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

FEBRUARY 2019 BAARC SECRETARY’S REPORT

THURSDAY-FEBRUARY 28, 2019 – 4:00 PM -?BAARC BOARD MEETING MINUTES?- BRAINERD FIRE STATION

President:?Steve Mott N?CRM
Vice President:?John Luce W?WY
Treasurer:?Doug Bergsnev W?DWB
Secretary:?Ron Finger K?GOP
Past Presidents:?Charles Lane W5CCL, Al Doree W?RC
Director At Large:?Lyle Amundson K?LFV
Director of Emergency Communications:?Dave Schuldheisz K?ISZ
Repeater Trustee:?Mitch Ahrenstorff AD?HJ
Community & Special Events Coordinator:?Mark Cross KE?LFQ

Attendees:?Lyle K?LFV, John W?WY, Ron K?GOP, Al W?RC, Shirley K?DCW, Mitch AD?HJ, Mark KE?LFQ and Roger W?WUG. The Vice President opened the Board Meeting at 405 PM.

Secretary?s Report:?

  • Membership roster: 75 members with 33 unpaid for 2019. The Club roster can be found on the Club website under the?Resources/Members Only?? Current paid members can request an individual password for access via the??Contact Us??form.
  • Minutes: The January 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: New banner graphics for April ?Brainerd Hamfest?.
  • Motion to accept: Al W?RC, SecondJohn W?WY,??

Treasurer?s Report:?The Vice President presented a synopsis in lieu of the Treasurer?s report.

Membership Meeting Programs:?

  • The Vice President reviewed recent and future Club programs and events.
  • March 28: ?Forestview High Altitude Balloon Class presentation? by students and teachers
  • April 25: ?Slow Scan TV (SSTV)? demonstration by Al W?RC
  • May 23: ?BAARC Spring Dinner? at American Legion, Nisswa
  • June 20: ?Field Day 2019 Prep?

Recent / Upcoming Events:?The following events were discussed:

Brainerd Area Hamfest

NWS Duluth ?SKYWARN Spotter Class?

  • Tuesday, April 9, 2019, 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
  • Event Chair needed.
  • John will contact John Bowen to verify the operation and use of the Sheriff?s comm trailer.

Paul Bunyan Cyclists ?Tour of the Lakes? Bike Ride

  • Saturday, June 1, 2019, Downtown Brainerd
  • Event Chair needed.
  • Traffic congestion is anticipated in the downtown area. Net control could use the CWC Sheriff?s van near the CTY garage and operators stage along the route.
  • John will contact John Bowen to verify the operation and use of the Sheriff?s comm trailer.

Digital & Emergency Communications:?

  • John reported that the 2019 SKYWARN planning meeting is scheduled for Saturday, March 30 at Hermantown. A small group of interested Club members usually attends in a single vehicle for this annual severe WX season planning event.
  • Al reported that the 2 principal operators that have maintained the LSAC repeater system are stepping back from their longtime duty and exploring the transition of those duties to the Lake County ARES group.
  • Discussed was the possible removal of the unused Echolink and Packet systems from the 145.130 MHz High-Rise repeater site. This would vacate some space in the cramped top floor utility area. Although the old Packet email system is no longer used as it was in it?s pre-internet heyday, it could find a new life if converted to a Winlink node for possible future use with the NWS SKYWARN system.

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:
    • 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:

  • Lyle talked about the need for listing the whereabouts of the Club items and equipment held at various members/officers locations. In the event of an unplanned absence, it would be helpful to know the location of these assets if needed.
  • Everyone holding assets for the Club is requested to inventory their items into a simple list and forward to Lyle and the Board.

The Board Meeting was adjourned at 4:55 PM.

 

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

The Vice President called the meeting to order at 7:00 PM. Following the business meeting reports and break, several presentations were made:

  • ?FMS Balloon Launch? & ?Dog Sled Race??event reports by AL W?RC
  • ?System Fusion Digital Radio Communications Demo & Display? by Mitch AD?HJ

–Respectfully submitted by?Ron K?GOP, Secretary

31st Annual Mid Minnesota 150 Dogsled race

On a very crisp Saturday morning (February 9, 2019), a group of amateur radio operators from the Brainerd Area Amateur Radio Club (BAARC), along with a large number of other volunteers helped Mid Minnesota 150 Dogsled race.

Al Doree W0RC and Shirley KC0DCW once again chaired the event and provided coordination of the event.

Once again we were able to partner with the Crow Wing County Sheriff to help with net control communications.

The following is list of operators and locations.

Net Control: Shirley K?DCW and Terry KI?FW

Locations:

A ? John W?WY / Alan AA?AS? Start Line ? Outing

B ? Al W?RC – South shore & Lawrence Lake Rd

C ? Mark KE?LFQ / Nancy ? Hwy. 58 Crossing

D ? Steve N?CRM ? Pikus Road & Power Line

F ? Ron K?GOP ? North Windy Lake & Hwy 57

G ? Doug W?DWB ? Tee on Hwy 57 & Hwy 20 (318th St.)

