Dale Lavon Smith, age 73, of Hillsdale, Michigan, and formerly of Angola, Indiana, passed away on August 14, 2017, at the University of Michigan Hospital, Ann Arbor, Michigan.
 
Dale was born on August 11, 1944 in Angola, Indiana, the son of DeBurl and Dorris J. (Sickels) Smith.
 
He attended Fremont and Angola High Schools and graduated in 1963.
 
He was an electrical technician and retired from Williams Electric in Angola, Indiana, and was currently working for Swick Broadcasting and Zip Spider Internet, Angola, Indiana.
 
Dale married Delberta (Dow) Pattison on December 10, 2006 in Hillsdale, Michigan.
 
He liked to spend his free time with amateur radio, and used the call sign W9LKI, he was a member of the Land of Lakes 101 radio club, and years ago was involved in Civil Defense, and helped to bring the 911 system to Steuben County.
 
Survivors include his wife, Delberta Smith of Hillsdale, Michigan, daughters, Laura (Andrew) Leese of Angola, Indiana, and Danielle (Mike) Schilling of Grand Rapids, Michigan, a son, Brian (Teri) Pattison of Saginaw, Michigan, his mother, Dorris Smith of Angola, Indiana, his grandchildren, Ryan, Eric, Adam, Carrie, Elayna, Andrea, Kaitlyn, Erika, Andrew, and Ethan, a sister, Diane (Gene) Diehl of Fremont, Indiana, a niece, Deborah (Chris) Roach of Angola, Indiana, and a nephew, David (Angie) Diehl of Angola, Indiana.
 
He was preceded in death by his father, DeBurl Smith, and a nephew, Michael Diehl.
 

Meeting Notes for July

The meeting was called to order at 7:37pm by Bryan Patterson (KB8ELG) with 9 members in attendance.
 
The Finance Report was read with motion to approve by Jim McBride (K8JPD) seconded by John Myers (WD8ZKE).
 
Bills to Present: Shelter House Rental for OSPOTA by Craig Szczublewski (KD8KBU).  A motion to pay the bill was made by Jason Clingaman (KC8PCU) and seconded by Bob Rosebrock (WB8ZOI).
 
Silent Key/Members in Distress: none.
 
Income Reported:  Bryan Patterson (KB8ELG) received several pieces of correspondence related to donations made to the club in the name of Edgar Zysset (N8HB).  Bryan indicated "thank you" cards would be sent out.
 
Event Reviews:
 
Swanton Fireworks (7/1) organized by David Claar (W8TUX), several members were able to assist Swanton officials during their holiday fireworks display on July 1.  The club received a thank you card from the village administrator.
 
Delta Chicken Fest (7/7 and 7/9) organized by Bryan Patterson (KB8ELG), we assisted with two events at the Delta Chicken Festival, one on 7/7 for the Friday night Fireworks, and on Sunday for the Grand Parade.  Village officials thanked us again for our support and service for traffic control and safety.
 
The next club meeting will be held on July 17th at the County Administration Building (same as the Drivers License Bureau), 152 S. Fulton St, Wauseon at 7:30pm.
 
Upcoming Hamfests:
07/10/2017 Van Wert, OH
08/12/2017 Angola, IN
09/10/2017 Findlay, OH
09/17/2017 Adrian, MI
10/15/2017 Kalamazoo, OH
10/29/2017 Madison Heights, MI
11/11/2017 Ft Wayne, IN
12/02/2017 Delta, OH
 
Further details can be found at the ARRL Website:
 
    http://www.arrl.org/hamfests/search
 
Other Events of Interest:
07/29/2017 Maker Faire Detroit (Henry Ford Museum)
09/09/2017 OSPOTA (Harrison Lake State Park)
 
Club Nets:
Weeknights at 10:30pm Bud's Midnight Madness Net -- 147.195+
Wed at 8pm FCARC Club/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:
Hello everyone, once again the time of year has come around for the annual Delta Chickenfest. We have been contacted to assist by  the festival director as well as the Delta Police chief & Fire dept. Chief  to assist with the Fireworks on Friday night, the 5k run Saturday afternoon, and the parade on Sunday. (I think they like us). We are to meet Friday evening by the restrooms by the pool. by no latter than 10PM. Then again on Saturday at the police dept.by 4:30 PM. And finally on Sunday by 1:15  PM for parade assignments. I know not everyone can be there to help, but I ask that if you at all can make it to all three or just one, PLEASE do so. As always bring an HT with extra charged batteries if you have them, as well as any safety vests you may have. I will be putting this info out on the several nets in the area. This really is a great opportunity for our club to shine. It would appear e have a better then good relationship with the local government agencies, and we should make every effort to maintain and improve them. Please e-mail me at kb8elg@hotmail.com if you can help so that I can give them some idea of the number of people we can provide.
 
Thank You,
Bryan KB8ELG
FCARC...
Just an FYI to the group, I placed a reservation for the Marzolf Shelter House at Harrison Lake State Park on September 9. This is the date for the annual Ohio State Parks on the Air contest ( http://www.ospota.org/ospota/index.php).  In the past few years we have combined the contest with a cookout for the club members as an "end of summer" event.  Let me know if you will be by to either operate, socialize, partake in the cookout, or all of the above.  
 
Due to the nature of the contest, and the limited band and mode selection, it is not practical to run more then 3 rigs in that confined area.  The contest is SSB only, on 80, 40, 20, 15, and 10. The goal is to try to contact other parks in the state of Ohio, so NVIS is the name of the game.  In the past we have found 80, 40, and 20 to be about the best for working within the state.  
 
I propose we setup stations that are assigned to one of those frequencies (40 can also run on 15 without much effort, and 10 can be a wildcard assigned to one of the other stations).  There will be more details as the event draws closer.
I spoke with the Swanton Police Chief as we discussed at the meeting. He does need help and even though  5 or 6 could do the job, he would like 10 people if we can get that many together.
 
Our task would be to help park cars before the fireworks and make sure people don't go in a direction that would take them to the shoot area. Once the show starts we will be finished and can enjoy the show and go our own way.
 
He would like to meet with us at about 5:45 at the practice field for the band. It is located in the SW corner of the high school lot/ west end of the student parking lot. Like I said we would be done when the fireworks start which he expects to be about 10:00.
 
I recommend everyone have a reflective shirt or vest, a flashlight, and make sure your HT is charged. 
If anyone has any questions, please contact me at dclaarjr@roadrunner.com, or text me at 419-279-1292.
 
Thank You,
 
Dave Claar
W8TUX
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