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.

TREASURER’S Report: N/A

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

COMMITTEE REPORTS:

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: http://ac8rc.org
Club email list: To join the club mailing list, go to alleganarc@yahoogroups.com
Facebook – http://www.facebook.com/ac8rc

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)

NEW BUSINESS:

No new business to discuss

OLD BUSINESS:

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
Breakfast
Can Ecomm trailer be moved closer?

What went well?

Location
Grilling/Food
Playground
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
Drones
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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