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The New DARA Communications Unit is nearing completion from the builders.  There are just a number of small items left to finish.  It just got the insulation sprayed on to the undercarrige and now it is out getting the final flooring installed.    Soon it will be done and then we will have a bunch of work installing the radios, computers, and audio visual system. 

Mike Crawford KC8GLE

 UPDATE!   Here it is with the exterior nearly completed!


Here is the Interior nearly completed!

 Nearly Finshed Interior




Our physical location:

Dayton Amateur Radio Association
6619 Bellefontaine Road
Huber Heights, Ohio  45424

Mailing address:

Dayton Amateur Radio Association
PO Box 44
Dayton, Ohio  45401-0044

Phone Numbers

DARA Information Line: 937-237-8440

DARA Clubhouse: 937-237-2788

Hamvention Information Line: 937-276-6930

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In the fall of 2009 the Dayton Amateur Radio Association (DARA) requested repeater frequency pairs from the Ohio Area Repeater Council (OARC) for use with D-STAR on 2-meter, 70 cm and the 23 cm bands.  The OARC assigned frequencies to DARA for use on D-STAR with the call sign of W8HEQ on 145.270 +0.600 MHz, 444.0875 +5 MHz, and construction of the system immediately began. 




December of 2009 DARA was granted permission for the start of our 90 day test period.  With no complaints being filed, the OARC granted DARA the final coordination in March 2010.


The W8HEQ system is located at the DARA club house in Huber Heights, about 8 miles northeast of downtown Dayton.  The 2-meter antenna is at 190 feet and power output at 25 watts and the 70 cm antenna at 150 feet giving marginal coverage in the area.  Coverage south of downtown Dayton is poor to nonexistent.


Given this situation, the D-STAR group started looking for another location that would improve the system with the goal of covering all of Montgomery County and the fringe areas of the surrounding counties.  At the same time another group of amateurs was looking to improve their analog repeaters and move them over to the TV Channel 16 WPTD tower site and had requested a substantial financial grant from DARA.  With the problem of our current location, low output power and another repeater 60 miles south in Cincinnati on the same 2-meter analog frequency, we knew that OARC would not grant a move to the Channel 16 tower site.  At the same time the administrator of the Xenia W8RTL 2-meter D-STAR repeater on 147.105+ was looking to improve his system.  After several meetings between both D-STAR system administrators, the requesting grant group and Channel 16, it was agreed to allow a D-STAR system to go up on the Channel 16 tower along with the other analog systems and become a Community Antenna Project.


Part of the negotiations was to keep the W8HEQ system intact in Huber Heights.  The W8RTL 147.105 system from Xenia was granted coordination from the OARC to move to Channel 16 tower and at the same time added the 443.0500 +5 MHz, 1283.500 -12 MHz DV and 1249.000 DD Simplex repeaters.  The project was completed and went on the air at allotted power levels in September 2012.  Propagation has greatly improved with coverage extending to Cincinnati to the south, to Richmond Indiana to the west, to north of Sidney to the north and to Madison County to the east.  One of our members in March 2012 while out for a day of fishing was able to get into the 70 cm repeater with a solid signal and no R2D2 with a hand held using the rubber duck antenna and 5 watts from Lake Loramie, a distance of about 50 miles.  Coverage is GREAT!!


Inside view, ready for wiring and the equipment

New Comm Van Interior

Outside view, ready for new paint

 New Comm Van Exterior

 Much progress has taken place on the new DARA Communication Van.  Most of it in the acquiring of parts and components.   The Van itself has been stripped down on the inside to the bare walls  and on the outside, all of the old decals have been removed.  Also the new flooring base has been installed inside the van.  Additionally, on the inside, layout of the 120 volt, 12 volt, and network cabling has been finalized, along with the Circuit Breaker Panels layout for both the 12 and 120 volt systems.   The outside monitor has been ordered and we are expecting it to arrive within a week or so.  The 40ft pnuematic mast has also arrived and I must say it is a piece or art!  (smile)   We are also working on finalizing the orders for the generator, outside equipment boxes, and the audio/video system, including the equipment racks.  Other progress has taken place on the Van includes starting of the mechanical refit of the Van.  The Transmission has been removed for overhaul as well.  The front windshield has been removed and resealed as a part of the normal refurb process. Liftgate maintenance, and partial brake maintenance has also occured.  Metal "Diamond Plate" will be soon mounted on the roof along with the installation of the pneumatic mast.



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