CRES and COOKEN to Host Joint Field Day Again

Event will be at Granville park June 25-26

The CRES and COOKEN Amateur Radio Clubs will join forces again this year to mount a Field Day effort on June 25-26 at Infirmary Mound Park, 3 miles south of Granville on Rt. 37. On Saturday morning we will meet at 8:30 for breakfast at Bob Evans at Rt. 16 and Cherry Valley Road, east of Granville. About 10 am we will meet at Infirmary Mound Park to begin Field Day set-up. We need all the volunteers we can get. We plan to set up 3 multi-band inverted vees for the 3 main stations plus a satellite antenna for the satellite station. If you can possibly help, please be there!

The event begins at 2 pm on the air, and goes for 24 hours. If you can operate any or most of that time, great! We'd love to have you on board. If you're inexperienced or a bit timid, don't worry. We're all been there. We'll have experienced operators and loggers to show you how easy it is and help you get into the rhythm of it. You'll have fun!

Plan to stay for the banquet Saturday night at 6 pm, bring a covered dish, side dish, salad, etc. if your last name is M-Z and dessert or beverages if A-M. CRES and COOKEN will supply the meat (BBQ Brisket and pulled chicken), buns, paper and plastic ware, and water. Families are welcome!

At 2 pm on Sunday, it's all over, and we begin to tear everything down and put it all away for another year. It typically takes us a couple of hours, and again, we need your help for this! Please stay around and assist. The more people who are there, the easier and faster it goes. Remember to bring bug spray, sunscreen, work gloves, safety glasses, hard hats, sun hats, jackets (it can get cool at night), reading and/or computer glasses if you need them, tools, etc.

VE Testing at the Columbus Hamfest

When: August 6, 2016

Art Grandle KD8ZG, the Volunteer Examiner Liaison for the CRES Laurel VE Team, announced that the CRES Amateur Radio Club has scheduled a VE test session at the Columbus Hamfest, to be held at the Aladdin Shrine Center, 1801 Gateway Circle, Grove City, Ohio, on Saturday, August 6, 2016. This is a LAUREL VEC exam, and it will start at 9:00 AM. Pre-registration is not required; walk-ins are welcome. The exam session is free; there is no charge. If possible, candidates should obtain an FRN at the FCC data base (free also). Here's how:

Get your FRN number now!

Email any questions to Rob Stampfli KD8WK at ve-questions (at) w8zpf (dot) org, or call 614-864-9377. Click here for more information on the hamfest:

Columbus Hamfest at the Aladdin Shrine Center

June and August CRES Meetings

Thursday, June 23 and Thursday, August 25 2016

Next Two Club Meeting Dates Are Set.

Mark Your Calendars Now.

The CRES ARC Program Committee has announced the dates of the next two meetings. All club members are advised to mark your calendars now so that you reserve the dates and plan to attend.

The June meeting will be held Thursday evening, June 23, in the big conference room of the New Albany Branch of the Columbus Public Library. The meeting will start at 6:00 with a social time; bring a brown bag dinner and enjoy chatting with other members. A business meeting including discussion of Field Day plans will be held at 6:45 and the program (TBD) will be at 7:15 pm. As always, guests and visitors are welcome!

The August meeting will be held Thursday evening, August 25 at the same location. The social hour could start as early as 5:30; the program committee booked the room a half hour earlier in case there are audio visual issues that need to be resolved. The business meeting will start at 6:45 and the program will start at 7 pm. The guest speaker is David Rouse, who lives north of Granville, and has built a house that thrives on solar power. Although it's not directly ham radio related, it should be very interesting and it could give you some ideas and perhaps inspiration to try solar energy at your QTH or when you operate portable. Guests and visitors are welcome!

Both of these dates are now posted on the CRES Web Site Calendar (above). While you're at it, mark your calendar for Field Day, always the 4th full weekend in June (25th and 26th in 2016).

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 a 2 meter net every Sunday evening 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 CRES member to join. Visitors are always welcome and encouraged to participate. From May 1 to October 31 we meet at 9 pm and from November 1 to April 30 we meet at 8 pm.