January 17, 2022 The meeting was called to order at 7:30 pm by Bryan Patterson (KB8ELG) with 11 members in attendance, introductions were made and the pledge of allegiance was given by all.

Silent Key: none mentioned

Members in Distress: KD8KBU: sinus issues; KA8KDS, continues to struggle including falls; KG8FM: not feeling well; NC8NC: anticipating surgery

Corrections to Minutes from Previous Meeting: none

KB8ELG read wonderful letter from Tom W8II which included donation to Club of $150.  

Treasurer's Report: none

Bills to Present: none

Secretary Communications: no discussion

VE/Education Committee: no discussion

Repeater Committee: An annual PM is being planned on primary site, including: checking heat, check for water damage, etc. We’ll notify view email of the planned date as the weekend gets closer. Discussion ensured about plans for other repeater; will continue to discuss. 

Emergency Services: not discussed

Field Day Committee: hands on demonstrations of how to build antennas? 

Hamfest Committee: The Winter Hamfest was a success. The Club yielded $765 after expenses. KB8ELG is discussing long term contract with City of Archbold for Ruihley Park Pavilion. Will continue to discuss. Ideas for improvements for Hamfest: Radio to Santa? Delay of start time with consideration to safety (dark, potential inclement weather, etc). More food trucks? Commute attendees via golf cart from parking lot to front door? Hamfest signage? Preparedness display?  

The Summer Hamfest has been registered with the ARRL for June of 2022.

2022 Christmas Party: 2021 Christmas Part at Delta 109 too tight? 2022: Buffet vs sit-down meal? Coordinate with restaurant with reduced planned menu? Barn Restaurant/Das Essenhaus/Sullivans? Will continue to discuss.

Officer Elections: President: KB8ELG, verified by KE8VTJ and KE8ITJ. Vice President: KD8ZKE, verified by WB8ZOI and KE8QFJ. Treasurer: W8TUX, verified by KE8QFJ and KE8ITJ. Recording Secretary: KE8OKA, verified by KE8ITJ and KB8REG. KB8ZKE will co-learn/oversee finances/books. Farmers and Merchants Bank acct: only elected trustees/members will be signers. 

Old Business:

  • Club shirts: were passed out to members who ordered
  • The future of pneumatic mast trailer is an intent to sell it to an individual or club.  We have a few leads but are still looking for a buyer. 
  • Regarding integration of DMR into any K8BXQ repeater system, no new developments to report at this time.

New Business:

  • Should FCARC meetings be broadcasted on Zoom? DMR?
  • Growth of FCARC: 50% have been members >5 years and <5 years. People interested because of Preparedness? Reach out to Four County/Northwest State/Scouting to spark more interest? KE8ITJ church in Wauseon will be having Amateur Radio Technician classes on Saturdays. All are welcome.  

Hamfests:

  • January 23 Hazel Park, Royal Oak, MI
  • March 13, Elyria, OH
  • March 20, TMRA

Club Nets:

  • Weeknights at 10:30pm Bud's Midnight Madness Net -- 147.195+
  • Wed at 8pm FCARC ES Net -- 147.195+
  • Thu at 8pm 6M Net -- 1st Wed 50.400 AM, 3rd Wed 50.125 USB, all others 52.525 FM Simplex
  • Sun at 8pm on 2nd and 4th Sunday is the Preparedness Net – 147.195+
  • Sun at 8pm on 1st and 3rd Sunday is the DMR Net on Brandmeister 3171544 (K8BXQ)

Latest Club Information:

VE Testing: The club gives testing at 9 am the last Saturday of each month at the Masonic Lodge (Fulton No. 248) in Delta, contact John Myers (KD8ZKE) if interested, you can find his email address 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 February 21, 2022 at Fulton County Administration Building in the Conference Room on the second floor. 

A motion to adjourn was made by WB8ZOI and seconded by KE8ITJ, all were in favor.  KB8ELG closed the meeting at 8:44pm

February 19, 2024 Meeting Minutes

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.

