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):

Here are some notes form this evenings meeting.

Education/VE Committee Report:

David Nelson reported that we are once again listed as a monthly exam location on the ARRL website.  We had no 2011 listings which may have accounted for no inquires in the past few months.  We also discussed the possibility of sponsoring a technician level class over the course of several weekends, followed by an exam session.  Other area clubs have had good success in providing this service recently.

Repeater Committee Report:

The April club meeting will be held on April 18th 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.

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