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Station Remodel Update
The HF Room remodel was completed in mid 2015.  The VHF/UHR remodel was originally going to start in 2016 but has been put on hold due to the capital outlay getting the new venue ready for Hamvention.  It was mutually agreed upon by the station manager and the board that ensuring we have everything in place for Hamvention in the new venure FAR outweighed the remodel of the VHF/UHF room.  The VHF/UHF room will be updated / remodeled in the future.
Lightning Strike - August 2016
In early August 2016 we sustained a signifigant lightning strike that took out many components of our facility.  We are now (early December) reaching the final stages of repair / replacement of damaged items.  We do have lightning protection on site, but this one found ways around and in to the building.  If you have not seen us on the air as much as normal, this is why.  Much of out "operating time" has been spent on repairs.
Old Logs & QSL Cards Found
Some of you may find some eQSL's and LOTW confrimations showing up for some rather old QSOs with W8BI.  In going through some old boxes of historical documents some logs from back in the 90s were located.  Then a couple weeks back teh folks the used to file all of our award applications found several file drawers and a large box of old QSL cards that are all from known confirmed QSOs.  The old log entries and the QSOs with the associated QSO Cards are being added to our computerized log and added to ClubLog, eQSL, and LOTW.

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.


If your on Facebook, check our page by searching Dayton Amateur Radio Association Club Station

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 to the CCN QSL Buro. If you make contact with W8BI on an OMISS or HHH net you can send card to the appropriate 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 6700 for 2016 and over 77,000 total) 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 LOTW confirmation 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.

Sorry, due to issues with how QRZ's online log works we are not currently using that service.

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 confirmation for a specific qso/mode/band please contact the QSL Manager (KB8UEY). As of 12/1/2016 there are 77,721 QSO's in the log since we started computer logging in 2006 (and some of the older ones we have since added). 

License Trustee:

Rob Lunsford KB8UEY

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 in 2012.  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. (Yes, still waiting on Time Warner to fix their end)


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 scholarships annually 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 are now operational.  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 at the Force 12 pictured above on the west tower.

As part of the HF room remodel a pair of Commet D130J Discones were added.  They will be primarily used on the TM V71s for local communcations from the HF opsitions.

Lightning Protection

It is a bit of a trick right now as we have added coaxes and unhooked others.  Once done with both rooms all the unused lines will be removed.  All Control lines and coax/hardline goes through lightning protection at the minimum here.  Some even have protection in the box at the base of the towers.

Console 1

The TS570 on the right end of the console is in the new room, 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 Sat Station

Old Kenwood Mobile - 2m / 1.25m FM

Console 2

The FT736, APRS, and IC2820 are all that is left.  Ten-Tec and IC756 Pro III are in the new room.

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.

We added an Echolink Node to 223.940 on May 13, 2015.


And our pride & joy in the shack...

Alpha 9500 Auto Tuning Amp 10m thru 160m!  The Alpha is paired with the IC756 ProIII and the SteppIR.


Added 3/21/15

New Antenna Patch Panel

New Antenna Patch Pannel


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.

IC756 Pro III and controls for Prop Pitch Rotor and SteppIR (New pic coming, replaced with an IC7600 November 2016)

Shown with the under counter LEDs installed.


Hamvention 2015 Open House

Ann KØANN operating

Yuki JH1NBN and Mustapha DL1BDF

Franck F4AJQ

Saif A71AM

Sultan A71CT operating and Matt NØYNT logging

Saif A71AM talking to a group that included a family who is just getting started in ham radio.

A large group from France and Canada led by Gary K8CSH and Joann KC8VSO.

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United States Award#1445
Granted: 2015-09-09 09:40:03   (W8BI)

  • 40 Meters Mixed
  • Mixed Phone
World Continents Award#10433
Granted: 2015-09-09 09:40:03   (W8BI)

  • 10 Meters CW
  • 15 Meters CW
  • 20 Meters CW
  • 10 Meters Digital
  • 5 Band Mixed
  • 10 Meters Mixed
    15 Meters Mixed
    17 Meters Mixed
    20 Meters Mixed
    40 Meters Mixed
  • 10 Meters Phone
  • 15 Meters Phone
  • 20 Meters Phone
  • 40 Meters Phone
Grid Squared Award#9053
Granted: 2015-09-09 09:40:02   (W8BI)

  • 5 Band Mixed
  • 10 Meters Mixed
    15 Meters Mixed
    20 Meters Mixed
    40 Meters Mixed
    80 Meters Mixed
  • 10 Meters Phone
  • 15 Meters Phone
  • 20 Meters Phone
  • 40 Meters Phone
  • 20 Meters Digital
  • 40 Meters Digital
  • Mixed CW
DX World Award#2531
Granted: 2015-09-09 09:35:02   (W8BI)

  • Mixed Phone
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