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January 15, 2024 meeting minutes

1/15/24: 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). 21 members 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: none


Members in Distress: none

 

Corrections to Minutes from Previous Meeting: none

 

Treasurer's Report: reported by KC8ELG as W8TUX not in attendance. Reimbursing KB8QJF $79 for FCARC QSL cards.

 

2024 Elections for Officers commenced. Ballots were managed and tallied by KC8PCU and KE8BHW. Results are as follows:

President - Bryan Patterson

Vice President - Cody Gingery

Financial Recorder - Mark Raine

Recording Secretary - Gretchen Arno

 

Letter from Thomas Nickle W8AI read

 

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November 20, 2023 meeting minutes

11/20/23: The meeting was called to order at Fulton County Museum and Welcome Center, 8848 State Hwy/ 108, Wauseon, OH 43567 at 7:30 pm by Bryan Patterson (KB8ELG). 26 members were in attendance, introductions were made and the Pledge of Allegiance was given by all.

Silent Key: George Walworth N8EUY, a founder of FCARC

 

Members in Distress: KC8PCU hospitalized after a procedure

 

Corrections to Minutes from Previous Meeting: none

 

Treasurer's Report: none


Wauseon Christmas Parade will be held on November 25th at 7:00pm. If planning to attend to help out please arrive to the Chamber of Commerce on the corner of Fulton St and Depot St no later than 6:00pm.


Winter Hamfest will be held in Archbold at Ruiley Park on Sunday, December 3rd. Set up time is 7:00am, doors open at 8:00am. All members are welcome. All door/raffle prizes have arrived. PA system will be used for announcements. 


    FCARC Christmas Party - Dinner will be held at Blue Ribbon Diner on State Route 108 in Wauseon on Saturday, December 16th at 6:00pm. All family members and spouses are welcome to attend.

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    October 16, 2023 Meeting minutes

    10/16/23: The meeting was called to order at Fulton County Museum and Welcome Center, 8848 State Hwy 108, Wauseon, OH 43567 at 7:30 pm by Bryan Patterson (KB8ELG). 23 members were in attendance, introductions were made and the Pledge of Allegiance was given by all.

    Silent Key: none

    Members in Distress: Kathy Roth-- health issues

    Corrections to Minutes from Previous Meeting: none

     

    Treasurer's Report: presented.

    • Bills/Income presented. FCARC equipment sold-- $400 income. Motion to approve KE8YDW/KE8QJV.

    • Proposed K8BXQ Event signs created by Spray Signs. $16 each including shipping. Agree to purchase 10 signs for $160. Motion to approve: KE8BHW/N5XDM.

     

    Plaque for FCARC Silent Keys? 

     

    Repeater Maintenance: reschedule to 11/11/23 1:00 PM.

     

    KB8ELG double check back up repeater, was told everything was unplugged in shed. County Road M and 16, get a hold of the persons. Make sure back up will work in case K8BXQ repeater goes down.

     

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    Meeting minutes September 18, 2023

    9/18/23: The meeting was called to order at Fulton County Museum and Welcome Center, 8848 State Hwy/ 108, Wauseon, OH 43567 at 7:30 pm by Bryan Patterson (KB8ELG). 23 members were in attendance, introductions were made and the Pledge of Allegiance was given by all.

    Silent Key: none

    Members in Distress: none

    Corrections to Minutes from Previous Meeting: none

    Treasurer's Report: presented.

    • Bills/Income presented. FCARC equipment sold-- $400 income.

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    Meeting Minutes August 21, 2023

    8/21/23: The meeting was called to order at Fulton County Museum and Welcome Center, 8848 State Hwy 108, Wauseon, OH 43567 at 7:30 pm by Bryan Patterson (KB8ELG). 26 members were in attendance, introductions were made and the Pledge of Allegiance was given by all.

