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.

It's that time of year again! The Fulton County Health Department has requested our assistance for this years Lockport 5k/10k Run & Walk at Goll Woods.

When: Saturday, October 10, 2015, 8:30am, race at 9:15am
Where: Lockport Mennonite Church, 9269 Co Rd 21N, Stryker, OH 43557

Lockport Mennonite Church is located at the corner of Williams Co Rd 21/N and Co Rd I-25.

We need to meet at the church by 8:30am for assignments and setting up the base station. The course is run on county roads through Goll Woods. Things usually wrap up by 11:00am, sometimes sooner. We have safety vests we'll bring along. If you bring an HT, make sure you charge up the night before otherwise you should be able to operate from your vehicles with mobile radios. We plan to operate on 146.460 FM simplex. If you need a HT, we usually bring spares.

That's the info I have for now. Direct questions to me by replying to this message.

Please reply back to me if you can assist!

73!

Event: Ohio State Parks on the Air & FCARC end of summer Cookout!
Date/Time: September 12th, 2015 12:00pm to 8:00pm, cookout at 2:00pm
Location: Marzolf Shelter House, Harrison Lake State Park
Contact: Craig - KD8KBU (kd8kbu@arrl.net)

We are combining two events into one again this year!  The Ohio State Parks on the Air contest is September 12th from 12:00pm to 8:00pm with a goal of working as many state parks in Ohio as possible on HF. Contest rules can be found at the OSPOTA website: http://www.ospota.org/ospota/

We will be running under the club call-sign K8BXQ.  We have all the rigs and antennas accounted for, but if you are interested in operating, we will happily let you park at one of the rigs and call CQ.

The cookout we had last year was a fun time, so we are replaying the schedule again, and all club members and their families are welcome to come out.  We are planning on grilling up cheeseburgers and hotdogs, and will provide some side salads and chips as well.  We also have a lot of pop left over from the Hamfest, so no need to bring beverages.  If you are planning on coming out, please RSVP!

Harrison Lake/Marzolf Shelter: https://goo.gl/maps/5ert4 

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