2017 ARRL Field Day at W8FT Clubhouse

The 2017 ARRL Field Day event will be held at the Findlay Radio Club clubhouse and antenna farm this year. While we love to get exposure for this event and have enjoyed some really excellent locations in the past, due to a call to action within the community for the GOBA race (The Great Ohio Bicycle Adventure) we will be participating in support activities for GOBA on the morning of Field Day although we expect to be released from that obligation around the noon hour.

New hams, old or just the curious are welcome to come. We should have a decent set-up of radios and antennas to operate and some hams may bring their own. If you plan on attending, please contact Evan, W8KJR or use the website's information address: info@findlayradioclub.org and I will forward your information. It would be great for people wishing to operate if we could schedule your time and chosen frequency (if available) if you plan to attend at a certain time. We are looking forward to the event as we do every year, but this year our Saturday set-up and location has been superseded by our commitment to the community and the net control for the GOBA race returning to Hancock county.

The public is graciously welcome to attend the event; you need not be an amateur radio operator to come, learn, and even get on the air for your first QSO contact! The airwaves will be jam packed with other contestants as this is ham radio's equivalent of Indy Car's Indianapolis 500. - There will be no shortage of people to contact. We plan on starting set-up around noon or whenever the GOBA race officials secure us from the net and our observation locations. Naturally, there already are radios and antennas in place at the club, but we plan to augment them with some others just for the event.

If you are interested in helping set up and coordinate the event, come around the noon hour and we will put you to work. If you just want to sit back and run a radio, observe others and absorb the fellowship of the day, that is fine too. The official start time of the event is 1800 UTC or 2:00 PM EST. So come one come all and bring (and tell) all of your friends! Come be a part of Field Day 2017!



Program Night Welcomes O-DOT

This Thursday's presentation night on April 20, we will be joined by the O-DOT project engineer for the I-75 project. This would be a good opportunity for us to inquire about such things as the fence, the possible sound barriers and anything else the membership can think of to ask. As always the meeting is open to the public and we all hope to see a good turnout for this person; especially since they are taking time out of their busy schedule to come talk to us. So bring yourself and your questions too.

Digital modes and EmCom discussions for program night

This month's coming presentation night on Thursday, 16 2017 is set to cover topics including digital modes and their use both in emergency communications as well as every day life for fellow ham operators. Other topics to be discussed will include a discussion on acquiring MARCS capable radios to help integrate us with other agencies in the event of an emergency. We would like this to be an open discussion with our membership as well as others with concerns about emergency procedures and communications. As always the meeting is open to the public and will begin at 7:30PM. Come prepared with questions, an open mind, and maybe some answers as well! We will look forward to seeing everyone there and look for a packed house.

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