Club Meeting Suspended

Due to the ever-increasing Covid-19 infections, and to keep in compliance with State-ordered mandates on no more than 10 person gatherings of any kind, All in-person meetings of the Fulton County Amateur radio club are hereby suspended until further notice. This will include, but will not be limited to the holiday dinner as well.

Keep well, and stay alert to the ever-changing situation.

Regards, Bryan KB8ELG...

Fulton county Amateur radio club president.

Winter hamfest Cancelled

As unpopular as it may be, I am going to cancel the winter fest for this year. I will contact The village of Delta and the county health department to let them know. I will make sure the village knows we still will need the building on that date for upcoming years.

Bryan Patterson - KB8ELG

September 2020 Minutes

The meeting was called to order with 12 members in attendance.

New Business: 

We are looking for a new recording secretary for the club after the first of the year. Craig (KD8KBU) will be fulfilling the need of our online presence, managing the website, and assisting with the social media accounts, but will be seeking re-election after his term. The major aspects of the position are:

  • Record Proceedings of Stated and Special Meetings
  • Maintain Membership List
  • Communications
  • Publish Hamfest Flyers

Open discussion on the new world of DMR: 

Bill KD8WSL made a motion to allocate $1000 for the integration of DMR to the K8BXQ 147.195 repeater. Larry KD8PUD 2nd the proposal. A vote was taken, motion was passed by 100%. Kim KE8ITJ will be heading up the program.

Maintenance work on the repeater shed is set for Oct-11-2020 just after breakfast at the 109 restaurants.

A fox hunt is to be held on Oct-18th-2020 at 1PM local time. All participants are to meet at the county admin building at 1PM. Operations will be held on 146.460 mc simplex FM.


OSPOTA 2020 Wrap Up

We finished up OSPOTA yesterday with 54 QSOs across 28 parks and 6 states and DX entities (we worked into Quebec), all on 80m. It was not the typical year for this event, only 44 parks were declared as activated, and as far as I know, the others close to home like Mary Jane Thurston and Independence Dam were not activated. Still, the weather was beautiful, we had a few club members stop out, and we got some contesting in. We look forward to next year and the hopeful return of our end-of-summer cookout.

July 2020 Minutes

Members Present: (20) kb8elg, kb8elh, kd8kbu, w8tux, wd8krs, kc8hdg, ke8oka, kd8zke, kd8wsl, kg8fm, ke8itj, ke8own, wa8vec, wb8zoi, ke8bhw, kd8pud, nc8nc, ke8ong, ka8kds (and Marilyn)

The meeting was called to order at 7:31 pm by KB8ELG, who welcomed everyone. Committee reports follow

Members in Distress: K8JPD's health is in decline.  KB8ELG has requested everyone to keep him in their thoughts. 

Treasures Report: KB8ELH presented the financial report.  A motion was made by to W8TUX accept, seconded by KG8FM. All accepted. 

Bill to present: WD8KRS presented a bill for $134.06 for field day/expenses.  A motion to accept was made by WB8ZOI and seconded by KE8BHW. All were in favor.

Repeater Committee: Reports on some de-sense during random times of the day.

Winter Hamfest: December 5, 2020 @ the Village of Delta Memorial Hall.

Field Day: Results have been posted on the club website.

Emergency Services: W8TUX has postponed plans for an emergency services deployment exercise until his work schedule is less hectic. 


Field Day 2020 Wrap Up

The 2020 ARRL Field Day has concluded and the antennas are packed away for another year, reports have been filed, and regrets of eating too much pizza have been reconciled. 

This year was certainly one for the history books as it took place during the global pandemic, requiring us to alter some of our usual activities.

Stats on various modes can be found on our Field Day site: 

The end result is that we ran a 5A category, although in hindsight 4A would have been more appropriate.  We logged 369 QSOs across the three available modes and on 5 of the 12 available bands.  We had 20 CW contacts, 120 Digital contacts, and 229 voice contacts. The top three operators were KD8KBU with 120 QSOs, KB8ELG with 108 QSOs, and AB8RC with 105 QSOs. We worked 41 states and 6 Canadian Provinces and Territories. The longest QSO was by KB8ELG to Slovakia. One more interesting point is that on average 20% of the QSOs we complete are to home operators, while this year it was around 74%.

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