Category Archives: Events

Open House Dec 15

On Saturday December 15 from 10AM – 6PM, FCW will be having an Open House. There will be food, tours, displays, demos, and activities for all.  All main areas – Electronics, Machining, Model Railroad, Woodworking, Lounge and Classroom are now functional.

As a special treat, FCW is building a sleigh.  Santa will be paying several visits during the open house for kids to have FREE pictures sitting with Santa in the sleigh.

All the activities will be  FREE and OPEN to the PUBLIC.

VE Exams

Ham Radio VE exams will be given at FCW at 12 noon on Saturday, November 17. Anyone interested in obtaining or upgrading an Amateur Radio (Ham) license is welcome to attend. Study materials may be found at

A question and answer session for any topic of the VE exams will be on Saturday, November 10, at 12 noon.

This event is open to anyone wishing to obtain or upgrade an Amateur Radio license. The fee is $10 per attempt.

UPDATE: The exams resulted in two new Technicians and two upgrades to General. It was decided that FCW will host VE exams every four months.

Fright Night

FCW held our own version of a Haunted House. The “Fright Night” was Friday, Saturday and Wednesday, October 26, 27, and 31 from 6-9PM. There will be candy, slushies, popcorn,  a tour through the space and our “Trail of Horror”.

Fright Night 2012- electric Chair
The electric chair –a shocking experience for Fright Night

The trail was set up in the “pole” area behind our space which was loaned to us by our landlord (One Putt, Inc.) for the event. Ross — the “master of the macabre” designed a tour which included a graveyard, mad scientist’s lab, dark forest, and executioners row. There were much larger events around, but, this was our first year and ours was FREE.   We had around 100 persons attend the event and everyone had a good time.

Now we have new ideas for next year to make the Fright Night bigger and better.  Many thanks to Ross and the crew for a fantastic job.


Things happening at FCW

FCW is working with Tony and Mike (the building owner) to create a “Haunted House” on Oct. 26, 27, and 31.  We are planning for 9 sets in the “pole area” behind our space.  The event will be free for the public.  Any help will be appreciated in the setup or operation of this event.  Spread the word, especially to those who may not be able to afford such events for their kids.  Contact Ross if you would like to help.

FCW has been donated a 4×4 foot CNC wood router.  It is currently in the process of being re-assembled and calibrated.

The large dust collector has been tested and works well on a 220V 20A circuit.  We will be pulling a new 220V circuit to the woodworking area to handle it.  Rick and Ross need some suction duct for it.

Work on the 3D printer has been suspended for now until some of the other projects have been completed.

We are waiting for cooler weather to put the Butternut antenna on the roof.

We got a letter from the IRS concerning the status of the 501(c)(3).  It was sent to the next level for additional checking, so we wait again.

We are planning an open house on December 15, with photo sessions for kids and Santa (ie. Warren).

We are negotiating for some additional space.

If anyone knows of any public relations opportunities, or ideas, be sure to tell Colin.

Have a good Labor Day.

Amateur Radio Field Day

On June 23-24, FCW operated a Field Day Station for the ARRL Field Day.  The purpose of Field Day is to allow Amateur (HAM)  Radio operators:

-To test equipment

-Gain experience in operating under non-optimal, or emergency conditions

-Introduce the public to Ham radio

-To socialize

Field Day is in the form of a contest in which Hams contact stations all over the country.  This was the first serious use of the FCW station – call sign K4FCW, and so, was essentially, an experiment.  Despite our main antenna not being available, things worked out ok as two HF transmitters were active.  Even with temporary antennas the station made contacts with 29 states and 2 provinces.    Thanks to Buck for the loan of some gear and Ross for the loan of a slushie machine.  We now know what to improve for next year.

Open House/Cookout (Phase II)- June 2

FCW is nearing the end of Phase II of construction at the site.  This will mark the opening of new areas.

  • The classroom – will be able to handle 16-20 students in a seated environment.  The room can also be used for computer training, demos, and movies.
  • The model shop– will eventually house the model railroad which is to be moved in this Summer.  It will also house model making equipment and tools for making scenery, props, and models for railroad, airplanes and others.  There is a large viewing window  in the railroad area.
  • The ham radio station – K4FCW.  This will start off with HF and VHF equipment.

These will join the Machine Shop, Electronics Shop, and Wood Shop to support FCW activities.

The opening of these areas will be celebrated with an Open House and Cookout on Saturday, June 2 from 10AM to 6PM.  The day will be filled with:

  • Tours
  • Demonstrations of various science and technical topics
  • Games
  • Activities for all ages
  • Food

Guests are welcome!!