APRIL 2019 BAARC SECRETARY’S REPORT

THURSDAY-APRIL 25, 2019 – 4:00 PM – BAARC BOARD MEETING MINUTES – BRAINERD FIRE STATION
President: Steve Mott NØCRM
Vice President: John Luce WØWY
Treasurer: Doug Bergsnev WØDWB
Secretary: Ron Finger KØGOP
Past Presidents: Charles Lane W5CCL, Al Doree WØRC
Director At Large: Lyle Amundson KØLFV
Director of Emergency Communications: Dave Schuldheisz KØISZ
Repeater Trustee: Mitch Ahrenstorff ADØHJ
Community & Special Events Coordinator: Mark Cross KEØLFQ
Attendees: Steve NØCRM, Lyle KØLFV, Doug WØDWB, John WØWY, Ron KØGOP, Al WØRC, Shirley KØDCW, Mitch ADØHJ, Mark KEØLFQ and visiting from the St.Cloud Amateur Radio Club, Jason KØTH. The President opened the Board Meeting at 400 PM.

Secretary’s Report: 

  • Membership roster: 75 members with 50 paid for 2019 (as of membership meeting close). The Club roster can be found on the Club website under the “Resources/Members Only” area. Current paid members can request an individual password for access via the “Contact Us” form.
  • Minutes: The March 2019 Executive Board and Membership Meeting minutes were posted to the “Baarcer” area.
  • Correspondence: None.
  • Documents: Updated Club membership roster and Gmail contacts database. Appreciation plaque design for laser engraving by Tom KTØMMY, and presentation to retiring NWS-Duluth meteorologist Carol Christenson KCØMAK.
  • Membership ID’s: 1 new Club ID.
  • Club Website: New “2019 ARRL Field Day” banner graphics.
  • Motion to accept: Al WØRC, Second Lyle KØLFV, Passed. 

Treasurer’s Report:

  • The Treasurer presented the April report forwarded to the board showing all month’s account transactions and balances to date. Of particular interest were figures showing a very successful April Hamfest.
  • The Brainerd Armory site will be unavailable for the next 1-2 years due to extensive remodeling plans. A new hamfest site will need to be found in the interim.
  • Motion to accept: John WØWY, Second Al WØRC, Passed

Membership Meeting Programs: 

  • The President reviewed recent and future Club programs and events.
  • March 28: “Forestview High Altitude Balloon Class presentation” by teachers Jim Reed and Cory Olson
  • April 25: “Slow Scan TV (SSTV)” demonstration by Al WØRC, “SKYWARN Training Review” by John WØWY
  • May 23: “BAARC Spring Dinner” at American Legion, Nisswa
  • June 20: “Field Day 2019 Prep”
  • July 25: “Field Day Recap” Need alternate location for 4PM Board Meeting.

Recent / Upcoming Events: The following events were discussed:

NWS Duluth “SKYWARN Spotter Class”

  • Tuesday, April 9, 2019, 2pm & 6pm, Crow Wing County Land Services Building, Brainerd, MN
  • The training will include: a brief introduction to the National Weather Service (NWS), the different types of hazardous weather and how to safely observe them, the categories of severe weather to report, and how to send those reports to the NWS.

Brainerd Jaycees “Run For The Lakes” Marathon

  • Saturday, April 27, 2019, Nisswa, MN
  • Mark KEØLFQ will chair.
  • John will contact John Bowen to verify the operation and use of the Sheriff’s comm trailer.

“Aviation Days” at the Breezy Point Airport

  • Saturday May 4, 2019, 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM
  • 30360 Airport Road, Breezy Point, MN
  • Mark KEØLFQ will chair pending sufficient interest from Club membership.

BAARC Spring Dinner

  • Thursday May 23, 2019, 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM
  • Nisswa American Legion Post 627, 25807 Main St, Nisswa
  • Social hour: 5PM, Dinner served: 6 PM, Program: 7 PM – 8 PM, “Forestview Middle School High Altitude Balloon Class” by teachers Jim Reed and Cory Olson.
  • Menu options were discussed; selected $17 per person, 2-choice option of baked honey ham or baked chicken, bread & rolls w/ butters, twice-baked potatoes, and tossed salad.
  • Make your reservations with our Treasurer, Doug WØDWB. We will need to have FINAL COUNT by Net time, Sunday, May 19th.

Paul Bunyan Cyclists “Tour of the Lakes” Bike Ride

  • Saturday, June 1, 2019, Downtown Brainerd
  • Mark KEØLFQ will chair.
  • Traffic congestion is anticipated in the downtown area. Net control will use the CWC Sheriff’s van near the county garage and operators stage along the route.
  • John will contact John Bowen to verify the operation and use of the Sheriff’s comm trailer.

