February CRES Club Meeting

February meeting to feature Ohio Section Technical Coordinator

Meeting to be February 16 at the Reynoldsburg Library (NOTE CHANGE IN VENUE)

Our program will feature guest speaker Jeffrey Kopcak K8JTK, Technical Coordinator for the Ohio Section. Jeffrey was born, raised, and lives in Westlake, Ohio, a western suburb of Cleveland. He got interested in amateur radio at a young age through his father, Tom N8ETP, after tagging along to public service events, meetings, and listening on his HT. He became licensed right before his sophomore year of high school in 1999 and currently holds an Amateur Extra license. His interests are using computers in Ham Radio and digital modes.

He's a member of: The Lake Erie Amateur Radio Association (LEARA); Life Member of the Wood County Amateur Radio Club (WCARC) and American Radio Relay League (ARRL); and member of the Dayton Amateur Radio Association (DARA). In addition to these clubs, he's a Volunteer Examiner (VE), Skywarn spotter, and net control for the Ham Nation D-STAR After Show Net.

Computers have been an interest of his from a very young age and he works as an Analyst/Programmer. He brought his knowledge of computers into television production at WHBS in high school and WBGU in college. During his television career he got to work for Fox Sports Ohio and worked on four programs that received Emmy nominations. One of those won an Emmy award.

His free time is spent learning technologies and watching technology related podcasts. On the air he operates mostly digital modes and special event stations on HF.

Jeffrey will speak on what the Section Technical Coordinator does, and talk about some of his special interest projects. The meeting will start at 6 pm with a social time. Bring a dinner to eat and enjoy conversation with other members. At 6:45 a short business meeting will take place, followed by the program around 7 pm. The venue for this meeting is NOT the New Albany Library. It will be the Reynoldsburg Branch of the Columbus Public Library, on Brice Road. Please mark your calendar, plan to attend, and invite a ham friend to join you!

Jeffrey Kopcak, K8JTK

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.