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Upcoming FLARC meeting -3rd Tuesday of the Month via Zoom

Date- Tuesday April 20, 2021 7:30 pm CDT

Meeting will start at 7:30 pm via Zoom

Order of the meeting

  • Program-  Nano VNA  presented by Nick Jungels N9STF
  • Brief Business meeting
  • Q &A discussion

FLARC General Meeting Minutes -March, 2021 via Zoom

Date of meeting – Tuesday 3-16-2021

Called to order at 7:30 pm by: Thomas AC9BJ     

Meeting Minutes  recorded by :Carolyn NQ9A      

Treasurers’ report : Andy AC9CB  

FLARC Account Balance $6285.05

Recent transactions include:

  • Annual liability insurance payment
  • Membership dues, less Paypal fees

Bragging /  Call sign upgrades/changes

Barry   K8SD             Worked Saipan KH0/KC0W  -FT8 on 17 meters

John    ACRE              Worked Australia mobile on  40m SSB

VE Report

No VE Sessions through June -due to Covid-19 restrictions

Upcoming Classes-none-due to Covid-19 restrictions

Presentation/Program

Presenter Robert Rabin    KA5MIZ              

Topic:  Weak Signal Propagation Reporter Network.

Bob is a Research Meteorologist  at the NOAA National Severe Storms Laboratory in Norman, Oklahoma, and an honorary fellow at the Cooperative Institute for Meteorological Satellite Studies  at the University of Wisconsin - Madison. . He  will be discussing using  the Weak Signal Propagation Reporter Network for tracking signals that are received.

Q and A discussion

Continued discussion about WSPR. 

Next Month Presentation-    Tuesday April 20, 2021 7:30 pm

Presenter : Nick Jungels    N9STF             

Topic NanoVNA

Called to order by Frederick W9GOC at 19:30

Minutes read by Matt NM9O, no additions or corrections.

Our current account balance is $5425.48. Recent transactions include dues received. Pending upcoming payments include Field Day park reservation, and insurance premium.

Guests
Laura Jungles here with her dad, wants to be a ham radio operator. This is the first that her dad has heard of this.

Bragging
Carolyn NQ9A worked in RTTY Roundup at Steves, lots of fun, used his Flex SDR.

Stuart got a new Anytone DMR radio for Christmas, so built out a jumbo hotspot using a raspberry pi.

Jim Klas n0s8 TPA paddle for Christmas and a receiving mag loop.

Jeff KC9UNZ is the new Dane County Emergency Coordinator.

VE Report

January - 2 tech, 1 extra

Next session is Feb 1, 2020

It appears that the FCC ULS website may be having technical issues.

Technician Class
March 28-29, 2020 for the next Tech Class.

Announcements

Kathy KB9UAZ has a triband HT and a dual band 2820 for sale.

Winter Field Day

We will be operating from Christiana Township outside of Cambridge.

Old Business
Election for the 2020 Board of Directors.

The results of the election are:

President, Frederick W9GOC
Vice President, Andrew KD9NMN
Treasurer, Andy AC9CB
Secretary, Matt NM9O
Board Members:
Mat KD9DZT
Jeff KC9UNZ
Nick N9STF

Presentation
Thomas AC9BJ, RTL SDR, KerberosSDR.

Called to order at 19:30 by Frederick W9GOC

Minutes
Read by Andy AC9CB, no corrections

Treasurers Report
Andy AC9CB, reports $5,214.45 in our accounts
Recent transactions include dues received.

Guests
Pam Klas N9WPM, wife of Jim.  Tech for about 25 years, originally obtained on a bet.  Recently picked up again and having a blast with D-Star talking around the world.

Bragging
Trevor K3TRE - Made his first DX contact! - OM2VL in Slovenia on 40M with an attic antenna.

Matt KD9DZT worked Pitcairn Islands - 17M and 15M. Also, San Andreas - 17M CW, 15M CW, 15M SSB, and 17M SSB

Barry K8SD worked 5T5AR in Mauritania on 5 different bands, CW, FT8 and SSB

Upgrades
None

VE Report
November 2nd Session - 3 Tech, 1 General

November 10th Session - No attendees

Winter Field Day
Upcoming soon.  Will be at Town of Christiana Town Hall.  Last Weekend in January - 25th and 26th.  Snow or not!

Summer Field Day
Badger Prairie County Park in Verona is reserved for June

Announcements
Meteor Scatter opportunity - Thursday, November 21st ~9:30pm (good site to look for meteor work is pingjockey.net).  Mostly 6M and 2M, but also 220mhz, and possibly 10M.  Mode is MSK144.  Look to the east or south-east.

