Meeting Minutes, September 9, 2014

From KD8FLQ and WB3LHU:

MEETING: Started @ 7:PM By President Jim Gillis @ Allegan County Tech School

Members- Visitors: 9 Members

Program: Jim Gillis led a refresher course on Amateur code & repeater etiquette

SECRETARIES REPORT: Meeting notes from August 12th, 2014 – Approved

TREASURERS Report: Treasures report approved. Amounts recorded in Official Minutes but not published

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

OTHER THOUGHTS or Interests ?? Let Jim, AC8AG or Dennis, WB3LHU know

COMMITTEE REPORTS:

Trustee Report:

“240” repeater –

(a) Needs new hard line (300 ft) + New antenna is being discussed with County Emergency Management

(b) Power supply failed recently and was replaced by CEE comm. Very Quickly

“440” Repeater

(a) will be replaced with the New frequency of 442.350 with + offset & 94.8 PL

(b) Just waiting for a schedule opening with Cee comm

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: September 27th @ 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 August 20th, 2014 @ 9AM- @ the EOC

Allegan County SAR -Meeting Thursday night @7Pm @ Silver Creek Park – Further information on the repeater from RON KD8CHT

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

Allegan County Fair: THANKS to KD8QNX for organization & all the preparatory work leading to a successful Special events station – The 100th anniversary of the Allegan Library

The special event call of W8L, was successful in contacting about 40 stations – Some visitors were surprised Ham radio still existed!! Thanks to all who helped make the event successful!!

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NEW BUSINESS:

SKY WARN: Set for December 6th – KD8QNX is heading up and will put out an email to surrounding Emergency managers to start scheduling operator times – Brian N8JMU thought some sport of Portable sound barrier might be useful for close station noise abatement. Possible use of covered pieces of garden lattice material was suggested

Christmas Party: Group agreed that Bunkerhill was the best location again for this years Club Party – With SkyWarn recognition Day happening on 12-6 the next best date would be 12-13

Ham In a Day : Stay tuned – the club is getting ready to schedule another one day event

OLD Business:

Dues can be paid to Nancy (KB8PFJ) at any time – Of the 34 active members we have paid dues for 16 thus far – KD8CHT &W8JAS are the latest to pay their dues

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.

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!!

Club Activities/presentations/Opportunities:

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

.

Future Fund raiser thoughtsLkept in the minutes so they wont be lost

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

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 has contact with the person who gave a great soldering project at the Kalamazoo meeting recently and try to schedule them for the new year

Meeting closed @ 8:18 P M Respectfully submitted Linda S. Burd – KD8FLQ – Club Secretary

PLEASE NOTE: Please send all comments to wb3lhu@gmail.com –

Meeting Minutes, August 12, 2014

From WB3LHU and KD8FLQ:

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

Members- Visitors: 8 Members & 4 visitors Welcome To K8AT, Sheila, K8TB TOM, John Keith KE5ETX, and future “8” Charlie!!

SECRETARIES REPORT: Meeting notes from July 10th, 2014 – Approved

TREASURERS Report: Treasures report recorded in Official Minutes –but not published

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 class

OTHER THOUGHTS or Interests ?? Let Jim, AC8AG or Dennis, WB3LHU know

COMMITTEE REPORTS:

Trustee Report: Old GE Master 2 repeater sold by CEE Comm to another group for “parts”

440 Repeater will be replaced New frequency will be 442.350 with + offset & 94.8 PL

10 Meter Net: Jack (W8PPM) runs the Club Net every Wednesday evening @ 8PM local – Freq: 28380 MHZ (alternate 28.390 or 28.370 MHZ if busy) Topic’s of interest welcomed

NEW Club Radio Station: Allegan VO Tech was approached this past July and now have a place to meet every Tuesday night at 7 PM without grass cutting or Snow removal duties! The next Club meeting will be on September 9th . Your officers will be in contact with the Maintenance Manager about adding antennas but we will have a mobile & lockable equipment cabinet for the station components . TBD will be the extent of adding antennas and whether they can be permanent structures or not!

VE Testing: September 27th @ 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 August 16th, 2014 @ 9AM- @ the EOC

Allegan County SAR -Meeting tonight @7Pm @ Silver Creek Park – Further information on the repeater from RON KD8CHT

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

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

Jason reports that the ARRL has approved the special event call of W8L,and that he should have all the fair tickets for participants shortly – WD8MBT & KB8PFJ have signed up for one evening thru Jim AC8AG!

