On This Site


2015 Budget


Getting Started


Welcome to the web site of the Mad River Radio Club. My name is Dave Pruett, K8CC and I am the MRRC president. Originally founded in 1971, MRRC is an ARRL-Affiliated club of amateur radio operators who are interested in on-the-air radio competition. The club exists to foster camaraderie and share expertise between amateurs who share that interest.  This web site exists to act as a communications medium between the members and friends of MRRC, to provide a repository of information about the club and amateur radio contesting, and to further the interests of the club.

There are two major sections to this web site, which can be accessed by the hyperlink buttons to the left on this page.  Under "On This Site", the "Archives" button takes you to a section loaded with useful information about contesting and MRRC, including .pdf files of old club newsletters dating back to the founding of the club in April 1971.  Think of this section as a reference archive that does not regularly change.  The "2015 Budget" button takes you to a page showing the club's budget for its 2015 fiscal year.  The "Experience" button leads to the MRRC Experience page, a page for MRRC members to publish stories about their operating experiences.  And finally, the "Getting Started" button leads to a page for articles about getting started in various aspects of contesting. 

The buttons under "About The Club" lead to pages with information about the club: the current club roster (with home/e-mail addresses and phone numbers omitted for privacy), information about how to join MRRC with an on-line membership application, a list of the current club officers and volunteers, information about the club's callsign K8MAD, the club's Articles of Association (by-laws), the location for the next MRRC meeting, and some information about the MRRC e-mail reflector, which tends to be the method by which club members stay in touch with each other.  The "Club History" button leads to a story from 1985 describing the club's early history and the infamous "Asterisk Year".  The "ARRL Circle" button leads to an explanation of the geographic circle which defines the club area for the purposes of the Affiliated Club Competition in ARRL-sponsored contests. The "Members" button leads to a photo gallery of current MRRC members.  The "Dayton" button leads to several pages about MRRC activities at the Dayton Hamvention® every May, the "MRRC Challenge" button leads to a FAQ page about the year-long MRRC Challenge which recognizes member operating achievements.

A new addition is the "SS Planned Ops" button, which leads to the "SS Border Battle" page documenting the efforts of the club SS Activity Coordinators Earl, N8SS for Michigan and Dan, W8CAR for Ohio in getting members focused on the ARRL Sweepstakes contests in November.  We encourage all members to get on the air, have fun and make some QSOs in SS.  Contact Earl or Dan at their e-mail addresses shown on the page to announce your operation and encourage other members.

Finally, the "Links" section leads to other web sites closely related to the activities of the club.  Both the Michigan and Ohio QSO Parties are sponsored by MRRC and the links take you to their respective web pages. The WA7BNM Contest Calendar is one of the best on-line resources for the rules and dates for upcoming contests.  The links under "Contest Simulators" lead to sites where these programs can be downloaded.

MRRC invites you to come in and browse the content of our web site.  Also, if you live in Michigan, Ohio, or one of the surrounding states and are interested in amateur radio contesting, we'd like to extend an invitation to join MRRC.  We now have an on-line membership application form (see the "How to Join" button to the left on this page).  Dues are only $20 per year and you'd be joining the oldest, and one of the most vital amateur radio contesting clubs in the midwest.

* * * NEXT MEETING * * *

The next club meeting will be the MRRC Christmas Party at the QTH of member Jay Pecora, KB8O in Elyria, OH on Saturday, January 16, 2016. MRRC members and friends are also invited to the North Coast Contesters (NCC) Christmas Party that same day at the QTH of Tom Lee, K8AZ in Chesterland, OH  The NCC party at K8AZ will begin at 3:00 PM. followed by the MRRC party at KB8O which will begin at 8:00 PM.  NCC members and friends are also invited to join us at the MRRC party in Elyria.

Follow the "Next Mtg" button on the left side of this page for more details about the January 16 meetings and maps to both KB8O and K8AZ.

About The Club


How to Join



By Laws

Next Mtg


Club History

ARRL Circle



MRRC Challenge

SS Planned Ops


MI QSO Party

OH QSO Party

WA7BNM Contest Calendar

Contest Simulators