H – Hwy 57 & SOO Line Trail

I ? Leon KE?AFY ? SOO Line Trail (88th Ave. NE) & Hwy 200

J ? John W?WY / Alan AA?AS ? Finish Line in Remer

 

 

 

JANUARY 2019 BAARC SECRETARY’S REPORT

THURSDAY-JANUARY 31, 2019 – 4:00 PM -?BAARC BOARD MEETING MINUTES?- BRAINERD FIRE STATION

President:?Steve Mott N?CRM
Vice President:?John Luce W?WY
Treasurer:?Doug Bergsnev W?DWB
Secretary:?Ron Finger K?GOP
Past Presidents:?Charles Lane W5CCL, Al Doree W?RC
Director At Large:?Lyle Amundson K?LFV
Director of Emergency Communications:?Dave Schuldheisz K?ISZ
Repeater Trustee:?Mitch Ahrenstorff AD?HJ
Community & Special Events Coordinator:?Mark Cross KE?LFQ

Attendees:?LYLE K?LFV, Doug W?DWB, John W?WY, Ron K?GOP, Al W?RC, Shirley K?DCW, Mitch AD?HJ, Mark KE?LFQ and Dave K?ISZ. The Vice President opened the Board Meeting at 420 PM following a mapping session with Dan Levno for the Mid-MN 150 Sled Dog Race on February 9th.

Secretary?s Report:?

  • Membership roster: 69 members with 31 unpaid for 2019. The Club roster can be found on the Club website under the?Resources/Members Only?? Current paid members can request an individual password for access via the??Contact Us??form.
  • Minutes: The November 2018 Executive Board and Membership Meeting minutes were posted to the?Baarcer??area.
  • Correspondence:
  • Documents: Updated Club membership roster and Gmail contacts database.
  • Membership ID’s: No new Club ID?s.
  • Club Website: New banner graphics for December: ?Santa Tracker?, January: Ice-Fishing Extravaganza? and February: ?Mid-MN 150 Sled Dog Race?.
  • Motion to accept: Mitch AD?HJ, SecondJohn W?WY,??

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.?Doug has been able to process incoming membership renewals over the holidays with less Club expenditures.

  • Motion to accept: Al W?RC, SecondJohn W?WY,?Passed

Membership Meeting Programs:?

  • The Vice President reviewed recent and future Club programs and events. Al reported that the Forestview High Altitude Balloon Class has finished, and they are looking for a launch date in the near future. Other repeat programs discussed were ?Grounding? by Pat Goff, Crow Wing Power and ?Wild Animal Tracking? by Brian Dirks, MN DNR.

Recent / Upcoming Events:?The following events were discussed:

Jaycees Ice Fishing Extravaganza

  • Saturday, January 26, 2019 Hole in the Day Bay on Gull Lake
  • 6 Club operators braved the cold for a successful event.
  • The Sheriff?s comm trailer was disabled, but the Dive Team trailer was a workable and available alternate.

Mid-MN 150 Dog Sled Race

  • Saturday, February 9, 2019
  • Al will chair the event. Our base of operations will remain at the Village Inn, Outing. Organizer Dan Levno was at the Board Meeting to go over the route map changes for this year.
  • John will contact John Bowen to verify the operation and use of the Sheriff?s comm trailer.

Digital & Emergency Communications:?

Crow Wing County EOC:

  • John reported that work is continuing on the new CWC EOC facility, and will include a training room that could possibly serve as a back-up Club meeting location.

Old Business:?

Repeater Sites: Mitch reviewed the list of repeater projects on the 2019 calendar.

  • Gull Lake:
    • UHF coax work
    • APRS Node
    • Approval of VHF frequency pair.
    • New Rackmount PC
  • Crosby:
    • No new items.
  • Crow Wing Power:
    • No new items.
  • Cross Lake:
    • No new items.
  • High-rise Site:
    • No new items.

New Business:

  • With the recent closing of Radio City, the board discussed other possible vendors and attractions for our spring Hamfest. Digi-Key of Thief River Falls was of interest, and Al will pursue this possibility through his contact there.
  • John started a discussion regarding the changing role of our Club and amateur radio in general, in regard to providing communication support for local events. It was noted how events like the recent Jaycee Ice Fishing Extravaganza have changed over the years. In the beginning we carried an important role in providing communications over that expansive venue using many operators. Since then they have tried cell phones, then FRS and GRMS radios, and finally this year were using ARMER radios within the public safety system. It was noted that other events like the Sled Dog Race still have a real need for our skills, but that our role for other event groups may be changing over time.

The Board Meeting was adjourned at 4:42 PM.

THURSDAY-JANUARY 31, 2019 – 7:00 PM -?BAARC MEMBERSHIP MEETING MINUTES?- BRAINERD FIRE STATION

The Vice President called the meeting to order at 7:00 PM. Following the business meeting reports and break, several presentations were made:

  • ?Winter Field Day Operations? presented by Lyle K?LFV
  • Updates on the Jaycee Ice Fishing Extravaganza? and ?Mid-MN 150 Sled Dog Race? presented by Al W?RC
  • ?MARS, the Military Auxiliary Radio System? by John W?WY, Al W?RC and Ron K?GOP

–Respectfully submitted by?Ron K?GOP, Secretary