VE Testing Session

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Art Grandle KD8ZG, the Volunteer Examiner Liason for the CRES Laurel VE Team, announced that the CRES Amateur Radio Club has scheduled a VE test session at the Parkview Presbyterian Church, 6969 East Livingston Avenue, Reynoldsburg, Ohio, on Saturday, April 4, 2015. 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.

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

CRES Club Meeting

April 16, 2015

April CRES Meeting to Feature ARRL Ohio Section Officers

Technical and Organizational Topics will be Covered

The next CRES meeting program, on April 16, will feature Jim Yoder W8EWR and Scott Yonally N8SY as our guest speakers. Jim is the ARRL Technical Coordinator for the Ohio Section, and will discuss his position, what it entails, how you can benefit from his knowledge and resources when it comes to helping you with your own technical issues like radio frequency interference and such.

Scott is the Section Manager for the Ohio Section and will explain the ARRL Field Organization, who else besides Jim is in his cabinet, and how the Field Organization serves the Section members. Both Jim and Scott will discuss the latest hot-button issues of concern to all hams, and there should be time for questions, so if you have any concerns about the hobby, you can ask what your Section leadership is doing about it.

CRES is fortunate to have this opportunity to have these two fine speakers, so please mark the date on your calendar and plan to attend.

The meeting will be on Thursday, April 16, 2015, at the New Albany branch of the Columbus Public Library, 200 Market Street, New Albany, in the large conference room off to the right side of the front entrance. We will begin with a social time at 6 pm. Bring a brown bag dinner or grab something from your freezer and nuke it in the kitchen facility's microwave. A short business meeting will commence at 6:45, followed by the program at 7:00.

There will be a door prize donated by Al Mecozzi WA8LBZ which will be given away at the end of Jim and Scott's presentation, but unlike the grand prize at the Dayton Hamvention, you must be present to win. See you there!

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.