Holiday Party - December 3rd 7pm to 8:30pm - Attic Angel Community Room
Please complete the Doodle poll or see Andy to RSVP

Nominations for the FLARC board will be open in December and January.  Elections will happen at the January meeting.

Dues for 2020 can be paid now.  See Andy or the website for membership forms.

Paulette is retiring on January 3rd

New Business
Budget Presentation by Andy AC9CB.  We will vote on the proposed budget in December.

Steven KD9MWZ - Question on when we will be holding a General Class.  Answer: we will be looking to hold a class potentially in the first part of the year.  There are two interested here tonight.  We typically want 7 participants, so please recruit friends.

Buck Night
Steven Timm KD9MWZ - Sacagawea

Presentation
K8SD Barry - Yagi Antenna building and MMANA-GAL Basic Antenna Modeling

Called to order at 19:30 by Frederick W9GOC

Minutes
Read by Thomas AC9BJ, no corrections.

Treasurers Report
Andy AC9CB, $5199.45
Recent transactions include dues received and Field Day gas reimbursement.
No pending expenses at this time.

Guests
Clive N9FWF, here for the non-winter.
Merle KD9MXK, new ham.  Recently retired; looking for new challenges.
Andrew KD9NMN, interested in electronics, activating some Summits on the Air.

Bragging
Matt KD9DZT, participated in the WWV anniversary special event, contacted their station on 40CW as well as SSB on a few bands.
Clive K9FWF, picked up a yaesu at the Superfest.  Later got called at home; he won the grand prize: an IC-7300.
Betsy WN9GOC got her first wallpaper for ARRL Diamond Club membership.
Thomas AC9BJ and Carolyn NQ9A placed second in WIPOTA activated parks.

Upgrades
Marshall Alworth KD0PNP, upgraded to Extra and is now AC9VV.

VE Report
Sat Oct 5th: 3 Extra, 1 Technician
2 VE sessions in November.  November 2nd for regular session.
November 10th at 3pm for post-class sessoon

Technician Class
Scheduled for November 9 and 10th, but only one registrant at this time.  Should be listed on ARRL site, as well as W9JZ site.

Announcements
Fox Cities swapfest is Sunday November 3rd - new location in Kaukauna.  http://www.fcarc.club/hamfest.php

Buck Night
Trevor K3TRE received a Susan B Anthony.

Presentation
Bob, WA9D presented on Standing Up for Standing Waves

Called to order at 19:30 by Frederick W9GOC

Minutes
Read by Andy AC9CB, correction - Guest Andrew's suffix is NMN.

Treasurers Report
Andy AC9CB, $5199.45
Recent transactions include Buck Night replenishment, dues received and Field Day gas reimbursement.

Guests
Kevin KD9NMR
Andrew KD9NMN

Bragging
Steve, KD9MWZ made his first DX contact at Field Day - Ontario
Dan Henney, N9EAZ got his 13 Colonies certificate - completed all in one day on phone
Stuart AC9LZ recently worked NU5DE - a Texas Naturist community

Upgrades
Trevor, K3TRE - is now General.  He recently went to Iceland and used his new reciprocal privileges, but was unable to make any contacts via the repeaters

VE Report
Sept 7 - 2 Extras, 1 General and 4 Technician
Sat Oct 5th is our next exam session

Technician Class
Scheduled for November 9 and 10th

Fox Hunt recap
Started 7PM.  Brad was hiding with Carolyn.  Paul and Matthew showed up first at 8:39.  Two more teams showed up a bit later, Trevor gave up and all went to Culvers.
The fox was hiding at the Monona Golf Course parking lot

Announcements
The Ride is this coming Sunday - Kyle Schaefer has an open request for radio operators to assist.  Roster was sent out today, but there are always opportunities to fill in.

A thank you was received from the Bike the Barns for our assistance during their event this past weekend.

Second Annual Wisconsin Parks on the Air will be on this Saturday 11am - 6pm.  There are 72 entities that are eligible to be activated.  Thomas Baden is activating Blue Mounds State Park.  Dan Henney is activating Aztalan State Park as W9A.  Matt and Barry will also be activating various parks.

