October CRES Meeting

Thursday, October 20, 2016

The October meeting will be held Thursday evening, October 20 in the big conference room of the New Albany Branch of the Columbus Public Library. The social time will start at 6 pm, the business meeting will start at 6:45 and the program will start at 7 pm. Guests and visitors are welcome!

Club members Dave Brown K8AX and Bill Erwin N9CX will give a presentation on mini-HF radios used mostly for portable use. Three radios, all Elecraft, will be presented and demonstrated. Dave will describe the K1 and KX1 transceivers, covering the technology used, the advantages of an HF radio in a small package, and a possible shortcoming or two. Bill will describe and show the new KX2, covering the technology change over earlier Elecraft radios along with what is packed into the almost pocket size KX2 package.

Mark your calendars now and plan to attend!

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.