ACARC Recognized as WRN Ambassador

Congratulations Allegan County Amateur Radio Club, we are now officially an Ambassador for a Weather Ready Nation. Due to our efforts and repeatedly successful SkyWarn Recognition Day events, we have been made an Ambassador. Great job everyone. Here are Jim’s words from the National Weather Service in Grand Rapids:

Just wanted to say Thanks to you and the entire Allegan County Amateur Radio Club for your leading efforts in yet another successful Skywarn Recognition Day.

Because of your partnership with us over the years – and your always ongoing efforts to promote the nation’s readiness and responsiveness for extreme weather – NWS Grand Rapids has decided to recognize the Allegan Amateur Radio Club as a Weather-Ready Nation Ambassador.

Meeting Minutes for January 9, 2018

Allegan County Amateur Radio Club Meeting Minutes

January 9, 2018

Program:? Jim, AC8AG, continued his excellent program on message passing by demonstrating the ICF 213 form messaging procedure. Thanks Jim!

Meeting opened at:? 7:04PM

ATTENDANCE: 8

SECRETARY’S Report: Accepted

TREASURER’S Report: Not Reviewed

ACTIVITIES?: Let us know what programs/activities you would like to see in the year ahead . Please let Mike Long (W6RP), our Program Coordinator, know about your thoughts.

February – Propagation
March – Antenna Building
April – Soldering (Tentative)
May – Fox Hunting (Tentative)

June – November: TBD

COMMITTEE REPORTS:

Repeater:

147.240 – Working. No work has been scheduled yet to move antenna.
147.140 – No update.
442.350 – No update.

10 Meter Net?: Jack (W8PPM) invites all? to the Club Net held every Wednesday evening – 8PM local – Freq: 28.380 MHZ (alternate 28.390 or 28.370 MHZ if busy) Topics of interest welcomed!

VE Testing:? January 27, 2018 – 9AM @ the Allegan Hospital Cafeteria. Price is $15 + two forms of identification or a copy of your current license – Contact Randy MacNeill (W8RMN) for next test session information

Allegan County SAR? – Second wednesday of month January through May. 1/10, 2/14, 3/14, 4/11, 5/9. Allegan County Sheriff Department.

Allegan County ARPSC? –  Next meeting is potentially March. Date and time TBD at Recognition Dinner.
Volunteer Recognition Dinner is February 10, 6PM at the Felt Mansion, 6497 138th Ave, Holland, MI

Club web Site:? http://ac8rc.org
Club email list:? To join the club mailing list, go to alleganarc@yahoogroups.com
Facebook? – http://www.facebook.com/ac8rc

Upcoming Events

Dinner, Get out of the Cabin Dinner (New Hams Dinner) sponsored by GRARA, MARA, Lowell ARC, Holland ARC, February 3rd, 2018, 2pm, Pizza Ranch, 3858 28th St. Southeast, Kentwood, MI 49512

Volunteer Recognition Dinner is February 10, 6PM at the Felt Mansion, 6497 138th Ave, Holland, MI

Palisades Practices – March 28, April 11, and April 24-25

NEW BUSINESS:

Year Planning

Club Swap (April 7) – Dennis and Randy to chair
Fox Hunts – Wes, Randy, and Jim to chair
Program Coordinator – Mike and Jim to chair
Field Day (June 23-24) – Dennis and Randy to chair
Allegan County Fair – Wes, Seth, Jason, Randy and Jim to chair
Silver Sides – Jim to follow-up with Muskegon contact if June 2-3rd is possible
Winter Field Day (Jan 27-28) – Jim, Seth, and Shawn to chair

Cranes Orchard Restaurant was suggested for Club’s end of year party.

OLD BUSINESS:

Club was awarded Weather Ready Nation Ambassador by the NWS. Great job to all of the club members who help out with Skywarn Recognition Day 2017 and past years!

 

Additional program ideas were put forth:

  • Mobile Installs by Jeff from C-Com
  • Antenna Tuning – Delta, Gamma, Capacitance, Radials, oh my!
  • Will it radiate?

