AUXCOMM Class 20-22 May 2024

An AUXCOMM class will be presented on the three days immediately following Hamvention; that is, on May 20, 21, 22.

Prerequisites are FEMA IS-100, IS-200, IS-700, IS-800.

To register for the class send an email to with the subject line “AUXCOMM Registration” and attach the pdf copies of the FEMA IS-100, IS-200, IS-700, IS-800 certificates.

In the body of the email, include the name of the public safety agency that you are most likely to support with auxiliary communications, your callsign, and a cell phone number.

The class will be held in the city of Beavercreek, six miles west of the Hamvention site.

This class is an affiliated event but is not organized by Hamvention. Do not direct questions to Hamvention or DARA.

If you have questions, contact Bob Baker N8ADO, Greene County ARES Emergency Coordinator at

2024 Skywarn Spotter Training

The Wilmington Office of the National Weather Service has started publishing class dates for this year’s Skywarn Weather Spotter Training.

The training is listed here

There will be both Virtual and In-Person classes available

Please check the Wilmington Training page often and before traveling for any changes or updates.

Virtual TrainingTuesday, 14 May

In Person Training:

Advanced Spotter course, Columbus, Saturday, 20 April


New ARRL Emergency Communications Courses 1 April 2024

We  will be releasing the first 2 new EmComm courses April 1.  Basic EmComm and Intermediate EmComm will be live in the ARRL Learning Center April 1.  With the new courses being released the legacy courses will be removed April 1.  Anyone who is currently enrolled in EC-001 or EC-016 will need to complete these courses by April 1 to receive credit for them.  We hope to have Advanced EmComm and ARES Leadership courses complete by early summer.
Josh Johnston, KE5MHV
Director of Emergency Management
ARRL  The National Association for Amateur Radio®
225 Main Street, Newington, CT 06111-1400 USA
Tel: (860) 594-0333 FAX: (860) 594-0303

Community Service Events

The ARRL has changed it’s ARES Reporting categories for monthly reports

Community Service Event (CSE) is the new term for Amateur Radio support to parades, marathons, walks, etc.

Public Service Event (PSE) is now used for assistance given to Served Agencies such as EMA, Police, Fire, etc.

So,  for example, support to the Xenia Marathon will be a CSE

Support for agencies during the Total Eclipse will be a PSE

As time goes on we will be updating this website to match the new terminology.

Keith Burnette, KB8GYB, SK

Keith Burnette, KB8GYB,  has become a Silent Key

Keith was a long time Net Control Operator and former Net Manager for the District 3 ARES Net.

He was also the President of the West Central Ohio Amateur Radio Association since it’s founding.


KB8GYB at the UD WMD Drill August 2001


Keith was also active in ARES activities such as supporting the regional WMD Drill held at UD in August of 2001 as shown in this picture.

Viewing for Keith will be on Sunday, September 17, from 2:00 until 4:00 P.M. at the Belton-Stroup Funeral Home, 422 E. Dayton-Yellow Springs Rd., Fairborn.

A graveside service will be held on Monday, Sept 18, 2023 at 11:00 A.M. at Pleasant Ridge Cemetery, Pandora, Ohio.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to WCOARA or PBS.

His obituary is available on line here