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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
was

. 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.

Directions:

  • US-31 to exit 104B (Third St)
  • West on Third, follow onto 174th
  • Left on North Shore Rd
  • Park entrance is on the right; look for the buoy


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
.  help. 

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
mountains.


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
Electrical/Mechanical Equipment”.


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
thirty-eight keys.

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
repairs.

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


March meeting
Posted by N8FQ on Sunday, March 27, 2016 @ 3:04 PM
Our next meeting will be on Thursday, March 31 at 6:30 PM, at the Spring Lake District Library.

February club meeting
Posted by N8FQ on Wednesday, February 17, 2016 @ 4:06 PM
The next club meeting will be on Thursday, February 25 at 6:30 PM at the Spring Lake District Library. Paul, W8IQE will be giving a presentation.

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
program.


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
date.

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 PM.to 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
the
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-
Secretaries.

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


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