Meeting Minutes for February 9, 2016

From W6RP:

ALLEGAN COUNTY AMATEUR RADIO CLUB MEETING  MINUTES

 

February 09, 2016

 

MEETING:  Started  @ 7 PM  By President Jim Gillis @ ACATEC Center

 

Program:  Several members brought in items they were working on for Show and Tell. Robert (KC8USP) showed a radio box with VHF/UHF mobile and raspberry pi. Randy (W8RMN) showed off the APRS enabled weather station he is working on for the Allegan City Airport. Wes (KD8VQH) showed a Fox box which uses an Arduino and Baofeng radio to transmit CW messages at timed intervals. Sam (KE8ARH) showed off his house project, a kenwood mobile to use at home. David (KB8KZM) showed several items, a Kenwood HT (TH-215A) that he converted to using three cell phone batteries, 3D printed Rpi cases, GPS/APRS, a VFO, random electronic dice, and surface mount PCBs.  Thanks everyone for showing the club some amazing projects!!

 

Red Cross Reps: Requested volunteers to canvas Allegan to check and replace smoke alarm batteries and/or install smoke alarms 2/12-2/13.

 

Members- Visitors: 9  Members in attendance, 1 visitor, and 2 Red Cross representatives

 

SECRETARY’S Report:  Meeting notes from  November , 2015 – Approved  by voice vote! Thanks

 

TREASURER’S Report:No report given

 

ACTIVITIES: Lets 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.

 

March Program:  WB3LHU will bring his emergency/digital radio for review.

April Program: Wes (KD8VQH) and Mike (W8DER) will demonstrate fox hunting with a small fox hunt afterwards in the parking lot, weather allowing.

May Program: Jim (AC8AG) will speak about QSL cards and the bureau

 

COMMITTEE REPORTS:

Still no progress on repeater improvements. Please report any 147.240  problems to AC8AG.

 

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!

 

VE Testing:  March 26,, 2016 -9AM  @ the Allegan Hospital Cafeteria. Price is $15  + two forms of identification or a copy of your current license  – Contact AA8L for next test session information

 

Allegan County SAR: Next Meeting February 10th at A.C. Sheriff’s Dept. – contact KD8CHT for details  or check into the nets on Sunday evening (7pm & 8PM on 147.240)

Allegan County ARPSC  -Meeting Thursday night @7PM or Saturday morning @9AM (2/18 or 2/20) – Meet at the EOC 122nd ave.

 

Club Web Site: is still up and running at http://ac8rc.org

To join the club mailing list, go to alleganarc@yahoogroups.com

Pictures are welcomed – Please contact  Robert, KC8USP

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NEW BUSINESS: Plan next year’s agenda.

Field Day, June 25-26, 2016: Jim to reserve Salem Township hall. Dennis will chair the event.

Fox Hunting: Wes and Mike will chair Fox Hunt events

Christmas Party: No chair at this time

Special Event Station, Allegan County Fair, September 9-11, 2016: Jason and Randy to chair.

Club Picnic, June 25, 2016: Dennis to chair

Trunk Sale Coordinator: Jim to chair.  Jim to check availability for April 2, 2016.  Also to check whether Lowell still has a swap

Fly-in, June 18, 2016: Randy to coordinate

 

Crossroads Swap, March 19, 2016 at the Wings Stadium, Kalamazoo. Jim plans to have a table. Mike offered additional funds to purchase a second table. Club members are welcome to sell stuff from the tables.

 

WEST MICHIGAN AREA AMATEUR RADIO BANQUET

Announcing the 21st ANNUAL

West Michigan Hams

GET OUTTA THE CABIN DINNER

Formerly called “The New Hams Dinner”

SPONSORED BY:

www.w8dc.org www.w8lrc.org www.hollandarc.org

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 27, 2016, 1:30PM

At the OLD COUNTRY BUFFET

IN ROGERS PLAZA

1038 28th St SW (Hwy M-11), Wyoming, MI

From the US-131 expressway, exit #81, 28th St (Hwy M-11), head west past Clyde Park Ave, turn left into

Rogers Plaza. The restaurant is inside near the west end of the plaza.

BRING YOUR SIGNIFICANT OTHER, the KIDS, FRIENDS, anyone involved or interested in ham radio is welcome, regardless of any club affiliation. In tradition, we especially like to encourage and welcome any new licensees or new to the area hams. Dress casual.

