Alliance Amateur Radio Club
July 10, 2019 Meeting Minutes
The club is accepting donations to help offset the cost of the 2 meter relocation. You can make checks payable to the Alliance Amateur Radio Club: Donation to the Repeater Fund. We are now officially a 501C-3 Non-profit organization, which would make your donations possible for a tax write-off. We are currently working on the donation tax forms and will have them soon.
Well, we didn’t set the world on fire from a operating perspective, but I had fun, and I think a lot of folks did as well.
If I do this next year, I’ll need to rely more on everyone for loading/unloading. I am not one who asks for help easily, but I have 360-some days to work on that, right?
SO on to the results. We made 139 contacts; all phone.
The top operator this year is Shawn, KD8ZEZ, with Doug, KB8DNQ following close behind.
Rick, KC8SUI, with help from Shawn’s son Ian keep t the fire going for the entire weekend.
Kudos to Ian, and Shawn who stayed up all night defending the site from hoards of Killer Raccoons.
Thanks to Heath, KE8KAV, for orchestrating the food. Special mention to Paul, K2ASA for preparing the pulled pork.
We got 1150 bonus points this year; only missing a few. In talking last night to Brian, AC8RV who called with some traffic for me, we now know how to kill it in the traffic handling categories next year.
The results have been checked, and submitted to the ARRL.
Many thanks to all who came out to the site.
John Myers, KD8MQ email@example.com
I just made a visit to the field day site. It’s still a bit wet. But, I’m hopeful that it will be usable for This weekend.Granted we still have some rain in the forecast between now and tomorrow night. But, unless we get a reign of biblical proportions, I’m hoping we’ll be OK.As far as parking, your best bet is to park on Highground. Don’t try to park down near the pavilion, or you will not be happy. The best place I found to park was either on a camping space, or a little bit past the pavilion. park on the left side of the road up towards the dormitory. PS, if you’re coming to help set up tomorrow night bring your boots! John, KD8MQ
No doubt you are also wondering about the weather conditions at Sebring camp.
I’m going to do a walk-around tonight at the camp to make sure that we will be OK for this weekend. I’ll post more info as needed.
John Myers, KD8MQ firstname.lastname@example.org
June 16 Update
Here’s an update for next weekends ARRL Field Day.
WEATHER – That Is surely on everyone’s mind this weekend. Looking ahead to next Saturday, the weekend looks sort of dry. Unfortunately the days leading up to then have a almost daily chance of rain.
I’ll be walking the site Thursday, or Friday, and we have plans to stake off any overly muddy spots with caution tape. Please plan to exercise caution when choosing your parking spots to we don’t tear up the grass.
CHECK-IN STATION – Since the 2 Meter repeater will not be completed by Field day, we will be monitoring both the 2M & the 440 machine throughout the weekend. Plans are afoot to mount the check-in antenna a bit higher than in years past, in order to get a better shot at the machine.
STATIONS – we’ll be running the club rigs, plus Doug, KB8DNQ has offered use of his rig.
The laptops have been programmed with the latest version of the logging software.
SATURDAY BREAKFAST –We’ll be meeting at McDonalds on East State St (Across from Memorial Park) at 9 AM Saturday.
SATURDAY LUNCH – Around Noon – 1 PM, we’ll order pizza.
SATURDAY DINNER – Around 5 PM, we’ll have a carry in dinner. The menu this year includes Pulled pork, and hot dogs. Everyone should plan to bring something to share.
GOTA – No GOTA station has been planned. Since the intent of GOTA is for a new, or inactive Ham to handle this, I’ll leave that up to whoever wants to do it. No one has stepped up yet.
BONUS POINTS – We’ve had a couple folks offer to help with specific bonus point categories.
We can still use some volunteers in the following categories: – Message origination to the SM – Message Handling – Satellite QSO – Educational Activity – Site visitation by an elected official, or representative of an agency – Social Media
We’ll have two donation jars set out this year.
First, there’s the donation jar to help defray the cost of the Field Day weekend, secondly, we will be accepting donations towards the W8LKY Two Meter Repeater project.
DONATING TO EITHER OF THESE FUNDS ARE STRICTLY VOLUNTARY!
So, that is about it for now. I have a couple things I’d like to try this weekend, but we’ll see if time permits.
John, KD8MQ FD Chairman John Myers, KD8MQ email@example.com
June 12, 2019 Annual Cookout Meeting Minutes
The yearly membership renewals were due by March 31. You need to pay your dues for this fiscal year to continue to be a current member in good standing. $15 Sustaining, $10 Full, $5 Associate, $1 Family. You can download the form from the club website (w8lky.org) and mail it to the club P.O. Box listed at the top of the form, or you can attend the next meeting and fill out the form there, and pay your money. The club secretary will have forms for you to use.
The club is accepting donations to help offset the cost of the 2 meter repeater relocation. You can make checks payable to the Alliance Amateur Radio Club: Donation to the Repeater Fund. We are now a 501C-3 Non-profit organization, which would make your donations possible for a tax write-off. We are currently working on the donation tax forms and will have them soon.
Meeting called to order by: President Ron Rittenhouse (KE8HCY)
Devotion led by: Frank Sanor (WA8WHP)
Pledge of Allegiance led by: Tony Schillig (KD8BBK)
16 members present – 11 guests present – at least 2 people left before the start of meeting
Ron Rittenhouse (KE8HCY)
Frank Sanor (WA8WHP)
Doug Matthew (KB8DNQ)
Paul Richardson (K2ASA)
Bob Warner (WB8OVQ)
John Myers (KD8MQ)
Rick Graber (WD8AYC)
Joe Williamson (KE8KZJ)
Peter Lucke (N8IGZ)
Jerry Wheeler (KG8RN)
Tomas St. George (KC8ZEH)
Dave Moreno (KE8JLP)
Dwight Turner (KD8YFV)
Tony Schillig (KD8BBK)
Dave Kleinhans (KE8IYN)
Ben Davis (KD8KMQ)
Rick Smith (KC8SUI)
Andrew Williams (KE8ELR)
James Andrews (KD8VT)
Karen Andrews (N8HUC)
Jennifer Williams (KB3GXB)
5) Treasurer’s Report: Checking $XXXX, Savings $———
6) Review / Approval of May 8, 2019 Meeting Minutes: Reading waived.
