Event: State Parks on the Air & FCARC end of summer Cookout!
Date/Time: September 6th, 2014 12:00pm to 8:00pm, cookout at 2:00pm
Location: North Shelter House, Harrison Lake State Park
Contact: Craig - KD8KBU (kd8kbu@arrl.net)

We are combining two events into one.  The Ohio State Parks on the Air contest is September 6th from 12:00pm to 8:00pm with a goal of working as many state parks in Ohio as possible on HF and 6m. Contest rules can be found at the OSPOTA website: http://www.ospota.org/ospota/

We will be running under the club call-sign, K8BXQ.  We will should have all the rigs and antennas accounted for, but if you are interested in running, we happily let you park at one of the rigs and call CQ.  Thanks to N8EUY for providing emergency power for the event as well.

We decided to have a cookout the same day, and all club members and their families are welcome to come out.  We are planning on grilling up cheeseburgers and dogs, and will provide some side salads and chips as well.  If you are planning on coming out, bring along a 2 liter of your favorite pop and anything else you might want to share.  I do need an RSVP though.  Please reply back to me if you are planning on coming out, so I know how much food to grill up.

Harrison Lake North Shelter House:

The club was approached for assistance at a local 5K run in September.   Here is the relevant information:

Event: Evergreen Trot for a Track
Date/Time: September 7th, 2014 @ 9:00am (be onsite by 8:30am)
Location: Evergreen High School 14544 Co Rd 6, Metamora, OH 43450
Contact: Angela Infante- KB2AVN (AInfante@evgvikings.org)

We know this is the same date as the Findlay Hamfest, but we really only need 6 - 8 people to help as this is fairly small course.  Plan on bringing a 2m HT as we will be on 146.460 FM Simplex for the event.  The event is less then 20 days away, so please contact Angela as soon as possible to let her know if you can assist.

Being a 5K, these typically wrap up in under 2 hours.

Craig - KD8KBU 

August Meeting Notes

Hello everyone, thanks for the patience of all who attended.  We had our first open-air/parking lot meeting this year due to communication issues on our part.  Here are some notes from the Monday night Club meeting (somewhat abridged):

The meeting was called to order at 7:40pm with 19 members in attendance. Minutes from the previous meeting were skipped, but the treasurer's report was read and accepted.

Members in Distress: It was reported the Jim Beck (KC8DPM) is recovering after cardiac surgery, and Reggie Reimund (KG4NXM) is home from the hospital and continues to recover from his accident.  Cards were passed around and signed for each.

T-Shirt Committee: Trenton Peluso submitted some new logo ideas to KB8ELG.  I'll get those posted up to the website as soon as I receive them.  We are trying to overhaul club logo to something which will be better for print media and silk screening for shirts and other apparel.

Other Business:

July Meeting Notes

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

The meeting was called to order at 7:30pm with 16 members in attendance. Minutes from the previous meeting and the treasurer's report were read and accepted.

Committee reports follow...

Field Day: The report has been filed with the ARRL.  We ran a 6A+GOTO, with 799 combined contacts, for a total of 3,846 points with multipliers and bonuses.  We continue to improve on Field Day every years, and we also continue to draw in more and more hams from the surrounding area.  The is truly a showcase event for the club, and we want to thank all who participated in this years event.

Education: The VE Team had a test session at the Field Day location, issuing one upgrade from tech to general.  No reservations have been made for July 26.

Repeater Committee: Major repeater work occurred over the past weekend.  The backup repeater is now in place at the County Rd M and 16 site, along with KB8GOM's 440 repeater.  We have been running on the backup repeater for a few days now, trying to get a sense of coverage patterns.  There is some work that still needs to be performed on the 440 repeater, as the receive squelch may be to high.  We are also having a reported issue the key sequence for disabling and enabling the primary/backup repeaters.  We should have this resolved in a day or so, but one of the repeaters will be online.

Memorial Committee: No report.

Members in Distress: WD8KRS reported that he recently saw W8TGC (Doyle), who seems to be in good spirits.

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