"Welcome to Our Amateur Radio Club Web Site"


"THE ANCIENT MODULATORS CLUB"

"Dedicated to the restoration, and preservation of AM Radio"

Club Station Call Sign
KAMC

Founded on March 25, 24, by Paul Allen Schlipp

KRWU


AMC CW Operator AMC Tower
Our web site was last updated on  July 16, 214
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Our club is known as "The Ancient Modulators Club" or "AMC".
We are also known as "The Ancient Modulators Amateur Radio Club" or "AMARC".


Our club is located in the St.Louis Missouri area.

Most of our club members are from the South West County area, North Jefferson County, and as far out as Troy, MO and South to Potosi, MO.


This is the current St. Louis area weather report, courtesy of "The Weather Channel"


"Information about our club name"

Not to say we don't have a lot of ancient, old foggy ham radio operators in our club, but our club name was derived from the term "Ancient Modulation", which is ham radio slang, and was often used back in the sixties and seventies, when referring to "Amplitude Modulation" or the "AM" mode of voice radio transmissions.


"Information about our Amateur Radio Club"


Our amateur radio club is focused on having fun, and lots of rag chewing, as well as restoring and operating old "AM" tube radios.


One of our "club goals" is to promote more AM activity in our area on six meters, and on other bands. Our new six meter, "AM" repeater, is great place to operate some of the old radio gear from the fifties and sixties. Believe me, this is fun stuff to talk on, and these old radios can be purchased for very little now days. Also, some of these old six meter AM radios make a great restoration project. Of course, most of the modern 6 and 1 meter radios will also operate in AM mode with our club systems.


"AMARC Club Nets"

Our club conducts three weekly nets in the St. Louis city, and surrounding counties.

THE FIRST ROUND TABLE NET MEETING:

This net meeting is held at 8 PM on every Sunday on our VHF/UHF FM repeater system.
We call this net a "NET MEETING", because we conduct minor club business at this net.
You can access this system ether on our 146.925 mhz repeater with a PL tone of 192.8 hrz, or on 444.55 mhz repeater with a PL tone of 192.8 hrz.
We take a club roll call, then check in non-members. This net is open to all amateur radio operators.

THE SECOND ROUND TABLE NET:

This round table net is held between 7:15 PM, and 8 PM every Sunday on our clubs 6 meter AM repeater system.
You can access this repeater on 5.4 AM carrier squelch, or 449.75 FM, with a PL tone at 192.8 hrz.
The repeater output is at 5.5 AM and 444.75 mhz FM.
This net is open to all amateur radio operators and we have a General Discussion Group about 6 meters.
Sometimes after the repeater net, we conduct a simplex AM net at 5.35.

THE THIRD ROUND TABLE NET:

This round table net is held at 7:3 PM every Wednesday on 1 meters USB at 28.375 mhz using our UHF remote base in High Ridge.
So you can check in on 28.375 SSB or on our repeater at 444.85/449.85 PL 192.8.
This net is open to all amateur radio operators and this is a General Discussion Group about 1 meters and our club.

   Click Here To Read Our Club Current Net Control Operators List

   Click Here To Read Our Club Net Control Operators History List


Monthly Informal Brunches and Meetings:

The purpose of these meetings is to have brunch, conduct club business, meet one and another, and display unusual, or antique radio equipment.

In the months of March, June, September and December we have a meeting after brunch.

At the December meeting we elect club officers for the following year.

In the months of January, February, April, May, July, August, October and November we don't have business, just fun.

These meetings are presently conducted at the Ponderosa Banquet Room in Arnold, MO, usually on the third Saturday, between 10:3 AM to 1:3 PM.

If going south on I-55, get off at Arnold, MO at Richardson Road, turn left or East, onto Richardson Road, go across the Richardson Bridge over I-55 highway. Richardson road dead-ins at Jeffco Blvd.

The restaurant is on the South West corner of the intersection of Richardson Road and Jeffco Blvd.

All non-members are welcome to join our club members, at our meeting, or monthly brunches and our net meeting.

Meeting dates, and locations, are announced by e-mail to members, and announced on 2 meter Net Meetings.


