April 2014 Club Meeting Announcement

Two Unusual Technical Demonstrations

Our April Club Meeting will be on Tuesday the 8th starting at 6pm, at the New Albany Public Library meeting room.

The social time will be from 6 - 6:45pm. NOTE THE SHORTENED TIME! A carry-in dinner is encouraged and kitchen facilities (including microwave oven) are available. A short business meeting will begin promptly at 6:45pm, (Note: this is 15 minutes earlier than usual). The decision to advance the time was prompted by a new Library requirement that we vacate the room by 9:00pm sharp or pay in advance for its additional use.

The program for April's meeting will be given by CRES members Al Mecozzi WA8LBZ and Doug Gibbs W8NFT. First, Al will give a presentation and demonstration of how to tune an HF antenna using a signal generator, oscilloscope, antenna tuner and a simple home brew Visual Tuning Adapter. Al says that for the first time he could see what was happening during the transmitter/antenna matching process. This should be very interesting demonstration. Following Al, Doug will demonstrate his ability to control his HF rig at his home QTH over the internet. This is the demo that didn't happen in Doug's February presentation on Software Defined Radio. This will not be a continuation of Doug's technical talk, just an interesting demo on the remote operation of a ham rig over the internet.

Everyone is Welcome to Attend the April Club Meeting. Mark your calendars now! You don't want to miss it!

CRES Radio Club

The CRES radio club was established in 1962 and serves the central Ohio area. Its goals include stimulating interest in amateur radio, the exchange of technical information, emergency readiness, and social activities for the membership and their families.

The Name CRES
The Western Electric facility at 6200 East Broad Street in Columbus, Ohio, also had a branch of Bell Laboratories co-located within the same facility. An umbrella organization within Western Electric provided guidance and funding to various employee clubs for both Western Electric and Bell Laboratories employees. The emphasis for these employee clubs was on Civic, Recreational, Educational and Social activities. Thus the various employee clubs under this umbrella guidance were known as the CRES Amateur Radio Club, the CRES Cycling Club, etc. With the demise of funding support of that organization, the CRES Amateur Radio Club eventually became a public club that was open to everyone. It retained the same club name: The CRES Amateur Radio Club, but we redefined CRES to be "Columbus Radio Enthusiasts Society."

Original QSL card

QSL card from around 1970

Weekly Net
The club sponsors an informal 2 meter NET every Sunday evening at 9 PM on its repeater (146.67/131.8) and via Echolink at W8ZPF-L (Node 782142). The NET is open to everyone - you do not need to be a member to join in. Visitors are always welcome and encouraged to participate.