Spark in the Park 2016

Allegan County Amateur Radio Club is a proud sponsor of the Spark in the Park event showcasing numerous aspects of amateur radio. Please join us, the event is free, this weekend August 20, 2016, 3-8PM. Below is additional information from the event coordinator:

This weekend,  the 3rd annual “Spark in the Park”, a Science Fair for amateur radio, will be held.

You have heard about it, now please put the date and time on your calendar to see what seven West Michigan amateur radio clubs have put together.

As with last year, Spark in the Park will be held at the Home School Building gym, located at 5625 Burlingame SW, Wyoming, Michigan.  The doors are open from 3 PM to 8 PM, on Saturday, August 20.

There will many varied exhibits of the various facets of amateur radio, including AMSAT/satellite radio, DMR, mobile VHF/UHF rovers, Go-bags and boxes, exceptional home brew equipment, Morse key collections, software defined radios, Red Cross and Salvation Army vehicles, the ARRL, and other groups.

More information at

There is no admission fee or table fee, due to the sponsoring efforts of seven West Michigan clubs:

Holland Amateur Radio Club

Lowell Amateur Radio Club

Grand Rapids Amateur Radio Association

Allegan County Amateur Radio Club

Kalamazoo Amateur Radio Club

Muskegon Area Amateur Radio Council

Riverside Radio Amateurs (Ionia County)

Allegan County ARC Meeting, August 9

The next Allegan County Amateur Radio Club’s meeting is August 9, starting at 7:00PM (0000UTC) located at the Allegan City Airport, just across the street from Allegan County Technical and Education Center (ACATEC), at 740 Grand St., Allegan, MI, 49010.
August Program – Show n’ Tell, Mobile Installations
Upcoming Presentations
September – TBD

Meeting Minutes for July 12, 2016

July 12, 2016

Program:  Reviewed this year’s Field Day operations. Great location and good setup. Attracted some new people and the fox hunt was a real hit.  Items which could be improved for next year:

  • Need better operating chairs

  • Information table could be set up better

  • Communicate earlier and via more outlets

  • Public welcome banners (yellow caution tape may have been a deterrent

  • Try a balloon antenna

  • Put up a triband

For those who attended, please feel free to add additional items I may have missed – Mike, W6RP

MEETING:  Started at 7:01PM (0001 UTC)
SECRETARY’S Report:  Minutes accepted as-is and motion carried
TREASURER’S Report:  Treasurer absent this meeting
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.

August Program: Show n’ Tell – Show off your mobile installation


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 August 2nd  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:  July 23, 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 will be on 7/13 at the Silver Creek County Park, East of Hamilton at 7PM

Allegan County ARPSC: Meeting is cancelled. ARPSC will be working the Tri-Allegan on 7/19 from 5-9PM at Little John Lake

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Upcoming Events

Spark in the Park, August 20, 3-8PM. Setup begins at 1PM at the Homeschool Building, 5625 Burlingame Ave SW, Wyoming, MI 49509


Next Fox Hunt will be August 27, 10AM-12PM. Fox hunt will begin at the Allegan High School parking lot and will have a 5mi limit from start. Participants will meet for lunch afterwards, location TBD.

Allegan County Fair is fast approaching and club will be operating at the fairgrounds September 9-11. Club is looking for volunteers to help with setup, teardown and operations.


Winter Meetings – Suggestion made to reconsider holding meetings on Saturdays again during Winter months. Tabled while members come up with meeting spot suggestions

Club Meetings in July and August will be held at the Allegan City Airport in Main Building

Club Insurance – (WB3LHU) – Tabled. Dennis not present at meeting

Canopy – Jason (KD8QNX) – Jason not present at meeting. Someone else suggested a 12×12 (14×14?) canopy with sun shades manufactured by Coleman with a price range of $185-$195. No decision made.

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
3D folded loop antennas
Digital modes (i.e. PSK31, JT65, RTTY, etc)

Meeting closed at 9:01PM local time, 0201 UTC. Thanks to all who attended
Respectfully submitted – Mike Long, W6RP  – Club Secretary

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