The Telles family recently donated the radio collection of Claude Cass Telles to the Fulton County Amateur Radio Club.  This was beyond the definition of generous as it will help us put equipment into the hands of new Hams, as well as raise the funds for a new repeater controller.  The following is the published obituary:

We Have been asked for help again this year. The parade day a November 25th, the day after Thanksgiving. I feel it is our obligation to help out when the need arises. If you can help, please reply back as soon as you can.


The club Field Day page has been updated with our operating statistics for 2011.  The FCARC (K8BXQ) finished with a score of 4,160 with 1,135 contacts. That allowed us to finish 11th out of all divisions in category 7A, and 1st in Ohio in category 7A.  The ARRL has their stats available here.

The next club meeting will be held on November 21st 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 last regular meeting of 2011, The December club meeting will be the holiday dinner at The Barn restaurant in Archbold.

Notes to pass along:

- The Archbold Festival of Lights Parade is Friday November 26th at 6:00pm.  I have not heard from any of the club officers if the Archbold PD is requesting our assistance this year or not.  Details will follow as they become available.  As always, Mr and Mrs AB8RC wanted to pass along that you can feel free to stop by after the parade to warm up and have some munchies.
- The Christmas Dinner is set for December 19th at the Barn Restuarant in Archbold.  The dinner replaces our normal club meeting.  Members are responsible for the cost of their dinner.

Upcoming Hamfests:

11/19/2011 Fort Wayne, IN
12/04/2011 LCARC, Harrison Township, MI
01/15/2012 Hazel Park, MI
02/19/2012 Livonia, MI

Helping Hams

An old fashioned antenna raising!  One of our radio club members took a direct lightning hit this summer, destroying a vertical VHF antenna and damaging the control elements on his StepIR.   After a few months of acquiring replacement components, we started putting the system back together.  New enhancements to the StepIR included a 40 meter element, replacing the main feed point, and a heavy duty pivot plate that keeps the beam elements horizontal to the ground while the tilt tower is raised and lowered.  We got the beam balanced and positioned before a strong thunderstorm moved in and stopped work for the afternoon.

Click on the image to view additional photos from the afternoon...

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