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Called to order at 19:32 by Frederick W9GOC

Treasurers Report

$4571.25 current balance. Anyone with outstanding


Patrick KA1RB, lives just south of Oconomowoc. Don conned him into being the section manager, and for some reason
he is doing it again.

Lloyd N9LB, 1st place in January VHF contest for 2017 for Wisconsin.

VE Report

February 3rd: 6 tech, 4 general, 2 passed extra, one had to check felony and has not followed up.
Next test on the 25th at the tech class.

March 3rd is next normal test.

Technician Class

February 24-25, 2018. 7 people signed up. The question pool is changing in June, if people are working on getting
the tech license, do so before the pool changes.

Wisconsin QSO Party, March 11, 2018.
Jefferson Hamfest on March 18th, 2018.
MARA Hamfest, which is now ARRL affiliated will be in April 7, 2018. In Stoughton, Jeff KC9UNZ is the volunteer chairman if one would like to volunteer. Those that have had a table in the last three years should be receiving a notification in the mail.

Old Business
Paulette WB9VHF asked about our ARRL status, we are waiting for some paperwork to be sent.

Winter Field Day
Barry K8SD used a microphone. And a straight key, stats are available on the club website.

We passed out the budget proposal.

Buck Night
Betsy WN9GOC

Called to order by Frederick W9GOC at 19:30.

Frederick W9GOC is looking for signatures to nominate our current section manager, Patrick, for another term.


Read by Matt NM9O, question regarding the nomination for President, AC9BJ was removed at his request.


Barry K8SD, went up to Blue Mounds in November and worked CQWW CW. Worked Guam, Japan and many other countries.
Had a great time. Used an IC-7300 and an 80M endfed halfwave. 10, 15, 40, and 80M.

VE Report

Ron K2VB, wants to thank Carolyn NQ9A for covering for him at the beginning of January.

January: 3 Tech, 1 General.

In December one of the people checked the felony box, and have not received his license yet, the FCC did follow up, but he did not respond.

Next VE session is February 3rd.

There will be a technician class, February 24-25, 2018. Testing at 15:30 on the 25th.

Ralph Kuehn, KD9NHU, upgraded to Extra.


The Senate looks like it will be having a debate on Net Neutrality.
Jefferson Hamfest on March 18th.
MARA Hamfest, which is now ARRL affiliated will be in April 7, 2018. In Stoughton, Jeff KC9UNZ is the volunteer chairman if one would like to volunteer. Those that have had a table in the last three years should be receiving a notification in the mail.

Dayton Hamvention is in May, along with 4 days in May.

Austin KD9CZE, looking for some help with setting up a station and also looking at upgrading to General.


2018 Board Election Results:

President: Frederick W9GOC
Vice President: Thomas AC9BJ
Treasurer: Andy AC9CB
Secretary: Matt NM9O

Board Members at Large:
Barry K8SD
Eldon NK9U
Stuart AC9LZ

Fellow FLARCians!

This is a longish update, please read through to the end.

Our monthly gathering is soon to be upon us! This coming Tuesday evening,
January 16th, 2018, we will be gathering at our usual location of UW Space
Place at 19:00 and being called to order at 19:30.

Our program this month will be programming radios, specifically with the Free
and Open Source program CHIRP. If you got a new radio this past holiday
season and want some help programming it, or have had one for a while that you
would like help with, please bring it! We will have cables for
Kenwood/Baofeng radios.

This month we will be holding elections for the Board of Directors, so far our
nominees are, in no particular order:

President: Frederick W9GOC
Vice President: Thomas AC9BJ, Ron K2VB
Treasurer: Joe KC9OOG
Secretary: Matt NM9O

Board Member at Large (3): Barry K8SD
Andy AC9CB
Eldon NK9U
Thomas AC9BJ
Stuart AC9LZ

We will take more nominations before the election, self nominations are

Which brings me to my next item, membership dues. In order to vote, you must
be a current member. If you have not paid your dues for this year, please
bring cash or check made out to Four Lakes Amateur Radio Club.

$25 Regular Membership
$20 Senior
$14 Additional Family Member
$10 Student

Also with the new year, we will be retiring the mailing current QST mailing list.

The new list will be located at and will only be for
current members.

Also at the end of this month we will be participating in Winter Field Day,
Jan 27-28. We will be at the Town of Christiana Town Hall, just outside of
Cambridge. If you have any questions or want to attend, but are not on the
FDOPS list, please contact Matt NM9O or Carolyn NQ9A.

There will not be a general membership meeting this month. Instead we will be holding the annual foxhunt. Start time is 19:00 at 401 Charmany Ln, the east end of the First Business Bank building parking lot.
The fox will be on 146.465MHz.

The repeater for this will be the 147.150+ pl 123.0.
We hope to see you there!

Called to order @ 19:33 by Frederick W9GOC

Treasurers Report


Read by Matt NM9O, no corrections

What is/was NPOTA? National Wildlife Refuge Week.

K9FWF, 2nd largest hamfest at the Dayton Hamcation.
Ingrid, callsign pending, just passed her technician test. Hopes to one day get involved with emergency services.

Jeff KC9UNZ and Carolyn NQ9A talked about local ARES groups and contacting them and activities.

Alfonso Morales, looking for local help to get on the air.


Eldon NK9U 40th Anniversary to joining the ARRL.

VE Report
July 1: 4 tech, 4 general
Next VE session is August 5th.

Question of the Day
Andy AC9CB has a card to sign thanking Cambridge EMS.


August 15, Annual Fox Hunt starting at 19:00 First Business Bank Parking Lot, on Charmony Ln.
2M FM 146.565 MHz. Doug has Yagi Antennas that people can use.

Tech Class
No date yet, but September is when it should be happening.

Buck Night
Jeff KC9UNZ, wins a James Buchanen.

Field Day.


Deferred until next month

Treasurers Report


Doug, was here last month KD9IBR.
Mike, was here last month, KD9HYV.

VE Report

April 1, 2 tech, 1 general, 2 extra
April 8, 1 tech, 1 general, 2 extra

Upcoming April 30th, following the General Class, May 6th at 08:00 AM.

Announcements and Notices

Hamfest coming up May 7th in Illinois.

World Amateur Radio Day. IARU, founded on April 18, 1925.

May 8th, MARA meeting, may be at Channel 15 for a tour. Check the MARA website for updates.

Buck Night
Doug ND9Q got a sacajaweia.