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Four Lakes Amateur Radio Club Monthly Meeting

Tuesday November 16th, 2021 7:30 pm CST  

Program - Amateur Radio Emergency Services

Presenter - Jeff Fillian KC9UNZ- Emergency Coordinator for Dane County ARES

  Order of the meeting:

  • Program - listed above
  • Brief Business Meeting
  • General Q&A Discussion

If you are interested in coming to the meetings  that we have on Zoom - and you are not a member –Please e-mail Paulette WB9VHF at wb9vhf@gmail.com and she will send you a link

 Previous recordings of programs available – Please e-mail Carolyn NQ9A at nq9a@arrl.net  Programs available include:

September 2021 Meeting Program on Software Defined Radio-presented by Nick N9STF

April 2021 Meeting Program on NanoVNA- presented by Nick N9STF

March 2021 meeting Program on WSPR -presented by Bob KA5MIZ

FLARC General Meeting Minutes Tuesday  October . 19, 2021 via Zoom

Program: 1  Public Service Events 

Presenter Tom Pugh W9TDP

Summary of presentation :

Tom W9TDP  got his start in amateur radio through public service. He was a cyclist on bike trips that utilized ham radio operators for communications. He got to know the ham radio operators, then got his ham radio license, then started to participate in the public service events.

Public service events include bike rides, and running events. . Ham radio operators participate by operating as Net control in  SAG vehicles transporting riders who are having bicycle or physical problems be transported . They operate at food rest stops, water stops, they can be a bike mobile, and they can operate, as net control. Radio Equipment is provided if the radio operator does not have their own.  Repeaters are used and in some cases simplex also.

Ham radio communication are key in effective communications in bike course terrain that is very hilly where mobile phone communication would not be reliable. They provide communication using an organized traffic net with a net control, Communication is transmitted to all areas of the event simultaneously so everyone can hear..

Public service events that Dane County area amateur radio operators participate in each year include

  • The Horribly Hilly Hundred
  • The Dairy land Dare
  • The Ride
  • Trek 100
  • Bike the Barns
  • Chicago Marathon

More information on the public service events including dates and contacts if you are interested in participating  can be found on the Dane County ARES website

https://sites.google.com/view/danecountyaresraces/public-service-events

Program 2:  Members discussed ham radio related events  they have participated in:

Parks on the Air

  • Thomas AC9BJ and Carolyn NQ9A participated in Parks on the Air and Wisconsin Parks on the Air in September 2019 activating Blue Mounds State Park.
  • Thomas AC1YW is currently looking at POTA locations-specifically trails south of t Madison. He mentioned there is a wiki collaboration in process that will provide resources and support to find new park sites for POTA
  • Nick N9STF did a POTA activation at Glacier National Park

        The website for Parks on the Air is https://pota.app    The website includes  how to sign up to do a park activation, how to hunt activations and a listing of real time park   activations

Hamfests:

Sam KG9NG and Paulette WB9VHF went to the Shelby hamfest in Shelby, North Carolina http://shelbyhamfest.com

Winlink Communication on a road trip:

Jeff KC9UNZ - took a driving trip to Colorado and used Winlink successfully  to send and receive messages. He also briefly discussed Winlink use and AREDN for ARES/RACES.

https://www.winlink.org

https://www.arednmesh.org/

Business Meeting:

Called to order  by: Thomas AC9BJ

Meeting Minutes  recorded by :Carolyn NQ9A

September 21, 2021  minutes read by: Carolyn NQ9A-no corrections

Treasurers’ report from  Andy AC9CB  :via e-mail

Our current balance is $6,371.67. 

Announcements

  • Betsy WA9GOC announced that Sarah Elizabeth Baguhn WA9SE is now Dr.Sarah-Elizabeth Baguhn.. Sarah Elizabth WA9SE received her PHD in interdisciplinary health sciences.
  • Jeff KC9UNZ- announced the 2021 Wisconsin ARES/RACES Conference is online this year on  Saturday Nov. 13th , 2021.

