Meeting Minutes for March 14, 2017

ALLEGAN COUNTY AMATEUR RADIO CLUB MEETING AGENDA

March 14, 2017

MEETING:  Started at 7:00PM local

Attendance: 13 people attended the meeting

Program: Jim, AC8AG & Mike, W6RP – DIY Pneumatic Antenna Launchers.

SECRETARY’S Report:  Minutes from previous meeting were 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.

April – Soldering electronics and coaxial connectors
May – Antenna making party
June – Mini-foxhunt and training (tentative)

GeoFox hunt coming up in July/August

COMMITTEE REPORTS:

Repeater: N/A

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 4/4  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:  March 25, 2017 – 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 TBD, 2nd Wednesday or 4th Thursday

Allegan County ARPSC – 3/19 Remote outing. Quarterly meeting in May (event for MI QSL, April 15, 16)

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

MI Crossroads 2017, March 18

Allegan County ARC Mini Swap, April 1

Xenia SMART Bus, any interest? Contact Jack, KE8TJ@aol.com
Bus trip starts Michiwaka – more than 25, $52, or less 25 than $80

NEW BUSINESS:

Club to sponsor Spark in the Park, 8/19 – vote held and passed to provide $40 to sponsor the event
Event will be held in the morning this time, 9AM-1PM. Still located at the Homeschool Building
Volunteers needed for setup, 7AM-9AM and teardown 1PM-3PM

Does the club want to help with Jamboree on the Air (JOTA), October 20-22. Contact John Keith

OLD BUSINESS:

Allegan County ARC Mini Swap, April 1
6AM-8AM –  Setup
8AM-12PM – Swap
$5 Admission/Table
Dennis to bring coffee supplies, 3dz donuts, napkins, cups, 12pks of Coke, Diet Coke, & Sprite
Jason to bring popcorn
Jim to bring change box and change

Skywarn had 74 participants

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?)

Meeting closed – 8:34PM
Respectfully submitted – Mike Long, W6RP  – Club Secretary

Allegan County ARC Meeting, April 11

The next Allegan County Amateur Radio Club’s meeting is April 11, starting at 7:00PM (1100UTC) located at the Allegan County Technical and Education Center (ACATEC), 2891 116th Street (M-222) across from the Allegan County Airport.

Jim, AC8AG, will be giving a hands-on presentation on soldering electronics and soldering coax connectors

Upcoming Presentations

May – A club favorite returns!  The Antenna making party
June – Mini foxhunt/training (tentative)

6th Annual Allegan County Amateur Radio Club Mini-Swap

Trunk Sale Flyer

Salem Township Office, Dorr, MI
Indoor Mini-Swap 8:00 AM – 12:00 PM EDT
Talk-In on 147.240 + offset PL 94.8
$5.00 Admission for Selling or Buying
Vendor Setup 6:00 AM – 8:00 AM
See flyer for additional details

Allegan County ARC Meeting, March 14

The next Allegan County Amateur Radio Club’s meeting is March 14, starting at 7:00PM (1100UTC) located at the Allegan County Technical and Education Center (ACATEC), 2891 116th Street (M-222) across from the Allegan County Airport.

Mike, W6RP, will be presenting on an DIY Pneumatic Antenna Launcher. Due to current outdoor temperatures we may or may not have an outdoor demonstration.

Upcoming Presentations

April – Soldering electronics and soldering coax connectors
May – A club favorite returns!  The Antenna making party
June – Mini foxhunt/training (tentative)

Meeting Minutes for February 14, 2017

ALLEGAN COUNTY AMATEUR RADIO CLUB MEETING AGENDA

February 14, 2017

MEETING:  Started at 7:03 PM

Welcome to our new hams: (Ham in a Day) Tech – KE8FZU (Shawn – 14 years) and Dad Steve, (February VE Testing) General – KE8FZW (applied for Vanity K8DTE) (Darrin) and KE8AEX – Mark

PROGRAM:

Wes KD8VQH Arduino Antenna Analyzer SWR Analyzer. Pictures will be posted on Facebook.
19.00 parts – Digikey
$70.00 total cost.

SECRETARY’S Report:  Motion to accept Ron (AC8RB), Second by Jeff S (W8JAS). Passed

TREASURER’S Report:  No report

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.

March – Pneumatic antenna launcher
April – Soldering electronics and coaxial connectors
May – Antenna making party
June – Mini-foxhunt and training (tentative)

GeoFox hunt coming up in July/August

COMMITTEE REPORTS:

Repeater:

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 3/7  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:  March 25, 2017 – 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

Allegan County ARPSC

Club web Site: http://ac8rc.org
Club email list: To join the club mailing list, go to alleganarc@yahoogroups.com
Facebookhttp://www.facebook.com/ac8rc

NOTES: Club website dates of upcoming dates need to be updated. “Upcoming Events 2017” Most recent is 2016.

Yahoo Group, 2017 Officers need to be updated. Also correct Randy’s callsign W8RMN.