"Membership lists and our AMARC Constitution"

   Read Our Club Membership List

     On our Membership List, you can switch to our member's "AMARC Home Page" and their "AMARC Radio Equipment Swap Shop".

   Download Our Membership and Officers List    Note: This is a RTF file, 4 pages to print, if you want to.

   Read Our Club Officers List

   Read Our Club Officers History List

   Read Our Club Constitution and By-Laws: Amended 4-2-13

   Download Our Constitution: Amended 4-2-13    Note: This is a RTF file, Aprox. 14 pages to print, if you want to.

   Read Our Club Silent Keys List


"AMARC Membership Information"

If you are interested in our club, and would like to join, and if you hold a valid amateur radio license, and agree with our Club Constitution, and it's By-Laws, then you are eligible for membership. You will be voted on the next meeting and you will have to have a 100% yes vote.

You will need to download and complete your application in ink. Then mail it, with a check in the amount of $2, made out to "The Ancient Modulators Club", for your first year dues to our club Secretary-Treasurer. His address is on the application form.

At the present time our Secretary/treasurer will accept Pay-Pal payments for dues, only if you send an additional 5% of your due amount to cover the Pay-Pal fees. Also, he will also accept your application by e-mail scanned in a JPG form.

Of course you can go to one of our quarterly meetings at the Ponderosa in Arnold, MO. to sign up and get voted on right now.

Our club has elected to charge new applicants between January 1 and June 3, $2. Applicants between July 1, and November 3, will be charged $1 for the remaining year. Applicants between December 1, and January 1, will only pay $2 for December and the following year.

 "You can down load our membership application form by clicking on the following link"

   Download The AMARC Membership Application


"Amateur Radio License Information"

"If you are not a licensed amateur radio operator", but you are interested in becoming one, you can get information on how to go about it by contacting one of our club officers of members.

In order to obtain your license you will need to take the FCC examination from a ARRL authorized Volunteer Examiner for any of the three radio classes.

1. The Technician class is the basic class. It requires a basic fundamental written test only, mostly rules.

2. The General class requires some advanced knowledge of radio theory.

3. The Amateur Extra class is the top dog. It requires an advanced knowledge of radio theory and is a written test only.

We have PDF files posted on this web site with all of the updated, FCC questions and answers for the Technician class license. You can view, or save these files, and start practicing right away.

If you want to print the PDF, it will take over 98 pages, so if you want the questions on paper, we recommend that you obtain a current questions and answers book from the ARRL, but for computer study our PDF files will do just fine.

"The following links will take you to the Technician Class Questions and Answers"

   View or save the "Technician Class Questions and Answers Pool"

"This is the latest dated test questions for 7-1-1 to 6-3-14."
"The following questions have been removed from the VOC testing, T2C2 and T2C3."


"Information about our Club's Amateur Radio Towers"

Our High Ridge, MO tower is a Rohn 16 foot, self-supporting tower, which is sitting at approximately 98 feet above mean sea level, placing the antennas between 13, and 114 feet above Mean sea level. The average terrain for St. Louis is around 6 feet AMSL.

Our Barnhart, MO tower is a Rohn 92 foot, self-supporting tower, which is sitting at approximately 98 feet above mean sea level, placing the antennas around 172 feet above Mean sea level. The average terrain for St. Louis is around 6 feet AMSL.

   Click here to look at the AMARC High Ridge Repeater Tower                     Click here to look at the AMARC Barnhart Repeater Tower


"Information about our Club's Amateur Radio Systems"

Our club's "radio equipment" consists of 2 towers and 6 Repeater Systems. Two Systems have 2 repeaters back to back.

All our antennas are vertical.

All our repeaters are Yaesu VXR-5, compact repeaters with power supply and controller inside.

UHF repeaters has 3 watt out-put, and VHF repeaters has 4 watts out-put.


Our High Ridge, MO tower has our 2 meter repeater with it's back-to-back UHF repeater.

Our 6 Meter AM repeater receiver with it's back to back UHF repeater.

Our UHF repeater, Multi-Band, Multi-Mode Remote Base.


