Spark in the Park 2016

Allegan County Amateur Radio Club is a proud sponsor of the Spark in the Park event showcasing numerous aspects of amateur radio. Please join us, the event is free, this weekend August 20, 2016, 3-8PM. Below is additional information from the event coordinator:

This weekend,  the 3rd annual “Spark in the Park”, a Science Fair for amateur radio, will be held.

You have heard about it, now please put the date and time on your calendar to see what seven West Michigan amateur radio clubs have put together.

As with last year, Spark in the Park will be held at the Home School Building gym, located at 5625 Burlingame SW, Wyoming, Michigan.  The doors are open from 3 PM to 8 PM, on Saturday, August 20.

There will many varied exhibits of the various facets of amateur radio, including AMSAT/satellite radio, DMR, mobile VHF/UHF rovers, Go-bags and boxes, exceptional home brew equipment, Morse key collections, software defined radios, Red Cross and Salvation Army vehicles, the ARRL, and other groups.

More information at http://www.k8tb.org/sitp.htm

There is no admission fee or table fee, due to the sponsoring efforts of seven West Michigan clubs:

Holland Amateur Radio Club

Lowell Amateur Radio Club

Grand Rapids Amateur Radio Association

Allegan County Amateur Radio Club

Kalamazoo Amateur Radio Club

Muskegon Area Amateur Radio Council

Riverside Radio Amateurs (Ionia County)

Allegan County ARC Meeting, August 9

The next Allegan County Amateur Radio Club’s meeting is August 9, starting at 7:00PM (0000UTC) located at the Allegan City Airport, just across the street from Allegan County Technical and Education Center (ACATEC), at 740 Grand St., Allegan, MI, 49010.
August Program – Show n’ Tell, Mobile Installations
Upcoming Presentations
September – TBD

Meeting Minutes for July 12, 2016

ALLEGAN COUNTY AMATEUR RADIO CLUB MEETING MINUTES
July 12, 2016

Program:  Reviewed this year’s Field Day operations. Great location and good setup. Attracted some new people and the fox hunt was a real hit.  Items which could be improved for next year:

  • Need better operating chairs

  • Information table could be set up better

  • Communicate earlier and via more outlets

  • Public welcome banners (yellow caution tape may have been a deterrent

  • Try a balloon antenna

  • Put up a triband

For those who attended, please feel free to add additional items I may have missed – Mike, W6RP

MEETING:  Started at 7:01PM (0001 UTC)
SECRETARY’S Report:  Minutes accepted as-is and motion carried
TREASURER’S Report:  Treasurer absent this meeting
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 Program: Show n’ Tell – Show off your mobile installation

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 August 2nd  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 23, 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:  Meeting will be on 7/13 at the Silver Creek County Park, East of Hamilton at 7PM

Allegan County ARPSC: Meeting is cancelled. ARPSC will be working the Tri-Allegan on 7/19 from 5-9PM at Little John Lake

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

Upcoming Events

Spark in the Park, August 20, 3-8PM. Setup begins at 1PM at the Homeschool Building, 5625 Burlingame Ave SW, Wyoming, MI 49509

NEW BUSINESS:

Next Fox Hunt will be August 27, 10AM-12PM. Fox hunt will begin at the Allegan High School parking lot and will have a 5mi limit from start. Participants will meet for lunch afterwards, location TBD.

Allegan County Fair is fast approaching and club will be operating at the fairgrounds September 9-11. Club is looking for volunteers to help with setup, teardown and operations.

OLD BUSINESS:

Winter Meetings – Suggestion made to reconsider holding meetings on Saturdays again during Winter months. Tabled while members come up with meeting spot suggestions

Club Meetings in July and August will be held at the Allegan City Airport in Main Building

Club Insurance – (WB3LHU) – Tabled. Dennis not present at meeting

Canopy – Jason (KD8QNX) – Jason not present at meeting. Someone else suggested a 12×12 (14×14?) canopy with sun shades manufactured by Coleman with a price range of $185-$195. No decision made.

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 9:01PM local time, 0201 UTC. Thanks to all who attended
Respectfully submitted – Mike Long, W6RP  – Club Secretary

Meeting Minutes for June 14, 2016

ALLEGAN COUNTY AMATEUR RADIO CLUB MEETING MINUTES

June 14, 2016

Program:  Started at 7:01PM local time. Jason (KD8QNX) spoke about digital fast scan television.  The presentation was well received. Jason put together an excellent demonstration with an actual ATV station and answered numerous questions.  Thanks Jason!

MEETING:  Started at 7:39PM local time, 0039 UTC

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: 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.

July Program: TBD

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 July 5th  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 23, 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:  Previous meeting taught compass navigation. No meeting this month due to 5k/10k run

Allegan County ARPSC: No meeting this month. Helping SAR and Field Day

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

Upcoming Events

Fly-in at Allegan City Airport, June 18, 2016. – Randy reported the Fly-in this year is cancelled

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

NEW BUSINESS:

Suggestion made to reconsider holding meetings on Saturdays again during Winter months. Tabled while members come up with meeting spot suggestions.

OLD BUSINESS:

Possible fox hunt during Field Day – Wes will be coordinator with a microfox and regular fox

Club meetings in July and August will be held at the Allegan City Airport in Main Building

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

Club Insurance – (WB3LHU) – Discussion tabled.

Canopy – Jason (KD8QNX) – No report

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)

Spark in the Park, August 20, 3-8PM. Setup begins at 1PM at the Homeschool Building, 5625 Burlingame Ave SW, Wyoming, MI 49509

Meeting closed at 8:39PM local time, 0139UTC. Thanks to all who attended
Respectfully submitted – Mike Long, W6RP  – Club Secretary

Allegan County ARC Meeting, July 12

The next Allegan County Amateur Radio Club’s meeting is July 12, starting at 7:00PM (0000UTC) located at the Allegan City Airport, just across the street from Allegan County Technical and Education Center (ACATEC), at 740 Grand St., Allegan, MI, 49010.
July Program – Review of Field Day 2016.

Allegan County ARC Meeting, June 14

The next Allegan County Amateur Radio Club’s meeting is June 14, 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.
June – Jason (KD8QNX) will speak about digital fast scan television
Upcoming Presentations
None scheduled after June at this time.
If anyone would like to present on a topic or has a topic suggestion, please email Mike, W6RP

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

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