Meeting Minutes for February 14, 2017


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


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



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:
Club email list: To join the club mailing list, go to

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,
Bus trip starts Michiwaka – more than 25, $52, or less 25 than $80


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


Ham in a Day Class:

  • 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
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

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