OSPOTA September 12

As a reminder, the club will be operating in the "Ohio State Parks On The Air" again this year, returning to Harrison Lake.  I registered the club as running planned operations with the event coordinator this evening.  We have a minor change in venue, as we will be back at the Marzolf Shelter House like the first year we operated.  Last, we are planning another end of summer cookout to coincide with the event, as we had a great turnout last year and all had a fun time. More details will be made available as the date draws closer. 

First and foremost, the Emergency Services Net has moved from Sunday to Wednesday at 7:30pm.  The following is some traffic notes from the Wednesday net.

KB8ELG and K8JPD met with the Fulton County EMA last week, with notes following:

1. KB8ELG and K8JPD were updated on new siren and alert tones in use.

2. The County EMA is working on obtaining a Technician Class license to facilitate traffic passing.

3. KB8ELG reports that equipment will be provided to the County EMA to also facilitate traffic passing.

4. A second meeting is planned on July 9th, KB8ELG is requesting club members and operators be available on July 9th at 16:30 to participate in a demonstration of the 2m repeater capabilities. He would like you to mobile, if possible, throughout the county.

Further discussion included potential emergency coordination and building occupancy.  The county is receptive to helping out where they can and have been impressed with the Emergency traffic nets and the recent deployment during the tornado watch several weeks ago.



Once again, we will be setting up at the Delta Chicken Fest this coming weekend, July 10-12.  We will tentatively be located in the same tent along with EMS and the Delta Police.  Like last year, we will have the portable mast and tri-band antenna in place for running QSOs.  We encourage all club members to come out and visit or operate the club rig.  If you have time on Friday or Saturday to spend an hour or two at the booth, please reply back to me so we can pencil people in.  Different this year is a request from the organizers to handle working the announcement booth, we hope to have more info on this shortly.
The club schedule will be as follows:
- Setup the pneumatic mast after work, probably 6:30pm-7:00pm
- 6:00pm - 9:00pm the booth will be on the air.  We will be in the same
  tent along with Police and E.M.S.

First, if you have pictures from Field Day 2015, send them my way, I want to put up a Flickr photo album.  On with the recap:

What a wild ride this years Field Day proved to be.  The massive rain storm that was parked on top of us for 12+ hours, responsible for so much flooding and damage around the area, did not show us much mercy.  After most of the EZ-Up shelters were swamped before the start of the contest, we were granted access to the cabin building at the back of the Woodlot, which allowed four of us to run stations quite comfortably and remain in a Alpha classification.   Combined with Lindsay's covered trailer and John's camper, we were able run a 6A despite the weather.  Other items that worked against us were intermittent generator power issues (mostly due to water, and lots of it), a disturbed solar forecast, and heavy winds limiting us to wire antennas (we never had an opportunity to get the tri-band safely assembled and raised).  Now that the bad is out of the way, we had a very good run:

Total CW:           92
Total Digital:     165
Total Phone:       218
Total QSOs:        475
Total QSO Points:  732

After Power Multipliers and other Bonus Points, we will be claiming an overall score of 2,414 points.  Other Field Day stats follow:

        ----CW----  --Digital-  ---Phone--

Howard D. Slemp, age 80, of Swanton, Ohio, passed away peacefully, Thursday afternoon, June 25, 2015, at St. Luke's Hospital, surrounded by his loving family. He was born May 2, 1935 in Saltville, Virginia to Howard Guy and Emma Mae (Tomlinson) Slemp. He graduated from Marion High School in Marion, Virginia in 1954. Howard enlisted in the United States Army during the Korean Conflict.  On November 8, 1955, he married his beloved wife, Dorothy Lee Stukey.  She preceded him in death on January 21, 2012.

June 15 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. The Finance Report was read and accepted, and the annual Liability and Equipment Insurance was authorized to be paid.

Membership: The club currently has 53 members

Committee reports follow:

Education: The V.E. team held a special testing session at the Tedrow Hamfest on June 6 with 5 participants.  They report 2 new Techs and 1 new General were earned.  KB8ELG reports that the next attempt at a Technician Class will probably be closer to end of the year.

Hamfest:  The summer hamfest was a great success, KB8ELG is still collating the revenue and attendance, and will report that soon.  We had some great door prizes to hand out with one of the new Techs wining one of the HTs.  The ARRL representative in attendance also complemented us on a efficient and well run operation, and looks forward to coming back for the winter hamfest in December.

Field Day: Field Day is almost upon us!  It is June 27-28 this year.  Here is a quick breakdown of important times:

    Setup can start anytime after 8:00pm, Thursday, June 25.
    Friday evening is when most of us will be out to setup.
    The contest starts Saturday at 2:00pm
    The Picnic dinner will be at 6:00pm on Saturday
    The contest wraps up at 2:00pm Sunday

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