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FLARC General Meeting Minutes May 18th, 2021 via Zoom

Presentation/Program-  Cancelled- Program on  electromagnetic compatibility  by Kermit Carlson W9XA was cancelled today  due to a conflict that came up in his schedule the day before

Business Meeting:

Called to order  by: Thomas AC9BJ           

Meeting Minutes  recorded by :Carolyn NQ9A

April meeting minutes read by Carolyn NQ9A- no corrections

 Treasurers’ report : Andy AC9CB  -via e-mail  FLARC Account Balance $ 6339.17. Recent transactions include:Dues received and WI State  Annual  report  $10 filing fee  

Bragging:

Nick N9STF    Got a PGXL amplifier 1500 watts,  for 160 to 6 meters

Barry K8SD    Made contacts with stations in Kuwait and Kazakhstan  via FT8 on 17meters with  40 watts

Bob WA9D     Got a 5 dollar kit  to make white noise

Mark N9WIB   1)He has created a You tube series –for the  Technician class – 20 chapters , 20 -30 min –Available at  Radiosignals.org.

2)He bought new Yaesu FTM-400

Carlie  KD9CZG Received QSL confirmation  10 m beacon Merced ,California from KO6BB 2018

Q and A discussion

Nick  N9STF asked where Mark  N9WIB  bought his radio FT-400M

Lloyd- what band does it cover. 2m 440 extended receive , analog, digital

9700 Yaesu all mode , all bands-

Dan KD9PCB asking about what public service events are planned

  • Horribly hilly Hundred- Aug 28th , 2021  
  • The Ride -Sept. 26 th , 2021
  • Chicago Marathon 10 , 11 , 2021– leave 2 am in the morning – mile number 5-
  • Bike the Barns – nothing scheduled-virtual-fare share CSA coalition
  • Trek 100

Public service events are listed on the Daneares.org website

  • Field day last full weekend  in June – This year  the Field day Planning Committee meeting will be deciding on 5-22 if we can go ahead with field day

Nick  N9STF –Madison Amateur Radio discord. Server group–Invitation is https://discord.gg/CBAvGKgs

Carolyn NQ9A  announcement-Ham radio Net -Thursday Nights 8 pm   on the 147.15 MARA repeater W9HSY

New members!

  • Bruce Baranski-K9BGB -interest in DX -just retired
  • Dan KD9PCB – got Tech last Feb -has HTs, Thomas AC9BJ said mobile radios available for public service events
  • Tom Martin KC9PGD– general class -lives in Mount Horeb -
  • Bob Rabin- KA5MIZ. Research meteorologist – NOAA – in Oklahoma- and works with UW in Madison-weather satellites, experimental work with weather stations- transmit data via digital modes . Tapper goes on raspberry pi to transmit WSPR – seeing if he can use for other digital modes

 Upcoming meeting /programs:

Tuesday June 15th, 2021              Meeting at Badger Prairie Park -        Program -Show and tell – bring whatever you are working on

Tuesday July 20th, 2021               Presenter-Scott Strain  KC9TTF        Topic- Digital Mobile Radio

FLARC General Meeting Minutes April 20th, 2021 via Zoom

Program:Nano VNA.  Presenter :Nick N9STF  Nick Jungels, N9STF, has been working in and around electronics for 25 years. He has held positions working as a designer on cellular IC chipsets, high speed optical networking devices, equipment for cinema and broadcast television production, database acceleration, and most recently gets to make radios at Flex Radio writing the digital logic inside of FPGAs and software for the radios. He lives in Mount Horeb with his wife and 4 daughters and new dog.

Business Meeting:

Called to order  by: Thomas AC9BJ           

Meeting Minutes  recorded by :Carolyn NQ9A

March minutes read by Carolyn NQ9A- no corrections

Treasurers’ report : Andy AC9CB  

FLARC Account Balance $ 6329.17 Recent transactions include:Dues received (less Paypal fees) . The WI State  Annual  report filing is due June 30th. This will be completed in the next few days and Includes a 10$ filing fee.

BRAGGING/Upgrades and Call Sign Changes:

Marc N9WIB -got new antenna

Ted K9IMM -awards for 2 contests

1) placed first for the 2020 ARRL 160m contest

2) 2021 ARRL DX  Contest placed 1st  Wisconsin, and 2nd for W9 area

 VE Report-No VE sessions held at this time

Upcoming Classes-none-due to Covid-19 restrictions

Q and A discussion

  • Kyle KD9RBV- looking for problem solving for RF interference with WIFI
  • Lloyd N9LB did presentation for the Madison DX Club on Lightning Protection for Amateur radio stations—can find it on the Madison DX Club Website-
  • Lloyd N9LB worked Uraguay and Chile on 6 meters with a 6 element yagi , 800 watts
  • Ted K9IMM worked 6 m on FT8 200 watts , 5 element home brew Yagi -at 95 feet

Future presentations- Announcements

May 18, 2021  Meeting  Kermit Carlson-W9XA (Director ARRL Central Division )

June 15, 2021 Meeting Ham radio Show and Tell

  • In person
  • Badger Prairie County Park shelter (where we hold Field day)
  • Social distancing and masks will be required
  • Bring that new doodad you’ve been working on to discuss with the club

 

 

 

Four Lakes Amateur Radio Club Monthly Meeting via Zoom

Tuesday May 17, 2022 7:30 pm CDT  

  Order of the meeting:

  • Program-- Bruce Richardson K9FZ/R  Getting Started in VHF Roving
  • Brief Business Meeting
  • General Q&A Discussion

If you are interested in coming to the meetings  that we have on Zoom - and you are not a member –Please e-mail Paulette WB9VHF at wb9vhf@gmail.com and she will send you a link

 Previous recordings of programs available – Please e-mail Carolyn NQ9A at nq9a@arrl.net  Programs available include:

March 15 ,2022 Meeting   Sam KG9NG   An Amateur Radio  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.

 

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!