Meeting Minutes for July 11, 2017

Allegan County Amateur Radio Club Meeting Minutes

July 11, 2017

Attendance: 12

Program: July – Solar Eclipse project (EclipseMob). Thanks Mike, W6RP and Randy, W8RMN!

MEETING: Started at: 7:01 PM

SECRETARY’S Report: Corrections accepted. Meeting minutes from previous meeting 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.

August – Basic Radio Review
GeoFox hunt coming up in August/September
September – Allegan County Fair Special Event station


Repeater: Outage caused by power supply. Now fixed and repeater back on the air.

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 8/1 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: July 22, 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 – 7/26, 7PM, location TBD. Ron’s party is on 7/16 at 2pm

Allegan County ARPSC – 7/18, Tri-Allegan Event. Volunteers should arrive at 4PM at Little John Park. Jim Cance has retired as coordinator of ARPSC and Jason is the new coordinator

Club web Site:
Club email list: To join the club mailing list, go to
Facebook –

Upcoming Events

Spark in the Park – Aug 19, 9AM-1PM, located at the Homeschool building in Grand Rapids

Allegan County Fair Special Event station – Sept 8-10

GRARA Hamfest – Sept 9

Otsego High School Radio Club – Meeting at the Otsego Library either 7/18 or 7/20 (TBD)


No new business to discuss


Field Day After Action Report – How did it go?

What can the club do next year to make it better?

Have lights above rigs
Organize by bands/operators
Put up wind breaks
Use centralized logging
Have a safety officer
Can Ecomm trailer be moved closer?

What went well?

Fox hunt

What went poorly?

Cold Weather

Does the club want to help with Jamboree on the Air (JOTA), October 20-22. Contact John Keith
Awaiting further details from John. See below.  Club motion to help was accepted.

Location: Little John Lake
Date/Time: Saturday only 10/21, 9AM-4PM (setup at 8AM)
Should we have two stations, one SSB and one digital?

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?)

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 : 9:07PM
Meeting minutes respectfully submitted by Mike, W6RP

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