March 2017 Minutes
Posted by N8FQ on Wednesday, April 5, 2017 @ 10:45 AM
It seemed like March was behaving like a lamb, 6:30 on March 30. Fourteen
members showed up for the March Meeting.
. Craig Christilaw reported $603 expenditure for Te-Ne -Ke
John Sundstrom said that sales of the Te-Ne-Ke is pretty steady.
Our bank and the Community Foundation funds are looking good. A
question was asked about restrictions on our Community Foundation Fund.
The answer,,as I understand it,was that we can use $295 of it annually but
if we have need for more, the Foundation would take a look at our need
before agreeing to it.
Looking at the future meetings make note of April 20th, a third
Thursday, and May 25th. Both are at 6:30 at the Spring Lake Library
Spring Hamfest,season begins. May 6th Cadillac hamfest held at
the Cadillac Jr. High School. We have two tables available to sell your
goods. On June 3rd,Hudsonville hamfest at the Fairgrounds
With Spring comes racing events. May27 this the Memorial Day run
in Grand Haven.
The repeater and water tank hill update by John Sunstrom and
Hank Rickels indicates that the powers to be at least are mentioning us and
our shack. Stay tuned.
And can you believe it ? Field Day draws nigh,June 24th, The
;aalast few years we have found ourselves operating between2-3 locations.
It has been suggested that we use the airport. The airport likes it (I
like it ) and perhaps our antennas will be a challenge, But the facility
has all we would need shelter, Bath rooms of, and no city fee. There will
be further discussion at the next two meetings..
Our program tonight was presented by Greg Poel W8GP, on electrical
wave theory. A film presentation by Bell Telephone Labs of yore, gave neat
illustrations. Thank you Greg.
We have brought back 50/50 drawings. Phyllis won, She thanks you.
Once again we dismissed under the 8:30 library bell.
See you on the 20th
Respectfully submitted :
Secretaries Phyllis & Roger Simmons :
Posted by N8FQ on Sunday, November 27, 2016 @ 10:08 PM
Twas the night before Thanksgiving – and 12 members met at the Spring Lake
Library to play with Kits – on – the – air. John Sundstrom brought a 49er
and a Hendrix PFR – 3A. Pat Gardner a “Pixie”, a frequency counter and a
ZZR 40, from QST July, 2016. Craig Christilaw a 49er, Heath HW8, a Tentex
40 mtr and Woody's keyer [ Boyd Mason special]. But first....
The meeting was called to order with a finanial report - - we're still O.K.
And future events. On October3 our help is requested for the Grand Haven
Jingle Bell Parade. We meet at the Grand Haven Public Safety , parking in
the lot on Columbus, and entering the front of the building on Washington.
Our Christmas party is at 6:00, on December 22nd at the library. Guests are
asked to bring a dish to pass and your table service. Meat and drink are
The first two or three months of the year finds a few of us in warmer
climates. However, Hank Reikels has agreed to program the January 19
meeting. The months of February and March are not on calendar as yet.
Report on the repeater: no decisions from the city manager as yet.
Report on new officers: President: John Sundstrom nominated by Craig
Christilaw; seconded by Hank Reikels. Vice President: Don Meyer nominated
by John Sundstrom; seconded by Craig Christilaw. Secretary: Phyllis and
Roger Simmons nominated by John Sundstrom, seconded by Craig Christilaw.
Treasurer: Craig Christilaw nominated by John Sundstrom, seconded by Stacy
By vote was passed.
From John Sundsrtrom: Help pass the amateur radio parity act that is in the
Senate right now. Letter to: https://arrl.rally congress.net/ctas/urge – us
– senate – to – pass – amateur – radio – parity – act.
And Field Day report – last June. We were in the top one third of class 3A.
Nice going. And while on the subject of Field Day, the question arose –
could we have Field Day at the airport? Perhaps timing it with a Young
NOW, it was time to play. A little soldering show and tell [ nice work ]
and there where contacts across the room, at any rate. I believe the patio
antenna wasn't bringing in anything. A fun evening..
See you and yours at the Christmas party!
