From WB3LHU and KD8FLQ:
MEETING: Started @ 7 PM By President Jim Gillis @ ACATEC Center
Program: Mike W6RP showed us his Laser communications set up and discussed ways of improving performance as well as Web information on building ! Excellent Thanks Mike!!
Members- Visitors: 12 Members Paid Memberships included AC8RB Ron (16’& 17’) Wes KD8VQH(16’)
SECRETARIES REPORT: Meeting notes from October , 2015 – Approved by voice vote!
TREASURERS Report – Not published but noted in Meeting minute records
ACTIVITIES: Lets us know what programs/activities you would like to see in the year ahead . Please let MIKE Long our Program Coordinator know about Your thoughts
January Program: “Show and Tell” Bring your projects, pictures, QSL Cards etc to share in a 5-10 minute presentation WB3LHU will bring his emergency/digital radio for review.
ELECTION OF NEW OFFICERS for 2016: Congratulations to:
President – Jim Gillis AC8AG
Vice President: Randy Mac Neil W8RMN
Secretary: Mike Long: W6RP
Treasurer: Nancy Motter: KB8PFJ
Trustee: 3 Yr term Wes Miller
Trustee: 1 Yr Term- Jonh Keith KE5ETX
Repeater: 440 Repeater is officially coordinated and up to date in registration. Hard line and new transmit/Receive antenna to be discussed with Allegan County EM Management shortly. Please report any 147:240 problems to AC8AG –
10 Meter Net: Jack (W8PPM) invites all to the Club Net held every Wednesday evening – 8PM local – Freq: 28380 MHZ (alternate 28.390 or 28.370 MHZ if busy) Topic’s of interest welcomed!
VE Testing: November 28th, 2015 -9AM @ the Allegan Hospital Cafeteria. Price is $15 + two forms of identification or a copy of Your current license – Contact AA8L for next test session information
Allegan County SAR: Having their annual fund raiser November 21st at Allegan High school Performing ARTS center – Next Meeting November 11th with Night time search practice- contact KD8CHT for details or check into the nets on Sunday evening (7pm & 8PM on 147.240)
Allegan County ARPSC -Meeting Thursday night November 19th @7Pm –Meet at the new Jail and Sherriff office – 640 River street – Allegan
Club Web Site: is still up and running – For access go to alleganarc@Yahoogroups.com – Pictures are welcomed – Please contact KD8QNX
NEW BUSINESS: Now that the addition is about completed at ACATEC we will revisit the possibility of erecting antennas and a Ham Station. Antenna options starting with a tower and HF Beam down to as little as a vertical on the roof were requested of their Facility Manager. Need to revisit His progresson Insurance coverage needs and his needs after exploring ideas with the local airport and other schools with Ham Stations.-
ACTION: WB3LHU will follow up with the school
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Club Insurance : WB3LHU reported on ARRL affiliated Ham activity now that ACATEC building appears to be nearing its end.
ACTION: WB3LHU to check with the recommended ARRL Insurance as well as with local clubs as it appears one of the AZO clubs seemed to go elsewhere with their coverage’s
“Young Person” Net has started – Hosted by KE5ETX for all hams with children interested in becoming Hams or are already Hams – GREAT first net by SAM KE8ARH – Next Youth Net scheduled on Dec 1st at 7 PM on the “240” – Contact John Keith KE5ETX for details and to suggest topics or offer help!
Suggestion from the August meeting: : Have a practice session on Weather spotting and reporting – KD8HEM has provided forms to get us started – Thanks again KYLE!
CHRISTMAS PARTY: Set for 12/12/15 at Bunker Hill Restaurant @ 4203 30th street and 142nd street – Arrive at 1:30 and eat @ 2Pm – Order off the menu – Let JIM AC8AG know who is coming either over the “240” repeater or by calling 269-673-5539 – Guests welcome!! There will be a low cost gift exchange if You wish to participate – Just bring a gift wrapped
Dues can be paid to Nancy (KB8PFJ) at any time –
ARRL Club Membership:Reminder – If you are about to renew or Join the ARRL our club has a chance to earn some extra money due to our ARRL affiliation. By submitting your membership moneys thru the club – We can keep either $2(renew) or $15 (New or not a member for 2 years) – Bring Your renewals and Check made out to the Allegan County Amateur Radio Club to the next meeting.
Thanks to AC8RB for working with the club on his QST renewal
SKY WARN appreciation day: Sign up on the web @ http://grrskywarn.evenbrite.com Set up on 12- 3- Net runs form 7PM Friday night thru Saturday 12-5 at 7PM
Any ideas -!! The club is interested in Your thoughts and suggestions
QSL Cards – Program by AC8AG to show us how Bureaus work and how to take advantage of this service
AA8L: Satellite Comm antennas – update
Bringing Eagle Island on the air for IOTA
Meeting closed @ 8:50P M Thanks to all who attended
Respectfully submitted – WB3LHU for Linda S. Burd – KD8FLQ – Club Secretary