CRES Members to Tour Radio Station

July 21 at 2 pm (NOTE: Date has changed!)

CRES VP Tom Foy N4HAI has arranged for a tour of a local radio station (with emphasis on the technical side of the business) on the afternoon of July 21 at 2 pm. If you're interested in joining the group, which is free and open to all CRES members and their families, you need to click on the following link and fill out the information: MEMBER SURVEY

It should be an interesting afternoon, but don't delay to the last minute. Sign up now.

VE Testing Session

A Hamfest and License Test - August 1, 2015

CRES license exam liaison Art Grandle KD8ZG, reports that the next test session will be conducted on August 1, 2015, at the Columbus Hamfest, Aladdin Shrine Temple, 3850 Stelzer Road, Columbus, Ohio. This is a Laurel VEC exam, it is free, no reservations are needed; walk-ins are welcome. The session will start at 9:00 am. If possible, all candidates should have a FRN at the FCC data base. Click here for more information on doing this.

Directions: From I-270 on the East side of Columbus exit west onto Morse Road. At the intersection with Stelzer Road turn right (north) onto Stelzer Road. The building is just over 1/4 mile on the right hand side of the road. Turn right into the hamfest and follow directions for parking. Signs will be posted to test session.

Email any questions to Rob Stampfli KD8WK at ve-questions (at) w8zpf (dot) org, or call 614-864-9377.

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.