Minutes of September 2014 meeting
Posted by N8FQ on Saturday, October 11, 2014 @ 11:55 PM
Somehow, summer 2014 has slipped by and NOARC monthly meetings are back to indoors. September 24, 11 members met at 6:30 pm in the Spring Lake District Library meeting room, anticipating the program: television antenna versus cable. Lou Meisch set up a beam antenna on the patio. He demonstrated it on his TV, the wide ranges and stations available at ground level. Joe Veldhuis showed web sites of television stations and frequency charts. Coffee, tea, and cookies were
enjoyed as we questioned and discussed the program. The high cost of cable was included.

Speaking of programs, next month's program (Oct 30) title: How a stamp collecting hobby led to a flea market in Florida which led to the Richard Byrd second expedition to Antarctica in 1934, which led to the first going postal episode which led to radio communications from Antarctica which led to a PSK contact from Florida to Chile which was really in Antarctica. Stay tuned for the October meeting.

Respectfully submitted: Phyllis and Roger Simmons

Upcoming events
Posted by N8FQ on Monday, October 6, 2014 @ 4:18 PM
Our next regular club meeting will be held at the Spring Lake District Library on October 30. Our program for the evening will be a presentation by Ben, K8AR on the Byrd expedition to the south pole, and the role that radio played.

The Muskegon Color Tour hamfest will be held on October 18 at the Fellowship Reformed Church, 4200 Apple Ave. in Muskegon. NOARC will have 3 tables. After the hamfest, the club will meet at Spring Lake Central Park for Jamboree On The Air.

Minutes of July and August 2014 Monthly Meetings
Posted by N8FQ on Wednesday, September 17, 2014 @ 4:27 PM
Summer time in West Michigan is a call to meeting out of doors for the monthly NOARC meet. June, of course, gives us Field Day on the last week-end of that month. We had four stations, as I recollect, and a grand turn out for our Saturday potluck meal.

July brings forth Fox Hunt. Not well attended - three or four of us -, but after the thrill of the chase a local ice cream parlor was a welcome treat.

Which brings us to August 28. Around 6:30p.m., in the beautiful Ferrysburg Park, one could see at least three wires going up on the trees and one antenna being anchored down in a clearing. With five radios going, eleven in attendance, I think that we all brought in 1AW/7.

There was a nice breeze - no mosquitoes - and lots of river traffic under the bridge. A little coffee, cookies, chatter and laughter. Life is good.

The next meeting should be on the fourth Thursday, the 25th, at the Spring Lake Library at 6:30.

Respectfully Submitted;
Phyllis and Roger Simmons

(editor's note: the next club meeting will be on Wednesday, September 24 at the library.)

Upcoming meetings
Posted by N8FQ on Monday, August 18, 2014 @ 3:24 PM
Thursday, August 28 will be our annual QRP In The Park outing at William Ferry Park in Ferrysburg - the same place we had Field Day this year.

Wednesday, September 24 will be our regular business meeting at the Spring Lake District Library. We will have a presentation on over-the-air TV reception, including a discussion of antennas, a description of the channels available in our area, and a bit on TV DXing.

Coast Guard Parade
Posted by N8FQ on Sunday, July 27, 2014 @ 12:12 AM
We are looking for help with the Grand Parade. Parade line up meets at Russ' in Grand Haven at 7:00 for breakfast and assignments. This year the Red Cross will be trying to have medical teams along the route. Those teams will be meeting at Grand Haven Public Safety at 9:45 for assignments. Breakfast is open to anyone the helps with any event at Coast Guard. If you can help contact John KC8UNY at

Field Day location changed
Posted by N8FQ on Tuesday, June 24, 2014 @ 4:04 PM
Due to flooding at Coast Guard Park, Field Day 2014 is being moved to William Ferry Park. Take the Ferrysburg exit from US-31, then turn east. The park is directly across Pine St. from the Mobil station, next to the M-104 interchange.

Field Day 2014 Correction
Posted by N8FQ on Wednesday, June 4, 2014 @ 1:10 AM
Field Day is on June 28-29, with the planning meeting on June 26 at 6 PM. The date given in the meeting minutes below is a week too early.

This year, we are going to be at Coast Guard Park in Ferrysburg. Just take the Ferrysburg exit off US-31, go west, then turn on North Shore Road when you get to the fire barn. The park is on your right, about a mile down the road. Look for the big signal bouy by the entrance.

