Meetings

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.

See you at the meeting!
 

Last Month's Meeting

AARC Minutes

March 28th, 2022

The meeting was called to order at 7:33 pm by President Ken Sande (KC8QNI). There were 15 club members in attendance. A motion to approve the February meeting minutes was made by Tom McMichael (KE8PAG), seconded by Ryan Martin (KE8MSW), and approved unanimously. The pot for the 50/50 drawing this month was $29 which was won by Dan Caywood (KD8IJB), having the club “keep the change” on the extra $0.50.

Treasurer’s Report

The treasurer’s report was read by Mark Hinkleman (NU8Z). Several member’s dues were received, and no expenses were recorded. The motion to accept was made by Dan Caywood (KE8IJB), seconded by Ken Baker (W8NEV), and passed 13-0.

Old Business

2022 membership dues are due! Membership dues for individuals is $25.00, and households is $37.50.

The Club Radio Shack is online! The club shack has undergone cleaning and is ready to be used by anyone – within the operating privileges of the highest present member. There are two HF rigs, one set up on a tri-band yagi (10m, 15m, 20m) and the other an inverted V dipole tuned for 40m and 80m. There are also rigs for 2M, 220MHz, and 440MHz. Additionally, the overhead lights are fully functional, and the rotor is confirmed functional.

Lucas County ARES Swapmeet will be on May 1st, from 9:00am – 12:00pm.

Dayton Hamfest will be May 20th through the 22nd.

WLEN Reporting. To report significant things that can affect safety or travel, such as downed trees / flooded roads, Tom McMichael (KE8PAG) can be reached via phone or email. He will report the information to WLEN to have broadcast, and if necessary, forward the information up the ARES chain as well.

Toledo Hamfest has been cancelled this year.

New Business

2022 Adrian Hamfest! The Adrian hamfest will be on September 18th this year, at the CAP. Details are on the website.

FCC Fee increase will be effective April 19th. Anything related to upgrading/renewing a license will now cost $50, with $35 of that going to the FCC itself.

Mad River Radio Club was seeking a donation from the club for the plaques for the Michigan QSO party on April 16th. As a club, it was decided to not donate this year.

Monroe 1-day Ham Licensing (Technician) classes will be offered on the second Saturday of every even numbered month from 8:30am to 4:00pm. The cost is $10, and includes lunch, snacks, and beverages. The test immediately following the class will be a separate $14. Maximum class size of 10, all study material will be provided. Contact Don Fritz (N8BZN) to sign-up or get more information: Donfritz56@gmail.com / (419)-345-4495 after 6:00pm.

Monroe Field Day will be the 4th weekend of June.

Close of Meeting

A motion to adjourn the meeting was made by Don Fritz (N8BZN) and seconded by Ken Baker (W8NEV) at 8:11pm.

Program

There was a “brief” discussion about logging programs and other related modules.

Respectively Submitted,

Ken Sande (KC8QNI)

 

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!