Meeting Minutes for January 11, 2014

From KD8FLQ and WB3LHU:

ALLEGAN COUNTY AMATEUR RADIO CLUB

MEETING MINUTES

January 11, 2013

MEETING: Started @ 9:00 :AM By President Jim Gillis

Members- Visitors: 9 Members

SECRETARIES REPORT: Meeting notes from November 2013 approved

COMMITTEE REPORTS:

Trustee Report:
The IRS form 990 (file update for IRS compliance) will be filed shortly

10 Meter Net: Please check in with Jack (W8PPM) Wednesday evenings @ 8PM local – Freq: 28380 MHZ (alternate 28.390 or 28.370 MHZ if busy) Topic’s of interest are always welcome

Club Radio Station/Red Cross Building: NO Change Red Cross building still for sale and the city of Allegan is not interested in acquiring the building. The roof is leaking over the operating position again – discussion about using volunteer action to fix – NEEDED: AC8AG and WB3LHU need to fine time to check club inventory ACTION Needed: WB3LHU to contact ARC in Kalamazoo about the building.
ALSO: AC8AG to discuss the acquisition of salvaged VHF& UHF rigs to replace both 440 & 140 repeater – Rigs can be obtained from C- COMM .
EVERYONE: All Members – We need to seriously start looking for a new permanent location – We need Ideas , possible contacts , thoughts – WB3LHU will be collecting and holding those ideas for exploration and future discussion

VE Testing: Held @ the Allegan Hospital Cafeteria. Price is $15 + two forms of identification including a copy of Your current license (if You have one) – Contact AA8L for next test session information
Next testing scheduled on January 25, 2014 @ 9AM –

Allegan County ARPSC: Meeting January 16, 2014 @ 7PM @ the EOC- NWS to present

Allegan County SAR will meet on January 23, 2014– Time and location to be announced

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

Estate/Ham Equipment – Items Donated to the Club: Will be catalogued and then taken to either the Marshal Ham Fest (3-15) or to the Trunk Sales (May 4th) – after that to Electronic recyclers.
WB3LHU to assist with the tables at Marshall

Snow Removal : Please sign up for Your week @ the Red Cross – See Steve WD8MBT Or WB3LHU
March is wide open

TRUNK SALES: Now set for May 4th at the Masonic lodge – When we are closer to the date WE ALL need to get on local nets and re-advise to everyone the change of date (From May 3rd)

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Christmas Party: December 14th At Bunker Hill Review by all at meeting was that it was a good site and great Service and we will most likely go back next Year!

OLD Business:
Dues can be paid to Nancy Motter (KB8PFJ) at any time – Of the 34 active members we have paid ndues for 11 thus far –

QSL CARDS – Special event station at Allegan Fair : Final adjustments to W8F QSL discussed and finalized for W8JAS to get printed – Club will pay costs of printing and Mailing

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 $3(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

Coming up:

Technician Classes: Set to start 2/19 (every Wednesday night ffrom 7PM thru 8Pm – AC8AG Needs volunteers to clarify certain segments Please contact AC8Ag to volunteer

NEXT formal Meeting: will be 9AM Saturday Morning February 8th @ the Allegan red Cross-Breakfast at Your family Restaurant @ 7:45 AM if You are interested
KD8QNX will provide a program about SDR (software defined Radio )

Future Fund raiser thoughts:
Spaghetti Dinner Suggestion : by N8UYB – The club has been offered the use of the Masonic Lodge & Kitchen but we need to “tag it on” to another event in the Allegan Area to insure success
Action: All Club members please keep your eyes out for possible events we could take “Couple” to in order to make some money

Club Activities/presentations/Opportunities:

Any ideas -!! The club is interested in Your thoughts and suggestions
.
Possible future program ideas

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

N8UYB- Program on Screen readers that blind hams use
AA8L: Satellite Comm antennas – update

Bringing Eagle Island on the air for IOTA

Soldering projects: KD8LZT will contact the person who gave a great soldering project at the Kalamazoo meeting recently and try to schedule them for the new year

Meeting closed @ 10:30 A M Respectfully submitted Linda S. Burd – KD8FLQ – Club Secretary
PLEASE NOTE: Please send any comments to wb3lhu@gmail.com

Meeting Minutes for November 9,2013

From WB3LHU and KD8FLQ:

MEETING MINUTES

November 9, 2013

MEETING: Started @ 7:00 :AM By President Jim Gillis

Members- Visitors: 8 Members

SECRETARIES REPORT: Meeting notes from October approved

TREASURERS Report:

