Meeting Minutes for April 8, 2014

ALLEGAN COUNTY AMATEUR RADIO CLUB

MEETING MINUTES

April 8, 2014

MEETING: Started @ 7:PM By President Jim Gillis @ Allegan McDonalds

Members- Visitors: 11 Members One visitor

SECRETARIES REPORT: Meeting notes from March 8, 2014 – Not approved -very few got them!!

TREASURERS Report: None

COMMITTEE REPORTS:

Trustee Report:
The 440 Repeater continues to keep its power to minimum. The Club has indications that N8FYZ might be able to provide several discarded UHF units as a possible replacement .

10 Meter Net: Please check in with Jack (W8PPM) Wednesday evenings @ 8PM local – Freq: 28380 MHZ (alternate 28.390 or 28.370 MHZ if busy) Topic’s of interest

Club Radio Station: All Members are asked to keep a look out for a new location and let AC8AG or WB3LHU know – Allegan Airport Building was asked about and turned down.
ACTIVITY:
W8JAS feels we have an opportunity at the Salem Township Building and is exploring.
WB3LHU has offered an alternative to the Masonic Lodge to split the snow and Lawn duties.
Limited use of the Plainwell Public Safety Building If all else fails.
WB3LHU: We have also heard that the Potawatomi Casino has indicated some interest in Having us.
KD8CHT: ?? the Center Shot – Gun Range ???
KD8DLP: Would You follow up on the Sycamore School lead?
WB3LHU: To check with the Allegan Vo Tech Center
Other Thoughts ???

VE Testing: Held @ the Allegan Hospital Cafeteria. Price is $15 + two forms of identification including a copy of Your current license (if You have one) – Contact AA8L for next test session information

Allegan County ARPSC: Meeting April 20, 2014 @ 12 noon thru?? This is the Mi. QSO party and we will also work on cleaning up the EMCOM trailer.

Allegan County SAR will meet on April 10, 2014– @ Center Shot Gun Range @ 7PM

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

TRUNK SALES: Set for May 4th at the Masonic lodge – When we are closer to the date WE ALL need to get on local nets and re-advise to everyone the change of date (From May 3rd)
CONTACT: WB3LHU to volunteer Need at least 6 volunteers for parking , kitchen and “toll” taking –
Staff to arrive at 6-6:15 am to set up –

Allegan County Fair: Headed up By KD8QNX – Celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Allegan Library

Field Day: June 28th at North Side Park – Otsego – Start thinking about where You want to operate and
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what equipment to Bring – WB3LHU volunteering for “utility” duties

OLD Business:
Dues can be paid to Nancy (KB8PFJ) at any time – Of the 34 active members we have paid dues for 12 thus far –

QSL CARDS – (last Years) Special event station at Allegan Fair : The W8F QSL cards have been delivered and need to be filled out and sent out.

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

Technician Classes: Completed on 4/9 with 6-7 new Techs – Congratulations to all the New Techs

NEXT formal Meeting: “we think” will be Tuesday Evening 7PM 13th @ the Allegan Public Library= Stay tuned to the Sunday evening net for any changes

Future Fund raiser thoughts:
Spaghetti Dinner Suggestion : by N8UYB – The club has been offered the use of the Masonic Lodge & Kitchen but we need to “tag it on” to another event in the Allegan Area to insure success

Club Activities/presentations/Opportunities:

Any ideas -!! The club is interested in Your thoughts and suggestions
.
Possible future program ideas

QSL Cards – Program by AC8AG to show us how Bureaus work and how to take advantage of this service

N8UYB- Program on Screen readers that blind hams use
AA8L: Satellite Comm antennas – update

Bringing Eagle Island on the air for IOTA

Soldering projects: KD8LZT will contact the person who gave a great soldering project at the Kalamazoo meeting recently and try to schedule them for the new year

Meeting closed @ 7:47 P M Respectfully submitted Linda S. Burd – KD8FLQ – Club Secretary
PLEASE NOTE: Please send all comments to wb3lhu@gmail.com –

Meeting Minutes for February 8, 2014

From KD8FLQ and WB3LHU:

MEETING MINUTES

February 8, 2014

MEETING: Started @ 9:00 :AM By President Jim Gillis

Members- Visitors: 9 Members

SECRETARIES REPORT: Meeting notes from January 11, 2014 approved

TREASURERS Report: Approved

COMMITTEE REPORTS:

Trustee Report:
The IRS form 990 (file update for IRS compliance) will be filed shortly By WD8MBT. Our 440 Repeater has decided to cut its power to minimum. The Club has indications that N8FYZ might be able to provide several discarded UHF units as a possible replacement .

