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Program

Presenter:  Dave Olean, K1WHS

Topic: Antenna Stacking with a lively discussion to follow including EME, antenna placement and selecting a good beginner station.

Business Meeting

Called to order by: Thomas AC9BJ  

Sept. 20, 2022 minutes read by: Carolyn NQ9A

Treasurer’s Report:. $6,895.54 includes recent payment for Zoom subscription. We will have a budget presentation next month in advance of vote in December. Renewals for dues will be available both online and via mail starting in November.

VE session: 2 candidates successfully received technician licenses at the Oct. 1st session. Next VE testing session is Sat Nov. 5, 2022 at Space Place

Guests: WE9R, Lyle
KD9VTR, Larry
WB9TFH, Gil

Announcements

During a rare opening in August, Lloyd N9LB worked KL7HBA in Alaska on 6m. This was the final state for Lloyd to complete his Worked All States for 6m. His accomplishment was highlighted in the ARRL's QST "The World Above 50Mhz" column

Upcoming Hamfests and Conventions

 

Madison Area Hams Discord Server -. If you need an invite you can e-mail Marc. N9WIB.  marc@bellazzini.org 

FLARC General Meeting Minutes Tuesday. Sept. 20, 2022 via Zoom

Program-  Sept. 20 , 2022 Meeting

Presenter :  Carl Luetzelschwab, K9LA

Topic : Low band propagation and the advantages of digital modes like JT65 and FT8 over SSB and CW.

Business Meeting:

Called to order  by: Thomas AC9BJ  

Meeting Minutes   recorded by :Carolyn NQ9A

July 19 , 2022   minutes read by: Carolyn NQ9A-

Treasurer’s Report:. $7053.69 includes dues received

VE Report – none

VE session -next VE session next  is Sat Oct. 1, 2022

Guests or non-members: none

Announcements :

Report on August Fox hunt: Thomas AC9BJ was the hider at  8:45 pm  , no one had found the foxhunt, so it  terminated for the evening. No winner .

Public Service Events-

  • Chicago Marathon – Sunday October 9, 2022 -if you are interested in volunteering for ham radio communications contact Tom Pierce WA9CBR email : theps@fastmail.com

Upcoming hamfests –

  • can look online for the ARRL upcoming hamfests: http://www.arrl.org/hamfests/search

Upcoming Conventions:

 

Madison Area Hams Discord Server -. If you need an invite you can e-mail Marc. N9WIB.  marc@bellazzini.org 

Upcoming FLARC Meetings and Programs Scheduled for 2022 :

October 18th , 2022 --  David. Olean K1WHS  will do a presentation ]on maximizing performance when stacking multiple VHF antennas on one mast.

 

The September membership meeting is approaching. Please join us on September 20th in welcoming Carl Luetzelschwab, K9LA, to our club. He will be presenting on low band propagation and the advantages of digital modes like JT65 and FT8 over SSB and CW.

Carl has a long and storied history in amateur radio. He received his novice license in 1961 and has been interested in propagation since attending Purdue University and graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering in 1969 and a Master's Degree in Electrical Engineering in 1972. After school he worked as an RF design engineer for Motorola and Raytheon designing solid state RF power amplifiers.

You may remember his name and call sign from the pages of CQ magazine, where he wrote the monthly Practical Propagation column and continues writing to this day publishing his work online. In 2016 he was appointed ARRL Central Division Vice Director and moved up to Director in 2021. He has served as National Contest Journal editor from 2002 until 2007 and has also published in QST and other publications.

As always we will have the meeting room open early, stop by and chat with other members beforehand. The program will start at 7:30 with a question and answer session for Carl to follow. After this we will have our normal business meeting, discussing activities, events and so forth.

If you would like to attend our Zoom meeting, please email us at zoom@w9jz.org and we will be happy to send you an invitation.

