July Meeting Notes

Hello everyone, here are notes from the Monday night Club meeting:
 
The meeting was called to order at 7:30pm with 14 members in attendance. The Finance Report was read and accepted.
 
Membership: The club currently has 54 members
 
Committee reports follow:
 
Education: The re is renewed interest from several people on taking a tech class.  KE8RU has indicated a Autumn session would be possible but no date has been set at this time.
 

The next club meeting will be held on July 20th at the County Administration Building (same as the Drivers License Bureau), 152 S. Fulton St, Wauseon at 7:30pm.

Thanks to all who stopped out to the Delta Chicken Fest this past weekend.  We had seven club members on hand for the Sunday Parade which went off without issue.

Events of Interest:
07/25/2015 Maker Faire Detroit (Henry Ford Museum) Saturday & Sunday

Upcoming Hamfests:
07/19/2015 Van Wert, OH
08/08/2015 Angola, IN
09/13/2015 Findlay. OH
09/20/2015 Adrian, MI

Further details can be found at the ARRL Website:

    http://www.arrl.org/hamfests/search

Club Nets:
Weeknights at 10:30pm Bud's Midnight Madness Net -- 147.195+
Wed at 7:30pm EC Practice Net -- 147.195+
Wed at 8pm FCARC Club 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

Latest Club Information:
On the web: http://www.k8bxq.org/
On Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Fulton-County-Amateur-Radio-Club/206939596...
E-Mail list: http://mailman.qth.net/mailman/listinfo/fcarc

VE Testing:

OSPOTA September 12

As a reminder, the club will be operating in the "Ohio State Parks On The Air" again this year, returning to Harrison Lake.  I registered the club as running planned operations with the event coordinator this evening.  We have a minor change in venue, as we will be back at the Marzolf Shelter House like the first year we operated.  Last, we are planning another end of summer cookout to coincide with the event, as we had a great turnout last year and all had a fun time. More details will be made available as the date draws closer. 

First and foremost, the Emergency Services Net has moved from Sunday to Wednesday at 7:30pm.  The following is some traffic notes from the Wednesday net.

KB8ELG and K8JPD met with the Fulton County EMA last week, with notes following:

1. KB8ELG and K8JPD were updated on new siren and alert tones in use.

2. The County EMA is working on obtaining a Technician Class license to facilitate traffic passing.

3. KB8ELG reports that equipment will be provided to the County EMA to also facilitate traffic passing.

4. A second meeting is planned on July 9th, KB8ELG is requesting club members and operators be available on July 9th at 16:30 to participate in a demonstration of the 2m repeater capabilities. He would like you to mobile, if possible, throughout the county.

Further discussion included potential emergency coordination and building occupancy.  The county is receptive to helping out where they can and have been impressed with the Emergency traffic nets and the recent deployment during the tornado watch several weeks ago.

 

 

Once again, we will be setting up at the Delta Chicken Fest this coming weekend, July 10-12.  We will tentatively be located in the same tent along with EMS and the Delta Police.  Like last year, we will have the portable mast and tri-band antenna in place for running QSOs.  We encourage all club members to come out and visit or operate the club rig.  If you have time on Friday or Saturday to spend an hour or two at the booth, please reply back to me so we can pencil people in.  Different this year is a request from the organizers to handle working the announcement booth, we hope to have more info on this shortly.
 
The club schedule will be as follows:
 
Thursday:
- Setup the pneumatic mast after work, probably 6:30pm-7:00pm
 
Friday:
- 6:00pm - 9:00pm the booth will be on the air.  We will be in the same
  tent along with Police and E.M.S.

First, if you have pictures from Field Day 2015, send them my way, I want to put up a Flickr photo album.  On with the recap:

What a wild ride this years Field Day proved to be.  The massive rain storm that was parked on top of us for 12+ hours, responsible for so much flooding and damage around the area, did not show us much mercy.  After most of the EZ-Up shelters were swamped before the start of the contest, we were granted access to the cabin building at the back of the Woodlot, which allowed four of us to run stations quite comfortably and remain in a Alpha classification.   Combined with Lindsay's covered trailer and John's camper, we were able run a 6A despite the weather.  Other items that worked against us were intermittent generator power issues (mostly due to water, and lots of it), a disturbed solar forecast, and heavy winds limiting us to wire antennas (we never had an opportunity to get the tri-band safely assembled and raised).  Now that the bad is out of the way, we had a very good run:

Total CW:           92
Total Digital:     165
Total Phone:       218
Total QSOs:        475
Total QSO Points:  732

After Power Multipliers and other Bonus Points, we will be claiming an overall score of 2,414 points.  Other Field Day stats follow:

        ----CW----  --Digital-  ---Phone--

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