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. WB3LHU has the forms if anyone is interested.

Club Activities/Presentations/Opportunities: Any ideas -!! The club is interested in your thoughts and
suggestions

Winter Field Day, 2018
Thinking Day (Girl Scouts), 2018 – John Keith
AA8L: Satellite Comm antennas – update
Bringing Eagle Island on the air for IOTA
Drones
3D folded loop antennas
Digital modes (i.e. PSK31, JT65, RTTY, etc)
Traffic handling/passing ? ARRL Form ? ICS form ? Digital (PSK31?)

Additional Suggestions from 11-APR-2017 meeting included: Darren, through prompting from Shawn, how the inner workings of the radio work – Jim suggested block diagrams. Darren also asked about explaining Propagation. Wes asked about: Digital modes: PSK, JT65, Slow-scan TV. How to setup your equipment.

Meeting closed at: 8:52PM

Respectively submitted by Mike, W6RP

Allegan County Amateur Radio Club Meeting, Feb 13, 2018

The next Allegan County Amateur Radio Club’s meeting is Feb 13, 2018, starting at 7:00PM local time located at the Allegan County Technical and Education Center (ACATEC), 2891 116th Street (M-222) across from the Allegan County Airport.
 
Upcoming Presentations
Feb – Propagation
Mar – Antenna Building
Apr – Soldering (tentative)
May – Fox hunting (tentative)

Allegan County ARC Meeting, January 9, 2018

The next Allegan County Amateur Radio Club’s meeting is January 09, 2018, starting at 7:00PM local time located at the Allegan County Technical and Education Center (ACATEC), 2891 116th Street (M-222) across from the Allegan County Airport.

Upcoming Presentations

TBD
Don’t forget, this meeting will also be used to plan the year so if members are looking for the club to perform, sponsor, etc any activities, this is the time to bring it up.
Also, please be aware this message may be sent through additional means of communication in the upcoming days/weeks as we experiment with the best way to reach everyone.

Meeting Minutes for November 14, 2017

Allegan County Amateur Radio Club Meeting Agenda

November 14, 2017

Program:? Schematics Quiz and Traffic Handling/Passing – Jim

In Part 1, we went over header and message for passing messages.  Part 2, Jim spoke about how to shorten up messages. Keep it to pertinent information only, keep it simple. Record as transmitted and pass as recorded.

Schematic quiz was given by Jim.  Three circuits were presented using standard schematic symbols with the goal to name specified symbols in each circuit. Great review and learning experience.

Meeting opened at:? 7PM

ATTENDANCE: 16

SECRETARY’S Report: Accepted

TREASURER’S Report: No report

ACTIVITIES?: Let us know what programs/activities you would like to see in the year ahead . Please let Mike Long (W6RP), our Program Coordinator, know about your thoughts.

December – Club Christmas Party – December 9

Your Family Restaraunt in Allegan, MI. 11:30am-12PM social and 12PM order

COMMITTEE REPORTS:

Christmas Committee – Dennis is coordinator. Any questions, please contact him.

Repeater:

147.240 – No new news about new antenna and relocation on tower
147.140 – No new news

440 – Need venture to hospital to remove amplifier and other items. Check out radio. Need three people minimum.

 

10 Meter Net?: Jack (W8PPM) invites all? to the Club Net held every Wednesday evening – 8PM local – Freq: 28.380 MHZ (alternate 28.390 or 28.370 MHZ if busy) Topics of interest welcomed!

VE Testing:? November 25, 2017 – 9AM @ the Allegan Hospital Cafeteria. Price is $15 + two forms of identification or a copy of your current license – Contact Randy MacNeill (W8RMN) for next test session information

Allegan County SAR? – Second wednesday of month December through May. 12/13, 1/10, 2/14, 3/14, 4/11, 5/9. Allegan County Sheriff Department. Officer elections in December. Must have been present for 1 year of meetings.

Allegan County ARPSC? – Thursday at EOC, 7pm, 11/17. Looking for volunteers for comms for various events, skywarn weather spotters, etc.  

