May Meeting Reminder

The next club meeting will be held on May 16th at the County Administration Building (same as the Drivers License Bureau), 152 S. Fulton St, Wauseon at 7:30pm.

This will be an important meeting to attend as it is the last one before the Summer Hamfest on 4th.  Please plan on attending if you are tasked with helping at this event.

It is also not too early to start thinking about Field Day 2016, which is June 25-26.  We had an epic Field Day last year with the monsoon like conditions, be sure to plan on coming out again to see what this year holds.

Lindsay (K8LI) gave a status report on the duplexer which I will share:
 

The ARRL Contest Advisory Committee is studying how to get more youth involved in the contesting aspects of our hobby and has designed a very thorough survey to solicit input. The committee would like as many people to take the survey as possible and requests that you take the survey and also ask any youth you know, whether they are hams or not, to take it as well. The survey asks different questions that depend on the answers you submit and will only take a few minutes to complete.

The link to the survey is: http://tinyurl.com/YouthHamRadio

Please help them to gather data by taking the survey, asking others to take it, and sharing this email with your friends and clubs.

Thanks and 73,
Dale WA8EFK 

Ohio NVIS Antenna Day

The Ohio ARES NVIS antenna day is a non-contest operating activity open to all amateurs. In the case of an emergency, we will need to communicate over short distances to stations within the state of Ohio and our neighboring states.  NVIS antennas are the technology to do this, but which are best?  And, how does YOUR antenna work?
 

The meeting was called to order at 7:32pm with 21 Club members in attendance.  Minutes and Treasurer reports were read and accepted.  Committee reports follow:

Membership: This is the first meeting of the new calendar year.  Membership dues reminders were sent out at the beginning of the month.  With membership renewals mailed in and paid for at the meeting, we currently stand at 34 paid and lifetime members.  We thanks everyone for renewing their membership as it offsets the clubs expenses such as liability insurance, post office box, etc, and allows us to make improvements to our repeater system.

Education:  As a reminder to all V.E.'s and anyone considering an upgrade, KC8UOM reports that as of January 2016, all testing will be moved to the Wauseon Public Library at 10:00am. Testing is still the last Saturday of the month. The Wauseon Public Library is located at 117 E. Elm St, Wauseon, OH 43567.

KB8ELG reports that there is a family of 5 interested in taking a tech class sometime in the spring.  While no firm date has been set, he is investigating the possibility of starting the first Saturday in April and running four weeks.  A time and location has not been determined either.

Good morning and Happy 2016 to each of you!
 
I wanted to let you know that you are to be applauded because Fulton County has the most people signed up for the NWS weather spotter training taking place in Henry County!
 
If you have not signed up yet, please see the attached flyer. 
 
I know I don’t often see you face-to-face and we interact more through email, phone or social media, so please stop me and re-introduce yourself at the training so I can refresh your name and face from last years’ training!
 
Thank you for your time and dedication in helping Fulton County stay safe in severe weather.
 
Heather Kost
Director, Fulton County EMA

2015 Year in Review

Happy New Year From the Fulton County Amateur Radio Club! It was another great year for Amateur Radio, even with the unexpected Monsoon that was Field Day.

Club Officers:
Your 2015 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.

Repeaters:

The club authorized the purchase of a new Yaesu Fusion repeater system, under the special Club promotional pricing from the manufacturer. We are ready to deploy the system as a standalone UHF repeater using a donated frequency pair from KB8GOM. We conducted several regular maintenance visits on the primary site and removed the old building as well.

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