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Station Upgrade IN PROGRESS
We are in the process of a full overhaul of the operating positions.  HF is being broke off from VHF/UHF in to a seperate room.  2 of the new HF positions went in to operation 3/21/15.  Once the HF positions are complete the VHF/UHF room will be completely refurbished (new floor, new consoles, a few new radios, additional operating positions) and by the completion of this we hope to have our satellite station fully operational.

First Friday of the month (September through June) our meetings are held at the Kettering Recreation Center at 2900 Glengary Drive in Kettering, OH at 7:30 PM.

QSL Information:

Important Info Regarding LOTW:

If you have a QSO logged with W8BI and within1 week do not have a LOTW confrimation please check our online log below. If you are not there, and you suspect a logging error please email the QSL Manager directly. All reasonably close errors will be corrected and resubmitted.

If you wish to send cards via the DX QSL Buro please do not include any notes as to the manager. This just causes confusion for the sorting of cards once they arrive at the W8 Buro.

If you make contact with W8BI on a Century Club net you can send cards via KB8UEY by using the cc80 Buro. If you make contact with W8BI on an OMISS or HHH net you can send card to the apropriate OMISS or HHH Buro. If you wish to send cards direct please send them to the address below.

W8BI QSL Manager
2057 Lakewood Dr. Apt. D
Kettering, OH 45420-2039

Just so everyone knows, W8BI QSL's 100%, direct as often as possible. This may mean you get cards you do not want. If this occurs please refrain from sending nasty notes to the qsl manager, just discard unwanted cards. Also as we have on average 6,500 qso's per year (already over 10k for 2014) it is not realistic to send return postage with every card. If you feel too much burden is placed upon you to reply direct, please feel free to reply via the buro. If this is still a problem please deal with it as you feel appropriate.

For those looking for eQSL or LOTW confirmation, they are uploaded as soon as they are entered in to the computer log. We still log on paper at the station and all entries are done as time permits.

If you are in desperate need of a LOTWconfirmation for a specific contact (band or mode),email the QSL Manager (KB8UEY) and he can try to expedite your entry. Also as of 11-27-2012 we are active on Club Log and as of 7/21/2014 now accept OQRS through Club Log.

Paper QSL's are sent chronologically unless one is received before that part of the log is reached, in which case those are sent as soon as possible. Again, if you are in particular need of a card, eQSL, or LOTW confirmationfor a specific qso/mode/band please contact the QSL Manager (KB8UEY). As of 7/21/2014 there are over 44,000 QSO's in the log since we started computer logging in 2006. Currently all QSL's through 2010 have been filled out, and most sent and all incoming QSL's not included in that have also been answered.

License Trustee:

Reuben C. Meeks Jr., W8GUC

Club Station:

Located in Huber Heights, OH Grid EM79wu. The above picture is of the outside of the station. The station is currently equipped with 4 HF and 4 VHF/UHF operating positions. We added an Alpha 9500 Amp to the station on 11-16-12 and are in the process of training several members how to use it. The facility also has 2 classrooms / meeting rooms that are used to hold ham classes and has been home to multiple VE sessions throughout the years. The station is active in many contests throughout the year and is often active when a communications emergency exists in this part of the world and sometimes even when it is on the other side of the world. Most notable in recent history was a 24/7 operation in which the station was staffed and on the air for 7 straight days in the wake of the earthquake that hit Haiti in January of 2010.

Webcam at the station:

Currently offline, we upgraded the cameras and had to tweak the bandwidth to make it reasonable to use.  Now we are waiting on our ISP to workout some issues on their end and hopefully soon will have these back online.


The Dayton Amateur Radio Association is one of the largest and oldest local ham clubs in the nation. The group was formed in 1930. DARA is the sponsor of the annual Dayton Hamvention, which is the main source of funding for DARA. Thanks to the monies brought in by Hamvention, DARA is able to sponsor several scholorships annualy as well as help the ARRL with its Teacher's Institute. DARA also maintains a communications vehicle that is used to assist in communications at parades, marathons, 5k races, walk-a-thons, and a host of other public service events throughout the year.


Dues are payable July 1 each year. Regular membership dues are $10.00 per year, with $3.00 additional per family member.


For more information on anything related to DARA please check out the club's webpage at http://www.w8bi.org.

Station Photos


Our facility after the 5000 plus square foot addition completed in 2013.

West Tower: 75 foot Rohn with Force 12 4DX and above it M2 432 horizontal beam.  Also not pictured is an IAC 160m Double Bazooka with the peak at about 56 feet on this tower and the ends are up around 32 feet.

South Tower: 120 foot Rohn with a SteppIR MonstIR beam with the optional 80m Add-On Kit installed at the top and a M2 2M18XXX 2m Horizontal Beam on a KØXG Ring Rotor .  These were just put in the air November 9, 2014 and should be operational by the end of the week.  The SteppIR is at about 125 feet and the M2 is at about 114 feet.

As a point of reference, this shot is while they were mounting the SteppIR and looking out and down the the Force 12 pictured above on the west tower.

Console 1

The TS570 on the right end of the console is in the new roo, as of 3/21/15.

Kenwood TS2000 - The hole will be where the X/Y Rotor Control and SatTracker will be mounted when the station is complete.  Till the VHF/UHF rebuild the KØXG control box for the 2m Beam will be here.

Yaesu FT736 - Back up Sta Station

Old Kenwood Mobile - 2m / 1.25m FM

Console 2

The left position is now vacant, was the Ten-Tec Omni VII that moved to the new room 3/21/15.

APRS - Old Icom Mobile Rig and TNC attached to big Lenovo Touch Screen at top.

The Yaesu Mobile Rig pictured has been replaced with an IC2820 with the D-Star Module installed.

Icom IC756 Pro III - Our most frequently used SSB rig.  Also has capability of being used with our Alpha 9500.  Additionally in 2014 a RigBlaster was added and this position is now also capable of operating all modes.

The rotor control for the main rotor on the South Tower as well as the new SteppIR control box are just above the Icom.


And our pride & joy in the shack...

Alpha 9500 Auto Tuning Amp 10m thru 160m!


Added 3/21/15

New Antenna Patch Panel

New Antenna Patch Panenl


Ground Buss for the new room

New Console

New Operating Positions added 3/21/15.  Left is Kenwood TS570 and on the right is the Ten-Tec Omni VII.

New Operating Position finished 5/10/15.  Flex 6700 and a Kenwood TM V71A.  Monitors are temporary, will be adding larger monitors after Hamvention.

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