147.225 Crosby repeater work

On Saturday December 17th, Mitch (AD0HJ) and Steve (N0CRM) went to the Crosby to adjust the repeater squelch level and load a new firmware update on the Fusion repeater.

There is a cyclic signal that is being seen on the input of the repeater. A slight adjustment to the Squelch level helped resolve the problem. The cyclic signal is still seen on the input, but the level change has helped

Both of the repeaters 147.225 on the bottom and 443.925 on the top.



Mitch AD0AHJ is loading new firmware updates into the repeater.

All Things HF (January 2016)

All Things HF
Sometimes to emphasize a point one can best relate to an experience. Case in point…you hear it all the time, the band is dead or there is nothing but noise. Last Wednesday I sat down at my station to work whatever was available. I checked the activity on my spectrum scope and sure enough the scope was flat lined across the 17-meter band. I like to use the phrase ‘nobody can here you listening’ so perhaps there is someone listening. The only way you’re going to find out is to call CQ and after 2 attempts (with my beam due east) a voice came back with a ZS2 prefix. Okay, that’s South Africa and the band is dead or is it?Its just like going fishing and snagging a big one. The remainder of the afternoon was spent doing QSO’s around the U.S. and Canada and I never changed frequency… I only adjusted my beam heading in order to accommodate the mini pileup on my call. Tip of the day: Please be sure to ask is the frequency in use (even though you hear nothing) and be sure to give your call. The FCC and those ARRL frequency cops will send you one of those nasty post cards if they do not hear your call sign. Do the right thing, its good for the hobby. See ‘ya next time and remember to call CQ because someone somewhere is listening.

DX and the Paper Chase: The final chapter

DX and the Paper Chase
I’ve been writing this column for about 5 years and have
enjoyed it immensely. During that 5 year period I worked DX
and chased the paper (QSL cards) diligently until my goal of
working and confirming at least 300 countries and entities
was realized. My goal was reached this year with 10 countries
to spare. I’m in the ARRL DXCC at 310 confirmed. As I look
back from the beginning, 19 years have past since receiving
my first DX QSL card. Now I’d like to shift gears and share
my experiences in operating HF. Some of you old timers
already know the ins and outs of operating skills. Some of the
new Hams may not, so there’s where my focus will be. Sunspot
Cycle 24 was more or less a bust as compared to the sunspot
cycles preceding it. There are still 2+ years left in the
present cycle and it’s not pretty. Operating HF during this
‘minimum’ will be challenging to say the least, and DX a bit
more difficult. Hope to see you next month and don’t give up
on DX—-Best 73 from Bob/WØZPE ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

November 2016 Secretary report Import test

Thursday-November 17, 2016 – 4:00 PM – BAARC Board Meeting Minutes
Brainerd Fire Station

President: Steve Mott NØCRM Past Presidents: Charles Lane W5CCL, Al Doree WØRC
Vice President: Lyle Amundson KØLFV Director At Large: Al Doree WØRC
Treasurer: Doug Bergsnev WØDWB Repeater Trustee: Fritz Bertelt WØKO
Secretary: Ron Finger KØGOP Director of Emergency Communications: John Luce WØWY
Community & Special Events Coordinator: TJ Graves KØTEG

Attendees: Steve NØCRM, Ron KØGOP, Al WØRC, John WØWY, Lyle KØLFV, Shirley KØDCW, Mitch ADØHJ, Dave KØISZ and Nick KØNJR.
The President opened the Board Meeting at 4:00 PM.

Secretary’s Report: Membership roster shows 90 paid members for November 2016. The October BAARCer was published to the website. Other activities included updating of the Club roster and Gmail contact list.
Motion to accept: John WØWY, Second Al WØRC, Passed.

Treasurer’s Report: In his absence, the Treasurer forwarded his report summary to the Vice President for the board.

Membership Meeting Program: The President reviewed recent and future Club programs and events. The December membership meeting will be held a week early due to the Christmas holiday. John WØWY confirmed the December 15 meeting date with the fire department secretary.

Upcoming Events: BAARC Christmas party and snack potluck on Thursday, December 15. Brainerd Jaycees Ice Fishing Extravaganza on January 28 with February 18 backup date. Mid-Minnesota 150 Dog Sled Race on February 11. Minnesota QSO Party Special Event Station on February 4.

Old Business: John WØWY has received written permission to locate a Club 20’ x 8’ storage container within the Brainerd Fire Station fenced area. This will be used to house the many items in the Club inventory currently located at several members homes and out-buildings. Motion to select and purchase at a cost not to exceed $2000, a Club storage unit including delivery and placement: Lyle KØLFV, Second John WØWY, Passed. Lyle reported the CC-DX antenna is now in place at the Brainerd High-Rise remote base site. The traps need to be raised higher. John and Al reported we are waiting for responses on the Gull Lake site relocation and Granite City HT programming projects.

New Business: Repeater Committee planning meeting will be held at the Northland Arboretum, Saturday November 19, 1000-1200. Nick KØNJR and Mitch ADØHJ presented the new Club website that they and Dave KEØIUZ have been refining over the prior weeks. The board was very impressed with the updated look and feel of the site, and elected to go live on January 1, 2017. Motion to go live on 1/1/2017: Nick KØNJR, Second Mitch ADØHJ, Passed. Mitch will investigate the new hosting requirements with our current Crosslake Communications host.
The board accepted with regret, Fritz WØKO’s resignation of Club duties as BAARCer Editor, and Repeater Trustee. Fritz also coordinated the Sunday Night Net NCS operators and was the Club’s “Chairman of Cheer”, sending cards to members and families over the years. The Board appointed Mitch as the new Repeater Trustee; Motion: Al WØRC, Second Ron KØGOP, Passed. Mitch also agreed to serve as Sunday Night Net Coordinator. A discussion was held on moving the BAARCer to an online-only format in conjunction with the new website. Legacy volumes for prior years will also be transferred and available on the Club site. The Board will seek members interested in assisting with photography and content for this new BAARCer format. Ron KØGOP volunteered to act as Photo Editor, retouching and prepping any images as needed for publication.
The election of 2017 Club officers was reviewed and scheduled for the 7 PM meeting. In an email to the board, the President relayed a request by a local Crosby Ham that has just returned to the area and seeking help in setting up his antennas. TJ KØTEG responded with an offer to help, as did other members at the Board meeting.
The board meeting was adjourned at 5:00 PM.

Thursday-November 17, 2016 – 7:00 PM – BAARC Membership Meeting Minutes
Brainerd Fire Station
The President opened the Club membership business meeting at 7:00 PM with 34 members and guests present. Treasurer’s report submitted showing all month’s account transactions and balances to date. The election of 2017 officers was held, with the Secretary casting a unanimous ballot for the Club. Ron KØGOP presented a Station Grounding System prepared for Civil Air Patrol Communications. Mitch ADØHJ and Nick KØNJR presented the new Club website to the membership, developed along with the Website Planning Committee over the last year.
–Respectfully submitted by Ron KØGOP, Secretary