July Meeting Notes

The meeting was called to order at 7:35pm by KB8ELG with 16 Club members in attendance.   Minutes from the previous meeting were read by KB8ELG  and accepted.

1. Members in Distress

As most are aware, Chuck Purdy/K8RHZ passed away on July 4. 
Dale Little/N8MI has moved to an assisted living facility as well.

2. Finance

LuAnn/KB8ELH read the treasures report and a motion was made by N8WOM to accept the report and seconded by KC8PCU.  All were in favor of acceptin the report as read.

3. Bills to present

Several bills related to Field Day were presented, including parts for the rebuilt electrical panel, fuel for the generator, and other necessities.  KC8PCU made a motion to pay the bills, which was seconded by W8TUX. 

4. Membership Report

Membership stands at 53 paid and lifetime members.

5. Hamfest Committee

A reminder was put out that the Winter Hamfest is scheduled for December 3 at the American Legion on St Rt 109.

6. Education Committee

There has been interest in a technician class which will most likely be scheduled after the County Fair which is the first week of September.

7. Field Day

KD8KBU gave the report on our claimed score and QSOs which can be found at http://k8bxq.org/fieldday
There was discussion on ways to improve Field Day which includes having multiple club members trained on major systems setup, like the pneumatic mast and generator systems.

On the topic of generators, KB8ELG discussed the possibility of getting a smaller dual-fuel system which could be fixed to the mast trailer, which would be enough to power the compressor and 6-7 radios.  More info will be presented at future meetings.

8. Emergency Services

W8TUX gave a presentation on his efforts to move forward with taking traffic from our local emergency services net and integrating with the Great Lakes Traffic Net on 3.932.  This net meets regularly at 8:30pm on the HF frequency designated.  Part of this effort will be learning to use the ARRL traffic form.

On short notice, the club participated in the Delta Chicken Festival Parade, assisting the Delta Police Dept with traffic management.  Out of this we now have a standing request for assistance with this parade as well as the festival in general.  The Delta Police may also work at getting several of their officers licensed at the tech level to allow better communications between our crews and theirs.

We have also been asked by the Fayette Fire Dept and the Fulton County EMA to help with the Bull Thistle Festival on August 6 at Harrison Lake for the Fireworks portion.  We are to meet at 7:15pm with the Park Rangers to discuss placement.  We may attempt to setup a cross band repeater system and test this out the week before.  We need about 8 active radios in the field, and have had 7 club members raise their hand at the meeting.  Please consider helping out (reply to me directly).

9. Repeater Committee

We have a scheduled maintenance day this Saturday at or around 10:30am.  The primary purpose is to work on setting up the new amp.  Secondary goals may include visiting the backup site to bring up the power on the 440 Yaesu Fusion.  If you have notbeen out to the site, is located at the base of the large tower at the Fulton County Health Center.  Listed for us on 147.195 as we make our way there if you want to stop out and see the system.

A motion was made by N8UBX to adjourn, seconded by N8WOM

Events of Interest:
07/30-31 Maker Faire Detroit (Henry Ford Museum) Saturday & Sunday
08/06 Fayette Bull Thistle Festival Fireworks/Harrison Lake
09/10 OSPOTA - Harrison Lake

Hamfests:

08/13 Angola, IN
09/11 Findlay
09/18 Adrian

Next Meeting:  The next regular club meeting will be 7:30pm on August 15, 2016 at the County Administration Building (same as the Drivers License Bureau), 152 S. Fulton St, Wauseon.

Club Nets:

Weeknights at 10:30pm Bud's Midnight Madness Net -- 147.195+
Wed at 8pm EC Practice Net & Club Two Meter Net -- 147.195+
Wed at 9pm 6M Net -- 50.400 AM on the first Wednesday of the month
Wed at 9pm 6M Net -- 52.525 FM Simplex

Craig Szczublewski - KD8KBU