Upcoming Events

Skywarn Training – March 11, 10AM-12PM

Lowell Hamfest, March 11
MI Crossroads 2017, March 18

Xenia SMART Bus, any interest? Contact Jack, KE8TJ@aol.com
Bus trip starts Michiwaka – more than 25, $52, or less 25 than $80

NEW BUSINESS:

VE Liaison : Pete AA8L is willing to step aside. Randy W8RMN is willing to take over the position.
Motion to allow Randy W8RMN to take over VE Liaison – Motion to accept (W8JAS)/ Seconded (KD8VQH)/ Carried

OLD BUSINESS:

Ham in a Day Class:
Improvements:

  • Shawn KE8FZU – suggested to have demonstration models for when talking about the innards of the radio.
  • More instruction at a higher level to learn the theory.
  • White board for explanations.
  • Not just read questions and answers without explaning.

Next Fox hunt: July – setting up real Fox hunt at Little john park. After the mini-fox hunt here at ACATEC

Club Swap – April 1 st , Salem Township Hall. Confirmed.

  • Setup: Jeff (W8JAS) Coffee and Donut area, Wes (KD8VQH), Randy (W8RMN). Take Money, Sell Food, Man the Club table.
  • Diet Pop, Clear Pop, another kind.
  • Jeff will make fliers by next Club meeting.

Field Day June – Confirmed location, Salem Township Hall

2 nd Hand Ham Shop. KC8PCL

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?)

Meeting closed – Motion by Jeff, Second by Ron. Passed: Closed at 8:45 PM
Respectfully submitted – Mike Long, W6RP  – Club Secretary

Meeting Minutes for January 10, 2017

ALLEGAN COUNTY AMATEUR RADIO CLUB MEETING AGENDA

January 10, 2017

MEETING:  Started at 7:00PM local time

SECRETARY’S Report:  Motion carried to accept

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.

February – Affordable DIY antenna analyzer
March – Pneumatic antenna launcher (tentative)
April – Soldering electronics and coaxial connectors
May – Antenna making party
June – Mini-foxhunt and training (tentative)

COMMITTEE REPORTS:

Repeater: Waiting on tower climber to be scheduled for the 147.240 repeater

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 2/7  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:  January 28, 2017 – 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: N/A

Allegan County ARPSC: Next meeting will be on 2/18, starting at 6:30PM or 7:00PM local for the volunteer recognition dinner. Dinner to be held at the Trestle Stop in Hamilton.

Club web Site: http://ac8rc.org
Club email list: To join the club mailing list, go to alleganarc@yahoogroups.com
Facebookhttp://www.facebook.com/ac8rc

Upcoming Events

Skywarn Training
Lowell Hamfest, March 11
MI Crossroads 2017, March 18
Winter Field Day 2017, January 28-29
January VHF Contest 2017, January 21-23
Xenia SMART Bus, any interest? Contact Jack, KE8TJ@aol.com

NEW BUSINESS:

Committee assignments –

Field Day – Dennis/Randy
Fox hunt – Randy/Jim
Christmas – Dennis (Dec 9*)
Special Event/Fair – Wes, Jason, Jim (Sept 8-10)
Club Program Coordinator – Mike
Club Picnic – See Field Day
Trunk Sale – Dennis (indoor mini swap, April 1*)

* Tentative

OLD BUSINESS:

Ham In A Day class – January 28, 9:00AM local time at the Allegan District Library
Club membership for 1 year will be awarded to those who attend class and pass test (Motion carried to accept)

Next Fox Hunt  – Spring, 2017

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)
Antenna making party (May, 2017)
Traffic handling/passing

  • ARRL Form
  • ICS form
  • Digital (PSK31?)

Soldering (April, 2017)

  • Soldering electronics
  • Soldering connectors

Meeting closed at 8:32PM local time. Thanks everyone for attending!
Respectfully submitted – Mike Long, W6RP  – Club Secretary

Great Lakes HamCon, October 7 & 8, 2017

From Larry, WB8R:

Greetings,

As you may have heard, Michigan is going to have a large annual hamfest which will take place at Michigan International Speedway (MIS). The inaugural event will happen on October 7 & 8, 2017. Our goal is to turn this event into a world class ham radio convention destination located in the renowned Irish Hills. The Great Lakes HamCon is sponsored by the Great Lakes Amateur Radio Association.

MIS is a huge, modern facility that will be unique in the hamfest world. The event will take place in the infield of the 2 mile track. There is a very large paved area in and near the pit road. There are three 7500 sq ft buildings that will house commercial vendors and plans are to utilize the very wide pit road for the flea market (selling spaces to each side with a wide walkway down the center of pit road). In addition, there will be plenty of paved area in the infield for more flea market space.

MIS has a number of world class meeting rooms along pit road that are very well suited for meetings and get-togethers. Some meeting areas have complete A/V capability. While there will be many forums, there will still be adequate room for net and other organizational meetings. In addition booth space for your organization will be available.

Michigan nets and other ham radio organizations are urged to contact us early to reserve your spot. There will be many hams that are going to attend this event and it is a perfect opportunity to assemble your group for a meeting.

You can communicate with us at: info@glhamcon.org and find our website at www.glhamcon.org http://www.glhamcon.org/. We are looking forward to hearing from you.

Larry, WB8R

Great Lakes Amateur Radio Association

wb8r@glhamcon.org

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