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
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

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

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.

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