Phyllis and Roger Simmons
October Meeting Minutes
Posted by N8FQ on Wednesday, November 2, 2016 @ 10:39 PM
With an attendance of 17, the meeting was opened with a roll call. .
Treasurer John Sundstrom N8YQD, reported that we are still in the black.
He also reports that our November 23 meeting will have demonstrations of
kits made by members. Tables and antennas will be on hand.
Other future events are are: December 3 Jingle Bell Parade net and December
22, 6 PM annual Christmas party at the Spring Lake library.
On October 15 NOARC assisted with the Boy Scout Jamboree on the air, at the
Grand Haven Airport. Ten scouts received radio merit badges thanks to Ben
Docter and Alan Koch KA8JJN who presented an excellent four hour class in
one and one half hours. And thanks to our members who provided 20 and 40
meter contacts. Craig Christilaw K8CRC reported that the airport board was
impressed with the efforts for the scouts and would welcome the event next
year. There was suggestion that posting a Young Eagles Event (flying) at
the same time might be a big draw.
The question of the club hosting a Ham in a day class was brought up,
tossed around and will be discussed at the November 23 meeting, with more
information under our belt.
Topic for the night; Hank Reikels W8GVK and John Sundstrom N8YQD discus
The City of Grand Haven and the County plan to go to 800 Mhz digital and
erect a new shack
and tower where Hanks shack and our repeateer is located on water tank
hill.There would be other services in the new facility, using the common
tower. Hank will receive 90day notice that he has to remove the current 100
foot and old shack at his expense. Happpening probably in the spring of
2017. After some discussion the group feeling was that we inquire if the
city would allow us to keep the old shack. Using the old shack may reduce
intermod problems. Our second option would be to use the tower by the Grand
Haven Police and Fire Department , offered by the Police Department. The
tower is lower than the water tank hill, so range would be lost . The City
Manager(Mc Ginnis) wants Ham radio accomodated , recognizing that the club
provides public service for many events.
A plan needs to be made to keep the repeater in service during the
construction time. See you November 23rd?
Respectfully submitted Phyllis & Roger Simmons
September Meeting Minutes
Posted by N8FQ on Sunday, October 2, 2016 @ 2:38 PM
September brings our meeting back in-doors at the Spring Lake Publc
Library. At 6:30 John Sundstrom openned the meeting with the financial
report: we're doing O.K.
Onward to future events. October 15 has the Muskegon Hamfest and our club
will have a table for anyone wishing to sell. That Saturday also commits
our club to Boy Scouts Jamboree on the Air at the Grand Haven Airport. The
scouts begin at 11:00 A.M. until, perhaps, 2:00.
Please note that the November meeting is the 23rd. Thanksgiving the 24th.
Grand Haven's Annual Jingle Bell Parade is December 3rd.
Those wondering if our State of Michigan non-profit status is currant – it
Repeater status: running the Yaesu with controller: no problems.
John Sundstrom reports 31 Te Ne Ke sales for the year thus far. Thank you,
John, for the sales effort and thank you, Paul Zellar, for building them.
Our topic for the meeting: Let's Make Something Together. John S.
demonstrated and reviewed a Chinese 40 – 9er qrp transceiver. The kit going
for $12:00 or finished board for $17:00.
Ben Docter reviewed the 4 States QRP Club 40 meter receiver. Pat Gardner
had a completed one on hand. Pat also brought a $9:00 kit – Digital
Capacitance Meter and a frequency counter for $4:00. He also showed us his
work – station board that was presented in QST magazine, July 2000.
We, as club members, are encouraged to seek out a kit, build it and present
it for show and tell at future meetings. Kalamazoo Hamfest, October 16,
might have just the kit for you.
Coffee and cookies consumed, we adjourned before the libraries call of
Phyllis & Roger Simmons
NOARC Summer Notes
Posted by N8FQ on Wednesday, August 17, 2016 @ 8:26 PM
I may as well call this my summer report. The month of July is a busy one,
if we choose to volunteer our time. The 4th of July brings the Ferrysburg
Parade. We enjoy a pancake breakfast prior to the parade, which seems to be
longer each year.
