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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

July 2019 Minutes

Hi folks,

As promised, here are the club meeting notes for July 15, 2019.

The meeting was called to order by Bryan Patterson (KB8ELG) at 7:30pm with 12 members and 1 guest in attendance, the pledge was given by all.  

Members in Distress:

Since their return, Bev Walworth (KC8UJC) has been struggling with some health issues.  While she is recovering, please keep both George (N8EUY) and Bev in your thoughts.

The treasures report was given and a motion to accept was made by Bill Lampe (KD8WSL) and seconded by Ed Roth (WD8KRS).

Repeater Committee:

We still have structural repairs to make to the primary building before the end of the year.  We will wait until autumn at this point to get past the heat of summer.  Plans are to replace the trim boards and apply a fresh coat of paint.  Bryan (KB8ELG) will make a wellness check on the building to see how the new air conditioning system is working.

Field Day Committee:

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June 2019 Minutes

Hi folks,

The meeting notes from last months meeting slipped through the cracks for me, I am getting those out now.  Thanks to KB8ELH for taking this notes while I was out of town.  July's meeting notes will follow shortly:

The June meeting of the Fulton County Amateur Radio Club was called to order at 7:35PM by Bryan Patterson (KB8ELG) at the Delta Church of Christ in Delta, with 11 members and 3 guests present.  The pledge was recited by all.

It was reported that Allen Nash (KC8UQU) is doing well after a hip replacement, and Jim McBride (K8JPD) is doing well after his second knee replacement. It is also reported that Bob Switzer (WA8BHP) became a silent key. 

The finance report was read.  Bob Rosebrock (WB8ZOI) made a motion to accept it, which was seconded by Dave Claar (W8TUX), all approved.

Bills were presented for Field Day and Hamfest expenses.  Cass Telles (KD8MNG) made a motion to pay the bills which was seconded by Dave Claar (W8TUX).

The hamfest saw a revenue of $430, and favorable reports were received from vendors and attendees.

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May 2019 Minutes

The meeting was called to order at 7:30PM by Bryan Patterson (KB8ELG) with 12 members and guests in attendance.

Silent Key: Jack Joyner (N8BSR) passed away in April, several club members attended the funeral services.

Members in Distress:

- Jim McBride (K8JPD) continues to recover after his second knee replacement surgery.

- Allen Nash (KC8UQU) has been cleared for hip replacement surgery.

The Finance Report was read with motion to approve by WB8ZOI and seconded by W8TUX.  All present approved.

Bills to Present: KB8ELG presented two bills:

1. Liability Insurance Premium for 2019-2020 ($200).  Motion to approve: WD8KRS, Second by: KA8KDS

2. Repair parts for the 60amp solid state power supply ($103.15). Motion to approve: W8TUX, Second by: KB8CBY

Repeater Report:

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March 2019 Minutes

The meeting was called to order at 7:32PM by Bryan Patterson (KB8ELG) with 11 members in attendance.

Silent Key: No Reports

Members in Distress:

- Jim McBride (K8JPD) who had knee surgery in January and was able to attend our meeting last night.

- Dave Nelson (KA8KDS) who had a heart related incident in January requiring a pacemaker was also in attendance and reported feeling well.

- Allen Nash (KC8UQU) reported he will be going in next for hip replacement surgery, please keep him in your thoughts for a speedy recovery.

Minutes from the previous meeting were electronically distributed last month with no corrections.

The Finance Report was read with motion to approve by Bob Rosebrock (WB8ZOI) and seconded by David Claar (W8TUX).  All present approved.

Bills to Present: Nothing to present.

Membership Report: The current count stands at 33 paid and lifetime members.

Education Report:

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February 2019 Minutes

The meeting was called to order at 7:31PM by Bryan Patterson (KB8ELG) with

10 members in attendance.

Silent Key: No Reports

Members in Distress:

   - Jim McBride (K8JPD) had knee surgery in January, current reports is that he is at home and continuing to recover nicely.

   - Dave Nelson (KA8KDS) had a heart related incident on January 25 requiring a pacemaker. He was at tonight's meeting and reports feeling well.

Minutes from the previous meeting were electronically distributed last month with no corrections.

The Finance Report was read with motion to approve by Bob Rosebrock (WB8ZOI) and seconded by Ron Kuney (KB8CBY).  All present approved.

Bills to Present: Nothing to present.

Membership Report:

We are currently in the midst of our membership renewal drive. The current count stands at 28 paid and lifetime members.

Education Report:

KD8KBU will be presenting a digital mode workshop on March 2 at the Fulton Masonic Lodge in Delta from noon until 3pm.  The focus will be on getting started in popular HF operating modes like RTTY, PSK, and FT8.  A detailed email will follow.

