December CRES Club Meeting

Meet The New Repeater!

The next CRES meeting will be held at the New Albany Library on Thursday, December 17, 2015. Dave Woolf, K8RSP, and Tom Foy, N4HAI will present a two part presentation about the new W8ZPF repeater and Yeasu System Fusion. Many club members, including K8RSP, N4HAI, N4DLR, and others attended Sunday's Fusion seminar at the Dayton Hamvention in the spring of 2015. Similar to DSTAR, Echolink and DMR, Yeasu's System Fusion offers crystal clear digital voice capabilities. Unlike some other modes, both digital and analog voice may be used at the same time with Fusion systems. Repeater users will need special equipment to operate the repeater in its digital mode, but can still use their trusty FM gear with the new hardware.

Come prepared with questions, comments, and suggestions about how CRES can use its new repeater system to its fullest capabilities. Expect a lively discussion about how the digital age is advancing our communications options and how the club can embrace new technologies while still providing reliable FM services.

As usual the evening will start with a social time around 6 pm. Bring your dinner. Kitchen facilities are available if needed. A short business meeting will start at 6:45, followed by the program around 7 pm. Mark your calendars now - you won't want to miss it!

DR-1X Yaesu Digital Repeater

DR-1X Yaesu Digital Repeater

Here is further information on the new repeater: White Paper and Product Page

CRES ARC License Examination Session

Saturday, December 5

Art Grandle KD8ZG, VE Liaison for the CRES Amateur Radio Club, has announced that the next Volunteer Examination session for new and upgraded licenses will be held on Saturday, December 5, 2015, at the Parkview Presbyterian Church, 6969 East Livingston Avenue, Reynoldsburg, Ohio. The session will begin at 9:00 AM. This is a LAUREL VEC examination session, and there is no charge for it. Walk-ins are welcome. Be sure to bring identification, your amateur radio license if you have one, and a calculator.

For further information contact club Secretary Rob Stampfli, KD8WK, at VE-questions (at) w8zpf (dot) org, or call him at 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.