June 2017 BAARC Secretary Report

THURSDAY-June 22, 2017 – 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: TJ Graves KØTEG 

Attendees: John WØWY, Doug WØDWB, Ron KØGOP, Al WØRC, Shirley KØDCW, Mitch ADØHJ, Dave KØISZ, and Nick WØNY. The Vice President opened the Board Meeting at 4 PM.

Secretary’s Report: Membership roster shows 90 members with 62 paid for 2017. 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. The May 2017 meeting minutes were posted to the “Club Blog” area. A thank you letter was sent to Susan Clark, widow of Stan K3JKW-SK for donated items to the Club. Her reply of how much Stan appreciated the BAARC will be shared with the membership. Motion to accept Al WØRC, Second Dave KØISZ, Passed. 

Treasurer’s Report: The Treasurer’s report was made to the board showing all month’s account transactions and balances to date. The Spring Dinner receipts met expenses. Motion to accept: Dave KØISZ, Second Al WØRC, Passed. 

Membership Meeting Program: The Vice President reviewed recent and future Club programs and events. Several possibilities for the July meeting program were discussed including a local “Field Trip” visit.

Digital & Emergency Communications: Mitch ADØHJ and Nick WØNY discussed the Club Website and Repeaters. After 6 months the new Club website has proved to work well. It is much easier to update and browse on a variety of devices. Mitch suggested it was now time to vacate the old site hosted by Crosslake Communications. The Secretary will send a thank you letter for their years of support. The old PC’s used for repeater management have been a frequent problem. Nick has started purchasing components to build 6-8 rack-mount PC’s to better perform this function. One unit was completed and shown for display. Mitch would like to build 2 additional units at this time along with purchasing some additional parts for the others. Motion to spend $2000 for 3 builds ($1200), and additional parts ($800): Dave KØISZ, Second Al WØRC, Tabled. Al WØRC reported no Gull Lake site updates.

Old Business: Club Modifications to the smaller trailer were completed in time for Field Day. Improvements include 2 windows and a rooftop AC/Heater unit.

New Business: John WØWY noted that the Amateur VHF radios in the County Sherriff’s trailer need reprogramming with our new channel plan and a better antenna.

The Board Meeting was adjourned at 5:20 PM.

 

THURSDAY-June 22, 2017 – 7:00 PM – BAARC MEMBERSHIP MEETING MINUTES – BRAINERD FIRE STATION

The Vice President opened the Club membership business meeting at 7 PM with 24 members and guests present. John WØWY discussed Field Day plans and schedule, and distributed information prepared by Lyle KØLFV. Ron KØGOP played several Field Day news video reports done by KTCA in recent years, and demonstrated the Club FD network logging program. Michael KEØAFZ demonstrated his live-updating FD log for all to follow the weekend action on the Club website. Door prizes and refreshments followed the business meeting.

–Respectfully submitted by Ron KØGOP, Secretary

 

All Things HF: July

Good news before I start my rant!

Baker/Howland Is. (KH1) will be activated in 2018 by a DX group who has already mounted their fund raising activities. Baker/Howland is No. 4 on the most wanted list. This DXpedition will be another very expensive project with the costs in line with the Bouvet project. These dedicated radio operators are to be lauded for their efforts bringing those all but impossible ATNO’s to you and I.

Antennas, antennas and antennas are the most important pieces of equipment for our radio stations. So, who do you ask?? Ask any operator because you’ll soon find out that they’re all experts…every one of them. There’s a lot of antennas to choose from too. They range in price from inexpensive wire antennas to thousand buck giant Yagi’s and…what about a tower and a rotator to support your selection. There’s a lot to think about before taking that plunge into the world of HF radio operations.

My first antenna was a compromise vertical, its replacement was a compromise 5 band Yagi. Look folks, you can do a lot of radio with a wire antenna but, if you’re going into the world of worldwide DX, best to have a tower to support your selections to work those far away exotic places in this world. It isn’t cheap to be a dedicated DXer so one needs to define what part of the hobby am I (and my pocketbook) going to be involved in.

I ended up with mono band antennas, a tower and several power poles supporting antennas with rotors. Am I right and the other dude wrong?? Absolutely not. A tower with a log periodic isn’t a bad idea either and what about those Hex Beams?? There’s a lot to think about so talk to an expert, you know the ones I mean, they know everything (smile).

All kidding aside, talk to a DXer if you’re in doubt. In the meantime you folks who are all set up with your dream stations, sit down and call CQ because someone somewhere is listening and who knows…he may be an antenna expert. So long from my station in Huntersville to your station.

Best 73 es gud DX de Bob/WØZPE

2017 BAARC Field Day Results

W0UJ's Contest Summary Report for ARRL-FIELD-DAY
Created by N3FJP's ARRL Field Day Contest Log
Version 5.4 www.n3fjp.com

Total Contacts = 410
Total Points = 640

Operating Period: 2017/06/24 18:28 - 2017/06/25 05:53

Total Contacts by Band and Mode:

Band   CW Phone Dig Total %
----   -- ----- --- ----- ---
  80    0     3   5     8   2
  40   63    90  21   174  42
  20  112    79  29   220  54
  15    0     8   0     8   2
----   -- ----- --- ----- ---
Total 175   180  55   410 100

Total Contacts by Operator:

Operator Total %
-------- ----- ---
AD0HJ      175  43
K0GOP       63  15
N0CRM       52  13
KI0FW       28   7
W0DWB       24   6
KE0AFZ      23   6
N0KEN       15   4
W0NY        15   4
K0ISZ       11   3
WU0S         3   1
W0RC         1   0

Total = 11

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All Things HF: June

Did you ever wonder who the operator is on the other end of the microphone as the QSO begins.?

Can he/she carry on an intelligent conversation, can he/she contribute or is this going to be a boring one way street. The one thing you might find helpful is having an exit strategy especially one that does not insult the other operator…always be helpful and courteous and be kind. I’m sorry, I have to cut this short. My daughter is calling long distance from New York or…my wife just returned home and she’s crying…got to go. Hey, sometimes it happens so be sure to close by thanking him/her for the QSO and best 73. Whew, The dude on the other end several years ago was an electrical engineer (as he told me several times) who was sure my station was improperly grounded even though he’d never seen my layout. When I explained that I had followed protocol, he explained that the protocol I used was incorrect (exit strategy where are you). On this particular occasion I unceremoniously pushed the button…not a very good idea. I should have used my exit strategy. Don’t be confrontational during a QSO, be nice, be a good radio operator. Don’t tell the other operator he has an annoying carrier with his signal or he’s splattering…use your exit strategy and show him what a good operator you are. Let someone else complain. The art of the QSO is what makes both microphones enjoy the experience, this is what the hobby is all about. I venture to say I’ve learned more about the art of conversation from some of the best there are…Ham radio operators. Another thing to keep handy along with your exit strategy is ‘common sense’. Don’t use it sparingly it costs you nothing. I truly believe that common sense is the glue that keeps this wonderful hobby together and spans so many cultures and so many languages. With band conditions poor for much DX, the good old art of doing a good QSO (rag chew, conversation) or whatever you want to call it, is king for now and so I’m not unhappy with that. Remember, sit down at your station and get something going by calling CQ because someone somewhere is listening for your call. So long for now from Huntersville. Best 73 es gud DX from Bob/W0ZPE