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K8PI is the contest station of the Dial Radio Club of Middletown, Ohio

This page is used to publicize our operating events.

Note>I have experienced some trouble getting the log-files on the website. If you made a contact with us on any of the events, and want to confirm a contact, just send kd8w@arrl.net an email with the information and I will get back to you. I do have most of the logs, and should be able to help! Tnx

The call is used mostly for Field Day and the Ohio QSO Party.  We have a significant Field Day operation, normally running 3A, and usually finish near the top for Ohio for the 8-Call district (and in the top third nationwide).  We encourage members and guests without a HF station at home to operate as much as possible, so we aren't likely to 'win' Ohio.   For the last 3 years the call has also been activated for the Ohio QSO Party.  We have fun, encourage and educate new operators and still generate a respectable score.

If you are ever in southwest Ohio, check in on our repeater systems.

W8BLV 146.61 - (77.0 Hz); W8BLV 444.825 + (77.0 Hz);  W8JEU 147.315+ (77.0 Hz)

Dial has meetings the third Monday of each month. Location is the 'Clubhouse Sports Grill' at 250 N Main St, Monroe,OH                       (old 25 ). Dinner at 6pm, business meeting at 7pm. Talk-in 146.61- (77.0 Hz).  Please join us.

Contact the club at  http://www.qsl.net/w8blv/contact.html




Dial's 75th Anniversary - May 9, 2016!

Dial Radio Club became an affiliated club with the ARRL on May 9th, 1941 - just before amateur radio operations were discontinued due to WWII.  We celebrated our 75th anniversary of the affiliation in 2016.   We had  a successful event;

  • On Monday, April 19, 2016 we had a special event meeting. Our Mayor Mr Lawrence P Mulligan presented a proclamation recognizing the Dial Radio Club and amateur radio in general for its many contribuions to the public. ARRL representatives Scott Yonally(N8SY) Ohio Section Manager, Dale Williams(WA8EFK) Great Lakes Division Director, and Tom Delanay(W8WTD) Great Lakes Division Vice Director were also present and it was good to see them at our meeting.  Dale and Scott gave the club a special recognition award (presented by Scott.)

  • We also had about 255 contacts during the planned two week period operating with the special event station W8D. All of the QSL's we received have been 'sent out' for this event. [Note>If you made a contact with us and wish to receive a QSL card, please contact Dave(KD8W@ARRL.net) and he will send you one!]


Dial was 3rd in Great Lakes Division  in Class 3A for Field Day 2016. We were 16th overall!

We had a very good year for FD-2016. OH-KY-IN( our friendly rivalry) beat us in points this year by less than 150.We cam in third in the Great-Lakes-Division, which we should be pretty proud. Our Field Day site was at Smith Park, Middletown, OH), we were able to set up our stations and operate for the full period

Our point score was 6802, with 1872 contacts.  

Again several members of Dial put in very long times operating and having good runs. We do encourage new members to come enjoy our Field Day activities!

International PI-Day Special Event a Success!!

We had a request for almost 50 QSL cards.  The cards were generated, and the envelopes were stuffed on the 15th of April.  Requestors should be receiving them soon.  The contacts will also be placed on LOTW.  Thanks to all that helped make the event successful.

We had a great time operating during International Pi-Day.  K8PI was active on 160 m (02:00 until 04:15 UTC) on Friday evening and made 16 QSOs.  Saturday morning at 13:00 UTC we started operation at the home of Ernie, W8EH.  He had two phone stations (40 and 20 m) set up along with a PSK31 station on 15m. We operated until about 21:40 before shutting down. 

We had a total of about 250 contacts.  Most were made using SSB , with some CW on 20 m, and PSK31 on 15m. Overall, 40 m produced more contacts than any other band. 

Operators during International Pi-Day were: Ernie Sr., N8EH, Ernie, W8EH, and his grandsons, Wesley, KD8RUT, and William, KD8SAT.  Other Dial members (Dave, KD8W, Jim, W8ISZ, Dave, N8YFQ, Roy, N8LRN, Carl, K8CM, and Barney, N8HP) also operated from Ernie's home during the event.  Steve, KD8CPV, operated from his home on 10 m, but found the band closed. N8HP made the 160 m contacts, W8EH generated the PSK contacts, and KD8W made the cw contacts.  Everyone was active on SSB.

Ernie's XYL, Elaine, KC8WOF, made sure that we had pi - other than the mathematical type  (apple, chocolate, and Oreo Creme) - as well as a nice hot lunch along with plenty of snacks and deserts.  Ernie and Elaine, pulled out all of the stops to make sure we had a very memorable (and very pleasant event).  We greatly appreciate their effort.



We hope you enjoed operating with us! 






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