Jeff opened with a little
history of this mode and explained some of the technical details of this unique
mode, including equipment requirements and antenna types. He noted that even
though some parts of this mode can be expensive, anyone with a cable ready TV
can join in on the reception of ATV signals by tuning to either cable channel
58, 59 or 60. A video was shown detailing some interesting actual on-air contact
of Jeff and his friends in the Cleveland area. Did you know that the Rose Bowl
Parade in Pasadena, CA is nearly fully covered by amateur operators using ATV to
give continuous on-the-spot coverage to local authorities ?
Jeff indicated that some fantastic "DX" contacts are also possible
during certain atmospheric band openings, he is especially proud of his
confirmed contact with a station over 500 miles away a few years ago using ATV.
A number of MARC members are currently experimenting on this mode. Evenings and
weekends tune your TV to cable channel 58, 59, or 60 and listen to either the
147.18 repeater or 144.34 simplex (the ATV talk about frequency) and you just
might see one of our smiling faces having a great time using this exciting new
mode of amateur radio ! A special thanks to Jeff for sharing his hobby with us
April Meeting Program
on The Civil Air Patrol
Continuing a great year of club programs, the MARC April meeting was honored
to have one of our own, Don Wade, W8DEA present a program on the Civil Air
Don, a 6 year veteran, hold the rank of 1st Lieutenant
and is currently a Communications Officer over 10 squadrons in the Akron/Canton
The CAP was established on December 1, 1941 and is the
civilian Auxiliary of the U.S. Air Force and organized along military lines.
There are more than 1,700 active units across the United States. Organized to
perform vital support functions in its early years, today's CAP has specialized
programs in Aerospace Education, Cadet Programs that continue to introduce
thousands of young people to aviation and perhaps best known for its Emergency
Services role. CAP air & ground teams perform 85 percent of the inland
Search and Rescue missions across the United States.
as Communications Officer is the training and maintaining of the vast data &
voice communications network built to survive the loss of civil communications.
Don's program included a short video of the history and current mission of the
CAP, discussions of several recent CAP missions right here in the greater Ohio
area as well as question & answer session after the formal program.
Their communications network is not unlike our
own in the Amateur Radio Service using both simplex & duplex communications
as well as both data & video, except that operations are carried out on
specific frequencies assigned to the CAP. We even found out that they often use
Fastscan Television in many of their Search & Rescue missions.
This was a fastening program and we want
to thank Don and the entire Civil Air Patrol organization for our April program.
Don is the MARC's only active CAP member but after this fascinating program he
may have a few prospective volunteers !
To learn more about the Civil Air
Patrol, you are encouraged to check out their excellent website located at http://www.cap.gov
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