Meeting Minutes for November 10, 2015

 

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!

Thanks

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

 

COMMITTEE REPORTS:

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!

 

OLD Business: 

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

 

Club Activities/presentations/Opportunities:

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

Meeting Minutes for October 2015

From WB3LHU:

Thanks to Mike for taking the notes in My absence
Meeting notes for October 2015
Meeting called 7:00
Introductions
Mike, W8DER, Intro to Arduino
End 8:20
Secretary minutes, skipped
Nancy – treasurer report
Motion
Second
Carried
Steve – Still red on coordination site, but Steve has updated it. Will
double check
Trouble with 240 – scratchy while windy, folded dipole needs to be
replaced. Need Scott to give ok so Jeff can work on it
Web site – still working
Pete – license testing, 2 techs and one upgrade to general, testing on 11/28
Arpsc meeting announcement 10/17, Jason giving presentation on fast
scan tv used at bash
Acsar meeting announcement 10/14, presentation on horses that have
been trained for tracking and the riders too
Program coordinator – me – laser comes for November
Announcements
Skywarn national appreciation days 12/4-12/5. Kd8qnx@arrl.org
Election of officers on 11/10
Club Christmas party 12/12, bunker hill restaurant, across from Salem
township hall. Start at 1:30 and eat at 2pm. Order off menu. Motioned,
seconded, carried
Youth net, John, started small, last Tuesday 10/6. Next is 11/3.
Jason with fair report – lots of good interaction, handed out all
tickets, made number of contacts (75+?). For future, get canopy with
club name, logo, website. Maybe larger canopy as well. Check w/ACETEC
for printing
Old business
Insurance for the club – Dennis (not at meeting)
New business
Nominations for Officers for 2016
Trustee – Tom is retiring from his position, motioned and carried
President – Jim,
Vice President – Dennis is retiring, Jason, Randy
Secretary – Linda is retiring, Mike,
Treasurer – Nancy,
3-yr trustee – Wes,
1-yr trustee – John, Jeff (Jim to ask)
Swaps in Muskegon and Kalamazoo 10/16 and 10/17
Motion to close
Second
Carried
End 9:12 pm

Meeting Minutes for May 12, 2015

MEETING: Started @ 8:10 PM By President Jim Gillis @ Allegan County Tech School

Program: making antennas preceded meeting from 7PM thru 8PM – THANKS to AC8AG

Members- Visitors: 15 Members Paid Memberships included AA8L, WB8SQJ & KD8VQH, & KC8USP (Dave Hoppe KB8KZM paid after Nancy left-WB3LHU has the dues)

SECRETARIES REPORT: Meeting notes from April14th , 2015 – Approved by voice vote!

TREASURERS Report: Treasures report not published in Official Minutes –Amounts however are kept with the original Secretarial Minutes

PROGRAM:

PLEASE NOTE THE UPCOMING PROGRAMS/MEETINGS AT ACATEC :

June 9th: Starts at 6Pm – Storm observation & reporting by KD8HEM

Future summer meeting – program by KB8ZM

Other activities

FLY IN: June 20th @ Allegan Airport – 7:30 Am thru about 1PM – ACARC + Races who will be bringing the Trailer is going to be there

Field Day June 27th 2015 – Program Chairman – WB3LHU –

After exploration of Bittersweet and weighing all criteria club decided to go back to Otsego’s North side Park – WB3LHU will contact Otsego City Commission about securing site for Field Day

NEXT YEAR:

ACTION AC8AG to secure Salem Township grounds and use of Salem Township Building for Field Day.

CLUB PICNIC; TO be held with field day as in the past – Club needs to decide what food and supplies will be provided/brought in future meetings.

ALLEGAN COUNTY FAIR : Program Chairman Jason KD8QNX September 11,12,13th 2015

CHRISTMAS PARTY: Scheduled for 12-12-15 – @ Bunker Hill

CLUB RECOGNITION CEREMONY: Recognizing members for their year long commitment to the club – (to be held with the dinner at Bunker Hill)

SPARK IN THE PARK: To be held in Wyoming ( Corner of Burglinggame and Gezon @ the home school) Chair person Jason KD8QNX

OTHER ITEMS OR ACTIVITIES: Lets us know what programs/activities you would like to see in the year ahead .

COMMITTEE REPORTS:

Repeater: Please report any 147:240 problems to AC8AG – Hard line and new transmit/Receive antenna budgeted by Allegan County EM Management ALSO: WD8MBT -440 Repeater registration Paper work appears to be out of Date still Just a FYI

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 welcome

VE Testing: May 23rd, 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 ARPSC: Meeting May, 16th, 2015 @ 9AM- @ the EOC (122nd Ave – Dumont lake complex) HazMat training

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Allegan County SAR -Meeting Wednesday night May 13rd @7Pm – Location 125th & 43rd streets – Rope assist rescue-standing and with stretcher

Club Web Site: is still up and running – For access go to alleganarc@Yahoogroups.com – Pictures are welcomed – Please contact KD8QNX

NEW BUSINESS:

Still awaiting new addition plans at ACATEC so that ACARC can finalize erecting Ham Station and Antennas – Currently on Hold until directions on new addition are decided , ACARC have asked for a range of antenna options starting with a tower and HF Beam down to a little as a vertical on the roof – Their Facility Manager is exploring needs with the local airport and other schools with Ham Stations.- AC8AG is following.

TRUNK SALE: It was felt that while the event on May 2nd went well , better advertising (signs) about food and event donation amount was paramount. Also added

Was to change date to April 30th with inside table options @$5.00, and inside admittance at $5.00. Outside trunk sales would be free,

OLD Business:

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

Club Activities/presentations/Opportunities:

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

.

Looking Forward : Suggestions from group on future demonstrations or club activities:

Digital, Morse code classes, fox hunt, tape measure antenna, “on call” ELMER, Emergency communication & message handling, possible General Class

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 @ 9:10 P M Thanks to all who attended

Respectfully submitted Linda S. Burd – KD8FLQ – Club Secretary

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