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ALLEGAN COUNTY AMATEUR RADIO CLUB MEETING MINUTES
April 12, 2016
MEETING: Started @ 7:07 PM By President Jim Gillis @ ACATEC Center
Program: Wes (KD8VQH) and Mike (W8DER) demonstrated fox hunting with a small fox hunt in the parking lot, which included three hidden lower power transmitters and a higher powered transmitter hidden off premise so those participating could here what it sounds like from a distance. Fun was had by all while learning direction finding, the use of attenuators, third harmonics, and dealing with things such as multipath. Thanks for a great presentation Wes and Mike!
Members-Visitors: 9 members, 6 guests, and 3 children were present
SECRETARY’S Report: Meeting notes from March, 2016 – Approved by voice vote! Thanks
TREASURER’S Report: No report given. The club swap generated $18 donations and $53 in sales.
ACTIVITIES: Lets 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.
May Program: Jim (AC8AG) will speak about QSL cards and the bureau
June Program: Jason (KD8QNX) will speak about digital fast scan television
Still no progress on repeater improvements. Please report any 147.240 problems to AC8AG. Reports of noise during use were given related to the 147.240 repeater. The 147.140 repeater controller needs to be reset. The 440 repeater has regular interference.
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 has started – Hosted by KE5ETX for all hams with children interested in becoming Hams or are already Hams –Next Youth Net scheduled on May 3rd at 7PM on the 147.240 repeater – Contact John (KE5ETX) for details and to suggest topics or offer help! Have a young child in your life? This is a great way to get them interested in the hobby!
VE Testing: May 28, 2016 – 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: Next Meeting April 12th, 7PM at A.C. Sheriff’s Dept. – contact KD8CHT for details or check into the nets on Sunday evening (7PM & 8PM on 147.240)
Allegan County ARPSC: Meeting Saturday @12PM, April 16 – Meet at the EOC 122nd ave.
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Club Web Site: is still up and running at http://ac8rc.org
To join the club mailing list, go to firstname.lastname@example.org
Pictures are welcomed – Please contact Robert, KC8USP
Michigan QSO Party, April 16-17, 2016
Allegan County ARC Fox Hunt, April 24, 1:30PM. Everyone meet at the Allegan High School parking lot
Fly-in at Allegan City Airport, June 18, 2016.
Field Day and club picnic, June 25-26, 2016 located at Salem Township hall this year.
Club meetings in July and August will tentatively be held at the Allegan District Library since ACATEC will be closed those months.
Club will attempt to run only generator power at Field Day this year.
WB3LHU – Out sick, no report on setting up a school station
Club Insurance : Club insurance discussion was tabled until next meeting. Jim to check into insurance requirements with the school
Club Swap – Recap, good, bad, change. What to do next? – Everyone agrees the Salem township hall is a good location. Need diet pop next time and less donuts. Possibly have a later date with suggestion made for 4/22/2017.
Canopy – Motion made, seconded, carried that Jason will provide quote(s) to club at the May meeting for canopies with minimum of club name and web site printed on them.
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.
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Any ideas -!! The club is interested in Your thoughts and suggestions
AA8L: Satellite Comm antennas – update
Bringing Eagle Island on the air for IOTA
3D folded loop antennas
Digital modes (i.e. PSK31, JT65, RTTY, etc)
Meeting closed @ 7:59P M with 1 opposed. Thanks to all who attended
Respectfully submitted – Mike Long, W6RP – Club Secretary
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