“ARRL Field Day 2019” 1PM Saturday, June 22, – Noon Sunday, June 23: Crow Wing County Fairgrounds

Friday June 21, Mid-Afternoon

  • Deliver communications trailer to FD site
  • Camping available at FD site Friday & Saturday nights 
  • Bathrooms and electric power are available
  • Event talk-In frequency 147.600+  T-141.3

Saturday June 22, Morning

  • 8:00 AM: Club breakfast downtown Brainerd at Northwind Grille 
  • 9:30 AM: Set-up communications trailer, install antennas and check out radios & support equipment.
  • 10:30 AM: Amateur radio license testing
  • 1:00 PM: Field Day operations open. On-site communications on 146.58 simplex
  • 5:30 PM: Potluck supper at F/D Site.  Bring something good to share.   

Sunday June 23,12:00 PM, Noon 

  • 12:00 PM: Field Day operations close.
  • Tear down / cleanup of antennas and equipment.

FREE Tailgate Hamfest

  • Saturday, August 10, 2019, Crow Wing County Fairgrounds
  • Lyle KØLFV will chair.

Breakfast, Picnic and Fox Hunt

  • Saturday, August 17, 2019, Lum Park, Brainerd
  • 9:00 AM Breakfast at Northwind Grill, Brainerd
  • Fox Hunt begins after breakfast with activities and picnic at Lum Park sheltered area.
  • Lyle KØLFV will chair.

Digital & Emergency Communications: 

  • John will present a recap of the 2019 SKYWARN training class to Club members at the evening Membership Meeting. This was the last year of instruction from retiring meteorologist Carol Christenson KCØMAK.
  • No further updates on CWC-EOC remodeling progress.

Old Business:  

  • Club Fundraising Documents: The Secretary emailed a first draft of a Club information letter to the Board for comments.

Club Repeaters Status:

Gull Lake:

  • Looking ahead to finishing outdoor cabling work as weather improves.
    Crosby:
  • No new items.
    Crow Wing Power:
  • No new items.
    Cross Lake:
  • No new items.
    High-rise Site:
  • No new items.

New Business:

  • The Secretary will complete a design for an appreciation plaque for Scott Goddard, CWC Sheriff, and John Bowen CWC Emergency Management Director and submit to Tom KTØMMY who has generously offered to laser-engrave for the Club.
  • Mitch ADØHJ introduced his invited guest, Jason KØTH from the St. Cloud Amateur Radio Club. Jason asked the board to consider Club involvement in a new event, “The 2019 Area-Wide Ripley Rendezvous”. The event is sponsored by the Boy Scouts of America, and will be held at Camp Ripley, May 17-19. Of interest to the possible 3000 scouts and leader attendees would be Club members demonstrating working setups profiling various Amateur Radio activities. These could include VHF, UHF analog/digital radio, HF-radio phone, CW and digital modes, and AMSAT portable radio. Involvement in these amateur radio activities would be one of many choices available to the scouts during the Saturday schedule. It was decided to try supporting this event and pass a sign-up sheet at the evening Membership Meeting.

The Board Meeting was adjourned at 5:10 PM.

THURSDAY-APRIL 25, 2019 – 7:00 PM – BAARC MEMBERSHIP MEETING MINUTES – BRAINERD FIRE STATION

  • The President called the meeting to order at 7:00 PM with 37 members and guests present. Following the business meeting, several member presentations were made:
  • SKYWARN Training recap, John WØWY
  • Morrison County SKYWARN program, Tom KDØMOM
  • Amateur Radio SSTV, Al WØRC
  • ISS-SSTV Image reception, Mitch ADØHJ

–Respectfully submitted by Ron KØGOP, Secretary

MARCH 2019 BAARC SECRETARY’S REPORT

THURSDAY-MARCH 28, 2019 – 4:00 PM – BAARC BOARD MEETING MINUTES – BRAINERD FIRE STATION
President: Steve Mott NØCRM
Vice President: John Luce WØWY
Treasurer: Doug Bergsnev WØDWB
Secretary: Ron Finger KØGOP
Past Presidents: Charles Lane W5CCL, Al Doree WØRC
Director At Large: Lyle Amundson KØLFV
Director of Emergency Communications: Dave Schuldheisz KØISZ
Repeater Trustee: Mitch Ahrenstorff ADØHJ
Community & Special Events Coordinator: Mark Cross KEØLFQ
Attendees: Steve NØCRM, Lyle KØLFV, John WØWY, Ron KØGOP, Al WØRC, Shirley KØDCW, Mitch ADØHJ, Mark KEØLFQ and Dave KØISZ. The President opened the Board Meeting at 405 PM.

