Meeting Minutes for May 9, 2017


May 9, 2017

MEETING: Started at 7:55 PM after completion of program

Program: DIY Tape Measure Antennas was well attended and a big thanks goes out to Jim and other club members for providing supplies. See pictures on our FB page

SECRETARY’S Report: Accepted

TREASURER’S Report: 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.

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



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 6/6 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 – May 10, 6:30PM at 125th/44th. Contact Ron KD8CHT

Allegan County ARPSC – May 18, 7PM at the EOC, Dumont Center, 33rd off of 122nd

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

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 (appended, starts at 7AM)

Field Day, June 24-25, 2017- Club Picnic at 4:00 PM – bring a dish to pass. (appended, setup at 9am and start at 1pm)

Spark in the Park – Aug 20, 8-12, located at the Homeschool building in Grand Rapids


New arduino book is out at ARRL – thanks for the update Wes
Budget for food for field day was motioned and passed
Budget to reimburse Jim for antenna parts (DIY tape measure antennas) was motioned and passed


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

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?)

Additional Suggestions from 11-APR-2017 meeting 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.

Meeting closed at : 8:43PM
Respectfully submitted by Mike, W6RP

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