April 16, 2018 Minutes

The meeting was called to order at 7:30PM by Bryan Patterson (KB8ELG) with 14 members in attendance.
 
Silent Key: none
 
Member in Distress: It was reported that KC8UJC continues to make a strong recovery.  They expect to be back in the Northwest Ohio area this summer.
 
The Finance Report was read and a motion to approve was made by K8JPD  and seconded by KC8PCU.  All present approved.
 
Bills to present:
 
o  $90 for the P.O. Box for the annual fee.  Motion by KC8PCU, second by KE8BHW.  All present approved.
o  $40.30 2 year Domain Name renewal.  Motion by KD8WSL, second by W8TUX.  All present approved.
o  $200 Liability Insurance.  Motion by KC8PCU, second by WB8ZOI.  All present approved.
 
Good of Amateur Radio:
 
o  A round table discussion was had on what do we want to do as a club and  what our direction going forward should be.  Do we continue to offer volunteer radio services for public events? We also discussed the need for ideas for an educational segment at the end of each meeting.  It was decided that the May Meeting Talk Topic will be given by K8JPD on the process of submitting QSL cards through the bureau.
 
o Swanton is having their fireworks on June 30 at the new High School.  The fire chief has asked for help with parking cars and traffic control.  W8TUX will get more information as it becomes available.  Club members were encouraged to participate.
 
Hamfest Committee:
 
o The Woodlot will be made available to us again this year. WD8KRS will arange for the port-o-john to be delivered. Discussion was had on food and beverage options (donuts, coffee, water, soda), Door Prizes, 50/50 tickets, Entry tickets, Club table, and ARRL table.  KD8WSL will contact KC8UOM regarding VE testing session for that day.  The Summer hamfest is registered for at the ARRL site.  The club page also has the latest information:  http://k8bxq.org/hamfest
 
o W8TUX provided additional information regarding use of KC Lanes for the Winter hamfest.  This option will be reviewed more closely in the coming months
 
Old Business:
 
o We are still looking for future meeting location options. Due to a remodel at the Wauseon Courthouse, our meeting location will need to change for 2018. Some options include: Wauseon Masonic Lodge, Police Auxiliary Room, Multi Purpose Room at the Wauseon Library, Fulton County Health Center Meeting Room.  If you have any ideas, please submit them.
 
o Fulton County Health Center has a FEMA mandate to equip an amateur radio station for backup communications.  They have reached out to KB8ELG to discuss options for equipment and getting several hospital staff members licensed.
 
Hamfests:
 
04/29/2018 GMARC Swap / Madison Heights
05/18/2018 Dayton Hamvention (3 days)
06/02/2018 FCARC Summer Fest
06/03/2018 Chelsea
06/17/2018 Monroe
 
As always, check with the hosting club before assuming the dates are correct.  Further details can be found at the ARRL Website:
 
    http://www.arrl.org/hamfests/search
 
Club Nets:
Weeknights at 10:30pm Bud's Midnight Madness Net -- 147.195+
Wed at 8pm FCARC ES Net -- 147.195+
Wed at 9pm 6M Net -- 1st Wed 50.400 AM, 3rd Wed 50.125 USB, all others 52.525 FM Simplex
 
Latest Club Information:
On the web: http://www.k8bxq.org/
On Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Fulton-County-Amateur-Radio-Club-206939596063938/
E-Mail list: http://mailman.qth.net/mailman/listinfo/fcarc
 
VE Testing:
The club gives testing at 9am the last Saturday of each month at the George's Radio Service in Wauseon, contact Tom Servoss (KC8UOM) if interested, you can find his phone number on the www.k8bxq.org website under the VE Testing section.
 
Saturday morning breakfast at the Delta 109 at 9:00 AM, in downtown Delta, OH.
 
The meeting was closed at 8:40pm with a motion from KD8MNG and seconded by WB8ZOI.