Field Day 2015 is 20 days out and it's time to start firming up event plans.  We will be setting up at the Roth Family Woodlot in Tedrow again this year, and since we usually only run the 24 hour period, we can begin setup after 8:00pm on Thursday, June 25.  This would be a good time to get antennas in the air ahead of the 2:00pm start time on Saturday, June 27.
 
If you are bringing a rig, and planning on running the full 24 hour contest, let us know what bands and modes you want to run, if you have a laptop for running the software (I have extra laptops I can bring), and what rig and antenna system you plan to run.  Make sure to bring plenty of extension cords to tie into the generator, as well as plenty of antenna feed line.
 
Please keep in mind we run 100 watts or less to stay in our category.  If you are not planning on running the full length of contest, please note that in your reply.  Consider sharing antenna/rig space with another participant that might also want to only run part of the time.  We have had a lot of interest from club members about wanting to run more CW, so please try to coordinate your efforts.  Remember that we are restricted to only three simultaneous modes on each band: CW, Digital, Phone, and all bands are open except 12, 17, 30, and 60.
 

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.
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