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