Club web Site:? http://ac8rc.org
Club email list:? To join the club mailing list, go to alleganarc@yahoogroups.com
Facebook? – http://www.facebook.com/ac8rc

Upcoming Events

Skywarn Recognition Day is coming. December 1-2 at the Grand Rapids NWS

Otsego High School Radio Club. Meeting time and location – 11/21 at 11:30am

Dinner, Get out of the Cabin Dinner (New Hams Dinner) sponsored by GRARA, MARA, Lowell ARC, February 3rd, 2018, 2pm, Pizza Ranch, 3858 28th St. Southeast, Kentwood, MI 49512

NEW BUSINESS:

Committees

Allegan County Fair Special Event Station – Wes, Seth KE8GOJ

Club Meeting Program Coordinator – Mike

Field Day – Dennis, Randy

Club Picnic (Field Day) –

Club Swap – Dennis. First Saturday of April. April 7, 2018. Salem Township Hall in Burnips

Fox hunt – Wes, Randy, Jim

OLD BUSINESS:

Officer voting for 2018

President – Jim, AC8AG, accepted nomination
Vice President – Randy, W8RMN, accepted nomination
Treasurer – Nancy, kb8pfj, accepted nomination
Secretary – Mike, W6RP, accepted nomination
Trustees – 3yr – Robert kc8usp, accepted nomination
Wes – 1 yr current
Dennis – 2 yr current
Steve – Repeater trustee

Voice voted via motion to accept ballot as written. Unanimous acceptance.

Club Christmas Party – December 9

Your Family Restaraunt in Allegan, MI. 11:30am-12PM social and 12PM order off menu

House of Bill Sempert, SK, was sold.  New owner, Jordan Dickerson (919-691-5721) is looking for appraisal of two towers and beam antenna to be taken down and sold.  Towers and antenna are located at 557 Sherman St, Allegan, MI

 

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. WB3LHU has the forms if anyone is interested.

Club Activities/Presentations/Opportunities: Any ideas -!! The club is interested in your thoughts and
suggestions

Winter Field Day, 2018
Thinking Day (Girl Scouts), 2018 – John Keith
AA8L: Satellite Comm antennas – update
Bringing Eagle Island on the air for IOTA
Drones
3D folded loop antennas
Digital modes (i.e. PSK31, JT65, RTTY, etc)
Traffic handling/passing ? ARRL Form ? ICS form ? Digital (PSK31?)

Additional Suggestions from 11-APR-2017 meeting included: Darren, through prompting from Shawn, how the inner workings of the radio work – Jim suggested block diagrams. Darren also asked about explaining Propagation. Wes asked about: Digital modes: PSK, JT65, Slow-scan TV. How to setup your equipment.

Meeting closed at: 9:11 pm
Respectfully submitted by Mike, W6RP

Meeting Minutes for October 10

Allegan County Amateur Radio Club Meeting Minutes

October 10, 2017

Program:? Traffic Handling/Passing – Jim (AC8AG) put on a great presentation on the basics of traffic handling/passing.  Thanks Jim!

Meeting opened at:? 7PM EST

ATTENDANCE: 13

SECRETARY’S Report: Accepted

TREASURER’S Report: Accepted

ACTIVITIES?: Let us know what programs/activities you would like to see in the year ahead . Please let Mike Long (W6RP), our Program Coordinator, know about your thoughts.

November – Schematic Diagram Symbols and continuation of the Traffic Handling / Passing – Jim
December – Club Christmas Party – December 9
GeoFox hunt coming up in October – Oct 21, to be performed during Jamboree

COMMITTEE REPORTS:

Christmas Committee – Dennis is coordinator. Any questions, please contact him.

Repeater:

147.240 – no recent issues
147.140 – no recent issues

440 – needs to be checked out

10 Meter Net?: Jack (W8PPM) invites all? to the Club Net held every Wednesday evening – 8PM local – Freq: 28.380 MHZ (alternate 28.390 or 28.370 MHZ if busy) Topics of interest welcomed!

