Introduction to DMR and Livestream

The next BARC Tech Night is Thursday, March 12, 2020, at 7:00 pm at the BARC Clubhouse. I will be presenting an “Introduction to DMR”. This presentation will be a deeper dive into DMR technology than the DMR 101 presentation given previously, but will still cover the basics. Topics include:

  • FCC Bandwidth Mandate Driver
  • DMR Spectrum Efficiency Advantages
  • DMR Transmission and TDMA Deep Dive
  • Analog FM and DMR Comparison
  • DMR Hierarchy With Examples
  • Constructing a Codeplug
  • DMR Operating Techniques

If you would like to learn more about DMR, learn how to program your new radio, or ask questions, please join us! If you are unable to attend, you can watch the livestream using Zoom by following the link below (note this meeting ID is not the usual ID)!

John Westerkamp/W8LRJ
Treasurer and Education Coordinator
Bellbrook Amateur Radio Club

CERT Training

BROOKVILLE 2020 CERT Training Program

A new class is beginning Tuesday, March 24th . Classes will be held every Tuesday through May 19th and will conclude with a mock disaster on Saturday, May 30th.

Class is free of charge and is open to Brookville residents and those interested in learning the basics of Emergency Response. All supplies are provided.

For more information or to register for the class, contact us through our Brookville CERT Facebook page, through our email at or text 937-321-7534.

GERMAN Township CERT Training

German Township will be holding another FEMA Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) course in March.  

The course covers preparedness, fire safety, first aid, light search and rescue, with a mock disaster on the final night.  The course is 20 hours, and starts Monday, March 16 at 6pm.  Each class lasts about 4 hours, and will be held on Mondays and Thursdays, with the final night on March 30th.   This is a hands-on class but can be adapted to anyone’s physical level.  You do not have to be a resident of German Township to take the course.  

If you would like more information or would like to sign up, contact Lauri Rohrbach, 937.855.7215, email:

Amateur Radio License Exams

An examination session in Technician, General, and Amateur Extra amateur radio operator’s license will be available on Wednesday evening, March 18, 2020 at 6 pm in 009 Thesken Hall Miami University-Middletown, Middletown, Ohio.

Doors will open for registration at 6 pm and examinations will commence shortly thereafter.  Please plan to arrive early as all registration activities should be completed by 7 pm.

Applicants must furnish the original and one photo copy of their current license (if any), original and photocopy of any certificates of successful completion of examination (CSCE) they my hold, positive (photo) identification, and Licensee ID number (FRN).

EXAMS ARE FREE; no test fees will be collected.

If you are applying for your first license, please go to and obtain a FRN.  The web site is self-explanatory and the FRN registration is free.

Special examination accommodations must be requested at least two week prior to the test date.

Additional information may be obtained from Dave Williamson, KD8W, at 513-424-5819 or Carl Morgan, K8CM, at 513-422-9384.