Spring HAM Radio Class

The 2015 amateur radio (ham radio) classes are here again!
 
The Fulton County Amateur Radio Club is pleased to offer entry level ham radio classes starting in April. The classes will cover all of the material needed to obtain you entry level or technician class license.  The classes will start on april 11 at 10am at the Masonic Lodge 248 in Delta.  The lodge is located at 101 Lincoln Street next to the public library.  The world of amateur radio is very different than it was 20 years ago, but still provides a great service to the community in both emergency and non-emergency situations.  Interested? Contact us at www.k8bxq.org/class or call 419-822-5038
 

Members in Distress

We learned that overnight Allen Nash's (KC8UQU) mother suffered a stroke.  We have no further information at this time, but please keep them in your thoughts and prayers.

February Meeting Notes

Hello everyone, here are notes from the Monday night Club meeting:
 
The meeting was called to order at 7:30pm with 22 members and guests in attendance. Minutes from the previous meeting and the treasurer's report were read and accepted.
 
Committee reports follow:
 
Education: KB8ElG and KE8RU will be working out the curriculum for a Technician Class in April.  The current plan is April 11, 18, and possibly the 25, depending on progress.  The plan would be to either have the students take a test on the 25, but if not ready, working with the VE team to have a special session on May 2.  Approval was granted from the club for KE8RU to purchase updated Technician Class manuals from the ARRL ahead of the class. KB8ELG reports we have three people interested, with a possible fourth.  The plan is to hold the class at the Masonic Lodge next to the library.
 
Hello everyone,
 
Our annual Weather Spotter training, sponsored by the National Weather Service out of North Webster, Indiana, and Fulton County EMA is scheduled for March 5, 2015 at Northwest State.
 
This training is FREE! 
 
Please share the attached flyer with any groups that you are affiliated with.  This class is for anyone and everyone who is impacted by weather (that is YOU!)
 

While most club members are aware of this, Eva Rosebrock, mother to Bob Rosebrock (WB8ZOI) passed away on January 18th.  Visitation will be Wednesday, January 21st from 4 to 8 pm at the Weigel Funeral Home in Metamora.  Funeral Service will be held Thursday, January 22nd at 11:00 am at Faith Evangelical Lutheran Church in Metamora with Interment at Amboy Township Cemetery.

Further details and the obituary listing can be found at Weigal Funeral Home website.

January Meeting Notes

Hello everyone, here are some notes from the Monday night Club meeting:
 
The meeting was called to order at 7:30pm with 19 members and guests in attendance. Minutes from the previous meeting and the treasurer's report were read and accepted.
 
Committee reports follow:
 
Education: We have interest by three different people in having a technician class in the spring.  KB8ELG will be working with several other club members to outline a program around the ARRL course and will announce a date soon.
 
Repeater Committee:  The repeater continues to operate normally.  We are considering rotating between the backup and main repeater sites to make sure both radios stay in working condition.
 
Memorial Committee: The club made a donation to the North Clinton Church in honor and memory of Ken Alvord (KD8ERB) who passed away in November.
 

2014 Annual Review

Happy New Year From the Fulton County Amateur Radio Club! 2014 was filled with many service events, club social activities and a brand new winter Hamfest.

Club Officers:
Your 2014 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 used Kenwood TKR-750 repeater to get the backup site on-line from the lightning hit in 2013. The site is working as of July with the new radio and our spare CAT DX300 controller. At the same time we powered up KB8GOM's 440 repeater, which can be found at 442.075+ with 103.5 PL.
 
We performed several maintenance checks on the main repeater site, as we continue to make adjustments to improve performance and converge.

The next club meeting will be held on January 19 at the County Administration Building (same as the Drivers License Bureau), 152 S. Fulton St, Wauseon at 7:30pm.

Notes to Pass Along:

The first business meeting of the year is the election of club officers, your attendance is greatly appreciated for this.

Club membership renewals for 2015 are also due at this time.   I will be getting renewal notices out via e-mail and postal mail in the next few days.  If I happen to miss you, please let me know. Your membership fees help offset the cost of running the club, allow us to hold events like the OSPOTA cookout, and maintaining the repeater.  Your continued support is greatly appreciated.

It was nice to have a good turnout for the Christmas Dinner at The Barn in Archbold.  I have a few pictures online at the club website here: http://k8bxq.org/media/xmas14/index.html

It is official also, we are moving the December Hamfest to the American Legion on St Rt 109, just south of Delta.  We were surprised by the overwhelming interest our first Winter Hamfest, and have sought out a bigger venue.  We will be actively promoting this at all of the regional hamfests this year.  More details will be made available as we draw closer to the date of December 5.

Upcoming Hamfests:

01/11/2015 Hazel Park, MI
02/01/2015 Elyria, OH
02/15/2015 Livonia, MI
02/15/2015 Mansfield, OH
03/14/2015 Kalamazoo Twp, MI (was Marshall/Crossroads)

2015 Calendar

I have an updated list of area hamfests, club meetings, social outings, radio events, etc. available to download.  Click the PDF icon and let me know if I missed anything!

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