“Young Person” Net? hosted by KE5ETX for all hams with children interested in becoming Hams or are already Hams has ended. Thanks to all who participated and a big thank you to the host for volunteering time each month to operate the net. 

VE Testing:? November 25, 2017 – 9AM @ the Allegan Hospital Cafeteria. Price is $15 + two forms of identification or a copy of your current license – Contact Randy MacNeill (W8RMN) for next test session information

Allegan County SAR? – The concert, Oct 6 went well, nearly sold out.  The next meeting is 3rd or 4th Wednesday of the month. TBD. May not have due to concert earlier in the month.

Allegan County ARPSC? – November 16th. 7PM at the EOC at Dumont Complex. Nov 29, meeting with regards to first net State is moving to. Fetzer Center on WMU Campus

Club web Site:? http://ac8rc.org
Club email list:? To join the club mailing list, go to alleganarc@yahoogroups.com
Facebook? – http://www.facebook.com/ac8rc

Upcoming Events

Skywarn Recognition Day is coming. December 1-2 at the Grand Rapids NWS

Boy Scout Jamboree, October 21, 9am-4pm – Club is sponsoring refreshments and will have stations and fox hunt running during event. 1-2dz Boy Scouts expected throughout the day. Girl Scouts are welcome too.

Muskegon swap on Saturday, October 21

Kalamazoo swap on Sunday, October 22

Otsego High School Radio Club. Otsego public library. Time and Date TBD
During school year, plan to hold meetings at the high school. Next week Thursday – 3pm, Oct 19

5th District Meeting, 6pm eat/7pm meet, The Crew, Kalamazoo. Oct 16th.

NEW BUSINESS:

Officer Nominations for 2018

President – Jim, AC8AG, accepted nomination

Vice President – Randy, W8RMN, accepted nomination

Treasurer – Nancy, kb8pfj, accepted nomination

Secretary – Mike, W6RP, accepted nomination

Trustees – 3yr – Robert kc8usp, accepted nomination

Wes – 1 yr current

Dennis – 2 yr current

Steve – Repeater trustee

OLD BUSINESS:

Great Lakes Hamcon – Did anyone go?  Thoughts?
Pretty good turnout. Good venue. 20-25 vendors at flea market area. Flea market was outdoors. Minimum vendors indoors. Plenty of room to expand.

September 23 is trustee meeting after the VE testing – Anything to report? – Trustee meeting was tabled. Will reschedule.

Any information at Silver Sides special event station? – Museam Ships on the Air are usually in September or October. Jim to continue to pursue.

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. WB3LHU has the forms if anyone is interested.

Club Activities/Presentations/Opportunities: Any ideas -!! The club is interested in your thoughts and
suggestions

Winter Field Day, 2018

Thinking Day (Girl Scouts), 2018 – John Keith

AA8L: Satellite Comm antennas – update
Bringing Eagle Island on the air for IOTA
Drones
3D folded loop antennas
Digital modes (i.e. PSK31, JT65, RTTY, etc)
Traffic handling/passing ? ARRL Form ? ICS form ? Digital (PSK31?)

Additional Suggestions from 11-APR-2017 meeting included: Darren, through prompting from Shawn, how the inner workings of the radio work – Jim suggested block diagrams. Darren also asked about explaining Propagation. Wes asked about: Digital modes: PSK, JT65, Slow-scan TV. How to setup your equipment.

Meeting closed at: 9:23PM
Respectfully submitted by Mike, W6RP

Allegan County ARC Meeting, November 14

The next Allegan County Amateur Radio Club’s meeting is November 14, starting at 7:00PM local time located at the Allegan County Technical and Education Center (ACATEC), 2891 116th Street (M-222) across from the Allegan County Airport.

Upcoming Presentations

November – Schematics Quiz and Continuation of Message Passing and Traffic Handling
December – None, Club Christmas Party
Don’t forget, this meeting will also be used to vote club officers for next year.
Also, please be aware this message may be sent through additional means of communication in the upcoming days/weeks as we experiment with the best way to reach everyone.
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