Amateur Radio popularity has been growing in the past few years, with an all time high of more then 700,000 active licensed operators in the USA.  The Fulton County Amateur Radio Club is organizing a free entry level Amateur Radio license class to help those new to Ham Radio prepare for the license exam.  The three Saturday class takes place on February 11th, 18th, and 25th at the Delta Public Library from 10:00 am until 2:00 pm.  Official VEC testing will be available at the end of the third Saturday.  The club is providing all study materials for the class, however we are limited to five participants. While the class sessions are free, the test session does have a required FCC fee of $15.00. Contact class@k8bxq.org for details or to register.

January Meeting Notes

Hello everyone, here are some notes from the club meeting this evening:

The meeting was called to order at 7:30pm with 22 members in attendance. Introductions were made as we had several new faces in attendance.  Minutes from the previous meeting and the treasurer's report were read and accepted.

Committee reports follow:

Education: We had five individuals for testing at the end of December.  The team issued passing grades for three new Extra class operators, one new General, and one new Technician.  KA8KDS wanted to welcome Tom Servoss (KC8UOM) to the VE Team.  Tom recently upgraded to Extra and immediately went out and got his ARRL VEC accreditation. 

The next club meeting will be held on January 16th at the County Administration Building (same as the Drivers License Bureau), 152 S. Fulton St, Wauseon.  The club meeting will be at 7:30pm.  This is the first meeting of 2012 which means officer elections will be held and membership renewals for 2012  are due.  Renewal letters were sent in December, if you did not receive one, please let me know.  Your membership fees help offset the cost of running the club and your continued support is greatly appreciated.

Notes to pass along:

- The Henry County EMA is hosting NWS Skywarn Storm Spotting training on Tuesday March 13th. There will be two sessions, one at 2:30 PM and one at 7 PM. The training will be presented at the Henry County EMA EOC located at 1847 Oakwood Ave (County Rd 13) in the old Walmart Plaza. There is no need to pre-register.

Upcoming Hamfests:

01/15/2012 Hazel Park, MI
02/12/2012 Mansfield, OH
02/19/2012 Livonia, MI
03/17/2012 Marshall, MI
03/18/2012 Toledo, OH

Update (1/31/2012): Just to let everyone know. due to budget issues the NWS has asked us to drop one of the Spotter training sessions being hosted in Napoleon. So if anyone wishes to attend 2012 spotter training the only session available is the 7:00 PM class.

Date: Tuesday March 13th 2012
Location: Henry County Emergency Management Agency (Old Walmart Plaza Napoleon 1847 Oakwood Ave.
Time :7:00 PM

The Henry County EMA is hosting NWS Skywarn Storm Spotting training on Tuesday March 13th. There will be one session at 7 PM. The training will be presented at the Henry County EMA EOC located at 1847 Oakwood Ave (County Rd 13) in the old Walmart Plaza. There is no need to pre-register.

Since Facebook changed policy settings for groups, our club landing page at that social network is no longer is accessible if you lack a Facebook account.  I've switched our point of presence over to a Page style which is now viewable with or without an account.  If you happen to have one, please like our page and see more frequent updates related to amateur radio!

Happy New Year to everyone, I thought it would be nice to put together a "year in review" for the Radio Club.  It's been an interesting year filled with fun and successful radio events like the club Hamfest and Field Day, as well as somber moments when we said goodbye to some of the founding members of the club.  We had some challenges early on in finding a new and permanent meeting location, and certainly some challenges in transitioning to new club officers. I want to thank everyone for their continued support of the club through this year, and we look forward to being a great resource for Amateur Radio operators in this region in the coming year.

Club Officers:

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