LET THE NEW HAMS KNOW WE WELCOME THEM, and enjoy each others company without the need to split so not to miss that hamfest deal! And you don’t want to miss out on the door prizes, nothing spectacular like a new rig, but a prize is a prize. We’ll all have a good time!

Buffet style. Pay at the door. Normal restaurant rates, gratuity apply. No reservations, just show up.

Questions? Contact Jack NY8D, callsign @arrl.net, (616)438-5412

 

Michigan QSO Party, April 16-17, 2016

 

Don’t forget, there is a ham shop in the area now.  The 2nd Hand Ham Shop, 7830, 80th St., http://www.placestogoingrandrapids.com/places/4077081-2nd-Hand-Ham-Shop/

 

OLD BUSINESS: Now that the addition is about completed at ACATEC we will revisit the possibility of erecting antennas and a Ham Station.  Antenna options starting with a tower and HF Beam down to as little as a vertical on the roof were requested of their Facility Manager. Need to revisit His progression Insurance coverage needs and his needs after  exploring  ideas with the local airport and other schools with Ham Stations.- No progress at this time.

ACTION: WB3LHU will follow up with the school

 

 

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Club Insurance : WB3LHU reported on finding the correct ARRL affiliated insurance agency. Liability insurance is $200 per year. This cover club at location and at events. Non-club coverage is $100 extra. After paying for insurance, club would receive a certificate of coverage. No information available at this time for equipment coverage.

 

“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 March 1st at 7 PM on the “240” – Contact John Keith KE5ETX for details and to suggest topics or offer help!

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

 

Meeting closed  @  9:19P M  Thanks to all who attended

Respectfully  submitted  – Mike Long, W6RP  – Club Secretary

Meeting Minutes for November 10, 2015

 

From WB3LHU and KD8FLQ:

 

MEETING:  Started  @ 7 PM  By President Jim Gillis @ ACATEC Center

Program:  Mike W6RP showed us his Laser communications  set up and discussed ways of improving performance as well as Web information on building !  Excellent Thanks Mike!!

 

Members- Visitors: 12  Members  Paid Memberships included AC8RB Ron (16’& 17’) Wes KD8VQH(16’)

 

SECRETARIES REPORT:  Meeting notes from  October  , 2015 – Approved  by voice vote!

Thanks

TREASURERS Report – Not published but noted in Meeting minute records 

 

ACTIVITIES: Lets us know what programs/activities you would like to see in the year ahead . Please let MIKE Long our Program Coordinator  know about Your thoughts

January Program:  “Show and Tell”  Bring your projects, pictures, QSL Cards etc to share in a 5-10 minute presentation  WB3LHU will bring his emergency/digital radio for review.

ELECTION OF NEW OFFICERS for 2016: Congratulations to:

President – Jim Gillis AC8AG

Vice President: Randy Mac Neil W8RMN

Secretary: Mike Long: W6RP

Treasurer: Nancy Motter: KB8PFJ

Trustee: 3 Yr term Wes Miller

Trustee: 1 Yr Term- Jonh Keith KE5ETX

 

COMMITTEE REPORTS:

Repeater: 440 Repeater is officially coordinated and up to date in registration. Hard line and new transmit/Receive antenna to be discussed with  Allegan County EM Management   shortly. Please report any 147:240  problems to AC8AG –

 

10 Meter Net:  Jack (W8PPM) invites all   to the Club Net held every Wednesday evening – 8PM local – Freq: 28380 MHZ (alternate 28.390 or 28.370 MHZ if busy)   Topic’s of interest welcomed!

 

VE Testing:  November 28th, 2015 -9AM  @ the Allegan Hospital Cafeteria. Price is $15  + two forms of identification or a copy of Your current license  – Contact AA8L for next test session information

 

Allegan County SAR: Having their annual fund raiser November 21st at Allegan High school Performing ARTS center  – Next Meeting November 11th with Night time search practice- contact KD8CHT for details  or check into the nets on Sunday evening (7pm & 8PM on 147.240)

 

Allegan County ARPSC  -Meeting Thursday night November  19th  @7Pm –Meet at the new Jail and Sherriff office  – 640 River street – Allegan

 

Club Web Site: is still up and running – For access go to alleganarc@Yahoogroups.com – Pictures are welcomed – Please contact  KD8QNX

 

NEW BUSINESS: Now that the addition is about completed at ACATEC we will revisit the possibility of erecting antennas and a Ham Station.  Antenna options starting with a tower and HF Beam down to as little as a vertical on the roof were requested of their Facility Manager. Need to revisit His progresson Insurance coverage needs and his needs after  exploring  ideas with the local airport and other schools with Ham Stations.-

ACTION: WB3LHU will follow up with the school

 

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Club Insurance : WB3LHU reported on ARRL affiliated Ham activity  now  that ACATEC building appears to be nearing its end.

