2015 Year in Review

Happy New Year From the Fulton County Amateur Radio Club! It was another great year for Amateur Radio, even with the unexpected Monsoon that was Field Day.

Club Officers:
Your 2015 officers remained unchanged from the previous year, with Bryan Patterson (kb8elg) as your club President, Craig Szczublewski (kd8kbu) as your club VP, Angela Infante (kb2avn) as Secretary, and Lu Ann Kuney (kb2elh) as Treasurer.

Repeaters:

The club authorized the purchase of a new Yaesu Fusion repeater system, under the special Club promotional pricing from the manufacturer. We are ready to deploy the system as a standalone UHF repeater using a donated frequency pair from KB8GOM. We conducted several regular maintenance visits on the primary site and removed the old building as well.

I have compiled a download/PDF of various club related activities for 2016, along with regional hamfests and VE testing sessions.  As a reminder, starting in January 2016, testing will move 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.

As a reminder we will be having a club outing to the Barn Restaurant in Archbold in place of our normal meeting on December 21. The reservation is listed under Fulton County Amateur Radio Club at 7:00pm.
The SET in Ohio, grid-down power outage,  involved a lot of simplex work. In order to capitalize on that activity, Ohio ARES has launched the first annual “ARES VHF Simplex Contest”.  It’s simple, direct, and follows a civilized timeframe.
 
Even something as simple as a temporary loss of power could necessitate using 2-meter/70-centimeter simplex as the main mode of local communication. We hope to both stimulate interest in the simplex modes along with data, and to create a fun atmosphere in which antenna performance and coverage can be determined – very helpful for a real communications emergency!
 
The contest is open to all, and we hope to stir up a lot of simplex activity on January 9, 2016.
 
-Stan
Stan Broadway,  N8BHL
Section Emergency Coordinator – Ohio
ARRL - The National Association For Amateur Radio
614-562-3130

November Meeting Notes

Hello everyone, we had our last regular meeting of the year on Monday. As a reminder we will be having a club outing to the Barn Restaurant in Archbold in place of our normal meeting on December 21. The reservation is listed under Fulton County Amateur Radio Club at 7:00pm. As usual, you are responsible for the cost of your meal. Here are notes from the Monday night Club meeting:

The meeting was called to order at 7:31pm with 22 members in attendance. The Finance Report was read and accepted.

Bills Presented: OARC Membership Fee $5

Membership: The club currently has 55 members

Committee reports follow:

Education: 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.

Hamfest: The Winter FCARC Hamfest is almost here. The Hamfest will be Saturday December 5th, 2015, 8:00am – 12:00pm (details at http://k8bxq.org/hamfest). Door prizes have been arranged and all volunteers should plan on meeting the week before to review how the day will flow. We are planning to meet at 2:00pm on November 29th at the Fulton Masonic Lodge in Delta (right next to the Library, use the back stairs) to discuss the event, the meeting should not last long.

Repeater Committee: The repeater committee has several tasks on hand (carried over from last month):

1. repair the cooling fan in the backup repeater (possibly this coming Saturday)
2. procure and install a PA deck for the primary repeater (on hold until the 1st of the year)

Hello everyone, here are notes from the Monday night Club meeting:

The meeting was called to order at 7:35pm with 22 members in attendance. The Finance Report was read and accepted.

Bills Presented: K8LI presented two bills from the memorial committee totaling $154, both were accepted and paid.

Membership: The club currently has 55 members

Committee reports follow:

Education: KC8UOM reports there is one individual scheduled for testing on 10/31. It is an Extra class upgrade, so walk-ins will be welcome.

Hamfest: With Ft. Wayne around the corner, and Madison Heights this coming weekend, KB8ELG encouraged all club members to print the PDF flier for the winter hamfest and distribute them. The Hamfest flier can be found at:

http://k8bxq.org/hamfest

Repeater Committee: The repeater committee has several tasks on hand:

1. repair the cooling fan in the backup repeater
2. procure and install a PA deck for the primary repeater
3. program the new Yaesu Fusion for UHF operation and deploy to the backup site

We enabled CTCSS on the main repeater as of October 1, which does not appear to have caused any major disruption. Thanks to everyone for the patience with this transition, it will certainly cut down on wear and tear on the main repeater, as well as a future PA deck.

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