Field Day is June 28 - 29

Field Day is a popular on-the-air activity where hams all over the US and Canada take their equipment outdoors and operate temporarily from parks, shopping centers, and other public places, using makeshift antennas and operating under less than ideal circumstances. Field Day is partly contest, partly public relations (we show our stuff to the public), partly emergency communications practice, partly team building and cooperation, partly educational, and entirely fun! If you've never participated in Field Day before, this is a great time to roll up your sleeves and...spray your arms for mosquitoes! Field Day is always the fourth full weekend in June, which this year is June 28 and 29. CRES's Field Day activity will be held at Infirmary Mound Park, about 3 miles south of Granville on Rt. 37. Follow the signs to the far east end of the park where the horse arena is.

We plan to operate with three transmitters, one for CW in an old barn on the park property (K8LJ in charge), one for phone in the horse arena building (N8OGI in charge), and one for digital modes, mostly radioteletype and PSK31, (W3CRZ in charge). On Friday we'll bring out and stage the equipment (radios, antennas, tables, chairs, etc.) in the horse arena building and we'll need help with that. Please contact president Bob K8LJ who is coordinating this. On Saturday morning, for those who want, we'll meet for breakfast at 8:30 at the Bob Evans at Cherry Valley Road and Route 16, on the way to Newark. It's the first traffic light on Route 16 east of the turn off to Route 37, where the Field Day site is. Around 10 am or so, we'll start setting up antennas and radios for the three stations and we need lots of help. Please join us at the Field Day site.

We'll take a break at 6 pm for a pot luck supper. If the suffix of your call sign (the letters after the numeral) begins with A-M, bring a dessert; if it begins with N-Z, bring a side dish. The club will furnish the meat (City BBQ from Newark - pulled chicken and beef brisket). Please let N8WL know if you're coming to eat and how many will be in your group, so he can know how much food to order. The club will also supply breakfast on Sunday morning (cereal, milk, orange juice, and coffee).

Last year we were fortunate to have W8UL bring a canopy for shade. He will not be here this year, so if someone else has a canopy to lend the club for the event, that would be appreciated.

While not everyone in the club is interested in the contesting aspect of Field Day, it's really important for everyone to take a turn at operating and at logging for other reasons: It will enhance your ability to pick out call signs from a noisy background, it will give you experience in logging, it will give you familiarity with other rigs and with propagation, it builds teamwork and camaraderie among club members, and it will give you useful skills in emergency operations. This is particularly true for newcomers to the hobby and Technicians who have not been on HF much. Experienced mentors will help you become adept, so don't be shy. Come out and help and learn the ropes (literally). We know you'll enjoy the experience and have fun.

See you there!

Barn based CW

Field Day 2013. At the CW station, in the old barn, Dave K8AX earns bonus points by making 5 QRP (low power) contacts on his Elecraft K1 running on battery while Art KD8ZG looks on and logs contacts.

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.