7) Officers Reports:
a) President: Ron (KE8HCY) added 4 slides to the Power Point Presentation. He took 3 slides from the ARES Report from the tornado outbreak on Memorial Day. The other slide is from the Mayor’s Proclamation of the week of June 17-23 as Amateur Radio Week for Alliance, Ohio. We will celebrate that with our Summer Field Day in Sebring. We hope to have great attendance for the event. We will be sending out reminder letters to the members who have not paid their membership dues, as our club needs the membership dues to keep running.
b) Vice President: (Doug / KB8DNQ – Andy / AC8JR) Nothing at this time.
c) Secretary: (Dave / KE8JLP) Nothing at this time.
d) Trustees: (Peter / N8IGZ – Howard / K8DXR – Bryan / N8WD) Nothing at this time.
8) Committee Reports:
a) 2 Meter Net (Tomas / KC8ZEH): 5/2 – 10 check-ins, 5/9 – 11 check-ins, 5/16 – 13 check-ins, 5/23 – 12 check-ins, 5/30 – 10 check-ins, 6/6 – 12 check-ins. Hopefully, when we get the repeater up on the tower, we’ll get a lot more check-ins because of the increased range.
b) 10 Meter CW Net (Frank / WA8WHP): We’ve had no recent participation on the CW Net. We need to get more involvement.
c) 10 Meter Sideband Net (John / KD8MQ): Nothing new to report. The band was open very nice last week. We were hearing stations from out west.
d) Homeland Security Net (Lorin / KD8WVE): 6/11 – 8 check-ins, 6/4 – 7 check-ins, 5/28 – barely anyone presumably because of lightening.
e) 2 Meter Repeater (John / KD8MQ): The 2 meter repeater will not be on the tower by field day. We will get everything together and work on it “by invitation only” on our next available weekend. It might not be accomplished in June because of scheduling conflicts. A sample of the type of feed line for the installation was passed around.
f) 440 Repeater (John / KD8MQ): The maintenance on the 440 machine is being pushed forward of the 2 meter tower installation. There were discussions about the need for updated insurance information ASAP.
g) 2019 Field Days (John / KD8MQ): The Summer Field Day starts at 2 P.M. on Saturday and ends at 2 P.M. on Sunday. John would like to meet at Mac Donald’s before heading out to the site. Lunch on Saturday will be from the pizza shop in Sebring, just grabbing some pizzas. Dinner on Saturday night will be pot luck with pulled pork sandwiches. Bring a covered dish. Dinner will be at 6 P.M. on Saturday. Sunday morning breakfast will probably be Mac Donald’s or something like that with a runner going to collect the meals. This year because of time constraints and location, John (KD8MQ) and Tony (KD8BBK) will be pitting up vertical and wire antennas this year. We will be in the Pavilion. There are showers at the location as well as bathrooms. Camping in a camper is available at $15 per night. Pay while you’re there. There will be a caretaker that stops by. They are asking for help in setting up, ranging from organizing equipment to sweeping and mopping. Any help would be appreciated. John said that we will probably start setting up after dinner on Friday and finish the final set up on Saturday before the event officially starts. Contact John or Tony to coordinate any help you can give.
h) Ways & Means (Doug / KB8DNQ – Andy / AC8JR): Discussions were had about the need for smaller Ways & Means projects in the near future that will precede the larger project in the fall.
i) Training Classes (Frank / WA8WHP): Starting on 6 July, at the Alliance City Hospital / Alliance Aultman Hospital in the Café Conference room on the 1st floor, ham radio license classes will be given from 5 P.M. to 7 P.M. for 12 weeks. Participants need to bring a flash drive or an SD card with a storage capacity of 1 GB or more for all of your study materials to be saved onto. This service and materials (except for the flash drive / SD card) are provided for free. All we ask is that you’re dedicated to attending all 12 classes, along with studying.
j) 501C-3: (John / KD8MQ): Other than the workup of the donation letter we’re good to go at this point.
9) Old Business:
a) The AARC’s Power Point Presentation has been updated as mentioned above.
10) New Business:
a) 2019 Carnation Festival Grand Parade: We will be doing the Grand Parade event again this year. The time and date are 9 A.M. to 1:30 P.M. on Aug 10, 2019. Just like last year, we will need 10 people to be set up along the Parade route. Also, just like last year, we will meet up before hand at the Rockhill Elementary School at the south end of Rockhill St. Earlier than the start time for the passing out of an itinerary so you can get to your stations before there’s no room for you.
We are looking for a volunteer to Chair / organize the event. Contact Ron (KE8HCY) if interested.
a) Breakfast: July 6, 2019 8:30 A.M. Don Poncho’s Restaurant 2105 W. State St. Alliance
b) Pre-meeting Dinner: July 10, 2019 5:30 P.M. Don Poncho’s Restaurant 2105 W. State St. Alliance
c) Ron will be giving the PPP June 16, 2019 10 A.M. First Christian Church Alliance
12) Next Meeting Date: July 10, 2019 7:30 P.M. ACH / Café / Conference Room
13) Round Table: Nothing to add.
14) Adjournment: The meeting was adjourned.
15) 50 /50 Drawing: The 50 / 50 drawing was held and the club take was ?