Meeting Minutes for August 8, 2017

Allegan County Amateur Radio Club Meeting Agenda

August 8, 2017

Program:? September – Receiver building blocks by Mike W6RP

MEETING:? Promptly started at 6:30PM

SECRETARY’S Report: Accepted without corrections

TREASURER’S Report: Accepted without corrections

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.

September – Eclipse photos and other eclipse related items
GeoFox hunt coming up inSeptember
September – Allegan County Fair Special Event station



147.240 – No new news. It is working

147.140 – Needs new controller, possibly replace radio(s) with “new” surplus

440 – Is it operational?

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 9/5 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:? September 23, 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? – Thursday 8/24, 7pm TBD but most likely Silver Creek

Allegan County ARPSC? – 8/17, 7pm at the EOC. Review Tri-Allegan and planning for NWS Skywarn recognition day. Third Thursday of the month for meetings in the future.

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

Upcoming Events

Allegan County Fair Special Event station – Sept 8-10

GRARA Hamfest – Sept 9

Muskegon swap on Saturday, October 21

Kalamazoo swap on Sunday, October 22

Otsego High School Radio Club. Otsego public library. Time and Date TBD
During school year, plan to hold meetings at the high school


Jim signed us up for meetings at the ACATEC for the coming year. June, 2018 may need to reschedule to different location due to school schedule.  June – August.

Receipt for the antenna making project from Jim. $62.43 for the SS hose clamps, pvc fittings and pipe, tape measures. Motion carried.


Allegan Fair – 12-8, Friday – Sunday. Let Jason know if you can work the booth 12-4 or 4-8 and he can provide tickets.  Tickets are first come first server and are limited.

Motion for up to $150 budget to make new handouts – accepted

Eclipse – HamSCI Eclipse QSO party. Other Eclipse special event stations. Digital (WSPR, PSK31 Reporter).  Eclipse safety.

KD8DKS, Bob Hyde, donated Collins 51s-1 32s1 transmitter and receiver and two microphone(s), power supply and associated cables. Restored/reconditioned. $2400 for the set. Motion to accept the donation carried.

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

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 : 8:07PM

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