All Things HF

 April 28, 2021 

All Things HF 

First things first…HFDX is alive and well and there’s plenty of it to go around on the HF bands including the digital modes. FT8 in particular is by far the most popular digital mode on the bands today. 

Radio in a Box is not something that’s new as it’s been in use for many years for HF mobile communications from Field Day to major disasters. What is new however is Radio in a Box set up and operated remote for major DXpeditions in sensitive environmental locations. 

Modern day DXpeditions are expensive, very expensive. The process of obtaining permits and licenses to operate in locations like Peter 1 and Scarborough Reef is laborious and its expensive as well as the DXpedition itself tickling the half million-dollar mark. Bouvet Is. even though both attempts failed for one reason or other each approached the $500K mark. 

Radio in a Box operated remotely from the Motor Ship Braveheart to Bouvet, would have had no requirement for an expensive environmental permit and…would not require a very expensive portable housing installation along with its tear down and removal from the Island. 

The funding for the research and development of the project is the Northern California DX Foundation along with the Flex Radio Company. Good neighbors to the DX community indeed! 

That’s all for now but…sit down at your station and call CQ because someone somewhere is listening for you call, don’t disappoint them. 

So long for now from my station in Huntersville to yours wherever it may be… 

Best 73 es gud DX de Bob WØZPE 

April 2021 BAARC Secretary’s Report

THURSDAY-APRIL 29, 2021 – 4:00 PM – BAARC BOARD MEETING MINUTES – BRAINERD FIRE STATION
President: Steve Mott NØCRM
Vice President: Terry May KIØFW
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: John Luce WØWY
Repeater Trustee: Mitch Ahrenstorff ADØHJ
Community & Special Events Coordinator: Mark Cross KEØLFQ
Attendees: Lyle KØLFV, Terry KIØFW, Ron KØGOP, John WØWY, Al WØRC, Charles W5CCL, and Mark KEØLFQ.

The Vice President opened the Board Meeting at 4:07 PM.

Secretary’s Report: 

  • Membership roster: 85 members with 56 paid for 2021 (as of membership meeting close) We welcome new Club member, Andy Stevens KFØACS. 
  • Minutes: The last posted Club Minutes before the Covid-19 suspension were for the February 2020 meetings. At the membership meeting, Doug discussed these in detail and noted the membership renewals, income and expenses over the first 4 months of 2021.
  • Website: Web graphics updated periodically during the Covid-19 suspension included 2020 Tailgate Hamfest, Fall Antenna Work, Christmas 2020, Winter Ops, and 2021 SKYWARN Training.
  • Correspondence: Club thank you letters were sent for donations received from Jerry Morse KB0NKH (January), and Eldon Reeves WØMQO Family (4/2021). A thank you letter was also provided to accompany a $250 donation to Gary Doucette, Crow Wing County Fair Association for use of the Crow Wing County Fairgrounds (3/2021).
  • Club membership roster and Gmail recipient list were periodically updated to current status.

Treasurer’s Report:

  • The Treasurer sent his report to the board showing all month’s account transactions and balances to date.  At the Membership Meeting Doug reviewed membership renewals, income and expenses over the 4 month period of 2021. All bills are current and paid.

Membership Meeting Programs: 

  • The Vice President reviewed the April Club program. 

Digital and Emergency Communications:

  • John WØWY reported on the following:
  • CWC EOC: Per John Bowen, CWC ES, the new EOC facility is still in progress and our Club operating area is yet to be determined. Grant funds are reportedly available for antenna cabling when they are ready for our relocation at the new facility.
  • SKYWARN: Severe WX awareness drill VHF net called during the siren testing with several operators checking in.  New protocols were distributed to the Club with changes primarily in how we contact the NWS. They are moving away from having an amateur radio station and operator onsite. Future reporting to the NWS from net control stations or individual operators can be made by phone or through their new online chat room.
  • Al reported on the upcoming Armed Forces Day (AFD) Cross-Band Test, Friday and Saturday, May 7 – 8, in recognition of Armed Forces Day on May 15. The event is open to all radio amateurs The schedule of military/government stations taking part in the Test and information on the AFD message is available on the MARS website.
  • Lyle KØLFV discussed our Repeater Trustee position, and Mitch ADØHJs relocation out of the Brainerd area. Mitch has been a wonderful asset to the Club and we are looking for someone to fill this position with a technical skillset. Work remains for the completion of the Gull Lake repeater site, and it is hoped Mitch may be able to come up for a return visit to finish this summer.Upcoming BAARC Events
  • 2021 Field Day: Lyle KØLFV discussed possible Club Field Day activities at the CWC Fairgrounds this year. With several expressing interest in resuming this yearly event, he will make arrangements to use the site.
  • With warmer weather approaching, Lyle suggested we occasionally meet for a brown-bag breakfast at Lum Park on Saturday morning in lieu of our former semi-monthly restaurant breakfast meetings.
  • Tailgate Hamfest: This outdoor event has proved a good option to sustain Club income from sales of donated equipment. We will again plan to host this at the CWC Fairgrounds in August.

Old Business:

  • Generator purchase: The Board had previously approved and selected a new, more powerful generator for purchase and use during Club activities. It was discussed and decided to wait till we get a little closer to the next Club event which is Field Day at the end of June.