    Silent Key: none

    Members in Distress: KE8OKA reached out to KC8ROU. He continues to struggle with health issues which have necessitated hospitalization a few times. KD8KBU's dad continues to struggle with effects of brain bleed. KC8QFS and his wife Wanda continue to recover from MVA. KE8UJA recovering from back surgery. KD8PUD shared a card for all to sign reaching out to AA8HS.
     

    Corrections to Minutes from Previous Meeting: OSPOTA will be held 9/9/23, not 9/2/23

     

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    July 17, 2023 Meeting Minutes

    7/17/23: The meeting was called to order at Fulton County Museum and Welcome Center, 8848 State Hwy 108, Wauseon, OH 43567 at 7:30 pm by Bryan Patterson (KB8ELG). 23 members were in attendance, introductions were made and the Pledge of Allegiance was given by all.

    Silent Key: none

    Members in Distress: Concern about KC8ROU. KE8OKA reaching out. KD8KBU's dad is struggling with a brain bleed. KC8QFS and his wife Wanda were in an MVA, incurring fractures.

    Corrections to Minutes from Previous Meeting: none

     

    Treasurer's Report: presented.

    • Bills/Income to present: $119 to KE8OKA for outreach supplies. KB8ELG batteries: $75.06.

    • Motion to approve: KE8QJV/KC8PCU
       

    FCARC radio equipment:

    • FCARC has obsolete HF radio equipment.

    • Equipment donation received from Delta. Good radios, two need batteries replaced. KB8ELG bought the batteries for $37.53 each.

    Group introductions to new members: KE8WRF and KE8YDW.

    Repeater Maintenance: KB8ELG is acquiring quotes. DX Engineering suggested we talk to Bridgecom for duplexers.

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    June 19, 2023 Minutes

    6/19/23: The meeting was called to order at Fulton County Museum and Welcome Center, 8848 State Hwy 108, Wauseon, OH 43567 at 7:31 pm by Bryan Patterson (KB8ELG). 19 members were in attendance, introductions were made and the Pledge of Allegiance was given by all.

    Silent Key: none

    Members in Distress: Concern about Steve Breece KC8ROU. Reaching out.

    Corrections to Minutes from Previous Meeting: none

     

    Treasurer's Report: presented.

    • Bills/Income to present: none

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    May 15, 2023 Meeting Minutes

    5/15/23: The meeting was called to order at Fulton County Museum and Welcome Center, 8848 State Hwy 108, Wauseon, OH 43567 at 7:30 pm by Bryan Patterson (KB8ELG). 23 members were in attendance, introductions were made and the Pledge of Allegiance was given by all.

    Silent Key: none

    Members in Distress: Concern about Steve Breece KC8ROU. Reaching out.

    Requesting help: WD8PIC requesting help putting up an antenna.

    Corrections to Minutes from Previous Meeting: none

    Request help: WD8PIC requests help putting up an antenna.

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    April 17, 2023 Meeting Minutes

    4/17/23: The meeting was called to order at Fulton County Museum and Welcome Center, 8848 State Hwy 108, Wauseon, OH 43567 at 7:30 pm by Bryan Patterson (KB8ELG). 19 members were in attendance, introductions were made and the Pledge of Allegiance was given by all.

    Silent Key: none

    Members in Distress: Concern about Steve Breece KC8ROU. Reaching out.

    Corrections to Minutes from Previous Meeting: none

    Treasurer's Report:

    • Bills to Present: K8BXQ PO Box: $114; ARRL liability insurance: $200

    • Motion to approve: KC8PCU/KE8QJV. Vote approval
       

    FCARC radio equipment:

    • FCARC has obsolete radio equipment--KB8ELG will bring to Summer Hamfest.

    • Plans to purchase new FCARC Field Rig: Yaesu DX10 and Fulton County EMA Office: ICOM 7300. KB8ELG obtaining quotes.

    • Equipment donation not been received from Delta yet.

    Repeater Maintenance: KB8ELG is acquiring quotes. Waycom?/Bridgecom?. Bridgecom 250w 6 cavity: ~$1700.


    VE/Education Committee: 3/25/23: 9 people tested.

     

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