PROGRAM: Election of officers:
President: Jim Gillis – AC8AG – Confirmed
Vice President – Dennis Burd – WB3LHU – Confirmed
Secretary: Linda Burd – KD8FLQ – Confirmed
Treasurer: Nancy Motter – KB8PFJ – Confirmed
Station Trustee Steve Motter WD8MBT – re-confirmed
Trustee 3yr term: Tom Zomberg – W8TEZ – Elected
Current Active Trustees Pete Blowers AA8L thru 2014 & Jeff Swainstain W8JAS thru 2015

COMMITTEE REPORTS:

Trustee Report:
The new Cat 1000 Repeater controller awaiting installation on the 147:140 repeater or Allegan- A separate controller for the 147.240 will be supplied by Emergency management who owns that repeater. Discussion of upgrading the “140” with a surplus of Motorola radio piling up at N8FYZ

10 Meter Net: Please check in with Jack (W8PPM) Wednesday evenings @ 8PM local – Freq: 28380 MHZ (alternate 28.390 or 28.370 MHZ if busy) Topic’s of interest are always welcome

Club Radio Station/Red Cross Building: NO Change Red Cross building still for sale and the city of Allegan is not interested in acquiring the building. If the “eviction” comes sooner we can store club equipment with W8TEZ or KD8QNX in their garages, and we can meet at Allegan Hospital’s Schuyler room. NEEDED: AC8AG and WB3LHU need to fine time to check club inventory

VE Testing: Held @ the Allegan Hospital Cafeteria. Price is $15 + two forms of identification including a copy of Your current license (if You have one) – Contact AA8L for next test session information
Next testing scheduled on November 23rd @ 9AM –

Allegan County ARPSC: Meeting November 23rd, 2013 @ 7PM @ the Dumont EOC- SkyWarn details to be discussed

Allegan County SAR will meet on Thursday, November 21th – Time and location to be announced

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

Estate/Ham Equipment -Donated to the Club: We still have some items available – Please check with AC8AG

Snow Removal : Please sign up for Your week @ the Red Cross – See Steve WD8MBT Or WB3LHU
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- The Calendar is wide open after the second week of December !!

Red Cross Fall Clean up : Tuesday October 29th – Thanks to all who helped – It is appreciated!!

Christmas Party: SET for December 14th Arrival 1- 1:15 PM- Dinner At about 2PM – order from the menu @ Bunker Hill!! If You wish to be part of the gift exchange bring one for exchange – $50 refundable deposit sent .to the Restaurant – PLEASE ADVISE of Your interest in being with us by 12/1/13
WB3LHU to formally invite Scott Corbin and Jeff N8FYZ as thanks for their help with Amateur Radio here in Allegan County

OLD Business:
Dues can be paid to Nancy Motter (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 – New or renewals- We can keep either $3(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

Coming up:

NEXT formal Meeting: will be 9AM Saturday Morning January 7th @ the Allegan red Cross-Breakfast at Your family Restaurant @ 7:45 AM if You are interested
KD8QNX will provide a program about SDR (software defined Radio )
Spring Ham Swap – Set for Saturday May 3rd – Starting at 8AM – WB3LHU will contact the Masonic Lodge for the “go ahead” approval & discuss a rain Date

SKY WARN recognition Day – Set for December 7,2013- @ the GRR/NWS 7PMlocal – 7PM on the 8th

Future Fund raiser thoughts:
Spaghetti Dinner Suggestion : by N8UYB – The club has been offered the use of the Masonic Lodge & Kitchen but we need to “tag it on” to another event in the Allegan Area to insure success
Action: All Club members please keep your eyes out for possible events we could take “Couple” to in order to make some money

Club Activities/presentations/Opportunities:

Any ideas -!! The club is interested in Your thoughts and suggestions
.
Possible future program ideas

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

N8UYB- Program on Screen readers that blind hams use
AA8L: Satellite Comm antennas – update

Bringing Eagle Island on the air for IOTA

Soldering projects: KD8LZT will contact the person who gave a great soldering project at the Kalamazoo meeting recently and try to schedule them for the new year

Meeting closed @ 10:15 A M Respectfully submitted Linda S. Burd – KD8FLQ – Club Secretary
PLEASE NOTE: Please send any comments to wb3lhu@gmail.com

Meeting Minutes for October 8, 2013

ALLEGAN COUNTY AMATEUR RADIO CLUB

MEETING MINUTES

October 21, 2013 (Thanks to Nancy Motter for taking the notes)

MEETING: Started @ 7:00 :P M By President Jim Gillis

Members- Visitors: 11 Members

SECRETARIES REPORT: Meeting notes from September approved

TREASURERS Report:

PROGRAM: Election of officers:
President: Jim Gillis – AC8AG – Uncontested
Vice President – Dennis Burd – WB3LHU – Uncontested
Secretary: Linda Burd – KD8FLQ – Uncontested
Treasurer: Nancy Motter – KB8PFJ – Uncontested
Station Trustee Steve Motter WD8MBT – Not a voting position
Trustee 3yr term: Tom Zomberg – W8TEZ & Rex Burghead – N8UYB
Current Active Trustees Pete Blowers AA8L thru 2014 & Jeff Swainstain W8JAS thru 2015
All Nominations accepted

COMMITTEE REPORTS:

Trustee Report:
The new Cat 1000 Repeater controller has been paid for by Nancy . We will install it on the 147:140 repeater or Allegan 440 when schedules allow- A separate controller for the 147.240 will be supplied by Emergency management who owns that repeater

10 Meter Net: Please check in with Jack (W8PPM) Wednesday evenings @ 8PM local – Freq: 28380 MHZ (alternate 28.390 or 28.370 MHZ if busy) Topic’s of interest are always welcome

Club Radio Station/Red Cross Building: Red Cross building is still for sale and the city of Allegan is not interested in acquiring the building. If the “eviction” comes sooner we can store club equipment with W8TEZ or KD8QNX in their garages, and we can meet at Allegan Hospital’s Schuyler room. QUESTION: What shall we do with the station in this situation: – Your thoughts and suggestions are welcomed
NEEDED: AC8AG and WB3LHU need to fine time to check club inventory

VE Testing: Held @ the Allegan Hospital Cafeteria. Price is $15 + two forms of identification including a copy of Your current license (if You have one) – Contact AA8L for next test session information
Next testing scheduled on November 23rd @ 9AM – Last session we had one Tech and one Extra complete their testing successfully

Allegan County ARPSC: Meeting Octobber 19th, 2013 @ 7PM @ the Dumont EOC-

Allegan County SAR will meet on Thursday, October 10th @ 6:30Pm – Location M89 on the Kalamazoo River between Fennville & Allegan @ the Boat Launch – for river rescue practice

Club Web Site: is up and running – For access go to alleganarc@Yahoogroups.com – Pictures are welcomed – Please contact KD8QNX – Question from W8TEZ – Anyone getting junk mail from other stations in their email???
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Estate/Ham Equipment -Donated to the Club: We still have some items available – Please check with AC8AG

Lawn Mowing – Snow Removal : Please sign up for Your week @ the Red Cross – See Steve WD8MBT Or Dennis WB3LHU – The Calendar is wide open !!

Red Cross Fall Clean up : Tuesday October 29th starting at 5:30 Pm – – Pizza and cokes supplied by the Club (vote) We will continue cleanups and Maintenance until asked to vacate

OLD Business:
Dues can be paid to Nancy Motter (KB8PFJ) at any time –

ARRL Club Membership: 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 – New or renewals- We can keep either $3(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

Coming up:

Christmas Party: December 14th Arrival 1PM- Dinner At about 2PM – order from the menu @ Bunker Hill!! If You wish to be part of the gift exchange bring one for exchange – $50 refundable deposit sent .to the Restaurant
NEXT Meeting: will be 9AM Saturday Morning November 9th @ the Allegan red Cross-Breakfast at Your family Restaurant @ 7:45 AM if You are interested
Spring Ham Swap – Set for Saturday May 3rd – Starting at 8AM – WB3LHU will contact the Masonic Lodge for the “go ahead” approval & discuss a rain Date
SKY WARN recognition Day – Set for December 7th- 7PMlocal – 7PM on the 8th

Future Fund raiser thoughts:
Spaghetti Dinner Suggestion : by N8UYB – The club has been offered the use of the Masonic Lodge & Kitchen but we need to “tag it on” to another event in the Allegan Area to insure success
Action: All Club members please keep your eyes out for possible events we could take “Couple” to in order to make some money

Club Activities/presentations/Opportunities:

Any ideas -!! The club is interested in Your thoughts and suggestions
.
Possible future program ideas

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

N8UYB- Program on Screen readers that blind hams use
AA8L: Satellite Comm antennas – update

Bringing Eagle Island on the air for IOTA

Soldering projects: KD8LZT will contact the person who gave a great soldering project at the Kalamazoo meeting recently and try to schedule them for the new year

Meeting closed @ 8:15 P M Respectfully submitted Linda S. Burd – KD8FLQ – Club Secretary
PLEASE NOTE: Please send any comments to wb3lhu@gmail.com

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