Ralph W. Smith, age 81, of Delta, peacefully passed away at Swanton Health Care under hospice care on Saturday, November 19, 2016.  He was born in Cygnet, OH on June 26, 1935 to the late Warren Smith and Jeanette (Oberholtzer) Smith.  Ralph was a graduate of Mt. Blanchard High School and later served in the U.S Army.  
On August 17, 1999 he married Ruth (Meienburg) Badenhop and she survives.  Ralph retired from Teamsters Local #20; where he drove truck for many years most recently with Consolidated Trucking and later T&T Holland.  Ralph enjoyed ham radio, fishing, hunting and spending time on his computer.  Along with his wife of 17 years, Ruth Smith; he is survived by his step-children, Thomas (Lois) Childress Sr. of Delta, Ella (Tim) Shelley of Swanton, Tom (Kathleen) Badenhop of Liberty Center and Tara Welling of Hicksville; sisters, Joann Stram of Findlay and Carol (Lynne) Cole of Morgantown, NC; several grandchildren, great grandchildren and nieces and nephews.  In addition to his parents and wife, Martha; he was preceded in death by his step-children, Paul and Del Childress, Linda Thacker, Scott Welling; sister, Janet Mains and grandchildren, Thomas D. Childress Jr and infant Jamie Lynn Childress.  
Here's a video of the new Hamvention site, shot from a drone and with narration about what parts of the fairgrounds are going to be utilized.
Starting January 2017, VE testing is moving back to the Archbold Police Dept. The time will be 9:00am on the last Saturday of the month.
Hello everyone,
I wanted to let you know that the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) training will be Saturday, November 19, 2016 at NWSCC Voinovich Auditorium.  The training will run from 8 AM - 4 PM with lunch provided.  The training is free and will cover topics like:
     * Damage Assessment
     * History of CERT
     *  Search and rescue
     *  Cribbing
     *  Plans for trained CERT members
Please let me know if you would like to register!
Heather Kost

First, I will not be available that weekend, so I am turning the organization over to Bryan (KB8ELG) who has run in the contest for many years along with me, and understands the format.

Event: Ohio State Parks on the Air & FCARC end of summer Cookout!
Date/Time: September 10th, 2016 12:00pm to 8:00pm, cookout around 2:00pm (setup starting at 10:00am)
Location: Marzolf Shelter House, Harrison Lake State Park
Contact: Bryan - KB8ELG (kb8elg@hotmail.com)

The Ohio State Parks on the Air contest is September 10th 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.  Please coordinate with Bryan (KB8ELG) if you plan on bringing out a rig and antenna.  Given the nature of the contest, there are very limited usable bands.  However, this is a great opportunity to experiment with operator "shifts" and spotting radios, something we don't get to do in bigger contest like Field Day.  If you plan on operating, download and print the following:

    Rules: http://www.ospota.org/ospota/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/OSPOTA-Rules2016...
    Log Sheet: http://www.ospota.org/ospota/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/OSPOTA-LogSheet-...
    Park Map: http://www.ospota.org/ospota/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/OhioStateParksMa...

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

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