July Meeting Notes

Hello everyone, here are some notes from the Monday night Club meeting:

The meeting was called to order at 7:30pm with 16 members in attendance. Minutes from the previous meeting and the treasurer's report were read and accepted.

Committee reports follow...

Field Day: The report has been filed with the ARRL.  We ran a 6A+GOTO, with 799 combined contacts, for a total of 3,846 points with multipliers and bonuses.  We continue to improve on Field Day every years, and we also continue to draw in more and more hams from the surrounding area.  The is truly a showcase event for the club, and we want to thank all who participated in this years event.

Education: The VE Team had a test session at the Field Day location, issuing one upgrade from tech to general.  No reservations have been made for July 26.

Repeater Committee: Major repeater work occurred over the past weekend.  The backup repeater is now in place at the County Rd M and 16 site, along with KB8GOM's 440 repeater.  We have been running on the backup repeater for a few days now, trying to get a sense of coverage patterns.  There is some work that still needs to be performed on the 440 repeater, as the receive squelch may be to high.  We are also having a reported issue the key sequence for disabling and enabling the primary/backup repeaters.  We should have this resolved in a day or so, but one of the repeaters will be online.

Memorial Committee: No report.

Members in Distress: WD8KRS reported that he recently saw W8TGC (Doyle), who seems to be in good spirits.

Saturday Repeater Work

We organized a repeater work day earlier this week, and accomplished two goals we set for ourselves:

1. The backup Kenwood/CAT repeater system is now in place and on-line at the Co Rd M & 16 repeater site, northwest of Wauseon.  This is the Kenwood Radio that K8LI was able to purchase and program for the club, and the previous CAT 300DX controller from the main repeater, which was previously replaced with a CAT 300DXL.  We are leaving the backup repeater up for the duration of the weekend to stretch it's legs and get some idea of coverage.   Please do try to get into the repeater at some point this weekend and let us know how it sounds to your location.  Keep in mind it is northwest of Wauseon, and at a slightly different elevation, and will have different lobes then the main system.  We are currently intending to flip the system back to the primary site sometime Sunday evening.

2. KB8GOM's 440 repeater is now back on-line.  The frequency is 442.075+ with a 103.5 PL.   The antenna is about 200ft, so it should have good coverage, and with 100 watts out, it should be pretty pronounced.  If you have 440 capability, please do give it a try.

Thanks to K8LI, KB8ELG, N8MM, KB8MDF, KB8GOM, KD8OEY, N8EUY and KD8KBU for taking time from their weekend to get these tasks complete!

The next club meeting will be held on July 21st at the County Administration Building (same as the Drivers License Bureau), 152 S. Fulton St, Wauseon at 7:30pm.

Some notes to pass along:

1. Thanks to all the club members who stopped out to the Delta Chicken Festival this past weekend.  We had great DX on Friday night, and a great time chasing contest stations on Saturday.  The Sunday parade was well attended with 11 club members covering the parade route and assisting local police with traffic rerouting.   Big news for next years Chicken Festival, so be sure to attend the meeting next club meeting.

2. We have still only had a handful of responses to our call for helping build an EC program since we put out a call on May 19th.  If you are interested in helping with emergency response activities and public service when the County and Communities need assistance, please complete the webform here:

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