Nicholas Lager, KB9SKW

FLARC General Meeting Minutes Tuesday July 19, 2022 via Zoom

 

Program-  July19, 2022 Meeting –- Program :Portable operating  Presenters : Kevin Shea  N9JKP    Chuck K9KNR    Thomas AB1YW will talk about their portable operating  

Program by :Paulette Quick WB9VHF

Thomas.AB1YW.  https://trm-radio.blogspot.com

https://pota.miraheze.org/wiki/Governor_Nelson_State_Park

Business Meeting:

Called to order  by: Thomas AC9BJ

Meeting Minutes   recorded by :Carolyn NQ9A

May 17, 2022   minutes read by: Carolyn NQ9A-

Treasurer’s Report:. 7, 033 69. Dues Payment system is currently broken and is being worked on . There is. information on what to do in the mean time

Guests.: None

Non members:  None

VE sessions: –report  next one is Sat. Aug 6, 2022

Previous VE sessions report:

June 4th, 2022 : - no information currently

July 2nd, 2022:  2 person and both had  license upgrades

Announcements :

Classes: The Technician Class scheduled for  - Saturday August 6th and  Sunday August 7th has been cancelled due to not enough pariticipants

FLARC Annual Fox Hunt – Tuesday August 16, 2022 7pm

This will be a driving hunt (no on-foot component).

 

The start point is the east end of the parking lot at 401 Charmany Lane.  The transmitter will be somewhere within an eight-mile radius of the start point.

 

We will be transmitting fifteen consecutive seconds of every minute, on 146.565 MHz FM, until all teams have found us, or 9pm, whichever comes first.  After the conclusion of the hunt, we will adjourn to a nearby Culver's for frozen custard and the customary swapping of lies.

 

If you have room for passengers in your vehicle, or wish to be a passenger in somebody else's vehicle, then please arrive at the start point around 6:30 to allow time to sort that out, or make arrangements beforehand.

 

 

Thomas- AB1YW  parks on the air summer sport 2 activations this past weekend ----

Thomas Will be operating in  Halifax, Nova Scotia,  early part of August –see information on the  discord server -  mobile internet –parks around Halifax     Fiber glass - --

 

Matt  NM9O got some  wall paper but has not opened the envelope to see what it is

Public Service Events-

Dairyland Dare Sat. Aug 6.   Contact  looking for volunteers – Luke Ziobro   aulziobro@gmail.com

 

Chicago Marathon – Sunday October 9, 2022 -if you are interested in volunteering for ham radio communications contact Tom pierce WA9CBR   email : theps@fastmail.com

Bike the Barns  contact- Jeff KC9UNZ  kc9unz@arrl.net

Horribly Hilly Hundred bike ride –in June - went well staffed

Upcoming hamfests – can look online for the ARRL upcoming hamfests: http://www.arrl.org/hamfests/search

Upcoming Conventions:

Central States convention  -VHF  convention Lacrosse, WI   July 22-23h     https://2022.csvhfs.org/

 

W9DXCC.  https://w9dxcc.com    

Friday, September 16th, 2022 (DX & Contest Universities)
Saturday, September 17th, 2022 (W9DXCC Convention & Banquet)

 

Madison Area Hams Discord Server -. If you need an invite you can e-mail Marc. N9WIB.  marc@bellazzini.org 

 

 

Upcoming FLARC Meetings and Programs Scheduled for 2022 :

 

August 16, 2022 -Annual Fox Hunt -see above  

FLARC General Meeting Minutes Tuesday May 17, 2022 via Zoom

Program-    May 17, 2022 Meeting Bruce Richardson W9FZ/R "Getting Started in VHF Roving"

Rover talk Resources:    https://www.w9fz.com/rovertalkresources.html

Power Point    https://w9fz.com/ham/FLARC_RoverTalk22.pptx

Business Meeting:

Called to order  by: Sam KG9NG

Meeting Minutes   recorded by :Carolyn NQ9A

April 19 2022   minutes read by: Carolyn NQ9A-

Treasurer’s Report:. none  

 

VE session Report for -May 7th,2022  -There very good turnout with 12 people coming to take tests with licensed issued for Technician, general and extra -Several people passed both their Technician and General tests.