Secretary’s Report: 

  • Membership roster: 72 members with 47 paid for 2019 (as of membership meeting close). The Club roster can be found on the Club website under the “Resources/Members Only” area. Current paid members can request an individual password for access via the “Contact Us” form.
  • Minutes: The February 2019 Executive Board and Membership Meeting minutes were posted to the “Baarcer” area.
  • Correspondence: None.
  • Documents: Updated Club membership roster and Gmail contacts database.
  • Membership ID’s: No new Club ID’s.
  • Club Website: Existing banner graphics for April “Brainerd Hamfest”.
  • Motion to accept: Al WØRC, Second Lyle KØLFV, Passed. 

Treasurer’s Report: 

The President presented the Treasurer’s report that was forwarded to the board showing all month’s account transactions and balances to date. 

  • Motion to accept: Al WØRC, Second Dave KØISZ, Passed

Membership Meeting Programs: 

  • The President reviewed recent and future Club programs and events.
  • March 28: “Forestview High Altitude Balloon Class presentation” by teachers Jim Reed and Cory Olson
  • April 25: “Slow Scan TV (SSTV)” demonstration by Al WØRC, “SKYWARN Training Review” by John WØWY
  • May 23: “BAARC Spring Dinner” at American Legion, Nisswa
  • June 20: “Field Day 2019 Prep”
  • July 25: “Field Day Recap” Need alternate location for 4PM Board Meeting.

Recent / Upcoming Events: The following events were discussed:

  • Brainerd Area Hamfest
    • Saturday, April 6, 2019 Brainerd Armory
    • VE Testing: 10AM
    • ARRL Awards QSL Card Checking
    • Flyer and vendor registration on Club website: https://brainerdham.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/BAARC-Hamfest-Flyer-2019.pdf
  • NWS Duluth “SKYWARN Spotter Class”
    • Tuesday, April 9, 2019, 2pm & 6pm, Crow Wing County Land Services Building, Brainerd, MN
    • The training will include: a brief introduction to the National Weather Service (NWS), the different types of hazardous weather and how to safely observe them, the categories of severe weather to report, and how to send those reports to the NWS.
  • Brainerd Jaycees “Run For The Lakes” Marathon
    • Saturday, April 27, 2019, Nisswa, MN
    • Mark KEØLFQ will chair.
    • John will contact John Bowen to verify the operation and use of the Sheriff’s comm trailer.
  • BAARC Spring Dinner
    • Thursday May 23, 2019, 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM
    • Nisswa American Legion Post 627, 25807 Main St, Nisswa
    • Social hour: 5PM, Dinner served: 6 PM, Program: 7 PM – 8 PM.
    • Make your reservations with our Treasurer, Doug WØDWB. We will need to have FINAL COUNT by Net time, Sunday, May 19th.
  • Paul Bunyan Cyclists “Tour of the Lakes” Bike Ride
    • Saturday, June 1, 2019, Downtown Brainerd
    • Mark KEØLFQ will chair.
    • Traffic congestion is anticipated in the downtown area. Net control will use the CWC Sheriff’s van near the county garage and operators stage along the route.
    • John will contact John Bowen to verify the operation and use of the Sheriff’s comm trailer.
  • “ARRL Field Day 2019” 1PM Saturday, June 22, – Noon Sunday, June 23: Crow Wing County Fairgrounds
  • Friday June 21, Mid-Afternoon
    • Deliver communications trailer to FD site
    • Camping available at FD site Friday & Saturday nights 
    • Bathrooms and electric power are available
    • Event talk-In frequency 147.600+  T-141.3
  • Saturday June 22, Morning
    • 8:00 AM: Club breakfast downtown Brainerd at Northwind Grille 
    • 9:30 AM: Set-up communications trailer, install antennas and check out radios & support equipment.
    • 10:30 AM: Amateur radio license testing
    • 1:00 PM: Field Day operations open. On-site communications on 146.58 simplex
    • 5:30 PM: Potluck supper at F/D Site.  Bring something good to share.  
  • Sunday June 23,12:00 PM, Noon
    • 12:00 PM: Field Day operations close.
    • Tear down / cleanup of antennas and equipment.
  • FREE Tailgate Hamfest
    • Saturday, August 10, 2019, Crow Wing County Fairgrounds
    • Lyle KØLFV will chair.
  • Breakfast, Picnic and Fox Hunt
    • Saturday, August 17, 2019, Lum Park, Brainerd
    • 9:00 AM Breakfast at Northwind Grill, Brainerd
    • Fox Hunt begins after breakfast with activities and picnic at Lum Park sheltered area.
    • Lyle KØLFV will chair.

Digital & Emergency Communications:

  • 2019 SKYWARN planning meeting on Saturday, March 30 at Hermantown. There will be 2 training class sessions in Brainerd this year at 2 PM and 6PM, Tuesday, March 9 at the Crow Wing County Land Services Building. This will be the last year of instruction from retiring meteorologist Carol Christenson KCØMAK.
  • No further updates on CWC-EOC remodeling progress.

