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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Pictures are welcomed – Please contact Robert, KC8USP
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.
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?
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.
Any ideas -!! The club is interested in Your thoughts and suggestions
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)
Meeting closed at 8:55PM local, 0155UTC. Thanks to all who attended
Respectfully submitted – Mike Long, W6RP – Club Secretary