While most club members are aware of this, Eva Rosebrock, mother to Bob Rosebrock (WB8ZOI) passed away on January 18th.  Visitation will be Wednesday, January 21st from 4 to 8 pm at the Weigel Funeral Home in Metamora.  Funeral Service will be held Thursday, January 22nd at 11:00 am at Faith Evangelical Lutheran Church in Metamora with Interment at Amboy Township Cemetery.

Further details and the obituary listing can be found at Weigal Funeral Home website.

January Meeting Notes

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 in attendance. Minutes from the previous meeting and the treasurer's report were read and accepted.
Committee reports follow:
Education: We have interest by three different people in having a technician class in the spring.  KB8ELG will be working with several other club members to outline a program around the ARRL course and will announce a date soon.
Repeater Committee:  The repeater continues to operate normally.  We are considering rotating between the backup and main repeater sites to make sure both radios stay in working condition.
Memorial Committee: The club made a donation to the North Clinton Church in honor and memory of Ken Alvord (KD8ERB) who passed away in November.

2014 Annual Review

Happy New Year From the Fulton County Amateur Radio Club! 2014 was filled with many service events, club social activities and a brand new winter Hamfest.

Club Officers:
Your 2014 officers remained unchanged from the previous year, with Bryan Patterson (kb8elg) as your club President, Craig Szczublewski (kd8kbu) as your club VP, Angela Infante (kb2avn) as Secretary, and Lu Ann Kuney (kb2elh) as Treasurer.


The club authorized the purchase of a used Kenwood TKR-750 repeater to get the backup site on-line from the lightning hit in 2013. The site is working as of July with the new radio and our spare CAT DX300 controller. At the same time we powered up KB8GOM's 440 repeater, which can be found at 442.075+ with 103.5 PL.
We performed several maintenance checks on the main repeater site, as we continue to make adjustments to improve performance and converge.

The next club meeting will be held on January 19 at the County Administration Building (same as the Drivers License Bureau), 152 S. Fulton St, Wauseon at 7:30pm.

Notes to Pass Along:

The first business meeting of the year is the election of club officers, your attendance is greatly appreciated for this.

Club membership renewals for 2015 are also due at this time.   I will be getting renewal notices out via e-mail and postal mail in the next few days.  If I happen to miss you, please let me know. Your membership fees help offset the cost of running the club, allow us to hold events like the OSPOTA cookout, and maintaining the repeater.  Your continued support is greatly appreciated.

It was nice to have a good turnout for the Christmas Dinner at The Barn in Archbold.  I have a few pictures online at the club website here: http://k8bxq.org/media/xmas14/index.html

It is official also, we are moving the December Hamfest to the American Legion on St Rt 109, just south of Delta.  We were surprised by the overwhelming interest our first Winter Hamfest, and have sought out a bigger venue.  We will be actively promoting this at all of the regional hamfests this year.  More details will be made available as we draw closer to the date of December 5.

Upcoming Hamfests:

01/11/2015 Hazel Park, MI
02/01/2015 Elyria, OH
02/15/2015 Livonia, MI
02/15/2015 Mansfield, OH
03/14/2015 Kalamazoo Twp, MI (was Marshall/Crossroads)

2015 Calendar

I have an updated list of area hamfests, club meetings, social outings, radio events, etc. available to download.  Click the PDF icon and let me know if I missed anything!

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.

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