ALLEGAN COUNTY AMATEUR RADIO CLUB MEETING MINUTES
July 12, 2016
Program: Reviewed this year’s Field Day operations. Great location and good setup. Attracted some new people and the fox hunt was a real hit. Items which could be improved for next year:
Need better operating chairs
Information table could be set up better
Communicate earlier and via more outlets
Public welcome banners (yellow caution tape may have been a deterrent
Try a balloon antenna
Put up a triband
For those who attended, please feel free to add additional items I may have missed – Mike, W6RP
MEETING: Started at 7:01PM (0001 UTC)
SECRETARY’S Report: Minutes accepted as-is and motion carried
TREASURER’S Report: Treasurer absent this meeting
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 Program: Show n’ Tell – Show off your mobile installation
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 August 2nd 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 23, 2016 – 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 will be on 7/13 at the Silver Creek County Park, East of Hamilton at 7PM
Allegan County ARPSC: Meeting is cancelled. ARPSC will be working the Tri-Allegan on 7/19 from 5-9PM at Little John Lake
Club web Site: http://ac8rc.org
Club email list: To join the club mailing list, go to firstname.lastname@example.org
Now on Facebook! – http://www.facebook.com/ac8rc
Spark in the Park, August 20, 3-8PM. Setup begins at 1PM at the Homeschool Building, 5625 Burlingame Ave SW, Wyoming, MI 49509
Next Fox Hunt will be August 27, 10AM-12PM. Fox hunt will begin at the Allegan High School parking lot and will have a 5mi limit from start. Participants will meet for lunch afterwards, location TBD.
Allegan County Fair is fast approaching and club will be operating at the fairgrounds September 9-11. Club is looking for volunteers to help with setup, teardown and operations.
Winter Meetings – Suggestion made to reconsider holding meetings on Saturdays again during Winter months. Tabled while members come up with meeting spot suggestions
Club Meetings in July and August will be held at the Allegan City Airport in Main Building
Club Insurance – (WB3LHU) – Tabled. Dennis not present at meeting
Canopy – Jason (KD8QNX) – Jason not present at meeting. Someone else suggested a 12×12 (14×14?) canopy with sun shades manufactured by Coleman with a price range of $185-$195. No decision made.
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.
Any ideas -!! The club is interested in Your thoughts and suggestions
AA8L: Satellite Comm antennas – update
Bringing Eagle Island on the air for IOTA
3D folded loop antennas
Digital modes (i.e. PSK31, JT65, RTTY, etc)
Meeting closed at 9:01PM local time, 0201 UTC. Thanks to all who attended
Respectfully submitted – Mike Long, W6RP – Club Secretary
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