New Business:

  • 2021 Club Officer election: The November 2021 elections were postponed due to the Covid-19 suspension, and the current Officers and Executive Board agreed to continue until the next election could be held. Since our Club Bylaws direct us to hold an annual election in November, we will hold that at the November membership meeting.
  • Storage Container Work Day: Lyle reported that the Club storage container on the Brainerd Fire Department grounds needs to be reorganized with the high-quality shelving donated by Mitch ADØHJ. This will require removing the inventory of items and selecting surplus which could be sold or given to members. It was decided that just prior to the August Tailgate Hamfest would be the best time to do this.
  • Storage Container site cleanup: Terry KIØFW suggested we offer to do some cleanup of noxious weeds surrounding the container area behind the BFD equipment building.
  • Executive Board Meeting time: Ron KØGOP proposed a later meeting time in the immediate future. The 4PM time allowed time for a group meal but with restaurants closed there is a big gap until the 7PM Membership Meeting. It was agreed we will meet at 5:30PM for the May Board Meeting.

The Board Meeting was adjourned at 4:52 PM.

THURSDAY-APRIL 29, 2021 – 7:00 PM – BAARC MEMBERSHIP MEETING MINUTES – BRAINERD FIRE STATION

At this first Membership Meeting since the Covid-19 suspension in March 2020, 21 members and guests enjoyed several interesting presentations by members:

Tom KDØMOM  Discussing DX and Cycle 25

John WØWY     Portable Power Supply Project

Ron  KØGOP     Building a Solder Filter Fan

Mark  KEØLFQ   Go Bag

Lyle KØLFV   Xiegu G90 SDR HF Transceiver (low cost transceiver)

—Respectfully submitted by Ron KØGOP, Secretary

March 2021
All Things HF

It’s been well over a year since my last post of All Things HF mostly due to the diminishing sunspot cycle 24 and the arrival of the new sunspot cycle 25. During this time period we were in what is referred to as a ‘minimum’ as related to HF radio signals.
The high bands, with the exception of 20-meters, were almost unusable for the purpose of DX operations. Within the past several weeks there has been increased activity allowing for some interesting DX into Europe, Central and South America and Mexico on 15, 17 and 20-meters.
Sunspot numbers continue to be low as is the solar flux index (low 70’s) but promising for near future good DX conditions.
During this past year I’ve spent most of my operating DX on the 40-meter band. Several weeks ago, in the wee hours after calling CQ for several minutes, I was rewarded with a weak but workable signal from the Island of Guadalupe (FG). Once again, calling CQ has proven that you cannot be heard while listening.
In the meantime, I’ve been honing my CW skills in preparation for the good times ahead on the HF bands. Whatever the
mode you use on the bands, call CQ because someone somewhere is listening for your call…don’t disappoint them.
So long for now from my station in Huntersville to yours,
Best 73 es gud DX
Bob WØZPE

January 2020 BAARC Secretary’s Report

THURSDAY-JANUARY 30, 2020 – 4:00 PM – BAARC BOARD MEETING MINUTES – BRAINERD FIRE STATION
President: Steve Mott NØCRM
Vice President: Terry May KIØFW
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: John Luce WØWY
Repeater Trustee: Mitch Ahrenstorff ADØHJ
Community & Special Events Coordinator: Mark Cross KEØLFQ
Attendees: Steve NØCRM, Ron KØGOP, John WØWY, Al WØRC, Shirley KØDCW, Mitch ADØHJ, Charles W5CCL, and Mark KEØLFQ. The Secretary opened the Board Meeting at 4:13 PM.

Secretary’s Report: 

  • Membership roster: 73 members with 34 outstanding for 2020 (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 December board and membership meetings were not held in lieu of the Club Christmas party. 
  • The Secretary cast a “white ballot” to elect Club all officers and directors listed on the 2020 ballot. 
  • Correspondence: none.
  • Documents: secretary will update new Hamfest flyer and website info to new location specifics as determined in coming weeks.
  • Membership ID’s: 1 new Club ID.
  • Club membership roster and Gmail recipient list were updated to current status.
  • Motion to accept: John WØWY, Second Al WØRC , Passed. 

Treasurer’s Report:

  • The Treasurer sent his report to the board showing all month’s account transactions and balances to date. 
  • Motion to accept: Al WØRC, Second Charles W5CCL, Passed

Membership Meeting Programs: 

  • The President reviewed recent and future Club programs and events. 
  • Future meeting dates: February 27, 7 PM, Brainerd Fire Station – John WØWY will invite Sheriff Scott Goddard to attend with and present a program on the department’s therapy dog “Lincoln”.
  • Recent / Upcoming Events: The following events were discussed: 
  • MN-150 Sled Dog Race, Saturday, February 9, 2020: Al WØRC updated the board on course changes, with event organizer Dan Levno to stop by with updates and checkpoints.
  • Mark KEØLFQ will check for operator interest in working the “Breezy Point Fly-In”, Saturday, May 2, 2020.

Digital and Emergency Communications:

  • Ron KØGOP reported on the status of the Central MN Hospital Net held at 1300 on the first Wednesday of the month. The Club is looking for additional operators to staff the 5 Crow Wing County radio locations.

Club Repeaters Status:

  • Gull Lake: No new items
  • Crosby: No new items
  • Crow Wing Power: No new items.
  • Cross Lake: No new items.
  • High-rise Site: No new items.

New Business:

  • John WØWY will draft a year-end letter of appreciation for the secretary to send to the various entities hosting our many Club repeater sites.
  • SKYWARN Severe weather spotting: We need to get on track for linking the 225 and 700 repeaters locally, and then to the Duluth NWS.

The Board Meeting was adjourned at 5:12 PM.

THURSDAY-JANUARY 30, 2020 – 7:00 PM – BAARC MEMBERSHIP MEETING MINUTES – BRAINERD FIRE STATION

The Club enjoyed a very interesting presentation by Pat Goff on the recent upgrades to the Crow Wing Power grid management system.

—Respectfully submitted by Ron KØGOP, Secretary