Dayton Hamvention 2011

Out trip to Dayton for this years Hamvention.

May Meeting Notes

Some notes from the May 2011 club meeting to pass along:

We had 22 people in attendance, 19 club members and 3 guests.  We heard the minutes from the previous meeting and the club financial report.  Committee reports follow:

Education/VE Committee Report:

Dave Nelson reported we had three people attend our April VE Testing session in Archbold.  We had two new technicians pass and one new general class issued as well.   We have one potential candidate for May testing, but do not have a solid commitment yet.  People interested in taking advantage of the May testing session should contact Dave Nelson so he can arrange the VE team for May 28.  Dave also indicated we will offer testing at the Hamfest on June 4th, and on Field Day, June 25th.  Further details and contact information can be found at the Fulton County website

This year for the ARRL Field Day, we are going to try sending out invites to Amateur Radio operators in and around Fulton County who may have never participated in Field Day, or don't have the time to play radio the whole weekend.  I thought it would be fun to mock up an invite in the form of a QSL card, which works out even better since it has lower postage rates as a postcard. 

The next club meeting will be held on May 16th at the County Administration Building (same location as the BMV/License Bureau), 152 S Fulton St, Wauseon, OH. The club meeting will be at 7:30pm.

I want to thank everyone who responded to our question about emergency power capabilities.  I also want to remind everyone that we are looking to update our club logo.  We are looking for something that not only embodies the spirit of Amateur Radio, but also references Fulton County and/or Ohio.  Our current T-Shirt logo is simply a tower silhouette with the club name.  Please submit any ideas to me and I'll get them on an area of the website for the club to vote on.

Upcoming Hamfests:

05/20/2011: Dayton Hamvention
06/04/2011: F.C.A.R.C. Hamfest in Tedrow
06/05/2011: Chelsea Hamfest
06/19/2011: Monroe Hamfest

Upcoming Events:

06/25/2011: ARRL Field Day!!!!  Stop out and see us in Tedrow.

Club Nets:

Weeknights at 10:30pm Buds' Midnight Madness Net -- 147.195+

With severe weather season in full swing, the radio club is trying to get an idea of how many members and amateur radio operators in the County area have emergency power provisions for their radio equipment. If you currently have some form of backup power on your VHF/UHF equipment, please respond to either myself ( or Bryan Patterson ( with your current setup.
Craig Szczublewski - FCARC Vice President

We are looking to refresh our club logo/design (mostly for the purpose of branding on T-Shirts and other apparel).  Our current supply of club t-shirts is down to just a few, so now is a great time for us to freshen up our look. We would like to ask our club members to consider submitting their ideas for a new logo.  Once we've gathered a few ideas, well have a vote at a future meeting.  Prior to that, we'll list the submitted ideas on the club website so everyone can make their decision before voting.  To get the pool started, here is a logo idea I put together in about 20 minutes (yes, it's a little rough around the edges):

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