Great Lakes HamCon, October 7 & 8, 2017

From Larry, WB8R:

Greetings,

As you may have heard, Michigan is going to have a large annual hamfest which will take place at Michigan International Speedway (MIS). The inaugural event will happen on October 7 & 8, 2017. Our goal is to turn this event into a world class ham radio convention destination located in the renowned Irish Hills. The Great Lakes HamCon is sponsored by the Great Lakes Amateur Radio Association.

MIS is a huge, modern facility that will be unique in the hamfest world. The event will take place in the infield of the 2 mile track. There is a very large paved area in and near the pit road. There are three 7500 sq ft buildings that will house commercial vendors and plans are to utilize the very wide pit road for the flea market (selling spaces to each side with a wide walkway down the center of pit road). In addition, there will be plenty of paved area in the infield for more flea market space.

MIS has a number of world class meeting rooms along pit road that are very well suited for meetings and get-togethers. Some meeting areas have complete A/V capability. While there will be many forums, there will still be adequate room for net and other organizational meetings. In addition booth space for your organization will be available.

Michigan nets and other ham radio organizations are urged to contact us early to reserve your spot. There will be many hams that are going to attend this event and it is a perfect opportunity to assemble your group for a meeting.

You can communicate with us at: info@glhamcon.org and find our website at www.glhamcon.org http://www.glhamcon.org/. We are looking forward to hearing from you.

Larry, WB8R

Great Lakes Amateur Radio Association

wb8r@glhamcon.org

Allegan County ARC Meeting, January 10

The next Allegan County Amateur Radio Club’s meeting is January 10, starting at 7:00PM (0000UTC) located at the Allegan County Technical and Education Center (ACATEC), 2891 116th Street (M-222) across from the Allegan County Airport.

There is no presentation scheduled for this meeting.

Upcoming Presentations

TBD

Meeting Minutes for November 8, 2016

ALLEGAN COUNTY AMATEUR RADIO CLUB MEETING AGENDA

November 8, 2016

Program:  Wes presented on the instructograph. Excellent presentation, thanks Wes!  Pictures and video may be seen on the club’s Facebook page.

MEETING:  Started at 7pm

SECRETARY’S Report:  motion and carried

TREASURER’S Report:  n/a

ACTIVITIES: Let us know what programs/activities you would like to see in the year ahead . Please let Mike Long (W6RP),  our Program Coordinator,  know about your thoughts.

December: No presentation. The club will host its holiday party!  Presentations will start up again in the new year.

COMMITTEE REPORTS:

Repeater: Just need climber license and insurance then Scott will schedule antenna work

10 Meter Net:  Jack (W8PPM) invites all   to the Club Net held every Wednesday evening – 8PM local – Freq: 28.380 MHZ (alternate 28.390 or 28.370 MHZ if busy)   Topics of interest welcomed!

“Young Person” Net has started  – Hosted by KE5ETX for all hams with children interested in becoming Hams or are already Hams –Next Youth Net scheduled on 12/6  at  7PM on the 147.240 repeater  – Contact John (KE5ETX) for details and to suggest topics or offer help! Have a young child in your life?  This is a great way to get them interested in the hobby!

VE Testing:  November 26, 2016 – 9AM  @ the Allegan Hospital Cafeteria. Price is $15  + two forms of identification or a copy of your current license  – Contact AA8L for next test session information

January 28, 2017 is next VE testing

Allegan County SAR:  11/09, silver creek county park, 7pm. 38th/104th

Allegan County ARPSC: 11/19, third Saturday or Thursday at 9am at EOC, Dumont Lake, 122nd

Club web Site: http://ac8rc.org
Club email list: To join the club mailing list, go to alleganarc@yahoogroups.com
Now on Facebook!http://www.facebook.com/ac8rc

Upcoming Events

Christmas Party: December 10, 2016 at Your Family Restuarant, 110 Hubbard St, Allegan, MI 49010, 12:30PM local time

Skywarn Recognition coming up on 12/2-12/3 at GR NWS office http://grrskywarn.eventbrite.com

Ugliest Sweater 5k in Allegan, MI is coming up. John Keith needs volunteers, 12/3 in Allegan

NEW BUSINESS:

Officer and Trustee Voting, motion to skip voting and accept list as read. Seconded, carried

President – AC8AG,
Vice President – W8RMN,
Treasurer – KB8PFJ,
Secretary – W6RP,
Trustee, 3yr – WB3LHU,

Inventory – Dennis, Jim, Jason, and Randy are working on auditing the inventory

OLD BUSINESS:

Ham In A Day class – get a book a week or two ahead to start studying. On day of, start at 8am, go through question pools reading question and giving answer.  Once finished, then test. Propose a date, possibly using Michigan room at hospital or library. January or February has been suggested.

