VE Testing at the Columbus Hamfest

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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 Columbus Hamfest/Ohio Section Conference on Saturday, August 2, 2014. 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.

The Columbus Hamfest, held in conjuction with the Ohio Section Conference, will be at the Aladdin Shrine Temple, 3850 Stelzer Road, Columbus Ohio. For more information, see the web site at http://www.columbushamfest.com/. For a map and directions, see Columbus Hamfest and ARRL Ohio Section Conference. Signs to the test session will be posted. Talk-in will be on the 146.97 MHz repeater, with a PL of 123.0 Hz.

Email any questions to Rob Stampfli KD8WK at ve-questions@w8zpf.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.