CRES Club Meeting

August 19, 2015

Plan to attend the next CRES Club meeting on Wednesday, August 19, at the New Albany branch of the Columbus Public Library. Members are encouraged to bring supper and socialize from 5:45 to 6:45 or so. A brief business meeting will follow, and the program will start approximately 7 pm. We need to vacate the library by 9 pm sharp.

Due to a last minute glitch, the guest speaker scheduled for this CRES meeting will be unavailable, so we have schedule him for our October meeting. Our August meeting will feature one or two of the presentations on the DVD the club has purchased, of three presentations given at the ARRL Centennial Convention last summer in Hartford, CT. The presentations are:

  1. by ARRL Vice President Rick Roderick K5UR on the legacy of ham radio in the second century. Rick tells some really funny stories and is a good speaker.
  2. by Craig Fugate KK4INZ, head of FEMA in Washington, DC, on his perspective of ham radio in emergencies. You'll like what Craig has to say!
  3. by Joe Taylor K1JT, Nobel physicist, on his development of new digital modes and where the technology is heading.

All three presentations are excellent, but all three are a bit too long for one evening, so we can pick one or two to watch.

Ohio State Parks on the Air (OSPOTA)

Saturday, September 12 from Noon to 8:00 pm

CRES Amateur Radio Club will participate again in this event. Plans are to operate two phone stations QRP at one of the state parks.

This a relaxed fun event and we invite every one interested to join us to operate or just socialize with us.

For planning purposes, please let me know if you think you might be able to join us for a while and if you have a preference location between Delaware State Park and Buckeye Lake State park.

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.