Don Chelman, KB8LWL, SK

Don, KB8LWL, a Net Control Operator for the District Net for many years, became a Silent Key on Saturday, 11 September. In addition to his active participation with the West Central Ohio Amateur Radio Club, he was an also a member of the Montgomery County Office of Emergency Management EMCOMM Team.  he will be sorely missed.

The following information was provided by his Son-in-Law, Mark,  KC8TZY:

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PSE: Twisted Pretzel Tour CANCELED

The Germantown Lions Club has decided to cancel the Twisted Pretzel Tour (bicycle tour) scheduled for September 25th, due to the increase of Covid-19 concerns.

The Germantown Pretzel Festival is still scheduled to occur on the weekend of September 25th, but does not require any amateur radio support.

With the bike tour cancelled, the Germantown Amateur Radio Society would like to thank everyone that was considering or had volunteered to provide radio support for the Twisted Pretzel Tour and look forward to seeing you next year.

Thanks again.


Bob Rohrbach, NR8R

GARS Secretary


Site Update 7 September 2021

The District 3 ARES website is back online after experiencing issues associated with being transferred to a new hosting site and Domain Registrar. Unfortunately the updates means that a lot of the code used (WordPress Themes, Plug-ins and Widgets) no longer work.

So, please bear with us was we re-construct the site.

Fred Stone, W8LLY SK

Fred Stone, W8LLY, long time Greene County ARES EC, District 3 ARES EC, and a fixture of the Miami Valley amateur radio community became a Silent key on 26 July 2021.  He leaves a large gap in our community that will hard, if not impossible to fill.

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