August Meeting Notes

The following are meeting notes from the August 15th club meeting:

The meeting was called to order at 7:30pm by KB8ELG.  We had 23 members and 3 guests in attendance.  Minutes from the previous meeting were read by KB2AVN and accepted as well as the Treasures report by KB8ELH.  Individual committee and special reports follow.

Members in distress: 
One of our club members, Owen Hinkle (AC8OH) is on the mend after suffering a mild heart attack.  Owen is at the Findlay Hospital but set to go home soon.  Owens address is 3806 Bright Rd, Apt 304, Findlay, OH, 45840 if you want to drop him a line and wish him well.

Old Business:
The club purchased three assembled and finished picnic tables from a local Fulton County wood shop for $150 total and donated them to Jim Roth for use at the Roth Family Woodlot in Tedrow.  The tables were delivered as a surprise by kb8elg and kd8kbu and, needless to say, well received.  We thank Jim and the Roth family for having out for our Hamfest and Field Day year after year.

Education/VE Report:

When: September 10th and 17th from 10:00am until 2:00pm
Where: Delta Public Library
Cost: The class is free, $15 for ARRL/FCC Testing Fee
Register By: September 9th 2011
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Amateur Radio, often called ham radio, has consistently been the most reliable means of communications in emergencies when other systems failed or were overloaded. Despite the development of very complex systems--or maybe because they are so complex--ham radio has been called into action again and again to provide communications when it really matters.

Unlike some other types of radio services, you need an FCC license to communicate with a ham radio. There are three levels of Amateur Radio Licenses, and getting your first one is not all that hard. Many people pass their FCC exam in a week of spare time and the Fulton County Amateur Radio Club would like to help you.

July Meeting Summary

Here are some notes from the July 18th club meeting:

The meeting was called to order at 7:30PM. We had 18 club members in attendance, and 4 guests.  Minutes from the previous meeting were read and accepted, as well as the Treasurers report.  Individual committee reports follow:

Education/VE Report:

The CE Team reported we had conducted a testing session on June 25th at the Field Day event site in Tedrow.  We had three individuals show up for testing and passed two out of the three.  Testing for July resumes at the Archbold Police station.  We have one person scheduled, so walk-ins are now welcome.

We have confirmed our reservation with the Delta Public Library on September 10th and 17th for a two day Technician Class.  KB8ELG has indicated we have three individuals interested in taking the technician level class.  The class will be 10:00am to 2:00pm both days, with a special testing session to follow tentatively on the 17th at the Delta Public Library.  I will have more information on associated costs coming very soon.

Repeater Committee Report:

The anual Delta Chicken Festival.  This year the radio club was asked to setup with Fire and Police as part of emergency responders in the area.  We also assisted with traffic control for the Sunday parade.


July Meeting Reminder

The next club meeting will be held on July 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.

Upcoming Hamfests:

07/16/2011: NOARSFEST in Elyria
07/17/2011: Van Wert Hamfest
08/06/2011: Angola Hamfest
08/13/2011: Lima/Fair Radio Hamfest

Club Nets:

Weeknights at 10:30pm Buds' Midnight Madness Net -- 147.195+
Wed at 8pm Informal Two Meter & ARES Net -- 147.195+
Wed at 9pm 6M Net -- 50.400 AM on the first Wednesday of the month
Wed at 9pm 6M Net -- 52.525 FM Simplex

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HR 607 Update

I am forwarding this from an email received from Jim Weaver, K8JE,  Director, Great Lakes Division:

HR 607 is titled the Broadband for First Responders bill. Unfortunately, one of the bill's clauses would take the amateur 420-440 MHz frequencies in achieving its otherwise excellent objective.

Upon being introduced into the House, the bill was referred to the House Energy and Commerce Committee.  To date, the subcommittee has taken no action. In addition, in a meeting with a group of amateur constituents the bill's sponsor, Rep. Peter King of New York, has stated he no longer favors taking the amateur frequencies.  Finally, alternative bills having the same objective as HR 607, but that do not involve amateur frequencies, have been introduced into the House as well as the US Senate.

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