QRP In The Park - August 27
Posted by N8FQ on Wednesday, July 29, 2015 @ 4:03 PM
This is our annual outing to William Ferry Park in Ferrysburg. Bring a portable rig and get on the air, or just enjoy the sights and/or snacks.

To get there, take the Ferrysburg exit from US-31, go east on Third, then turn right on Pine. The park entrance is directly across the street from the Mobil gas station.

June meeting and Field Day 2015
Posted by N8FQ on Tuesday, May 26, 2015 @ 3:14 PM
NOARC's Field Day this year will be at Coast Guard Park in Ferrysburg.

From US-31, take the Ferrysburg exit, then go west on Third, which becomes 174th Ave after the curve. Go west on North Shore (at the fire barn), and look for the buoy on your right.

The June club meeting will be held at the park on Thursday, June 25 at 6 PM. Setup will begin on Saturday, June 27 at 8 AM, with operation beginning at noon.

May club meeting
Posted by N8FQ on Tuesday, May 12, 2015 @ 5:39 PM
Our monthly club meeting will be held once again on Thursday, May 21 at 6:30 PM, in the conference room in front of the Spring Lake Library.

April club meeting
Posted by N8FQ on Tuesday, April 21, 2015 @ 10:59 PM
The April club meeting will be held on April 30 at 6:30 PM at the Spring Lake District Library.

March Club Meeting
Posted by N8FQ on Tuesday, March 17, 2015 @ 4:05 PM
The next NOARC monthly club meeting will be on Thursday, March 26 at the Spring Lake District Library at 6:30 PM. The program will be another presentation by Paul, W8IQE.

Minutes of January 2015 monthly meeting
Posted by N8FQ on Thursday, January 22, 2015 @ 8:09 PM
January 15, 2015, brought our first NOARC meeting of the year to order with
roll call introductions of the nine attending members. President John
Fischer officiating.

Our program for the evening: " simple get on the air devices" , was
presented by Paul Zeller. Paul's curiosity led him" tinkering " with
radio innards (1949 ) , then winding his own coils; crystal sets,
etc.. In 1955 he wrote to FCC , inquiring about the novice license he
had heard about . Voila! An exam appears in the mail. He recruited a
Grand Haven police Sgt. to give him his 5 w.p.m. code test ( door-bell
keyer ). He got his technician license in 1956. A few old radios
.and TV sets. (power supply) served Paul well through the years. .Quoting
Paul.". Don't be afraid to try.".. Thank you, Paul, for an interesting and
entertaining presentation.

In house was our new base digital repeater, to be installed in the
spring . Don Meyer and John Fischer explained the many options our new
purchase offers.

. Coffee and brownies consumed, the meeting adjourned . Please note:
February 26 and March 26 are our next meetings .

Respectfully submitted ;, Phyllis Simmons , Secretary

January Meeting
Posted by N8FQ on Tuesday, January 6, 2015 @ 11:11 PM
Our next meeting will be held on January 15 at the Spring Lake District Library. The program will be a presentation by Paul Zellar, W8IQE.

Minutes of November 2014 Meeting
Posted by N8FQ on Monday, December 1, 2014 @ 10:10 PM
Eleven enthusiastic members braved 20°, windy weather to attend the meeting
at the Spring Lake library. Phyllis brought her goodies, including apples,
chocolate chip cookies, Brownie bars, coffee, tea and hot chocolate. Jerome
Novotny motioned to reimburse John Sundstrom, for expenses incurred in
purchasing a new repeater. The motion was seconded by Roger Simmons.

The November election of officers for NOARC then took place. John
Sundstrom advised that last year the same officers were elected. He
inquired if it was the wish of the club to reelect the present officers.
Jerome Novotny motioned that the same officers serve next year. The motion
was seconded by Paul Zellar. The motion was approved by unanimous consent.
The conference room is at the library for the January 15th meeting. It is
at 6:30 pm. Paul Zellar will present the program.

John Fischer advised that the Grand Rapids repeater link is hanging by
coax alone. A discussion was held reference possible by moving its
location. No firm location was mentioned.

The Christmas holiday party will take place at the Spring Lake library on
December 15 at 6:00 pm. Ham,coffee and punch are provided. Bring your
significant other, even your wife, your table service and a dish to share.
John Sundstrom has a door prize for the party. Plan to have a good time.

John Sundstrom presented an interesting program involving digital radio.
He brought a Yaesu FT1

dual band 2 m /70 cm handheld to the meeting. These radios are APRS
compatible with GPS. Radios also automatically receive and transmit analog
and digital modes. More information on these radios can be found on Google,

Gen. discussions were held as the members consumed Phyllis Simmons'
goodies. Then being satisfied, the amateurs filtered out of and departed
the premises.

Respectfully submitted: Phyllis and Roger Simmons

November Business Meeting
Posted by N8FQ on Thursday, November 13, 2014 @ 5:55 PM
The November meeting will be held on November 20 at 6:30 PM, at the Spring Lake District Library. Our program for the evening will be a discussion and demonstration of the Yaesu FT-1D digital radio.

Minutes of October 2014 Monthly Meeting
Posted by N8FQ on Thursday, November 13, 2014 @ 10:53 AM
The NOARC meeting for the month of October was held at the Spring Lake
library. Phyllis Simmons brought brownies, cookies, Apples, coffee, tea
and cider to the meeting. The meeting started shortly after 6:30 pm.

Ben Docter began his presentation on the 1934 expedition to Anartica with
Admiral Perry. Ben has a canceled envelope sent to Antarctica during
the expedition. Then he related an exceptional story of the expedition
and his part in a present-day radio contact with CE9/K2ARB. This came
in the form of two QSL cards. The expedition was also written up in QSL
magazine 2010. My apologies for omitted details in this excellent
presentation . You had to be there.

Next, John Sundstrom referred to an article in CQ magazine page 16
describing the Yaesu system "Fusion". This is a new repeater costing
approximately $500. Our old repeater began operation in19 83. Gordon
Stockhill motioned to purchase the Yaesu DR 1 repeater for the club. The
motion was seconded by Brian Beimers and Andy Suszki. . The motion was
adopted by unanimous consent.

Gordon Stockhill brought most of his radio antennas to be raffled off
among the members . Paul Zellar brought in books, videos and assorted
radio gear, which he distributed without charge. Lucky John Fischer won
the new forty meter dipole that Gordon had won at last weeks Muskegon
Hamfest. Congratulations John. I want to sit next to you during the
next raffle. Maybe some of that luck will rub off on me.

Lou Meisch has gone to Florida for the season. Maybe he won't mind if I
use his closing statement. " A good time was had by all."

Respectfully submitted: Phyllis and Roger Simmons

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