7/17/23: The meeting was called to order at Fulton County Museum and Welcome Center, 8848 State Hwy 108, Wauseon, OH 43567 at 7:30 pm by Bryan Patterson (KB8ELG). 23 members were in attendance, introductions were made and the Pledge of Allegiance was given by all.

Silent Key: none

Members in Distress: Concern about KC8ROU. KE8OKA reaching out. KD8KBU's dad is struggling with a brain bleed. KC8QFS and his wife Wanda were in an MVA, incurring fractures.

Corrections to Minutes from Previous Meeting: none


Treasurer's Report: presented.

  • Bills/Income to present: $119 to KE8OKA for outreach supplies. KB8ELG batteries: $75.06.

  • Motion to approve: KE8QJV/KC8PCU

FCARC radio equipment:

  • FCARC has obsolete HF radio equipment.

  • Equipment donation received from Delta. Good radios, two need batteries replaced. KB8ELG bought the batteries for $37.53 each.

Group introductions to new members: KE8WRF and KE8YDW.

Repeater Maintenance: KB8ELG is acquiring quotes. DX Engineering suggested we talk to Bridgecom for duplexers.

VE/Education Committee: one new Technician Class, two new General Class, one new Extra Class.


Storing Club equipment: repeater shed. KE8BHW, WB8ZOI, KC8PCU installed furring strips. Level 3 security lock being installed by KB8ELG. New steel siding donated by KE8QJV. Roof is in good shape. Buy enclosed trailer? Will continue to discuss.


Bud's Midnight Madness: Awaiting KC8ROU return to running the net. KB8QJF and K8CAG have been Net Control. Sometimes unable run Friday nights per personal schedules.


Summer Field Day: 4th Saturday in June at the Woodlot. 10A club. Total score: 4790 points which is the highest in club history.


Next Fox Hunt 7/23/23. Meet at the Fulton County Museum and Welcome Center, 8848 State Hwy 108, Wauseon, OH 43567 at 1:30. Will deploy at 2:00PM. Frequency 146.46. KE8QJV is Fox. Winner will determined by mileage.


Swanton fireworks 7/1/23 5:00 PM. Went very well. We have been invited back and asked for help with other events.


Delta Chicken Fest 7/15/23 1030. We have been invited back and asked for help with other events. Rain gear/water proofing radios/mics discussed.

Monthly POTA activation monthly using FCARC call sign. Next: August 12 9:00 to 12:00 PM. Our club is becoming known for successful contesting.


OSPOTA: 9/2/23 10:00-6:00PM (1400-2200 UTC). Harrison Lake State Park and other sites.


Ohio QSO Party: 8/26/23. Participate?


N5XDM discuss HR4006 proposed by Bill Johnston District 6 OH et al re: HOA/antenna restrictions.


W8VEC discussed Winlink: email system which uses RF on VHF/HF. Gateways in this area? Ft Wayne, Ann Arbor. Present a class? Will continue to discuss.


Echolink: KE8ITJ has hardware on the way.


KC8PCU discussed Munchbox food truck for club events.


KB8QJF: QSL card featured in QST.


    Winter Hamfest: Ruiley Park. Arrive time: 0800. Doors open at 0900.


    2023 Christmas Party: FCARC 2023 Christmas Party will be held at the Blue Ribbon Diner in Wauseon.


    Club Nets:

    • Sunday at 8:00pm on the 1st Sunday is the Simplex Net-- 146.46

    • Sunday at 8:00pm on the 2nd and 4th Sunday is the Preparedness Net – 147.195+

    • Sunday at 8:00pm on the 3rd Sunday is the Emergency Services Net—147.195+

    • Sunday at 8:00pm on the 5th Sunday is the DMR Net on Brandmeister 3171544 (K8BXQ).

    • Weeknights at 10:30pm Bud's Midnight Madness Net -- 147.195+

    • Wednesday at 8:00pm Wednesday Night Net

    • Thursday at 8pm 6M Net -- 1st Thursday 50.400 AM, 3rd Thursday 50.125 USB, all others 52.525 FM Simplex

    Latest Club Information:

    VE Testing: The club gives testing at 9:00 am the last Saturday of each month at the Fulton County Museum and Welcome Center. 8848 State Hwy 108, Wauseon, OH 43567. Contact Sandra Schwind KE8UTX if interested. Her email address can be found on the k8bxq.org website under the VE Testing section.

    Saturday morning breakfast at the Delta 109 at 9:00 AM, in downtown Delta, OH.

    The next regular club meeting will be 8/21/23 7:30PM at Fulton County Museum and Welcome Center. 8848 State Hwy 108, Wauseon, OH 43567

    A motion to adjourn was made by KC8HDG and seconded by KB8QJF all were in favor.  KB8ELG closed the meeting at 8:52pm



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