Meeting Minutes for May 10, 2016

ALLEGAN COUNTY AMATEUR RADIO CLUB MEETING MINUTES

May 10, 2016

MEETING:  Started at 7:00PM local time, 0000 UTC, Pledge was recited.

Program:  Jim, AC8AG, gave an excellent, informative presentation on QSL cards and the Bureau. Thanks Jim, this presentation was helpful to many of us new hams and a great reminder to experienced hams as well.

SECRETARY’S Report:   Minutes from previous meeting were carried.

TREASURER’S Report:  Treasurer’s report given for repeater fund and bank funds. Report was carried

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.

June Program: Jason (KD8QNX) will speak about digital fast scan television

COMMITTEE REPORTS:

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 June 7th  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:  May 28, 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:  May 11, 7PM, location TBD

Allegan County ARPSC: May 21, 9AM at he Dumont complex (911 center), 122nd Ave.

Club Web Site: http://ac8rc.org
To join the club mailing list, go to alleganarc@yahoogroups.com
Pictures are welcomed – Please contact  Robert, KC8USP

Upcoming Events

Fly-in at Allegan City Airport, June 18, 2016. – Randy reported the Fly-in this year may be canceled.

Field Day and club picnic, June 25-26, 2016 located at Salem Township hall this year.

NEW BUSINESS:

Briefly discussed possibility of a new repeater controller for the .140 repeater which would grant easier administrative capabilities and additional features. No decision made.

Possible fox hunt during Field Day?

OLD BUSINESS:

Club meetings in July and August will tentatively be held at the Allegan District Library since ACATEC will be closed those months. Alternatively the club may choose to use the airport offices to meet during these months. Randy to check with airport and report back during the June meeting.

Club will attempt to run only generator power at Field Day this year.

Club Insurance – (WB3LHU) – Cost is $200 per year, covers loss of equipment and liability/property damage.. Decided to table until talks with ACATEC resume.

Canopy – Jason (KD8QNX) – Jason was absent this meeting. Dennis will also look into canopy pricing.

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)

Meeting closed at 8:55PM local, 0155UTC. Thanks to all who attended
Respectfully submitted – Mike Long, W6RP  – Club Secretary

Allegan County ARC Meeting, May 10

The next Allegan County Amateur Radio Club’s meeting is May 10 starting at 7:00PM (0000UTC) located at the Allegan County Technical and Education Center (ACATEC), 2891 116th Street (M-222) across from the Allegan County Airport.
May – Jim (AC8AG) will give a presentation on QSL Cards and the Bureau
Upcoming Presentations
June – Jason (KD8QNX) will speak about digital fast scan television
If anyone would like to present on a topic or has a topic suggestion, please email Mike, W6RP

Meeting Minutes for April 12, 2016

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ALLEGAN COUNTY AMATEUR RADIO CLUB MEETING  MINUTES

April 12, 2016

MEETING:  Started  @ 7:07 PM  By President Jim Gillis @ ACATEC Center

Program:  Wes (KD8VQH) and Mike (W8DER) demonstrated fox hunting with a small fox hunt in the parking lot, which included three hidden lower power transmitters and a higher powered transmitter hidden off premise so those participating could here what it sounds like from a distance. Fun was had by all while learning direction finding, the use of attenuators, third harmonics, and dealing with things such as multipath.  Thanks for a great presentation Wes and Mike!

Members-Visitors: 9 members, 6 guests, and 3 children were present

SECRETARY’S Report:  Meeting notes from  March, 2016 – Approved  by voice vote! Thanks  

TREASURER’S Report: No report given. The club swap generated $18 donations and $53 in sales.

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.

May Program: Jim (AC8AG) will speak about QSL cards and the bureau
June Program: Jason (KD8QNX) will speak about digital fast scan television

COMMITTEE REPORTS:

Still no progress on repeater improvements. Please report any 147.240  problems to AC8AG. Reports of noise during use were given related to the 147.240 repeater. The 147.140 repeater controller needs to be reset. The 440 repeater has regular interference.

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 May 3rd  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:  May 28, 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 April 12th, 7PM 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 Saturday @12PM, April 16 – Meet at the EOC 122nd ave.

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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

Upcoming Events

Michigan QSO Party, April 16-17, 2016

Allegan County ARC Fox Hunt, April 24, 1:30PM. Everyone meet at the Allegan High School parking lot

Fly-in at Allegan City Airport, June 18, 2016.

Field Day and club picnic, June 25-26, 2016 located at Salem Township hall this year.

NEW BUSINESS:

Club meetings in July and August will tentatively be held at the Allegan District Library since ACATEC will be closed those months.

Club will attempt to run only generator power at Field Day this year.

OLD BUSINESS:

WB3LHU Out sick, no report on setting up a school station
Club Insurance : Club insurance discussion was tabled until next meeting. Jim to check into insurance requirements with the school

Club Swap – Recap, good, bad, change. What to do next? – Everyone agrees the Salem township hall is a good location. Need diet pop next time and less donuts. Possibly have a later date with suggestion made for 4/22/2017.

Canopy – Motion made, seconded, carried that Jason will provide quote(s) to club at the May meeting for canopies with minimum of club name and web site printed on them.

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.

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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)

Meeting closed  @  7:59P M with 1 opposed.  Thanks to all who attended

Respectfully submitted – Mike Long, W6RP  – Club Secretary

 

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