Home of Butler County, Ohio VHF Association (BCVHFA)

 VERIFIED! New meeting room: Room 205

Meeting is on the first Wednesday of the month 7 P.M. 

Park near the front doors of the building (near the office's), take the elevator to the second floor, turn right out of the elevator and start down the hallway, the room will be the first classroom on your right. 

REMINDER: Membership dues are now being collected for 2019

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Who we are:

Butler County VHF Association (BCVHFA) is a leading amateur radio (ham radio) association in Butler County, Ohio. The organization is located just north of Cincinnati near Hamilton, Ohio. BCVHFA is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization, and has been serving our community with non-commercial communications during emergency conditions since the formation of our club in 1958. Members operate with a license granted by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and operate primarily under regulations contained in U.S. CFR Title 47, Part 97, "Amateur Radio Service." BCVHFA specializes in Very High Frequency (VHF) and Ultra High Frequency (UHF) radio technologies and participates in amateur radio activities using VHF and UHF equipment. High Frequency (HF) radio operation also complements VHF/UHF capability for extended range communications. Some members operate microwave amateur stations as well.

What we do:

  • Emergency communications support to local officials during emergencies after their communications have failed.
  • Meet to enjoy each others company and stories - Every Monday and the Monthly Main Meeting. 
  • Homebrew Equipment - Kit building, repeaters.
  • Club Upgrades -  4 operator club station, club generator, club operating accessories, club tower/antenna system.
  • Participate in weekly net on Thursday.
  • Contesting Lite - State Parks On the Air, Field Day, Lighthouse special events, several other contests that members request.
  • Training - Weather Spotting, Emergency Support, Club Equipment Operation.
  • Digital Communication - VHF/UHF Packet, HF Digital Modes, D-Star, Echolink, ircDDBgateway.
  • Amateur radio computer platforms - Raspberry Pi, BeagleBone Black, Banana Pi, Arduino.
  • Amateur Radio Software - Winlink2000, HF-ALE, DigiPan, FLDigi, G8BPQ, Ham Radio Deluxe, Linux
  • Amateur radio licensing - Assist non-hams acquire FCC amateur radio license.
  • New Licensee Mentoring - Help new ham radio licensees get started operating radios.
  • Seek new members for BCVHFA - We are always looking for good hams to become members of BCVHFA.

When we do it:

Main Meeting: First Wednesday of each month starting at 7:00 P.M.
Informal Monday Night Get Together: Most Mondays at 6:00 P.M.

Where we do it:

Why we do it:

"Because We Can"  Radio Amateurs enjoy communicating with other amateurs both locally and all over the world; promoting international good will. Many have made friends for life through ham radio contacts. Radio amateurs enjoy constructing their radio station from store bought equipment and/or homebrew equipment sometimes advancing the "state of the radio art." 

How we do it:

BCVHFA amateur radio operators are licensed by the FCC. Each license upgrade allows the use of expanded radio frequencies. Potential ham operators must pass an exam showing they understand basic radio communication concepts and regulations before obtaining their license. Each operator can have a home "base" station as well as mobile and handheld radio stations. According to regulations, amateur radio operators can support community officials after a declared emergency when community owned radio systems fail to operate.

Link to Butler County Amateur Radio Communications (BCAREC) -  Click Here

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