All Things HF: July 2019

An update of the future of Ham radio on Mount Athos as announced by QST magazine.

Monk Iakovos (SV3RSG) has been approved to take over and to operate the radio station on Mount Athos continuing the work of Monk Apollo (SV2ASP/A) SK. Mount Athos is now the 18th most wanted on the DXCC list of worldwide entities. This is good news for the DXCC community worldwide.

For yours truly, this has been a month of medical issues but getting on HF was not brushed aside as calling CQ is what this operator thrives on. All of July’s operating from my radio station was on the 40-meter band utilizing my new inverted vee antenna. How sweet it is as I watched the various dials indicating operating conditions across the 7khz band were all under control. This operator is not bashful about using the after-burner even though its always several hundred watts below legal power, I’m able to get my signal out there in spite of QSB and static crashes.

Getting back to rag chewing is nothing short joy so that’s what I did throughout the month. As band conditions improve (and I hope they will sooner than later) it’ll be interesting to find out how this wire will do on DX. In the event it falls flat on phone operation for DX, the hope is that it’ll work well with the CW mode. As the saying goes, “time will tell”.

That’s about all for this month’s excitement from this station so I’ll close with this reminder…sit down at your station and call CQ because someone somewhere is waiting for your call and keep this in mind, nobody can hear you listening so call CQ. So long from my station for now in Huntersville to your station wherever it might be.

Best 73 es gud DX de WØZPE Bob Feuer

JULY 2019 BAARC SECRETARY’S REPORT

THURSDAY-JULY 25, 2019 – 4:00 PM – BAARC BOARD MEETING MINUTES – BRAINERD FIRE STATION
President: Steve Mott NØCRM
Vice President: Lyle Amundson KØLFV
Treasurer: Doug Bergsnev WØDWB
Secretary: Ron Finger KØGOP
Past Presidents: Charles Lane W5CCL, Al Doree WØRC
Director At Large: John Luce WØWY
Director of Emergency Communications: Dave Schuldheisz KØISZ
Repeater Trustee: Mitch Ahrenstorff ADØHJ
Community & Special Events Coordinator: Mark Cross KEØLFQ
Attendees: Lyle KØLFV, Doug WØDWB, Ron KØGOP, Al WØRC, John WØWY, Mitch ADØHJ, and Steve NØCRM. The Vice President opened the Board Meeting at 4:10 PM.

Secretary’s Report: 

  • Membership roster: 69 members with 53 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 June meeting minutes were posted to the club website.. 
  • Correspondence: None.
  • Documents: None.
  • Membership ID’s: 1 new Club ID.
  • Motion to accept: John WØWY, Second Al WØRC, Passed. 

Treasurer’s Report:

  • The Treasurer presented the report forwarded to the board showing all month’s account transactions and balances to date. 
  • Motion to accept: Al WØRC, Second John WØWY, Passed

Recent / Upcoming Events: The following events were discussed: 

  • FREE Tailgate Hamfest Saturday: August 10, 2019, Crow Wing County Fairgrounds
  • July 25: “Field Day Recap” Need alternate location for 4PM Board Meeting.
  • September 26: “Member Show and Tell”.
  • Breakfast, Picnic and Fox Hunt: Saturday: August 17, 2019, Lum Park, Brainerd, 9:00 AM Breakfast at Northwind Grill, Brainerd
  • Baxter Triathlon: Sunday, August 25, 2019, Whipple Beach, Baxter.
  • Northland Arboretum “Haunted Trail”: Thursday, Friday, Saturday, October 17-19, 2019, Brainerd.
  • “Pulse Point” presentation: September 26 Membership Meeting.

Old Business:  

  • The Club will offer unused/surplus gear from the storage unit to members for a small donation. This will coincide with a Club Meeting or Breakfast in the near future.
  • Remote Base Station: Will leave at present location for now; working well.
  • Club information document: no activity to report.
  • Club Website: discussed stability, moving to a new server.
  • The Secretary will complete a design for an appreciation plaque for Scott Goddard, CWC Sheriff, and John Bowen CWC Emergency Management Director and furnish to Tom KTØMMY to laser-engrave for the Club.

Club Repeaters Status:

  • Gull Lake: Mitch was out there 2 weeks ago, will be installing ground strap and new connectors. Roger and Dan completed work on UHF duplexer. Nick and Mitch working on motherboards for new rack-mount PCs.
  • Crosby: No new items
  • Crow Wing Power: No new items.
  • Cross Lake: No new items.
  • High-rise Site: No new items.

New Business:

  • Following the Tailgate Hamfest, the treasurer will order an HRI-200 controller (($130) and pop-up awning (($118) from DX Engineering.
  • Discussion regarding replacing the old Club generator. MOTION: Sell old generator at Hamfest for $200 and purchase a new Honda 4KW inverter generator. Lyle/Al, Passed.

The Board Meeting was adjourned at 5:05 PM.