To register , you can go to the home website page  https://wi-aresraces.org/ . The page also lists the itinerary for the conference.

New members

We welcome Rich KG0XO , Rich used to live in Madison He has now returned to Madison. His ham radio interests include radio homebrewing projects.

Upcoming Meetings/Programs :

  • November 16, 2021 meeting Jeff KC9UNZ  with present on  what Dane County ARES and ARES in general  is doing currently – Jeff is the Dane County ARES Emergency Coordinator as well as being a FLARC member. Andy AC9CB will do the budget presentation.
  • December 21 2021 meeting – no program scheduled yet. We will have nominations for the 2022 FLARC Board of directors.
  • January 18, 2022 Meeting – Phil Carlson WB0CLI Antique Tube Radio Restoration interfaced with I-devices- blue tooth , I pad, iPhone,
  • February 15, 2022 Meeting Marc N9WIB APRS and TNC
  • March 15, 2022 Meeting Sam KG9NG Caving and  Ham Radio

 

Program:   Software Defined Radio

Presenter -Nick Jungels  N9STF 

Nick Jungels, N(STF has been working in and around electronics for 25 years. He has held positions working as a designer on cellular IC chipsets, high speed optical networking devices, equipment for cinema and broadcast television production, database acceleration, and most recently gets to make radios at Flex Radio writing the digital logic inside of FPGAs and software for the radios. He lives in Mount Horeb with his wife and 4 daughters and new dog.

Business Meeting:

Called to order  by: Sam KG9NG 

Meeting Minutes  recorded by :Carolyn NQ9A

July  2021  minutes read by: Carolyn NQ9A-no corrections

Treasurers’ report from  Andy AC9CB  :via e-mail

Our current balance is $6,371.67.  We have had no recent transactions.  

Budget preview will be prepared for the October BoD meeting in advance of the November general meeting where Andy will  present the budget.  Approval to be sought during the December meeting.

Bragging/upgrade call sign changes: none

Announcements/Upcoming Meetings/Programs :

       1)Upcoming public Service events looking for Volunteers: The  Ride is this Sunday 9-26-2021  Kyle the ham coordinator for the event looking for ham radio operators to volunteer for the event- If interested you can contact Kyle Schaefer KC9SDK  at sec4WI@gmail.com

        2This year’s August Fox hunt-   The winners from the 2019 Fox hunt Matthew KD9DZT and Paul  N9VWH  hid the transmitter at Garner Park .It was an on foot transmitter hunt. There were 5 teams , including some newcomers. The winner was Thomas AC9BJ .

Programming ideas /people that want to present

  • We are looking for topics that members would like to see presented in the next few months or members that would like to present a topic. . We currently do not have a program for October 19th or December 21st . We are looking for presenters for the Spring . April, etc.
  • If we do not have an presenter for the October 19, 2021 meeting we will have an open discussion ,asking  members to tell us what interesting ham. radio related events they have participated in like :a) public service events this summer , ie Horribly Hilly Hundred, Dairyland  Dare, etc.   b)on the radio events  like Parks on the Air , special event, c)hamfests  attended. d)A project they want to talk about.

 Upcoming programs- For the November 16th, 2021 FLARC meeting  Jeff Fillian KC9UNZ  Dane County ARES Emergency Coordinator will present on what Dane County ARES is currently doing

General Question and Answer session for club members on any topic-none

FLARC General Meeting Minutes Tuesday July 20, 2021 7:30 pm via Zoom

Program :Digital Mobile Radio

Presenter :Scott Strain KC9TTF   

Scott Strain, KC9TTF worked for local, state and federal criminal justice agencies and for the insurance industry.  His interest in radio began in 1962 when he and his father constructed a pair of Knight-Kit C-100 walkie-talkies.  After retirement he pursued ham radio, becoming KC9TTF.  In addition to radios covering HF, VHF and UHF, Scott has Digital Mobile Radio rigs Bridge Com 878 and SkyBridge.

