The FCARC is holding it's annual summer swap meet this coming Saturday, June 6th.  The Hamfest is held at the Roth Family Woodlot in Tedrow, OH, just north of Wauseon.  More info can be found at the Hamfest Page on this site.  For the volunteers, plan on meeting at the Woodlot on Friday evening, June 5th at 6:30pm to discuss setup (pizza to be provided by the club).

April Meeting Notes

Hello everyone, here are notes from the Monday night Club meeting:

The meeting was called to order at 7:30pm with 20 members and guests in attendance. The Finance Report was read and accepted, and the annual PO Box bill was voted to be paid.

Membership: The club currently has 48 members

Committee reports follow:

Education: KE8RU reported that the technician class did not go off as expected with only one individual showing up for the class.  The attendee was supplied a copy of the study guide since he would not be able to attend the next two class installments.  He hopes to make the testing session at the end of the month. Going forward, it was suggested that individuals registering for the class pre-purchase the course materials to give the class some value.

Hamfest:  The Summer Hamfest is coming up June 6.  More time will be spent at the May meeting for planning what type of assistance we will need from club members to make this another success.

Field Day: Field Day is also rapidly approaching June 27-28.  It's not too early to plan what bands you might want to consider working, and partnering up with other club members who might want to work the same band and modes.  This would allow us to get far better utilization on those bands and modes then we have seen in the past.

April Club Meeting

The next club meeting will be held on April 20th at the County Administration Building (same as the Drivers License Bureau), 152 S. Fulton St, Wauseon at 7:30pm.
 
We are into the Spring season, which means our Hamfest and and Field Day will be here before we know it.  Please plan on attending to discuss these events.
 
Upcoming Events:
04/19/2015 Williams County Club Meeting w/ARES Ohio Section Coordinator
 
Upcoming Hamfests:
05/15/2015 Dayton, OH (5/15 to 5/17)
06/06/2015 Tedrow, OH (FCARC Summer Swap)
06/07/2015 Chelsea, MI
06/21/2015 Monroe, MI
 
The Williams County Amateur Radio Association is pleased to announce that,  Stan Broadway (N8BHL), will be our guest speaker, Sunday April 19, 2015 at 7 pm.  Stan is the Section Emergency Coordinator for the Ohio Section of the Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES).  Stan is a longtime ham, and is retired from a busy fire/EMS dispatch center near Columbus, OH. He is also a volunteer firefighter. His varied amateur radio interests include RTTY, PSK31,contesting, dxing and mobile HF.  One of his most notable accomplishments is transforming of an RV trailer into a mobile communications trailer.
 
Stan will be speaking about his vision for the future roles of ARES in emergency preparedness and operations in Ohio.  The Williams County ARA meetings in the new Williams County E-991/EOC building at 1425 East High St,  (Ohio Route 34) on the eastside of Bryan.  All area amateur radio operations and the general public are invited to be our guest at this special event.
 
The Williams County Amateur Radio Association is a member club of the American Radio Relay League (ARRL) the National Association for Amateur Radio.

March Meeting Notes

Hello everyone, here are notes from the Monday night Club meeting:

The meeting was called to order at 7:30pm with 22 members and guests in attendance. Minutes from the previous meeting and the treasurer's report were read and accepted.

Committee reports follow:

Education: KE8RU has opted to switch coursework material for the Technician Class from the ARRL Technician Study Guide to the Gordon West Technician Test Preparation guide.  All people involved with the upcoming class felt it provides a better entry level experience, while focusing mainly on the test pool.  The manuals actually come at a cost savings as well.  Andy was reimbursed for 6 manuals which will be used for the April Technician Class.  The W5YI group has also made available their PowerPoint presentation for the instructor, which accompanies the manual.

Repeater Committee: Plans are still rolling forward to take advantage of the Yaesu DR-1X club promotion.  The club voted to advance $500 to KE8RU who will use his personal credit card to pay for the acquisition (that is the only method Yaesu is accepting for payment), and hopes to have the paper work turned in this week, ahead of the end of March deadline.

Memorial Committee: No Report.

Members in Distress: As we have been reporting, Alan Nash's (KC8UQU) mother is currently in hospice care following a stroke in February.  Ben Murray also reported Don Law's (KD8SUF) mother passed away this month, Don frequently checks into the nets on the K8BXQ repeater.

The next club meeting will be held on March 16th at the County Administration Building (same as the Drivers License Bureau), 152 S. Fulton St, Wauseon at 7:30pm.

Upcoming Hamfests:
03/14/2015 Kalamazoo Twp, MI (was Marshall/Crossroads)
03/15/2015 Toledo, OH
04/11/2015 Highland, MI (Milford)

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 Informal Two Meter & ARES 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

Latest Club Information:
On the web: http://www.k8bxq.org/
On Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Fulton-County-Amateur-Radio-Club/206939596...
E-Mail list: http://mailman.qth.net/mailman/listinfo/fcarc

VE Testing:
The club gives Testing the last Saturday of each month contact Tom Servoss (KC8UOM) if interested, you can find his phone number on the www.k8bxq.org website under the VE Testing section.

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