minutes

1/17/22 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

November 21, 2022 Meeting Minutes

11/21/22 The meeting was called to order at 7:34 pm by Bryan Patterson (KB8ELG) with 22 members in attendance, introductions were made and the pledge of allegiance was given by all.

Silent Key: none

Members in Distress: KG8FM: recovering well from issues with kidney stones and bladder cancer

Corrections to Minutes from Previous Meeting: none

Treasurer's Report: unchanged; no fiscal activity this month. Motion: KC8HDG and KE8QJV

Bills to Present: Advertisement in Masonic Yearbook for K8BXQ totaling $25. Motion: KG8FM and KD8JBS

K8BXQ stickers. One was distributed to each member tonight in attendance; freewill donation for subsequent stickers. One will be given with each door prize and ticket at the Winter Hamfest 12/3/22. KE8ITJ purchased 200 stickers from 4Imprint.com for $125. As $120 had been agreed upon last meeting, KE8ITJ was agreeable to and reimbursed $120.

Tags:

October 17, 2022 Meeting Minutes

10/17/22 The meeting was called to order at 7:30 pm by Bryan Patterson (KB8ELG) with 14 members in attendance, introductions were made and the pledge of allegiance was given by all.

Silent Key: WD8KRW Bill Grieser 10/12/22. https://www.legacy.com/us/obituaries/fcnews/name/william-grieser-obitua…

Members in Distress: KG8FM: struggling with kidney stones and bladder cancer

Corrections to Minutes from Previous Meeting: none

Treasurer's Report: unchanged; no fiscal activity this month

August 15 2022 Meeting Minutes

8/15/22: The meeting was called to order at 7:30 pm by Bryan Patterson (KB8ELG) with 24 members in attendance. Introductions were made and the Pledge of Allegiance was given by all. FCARC feels more like a family than a business. This meeting is being broadcasted by Zoom provided by KE8ITJ

Silent Key: none

Tags:

July 2022 Meeting Minutes

7/18/22: The meeting was called to order at 930 pm by Bryan Patterson (KB8ELG) with 18 members in attendance, introductions were made and the pledge of allegiance was given by all.

Silent Key: None

Members in Distress: None

Treasurers Report: Treasurer absent tonight. We have been unable to access account at Farmers and Merchants Bank in Delta. KB8PUD has discussed with Karen the manager at Farmers and Merchants Bank Swanton branch who has offered assistance. *Update* an appointment has been made for KB8ELG, W8TUX, KE8OKA to meet with Karen the manager at Farmers and Merchants Bank Swanton branch 7/23/22 at 1000.

Tags:

June 2022 Meeting Minutes

June 20, 2022 FCARC MEETING

6/20/22: The meeting was called to order at 19:37 pm by Bryan Patterson (KB8ELG) with 17 members in attendance, introductions were made and the pledge of allegiance was given by all.

Silent Key: None

Members in Distress: None

Members in need: None

Old Business: Bryan Patterson (KB8ELG) discussed a routine service visit to the repeater site. Whilst there, it was discovered the Pre-Amplifier Deck had died. Servicing this particular unit will not likely be an inexpensive repair. The search has begun to find a technical outfit to exact said repairs

Tags:

May 2022 Meeting Minutes

5/16/22: The meeting was called to order at 1930 pm by Bryan Patterson (KB8ELG) with 18 members in attendance, introductions were made and the pledge of allegiance was given by all.

Silent Key: KD8BIN. His XYL Doris Dvorak in need of help dismantling amateur radio equipment. Please contact KB8ELG if you would like to help.

Members in Distress: W8TUX injured knee

Members in need: assistance with soldering.

Tags:

November 2021 Minutes

The meeting was called to order at 7:30 pm by Bryan Patterson (KB8ELG) with 13 members in attendance, introductions were made and the pledge of allegiance was given by all.

Silent Key: It was reported that John Dvorack, KD8BIN, passed away on October 17th.

Tags:

October 2021 Minutes

The meeting was called to order at 7:35 pm by Bryan Patterson (KB8ELG) with 16 members in attendance, introductions were made and the pledge of allegiance was given by all.

Silent Key: Robert Cook (KX8Q) September 30, 2021

Members in Distress: KE8ITJ reported that KA8KDS continues to improve in health. 

Treasurers Report: No changes from last month

Bills to Present: Nothing to present.

Hamfest Committee: The December Hamfest is set for December 4th at Ruihley Park Pavilion in Archbold, OH. Table prices have been set at $15 and will include admission.

Repeater Committee: A maintenance day/health check still needs to be conducted at the backup repeater site to check the health of the 440 gear and the backup Kenwood 2m machine.

Old Business:

  • The club participated in the September 25 Masonic Lodges on the Air contest. The club worked 3 masonic lodges and 49 QSOs for a score of 147.

New Business:

Tags:

WX Conditions

WAUSEON WEATHER

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.