First, if you have pictures from Field Day 2015, send them my way, I want to put up a Flickr photo album.  On with the recap:

What a wild ride this years Field Day proved to be.  The massive rain storm that was parked on top of us for 12+ hours, responsible for so much flooding and damage around the area, did not show us much mercy.  After most of the EZ-Up shelters were swamped before the start of the contest, we were granted access to the cabin building at the back of the Woodlot, which allowed four of us to run stations quite comfortably and remain in a Alpha classification.   Combined with Lindsay's covered trailer and John's camper, we were able run a 6A despite the weather.  Other items that worked against us were intermittent generator power issues (mostly due to water, and lots of it), a disturbed solar forecast, and heavy winds limiting us to wire antennas (we never had an opportunity to get the tri-band safely assembled and raised).  Now that the bad is out of the way, we had a very good run:

Total CW:           92
Total Digital:     165
Total Phone:       218
Total QSOs:        475
Total QSO Points:  732

After Power Multipliers and other Bonus Points, we will be claiming an overall score of 2,414 points.  Other Field Day stats follow:

        ----CW----  --Digital-  ---Phone--
  Band  QSOs   PWR  QSOs   PWR  QSOs   PWR

Howard D. Slemp, age 80, of Swanton, Ohio, passed away peacefully, Thursday afternoon, June 25, 2015, at St. Luke's Hospital, surrounded by his loving family. He was born May 2, 1935 in Saltville, Virginia to Howard Guy and Emma Mae (Tomlinson) Slemp. He graduated from Marion High School in Marion, Virginia in 1954. Howard enlisted in the United States Army during the Korean Conflict.  On November 8, 1955, he married his beloved wife, Dorothy Lee Stukey.  She preceded him in death on January 21, 2012.
 

June 15 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. The Finance Report was read and accepted, and the annual Liability and Equipment Insurance was authorized to be paid.

Membership: The club currently has 53 members

Committee reports follow:

Education: The V.E. team held a special testing session at the Tedrow Hamfest on June 6 with 5 participants.  They report 2 new Techs and 1 new General were earned.  KB8ELG reports that the next attempt at a Technician Class will probably be closer to end of the year.

Hamfest:  The summer hamfest was a great success, KB8ELG is still collating the revenue and attendance, and will report that soon.  We had some great door prizes to hand out with one of the new Techs wining one of the HTs.  The ARRL representative in attendance also complemented us on a efficient and well run operation, and looks forward to coming back for the winter hamfest in December.

Field Day: Field Day is almost upon us!  It is June 27-28 this year.  Here is a quick breakdown of important times:

    Setup can start anytime after 8:00pm, Thursday, June 25.
    Friday evening is when most of us will be out to setup.
    The contest starts Saturday at 2:00pm
    The Picnic dinner will be at 6:00pm on Saturday
    The contest wraps up at 2:00pm Sunday

Field Day 2015 is 20 days out and it's time to start firming up event plans.  We will be setting up at the Roth Family Woodlot in Tedrow again this year, and since we usually only run the 24 hour period, we can begin setup after 8:00pm on Thursday, June 25.  This would be a good time to get antennas in the air ahead of the 2:00pm start time on Saturday, June 27.
 
If you are bringing a rig, and planning on running the full 24 hour contest, let us know what bands and modes you want to run, if you have a laptop for running the software (I have extra laptops I can bring), and what rig and antenna system you plan to run.  Make sure to bring plenty of extension cords to tie into the generator, as well as plenty of antenna feed line.
 
Please keep in mind we run 100 watts or less to stay in our category.  If you are not planning on running the full length of contest, please note that in your reply.  Consider sharing antenna/rig space with another participant that might also want to only run part of the time.  We have had a lot of interest from club members about wanting to run more CW, so please try to coordinate your efforts.  Remember that we are restricted to only three simultaneous modes on each band: CW, Digital, Phone, and all bands are open except 12, 17, 30, and 60.
 

The FCARC is holding it's annual summer swap meet this coming Saturday, June 6th.  The Hamfest is held at the Roth Family Woodlot in Tedrow, OH, just north of Wauseon.  More info can be found at the Hamfest Page on this site.  For the volunteers, plan on meeting at the Woodlot on Friday evening, June 5th at 6:30pm to discuss setup (pizza to be provided by the club).

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