Hamfest Was a Success

We had a brief shower pass through early, but otherwise splendid weather for our Summer Hamfest. Thanks to all the club members who pitched in to help, and everyone who attended. By all accounts, it was a great success for the club.

As a reminder:
* The Chelsea Hamfest is tomorrow morning, doors at 8am.
* The Monroe Hamfest is June 19th (Fathers Day)
* The Club Meeting is June 20th
* And the ARRL Field Day is June 25/26 back at the Woodlot. 

May Meeting Reminder

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

This will be an important meeting to attend as it is the last one before the Summer Hamfest on 4th.  Please plan on attending if you are tasked with helping at this event.

It is also not too early to start thinking about Field Day 2016, which is June 25-26.  We had an epic Field Day last year with the monsoon like conditions, be sure to plan on coming out again to see what this year holds.

Lindsay (K8LI) gave a status report on the duplexer which I will share:
 

The ARRL Contest Advisory Committee is studying how to get more youth involved in the contesting aspects of our hobby and has designed a very thorough survey to solicit input. The committee would like as many people to take the survey as possible and requests that you take the survey and also ask any youth you know, whether they are hams or not, to take it as well. The survey asks different questions that depend on the answers you submit and will only take a few minutes to complete.

The link to the survey is: http://tinyurl.com/YouthHamRadio

Please help them to gather data by taking the survey, asking others to take it, and sharing this email with your friends and clubs.

Thanks and 73,
Dale WA8EFK 

Ohio NVIS Antenna Day

The Ohio ARES NVIS antenna day is a non-contest operating activity open to all amateurs. In the case of an emergency, we will need to communicate over short distances to stations within the state of Ohio and our neighboring states.  NVIS antennas are the technology to do this, but which are best?  And, how does YOUR antenna work?
 

The meeting was called to order at 7:32pm with 21 Club members in attendance.  Minutes and Treasurer reports were read and accepted.  Committee reports follow:

Membership: This is the first meeting of the new calendar year.  Membership dues reminders were sent out at the beginning of the month.  With membership renewals mailed in and paid for at the meeting, we currently stand at 34 paid and lifetime members.  We thanks everyone for renewing their membership as it offsets the clubs expenses such as liability insurance, post office box, etc, and allows us to make improvements to our repeater system.

Education:  As a reminder to all V.E.'s and anyone considering an upgrade, KC8UOM reports that as of January 2016, all testing will be moved to the Wauseon Public Library at 10:00am. Testing is still the last Saturday of the month. The Wauseon Public Library is located at 117 E. Elm St, Wauseon, OH 43567.

KB8ELG reports that there is a family of 5 interested in taking a tech class sometime in the spring.  While no firm date has been set, he is investigating the possibility of starting the first Saturday in April and running four weeks.  A time and location has not been determined either.

Good morning and Happy 2016 to each of you!
 
I wanted to let you know that you are to be applauded because Fulton County has the most people signed up for the NWS weather spotter training taking place in Henry County!
 
If you have not signed up yet, please see the attached flyer. 
 
I know I don’t often see you face-to-face and we interact more through email, phone or social media, so please stop me and re-introduce yourself at the training so I can refresh your name and face from last years’ training!
 
Thank you for your time and dedication in helping Fulton County stay safe in severe weather.
 
Heather Kost
Director, Fulton County EMA
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