Superfest coming to Milwaukee - Friday and Saturday the 27th and 28th of September

Belvedere Hamfest is Sunday, September 29th

49 Build is scheduled for September 29th but may be rescheduled

Fox Cities swapfest is Sunday November 3rd - new location in Kaukauna.  http://www.fcarc.club/hamfest.php

Buck Night
Trevor K3TRE has a new shiny Abraham Lincoln

Presentation
Jeff, KC9UNZ presented on WIRES-X

The starting point is at:

First Business Bank

401 Charmany Dr

Madison, WI 53719

Gathering at the site will be from 6:30 pm CDT to 6:45 pm CDT

The hunt starts at 7:00 pm CDT

Note:
· The start time for the fox hunt is 7:00 pm , a half hour earlier than the usual start time of our meetings and-
· There is no FLARC membership meeting at UW Space Place for August because of the foxhunt taking place
This will be a two hour driving hunt - well , shorter if the fox is found before that!

Called to order at 19:39 by Frederick W9GOC

Minutes

Read by Matt NM9O. Updates: Tour de Cure is cancelled, Bike the Barns is in September.

Treasurers Report

Andy AC9CB, $5151.25

Guests
Andrew, KD9NMN
Marshall, KD0PMP
Trevor, K3TRE

Bragging
K8SD worked St. Petersburg, Russia with 2M moon bounce. 100W, pair of 12 element m-squared antennas. He also worked Italy, and England.
Thomas AC9BJ operated Field Day.

VE Report
Sam KG9NG, 6 people in TN at The National Speleological Society. https://caves.org/

July 6, 2019
7 tech, 1 general

Announcements

Circus City Swap Fest in Baraboo, August 24, 2019.

EAA next week, Sam KG9NG.

Buck Night
Trevor now the proud owner of a Susan B. Anthony.

Called to order at 19:30 by Frederick W9GOC.

Minutes
Read by Andy AC9CB, no corrections.

Treasurer's Report
Checking Balance: $4,914.51

Recent Income:
Dues (February 20th Counter Deposit)
$50.00
Dues (March 12th PayPal Transfer)
$45.00

Recent Expenses:
WFD Generator Gas
$11.20
2019 Website Hosting
$68.04
Thank You Card
$2.84
PayPal Fees
$1.91

Pending Expenses:
2018 Website Hosting

I would like to close 2018 finances soon. Please be sure to submit any receipts for reimbursement.

Guests
KB9NIV - Dick
KD9MFZ - John, recently licensed Technician, got interested with using DMR system at work
KD9MRB - Eric, Technician at start of the month, here to learn more. Grandfather was into Amateur Radio. Has Kenwood TS-850 in parent's basement
KD9MRD - Chuck, Inspired by FLARC in the 1960s and a Novice. Came to meet folks
KD9MKM - Fritz, just got his General, no radio yet.
Daniel Arndt, representing himself in regards to food for hamfests/events

Bragging
Nick, KD9MIF contacted New Zealand on Saturday - 6:30AM. Was hearing Australia on 40M SSB and caught a TW call.
Matt, KD9DZT contacted Last Man Standing station via D-Star. Today, Uganda and Togo
Tom Pugh - 40M reached Eastern Europe from Florida

WI QSO Party
4 people participated
Sam reports band conditions were pretty good

Call sign changes and upgrades
Nick, KD9MIF - New Extra this month!!!

VE Report
3 Technician, 1 General and 2 Extra at March session

Upcoming classes
At least 20 people are signed up for the Technician class which will be the last weekend of March - 30-31. We will take all comers, so please

Announcements
Tom Pugh - Has taken volunteer coordination for Horribly Hilly Hundreds - June 15th in Western Dane and Iowa Counties. Please contact Tom Pugh, W9TDP or the club if interested. Equipment is available if you need to borrow.

Sam, Tour de Cure. 27 July. Looking for help as well. Quite a bit flatter course.

Bike the Barns will be happening September 15th (Sunday), but we will not know where it will happen until a bit closer to the event.

MARA Hamfest - April 13, doors open at 8 to noon. Tables are still available. Danny will have food available. VE Testing at 10am.

This Saturday there is a Hamfest in Milwaukee at the Elks Club across from HRO. Doors likely

Buck Night
KA9SRM - Gary

Presentation
Dano's Chef Service - Daniel Arndt local private chef from Stoughton would like to provide service for Field Day and open for other events. Currently catering for the MARA hamfest.
Question - Can you accommodate vegetarian meals? Yes, can do options.
How many meals - Betsy replied Dinner and smaller Breakfast
Funding - over past few years we have asked for $7 per participant to cover costs. Prior to that the club had covered costs fully.
Dano will work on a couple options and get in touch regarding.

Q&A Session
KD9MRD - Question on safety of radio in a car
WA9D - May be doing an antenna party in the near future
KD9MRD - Just put up antenna with wife and had some interesting time communicating how a guy wire works