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

The President called the meeting to order at 7:00 PM with 25 members and guests present. Following the business meeting, the Club viewed a DVD presentation of DXpedition to South Sandwich and South Georgia Island “Back to the basics: small radios, antennas and generators; no more Mr. Kilowatt”

—Respectfully submitted by Ron KØGOP, Secretary

June 2019 BAARC Secretary’s Report

THURSDAY-JUNE 20, 2019 – 4:00 PM – BAARC BOARD MEETING MINUTES – BRAINERD FIRE STATION
President: Steve Mott NØCRM
Vice President: Lyle Amundson KØLFV
Treasurer: Doug Bergsnev WØDWB
Secretary: Ron Finger KØGOP
Past Presidents: Charles Lane W5CCL, Al Doree WØRC
Director At Large: John Luce WØWY
Director of Emergency Communications: Dave Schuldheisz KØISZ
Repeater Trustee: Mitch Ahrenstorff ADØHJ
Community & Special Events Coordinator: Mark Cross KEØLFQ
Attendees: Lyle KØLFV, Doug WØDWB, Ron KØGOP, Al WØRC, Shirley KØDCW, Mitch ADØHJ, Mark KEØLFQ and Terry KIØFW. The Vice President opened the Board Meeting at 4:15 PM.

Secretary’s Report: 

  • Membership roster: 68 members with 52 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: There was no Board or Membership Meeting in May in lieu of the BAARC Spring Dinner. 
  • Correspondence: None.
  • Documents: None.
  • Membership ID’s: 1 new Club ID.
  • 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. The Spring Dinner receipts have never fully covered costs for this annual night out, but the recent May event showed a more modest shortfall than years prior.
  • The Brainerd Armory site will be unavailable for the next 1-2 years due to extensive remodeling plans. Al WØRC reported that he has found a new venue at the Brainerd High School cafeteria, with ample space, and lower site fees.
  • Motion to accept: Al WØRC, Second Mark KEØLFQ, Passed

Membership Meeting Programs: 

  • The Vice President reviewed recent and future Club programs and events. 
  • May 23: “BAARC Spring Dinner” at American Legion, Nisswa: “Forestview High Altitude Balloon Class/ Toshiba NYC presentation” by teachers Jim Reed and Cory Olson.
  • July 25: “Field Day Recap” Need alternate location for 4PM Board Meeting.
  • September 26: “Member Show and Tell”.

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
  • An appreciation plaque was presented to retiring NWS-Duluth meteorologist and fellow Ham, Carol Christenson KCØMAK. The plaque was laser engraved and donated by Club member, Tom KTØMMY.

Brainerd Jaycees “Run For The Lakes” Marathon

  • Saturday, April 27, 2019, Nisswa, MN

“Aviation Days” at the Breezy Point Airport

  • Saturday May 4, 2019, 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM

Paul Bunyan Cyclists “Tour of the Lakes” Bike Ride

  • Saturday, June 1, 2019, Downtown Brainerd

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

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.

Baxter Triathlon

  • Sunday, August 25, 2019, Whipple Beach, Baxter

Northland Arboretum “Haunted Trail”

  • Thursday, Friday, Saturday, October 17-19, 2019, Brainerd

Digital & Emergency Communications: 

  • “PulsePoint” alerting system was discussed, alerting nearby registered emergency responders to a “CPR event”.

Old Business:  

  • The Club will offer unused/surplus gear from the storage unit to members for a small donation. This will coincide with a Club Meeting or Breakfast in the near future.

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. 
  • Other venues for future Spring Dinner events were discussed. Among these were the Last Turn Saloon in Brainerd and Pizza Ranch in Baxter. The Pizza Ranch option seemed most favorable with it’s wide menu choices, free room, and no reservations required.
  • The sometimes low turnout of Club workers for events was discussed. Strategies for encouraging greater member involvement are being considered, along with our changing role as communicators with some long-established events like the Ice-Fishing Extravaganza transitioning to other, non-ham, communication options.

The Board Meeting was adjourned at 4:55 PM.

THURSDAY-JUNE 20, 2019 – 7:00 PM – BAARC MEMBERSHIP MEETING MINUTES – BRAINERD FIRE STATION

  • The Vice President called the meeting to order at 7:10 PM with 17 members and guests present. Following the business meeting, several member presentations were made:
  • The October meeting date will be changed to October 24, 2019.
  • Field Day Presentations by Lyle KØLFV, Mitch ADØHJ and Ron KØGOP.

–Respectfully submitted by Ron KØGOP, Secretary

All Things HF: May 2019

MOUNT ATHOS
The DX voice and CW key are silent from Mount Athos with the recent passing of Monk Apollo (SV2ASP/A) now a silent key. Apollo was a Achiariou Monk in the Monastic Republic of Mount Athos.

Mount Athos is number 20 on the most wanted list of DX entities worldwide. Its most likely to be in the top 10 now that Apollo’s key is silent. There have been nor will there likely be any DXpeditions from Mount Athos now or in the future. The 2000 inhabitants (all Monks) are devoted Christians to their special monastic beliefs with all contributing to the livelihood of the republic. Apollo was the chief engineer. There are several Monks that hold the equivalent Greek radio licenses to our Tech with no HF privileges. Monk Apollo (SV2ASP/A) SK will be missed by the worldwide DX community. RIP SV2ASP/A SK.

Band conditions have improved over the past 30 days with increased sunspots noted resulting in higher solar flux index numbers…much better DXing this past month. I enjoyed QSO’s into the UK, Italy and Mexico. Lots of good activity and fun contacts around the good old USA (also Canada and Yukon)

That’s the update from my station in Huntersville reminding you to sit down at your station and call CQ, there’s someone out there listening for your call…don’t disappoint them. So long from my station to yours. Best 73 es gud DX from Bob WØZPE.