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January 2019 Minutes

The meeting was called to order at 7:35PM by Bryan Patterson (KB8ELG) with 11 members in attendance.

Silent Key:

  • December 17 - Norman Dusseau (N8EYZ)
  • December 19 - Delmar Cadoo (KD8QOH)

Members in Distress:

  • Jim McBride (K8JPD) had knee surgery on Monday, all went well and we wish him a speedy recovery.
  • Allen Nash (KC8UQU) still has hip ailments and is trying a new treatment to help him move around.

Minutes from the previous meeting were electronically distributed last month with no corrections.

The Finance Report was read with motion to approve by Dave Claar (W8TUX) and seconded by Allen Nash.  All present approved.

Bills to Present: $46.50 for donuts for the Winter Hamfest.  A motion was made to pay the bills by Bib Rosebrock (WB8ZOI) and seconded by Less Sanders (KE8BHW), all were in favor.

Membership Report:

We are currently in the midst of our membership renewal drive. The current count stands at 26 paid and lifetime members.

Education Report:

No report, but a renewed effort after the first of the year to organize a class will be made.

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November 2018 Minutes

The meeting was called to order at 7:33PM by Craig Szczublewski (KD8KBU) with 8 members in attendance.

Silent Key/Members in Distress: No Report

Minutes from the previous meeting were electronically distributed last month with no corrections.

The Finance Report was read with a motion to approve by Larry Fountain seconded by Dave Claar.  All present approved.

There were no bills to present

Membership Report:

  • 39 paid members.
  • KD8KBU pointed out we have not taken in a lot of new club members this year.  He will produce some printouts of the club promotional page to hand out to VE testing participants to make them aware of the club and our activities.

Education Report:

  • No report, but a renewed effort after the first of the year to organize a class will be made.
  • KD8KBU offered to put on a digital mode workshop sometime in February with time and location to be determined.

Repeater Report:

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October 2018 Minutes

The meeting was called to order at 7:30PM by Bryan Patterson (KB8ELG) with 15 members and guests in attendance.

Silent Key/Members in Distress: No Report

The Finance Report was read with a motion to approve by Ed Roth seconded by Bill Lampe.  All present approved.

Minutes from the previous meeting were electronically distributed last month with no corrections.

Bills to Present:

* $86.61 for OSPOTA Picnic, a motion was made by Dave Claar (W8TUX) to pay, second by Bill Lampe (KD8WSL), all present approved.

Repeater Report:

* The Fusion repeater is still in QRP mode.  We plan to perform maintenance to the system once we have a new set of duplexors and can bring the power level up.

* We are still planning a maintenance day for the primary site, probably sometime end of October or after, to perform exterior maintenance, including repair to the wood trim and paint.

* KB8ELG found a combination heating and air conditioning unit for $365. He will work on getting it ordered before the snow starts to fall.

Old Business:

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September 2018 Minutes

The meeting was called to order at 7:30PM by Bryan Patterson (KB8ELG) with 11 members in attendance.

Silent Key/Members in Distress: No Report

Treasurers Report: No Report

Minutes from the previous meeting were electronically distributed last month with no corrections.

Repeater Report:

* The Fusion repeater is still in QRP mode.  We plan to perform maintenance to the system once we have a new set of duplexors and can bring the power level up.

* We are still planning a maintenance day for the primary site, probably sometime mid-September or after, to perform exterior maintenance, including repair to the wood trim and paint.  Look for details after the OSPOTA event.

* The main site experienced an issue with the Air Conditioning system, which was fixed by KB8ELG, who was able to fix it. He noted that the fan bearings sounded worn and the unit may need to be replaced, possibly with an all-in-one heating/cooling system.  Dave Claar made a motion to purchase a combo unit if under $750, which was seconded by Bill Lampe. All voted in favor.  Bryan Patterson will research the best available unit for the size of the structure.

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August 2018 Minutes

The meeting was called to order at 7:30PM by Bryan Patterson (KB8ELG) with 14 members and guests in attendance.

Silent Key/Members in Distress: No Report

The Finance Report was read with a motion to approve by Jason Clingaman (KC8PCU) seconded by Bill Lampe (KD8WSL).  All present approved.

Minutes from the previous meeting were electronically distributed last month with no corrections.

Repeater Report:

* The backup repeater is now operational and ready for use.  KD8KBU stopped out to the backup site on Sunday, August 19, and was able to reset the power to the backup system and the Yaesu 440 Fusion.

* The Fusion repeater is still in QRP mode.  We plan to perform maintenance to the system once we have a new set of duplexers and can bring the power level up.

* We are still planning a maintenance day for the primary site, probably sometime mid-September or after, to perform exterior maintenance, including repair to the wood trim and paint.  Look for details after the OSPOTA event.

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