The Adrian Amateur Radio Club meets the last Monday of every month with the Board meeting at 7:00 pm and the general meeting at 7:30 P.M. Come Join the fun, dues are $25 per year for full membership. If you would like to join the club, print and fill out this form and follow the directions on the form.
The club meets at the Lenawee County Airport, Civil Air Patrol Building on Cadmus Road in Adrian. Click here for map. Map of 2667 W Cadmus Rd.
As we attend indoor activities of the AARC, we might want to take into account the latest COVID recommendation which has reported Lenawee increased Transmission Level from “Very HIGH Risk" to "SEVERE RISK" on January 6th. The Delta Variant Identified in Lenawee is still prevalent but the Omicron variant has been found in the county. With more than half of the county still not fully vaccinated, a great increase in cases is expected, with the case rate doubling in the last two weeks. Masks are recommended based on the finding that both vaccinated and unvaccinated people have substantially the same virus load in their noses, and thus can equally transmit this very contagious COVID variant. Furthermore the, vaccines are less effective against the Delta and Omicron variants, particularly among older people and possibly children. The ventilation in the CAP building is very inadequate for virus transmission protection. Think of your kids, parents, and older club members, then consider wearing a mask, maintaining social distancing, and using hand sanitizer.
See you at the meeting!
Minutes of AARC
November 29, 2021
The meeting was called to order by our new president, Ken Sande (KC8QNI) at 7:35 pm. Once upon a time, at an airport far, far away...
Approval of the minutes from the October 2021 meeting, motion was passed by Tom McMichael and seconded by Don Fritz(?).
The fifty-fifty drawing netted a $24 pot. After much confusion, high finance, and a bit of fast counting, we are confident that $12 was eventually paid to Ryan Martin KE8MSW.
Treasurers Report by Mark H (NU8Z). We have a current balance of $3,230.59, with an additional $38 to be deposited. Included expenses for the month were payment for donuts and the club's liability insurance, totaling $207.78. Motion to accept was made by Tom McMichael, seconded by Don Fritz, motion carried.
Election of Board Members: Ken Baker W8NEV, Tom McMichaels KE8PAG Norm Schutte W8TTH. These members were elected for the new year. Don Fritz N8BZN graciously withdrew from the elections.
Fulton County Amateur Radio Club will be holding a meeting in Archibold, Ohio, at 401 W Holland St on December 7, 8-11 am.
Area (8) QSL Cards
It was agreed by the club to forward $20 for the cost of keeping the mail flowing. Topic by Mark H NU8Z
It was generally agreed that attention was needed concerning the shack: keeping the equipment in good working order, necessary repairing and replacing of lights, and the general tidiness of the area. It was agreed that this would be done during our regular Monday pm sessions.
Michigan Repeater Council
Bob Warwick reported that he completed the required paper work to the Council to keep our repeater coordinated (a failure to report would result in the loss of rights to the use of our repeater).
It was brought to our attention that the provider/host of our website billed us for 3 years. Normally we are billed annually. This situation is being monitored and will be addressed as needed.
New Member Welcome
The club welcomes Dave Childs KE8FNW.
Closing of Meeting
This was due to Bob Warwick proposing an impromptu program on belly dancing. A motion was made by Norm, after Bob started lifting his shirt, to adjourn and seconded by Barb Wilson. The room emptied quickly.
As a fair warning! It is advised that all club members read the minutes for accuracy. You may need to enter the witness protection program.
Steve Orlowski KE8MFY
More Fun at AARC
Monday nights the CAP building is open from 7:00 p.m. until approximately 8:30 p.m., except the last Monday of the month which is the regular club meeting time. This is a good opportunity to get to know club members other than over-the-air contacts. Discussions range from interesting aspects of amateur radio to whatever is on someone’s mind. The club station will be available and is a good way to try your hand at some HF operation. Experienced club members will be happy to show you how to operate the club station.
Tuesday and Thursday nights CW club nets can be found on 10 meters. Specifically, the CW nets run from 8 to 9 P.M. on 28.050 MHZ. On Tuesday nights, the net members usually use keyers, but anything can be used. On Thursday nights, straight keys are usually used, so the speed is much slower. The net is happy to slow down if someone is still developing their CW skills. The last Thursday of the month everyone is encouraged to try their hand at using a bug. The CW nets are run in round table format
Also, on Tuesday and Thursday nights there is a club phone net on 10 meters. The phone net follows right after the CW net, beginning at 9 o’clock and ending at 10 P.M. That net can be found on 28.328 Mhz, plus or minus QRM. The phone net is completely informal with people using break-in or VOX to make comments.
Finally, on Sunday night at 8:00 p.m. there is the ARES net on 145.37 MHZ 2 meter repeater. This is a directed net which helps club members become comfortable operating in a format that might be used during emergencies. Different people are strongly encouraged to take net control in order to gain practice running this kind of an operation. The net is a good time to test portable communication rigs that might be used under emergency situations. The time to find out that you can’t hit the repeater with your HT is NOT when a tornado is spotted in the field!
Everyone will get more enjoyment out of being members of the AARC if you take part in some of the activities other than coming to the monthly club meeting. Get active, come on out to the Monday eyeball sessions, and try out some of the nets. Being an active member of AARC is fun!