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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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”
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.
Any ideas -!! The club is interested in Your thoughts and suggestions
AA8L: Satellite Comm antennas – update
Bringing Eagle Island on the air for IOTA
Meeting closed @ 9:19P M Thanks to all who attended
Respectfully submitted – Mike Long, W6RP – Club Secretary