Hi folks, we are targeting November 7th for this drill.
 
Who: FCARC club members and anyone interested in emergency communications
 
What: Practice deployment exercise
 
Where: In and around Fulton County and predetermined locations
 
When: November 7th, 2018
 
Why: This exercise allows us to better determine our capability for providing emergency communications for the organizations in and around the county if needed. The goal will be to check into the Net from your QTH at 8:00pm, then go mobile to a designated location and relay current weather conditions from a high power mobile and low power HT.
 
I cannot stress this enough: coordinate with W8TUX and KB8ELG on your intended location. We are trying to select Emergency Service locations such as Hospitals, Fire/EMS stations, and Police stations. We need to make sure we notify these authorities and obtain permission to temporarily check in from their parking lots.

October Meeting Notes

The meeting was called to order at 7:30PM by Bryan Patterson (KB8ELG) with 15 members and
guests in attendance.
 
Silent Key/Members in Distress: No Report
 
The Finance Report was read with motion to approve by Ed Roth seconded by Bill Lampe.  All present approved.
 
Minutes from the previous meeting were electronically distributed last month with no
corrections.
 
Bills to Present:
 
* $86.61 for OSPOTA Picnic, a motion was made by Dave Claar (W8TUX) to pay, second by Bill Lampe (KD8WSL), all present approved.
 
Repeater Report:
 
* The Fusion repeater is still in QRP mode.  We plan to perform maintenance to the system once we have a new set of duplexors and can bring the power level up.
* We are still planning a maintenance day for the primary site, probably sometime end of October or after, to perform exterior maintenance, including repair to the wood trim and paint.
* KB8ELG found a combination heating and air conditioning unit for $365. He will work on getting it ordered before the snow starts to fall.
 
Old Business:
 
* No further news on the amateur station installation at the FCHC.  We are waiting for their maintenance department to pull the coax.
* Jim McBrides (K8JPD) rotor controller is now fixed.
 
New Business:
 
We have a regular scheduled meeting October 15 at 7:30pm.  We are trying a new meeting space thanks coordination from Marilyn Nelson with the Church of Christ in Delta.
The address is:
 
500 Providence St, Delta, OH 43515
 
This is at the corner of Providence and St Rt 109, and is a first floor meeting room.
 
Upcoming Hamfests:
10/21/2018 Kalamazoo
10/28/2018 Madison Heights
11/17/2018 Ft Wayne
12/01/2018 FCARC
 
Club Nets:
Weeknights at 10:30pm Bud's Midnight Madness Net -- 147.195+
Wed at 8pm FCARC ES Net -- 147.195+
Wed at 9pm 6M Net -- 1st Wed 50.400 AM, 3rd Wed 50.125 USB, all others 52.525 FM Simplex
 
Latest Club Information:
On the web: http://www.k8bxq.org/
On Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Fulton-County-Amateur-Radio-Club-206939596063938/
E-Mail list: http://mailman.qth.net/mailman/listinfo/fcarc
 
VE Testing:
The club gives testing at 9am the last Saturday of each month at the George's Radio Service in Wauseon, contact Tom Servoss (KC8UOM) if interested, you can find his phone number on the www.k8bxq.org website under the VE Testing section.
 
Saturday morning breakfast at the Delta 109 at 9:00 AM, in downtown Delta, OH.
 

Tom Servoss is organizing a tower raising day for Dave Nelson (KA8KDS) on October 27.  Please coordinate with Tom if you are able to help:  419-388-6057

The meeting was called to order at 7:30PM by Bryan Patterson (KB8ELG) with 11 members in attendance.
 
Silent Key/Members in Distress: No Report
 
Treasurers Report: No Report
 
Minutes from the previous meeting were electronically distributed last month with no corrections.
 
Repeater Report:
 
* The Fusion repeater is still in QRP mode.  We plan to perform maintenance to the system once we have a new set of duplexors and can bring the power level up.
* We are still planning a maintenance day for the primary site, probably sometime mid September or after, to perform exterior maintenance, including repair to the wood trim and paint.  Look for details after the OSPOTA event.
* The main site experienced an issue with the Air Conditioning system, which was fixed by KB8ELG, who was able to fix it. He noted that the fan bearings sounded worn and the unit may need to be replaced, possibly with an all in one heating/cooling system.  Dave Claar made a motion to purchase a combo unit if under $750, which was seconded by Bill Lampe. All voted in favor.  Bryan Patterson will research the best available unit for the size of the structure.
 
Old Business:
 
* September 8 was OSPOTA.  We contacted 16 parks and had 30 total QSOs.
* September 8 was the rain-date for the Swanton Fireworks.  Participation was light, with 2 club members, but the fire chief expressed his thanks for their help.
 
New Business:

OSPOTA 2018 Wrap Up

First, thanks to everyone who stopped out to OSPOTA at Harrison Lake yesterday.  We ran until about 3pm when the rain finally moved in.  We had been lucky most of the day with only overcast skies and a bit of a biting wind off of the lake. Not a banner year with the remnants of tropical storm Gordon dumping inches of rain on central Ohio.  A large number of planned park activations were scrubbed due to the weather.  We managed to pick up 16 parks across the state, all on 80m, and total of 30 QSOs. Special thanks to Jason for tending to the fire to keep us warm. and to Andy for his efforts on 40m.  September 7th, 2019 is the next event if you want to mark your calendars.

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