Reflection on MARA Swap-Meet

Well put another one in the books, MARA’s 6th annual Swap-Meet has come and gone. Stand outs this time around were, in order of check-ins…

Eric W8KKF and Joe KE8EOL, both seated at the drawing/sign up table. Eric brought the donuts, by the way he’s running for Miami Township Trustee this fall.

Gail KD8CXB whom handled the chow line.  All food was sampled and tasted by our ever roving food critic John N8SSE, before being served to masses, he sat down for seconds by the way.

And our old Arab-Trader Jack KM8N, whom harnesses the power of the “sweet-deal” to keep the “fleas” jumping until the very end. Let it be known that once cash flows to Jack it never flows back!

Here are the winners from MARA’s 6th annual swap-meet drawing. This is a very diverse crowd with regards to age, gender, height, and licensure. 

A grateful MARA thank you to Terry NV8E and Susan KD8FIZ for the donations of this years HT’s for the event.

Thank you again everyone that contributed in making this event enjoyable on such a perfect August day as this. We were spared the heat of the “dog days” of summer this year. We even got a call from our neighboring radio personality  Claude KC8TFY on 2 meters. Plus a few past members Bobby and Kelly showed up to sell some things and lend their support. Thanks everyone and hope to see you again next year.


Attta Boy’s to Sam and Jay

Jay and Sam put in a good days work troubleshooting the 443 antenna system. They found water in the top half of the barrel connector, as in “full of water”. Not sure how it got in being the connection was well sealed. They lowered the 440 antenna to the ground and installed the pulley in the small Rohn in preparation for working on the Big tower. While looking around Jay found that the coax to the small Comet dual band antenna that we normally use for the shack’s 2 meter 440 rig had been badly chewed up by some of John N8SSE’s squirrel friends. Jay replaced that end and reinstalled the coax. The connector on the matching network of the 440 antenna also had water in it and was disassembled, dried out, cleaned, and reassemble with a lot of work on Sam’s part. The 440 antenna and the slide mount arms are in the shack and I plan on renting a lift early this week to install the 440 antenna in its new location of the side of the Rohn. To get the 443 machine back on the air we decide to use the comet dual band. because of this that antenna will not be available for use on the shack dual band until the 440 is reinstalled. Confused yet??? Bottom line the 443 machine is back up and this whole issue should disappear this coming week. This also prepares the way for maintenance work to be done on the Mosley and 6 Meter Log Periodic in the near future.
Again Thanks to both Sam and Jay for the work on such beautiful summers day.

Jack KM8N

OHIO QSO PARTY August 26th

The Ohio QSO Party occurs on the fourth Saturday of August. The contest period extends from 1200 EDT [noon] to 2400 EDT [midnight] (1600Z Saturday until 0400Z Sunday). All stations may operate the full twelve hours. The 2017 contest is on August 26th.

Ohio QSO Party
Status: Active
Mode: CW, SSB
Bands: 80, 40, 20, 15, 10m
Classes: Single Op (High/Low/QRP)
Max power: HP: >100 watts
LP: 100 watts
QRP: 5 watts
Exchange: OH: RS(T) + county
non-OH: RS(T) + (state/province/”DX”)
Work stations: Once per band per mode
QSO Points: 1 point per SSB QSO
2 points per CW QSO
Multipliers: OH Stations: Each state, province, OH county, 1 DX once per mode
non-OH Stations: Each OH county once per mode
Score Calculation: Total score = total QSO points x total mults (see rules for mobile stations)
Upload log at:
Mail logs to: Ohio QSO Party
c/o Jim Stahl, K8MR
30499 Jackson Rd.
Chagrin Falls, OH 44022-1730
Find rules at:

80 Meter Antenna approved by State and City

News Flash :  Kelsey Whipp from Miamisburg Parks & Recreation sent MARA an email with the following information.


It brings me great pleasure to share this information with you today! Please see attached letter from the Ohio Historical Connection. A geophysical survey will take place in two weeks, we can get started with the antenna project shortly after.

Have a great weekend!


Kelsey Whipp
Parks and Recreation Director
City of Miamisburg
10 N. First Street
Miamisburg, Ohio 45342
(937) 866-4532
(937) 866-6453 fax

We could have this up and working for the Solar Eclipse and OHIO QSO Party this August. We will have to invite Kelsey and her family up for the Bon-Fire Night!

Mound Amateur Radio Association Miamisburg, Ohio