Minutes of May 2014 monthly business meeting
Posted by N8FQ on Monday, May 26, 2014 @ 11:28 PM
At quarter after six, Phyllis and Roger pulled up into the Spring Lake library parking lot, and they unloaded vanilla brownies, coffee, tea, etc. in the North conference room. John Sundstrom had reserved it for the NOARC meeting. Shortly thereafter, John rolled in with some of his equipment. He was followed by Dick Tanis. Dick brought a bowl of freshly cut fruit. He even brought special tooth picks to eat the fruit with. By the time that 6:30 pm arrived, Roger Cox and rest of the club had arrived.

John Sundstrom called the meeting to order. Names of the members and call signs were passed around.

Roger Cox was the speaker. He gave an excellent presentation on digital modes. He passed out some QSL cards, which he had received. Included were
cards from Long Island and Cathey, North Dakota. Roger has designed, constructed and mounted Yagi antennas. Most of his work has been on the 144 MHz and 50 MHz bands.

Events coming up are the 5K Kick Off to Summer and fun run race in Grand Haven. Don Meyer suggested volunteers appear at the Department of Public Safety around 7:15 a.m. for briefing. The race will start at 8:30 a.m.

Volunteers are needed for the Grand Haven Memorial Day Parade. Volunteers come to the department of public safety at 9:30 a.m.; the parade will start at
10:30 am.

At 8:00 p.m. a break in the action allowed consumption of the aforementioned edibles.

Mention should be made of Paul Zellar. He drove to Spring Lake with a trunk full of used equipment, to be donated "to a good home." Paul laid out his merchandise on the Library parking lot. No complaints were made about his prices.

Field Day will June 21-22, 2014. A planning meeting will be held at the Coast Guard Park on the Thursday before the event. Hot dogs will be served. Dinner will be at 6:00 pm.

After milling around the parking lot, evaluating Paul Zellar's donations, most of the members left.

Respectfully submitted: Phyllis and Roger Simmons

Minutes of April 2014 monthly business meeting
Posted by N8FQ on Sunday, May 11, 2014 @ 4:58 PM
Cookies coffees and brownies are not the only things that graced the April 30 meeting of NOARC. Shortly before 6:30pm, we filtered into the conference room of the Spring Lake library. Phyllis set up the coffee and goodies. John Sundstrom called the meeting to order and members identified themselves with names and call signs.

Jim Wolter was introduced as the speaker. His invention, the "Solar 24", is a battery charger power supply. A solar panel with a microcontroller, using an inexpensive chip, incorporating a MOSFET circuit to a lithium phosphate battery. Jim gave credit to Paul Zellar for assisting in creating the device. He has obtained a provisional patent from the US government.

After the presentation, John Sundstrom called a break for coffee, cookies and brownies. Other items discussed: There will be a Hamfest in Hudsonville the first week of June. Beverly Traxler has volunteered to take a net control this month. The repeater status was discussed. We will attempt to have a topic for discussion for each net.

Following the above communications, members departed the premises in an orderly manner.

Respectfully submitted; Phyllis and Roger Simmons

Minutes of January 2014 monthly business meeting
Posted by N8FQ on Tuesday, April 29, 2014 @ 8:26 PM
With most of the club in Florida, and those still here avoiding the cold and treacherous roads, this month's meeting was thinly-attended.

Joe, N8FQ arrived at the library at about a minute before 6:30 PM, got the program room opened, and began setting up his presentation on the RTLSDR software-defined radio receiver. He found his laptop (a 1 GHz P3) didn't quite have enough horsepower to effectively run the receiver, but got it to work nonetheless. Don, KB8ODB arrived shortly before 7 PM. A phone call to John, KC8UNY revealed that he was stuck in Michigan City, Indiana due to a 15-semi pileup on I-94, and likely wouldn't make it back to Grand Haven before running out of hours.

Joe demonstrated the SDR receiver to Don. No signals could be found due to the undersized antenna, so Don keyed up the 49 repeater, and Joe was able to tune in the input from Don's radio, showing the signal on a waterfall display. Andy, N8HUB heard Don's ID and came back to him for a brief QSO.

After discussing the obnoxious tendency of appliance part suppliers to cut corners in their manufacturing processes, the meeting, such as it was, was adjourned around 7:45 PM. The SDR presentation will be repeated at a future meeting. Don did propose that we alter our meeting scheduling a bit, by specifying that the business meeting will begin at 6:30 PM, and the program at 7. This would make it easier for those who want to see the program but aren't interested in the business portion to skip it.

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