Doyle E. Bernath, age 93 of Wauseon, passed away Saturday, November 18, 2017, at Fulton Manor Nursing Home.   Doyle worked for Phillips 66 as a maintenance supervisor for many years and then was self-employed until his retirement.  He is also a veteran of the United States Navy, serving during World War II.
Doyle was born in Hillsdale County, Michigan on October 15, 1924 to the late Andrew E. and the late Bessie I. (Grup) Bernath.  On June 27, 1948, he married Catherine S. Stutesman, and she survives.    He was a member of the Wauseon Masonic Lodge, the American Legion, the Veterans of Foreign Wars, and the Amateur Radio Club.  Doyle also enjoyed golfing and fishing on Lake Erie. 
Beisdes his wife, Catherine, he is survived by many nieces and nephews.  He was preceded in death by his parents and one sister, Twila Stutz.
Funeral services for Doyle will be held at 10:00 AM on Tuesday, November 21, 2017 at the Edgar-Grisier Funeral Home in Wauseon with Pastor Floyd Vincent officiating.  Interment will follow in the Waldron Cemetery, Waldron, Michigan.  Visitation will be held on Monday, November 20, 2017 from 6:00 PM until 8:00 PM at the funeral home.  Those planning an expression of sympathy are asked to consider a contribution to the Winameg Christian Church.  Online condolences may be offered at  The Edgar-Grisier Funeral Home in Wauseon has been entrusted with arrangements.

October Minutes

The meeting was called to order at 7:37pm by Bryan Patterson (KB8ELG) with 12 members in attendance.
There were no silent keys reported.  Members in distress reported that the wife of Doyle Bernath (W8TGC) had taken a fall, but was expected to return home.
The treasurers report was read and a motion to approve was made by Jim McBride (K8JPD) and seconded by Dave Claar (W8TUX) and approved by all.
No corrections were reported for the September meeting minutes.
The meeting was called to order at 7:30pm by John Myers (KD8ZKE) with 16 members in attendance.
There were no members in distress reported, but several members inquired into the health and well-being of Doyle Bernath (W8TGC).  The club officers will try to get a hold of him before the next meeting to get an update.
Minutes from the August meeting were read an accepted.
The treasurers report was read and a motion to approve was made by Bob Rosebrock (WB8ZOI) and seconded by Jason Clingaman (KC8PCU) and approved by all.
There were two bills to present:  one for the OSPOTA cookout for $109.93 and one for the Portable "facilities" for Field Day and the Summer Hamfest for $80.  A motion to pay the bills was made by Lindsay Infante (K8LI) and seconded by Bill Lampe (KD8WSL) and approved by all.
The repeater committee reported that maintenance was conducted last week on the main repeater shed, replacing a bad RF connector.  Since the maintenance, there has been a marked decline in the spurious noises in transmission.  It was noted that there are several maintenance items that need to be conducted on the building, including inspection of the flashing on the roof and a coat of fresh paint.  We will inform the club when maintenance is scheduled to try and get a few extra hands to help.  Look or this to occur in the next few weeks.  

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Event: Ohio State Parks on the Air & FCARC end of summer Cookout!
Date/Time: September 9th, 2017 12:00pm to 8:00pm, cookout at 2:00pm
Location: Marzolf Shelter House, Harrison Lake State Park
Contact: Craig - KD8KBU (

The Ohio State Parks on the Air contest is September 9th from 12:00pm to 8:00pm with a goal of working as many state parks in Ohio as possible on HF Phone. Contest rules can be found at the OSPOTA website:

We will be running under the club call-sign K8BXQ.  We have all the rigs and antennas accounted for, but if you are interested in operating, we will happily let you park at one of the rigs and call CQ.

The cookout we had last year was continues to be a club favorite, so we are replaying the schedule again, and all club members and their families are welcome to come out.  We are planning on grilling up cheeseburgers and hotdogs, and will provide some side salads and chips as well.  I'll report back on beverages and deserts, but it woujld be great if you bring something small to share. If you are planning on coming out, please RSVP!

Harrison Lake/Marzolf Shelter:

Dale Lavon Smith, age 73, of Hillsdale, Michigan, and formerly of Angola, Indiana, passed away on August 14, 2017, at the University of Michigan Hospital, Ann Arbor, Michigan.
Dale was born on August 11, 1944 in Angola, Indiana, the son of DeBurl and Dorris J. (Sickels) Smith.
He attended Fremont and Angola High Schools and graduated in 1963.
He was an electrical technician and retired from Williams Electric in Angola, Indiana, and was currently working for Swick Broadcasting and Zip Spider Internet, Angola, Indiana.
Dale married Delberta (Dow) Pattison on December 10, 2006 in Hillsdale, Michigan.
He liked to spend his free time with amateur radio, and used the call sign W9LKI, he was a member of the Land of Lakes 101 radio club, and years ago was involved in Civil Defense, and helped to bring the 911 system to Steuben County.
Survivors include his wife, Delberta Smith of Hillsdale, Michigan, daughters, Laura (Andrew) Leese of Angola, Indiana, and Danielle (Mike) Schilling of Grand Rapids, Michigan, a son, Brian (Teri) Pattison of Saginaw, Michigan, his mother, Dorris Smith of Angola, Indiana, his grandchildren, Ryan, Eric, Adam, Carrie, Elayna, Andrea, Kaitlyn, Erika, Andrew, and Ethan, a sister, Diane (Gene) Diehl of Fremont, Indiana, a niece, Deborah (Chris) Roach of Angola, Indiana, and a nephew, David (Angie) Diehl of Angola, Indiana.
He was preceded in death by his father, DeBurl Smith, and a nephew, Michael Diehl.
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