CRES and COOKEN Hosted Successful Field Day

Event was at Granville park June 25-26

The CRES and COOKEN Amateur Radio Clubs joined forces again this year to mount a terrific Field Day (FD) effort on June 25-26 at Infirmary Mound Park, 3 miles south of Granville on Rt. 37. On Saturday morning a few of us met at 8:30 for breakfast at Bob Evans and about 10 am we congregated at Infirmary Mound Park to begin FD set-up. We had great volunteers, and set up 2 multi-band inverted vees for the 2 main stations plus a satellite antenna for the satellite station. At the CRES meeting on Thursday we had wisely opted not to attempt a CW station this year, as manpower to operate it was short. Nevertheless we did have two very capable CW ops put in some serious hours!

The COOKEN club held their June meeting outside in comfortable shade after setup was complete, and it was a productive gathering for planning and discussion.

The actual FD event began at 2 pm on the air, and went for 24 hours. The phone/CW station and the digital station were kept busy all day.

The pot-luck banquet Saturday night began at 6 pm. CRES and COOKEN supplied the meat (BBQ Brisket and pulled chicken), buns, paper and plastic ware, and water. We had plenty of good food and after everyone had eaten, Al WA8LBZ gave a brief talk on “spud guns” - an air gun that shoots projectiles over trees to string up antennas for FD.

Although Dave K8RSP didn't make any satellite contacts during the day on Saturday, he made about a dozen of them during the night and on Sunday, giving us the 100 bonus points and making the effort all worth while. Steve N8WL used K8AX's solar panel and a KX3 to make 2 QSO's on phone and Bob K8LJ made 3 CW Q's to get the 100 bonus points for alternative power. Alicia KE8CRL did a great job of social media and CRES has a new Facebook page CRES Facebook Page. Photos of FD can be found here. We were also visited by Melissa Hartfield, Granville's mayor, who stayed for a while and met quite a few of the club members. Her visit was worth 100 bonus points.

At 2 pm on Sunday, it was all over, and we begin to tear everything down and put it all away for another year. It took us just a little more than an hour, as we had lots of people stay and help to make it go quickly.

So how did we do? Great! Here is the list of Bonus Points:

100% Emergency power200
Media Publicity100
Public Location100
Public Information Table100
W1AW Field Day Message100
Satellite QSO completed100
Natural power QSOs completed100
Site Visit by invited elected official100
Submitted via the Web 50
Educational activity100
Social media100
Total Bonus Points1,150

Score Summary:CWDigitalPhone
Total QSOs275134159
Total Points550268159

The complete 2016 CRES Field Day Score History can be found here.

Thanks to everyone from the CRES and COOKEN clubs who came out to help set up, operate, join in the banquet, and stay for tear-down. There were no injuries, the weather was hot but dry, and we scored well, but the real bottom line is that we all had fun!

August CRES Meeting

Thursday, August 25 2016

The August meeting will be held Thursday evening, August 25 in the big conference room of the New Albany Branch of the Columbus Public Library. 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!

Mark Your Calendars Now.

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.