2011 Minutes of the Lowell Amateur Radio Club, Inc

January
LARC meeting Notes

Meeting Called to order at: 10:03

Treasurys Report
Read and Passed

Secretary Report
Read and Passed

Technical Report
  • Morley interference from a local broadcast station. Will check all possibilities on our end before approaching the radio station.
  • Wireless internet in the Shack is down.
  • AA8JR – Jim reported that the autopatch on the repeater did not work this past weekend.
  • 92nd st Tower – Will be undergoing a major revamping this spring or summer. 
  • We do not pay for use on this tower so ALL available help is requested on clean-up day.
Old Business
  • New Ham’s Dinner – Feb 12, 2011 At Fire Mountain restaurant on Alpine At 2:00pm
  • F.R.O.M reported from the Christmas Give Away they served 811 Adults, 403 Families, and 1380 Children. They were very very happy with the parking crew & the use of our Shack. Suggestion for next year: Make all parking at the FROM building handicapped all others to park at the bowling alley.
  • Can use more FRS radios. If anyone has or can find a few more they will be put to good use.
  • The Cherry Creek school antenna project has been put on hold for now. More information forthcoming.
  • Sub Sale: Chuck still playing phone tag. However should be ready to take orders within the next week or two.
  • THANK YOU:
    • Jack and Ann for cleaning the carpet in the Shack 
    • Parking crews 
    • Santa Net
  • Mike Wolthuis Freedom Net provides internet & transmitter site in exchange for leasing the 900 MHz antenna.
  • Club publicity committee still pending.
New Business
  • No meeting in February the New Ham’s Dinner will replace it.
  • Chuck will present an IRLP/Echolink session at the March Meeting.
  • Jack & Bob can donate a % of their sales on E-bay to any charity.
  • Hank N8XX indicated we can register as a “Contesting Club” if we have 3 or more people interested.
  • Field Day is the 4th weekend in June. 6/26-27/2011 there was discussion about combining with other clubs. More discussion at future meetings.
Meeting adjurn at 11:18

Febuary
LARC meeting Notes
Meeting Called to order at:

Treasurys Report


Secretary Report
 

Technical Report

Old Business

New Business

Meeting adjurn at: 
March
LARC meeting Notes

Meeting Called to order at:
10:01
CALLED TO ORDER BY C. PUTNEY

Treasurys Report:
READ & PASSED
  • WE NEED TO PAY INSURANCE PREMIUM IN MARCH.
Secretary Report:
  • MINUTES FROM JAN MEETING READ & APPROVED. 
  • THERE WAS NO MEETING IN FEBRUARY AS THAT WAS THE SAME DAY AS THE NEW HAM DINNER.
Technical Report
  • INTERFERENCE COMING FROM BROADCAST STATION 101.3.  THERE SEEMS TO BE INTERFERENCE ALL OVER THE BAND.
  • PRE-AMP HAD TO BE BYPASSED AT MORLEY
  • MIKE W. UPGRADED WEATHER STATION.  WILL BE CONNECTED TO THE REPEATER SOON. 
  • ARRL NEWSLINE / AUDIO NEWS WILL IMMEDIATLEY FOLLOW THE SUNDAY NIGHT WMEC NET
  • RED FROG INTERNET SYSTEM IS OFF THE MAIN TOWER.  MIKE W. HAS A NEW SYSTEM AT THE SITE. 
Old Business
  1. LARC & GRARHA WILL COMBINE SERVICES FOR FIELD DAY THIS YEAR.  JUNE 26, 2011 CALVIN COLLAGE
  2. SBU SALE NETTEDDC $ 305.00 PROFIT
  3. NEW HAM DINNER 65 PEOPLE, 3 NEW HAMS PILAR AWARD – LUCINDA AB8WF
  4. SOME TIME AFTER APRIL WE WILL HELP CHERRY CREEK SCHOOL PUT UP THEIR ANTENNA
  5. SUGGESTED THAT WE TAKE OUR OLD EQUIPMENT FROM THE SHACK TO THE MARSHALL HAMFEST FOR SALE
  6. RED FROG WILL NOT BE LEASING THE OTHER 900 MHz ANTENNA.
New Business
  1. D-STAR IS OPERATIONAL ON 440 443.1 MHz. RECIEVER ON 145.27. TRANSMIT OUT IS VERY WEAK.IT IS COORDINATED. THE GATEWAY IS UP AND RUNNING
  2. OUR MAY MEETING IS THE SAME DAY AS THE RBR.  MOTION & APPROVAL TO MOVE MEETING TO THE 1ST  IT SATURDAY IN MAY. WILL BE HELD DURING THE GARAGE SALE. 
Meeting adjurn at: 10:39.

