October 2019 Meeting Minutes

Alliance Amateur Radio Club

October 9, 2019 Meeting Minutes


We need a volunteer to accept the role of Secretary. Our former Secretary is unable to continue in the role for the next fiscal year due to other commitments. At this point, the job is fairly straight forward, and current so it will only require 10 hours per month or less. Anyone willing to accept the Secretary post for the next fiscal year should contact President Ron Rittenhouse (KE8HCY). Read more


        The dinner menu for AARC’s Christmas Dinner is now complete:
The menu includes your choice of either
A) Baked Chicken or
B) Ham Loaf.
Side dishes will include  Scalloped Potatoes, Green Beans, and Garden Salad and Home made Chocolate Cake.
If you need a Gluten Free Meal, let Ron, KE8HCY know and we can discuss the substitute for the chocolate cake or the baked chicken. We do have access to a Gluten free option of the baked chicken.
All paid reservations must be made by Novembers 13th meeting. There will be no at-the-door purchase of the meal, but,you are most welcome to come for the rest of the evening of vocal entertainment provided by Alliance High School Vocal group.
Awards that will be presented include:  “AARC’s Ham of the Year” and recognition of AARC members on projects.
Just a reminder, Casual Business Attire is requested.
Please Remit your check to: Alliance Amateur Radio Club, P.O.Box 3344,  Alliance,Ohio. The cost is $10. per person. Paid reservations will also be taken at our November 13th meeting.
This will be a great event, the Food and Fellowship will be great.
Oh, yes I have been advised that we will have a visitor from the North Pole with treats for All.
The location is First Christian Church 1141 West Beech Street in Alliance, adequate parking (in the small parking lot) near the East Entrance to the church which leads into the Dinner Location in Fellowship Hall of the church.
Ron Rittenhouse KE8HCY
Alliance Amateur Radio Club
Home phone: 330-823-5454 Land Line leave message after announcement


        Tomorrow night Wednesday October 9th is our annual Election Night for AARC. Please make every effort to attend this event. The Trustee's will conduct the election, We need a candidate for Secretary and One(1) Trustee. Our membership roster now stand at Forty Five (45) members. I Hope to see the meeting room packed.

[w8lky] AARC DX Contest

October sure snuck up on me. I forgot to mention that we are once again holding the AARC DX Contest. 
Last Year, we had only one (1) entry, but I’m sure we’ll do better this year   
The contest is open to all current AARC members, and runs from October 1st through March 31st (all dates are UTC). 
Entering could not be simpler. Just work DX as you normally do; any band or mode. 
In April, export your contacts to a ADI file, and send it to me for scoring purposes. We only need contacts from October 1st – March 31st. 
NOTE: we have to have at least two entries for there to be a winner announced. 
An ADI file is easy to create; most logging programs will handle it, and if you have questions, I’ll be happy to assist you. 
Thanks & 73,
John, KD8MQ 

[w8lky] Club programs for 2020

Hi everyone,

Well it’s getting to be that time again. I will be soon working on programs for club meetings in 2020.

I have some great ideas from a list that everyone gave me a few years ago, but I’m open to suggestions for other programs as well. Do you have an idea?

Email me at kd8mq1@gmail.com. 


Thanks, & 73,


John, KD8MQ 

[w8lky] Newest AARC members and their call signs

        In the past week or so, our newest members;Ken Moats, Jeremy Toole Sr. and Gwen Snyder have received their call signs. Ken is KE8NAT, Jeremy Sr, is KE8NAU And Gwen Snyder is KE8NAV. Frank WA8WHP is working to get them "on air". We hope  they will join us for Breakfast October 5th, 8:30am at Don Poncho's and then the following Wednesday night October 9th for our monthly meeting at Aultman Alliance Community Hospital Cafe' Cafeteria Conference Room at 7:30pm. We would like to create a Mentoring program for our new members who complete the course work and pass their Tech License. Once all the new members and one renewal are processed, into our membership, AARC will stand at Forty Four (44) members.

[w8lky] Power Point Presentation Event– Monday Night September 30, 2019

      The Alliance Amateur Radio Club  in conjunction with the Alliance Historical Society will present the Revised AARC Power Point Presentation at Rodman Public  Library Auditorium September 30th at 7PM. We have added a few slides on the history of Radio and the Antenna installation for the Two Meter(2) at the new site. It would be nice to have a few of our members in the audience. I would like a few of you on the air, I will try to contact you during the presentation to demonstrate how Ham Radio works. I will try the Two Meter(2) and 440 machine during the presentation time of 7pm-8pm on Monday night September 30th.

[w8lky] KD8VT turns 60

Spread the word!! This Thursday, KD8VT turns the big 6-0! So, we are having a get together at Mission BBQ for him!! Arrive around 1830 hrs and stay as long as u want!!!! Come get dinner and get some cake!!

any questions? Call me or text me

[w8lky] Welcome our New Members and one Renewal

     It was a great day for AARC on Saturday 9/21/19. We gained three(3) new members who successfully passed their Technician License exam in the conference room where we meet each month, plus a renewal of a member on the same day.
      Our new members include: Kenny Moats who works at SES as an Inspector and he lives in Alliance. Jeremy Toole (SR.) who works as an Terminal Technician for Marathon Petroleum and lives in Alliance. Gwen Snyder who is  a clerk for USPS, She works in the Alliance Post Office and lives in Hartville. Many thanks to Rex (NX8G) and his crew of VE's who administered the testing. Special thanks to Frank (WA8WHP) AARC's training officer for a great job in conducting the Training Classes these past 12 weeks. Special thanks to Chris (AC8VN), John (KD8MQ) and Ron (KE8HCY) for their assistance and class room teaching. We have a couple of more candidates who will eventually get their license in the near future and some of our new members are working on their General licenses.
      Shawn (KD8ZEZ) also renewed his membership in AARC, he has a General License and loves DX, contests and was a main stay in our Field Day Projects. 
     We would like to see several  AARC Members step forward and become a mentor to one of our new members,please contact me if you are interested. I believe a mentoring program for our new members would greatly enhance our Licensing Class process from licensing classes to new licensed radio operator to a confident Ham Operator.   Suggestions  from all club members are always welcome.


      Yes indeed, it's going to be a great weekend (September 21-22, 2019) for AARC.
      First we begin with the very successful completion of Licensing Classes by Frank (WA8WHP).  Testing for Tech and other Licensing will commence at 5 PM this Saturday September 21st in the conference room near the CAFE' Cafeteria in Aultman Alliance Community Hospital, Testing is open to anyone, the fee is $15. cash only, no credit cards or checks. I will be there on behalf of AARC to welcome them to the 750,000 plus amateur radio operators in the United States of America. I will ask them to complete an application for membership in AARC, the first year is commentary for those completing the course work they attended sponsored AARC Licensing Classes.
    Second, we are finally going to complete the long awaited installation(weather permitting) of the new Two (2) Meter antenna Two Hundred Fifty (250) feet above the ground or about 1,550 feet above Sea Level. This is a "closed work session" for only those who have been invited. A visitation time to the site, will be scheduled at a later time for the members of the Club. According to John (KD8MQ), the Two (2) Meter Repeater will be off the Air this Sunday(September 22nd) and should be back on the air sometime later in the day.
   This is going to be a great weekend in the history of AARC, Thanks to all who have made this possible, and the past administration of AARC's past president Paul (K2ASA).