Business Meeting:

Called to order  by: Thomas AC9BJ           

Meeting Minutes  recorded by :Carolyn NQ9A

June 2021  minutes read by: Carolyn NQ9A-

 Addition to  June minutes: Show and Tell:  Thomas. AB1YW  brought  his Yaesu  FT 818   Go kit minus the coax

Treasurers’ report  Andy AC9CB  

FLARC Account Balance:   $6359.17

FIELD DAY 2021. FLARC Members who participated in Field Day 2021:

Mathew KD9DZT, Thomas AC9BJ, Carolyn NQ9A, Carlie KC9CZG, Barry  K8SD,Sam KG9NG, Paulette WB9VHF,

Upcoming Meetings/Programs :

FLARC’s Annual Fox Hunt –Tuesday  Aug 17 , 2021 7:00 pm

  • On Foot Fox Hunt at  Garner Park 333 S. Rosa Rd Madison, WI 53705
  • Mathew KD9DZT winner of the 2019 Fox Hunt will be the fox and hide the transmitter
  • Will meet in the park shelter at 7:00 pm 
  • Note :There is no regular FLARC meeting this month due to the Fox Hunt!
  • Communication via 2m simplex
  • Bring fox hunting equipment if you have it  if you have it. If you don’t , we will be organizing small groups of hunters .
  • Please wear face masks

FLARC General Meeting Minutes Tuesday June 15 , 2021 7:30 pm

In-person at Badger Prairie Park

Program:  Show and Tell

Thomas AC9BJ         SO2R kit, and a TNC kit

Matt    NM9O            Raspberry Pi-4 with serial port added to remove need for monitor and keyboard to make changes

Sam    KG9NG           Won an Arduino kit and looking for someone to give it to 

Chris   KD9KJV          Halfway through building a 6 m Yagi antenna

Thomas. AB1YW      Yaesu  FT 818   Go kit minus the coax

Business Meeting

Called to Order by :   Thomas AC9BJ

Meeting Minutes Recorded by: Carolyn NQ9A

May meeting minutes ready by : Thomas AC9BJ

Treasurers’ report : Andy AC9CB   via e-mail

FLARC Account Balance $ 6359.17

Recent Transactions include: income from dues

Field day Announcements- Field day is 1:00 pm Saturday June 26,2021 to 1:00 om Sunday June 27, 2021

 FLARC Field day will be on Zoom , from 12:30 pm Saturday through end of field day , can join to socialize , ask questions, watch operations ,QST e-mail  has details

Next Month Presentation-

Program – Digital Mobile Radio Presenter   Scott Strain KC9TTF

 

FLARC General Meeting Minutes May 18th, 2021 via Zoom

Presentation/Program-  Cancelled- Program on  electromagnetic compatibility  by Kermit Carlson W9XA was cancelled today  due to a conflict that came up in his schedule the day before

Business Meeting:

Called to order  by: Thomas AC9BJ           

Meeting Minutes  recorded by :Carolyn NQ9A

April meeting minutes read by Carolyn NQ9A- no corrections

 Treasurers’ report : Andy AC9CB  -via e-mail

FLARC Account Balance $ 6339.17

Recent transactions include:

Dues received

WI State  Annual  report  $10 filing fee  

Bragging:

Nick N9STF    Got a PGXL amplifier 1500 watts,  for 160 to 6 meters

Barry K8SD    Made contacts with stations in Kuwait and Kazakhstan  via FT8 on 17meters with  40 watts

Bob WA9D     Got a 5 dollar kit  to make white noise

Mark N9WIB   1)He has created a You tube series –for the  Technician class – 20 chapters , 20 -30 min –Available at  Radiosignals.org.