10 Meter Net: Please check in with Jack (W8PPM) Wednesday evenings @ 8PM local – Freq: 28380 MHZ (alternate 28.390 or 28.370 MHZ if busy) Topic’s of interest are always welcome

Club Radio Station/Red Cross Building: NO Change Red Cross building still for sale as far as we know & The roof is still leaking over the operating position and the station is disassembled.
NEEDED at Next meeting Club members to check club inventory as to what we get rid of at Marshall Ham Fest and what we keep
Continued ACTION Needed: WB3LHU to contact ARC in Kalamazoo about the situation with Allegan ARC.

EVERYONE: All Members – We need to seriously start looking for a new permanent location – We need Ideas , possible contacts , thoughts – WB3LHU will be collecting and holding those ideas for exploration and future discussion

VE Testing: Held @ the Allegan Hospital Cafeteria. Price is $15 + two forms of identification including a copy of Your current license (if You have one) – Contact AA8L for next test session information
Next testing scheduled on March 22, 2014 @ 9AM –

Allegan County ARPSC: Meeting February 20, 2014 @ 7PM @ the EOC-MI State Police will be making a presentation.

Allegan County SAR will meet on February 12, 2014– @ American red cross @ 7PM

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

Snow Removal : Please sign up for Your week @ the Red Cross – See WB3LHU
March is wide open

TRUNK SALES: Now set for May 4th at the Masonic lodge – When we are closer to the date WE ALL need to get on local nets and re-advise to everyone the change of date (From May 3rd)
CONTACT: WB3LHU for details and volunteering – Need at least 6 volunteers

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OLD Business:
Dues can be paid to Nancy Motter (KB8PFJ) at any time – Of the 34 active members we have paid dues for 12 thus far –

QSL CARDS – Special event station at Allegan Fair : Final adjustments to W8F QSL discussed and finalized for W8JAS to get printed – Club will pay costs of printing and Mailing

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 $3(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

ARRL Club Affiliation: WB3LHU to reaffirm

Coming up:

Technician Classes: Set to start 2/19 (every Wednesday night ffrom 7PM thru 8Pm – AC8AG Needs volunteers to clarify certain segments Please contact AC8Ag to volunteer

NEXT formal Meeting: will be 9AM Saturday Morning March 8th @ the Allegan red Cross-Breakfast at Your family Restaurant @ 7:45 AM if You are interested

***KD8QNX will You provide a program about SDR (software defined Radio ) in March??

Future Fund raiser thoughts:
Spaghetti Dinner Suggestion : by N8UYB – The club has been offered the use of the Masonic Lodge & Kitchen but we need to “tag it on” to another event in the Allegan Area to insure success

Club Activities/presentations/Opportunities:

Any ideas -!! The club is interested in Your thoughts and suggestions
.
Possible future program ideas

QSL Cards – Program by AC8AG to show us how Bureaus work and how to take advantage of this service

N8UYB- Program on Screen readers that blind hams use
AA8L: Satellite Comm antennas – update

Bringing Eagle Island on the air for IOTA

Soldering projects: KD8LZT will contact the person who gave a great soldering project at the Kalamazoo meeting recently and try to schedule them for the new year

Meeting closed @ 9:35 A M Respectfully submitted Linda S. Burd – KD8FLQ – Club Secretary
PLEASE NOTE: Please send any comments to wb3lhu@gmail.com

Meeting Minutes for January 11, 2014

From KD8FLQ and WB3LHU:

ALLEGAN COUNTY AMATEUR RADIO CLUB

MEETING MINUTES

January 11, 2013

MEETING: Started @ 9:00 :AM By President Jim Gillis

Members- Visitors: 9 Members

SECRETARIES REPORT: Meeting notes from November 2013 approved

COMMITTEE REPORTS:

Trustee Report:
The IRS form 990 (file update for IRS compliance) will be filed shortly

10 Meter Net: Please check in with Jack (W8PPM) Wednesday evenings @ 8PM local – Freq: 28380 MHZ (alternate 28.390 or 28.370 MHZ if busy) Topic’s of interest are always welcome

Club Radio Station/Red Cross Building: NO Change Red Cross building still for sale and the city of Allegan is not interested in acquiring the building. The roof is leaking over the operating position again – discussion about using volunteer action to fix – NEEDED: AC8AG and WB3LHU need to fine time to check club inventory ACTION Needed: WB3LHU to contact ARC in Kalamazoo about the building.
ALSO: AC8AG to discuss the acquisition of salvaged VHF& UHF rigs to replace both 440 & 140 repeater – Rigs can be obtained from C- COMM .
EVERYONE: All Members – We need to seriously start looking for a new permanent location – We need Ideas , possible contacts , thoughts – WB3LHU will be collecting and holding those ideas for exploration and future discussion

VE Testing: Held @ the Allegan Hospital Cafeteria. Price is $15 + two forms of identification including a copy of Your current license (if You have one) – Contact AA8L for next test session information
Next testing scheduled on January 25, 2014 @ 9AM –

Allegan County ARPSC: Meeting January 16, 2014 @ 7PM @ the EOC- NWS to present

Allegan County SAR will meet on January 23, 2014– Time and location to be announced

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

Estate/Ham Equipment – Items Donated to the Club: Will be catalogued and then taken to either the Marshal Ham Fest (3-15) or to the Trunk Sales (May 4th) – after that to Electronic recyclers.
WB3LHU to assist with the tables at Marshall

Snow Removal : Please sign up for Your week @ the Red Cross – See Steve WD8MBT Or WB3LHU
March is wide open

TRUNK SALES: Now set for May 4th at the Masonic lodge – When we are closer to the date WE ALL need to get on local nets and re-advise to everyone the change of date (From May 3rd)

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Christmas Party: December 14th At Bunker Hill Review by all at meeting was that it was a good site and great Service and we will most likely go back next Year!

OLD Business:
Dues can be paid to Nancy Motter (KB8PFJ) at any time – Of the 34 active members we have paid ndues for 11 thus far –

QSL CARDS – Special event station at Allegan Fair : Final adjustments to W8F QSL discussed and finalized for W8JAS to get printed – Club will pay costs of printing and Mailing

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 $3(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

Coming up:

Technician Classes: Set to start 2/19 (every Wednesday night ffrom 7PM thru 8Pm – AC8AG Needs volunteers to clarify certain segments Please contact AC8Ag to volunteer

NEXT formal Meeting: will be 9AM Saturday Morning February 8th @ the Allegan red Cross-Breakfast at Your family Restaurant @ 7:45 AM if You are interested
KD8QNX will provide a program about SDR (software defined Radio )

Future Fund raiser thoughts:
Spaghetti Dinner Suggestion : by N8UYB – The club has been offered the use of the Masonic Lodge & Kitchen but we need to “tag it on” to another event in the Allegan Area to insure success
Action: All Club members please keep your eyes out for possible events we could take “Couple” to in order to make some money

Club Activities/presentations/Opportunities:

Any ideas -!! The club is interested in Your thoughts and suggestions
.
Possible future program ideas

QSL Cards – Program by AC8AG to show us how Bureaus work and how to take advantage of this service

N8UYB- Program on Screen readers that blind hams use
AA8L: Satellite Comm antennas – update

Bringing Eagle Island on the air for IOTA

Soldering projects: KD8LZT will contact the person who gave a great soldering project at the Kalamazoo meeting recently and try to schedule them for the new year

Meeting closed @ 10:30 A M Respectfully submitted Linda S. Burd – KD8FLQ – Club Secretary
PLEASE NOTE: Please send any comments to wb3lhu@gmail.com

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