Meeting Minutes for May 9, 2017

ALLEGAN COUNTY AMATEUR RADIO CLUB MEETING MINUTES

May 9, 2017

MEETING: Started at 7:55 PM after completion of program

Program: DIY Tape Measure Antennas was well attended and a big thanks goes out to Jim and other club members for providing supplies. See pictures on our FB page

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.

June – Mini-foxhunt and training (tentative)
July – Solar Eclipse project (tentative)
August – Solar Eclipse project II (tentative, only if needed, otherwise potential results in September?)

GeoFox hunt coming up in July/August

COMMITTEE REPORTS:

Repeater:

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 6/6 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 27, 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 – May 10, 6:30PM at 125th/44th. Contact Ron KD8CHT

Allegan County ARPSC – May 18, 7PM at the EOC, Dumont Center, 33rd off of 122nd

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

Xenia SMART Bus, any interest? Contact Jack, KE8TJ@aol.com
Bus trip starts Michiwaka – more than 25, $52, or less 25 than $80

May 20th, Blessing of the Jeeps at the Allegan Airport. Fly-in same day for pancake breakfast. 8-12 or so (appended, starts at 7AM)

Field Day, June 24-25, 2017- Club Picnic at 4:00 PM – bring a dish to pass. (appended, setup at 9am and start at 1pm)

Spark in the Park – Aug 20, 8-12, located at the Homeschool building in Grand Rapids

NEW BUSINESS:

New arduino book is out at ARRL – thanks for the update Wes
Budget for food for field day was motioned and passed
Budget to reimburse Jim for antenna parts (DIY tape measure antennas) was motioned and passed

OLD BUSINESS:

Does the club want to help with Jamboree on the Air (JOTA), October 20-22. Contact John Keith – tabled

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:

Field Day, June 24-25, 2017- Club Picnic at 4:00 PM – bring a dish to pass.
Spark in the Park – Aug 20, 8-12
Any ideas -!! The club is interested in Your thoughts and suggestions

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 : 8:43PM
Respectfully submitted by Mike, W6RP

Allegan County ARC Meeting, June 13

The next Allegan County Amateur Radio Club’s meeting is June 13, starting at 7:00PM (1100UTC) located at the Allegan County Technical and Education Center (ACATEC), 2891 116th Street (M-222) across from the Allegan County Airport.

June Program – Mini foxhunt/training so bring out your tape measure antennas we built last month and lets have fun!

Upcoming Presentations

July – Eclipse 2017 propagation experiment
August – Continuation of Eclipse 2017 propagation experiment
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.

Solar Eclipse Club Project

Our club project for the month of July and August, will be to build a receiver that can be used to help with an experiment to analyze propagation during the upcoming Total Solar Eclipse.
It would be best to order your kit now (free while supplies last) or buy the parts ahead of time.  This address will take you to the page where you can order your kit, or see the entire listing of parts:
You can find more details regarding the study at this web address:  http://eng.umb.edu/~eclipsemob/index.php

Meeting Minutes for April 11, 2017

ALLEGAN COUNTY AMATEUR RADIO CLUB MEETING AGENDA

April 11, 2017

MEETING: Started at 7:00PM

Attendance: 15

Program: Jim, AC8AG – Soldering electronics and coaxial connectors. Smoke was in the air and burns were minimized. Thanks Jim!

SECRETARY’S Report: Previous meeting minutes accepted

TREASURER’S Report: Omitted from public notes

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.

May – Antenna making party
June – Mini-foxhunt and training (tentative)
July – Solar Eclipse project (tentative)
August – Solar Eclipse project II (tentative, only if needed, otherwise potential results in September?)

GeoFox hunt coming up in July/August

Suggestions 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.

COMMITTEE REPORTS:

Repeater:

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 5/2 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 27, 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 – Put into service this past Friday (4/7/2017). Next meeting at 4/12 at 6:30 PM at Silver Creek.

Allegan County ARPSC – Meeting on 4/15 @ EOC for the MI QSO party. From 12 PM – 12 AM.