Next Fox Hunt  – tabled, suggestion to have in Spring, 2017

Dues can be paid  to Nancy  (KB8PFJ) at any time

ARRL Club Membership:Reminder – If you are about to renew or Join the ARRL  our club has a chance to earn some extra money due to our ARRL affiliation. By  submitting your  membership moneys thru the club  – We can keep either $2(renew) or $15 (New or not a member for 2 years)  – Bring Your renewals and Check made out to the Allegan County Amateur Radio Club to the next  meeting.  WB3LHU has the forms if anyone is interested.

Club Activities/Presentations/Opportunities:

Any ideas -!! The club is interested in Your thoughts and suggestions  

AA8L: Satellite Comm antennas – update
Bringing Eagle Island on the air for IOTA
Drones
3D folded loop antennas
Digital modes (i.e. PSK31, JT65, RTTY, etc)
Antenna making party

Traffic handling/passing

  • ARRL Form
  • ICS form
  • Digital (PSK31?)

Soldering

  • Soldering electronics
  • Soldering connectors

Meeting closed at 8:30PM. Thanks everyone for attending!

Respectfully submitted – Mike Long, W6RP  – Club Secretary

Meeting Minutes for October 11, 2016

ALLEGAN COUNTY AMATEUR RADIO CLUB MEETING AGENDA

October 11, 2016

Program:  Dennis, WB3LHU, gave an excellent presentation on his DSTAR go box.  A well done design using found items around the household to create the case such as an old sewing machine case!

MEETING:  Started at 7:00PM local time

SECRETARY’S Report:  Report was accepted and motion carried

TREASURER’S Report:  Report was accepted and motion carried

ACTIVITIES: Let us know what programs/activities you would like to see in the year ahead . Please let Mike Long (W6RP),  our Program Coordinator,  know about your thoughts.

November: Wes, KD8VQH, will give a demonstration of his Instructograph. The Instructograph is a morse code trainer which uses perforated paper reels.

COMMITTEE REPORTS:

Repeater: 147.240 is still waiting on Scott. Nothing new with the 440. No news on re-coordinating the 147.140 repeater.

Christmas Party: Dennis will check with the Family Restaurant in downtown Allegan

10 Meter Net:  Jack (W8PPM) invites all   to the Club Net held every Wednesday evening – 8PM local – Freq: 28.380 MHZ (alternate 28.390 or 28.370 MHZ if busy)   Topics of interest welcomed!

“Young Person” Net has started  – Hosted by KE5ETX for all hams with children interested in becoming Hams or are already Hams –Next Youth Net scheduled on 11/1  at  7PM on the 147.240 repeater  – Contact John (KE5ETX) for details and to suggest topics or offer help! Have a young child in your life?  This is a great way to get them interested in the hobby!

VE Testing:  November 26, 2016 – 9AM  @ the Allegan Hospital Cafeteria. Price is $15  + two forms of identification or a copy of your current license  – Contact AA8L for next test session information

Allegan County SAR:  Next meeting on 10/27 at 7PM. Location TBD

Allegan County ARPSC: Next meeting 11/19 at 9AM. Located at the EOC

Club web Site: http://ac8rc.org
Club email list: To join the club mailing list, go to alleganarc@yahoogroups.com
Now on Facebook!http://www.facebook.com/ac8rc

Upcoming Events

Kalamazoo Swap – Jim will get a table,

NEW BUSINESS:

Officer and Trustee Nominations

President – AC8AG
Vice President – W8RMN
Treasurer – KB8PFJ
Secretary – W6RP
Trustee, 3yr – WB3LHU

Voting to occur during the next meeting, 11/8.

Mike, W6RP, will take over web domain ownership from Pete. Pete and Mike will coordinate.

Ham In A Day class – get a book a week or two ahead to start studying. On day of, start at 8am, go through question pools reading question and giving answer.  Once finished, then test. Propose 8th of October, possibly using Michigan room at hospital

OLD BUSINESS:

Next Fox Hunt  tabled to determine next date

Dues can be paid  to Nancy  (KB8PFJ) at any time

ARRL Club Membership:Reminder – If you are about to renew or Join the ARRL  our club has a chance to earn some extra money due to our ARRL affiliation. By  submitting your  membership moneys thru the club  – We can keep either $2(renew) or $15 (New or not a member for 2 years)  – Bring Your renewals and Check made out to the Allegan County Amateur Radio Club to the next  meeting.  WB3LHU has the forms if anyone is interested.

Club Activities/Presentations/Opportunities:

Any ideas -!! The club is interested in Your thoughts and suggestions
AA8L: Satellite Comm antennas – update
Bringing Eagle Island on the air for IOTA
Drones
3D folded loop antennas
Digital modes (i.e. PSK31, JT65, RTTY, etc)
Antenna making party
Traffic handling/passing

  • ARRL Form
  • ICS form
  • Digital (PSK31?)

Soldering

  • Soldering electronics
  • Soldering connectors

Meeting closed at 8:39PM local time
Respectfully submitted – Mike Long, W6RP  – Club Secretary

Allegan County ARC Meeting, November 8

Remember to get out and vote……for your club officers and trustees for 2017! Elections occur at this meeting.
The next Allegan County Amateur Radio Club’s meeting is November 8, starting at 7:00PM (0000UTC) located at the Allegan County Technical and Education Center (ACATEC), 2891 116th Street (M-222) across from the Allegan County Airport.

