Meeting Minutes for September 12

Allegan County Amateur Radio Club Meeting Agenda

September 12, 2017

Program:? September – Eclipse photos and other eclipse related items

MEETING:? Started at 7:03PM EST


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.

October – Traffic Handling/Passing – Jim
November – Schematic Diagram Symbols – Jim
GeoFox hunt coming up in October – Oct 21, to be performed during Jamboree


Christmas Committee – Dennis is coordinator. Any questions, please contact him.


147.240 –
147.140 –
440 –

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 10/3 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? – Oct 6 Concert at Allegan High School

Allegan County ARPSC? – TBD. Skywarn Recognition Day is coming. December 1-2 at the Grand Rapids NWS

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

Upcoming Events

Monterey Center Methodist Church 150 year celebration, September 23, 3-9PM

Great Lakes HamCon, October 7/8

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, Wednesday or Thursday, TBD


Reimburse Mike, W6RP for domain registration of $15 – approved

Club will sponsor food and drink for Jamboree, October 21, 9am-4pm at maximum of $75 – approved

Jim is collecting history of club and would like to eventually start a Club Historian position – please speak with Jim if you can help supply any historical items and/or information, also if you might be interested in becoming the historian.

Is club interested in running a special event station for Silver Sides in Muskegon? – Yes, there appears to be enough interest. Jim will communicate with the Muskegon group and gather additional details


Allegan Fair – How did it go? What went well? What went poorly? What can we do next year to improve?

People really enjoyed the watermelon antenna, it was a great eye catcher and conversation starter.
Good amount of tickets
Need to work on minimizing interference between radios
Add signposts throughout fairgrounds
Canopy may be too small still

September 23 is trustee meeting after the VE testing

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: 9:18PM EST

Respectively submitted by Mike, W6RP

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