Dale G. Little, of Delta, Ohio, who for over 40 years answered to call sign “N8MI,” was called home on February 1, 2017, after a courageous battle with Alzheimer’s Disease.  Dale was born on March 23, 1938, in Jackson, Michigan, and grew up in Toledo, Ohio. He was a proud graduate of Irving E. Macomber High School. On September 20, 1958, he married Joann Burch and she survives. Dale had a very successful 40-year career with AT&T (formerly Ohio Bell), retiring in 1995. In retirement, Dale was able to enjoy his many hobbies. Of them all, he most loved traveling the country with his wife in their 30-foot fifth-wheel travel trailer. And of all the destinations, Lakeland, Florida, was the favorite. There, he was able to watch countless spring training games for his most beloved baseball team, the Detroit Tigers. When not long-distance traveling, Dale loved spending time at his Figy’s Point cottage on glorious Posey Lake (Hudson, Michigan). Dale was an avid golfer, fisherman and outdoorsman. He loved spending time in his professional woodworking shop, making furniture and cabinetry for his two homes. He was a member of the American Radio Relay League (ARRL), a professional organization connecting amateur radio operators around the country. When he wasn’t “playing radio,” Dale was an instructor, teaching others Morse code. Surviving is his wife of 59 years, Joann. Two daughters: Beth (Pete) Carr and Jill (Douglas) Roloff, both of Wauseon, Ohio.

Entire list of available training can be found online: http://www.weather.gov/iwx/spotter_event_list

The meeting was called to order at 7:30pm by KB8ELG with 13 Club members in attendance. 

The Treasurer report was read and accepted by all.

Correspondence:

KB8ELG read a letter from Tom Nickle (W8AI), our club member at a distance, with a donation to the club and condolences regarding the passing of Ralph Smith - W8HG.

We received a return of $175 from the Legion Hall along with a positive letter on how well we left the facility after the December Hamfest.  The fee is normally used for a cleaning crew which was not needed.

TMRA provided a complimentary table to their March Hamfest, but with a stipulation that it can only be used for the purpose of promoting the club, not for the sale of equipment.

Committee reports follow:

Hamfest: We netted $655 from the winter Hamfest.  Changes to the 2017 Winter hamfest were discussed.  A motion was made by KC8PCU and seconded by KD8WSL to commit to reserving the Legion Hall for December 2, and for committing to June 3 for the Summer Hamfest.  All were in favor.

Membership: We are starting a new year and tallying membership renewals.  Thank you for your continued support of the club.

Education: The February Tech class may be canceled as we only have one commit so far.  KB8ELG has set a hard date of Jan 21 to get additional commits to taking the class.

For Monday's club meeting, we will be over at the Sheriff’s training room in the EOC building, same time as usual.  Please pass the word along.

I have compiled a download/PDF of various club related activities for 2017, along with regional hamfests and VE testing sessions.  As a reminder, starting in January 2017, testing will move to the Archbold Police Department at 9:00am.  Testing is still the last Saturday of the month.  The Archbold Police Department is located at 405 E Lutz Rd, Archbold, OH 43502.

The meeting was called to order at 7:30pm by KB8ELG with 15 Club members in attendance. 

Silent Key: As reported earlier this week, Ralph Smith (W8HG) passed away on Saturday.  There was visitation tonight, where WB8ZOI delivered a card.  The service will be Tuesday the 22nd.  The family has provided a list of local organizations and charities to donate to in lieu of flowers.

Members in Distress: It was reported that John Myers (KD8ZKE) father passed away last week, our condolences go out to him and his family.

The Treasurer report was read and moved to be accepted by KC8PCU and seconded by K8JPD. Bills to present included shipping and insurance charges for the repeater amplifier, totaling $81.  KC8PCU moved to pay the bills, seconded by KD8QHD.

Committee reports follow:

Membership: We have 56 Paid and Lifetime Members, thank you for your continued support.

Education: the first three Saturdays in February have been targeted for a Technician Class.  The class will be produced by KB8ELG, KC8PCU, and W8TUX.  The venue will be the Masonic Lodge in Delta.  Time to be determined.

Repeater: The amplifier has been returned from the manufacturer.  They benched the unit and could find no fault after an extended full power test.  KB8ELG reported he will replace all patch cables, concerned there may be a bad cable in the mix.

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