Photos Courtesy of K8LI

A big thank you to all the club members who volunteered to help make this a very successful event.  We had people in attendance from all over northwest ohio, southweast michigan, and northeast indiana.  As an experiment in a first time winter hamfest, we think we attracted a nice variety of vendors and equipment for sale.  Looks like we may try this again next December on the 5th, so mark your calendars now!

ARCADIA, Fla. -- Kenneth Richard Alvord, 81, of Arcadia, Fla., and Archbold, Ohio, passed away November 27, 2014, at Fawcett Memorial Hospital, Port Charlotte, Fla.
Ken was born June 25, 1933, in Chappell, Neb., the son of Clarence and Vesta Alvord. He moved to Ohio and married Clara Ann (Miller) Frey on June 18, 1952, and she survives. They made their home in Liberty Center until a few years ago. Recently, Ken and Clara spent their summers in Archbold, Ohio, and winters in Arcadia, Fla.
Ken is survived by six children, Clarence "Al" (Sharon) of Arcadia, Fla., Richard (Diane) of Napoleon, David (Nina) of Liberty Center, Cherie (David) Mercer of Wauseon, Jaynie (Tom) Gilgenbach of Archbold, and Laurie Ricker of Bryan; two sisters, Patty Kintz of Ogalla, Neb., and Garnet Roth of Republic, Mo.; sister-in-law, Yvonne Alvord of Sumter, Wash.; and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Clarence "Buzz" Alvord; two grandchildren and one great-grandson.

The logs have been tallied and the scores are in.  Of all 89 participants they received log files for, we finished in 25th place with a score of 5,096, which sound great, but actually finished 11th out 15 participants in the Multi-Operator, Multi-Radio, High Power in Park (MMH) category.  So there is some room for improvement.  I have no complaints from the contest.  We had great weather and the cookout was a lot of fun.  We keep getting a little better every year, and I imagine next year will be no different.   Some other interesting stats from the contest:

  • There were 64 out of 73 State Parks Activated, the most ever for the contest.
  • Close to home, Independence Dam, Kelley's Island, and North Bass Island were not activated.
  • The high score for MMH class was AB8DD in Kiser Lake with 40,832 points.

​Additional information can be found at the O.S.P.O.T.A. website.

November Meeting Notes

Hello everyone, here are some notes from the Monday night Club meeting:
The meeting was called to order at 7:35pm with 15 members and guests. Minutes from the previous meeting and the treasurer's report were read and accepted.
Members in Distress: No report of members in distress, but we were glad to have WB8ZOI and KD8WVO both at the meeting.
Committee reports follow...
Education: No testing session was held on October, no report of a November session yet either.  Tom Servoss and the VE Team will be conducting special testing at the Winter Hamfest on December 6th.  The time will be 10:00am at the Delta Public Library, which is directly across the street from the Hamfest. All normal rules and fees apply.
Repeater Committee: No report.
Memorial Committee: No report.
Calling all ham radio operators, electronic experimenters, and hackers!  The Fulton County Amateur Radio Club will be hosting a winter indoor Hamfest/Electronics Expo December 6th, 2014, located in Delta, Ohio at the Memorial Hall (401 Main St).  There will be tables and chairs provided.  Doors open for the public at 8:00am.  Vendor tables are $15.00 with 1 Pass per table, setup will start at 6:30am,  advanced ticket sales and table passes are 'Will Call'.
** UPDATE **
All tables have been sold for the event!
Who: The Fulton County Amateur Radio Club
When: December 6th, 2014
Where: Delta Memorial Hall, 401 Main St., Delta, OH, 43515
Times: 8:00am to 1:00pm, vendor setup at 6:30am
Tables Costs: $15 w/1 pass per table
Admission: $5
Talk-In: 147.195+
Public Contact: Bryan Patterson (KB8ELG)
Phone: 419-822-5038
If you are looking to sell some equipment, or just buy yourself an early Christmas present, this may be the ideal time.  
VE Testing:  The FCARC will have a VE team on hand for new license testing as well as upgrades.  The VE Testing session will be at 10:00am, across the street from Memorial Hall at the Delta Public Library.  Please contact Tom Servoss at 419-388-6057 or
The next club meeting will be held on November 17th at the County Administration Building (same as the Drivers License Bureau), 152 S. Fulton St, Wauseon at 7:30pm.
Upcoming Hamfests:
11/15/2014 Ft Wayne, IN (Saturday and Sunday)
12/06/2014 FCARC Winter Hamfest, Delta OH!!!
Further details can be found at the ARRL Website:
Club Nets:
Weeknights at 10:30pm Bud's Midnight Madness Net -- 147.195+
Wed at 8pm Informal Two Meter & ARES Net -- 147.195+
Wed at 9pm 6M Net -- 50.400 AM on the first Wednesday of the month
Wed at 9pm 6M Net -- 52.525 FM Simplex

This is a 5K happening this Saturday, November 8th.   It starts at the Fayette Schools Complex, and runs down Co Rd R and back.  Our responsibilities will be similar to the Lockport race.  Please plan to meet at Fayette Schools no later 8:30am Saturday morning for route assignments.  We are planning on operating on 146.460 FM simplex and you should be easily able to operate from your vehicle or an HT.

That's the info I have for now.  If anyone else has anything to add, please send to  Direct questions to me by replying to this message.

Hello everyone, here are some notes from the Monday night Club meeting:

The meeting was called to order at 7:30pm with 19 members and guests. Minutes from the previous meeting and the treasurer's report were read and accepted.

Members in Distress: Bob (WB8ZOI) continues to recover after surgery in September, we hope to hear him back on the air soon.  Trenton (KD8WVO) has been dealing with some medical issues as well, and we wish him a speedy recovery.  On a positive note, we were glad to have Reggie (KG4NXM) in our company for the meeting as he continues to recover from his accident.

Committee reports follow...

Education: The VE Team held a testing session on September 27, issuing two new Technicians and one upgrade to General.  No calls have been made to reserve the October test session yet.

Repeater Committee: Maintenance was performed on October 11 by KB8MDF and KD8KBU, some of the items worked on include;

- Adjusting the duplexer pass and notch on receive, and the pass on transmit. Better isolation through a dummy load, but that did change when placed back on the antenna.

- Changed the cables to the repeater and separated the DC wire from the controller cable bundle to isolate some controller noise away from the repeater.

- Separated the repeater DC power and attached to the Astron power supply for more noise isolation.

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