March 26, 2019 meeting minutes

The meeting was called to order at 7:15 PM.

Attending: Jim AB5JK, Gary K5QOW, Doug KC5TRQ, Manuel Lorenzi and Erik K5WW.

The Treasurer crunched the numbers and reported $983.93 in the sock box.

K5WW reported that after 3 years with our current web host it’s time to renew our web hosting plan for the CARC website. Rather than renewing our plan with the current host for close to $400 for 3 years, it was decided to go with a new host for $117.95 for 3 years. K5WW will set it up and makes sure the transition goes as planned; and will be reimbursed. The motion was approved by all attendees. Jim added that in the future we can move our website to the web host he already uses for EchoLink and AllStar, at no extra cost.

News from the electrical noise front: the electric coop is willing to help us out; but can’t commit to a specific date yet. Reason given was that they’ve been dealing with lots of outages and damages due to bad weather, back in the home office area; and has to dedicate their finest to those tasks. More news later.

AB5JK mentioned that – once we get around to getting the repeater antenna changed and all other antenna related work is finished – he will configure an autopatch system on our repeater. We sure haven’t seen that in this part of the world in a long time; so that will be a very nice addition!

Next meeting: April 23, 2019 🙂

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March 2019 meeting

March 26, 2019 at 7 PM CDT. 🙂

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February 2019 meeting minutes

The meeting was called to order at 7:20 PM.

Attending: Jim AB5JK, Manuel Lorenzi and Erik K5WW. Dave HP1/WA6YJW checked in via Echolink.

Treasurer’s report: $1,038.01 on the positive side.

The Club’s TS-2000 was repaired and returned to us. Repair cost plus return shipping: $106.99. That, plus shipping to AVVid, was paid for in part by the proceeds of the donated IC-730 (thank you, Dave!) plus an extra $54.08 that K5WW was reimbursed for.

About two weeks after receiving the MFJ-5008, following several days of rainy, humid weather without interference K5WW was able to pinpoint the exact location of the noise source at the shack, on a warm, dry and windy day. The ultrasonic receiver made that easy. In less than 15 minutes the problematic insulator on the utility pole was found; and the electric co-op was contacted again.

The meeting was adjourned at 7:50 PM, after which we all went to the shack for a visit and to have Jim double-check Erik’s findings 🙂

Next meeting: March 26.

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February 2019 meeting

Tomorrow, Tuesday February 26 at 7 PM.

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Rest in peace and happy birthday

Exactly one decade ago KE5YZA was born!

KE5YZA - our very first callsign

Our very first callsign


KE5YZA faithfully served us for a couple of years; but had to be cancelled eventually…

Happy Birthday, and Rest In Peace 😉

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January 22, 2019 meeting minutes

(edit: 2019, NOT 2016!)

The meeting was called to order as soon as everyone sat down.

Attending: Jim AB5JK, visitor Mr. Lorenzi and Erik K5WW.

After the traditional New Year’s toast by the President we got down to business.

The Treasurer reports having done the laundry, and that there is $1,200.05 in our sock after the purchase of the new repeater antenna (to-be-installed). The new total is $16 more, thanks to James WW5XX paying his dues early and a small donation.

Jim reports that the new Pi3s are almost ready and that Allstar and Echolink are now being hosted on a much faster cloud server, and that the new software and hardware combo sounds much better! For the time being visitors to our nodes will be redirected to Jim’s; but that will change soon.

K5WW sold the Icom IC-730 that Dave WA6YJW donated to the club a while ago. The net profit was a little over $105. That money will be spent on the repair of the Kenwood TS-2000 that had it’s RS-232 port damaged a few months ago. K5WW will be sending that one to Clif at AVVid this week.

The never-ending electrical noise at the shack has gotten worse in recent times. It’s become so bad and strong that it’s still possible to find the general location of the source to within one block; but due to the strength it’s now totally impossible to locate the origin. A number of calls to AEP in 2018 resulted in nothing so far. K5WW suggested purchasing an MFJ-5008 ultrasonic receiver to help pinpointing the source and to make AEP’s folks lives easier to get them to take action. That suggestion was approved and the hardware will be ordered.

The meeting was adjourned at 7:57 PM, after which Mr. Lorenzi got a tour of the KN5S shack.

Next meeting: February 26.

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January meeting

Your opportunity to wish all of us (and vice versa) a Happy New Year is coming up.

Tuesday January 22 at 7 PM in the hospital’s Education Conference Room.

There are still some of those fabulous 2019 ARRL calendars available 🙂

See you there!

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2019 ARRL calendar

Now available from K5WW: the beautiful, 13 month 2019 ARRL calendar!

4 bucks a piece! Ask at the next meeting. Or email if you want one mailed to you (in which case postage will have to be added, sorry!)


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Special Event Station announcement from WA6YJW

Hi All,

I am getting settled in here in Panama.

One of the local hams (HP3AK) has set up a special event primarily because of the visitor from Japan that will be here for about 2 weeks.

The event will begin on the 13th of January and go through the 31st of January.

It will be concentrating primarily on 160m on FT8. Other bands and modes listed on QRZ website. More to be added.

Special event license is: H33J

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No December 2018 meeting

Due to a number of unforeseen circumstances the December meeting has been rescheduled to January 22, 2019.


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