Old Business: 
Repeater Sites: Mitch reported on MN Repeater Council approval for the new Club UHF pair of 443.925 MHz. This was a previous Club pair used for a portable UHF repeater in the old Club trailer, and now slated for use with a new Fusion Digital repeater installation at the Gull Lake site.

  • Gull Lake:
    • Looking ahead to finishing outdoor cabling work as weather improves.
  • Crosby:
    • No new items.
  • Crow Wing Power:
    • No new items.
  • Cross Lake:
    • No new items.
  • High-rise Site:
    • No new items.
  • Club Inventory: Everyone holding assets for the Club is requested to inventory their items into a simple list and forward to Lyle and the Board.
  • Club Fundraising Documents: Resuming work on fundraising efforts was discussed. The Secretary will refine his first draft of a Club information letter and send to the Board for comments.
  • Active 911: This emergency notification program was first implemented a few years ago, but has not been utilized since then. Mark will investigate to determine it’s current status.

New Business:

  • Appreciation plaques were discussed for presentation to 3 individuals that have provided service and assistance to the Club and our activities: Carol Christenson, NWS meteorologist and SKYWARN trainer, Scott Goddard, CWC Sheriff, and John Bowen CWC Emergency Management Director. The Secretary will complete designs and submit to Tom KTØMMY who has generously offered to laser-engrave for the Club.
  • Everyone holding assets for the Club is requested to inventory their items into a simple list and forward to Lyle and the Board.
  • Discussed was the need to limit admission of Hamfest license exam applicants to 10:15 AM or 10:30 AM. Last year’s late entrants kept VE’s there until 1:30 with no passing exams returned.
    The Board Meeting was adjourned at 4:50 PM.

THURSDAY-MARCH 28, 2019 – 7:00 PM – BAARC MEMBERSHIP MEETING MINUTES – BRAINERD FIRE STATION

  • The President called the meeting to order at 7:00 PM with 32 members and guests present. The business meeting was delayed until after the guest presentation “Forestview High Altitude Balloon Class presentation” by teachers Jim Reed and Cory Olson
    –Respectfully submitted by Ron KØGOP, Secretary

All Things HF: January 2019

No matter how you slice it or how you dice it, we Ham radio operators are all about communicating. We communicate using various modes such as SSB, CW, Digital or perhaps modes yet to be developed used to communicate with robots, even a chat now and then with extraterrestrial beings.? Mostly we communicate with others in this interesting avocation of ours, others like ourselves. We have an art called ?conversation? and lets face it, not everyone has the ability to sit behind a mic to spend hours conversing intelligently with perfect strangers.
Marcia and I were at Applebee?s in Baxter waiting to be seated for lunch along with several others when I noticed most of the people were holding smart phones as their thumbs moved over a virtual keyboard at warp speed. My very first reaction was ?there?s a lot of carpel tunnel in the making? but they were communicating with a device that was not eyeball to eyeball and the thought that they were losing some of the art of conversation occurred to me as the communications were all digital.
After being seated I once again looked around the restaurant to notice almost every table had at least one, sometimes more still moving their thumbs at warp speed over a virtual keyboard. Hardly anyone was in a conversation at the tables and including?the bar, that were in an eyeball to eyeball encounter. I quietly wondered how the texting by the folks at the bar would look like after a few drinks. Anyway, the point is that you and I use a medium called Ham radio which is far too cumbersome to sit on the table or even the bar so we do our ?thing? at home or on occasion we?ll take our stations afield to operate portable. Sadly the cycle 24 minimum has a strangle hold on our band conditions making most DX off limits so I find myself calling CQ fully expecting an interesting fulfilling QSO to answer my call on the other end.
That?s about it from my QTH in Huntersville for this month so let remind you to sit at your station, call CQ because someone somewhere is listening for your call. Don?t disappoint them. I hope to see you next month?
Best 73 es gud DX from my station to yours?Bob/W?ZPE

All Things HF: February 2019

I detest the word ?Amateur? and its multiple meanings. The word ?Amateur? is both a noun and an adjective depending how it is used. How about this?as a synonym its usually associated with one or more of the following descriptions: incompetent, inept, bungler, useless, botched, crude and so it goes on and on.
If asked, I reply, I?m a Ham Radio Operator plus I?m good at what I do. So are the rest of you license holders. We?re good, we?re talented and we?re there when we are needed to provide our expertise in the event of disasters. We can communicate with other Hams around the corner, across this country, and even across the oceans of the world to far away exotic places with skills that make us Ham Radio Operators?not Amateurs.
Remember all of you Ham Radio Operators to sit at your stations to call CQ to other talented Ham Radio Operators who are anxiously waiting to QSO with you?don?t disappoint them. So long from my station in Huntersville to your Ham Radio Station wherever it may be.
Best 73 es gud DX from Bob Feuer W?ZPE