November Meeting Notes

The meeting was called to order at 7:33PM by Craig Szczublewski (KD8KBU) with 8 members in attendance.
Silent Key/Members in Distress: No Report
Minutes from the previous meeting were electronically distributed last month with no corrections.
The Finance Report was read with motion to approve by Larry Fountain seconded by Dave Claar.  All present approved.
There were no bills to present
Membership Report:
  • 39 paid members.
  • KD8KBU pointed out we have not taken in a lot of new club members this year.  He will produce some print outs of the club promotional page to hand out to VE testing participants to make them aware of the club and our activities.
Education Report:
  • No report, but a renewed effort after the first of the year to organize a class will be made.
  • KD8KBU offered to put on a digital mode workshop sometime in February with time and location to be determined.
Repeater Report:
  • KB8ELG purchased a combination heating and air conditioning unit for $365. With weather turning to winter quickly, we might not get it installed this year, but Dave Claar pointed out we should plan a maintenance day to unbox it and verify it works while under warranty.  We can plan an install date in the spring.
Old Business:

On Nov. 7 2018 , members of the club and the Emergency services group conducted a practice deployment in Fulton County. Jim McBride, K8JPD, opened the net at 20:00 and if I recall correctly, we had 6 check ins, and a new ham, KE8KRI, rode along with KB8PUD.

Everyone successfully deployed to police, fire and other Emergency oriented agencies as we requested. The travel times were fairly short and the deployment phase went well.

Once everyone was at their deployment site and checked in, we exited our vehicles and conducted communications on our HT’s. Other than 2 Hams that were a long way from the repeater, HT communications went well.

K8JPD then released everyone to their home QTH and had them report in once they arrived safely.

I was very pleased overall with the exercise. The following points explain why.

  1. Everyone participating did a very good job of using our established protocols. Communications were clear and easily understandable.

  2. Everyone complied exactly with K8JPD’s instructions which would be critical in a real emergency.

  3. Once we went mobile, all equipment worked properly, and communications remained easily understandable.

  4. The HT communications were much better than I anticipated.

Tower work planned this weekend for KA8KDS is being postponed until November 3 due to the weather conditions.

Hi folks, we are targeting November 7th for this drill.
Who: FCARC club members and anyone interested in emergency communications
What: Practice deployment exercise
Where: In and around Fulton County and predetermined locations
When: November 7th, 2018
Why: This exercise allows us to better determine our capability for providing emergency communications for the organizations in and around the county if needed. The goal will be to check into the Net from your QTH at 8:00pm, then go mobile to a designated location and relay current weather conditions from a high power mobile and low power HT.
I cannot stress this enough: coordinate with W8TUX and KB8ELG on your intended location. We are trying to select Emergency Service locations such as Hospitals, Fire/EMS stations, and Police stations. We need to make sure we notify these authorities and obtain permission to temporarily check in from their parking lots.

October Meeting Notes

The meeting was called to order at 7:30PM by Bryan Patterson (KB8ELG) with 15 members and
guests in attendance.
Silent Key/Members in Distress: No Report
The Finance Report was read with motion to approve by Ed Roth seconded by Bill Lampe.  All present approved.
Minutes from the previous meeting were electronically distributed last month with no
Bills to Present:
* $86.61 for OSPOTA Picnic, a motion was made by Dave Claar (W8TUX) to pay, second by Bill Lampe (KD8WSL), all present approved.
Repeater Report:
* The Fusion repeater is still in QRP mode.  We plan to perform maintenance to the system once we have a new set of duplexors and can bring the power level up.
* We are still planning a maintenance day for the primary site, probably sometime end of October or after, to perform exterior maintenance, including repair to the wood trim and paint.
* KB8ELG found a combination heating and air conditioning unit for $365. He will work on getting it ordered before the snow starts to fall.
Old Business:
* No further news on the amateur station installation at the FCHC.  We are waiting for their maintenance department to pull the coax.
* Jim McBrides (K8JPD) rotor controller is now fixed.
New Business:
We have a regular scheduled meeting October 15 at 7:30pm.  We are trying a new meeting space thanks coordination from Marilyn Nelson with the Church of Christ in Delta.
The address is:
500 Providence St, Delta, OH 43515
This is at the corner of Providence and St Rt 109, and is a first floor meeting room.
Upcoming Hamfests:
10/21/2018 Kalamazoo
10/28/2018 Madison Heights
11/17/2018 Ft Wayne
12/01/2018 FCARC
Club Nets:
Weeknights at 10:30pm Bud's Midnight Madness Net -- 147.195+
Wed at 8pm FCARC ES Net -- 147.195+
Wed at 9pm 6M Net -- 1st Wed 50.400 AM, 3rd Wed 50.125 USB, all others 52.525 FM Simplex
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VE Testing:
The club gives testing at 9am the last Saturday of each month at the George's Radio Service in Wauseon, contact Tom Servoss (KC8UOM) if interested, you can find his phone number on the website under the VE Testing section.
Saturday morning breakfast at the Delta 109 at 9:00 AM, in downtown Delta, OH.
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