December CRES Meeting

Thursday, December 15, 2016

The next CRES meeting will be December 15 at 6 pm in the large conference room at the New Albany Branch of the Columbus Public Library. The social time will be from 6 to 6:45; bring a supper to eat and enjoy socializing with other CRES members. Kitchen facilities are available if needed. A short business meeting will follow at 6:45 until 7 pm. The program will feature the Chair of the ARRL's Public Relations Committee, Scott Westerman W9WSW.

Scott was first licensed in Detroit in 1982, back in the days when code was one of the requirements and you still had to go to your nearest FCC office to be tested. Since then, his telecommunications career has taken him across much of the US and to three continents. Along the way he's served in a variety of volunteer capacities, supporting our "essential avocation", including a stint as Technical Coordinator for the ARRL New Mexico Section. He joined Michigan State University as Associate Vice President for Alumni Relations in 2010 and currently serves as chair of the League's Public Relations Committee. He's a fan of radio sport, digital modes and chasing DX wherever he can find it. His presentation, "Social Media for Radio Amateurs" premiered at the 2016 Dayton Hamvention. He is the author of five books, including "Social Media and Your Personal Brand", which will be available for free for all attendees at this month's meeting. So put it on your calendar and plan to attend. This promises to be an excellent program!

Members of the OSU amateur radio club (ARC), W8LT, have been invited to join the CRES meeting, so we'll have a larger crowd than normal. Please introduce yourselves to them and welcome them when you see them. Please wear your name badges, too.

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.