Hi folks,

First and foremost, the Club Field Day web page can be found here:

http://k8bxq.org/fieldday

Field Day 2016 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/Wauseon 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 25.

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 so we are not setting up on top of each other.

On the note of laptops, we do run networked logging software which aids immensely in filing the report with the ARRL, as well as keeping track of who is running on the allowed bands and modes.  This software will work work with Mac, Windows, and Linux.

Hello Hams,

In addition to the Email List and http://k8bxq.org/ website, we have always had a Facebook page which I have tried to keep up to date with relevant events.  I understand that Social Media outlet is not everyone's cup of tea, so I have added a Twitter account which will be a reflection of announcements made through the other communication channels.   You can find us at:

https://twitter.com/k8bxq

This also fits nicely with some extra points which are up for grabs this Field Day.  Social Media integration has been added as possible bonus points by the ARRL.  Not that Field Day is a horse race, but it is

Best Regards and hope to see a lot of you at Chelsea tomorrow for their Hamfest. 

Hamfest Was a Success

We had a brief shower pass through early, but otherwise splendid weather for our Summer Hamfest. Thanks to all the club members who pitched in to help, and everyone who attended. By all accounts, it was a great success for the club.

As a reminder:
* The Chelsea Hamfest is tomorrow morning, doors at 8am.
* The Monroe Hamfest is June 19th (Fathers Day)
* The Club Meeting is June 20th
* And the ARRL Field Day is June 25/26 back at the Woodlot. 

May Meeting Reminder

The next club meeting will be held on May 16th at the County Administration Building (same as the Drivers License Bureau), 152 S. Fulton St, Wauseon at 7:30pm.

This will be an important meeting to attend as it is the last one before the Summer Hamfest on 4th.  Please plan on attending if you are tasked with helping at this event.

It is also not too early to start thinking about Field Day 2016, which is June 25-26.  We had an epic Field Day last year with the monsoon like conditions, be sure to plan on coming out again to see what this year holds.

Lindsay (K8LI) gave a status report on the duplexer which I will share:
 

The ARRL Contest Advisory Committee is studying how to get more youth involved in the contesting aspects of our hobby and has designed a very thorough survey to solicit input. The committee would like as many people to take the survey as possible and requests that you take the survey and also ask any youth you know, whether they are hams or not, to take it as well. The survey asks different questions that depend on the answers you submit and will only take a few minutes to complete.

The link to the survey is: http://tinyurl.com/YouthHamRadio

Please help them to gather data by taking the survey, asking others to take it, and sharing this email with your friends and clubs.

Thanks and 73,
Dale WA8EFK 

Ohio NVIS Antenna Day

The Ohio ARES NVIS antenna day is a non-contest operating activity open to all amateurs. In the case of an emergency, we will need to communicate over short distances to stations within the state of Ohio and our neighboring states.  NVIS antennas are the technology to do this, but which are best?  And, how does YOUR antenna work?
 
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