November’s presentation by Wes, KD8VQH, will feature a demonstration of the Instructograph, a morse code trainer that uses paper reels with perforations.

Upcoming Presentations

December – No presentation. The club will host its holiday party!  Presentations will start up again in the new year.

Meeting Minutes for September 13, 2016

ALLEGAN COUNTY AMATEUR RADIO CLUB MEETING AGENDA

September 13, 2016

Program:  Wes presented on an arduino wireless coax switch. Thanks Wes!

MEETING:  Started at 7:01PM (1101 UTC)

SECRETARY’S Report:  Minutes accepted, motion carried

TREASURER’S Report:  Treasurer’s report accepted, motion carried

ACTIVITIES: Let us know what programs/activities you would like to see in the year ahead . Please let Mike Long (W6RP),  our Program Coordinator,  know about your thoughts.

October Program: DSTAR Go Box – Dennis, WB3LHU

COMMITTEE REPORTS:

Repeater: Still there and working. Just waiting on Scott’s ok to move to top antenna.

440 repeater 4-8pm there is noise on the signal, might need to change frequency to get away from noise and avoid repeater interference with battle creek.

Might lose the .140 frequency because it is uncoordinated, future is to change to a Motorola radio. There is a DSTAR repeater on that frequency near Paw Paw (teapot dome).

Fair: Wes radio had issues. New canopy is not water proof, rain on Saturday soaked through and dripped. Friday a bit slow. Saturday radar display by Jason brought in lots of traffic. Sunday was best day of all, lots of families. Wes showed off fox stuff on Sunday morning. Running two radios and two antennas worked out well. Tom suggested setting up a second station on other side of the park to demo talking back and forth.

Spark in the Park: Consistent foot traffic, great exposure even with the active tornado and storm. Looking forward to next year’s event.

10 Meter Net:  Jack (W8PPM) invites all   to the Club Net held every Wednesday evening – 8PM local – Freq: 28.380 MHZ (alternate 28.390 or 28.370 MHZ if busy)   Topics of interest welcomed!

“Young Person” Net has started  – Hosted by KE5ETX for all hams with children interested in becoming Hams or are already Hams –Next Youth Net scheduled on 10/4  at  7PM on the 147.240 repeater  – Contact John (KE5ETX) for details and to suggest topics or offer help! Have a young child in your life?  This is a great way to get them interested in the hobby!

VE Testing:  September 24, 2016 – 9AM  @ the Allegan Hospital Cafeteria. Price is $15  + two forms of identification or a copy of your current license  – Contact AA8L for next test session information

Allegan County SAR:  Meeting 9/22 at 7PM, location to be determined.

Allegan County ARPSC: Next meeting is on 9/17 at the EOC, 122nd Avenue on 8/20 @ 9am. Randy will be presenting on EPIRB

Club web Site: http://ac8rc.org

Club email list: To join the club mailing list, go to alleganarc@yahoogroups.com

Now on Facebook!http://www.facebook.com/ac8rc

Upcoming Events

Kalamazoo Swap – Jim will get a table, possibly two

NEW BUSINESS:

Ham In A Day class – get a book a week or two ahead to start studying. On day of, start at 8am, go through question pools reading question and giving answer.  Once finished, then test. Propose 8th of October, possibly using Michigan room at hospital

Nominations are in October with voting in November

Possibly introduce new position of club historian

OLD BUSINESS:

Next Fox Hunt  tabled to determine next date

Dues can be paid  to Nancy  (KB8PFJ) at any time

ARRL Club Membership:Reminder – If you are about to renew or Join the ARRL  our club has a chance to earn some extra money due to our ARRL affiliation. By  submitting your  membership moneys thru the club  – We can keep either $2(renew) or $15 (New or not a member for 2 years)  – Bring Your renewals and Check made out to the Allegan County Amateur Radio Club to the next  meeting.  WB3LHU has the forms if anyone is interested.

Club Activities/Presentations/Opportunities:

Any ideas -!! The club is interested in Your thoughts and suggestions
AA8L: Satellite Comm antennas – update
Bringing Eagle Island on the air for IOTA
Drones
3D folded loop antennas
Digital modes (i.e. PSK31, JT65, RTTY, etc)

Meeting closed at 8:44PM local time, 0044 UTC. Thanks to all who attended
Respectfully submitted – Mike Long, W6RP  – Club Secretary

Allegan County ARC Meeting, October 11, 2016

The next Allegan County Amateur Radio Club’s meeting is October 11, starting at 7:00PM (1100UTC) located back at the Allegan County Technical and Education Center (ACATEC), 2891 116th Street (M-222) across from the Allegan County Airport. Don’t forget, the club nominates its officers and trustees whose terms are expiring for next year!

October’s presentation will feature DSTAR Go Box by Dennis, WB3LHU

Upcoming Presentations

November – TBD
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