Meeting Minutes for January 10, 2017


January 10, 2017

MEETING:  Started at 7:00PM local time

SECRETARY’S Report:  Motion carried to accept


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)


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

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,


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


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
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

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