Classes: There will be a Technician Class held - Saturday August 6th and  Sunday August 7th with a VE session after  contact Paulette Quick WB9VHF   wb9vhf@gmail.com

Announcements :

Public Service Events:   

Horribly Hilly Hundred biking event  on June 18, 2022  -Tom W9TDP still looking for a couple ham radio operators  for communications-  contact Tom Pugh W9TDP: w9tdp@arrl.net

 Upcoming hamfests –You  can look online for the ARRL upcoming hamfests: http://www.arrl.org/hamfests/search

Upcoming Conventions:

Central States convention  -VHF  convention Lacrosse, WI   July 22-23h     https://2022.csvhfs.org/

Dayton  Hamvention https://hamvention.org

  • Four Days in May QRP at the Dayton Hamvention May 20-22, Dayton, Ohio
  • Contest University at the Dayton Hamvention  Thursday May 18th from 7:00 AM to 5:00 PM https://www.contestuniversity.com

Madison Area Hams Discord Server -. If you need an invite you can e-mail Marc. N9WIB.  marc@bellazzini.org 

Upcoming FLARC Meetings and Programs Scheduled for 2022 :

June  21, 2022 Fox hunt on foot –No general meeting this month . There will be a fox hunt on foot at Badger Prairie Park lead by Nicholas Lager KB9SKW . Two transmitters will be hidden.

July 19 2022 Meeting –- Program :Portable operating  Presenters : Kevin Shea  N9JKP, Chuck  Cushing K9KNR and  Thomas  Murphy AB1YW will talk about their portable operating  

August 16, 2022 -Annual Fox Hunt -in cars-  no general meeting this month

FLARC General Meeting Minutes Tuesday April 19, 2022 via Zoom

Program-    April 19, 2022 Meeting   Rich KG0XO Operating HF From a Small Lot in the Noisy (and Sometimes Crabby) Suburbs.  

Business Meeting:

Called to order  by: Thomas AC9BJ

Meeting Minutes   recorded by :Carolyn NQ9A

March 15 2022   minutes read by: Carolyn NQ9A-  

VE sessions Paulette WB9VHF –VE sessions April 2 -   3 candidates -   it went successfully.  3 new Technicians

Classes: Paulette WB9VHF  is organizing a Technician class at UW Space place – date to be announced

Guests :  1)Markus Schumann KD9UWG. 2)Connie Muskavitch  KA9YYP

Bragging :

Paulette WB9VHF  Ozark Con Branson , MO – built an electronic. key , won a radio -  .  Xiegu G90

Thomas AB1YW   Parks on the Air support your parks. Event    Spring event  4 activations in 3 parks-  

Announcements :

Public Service Events::  Horribly Hilly Hundred –ride looking for ham radio operators  for communications-   Tom W9TDP June 18 bike event all VHF   w9tdp@arrl.net

Thomas AC9BJ :Upcoming hamfests:
Ozaukee Radio Club Spring Swapfest -Cedarburg. 4-30-2022
Arrowhead RAC Hamfest Superior -5- 7 -2022

Lyons  Freefest  6-11-2022
Sunshine Swapfest  Kaukauna 6-18-2022
South Milwaukee ARC Hamfest Oak Creek 7-9-2022

Circus city Swapfest Baraboo  8-27-2022
Chippewa Valley 08/28/2022 – 

 

Upcoming Conventions:

Central States convention  -vhf convention lacrosse  July 22-23h Radisson central states VHF - La Crosse , Wi https://2022.csvhfs.org/

Upcoming Contests:

Spring sprintsi-VHF-https://sites.google.com/site/springvhfupsprints/home/2022-information?authuser=0

 

    1. 144 MHz Monday April 11, 2022 0700 - 1100 PM Local
    2. 222 MHz Tuesday April 19, 2022 0700 – 1100 PM Local
    3. 432 MHz Wednesday April 27, 2022 0700 – 1100 PM Local
    4. Microwave Saturday May 7, 2022 0800 AM – 0200 PM Local
    5. 50 MHz Saturday May 14, 2022 2300z through Sunday May 15, 2022 0300z

Madison Area Hams Discord Server -. If you need an invite you can e-mail Marc. N9WIB.  marc@bellazzini.org 

Upcoming Programs Scheduled for 2022 :

May 17, 2022 Meeting Bruce Richardson W9FZ/R "Getting Started in VHF Roving"

June  21, 2022 Meeting –Meet at Badger Praiirie-show and tell

 July 19 2022 Meeting –Operating Portable radio – featuring 4 amateur radio operators 

FLARC General Meeting Minutes Tuesday March 15, 2022 via Zoom

Program-    A Special Event Station for a Caving Convention Sam Rowe KG9NG https://nss2022.caves.org/

Business Meeting:

Called to order  by: Thomas AC9BJ

Meeting Minutes   recorded by :Carolyn NQ9A

February 15 2022   minutes read by: Carolyn NQ9A-

Treasurer’s Report: Andy AC9CB. Our current account balance is $7,038.69.  Recent transactions include payment of our liability insurance, dues received and a $600 bequest from Bonnie Bachmann remembering silent key Terry Bachmann.  