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

MI QSO Party, April 15/16

Xenia SMART Bus, any interest? Contact Jack, KE8TJ@aol.com
Bus trip starts Michiwaka – more than 25, $52, or less 25 than $80

NEW BUSINESS:

May 20th, Blessing of the Jeeps at the Allegan Airport. Fly-in same day for pancake breakfast. 8-12 or so.
OLD BUSINESS:

Does the club want to help with Jamboree on the Air (JOTA), October 20-22. Contact John Keith

Allegan County ARC Mini Swap – After Action Report
What went well? Not so well? What can be improved?

Attendance up, right amount of food for profit. Location is good (and cheap). Earlier Fliers. Need to create some club fliers. Jim has a new layout for more tables (21 tables). Real food sign, door prize, Swap Sign (like lawn political sign). Change time to 8 – 11 AM. Talk-in station. April 7th, 2018 – need to contact township hall for confirmation. No Test Session, need higher attendance.
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:

Field Day, June 24-25, 2017- Club Picnic at 4:00 PM – bring a dish to pass.

Spark in the Park – Aug 20, 8-12

Any ideas -!! The club is interested in Your thoughts and suggestions

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?)

Meeting closed at : 9:20 PM
Next meeting at: 6:30 PM for antenna making party.

Respectfully submitted – Mike Long, W6RP  – Club Secretary

Allegan County ARC Meeting, May 9

Allegan County ARC Meeting, May 9

The next Allegan County Amateur Radio Club’s meeting is May 9, starting at 6:30PM (2230UTC) located at the Allegan County Technical and Education Center (ACATEC), 2891 116th Street (M-222) across from the Allegan County Airport.

Jim, AC8AG, will be giving a hands-on presentation on building tape measure antennas and twin lead jpoles. Come on out and build one of your own!

Upcoming Presentations
June – Mini foxhunt/training (tentative)
July – Solar Eclipse project (tentative)
August – Solar Eclipse project II (tentative)

Meeting Minutes for March 14, 2017

ALLEGAN COUNTY AMATEUR RADIO CLUB MEETING AGENDA

March 14, 2017

MEETING:  Started at 7:00PM local

Attendance: 13 people attended the meeting

Program: Jim, AC8AG & Mike, W6RP – DIY Pneumatic Antenna Launchers.

SECRETARY’S Report:  Minutes from previous meeting were accepted.

TREASURER’S Report:  N/A

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.

April – Soldering electronics and coaxial connectors
May – Antenna making party
June – Mini-foxhunt and training (tentative)

GeoFox hunt coming up in July/August

COMMITTEE REPORTS:

Repeater: N/A

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 4/4  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:  March 25, 2017 – 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 – Meeting TBD, 2nd Wednesday or 4th Thursday

Allegan County ARPSC – 3/19 Remote outing. Quarterly meeting in May (event for MI QSL, April 15, 16)

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

MI Crossroads 2017, March 18

Allegan County ARC Mini Swap, April 1

Xenia SMART Bus, any interest? Contact Jack, KE8TJ@aol.com
Bus trip starts Michiwaka – more than 25, $52, or less 25 than $80

NEW BUSINESS:

Club to sponsor Spark in the Park, 8/19 – vote held and passed to provide $40 to sponsor the event
Event will be held in the morning this time, 9AM-1PM. Still located at the Homeschool Building
Volunteers needed for setup, 7AM-9AM and teardown 1PM-3PM

Does the club want to help with Jamboree on the Air (JOTA), October 20-22. Contact John Keith

OLD BUSINESS:

Allegan County ARC Mini Swap, April 1
6AM-8AM –  Setup
8AM-12PM – Swap
$5 Admission/Table
Dennis to bring coffee supplies, 3dz donuts, napkins, cups, 12pks of Coke, Diet Coke, & Sprite
Jason to bring popcorn
Jim to bring change box and change

Skywarn had 74 participants

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

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?)

Meeting closed – 8:34PM
Respectfully submitted – Mike Long, W6RP  – Club Secretary

Allegan County ARC Meeting, April 11

The next Allegan County Amateur Radio Club’s meeting is April 11, starting at 7:00PM (1100UTC) located at the Allegan County Technical and Education Center (ACATEC), 2891 116th Street (M-222) across from the Allegan County Airport.

Jim, AC8AG, will be giving a hands-on presentation on soldering electronics and soldering coax connectors

Upcoming Presentations

May – A club favorite returns!  The Antenna making party
June – Mini foxhunt/training (tentative)
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