Our Barnhart, MO tower has our 6 Meter AM repeater transmitter and our UHF repeater, Multi-Band, Multi-Mode Remote Base.


Repeater System 1. The Two Meter and UHF Dual Band Repeater System

Our Main AMARC repeater system is also a dual band repeater on Two Meters and UHF. Both repeaters are interfaced together.

Both repeaters transmit FM at 146.925 and 444.55 mhz, and both modulate a CTCSS tone encoded at 192.8 hz.

They receive FM at 146.325 and 449.55 mhz, and have a decode a CTCSS tone frequency of 192.8 Hz.

This dual repeater system is also interfaced, 24 hours and 7 days, to the Echolink internet system.

With this repeater system you can talk in on either the 2 meter FM repeater, or the UHF FM repeater, or on Echolink, and you can copy everything on either repeater outputs.

Our Echo Link Node Number is 185485.

NOTE: This repeater system is open to all amateur stations.

   Click here to look at the 2 Meter/UHF FM Dual Band Repeater System

   Click here to look at the Echo Link Interface System


Repeater System 2. The Six Meter AM Repeater System

Our Second AMARC repeater system is a 6 Meter AM with and it's back-to-back UHF FM repeater. Both repeaters are interfaced together.

With this repeater system you can talk in on either the 6 meter FM repeater, or the UHF FM repeater, and you can copy everything on either repeater outputs.

The 6 meter AM receiver is a RCI-554DX transceiver and receives at 5.4 carrier squelch, and the UHF FM repeater receives at 449.75 mhz, with a CTCSS decode frequency of 192.8.

The UHF repeater transmits FM at 444.75 mhz and has a CTCSS tone encoded at 192.8 hz.

The 6 meter AM transmitter at 5.5 mhz is located in our Barnhart, MO tower in order to prevent de-sens to the 6 meter receiver in High Ridge.

The 6 meter AM transmitter is a RCI-554DX transceiver, driving a Mirage 15 watt RF amplifier, and has 8 watts carrier output, and swings to 15 watts peak to peak.

With this dual repeater system you can talk in on either the 6 meter AM, or on the UHF FM repeater.

NOTE: This repeater system is open to all amateur stations.

   Click here to look at the High Ridge and Barnhart 6 Meter AM Repeater System


Repeater System 3. The High Ridge UHF Remote Base Repeater System

Our third AMARC repeater system is called a "Remote Base Repeater System", which consists of a UHF repeater, interfaced to a Multi-band, Multi-mode simplex radio.

The UHF FM repeater receives at 449.85 mhz with a CTCSS decode frequency of 192.8 hz, and transmits at 444.85 mhz with an encode CTCSS tone of 192.8 hz.

This repeater is interfaced to a Yaesu FT-857D radio by remote DTMF commands.

The multi-band radio interface controller is a ICS Linker II DTMF controlled switching system. The FT-857D radio has been programmed to operate on the bands of 2, 6, 1, 12, 17, and 2 meters. Club members will receive a list of frequencies and codes and changes.

At this time the remote bands are only on 2 Meters and 1 Meters because the muli-band antenna is not on the tower.

NOTE: This AMARC Remote Base repeater system is limited to club members use only, but the UHF repeater system is open to all amateur stations. If you are not a club member, and you hear a member using the remote base, you can feel free to break-in, and use the remote base, as a guest, for bands you are licensed to use.

   Click here to look at the High Ridge Multi-Band Multi-Mode Remote Base Repeater System


Repeater System 4. The Barnhart UHF Remote Base Repeater System

"Identical to the High Ridge Remote Base Repeater System 3, except for the repeater frequency difference"

Our fourth AMARC repeater system is called a "Remote Base Repeater System", which consists of a UHF repeater, interfaced to a Multi-band, Multi-mode simplex radio.

This UHF FM repeater receives at 448.725 mhz with a CTCSS decode frequency of 192.8 hz, and transmits at 443.725 mhz with an encode CTCSS tone of 192.8 hz.

This repeater is interfaced to the Yaesu FT-857D radio by remote touch-tone commands.