Then on the 10th, Grand Haven requests our help with a triathalon. Now,
July meeting is generally our Fox hunt. The last couple of years found only
4 – 5 participants so we passed up the pursuit in favor of a show and tell
[ summer projects ] hot dog meet at the Wm Ferry Park in Ferrysburg.There
were six of us, so we gained a couple. It was a nice, breezy but quality
meet and most enjoyable.
And then there was Coast Guard week. Did anyone watch the ships come in on
Monday? Awesome sight! But I'm getting ahead of myself. On the 30th our
help was requested for the 5 and 10K races followed by the Children's
Parade. A long morning but appreciated. The following Saturday. August 6,
which wraps up the festivities, is the Coast Guard Parade. We get fed
breakfast at Russ' Restaurant and a lunch at the G.H. Fire dept. garage,
after the parade.
So we are up to August. The 25th will bring us back to Wm Ferry Park for,
what else, QRP in the Park. Not sure of the time – I'd guess 6:00 – but
tune in to Tuesday night net for correct time.
With summer behind us in September, we'll be meeting at 6:30 on the29th at
the Spring Lake Library.
Phyllis and Roger Simmons.
July Meeting Minutes
Posted by N8FQ on Sunday, July 3, 2016 @ 11:17 PM
Thursdays, as a general rule ,are when the monthly meeting occurs. So, on
June 23, 6 PM the meeting was on at the Coast Guard Park in Ferrysburg.
After a hot dog meal, mapping of the location of the antennas for the radio
stations took place.
Saturday morning began at 8 AM with McDonnell breakfast sandwiches on our
campsite. There were three stations to be set up for W8 CSO. 3-MI.Our
antenna guru,Lou Meisch had hands to assist him..
After a pizza lunch, ( need those carbs to keep going ), . Two o'clock
kickoff time found the stations up and running . 20 m, PS 31 and 20 m
phone 15 m phone and 80 m (night with storm reports ),. 40 m CW (
Gordon Stockhill said that this event was his last. Say it isn't so
Gordon.. Our go- to- station ,was 20 m plus. . .
Saturday morning served up a hot breakfast at 8 AM, just before A
rainstorm moved in for an hour or so..
. Saturday 6 PM ,brought our families together for a for a potluck. It
astounds me to think how the ladies and gentlemen make potlucks work out
with a nice a variety of so good food.. . We thank them for their
contribution . .
Sunday morning served up a hot breakfast that that, just before our
rainstorm moved in for an hour or so.It was pleasant ,sitting, chatting,
with a cup of coffee in the middle ( the pavilion)
After cold sandwich lunch , anyone. r emaining is ready to call it a day
.. We then packed up the radio stations on the vehicles . The sign in
sheet claims 14 attendees and it's hard to say who dropped in.. it realIy
. an enjoy I able weekend.
. Thanks to all who participated , 73's . Phyllis and Roger
Field Day 2016 - Saturday, June 25
Posted by N8FQ on Friday, June 24, 2016 @ 12:11 AM
NOARC's Field Day will be at Coast Guard Park in Ferrysburg.
Setup begins at 8 AM, operation begins at 10 AM.
May Meeting Minutes
Posted by N8FQ on Saturday, June 4, 2016 @ 8:36 PM
The setting:Spring Lake library.
The time:6:30 PM:
The event: North Ottawa Amateur Radio Club Meeting
Attendance : 14 members.
The meeting began with the financial report .We made $318.18 last month )
, May 28 Presented the opportunity to help with the kickoff to summer race in Grand Haven . Memorial Day brought some of us to the Spring Lake Parade . Weather was perfect both days and the duty satisfying. .
Saturday ,June 4, will take us to the Hudsonville Ham Fest , with three tables for the club Doors open 8 AM. , June 18 Spring Lake Heritage Festival race will look for our
Let's look at July and August before we get into field day. . July 10 a Sunday is the Grand Haven Triathalon. July 30th , C ast Guard 5 and10 K runs and kids parade. . August 6 brings the Coast Guard parade. field day for the club, begins June 23on the site for hotdogs and antenna planning. .Rysinga Park In Ferrysburg,is our choice this year , but its not settled yet. Details when available, will be on our W8CSO/Yahoo website. Tuesday nigh at 8:00 PM, will have the latest decision.
