Silent Key Report: Dale Little (N8MI)

Finance Report read with motion to approve by Jim McBride (K8JPD) seconded by Ben Murray (KD8JBS).

Minutes from previous meeting were read with several corrections:

  • Festival of Lights is actually excluded from 2017 events
  • There is an additional net on the 3rd Wed, 9pm USB on 50.125
  • Motion to adjourn was made by KC8UQU and seconded by WB8ZOI

Upcoming Events:

  • Storm Spotter 6pm March 16, contact Bryan Patterson (KB8ELG) at if you are not comfortable with online registration.  The event is 6pm - 9pm Administration Building, Wauseon, online registration a must!
  • Regarding upcoming meetings, future meetings will be in the conference room on the 2nd floor of the admin building, not the council chambers.  Bryan Patterson (KB8ELG), Jason Clingaman (KC8PCU), and John Meyers (KD8ZKE) are official club contacts to gain access on those meeting nights.
  • Bryan Patterson (KB8ELG) mentioned possible participation in Winter Field Day 2018 (End of January)
  • Jason Clinagman (KC8PCU) September 9 is an event over at Homecoming Park sponsored by the UAW (IAC) for veterans.  The club was asked if we might be intereted in helping.

Old Business:

  • Charitable fund raising project, Bryan Patterson (KB8ELG) is still looking for ideas where the club can participate

New Business:

Dale G. Little, of Delta, Ohio, who for over 40 years answered to call sign “N8MI,” was called home on February 1, 2017, after a courageous battle with Alzheimer’s Disease.  Dale was born on March 23, 1938, in Jackson, Michigan, and grew up in Toledo, Ohio. He was a proud graduate of Irving E. Macomber High School. On September 20, 1958, he married Joann Burch and she survives. Dale had a very successful 40-year career with AT&T (formerly Ohio Bell), retiring in 1995. In retirement, Dale was able to enjoy his many hobbies. Of them all, he most loved traveling the country with his wife in their 30-foot fifth-wheel travel trailer. And of all the destinations, Lakeland, Florida, was the favorite. There, he was able to watch countless spring training games for his most beloved baseball team, the Detroit Tigers. When not long-distance traveling, Dale loved spending time at his Figy’s Point cottage on glorious Posey Lake (Hudson, Michigan). Dale was an avid golfer, fisherman and outdoorsman. He loved spending time in his professional woodworking shop, making furniture and cabinetry for his two homes. He was a member of the American Radio Relay League (ARRL), a professional organization connecting amateur radio operators around the country. When he wasn’t “playing radio,” Dale was an instructor, teaching others Morse code. Surviving is his wife of 59 years, Joann. Two daughters: Beth (Pete) Carr and Jill (Douglas) Roloff, both of Wauseon, Ohio.

Entire list of available training can be found online:

The meeting was called to order at 7:30pm by KB8ELG with 13 Club members in attendance. 

The Treasurer report was read and accepted by all.


KB8ELG read a letter from Tom Nickle (W8AI), our club member at a distance, with a donation to the club and condolences regarding the passing of Ralph Smith - W8HG.

We received a return of $175 from the Legion Hall along with a positive letter on how well we left the facility after the December Hamfest.  The fee is normally used for a cleaning crew which was not needed.

TMRA provided a complimentary table to their March Hamfest, but with a stipulation that it can only be used for the purpose of promoting the club, not for the sale of equipment.

Committee reports follow:

Hamfest: We netted $655 from the winter Hamfest.  Changes to the 2017 Winter hamfest were discussed.  A motion was made by KC8PCU and seconded by KD8WSL to commit to reserving the Legion Hall for December 2, and for committing to June 3 for the Summer Hamfest.  All were in favor.

Membership: We are starting a new year and tallying membership renewals.  Thank you for your continued support of the club.

Education: The February Tech class may be canceled as we only have one commit so far.  KB8ELG has set a hard date of Jan 21 to get additional commits to taking the class.

For Monday's club meeting, we will be over at the Sheriff’s training room in the EOC building, same time as usual.  Please pass the word along.

I have compiled a download/PDF of various club related activities for 2017, along with regional hamfests and VE testing sessions.  As a reminder, starting in January 2017, testing will move to the Archbold Police Department at 9:00am.  Testing is still the last Saturday of the month.  The Archbold Police Department is located at 405 E Lutz Rd, Archbold, OH 43502.

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