First, I will not be available that weekend, so I am turning the organization over to Bryan (KB8ELG) who has run in the contest for many years along with me, and understands the format.

Event: Ohio State Parks on the Air & FCARC end of summer Cookout!
Date/Time: September 10th, 2016 12:00pm to 8:00pm, cookout around 2:00pm (setup starting at 10:00am)
Location: Marzolf Shelter House, Harrison Lake State Park
Contact: Bryan - KB8ELG (kb8elg@hotmail.com)

The Ohio State Parks on the Air contest is September 10th from 12:00pm to 8:00pm with a goal of working as many state parks in Ohio as possible on HF Phone. Contest rules can be found at the OSPOTA website:

    http://www.ospota.org/ospota/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/OSPOTA-Rules2016...

We will be running under the club call-sign K8BXQ.  Please coordinate with Bryan (KB8ELG) if you plan on bringing out a rig and antenna.  Given the nature of the contest, there are very limited usable bands.  However, this is a great opportunity to experiment with operator "shifts" and spotting radios, something we don't get to do in bigger contest like Field Day.  If you plan on operating, download and print the following:

    Rules: http://www.ospota.org/ospota/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/OSPOTA-Rules2016...
    Log Sheet: http://www.ospota.org/ospota/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/OSPOTA-LogSheet-...
    Park Map: http://www.ospota.org/ospota/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/OhioStateParksMa...

August Meeting Notes

The meeting was called to order at 7:30pm by KB8ELG with 16 Club members in attendance.

1. Members in Distress

Dale Little/N8MI has moved to an assisted living facility, Kingston Residence.  While he can receive visitors, the nature of the medication and memory loss means he might not remember everyone, so please be patient.

2. Finance

LuAnn/KB8ELH read the treasures report and a motion was made by K8JPD to accept the report and seconded by KE8BHW.  All were in favor of accepting the report as read.

3. Bills to present

No outstanding bills or deposits were noted since the last meeting.

4. Membership Report

Membership stands at 53 paid and lifetime members.

5. Hamfest Committee

A reminder was put out that the Winter Hamfest is scheduled for December 3 at the American Legion on St Rt 109.  KB8ELG requested all to make a concerted effort to promote the Hamfest at upcoming regional 'fests, like Ft. Wayne and Findlay.  We should have an updated flyer on the website this week to print off and hand out.

6. Education Committee

Mark your calendars, there is tentative CERT training at Northwest State on Oct 22-23, this is TENTATIVE only, details to come.

Reminder: The Bull Thistle Festival Fireworks at Harrison Lake Park is this Saturday. We have been requested to assist with traffic. Plan on meeting at the beach parking lot at Harrison Lake at 7:15pm to meet with the rangers and local authorities. We will operate on 146.460.

July Meeting Notes

The meeting was called to order at 7:35pm by KB8ELG with 16 Club members in attendance.   Minutes from the previous meeting were read by KB8ELG  and accepted.

1. Members in Distress

As most are aware, Chuck Purdy/K8RHZ passed away on July 4. 
Dale Little/N8MI has moved to an assisted living facility as well.

2. Finance

LuAnn/KB8ELH read the treasures report and a motion was made by N8WOM to accept the report and seconded by KC8PCU.  All were in favor of acceptin the report as read.

3. Bills to present

Several bills related to Field Day were presented, including parts for the rebuilt electrical panel, fuel for the generator, and other necessities.  KC8PCU made a motion to pay the bills, which was seconded by W8TUX. 

4. Membership Report

Membership stands at 53 paid and lifetime members.

5. Hamfest Committee

A reminder was put out that the Winter Hamfest is scheduled for December 3 at the American Legion on St Rt 109.

6. Education Committee

There has been interest in a technician class which will most likely be scheduled after the County Fair which is the first week of September.

7. Field Day

KD8KBU gave the report on our claimed score and QSOs which can be found at http://k8bxq.org/fieldday
There was discussion on ways to improve Field Day which includes having multiple club members trained on major systems setup, like the pneumatic mast and generator systems.

The Fulton County EMA has requested the club members to help with traffic at the Bull Thistle Festival Fireworks on August 6 at Harrison Lake State Park.  Here is what we have so far:
 
Time/Date: Saturday August 6th at 7:15pm
Location: Harrison Lake State Park 
 
We will meet with the Park Rangers at 7:15pm at the Beach Parking Lot area.  We will have saftey vests and spare HTs.  Remember to bring an HT and set the VFO or memory to 146.460.
 
More info to come...
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