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.

Meeting Minutes for September 12

Allegan County Amateur Radio Club Meeting Agenda

September 12, 2017

Program:? September – Eclipse photos and other eclipse related items

MEETING:? Started at 7:03PM EST

ATTENDANCE: 10

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.

October – Traffic Handling/Passing – Jim
November – Schematic Diagram Symbols – Jim
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 –
147.140 –
440 –

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 10/3 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:? September 23, 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? – Oct 6 Concert at Allegan High School

Allegan County ARPSC? – TBD. Skywarn Recognition Day is coming. December 1-2 at the Grand Rapids NWS

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

Monterey Center Methodist Church 150 year celebration, September 23, 3-9PM

Great Lakes HamCon, October 7/8

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, Wednesday or Thursday, TBD

NEW BUSINESS:

Reimburse Mike, W6RP for domain registration of $15 – approved

Club will sponsor food and drink for Jamboree, October 21, 9am-4pm at maximum of $75 – approved

Jim is collecting history of club and would like to eventually start a Club Historian position – please speak with Jim if you can help supply any historical items and/or information, also if you might be interested in becoming the historian.

Is club interested in running a special event station for Silver Sides in Muskegon? – Yes, there appears to be enough interest. Jim will communicate with the Muskegon group and gather additional details

OLD BUSINESS:

Allegan Fair – How did it go? What went well? What went poorly? What can we do next year to improve?

People really enjoyed the watermelon antenna, it was a great eye catcher and conversation starter.
Good amount of tickets
Need to work on minimizing interference between radios
Add signposts throughout fairgrounds
Canopy may be too small still

September 23 is trustee meeting after the VE testing

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?)

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: 9:18PM EST

Respectively submitted by Mike, W6RP

Allegan County ARC Meeting, October 10

The next Allegan County Amateur Radio Club’s meeting is October 10, starting at 7:00PM (2300UTC) located at the Allegan County Technical and Education Center (ACATEC), 2891 116th Street (M-222) across from the Allegan County Airport.

Upcoming Presentations

October – Message Passing and Traffic Handling
November – TBD
Don’t forget, this meeting will also be used to nominate club officers for next year with voting taking place at November’s meeting.
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 August 8, 2017

Allegan County Amateur Radio Club Meeting Agenda

August 8, 2017

Program:? September – Receiver building blocks by Mike W6RP

MEETING:? Promptly started at 6:30PM

SECRETARY’S Report: Accepted without corrections

TREASURER’S Report: Accepted without corrections

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.

September – Eclipse photos and other eclipse related items
GeoFox hunt coming up inSeptember
September – Allegan County Fair Special Event station

COMMITTEE REPORTS:

Repeater:

147.240 – No new news. It is working

147.140 – Needs new controller, possibly replace radio(s) with “new” surplus

440 – Is it operational?

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 9/5 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:? September 23, 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? – Thursday 8/24, 7pm TBD but most likely Silver Creek

Allegan County ARPSC? – 8/17, 7pm at the EOC. Review Tri-Allegan and planning for NWS Skywarn recognition day. Third Thursday of the month for meetings in the future.

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

Allegan County Fair Special Event station – Sept 8-10

GRARA Hamfest – Sept 9

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

NEW BUSINESS:

Jim signed us up for meetings at the ACATEC for the coming year. June, 2018 may need to reschedule to different location due to school schedule.  June – August.

Receipt for the antenna making project from Jim. $62.43 for the SS hose clamps, pvc fittings and pipe, tape measures. Motion carried.

OLD BUSINESS:

Allegan Fair – 12-8, Friday – Sunday. Let Jason know if you can work the booth 12-4 or 4-8 and he can provide tickets.  Tickets are first come first server and are limited.

Motion for up to $150 budget to make new handouts – accepted

Eclipse – HamSCI Eclipse QSO party. Other Eclipse special event stations. Digital (WSPR, PSK31 Reporter).  Eclipse safety.

KD8DKS, Bob Hyde, donated Collins 51s-1 32s1 transmitter and receiver and two microphone(s), power supply and associated cables. Restored/reconditioned. $2400 for the set. Motion to accept the donation carried.

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?)

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 : 8:07PM

Allegan County ARC Meeting, September 12

The next Allegan County Amateur Radio Club’s meeting is September 12, starting at 7:00PM (2300UTC) located at the Allegan County Technical and Education Center (ACATEC), 2891 116th Street (M-222) across from the Allegan County Airport.

Upcoming Presentations

September – Eclipse photos and other eclipse related news
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 July 11, 2017

Allegan County Amateur Radio Club Meeting Minutes

July 11, 2017

Attendance: 12

Program: July – Solar Eclipse project (EclipseMob). Thanks Mike, W6RP and Randy, W8RMN!

MEETING: Started at: 7:01 PM

SECRETARY’S Report: Corrections accepted. Meeting minutes from previous meeting 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.

August – Basic Radio Review
GeoFox hunt coming up in August/September
September – Allegan County Fair Special Event station

COMMITTEE REPORTS:

Repeater: Outage caused by power supply. Now fixed and repeater back on the air.

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 8/1 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: July 22, 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 – 7/26, 7PM, location TBD. Ron’s party is on 7/16 at 2pm

Allegan County ARPSC – 7/18, Tri-Allegan Event. Volunteers should arrive at 4PM at Little John Park. Jim Cance has retired as coordinator of ARPSC and Jason is the new coordinator

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

Spark in the Park – Aug 19, 9AM-1PM, located at the Homeschool building in Grand Rapids

Allegan County Fair Special Event station – Sept 8-10

GRARA Hamfest – Sept 9

Otsego High School Radio Club – Meeting at the Otsego Library either 7/18 or 7/20 (TBD)

NEW BUSINESS:

No new business to discuss

OLD BUSINESS:

Field Day After Action Report – How did it go?

What can the club do next year to make it better?

Have lights above rigs
Organize by bands/operators
Put up wind breaks
Use centralized logging
Have a safety officer
Breakfast
Can Ecomm trailer be moved closer?

What went well?

Location
Grilling/Food
Playground
Fox hunt

What went poorly?

Cold Weather

Does the club want to help with Jamboree on the Air (JOTA), October 20-22. Contact John Keith
Awaiting further details from John. See below.  Club motion to help was accepted.

Location: Little John Lake
Date/Time: Saturday only 10/21, 9AM-4PM (setup at 8AM)
Should we have two stations, one SSB and one digital?

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?)

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 : 9:07PM
Meeting minutes respectfully submitted by Mike, W6RP

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