The multi-band radio interface is done with a ICS Linker II DTMF controlled switching system. The FT-857D radio has been programmed to operate on the bands of 2, 6, 1, 12, 17, and 2 meters. Club members will receive a list of frequencies and codes, and changes.

NOTE: This AMARC Remote Base repeater system is limited to club members use only, but the UHF repeater system is open to all amateur stations. If you are not a club member, and you hear a member using the remote base, you can feel free to break-in, and use the remote base, as a guest, for bands you are licensed to use.

   Click here to look at the Barnhart Multi-Band Multi-Mode Remote Base Repeater System


"Information about our past radio systems, equipment replaced, and attempts"

The High Ridge tower has had many different repeater systems sense it was built in 1983.

All of our newer repeaters were built between 26 and 214.

Between 24 and 26, our club had to use our old 2 meter repeater without the UHF back-to back repeater.

Between 1993 and 24 The 2 meter repeater was used by KRWU, and his friends.

Between 1989 and 1993 the 2 meter repeater was used by the "The Pilots Radio Club"

Between 1983 and 1989 the 2 meter repeater was not on the tower.

At that time we had a 6 meter FM repeater receiver on the tower for the "St. Louis Six Meter Club".
It was back to back with our 444.55 repeater, and used old GE Master Pro Radio Equipment.
The 6 meter FM repeater transmitter was located in Marilyn Heights, MO on a 16 foot tower.

   Click here to look at the old High Ridge Repeater Systems and equipment attempts

The AMARC Barnhart Tower was built back in 29 to support our 6 meter AM transmitter antenna.

   Click here to look at the Barnhart Repeater Systems and equipment attempts


"Please click on the following links for more club related information"

   Download our AMARC Net Dates and Repeater Frequencies Flier Note: This is a pdf file, 1 page to print.

   Letters from repeater users

   Links to friends and club member's web sites


"AMARC Radio Equipment Swap Shop"

Our club also maintains a ham radio related, equipment for sale or trade, "Swap Shop", which is intended for our club members equipment listings only, but anyone can purchase these items. You can look at our "Swap Shop" items by clicking on the following link.

   Ancient Modulators Radio Equipment   "Swap Shop"


"AMARC 6 Meter AM Radio Equipment For Loan"

As an additional incentive to our new weekly 6 meter AM net, and to promote activity on our club's new 6 meter AM repeater, for a limited time, our club, and KRWU, Paul Schlipp, will be lending some old re-conditioned 6 meter AM radios to our club members. As the radios are re-conditioned by Paul, they will be posted on this web site. Any club member can request the radio they like. Simply e-mail Paul with the radio model you want, and make arrangements to pick it up. You will be responsible to keep the radio in good condition, and you will be required to have a outside 6 meter vertical antenna for it's use.

   Link to the 6 Meter AM   Radio Equipment Information


"Following Notices Are For Our Club Members"


Announcement as of 7-9-14

The Web Master, Paul has working on our AMARC web site.
When I am finshed, I will send a e-mail to all members that has a e-mail address.
At that time I would ask to look at the web site, and also look at your membership list.
Anything you like to change, or add, or I made a mistake of, or mis-spelled let me know.


Click on the following link to read our past notices.

   Club Past Notices Page


"End Of Notices For Our Club Members"


"FOOT NOTE"

 A little about me, Paul Allen Schlipp, "KRWU"

 I am the web master for this web site, and my personal ham radio web site, located at:

    http://www.qsl.net/krwu

 If you encounter any errors, of any type, on either web site, please contact me.

 Likewise, if you have any suggestions about either web site, please contact me.

 I also am the station trustee for our club repeater systems, and webring master for:

   "Amateur Radio Clubs Only Web Ring"

 Thanks for stopping by, and  "Have a delightful day",  Paul "KRWU"  krwu@qsl.net


 Our club's e-mail address:  The Ancient Modulators Club  kamc@qsl.net


Our club started  "The Amateur Radio Clubs Only Web Ring" on January 8, 25.

It has not been kept up. I think most of our Amateur Radio Club members have dropped off. I will try to get it running again after I get with the web site changes.

We had  14 clubs in our web ring.

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