ACTION: WB3LHU to check with the recommended ARRL Insurance as well as with local clubs as it appears one of the AZO clubs seemed to go elsewhere with their coverage’s

 

“Young Person” Net has started  – Hosted by KE5ETX for all hams with children interested in becoming Hams or are already Hams – GREAT first net by SAM KE8ARH – Next Youth Net scheduled on Dec 1st at 7 PM on the “240” – Contact John Keith KE5ETX for details and to suggest topics or offer help!

 

Suggestion from the August meeting:  : Have a practice session on Weather spotting and reporting – KD8HEM has provided forms to get us started – Thanks again KYLE!

 

OLD Business: 

CHRISTMAS PARTY: Set for 12/12/15 at Bunker Hill Restaurant  @ 4203 30th street and 142nd street – Arrive at 1:30 and eat  @ 2Pm – Order off the menu – Let JIM AC8AG know who is coming  either over the “240” repeater or by calling 269-673-5539 – Guests welcome!! There will be a low cost gift exchange if You wish to participate – Just bring a gift wrapped

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.

Thanks to AC8RB for working with the club on his QST renewal

 

SKY WARN appreciation day:  Sign up on the web http://grrskywarn.evenbrite.com  Set up on 12- 3- Net runs form 7PM Friday night thru Saturday 12-5 at 7PM

 

Club Activities/presentations/Opportunities:

Any ideas -!! The club is interested in Your thoughts and suggestions  

.

 

QSL Cards – Program by AC8AG to show us how Bureaus work and how to take advantage of this service

AA8L: Satellite Comm antennas – update  

Bringing Eagle Island on the air for IOTA

 

Meeting closed  @  8:50P M  Thanks to all who attended

Respectfully  submitted  – WB3LHU for   Linda S. Burd   –  KD8FLQ – Club Secretary

Meeting Minutes for October 2015

From WB3LHU:

Thanks to Mike for taking the notes in My absence
Meeting notes for October 2015
Meeting called 7:00
Introductions
Mike, W8DER, Intro to Arduino
End 8:20
Secretary minutes, skipped
Nancy – treasurer report
Motion
Second
Carried
Steve – Still red on coordination site, but Steve has updated it. Will
double check
Trouble with 240 – scratchy while windy, folded dipole needs to be
replaced. Need Scott to give ok so Jeff can work on it
Web site – still working
Pete – license testing, 2 techs and one upgrade to general, testing on 11/28
Arpsc meeting announcement 10/17, Jason giving presentation on fast
scan tv used at bash
Acsar meeting announcement 10/14, presentation on horses that have
been trained for tracking and the riders too
Program coordinator – me – laser comes for November
Announcements
Skywarn national appreciation days 12/4-12/5. Kd8qnx@arrl.org
Election of officers on 11/10
Club Christmas party 12/12, bunker hill restaurant, across from Salem
township hall. Start at 1:30 and eat at 2pm. Order off menu. Motioned,
seconded, carried
Youth net, John, started small, last Tuesday 10/6. Next is 11/3.
Jason with fair report – lots of good interaction, handed out all
tickets, made number of contacts (75+?). For future, get canopy with
club name, logo, website. Maybe larger canopy as well. Check w/ACETEC
for printing
Old business
Insurance for the club – Dennis (not at meeting)
New business
Nominations for Officers for 2016
Trustee – Tom is retiring from his position, motioned and carried
President – Jim,
Vice President – Dennis is retiring, Jason, Randy
Secretary – Linda is retiring, Mike,
Treasurer – Nancy,
3-yr trustee – Wes,
1-yr trustee – John, Jeff (Jim to ask)
Swaps in Muskegon and Kalamazoo 10/16 and 10/17
Motion to close
Second
Carried
End 9:12 pm

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