August Meeting Notes

The meeting was called to order at 7:30pm by KB8ELG with 16 Club members in attendance.

1. Members in Distress

Dale Little/N8MI has moved to an assisted living facility, Kingston Residence.  While he can receive visitors, the nature of the medication and memory loss means he might not remember everyone, so please be patient.

2. Finance

LuAnn/KB8ELH read the treasures report and a motion was made by K8JPD to accept the report and seconded by KE8BHW.  All were in favor of accepting the report as read.

3. Bills to present

No outstanding bills or deposits were noted since the last meeting.

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.  KB8ELG requested all to make a concerted effort to promote the Hamfest at upcoming regional 'fests, like Ft. Wayne and Findlay.  We should have an updated flyer on the website this week to print off and hand out.

6. Education Committee

KB8ELG indicated he will be spearheading an entry level class due to interest from several sources.  The target date will be after the Fulton County Fair.  A suggestion was made to notify surrounding community EMS/Fire/Police about the class as we have had several inquires from those departments about obtaining Amateur credentials for better integration with the club members.

7. Special Events

OSPOTA will be at Harrison Lake on September 10, a separate email will be sent out regarding this.

8. Emergency Services

We received much praise for our efforts at the Bull Thistle Festival Fireworks.  The team we had was assigned to parking and traffic control within the park before and after the event, as well as spotting assistance for the Park Rangers and Law enforcement.  The event happened without incident and we had several good take-away ideas.  The first and foremost idea is that club members participating in these types of events with traffic control should have a personal "go kit" that have in their vehicle at all times.  This includes basic items like a reflective safety vest, LED flashlight with traffic wand, small first aid kit, collapsible traffic cone, and a FRS capable radio.  The last item might stir some criticism, but as we found out, when trying to integrate with the other group directing parking, they had no means to communicate other then FRS.  We welcome any other thoughts on items which would be useful for the types of events we operate in.

We passed along word of a potential CERT training class for October 22-23.  If you have interest in this event, please contact KB8ELG (kb8elg@hotmail.com) to let him know.  We has a good amount of interest at the club meeting last night and would like to provide a committed number to the EMA so they can plan accordingly.

9. Repeater Committee

The new amplifier is in place and has made tremendous improvements to the foot print of the 147.195 repeater.  Future plans are to test a pre-amp on the kenwood to boost up receive sensitivity. There are also plans to turn up the power on the Fusion system at the backup site, as well as put a service monitor on the duplexors to get those tuned as well. 

KC2RCU discussed the possibility of using Wires-X to link the Fusion systems in Defiance and Van-Wert to Fulton, which could provide a gateway to Lucas County.  More on this as plans are made.

A motion was made by KD8WSL to adjourn, seconded by KD8JBS.

Events of Interest:
09/10 OSPOTA - Harrison Lake

Hamfests:

09/11 Findlay
09/18 Adrian

Next Meeting:  The next regular club meeting will be 7:30pm on September 19, 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