December 16th 2015 NOARC Christmas Party
Posted by N8FQ on Wednesday, December 23, 2015 @ 7:27 PM
At 6:00 pm, on a mild December evening, the NOARC club met for our
annual Christmas
party, at the Spring Lake library. Twelve in attendance- members and
spouses – enjoyed an evening of making acquaintances in a relaxing and
jovial atmosphere. I am again amazed at how well “ potlucks" workout. It
could not have been planned better with ham, casseroles of corn, broccoli,
beets, scalloped potatoes, plus some rolls, cake, and cookies. And not a
bad punch.

Gift time rolled around with a ticket drawing for the grand prize of the
ARRL handbook – won by Roger Simmons. Three ARRL repeater directories and
three ARRL calendars were drawn by remaining guests.

Again, 8:30 pm library closing dictated our closing.

The January meeting is on the 28th at 6;30. Roger Cox will present the

Merry Christmas to you all and Happy New Year, 73 s.

Respectfully submitted: Phyllis and Roger Simmons

NOARC Minutes to November 2015 meeting
Posted by N8FQ on Tuesday, December 8, 2015 @ 8:20 PM
Our Wednesday night meeting at the Spring Lake Library began at 6:30 PM
with rollcall. We had 13 members in attendance.

With winter on our heels, a few of us disappear for warmer climate during
January, February and March. Our loss, in missing the January program
being given by Roger Cox and the February and March programs to be
presented by Paul Zellar.
. Our next meeting is January 28th. Stay tuned for the February and March

Keep December 16th open for our Christmas party 6 PM at the Spring Lake
Library. Ham and beverage will be provided, making this a potluck affair.
Please provide your table service and bring your spouse or other
significant person.

December 5th brings us to the Grand Haven Jingle Bell parade. Volunteers
are to meet at Grand Haven Public Safety Building, using the Sixth Street
entrance at 5 get the show on the road, a QRP Pixie radio show and
tell took place. John Sundstrom distributed four of the new Pixie radios
costing four dollars each. These kits were completed and demonstrated at
November 25th meeting.

The annual vote for officers was completed without delay. Thus, the
officers of the previous year were reinstalled. The following were
unanimously approved: John Fischer, Ppresident, Donald Meyer, vice
president, John Sundstrom, Treas., Phyllis and Roger Simmons Co-

Then the fun began. 4 QRP Pixie CW D I Y kits have been completed since the
last meeting and were up for examination and trial use. Pat Gardner,Stacy
Vanburen, John Sundstrom and Roger Simmons submitted a Pixie radio
(completed by Ben Docter.) We fired up the radios and gave them our best
shot. Pat distributed copies of schematics and led us through the project.
Thanks, Pat. This was a fun meeting.Once again, we closed the meeting at
8:30 PM

Respectfully submitted, Phyllis and Roger Simmons

Minutes of the October 29th 2015 Meeting
Posted by N8FQ on Tuesday, November 24, 2015 @ 6:48 PM
October 29 meeting kicked off at 6:30 PM. John Sundstrom presented some
Pixie 2 transceivers , which he had purchased for four dollars each. Three
of them were parceled out for members to complete. They will be showed at
the next meeting.

Don Meyer reported that the new two meter repeater has quirks that are
being addressed, so it has been called off line for service. The old
repeater will be used until the new one is ready.

The Boy Scout jamboree on the air (October 19) was mentioned by Ben Docter.
Ben made a suggestion to improve the presentation of information to the Boy
Scouts. The presentation should prepare the scouts to talk intelligibly on
the radio. He then showed an excellent film of a live jamboree in the
United Kingdom.

Roger Cox, W8IO, gave an enlightening dissertation on on antenna modeling.
Roger designs antennas for a living, and is very knowledgeable on
computerized formation of different modes of transmission. The question and
answering session pushed us to the library closing at 8:30 PM. Thank you.
Roger Cox.

Respectfully submitted: Phyllis and Roger Simmons

November club meeting
Posted by N8FQ on Tuesday, November 24, 2015 @ 3:09 PM
The monthly club meeting will be held on Wednesday, November 25 at the Spring Lake District Library at 6:30 PM. We will be working on building and testing the Pixie CW transceiver kits that were first mentioned at last month's meeting.

Minutes Of September 2015 Meeting
Posted by N8FQ on Wednesday, September 30, 2015 @ 12:22 PM
About 6:45pm. The business meeting kicked off with John Sundstrom presiding.

The clubs new repeater is up and running. Saturday's club participation in
the Old Boys Run Saturday the 26th, found the sound to be very clear in
response to Don Meyer's net control.

October 3 is GRAHA Hamfest at Home School Building, 5625 Burlingame
Southwest Wyoming, Michigan. Our club has three tables. Open at 8 AM.

We're back to a Thursday meeting in October, on the 29th. Roger Cox will
demonstrate antenna modeling and their effects.

Our club is one of very few that tries to assist Boy Scouts with jamboree on
the air. The scouts have arranged for a cabin on October 17 at Kirk Park,
off Lake Shore Drive. Any help would be appreciated.

Our program this evening at the spring Lake Public Library, was presented
by Alan Groenleer. The subject, Windows 10. Alan introduced us to the
program and was open to questions. It was very well done. Thank you, Alan.

Treats, coffee and gab. led to a closing time, thus the meeting was

Respectfully submitted: Phyllis and Roger Simmons

New Repeater On-Air
Posted by N8FQ on Sunday, September 20, 2015 @ 6:44 PM
We just finished installing our new Yaesu System Fusion repeater this afternoon, replacing our old 2 meter machine. Frequency and PL are unchanged. The repeater is configured to accept analog or digital input, with analog output regardless.

At present, the repeater is running at "medium" power - approximately 25 watts.

September meeting
Posted by N8FQ on Sunday, September 13, 2015 @ 11:20 PM
Our next club meeting will be on Wednesday, September 23 at 6:30 PM, in the program room at the Spring Lake District Library.

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.

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