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.