SPARK IN THE PARK : Sheila & Tom Bosscher (K8AT & K8TB) from the Holland club reported on the status of the event which will be held on 8/30/14 starting at 5Pm thru 9PM @ the Douglas Walker Park 1195 84th street , Byron Center MI – NO ADMISSIOIN but the many new and current Amateur Radio modes will be highlighted – Come out and Support our Hobby!! ACARC voted to contribute $80 toward funding the event

Ham Radio Balloon Launch: Be aware that either on the 19th or 20th of August there will be a 10mw RTTY transmitter launched from Mendon High School @ about 8Am depending on weather conditions! Further information can be found at markofquality.wordpress.com/category/science Expected receive frequency will be at 434.6509 and they are asking for receiving reports from Hams .

OLD Business:

Dues can be paid to Nancy (KB8PFJ) at any time – Of the 34 active members we have paid dues for 16 thus far – KD8CHT &W8JAS are the latest to pay their dues

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.

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!!

Club Activities/presentations/Opportunities:

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

Future Fund raiser thoughtsLkept in the minutes so they wont be lost

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

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 has contact with the person who gave a great soldering project at the Kalamazoo meeting recently and try to schedule them for the new year

Meeting closed @ 8:18 P M Respectfully submitted Linda S. Burd – KD8FLQ – Club Secretary

PLEASE NOTE: Please send all comments to wb3lhu@gmail.com –

Meeting Minutes for June 10, 2014

From WB3LHU and KD8FLQ:

ALLEGAN COUNTY AMATEUR RADIO CLUB

MEETING MINUTES

June 10, 2014

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

Members- Visitors: 6 Members two visitors

SECRETARIES REPORT: Meeting notes from May 13th, 2014 – Not approved -but agreed probably OK(:>)

TREASURERS Report: No report

COMMITTEE REPORTS:

Trustee Report: No report

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 –

ACTIVITY:

W8JAS feels we have an opportunity at the Salem Township Building and is exploring with Jim Pitch

WB3LHU has offered an alternative to the Masonic Lodge to split the snow and Lawn duties.WB3LHU emailed Scott with no report thus far. Limited use of the Plainwell Public Safety Building If all else fails.

WB3LHU: Confirm with Potawatomi Casino has indicated some interest in Having us locate there.

KD8CHT: Ron has Confirmed that the board of Directors of Center Shot will entertain a discussion with the club on locating our activities there!

KD8DLP: Would You follow up on the Sycamore School lead?

WB3LHU: Checked with Principle Blankenship @ Allegan Vo Tech Center as possible educational/emergency location – We have a face to face on 6/17

N3YPA : (last meeting)Mike indicated that the Silo and Grill House may Have a spot

Other Thoughts ??? PLEASE all members keep an eye out for possible locations

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 June 19, 2014 @ 7PM- @ the EOC

Allegan County SAR will meet on in Plainwell and help with the 6/12, 5 & 10 K race – All participants nring Your HTs and emergency vests and meet at the Hardings on M89 at about 6:15 for assignments

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

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

Allegan Fair Continued: Group agreed that W8L was the best Special event call sign

Field Day: June 28th at North Side Park – Otsego – Start thinking about what Band You want to operate on and what equipment to Bring – WB3LHU volunteering for “utility duties. “OK” from Otsego City received

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Field Day Continued: Club Has authorized KB8PFJ & WD8MBT to purchase Brats, Hot Dogs, Hamburgers and all the fixings for the Club part of the meals – Please contact AC8AG for numbers discussion – Everyone else bring a dish to pass! WB3LHU will secure the park at 7AM and start the coffee!

SPARK IN THE PARK : The Holland club is looking for area clubs to participate in a ham demonstration next moth – as a way to promote Ham Radio to the general public. The cost is $80 for each club to rent the park – ACARC would provide one aspect of Ham Radio it appears – Members need to consider the situation and vote on participation. It was decided to post pone discussion until the Field Day!

OLD Business:

Dues can be paid to Nancy (KB8PFJ) at any time – Of the 34 active members we have paid dues for 16 thus far – KD8CHT &W8JAS are the latest to pay their dues

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.

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.

NEXT formal Meeting: will be Tuesday Evening 7PM August 12th @ the Allegan Public Library= Stay tuned to the Sunday evening net for any changes

Club Activities/presentations/Opportunities:

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

.

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

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 has contact with the person who gave a great soldering project at the Kalamazoo meeting recently and try to schedule them for the new year

Meeting closed @ 8:18 P M Respectfully submitted Linda S. Burd – KD8FLQ – Club Secretary

PLEASE NOTE: Please send all comments to wb3lhu@gmail.com –

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