RESPECTIVLEY SUBMITTED:
JIM MCFADDEN  W8JWM

11 April
LARC meeting Notes
Meeting Called to order at:  

Secretary Report:


Treasures report:


Tech report
Old Business

New Business

Closing of the meeting: 


May
LARC meeting Notes

Meeting Called to order at:
10:04
by Chuck Putney Pres.


Treasurys Report
Read and Passed

Secretary Report
  • No minutes were available for the April meeting.
Technical Report
  • Battery back-ups have been tested on the Links
  • Bob & Frank are working on the “noise”
  • June meeting to be held at the Morley site for cleanup.
  • The WBBL site needs to be worked on ASAP.  We do have the obligation to keep this site mowed and clean since we get free tower space because of our commitment
  • F R O M needs grass mowed

Old Business
  • 14 memberships have been paid in 20011.  There are 52 registered members on the list.  Chuck will send out e-mail reminders. 
  • Need to re-word the ads in the Buyer’s Guide, Lowell Ledger, Advance, Craigslist, and Facebook. 
  • Field Day 6/25-26/11 last week end in June.  Combine with GRARA @ Calvin College east campus. 
  • KCRACES, Ottawa county & Muskegon will be combing forces again this year.  Site TBA 
  • All Red Frog equipment will be returned today.  We need to attempt to get the keys to the site back from them also.
  • Re-visit the agreement with Red Frog for tower space at FROM.  Currently we get free internet in exchange for tower space.
New Business
  • Mike: swap the 900 with UHF antenna on top of the transmit tower.  He will donate time & crew clean & inventory WBBL tower site.
  • 7/4/11 Bike Race – More info to follow
  • ? Change name of Sunday night to eliminate the word “emergency” so more people may be willing to check in.


Meeting adjurn at: 10:48

June
LARC meeting Notes
Meeting Called to order at:

Treasurys Report

Secretary Report

Technical Report

Old Business

New Business


Meeting adjurn at
July
LARC meeting Notes


Meeting Called to order at:


Treasurys Report

Secretary Report

Technical Report

Old Business

New Business


Meeting adjurn at

August
LARC meeting Notes

Treasurys Report

Secretary Report

Technical Report

Old Business

New Business


Meeting adjurn at


September
LARC meeting Notes
Meeting Called to order at:
By president Chuck Putney @ 13:15

Treasurys Report
Read and approved as presented.

Secretary Report
Read and approved as amended.

Technical Report
  • Portland took a lighting strike which took out our weather station broadcasting. 
  • We get our internet from Portland.
  • Swapped power supply to fix the problem
Old Business
  • The township zoning comm.  Is not after the HAM radio operators. Jack will plan on attending the next planning comm. Meeting 9/12/11. The township enforcement officer was given a copy of the Kentwood City tower ordinance.
  • From Tamera (FROM) she needs documentation of tower ownership for the FROM board meeting.  Chuck will attend.
  • Red Frog provides internet & phone service to FROM.  We can provide internet but not sure about phone service.  Could be $5.00 per month/per line  
  • FROM is also taking about making access to the courtyard.
  • Old tower – FROM to check with E-Bay
  • Tower site cleaned
New Business
  • Tuesday 18:00 to mow Lowell site

Election of Officers

  1. President                      Chuck
  2. Vice President              Courtland
  3. Secretary/Treasure      Mike
  4. PIO                               Jack
  5. Tech officer                  Frank
Meeting adjurn at: 13:46



October
LARC meeting Notes
No Meeting

 


November
LARC meeting Notes
Meeting Called to order at:

Treasurys Report

Secretary Report

Technical Report

Old Business

New Business


Meeting adjurn at
December
LARC meeting Notes

Meeting Called to order at:

Treasurys Report

Secretary Report

Technical Report

Old Business

New Business


Meeting adjurn at
This concludes the Minutes for 2010, Have a Happy and Joyous 2012, & Good Luck in the Contests in 2012