2)He bought new Yaesu FTM-400

Carlie  KD9CZG Received QSL confirmation  10 m beacon Merced ,California from KO6BB 2018

Q and A discussion

Nick  N9STF asked where Mark  N9WIB  bought his radio FT-400M

Lloyd- what band does it cover. 2m 440 extended receive , analog, digital

9700 Yaesu all mode , all bands-

Dan KD9PCB asking about what public service events are planned

  • Horribly hilly Hundred- Aug 28th , 2021  
  • The Ride -Sept. 26 th , 2021
  • Chicago Marathon 10 , 11 , 2021– leave 2 am in the morning – mile number 5-
  • Bike the Barns – nothing scheduled-virtual-fare share CSA coalition
  • Trek 100

Public service events are listed on the Daneares.org website

  • Field day last full weekend  in June – This year  the Field day Planning Committee meeting will be deciding on 5-22 if we can go ahead with field day

Nick  N9STF –Madison Amateur Radio discord. Server group–Invitation is https://discord.gg/CBAvGKgs

Carolyn NQ9A  announcement-Ham radio Net -Thursday Nights 8 pm   on the 147.15 MARA repeater W9HSY

New members!

  • Bruce Baranski-K9BGB -interest in DX -just retired
  • Dan KD9PCB – got Tech last Feb -has HTs, Thomas AC9BJ said mobile radios available for public service events
  • Tom Martin KC9PGD– general class -lives in Mount Horeb -
  • Bob Rabin- KA5MIZ. Research meteorologist – NOAA – in Oklahoma- and works with UW in Madison-weather satellites, experimental work with weather stations- transmit data via digital modes . Tapper goes on raspberry pi to transmit WSPR – seeing if he can use for other digital modes

 Upcoming meeting /programs:

Tuesday June 15th, 2021              Meeting at Badger Prairie Park -        Program -Show and tell – bring whatever you are working on

Tuesday July 20th, 2021               Presenter-Scott Strain  KC9TTF        Topic- Digital Mobile Radio

FLARC General Meeting Minutes April 20th, 2021 via Zoom

Program:Nano VNA.  Presenter :Nick N9STF  Nick Jungels, N9STF, has been working in and around electronics for 25 years. He has held positions working as a designer on cellular IC chipsets, high speed optical networking devices, equipment for cinema and broadcast television production, database acceleration, and most recently gets to make radios at Flex Radio writing the digital logic inside of FPGAs and software for the radios. He lives in Mount Horeb with his wife and 4 daughters and new dog.

Business Meeting:

Called to order  by: Thomas AC9BJ           

Meeting Minutes  recorded by :Carolyn NQ9A

March minutes read by Carolyn NQ9A- no corrections

Treasurers’ report : Andy AC9CB  

FLARC Account Balance $ 6329.17

Recent transactions include:

Dues received(less Paypal fees)

WI State  Annual  report filing due June 30th

  • Will be completed in the next few days
  • Includes a 10$ filing fee

BRAGGING/Upgrades and Call Sign Changes:

Marc N9WIB -got new antenna

Ted K9IMM -awards for 2 contests

1) placed first for the 2020 ARRL 160m contest

2) 2021 ARRL DX  Contest placed 1st  Wisconsin, and 2nd for W9 area

 VE Report-No VE sessions held at this time

Upcoming Classes-none-due to Covid-19 restrictions

Q and A discussion

  • Kyle KD9RBV- looking for problem solving for RF interference with WIFI
  • Lloyd N9LB did presentation for the Madison DX Club on Lightning Protection for Amateur radio stations—can find it on the Madison DX Club Website-
  • Lloyd N9LB worked Uraguay and Chile on 6 meters with a 6 element yagi , 800 watts
  • Ted K9IMM worked 6 m on FT8 200 watts , 5 element home brew Yagi -at 95 feet

Future presentations- Announcements

May 18, 2021  Meeting  Kermit Carlson-W9XA (Director ARRL Central Division )

June 15, 2021 Meeting Ham radio Show and Tell

  • In person
  • Badger Prairie County Park shelter (where we hold Field day)
  • Social distancing and masks will be required
  • Bring that new doodad you’ve been working on to discuss with the club