Field day, nationwide, begins at 2 PM June 25 then closes on June 26th at 2 PM. We begin on Saturday with a McDonald's plus breakfast at 8 AM. Prior to and stations set up. Lunch is pizza and Saturday night meal is potluck. So bring your spouse/date and a dish to pass, your table ware, Drinks are provided.. Sunday breakfast 8 AM, lunch is whenever, usually before takedown of the equipment.
Field day settled, there was discussion regarding club jackets versus patches. Price wise, new patches, won hands down.
John Sundstrom gave a demonstration of new a new Yesau 2 m radio FTM 3200.
Pat Gardner set up and demonstrated his latest kit; a 60 meter CW rig, if I remember right. It worked great with a makeshift antenna yet.
The library closes at 8:30 PM, and we exited about 8:20 PM. Will look for you at June 23 meeting.
Respectfully submitted, Phyllis and Roger Simmons
April meeting minutes
Posted by N8FQ on Saturday, April 23, 2016 @ 9:56 PM
John Sundstrom and Phyllis Simmons started preparation for the meeting
early. The conference room was in the Spring Lake Library, a little after
6:00 PM. At 6:30, the meeting officially began. He then presented a
demonstration of the computer and projector forming the NOARC website.
Next he gave an interesting demonstration of APRS, (Automatic Position
Reporting System). He showed how his handheld radio had left a trail
showing the places he traveled during the daytime. It had retained that
information in his handheld radio.
Next, Ben Docter talked about.”Google Plus”. This is a computer program
showing the location of a circle of friends or family at any given time.
The requirements are for use of an Android phone and the Internet.
The ARRL has a radio program every two weeks, which consists of a ½ to 1
hour podcast. To find it, look for Google “Striker”and the title:“The
Doctor is in”.
Then, Ben and John showed a video of ”The goat hiker”, a video on “U Tube”.
Steve LNU has two goats that follow him, without leashes or other tethers
on them,as Steve climbs with backpack and radio through the Wyoming
John Sundstrom passed out a brochure advertising the Cadillac Amateur Radio
and Computer Swap on Saturday, May 7 Cadillac junior high school. On the
reverse side of the brochure, is a complete NOARC Status report. It also
shows future events, repeater status and financial statement. The event
will be held at the Cadillac junior high school. Talk in will be on
frequency 146.980, K8CAD.
Finally, but not least, Paul Zellar presented members a booklet which he
had authored on “General Troubleshooting For Electronic and
We all enjoyed cookies, coffee, tea, apples and Chex Mix crackers. During
the meeting, courtesy of Phyllis Simmons.
This was one of the most interesting meetings we have had. The next one
will be May 26 at Spring Lake library.
Respectfully submitted: Phyllis and Roger Simmons
March meeting minutes
Posted by N8FQ on Thursday, April 7, 2016 @ 4:50 PM
With the arrival of the magic half-hour [ 6:30 ] at the Spring Lake Public
Library, the NOARC meeting was called to order. Attendance of eleven.
John Sundstrom reported on our finances and that sales for the TeNeKe for
November thru March totaled thirteen. Thanks go to Paul Zellar for building
Events to look forward to would be the Cadillac ham -fest, May 7 and
Hudsonville ham-fest on June 4. Our services are requested for the Grand
Haven Kick Off to Summer race on May 28th and Spring Lake Memorial Parade
on May 30.
Repeater status [ Sundstrom report ]: Pulled the controller due to echoing.
Running the Yaesu w/o controller. The 443.7750 repeater is off the air for
The program for the evening was Joe Veldhuis' able presentation of the
workings of Echo Link.
Show and Tell was also of special interest with a vertical antenna, built
and demonstrated by Pat Garonek.
Roger Simmons also set up his new vertical.
Please note; April club meeting on the 21st; May meeting the 26th.
73's to all;
Phyllis and Roger Simmons