Meeting Minutes for April 11, 2017


April 11, 2017

MEETING: Started at 7:00PM

Attendance: 15

Program: Jim, AC8AG – Soldering electronics and coaxial connectors. Smoke was in the air and burns were minimized. Thanks Jim!

SECRETARY’S Report: Previous meeting minutes accepted

TREASURER’S Report: Omitted from public notes

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.

May – Antenna making party
June – Mini-foxhunt and training (tentative)
July – Solar Eclipse project (tentative)
August – Solar Eclipse project II (tentative, only if needed, otherwise potential results in September?)

GeoFox hunt coming up in July/August

Suggestions included: Darren, through prompting from Shawn, how the inner workings of the radio work – Jim suggested block diagrams. Darren also asked about explaining Propagation. Wes asked about: Digital modes: PSK, JT65, Slow-scan TV. How to setup your equipment.



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 5/2 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: May 27, 2017 – 9AM @ the Allegan Hospital Cafeteria. Price is $15 + two forms of identification or a copy of your current license – Contact Randy MacNeill (W8RMN) for next test session information

Allegan County SAR – Put into service this past Friday (4/7/2017). Next meeting at 4/12 at 6:30 PM at Silver Creek.

Allegan County ARPSC – Meeting on 4/15 @ EOC for the MI QSO party. From 12 PM – 12 AM.

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Upcoming Events

MI QSO Party, April 15/16

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


May 20th, Blessing of the Jeeps at the Allegan Airport. Fly-in same day for pancake breakfast. 8-12 or so.

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

Allegan County ARC Mini Swap – After Action Report
What went well? Not so well? What can be improved?

Attendance up, right amount of food for profit. Location is good (and cheap). Earlier Fliers. Need to create some club fliers. Jim has a new layout for more tables (21 tables). Real food sign, door prize, Swap Sign (like lawn political sign). Change time to 8 – 11 AM. Talk-in station. April 7th, 2018 – need to contact township hall for confirmation. No Test Session, need higher attendance.
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:

Field Day, June 24-25, 2017- Club Picnic at 4:00 PM – bring a dish to pass.

Spark in the Park – Aug 20, 8-12

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
ICS form
Digital (PSK31?)

Meeting closed at : 9:20 PM
Next meeting at: 6:30 PM for antenna making party.

Respectfully submitted – Mike Long, W6RP  – Club Secretary

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