Not a member? We would love to meet you, and welcome you to our organization! DELARA has been a gathering place for ham radio enthusiasts for over 35 years and we’re still going strong. Our members bring a wealth of experience in many of the varied interests for our great technical hobby! Dues are $20 per year. Our meetings are held the third Wednesday of every month, at the Tri-Twp Fire Station, just on the east side of Delaware at the railroad overpass (495 Sunbury Rd, Delaware, OH 43015). We start at 7:30 with speakers, training and friendship! Consider yourself invited!
Activities: The DELARA Calendar
DELARA is an ARRL affiliated club
The club that has achieved the status of “Special Service Club”. These clubs offer extensive benefits to members, such as license testing, training, and many different activities. A Special Service Club is an example to other clubs, and is a great way for you to become interested in the hobby!
Our own Dr Bob Dixon, W8ERD, has received the prestigious 2013 ARRL “Technical Service Award” for his diligent work on a “Tactical Communications Bridge. This device links a wide variety of radios, Internet, Skype, cell and wireline telephones and more together so that agencies can communicate across platforms in the time of an emergency. Bob was presented the award by ARRL Division Director Jim Weaver, K8JE. The DELARA CONTEST TEAM is a very active part of our club, and contests are a big part of the Ham Radio hobby. Tom, KV8Q, is the team coach. He keeps the record books for our team’s performance. Overall in the year 2013, the DELARA Contest Team has racked up 16,794,770 points across a large number of contests. A Ham Radio contest can range from “reach as many hams in a particular state” to “reach hams all over the world, each time looking for a new or different country on the globe.” Our team’s average is an impressive 390,576 points per contest! That’s pretty impressive. If you are a ham and would like to get involved, it doesn’t take a great station or a fast operator- team members are at every level! In addition to having a lot of fun, you’ll find that contesting will train you to be a much better operator in general - quick, concise and attentive - all attributed with will help in times of public service or normal operating! Contact Tom to get involved! ARES Volunteers serve our communities. The Amateur Radio Emergency Service consists of ham radio operators providing backup communication for public events such as parades, as well as emergency agencies such as the EMA and Red Cross. The Delaware ARES (http://www.delares.org) volunteers provided over 2,000 hours of service during 2013. Hosted primarily by the Delaware County Emergency Management Agency, ARES members trained in terrorism awareness, Incident Command, FEMA courses, EOC (Emergency Operation Center) operations, and in both voice and digital ham radio messaging. DELARA places #2 nationally in Field Day Class, Sweeps First in Ohio 2013.Since the 1930’s, amateur radio operators across the country have staged a weekend emergency communication exercise. In order to make it fun, it’s held in the form of a contest in which completely portable, “off-the-grid” ham radio stations make contact with as many other similar stations possible in a 24 hour period. DELARA, operating in excess of four radio transmitters using morse code, voice, and digital transmission, scored as the number two station in the nation. This is a premier event for DELARA every year. For more information click here!
Welcome to the web home of the Delaware Amateur Radio Association. We are made up of licensed amateur radio operators in and around Delaware County, Ohio. DELARA is an ARRL Special Service Club. We are involved in many community activities, including Field Day! Many of our members are also members of the A.R.E.S. (Amateur Radio Emergency Service) orgnization and as such train as partners with safety services to be a complete form of communication, both for emergencies and public service events. (See http://www.delares.org)