Announcements:

FLARC related events coming up or status-

  • Programs - Thomas AC9BJ - Programs -if you have a topic you would like to see presented or you are interested in presenting a programs  you can e-mail  Thomas  Ac9bj@arrl.net   
  • VE sessions: Bob WA9D –VE sessions are restarting on April 2  at 8 am . they are taking walk ins .  They will be at UW  Space Place  at 2300 S. Park St . They will the  COVID-19 guidelines in effect at UW space place at that time.
  • Classes: Paulette WB9VHF will be talking to the other instructors and look into having a Technician class at UW Space Place.  BoB WA9D- mentioned if the class is scheduled at the beginning of July or after –there will be new slides for the new Technician class question pool and he is working on them

Terry Bachmann  W9UX. Silent Key - – former FLARC member that retired to Texas is a silent Key

Wi QSO party-Operating

  1. Thomas AB1YW 22 ph Q’s, x2 QRP, x10 location, +500 operating Iowa county; successful activation of park K-1441 and summit W9/WI-010. 940 points https://trm-radio.blogspot.com/2022/03/parks-on-air-oops-radar-k-1459-lake.html
  2. Eldon NK9U.  5-6 hours.  
  3. Thomas AC9BJ 191 contacts 23000 points
  4. Paulette WB9VHF 12 contacts
  5. Carolyn NQ9A 235 contacts 40 m 80 m  SSB  around 23000 points
  6. Sam KG9NG operated

Thomas AB1YW. Discord Server-– Madison Area Hams discord server -. If you need an invite  you can e-mail Marc. N9WIB.  need an invite n9wib – e-mail  marc@bellazzinni.org

Marc N9WIB – has full Tech class lectures on  his  web site radiosignals.org

Carolyn NQ9A.    Jefferson Hamfest   is March 27, 2022  https://www.w9mqb.org

Lloyd  N9LB. –Central States convention  -vhf convention lacrosse  July 22-23h Radisson central states VHF - lacrosse , wi https://2022.csvhfs.org/

Lloyd N9LB- Spring sprints information for VHF -https://sites.google.com/site/springvhfupsprints/home/2022-information?authuser=0

 

    1. 144 MHz Monday April 11, 2022 0700 - 1100 PM Local
    2. 222 MHz Tuesday April 19, 2022 0700 – 1100 PM Local
    3. 432 MHz Wednesday April 27, 2022 0700 – 1100 PM Local
    4. Microwave Saturday May 7, 2022 0800 AM – 0200 PM Local
    5. 50 MHz Saturday May 14, 2022 2300z through Sunday May 15, 2022 0300z

Thomas AC9BJ - KA9YYP  Connie -  is a ham that may come to our meetings in the future  - she wants to upgrade her ham radio knowledge

Upcoming Meetings/Programs :

  • April 19, 2022 Meeting Rich KG0XO Operating HF From a Small Lot in the Noisy (and Sometimes Crabby) Suburbs.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FLARC General Meeting Minutes Tuesday February 15, 2022 via Zoom

 

Program-    Solar Indices Marc Bellazzini N9WIB

Business Meeting:

Called to order  by: Thomas AC9BJ

Meeting Minutes   recorded by :Carolyn NQ9A

January 18, 2022   minutes read by: Carolyn NQ9A

 

New board members are:

President: Thomas AC9BJ

Secretary: Carolyn NQ9A

Treasurer-Andy AC9CB

Board members-1)Sam KG9NG.   2)Paulette WB9VHF.  3)Nicholas KB9SKW

Bragging:

1)Winter Field Day Operation:

  • Thomas AB1YW  operated 2.5 hours outside at Hoyt Park-15 contacts.    4 POTA hunting contacts- 

https://trm-radio.blogspot.com/2022/01/one-oscar-wiskey-india-1o-wisconsin.html

  • WB9VHF Operated  3 hours 10 contacts     indoor from home
  • Carolyn NQ9A  Operated  8 hours.   114 contacts indoor from home
  • Thomas AC9BJ  Operated most of the  contest time – had 207 contacts. indoor from home

2)Thomas AB1YW POTA  activation k1452- Governor Nelson 2-14-2022 - 19 contacts including 3 park to park  contacts

https://trm-radio.blogspot.com/2022/02/parks-on-air-first-run-at-k-1452.html      

Announcements:

Thomas AC9BJ  Wisconsin QSO party  is March 13, 2022  from  1pm to 8 pm CST  (1800Z March 13, 2022  to 0100Z March 14 )

Wisconsin QSO Party Website  https://www.warac.org/wqp/wqp.htm.   Bob W9EWZ  encouraged members to operate.  

Mike KD9BDL Jefferson county swapfest fairgrounds scheduled for March 20th , 2022 may need to change location and date  as they were accidentally  double booked at the Fairgrounds  . The  W9MQB.org website will have updated information on this change –   https://www.w9mqb.org/

Upcoming Meetings/Programs :

  • March 15 ,2022 Meeting Sam KG9NG A Special Event Station for a Caving Convention
  • April 19, 2022 Meeting Rich KG0XO Operating HF From a Small Lot in the Noisy (and Sometimes Crabby) Suburbs.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FLARC General Meeting Minutes Tuesday January 18, 2022 via Zoom

Program-    Antique Tube Radio Restoration interfaced with I-devices- blue tooth , I pad, iPhone presented by Phil Carlson WB0CLI 

Business Meeting:

Called to order  by: Thomas AC9BJ

Meeting Minutes   recorded by :Carolyn NQ9A

December 21, 2021   minutes read by: Carolyn NQ9A-

Nominations for 2022 FLARC Board of Directors -nominations were completed and approved. Jeff KC9UNZ will obtain the completed ballot from Carolyn NQ9A . Andy AC9CB  will send the list of current FLARC members to Jeff KC9UNZ. Jeff will send a  ballot of the Board of Directors nominees to the current members of FLARC to be  voted on by a date at the end of January ,2022.

 

President –

Thomas AC9BJ

Vice President-no nominees

Secretary Carolyn NQ0A

Treasurer-

Andy AC9CB

Board members-

Sam KG9NG

Paulette WB9VHF

Nicholas KB9SKW

Treasurers’ report from  Andy AC9CB  :no treasurers report  available

Bragging/Activities people have been participating in:

Thomas-AB1YW- Thomas successfully borrowed Nicholas’ antenna for his trip to his parents’ place back in Maine, achieving 2 DX (Canada - POTA activators, French Guiana - TO60CNES special event), POTA Silver Hunter award (20 entities hunted), and POTA New Year hunter award (contact an entity in the first week of the UTC year, done at 2022-01-01 0024Z). For a total of 31 logged contacts at 5W from his FT-818nd.

Announcements

Thomas W9TDP -The Horribly Hilly Hundreds is scheduled for June 18. Go to dane ares.org and look for the Public Service Events, for Horribly Hilly event, Thomas ‘s name is  listed  as the contact  Thomas Pugh W9TDP. There is a hyperlink to his arrl.net email address so you can volunteer early.

Jeff KC9UNZ-   Jeff, KC9UNZ has set up a Remote RF Linked Repeater with the MARA 147.150 repeater. Internet is not available at the WMTV repeater site and Yaesu provides a way for a remote node to provide internet connectivity for an otherwise unconnected Fusion Repeater. You are invited to connect and experiment with WIRES-X connectivity. Since it is operating in an FM Mode (Not digital) you do not need a WIRES-X radio to connect. The only requirement is a radio that will generate DTMF signals. Please announce that you will be testing WIRES-X so other users are not surprised by the DTMF tones and please read the notes at https://w9hsy.org/2022/01/14/wires-x-testing-underway/ for further information. Please drop a note to kc9unz@arrl.net if they are having any trouble or to let us know how it worked for them

