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The Clark County Amateur Radio Association (CLARA) is an amateur (ham) radio club in the Springfield, Ohio area. We provide communications support to civic and public service events including runs, bicycle rides; emergency communications during hazmat incidents, fires, snow emergencies, missing child searches; weather spotter support to local officials and the National Weather Service during severe weather.

Our club is more than just communications support, however. We have our annual club dinner in January, annual club picnic in June, Saturday morning breakfasts, and at least three social nights out per year in lieu of a club meeting. In past years we have toured the Care Flight facilities, the National Weather Service at Wilmington, the Clark County Sheriff's dispatch center, the B-17 restoration project in Urbana, Ohio and WDTN Channel 2 in Dayton.

Except for July and August, CLARA meets the third Monday of each month at 7:15 PM at the Shrine Club on Shrine Road.

While we list the W8BUZ and WX8U repeaters on our website, as a courtesy to our members, they remain under control of their respective owners.

Severe Weather Reporting

When severe weather threatens Clark County ARES will initiate a severe weather net. Please check into the net on the 146.73 repeater to report any severe weather in your area. All severe weather reports are forwarded to the National Weather Service in Wilmington, Ohio.

Short Vertical Antennas

CLARA member, Glenn McConkey, W8BVI, has written an article on short vertical HF antennas and how to make them into a phased array. Click here to read more.

Broadband Video

NYC Fox 5 news clip on amateur radio operations relating to the attacks of September 11, 2001 in New York City. Copyright is owned by Fox 5 News NY.

PC Component & Recycling

Looking to recycle your computer components? We have discovered that you can recycle those items for free! Click to visit to find a location near you, learn more about what items they accept and lots more.

Clark County, Ohio also has its own recycling center. Click to visit to find out all The Clark County Waste Management District offers residents.

Introduction Video

Watch an introduction to amateur radio produced in Quebec, Canada. This 11 minute video covers many topics. We are sure you will enjoy it.
Click here to view in a pop-up window.

Clark County License Exams

Amateur radio license exams will be held on the following dates:

  • February 15, 2020
  • April 18, 2020
  • June 20, 2020
  • August 15, 2020
  • October 17, 2020
  • December 12, 2020

All exams are being held at the Clark County EMA, 3130 East Main St, Springfield, OH 45503. (Map to new location)

Registration begins at 11:30 AM. Walk-ins welcome.

Please bring your original license, a copy of your license (if a licensed ham), a valid photo ID and $15.00. It is best to have an FCC FRN, too.

To locate other ARRL exams, click here.


July 30, 2020 - All Clark County License Exams will be held in the EOC at the EMA until further notice. See above.

December 20, 2019 - The W8BUZ Fusion repeater has been removed from service for repair. The previous system is now in its place.

Area Weather

ARRL Affiliated

CLARA is an ARRL affiliated club