Meeting Minutes for March 14, 2017


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.


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


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)

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Upcoming Events

MI Crossroads 2017, March 18

Allegan County ARC Mini Swap, April 1

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


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


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
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

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