Thomas AC9BJ - Winter Field Day is January 29-30 from 1pm CST Saturday to 1pm CST Sunday (1900Z Saturday to 1900Z Sunday).  Winter Field Day Website   https://www.winterfieldday.com   

 Members of FLARC will be participating in Winter Field day this year at home. You can list FLARC as your Club on  your Winter Field day log submission listing it as  Four Lakes ARC

Nicholas KB9SKWWisconsin QSO party  is March 13, 2022  from  1pm to 8 pm CST  (1800Z March 13, 2022  to 0100Z March 14 ).   Wisconsin QSO Party Website:  https://www.warac.org/wqp/wqp.htm

Upcoming Meetings/Programs :

  • February 15, 2022 Meeting Marc N9WIB   Solar Indices
  • March 15 ,2022 Meeting Sam KG9NG Sam KG9NG  A Special Event Station for a Caving Convention
  • April 19, 2022 Meeting Rich KG0XO Operating HF From a Small Lot in the Noisy (and Sometimes Crabby) Suburbs.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FLARC General Meeting Minutes Tuesday December 21, 2021 via Zoom

 Business Meeting:

Called to order  by: Thomas AC9BJ

Meeting Minutes  recorded by :Carolyn NQ9A

November 16  2021  minutes read by: Carolyn NQ9A-

Business Items

1)Andy AC9CB presented the FLARC 2022 budget to be voted on as presented at the November meeting -.The budget was voted on by the members present at the meeting and passed as presented

2)Nominations for 2022 FLARC Board of Directors

President –

Thomas AC9BJ

Treasurer-

Andy AC9CB

Board members-

Sam KG9NG

Paulette WB9VHF

Nicholas KB9SKW

Completion of nominations will be at the January 18, 2022 meeting and will be voted on by ballot. A quorum will need to be present at the January meeting to complete the nominations for the FLARC Board of Directors ballot to go out for voting .It is encouraged that members be present at this  meeting to ensure there is a quorum for the votes.

Treasurers’ report from  Andy AC9CB  : FLARC Account Balance:  $6552.16 Recent transactions  include dues received .

Bragging/Activities people have been participating in

Marshall AC9VV         Marshall received an ARRL certificate  10 year certificate  for membership

Nicholas KB9SKW      Nicholas turned on his radio  for the first time in 3 years

Thomas AC9BJ          Thomas participated in the CQ WW DX contest last month and it helped him get  up to 71 countries–towards his DXCC 

Announcements

Sam KG9NG - Zilch- Zilch is a Madison area group of hams that  discusses ham radio topics and radio topics in general Zilch Meets weekly:1)Wednesdays at  9:00 am –meeting on Zoom –meets for 40 minutes  2)Saturdays at  10:30  am – meets in person at the Village Green in Middleton for breakfast  in person   from 10:30 am to 11:30 am and you can also join by Zoom (Zoom not at all events).Note: Saturday 12-25-2021 - Christmas day  the group will meet at 10:30 am on Zoom  if you are interested in being on the e-mail list for weekly meeting , you can e-mail Sam KG9NG  at kg9ng@arrl.net   

Thomas AB1YW  Madison Amateur Radio Discord Group -If you would like to join the Madison Amateur Radio discord group on the discord server - link This is a group of Madison area hams – general topics and staying in touch through a persistent chat room . Please ask at a FLARC meeting for an invitation to the group

 Waukesha Hamfest – Waukesha Hamfest for 2022 has been cancelled

Q and A discussion topics -

Thomas AC9BJ -Discussed audio interface capabilities between radio and Zoom . Discussion on different types of mixers used.

Thomas AB1YW – asked for suggestions for antennas that can go into trees 

Upcoming Meetings/Programs :

  • January 18 2022. Meeting – Phil Carlson WB0CLI  - Antique Tube Radio Restoration interfaced with I-devices- blue tooth , I pad, iPhone,
  • February 15, 2022 Meeting Marc N9WIB   Solar Indices
  • March 15 ,2022 Meeting Sam KG9NG Sam KG9NG A Special Event Station for a Caving Convention
  • April 19, 2021 Meeting  Rich KG0XO Operating HF From a Small Lot in the Noisy (and Sometimes Crabby) Suburbs