2/19/24: The meeting was called to order at the Wauseon Administration Building Firemen's Training Room, 230 Clinton Street, Wauseon, OH 43567 at 7:30 pm by Bryan Patterson (KB8ELG). 24 members and guests were in attendance, introductions were made and the Pledge of Allegiance was given by all. Gratitude expressed to Jan Tropf for the use of this facility.

Silent Key: KG8FM sister

Members in Distress: W8TUX--hospitalization

Corrections to Minutes from Previous Meeting: reimbursement to KB8QJF is happening today, not last meeting.

Treasurer's Report: reported by KB8QJF. Motion to approve by KC8HDG and KE8UJA. Reimbursing KB8QJF $79 for FCARC QSL cards. Motion to approve by KE8ITJ and KC8HDG.

Solar Eclipse will occur 4/8/24. Large amounts of people are anticipated to be migrating to Fulton County to observe the eclipse; this may saturate cell signals and ability to communicate. Schools will be closed. Fulton County EMA is requesting one amateur radio operator be in attendance at each Fulton County police station and fire department, so 11 operators. Each operator is requested to have a 2m mobile radio, possibly with an amp. KD8KBU will operate an HF radio to communicate traffic to Columbus. KE8OKA will operate as net control at Fulton County Health Center. Swanton is expected to be the primary site. **We are on call. Our services may or may not be needed. WE ARE NOT TO SELF DEPLOY**.

Mock exercise is scheduled Saturday 3/23/24 at 12:00 noon, with all operators to be in place at their assigned sites.

Hams who are volunteering will receive a link via email to complete FEMA training IS-100, 200, 700, 800. Hams volunteering: KE8ITJ, KE8REG, WB8ZOI, KC8PCU, KE8BHW, KB8QJF, KD8KBU, KD8TUI, W8AKY, WB8HF, KE8OKA, KC8ELG, AA8YY, KB8VTN(?), KE8QFJ(?), KC8HDG (?

KB8QJF comments the eclipse will be a wonderful opportunity for Earth Moon Earth transmissions

Winter Field Day at the Delta Reservoir was a success. This is FCARC's first time participating. A QSL card was received.

The Fulton County EMA is requesting a list of all amateurs with 4x4 vehicles who would be available and willing to make runs for the County during any snow emergencies.
If you can help, please download and fill in the 
2024_EMA_FultonCo_Help_In_Snow_Emergency_Contact_Info.pdf form and email it to Bryan Patterson KB8ELG kb8elg@hotmail.com

AA8YY is coordinating AR Newsline to air on K8BXQ repeater on Wednesdays and Sundays 7:00-7:30PM.

KB8ELG is exploring various means of bringing wireless internet to the primary repeater shed. He has discussed with FCHC sharing wireless with them. A quote has also been obtained from Metallink.

Fulton County Police is requesting our help with various events through the year, including 5/27/24 Masonic Lodge breakfast-- help with partking; Independence Day fireworks Swanton/Delta held on various dates.

KE8ITJ suggested having up to date announcements added to a Google Doc which could be available to net controllers to read during nets.

KE8OKA/KB8ELG discussed inconsistencies with FCARC email. Transition to Gmail?

Next Fox Hunt: 3/24/24. N8ZGM is the Fox. More details to come

VE update: Saturday January 27, 2024 Al Baber KF8AAX attained Technician Class, and KB8QJF attained Extra Class.

Club Nets:

  • AR Newsline on K8BXQ repeater 147.195+on Wednesdays and Sundays 7:00-7:30PM.
  • Sunday at 8:00pm on the 1st Sunday is the Simplex Net-- 146.46

  • Sunday at 8:00pm on the 2nd and 4th Sunday is the Fulton County Preparedness Net – 147.195+

  • Sunday at 8:00pm on the 3rd Sunday is the Emergency Services Net—147.195+

  • Sunday at 8:00pm on the 5th Sunday is the DMR Net on Brandmeister 3171544 (K8BXQ).

  • Weeknights at 10:30pm Bud's Midnight Madness Net -- 147.195+

  • Wednesday at 8:00pm Wednesday Night Net

  • Thursday at 8pm 6M Net -- 1st Thursday 50.400 AM, 3rd Thursday 50.125 USB, all others 52.525 FM Simplex


Latest Club Information:

VE Testing: The club gives testing at 10:00 am the last Saturday of each month at the Wauseon Administration Building Firemen's Training Room, 230 Clinton Street, Wauseon, OH 43567. Contact Sandra Schwind KE8UTX if interested. Her email address can be found on the k8bxq.org website under the VE Testing section.

Saturday morning breakfast at the Delta 109 at 9:00 AM, in downtown Delta, OH.

The next regular club meeting will be 3/18/24 7:30PM at the Wauseon Administration Building Firemen's Training Room, 230 Clinton Street, Wauseon, OH 43567.

A motion to adjourn was made by KC8HDG and seconded by KB8QJF all were in favor.  KB8ELG closed the meeting at 8:46pm



WX Conditions


Regional Clubs & Repeaters

Check here to find links to Regional Clubs & Repeaters in the Northwest Ohio / Southeast Michigan area

County Information

More information about Fulton County, the communities, and common frequencies used.